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Connections

neural network rotatorGreetings, Dreamers!

I apologize for the hiatus on something meaningful and thought-provoking, but the common reality has a way of getting in the way of what I wish to explore.

Today, I am going to discuss connections, for I feel that there is a need to further explore how we are all One, and how this is possible.  The more we can accept this simple truth the more chance we have of saving ourselves — and yes, it is a truth that I firmly and staunchly believe.

“Things fall apart — the center cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere. The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” – The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats

This was the first poem I ever read when I started my English degree.  The class was British Modern Age Literature and this poem, of all the wonderful poems in Yeats’ body of work, has haunted me for my entire adult life.  But to put it in context of how it relates to our world is that We are all the center that cannot hold because we have lost our connections to the hub that is our Oneness — the singularity that binds us, yet allows us to explore our universe from different perspectives while sharing our observations.

My day job is filled with data analysis and I use artificial intelligences, namely neural networks, to process data.  But, coding these automatons requires a deeper understanding of the biological construct which inspired them — the human brain.  In the figure pictured above, you see how the billions of neurons in your brain are connected.  When the mind is thinking, it is a storm of electrical surges that ripple like lightning over a rain filled thundercloud.  Each neuron is connected, directly or indirectly to the whole through cause and effect.  Each neuron processes a bit of information, and signals other connected neurons to fire and assist in the deduction of the appropriate response.  For instance, when you see an apple, neurons fire that process color (red), shape (apple), ontology (fruit), context (edible) and spacial (distance).  All happening at the speed of light, to deduce that what you are seeing is in fact an apple.  But this does not happen without learning — i.e. positive and negative reinforcement.

An artificial intelligence is like a child.  It must be trained and given experience.  We train it by giving it known things.  Such as, if we want a neural network to be able to recognize faces, we given it pictures and have it find them.  When it is right, we “reward” it by telling it that it answered correctly.  When it is wrong, we “scold” it.  This process continues until we feel that the AI has a good grasp on what the general shape of a face is, but we do not over teach it, because we know that not all faces are created equal.  Also, if we are processing photos, lighting, age, weight and other obstructions, can be hard to distinguish.  We want the AI to be able to come to a conclusion on its own, with our gentle nudging in the right direction.

Simple ANNThis is a typical layout for a very simple AI.  We have three inputs, which are the variables or traits we know.  The hidden layer connects all of the input neurons to the output neurons, and acts as the “memory” of known answers.  This memory is all governed by very simple equations that strengthen or weaken connections between certain neurons.  The stronger the connections, the more likely they will fire and produce the correct answer.

Now, you may be asking, why do I care about any of this?  It’s very simple.  If you look at the world, with every living organism as a neuron, we have connections.  And, when we work in tandem, we produce an outcome.  Sometimes we stay “wired” to one another, and produce a similar outcome, other times, we drift apart and make different connections, different outcomes.  I have observed people in different settings.  In one setting they will come up with different outcomes to the same inputs, depending on who they are with.  As an example, you what to go to a movie.  If you go with Group A, you will probably see a Romantic Comedy.  If you go with Group B, you will probably go see a Horror film.  The outcome is governed by the collective behavior and connections within that group.  And if you decide you don’t want to see Romantic Comedies any longer, you will drift further from Group A when it comes to movie going, until the connection is weakened and possibly lost.

The point of this particular rambling is to punctuate that we as living organisms, not just humans, but all living things, function as a global mind.  It is a very difficult concept to accept for many because it infringes on the “self”.  However, every neuron in your brain is an individual, yet it must have input and connections to the rest of the brain to be of use.  If it is not being used, it simply dies.

This is just another example of how we are all connected.  Our global mind produces the outcomes that we experience in day-to-day life.  And if the outcomes are not what we want, we must relearn, retrain ourselves, until we can achieve what it is we want.  “Things fall apart”, yes, they have and do.  But it within our power to make amends before the “rough beast slouches towards Bethlehem to be born”.

This is my hypothesis on Oneness, and I am opening the floor to be challenged on the validity of my analogy as I formulate a cogent theory of Oneness and Global Consciousness.

