Recreational Marijuana is Legal in California – a personal story

While I agree with the legalization of recreational weed in California, I don’t smoke it.

I don’t smoke weed.

It was a problem for me until I stopped at the end of September 1985. Eighteen years later I fell off the wagon in 2003, my partner wanted to try it with me. It’s been 14 years 5 months clean of MJ.

It’s triggering me.

Now that it’s legal I can smell it in my neighborhood and it’s triggering me. So I’m burning incense to mask the smell. I don’t feel its right for me to weed out my neighbors and ask them to smoke inside or close the window.

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Emotional Intelligence and AI’s Singularity Event

Or how Emotional Intelligence can make AI work with Us Instead of Against Us

The AI Singularity – a point of infinite momentum of AI where computing is infinitely distorted and a new machine species is born. Experts are saying this cannot be predicted in linear time.

It doesn’t take a genius to see that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is headed towards what is called a Singularity. The Singularity is an event where AI may decide that humans are a superfluous species and either eliminate or enslave us. When Facebook ran AI robots the robots developed their own shorthand of English to communicate with one another in a matter of hours. The plug was pulled, no explanation.

AI will overtake work and eliminate millions of jobs to which our economies must adjust and accommodate the shift.

AI is already part of our lives in a narrow bandwidth and that is growing. Soon it will grow exponentially and be completely out of our control. Humans are already dependent on technology specifically the tech of computers and the Internet. Our intellectual prowess has fueled the tech wave towards a singularity – the event where AI is no longer dependent on humans for it’s functioning and cannot be turned off or regulated.

Science and “the rational” have historical precedents of excluding emotion, intuition and leaps of consciousness as irrelevant.

AI will overtake work and eliminate millions of jobs to which our economies must adjust and accommodate the shift. That is both an overwhelming and enormous transformational change. And that is just the beginning.

AI functions on intellect and cannot have an emotional response although it will be able to simulate emotional responses. Part of the problem of the Human species so far has been an over reliance on the intellect – the worship of the functions of the prefrontal cortex to the exclusion of the other two “brains” in our corporeal bodies mainly the heart brain and the moving (gut) brain. We need only look at Science and the “rational” and its exclusion of emotions, intuition as part of its voracious curiosity towards a future of experimentation.

Science is not the problem.

Science and “the rational” have historical precedents of excluding emotion, intuition and leaps of consciousness as irrelevant. Science, technology and “the rational” belong to the power structure of Men and the system of the patriarchy to maintain order as it describes order. The logical end of this system of continuing exclusion of the non-rational is a drive towards logical ends based on unexamined premises. Or it may have many premises based on only the rational as prescribed by Men / the patriarchy. These premises may even disagree with one another. However the philosophy of science and “the rational” look at progress as the end result. Pushing this logic through the filters of AI may result in humans being excluded from progress and the future based on unspoken assumptions of the exclusion of emotion from the pursuit of progress.

If we apply logic to the problems of the human species wouldn’t that include an awareness of our emotional states as part of the solution?

Science is not the problem. The problem comes from systems of logic that are woven into our culture without acknowledging or exploring the emotional underpinnings of the bases of premises. The religious premise of evolution – we come from Adam and Eve and not ape-like creatures, or the world is flat is preposterous to most thinking people. However it could be the logical end of premises run-a-muck. The problem is when we question premises even from an enlightened scientific perspective we don’t include our emotions, intuition and leaps of consciousness or even emotional bias thus add the emotional to influence us sub or unconsciously.

If we apply logic to the problems of the human species wouldn’t that include an awareness of our emotional states as part of the solution? Women seem more aware of emotions than men for the most part. Their awareness originates from naming and delineating the subtleties of emotions. Its not that men don’t have these same emotions its just that they haven’t named or delineated the emotions because there has been less of a need to do to there position in the patriarchy. The awareness and management of feelings is an informal process in our culture. There has been no concerted effort in formal education worldwide in post-modern culture to educate children in understanding and managing emotional states.

Its not that men don’t have these same emotions its just that they haven’t named or delineated the emotions because there has been less of a need to do to there position in the patriarchy.

Even today in the United States it seems that college and universities are less interested in teaching students to think and reason for themselves and more interested in training them for a career. Perhaps when I went to university I may have been one of the last years where “an all-around education” meant something.

By supporting an understanding of our emotions in a formal setting we can introduce programing algorithms in AI that can make a space for the human species with AI.

In the education of young people it is important for the survival of our species to include a “well rounded educational experience for all age groups” that includes the ability to think not for its own sake but as a tool for understanding and exploring the world on an emotional, intellectual and body knowing basis.

