What happened to Critical Thinking?

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I had a recent exchange with a FB “friend” who was bemoaning the loss of their FB friends due to her endorsement of Trump. I attempted to find out what were the underpinnings of her support for him.

The post began: Because I don’t support the left and I therefore support President Trump my fb account has been decimated.

 

I asked (FKO): Why does it have to be an either or argument or decision? You could support a more moderate or centrist position. Many conservatives look at Obama as a leftist. Obama was (is) a centrist.

Nevertheless I’d like to read from you about the reasons why you are supporting Trump’s presidency. Could you please be specific?

 

FBF (Facebook Friend)- a preface to her subsequent remarks: I say you are uninformed and following a very dangerous group of Satanist[s] including pedophiles and those who desire to kill 90% of [people] through poisonous food, medical treatments, and water. May God bless you to see the truth.

(did not provide information about “Satanists” or “Pedophiles” – but there are those that don’t care about people due to greed and profit allowing food to be poisoned by chemicals and the poisoning of water – such as in Flint, Michigan and possibly by some medical treatments all through Corporate interests that Trump supports.)

(In answer to why she is supporting Trump) First there are over 40,000 sealed indictments for people who have committed crimes against humanity for the above stated crimes. Many are the leaders in this country. An indictment means there is sufficient proof. Thus drain the swamp

FKO: An indictment is a charge made against a suspect and is not proof of a crime having been committed. Proof of the commission of a crime comes when a jury or judge finds them guilty as charged according to the law.

Your statement does not hold up since an indictment does not indicate guilt or innocence for a crime. And since they are sealed no one can know what they the 40,000 were accused of.

FBF: Yes not until they are arrested and go to court. But responsible insiders are leaking some info.

FKO: Who are they? (The insiders?) They are breaking laws to leak? What websites do you get your information? Do you cross-reference your suppositions with other sources? and/or with independent sources? Who is getting arrested and going to court?

What I don’t understand is how you can ally with Trump when he condones violence and offers an example to others that it’s okay to be violent?

FBF: That is too vague a statement. The left is inciting riots. Is that not violence? [see footnote 1 below]

FKO: You have not answered my questions. When he was campaigning he said he could shoot someone on the streets of NYC and get away with it – That’s just to start. [There is no evidence that the left is inciting riots anywhere in the nation.]

He wants to arm teachers with guns.

In Montana revently he condoned the Republican Congressman who assaulted and choked a BBC correspondent because the congressman didn’t like the question, that kind of behavior was applauded [by Trump].

Where to you get your information that: “The left is planning to instigate a revolution if the republicans win the election.”?

He demeans women and mocks them. How is this the act of a loving peace-maker? He abuses laws that separate immigrant children from their parents and plans to repeal legislation-protecting children from being separated from their families creating more family discord. How is the Christian thing to do?

FKO: I submit that protests get out of hand and violence occurs. Look what happened in Charleston, VA when a right wing hate group member used his car to commit violence and murder.

FBF: I do not believe Trumps backers are paying people to do this violence. (Who said they he was? not me.) They are individuals acting on their own. Research Soros he is known internationally for supporting govt coups and now he’s doing it here. The info won’t be easy to find. It will take a lot of digging. [see footnote 2 below]

Melanie Trump is not an oppressed woman. She is one of the most independent women I’ve seen. All those incidents you’re talking are fake news. Again the left owns the media and they print slander about him. [my italics and highlights] [see footnote 3 below]

FBF: I do not feel as a spiritual person that I owe my country to anyone. Would you let all the homeless of [your locale] live in your house? [see footnote 4 below]

 

 

 

Notes:

