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The Universe (Part 3)

enlightenmentGreetings Dreamers!

Initially, I was going to write about gravity as my next foray into exploring our universe.  But over the last few days I’ve had some very interesting conversations and read some interesting material that has changed my mind.

Today I want to discuss the only way we can truly understand the universe — Enlightenment.

This has been something that I have been struggling with since first I heard the term, then understood the process.  However, I am not talking about Buddhist enlightenment, where by attaining enlightenment frees us from rebirth.  I am talking about enlightenment in the sense that the universe reveals itself to you, thereby revealing you to yourself.

We have spent a great deal of time and energy to measure, quantify and categorize all the things that make up the universe.  We done a bang up job at this.  We’ve discovered elementary particles quarks, electrons, neutrons, protons and muons, to name a few.  We’ve discovered black holes, quasars, neutron stars, gamma ray bursts and planets far beyond our tiny little solar system.  We have discovered limitations, rules, equations and barriers.  We have sent ourselves and objects hurtling into the jungle beyond, crying out for someone else in the darkness.  And what has this produced?  Just more questions.  There will always be questions, and they will never end until we know everything. But what’s the point of existing if you know everything.

I have had some moments where I can see lucidly, beyond my own human flaws, fears and insecurities.  Moments where you can connect with someone on an indescribably level, or moments when the answer just falls out of the sky and begs me to accept it.  So my most recent, yet fleeting moment of enlightenment was actually a proper definition of what enlightenment really is.

Enlightenment is accepting the simple fact that we are the universe.  All of these little particles and atoms we are made of were created out of necessity for us to explore the physical universe, which is only 4% of the entire universe.  And that 4% is unimaginably massive.  We can’t even see the entire universe with our telescopes, we can only see as far as the light reaching us originate from, so no one really knows how far it goes.  It is the greatest mystery, and the greatest adventure.  And we create these mysteries for ourselves, to entertain ourselves, just like the games we invent, or the books we write. Life is the same, we live a time as someone or something, then we move on to experience something new.  Understanding the universe will begin when we truly understand ourselves.

I believe there are two ways that we can explore the universe.  The first is rebirth.  We move from body to body, world to world, exploring, living, enjoying.  We are constantly being reborn, and it doesn’t have to be here on this planet.  There are more planets than stars in the universe, and there is most definitely life on these other planets.  I do not know this, I feel this — if we are all the universe, then we are connected to life forms on every planet that does or had existed.  In this life I am Michael, in a previous life I could have been a flapper in the 1920’s, or a scientist on a far distant planet that has sent my own message to find life elsewhere.

We are not limited to these bodies, nor must we die to explore because the second way is through transcendence and allowing our souls to detach from our machine and roam freely, knowing that we can return at anytime.  Life when you sleep, where do you truly go?  Have you ever been someplace in a dream that you’ve never been, then at a later date, you visit and have an overwhelming sense of deja vu?  This is transcendence, we do it all the time, we just don’t remember it completely because our brain returns our focus to the waking state, and slowly forgets the dream because it doesn’t pertain to the here and now.

The creator and god are not the same, in my opinion.  I posit that the creator was the architect, and god was the engineer.  And since we engineer our reality, we must be god.  We have gotten so wrapped around the axle about god and who created the universe, and we’ve forgotten how powerful we truly are – how powerful all life is.  An ant can carry 50 times its weight.  Humpback whales have a language of song.  We humans have awareness.  And awareness allows us to explore the aspects of enlightenment.

I’m beginning to feel as if I am approaching this enlightenment.  Petty things that once mattered to me have fallen by the wayside.  I seldom sit in front of the computer or TV anymore — I work I’m outside, engage in conversation with someone, or listen to the thrushes that live in my garage.  I have lain on the grass in my back yard, and stared up at Jupiter and felt its pull on me.  This is how it all begins.  Just letting your mind free from the taught reality.  Let your mind wander into your own reality — it is what makes life so interesting, makes each moment wonderful.

So I will end today’s post with a simple question:  Have you ever felt one with the universe?

