26 Oct 2018 All Roads Lead to Rome

Hello to you.  How are you?!  I don’t know what the message is about but it’s what came to me when I was out drawing for a bit yesterday.  May it will make sense to someone else.  The sun peeked out as I had hoped!  Felt great.  The sky is clear this morning and it’s nice and cool.

We have been watching the reboot of the Star Trek films.  We watched Star Trek Into Darkness last night – awesome film.  In this reboot I was introduced to some talented actors for the first time.  This film was the first time I noticed Benedict Cumberbatch and took an interest in future work he was doing.  Sadly there are now ghosts walking within these films like Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin  for example.  Both of their deaths were hard for me.  Like some hauntings, they are recordings that to come to life when we watch and rewatch their films.

Tonight we finally get to see the second season of Castlevania on Netflix.  One of the better works of animated film we’ve watched as of late.

I hope that wherever and whenever….however….this finds you that you are as well as you can be.  I know it’s hard some days to be authentic, to be yourself, to find anything that remotely resembles love or kindness in this world but it is there.

I know for myself that I have had to lower my expectations a bit to find any semblance of the life I want for myself.  I have had to accept isolation and  loneliness as my normal.  There are choices I could have made that would…could…. make my life now completely different.  Namely doing the things that I do for a profit.

I have talked about this subject many times before……….it’s just not how our world works so this message doesn’t resonate with fellow artists in whatever genre that are trying to survive in this world and still do what they enjoy.    I have other sources of income from when I worked and Kyle’s income when he is able to work.  Most people don’t have anything other than what they do to sustain them and their families.

A lot of people are doing what they think they should do for careers to make the most money and not what they have been called to do.   They are miserable people that spread a wave of their internal misery everywhere they go.  They have been unwilling or unable to heed the calling to a work that fulfills them and fulfills why they were born in the first place.   From what I’ve seen, there is a lot of systemic obstruction in place that keeps people from reaching their full potential.  It’s possible, but extremely difficult or comes at a great cost to a person as an individual to fight the system to be who they are meant to be.  To “heed the call.”

What I have been called to do in this life doesn’t seem to involve making a lot of money.

I have learned for myself is that most times I have done things for money things have been tainted by the money.  I would say the barter system or someone giving me money for supplies to make something for them has been the closet thing that has worked for me.  There is no tangible profit in this.  The profit is an exchange of energy.  Someone helping me do what I enjoy doing without expectation and their gratitude being an energetic currency that “pays” me in a way money cannot.

I am happiest making something, having someone appreciate it and “speak to them” and then giving it to them because inside I realize I didn’t make it for me, I made it for them and just didn’t know it at the time.  There is no tangible profit in this.

What are you willing to give to the world to get what you want?  Some people give everything…too much….and are left with an empty shell.  It’s important to leave some of you for yourself.  It’s important to find your balance.

 

https://saymber.com/2015/05/14/14-may-2015-man-for-himself-by-erich-fromm-and-message-for-today-related-to-book/

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Himself-Inquiry-Psychology-Ethics/dp/0805014039/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431612723&sr=1-1&keywords=Man+for+Himself+Erich+Fromm – if you are curious to read this masterpiece for yourself

Some of the language/verbage is I want to say complicated but the truths rise up at you like a brilliant piece of sea glass revealed by the ocean tide.  Here is an excerpt that really illustrates my message today :  Pages 96 and 97

(b) Productive Love and Thinking

Human existence is characterized by the fact that man is alone and separated from the world; not being able to stand the separation, he is impelled to seek for relatedness and oneness.  There are many ways in which he can realize this need, but only one in which he, as a unique entity, remains intact; only one in which his own powers unfold in the very process of being related.  It is the paradox of human existence that man must simultaneously seek closeness and for independence; for oneness with others at the same time for the preservation of his uniqueness and particularity.  As we have shown, the answer to this paradox-and to the moral problem of man- is productiveness (In Chapter 3 Human Nature and Character, Part 2 Personality, he goes into great detail what productiveness means.)

One can be productively related to the world by acting and by comprehending.  Man produces things, and in the process of creation he exercises his powers over matter.  Man comprehends the world, mentally and emotionally, through love and through reason.  His power of reason enables him to penetrate through the surface and to grasp the essence of his object by getting into active relation with it.  His power of love enables him to break through the wall which separates him from another person and to comprehend him.  Although love and reason are only different forms of comprehending the world and although neither is possible without the other, they are expressions of different powers, that of emotion and that of thinking, and hence must be discussed separately.

Who was Erich Fromm?  http://www.erichfromm.net/ – link to his main website if your interest in learning more about him has spiked! 🙂

 

*Dreamt last night about how people can see like bats – pictures and images being in the brain instead of the eyes

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10 Nov 2015 Keshe Foundation Health Pen, Erich Fromm A Man for Himself and celebrating Christmas

10 Nov 2015

It’s still dark on this chilly Tuesday morning. This morning, just before the phone alarm went off I had an image of a male lion and the phrase “flip flop” pop in.  Weird right?!  We didn’t sleep real well last night.  It’s funny how my brain will do stuff like the lion just before the alarm goes off…kind of like a pre-alarm lol.