  1. The left is not an organized group. People protesting sometimes, regrettably may resort to violence.
  2. Maybe Trump is not paying people to “do this violence” – hopefully not. The individuals are acting by the example set by the so-called President, which could be far worse that paying someone to commit violence because it is both inspired and said this is okay -per Trump. Right after Trump became President-Elect a group of young men in a pick-up truck frightened a young woman who was a mental health client by revving their engine -driving up onto the sidewalk and calling her derogatory names – Trump’s explicit message was “its okay to spread hate”. There is no evidence to support the Soros group – supporting government coups – this is a right-wing conspiracy theory that has no facts to support it.
  3. When all else fails – critical thinking, logic, looking at reputable news sources on the right, middle and left, then the fake news card is played. Aka my mind is made up with alternative facts and I will not explore the facts that the majority of the world sees as facts.
  4. “I do not feel as a spiritual person that I owe my country to anyone.” I don’t know what this means –maybe a righteous attempt at being an individual? Or could it mean every man, woman, and person for themselves? If so this is very sad and holds the destruction of community. And “Would you let all the homeless of [your locale] live in your house?” – besides this being illegal, against all health code law – and they would not all fit – what does this mean? Where is the logic in that statement? How does it follow from my remarks? I don’t know. She may be a lost person or is not very good at explaining herself.

 

PS I ended up unfriending this woman, not just for her pro-trump posts but her religious posts and messages sent directly to me via Messenger.

 

My Cat left me to become President of the United States

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I didn’t even realize until it was too late that my narcissistic cat was elected President of the United States.

I know what you’re going to say – all cats are narcissistic and you’d be right. But how many of them have the kahunas to become President?

Some history and the current resulting behaviors might be in order.

He stares longingly at the refrigerator because he knows there’s food to bite on in there.

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He stares longingly out at the “biggest crowd in the history of Presidential Inaugurations” and feels the adoring millions because he needs his feeding.

 

He pounces on birds with the full power of his grasp. He plays with the birds, but doesn’t kill them, at least not right away and doesn’t pay attention to their noises.

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He pounces on those that oppose him because well its fun to plot against them for the kill as he put in his claws and listens to their tweets.

 

He marks his territory. What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.

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He marks his territory. What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.

 

He gets mad when he doesn’t get his way. As a manipulation he ignores me, then whoosh he attacks.

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He gets mad when he doesn’t get his way. As a manipulation he ignores the shootings, the hurricanes, the fires, the international incidents, the assignations, the poor, immigrants, those not in his tax bracket, et cetera, then whoosh and he attacks often accompanied with cries of “fake news”.

Cat-nip does nothing for him – but he sniffs diet coke

 

My cat – is no longer mine. Before he pounced for the Prez he changed his name to: T. R. Ump. Many call him Ump because with one swipe of his mighty paw he could call the game but always in his favor

 

I only wish he’d go back to being cat-sized again with a sunnier disposition and maybe as a female.   Or become a duck and duck like Donald never did.

Soon…

I grew up inside a Terrorist Regime – my family

 

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The Road Out via Compassion

 

I grew up inside a Terrorist Regime: in my family of origin where my father was the dictator and his word was law.

When I was a pre-teen he would shout me down into submission when he disagreed with something I said and end with telling me I was being illogical.

This was worse than death, torture of my dog.

He would continue to castigate my mother by telling her she was “irrational”. More often than not she was intuitive and non-rational

Around that time we adopted a stray dog: Peewee. He went everywhere with me – on my walks in the woods and to the reservoir. We never tied him up when we weren’t home. He ran with a pack of dogs that ate sheep. The sheep owner told us we would have to tie him up. We did for a while and then not having the heart to keep him tied up we let him go and he ate sheep again. My father was to take him to the vet to be put down. At dinner that night my father said:

I took Peewee to Yale to be experimented on. 

My head sank. This was worse than death, torture of my dog. I was so sad and down.

I thought you liked science – my father said.

 Not anymore – I said starting to get angry.

But I couldn’t show my anger otherwise I’d get in-trouble so I stuffed it.

After dinner beginning in my early teens we played Ping-Pong every night after dinner. He’d use psychological tactics on me to goad me to become angry, throw me off balance so he could win. One night, I thought – this is supposed to be fun. I decided not to get angry and started winning games. Once that happened he stopped playing and admitted that I had been a better player than he was and that by using psychological tactics he knew he could win.

he would bait others into Republican ideological arguments and then shout them down when they didn’t agree with them

When I was a teenager my father would bait me into arguments that I was emotionally invested in and then use his premise to make me feel wrong and confused. I’d fall for his debate tactics every time. When I was in my twenties I began to disagree with his premises and all “debate” ended.

