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

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.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Gingerbread House - Children's Advocacy Center - Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana

The new video explaining the work of the Gingerbread House has been released.  It does a fine job of describing what and how this recognized Children's Advocacy Center works.  Yours truly has a comment near the end.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Unhappy People!

           Tired of putting up with the same old stuff everyday?  Got the feeling that no matter what you do you won’t be allowed to get ahead?  Do you get angry when you look around and see injustice – people getting away things that you never could?  Got a resentment with God because you weren’t born into a rich family?  Could you add to this paragraph and make it pages long?

             If so, you may be an unhappy person.  I know you know that.  I also know that you sometimes want to go and slap those positive thinking fools who keep asking you to look on the bright side, or assure you that everything is for the good.  What do these idiots know about your pain and misery?  They haven’t a clue about how badly you feel.

            You’re right.  There’s only one person who knows how you feel and that’s you.  Because of that, you’re the only person who can make you feel better.  One reason you’re feeling so miserable is that you’re probably expecting someone else to do something to make you feel better.

            That can’t be done.   That’s mortgaging your happiness to the behavior of another.  It’s a bad investment because you have no control over what another person thinks or how they act.  You’ve already tried hard to get someone to do what you want them to do and probably wore and worried yourself out.  A lot of time and effort spent... for what?  No wonder you feel out of sorts.

            It doesn’t have to be that way.

            Ask yourself a simple question:  Am I supposed to be happy?

            Yes or no.  A “I’m not sure” or “I don’t know” is okay for the moment.   It’s a simple question but not always an easy one.  The more difficulty you have answering it the more likely you’re leaning towards “No.”

            There are many people who do not believe that they are supposed to be happy in their life; that suffering is built-in and, in some curious way, beneficial.  This is an old and strongly reinforced belief.  For instance, ever felt a tinge of guilt when you were having a good time?  A feeling, perhaps, that because you were enjoying something it meant that someone, somewhere, had to be miserable?  Perhaps when seeing someone having a terrible time, thinking “there but by the Grace of God is me?”

            Perhaps there are mild experiences such as feeling guilty only after a certain level of good feeling (joy) is experienced.  Are you thinking that it’s okay to feel a little bit good, but not too much?  After all, they’ve told you that you shouldn't have too much of a good thing.

            Says who?  How can anyone, especially you, have too much good?  Impossible.  Unless you hold a core belief that there is only so much good for all of humanity to share.  This belief is the old, reinforced, faith that perpetuates misery and suffering.  It’s taught over and over, through time, in many ways.  If you prosper, someone paupers.  Anything you have is at the expense of someone else.  You eat well only because what you eat has not been properly divided with those who have little to eat.  You selfish person!  How dare you accumulate when others desperately need your stuff.  You are incapable of making the correct choice, or decision, therefore you must have someone else decide what and how much you may be allowed to keep.  And, should you defy those who know better, then...  You know how it goes.

            The insidious belief is institutionalized.  It’s contagious.  It’s relentless.  That’s why it persists eon after eon.  It doesn’t have to be your problem.  If you can recognize the belief as an erroneous perception of universal activity, then you are on the road to feeling better about yourself and your life.  The insidious belief is powerful (due to the millions who give it thought) yet that doesn’t make it true.  (Well, it IS true for those who believe it - they literally create such misery for themselves.  The universe is absolutely fair about giving you what you think about.)  For the heretic, it’s not true, but a false understanding.

            The false understanding becomes the premise for syllogistic reasoning.  Syllogism:  a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion (as in “every virtue is laudable; kindness is a virtue; therefore kindness is laudable.”)  All humans are mammals.  George is a human.  Therefore George is a mammal.  If the major premise is true, then the conclusion is also true.  Regrettably, syllogistic reasoning is a process.  This means that a false (untrue) major premise can produce an equally false conclusion.

            “All teenagers cause trouble.  George is a teenager.  Therefore George causes trouble.”  Got it?  If the false premise is given great weight and authority, then who can dispute the “truth” of its conclusion?  “Great wealth comes from great crimes.  You have wealth.  You are a criminal.”  “All white people are racists.  You are a white person.  You are a racist.”  On and on.

