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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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We are the Dreamers of Dreams

Willy WonkaOne of my favorite quotes of all time, and the first time I ever heard it was in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie with Gene Wilder.  Who ever heard of a snozzberry?

We’ve become to regimented in what we think is real, that we’ve forgotten how to dream.  There comes a point in our lives where we are told, “Its time to grow up.”  I think this is the single worst thing we can ever tell our children.  “Grow up” has become a euphemism for “Start Making Money”.  We stop seeing the beauty around us, and start looking for ways to make a quick buck so we can have that new shiny thing.  It is at that moment that we don our blinders and start seeing the world in a narrow angle, unable to see all the things we used to see as a child.

I have refused to grow up.  I do go to work every day, but that does not define who I am. My day job is a result of the society we’ve created.  Which I think, quite frankly, is more of a nightmare than any sort of dream.  Yet another shooting yesterday — when will it end?

I refuse to allow these things to define my life, or deter my question to change the dream — we should certainly not give up, we have to start focusing on the things that matter.  First we must begin with ourselves.  Everything you do causes a butterfly effect, I’ve seen this first hand.  I have seen someone having a bad day, and a simple “good morning” lightens the burden on that person’s soul and by the end of the day that person is smiling and well-wishing others.  We are a chaotic, dynamic system.  For every action you perform, there is a reaction and it spreads through society.

When we recognize that we are dreamers, and we have dreams, we can do amazing things.  But we must remember that there are consequences to negative actions, and try to curb those primal selfish urges.

Its a beautiful day here in Virginia, so today, I’m going to find some snozzberries, visit with my friends and family, and unplug the TV.  Wanna join me?

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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.

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Novel

The Autodidact in the Attic

DevlinHello All!  I’ve just finished my first Author Interview with Victoria Craven on her highly intellectual Victoria/Gothic blog called The Autodidact in the Attic.  I highly recommend you read her site because she will challenge you to think.  The questions she asked about the Waking Dream made me think more intently about what I was trying to achieve, and she challenged me, gently, to defend my stances on life, religion and existence.  I thoroughly enjoyed the interview.

My interview is scheduled to be posted this coming Monday.  If you were wondering about the series, the books, the Waking Dream and my views, this is your best opportunity to understand the machinations drive the universe.

I urge you to explore the rest of her blog, despite her interview with me.

I will send the interview link first thing Monday when Ms. Craven provides it.

 

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Intelligent Design, Evolution and Creation

I have been researching world religions for most of my life.  A great deal of it is to understand myself, but also understand the rest of the world.  We have so much discord over religion, it requires a lifetime to understand from where it sprang to where it will go.

There is only one answer — and each religion has pieces to the larger spiritual puzzle.

So today I felt that I would discuss why Intelligent Design and Evolution can exist — which is the basis for the Waking Dream Mythos — the Way of the Weird.

First, we must remember that we have free will, so we shouldn’t be concerned about fate and “god’s path”.  We should be concerned with the path we create for ourselves, each and every day.  I liken the idea of being “fated” or “destined” to be someone disheartening.  I don’t want my life to have been scripted by someone I can’t see or understand.  I want to be the captain of my own ship and sail where I please.  If I am not in control, then what is the point?

Second, why don’t we entertain the idea that the Creator or Intelligent Designer, simply wrote the rules for the universe to be structured.  Say for a moment that the Creator was a game designer and he simply created the framework for us to play in.  I think Richard Back said it best when he said, “We are the otters of the universe.”  The Creator doesn’t need to be a chess player.  He can simply be interested in creating a world and seeing how it unfolds according to his design — his equation.

I have played far too many MMORPGs and if you spend time in them enough, you can see how they ultimately model our world, and how they evolve without the intervention of the players.  Players form guilds, create an economy, form relationships and ultimately mold the game to their will.  This is also evident that when subsequent versions of the game come out, they always incorporate the wishes of the gamers, and not necessarily the wishes of the programmer.

