Co-owner, web master, network and IT engineer, programer, data research specialist, blogger, crystal and mineral expert and guide here at Life’s Treasures Kauai. It is an honor and privilege to serve the community by offering only the best, highest energy, authentic crystals and minerals from around the world.
My wife and I own a unusual gift store here on Kauai, Life’s Treasures. Its mission is to provide a unique environment of hard to find, one of a kind items from around the world. The goal was to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere where everyone felt welcome.
Life’s Treasures Kauai was presented as a gift store, so that people of all walks of life could experience Kauai’s unique aloha spirit, explore new worlds of information and opportunities, exchange ideas and discover the possibilities of our Meta-Science consciousness evolution.
Through the years, we have touched the lives of many people from around the world. My particular specialty was data and information research, intuitively connecting this information and the art of Shih. I first came across this word while reading David Zindell, a science fiction novelist. Here is an excerpt from “The Broken God”:
“Shih was opposite of facts and information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colors of paint or light to make her pictures, so a master of shih choose textures of knowledge– various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories– to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics of beauty and knowledge– this was shih.
He explained that the etymon for shih was a simple word in Old Chinese; the Fravashi had fallen in love with this word, and they had borrowed and adapted it when they invented Moksha. From Moksha, the concept of shih had entered into the Language– along with thousands of other concepts and words.
‘Ah, ah, I’ve been saving it for the proper time,’ Old Father said. ‘In the Language, shih is elegance in using one’s knowledge. But in Moksha, this broader meaning: Shih is recognizing and making sense of different kinds of knowledge. It’s the most brilliant art, this ability to gauge the beauties and weaknesses of different worldviews.’”
Through the art of Shih, new ways of viewing anything and everything are possible. Doors that were not even visible suddenly appear ready to take you away.
Shih is a concept that breaks all other concepts, and embraces the wisdom of “knowledge as a flowing river”, to be dipped into as needed, but never held. You can never step into the same river twice; for new waters are always flowing, and it is the same for information, knowledge and wisdom. Information is always flowing, knowledge is always flowing, wisdom is always flowing, as is life.
In the words of Lao Tzu:
“When you find the way others will find you.
Passing by on the road they will be drawn to your door.
The way that cannot be heard will be echoed in your voice.
The way that cannot be seen will be reflected in your eyes.”
In this way, without effort, those whose time it was to awaken to new possibilities, found our store and its magic.