 

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Life Philosophy

Exploring Humanity (Part 4)

selfGreetings, Dreamers!

A friend pointed out to me that I haven’t really given you much to help you explore these topics inwardly.  The purpose of this particular series is to get us all to look at ourselves, because we cannot change the world unless we start with ourselves, because we are all collectively a part of the problem. To today I will discuss self-reflection.

It is very hard to look within ourselves and see what is wrong with us, if anything.  But I know that I personally have things to work on with my own self, and I suspect there are many others like me who do.  There are so many people out there trying to sell books to tell you how to help yourself, but the simple answer is that the only one who can help you is you.  When we look at the world, it is a reflection of all of us, each and every one.  And it will take all of us to change the world to be a better place — no poverty, no violence, no fear, no greed, leaving nothing but hope, peace, love and compassion.

There are much more personalized ways to explore yourself, uncover the things that you don’t like and change them.  The first step is to recognize your problem areas.  Once you’ve recognized them, you can find ways to deal with it.  There is always hope, and no problem is insurmountable if there is a will to do something. Everything begins with the realization that there is something you want to change.  That’s actually the easy part, because deep down inside you know the things that you want to change about yourself.  The hard part is the discipline to fix it.  Nothing is easy, and changing things about yourself requires training and perseverance.

I have spent a great deal of time working with meditation and a form of assisted meditation, known as hemi-sync.  I am fortunate that I live close to the Monroe Institute, here in Virginia, who have been the pioneers in binaural beats.  They sell audio files, both music and self-paced instruction, to teach you how to meditate and explore the depths of your psyche and how to find inner peace.  Their Gateway Series is the best place to begin, and it is reasonably priced.  But there are other ways to explore yourself.  I find that I learn more about myself through my creative outlets, something we all have, and through my works, the things that make you unique will expose themselves over time.

When I find something that I want to change about myself,  I create a little rhyme, poem or mantra that I tell myself whenever I find myself falling into an old, unwanted pattern.  Living with OCD has helped me in this case.  I tend to be attracted to shiny things — I’m probably a raven in disguise.  When I am at the store, and I want to purchase something, I think about it over and over, telling myself “Do I really need this? Or am I going to use it for a few months then toss it to the side?”  I say this over and over until I have either listed enough logical arguments that I need it, or I come to the conclusion that it is just the raven in me that wants it.

I do not have the answers, and though there are many people who will tell you they have the answers, the only person who knows you is YOU.  It’s okay to ask for help, but you’re the one that has to decide what it is that you want to change about you.  It is up to you to take personal responsibility for your actions, and the direction of your life.  We all have things that have happened in our pasts, but we also are the one defining our futures.  No one is directing you or controlling you.  If you feel that way, you simply say no, I’m not going to allow this to happen anymore.  It really is that simple, and I’m not trying to sell you a self-help book.  It’s all about realizing you are the captain of your vessel.  And once you have accepted this, you can change yourself for the better, and thus we can change the world for the better.

I’ve said this throughout these posts.  To create a utopian society, which I firmly believe can exist, it must begin within each and every one of us.  Even tough we have all these terrible things in the world that I’ve mentioned before, there is hope, the future does not need to be grim.  Our planet is beautiful and amazing.  Each of us is beautiful and amazing.  We all have dreams, we all have thoughts, and we all want to be heard.  Life is an amazing gift. On twitter, I posted this today

Take a moment to see some of the responses that people left. There are always positive things about yourself and our world.  We are so mired down in the negative, because that is all we are fed, day in and day out.  So when you look inside yourself, also look around you.  See the good and bad in you, see the good and bad in our world.  The answers to fixing both ourselves and the world will be similar.

So today I will leave you with this question, which you do not have to post or answer for me:  Look inside yourself and find is there something you really need or want to change, and how can you achieve it?

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Life

Exploring Humanity (Part 3)

violenceGreetings, Dreamers!

Today I am going to explore a very difficult subject — Violence.  Our world has always been filled with violence.  Some people think things are getting worse, and they are.  It’s also much more visible than it ever has been before due to the media and the internet.  And, sadly enough, violence sells.