My mom came to me and asked: “What am should I do about your father?”

 “What do you mean?”

“Well you know how he is.”

My mother’s friends never came over anymore because he would bait others into Republican ideological arguments and then shout them down when they didn’t agree with them.

            “You could see a therapist or minster,” I said.

            “I couldn’t do that,” she replied.

            “You could get a divorce,” I said.

           “Oh no, I couldn’t do that,” she replied.

            “Well, I don’t know what else to tell you,” I said.

My sister and I would spend all daylight hours outside of the house away from my mother and father and that I supposed was normal. We lived surrounded by bucolic regions of farms, fields and woods. My father would use his booming voice to call us for dinner while we were at least a mile away. He had had a lot of practice bellowing.

He told me once that he promised never to hit us like his father had done to his mother, him and his two sisters. But he broke his promise a few times. However he made up for actually physical violence by terrorizing us with verbal and non-verbal threats.

He often accused and never apologized even when he made a mistake.

He oscillated between sometimes being a looming or threatening boss to be a playful child albeit isolating. He was jealous of my mother having any recognition and acted passive-aggressively to quell her recognition: My mother would play the piano and we would sing folk songs and Christmas Carols after dinner. My mom also painted some. My father decided he could paint too. He painted some squares and a triangle on a canvas and put a mahogany frame around it. He hung it over the piano. When this happened I felt a profound shame and the childish jealousy of my father. My mother’s only visible protest was never to play the piano again. We all knew and my father had won his petty little game.

One time my sister and I – always the rivals often competing for my father’s attention were having a blast; bickering. It was a bit like the Monte Python sketch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLlv_aZjHXc

Our father yelled from the other room to “Stop it,” in his booming voice. We furtively glanced at each other snickering under our breaths and then began bickering again:

“Yes it is,” I fired out.

“No it isn’t,” my sister came back.

And on we went…

Our father appeared in the door of the kitchen his face red with rage, fists clenched he spewed in a vitriolic manner:

You kids cease and desist this instant!

 I thought blood would spurt from a vein in his forehead. He glared at us full of fury and rage. I had to bite my tongue so as not to speak or laugh. Many years later my sister told me she was so terrified that she had wet herself.

In my arguments to my father about the Vietnam war – I returned from college and told him I was against the war: he punched me across the face with a 1-2 punch and then in the stomach. He opened the front door of the house and threw me into the bushes and said:

Don’t you ever set foot in this house, again.

I was shaking and crying. A moment later he came out and invited me back inside saying:

I guess I didn’t brainwash you good enough.

 I knew my mother had stood up for me in that moment.

I learned to bring emotion into our debate and was able to stop many debates cold such as: The Vietnam war is wrong because killing for any reason is wrong and that’s how I feel.

my father was extremely obnoxious … after drinking in the afternoon

Later when I was going through a very rough time and we were in family therapy without my sister who was in college out west my father agreed to be nice to me. For about a year and a half he was nice. And then he changed back.

When I asked him about the change he said: “I can see that you were okay so I decided to be myself again.”

I offered to do some hands-on healing.

My father would have an occasional beer and an after dinner liquor when his friends came over for dinner. Once I had lunch with him in New Haven in the 1974 when we both worked in the city (it was the summer that Nixon resigned). He had a pitcher of beer with lunch. He seemed the same before as he did afterwards. At that time I wasn’t as aware of the various shades of alcoholism as I became later.

In the 1980s my sister visited with my mother and father. I met them for lunch. I was to meet them later at their Bed and Breakfast and then we were to meet up my woman lover at a restaurant in Glen Ellen. When I met them at the B&B my father was extremely obnoxious: grabbing a magazine article from my hands while I was reading it, ignoring my protest, telling me I had to listen to him etc… Later I learned that he and my sister had gone to a bar after lunch and had been drinking. My mother probably just watched – she didn’t drink due to health issues.