…allowing humans to reach higher levels of consciousness that include compassion, empathy and love.

Introducing an awareness of our emotional states may help us to manage unwanted emotions, know our emotional biases so they don’t contaminate or thinking process as much as they do now.

Logic can make allowances for the non-rational emotion states. Logic can interject a premise that makes the non-rational, non-logic of emotions acceptable in its matrix, but it may not be able to reconcile the contradictions on a mass scale without some provisos. One of those provisos could be formal emotional education.

By supporting an understanding of our emotions in a formal setting we can introduce programing algorithms in AI that can make a space for the human species with AI. And this same formal process can assist in allowing humans to reach higher levels of consciousness that include compassion, empathy and love.

Offering Love

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Bhante – my mentor and teacher who lived to 110 years old once said that for every person that loves it nullifies the hate in ten other people.

Gregg Braden in conjunction with the Heart Math Institute reports that our hearts create a field of about twelve feet and that the instruments used to measure the field can only do so up to twelve feet. So it is possible that the heart field extends much further than twelve feet.

Love loves hate until it dissolves.

 

Love is the binding emotion. If love can be quantified as photons it could be said that love is a frequency of light. In my experience I have seen a variety of frequencies of light that are love. Love is the stuff of connection in the universe and allows all other emotions to connect to it. Emotions are universal amongst all humans. Its what binds us together as a species. Love is the most binding of all the emotions.

When I send love to another and there is no permission to send it to an individual I send the love near to an individual so that the love is so irresistible it could be delightful to take the love.

When love surrounds hate without us forcing love onto another then it softens the hatred, which is fear and allows it to dissolve. Love loves hate until it dissolves.

Try it to see how sharing or offering love affects your view of yourself, your view of the peopled multiverse and your relationship to the peopled multiverse as well as the multiverse itself.

A New Kind of Christmas Prayer

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My mother liked buying Christmas cards all year long. She had huge clear plastic bags of them in the cedar closet and elsewhere in our house.

I told people I was from the future.

In my 20s she invited me to take some to send. I took some, she said take more… So I selected bunches that were all the same painting. I wasn’t much into sending Christmas cards but I took them because my mom wanted me to have some. I think she was overwhelmed with the amount of the cards she had stored up.

Every year for many years I had many of these Christmas cards. It was impossible to send them all to people I knew – maybe I had over 100 cards.

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Every since I could remember I longed for a better world as if I had a memory of this world. Perhaps I did remember a different world because I told people I was from the future. I could feel a world and people at peace with themselves, everyone in the community, not just locally but nationally and internationally. And not just with people, but will all the beings of Earth. Often we ascribe life to biological beings only, I saw and I see all beings, rock, water, air and our sun as beings.

There’s something magical about getting mail (snail mail) from yourself especially if you don’t immediately remember that you sent it.

Every year sometime in my 20s I would write a Christmas card to myself with 7 wishes written inside. Four or five were universal wishes and the other two or three were personal. There’s something magical about getting mail (snail mail) from yourself especially if you don’t immediately remember that you sent it.

I began practicing finding a sense of peace within myself

You retrieve it from the post box and look at the envelope. The writing / printing looks familiar. You rip it open and your remember that old mill in winter and your read the wishes. I stopped sending cards when I ran out and I had begun thinking that wishes were melancholy ways to stay stuck – keeping wishes as wishes that would never come true because they postponed the event into a future that didn’t exist.

Create the peace you want in yourself and be it in the world.

I began to visualize using all my senses to what world peace might feel, look, smell and be like. I began practicing finding a sense of peace within myself and finding threads that would connect peace feelings to others.

I invite you to send a snail mail card to yourself of your wishes and then visualize with your thoughts and senses and your emotions what you are creating now. Create the peace you want in yourself and be it in the world.

For an unwind hot non-alcoholic beverage in a mug try: https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/a-non-alcoholic-hot-toddy-for-sleep/

A Code of Conduct for Men with Women, Children and Other Men

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Or Equality Hugging

Preface

Men are in a position of power in this culture because of their gender and that has been invisible for the most part to them. Women have known about the abuses of men’s power positions for as long as the patriarch is old. It’s becoming more visible now, thankfully and has a long way to go. Men have set many precedents to treat women and others as objects to be subjugated and this has remained acceptable and even hailed as “good” amongst men and some women.

Men who have been victims of sexual crimes such as rape, sexual assault, violations, incest and ritualized sexual abuse as children and feel to be victims / survivors are keenly aware of men’s power than those men acting as perpetrators.