One night I did a little experiment.  I sat down and turned on CNN Headline News for about 3 hours.  During the time, I made a little mark in a note-book for every violent and non-violent story I saw.  It was not surprising to me that over 60% of the stories that I saw were violent related.  Why is this? Because we enjoy violence.  It’s not to say that we are bad because of this.  Like Fear, Violence is an instinct and a reaction for survival.  We kill animals because we are omnivores.  We kill each other out of a variety of reasons — religion, race, greed, envy, apathy, righteousness, and most of all, stupidity.

Killing is the most dire of all violence, but we perpetrate other forms of violence as well, the lesser violences.  Spousal abuse, child abuse, verbal abuse, bullying, road rage, vandalism, and sadly, in self-defense.  It is perplexing that we’ve not learned to overcome this.  It is another sickness that plagues our society.  One violent act begets another violent act, a vicious cycle, a butterfly effect.  It is even more upsetting that we commit violent acts completely unprovoked.

We were originally violent by design, but we are supposed to evolve intelligently.  The violence always comes back to fears and greed.  We commit violence in the name of God — which is so beyond my comprehension I don’t even know where to begin with that topic.  We commit violence over ideals, which again makes no sense — gay bashing, bullying, politics, entitlement issues and lack of understanding each others views.  We commit violence over difference of opinions — who is to say who is truly right?

I could go on, but all of you know these things happen.  And we all have at one point or another committed an act of violence — even as simple as biting a sibling over a favorite toy or the last cookie.  It is ingrained in our psyche that violence is the last resort, the last answer, when in reality, it is the one thing we should strive the most to overcome.  It is only then that we can focus on changing the world.  But instead, we allow our governments to wage war on one another over silly things.  Every culture on this planet is beautiful in its own way, it is what makes us unique.  It is usually a handful of people who end up defining an entire culture.  We generalize entirely too much, and we hold grudges entirely too long.  Things happen — we should learn from our mistakes and move on, but we have not.

Wars are still happening.  People are still killing, stabbing and maiming one another.  We hate for no good reason.  Everyone has their opinions on how to stop violence.  So lets explore a couple of those.

Gun control, that will solve nothing because if someone wants a gun, they will get a gun, or a sword or a crossbow.  The only way to stop people using guns is to stop having guns produced at all.  But we know that’s impractical.  Sure we can make it harder for people to get guns, but we all know where there is a will there is a way.  Look how well the War on Drugs has worked.  People still use drugs.

Sanctions against countries who are threats.  Well that doesn’t work because it just makes them more determined to have their weapons of mass destruction.  As much as I love this country, it is highly hypocritical to say that one country can have nuclear weapons, and another cannot.  We did drop the first nuclear weapons, but on the other hand we’re saying no one else can have them?  Who are we to say this?  This has only made us a greater target because our involvement in other country affairs makes them hate us all the more.

Religion is absolutely not the way to stop violence, because all the major religions have teachings against violence, yet they have all been involved in acts of violence.  The Crusades, Radical Islamists, The Inquisition, The Salem Witch Trials, The Holocaust — the list goes on.  All these religions believe they are right, and they are entitled to their opinions, but, not one of them can prove that they are right.  Not one.

There is only one way to stop violence forever — each of us must make a conscious decision to not commit an act of violence.  And through this our children will learn that it is emphatically wrong to kill or harm anyone.  Period. No exceptions.  It is only through love that violence will be eradicated, and we will talk about that tomorrow.

So I leave you with this question:  What is one thing you believe we, the human race, can do to end the violence in our world?

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Exploring Humanity (Part 1)

FearThis is the first part in a new series of blog posts.  In my previous series, How to Change the World, I talked about just basic things we could do to change the world and make it a better place.  As I read through the series, and in observing people on Twitter and Facebook, I realized we need to explore ourselves before we can even grasp the concept of fixing the things around us.  Today, I will begin with fear, as that seems to be the root of all the problems we face in our world.

