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?

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

<– Return

The Seers in the Darkness

As many awakened Dreamers may have noticed, their ability to manipulate the Waking Dream has increased dramatically. We can only speculate that the events that transpired a few short months ago released an enormous amount of Weirdness into our world, making our abilities perform more profoundly. As a result, a new lost book has been rediscovered by Laertes, an ancient scroll that predates the Christian era, and was written in the Language of the Weird.

Over the past few weeks, Laertes was able to translate the document into something useful, which adds a new wrinkle to the events transpiring in the world today. A whole new group of Dreamers has emerged from the Weird, and we are unsure what their intentions are. However, this new revelation, “The Book of Seers“, has given us even more to think about.

There are so many things we have been blind to over the course of human history. We have allowed ourselves to be lulled into blissful ignorance by the banality of the Sleepers, so much so that there are so few of the Dreamers who have actually Awakened to assist in the impending war. However, The Book of Seers conveys the story of an order of Dreamers who have an amazing ability to see the complex fabric of the Weird — which most of the rest of us cannot see, no matter how powerful.

I urge you to read this new addition, as it contains possible clues to the nature of the Waking Dream and the origin of the Weird itself.

We will speak again soon.

The Crier

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

Waking Dream Online

Waking Dream Online (www.wakingdreamonline.com) is the official site for my books, stories and expanded content surrounding the Waking Dream Universe.  I am attempting to build a mythos around which other writers can contribute and grow the ideas — Much like the idea behind the Cthulhu Mythos by Lovecraft [Though I am not at all professing to be anywhere near as talented as he]

The website will have additional content that is not available in the published books.

Currently there are two short stories available for reading in the blog

  • The Charnel House — The story of three gamers turned ghost hunter who stumble on a mysterious house that appears one autumn night in rural Pennsylvania.
  • The Place of the Sisters — This story is a side story set in the 1800’s about three albino girls who find a mysterious place of power in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

There is also the Libellus Somnium — The Little Book of Dreams, which is essentially the philosophy/religion of the Waking Dream Universe.

In addition, you can find out more information about my books, Immortal Memories and Waking Dream: Devlin Book I of the Transformation Series.  There are 9 books planned in the series, with many other side books, especially short story anthologies and histories for each of the Immortals.

All of my writing, music and illustrations revolve around expanding the Waking Dream.  I want to inspire people to embrace their own Weirdness so that we can improve the world.  Because, I truly believe that the universe is nothing more than a waking dream — all we have to do is embrace our individual Weirdness and change the world.

You can subscribe to my blog via this link, or you can login in using your WordPress, Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my work.

Explore the Waking Dream

http://www.wakingdreamonline.com

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my new blog, there’s plenty to read.

In addition to my new novel coming out, I have made the site an extension of my writings, so it is almost completely fiction related to the Waking Dream Universe

If you like Dark Fantasy, or post-apocalyptica, you’ll enjoy the experience.

Pure Imagination

Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.  Take a look, and you’ll see into your imagination – Willy Wonka

As we get closer to the end of the world, ahem, I mean the elections in November, many issues are coming to light that pose significant problems for the rest of us.  But I have to say that we all have the ability to fix all of these problems, but it comes back down to taking action.  I know I’ve said before that we have the power to change the world, but I feel that I must constantly say this, because we all get distracted, disenfranchised, dissociated, depressed, detached and that leads to disbelief.  But we can do it, if we just put our minds to it.  The problem is that we are assailed with one things after the other that kills our spirit.  If you just watch ten minutes of the news, its enough to kill any positive thoughts you may have had.  We sell sorrow on the news, happy doesn’t sell ads.  People want to see death, disorder and destruction.  Why?  I do not know.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.” Such a simple thought, and it is simply true.  The most amazing thing about humans, and life in general, is that it has the ability to overcome the equations that define the universe.  Gravity is constantly pulling things together, yet even a blade of grass can overcome its relentless force to grow up to the sun — whereas a lifeless rock can only roll down a hill. But let us not view gravity negatively, let us just assume that it is a mostly benevolent force that takes over in the absense of thought. And gravity gets stronger the more things cluster together.

So, to continue with this allegory, let us look at our society.  Politics, as well as social and moral order, can be viewed as gravity.  These things bind us together, we have rules to govern our lives.  We have a government because we have proven that in many cases we cannot or will not govern ourselves.  We are a society with a fleeting sense of personal responsibility.  And, because we cannot govern ourselves, we have created a tangled web of limiting rules, that have not only limited our actions, they have limited our sense of creativity.  And like gravity, laws and rules have taken over in the absence of thought, or common sense.

What can we do, you might ask.  How can we overcome this ever-increasing legal, social and moral gravity?  We take responsibility for ourselves and learn to create our lives.  Each day, we should wake up, smile that we’ve survived another day, and say, “Today will be another great day!”  It’s not the power of positive thought, it’s the power of will.  I’m not advocating these pyramid schemes, such as the scam known as “The Law of Attraction”.  I don’t need a gimmick to create my life.  I need to have resolve and force of will.  That is all everyone needs.  There is no magic pill or trick to make you anymore in control of your life than you are.  We choose to be where we are, whether we accept it or not.  We chose to be the way we are.

In November, once again, we will be faced with a challenge.  We must choose the right people to lead us.  This is not ideal, because we should each be our own leaders, but we have not been.  It is a very important decision, this year more than ever, because we are in a downward spiral into the abyss. We must all work together to create a better place, for ourselves and our children.

So I will leave you with this — “Anything you want to, do it.  Wanna change the world?  There’s nothing to it.”