Consciousness, Memories, Multiple Realities and “Past Lives”

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Arising Questions and Background

In the previous piece I posited that Past Lives could be just memories of past lives instead of having lived a past life or lives.

  • Is it One or the Other?
  • But why can’t it be both?
  • Does it have to be limited to two possibilities?
  • Or is it none?

Before I discuss the possible answers to these questions here there are some experiences I’ve gathered during my service as a shaman:

I was asked to “look in on” a recently passed mother. I saw her in a rocking chair looking out a bay window at a field of clouds with angels playing harps. She was in a two story white house flanked by a very large oak tree on a mound surround by “fields of clouds”. Her son told me that she had a favorite rocking chair and the house I described was her family home in Kansas surrounded by wheat fields. A man was on a four-masted schooner at the wheel clad in beige foul-weather garb from head to toe in a raging storm having the time of his life after his death. I was told he loved sailing. I entered a dream of a man taking field trips to the other side riding around in an Indian Motorcycle with a side-car in Ohio and Illinois of the 1940s. He woke from his dream and said tell him (meaning me) I’m not ready to go yet. His relative said he told her this as he woke up and used my name. A friend who passed a number of years ago told me “There is so much love here.”

A man went to a local hospital for routine surgery and died on the operating table. His ghost walked home to his home in the mountains. For a few years he didn’t know he was dead. When he realized it I opened a space so he could “pass” to the “next world”.

I worked with a woman in her family home and a ghost that had haunted the place. She found out the story after she moved in. The story was a teenage boy lived with his father who was a retired military officer – his mother had passed years ago. He killed himself by firing a shotgun in his mouth. She had had psychics from a local “psychic institute” come to exorcise the ghost. When the ghost threw things at them they ran away. The young man didn’t know he was dead. He thought of the woman’s teen daughter as his girlfriend and didn’t want to leave. She didn’t want him to leave either. And there was some service he was to do for his “girlfriend”. A number of years later just after the young woman got her automobile license she was driving through her town and hit a tree. He pulled her down and the steering wheel went through where she had been. I gave her instructions on how to release him and she did and he “went to the next world”. She went to college.

My Guides came to me four days before my father passed and told me that he didn’t have enough light to get to the other side. (The energies of light and love are of equal vibration when love has no object. The killer of love is fear that is often expressed through acting-out anger. Acting out anger is addictive because it creates the illusion of power and is accepted in our hierarchical patriarchal epoch as the norm. My father’s light was eaten by his anger and fear). My Guides asked me if I would give some of my light to my Father to assist him to pass to the world of Higher Love. I said yes. On the day of his death – the 55th anniversary of my birthdate I watched the process of his death, which was a learning experience set-up my Guides.

Inside each of us is our essence – a core of light that “resides” within us beginning at the crown chakra at the top of our heads – a light that follows the spine to the root chakra near the end of our spines. This light frequency is held in place by the variety of frequencies in our physical bodies. Outside of our bodies are layers of our EM (electromagnetic fields) sometimes referred to as an aura. The aura is our light body. Excessive anger / fear and other chronic negative emotions may eat away the light body.

When life ceases and the brain goes dead, approximately twenty minutes later the light of the essence combines with the light of the body to create the tunnel of light reported in near-death experiences. This is what I saw during my father’s passing. His presence in image form appeared to me twice and he spoke once immediately after his passing.

Granted, these are experiences after this life ceases and it does lend credence to the continuation of life – as in reincarnation.

  • Is it One or the Other?
  • But why can’t it be both?

It’s at least both: meaning reincarnation (past lives) really happens and /or we can access memories of past lives.

  • Does it have to be limited to two possibilities?

No it can be more than two possibilities and I don’t think I have the mental capacity to hold more than these two possibilities at this time that could be plausible.

 

 

Deconstructing the Present

 Taking suggestions from the line of thinking that emerges from this piece and the previous one we could construct a linear past and a method to “travel” there at least theoretically.

memories created “one or two seconds ago” are mediated experiences of reality and is not reality itself.

The simplest answer is: by folding space we can “travel” to a past that we co-create based on our projected memories and ideas from consensual public history. Before we get “there” in the “past” it may be important to deconstruct how we live in the “present”.

First: Our most sophisticated ideas are mediated and shaped by a symbolic technological system called language. So any reality we may experience even the most ineffable and spiritual experiences are changed when we think (verbal or visual thinking), talk or write about the experience.

filters constricts/allows/defines how we receive information from our environment and is shaped by how we interact with it through biological, genetic, societal, familiar and individual both cultivated in the present and based on historical beliefs

Second: If memories are parts of our personalities instead of stand-alone objective observations of history this raises profound questions about our personal memories of our own past. Even collective memories such as The American Revolutionary War and the beginnings of the USA nation in 1776 are based on information organized around agreed-upon facts and woven into narratives created by individuals. All shared memories appear to be mediated experiences even through reflection we are sharing memories with ourselves. As such memories created “one or two seconds ago” are mediated experiences of reality and is not reality itself.

Without memory we would have no identity.

Third: What is reality? Reality as we experience it is filtered through a variety of perceptual faculties including: sight, sound, olfaction, auditory, tactile, sense of direction, sense of balance, sense of orientation in space and time and language, thought and emotional / intuitive experiences, memory and its constant reference to other thoughts in an associative fashion and more… Each of these filters constricts/allows/defines how we receive information from our environment and is shaped by how we interact with it through biological, genetic, societal, familiar and individual both cultivated in the present and based on historical beliefs. Quantum physics has proven that observation of quanta phenomenon changes when an observer experiences / participates with it. In other words our participation of what’s “out there” is created through perceptual filters, mediated by thought and communication and is essentially created by us and projected out into the world. This is a cool idea but when we begin to examine it more closely it means that the reality that humans experience is an agreed upon lie or an illusion. Perhaps it is only a lie or illusion because as a species we don’t or can’t yet take responsibility for the reality we create both individually and collectively. Inside the human experience – that excludes the quanta world it is not a lie or an illusion. It seems real. The laws of Newtonian Physics are only true when quantum physics are not considered.