Fear is one of the most basic human emotions.  It is the thing that keeps us alive, allowing us to avoid perceived dangers, and causes us to withdraw, hide, or run.  If you just watch one hour of news, its easy to see that there are so many things can be afraid of.  But the question arises as to whether we should be afraid.  There is a fundamental statement which we must all remember — we will all die one day.  There is no avoiding it — nor should we.  And if we spend our lives worrying about it, we never have time to enjoy what time we do have.

My friend just died, as you may have read in my previous post.  He was only 48, only 5 years older than myself.  Two years ago, my Grams died, and she was 92.  When I was 1-year-old, my twin brother and sister died after only one day.  There is no pattern, there is no way to predict it, and there is certainly no way to avoid it.  All of us have been exposed to death at some point in our lives.  A friend, a pet, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a child.  It happens.  And each time we do experience it, it fans a burning fear in our chest, wondering if we, or someone else around us, will be next.

If you take a long hard look at what you fear, you’ll probably find that it all leads back to avoiding harm and death.  None of us like to suffer or be in pain, and we certainly don’t look forward to death.  I know many people who live in constant fear, and I can tell you from my perspective, they are not at all happy.  It’s not easy to release fears, especially the deep seeded ones.

I am here to tell you that you can shed your fear.  I used to live with a legion of fears, and then one day, I decided I would not allow it to control me anymore.  I don’t know what the catalyst was.  I just woke up one day and realized that I was reclusive, withdrawn and aggravated with the world.  I just stayed with my family and my small circle of friends.  It’s easy to become disheartened.  We turn on the news and someone is killing someone, or we are involved in war, or we see horrible acts of violence against our fellow humans.  It’s okay to be concerned and careful.  But fear eats away at the soul.

It was only when I shed my fear that I was able to live.  And when we shed our fears, and realize that its unnecessary and unavoidable, we can start to look at the world around us with a renewed sense of hope and do it. Changing the world begins with changing ourselves and humanity.  Look at those around you, learn from their fears in order to address your own.

So tonight I leave you with this one question: What do you fear the most and why?

Don’t just read it, think about it and answer.  Sometimes speaking it out loud, will allow you to confront it and end it.

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Waking Dream: Devlin Excerpt Released!

DevlinOkay, all of you who have been so patiently waiting on something to read to see if you’re even going to like my book, I have released the prologue, which is entitled The Crier at Twilight.

The PDF File is located at the following link: http://michaelhibbardauthor.com/WakingDreamPrologue.pdf

This full excerpt will set the stage for the novel, and help you understand what is to come, and how the Way of the Weird came to be.

Please offer feedback to me on what you read if you read it.  I am writing these for you, and not for me.  As I get feedback, I will adjust the novels.  This is how I learn to be a better writer, and to give you an adventure you’ll want to read again and again.

 

 

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How to Change the World (Part 5)

By Haveaniceday91Greetings Dreamers!

This is the last of this series, but don’t fret, I’m sure I’ll come up with something else to babble about by next week.

Before I begin, I wanted to explain the particular pictures I chose.  You’ll notice that I’ve chosen an image of someone holding the concept or thing that represents the focus of the blog.  I’ve chosen hands specifically, because I think they are the physical way we manipulate our world.  But we forget about the non-physical ways we can manipulate the world.  We all have amazing abilities, trapped within us.  Only a few have learned to use them.  Our hands are just the beginning.  And the other reason I chose hands is because everything I’ve said in this series is always within our grasp.  We just need to learn how to use harness the potential, together.

Today I wanted to sum everything up by taking a look at our wonderful and awe-inspiring universe.  Our bubble floating in the molasses of time, among a multitude of other universes in the endless sea of existence.  Most people do not take the time to really appreciate a very simple fact — the universe shouldn’t even exist.  Try as we might, we have not come to a consensus on how it was created, or even why? But the fact of the matter is that the universe exists because we are here to observe it.  Otherwise, there would be no point.  Everything that is not alive exists for a purpose.  And we give purpose to the universe.  This is of course my opinion, but it’s what I believe.  I believe wholeheartedly that the universe is not a random event.  I believe that there was some force at work that made it for us to explore and admire.  But, by the same token, I do not believe we are pawns on a cosmic chess board.  We are all responsible for our own actions, and we are all continuing to improve our tiny section of this unimaginably large thing that we inhabit.  There are more stars than we can count, and more being born every day.  But that is not what we should concern ourselves with.