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The Universe (Part 2)

OneGreetings Dreamers!

Continuing with our exploration of the universe, and all its glory, I want to talk about Oneness.  Now you may think that this is not something related to the existence of the universe, but it is its most fundamental aspect.

The universe is an isolated system.  Which means all of the energy — and subsequently matter — is finite.  Which means, no new energy can enter or leave the universe.  It can only change forms, and it constantly does.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of Oneness, let us talk about the fundamentals.  Every atom in your body was created by a star. From the carbon that forms all the molecules that make up your cells, to the iron in your blood, to the hydrogen and oxygen that make up the water, to the gold in your wedding band.  Every bit of it was created by a star.  This means, that we are literally made up from the cinders of burning stars.

We gain our energy from sunlight.  All of the energy that drives us in one form or another is derived by the sun directly or indirectly.  We consume plants and animals that are nourished by the sun.  And when they die or we die, we give up that energy for new life to be reborn, and the cycle continues until this planet is no more.  We cannot escape this.  And to think that any one of us is any better than another is plainly and simply wrong.  We all come from the same thing — no matter how much money you have, or what color your skin, or what religion you believe.  We are all connected physically this way.

But now, let us move onto the spiritual or energetic relationship we share.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I believe that all the knowledge and experience we create is shared amongst ourselves.  We are all teachers and students.  We thrive when we are learning from one another and sharing what we know.  This extends far into the past, as we learn from our collective histories, and into the future as we know what is to come.  It is only when we recognize that we are all connected that we can truly shed our differences and embrace each other as kin.

In my last post, I mentioned the existence of a creator, and I wanted to take a moment to discuss that, because our individual perceptions of a creator are as varied as there are people on the planet.  Since I cannot prove nor disprove God, I would never make a statement that there is no God.  I spent most of my life as an application programmer and architect. I know that an application does not write itself, nor can a house design itself.  The variables that define the universe are so exquisitely defined that if just one of them were changed infinitesimally, the universe would not exist at all.  If gravity were just a little strong or a little weaker, nothing would be as it is now.  All our atoms would fly apart, or the universe would crush in on itself.  So, being a programmer, I am willing to say that in the beginning there was an architect, but I cannot tell you whether he is within or without of our system.

But now that the universe exists, and it has balance.  We have become the stewards.  There really is no need for a God figure because we have been given everything we need to exist. And now we all are collectively God, because we are in control of our reality whether we accept the responsibility or not.  Accepting this responsibility is the most difficult thing we humans struggle with.  Some of us accept it openly, while others want to believe that they need guidance by a supernatural entity.  That is not necessary, because we have one another to admonish ourselves when we are wrong, and praise ourselves when we do amazing things.

The glue that makes us One, is that we are connected through a complex web of inter-relations, vis-a-vis, love, compassion.  When we make a friendship, we become connected to the friends of our friends, ad infinitum.  Social Media can show us that we all are connected at nth degrees of separation.  And though I’m not a fan of Facebook, it has shown me that you can follow a trail from one of your friends to just about anyone else on the planet.  It has exposed that we are all truly connected either directly or indirectly.  But I will take a leap and say that we are connected a much more fundamental levels.

Last night, a friend of mine posted this reply in response to my last post.  It is one of the most poignant observations I’ve read and I wanted to share it with you all.

It’s hard for Me – that is, everyone that I am, anyone that I am – to come to terms with being God…but once I know Myself, well, then, I know I am old and young, good and evil, man and woman, sick and healthy, straight and gay, and so on – how could I not have compassion, acceptance, love, and understanding of Myself? – Dr. Erik Andrulis

I urge you to check his blog, because he is on the same path as I am.  And his insights might give you further food for thought.

So today, I will end this post with another question, and I ask you to step out of yourself before answering.  Look at your friendships, your relationships, your family: Do you believe that every human on this planet is connected at a spiritual level or are we just islands in the sea?

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Exploring Humanity (Part 5)

Compassion-3Greetings Dreamers!

I wanted to end this series with a positive message, and discuss the only thing that will fix our world, truly — Love and Compassion.