Fourth: Space and Time. Time cannot exist without space in a Newtonian world. Present time is fleeting. It quickly becomes memory. We don’t ordinarily think of memory as a perceptual facility, but it is. Without memory we would have no identity. The tragic advance of Alzheimer’s shatters identity by destroying long and short-term memory. Both Dementia and Alzheimer’s are diseases that are considered terminal. When long-term memory is destroyed the personality disappears and disorientation abounds. Short and long term memory are parts of the personality that is a sense like sight or olfactory sensations. The memory is a sensation that displays some evidence of the passage of time. The passage of time is also evident in thinking and recording past events as we remember them and they are always associated with space. Observations recorded in the present moment based on the number of rings in a tree, for example are built on previous observations which in-turn are based on personal and /or collective memories.

Being or Eternal time is rarely experienced because it exists outside language and outside biological time

Fifth: Language, Memories and Consciousness in linear time and space assist in co-creating reality. In NDE (Near Death Experiences) sometimes people report meeting relatives that have passed on. When my father passed through the tunnel of light it was his auric field in spin. Meeting his passed-on relatives was at the end of his dispersing auric field. At first he met his relatives as he remembered them and they were just his memories. A little while after connecting with his memories of them their essences or spirits merged with his memories of them to create interactions. A similar principle is at work when we reunite with friends and relatives in our current life – memory and other perceptual filters interact with the person or persons we are meeting to create a space for communication and sharing. It isn’t just memory based on recognition of the person we are meeting it is the richness of experiences or a personal history contained within our memories as encoded in our neural net. From the time we mastered language and communication our brains have been re-wired to filter all other perceptual filters through language. Verbal and written languages are the passports to link with community, society and civilization; and help define our place in that culture.

Sixth: Beyond Linear Time. Being or Eternal time is rarely experienced because it exists outside language and outside biological time. Being time can be experienced in rare moments of expanded consciousness that seem to happen by accident or they can occur through the meditative experience. Being time is impossible to be adequately described in words because it exists outside linear time. However once we begin to describe it, it automatically loses value because our ego gets attached to it and says: “Hey look at me, I’m special I have gone outside of time.” Being time transcends a linear time experience of the present and can include past, present and future as one large present moment. In trying to explain or describe it, it loses its meaning. Being time is consciousness transcending linear time to live in a larger place.

Seventh: I am reminded of sharing a stupid game I used to engage in while at church to occupy my time while the priest mumbled words in Latin. I used to call it: “If there wasn’t a me, what would there be” game. I’d think back to being a small child, imagine being a baby, imagine being in the womb and before birth and driving myself a little crazy – going to the brink as it were. “Okay, its time to come back now,” I’d coax myself and soothe myself to “returning” to life as a pre-teen. Later in Senior Literature class we discussed unusual experiences. I shared the experience and one of my classmates told me that I was trying to conceive of nothingness. Because it had been given a name I could no longer summon the experience. Shamans often go to the void. The void is the place of nothingness. When I “go there” there is no “I” that experiences the nothingness. I only know that I’ve been there by the results – all that is superfluous is stripped away. Others people have claimed they have experienced “nothingness” and found God or have mistaken insignificance and being infinitesimal for nothingness. Some shamans having “returned” from the void are catatonic for days and even weeks due to the residuals of nothingness.

Eighth: The world as we know it is built on quantum dimensions we would consider to be counterintuitive. Yet when we interact with quantum phenomena the experiences are defined by our participation strongly suggesting that the reality we experience is an internal experience projected “outside”. Quantum physicists suggest that as many as nine dimensions help support the world that we co-create with our surrounding immediate Newtonian world.

Humans seem to have the ability to reflect on their actions or thoughts.

Ninth: Every human experience is filtered through a perceptual faculty. The obvious senses: visual, olfactory, tactile, auditory, kinetic, and so on are the obvious perceptual faculties. The less obvious fall into the realms of biology, time, language and consciousness. Biology consists of systems such as endocrine cycles through hormone baths in the body are ways to gauge time outside language. The survival of a species depends on memories of events which threaten the life of the species and this is recorded in the patterns of genes and chromosomes, hormonal cycling, neuron firing patterns – these are some of the biological features of survival that also includes procreation of said species. Denial of climate change is a kind of sensory blocking that threatens species survival and reinforces specific artificial environments that are divorced from biological cues for a species survival for example.

Tenth: Humans seem to have the ability to reflect on their actions or thoughts. Consciousness may also be a perceptual faculty. Wikipedia defines Consciousness as –

Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself.[1][2] It has been defined variously in terms of sentience, awareness, qualia, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood or soul, the fact that there is something “that it is like” to “have” or “be” it, and the executive control system of the mind.[3] In contemporary philosophy its definition is often hinted at via the logical possibility of its absence, the philosophical zombie, which is defined as a being whose behavior and function are identical to one’s own yet there is “no-one in there” experiencing it.

It may be that consciousness is the only state that can survive the death of the physical body. From a being perspective consciousness can experience a lifetime as one present moment. As modern peoples we are so identified or attached to the stuff of life and ego this is “me” and this is “not me” that being – that which is not attached to anything or person or to the self can experience a lifetime of being – an ineffable quality that transcends to mundane. It’s also impossible to describe or define it without diminishing or making the experience profane.