The universe is the system in which we live.  We are conscious, thinking, feeling, dreaming beings.  We are not just candles that will extinguish and be no more.  We are immortal souls that are inexorably entwined in the fabric of the universe, and because information can never be lost– what is known cannot be un-known (not unknown, but cannot be forgotten once it is known).  We all know these things subconsciously, but through conditioning, we have limited ourselves.  The universe is inherently weird.  There are amazingly strange things that exist all over our universe, even within our own solar system, and on our beautiful blue planet.

The universe supplies us with endless imagination, and a place to explore between lives and in our current lives.  We spend time worrying about dying when that isn’t serving any purpose.  We will all die, because all things must live their life and be reborn.  Our sun will die, and its remains will make other stars and give elements for other things to live.  The universe is a cycle, no different from the ebb and tide of the seas with each passing day.  I say this because there is a pattern to everything, a cycle.  And this cycle is governed by very simple laws, the act in the absence of will.  We don’t understand gravity, but if you think about it, it only acts when something is not resisting it.  It is most important aspect of our universe, but it is also the weakest of all the forces.  We can and do defy gravity.  This makes all live extraordinary, because all life defies gravity.

Science is an attempt to outline the parameters of the universe, but it is quickly becoming a matter of philosophical thought.  Eventually, we will have discovered all we can about the universe.  We will continue down this long corridor, with many doors, peeking behind each one to see what secret is hidden within.  But eventually, we will come to a door we cannot pass, or even fathom what lies beneath.

One of the most fascinating things about our universe is the most simple particle/wave in our universe, the electron.  Electrons make up all of the things we call matter.  And they whizz around a nucleus, making all the different elements we see.  But, they are not there all the time, and they are not always where we thing they should be.  Sometimes, they simply vanish and re-appear.  We don’t know where they go when they are not here.  But we know that when they need to be here they are.  Yes, that is very weird.  In addition to that sort of Weirdness, they also can be ANYWHERE in the universe at any given time.  This is because they do not have a 0 percent chance of being anywhere in the universe, because they have to be able to be anywhere for reasons we don’t quite understand.  So that means, in my opinion, if a simple electron can be anywhere it wants, no matter how improbable, we can be anywhere we want — we just have to figure out how to be an electron.  This relates back to our imagination.

So how does this relate to changing our world?  It relates to the simple fact that our universe holds a great deal of secrets.  And before we can truly begin to explore our universe, which we are meant to do, we must prepare our people, our planet so that we have the ability to do so.  We can learn by observing the universe, see the beauty that arises from destructive forces, and learn how to turn disaster into something wonderful.  We have already had enough wars, now we should learn from them and move on.  An exploding star creates gold and silver and platinum, and most importantly, the carbon that makes life on earth possible.  Our wars have just begotten more wars and hatred.  Though some good has come out of our wars, it has clearly not been enough.

Ronald Reagan once said, “Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL”.  I am saying to the people of every country on the planet, “Leaders of the world, TEAR DOWN THESE BORDERS!”  Let us be one people, and maybe we will find a way to explore this amazing universe of ours, because wonders and inspiration await, just beyond our grasp.

I leave you with this question:  Do you believe in reincarnation and an eternal spirit?

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How to Change the World (Part 4)

Brain-in-handGreetings, Dreamers!

Today I am going to introduce you to the most powerful super-computer on the planet, the human mind.

As I am not a best-selling author, yet, I am a programmer and data analyst by day.  I have worked extensively with artificial intelligence and computers for most of my life — having received my first computer when I was 8 in 1978.  Understanding how to code and build programs to perform simple tasks, naturally forced me to explore the human mind and its own potential.  My personal exploration has been mind-blowing, if you will pardon the pun.