I just checked to see if there was anything going on with the Keshe Foundation Livestream and it’s still showing the 5 November video.  I’ll keep checking periodically and be sure to let you know if anything new appears.  There are tons of videos out there on You Tube now on the process.  I found these pictures for the Health Pen yesterday and I think I want to try and make one:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GoldenAgeofGans/ – great Facebook page showing what folks in the field are doing, learning and interested in relating to the Keshe technology and philosophy:

Last night I decided it was time to pull out the gem of a book I had found last year at the Burleson Goodwill – A Man For Himself by Erich Fromm. I love this book.  It’s like ready a compendium of so many things I’ve discovered and often expressed in my writings for myself in my life so far.  Erich just does it in a far more eloquent manner and for far longer ago than I have.  The version of the book I have  was published in 1947!  It’s sad to me that what he discusses would still have such a strong relevancy to our global society of today.

http://www.erichfromm.net/ – link to his main web site if you would like to learn more about him

With the US Presidential Election next year, I think the subject of different kinds of authority in leadership is timely.  When I look at how where we are in current government rule in our country, I see an increasing and disturbing bend towards authoritarian ethics.  I frequently ask myself if the way our country is being run is that much different than those we send our young men and women off to fight wars in.  We send them off making them think their cause is noble…the premise of instilling democracy within dictatorships.  We can be a very hypocritical country!  This goes on each day, under our noses buried in the sands of apathy.

I’m guilty of apathy.  I often express a feeling that standing up for some things is a futile struggle…like ridding our world of the fossil fuel industry, corrupt banks, money hungry agents from the Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Retail and Manufacturing sectors.

Anyhew….

I’m about to revisit Chapter II: Humanistic Ethics: The Applied Science of the Art of Living, 1. Humanistic vs Authoritarian Ethics.

Page 8

“In authoritarian ethics, an authority states what is good for man and lays down the laws and norms of conduct; in humanistic ethics man himself is both the norm giver and the subject of the norms, their formal source or regulative agency and their subject matter.”

Page 9

“These use of the term “authoritarian” makes it necessary to clarify the concept of authority. So much confusion exists with regard to this concept because it is widely believed that we are confronted with the alternative of having dictatorial, irrational authority or of having no authority at all. This alternative however, is fallacious.  The real problem is what kind of authority do we mean rational or irrational authority?

Rational authority has its source in competence.  The person whose authority is respected functions competently in the task with which he is entrusted by those who conferred it upon him.  He need not intimidate them nor arouse their admiration by magic qualities; so long as and to the extent to which he is competently helping, instead of exploiting, his authority is based on rational grounds and does not call for irrational awe.  Rational authority not only permits but requires constant scrutiny and criticism of those subjected to it; it is always temporary, its acceptance depending on performance.

The source of irrational authority, on the other hand, is always power over people.  This power can be physical or mental, it can be realistic or only relative in terms of the anxiety and helplessness of the person permitting to this authority.  Power on the one side, fear on the other, are always the buttresses on which irrational authority is built.  Criticism of the authority is not only not required but forbidden.

Rational authority is based upon the equality of both authority and subject, which differ only with respect to the degree of knowledge or skill in a particular field. Irrational authority is by its very nature based upon inequality, implying difference in value.  In the use of the term “authoritarian ethics” reference is made to irrational authority, following the current use of “authoritarian” as synonymous with totalitarian and antidemocratic systems.  The reader will soon recognize that humanistic ethics is not compatible with rational authority.”

This is food for your thoughts today. How do you perceive the current ethics of our country?  Are you a humanist?

*Side note is Kyle and I have officially declared a boycott on material Christmas this year. Just cards and or personal greetings.  There are many reasons we’ve decided to go this route and one of the biggest is on the increased emphasis we’ve noticed, EARLIER emphasis by the retail industry, on the material aspect of Christmas versus the “heart” of it.  It seems like more and more they are depending on Christmas to get their earnings from red to black.

Kyle and I are not Christians so it’s not about putting of the “Christ back into in Christmas” like it is for some folks.  For us it’s about the people/feeling/food aspects of the holiday we want to see emphasized.  We like to lead by example.  We’ve asked if our family and friends feel they still want to buy something to donate to their favorite charity or ours (The City of Alvarado Animal Shelter) on our behalf.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and my Mom and I have expressed over the years how overlooked it gets in the holiday shuffle! Ironically, it’s one of the biggest money-making holidays for the Grocery stores!  Whatever.  Everybody is different and that’s what is great about this world.

I hope you all are well. I send prayers out to anyone who might need one be it for health issues, family problems, financial problems….whatever issue that plagues your heart today.  You are not alone. We all have problems large or small and we are here to help each other persevere through them all.