 

Some thoughts about time travel

 Theoretically time travel could be generated through enormous amounts of electromagnetic energy to fold space and “travel” back in time. There may be a interaction between my memory and the denizens to re-create time with the memories of those in that time space continuum. Part of the problem with “the past” as language teaches us to conceive of it as a “place” when it is just a memory of place. If we were to literally pin-point a “place and time” in the past would we not recreate that past as we remember it. It wouldn’t be the past as we experienced it when it first happened but as we remember it now. So-called paradoxes of meeting yourself in the past wouldn’t be you, but they would be you as you remember them now with a different perspective etc. so they might resemble you in some fashion but there would be differences.

set off a series of 100-megaton nuclear bombs

Early time travel science-fiction stories reported minor changes in the time-line that significantly changed the present time line when the travelers returned to it. I think major changes – such as stopping or instigating a cataclysmic event could be the only way to alter the time line. Would there be an alternate reality? Probably not. The alternate reality might exist in a potential state but not in a corporal state. One altered reality might be formed in the past, but participants in that reality would not return to the original reality that they had left and would not know the difference because their memories would be altered too fit the new time-line.

“Traveling” or expanding through consciousness may be the only entree into “the past”.

Time Travelers Z, D and M travel to a specific date in the past and set off a series of 100-megaton nuclear bombs. The new reality going forward is supported by 8 to 9 quantum realities some of which may temporarily manifest as corporeal, but eventually fade to support one corporeal world. When Z, D and M return to their starting point they forget the world they started from by the nature of the changes they made in the past. Memories are recreated the present based on the new present they created in the past.

Or if time traveler P went “back” in time ten years to save her husband from a drowning accident and then traveled forward to the time she left then:

  • Her husband may have died in another or similar accident in the interim
  • Her return to present time she may find a different woman, similar to herself and married to the husband she saved.
  • She may return to find no husband and no record of her ever having existed.
  • She returns to find that her husband has survived and is married to another woman because she died.
  • She travels to the past and is absorbed into the person she was then thus merging with her old self and her husband drowns
  • She travels to the past saves her husband and is absorbed into the person she was then thus merging with her old self and lives on.

If we operate along the merging of memories when we meet someone we know creating reality as we go then we may cease to exist when we meet ourselves in the past or may not recognize ourselves because of the different memories especially if memory is one of the chief perceptions that create reality.

 

Lots of theories, lots of ifs…

 

“Traveling” or expanding through consciousness may be the only entree into “the past”.

 

 

NOTES:

https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/transcend-space-time-be-in-the-light/

 

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/coming-to-grips-with-the-implications-of-quantum-mechanics/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness?wprov=sfii1

 

Past Lives – The Other Explanation

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or Explorations into Memories and Consciousness

Beginning in the 1960s many people in the Western World became fascinated with “past lives” due to emerging contacts with eastern religions. The fascination with past lives continues to persist today for many people.

memory is of another life that we lived previous to this one

How can many people claim to have had a past life of a famous person? How can this be true? How many thousands claim to be the King of Prussia or Cleopatra? How could it be possible that many people claim to be famous persons? Is this not impossible?

From a linear perspective if could be true if we could hold composite beings within us – 2 or 3 personalities in us simultaneously not just with regard to famous people but anyone. Or from multi-dimensions many people could have been a famous person from the past.

All of “the past” is built on memory

If we begin to look at past life memories from a quanta perspective then past life memories take on a different mindset. Quantum physics experiments that have been replicated report that our inner experience is projected on the “outer” world and that is our reality.

The past is a made-up fiction.

When someone mentions “past lives” our automatic association lead us to think that the memory is of another life that we lived previous to this one, as in reincarnation and the working out of karma. When talking about past lives the only access we have to them is through memory.

Memories are part of our personalities

Therein lies the rub. All of “the past” is built on memory whether it is personal memories or agreed-upon collective memories often recorded in books; written or re-written by the victors in war.

The past is a made-up fiction. The past doesn’t exist in the past along a time line of past, present and future – that’s a structure we use to organize memories. The “past” exists in the present as memories. The “past” doesn’t exist as an event that happened “back there”. Memories are part of our personalities and exist in part based on artificial constructs of the tech of language and a creation we invented called: linear time. The technology of language as a base allows us quite organically to create time and the precise measurements of time. The structures of language both oral and written have encoded our neuronal pathways with associations that are part of memories. Other parts of memories may include visual stimuli – photographs, cinema, and nuances in our immediate environment, olfactory triggers and so on. Our personal histories are composed of memories which define who we are as humans in the present. All of our memories, conscious and unconscious exist in the brain in present time.

Maybe our thinking is backwards

Dipping into “past life memories” could be as likely as having lived those lives. Past life memories could be accessed in the present from any life needed to help complete our story. In other words – we weren’t Napoleon, Saint Francis of Assisi, and Thomas Jefferson / Mother Theresa, Isis, and Margaret Sanger, we just dipped into the memories of one life or other and were wowed by the feeling or reality, the details we couldn’t have known (but someone did – not public knowledge).

As humans we think of ourselves as separate from others

Just as Jung wrote about the Collective Unconscious, these are collective memories. Where are collective memories stored? How do we access them? Maybe our thinking is backwards regarding the Collective Unconscious, collective memories and collective consciousness. The neuronal structures of the brain are transmitters for the collective consciousness and other collectives such as the unconscious and memories. The brain housed within a human body is not as separate from one another as we might think. If we originate from a larger collective consciousness and are expressed as an individual person we no longer have the capacity to think or remember the larger consciousness in the same way the collective consciousness acts through a planet Earth human.

have accessed the memory from collective consciousness

As humans we think of ourselves as separate from others and this is reinforced through the tech of language. Through the perception of sight I see objects in space. I see these objects in space because the space appears invisible. This assures me that I am separate and separated from another person. Invisible space is filled with a variety of energies including electromagnetic (EM) energy as generated by my physical body. The EM field surrounds and interacts with others in my vicinity and may be augmented by other artificial fields generated by cell phones, WiFi and infrared signals. Biological and non-biological forms emit EM energy. The EM energy could either hold collective consciousness or be a lens for parts of collective consciousness or collective memories to become available to an individual.