Evolution does not need to be mutually exclusive with Creationism — this is the simple untruth we’ve been fed.  They can exist in harmony, in the same way that science and religion can co-exist.  The purpose of science is to discover the rules of the game (and in gamer terms the “easter eggs”). Religion teaches us how to play the game together in harmony and peace — because if we cannot attain peace and harmony, we will always be a scourge on this planet.

I personally believe that there is a Creator, though I am unable by design to understand its will — I believe this is because we don’t need to know its will.  And all of our religions have professed to understand the will of the Creator, yet none of them can come to common ground.  It is saddening to see people killing in the name of the Creator, when just about every religion expressly forbids this.  What does it gain us?

The true evil in the world is the notion that we must attain things, and if someone has more than someone else, this is somehow unfair.  And that may be rightly so.  But instead of getting angry that someone has more than you from a materialistic perspective, why not look at what you do have — and not as an exercise in trying to best someone else.  I am not rich, but I don’t hate rich people.  I don’t live in a mansion, but I don’t begrudge someone who does.  If I can’t buy something the moment I want it, due to financial restriction or other, I analyze if I really need it, and if I want it, I simply wait until I can have it.  Patience is not a virtue, it is a necessary aspect of life, because time only moves as fast as it moves and we cannot quicken time, no matter how we try.

The human race has become obsessed with shiny things — just as Ravens are — which means we are an ever growing Unkindness of Ravens, fluttering from store to store and hoarding these meaningless shiny objects.  What we have forgotten is that its not the things, but the people in our lives that make life wonderful.  Its the journey, not the destination.  Each moment has its wonders, if we shed our fears and just look around.  Some days, I take a moment and look up at the sky, because it is wonderful.  And I am able to shed all those stupid thoughts that we all have, and just be for a moment.

I mean, no matter how rich or poor you are, you can find that one thing that makes you happy each  and every day.  A cup of coffee.  A hug from your child.  A kiss from your spouse.  That first sip of wine in the evening with a wonderful meal.  Some of these things you simply cannot buy, no matter how much money you have.

So did the Creator design this wonderful universe so that we can sit around playing with shiny objects?  Or did was it created so that we could mold it and enjoy it — together as one people, one world, one galaxy and one universe?  I think we all know the answers, but fear is what stops us from being a truly wonderful world-wide civilization.

 

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The Scholarly Update I

I have been working feverishly on research and writing for my newest novel, The Ageless Scholar.  It has been a personal adventure that I must say has been surprisingly exciting. I have found some very interesting books that have made the journey all the more exciting.

My story begins in 1867 and goes through the present day.  It is amazing to me how much has happened in just a blip in the history of human history, and the last hundred years have been both wonderful and terrible.  We are a very interesting group of creatures we are.  We are capable of such amazing things, but we have also done some terrible things.

I am originally a Yankee who meandered his way to the south over the course of my life, and having lived in Virginia for almost 20 years, I think I have finally fused my life in the north and my life in the south to simply become an American.  And though this book is by no means an autobiographical work, I find that the things I want to impart in this literary work, are the things I wish we could openly say to one another.  We each live in a politicized, victimized, materialized, falsified state, where we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of one another.  And the most profound thing I have learned, not only through my writing, but also through my own perpetual scholarly pursuits, is that we could have avoided much of the strife that now plagues our world.  And I chose the word plague, because it will either be cured, or it will destroy us all.

Each of us wants to be heard, so the most apt description of our existence can be summed up in the existence of social media.  We are all chirping birds, looking for others like us, but our calls are drowned out by those who squawk the most — or we are silenced because what we have said is not what people want to hear.  We have forgotten how to be honest with one another.  We make excuses for ourselves and for others.  But how can we move forward as one world, one voice?  Its becoming less and less possible, because there are more and more voices, creating one big cacophony of “Me, Me, Me”.

