What shall be done, and how often?

It seems obvious to me that most people don’t know what to do next. There is a lot of confusion regarding how and why we should proceed as individuals and communities. Sure, if you ask around, or look online, there seems to be a lot of certainty about what is right, or what constitutes progress. We sound sure of our investments, our systems, our plans, and while our futures aren’t collectively assured, there is a rising sentiment that the status quo will suffice. You grit your teeth, hold on to your seat and enjoy the ride.

I think the dominant belief is that with enough money, we’ll be ok. With everyone else being on their own. It does sometimes appear that the rich have better chances than the poor, and the attractive will win out over the ugly.

But I’m going to challenge all of you, to stop for a minute and look at yourself. Get real for a moment. How confident are you in it all? Stop listening to whomever is making noise in whatever room you’re in. Maybe it’s a human, or the TV, someone talking at you on youtube. Turn it off or just stop processing the language. Listen to the hum. Listen to the vibration of the world. Is everything alright?

How you feel when you do this will tell a lot about your chances of survival in the next moment. Never mind the stretch of time that will encapsulate the rest of your life. Listen up! For a minute or two. What concerns you? If the immediate realization is that you need to pee, go do it and start over. Your spirit will tell you what’s important. I’m not asking you to read a book, a blog, or a newspaper. No great song or poem will really convey the truth that your own awareness can do.

What worries you? Is it a lack of money? Maybe you’ve got plenty, but are afraid of losing it. Do you need somewhere to hide it? Do you need somewhere to hide? Maybe it’s hunger. Can you afford to buy the food, and if not, do you know where you can get some anyway? Where would you find it? What would you need to kill to satisfy your need?

Maybe things aren’t so dire. Do you need love? Or the love you had is leaving? Is someone dying? Is it you or someone else? Do you fear for the lives of children?

There are a lot of things that go unsolved moment to moment. And when we quell these fears, the hunger and the wish for love, they always come back. Spend some time underwater. Give it a whole minute. Most of us can’t do it. The thirst for consciousness itself will send us thrashing and fighting for the surface.

What shall be done?

There is a technique in the battle against addiction that some call ‘urge surfing.’ The idea is when we crave the relief something can bring, which we’re avoiding, we lean in to the urge. We feel the feeling of wanting and ride it like a wave. A wave can be scary when it’s coming for you. It can easily take you under and turn you upside down, filling your pockets with sand and your eyes with salt. But if you get ahead of it and go with it, you can ride it.

I can’t suggest every possible craving one might suffer. But they’re all versions of the same thing. Something you think you need in the next moment to get ahead of the dread, fear, sadness, thirst. What if you rode the wave of thirst? Go thirstier than you thought was possible. You can’t fast forever. Especially when dealing with water, air and food. Food is earth if you noticed these were basic elements. How would you fast from fire?

I don’t know but fire is something so enticing to some it can create a mania. The urge to burn the burnable can become so strong that the guy wants to burn it all. I’ve seen it. They’ll build elaborate temples and towering effigies only to burn them down, satisfying their death wish. A bold attempt at satisfaction through simulating self-annihilation.

I don’t know anything about the fire-death-wish. I got sidetracked. I’m just saying that there is a form of satisfaction that comes from self-denial. Not disagreeing-with-yourself, but the denial of satisfying the urge. Surfing the urge. Like letting the cannibanoids and the alcohols purge from the body, and experiencing the resultant clarity. Going without money for a time and seeing the miracle first-hand: that it is not needed. Sleeping on the cold ground, and having the best night’s sleep of your life. These are just a few examples of the possibilities. Another one is to forgo that high speed jet or train, and walk.

You’ve heard that the universe is made of rhythm and vibration, yeah? It’s all energy pulsing and creating the effect of hardness, softness, liquidness, and such? I don’t claim to understand the math, but I know the theory that time is relative, that acceleration affects the duration of time to the observer and the accelerated mind. Well, I’ll add that this can be experienced at speeds much slower than light-speed, which is convenient because we have access to a lot of lower speeds. If you walk one-hundred miles your perception of time will shift dramatically. The slower speed heightens perception. If you look out the window of a train, things go by fast. And if you focus on your own reflection in the window, the world outside becomes a blur while your reflection seems to be still for as long as you look. You could stick your tongue out at yourself and pretend to be Einstein.

