Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Friday, October 19, 2018

Just in time for Halloween


Netflix has released its Halloween surprise, Haunted, six true stories of the paranormal.  Episode 5 is the story of a Shreveport, Louisiana woman who experienced intermittent encounters with non-human entities from early childhood.  Several incidents are recreated including an abduction from her room while in college – notable since she dragged her fingers across the upside blades of the ceiling fan (streaks in the dust), which confirmed for her the next day that it wasn’t a dream or illusion.  

The format for the series is the individual telling his/her story to friends and family who are unaware of what’s been going on with him or her all these years.  The family and friends in the episodes did not know in advance about the story.  In Episode 5 yours truly not only was aware of Lindsey’s story, but had heard it at length prior to the production.  In the episode I am captioned as “UFO Investigator” and while accurate in general, it implies a degree of  expertise that isn’t quite true.  An investigator is out to prove something, one way or the other.  My interest in the phenomenon is not to prove anything, it is what it is, but to lend a confidential ear to persons who have had such experiences and cannot, or will not, talk to anyone about it – yet feel a need to do so.  Thus I look for commonalities in various accounts from different people, in different places, in different times.  Some of these commonalities are noted in the episode.

Shreveport made a good Washington, D.C. in the movie “Olympus is Down” (the White House set was constructed not far from my house.)  In Episode 5 Prague, Czech Republic, stands in for Shreveport.  The interviews were filmed in an 1880’s Victorian mansion not far from Pasadena, California (perfect for the creepy stories!)

The trailer for Haunted.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Must, Got to, Can’t, Should, Ought!


I must lose weight!  I’ve got to cut down on (fill in the blank.) I can’t continue doing (something you like)!  I ought to spend more time (doing this or that)!  I should (fill in the blank.)   Or, some version of  “breaking or beating old habits.”  How do you feel having such thoughts (intentions?)

If someone comes up to you and says “You’ve got to do this!” what’s the first thing that goes through your mind?  Your immediate reaction:  The hell I do!” you think.  You didn’t have to work at it.  As soon as those dreadful words “got to” were hurled, you immediately, instinctively, resisted them.  A bit of anger flared at the same instant for protection, didn’t it?  You were prepared to defend your freedom and identity.  That’s part of what makes us human.  Now, where it gets dicey is when this instinctive reaction is directed not at some external threat, but at yourself.

You react to your own thinking in the same way you react to the words spoken by another.  If you think to yourself words such as must, got to, can’t, should, ought, then you  risk resisting yourself.   That resistance becomes your point of attention rather than what you desire.  In a fight against yourself, you lose.

So what to do?  First, practice thinking and speaking to yourself as you would want others to speak to you.  Second, speak and think about what you desire, what you want, rather than what you lack or what your fear.

This is a good time to practice what you want.  Re-consider your intentions.  For example – “I must get up earlier each morning,” or “I must go to bed earlier each night.”  The issue is time.  How about:  “I desire to have all the time I need to do what I choose to do.”

“I can’t eat my treats, I must lose weight.”  The issue – comfort with self.  How about:  “I enjoy everything I eat and everything I eat nourishes my healthy body.”

And, a big one:  “I can’t worry so much.”  The issue – worry makes me feel badly about something I can’t control.  How about:  “Life is Good.  There is Good for all.  I enjoy thinking about Goodness.”

The bottom line is that you select the words you use to speak with yourself.  Are you clearly communicating what you desire?  Or, the tricky part, are you giving more attention to what you don’t want?  Law of Attraction means “ask and you will receive.”  Whatever you’re giving attention is asking.  You have a lot of control over your life experience, after all.




Remember that:

Happiness
is wherever you are,
doing whatever you are doing
at any given moment.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Investigating Strange Materials

You have a piece of material.  It's not evident what it is or where it came from.  What do you do?
 Dr. Hal Puthoff talks about the process.

To the Stars Academy's ADAM Research Project, an acronym for Acquisition & Data Analysis of Materials, focuses on the collection and scientific evaluation of material samples obtained through reliable reports of advanced aerospace vehicles of unknown origin.



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Atlantis

Now that's a subject that's been around for a long, long, time.  If you've ever wondered if such an ancient (way, way, back) civilization existed (and you give Plato the benefit of a doubt that he's not lying) then this short clip with Graham Hancock is for you.  He sums up the whole subject and brings in some relatively new information concerning the period 11,600 years ago.




Hancock is a world class explorer, in so many ways.  He charges into the thoughts that go bump in the night for many.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

ASHALI

What if those old stories are true?  Well, in the case of "The Magic Word" it is.  There IS a word, which when used properly, can result in almost magical results.  Really.  Click here for an earlier post that explores this magical word.



Saturday, July 21, 2018

What Do You Want?

The old question:  Do you want to feel good?  There are two answers, yes or no.  There is not an answer "yes...but..."  That's a no.  However, the "but" can be a situation or process that is so familiar, so comfortable, that its absence could be scary.  Oh well, enough of that.  This video is priceless.


Wednesday, July 04, 2018

It's More Than a Birthday...

Is there a fourth of July in Great Britain?  Of course there is.  They just don't celebrate it.

 We do, and for good reason.  The Declaration presented a framework for the people, the WE of the Constitution, to establish a government that protects and furthers the self-evident Truths.  Nothing like this had ever existed in the history of Mankind.  It was to be the great experiment, and, if successful, perhaps the blueprint for prosperity, peace, and the pursuit of happiness for anyone and everyone.
But that was long ago.  Our wildly successful Republic is evinced by the loony excesses that safety, prosperity, and freedom allow.  What would the Founders think if they could walk the "mean streets" of San Francisco, or Shreveport?  Probably a big  "Whoa!  Where'd this come from?"  Freedom is where it comes from.  Freedom to decide doesn't mean that people always make "good" choices in what they think/say/do.  And, since we're products of physics, for every cause there is an effect, and every effect has a cause.  Misery comes from engaging in the same "causal" action but expecting a different result or "effect."  But that's what it's all about.  And it's why so many do what they think is what they must do to somehow get to the USA.  Just stepping foot in this magical land would somehow improve their life.  Well, yes  A generous people (citizens of a Republic tend to be very generous) WE have many, many, ways for people to visit, work, and, yes, become a full fledged citizen.  It's the Rule of Law, and not the whim of the Despot that defines us.  And most folks around the globe get it.

July 4, 1776 was a time and place where a remarkable gathering of wise, albeit totally human, souls came together to imagine (IMAGINE!) the best way for a people to govern themselves as a society.  Fortunate.  Yes indeed, we are fortunate.  And, even though the wild success of the great experiment can create problems unprecedented (you have to have prosperity and freedom to find new problems), the USA has the means to continue as the haven and launch pad for the freedom of Mankind.

John Stossel puts it very well:




Now, let the fun, festivities, and fireworks begin!