The human mind can process things at an alarming rate.  The simple act of typing this blog is amazing in itself as each finger is finding the keys on the keyboard at the speed of light, triggered by millions of tiny neurons in your brain telling the nervous system to do what it wants.  We often forget how amazing it really is, and we take it for granted.  Changing the world, begins with a single thought, or dream.

We have been lulled into believing that we are limited, but we are not.  There are certainly limitations in what we can do because there are laws that govern any isolated system.  But the more we explore our universe, and ourselves, we find that we really have everything we need right between our ears.  Long ago, before we had things to acquire, we would spend our days gathering food and surviving.  At night we would gather as a community and tell stories, play music and laugh together as a tribe or family.  We have slowly moved away from this.  Even though we have more interconnectedness through the internet and the news.  We’ve allowed others to think for us, and that is a bad thing.

I’m not going to bore you with the faults of our global political systems. We all know that world politics is broken, and a handful of people make decisions on our behalf that are absolutely wrong.  However, we must take responsibility for this, because we have allowed this to happen.  We outnumber them, but we continue to allow them to lie to us — and believe you me, they are lying.  They are motivated by power and money.  The two most useless things on the planet.  If we used our own wonderful brains, we would realize that these things do not matter. It is the memories, the experiences, the personal connections, the stories and our imagination that are important.  The only thing you can take from one life to the next are your thoughts — the only thing you truly own which no one can take from you unless you allow it.

Changing the world requires us to use our minds and imagination.  Uncover the things that truly matter, and share these ideas with one another.  It only takes a single spark to light a fire.  I have learned that buying things does not matter.  It was a long journey, and it is not over for me.  I had sequestered myself away from the world for a long time, because I simply do not understand why we have become so angry at one another.  Why do we have violence, war and hate?  There’s simply no reason for it.  But, it persists because we’re not truly thinking.  We are not animals anymore, so we must stop succumbing to our instincts without using our minds to think things through.

Now using our imagination, what do we need to change?  How can we make the world a better place, before it’s too late?  We have to discover our own unique ability, because we all have them.  No one should feel marginalized or outcast.  We are all family, we are all one.  We were all born from the same cosmic dust that was at one point the beginning of it all — whether it be god, or the big bang or a simple thought whispered in the darkness before time.  We must shed our petty differences and look forward to a new world, while not forgetting to live in the moment, as my previous post discussed.

Our “races” do not define us.  The color of one’s skin is simply a function of where that person was born and the amount of sunlight they were exposed to as their culture flourished.  We are one race, the human race.  And if you feel that you are superior to someone else, then you have not learned anything.  Our religious and philosophical beliefs are our own personal explorations.  No religion or philosophy is right or wrong when it comes to understanding the nature of our existence, because we have not come to a common belief system, and no one has provided evidence.  We should understand that everyone has a path unique to themselves, and though we may walk the path together sometimes, its okay to follow a different path.  We should stop imposing our beliefs on one another.  We can talk about our beliefs, we can share our beliefs, and we can, in a friendly manner, debate our beliefs.  But to suggest that you are right and I am wrong without proof, makes you all the more wrong.

I have seen a great many things in my short time here on planet earth.  I believe that the universe was created by a force I cannot understand, which I label the Creator — being a programmer taught me this lesson.  I believe that the human spirit is eternal, because it is an energy unto itself, and energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only change forms — physics taught me this lesson.  I believe that we are capable of amazing things, even magick feats constrained to the laws of the universe — belief and experience has taught me this lesson.  I believe we are not alone in the universe — common sense taught me this lesson because the universe is too vast for it to be mostly uninhabited.

I could go on and on about the things I believe we are capable of, and the things that we tend to ignore.  The paranormal and the supernatural are functions of the universe, and the mind only sees what it wants to believe — this is a proven fact.

So today, I will leave you with a thought and a question.  Open your mind and imagination to things you had not previously believed in or agreed with.  Explore your dreams, your aspirations, your world, the universe.