But if you walk, or crawl, the opposite of that blurry world happens. It comes into sharp temporal focus. You don’t miss details that you would from the train. You might notice a snail in your path, experiencing the world in even slower more acute detail. I think this is sufficient.

We’re all addicted to different things as humans. I’ve got the things that I like, and you’ve got yours. What is it that makes addictions destructive? A lot. But I think I’m on to something here where I want to put focus. It’s the frequency. The high frequency of exposure limits our attention and appreciation for the details. If I drink 24 beers a day, it’s like staring at myself in the window of the train. The world becomes a blur. Many things of value are missed. If I have one beer per year, a much slower rate, than I catch a lot more details in the world around me. My appreciation for those things increases.

Forget alcohol. I ‘never’ touch the stuff. Or one might say I’ve dramatically reduced my rate of intake to zero per several years. How about air? If I’m at thirty breaths per minute, I’m having a pretty steady supply. The world is passing by at a comfortable pace. But if I slowed down? Ten breaths per minute. One breath per minute. The world gets slower, and more precious. The urge to breath increases. I want to live. Desperately. Nothing else matters. Just one more breath of sweet consciousness is all I want. Synonymous with life. The purity and clarity of the moment sets in. The background of this experiment becomes the most beautiful sight imaginable, mundane as it may be during normal breathing time.

As a person, you’ve got some control over the frequency and speed with which you take in experience. I don’t know that wealth, fears, or desires are ‘bad.’ But I have a growing awareness that frequency of intake affects the experience of life itself. And perhaps this is why ancient and modern humans have spoken disparagingly of ‘greed.’ The desire for more, and sooner. We don’t like when we see greed in others. It’s difficult to place exactly why. Does the greedy person’s high rate of consumption decrease access for ourselves? It seems so, but that isn’t always the case.

What it is, maybe, is the contrast between the high level of appreciation in the slow partaker versus the dissatisfaction of the high frequency partaker. It’s quite observable that the rich, the fat, the drunk, the socially and sexually satiated can be somewhat annoying in what we often perceive as smugness, or self-satisfaction. They seem to have it all, yet there is a discernible scorn toward the rest of the world that doesn’t sit well with the others. There is stratification in our social hierarchies and they aren’t as simple as “haves & have nots.” That is some of it, but there is something else. There is also “appreciates and appreciates not.”

When you take a breath, or a walk, or a dive into the unknown, do you appreciate, or appreciate not? Is the frequency of your action putting reality into greater focus and clarity, or do things get more distorted? I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to this. Maybe the motion blur in the side window is your reason for living. Fine. Just remember, there are those taking it slow all around. They like the focus of low frequency. Don’t go smashing into them as you push closer to light speed.

I have limits

I am limited. Limited in the number of skills I can acquire. Limited in the amount of work I can take on, and produce. Limited in the amount of money I can earn. I can not be an endless supply of inspiration, nor can I be a perfect example. I am limited in the amount of criticism I can absorb. I don’t have to accept an endless stream of judgement and analysis in order to be “good.” I am limited in the number of critics I can accept into my life.

I’m limited in my threshold for constant comparison, and endless competition. I am only one person, I’ll do what I can and nothing more. For those who can’t and will not accept these limitations of mine, move on.

The Angelic Sun

And sometimes they don’t

It has been said, and reiterated here, that “when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.” But the unpleasant truth is that, sometimes they don’t. What does this mean? Why would I affirm a hundred year old lie on the internet?

It needs to be understood that all things are relative, and none absolute. There is no pure light, because without shadow, there is no vision. There is no perfect darkness because even the dimmest eye emits light of its own. Therefore if you want to experience the best of your fellows, you’re going to encounter some opposition.

We’ve all been there. We’re in to it. We’re stoked. We’re in the zone. We’re grooving. And someone in the crowd, or across the desk in the open plan office doesn’t like it. You can see it in their expression, and you can feel it in their criticism. This can be derailing, though it would be better to move forward. How do you move ahead of it?

I don’t know. I’m actually just asking here. Does anybody know? How do you overcome the nay sayers when they are often the key choosers and decision makers? How can you get them to share your vision when their eyes seem shut tight to your enthusiasm?

I want to break through and find the portal to the happy community that we see glimmers of in our collective fantasies.