I do not expect to change the world with my writing, but I am trying to be heard.  I may be wrong in the things I say, or the way I perceive the world, as we all perceive the world very differently.  This is the nature of free will.  It has always been my hope that we as a people — all races, creeds, religions and countries — could come to understand that there is more to life than the pursuit of material things.  In the end, we all will die.  And no matter how badly we try to extend our lives, we must accept that death is a part of life.  However, I am a firm believer in reincarnation.  Because we see cycles everywhere we look.  And the only think you truly own — the only things you will take with you when you leave your current body — are the thoughts and experiences that molded you as a person.  And it is not enough to simply hold on to these memories, we must use them to become better human being and a better world.  We cannot evolve unless we recognize that the lines we draw around our countries, states and cities are imaginary — and it is these lines that keeps us from being one world unified and glorious.

This is the perspective of my novel, and the Ageless Scholar spends his existence trying to tell us all the things we’ve done poorly, over the decades he’s existed and hopes — like I do — that we will realize all these things before it is too late.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.

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Philosophy

Way of the Weird

Way of the Weird

Way of the Weird is an attempt to distill all religions, philosophical disciplines and quantum physics into an easy to understand way of viewing the elegance of our universe. It is clear that the time for religion has come to an end, as it has done nothing but cause polarization in our world. As aptly stated by the Dalai Lama:

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”

Way of the Weird is the basis for a series of novels I am writing where people can realize — becoming awakened or enlightened — that the world we have is a product of our imaginations, and a product of the things we allow to happen.

Give the Libellus Somnium a read, and see spread the word if you believe the world can be a dream and not the nightmare it has become.

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Novel Philosophy

The Book of Tristan

I.

I am Tristan, servant of the Weird and the Creator — the Crier at Twilight. To all the Dreamers, I must warn you of the untruths you are being taught to believe. Awaken your Weirdness so that you can assist in changing the world, our Waking Dream.

II.

My friends, I am compelled to write this missive and urge you to Awaken to the truth of our reality, that the universe is nothing more than a Waking Dream. Some of you have already embraced this notion, as I have proselytized this before in a previous life. Now it has become urgent that you awaken and believe the words I write. Certain individuals, the False Teachers, have infiltrated this reality, and have been actively misleading you and the Sleepers, swaddling you in banality they have created to mask the coming storm. They are everywhere, and you will not know them to see them, for they are hidden among us in plain sight — Immortals and wicked Dreamers.

III.

Those who have Awakened, already know the truth of the Waking Dream, and embracing the Weird will allow you to survive the days and years to come. The coming twilight heralds the end of this civilization — it is inevitable. The Beast walks among you, and we can only hope that he will unwittingly serve our cause by wrenching the sin from the hearts of these False Teachers before they destroy everything — achieving their goals. It was the Creator who unleashed the Beast and the Angel into the Spaces Between, to affect balance in the world, but these plans have surpassed their ability to exact retribution for the infractions against the Logos of the Weird.

IV.

Though I cannot provide you exact guidance on finding these False Teachers, I can give you advice on who to be wary of. They exist in positions of great power across the world, but that is not to say that all of the powerful people in the world are to blame — some work with us. You must believe only things your own Weirdness can ascertain. Since the first Sleeper arose from the last Great Transformation and the Immortals and Dreamers began to return, a plot was born from the mind of a single, insidious Immortal — but I do not know which one. He and those he has mentored have infiltrated these positions of power, meticulously misleading you into forgetting your place in the Waking Dream and effectively relinquishing your control over its design. We now live in the Dream he and those like him have created, and as you can see it is quickly becoming a nightmare.

V.