So when someone claims to have lived a life in the past an alternative explanation could be that they have accessed the memory from collective consciousness. Examples of collective consciousness could be displayed in a number of ways. When I was about 14 years old I wrote a short about a submarine shrunk down and injected into the body of a human to destroy a clot in the heart. Many months later Isaac Asimov published his book “Fantastic Voyage”. My first thought was he had stolen it from me. But logically that wasn’t true – it would have been more likely that I had stolen it from him – which I knew wasn’t true either. I decided it came from a kind of collective consciousness. There have been times in the Los Angeles area that movies with similar themes have been made without the writers knowing about they other writers…

Why I Used To Hate Cellphones

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Correcting technology for use instead of being a tool of technology and how I turned handicap into advantage.

 

I have a dumb phone. Though I have been strongly encouraged to get a smart phone and I say no.

to test this out I got an iPod touch

Texting on a dumb phone began to become tedious, difficult and then impossible. The buttons were too small, my fingers hurt from stabbing buttons and I would invariably miss a letter that spell check couldn’t correct. Why? The combination of the small buttons close together and arthritic fingers twisted around on key texting fingers.

I considered getting an iPhone in the 00s. So to test this out I got an iPod touch – an iPhone without the phone part. This was fruitless as well. The portrait buttons were too small and I missed multiple times and the landscape buttons same.

I began to resent my dumb phone from ringing when I was in the middle of a conversation with someone in the same room as me.

I was saved from iPhone and smartphone addiction by a cruel twist of fate – to quote Bob Dylan and that was a silver lining.

Eventually I turned the vibration thingy off.

Then I began to resent my dumb phone from ringing when I was in the middle of a conversation with someone in the same room as me. So I switched it to vibrate. Most of the time others couldn’t hear it unless I was alone with one other person or the room was quiet and I was leading a meditation.

I’m practicing being present without tech to distract me.

Eventually I turned the vibration thingy off. I explained to friends, clients and associates that they could call my landline or my cell and leave a voice mail. I told them that the best way to reach me by phone in-person was my landline. That they could only leave a message on my cell and that I used my cell to make brief out going calls – only. And I use it for the alarm x2 to 3 per day.

I also tell friends, associates and clients that they can text me. Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes I can sent and receive texts on my iPad Pro 9.75” – due to the bigger keys, less likely to hit the wrong key. The difference between an iPad and a cell phone is its bigger (duh) and I don’t take it out and use it unless I choose. I’m not used by it as much as I would if I had my cell phone ringer on.

Believe me I am distracted enough by my own errant thoughts than to add tech to the mix.

Now when I’m with someone a cell phone or my iPad does not interrupt me either. I’m practicing being present without tech to distract me. Believe me I am distracted enough by my own errant thoughts than to add tech to the mix.

 

 

A Short Story: Rump, Impeachment and the 2020 elections

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America will need healing on a massive scale

Here is a short science-fiction story: Some time back I made a prediction based on visions that were revealed to me that Rump would leave office in June of 2019.

https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/vision-and-the-headline-reads/

Fact or Fiction?

Recently that changed and I saw him completing his term.

That lasted until today when I received new information that the impeachment process will begin on June 1, 2019. When it nears completion in August or September (or during its process) it’s likely that Rump will do one of the following:

  • Create or foment a crisis to sway the impeachment vote and invoke Marshall Law
  • Have a medical emergency and leave office
  • Leave office before the final vote but not resign
  • Resign and be pardoned by Tence
  • Arrange for an “accidental” death of a Senator
  • Be the first president to be impeached.

If Rump is nominated to be re-elected the impeachment process would be catastrophic to his re-election bid.

Nevertheless America will need healing on a massive scale.

My Fiction Writing Process

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Long ago, in my late 20s, I found that establishing a rough ending to any fiction story whether it be a novel or short story was necessary to avoid wild uncontrollable tangents.

I don’t believe in writer’s block

After establishing a rough ending, then in the course of the story, most often a novel I have a rush to get to the end.

“Let’s get this over with,” I say to myself.*

“I’m tired of working on this. Let me move on to something else I’m not going to finish… yet.”

When the magical thinking tangent happens

So I write an intelligent action story with plot points, twists etc. I know I’m off base when I start to set up something (a tangent) that’s about to introduce super powers inconsistent with the powers that be and set the story in a different less character intimate magical thinking type thing.

When the magical thinking tangent happens I can usually do one of two things. One: go back into the story and look for a place where the new material can be set up in a way consistent with the story. Or Two: delete the section I’ve just written because it doesn’t fit.

the previous observation could be an analogous tangent

Since I don’t believe in writer’s block, I’ve come to see that blocks are temporary pauses to step back and run scenarios or do something else – like write this process blog piece. (Although in writing the current novel – Extreme Measures book 5 of a nine book Sci-Fi series is in the 4th chapter of non-stop action.) Meditation helps to clear the slate and wait for the story’s consciousness to pop up a way forward.

Find your voice.

Characters and the story that they find themselves in, have a life of their own. This could also be said of our lives through the voice of a Higher Self, an AI observer or God looking in on the course of our story. Or the previous observation could be an analogous tangent.

Writers have their processes. Most teachers of writing impart: “Write. Find your voice. No one can tell you how to become a good writer. It’s work. Keep going.”

I have a friend who is a retired advertising executive / writer who told me my writing process was wrong. I more she spoke about my process the more irritated I became. I finally told her that I was ending the conversation because I didn’t want to argue with her.

