visualization

Years ago I studied many disciplines, including Zen and Raj Yoga. While certainly such things as “thoughts and prayers” seem useless to me because one is focusing on an unknown and probably false concept of thinking that God or some entity has some magical power to interfere and set things right. What the above mentioned disciplines encourage is to find that “God-like” quality within yourself to be spiritually positive about your life.
Part of these concepts is “visualization.” Each of us has the ability to visualize the things we need and want. For example, I have found that if I wanted some material thing, I visualized it first and then went backwards to determine how to get it. The solution may well be something as simple as saving the money necessary to acquire it. I look at every point in time as a crossroads where I could go either way. The thought process is predicated on something like if I buy that candy bar, I may be happy in that moment, but does that do anything to get my dream of something more expensive since I will have to save much more money than the price of the candy bar. This requires planning and determining what is more important.
Something more abstract like keeping a positive mindset requires acknowledgement of negativity, yet realize and then visualize that being positive is the only way to overcome that negativity. In our universe, in our world, there cannot be good without evil, want without not having and so on throughout each and every material or spiritual desire. Feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly futility of just living day to day causes the mind to focus not on solutions to any problem but simply being immersed in negativity to the point that becomes one’s sole mantra.
Each and everyone of us each second, each minute, each hour, each day and so on, faces that dichotomy of being so within ourselves that it seems hopeless. This becomes a loop that feeds upon itself. We see examples of this everyday- hate, racism and irrationality- that in turn becomes a never-ending focus on the outside world instead of finding the space within ourselves to better our lives without saying or thinking it’s someone else’s fault “I am not a better person.”

social media

I have been on the Internet for some 20+ years. In that time, it has morphed, not evolved since I see that as a positive, into a platform that has mixed messages, much of which is obvious, or what should be obvious, propaganda for the corporate state, that peculiar form of fascism in which corporations rule the petty kingdom of hate, misogyny and racism to name a few.
Yet I see people perpetuate personal oriented memes or events that have little to do with creating a world that is better for all. These are tedious distractions designed to fill one’s head with thoughts that has no relevance to day to day existence. This crap is touted as being some sort “new” way for the modern person to control their world. Of course none of this “debate” is oriented to real solutions, real ideas to actually do something besides bomb, pollute, destroy clean energy or increasing military spending instead of promoting peace and harmony throughout the world as so many religions blast loudly each and every day.
Just the other day we had folks breathlessly announcing that the Trump Administration is setting aside a whole month devoted to publicizing human trafficking and sexual slavery. What a good thing! However, how can we expect the United States who is devoted to terrorizing whole countries and their peoples to actually do something besides actually fostering the very same thing they are giving such blatant lip service?
Let’s get real! The world’s problems are not solved by some publicity-oriented propaganda to show hypocritical good intentions. What goes a long way to actually doing something to stop human exploitation is to feed, clothe and house people. No one out there is expecting to not pay for these human rights by their labor, by their blood, by their dignity no matter what regressive bullshit perpetuates. And this folks is what the wide gap between bullshit and actually working to get the corporate state moving to do much better than just declarations…

PsychRev

Like any complicated explanation of any idea, event or even people, one must read all of a book, see all of the movie and all of the television show. As Gustave Le Bon explains, “The great events which shape the destinies of peoples— revolutions, for example, and the outbreak of religious beliefs— are sometimes so difficult to explain that one must limit oneself to a mere statement.” While seemingly contradictory, this is a great insight to what humanity reduces complications to mere feelings or one could say encoded in our DNA.
Le Bon writing before the modern age notes “So long as psychology regards beliefs as voluntary and rational they will remain inexplicable. Having proved that they are usually irrational and always involuntary, I was able to propound the solution of this important problem; how it was that beliefs which no reason could justify were admitted without difficulty by the most enlightened spirits of all ages.”
Further explaining the seemingly unexplainable, Gustave Le Bon expounds his thesis, “I arrived at the conclusion that beside the rational logic which conditions thought, and was formerly regarded as our sole guide, there exist very different forms of logic: affective logic, collective logic, and mystic logic, which usually overrule the reason and engender the generative impulses of our conduct.”
Revolutions, usually meant the overthrow of a “ancient regime” by violence, can also be done with mere thoughts, even if eventually finished with violence. And so Le Bon concludes that “The historians who have judged the events of the French Revolution in the name of rational logic could not comprehend them, since this form of logic did not dictate them.”
“A revolution cannot be effected without the assistance or at least the neutrality of the army, but it often happens that the movement commences without it.”
Reading this book can help understand what shapes the changes needed for societies to advance, to become more responsive to what everyone knows must happen but are resisted by forces that are by nature irrational.