I felt satisfied that I was able to help him and that he had accepted my help.

They moved from Connecticut to North Carolina and I visited them in 2000.

My father said out of the blue:

            They’ve discovered planets in other solar systems.”

            “Good for them,” I replied.

            “How does astrology explain that?”

‘Oh brother here we go again.’ I thought

“Sounds like your trying to make fun of my profession as an astrologer,” I said going to the end point.

“Ah, no, no I wasn’t,” he said and dropped the whole thing. I was relieved and he seemed relieved as well.

He often accused and never apologized, ever.

By August of 2005 my father was on oxygen from pulmonary fibrosis – a lung disease. Even on O2 he had difficulty breathing, gasping for air. Towards the last hour of my stay I offered to do some hands-on healing. I thought he would refuse since he rarely praised me and denigrated my actions, choices and accomplishments at every turn of my life. I was surprised that he agreed.

For the next 45 minutes while I was there he breathed normally and appeared thankful though he said nothing. I felt satisfied that I was able to help him and that he had accepted my help.

He died in 2006 on my birthday from from pulmonary fibrosis.


END NOTES:  I learned much about the frightened Conservative stance towards the world through my father and his strong patriarchal ideals. Underneath all that bluster, anger and rage was a frightened boy who had never recovered from the abuse at the hands of his father. My father acknowledged the beatings that my grandfather had meted out on him his sisters and his mother. I’m sure there was sexual abuse that was repressed and / or supressed by alcohol abuse and acting-out rage, just as my garndfather had sexually abused me in horrific ways.

Beyond the unhealed abuse and fear that caused him to shift from an expansive man who had voted for JFK to one who embraced Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushs. Nixon was elected in 1969 when my father was almost 50. This is sometimes the period that people wither or break free from their parents belief systems. Or they become dissillusioned with the ideals of youth and fall back into what they know. My father embraced conservativism because it was about the past – government unresponsive to the needs of the many and only able to see the needs of the privelged and the elite in which he identified.

Fear is a breeding ground for greed, having enough, believing government stood in the way of making as much money as possible for himself. He was angry at those in civil service work because they made almost as much as he did as an executive for Ma Bell. Manual labor was beneath him. The intellect was all powerful and deserved the best of the elite. The common man – the middle class became superfluous, invisible and therefore inconsequential to him.

He belived in the platitudes and the American Dream and thought that all had access to it through hard work. He was sexist and racist and homeophobic. He was a sad broken man who took out his wounds on others.

I am happy to have survived my childhood with my heart intact though it took me many years to get in-touch with my emotions. I have forgiven my father for all the wounds he had perpertated on me. And I trust that his consciousness is growing in a life beyond his mortal coil.

 

An Odyssey of Loss and Rebirth (May 2017 to May 2018)

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Fires of October 2017

 

I had dreams of the death of my friend Wendy former lover and good friend in early May and she had given me hints of her upcoming death over the phone but I missed them. Denial is so self-protecting at least initially.

the October fires of Northern California began

News came of Tom Petty’s death…

I got a voice mail from a good friend’s daughter on 9/28/17 about his impending death. I had known it was coming but it took me my surprise. The next day he passed out of his cancer-ridden physical body into the next life.

Wendy had died of cancer in May.

A week later the October fires of Northern California began. I evacuated, as did my neighbors – only to find that it wasn’t a mandatory evacuation as I was lead to believe by authorities on the scene. (I later learned they had moving heavy equipment – massive bulldozers into the mountains at the end of the road.). My cat and I stayed with a good friend in Windsor. I returned one day in the midst of smoke as thick as fog that not even air conditioning in my car, a mask or the interior of my house would eliminate to retrieve a few items and found a message on my answering machine to call the niece of Wendy in Canada.

The losses from the fires were and continue to be heartbreaking and devastating.

I waited until I arrived back in Windsor to call Wendy’s niece. She had gotten my letter (Wendy’s phone had been disconnected). Wendy had died of cancer in May.