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* When I want to write quickly to the ending of the story I may let myself do that and then go back and add the other stuff. However it’s far easier to allow conflict and blocks to character forward movement in the form of the main action and weaving sub-plots during the course of moving towards the end than to go back and add it later. The step-by-step process is enticing and exciting for me. And I have found readers like it too.

Some Flaws of Capitalism or…

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Or Some Flaws of Capitalism in its Current Incarnation

 

These ideas are not a new idea or proposition set forward below:

Sixty years ago my family bought a GE toaster that I have and I use regularly. It makes good toast. I have had other toasters and a few toaster ovens that have broken and were eventually too expensive to repair.

a rubric of infinite resources, income and growth in a finite world

Capitalism after WWII was steeped in growth, craftsmanship and materialism. It was a time a massive rebuilding, re-population and expansion. Though mass production reigned, craftsmanship and materialism were the building blocks of capitalism. Labor unions, industry and government were partners in reconstruction after the war and there was a resplendent growth of the middle class and income.

Capitalism in its continual reinvention of itself relies on some major flaws. One of the most obvious flaws are the finite limits of growth. It operates under a rubric of infinite resources, income and growth in a finite world.

The vestiges of citizenship were degraded into “the consumer”

In the 1980s capitalism threw off the last vestiges of materialism in favor of mass consumerism through planned obsolescence. The shift from materialism to accelerated consumer based capitalism accentuated the flaws of the system and produced lemmings running to the sea. Capitalism became the religion of the land and democracy grew more entrenched as a slave to consumer-capitalism.

Corporations have become the new citizens who have delegated individuals as the consumers of goods and services.

The vestiges of citizenship were degraded into “the consumer” as political action committees (PACs) usurped individual citizens’ participation in government and re-election of so-called “representatives”. Congresspersons and Senators have become the servants of corporations in order to streamline government for accelerated capitalism. As citizens have become superfluous they have in-turn been plugged into being consumers of products and services of demagogue type of capitalism.

Corporations have become the new citizens who have delegated individuals as the consumers of goods and services. Products have been redefined into smaller parts designed to wear out swiftly and /or be replaced by newer “improved” models. Services are also degraded by dividing services into smaller portions, employing less qualified people and by outsourcing – language barrier problems (outsourcing is double-speak for layoffs).

The finite world is ignored for immediate quarterly profits

Another PAC strategy for corporate agendas is making “representatives” into divisive enemies so that either nothing is accomplished for individuals. One PAC strategy are “a no-holds barred” attacks against the enemy such as Republicans versus Democrats; Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice, etc. Democracy has been lost in the process and applies more to corporations than individuals. Giant powerful PACs are increasingly controlled by the top tenth of the one percent wealthiest individuals who ascribe to making more money and a consolidation of power.

The finite world is ignored for immediate quarterly profits. The focus of corporate/business and financial leadership is profitability in the next three months that can be extrapolated into a yearly goal. Looking into a future of the limits of growth based on finite resources is not built into consumer-capitalism. As a result the current reiteration of capitalism is systemically handicapped to deny finite resources through faulty cognitive re-framing. Some of this is the momentum of the capitalistic system fueled by greed and a lust for power and some must have a conscious design. At the base of this consolidation of power is an addiction of greed fueled by fear.

(Conservative/GOP) group views consumers below a certain income level and all liberals as potential servants, serfs and those needing manipulation

While consumer-capitalism within a broken patriarchal system has its own momentum that may carry many leaders of this movement along in a short-term gain (that looks long-term in the context in which they flourish) there is another conscious force at work. Some of the top tenth of the one percent of wealth in the world fights for increasing consolidation of power and wealth (call them A) while others fight for a more equitable distribution of wealth (call them Z).

A’s use their money, power and influence to create obstacles in government to further or block the agenda of the other side. When Newt Gingrich came into power he begun to characterize the opposition – the Democrats as “enemies” of the people. Before that time Democrats and Republicans may have vehemently disagreed with one another and their goal was to govern so they compromised to move their agenda forward. The current climate between Liberals and Conservatives is combat. There seems to be less compromise. Conservatives work at blocking Liberals at every turn. The result is no new legislation is adopted. Even in the current Republican block to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has only left the ACA in shambles and disrepair. Its as if the GOP’s secret wish was (is) to replace the ACA with nothing. The A group is moving towards satisfaction with the ACA being replaced by nothing because they wish to see a world that existed before the implementation of the Income Tax – 1912. When US Congress is deadlocked and new legislation is passed the A Group is generally satisfied. The only times that the A group may be dissatisfied is when legislation that favors their position is not voted into law.

Since 1776 to 2015 the US has been involved in wars 93% of the time

The A Group views consumers below a certain income level and all liberals as potential servants, serfs and those needing manipulation to motivate them towards they’re agenda.

The A Group does not want:

  • Income equality
  • Advancements in public education – (or consumers to think for themselves for then they may become citizens)
  • Racial equality
  • LGBT equality
  • Women to have equal rights, equal pay, the right to have control over their bodies (pro-choice), equal protection under the law
  • Consumers to live in a world without fear
  • To acknowledge that Climate Change caused by and /or contributed to by humans is real.
  • Considers the ACA a hand-out and doesn’t want government to support public health for all
  • All government programs devoted to public welfare as entitlements to be (Social Security, Medicare etc.)
  • To have peace in the world unless monitored by a strong US military presence in order to have a foothold on remaining limited resources

The Koch brothers (see end note) could be considered the most identifiable humans belonging to the A Group while Libertarians, Conservatives and some Republicans are also A Group members. A notable Z-Group member is George Soros and his organization (see end notes).

FDR President Roosevelt created social nets to assist the US to move out of the Great Depression, but the final impetus that extricated the US from the depression and accelerated growth was the entrée into and winning WWII. Prior to the mid to late 1980s the premise of wars were to stop the spread of Communism as represented by the now former Soviet Union and China while expand US interests. Now wars seem to be oriented towards oil resources.