“The Psychology of Revolution” by Gustave Le Bon

Viracocha

“According to a myth recorded by Juan de Betanzos, Viracocha rose from Lake Titicaca (or sometimes the cave of Paqariq Tampu (also spelled Paqariqtampu, Pacarictambo and Pacaric Tambo) near Cusco during the time of darkness to bring forth light. (22) This of course was after he is alleged to have created the universe and earth. He made the sun, moon, and the stars, or possible these entities became visible once light had been created. Then he made mankind by breathing into stones, but his first creation were brainless giants that displeased him. So he destroyed it with a flood and made a new, better one from smaller stones, or some sources say from clay. (23) In some accounts it was these brainless giants that assembled the megalithic site known on the high altiplano as Tiwanaku and Puma Punku.”

“Plumed Serpent: Ancient Bearded Gods Of The Americas” by Brien Foerster

root

The necessity of food and therefore waste, is and will always be the root cause of the turmoil we know as the human condition. While we are surely ghosts in the machine, our perfect imperfections are the source of a certain neutral creation that cancels out the dichotomy. The experiments and experiences humans are here to learn are truly the price of our successes and failures.
Ever since the formation of mankind into larger and larger blocs of societies, the inability to distinguish the sources of “our winter of discontent” as Shakespeare names it, will lead us down into an orgy of pleasure and pain as mankind tries to find the balance between acquisition and surrender.
What drives certain members of society to believe they are the purveyors of the way to achievement is one of the mysteries that will never be solved as long as there is a belief in this folly. An even bigger mystery is what causes mankind to follow and celebrate this thinking to such extremes we see today.

bigots

This is the way the elites keep common folks at each other’s throats. Elites don’t want folks see all the things we have in common. Race and sexuality are such superficial bias that it shows the intelligence levels of most people. I do think there is an innate bias built into folks but of course we have a media and bigots ready to exploit it every step of the way- the only way obviously is to establish a dialogue and make it continually run all the time. Younger folks will be battling this for the rest of their lives so if you want change be prepared for the long run. Some joker from one of the pro-Trump groups posted a video of black folks humping each other fully clothed with a caption something like “you wonder why so many blacks get AIDS” and I commented something like “you wonder how long racists and bigots will keep posting the same old videos.” None of us can ever do an adequate job of policing bigotry because it’s all over the place except to either make fun of it or point out how silly this stuff is when we will in the now and future have more problems caused by our lack of unity. I gave up on trying to get my family to see that because it falls on deaf ears- the only person i could get any of this across to was my dad and now he’s dead. It’s a constant battle but what you can do is when you see a person of another race acknowledge them even if only to smile and say “hi.” That goes a long way to establishing some sort of sanity…

REV: Who’s in Charge?

“I see reality as ultimately a great mystery that will never be fully known (and I feel humbled and awed and reverent of this concept). Knowledge is better expressed as experiential knowing, if we really want to learn, and the way to this is through our sensings, feelings, imaginings, thoughts, and ultimately as a personal expression of this knowing,” writes Nancy Ellen Peden in her book, “Who’s in Charge of My Life? Discovering the Magic of Learning with Yourself and Others: An Experiential Education Program for All Ages.”
This treatise is a primer for those who see contemporary educational systems as a regurgitation of facts and tests. Peden views education as something that should be enjoyed, that groups can do to make their learning processes more meaningful.
Many in the educational system view children as “little adults” who should do as their elders want- this becomes not a system of learning but a power play between adults and children.
Peden hopes to change this thinking by proposing making the resistance to learning something children and even young adults a more fun and rewarding experience. She proposes that groups be formed that facilitate simple exercises that are easy to lead for “facilitators” instead of the stodgy “teacher” label used today.
She notes, for example, that “One article recently has suggested that just adding a couple of ten-minute play breaks can assist children who are diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD.” Sitting at a chair staring a blackboard can be very dull for any child.
Many children are rebellious and rightly so of authoritarianism which has permeated our society. “While therapy is OK, I consider mental illness to be rooted in the lack of love, attachment, and abuse as a child, and these can be dealt with in community settings. Unless there is no other choice, I recommend no one ever be drugged.”
She also states that “Life is a process more than a goal. The wisdom is found in knowing our own selves, minds, bodies, and creative spirits and in the ability to interact with others effectively.”
This book is a seminal look at the process of facilitating learning by getting to know the difference between being a test taker and creating an atmosphere of trust, of honesty, of knowledge that should be the goal of every educator.