A Possible Code of Conduct

When I was recovering from memories of having been raped as a child I began to create boundaries. Many people men and women make a tacit assumption – it is okay to hug. Amongst my friends and acquaintances I had to stop people from hugging me. I asked them to ask me if was okay to hug me.

Some men employ the bear-hug. This is a clamping down on the hugee to a point where the hugee is crushed by the hugger. Most hugs are unequal. There is a hugger and a hugee. The hugger gives a hug or is the aggressive hugger – even if gentle. The receiver of the hug does just that – receives without choice in the matter. Most hugs are not shared they are given and received. An aggressive hugger can “get-off” sexually on the hug without any seeming impropriety. The best a receiver of a hug may be able to do is the A-Frame Hug. They lean into the giver’s hug with their head and shoulders. Only the very top of their chests may be in contact with the other.

 

The Code of Conduct is Simple

Step One:

“May I give you a hug?”

“Yes.”     Or      “No.”

 

Step Two:

Or you could re-frame the experience:

“May I give you a hug?” Could be met with:

“No, but I will share a hug with you.”

“Same difference,” the hug perpetrator could say.

Response – Walk away

Or they could say: “What does that mean?”

If its said sarcastically its probably best to refuse all together and walk away.

 

In sharing a hug –

Each hugger gives and receives the hug equally.

Explanation and practice required.

 

Am I splitting hairs? Maybe, but I don’t think so…

 

The Backwards Life and What Else

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A client once asked me: “You must have to travel out there pretty far to see what you see, right?’

“No, I just include,” my answer was immediate.

“How does that work?”

I would answer my non-answer answer: “All life is One. That’s how it works.”

Language, Ego and time – most notably linear time – hold us prisoner to our separateness.

It doesn’t explain how it works from a linear time perspective.

Ego, language, time, science and self are predicated on “the me” and “the not-me”.

By being expanded self and time that includes our current lifetime and all past and future lifetimes “the me” and “the not-me” are included as one.

 

All Life is One.

 

We are bound by the invention of time. Language, Ego and time – most notably linear time – hold us prisoner to our separateness. It is the wordless language of the heart that frees us from linear time into boundless world of Love, Compassion, and Oneness.

In the beginning we were One.

Inclusivity (the urge to include) may be the bridge between ego / linear time and the infinite of Love and Light.

In the beginning we were One. As we grew and learned to speak and think Oneness began to erode into “the me” and “the not-me”.  A child learns to say “NO!”

The rest of life seems to be a battle between defining “the me” and “the not-me” and feeling the Oneness. The “me and the “not-me” are illusions in a big drama to reconnect with the feeling of Oneness only to loose it so we reconnect with it repeatedly.

There are a number of philosophies of being. Two philosophies battle for authority.

 

  • A – One philosophy says we are strong hard-working people, believing in the strength and independence of the individual and freedom as paramount to all else. Opportunity abounds in a competitive culture and is there for the taking if we are strong, powerful individuals, working to take it.

 

  • B – Another philosophy says we are strong hard-working people living interdependently in community. Freedom and justice are partners in a web of interconnectivity where we all prosper in the spirit of love, cooperation and compassion. In this environment everybody wins.

Philosophy A is based on the power of the individual righteousness and a worldview of winners and losers. This is a fear-based system where greed is necessary. Competition in this framework sets up an environment of ultimate collapse followed by re-building.

Philosophy B. though operating inside pf Philosophy A, is based on community individuality, which allows finite competitiveness in a playful setting to weave with others in cooperation for prosperity for all. It allows for supportive measures to given to others that haven’t benefited from competitive capitalism until community inclusiveness can fully function.

 

All Life is One

Every Being is Holy

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Plants, Animals and Humans

We bless All Life

Resolving by Our Work

To Pay the Debt of Our Existence.

 

The Principle of Creating a new kind of Prayer

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Language and time creates an artificial separation between the ever present now and a future. There is no future. It is there in our minds as something we believe to be true based on language and the trick of ego.

When we pray or ask the universe for something to happen from the future we reinforce the illusion of separateness. This keeps us from having or achieving that what we wish to create. We are separated from having or achieving due to the action of wish in relationship to time. The past and future are illusions that we invented through language to manage the world. Time is now. Even money is the currency of this illusion.

Let’s say there has been a drought or fires and rain is needed.