Using the power of belief and imagination tell me one thing you think needs to be changed in the world and how you would go about doing it?

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Life Philosophy Religion

How to Change the World (Part 3)

The Sun in my HandGreetings, Dreamers!

Today, I’d like to continue our series on how we can change the world by introducing you to the source of our life on our great planet, Sol, our beautiful sun.

Every day, I visit a wonderful website called SpaceWeather.Com.  I do this because it has all the information we need to know on the health, and temperament of our sun on any given day.  Many of you may not know that 2013 is the year of the Solar Maximum, which marks the peak of a 12 year cycle our sun experiences.  This solar cycle is explained as the intensity of electromagnetic activity on the surface of the sun.  It is measure by many key factors: number of sunspots, number of solar flares, number of coronal mass ejections. This year has been a very active year, as we have seen many flares and CMEs hit the Earth.  These flares and CMEs can disrupt satellites, radio signals, cause amazing Aurora in the north and south pole, and if strong enough, it can wipe out every electronic instrument on the planet.  Every second, the sun puts our more energy than we have used over the course of human history.  Humbling isn’t it?

Regardless of your religion or creed, for all intents and purposes the sun is what keeps us alive — without it our planet would be cold, lifeless and barren.  We are fortunate enough to have a young sun, which is relatively calm, and provides us with more energy than we could ever consume.  So, the real question is, why aren’t we moving towards complete and total dependence on the sun?  There are several varied answers to that — big oil, the coal industry, the natural gas industry, lobbyists, politics, but most of all, fear of change.

No matter what you hear on the television, or read online, or in the papers, our fossil fuel supply is vanishing at an alarming rate.  We will not survive if we do not start harnessing the power of this magnificent source of energy — the same energy that all life thrives on. So changing our world is going to involve our sun, rather than trying to escape the inevitable.  We already have the greatest nuclear power planet available to us.  Why would we attempt to duplicate what the universe has already perfected and given to us for free?

This brings me to my next point about the sun.  We were not meant to hide all day in the house, we were born under the stars, and our bodies require sunlight. Besides the mental benefits of being among nature and out in the sun, we also require sunlight to produce vitamin D.  Most people do not know this until they get their check up and find that they have low levels of Vitamin D, which has many benefits to our health.

Today is summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere.  Today is the perfect day to step out into the sunlight and bask in the healing light.  We are tilted closest to the sun today, and its the perfect opportunity to receive a warm kiss from our life-giving friend.  Time to get our from behind that computer, step outside and just live in today’s moment.

I will leave you with this question today:  How do you plan to celebrate the sun today?

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How to Change the World (Part 1)

Our Waking DreamGreetings, Dreamers!

I want to introduce you to a very special thing — Our World.  As a part of this series, we’re going to explore our wonderful world together, and figure out how we can change it — changing ourselves in the process.

You may ask why I feel the world needs changing — but I think everyone who bothers to read this post already knows the answer.  We are on a collision course with disaster — it is almost inevitable, almost.

I chose the picture above for many reasons.  First, because we are the stewards of this glorious jewel in the crown of Sol, our Sun.  We should always hold it with care, and ensure that our children and children’s children have something to look forward to as the centuries roll on. But we must be the example of how best to care for our planet.  Second, I chose this picture to demonstrate that there are no boundaries other than the ever shifting continents.  We have created these imaginary lines, which have become a means to needlessly segregate our countries, cities, towns and neighborhoods.  We are better than that, and we know that we do not need to be separate.  A thinking person knows that we must have one world, unified for all humankind.  This is a fact, and not speculation.  We will never overcome our problems as long as these lines remain.

Now, how do we begin changing the world?  It is really quite simple, it begins in your own heart and mind.  It must begin with each of us looking within and seeing the things that are wrong with ourselves, rather than pointing out to others what is wrong with them.  Life is a journey, there is no destination other than the place we go when we give up our last breath, our last heartbeat, and venture into the unexplored realm of Death.  We all will die one day, and that is the only inevitability we cannot change — though we may try with science and medicine — we must give up our bodies at some point so that others may live and enjoy this wonderful world of ours.

