28 June 2018 Drawings, Moon Pics, Headlines Like Cubes and Extreme Empathy (Daily Good)

Hello to you.  How are you?  I hope you are well.   We are getting our car back today….Yay!  It’s the little things right?!

The moon is full and was just so lovely last night.  I got four new mosquito bites to get these LOL!

This morning when I was looking at the headlines on MSN I started thinking about those nightmare cubes from the Cabin in the Woods movie.  If I click on any of the boxes in front of me, some nightmare is contained in there to come at me!

The Cabin in the Woods – Cubes

Not all the news is negative and I’m usually able to find positive things to find out about but it seems harder to do.  The Daily Good website (http://www.dailygood.org/) and others like it help remind me there is a lot of good, a lot of “heart” yet going on in this world.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2016/i-feel-you-the-surprising-power-of-extreme-empathy-knowledge-wharton/if you are interested about the subject of empathy, you will find this informative.

Excerpt:

Knowledge@Wharton: I wonder if we are born with a certain level of empathy.

“I don’t think that there’s a finite amount [of empathy] that you’re given at birth. But I do think that there are people that are born with a disability.”–Cris Beam

Beam: There’s some research that suggests that, when we look at sociopaths and psychopaths who are supposedly born without it. It’s hard to make that overarching judgment that some people are born with it and some people are born without it. I do think that it can grow. If it’s modeled for you, you can learn empathy. You can absorb it. You can become a more empathetic person if you are treated empathically. So, I don’t think that there’s a finite amount [of empathy] that you’re given at birth. But I do think that there are people that are born with a disability [of not having it].

I send you love, a hug and mega positive vibes through the wires!  If you are suffering in in some sort of “nightmare cube” of an existence right now, I hope there will be a loving, healing, positive way out for you. 

 

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8 June 2018 When God Says Hello

Hi again.  It’s another hot Texas afternoon and we are all hold up inside today.  Not even Link and Spot want to go outside lol.  Spot is usually the first to want to go out.  So here I am writing to you…hope you don’t mind.

This morning was very pleasant.  I was out on my cot singing with my Ipod.  Then I looked up to see a bunch of very large birds swirling over my head like angels.  I just started crying like I do and said, “Well hello God*.”   I just sat there, unable to sing anymore crying and looking at those giant angels that seemed to be ferrying off spirits to far off corners….just passing through.

So this crude chalk drawing is me trying to express what I saw because of course I didn’t have my camera and I was so overcome by the experience I didn’t dare leave to go and get it!

*God for me is energy – all – everything that makes this world reality and not limited to any one religion or walk of spirit’s rendition of what God is.

8 June 2018 – With all the heart aching stuff going on I would like to think those giant angels of birds I saw were ferrying off spirits to the next world to find peace.

There is a song, menfolk please don’t cringe, by Coldplay I absolutely love that suites my post here:

A flock of birds
Hovering above
Just a flock of birds
That’s how you think of love

And I always
Look up to the sky
Pray before the dawn
‘Cause they fly always
Sometimes they arrive
Sometimes they are gone
They fly on

A flock of birds
Hovering above
Into smoke I’m turned
And rise following them up

Still I always
Look up to the sky
Pray before the dawn
‘Cause they fly away
One minute they arrive,
Next you know they’re gone
They fly on
Fly on

So fly on
Ride through
Maybe one day I’ll fly next to you

They fly on
Ride through
Maybe one day I come fly with you
Fly on
Fly on
Fly on

Songwriters: CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY JOHN MARTIN,GUY RUPERT BERRYMAN,JONATHAN MARK BUCKLAND,WILLIAM CHAMPION
© Universal Music Publishing Group
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind

Coldplay – O (Janduny Remix)

Coldplay – O (from Ghost Stories)

With all the “stuff” going on in our world, it’s important to stay in the heart, stay in the light of love and the places that lift me up.  I am so grateful for my husband, my family and friends, for nature, for art, for music, for love and all the little things.

Like the Cloud Man John A Day used to say “Look up and see!” (http://www.cloudman.com/)

7 June 2018 Why? (Suicide)

Hello to you.  How are you doing in the moment you are in visiting here?  I’m doing o.k.  Kyle and I aren’t feeling 100% today.  This too shall pass!  It always does.

We are having the suicide discussion as a country again after another public figure took her own life.   I didn’t know who Kate Spade was until hearing about her death on the news yesterday.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/suicide-rate-us-saw-25percent-increase-since-1999-cdc-says/ar-AAylNWS?OCID=ansmsnnews11

Suicide rate: US saw 25% increase since 1999, CDC says
By Susan Scutti, CNN

Suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.

More than half of those who died by suicide had not been diagnosed with a mental health condition, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC.

“These findings are disturbing. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in the US right now, and it’s one of three causes that is actually increasing recently, so we do consider it a public health problem — and something that is all around us,” Schuchat said. The other two top 10 causes of death that are on the rise are Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdoses, she noted.

In 2016 alone, about 45,000 lives were lost to suicide.

“Our data show that the problem is getting worse,” Schuchat said.

7 June 2018 – drawing I did this morning for my friend.

There are so many personal reasons for deciding to end it all.  My Mother, my Grandfather and my cousin actually went through with it.  I will tell you  their choosing to take their own lives was definitely a deterrent for me making the same choices.  It’s easier to leave than it is to be left after something like that.  The survivors are left with so many questions, the “what if I’d only’s,” blame, shame and overwhelming despair.  For many years I blamed myself for my Mom’s taking her own life.  They said she suffered from baby blues or post-partum depression and when I found out what that was, I blamed myself for her choosing to die.