Nancy Ellen Peden, “Who’s in Charge of My Life? Discovering the Magic of Learning with Yourself and Others: An Experiential Education Program for All Ages” by Nancy Ellen Peden

cucks

The alt-right comes up with all kinds of terms designed to make folks think the regressive way of thinking is superior to any other out there. One of those is “snowflakes” which is what the Nazis called the ashes floating in the air from the ovens during WWII when they were incinerating Jews and others.
And then we have “cucks”- which basically is a condescending term designed to make the opposition seem inferior to the “superior” ideology of fascism. In case you just fell off the turnip truck, the idea of subjugating yourself to any ideology that sets up a very small minority as superior goes against every possible principle of democracy and human decency. People who want everyone to have a decent life are somehow “inferior.”
Reality is different. Anyone with a neuron firing periodically should see that the elite and their octopus corporations are stealing the labor and well being of each and every one of us. It’s done through endless wars, pollution of the environment and paying wages that no one can possibly live on. Racism, misogyny and outright hatred are just how all this is accomplished. Yet, there are folks who cheer their own destruction, who see themselves as unworthy of the slightest amount of human decency and respect and who falsely believe they are somehow “superior” because of some ideology.

art

As many of you have noticed I’m a big fan of Eno. The appeal to me as having once been an artist, somewhat of a musician and numerous other pursuits in my life is that he represented along with Bowie and even Iggy Pop an artistic vision of entertainment and therefore self discovery that is multi-dimensional instead of a one trick pony. This is an important direction for mankind that bleeds over into other areas such as environment, economics and yes, even politics. I think it is important to strip away pre-conceived notions of what a profession and hence what an individual contributes to society. The joke about capitalism is that there is no room for thinkers, for dreamers unless you are making money for your masters. My vision of life is that we are here to enjoy ourselves, our family, our friends, and even others we don’t personally know, not cogs in some machine that grinds up bodies and spits out hamburger. That vision of life colors what I see, what I hear and what I say. In short, achievement is not a profit/debit world but one where the experience of life itself is to be celebrated not looked upon as drudgery…

ManWho

As a straight male, I didn’t identify with David Bowie’s image but loved his music as he had much to say about the world we live in. Rock musicians before Bowie were pretty much a one dimensional persona and he was an artist in the true sense of the word. His contemporary musicians rarely wrote their own songs with the exception of the truly big acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and a few others.
Bowie was different too as he was more than just a front man for a band- smooth singer, songwriter, saxophone, piano and guitar player, producer, designer of sets, album covers, not to mention his persona changes that reflected his changing personalities. All these added up to an interesting mix of styles that were imitated but never quite perfected. He was creative in the world of music that often as not didn’t make the kind of money the bigger bands brought to the corporate pocketbook.
I would rank his Diamond Dogs album based on Orwell’s 1984 as his best as every song was a hit and had something to say. He wrote it in the hopes having it done as a Broadway musical but was deemed too depressing for the contemporary shallowness of theater.
His albums starting from the Man Who Sold the World to Let’s Dance in 1983 were some of the most creative works in the history of music. Each album represented a different and highly reflective view of an artist such as Picasso who changed styles like we change socks.
The video below tries to capture the essence of Bowie but fails on many levels, ignoring his works and focusing more on the borderline folks around him rather than those who actually made the music with him. For me, that comes off as pretty superficial but it is worth viewing only as another view of a man who was truly a “changling.”