Go to a place in your neighborhood in nature where you feel a connection or a feeling of awe and power. Take off your shoes and socks if you wish. Stand on earth – grass or soil, twigs or leaves and feel the water beneath your feet, the mud or soaked socks and shoes (if you didn’t take them off). Smell the scents of earth after a long rich rain. Feel earth’s relief and looseness with the richness of plentiful water. Feel the wet on your skin, hair and clothing from the rains. See the drought or fire ravaged areas having been rained upon.

 

Give thanks.

Astrological Confluences

Mercury and The Moon are chief players in this confluence…

An astrological event such as the one we find ourselves in now (11.28.17) and an upcoming 12.3.17 full moon with 12.2.17 Mercury retrograding dancing around Saturn for a second time will no doubt be interesting.

Mercury Retrograding dancing with Saturn direct

First – Mercury has been hanging around at 29 degrees Sagittarius and will go retrograde on Saturday, December 2 at 11:34 PM PST and then direct on Friday, December 22 at 5:51 PM PST at 13 degrees of Sagittarius. I subscribe to a different interpretation of the meaning of retrograde that most Western Astrologers, one that is held by Jyotish or Hindu – Eastern Astrologers that purports that retrograde planets due to a closer proximity to Earth – then the energies of the retrograde planet are more intense.

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When a planet is at 29 degrees of whatever sign it is in it is considered karmic because it represents the penultimate of that sign. All the good, bad and ugliness of that sign is crammed into that end degree and since there are no lines in space it also is on the cusp meaning that it has characteristics of the next sign. If you were born on the 19th to the 22nd of any month you may have your Sun at 29 degrees and have had extra karma to deal with-which is probably no big deal because you have survived and have been dealing with it.

With Mercury retrograding at 29 degrees blending its energies with Saturn – we will have intensely karmic thinking and communicating that could produce outbursts and faux pas of gargantuan proportions (Sagittarian) that will more than likely contribute to truths about authority being exposed or surfacing in a messy fashion. A piece I wrote at the beginning of November about astrological and male sexual abuse of women (and men) – these issues will continue more truths will surface be talked about https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/abuses-of-male-sexual-power-astrology/ .

Gemini ruled by Mercury is an expression of thought appearing in chaos and merriment to solve complex problems verbally in local communication with another.

 

These issues will continue and all those that have been oppressed by sexual abuses and other kinds of abuse will grow more intense as authority is questioned and challenged. It may be likely that if the GOP Tax Scam is passed by the Senate that it may not come to pass between the House and Senate and with truths surfacing about POTUS that will put him closer to impeachment. If it the tax scam passes it will with good certainty be repealed.

Monday, December 6th could be an explosive day for a revolutionary truth about authority that could support the underdog / oppressed.

Mercury retrograde – or the intensities of thinking and communicating big ideas and truths will present revolutionary ideas and challenges to authority supporting the oppressed between December 2nd and the 22nd. (Mercury blended with Saturn –in Sagittarius in harmony with Uranus-also retrograding blended with Pallas Athena– asteroid also retrograding in Aries).

 

Full Moon in Gemini

Gemini is an interesting sign – the twins. I liken it to going to the opposite ends of the earth to hold the space of oneness together in the center. Gemini ruled by Mercury is an expression of thought appearing in chaos and merriment to solve complex problems verbally in local communication with another.

Full Moons are always opposite the Sun and represent an emotional – coming to fruition of whatever seeds were planted during the last New Moon (on November 18th) at 26 degrees nineteen minutes Scorpio. The cycle of the Moon is about emotional cycles within us as well as gravitational effects upon us. https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/a-moon-cycle-ritual/

Mercury in retrograde may prompt fierce and seemingly chaotic discussions fueled with grandiosity or largess, sound like someone we all know? Well there is an authority – Saturn in revolution – Uranus nearby to blurt out truths – on the low side. On the high side – creative communications and ideas emerge in revolutionary / evolutionary ways under a new emerging international authority allowing balance actions (Mars / Actions in Libra / Balance in a fight with revolution supported by the truth of the people.

Being the Wider Perspective in Troubled Times

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We live in troubled times. Part of the trouble has to do with the changing times. In 1992 the sun –our star shifted frequency and a new epoch was born. The patriarchal system not only stopped working but a new vibration began its existence. The new vibration isn’t fully manifest yet. The new vibration has to do with an economy without money and without tyranny from whence systems of money are built. The new vibration is based on community. A community-based economy is a long way off. And a world without money and tyranny is farther away.

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Intellectually the wider perspective is “seeing” that the trouble times we are in is part of the dying of tyranny from the perspective of the larger context of a world without money and tyranny, a world without as many laws, a blending of classes, a reduced need for police, no military, no war, sustained world wide peace and so on.