I don’t have all the answers.  I’ve been in the mental health system since the 1990’s and it really hasn’t changed too much since then which is really sad.  I’m seeing way too much emphasis on drug therapy and too little on alternatives like talk, art, musical, spiritual and physical therapy.   I won’t say that the pills haven’t helped me at all, but I will say that there have been times that nothing of this earth could begin to contain what was going on inside of me.

What’s my opinion as someone who is in the risk group of this “crisis”?

A good start would be to work as a country to remove the stigmas attached to mental illness.  May be people would be more inclined to get the help they need.    Another, probably the most important thing,  would be to make reputable mental health care accessible and affordable to anyone who needs it.  I’m not talking just handing people a bunch more pills….obviously that is tipping the suicide tables.   I’m talking about integrated mental health care that deals with the entirety a human being is – their mind, body and spirit.   Troubled people need someone they can trust, someone with integrity who they can talk to about their problems on a regular basis.  They should be able to do this without having to choose between doing that and putting food on their table.  Sometimes that’s all somebody needs is just to talk and get things out of their own head!

It’s sad that it takes another famous person to die before this issue gets serious attention.  Mental health and suicide is a lot like the gun issue.  It surfaces, gets talked about for awhile, everybody throws up their hands because it’s too complicated and volatile to deal with and it gets pushed aside until the next time.  Unfortunately, there is always going to be a next time with this.

https://www.bustle.com/p/9-people-on-the-alternative-type-of-therapy-thats-working-for-them-9244860several of these suggestions are in my personal toolkit. 

9 People On The Alternative Type Of Therapy That’s Working For Them

While the jury is still out on why, it’s pretty clear that mental illness is on the rise in the United States in recent years. Titles like “The Meteoric Rise of Mental Illness in America and Implications for Other Countries” and “The Alarming Rise in Teen Mental Illness” blare at us from social media and news outlets. Mass shooting after mass shooting is attributed to individual mental health problems, rather than structural societal ones. The opioid epidemic barrels forward, with no sign of stopping. And, at the same time, a recent CDC study found that despite increases in serious mental distress, access to mental health services are on the decline.

“Alternative” therapy just refers to anything that isn’t traditional talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. (You, know — the image of sitting down in a room with a therapist and talking about your feelings.) It can include working with a professional or can simply be an activity that helps people manage their minds, feelings, and symptoms. While traditional therapy has been and continues to be a great resource for people dealing with mental health issues and trauma, it’s not available to or not the right fit for plenty of people.

With that in mind, here are nine people who use different types of alternative therapy, and why they love it.

1Arielle, 27: Dance

Andrew Zaeh/Bustle

“I suffer from pretty intense derealization and dissociation and find that dance is one of the only modalities to really help get me back into my body. When I stay consistent, I find it’s really helpful. I’ve been off the wagon for a bit and notice my symptoms intensify when I haven’t danced in a while. By just having a few moments of tapping back into my body and myself, I find that I don’t get as anxious or nervous when I’m floating above myself the rest of the day, because I have a point of reference to come back to.

I just recently started getting back into traditional therapy, which is definitely helpful but doesn’t alleviate any symptoms. It’s been a great way to focus on the specific issues I want to work on and make me feel like I’m doing everything I can to get better, but it doesn’t necessarily help me get better.”

2Anonymous: Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Andrew Zaeh/Bustle

“[I use] trauma sensitive yoga to incorporate therapy and healing into my physical body once I had gotten to that stage in my recovery. Yes, I am still doing both [traditional and alternative therapy]. I find the combination of “traditional” and “alternative” to be the most effective, rather than one or the other.”

3Irene, 40: Somatic Experiencing Therapy

Andrew Zaeh/Bustle

“[I chose this form of therapy] because trauma is stored in the body and cannot be released by talking about it. Somatic Experiencing works with the nervous system to release stuck energy from a past nervous system activation (when we were unable to fight/flee or froze) that did not get discharged (nervous system was not allowed to calm down), thereby creating a new balanced, relaxed and calm normal.

Somatic Experiencing helped me release pent up anger and regulate my nervous system, releasing most triggers that would have created anxiety in the past. I have done traditional therapy and coaching before and it helped to a point — but it did not go deep enough within the body, so I had outbursts of anger and anxiety that I did not know were coming from or how to manage them.”

4Genya: Reiki

glisic_albina/Fotolia

“I found a therapist who is also a reiki practitioner, so she offers both talk therapy and reiki for my anxiety. And since she’s an LMHC my insurance covers our visits. I love it! It’s an amazing option for dealing with stress and anxiety. When I’m having trouble slowing down to process complex emotions, it’s a great tool.”

5Emma, 31: Acupuncture

Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

“I actually started acupuncture as treatment for a hormone imbalance, but I found that talking about the different things that are affecting my energy each week has been as therapeutic as — if not more than — the needles themselves. I’ve done traditional therapy in the past but the thought of finding a therapist right now exhausts me. Starting acupuncture felt like a much lower barrier to entry.”

6Chris, 45: Biking

Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images News/Getty Images

“I hate all people. You know, pretty much. [I chose biking because] it’s biking. Ipso facto, it is awesome. Did couples counseling once. Meh. People are really really really stupid and there’s just no substitute for good ol’ introspection.”

7Michael, 43: 5 Rhythms And Ecstatic Dance

Andrew Zaeh for Bustle

“Check out Maps to Ecstasy by Gabrielle Roth. It’s an effective and fun way to process through emotions via movement. And the community is amazing, all over the world. I have not done traditional therapy, but am familiar with it. The model isn’t my style.”

