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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Simple Question

Do I want to be happy?

Not complicated.  Yes or No.  There is no "maybe" or "if."  If the answer must be predicated on certain conditions existing, or specific individuals doing or not doing this or that, then the answer is a default No.

Before anything comes a decision, a declaration of intention followed by attention.  Happiness must first be a choice.  Do I want to be happy?  Yes or No.  The question has nothing to do with whether you "deserve" to be happy, or "should" be happy.

Do I want to be happy?  Yes or No.

Yes, I want to be happy.

Keep that idea foremost.  Ignore the chattering nabobs of negativity.  It's your life.  You decide.

Monday, April 04, 2016

A Summary

This is a marvelous video clip that summarizes a host of concepts, impressions, "ah-ha!" moments, and revelations.  I have studied the "after life" arena since, well, forever, and have paid attention to commonalities included in diverse accounts and testimony.  Moorjani does a nice job of condensing a major impact into a clear video.  Enjoy.

"Anita Moorjani has become something of an international sensation since her book "Dying to be Me" hit the New York Times bestsellers list only two weeks after its release in March, 2012. She had experienced what most people never have; she "crossed over," and came back to share what she learned. Her remarkable NDE (Near-death experience) and subsequent healing from end-stage cancer is one of the most amazing cases ever recorded. Doctors had given her mere hours to live when she arrived at the hospital in a coma on the morning of February 2, 2006. Unable to move, and in a deep coma as the result of the cancer that had ravaged her body for nearly four years, Anita entered another dimension, where she experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth, and was given a choice of whether to return to life or continue on into death. Anita chose to return to life when she realized that "heaven" is a state, not a place. This subsequently resulted in a remarkable and complete recovery of her health within days of her return."

Friday, March 18, 2016

I'll be nice to you IF you are nice to me, first.

"I'll be nice to you if you're nice to me first."  "How I treat you depends on how you treat me."  "I'm not supposed to like you, so I don't have to be nice to you."  There's a lot of deep rooted beliefs in those mental statements.

If those sentiments ring familiar, then it's possible that the principle teaching of the Great Master known as Jesus is not grasped, understood, let alone utilized.  That principle, known as the Golden Rule, is simply to treat others in the same manner which you would wish to be treated.  Those who get it, get it.  Those who don't, can't.

One of the profound effects of that teaching is that it is not about other people.  It is a formula for personal happiness.  The Golden Rule is all about you.  Everyone wants to be happy, to feel better in the moment.  Some succeed, many don't.  Those that don't likely think to themselves  "I'll be nice to you IF you are nice to me first."  The key point of the teaching is missed.  The "action" or energy element is placed on the other person.  You "react" to what this other person does, or does not do.  And if the other person isn't "nice" to you, then you cannot be "nice" to him.  This creates antagonism and a struggle results.  Listen to others and note how people describe their daily experience as a struggle.  It's not fate, or the gods, or capricious forces causing their struggle, but a deep seated belief that drives their thinking.

The Golden Rule is neutral.  It is the Law of Attraction applied to personal happiness.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Works great, unless you think that you are a worthless, no good, S.O. B., who has sinned, and deserves to be punished.  It you harbor a belief that you should suffer, then you will attract those who will help you fulfill your belief.  That's how it works.  Until the belief changes, nothing else can.  And, that's why there was (and remains) so much resistance to the Master's teaching.  Changing a belief can be very difficult.  My favorite quote is from John Maynard Keynes:  "When someone convinces me that I am wrong, I change my mind.  What do you do?"  If thinking differently (which is what changing belief is) is terrifying, then cognitive dissonance occurs - that miserable state of being when undeniable "facts" challenge entrenched beliefs.  Something has to give - either re-write the facts or change belief.  Changing facts is a time consuming theatre.  Changing one's thinking is often scary (venturing into the unknown, so to speak.)  How do you feel?  That's a good indicator of how effectively the Golden Rule formula is being practiced.  Is there a sense of relief when an attitude is changed? 