Earth’s nutrients are the raw materials for corporate products. Some of Earth’s nutrients are renewable – as in agricultural fruits and vegetables, farm animals etc. Some farming techniques although provide greater crop yield may deplete the soil in such a way to make it non-sustainable over the longer term. Other of earth’s resources such as elements – metals and oil are non-renewable and finite.

Capitalism especially in its latest consumeristic reshaping does not consider the resources from the Earth in its cost effect analysis in part to the patriarchal mind-set and in-part to shortsightedness – quarterly profits.

The consumeristic-capitalism has been marked by US Political struggles of almost a constant state of war. Since 1776 to 2015 the US has been involved in wars 93% of the time (see end note). The only period the US was not involved in a war was 1935 to 1940 during an isolationist period during the Great Depression.

The current Trump administration is a characterization of all that elitists members of the GOP and conservatives represent as well as a longing for the good old days before the income tax and in support of isolationist ideals. It represents patriarchal self-interest that contributes to increasing isolationism, mergers, and maximizing profits for the wealthy elite, disregarding any community-based profits based on sustainability, protecting natural resources – environmental protections while marginalizing, discounting and enslaving those that have less by:

  • keeping their wages fixed and/or lowered
  • keeping them out of labor unions and making “labor unions” a dirty word
  • dividing them into factions that war against each other
  • gutting public education and dumbing down citizen’s ability to reason
  • providing entertainment that discourages reasoning
  • providing entertainment that displays the hopeless world that they live and will live in the future (only much worse) and that one common person can be the hero or savior
  • promotes the “myth of the American Dream”
  • encourages disempowered citizens to fear so that a limited number of avenues are open to them:
  • The American Dream
  • Fundamentalist Religion
  • Blaming or scapegoating a group of people based on race or ideology
  • Providing simple solutions to complex problems often based on “the American Dream mythology”

 

NOTES:

  1. Koch Family https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch_family#Family_members
  2. George Soros https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros
  3. US Wars https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-has-been-at-war-93-of-the-time-222-out-of-239-years-since-1776/5565946

 

Overcoming Advertising

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Underlying –Whims, Goals and Aims ———–An Introduction to Higher Consciousness Part One

Since we have egos we are awash in a sea of whims (sounds like little mythic creatures, doesn’t it?). Whims are the driving force behind advertising, capitalism, money and inequality. There are no escaping whims. The only hope is recognizing whims as they arise and being at choice.

Whims then are much like the pursuit of happiness.

Whims arise from curiosity and can come from a creative urge within us. The arising of whims within us may not come from ego but when we pursue a whim then trouble may ensue because ego is most often the pursuant. Whims then are much like the pursuit of happiness or just the pursuit of most anything.

The formula of ego, whims, most monetary systems and inequality is a finite formula in a zero sum game resulting in diminishing returns.

When we engage in pursuit we assume a lack within. We separate ourselves from our innate happiness or our curiosity in order to find it. This seems counter intuitive. This is the way of ego and a linear space-time reality. Our language and ego – intertwined reflects a separation of the self from a desire for something. Ego, whims, capitalism and money produces gaps between a beginning coming from nothing – initiating a step,  a middle – an action and an end achieving something. The formula of ego, whims, most monetary systems and inequality is a finite formula in a zero sum game resulting in diminishing returns. [In mathematical theory a zero-sum game is always competitive and results in winners and losers – see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-sum_game] This kind of finite system is a breeding ground for greed, possessiveness, fear / paranoia, oppression, isolationism and ultimately an apocalyptic ending of humanity.

leads to the ultimate ending – the apocalypse.

The a priori supposition of this finite zero-sum game base does not allow for the sacredness of being. All the finite players become obsessed with having more and as a result of the diminishing return emotions based on an infinite non-zero sum game such as love, empathy, compassion are removed so the focus on more grows more intense. Addictive behaviors to satisfy the charge in winning ultimately fail due to diminishing returns. The people driven by this model cease to recognize being, treat others and themselves as things including the bounty of Earth and Earth as being. Using people and resources in this manner leads to the ultimate ending – the apocalypse.

On the other end of the spectrum aims arise from the infinite and are couched in systems of cooperation and interdependence.

An infinite non-zero sum game is about the win/win and is based on interdependence with regard to increasingly complex societal systems. Survival of the human species on Earth is an infinite non-zero sum game because humans and all biological and non-biological beings are sacred and must cooperate in order to survive. Put in another way this is a system of Love connecting and including all beings in a sacred manner.

Returning to whims in the context of capitalism we can see that the variety of instruments of this money making system are in the business of generating conditions for whims to foment in buying frenzies. Advertising under psychographics or strategies to target consumers based on data mining for lifestyle, personality, attitudes, beliefs etc.

Aims belong to the infinite.

On the other end of the spectrum aims arise from the infinite and are couched in systems of cooperation and interdependence. An aim has no beginning and no end. Aims belong to the infinite. An aim that continually renews me and helps align me to the path of the divine that flows within me is: to relieve suffering. I could work towards this aim for the rest of my life and never be finished.

Being is that which is. Being transcends space and time.

Aims arise from being. What is being? Philosophers and mystics have grappled with defining and/or describing being. Being is that which is. Being transcends space and time. Words, because they arise from a linear time-space reality systems cannot describe the depth, breath and the divinity of being. Once we attempt to solve a mystery we bring it out of the realm of the unknowable and destroy its essence. Being is analogous to mystery.

surrendering into the divine

Discovering being is about surrendering into the divine, releasing ego if only for a moment and embracing a wider higher consciousness. There are no pat formulas or teachings that can assist the student in discovering being.

