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

Sunday, May 02, 2021

A Most Intriguing Conversation...

 ...between Bishop Long and Lindsey Higgins.  The discussion centers around Lindsey's incredible story of involvement with "abductions" and other visitations from what she terms non-human beings.  Her story was presented by Netflix in its series "Haunted", season one, episode five.   

Lindsey references a book just published that involves many of her paranormal experiences, Paranormal Pendulum II by Dan Baldwin.

Their conversation is filled with "thoughts that go bump in the night" thus the interview is presented here.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Love Transcends Dimensions...

...drives the plot in Christopher Nolan's motion picture INTERSTELLAR. If you haven't seen it, here is the "Reader's Digest" version.  But see it if you can.

Saturday, March 27, 2021


 In what seem to be very trying times, a bit of perspective may help.

 “Let one who seeks not stop seeking until one finds.  When one finds, one will be disturbed, when one is disturbed, one will be amazed and will reign over all.” 

 As they say, that’s a whale of a statement.  It’s fraught with perspective.  The first sentence instructs one to persevere until goal achieved.  The next sentence informs that the achieved goal, the find, will be disturbing.  Disturbed, in this sense, means to alter the position or arrangement of beliefs.  The rearrangement will be amazing, and will result in greater authority.

 In a sense, this is a two sentence explanation of spiritual evolution.  The greater the perspective, the greater the wisdom.  The greater the wisdom, the more satisfying the life.  The key point, in my opinion, is for one to understand that increased knowledge/perspective will reorder/alter previous beliefs/perspective.  In effect, you can’t have a greater perspective with old beliefs.

 I first encountered the intriguing statement years ago when reading Elaine Pagels “Beyond Belief” the secret gospel of Thomas (page 53.) According to Wikipedia:  The Gospel of Thomas (also known as the Coptic Gospel of Thomas) is a non-canonical gospel.  It was discovered near Nah Hammadi,  Egypt, in December 1945 among a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library.  The Gospel of Thomas differs from the canonical books in that it is a record of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus.  Less a narrative of the great teacher’s life, it purports to be a collection of what he said to his disciples.

 More on the Nag Hammadi Library and The Gospel of Thomas here.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

In These Troubled Times... they say, SMILE!  Even if others can't see it, smile!  From A Gnome, A Candle, And Me:


 I made it a point

To smile one day

despite what’s all around.

Grousing vanished,

moaning faded,

and complaining walked away.


No matter what,

I could see beyond

to glimpse the inner core

and that was a smile indeed.


After a while

those happy in their grief

stood further away,

and I had a marvelous day.


Guess who was grinning?

Wednesday, December 30, 2020


Do you mean it?  A happy 2021? (After what I went through in 2020?)  It’s not a wish, it's not magic.   It’s a matter of intent.  Your 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 traditional dreaded 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 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.”  Well, for each bill you received some service or item.  Enjoy that! 

You get the idea.  The more you do it, the easier it becomes.  In fact, if you really intend to have a fun 2021, and you begin using this declaration January 1, by the beginning of March you’ll think this way automatically.  You won’t pay much attention to that fact because you’ll be having so a good time.  You will literally think your way out of the doom and gloom that was called 2020. 

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, what you give your attention to.  Thoughts mean things.  Thoughts become things.  A thing un-thought never came to pass. 

If you truly want a fun 2021, use the magic word as well.  Go whole-hog – complaint free!

How much delight can you have in 2021?  All you want.

Those who get it, get it.  Those who don’t, can’t. 

Happy New Year!  (If you want it.)