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, December 01, 2018

The Wonderful Time of the Year

It's December!  Time to re-post the Christmas Thought That Goes Bump in the Night.


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, and of course the scourge of ISIS.   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.  Note:  It is possible that various translations of the paragraph may have embellished the telling.
 
Apollo 8 - Christmas from the moon.
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!



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Don't worry...


(Re-posting the Thanksgiving thought that goes bump in the night)

“Yeah, riiiight…”  “If you’re not worrying, you don’t understand the situation…”
Okay, we’ve all been there – had some irritatingly cheerful soul spout some nonsense about “don’t worry…think positive” or some such grating platitude, when we’re tangled with a situation that scares us.  What’s wrong with the goody-goody unicorn rainbow person that he/she doesn’t get it!  I’ve got to worry about it, because if I don’t…”

Stop it right there.  “I’ve GOT to worry about it, because if I don’t…”  Then what?  What WILL happen should you STOP worrying about something?

    • Is a loved one suddenly going to wreck their life because you stopped worrying?
    • Is some situation going to crater or explode because you stopped worrying?
    • Is someone going to think less of you if you stop your worry and suffering on account of someone else?
Well, maybe the latter, but that’s a relationship needing a re-set.
           
What IS worry, anyway?  Worry is creating something you do not want.  Worry is the action of focusing your thinking on something that you fear and do not want.  Now, how on earth does that thinking improve anything?  It can’t.  It only increases your awareness of what else is “wrong” or “un-desired.”  It’s very easy to worry about a mole hill - then find yourself with a mountain of grief.

The mental action we call “worry” is an energy launched at something that scares us.  “Oh, gosh, I sure hope Fred doesn’t eat too many sweets for Thanksgiving, it’s bad for his health.”  “The weather is terrible, I’m afraid Jane will have a wreck!”  Of course the mental activity can be more nebulous and manifest as a chronic dis-ease regarding certain people or situations.  I’ve even heard of physical manifestations – warts – in particular.  (Yes, worry-warts...)

There is a growing awareness of the connection between attitude, expectation, and health. Certainly some diseases and ailments are influenced by genetic factors, but attitude is very powerful. You’ve read accounts of “the will to live” working miracles in terminal cases. Conversely, gut-wrenching worry and complaining can screw up the heartiest of digestive systems. On the other hand...
Hank’s Curious Math
A lot of people worry about getting older, as if worry will somehow reverse the process. Perception continues to rule. You may know of someone who is “old” at thirty and others who are “young” at eighty. The difference? Perspective. A good example is Hank.
Jovial 60-year-old Hank is smitten with 30-year-old Bonita, who is equally enchanted with Hank. They become engaged. “Goodness,” Hank’s friends remark, in horror, that “she’s half your age!”
“She’ll catch up,” replies Hank calmly. “When I’m 90 she’ll be two-thirds my age.”
In Hank’s perspective, at some point in time, they may very well be the same age. It’s a curious math – but a great attitude!

People are going to do what they are going to do.  You KNOW this, you DO this.  Every two year-old will let you know “you ain’t the boss of me!”

Don’t Worry, be Happy!  Yeah, riiiiight!

Worried about someone’s health?  What can you do?  Be healthy yourself and envision them as healthy.   In the presence of such powerful vibration the dis-ease aligned with the EASE – and the person had what we consider an instant healing.  It CAN happen that fast.
           
People who are unhappy equally like to share their misery, or, in most instances, are so practiced in worrying and focusing on what they don’t like they lose their awareness of HOW they are thinking.  Adapting an old Soviet-era Russian joke:

            A Russian, an Englishman, and a Frenchman were walking along the road one day when they spotted a muddy lamp lying in the ditch. The Englishman picked it up and the Frenchman cleaned it. Suddenly, a Genie appeared in a puff of smoke. Greatly relieved to be free of her tiny prison, Genie offered to grant each of her liberators one wish.

            The Englishman thought for a moment. “Genie, I wish that I owned a great estate with a full staff to wait on me and my family.” Poof! It was done.

            The Frenchman thought for a moment. “Genie, I wish to be a famous poet and have hundreds of beautiful women clamoring to make love with me.” Poof! It was done.

            Genie turned to the Russian. “And what wish may I grant for you?”

The Russian thought for a moment. “My neighbor has a new car and I do not. Wreck my neighbor’s car!”

People think like that.  It’s the belief in a finite universe where there is a limited amount of everything including happiness and if someone HAS something, it is at the expense of someone else.  This is nonsense.  But it is an old and very entrenched belief.
Peace of Mind

If the Universe operated that way you could go to the hospital or wherever, get an injection of some terrible bacteria and become incredibly ill.  Once you became sick, then magically some sick person somewhere in the world would be cured.  You can try it.  In a fashion, many folks do.  But it doesn’t work.

So, don’t worry.  Be happy for this Thanksgiving!  


Monday, November 12, 2018

Law of Unintended Consequence


It’s not a real “law” of course, but you know what it means – it’s not possible to calculate every effect, every outcome, from a specific act.  And sometimes, the resulting effects were neither  expected nor intended.  There’s a whole lot of that going around right now.  And it’s creating a foundation for a robust and dynamic experience for many people, depending on what they ask for.

A good rule of thumb when asking for what you desire, is make damn sure you think it through so that you are truly asking for what you want.  You gotta be careful about asking.  For instance, take the situation in lore about Aurora (a.k.a. Dawn) and her lover, Tithonus.

Aurora was the goddess of, well, dawn.  In the course of her business she fell in love with that strapping human, Tithonus.  What a couple!  A perfect match!  Passion, romance, friendship and all around good times.  But, Aurora was smart enough to realize that this great situation couldn’t last, for a simple reason:  She was immortal and Tithonus would eventually dies (as all humans do.)

So Aurora gained an audience with Zeus, the apex god who could grant her wish.  Her wish was direct and to the point.  She asked that Tithonus live forever.  Zeus thought a moment and granted her wish.  From that instant forward, Tithonus would never die.
 
She knew what she wanted but didn't ask for it
(You know where this is going)  As the years passed Tithonus aged as a human.  Decades pass and the old, old man still breathes.  And so it went.  Tithonus continued to decay, but remained alive. 

Aurora failed to ask Zeus for what she wanted – eternal youth for Tithonus.

Words mean things.  Think about what you ask for.  You will get it.

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.