For the Golden Rule to be effectively applied, the fundamental question must be answered:  Who am I and why am I alive?  (There are many variations of the question, but you get the gist.)  It's important because you cannot treat anyone else better than you treat yourself.  If you believe that you are created free and with a desire to be happy, then you convey that state of freedom and pursuit of happiness to others.  In return, you attract people and situations that affirm your freedom and happiness.   The Golden Rule in action.  Yet if the answer is oppressed "I was created to serve the tribe (hive, etc.)" then that is the manner you convey to others - who are fellow servants, suppressing individualism.  It takes a lot of effort to suppress innate identity.  History recounts the massive efforts to do that by institutions, ruling class, religions, and so forth.  Simply, if you can't believe that you deserve or should be happy, then there's no way you can.  The Golden Rule will make no sense.  You will treat others in the manner you perceive them treating you.  Reaction rather than action.

One of the reasons the teaching was so revolutionary is that it presented a way to create a happier life experience as opposed to merely avoiding more suffering and misery.  Same coin, two sides.  The more dominant "philosophy" of that era was do not do to others what you don't want them to do to you.  In effect, don't steal unless you want be stolen from, and so forth.  Frankly, not a bad governing approach for a society.  There is an enormous shift in consciousness with the "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  One is to reduce/avoid pain and misery.  The other is to create more happiness by deliberate thinking.  A lot of folks at the time "got it."  People still do, to this day.

The "problem" with Jesus' teaching, was that it had no need for any institution or external force, to bring about a better life for the individual.  A lot of investment had gone into religion, priesthood, social expectations, family obligations and so forth - a powerful shared belief that a  "good" life was possible only by following the rules of others.  Ignore and suppress intuition and yield to the herd.

How entrenched is the momentum of the belief that it takes an intercession from someone or something in order for a person to earn, or be worthy, of a good life?  Martin Luther had some thoughts on the matter - long after the time of Jesus - when the Church became the only way to salvation or a better life.  The whole Protest was for direct personal access to God, via the Bible.  No institution or priesthood was necessary.  The mass media of the day, the printing press, allowed courageous individuals to get the Bible translated into common language, printed, and made available to the "common man."

It can be hard to imagine, now, what a huge deal that was.  So, we can get an idea of the level of angst resulting from the Golden Rule at the time.

What is "wrong" with individual freedom and the pursuit of happiness that so threatens many?  Nothing is wrong with it.  So, practice the Golden Rule.  Use the Magic Word, Ashali, it's a good tool for directing thinking to what is truly desired.  You'll feel better.  And, isn't that what it's all about?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Tommy Learns About Happiness

Tommy liked his job.  Tommy enjoyed his job so much that he actually looked forward to going to work each day.  As the foreman of the shop he had a good crew to work with.  It wasn’t that long ago that Tommy became enamored with Suzette, one of the administration staff at the facility.  They married.  Suzette and Tommy were very happy with themselves, their children, their jobs, and their life.

That was his problem.

Generous by nature, Tommy permitted his brother, separated from his wife and out of work, to live with them while he looked for work.  Tommy’s father was ailing and he also joined the growing household.  Coming over for regular bar-b-que’s and holidays were Tommy’s other siblings and relations.  Their lives were filled with problems, resentments, illness, and legal issues.  Tommy was concerned for all of them.  He and Suzette felt blessed and happy while nobody else in the family did.

Tommy began to feel badly about feeling good.  One day he discussed with his boss how he felt guilty because his relations were having so much trouble and his family had it so good.  The boss understood, and was prepared to help Tommy.  “Tell you what I can do, Tommy,” said the Boss.  “You’re fired.”

Tommy was stunned.  His boss continued.  “Feel any better?” he asked.  Tommy was too flummoxed to answer.  “Now, as I understand it, some of your relations are jealous of your happy life and that bothers you.  So, to help out, I’ve fired you.  Now they’ll be happy, right?”