            If the conclusion is untrue, then you are assured that the major premise is, charitably, false.  (A false major premise is often deliberate.)  This is how people “live a lie.”  It’s not a pleasant experience.   If a major premise is a deliberate lie, then the question begs:  Who profits?  That is, when people go along with the insidious belief, who benefits?  A champion no-brainer -  those who decide.  A.K.A. Those with power.  Therefore those who seek power over others perpetuate the insidious belief, which results in unhappy people.  The source of their power, then, is perpetuating unhappy people.

            You do not have to be among the unhappy people.

            You are not obliged to make unhappy people become happy (impossible!)
            If you can grasp that this is an infinite and, thus, unlimited universe, that is always increasing and expanding, then you will not be limited by the insidious belief.  This is the most direct way to become a happier person.  Whatever good, joy, benefit, fun, etc., that you have in your life adds to the universe rather than detracts.  No one suffers solely because you are not suffering.  No one is sick because you enjoy good health.  No one is homeless because you have a nice apartment or home.  No one is out of a job because you are employed.  Notice the missing element in this line of reasoning?  You are not guilty.  Guilt is the emotional poison  that permits the insidious belief to perpetuate.

            Being a good person, it is natural to desire good for others.  Denying yourself good does not work, has never worked, and will never work, because of the false major premise.  Think inductionThe process by which an electrical conductor becomes electrified when near a charged body, by which a magnetizable body becomes magnetized when in a magnetic field or in the magnetic flux set up by a magnetomotive force, or by which an electromotive force is produced in a circuit by varying the magnetic field linked with the circuit.  Radio.  Television.  Smart phones.  The same electro-magnetic process works with humans.

            You’ve experienced it.  Been in a room and sensed, or “felt”, the “atmosphere?”  Go to a political rally and become swept up with the theme?  Same for many church services.  Feel good around certain people?  Feel bad around certain people?  Just as you are affected, so you effect others.  That’s the most effective way to help others – be happy.  Maybe they’ll sense  some of it, and want more.  Now, granted, many unhappy people want to be happy but do not understand why they remain unhappy.

            It goes back to the insidious belief.  If someone is so entrenched with that zero-sum thinking, then it is almost impossible to conceive of the true premise.  As is said, those that get it, get it.  Those who don’t, can’t.  An analogy is attempting to teach a child algebra.  It doesn’t matter how well algebra is explained, nor how patient is the instructor (ideally a parent), if the youthful brain hasn’t developed its ability to abstract, then the child cannot grasp algebra.  He or she may understand letters – they make words.  He or she may understand numbers – they indicate how many of things.  But to understand how a letter represents a number is way too abstract for the concrete thinking process of the child – why is this letter among numbers?  So, just because someone can’t grasp the concept of infinite, unlimited universe, doesn’t mean he/she is stupid or whatever.  Their thinking is unable, at that moment, to make sense of it.  That is why you are unable to make unhappy people happy.  They have mortgaged their happiness.

            The best thing you can do for anyone, is be happy.  It really is that simple.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Some Folks Catch on Sooner

Alas, I’m not one of them, it seems.  I reflect back several decades and a conversation I had with a good friend who was one of those disgustingly cheerful, optimistic people.  I recall being shocked, shocked mind you, that my friend seemed to abdicate his adult responsibilities.  Yes!  He didn’t read the local newspaper, didn’t watch television news (this prior to the advent of 24 hours news streaming,  CNN, FNC, etc.) and didn’t pay attention to the news on the radio when he was listening.  How, I wondered, did he expect to be informed to make decisions at election time?  Or decide what organizations to support, or what groups to oppose, and so on.

“It’s not my business,” he remarked.  “Well, what is your business”, I challenged.  “Being happy,” he said with a grin.   Groan (thought yours truly.)

It’s taken a while for me to recognize the young adult genius the fellow possessed.  He had a focus most people I knew, including self, lacked – he knew what was most important to him.

Pondering over the years I came to understand that he wasn’t so much isolating himself from the state of affairs of others, but keeping himself tuned to those people and circumstances that resonated with him.  In other words, if something bothered him, he would change his focus so as not to be bothered.

My friend knew instinctively that whatever he gave attention, increased in his experience.  Focus on crime and you see more crime.  Focus on health, experience health.  Focus on illness and experience less health.  Focus on unhappy people and become unhappy.  Despite my deliberate efforts to be a good and honorable person I lacked, at that time, his wisdom on how best to assist others:  Be what you would like for others. 

It’s totally logical and in sync with great wisdom through the ages – a variation of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”    Be happy.  Isn’t that what you want for others?

I might be slow, but I get there.