In the stillness of myself, I listen to your Voice.” – Ross Sarte, Dialogues of my soul, 2007

Will you be interested to write an article on Power of Prayer?”, Khaled Shams, a Muslim living in Austria asked me in his email.

email of Khaled

N.B. – I asked Khaled’s permission if I can published his email, hiding his identity. He replied, I can but he prefers to reveal his name and site where he will published it.

I do not know him personally. I do not know what the Good Spirit whispered in his ears while reading my blog to prod him to ask me about this theme.  A believer in Allah like him inviting a simple creature like me who believes in one God in Three Persons to write 1,500 to 2,000 words about the power of prayer!

He has some reminders too. I have to consider the atheists, the agnostics, the believers who could be practicing or not! Oh my!!!

I closed my eyes and asked the Good spirit: “What do you want from me now?”

I immersed myself in His presence, letting go of my fears, letting my mind flow of its own accord without thought.

In the stillness of myself, I listen to your Voice. I stand here in silence.

Let me emphasize this word: LISTEN.  Yes, I listen just like the way you do in front of your friend. You just don’t hear your friend’s words but you listen. Listening is an art. You have to put yourself  into it. You remove all distractions just to listen to what your friend is telling you, right? Particularly when you know your friend has something important to say or wants to reveal to you.

You just don’t give your ear to your friend. You give your heart.  You give your time. You take away your judgement, your anger, your restlessness.  You just stand or sit beside your friend and wait for her/his time to speak, without forcing your friend to talk.  You just wait.

and I waited for Him to speak…

OK, I’m going to accept Khaled’s invitation. I am aware this is an enormous task for me to carry. I do not know how the Good Spirit will  lead my fingers to write down what is needed to be shared.  A prayer is a personal experience. I have that experience. If ever someone will be touched by this experience, it is not my own doing but the Good Spirit’s job. It is all up to him.

I am His pen, He is the writer.

Whoever will be reading my blog, my succeeding posts will be on the power of prayer.

I will cut it up on various sections or posts. I don’t know how I will reach 2,000 words without counting my lists of quotes.

What I only know is this: a Muslim asking someone who is a non Allah believer to speak of prayer is a positive sign. This is one good road towards ecumenism.  Let us focus on what can  unite us not on what can divide us.

Khaled Sham, I am accepting itSalaam alaikum!


Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.” – Robert Greenleaf

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” – J. Isham

The opposite of talking is not listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.” – Fran Lebowitz

Deep heart listening and speaking your truth generates an exhilarating “heart talk” frequency. “Heart talk” is care in action and builds friendship. As you learn to see everyone as your friend, and not as an enemy, you release judgments. Just keep your heart open to them as you speak your truth.” – Sara Paddison, Hidden Power of the Heart

There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation.” – James Nathan Miller

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force…When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life…When we listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other…and it is this little creative fountain inside us that begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected laughter and wisdom. …Well, it is when people really listen to us, with quiet facinated attention, that the little fountain begins to work again, to accelerate in the most surprising way.” –Brenda Ueland

The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” – M.Scott Peck

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.” –Nancy Kerrigan

If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” – A.A.Milne



I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” – Nikki Giovanni, African-American Poet

I’ve been incubating a cultural virus from the blogoshpere for two months now and it’s giving me a terrible itch I have to do something about it. Yes, a virus! It’s called “meme” (pron. meem). Richard Dawkins, coined the term “meme,” defined it as:

…a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation… Just like genes propagating themselves by leaping from brain to brain via a process, called imitation.

Meme travels through the blogosphere, partly from brain to brain as one has to answer them, but technically, from page to page, leaving a trail that can be monitored through what they call the linking system.

What is its effect then? The originator of the meme will boost his/her ranking through the Technorati or any other system which considers “backlinking”!  That is the principal effect of this virus. Popularity, more visitors, economic satisfaction perhaps?! (more visitors=more pubblicity impressions).   Am I right?

Memes can be a key in the evolution of culture. But if memes diffuses uncontrollably, our thoughts will just become a “copy-paste-product” than original creations. The culture of the blogosphere will cease to advance and will only self-replicate. If this will happen, the blogosphere will just become a reproduction, with selfish end for popularity system.

I am still new in the blogosphere, my observation about the dynamics of this meme virus is open for critical thinking. I said it’s giving me a terrible itch, because its symptoms manifest only to one thing: to talk about yourself!

I am not keen about interviewing myself per se. I can talk about personal experiences like what I’ve observed and learned just like what my blog is all about.

So, what am going to do with this virus? I am going to group them together, make an ultimate vaccine shot by replying once and for all! I am not going  to replicate each questions like an interview portion. I will answer them in my own way like what I did with the second meme I received.

Here are some secrets of my realm.

Events and persons connected to me.  Do you know why?

  • 1972
  • Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law and signs General Order No. 1 which orders the arrest of opposition leaders, media censorship, banning travel to other countries except for diplomatic missions, abolishing the Philippine Congress, establishing dictatorial government, take-over or sequestering of public and private corporations and suspension of classes for one week in the Philippines.

  • 1997

    In Saudi Arabia, British nurse Lucille McLauchlan is sentenced to 500 lashes and eight years in jail for accessory to murder.

  • 1973
  • Juan Peron is re-elected President of Argentina after being ousted from the position   almost 18 years earlier.

  • 1846
  • German Astronomer Johann Galle discovers another planet – Neptune.

  • 480BC
  • Greeks defeat the Persians at the Battle of Salamis to halt the Persian advance into Europe

  • 480 BC
  • Euripides, Greek playwright (d. 406 BC)

  • 63 BC
  • Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor (d. 14)

  • 1930
  • Ray Charles, American musician

  • 1943
  • Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer

  • 1949
  • Bruce Springsteen, American singer and songwriter

  • 1713
  • – King Ferdinand VI of Spain

  • 1861
  • Robert Bosch, German inventor and industrialist

  • 1915
  • Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel Laureate

  • 1916
  • Aldo Moro, Italian politician

    I took this weblogger personality test >>>bloginality test



    The result?   I am an ISFJ!!!

    As an ISFJ, you are Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging.

    In blogging, your journal will always be immaculate and have a touch of style. You may also feel overwhelmed because you want to be a part of everything going on. Because of your wonderful memory, other bloggers may come to you to ask about things you posted months before.

    I definitely  agree with these results:

     My relationship as an ISFJ

     My portrait as an ISFJ

     My life as an ISFJ



    Are you getting a better picture of Ross now?

    If you still want to know more about myblogging life’s purpose, please read my first meme  and third meme.    My said posts jibed to this present meme’s queries. 

    The upper slide show will give you an idea where I live, the different jobs I had, the places I’ve been, the food I eat and my favorite films.

    I am not forcing anyone to take this meme because I deliberately grouped this blogger’s virus. If you are interested to know what this meme is all about, please visit the beautiful sites of Des, Diwa, and Vince.

    My dear co-bloggers, thank you for tagging me. Please forgive me, I didn’t follow your rules. I just needed to follow myself, to create things the way I want it to be.

    For this reason…I’m presenting …


    I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion” – Henry David Thoreau

    Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.” – Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel

    He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself.” – Philip Massinger

    We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.” –Jean Guitton

    The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

    Every man has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions.” – D.H. Lawrence, Pornography and Obscenity

    To wash one’s hair, make one’s toilet, and put on scented robes; even if not a soul sees one, these preparations still produce an inner pleasure. – Sei Shonagon

    We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.” – Natalie Goldberg

    You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” – Jerry Gillies

    There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the transcendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved.” – Sri Chinmoy

    Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within.” – Laurence van der Post

    Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  – Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1894