My hypothesis is that you can look beyond the objections to find the evidence that you’re on the right path. When you’re on to something good, and know humans are in a sure competition for resources and survival, a bit of resistance means you’re moving in the right direction. There is a game called push-pull. You push a little, and when you stop pushing you create a sort of pull by removing resistance. You don’t want to push too hard or you can more easily be pulled by surprise. And if you stop pushing, you get pushed. The resistance we feel from others might be a sign that we are a something of a threat, and that’s not a bad thing. It means you’re on your way to contending for something worthwhile.

Sometimes we get pushed and we want to let go. We don’t like being resisted. But, maybe, the secret is pushing back a little, and actually, yeah, to “keep on smiling” through it. It’s a game. Games are a little competitive but they can be fun. I’m not talking shoot-stab here; that’s not a good game. It’s push-pull. Nobody gets hurt but everybody gets stronger. Get it?

But…war IS real!

Before any of my dear readers are led to think that I’ve denied the existence of war itself, or any particular wars past or present, I submit: of course not. Anyone who has lived through actual physical warfare knows that it’s consequences are very real.

According to worldpopulationreview.com there are 32 countries currently at war in 2022. Yes, they are real, and they are real tragedies. I’m not in denial of that.

So allow me to explain when I say that “the war isn’t really real.” Often, the reasons for war that are offered to the public are not real. Each side needs its citizens, or members, to believe that they are on the right side of the war. Often God is invoked to seal the deal that war is righteous, because its victims are supposedly evil. This is an ancient and wrong justification for violence. Going deeper in to what it means that war isn’t real: it’s the war in the mind.

The war in the mind is the inner conflict that each of us feel on different occasions. Some of us manage the inner conflict better than others, expressing or views in reasonable ways, such as peaceful discourse and forensics. Some of us feel that we are forbidden to express the conflict we feel, peacefully or not. The misunderstanding, the feelings of disenfranchisement, and the desire to be right can fester in our hearts, becoming hatred. An enemy forms in the mind, that is also not real. It is possible to hold symbols in our psyche of enemies that want to hurt us. It seems as though they want to prevent us from succeeding, or killing us altogether. It’s easy to begin to feel extremely persecuted by people who may not have any knowledge that we even exist.

Sometimes we become willing to fight these enemies. Launching bullets and missiles into the air, hoping to strike them. Most often, these projectiles only hurt innocent people. And we can recall a broad variety of horrific ways that we, as humans, attack our fellows that go beyond literal arms. Physical violence and rhetoric have done equal damage in the destruction of our relationships.

The WAR that is not real is everything that leads up to the violence. But, should we defend ourselves? Absolutely. Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the Times person of the year for 2022. We’re often reminded that this title isn’t bestowed, necessarily, on the basis of goodness, but on influence. And he is highly influential for his role in the self-defense in Ukraine. Would I say to this man that his war isn’t real? Of course not. He was elected to do this job, and has done it quite well.

But what about the rest of us? Are we justified in retaliating over every offense? Should the availability of weapons justify their use? Some would like to think so. But it is up to each of us to cultivate the honesty, and self analysis of our views; to check our offended minds for our role in the conflicts we find ourselves in. Are we always right? If so, this is suspect and a good time to evaluate our thinking. Is someone else in our lives always wrong, by virtue of their gender, color, bank balance, neighborhood, political leaning, their position, their power, their wealth, their disagreement?

I will assert that nobody is wrong all the time and if it seems so, it may be time for a reality check.

When you’re smilin’

Maybe you’ve read what I’ve said here so far and thought that my ideas are fanciful or strange. And that may be valid because of the terms I’m using: dimensions, realms, alter-reality, and such. I can clarify that the phenomenon that I’m referring to isn’t as inaccesible as it may sound. In fact, we’re all doing it all the time. Simple actions like walking to a different room, playing a particular piece of music, fasting, eating, or meditating can alter the frequency we are attuned to.

These activities may seem commonplace, but they are accomplishing exactly what I mean. The common way to say it may be that you’re changing the ‘mood’ or the ‘vibe’ and those are fine ways to convey what we’re experiencing. But the more accurate choice, I think, is the ‘vibe.’ Our cohort of human beings is becoming more aware together through scientific and personal observation that matter is energy in motion, including our bodies. That our attitudes and actions can affect they way the world interacts back with us. The things we do and say bounce back in our direction. I’m reminded of the classic song by Frank Sinatra:

When you’re smilin’, when you’re smilin’
The whole world smiles with you
When you’re laughin’, when you’re laughin’
The sun comes shinin’ through

But when you’re cryin’, you bring on the rain
So stop that cryin’, be happy again
Keep on smilin’, ’cause when you’re smilin’
The whole world smiles with you

This is a realization that musicians often make. The vibrations the audience hears sets the mood, and that mood spreads to everyone in the room. We see it in other places like the dinner table, the office, the classroom; vibrations are infectious. Sing a sad song, and the one who hears you may cry, and so on. It’s the words we speak, our tone of voice, the special key, or the combination of note intervals we use that can, as they used to say in Frank Sinatra’s time, “send you.”