8Alex, 30: Meditation, Self-Help Books

Andrew Zaeh/Bustle

“[I chose this type of therapy because] I feel like it is more on my time. I like that I’m not expecting anything of anyone else, even a therapist… I know from the outside it looks great. I’m positive that I’m checking lots of societal boxes, but I’m not sure I’m doing all I want to. No, I know I’m not. I want a lot.”

9D, 31: Meditation Community

Andrew Zaeh for Bustle

“[I found this type of therapy] through my family. It is a beautiful and supportive community that encourages me to change how I view, react to, and accept circumstances instead of constantly thinking something is ‘wrong’ with me. I still do [traditional therapy]. But meds weren’t doing it. I needed to change how I saw the world instead of hoping a pill a day might completely save me from traumatic past”.

There you have it — nine people and the type of alternative therapy that they use. When it comes to treating a mental health issue, there’s clearly no one-size-fits-all answer. The most important thing is that you find something that works for you.

 

1 June 2018 Good day and Journey Back to Me (Poem)

Hello to you.  How are you?  We’ve been having a really good day today.  I had an appointment I look forward to and then afterwards, to maximize our time out and about, we got some errands done in Burleson.

At PetSmart, besides the normal Blue Dog Food, we found an organic spray from Earthbath, Hot Spot Relief Spritz at PetSmart (https://earthbath.com/product/hot-spot-relief-spritz/) to help Link and Spot with seasonal allergy irritations.  Link has a real problem with allergies and insect bites.  I asked the woman who was at checkout (she always seems to be working lol), Cindy, if they were treating her well and her reply made me smile, “Yes they do, I love my job.”  How many people do you know that can say that?!  So awesome!

After that we stopped by Michael’s and I picked up a batch of canvas for painting.  I am excited because I think I’ve talked Kyle into doing a painting with me!  I would love to hang up a painting by him in the house!  I also found a little glass box on sale (http://www.michaels.com/clear-glass-display-box-with-lid-by-bead-landing/10492022.html#q=glass+box&start=10) to hold our essential oils so they don’t take up so much space on the kitchen counter.  We also grabbed a couple small boxes of chalk with colors I use the most to augment what I already have that’s almost gone.  I went out for a bit after we got home….couldn’t stay out there….just too hot!

After all this we decided to use the gift cards my parents had given to us for Christmas for Logan’s Steakhouse.  As always, it was a wonderful experience.  Besides a great steak their root beer just tasted so good!  We had to flag ourselves of the stuff LOL!  Our server,  Joseph,  was having his first day without supervision and was terrific.  We encouraged him to hold on to his wonderful attitude.  Being a waiter or waitress is not an easy job!

1 June 2018 – having a date!

I know this post is full of mundane activities but for me, after the past few months of not trusting anything or anyone and not wanting to leave the house, it was a big deal.  It was a big deal for Kyle to have his “normal” happy and silly wife back.  It’s the little things that fill all the space from our start to our finish.  They are precious moments never to take for granted. 

31 May 2018 – I was thinking of spirit travelers when I did this. This group being lead by one with the light.

This poem is about what my last bought with an episode, a cycle, a spiritual awakening….whatever the hell happens to me was like.  This last one was very volatile and we had a lot of broken stuff.  Kyle, the dogs, my family, my friends, my doctors,  and even our amazing local cops helped me so much.  Just my Dad calling me during the worst of it, pleading with me to take my meds, my Mom sending a three line note in the mail…it all meant everything.  I will tell you that you don’t have to wait to die and go to heaven to encounter angels on this earth!   Sadly we know with the way the past couple of years have been, this won’t be the last time we go through this.  Just a varying degree of it.

Journey back to Me – (Jackie)

The strangers walked through the door in me

There was mistrust, shattered glass, cops,  and conversations with the unseen

A gap in the veil most cannot see

An entire cast of unseen characters took center stage on my chest

Me a mere puppet

A pulsing heart with my flesh and blood sewn….unable to sleep…..unable to rest

Perhaps it was my sweetheart’s and dogs unconditional love

The drugs or some kind of divine intervention

From above

But I was able to finally journey back to me

Sadly we know the seasons and cycles will turn

I will not remain this me…free……

 

19 May 2018 Royal Wedding (Sheku Kanneh-Mason) and Are we going to end up like planet Krypton?

Hello to you.  Today has been very slow here….something happened with some hair color and now I look like an orange lol.  I guess I didn’t have as many gray hairs as I thought!

We caught the royal wedding just in time.  We hadn’t planned on watching it and we really enjoyed it.  The cello solo by Sheku Kanneh-Mason was a highlight for me.  This isn’t from the wedding but a great example of what we heard today:

Sheku Kanneh-Mason – Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah, arr. Tom Hodge

I’ve had planet Krypton on the brain today.  Ever since I saw an article about a climate conference where they were wondering if falling rocks are contributing to climate change:  https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/gop-congressman-mo-brooks-asks-if-rocks-are-causing-sea-levels-to-rise/ar-AAxroCn.…”GOP congressman Mo Brooks asks if rocks are causing sea levels to rise”

Yes, you aren’t dreaming, that really came up in discussion.  It made me think of what happened with Superman’s home planet Krypton before it blew up: http://superman.wikia.com/wiki/Krypton

Hopefully we aren’t going to end up like that!  We had a 3.5 earthquake just last night in a town near us, Venus! https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/).

