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

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mardi Gras Parade!

The Krewe of Highland Parade, Shreveport, Louisiana.  A funky catch-all parade of one hundred floats, carts, and whatevers.  Here's a sample of the fun had on Feb. 15, 2015 in Shreveport's Highland neighborhood.


Thursday, February 05, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERNET - "We're here to help you."

Yes, you've heard that.  The government stepping in to make life better for you, or to make it more fair, or more whatever.  An 800 pound gorilla in your house is going to be felt all the time.  So, when thinking about inviting regulation of the internet, keep this in mind:



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hero of the Environment - February 2015











 The February 2015 issue of National Geographic featured a photo spread on a looming environmental menace:

The threat of Kudzu, the wickedly fast-growing vine that literally smothers anything that moves slower (about a foot per day) was well known by the infamous Scotch & Cinema Society.  In its 1980 made-for-cable-television feature video, Walking Gall, kudzu is manipulated by the evil Doktor K in a effort to seize control of a certain city.  A cadre of citizens hazard the landscape and literally attack the kudzu in an effort to root it out.  Thus, we hail these few as Hero of the Environment, for their noble effort.




(Featured in this clip are Chester Delacruz as Dutch Treat leading the charge, and Reece Middleton as Reace DeGrease, rooting for the kudzu.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Declare A Happy New Year 2015



Do you mean it?  A Happy New Year, 2015?  It’s not a wish.  It’s a matter of intent.

One simple declaration will make all the difference.  Attach the declaration to the beginning of every thought and you’ll be astonished.  Okay, ready?

“It is fun to ________________________________.”

Simple.  Uncomplicated.  Heck, it’ll even make pleasant those  New Year’s Resolutions:

“It is fun to plan to lose weight.”  It’s not necessary to “wait” until the weight is lost to have fun.
“It is fun to choose what I eat.”  If a healthier diet is in the plan, then have fun with it now.
“It is fun to de-clutter the house/office.”  Think about how much better it is without the mess rather than fixating on the mess.
“It is fun to have the car serviced.”  It’s fun to be able to drive where I want to go.
“It is fun to pay more attention to_____.”  Fill in the blank.
“It is fun to be around healthy, happy people.”  Duh.
“It is fun to pay the bills.”   For each bill you received some service or product.  Enjoy that!

2015 - The Year of Perspective
You get the idea.  The more you do it, the easier it becomes.  In fact, if you really intend to have a fun 2015, and you begin using this declaration January 1, by the beginning of March you’ll think like this habitually.  You won’t pay much attention to that fact because you’ll be having such a good time.

Of course, if you don’t really believe that you could/should/ought to have a continuous good time, then you won’t.  It’s the intention that rules, a.k.a. expectation.   If you look for the fun in anything, you’ll find it.  If you look for something else, you’ll find that.  What is consistent is that you will find and experience what you expect, what you look for, and what you give your attention to.

If you truly want a fun 2015, use the magic word as well.  Go whole-hog – complaint free!
How much delight can you have in 2015?  All you want.

Now there will be those who will not approve of  your delight.  They are looking at the misery, injustice, pain, suffering and lack in life.    Unless you are devoting your time and energy looking for the same, then you're not helping the less fortunate.  Those who get what you are doing, get it.  Those who don’t, can’t.  Denying any good thing/experience for yourself does not magically provide a good thing/experience for someone else.  People experience what they expect and experience cannot change until attention and expectation shift.  The best way to truly "help" someone live happier, healthier, etc., is to be so yourself.  At some point they may begin to "get it" from proximity to your attitude.

Happy New Year!  (If you want it.)

Monday, December 08, 2014

Yes, MERRY CHRISTMAS



The Winter Solstice continues to be one of the most enduring moments for reverence and celebration.  The darkest day of the year has come and hence forth each day shall be filled with more sunshine.  I'm not aware of any civilization that did not make a big deal of the turning point of the year.

So, of course, this became the season to celebrate the birth of Jesus who became the Christ.  It's pretty well accepted that Jesus was born not in winter, but in the spring and six years earlier than our calendar suggests.  Since Pisces, the fish, was an early Christian symbol, I'd surmise that the birth occurred under that astrological sign.  This is all irrelevant, of course.  The historical Jesus Christ was one of a handful of master teachers known to us, and his instructions on how to live a more wonderful life have proven itself repeatedly.

Mischief arose when the teachings of this Master were edited, blended, codified, and otherwise rendered theological and political.  All the latter are man-made.  Some of the recent history of organized Christianity is not pretty - the Albigensian Crusade, Spanish Inquisition, and witch hunts come to mind.   But this is man acting against man and not reflective of Jesus' teachings, principle of which, is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

It is fashionable now to minimize the impact of Jesus or even seriously question his existence.  I distinctly recall through the years the "absence of evidence" of an historical Jesus.  Why, if the teachings and movement were so profound, many ask, does the principle source for historical information in the region shortly after the death of Jesus, mention him in only one brief paragraph? 

The source is Josephus, who wrote a voluminous history of the Jews called "Antiquities."  Recently I purchased the complete works of Josephus, because I like history, and because I was curious to read the rare, fleeting, mention of Jesus in the decades following his death.  It is a brief paragraph.  But what a paragraph! 

3. (63)  Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works - a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure.  He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles.  He was {the} Christ; (64) and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principle men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and then thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct to this day.

That's an account given when many who knew Jesus were still alive.  He must have made quite an impact to earn that paragraph so quickly.

The history is irrelevant.  It is the teachings that shifted much of human consciousness and continues to do so.  Jesus taught that thinking (prayer) was the road to a wonderful life.  Thinking is very personal, therefore the relationship to God that Jesus taught, had to be personal as well.  That, of course, didn't go over well with Priests or any positioned person to whom obedience and, well, worship were required.  Radical stuff, actually.

So, to celebrate the Christ Mass, is a good thing.  It is a Merry Christmas.  It is a Happy Holiday.  It is as pagan as it gets, for the celebration is ancient.  Adjacent to Christmas, in our modern calendar, is the New Year!  Really, rejoice that the great Teacher came to teach us joy, then embark on a fresh, new year that uncluttered with the mistakes (and erroneous thinking) of the previous year.

Why, there's even a host of robust celebratory music to accompany the season.  Joy to the World!  Happy New Year!




(This is an update to a previous Christmas post.)

Monday, December 01, 2014

How It Works

For those who are interested in how thoughts become things, or how thinking influences experience, this video clip between Dr. Wayne Dyer and Esther Hicks (Abraham) outlines the process.