By that point Tommy was thinking more clearly.  “But it won’t change anything, except now I don’t have a job.”

    “You felt guilty about having a good job didn’t you?” asked the Boss.
    “Well, yes,” replied Tommy.
    “So by losing your job, you’ll feel better?”
    “I don’t know about that,” said Tommy.
    “Won’t they feel better, now that you’re in the same boat as them?” remarked the Boss.
    “Doesn’t  losing your  job help them?”
    “No,” mumbled Tommy.
    “You mean to tell me that their lives aren’t going to get better just because you got fired?”

The Boss smiled.  “Well, if losing your job isn’t going to help them, then you might as well keep it.”  Tommy sighed relief.  “However,” noted the Boss,  “You can’t keep feeling guilty.  Your having a job doesn’t keep them from doing anything.  They’ll be just as miserable regardless of how happy and Suzette may be.  That about right?”

Tommy scratched his head.  “I hadn’t thought about it like that.  My good life doesn’t mean they can’t have a good life.  It’s up to them.”

“Bingo,” chimed the Boss.

As with the other tales in the book Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night, Tommy’s story is true.  Isn’t it odd how some people feel bad about having some measure of good in their life?  This is another variation of the Crab Bucket.  Tommy’s good life doesn’t depend on what others think or do and visa versa - unless he allows it.  Tommy wasn’t aware, at first, that he had that ability.  Before his realization, “Do I want to be happy?” would have seemed a trick question.  Not anymore.  Not only does Tommy desire to be happy, he expects it.

A variation is “Do I deserve to be happy?”  The very question answers itself – a resounding no.  The question implies an obligation to justify existence.  Some deeply held thinking habit is embedded in the psyche that forever chides the person to prove they are worthy.  Prove worthy?  To whom?  The first answers are usually mother, father, parents, family, church, boss, and so on.  The underlying premise is that happiness cannot exist without the permission (approval) of someone or something else.  Whoever holds that approval authority is a powerful being indeed.

The true answer to the question, “Do I deserve to be happy?” is yes.  Of course you do.  It’s up to you, however, to enter that desired state of being.  Happiness cannot be ordained or bestowed from something external.  It’s an inside job, so to speak.

The geniuses who founded the United States of America based the entire enterprise on what Thomas Jefferson eloquently penned, with editorial assistance from Benjamin Franklin:  “ We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Life and Liberty are recognized as rights bestowed by God (or whatever manner one may title the Creator) on each person.  Each also has the right to pursue Happiness.  Happiness is not a “right.”  Happiness is not bestowed, or given.  It is achieved.  That is the magic of it.  It was true then, it is true now, and it will be true tomorrow.

Happiness is available to anyone and everyone.  It is not withheld from them by anyone or anything.

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Old Ones

I've never understood the resistance to search for our long gone ancestors.  I don't mean evolutionary hominids, I mean those whose civilizations thrived for who knows how long, then abruptly disappeared.  Vanishing from a cataclysm remembered world-wide as a deluge and fire.  Author Graham Hancock has spent decades searching, researching, and exploring our historical past.  Two of his books, Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods, are concerned with remaining 'evidence' from ancient civilizations.  I think he's on to something with the onset of the Younger Dryas as the destructive culprit.  The incredibly odd structures and figures found at Gobekli Tepe are from roughly the same time as the cosmic event resulting in the abrupt return of the ice age - some 12,000 years ago.  Likely culprit:  Fragmentary comet.

My instincts tell me that what Hancock postulates is likely.  Like many people, learning to trust my instincts is a trial-and-error life long process.  Yet my 'gut feeling' about ancient civilizations (collectively think Atlantis) is that they were real, highly evolved in some ways, lesser evolved in others, but definitely different in many aspects.  That feeling has been with me always.  So, naturally since I believed that grand civilizations existed prior to our history, I would gravitate towards books, articles, people, and imagery that lead in that direction.  That's the Law of Attraction in action along with another sage action - when the student is ready the teacher appears.  These two are carry-over knowledge from the Old Ones.