9 Feb 2018 Afternoon chalk (Nefertiti, Akashic Records, Capitalism and Addiction)

Hello to you.  One more post for today.  There has been a steady flow of “stuff” today but I can tell my brain needs a break lol….a lot of processing going on.  My afternoon meditation, the one I’m sharing, lead me on a very interesting path.  Remember, I just draw what comes regardless of anything “known,” published, printed etc.  A friend of ours mentioned a tizzy that happened about an interpretation done of what Queen Nefertiti looked like – “she looks too white” everyone is saying.  Well people look around.  There are all colors of the rainbow when it comes to the human suites we are wearing.  We need to remember our bodies are just a suite of clothes to cover thousands of microbes, bacteria and countless other forms of life we don’t even know about….the “seen” and “unseen” mucking around under our drawers.  GET OVER THE SUITE!  Our eyes can deceive even our hearts.

Anyhew, I won’t belabor this as I’d just be wasting my energy.  Some people are just set in their ways and there is no reasoning with them.  You just have to love them through this process we are all going through.  The phrase “Trust the Process” keeps coming to me.  I love and trust the God of my understanding and will do just that….have faith and not lose hope.

http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-queen-nefertiti-ancient-bust-fair-skin-800519

Ancient Egypt: Mummy of Queen Nefertiti Brought to Life With Controversial Fair Skin in 3-D Scan

The face of Queen Nefertiti, who may have been King Tutankhamun’s biological mother, will be revealed on the Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown, which airs Wednesday night. The face is the result of the latest 3-D imaging technology that used the mummy’s facial structure to bring the 3,400-year-old queen to life, but it’s the sculpture’s skin color, not cheekbones, that has raised the most controversy.

In order to create the bust of the ancient queen, a team of scientists at the University of Bristol in England digitally mapped the face of a mummy known as “The Younger Lady.” The mummy was found in 1898 and is believed to be of Queen Nefertiti, but this was never proven. The mummy’s face was digitally mapped to make an accurate facial construction for the bust. Then, paleoartist Elisabeth Daynes recreated the Queen’s face on the bust, a painstaking process that took around 500 hours of work, a statement on the television show reported. By comparing the bust with historical images of Nefertiti, the researchers were able to show that the “Younger Lady” mummy was indeed the famous queen.

TEXU_S4_PARIS_54165 Host of “Expedition Unknown,” Josh Gates examines the sculpture of the “Younger Lady” mummy in the Paris studio of paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès. Sculpture by Elisabeth Daynès in partnership with Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” and Josh Gates. Photo courtesy of Travel Channel.

Related: Ancient Egypt Artifacts Depicting Ramses The Great As Victorious General Were Spreading Fake News

“This remarkable face seems to be consistent with ancient representations of Nefertiti,” Aidan Dodson, an Egyptologist at Bristol University who was involved in the project, said in a statement. “It’s extraordinary. When taken alongside the latest reading of the genetic data, this provides us with truly exciting evidence that the mummy of the Younger Lady is none other than Queen Nefertiti herself.”

The show is focused on investigating three of the most powerful women in ancient Egyptian history: Hatshepsut, Cleopatra and Nefertiti, a statement on the show reported.

Related: Ancient Egyptian Pyramidion Found Next To Largest Obelisk Hints At Existence Of Queen’s Lost Chamber 

According to The History Channel, Nefertiti was queen from 1353 to 1336 B.C. and may have even ruled Egypt herself after her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten, died. Her full name, Neferneferuaten, means “beautiful are the beauties of Aten, a beautiful woman has come,” an homage to both the Egyptian chief god Aten and the queen’s renowned beauty.

The 3-D imaging was only able to copy the mummy’s facial structure, other features such as skin and eye color were up to artist interpretation. Many soon took to Twitter in anger over the artist’s decision to make Nefertiti so fair-skinned.

Since Nefertiti lived far before the time of photography there is no way to know the exact skin tone of the ancient queen, although the most famous bust depicting the queen, which was believed to be created in 1345 B.C., depicts a darker monarch.

Regardless of the skin tone controversy, the new bust is celebrated for its detail to other aspects of accuracy, such as the depiction of the queen’s muscle tone and skin tissue depth. Combined, these details reveal the face of one of the most influential and well known women in world history.

TEXU_S4_PARIS_54312 The facial reconstruction of the “Younger Lady” mummy next to a 3-D replica of its head created from digital mapping. lpture by Elisabeth Daynès in partnership with Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” and Josh Gates. Photo courtesy of Travel Channel.

9 Feb 2018 – My thoughts lead me to the Akashic records. One of my favorite vampire flicks, Queen of the Damned starred Aaliyah who played Akasha…the Mother of all vamps.

What are the Akashic Records and why do they resonate with me?  It is because the place I spend the most quality time with the God of my understanding is outside under the sky.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashic_records

Akashic records

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In theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future. They are believed by theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the etheric plane. There are anecdotal accounts but no scientific evidence for existence of the Akashic records.[1][2][3]

Akasha (ākāśa आकाश) is the Sanskrit word for ‘aether‘ or ‘atmosphere’. Also, in Hindi, akash (आकाश) means ‘sky’ or ‘heaven’.

