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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Chatting With Whales

Thanks to John Rockefeller (distilled and marketed kerosene for lamp fuel) these wonderful creatures survived (whale oil was the preferred fuel for household lamps).  I wonder if they still talk about those years?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

MIDWAY - decisive bump

A little different post this time.  I've always thought of Midway as the pivotal battle of WWII for the USA.  It was a near-run thing.  This video takes a detailed look into the strategy and decisions made on the Japanese side.  The timeline involved was a bit surprising - no USA victory could have been possible without the seemingly "futile" attacks on the Japanese from Midway island.  A most interesting video.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

History is Real.

Yes, those before us were like us.  Or, we are like them.  Take a few moments and enjoy a "tour" of Paris!

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The Lament of Hermes

Ancient Thoughts That go Bump in the Night...
As read by popular author and explorer Graham Hancock.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Comes the Dawn

(A tale from Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night)

Dawn fed her cats, the primary ritual of her return to the apartment each evening. She enjoyed giving the cats her full attention when returning from another miserable day at the office. Whatever grief she endured making a living, there was solace at home. It would be nice, of course, to buy a townhouse where the cats could romp up stairs. So when she learned of an open position at another company, she applied.

Not that she expected to get it, but like her weekly purchase of the lottery ticket, one has to play in order to win. The problem was that the telephone rang.

“Hello?” she answered.

“Is this Dawn?” asked the voice on the other end.


The cats scurried as she gasped in delight upon learning that the company wished to interview her for the new position. Accommodating, they scheduled the interview for Saturday morning.
This was Thursday, so time was short to prepare. A mental list of a hundred things to do raced across her mind. She kissed the cats goodbye and dashed to the Mall—a new outfit was in order for the interview.

A scurried cat
Then came Friday. She counted the plants in her cubicle at work— how many would be permitted to make the move? She looked around at her co-workers—each equally miserable. There were no promotions to be had, of that she knew. Now she had an out, a prospect. The glances from others implied that they knew she might escape. And, they didn’t approve. Friday was a long day at the office.

On the way home her car stalled. It wouldn’t start—at least not until the frantic fifth try.

The cats sniffed her rather than race to their food bowls. It wasn’t even dark, yet problems of perception were assembling in Dawn’s world.

Her new outfit, purchased for the interview, hung outside of her closet door—an icon to her hopes and dreams. She settled in bed, for the good night’s sleep. Yet the wardrobe loomed as her thoughts began to race around her anything-but-sleepy mind.

At midnight she calculated the cost of a full wardrobe. Further calculations projected the increase in salary with that cost—a good six months to recoup.
At one a.m. she had to buy a new car.

By two a.m. her co-workers knew of her interview and were insanely jealous. One was married to a policeman. Could he be enticed to stop her on the way to the interview?

At three a.m. she lost her vacation. She could at least count on two weeks vacation each year. It often made the difference in showing up for work. At the new job, she’d surely be at the bottom of the pole—at best a week off to live her life the way she wanted.

By four a.m. she had calculated the loss of taking the new job. The perceived costs and grief mounted with each minute. She would lose the pay increase for at least  year, just to pay off the new clothes she would have to have—and no vacation time to enjoy the benefits, which by now she was sure didn’t exist anyway.

At five a.m. it was time to sleep. But the alarm clock took care of that.

At six a.m. the hair dryer broke. The cats were wailing for a dawn feeding—usually they waited until seven.

Resentment gnawing in her stomach, Dawn left her apartment at eight a.m. for the drive to her nine a.m. interview. The fact that the city had overnight decided to tear up an important intersection was not lost on her as she turned into the parking lot.

A suspiciously pleasant receptionist ushered her into the interviewer’s office. The door closed as Dawn ruminated for a final moment on her agonies. The Interviewer entered the office and went to the coffee pot.

“Thank you for coming. Coffee?”

Dawn rose and glared at the wicked person in front of her. “I wouldn’t take this lousy job if you offered me twice as much!”

With that, she stormed out of the room, out of the building, and back into the crab bucket.

Perhaps, in your own way, you’ve pulled a Dawn. It’s called sabotage, also-known-as negative self-fulfilling prophecy. Your gut feeling said this or that, then somehow your actions made sure that whatever you feared, happened.