We all talk about love and compassion. Love is a word that is often thrown around with little earnestness.  Do we do it because we feel obligated because someone else has said it? Do we actually really mean it?  We should mean it, or not say it at all, because it can give the wrong impression, or make us appear as if we are just parrots.

How about compassion?  Do we really empathize with others and show them compassion?  In today’s world, so many people are hurting.  This is just the reality we live in right now.  For instance, here are many more homeless people in the world as a result of all the financial strife our country is facing. I see at least 10 of them every day.  It’s hard to know which one’s are for real and which ones are just looking for drug money, or are scammers.  This is where you have to listen to your inner self.  It is a very difficult thing to learn how to tell those who are earnest, from those who are not.  But if you have spare change, perhaps you should just give it away, no matter what.  In the end, it’s not our place to judge one another.  We must judge ourselves by our own actions. It really doesn’t matter if you give money to someone who doesn’t really need it, because it grows us all as people.  We shed this judgmental aspect of our being, and foster compassion in our hearts.

I don’t want to talk about all the bad things going on in the world — you don’t need me to remind you of that.  My simple message today is that we have to learn to be more compassionate and understanding to those around us.  I know that we are all individuals, but as I’ve said we are all One.  And when one of us is hurting, sometimes it just takes a kind word or gesture to completely change someone’s mood.  And it also means we have to pay attention to our fellow humans.  Some people hide their hurt deep inside.  I personally am very observant of the people close to me — family, friends, co-workers.  It doesn’t help to pry.  But it does help to just show the person you care, and be earnest about it.  When you say you are sorry to someone because they are hurting,grieving, or depressed, say it because you mean it, because they can tell by the tone of your voice whether you are earnest.  If you can’t be earnest, don’t say anything at all, because that will just make things worse.  Trust me, I know how I feel when someone says, “Aww…I’m so sorry.”  But i can tell they don’t mean it, and that just makes me feel more alone and hurt.

So I am ending this series on Exploring Humanity, and next week I intend to move onto a less serious topic — The Universe.  Feel free to suggest something to me.  I’m always open to exploring new ideas.

But before I go, I just wanted to sum this series up by saying that the only true way we can change our world, is by first changing ourselves.  These short essays were not intended to lecture you, or admonish you.  There are many good people in the world, and everyone has good in them — we must believe that though finding the good may take more digging in some, than in others.  Reach out to one another, befriend people and get out of your house.  Enjoy this wonderful world.  Revel in the company of friends and family.  Find happiness in each and every day, even if it’s just for a moment.  It has been a very rough ride for everyone on the planet for the last decade.  But we can change it.  I believe this and I hope you do too.  If we can truly love one another, then we can accomplish anything.

So I leave you with this final question:  Have you reached out and told someone you care about them today — and meant it?

 

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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 2)

wall-st-greed-st1Greetings Dreamers!

This is part two in my five-part series on Exploring Humanity.  Today we are going to explore a very important subject — Greed.

I’ve chosen this particular topic because it seems to be one of the major aspects of human existence that is tearing our country and our world apart.  It is the epitome of selfishness, it is the cancer that plagues our society and keeps us from being one people.  But the question is why?

I often scoff at people who say “Greed is Good” after the Michael Douglas movie “Wall Street”.  Greed is in no way, at all, even slightly good.  It is an asinine pursuit for things that do not matter.  It is eating until you burst. It is acquiring endless things you can’t possibly appreciate.  It taking from those who do not have. It is wrong, pure and simple — and we can’t begin to change the world until we have learned temperance.  Too much of anything, yes even money, is a bad thing.  But we have not learned this simple lesson.  If you had a billion dollars, what would you do with it?  Collect a bunch of shiny things, like a raven, and store them in ever larger abodes?

Greed is what keeps us apart.  The proverbial 1% vs. the 99%, and in the end what have we gained?  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  We have all seen this time and again through human history.  Greed never ends well, because, my fellow Dreamers, there is always someone more greedy than you and they will try to take what you have. This is an endless war that we’ve been fighting amongst ourselves since the dawn of humankind. We are all willing soldiers.  We buy things we do not need.  We strive for goals that do not improve our society.  We think that the measure of the person is the size of their wallet.  This is not so.  The measure of any person is the size of their heart.