Theosophical Society[edit]

The Sanskrit term akasha was introduced to the language of theosophy through H. P. Blavatsky (1831–1891), who characterized it as a sort of life force; she also referred to “indestructible tablets of the astral light” recording both the past and future of human thought and action, but she did not use the term “akashic”.[4] The notion of an akashic record is attributed to Alfred Percy Sinnett, who, in his book Esoteric Buddhism (1883), wrote of a Buddhist belief in “a permanency of records in the Akasa” and “the potential capacity of man to read the same.”[4][5] By C. W. Leadbeater‘s Clairvoyance (1899) the association of the term with the idea was complete, and he identified the akashic records by name as something a clairvoyant could read.[4] In his 1913 Man: How, Whence, and Whither?, Leadbeater claims to record the history of Atlantis and other civilizations as well as the future society of Earth in the 28th century.[4][6]

Alice A. Bailey wrote in her book Light of the Soul on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Book 3 – Union achieved and its Results (1927):

The akashic record is like an immense photographic film, registering all the desires and earth experiences of our planet. Those who perceive it will see pictured thereon: The life experiences of every human being since time began, the reactions to experience of the entire animal kingdom, the aggregation of the thought-forms of a karmic nature (based on desire) of every human unit throughout time. Herein lies the great deception of the records. Only a trained occultist can distinguish between actual experience and those astral pictures created by imagination and keen desire.

Rudolf Steiner[edit]

The Austrian theosophist and later founder of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner, used the concept mainly in a series of articles in his journal Lucifer-Gnosis in 1904 to 1908 where he wrote about Atlantis, Lemuria, etc. .[7] Besides this, he used the term in the title of lectures on a Fifth Gospel held in 1913 and 1914, shortly after the foundation of the Anthroposophical Society and Steiner’s exclusion from the Theosophical Society Adyar.[8]

Aquarian Gospel[edit]

Levi H. Dowling‘s Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (1908) offers a version of the youth of Jesus Christ ostensibly based upon “akashic record” material.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up ^ Ellwood, Robert S. (1996). “Theosophy”. In Stein, Gordon. The Encyclopedia of the Paranormal. Prometheus Books. pp. 759–66. ISBN 978-1-57392-021-6. 
  2. Jump up ^ Regal, Brian (2009). Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia. Greenwood. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-313-35507-3. Other than anecdotal eyewitness accounts, there is no evidence of the ability to astral project, the existence of other planes, or of the Akashic Record. 
  3. Jump up ^ Drury, Nevill (2011). Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-19-975100-6. 
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Brandt, Katharina; Hammer, Olav (2013). “Rudolf Steiner and Theosophy”. In Hammer, Olav; Rothstein, Mikael. Handbook of the Theosophical Current. Leiden, NL; Boston: Brill. pp. 122–3. ISBN 9789004235960. 
  5. Jump up ^ Sinnett, Alfred Percy (1884). Esoteric Buddhism (5th ed.). Houghton Mifflin. p. 127. 
  6. Jump up ^ Besant, Annie; Leadbeater, C.W. (1913). Man: How, Whence, and Whither?. Adyar, India: Theosophical Publishing House. 
  7. Jump up ^ Aus der Akasha-Chronik. Partial English edition: Steiner, Rudolf (1911). The Submerged Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, Their History and Civilization. Being Chapters From The Âkâshic Records. London: Theosophical Publishing Society.  First complete English edition: Steiner, Rudolf (1959). Cosmic Memory. Engledood, N. J.: Rudolf Steiner Publications. 
  8. Jump up ^ Steiner, Rudolf (1950). The Fifth Gospel. Investigation of the Akasha Chronicle. Five lectures given in Christiania, 1913. London: Rudolf Steiner Publishing.

9 Feb 2018 – This second meditation is going off of the Morphing Through time train of thought all the way through to the problem with addictions in Americans.

31 Jan 2018 Human Nature

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/glee-star-mark-salling-dead-35-suspected-suicide-article-1.3788124 – very sad

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+22&version=NIV

Proverbs 22 New International Version (NIV)

22 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Rich and poor have this in common:
    The Lord is the Maker of them all.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Humility is the fear of the Lord;
    its wages are riches and honor and life.

In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
    but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

The rich rule over the poor,
    and the borrower is slave to the lender.

Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
    and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor.

10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
    quarrels and insults are ended.

11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
    will have the king for a friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
    but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
    I’ll be killed in the public square!”

14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
    a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
    but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
    and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Starship_Troopersopening quote for this chapter is from Proverbs 22:6

Chapter 8[edit]

Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them.

  • That old saw about “to understand all is to forgive all” is a lot of tripe. Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them.
    • Juan Rico, p. 111, internal monologue on the execution of Dillinger.
  • “Ah yes, [life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness]… Life? What ‘right’ to life has a man who is drowning in the Pacific? The ocean will not hearken to his cries. What ‘right’ to life has a man who must die to save his children? If he chooses to save his own life, does he do so as a matter of ‘right’? If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which man’s right is ‘unalienable’? And is it ‘right’? As to liberty, the heroes who signed the great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost. The third ‘right’?—the ‘pursuit of happiness‘? It is indeed unalienable but it is not a right; it is simply a universal condition which tyrants cannot take away nor patriots restore. Cast me into a dungeon, burn me at the stake, crown me king of kings, I can ‘pursue happiness’ as long as my brain lives—but neither gods nor saints, wise men nor subtle drugs, can ensure that I will catch it.”
    • Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois (Ret.), p. 119; expanding on his statement that “a human being has no natural rights of any nature.”
  • “I told you that ‘juvenile delinquent’ is a contradiction in terms. ‘Delinquent’ means ‘failing in duty.’ But duty is an adult virtue—indeed a juvenile becomes an adult when, and only when, he acquires a knowledge of duty and embraces it as dearer than the self-love he was born with. There never was, there cannot be a ‘juvenile delinquent.’ But for every juvenile criminal there are always one or more adult delinquents—people of mature years who either do not know their duty, or who, knowing it, fail.”
    • Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois (Ret.), p. 120

 

15 Jan 2018 Random things

Hello to you.  It’s 12:12 pm on this overcast and gray Monday.  How are you?  I hope you are well.  My dreams last night were strange.  Part of one dream involved watching Elvis Presley singing Love Me Tender in a small church.  I am thinking that was triggered by a recent headline I read about the mystery out of Graceland about a couple visiting there (Elvis Presley’s home) and the woman disappearing:  http://www.newser.com/story/254063/police-probe-mans-claim-that-wife-died-on-graceland-visit.html – Police Probe Man’s Claim That Wife Died on Graceland Visit Authorities in Tennessee have no record of her body…weird!  I hope they find her.