Olmec feathered serpent
I think it was in Junior High School (Middle School these days) that a world history class covered the Spanish Conquest of Central and much of South America.  How could a relative handful of Spaniards defeat multitudes of Aztecs and others?  It was reputed that the native Americans honored the "feathered serpents" who taught them civilization in the remote past.  These wise men, serpents, pledged to return again one day.  Thus the watch for the arrival of bearded white men.  Alas, they paused in wonder at horses and firearms for too long, before realizing the Spanish weren't the teachers of old.  

The concept of something that ancient is quite repellent to many.  Since the imagery for feathered/winged serpents/snakes are world-wide and very old, there's something to it.  What irritates some even more is that serpent/snake depicts not a reptile, but denotes a wise man, one who knows the laws and uses them.  Why wings or feathers?  How else to describe a wise person who arrives from the sky?  And, it seems, flew to many, many, places to essentially do the same thing - teach primitive peoples how to civilize.

( H ) means something.  But what?
Not all people were destroyed in the cataclysm.  Not all knowledge was lost.  Whether preserved by an ark or buried symbols and instructions at a place like Gobekli-Tepe, remnants of our ancestors survived.  Some, like the Sphinx and Gobekli-Tepe  may have been preserved just prior to the destruction to protect knowledge for those of the future.  These people were not dumb.  This means something:  ( H )  but what?  Somebody went to a lot of trouble to pass along to us that image/symbol/marker.  

How do you preserve and transmit knowledge over a course of tens of thousands of years?  Carefully.  Deliberately.  Using markers that would be universal in understanding, regardless of culture or language.  Thus, I suspect, the uncanny alignment of ancient structures with the position of sunrise/sunset on the equinoxes.  That's observable to anyone and everyone, anywhere, everywhere on Earth.  Note the dominant star cluster (constellation) at that moment and a specific position in space and time is made.  Knowledge of the Earth's wobble, precession, leads to a map of time.  These were not stupid people.
Sunrise - Equinox at Stone Henge
I recall, when first introduced to Classical history, Egypt - Greece - Rome, how each of these exalted civilizations had fanciful "myths" about various gods and demi-gods, and all such nonsense.  I mean, really, did the educated Greeks seriously tip-toe around a capricious Zeus?  Yet the "Mythology" is there, written about, depicted, and to a large degree, honored.  What was the source of these almost supernatural personalities?  At once so human, yet endowed with super-human powers?  Corrupted tales from the lore of the Old Ones?  

Use Atlantis as a universal term to describe any number of pre-cataclysmic civilizations.  I have a hunch many were thriving during the last ice age, their "fingerprints" now deep under water.  That pushes civilizations back a long, long, time as considered in our historic era.  Who were they, and what were they like?  Oh, wouldn't we want to know!  I think we would.  Just look at the ancient stone structures that survived.  Doubtful we could construct such as them today.  Yet there they are.  Old.  Very, very, old.  They want to tell us something.  But we have to listen.

Thus the realm of the hunch, instinct, and inspiration.  There were different technologies in play.  Same physics, of course, but I suspect understandings and applications of physical components we only dabble.  Harmonics, possibly.  Certainly electrical frequencies.  Understand and master a higher law, say heat, and you have control over lesser frequencies - they melt.  Or, cook.  You're in control.  Of course, if you don't know what you're doing, you could burn down everything including yourself.  Therefore, only educated people are allowed to play with fire.

Wizards.  Magic.  Dragons.  Great beasts.  Hobbit houses.  Energy flowing through the ground into every house and dwelling.  Flying anywhere.  Sailing everywhere.  One serves oneself by serving another.  Do not unto another what you would not want them to inflict on you.  May the Force be with you.

The list goes on, and on.  I really don't believe it's "imagination" at play.  I think it's tapping into whatever it is that imprints the universe.  A "universal" memory, so to speak.  Artists know what I'm referring to.  So to anyone who's ever had a sudden moment of mental clarity to solve a problem, find a solution, locate a missing something.  Intuition.  Creative process.  Many names.  Mercury, perhaps.  Hermes.