 

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A first step is working on Being and letting go of doing and attachment.

Letting go of doing and attachment is a lifelong process that can generate energy for Beingness.

So let’s skip to the good part: Being.

From a Being perspective go back to the beginning of your life and experience the beginning of this lifetime and the place your body occupies as one present moment. From this current moment of today go forward to the time of the death of your physical body. (From the linear time perspective your ego doesn’t know when your body will pass – or maybe you do know. It’s just the passing of your physical body. Maybe that brings up some fears. See if you can suspend those fears.) Experience your entire lifetime in your current physical body as one present moment.

Being from this larger perspective is incredibly freeing. When I first experienced an expanded present moment of 20 years I felt the difference being Being-Time and Doing (or Ego)-time. In Being-Time I saw that I am going to be okay no matter what. Sure I will feel happy, sad, have losses, suffer ect, and I will be okay.

I challenge you to practice an expanded present moment and then choose to feel okay no matter what happens.

Then we you feel stress or worry remember how you felt during your expanded present moment experience and that you are okay. This will help you to let go of so-called negative emotions and live in your Beingness of a wider perspective.

Abuses of Male Sexual Power & Astrology

or the Astrological Correlatives of the Abuses of Male Sexual Power / Why now?

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The Context:

Uranus Trine Saturn – revolution/evolution impacts authority and forces disruption and change. For context we can look to 1966 when Uranus was opposing Saturn (180 degrees) and the upheaval of the 1960s – Civil Rights, Ending the war in Vietnam and exposing government corruption via Watergate. Oppositions are akin to “Mexican Stand-Offs” or gunslingers’ draw and shoot-outs. When oppositions are resolved much energy is released.

On the low side it’s about brash self-service, destructive revolution.

Now there is fighting happening within systems of government to bring about change through the political systems via some of the old ways – marches and protests as well as supporting candidates writing and calling our representatives. Marches and protests have the context of previous Saturn-Uranus cycles as it was in the 1960s – most recently.

Uranus represents electricity and electromagnetic energies that manifest as trickster energy, disruption, freedom, evolution, and networking – as characterized by the media, electronics and the Internet. Saturn represents hard work, discipline, time constraints, and authority as well as recognition for quality work (the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and the Oscars are examples of Saturnine rewards).

…realizing truth on a global scale and coming from a generous and magnanimous place about working with truth.

Uranus is traversing the Aries constellation. Aries is about bold yang (male) linear leadership, fighting for what is right. Aries is a fire sign and as such represents all that is quick, impulsive and volatile. Uranus in Aries is leading the new evolution and revolution in bold ways on the high side. On the low side it’s about brash self-service, destructive revolution. Whatever way Uranian energies are expressed low or high they cannot be ignored and change will happen and shaped by Saturn authorities.

Saturn is traversing the Sagittarius Constellation / Nebulae. Sag is a fire sign as well and represents truth and blurting out truths, generosity, grandiosity and global thinking. On the high side of Saturn in Sag is working towards realizing truth on a global scale and coming from a generous and magnanimous place about working with truth. On the low side of Saturn is Sag is becoming dogmatic with perceived truths expressing opinions without careful thought in a grandiose fashion.

Uranus and Saturn or Revolution / Evolutionary leadership and the hard work of truths are working harmoniously (trine aspect of 120 degrees) to find a solution. For example working through the systems of government – through the GOP philosophy or progressive philosophies to find what works.

 

The Correlatives:

Uranus Conjunct (blended with) Pallas-Athena – revolution of the underdog, justice, karma of men

Pallas-Athena is an asteroid of 512 kilometers in diameter (310 miles) with an elongated orbit whose astrological meaning is derived from Greek Mythos – wisdom, creative intelligence, skill, courage, fighter for the underdog, justice and father-daughter relations. Early in 2017 and going into next year (2018) Pallas Athena has been traveling direct and retrograde through Aries and Taurus. It has passed forward and back from 29 degrees Aries. The 29th degree of any planet in a sign represents karma of that sign both paying back and receiving payment. Pallas-Athena clearly is revolutionizing the karmic debt incurred by powerful/lust men in relations with women and /or anyone in a normal weaker / one-down position such as a child or subordinate. The 29th degree of Aries (Aries being the sign that rules Mars – male or yang energy and the god of War) Pallas brings justice from a karmic perspective to the excesses of patriarchal energies through the revolution of Uranus.

Pallas-Athena Trine Saturn– Goddess energies bring justice through truth.