My old boss was shot

The losses from the fires were and continue to be heartbreaking and devastating. Thankfully my place and my neighborhood were spared. Many homes that were completely destroyed are just now starting the re-building process. Loss and the anniversary of that loss have had us holding our breaths a bit. I felt us all sigh relief, exhaling as the rains came October first and second.

He was taken off hospice in May 2018

In December another friend passed from cancer.

My old boss was shot during the time my boss asked a question and was in critical condition for a time and then started his recovery.

A friend was put on hospice in February. I could see he wasn’t going to die that soon. He was taken off hospice in May 2018

Media, The End of Civility and the Polarization of Democracy

No2TryannyWhen I was a teenage my father would yell at the television, mock President Johnson and say “Those goddamn Democrats” etc. It’s something he never said to my mother’s  liberal friends in face-to-face encounters. One of the meta-rules (unspoken) is a sense of civility between people. That seems to be eroding.

That polarization on behalf of Corporate-Congressional Complex

When Republicans and Conservatives became more vocal they began to make anyone that didn’t share their point of view anti-American. The GOP in order to win has made liberals, the left, moderates, Democrats, Progressives the enemy to be defeated and destroyed. Some of this came from Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove. In some ways I believe that the top tenth of 1 percent of the richest Americans on the planet such as the Koch’s may have germinated this idea of Liberals as enemies so that Congress / or elected representatives would be forced to endless debates without accomplishing any new laws. President Clinton’s abandonment of the people to pursue money interests from Liberal 1 percent donors contributed to the Corporatization of American government and the further eroding of our democracy. That polarization on behalf of Corporate-Congressional Complex has stalled democracy and taken it off the table.

Trump – a poor role model of a President

These examples from the Liberals, Moderates and Conservatives are more evident in light of Trump’s support of misogyny, hate groups, big money, isolationism – it brings out previous examples of oppositional behaviors of Congress as an example to others of acceptable behaviors both by Republicans, Democrats and by Trump – a poor role model of a President. GOP and Democrats are now examples of an entrenched conflict that assists in fanning a flame throughout the internet and this has been supported by Russian hacking of late.

But would we be doing this in a public format?

On the Internet, especially platforms such as Facebook its easy to swear, to call someone you don’t like an “asshole” and have others join us in profanity and negative remarks about the other. But would we be doing this in a public format?

My code for the most part on Facebook

Some would and it’s a spill over of private, semi-private and public comments on Facebook. When civility existed much more before the advent of the Internet and social media there seemed to be more cooperation between people who disagreed.

 

My code for the most part on Facebook:

  1. Do not engage in swearing and profanity in criticism of Trump or others in their beliefs if possible.
  2. Ask questions
  3. Offer even constructive criticisms of comments if possible
  4. Ignore posts when I feel too angry to respond with civility.
  5. Avoid arguing with Trump supporters about Trump or his policies if possible.
  6. Keep rants to a minimum.
  7. Make a call to my representative about an issue or make a donation even if it’s a small one.

 

It may take many years to restore our government to a democracy and I commit to this.

Zombies

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Zombie and other ghoulish movies and television series abound in our present culture. Part of the reason why I hate these kinds of films besides the terror feel is that they trigger memories of sexual abuse that I choose to avoid.

 

Zombies are everywhere.

Zombies are us.

 

Definition of Zombie in The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

1a : a will-less and speechless human (as in voodoo belief and in fictional stories) held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated

b : the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body

2a : a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead; especially :automaton

b : a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior

 

Have you ever seen someone watching (and mesmerized) by television? Zombie. Or someone lost at a mega store – like Costco? In a world where we are constantly being bombarded by stimuli it’s no wonder that we are all entering a variety of degrees of dissociative states that are in modern nomenclatures – zombie behaviors.

Being present is the aim / goal of every spiritual discipline – an expanded awareness of the present moment. All of us are encouraged into the Maya or illusion of sleep. Our egos are too busy naming this or that and entrenched in illusion to notice we as a civilization are increasingly zombie-like.

 

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.