Elvis Presley Love Me Tender (1956) (Official Video)

 

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Aristotle

Source is Internet – view through a Kaleidoscope

15 Jan 2018 – missing the sun this morning so I will have to find ways to make my own!

I’m feeling really groggy and sleep today but wanted to stop in and say hello anyways.  We are still adjusting to having two extra dogs in the house at night.   Sleep disruption has been an issue but it’s getting better.  We are supposed to get some “weather” that includes sleet the next couple of days here.  I hope you find something of interest here today – that resonates with you.   I hope you are Loved and are Loving.  Keep a regular exercise routine up with that ball of sun in your chest!

This article from the Daily Good feels like a great one to share on the day we honor Martin Luther King.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1895/why-the-moral-argument-for-non-violence-matters-kazu-haga/

Why the Moral Argument for Non-Violence Matters

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why the Moral Argument for Non-Violence Matters

–by Kazu Haga, syndicated from wagingnonviolence.org, Jan 15, 2018

“Bernard? Oh yeah, he’s great. He was always the principles guy.”

That was what an old Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, organizer told me when I mentioned that I had been trained by Bernard Lafayette, co-author of the Kingian Nonviolence curriculum and a legend of the civil rights era.

“I was always a strategies guy,” this elder went on to tell me. “I believed in nonviolence as an effective strategy, but Bernard was always talking about nonviolence as a principle.”

I let out a little laugh. In that moment, I was proud to have been trained by “the principles guy.”

When people talk about nonviolence in the context of social change, they’re typically talking about nonviolent organizing, nonviolent direct action, nonviolent civil resistance; arenas where the word “nonviolence” is only an adjective describing the absence of physical violence within a set of tactics and strategies. The philosophy of nonviolence and the moral question of violence are often considered too messy or complicated, even by those who do believe it to be a principle.

The civil rights movement was led largely by leaders who believed in nonviolence as a moral imperative. It was not only the most effective thing, but also the right thing. While Martin Luther King Jr. and his closest allies held to this belief, some other movement leaders — as well as the vast majority of people who mobilized for the movement — only understood nonviolence as a strategy.

Most of the movements I have participated in, even those that had a strict policy of nonviolence, tend to shy away from the moral question — possibly for fear of turning away potential participants.

And I get that. Making the argument that nonviolence should be seen as a way of life is a much harder sell than convincing people that it is the most effective strategy to accomplish a goal. Convincing people to remain nonviolent during a demonstration is a lot easier than convincing people to look at how to practice nonviolence in all areas of our life.

We find ourselves in an urgent moment in history. From climate change to the Trump agenda, we do not have the luxury to wait until tomorrow. We need a movement today. So maybe trying to make the moral argument is not the most strategic thing.

But King taught us that it is never the wrong time to do the right thing. And so, I believe the time is right to make the argument that violence itself is our biggest enemy.

Honoring violence

Making the moral argument for nonviolence does not mean placing a moral judgment on those who use or advocate for violence, especially as a means for self-defense.

As an advocate for nonviolence, I have learned a great deal from the likes of the Black Panther Party, the Zapatistas, the Deacons for Defense and the anarchists in the Spanish Civil War, among others. Their struggles and sacrifices should never be discounted, nor should we ignore the many lessons from their movements.

We should also never judge those who have used violence for self-defense in interpersonal relationships — abusive relationships, robberies, assaults, etc. If people felt like that was their only means of protecting themselves, I only pray that they were okay.

Finally, we need to acknowledge the extreme levels of violence that many people are born into because of systemic injustice. We put people into generations of poverty and invest in a culture of violence, then judge them for reacting with violence? As inarticulate as it may be, even riots are typically a cry for peace from a people who have never had it.

So violence can be an effective tool to protect yourself and others against a threat, and it can be used to express outrage about injustice. There is great value in both.

Yet violence is also limited in one very important way, and that is that violence can never create relationships.

Violence can never get you closer to reconciliation, closer to King’s “beloved community,” the reconciled world with justice for all people. And that is perhaps the most significant difference between a principled nonviolent approach and an approach using violence or nonviolence that is strictly strategic. The goals are different.

Resolution vs. reconciliation

In movements that are violent or simply use nonviolent tactics, the goal is victory, where victory is defined as “your” people beating “those” people to win your demands. The victory is over your opponents. But in a principled approach, there is no victory until you’ve won your opponents over.

In a principled nonviolent approach, the goal is always reconciliation and steps toward beloved community. The goal is always to build and strengthen relationships and to bring people and communities together, not separate them. If we are not able to find ways to bring communities together, we will always have separation, violence and injustice.

Even if you are able to achieve short-term gains, if relationships between people were harmed in the conflict and you are further away from each other as a result, then it is not a victory at all. If only your tactics are nonviolent and not your worldview, whatever issue you’re working on may get resolved, but the relationships don’t get repaired.

It was a team of incarcerated Kingian Nonviolence trainers in Soledad Prison that taught me this during a conversation we were having about the difference between conflict resolution and conflict reconciliation.