Whether civilized or more primitive society, our ancestors knew of the great beasts that also disappeared with the cataclysm creating the Younger Dryas.  So it's no surprise that "monsters" have been with humans in all of recorded history.  There may have been a time when our more distant relations knew of surviving dinosaurs.

I suspect that the closer we get to these ancient ones, the more we will find of what we today consider psychic talents.  Many of the processes we need technology for (consider your smart phone and everything behind it) I think the Old Ones by-passed for a more direct energy-to-energy contact using glands/organs perhaps now receded in contemporary brains.  It's all a matter of creating and tapping into certain frequencies, the methods may vary.  Induction can charge a cell phone battery.  Perhaps it's the same process as someone being rejuvenated by another's prayer.

Why the historical animosity to para-normal applications of universal frequencies?  I think it has to do with understanding.  Perhaps a variation on Arthur C. Clark's observation  Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I would consider the ability to consciously access universal information an advanced technology to be sure!

Where we lose by ignoring the Old Ones or destroying vestiges of their knowledge, is contemporary benefit.  For example, Author and Dowser (pendulum) Dan Baldwin wrote a book, They Are Not Yet Lost, about a team of people who are genuine psychics (many types) who volunteer their time to work with law enforcement (on request) to help locate missing persons.  Baldwin provides several true cases where information from universal frequencies, accessed by several people in different manner, lead to or greatly aided finding lost persons.  

These talents are real and everyone has the potential.  It appears to me that these were "technologies" greatly advanced by many of the ancient civilizations.  And, yes, when encountering someone who neither understands or practices such skills, the lesser may regard the higher as a "god" or someone possessing supernatural powers.

The teaching continues, albeit not always recognized.  Earlier I noted a very old teaching for living a better quality of life - don't do anything to someone else that you wouldn't want them to inflict on you.  That's a fairly easy to understand concept and, when practiced, makes for a society with greater freedom and prosperity.  Then, along comes some bearded white man who ramps up the frequency:  Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you.  A higher frequency thought.  Treat others the way I want them to treat me?  Profound.

Not every "gets it."  Those who don't get it, can't.  And it pisses them off.  So, they kill off the teacher (or at least chase him out of the country.)  Too late.  The teaching has been given.  The idea is alive and for those that can master it, will experience a more satisfying life experience.

We've learned that cataclysmic events happen.  Not just in the impossible-to-imagine past, but in the dim fringe of human memory.  Like any terrain, our Sun and Earth move through areas of the galaxy that are more or less crammed with debris, intense vibrations, and any manner of cosmic force that may cause abrupt changes in the interplay of earth, fire, air and water.  If we know the approach of a rough neighborhood, perhaps we can store the valuables for those who survive or come later.  We'd do that.  So did they.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Okay, so this is a re-post.  But I like it!

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 burning witches 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 a 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, even if subsequent coping may have embellished.

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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rethinking Just About Everything

I have to acknowledge that Graham Hancock knows what he talks and writes about.  He goes to the places he writes about, he studies the history of the place and the people, he interviews anyone and everyone he can regarding the subject (and he has written on many.)  I'm presently reading this gem, "Magicians of the Gods" as successor for his wildly successful "Fingerprints of the Gods" years ago.  I've always felt that Mankind has been on Earth in civilized fashion much longer than conventionally believed.  I'm not shocked or surprised at the evidence (yes, call it that, now) of ice age civilizations that were destroyed, suddenly it seems, in a catastrophic event that stopped the warming period ending the ice age and initiated another mini-ice age called the Younger Dryas, beginning about 12,800 years ago.  This coincides with the sudden demise of the great mammals.

It's a fascinating detective story, more the remarkable since it rings of truth.  Why such discoveries and knowledge is forbidden by so many baffles me.

More about it all HERE.