At this point, you may ask who makes you the authority on this?  I’m no more an authority than any of you.  Even the most educated people on our planet have no more answers than you will find within yourself.  The most simple answer to beginning this change is to learn to shed your fears.  Until you have shed your fears, you cannot begin to live.  Fear is what drives all of our actions.

Fear of not having the best material things.
Fear of dying.
Fear of being alone.
Fear of not being correct in your belief system.
Fear of being harmed.
Fear of not being loved.
Fear of being an outsider.
Fear of not being recognized.

The list can go on forever.  And it is fear the drives all of the horrible things that happen in our world.  We fight over plots of land that we are merely temporary occupants.  The Earth is the owner of all the lands and the seas. She merely lets us lie our heads upon her lap, while she slowly rocks us to sleep each night.  We should break down these barriers and exist together, work together, change the world together.  This is not to say that we should lose our own personal identities — we are all Dreamers in this world.  We all have things that we wish to pursue, all we need remember is that our dreams and goals should not harm or interrupt the dreams and goals of others.  It’s very simple — yet we cannot accept this.  We think that if someone does not believe the same thing as we do, that they are wrong.  We think that if someone does not do what we feel is right, they are wrong. We are all wrong and correct, and the cycle ebbs and flows like the tides of the sea.  We will all be correct and wrong through the course of our existence — it is how we learn, share and grow.

We should gently, carefully, admonish one another when we are clearly doing something that harms our collective existence — lying, cheating, stealing, killing.  We all know this, it’s very apparent and we know when we do wrong, but we are mostly unwilling to take responsibility for these things we do.  That again is because of the fear we harbor in our hearts — fear that at one time served a purpose for our primitive ancestors to survive, but we should now evolve.

We are all friends and family.  We are all related at some branch in the tree of life.  It all began with One, and that One is whatever you want it to be — God, The Big Bang, The Earth, the Self.  But it is not our place to define the One for anyone else but ourselves.  Each of us is entitled to our beliefs, but we are not entitled to impose our beliefs on others, unless we are cautioning others of their harmful ways.

Today I end with this simple message: Reach out to those around you, whether they be friends or not.  We all want to be heard, loved, appreciated, and nurtured.  It’s amazing how quickly we can change the world with a smile and a wave to everyone and anyone we see during the day.

Reach out to my lovely friends on twitter, and they will bring you into their circle: @gongleshanks @anmarie63 @grimnian @HelgaVonClapp @mrsnickih @KaraJarina @MortonBalthus

Now I lay me down to sleep, I beseech the earth my soul to keep.  And if I die before I wake, I entreat the earth my body to take.

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Philosophy

Oh! I Think I Might Be Enlightened!

*dramatic pause*

Nope, just heartburn.

It’s not easy to become zen enough to attain enlightenment, whatever that may be.  I have activities I perform every single day because they bring me inner peace.  I love to cook, so the first thing I do each evening is stop at the story and purchase something to make for dinner.  I just pick when I get there, whatever looks appealing.

The second ting I do each night is open a bottle of some variety of Pinot Noir — which goes with everything — and begin to architect my dinner.  Spices, Meats, Veggies.  (Potatoes are always included),  The act of cooking allows me to transition from being a data geek by day — father, husband, author, illustrator, guitarist and scholar by night.

The spark of enlightenment, which is now fleeting, is in that finding our own zen activity really is the key to a good life.  We all have it.  I can really be anything — knitting, sowing, working in the yard, reading a good book, listening to music.  But the idea here is to recognize that its your therapy and pursuing it, within reasonable boundaries, and allow it to center your own existence.  The thing you find most appealing does define you as a person.

I mention all of these things because it is just a gentle nudge towards focusing on what really matters to you.  But what’s more is the fact that if we all enjoy our zen moments, we might find that there’s no reason to be at odds with one another.

Have a wonderful evening, my friends.