Conflict resolution is about fixing issues. Conflict reconciliation is about repairing relationships. Resolving an issue is about the mind. It’s about policies, structures, laws — the causes of violence. Reconciling a relationship is about the heart. It’s about the people, the stories, the history — the human impact of violence.

The levels of violence today are so heightened that there will be times when movements will need to use assertive and militant nonviolent tactics to stop the immediate harm and demand change.

As Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of nonviolent communication, says, we need to, “use the minimum amount of force necessary to stop the immediate harm.” And we never think about what the “minimum amount” looks like.

That is the realm of nonviolent strategies and tactics like noncooperation and civil disobedience. Tactics that could stop the construction of a pipeline, pass voter protection laws or even lead to a political revolution.

But if we stop there, the relationships between the communities are still divided, and there could still be fear, mistrust and resentment. If the human relationships are not healed, the conflict will resurface again on some other issue. Any peace gained through political revolution but not a revolution of relationships is short-lived.

Reconciliation is what a principled nonviolent approach demands.

The need for healing

The very nature of violence is unjust. As Rev. James Lawson, one of the lead trainers for the civil rights movement, has said, “Violence has a very simple dynamic. I make you suffer more than I suffer. I make you suffer until you cry uncle.” It is the very idea that we can use force, fear and intimidation to get what we want that is our enemy.

Because violence hurts. Period.

We all know that. We’ve all experienced it — physical, emotional and spiritual. It hurts to get punched, but it hurts more to feel abandoned, alone, ashamed, hopeless, desperate, unworthy, afraid, used. And too often, we are made to feel those things by people in our own families, in our own movements, in our own communities.

Being committed to a principled approach to nonviolence requires us to look at the pain that we carry ourselves, and the pain that we inflict on each other within our communities. It is easy to point the finger and say that the violence is “over there.”

I have talked to too many people who shared that the traumas they carry were only re-triggered and made worse by the violence they witnessed within movements. When we say that we are committed to nonviolence, we are not only saying that we want to stop the violence “over there” that “those people” are committing. We also try to work on the ways we ourselves perpetuate harm as a result of our own unhealed traumas. We are working to heal our own selves as much as anyone we perceive as our enemies. We are working to change how we relate to each other in own communities as much as we are working to change any policy.

Whether you live in an impoverished community or work in law enforcement where your job is to dehumanize people all day, we are not a healthy society. It hurts to witness violence, it hurts to experience violence, and it hurts to inflict violence. Each causes trauma.

Yes, we need to fight. But only so that we can create spaces to heal and to build.

Beloved community

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny,” King wrote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

This universal truth comes out in many cultures and traditions throughout the world. The aboriginal peoples in Australia teach us, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

That is the vision of beloved community. A world where we acknowledge our interdependence — our “inter-being,” as Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh says.

My liberation is bound up in yours. That is a beautiful concept, and a popular quote in many progressive circles. But to what extent do we really believe it? Is our liberation bound up with the liberation of some and not others? How about people who voted for Donald Trump or people who have hurt us personally? Who draws that line? Do some people fall out of the “network of mutuality” that King talked about?

What does it look like to work together to “liberate” those who commit harm? What does it mean to acknowledge that being oppressed hurts, but being an oppressor also destroys your soul? The privileges of being an oppressor doesn’t take away the violence that gets internalized when you hurt someone.

Beloved community is not about loving the people who are easy to love. It is about cultivating “agape” — a Greek word for unconditional love for all of humanity, including those who are difficult to love.

King said that the civil rights movement was a movement for the bodies of black folks and the souls of white folks. He acknowledged that being a white supremacist destroys your soul. To have so much judgment and hatred in your heart is an act of violence you do to yourself, and part of the goal of the movement was to help them. To bring them back into the network of mutuality and to remind them that they are part of beloved community.

Because our liberation depends on it.

Faith in people

The core of the theory of nonviolence for me has become an unwavering faith in the nature of humanity. That at our core, we are a species that wants to live in peace and wants to be in service and relationship; that we have the resiliency to heal no matter how hurt we are, and we have the ability to transform no matter how much harm we’ve caused.

We get asked all the time in our workshops, “Well, isn’t violence just part of human nature?” And I used to struggle responding to it, because it was hard to argue. It has always been part of our history.

Then several years ago, I met Paul Chappell, a graduate of West Point turned peace activist. During his presentation at a conference, he said that every study that has ever been conducted shows that violence is traumatic. It can cause PTSD, depression, anxiety and permanent damage to our brain. And yet not a single person has ever been traumatized by an act of love.

He then asked, “If violence is part of our nature, then why does it short-circuit our brain?” Shouldn’t we be able to engage in it and not have it cause permanent damage?

That to him was evidence that violence isn’t in our nature, that at the core of human nature are the things that fulfill us: love, joy, community, peace.

And that is what we need today: a determined and dogged belief in the goodness of people. We need the fierce tactics of nonviolence to stop the immediate harm, and the principles of nonviolence to transform the pain. Without one or the other, we are always going to be spinning our wheels, fighting the next injustice or addressing the next hurt.

I’ve been very privileged in my life. I’ve gotten to see so many people transformed from the most violent circumstances, that it might be easier for me to have faith in people. It is the greatest honor being able to work with incarcerated communities. Everyday, I get to learn from people who have survived so much violence and in many cases have inflicted so much harm, yet have transformed to become some of the greatest peacemakers I’ve ever met. It gives me faith in the resiliency of people and in the core of human nature.

And if I can have faith in their core and their ability to transform, why not the prison guards? Why not the politician who passed the laws that filled the prison? Or the corporate lobbyist who pushed for that legislation? Or the conservative voter who put those lawmakers into office?