If you have everything you’ve ever wanted, what do you do next?  When there’s nothing left to buy, and you’re used to having anything you want, this can lead to darker pursuits.  There are people in this world that have so much money they can do literally whatever they want — human trafficking, corruption, manipulate the populace, even get away with murder.

I am not writing my books to be rich, or famous.  I am writing my books to spread an allegorical message that things in this world are going bad, and that in the end, a great calamity is going to happen — I’ve just wrapped it up in a dark fantasy novel.  I know anyone who has chosen to read my blog will agree with my postings, otherwise you wouldn’t be following me. You are all fellow Dreamers, and we are the ones who have to take on the responsibility of understanding our role in this change and just start doing it.

Our world is starving.  Not just the people, but the planet itself.  We are raping the planet of all its resources in this pursuit of greed, and eventually, we will end up killing ourselves and turn this planet into a uninhabitable desert, like Mars.  We have allowed the television, the politicians and the banks to tell us we need this or that.  We are only being told half-truths or just bold-faced lies.  We need to force the truth.  We need to stop electing people who tell us how to live.  We should be telling our governments what we want and not the other way around.  Because the people in power are the ones who cultivate greed like corn in an endless field.

I am not for one moment saying that we should incite a revolution, or a war, or protests — these are fruitless endeavors, and seldom make a lasting impact that is positive.  We start within ourselves, within our families, within our communities and as it spreads from person to person, the world will change.  Look around you as you read this post.  How many things do you have that you don’t really use or care about?  How many things can you donate to someone who doesn’t have something?  How many things can be recycled or reused elsewhere?  When you’re at the store looking to buy something, is it something you really need?  Will you even want it a month or year from now?

I don’t have a lot of money, and I never have my whole life.  Every single item I retain has a purpose for me.  As soon as its lost its purpose, I give it away or recycle it, or simply trash it if it has no use.  Of course, there are things I simply retain because they have sentimental value.  And when I go to the store to buy something I think I want, I ask myself, “Do I REALLY need this?”.  I also realize that if I keep buying things, I’m just making someone else rich.

So today I leave you with this question: What would you do if I gave you a million dollars right this minute?

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My Friend John — King of the Pokemon

John DulickToday I wanted to take a moment to remember my friend, John Dulick who died on the Fourth of July, 2013.

I met John in June of 2005 when I moved to Chester. Since day one I knew we’d be friends because he welcomed me to the neighborhood before any of my immediate neighbors did. And after attending his funeral today, it has really sunk in that my friend is gone and I won’t see him again.  No more debates over books and politics, or just talk like friends do.

John was a good friend to everyone he met.  He had his own way of interacting with people; one of the most real people I’ve ever known.  He never pretended to be someone he was not and accepted people for who they were — no matter their race, religion or creed.  He was everything we should all remember to be.

Every night, I would see him at the store. We would talk, sometimes so long my family would wonder where I was — and when I got home all I had to say was “John” and they knew.

John encouraged people to do what they dreamed. He admonished or supported you depending on the situation. He was deeply umbreonthoughtful and intelligent. He would listen to you about anything you wanted to talk about. Especially if it was Pokemon or books.  He always had a way of getting you to hear what he was saying — in his own special way.

I’m writing this tonight, because I will never forget him as long as I live.  He encouraged me so many nights to be what I wanted to be, and would listen to me ramble no matter how late it was, or even if it was after hours.  My only regret is that he and I talked for months about battling our prized Pokémon together, but life and schedule just never let it happen.  So rather than battle, John, tonight I am retiring my Umbreon, because he would have lost to you anyway.

John’s family has asked that you donate money you would have spent on flowers to Bensley-Bermuda Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 3360, Chester VA 23831 — the people who tried to save his life.

Good-bye, my friend.  You will never be forgotten and we will miss you.

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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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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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Life Philosophy Politics Religion Science

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.