Goals are the bridges between aims and whims. Goals have beginnings, middles and ends. They can arise from the infinite or the finite. Aims can be expressed in goals, but goals cannot be adequately expressed in aims. Whims tickle the edges of goals.

Part of the problem with whims and advertising is the appeal to the ego in a finite mindset. A well-developed being sees advertising as a finite whim based game. Being can assist us in noticing whim as a momentary desire of ego for a temporary drug-high of fleeting happiness and remind ego of the lasting happiness within.

The real work of letting go of attachment to the temporary or fleeting desires of ego begins. Oppositional thinking and action with regard to advertising produced whims can help us resist corporations that use psychographics to sell stuff to us. For instance if you see an ad on the internet that sparks your interest in the moment – ignore it. Most likely we forget about the spark. Advertising repeats the tease in an effort to get you to click on the link. Again, ignore it and wait. Does the tease persist?

If the tease persists ask yourself:

  • How does following this whim support my aim? If it does not leave it behind – release the attachment.
  • Is the whim a distraction that detracts from my long-term or immediate purpose? If so, release it.
  • Where does the whim exist on my list of priorities? Low, middle or high? If its high, use a pen or pencil to write it down. Don’t pursue it immediately. Decide on a time to look or investigate the product, service or experience. If its middle or low let it go and move on.

 

If you don’t know what your purpose is then meditation could assist you in uncovering it within yourself and this takes time. If meditation is not your thing, explore a book, schedule a session with an astrologer, a metaphysical advisor or a shaman to assist you in finding your purpose. Or if that’s not appealing look into your past, your childhood and see what inspired you as a child, as an adolescent etc.

If you know your purpose you can choose to surrender to it or allow other interests to direct you. Or let whim tickle you down the road. Whim could be wasting your time, but maybe you will decide that’s okay.

discovering my purpose and surrendering into it.

Just know that when you impulsively click on some thing or other the data miners come along and start developing a profile on you to sell you stuff. Most browsers collect data – Chrome being notorious for it. Apple announced it would not be data mining on its last major re-boot of its Safari browser.

I’m not anywhere close to an expert on this subject. Check out Wired Magazine for more info on this subject and possible Mozilla Foundation whose makes the Firefox browser.

When I was younger I was on fire to find “the Truth” and this evolved into finding “my truth” which lead to discovering my purpose and surrendering into it. I worked hard and surrendered into spaces of grace where I was blessed by the divine.

When people write about the divine or God or the Creator they separate this force or urge from themselves. My experience of the divine is a force that transcends ego and yet is inseparable from me, from my being. But as soon as I try to claim it – the “I”   – my ego destroys that lightness of being that connects me from the higher expression of myself.


My most favorite non-fiction book of all time – about creativity, play and boundless possibilities transcending small minded greediness is James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.

Here in PDF:

http://wtf.tw/ref/carse.pdf

breaking the Rules

Every family makes rules. Some of these rules are well stated, some are not and both represent good values and living for the most part.

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For as many stated rules and values there are many more meta-rules (unspoken rules) that often contradict each other and are passed on generationally. Some of the inter-generational rules may blend with regional rules.

be invisible

When I was 21 years old my Aunt passed away. She was in her 40s. I went to my bedroom in my childhood home and cried for twenty minutes. When I emerged to be with my stone-faced parents watching television they treated me like a weirdo (all unspoken).

For more on the New England mindset: https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/exploring-perception-a-new-england-mindset/

In 1990 I changed part of my name to rid myself of a suffix – junior. I had considered the change for ten years but had decided against it because I knew my father’s feeling would be hurt and discounted my feelings. When I put myself in the equation I broke a big rule.

My father’s influence in my life was both positive and negative mixed together. Sometimes it was possible to disconnect one from the other and sometimes not. In retrospect I see how my fears of punishment from my father were transferred onto the authority of the county courts and to a lesser degree the DMV.

It was my own fear of my father’s (wrath) authority

In November of 2017 I broke another family meta-rule, which states roughly: work hard, don’t draw attention to your self and be invisible in the world at large. I ordered a “specialty license plate” or more commonly known as a vanity plate – the 1960 Legacy plate with dark brown background and yellow lettering. It took nearly ten months to decide to order one. Feelings began to arise that I was doing something wrong, that I would be punished for drawing attention to myself.

It was my own fear of my father’s (wrath) authority – even though he passed on my 55th birthday in 2006 that helped create the following events:

On the DMV website they wrote that it would be a maximum of 12 weeks before a Vanity plate could be in my possession. When those 12 weeks passed I called the DMV and found it was a 3 to 4 month wait.

I received a notice that the plate had arrived at the designated DMV office so I made an appointment on-line. A few days later I received a summons to jury duty. Jury duty fell in the same week as my appointment. Would I have to reschedule my DMV appointment, would there be enough time? The info I received from the DMV indicated that I would have to pick-up my plate within 30 days or I would not get it. A good friend reminded me that I was complaining and that I could stand in line like everybody else.

I regressed into a super anxious sixteen year old rebelling…

I had to inform my clients with appointments for the week of March 12th through the 16th that I had to be on-call for jury duty. Except for one emergency appointment all other appointments were cancelled or re-scheduled.

I was directed to call the info line each evening after 5 pm to find out whether I would be called in for jury duty on the following day. I called Sunday evening for Monday – no jury duty. I called Monday evening for Tuesday – no jury duty. I spoke to a person Tuesday afternoon who said that my number was high and it was likely I wouldn’t be called – so I would be off the hook by Thursday evening. I called Tuesday evening for Wednesday – no jury duty.

…I became my father and went into authority – lording it over another.

Wednesday I kept my DMV appointment and I did stand in-line until I saw a sign that read: “appointments this line only” and went into a different line – a shorter line – got a number – waited more and was able to finish my DMV business in an hour and get my plates.