It may take seven generations, but if we are not working for a world that works for all of us, then what exactly are we working for? If we are working to change laws and policies, but the hearts and minds of the people are still corrupt and we still see each other as exactly that — “others” — will we ever know peace?

We are in need of a truly nonviolent revolution, not just of systems and policies, but also of worldviews and relationships. We need to understand that people are never the enemy, that violence and injustice itself is what we need to defeat, and that the goal of every conflict must be reconciliation.

Each conflict we face has to be seen as an opportunity to strengthen understanding between members of a human family that have grown so far apart that we have forgotten our dependence on each other.

That is why we need a principled nonviolent approach to society’s ills. Because it is not just laws and systems that have poisoned us. It is a worldview that has made us forget that our liberation is bound up in the liberation of all people.

And only a holistic nonviolent approach — one that involves both strategies and principles — can muster the force to stop injustice in its tracks while bringing communities towards reconciliation.

Syndicated from Waging Non-Violence, a source for original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe.Kazu Haga is a Kingian Nonviolence trainer based in Oakland, California. Born in Japan, he has been involved in many social change movements since he was 17. He conducts regular trainings with youth, incarcerated populations and activists. He is the founder and coordinator of East Point Peace Academy, and is on the board of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, PeaceWorkers and the OneLife Institute.

Other headlines that caught my eye:

http://www.khou.com/news/nation-world/cvs-bans-photo-manipulation-for-store-beauty-brands-will-place-alert-label-on-others/508135376

CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands, will place alert label on others

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-detroit-ford-motor/ford-plans-11-billion-investment-40-electrified-vehicles-by-2022-idUSKBN1F30YZ

Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electrified vehicles by 2022

http://www.newsweek.com/fossil-reveals-feathered-dinosaur-shimmered-rainbow-781516

Feathered Dinosaur Shimmered Like a Rainbow, Fossil Reveals

14 Jan 2018 drawing I did yesterday thinking about what is in the in-between spaces. What can travel and or exist in the dark spaces in between?

Very interesting videos we watched this morning from Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Is Reality Real? The Simulation Argument *I’ve wondered about this a lot lately!

How Bacteria Rule Over Your Body – The Microbiome *Who is in charge of our bodies really?!

 

 

 

11 Jan 2018 Dream about ice dimension and increase in unexplained phenomenon being recorded

Dream about riding a special automated flying bicycle through woods. Then it was winter. There was thawing, warmth and city life things going on. As I sat by a frozen lakes edge that was melting, I saw thin layer of clear ice suspended in the sky. I poked it with a stick and actually broke through it like a dimensional hole. When I walked through the hole I made, the other side was completely frozen! There was no sun, no thawing, just endless and solid ice! The “thawing” city was an illusion.

*This is probably just my mind trying to understand the weather lately. I was reading from Walden again which for some reason tends to be a trigger or key to nature themed dreams for me.

10 Jan 2018 Jackie Wygant random thoughts drawing Alvarado TX

I did one of my random drawings yesterday afternoon. It appears to be yet another “tv guide” for this video we would watch this morning while eating breakfast!

5 UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES in the Sky Caught on Camera

Nuke’s Top 5

Published on Jun 9, 2017

Top 5 unexplained mysteries and strange phenomenon in the sky ! Very weird and unexplainable events and sightings witnessed by REAL people and caught on camera.

I have a theory about why so many more unexplained things are being recorded or are happening these days.  It’s obvious part of it is due to better technology that is able to actually record things we were previously incapable of recording.  I suspect something else:  Wifi or ambient energy charged particles.  What are we “feeding” with the plethora of energy waves we are making more and more of each day?  Are we making pathways….food for tears in reality and food for previously unseen travelers or residual and intelligent hauntings?  Who needs to suck on batteries when you have cell phones and so much more to feed on!  Ghost hunters know about drained batteries.  Kyle and I have experienced on more than one occasion having batteries to devices be completely drained.   It takes energy to “manifest” in reality and we are generating oodles of it!  Who are what are we allowing access to our realities?

Bizarre I know, but that’s just what has come to mind about this lately.  There are so many more ambient energy waves than their used to be just floating all around us.  Are they charging the particles they encounter?  I’ve come to believe we are living in an “energy soup” and everyone and everything that has come before us and is with us now leaves parts of themselves in the atmosphere we all eat, drink and breathe – dander, hair, skin cells, pollen….dust.   Literally everything is energy.  Just a thought.

Strange and unexplainable things have been happening for a very long time.  I have a whole disk of orb pictures I took when I lived in Colorado many years ago.  Some were just dust particles illuminated by the flash, some were tiny bugs captured by light in plants and some I can’t explain.  What’s the most energy efficient shape in which to travel…probably a circle like an orb.  Our technological capabilities have vastly improved from those times.  The energetic “noise” we make now with all these gadgets is much more so than in ages past.

This is a picture I took of May back in 2001 when we lived in base housing at Peterson AFB CO. She seems to be looking at an orb of “something” on the ceiling right above her. Was it a bug? Dust? Something else?

The other thought that comes to mind with regards to the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors, is that they have always been here!  We are now just getting more capable technologies that actually allow us to see them.  If I were an alien trying to make contact with what could be perceived as a very hostile species (humans) I wouldn’t land on the White House front lawn!   I would use stealth technologies and diversionary tactics so there would always be a question as to what was actually being seen.  I guess I get my notes from Gene Roddenberry’s Prime Directive in Star Trek:

Prime Directive. In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the Prime Directive is a guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets prohibiting the protagonists from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations. The Prime Directive has been used in five of the six Star Trek-based series.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Directive