You have allowed your governments to run amuck through indecision and polarization the False Teachers have seeded among you. The Sleepers have been particularly susceptible to lies, and misinformation, and the False Teachers have used them to elect their minions into places of power within all the world governments, slowly weaving their lies into the fabric of our collective Dream, causing it to become unstable. This is not to say that all politicians are a part of this clandestine plot, because there are some who continue to work tirelessly towards a better world and dream, but they are mired beneath the lies and actions of these nightmarish minions. There is no way to stop the juggernaut of these political machines. This dark cancer has spread through the entire body of the political system, the best one can do is to avoid drawing their attention. And though I plead for you to heed my words, exposing myself to them, I gladly sacrifice myself so that you might be enlightened. Even now as I write this, I have only a few short hours before I will be found and silenced.

VI.

The media has become as corrupted as the governments. And again, there are exceptions, however the voices of those speaking the truth are drowned out by lies and accusations. Those who speak the truth are eventually silenced, or made to be thought of as insane. We are only allowed to see the news that they decide. The news is not of the people, it is the news of the False Teachers, leading us down the path of war, hate and destruction. The news has led us to believe that we are powerless and we should fear one another. There is evil in the world, my friends, however, there is also goodness. The television is not meant to be your sole source of experience. Abandon it, destroy it, ignore it. Explore your world through your own senses, and not the sense of those who are misleading you.

VII.

The time for religion has ended. Religion was created by the Sleepers to try to understand their purpose in the Waking Dream. They have no will of their own, and the minions of deception have infiltrated every aspect of their leadership. Only a precious few have tried to lead us all to a path of peace, but as history will show you, they were all murdered for speaking of the simplicity and elegance of a unified world. Religion has caused more strife on this world than any other aspect of human existence. It has polarized every country, neighborhood and family. There is no separation between religion and the governments. Religion is a tool of control. I tell you openly, my friends, the Creator did not intend for us to wait for his will to be known. He is the Creator of the Universe, we are the creators of the Dream. And when the Creator was finished with our Universe, he continued on to other places in the multiverse, creating other universes for other Dreamers to be born within. This simple truth can be realized by the fact that no one religion can agree on the role of the Creator. Religion has become a catalyst for hate and has ruined the first tenet of the Weird — Coexistence. This is not to say that the gathering of people together in fellowship is the problem. The problem comes when religion tries to say that one is more right than the other. The time for religion, as I have said, is over. We must be thinkers, philosophers and, of course, Dreamers.

VIII.

With all that being said, it is important to understand that no action can be taken against any of these False Teachers. The only way to defeat their seditious aims is to stop listening. You must take responsibility for your own life — look, listen, learn. Each of us has a Dream to pursue, and if the Dream is within the confines of the Logos of the Weird, it is good. If we stray from the elegance and simplicity of the Logos, we then become evil. Do not chastise unbelievers, nor should you try to sway others. Like will always attract like, and as the storm subsides, you will find one another and rebuild. You must awaken, realize the dream and believe. Once you have done that, you will be able to salvage the remains of our civilization, usher in a new age of humankind, and hopefully, defeat the powers the wish to destroy us all.

Be well my friends and we will meet again in the Spaces Between.

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The Book of Evolution :: Reblogged from Way of the Weird

Greetings Dreamers.

I apologize for being AWOL for a short time, but two new pieces of the Libellus Somnium was recovered by Laertes. I have been working with Arthur and Laertes to format them and get them posted here for all of you to read.

They were written in the ancient language of the Weird, known as Loethian. And they were recently…acquired…from a source that we’ll not discuss at this time. However, they are original documents and date back to about 7000 years ago. As the world undergoes the Transformation, more information has become available as a matter of necessity. We want to know what’s going on – everyone wants to know what’s going on. We need to understand the events in order to survive them.

The Book of Evolution finally explains the relationship between Evolution, The Creator and Intelligent Design. It explains how all of these things can exist concurrently. And no matter what religion, or non-religion you practice, these findings cannot be disputed without concrete evidence — which only exists in a state of which we are unaware.

Pretty crazy huh? I’m still trying to process this particular passage. Maybe you’ll have a better understanding than I did. I still think my brain is broke.

I give you The Book of Evolution. Share your thoughts.

I’ll speak to you soon.

The Crier