Perception = Reality in action. The interviewer may have been prepared to offer Dawn the job. The new job might have been the best place for her. But (an entire book will be written about “BUT...”), Dawn didn’t allow it to happen. Life may have presented her a good thing, but she couldn’t see it, and thus couldn’t take advantage of it. If you’re thinking “been there, done that,” then you’re more likely to think about how you feel and react to situations now than you did in the past. Nobody is doomed to continue making the same mistakes over and over and over.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Who to Believe?

A man of peace
cannot bring harm
to another.
A man of liberty
cannot trample
the rights of another.
It is totally impossible
for such to happen.

I was confused about politics and government. 
The Gnome set me straight. 

We are vibrational Beings.  Our existence on a three dimensional Earth is governed by our five senses interpreting various frequencies.  This is most often illustrated with the visual spectrum, the range of energy vibrating captured by our eyes and sorted in our brain.  Same for touch (perception of texture determined by the frequency of the object), sound, smell, and taste.  The sum of these produce our current “moment” in time.  We also have the ability to sense, and for many, interpret, frequencies outside of the “normal” five.    The universe is a maelstrom of vibrating energy.  Much of it can’t be handled in the three dimension process – the range of vibration that, say, allows a cell in your body can be disrupted (harmed) when in contact with a wickedly fast wave/particle.  Thank you magnetic fields!  And hide behind that lead during the x-ray.

If our current time seems a bit confusing (especially for those who’ve been around for a while) it’s likely due to the mind-boggling array of electrical energy frequencies encountered every second.  The old analogy of a radio dial is still valid – don’t like the music/content of one channel (AM or FM or other) then move the dial to tune into a different frequency – channel.  Changing the channel doesn’t obliviate other frequencies/channels, they’re still there but you are no longer participating – tuned in – to them.  And there are a whole lot of channels!

Just as the proliferation of frequencies are zipping and zapping around, in and through you (cell phones, satellite transmissions of all manner, trains, planes, automobiles, Netflix, Prime – you could stay up all night listing the additional sources of transmissions!) so the volume of radiations from the galaxy and beyond are increasing.  The planet has entered a portion of the galaxy that is more robust.  There are new frequencies present; more familiar vibrations are receding.  It’s the ebb and flow of creation.  And it can be disturbing.

The human ability to create habits is a wonderful thing.  But there can be a downside.  To be very simple, imagine that Fred had a routine he established for starting his day.  Let’s say Fred set the alarm early enough to allow him sufficient time each morning to enjoy coffee, a bagel, while reading the newspaper delivered to his house near dawn.  Over the years that routine became a habit – Fred was no longer aware of the routine (which freed his mind to pursue all sorts of things each morning.”  But, when the newspaper ceased publication, and there was no longer a paper on his porch each morning, he was disturbed.  Because of the habit, he wasn’t aware of his disturbance based on not having a newspaper. 

That discomfort is his clue that change is afoot.  In this case, Fred adjusted his morning routine to coffee, bagel, and a scan of trusted web sites.  After a while, no more discomfort.  Habits can be replaced (you don’t  break a habit – ouch!)

 Now imagine the introduction of a multitude of “new” frequencies falling in, around, and through all aspects of  our three dimensional Earth experience.  Some people have the ability to recognize what is happening and adjust/adapt.  Great numbers, however, are clueless why they are feeling out of sorts, confused, agitated and so forth.  I suspect that it is particularly uncomfortable for those who cannot/will not grasp the vibrational nature of Life.

So, when observing what I call unhappy people, you are likely seeing someone very uncomfortable within his/her skin, so to speak, and has no idea why – other than to blame someone else, something else.  (Please don’t spend too much time giving your attention to unhappy people, your attention won’t do them any good and you’ll be calling out to creation to give me some more of this!)  Yeah, that Law of Attraction thing.

When in doubt about someone, something, use an age old tool to learn the truth:

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

            Matthew 7:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

I find it sad that the “tools” provided us by the great teacher Jesus are often overlooked or rebuked.  They were not meant to be a religion, so to speak.  One does not have to be “religious” to benefit from such enlightened instruction.  Granted, a lot of folk are religious, and very happy with their belief, something unhappy people can’t get their head wrapped around. 

What does a person, an institution, a political party, business, anything – PRODUCE?  The fruit matches the intent, despite the advertising, propaganda, meme...

In a time of great change, which we are experiencing, choose to recognize and enjoy others of similar frequency.  It’s natural.  There is no obligation otherwise.  As you adjust and change you become more aware of others doing the same. 

Or, you could throw a fit, throw rocks, scream, curse, and rend because there ain’t no stinkin’ newspaper on the door step anymore.