I had lessons to be learned. I learned them the hard way.

I called Wednesday evening for Thursday. – no jury duty. I called Thursday evening for Friday – and was told to call back on Friday between 11:15 am and noon for “reporting instructions”. I felt my chain was being yanked at that point. I called Friday during the appointed time – and I was finally freed from jury duty. It wasn’t just the waiting it was the anxiety of dealing with two government agencies (authority figures aka my arbitrary father) that triggered crazy emotions in me. I regressed into a super anxious sixteen year old rebelling against authority and not winning. I feel sad for that sixteen year-old kid.

Being visible is a strange feeling

It didn’t stop there. The following week I became my father and went into authority – lording it over another. That incident ended in tragedy to which I bear my part in the interaction. And I had brought it on myself. I had lessons to be learned. I learned them the hard way.

As a automobile driver I am fairly responsible, either driving responsibly or going with the flow. Its difficult and dangerous being around drivers who are behaving irresponsibly with their cars and I usually move into a defensive posture with high awareness. Driving with the new plate I picked up on others judgments and also emotions of curiosity too. I checked myself for becoming arrogant while driving because I was “entitled” with my vanity plate and let go. Being visible is a strange feeling.

I am still working with my emotions around being visible with the new plate. It’s a process

The Demi-Date or Half (Shadow) Birthdate

FullNewMoonDemi-Day is your Half-Birthdate (Shadow Birthdate).

Add six months to your birthdate and Eureka –your Demi-Day. Demi means half in French. Demi Day is literally half-day and in this context Demi Day is Half-Birthday. I’ve been using it for years to assist those in celebrating the golden and dark shadows as a way to acknowledge “the other”. And our Demi-Days or Demi-Dates are good days to celebrate, have a party or go out to dinner while honoring the shadow.

My father was a diatriber with a vengeance and had to be right.

We’d like to think that we include all others in our lives, but really that’s impossible other than in a divine metaphysical manner. There are toxic others that we eliminate from our daily presence or “unfriend” on Facebook. Then we may have friends that have characteristics that we don’t like, find irritating, grating and/or annoying at times.

At one point in my life I was massively irritated around those that talked non-stop until I realized that I did this also, from time to time – also known as pontificating or the dreaded diatribe. My father was a diatriber with a vengeance and had to be right. When met with opposition after his diatribe (of righteousness) he would threaten or become combatively violent.

two gunslingers in a draw a shoot out in the street

A great assist in my understanding of the demi-day has been my study of astrology. People are often satisfied with a reading of the Natal (Birth) Chart – “Okay that’s who I am, wow,” or “I knew that.” As readers you probably know your Sun Sign. The sign opposite your Sun Sign is 6 months away. If your Sun Sign is Leo then your opposite is Aquarius and so on:

Taurus —————– Scorpio

Gemini —————- Sagittarius

Cancer —————- Capricorn

Leo ——————– Aquarius

Virgo —————– Pisces

Libra —————– Aries

Each opposite sign could be your golden shadow – all that your project on the other that is good and wonderful; or your dark shadow where the opposite sign becomes that which you shun because it represents all that is darkness and subterfuge. Yet opposites attract holds meaning. In astrological talk to many hard angles in relationship with the other (as in romance, marriage, business etc. – opposites, squares, inconjuncts (also called quincunxes) and sometimes conjuncts can mean the destruction of that relationship. Softer or more harmonious angles bring in the glue that binds relationships together (trines, sextiles and sometimes conjuncts).

Balancing oppositions may require a center, a neutral place within…

Opposites between planets in our own charts are the most difficult to deal with and if you reading this it means that you’re managing it. But what are opposites? The dictionary gives these choices: “diametrically different, an antagonistic position, contrary to one another or to a thing specified” * Another way of looking at the oppositional angle a 180 degree angle in Astrology is through enemies engaged in battle, lawyers arguing a court case or two gunslingers in a draw a shoot out in the street. The opposition is the most difficult to deal with both outside ourselves and in internal struggle. Balancing oppositions may require a center, a neutral place within and/or a witness self.

A Demi-Date Astrology Reading

Diplomats search for common ground between opposing parties when the energy for fighting and warring becomes less. The common ground could be a midpoint between the two views. In astrology this is the angle called a square – a 90-degree angle. This is still a conflict and yet it is a conflict that seeks continual resolution – a growth angle.

I am developing a Demi-Date Astrology reading to understand your shadow and help you develop a way to work with it through celebration and spiritual growth.

The and place of your birth determines your Ascendant or Rising Sign and then determines your house placement and what planets are in each house. The first house is the house of the self. The opposite house – the seventh house is the house of “the other” or the not self. This is another “place” of looking at an exploring shadow. And finally one could look at your Shadow-Return – the place the Sun returns to each year that is opposite your natal sun.

In the meantime find someone that you find irritating and hang with them and celebrate your annoying differences just for fun. Party on…

A Daily Plan

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  2. The Flush: a ten to fifteen minute rant on Trump, make it funny if possible
  3. Data: gather data on FLIPPING CONGRESS AND THE NATION, PLUS legislation to support or oppose.
  4. BREATHE
  5. ACTION PART ONE: look at legislation to oppose and / or support make 3 phone calls and send emails – 1 member of House of Reps and 2 Senators preferably in your state to start.
  6. BREATHE
  7. ACTION PART TWO: look at budget and who and how much to contribute to candidates (progressive and/or Dems guys*) opposed to GOP agenda and contribute
  8. BREATHE
  9. ACTION PART THREE: make report on social media

BREATHE!

* guys – womens, mens, androgynous-es, transgenders, gays, lesbians, genderqueers, asexuals and everybody else.

PS This is not about real soup you eat or slurp. This is about the soup we’re in. Hope that clears things up. Tuff if it doesn’t.