So, consider what vibrations you are exposed to each day. Do you engage with pundits who like to beat the war drum? Or do you prefer the sweet birdsong outside the window? They exist together, but you have the ability to focus on one or the other. You can attune to one of them and it’s your choice.

Something about vibrations is that they seek harmony. Frequencies of the same wavelength, or that are divisible by the same wavelength align with and re-enforce eachother, and the ripple could become a great wave. Which wave do you want to ride?

Have you ever passed a group of people, within feet or inches that seemed a thousand miles away? Some indistinguishible barrier is between you and them. As though they are in a different world completely, yet, they’re right there? We’ve all experienced it, I think. We encounter people that seem different in some unexplainable way. What’s going on there? They are on a different frequency. Not better or worse. Just a different wavelength. Have a conversation with them, and obvious truths might come into question. Definite observations come under scrutiny. We can’t believe that they see things that way. Disagreement. Unpleasant.

What to do? As I’ve been edging toward, you have a choice to make. A threefold choice. Each of these three options are valid and acceptable ways to deal with the dissonance of encounters with unfamiliar frequency. You can (1) tune to their frequency. Adopt their ways, accept their perspective, and choose to share it. A fine thing to do if it feels right. If it doesn’t feel right, that’s ok. You could also (2) disengage from them. In effect doing what I’ve been talking about. Leave the realm where you encountered these beings. There are ‘realms’ everywhere. They are rooms. They are courts. They are mountains. They are valleys. They are oceans, and planets. We have ways to close the door. We can do this physically, and there are others ways, using the supernatural ability that we all have to project ourselves into an infinite variety of psychic destinations, the portal itself sitting somewhere in the center of your head. More on that later maybe. There is a third option, that I don’t recommend. Let’s call it (3) “the clash” option. You have your frequency. They have theirs, maybe the vibes aren’t changing on either side, so we feel the dissonance. The pain of disagreement. The psychosis of competing realities. Both very real, but unaligned. Do not do this. It’s the most painful way to do deal with the things that seem ‘wrong.’

We don’t need to change them. We either align with them, or teleport. The clash brings the war. And, well, I know I don’t want that. Sometimes, I know, it appears that something must be done. We have to stop the bad vibes before they infect us all. That can happen too; I’m not naive to the fact that negative vibrations are just as infectious as the good ones. I’ve emitted some powerful negative vibes myself, eh? But the beauty of the truth is that we have the choice to change it at any time. Sometimes a big group gets into a negative harmony with one another. They may all end up going and jumping off a cliff together. Now that may be a beautiful way to end this dream, together with the others. But I want to encourage all to make this choice consciously, not just blindly, or shall we say, deafly, following the vibrations. If we want to choose life, and happiness, then “smile.”

And the whole world smiles with you.

To be continued.

Inter-dimensional phase shifting not bad for the environment, study says.

Now that I’ve said you can change reality by conserving your attention, I’ve thought of a few challanges to that assertion which I will defend. Not only will I defend that the ability of the mind to teleport among various realms is a real one, but that it is ethical and right to make use of that ability.

I’ll make this simple. A popular opinion is that one must not hide from reality burying their head in sand like the complacent ostrich. Psychology has postulated and demonstrated a long list of ways we hide the truth from ourselves to our own detriment. Most of us have heard that it is the truth that sets us free.

Knowing and agreeing with these, why would I recommend altering reality, and in such a passive manner as simply not paying attention to it? Would that be irresponsible? I’ll answer.

The substrate of our existence is nothingness, in a similar way that beneath every painting is a blank surface of pure potential. Above every painted image lies the same potential for creation with the first step being an act of destruction.

I don’t think I’m taking a great risk by saying that most of us are seeing things in the world that we don’t like. I’m not going to enumerate them, you know what yours are. It’s a different mix for everyone but for each person, our complaints can be divided into two categories: those which we have the power to influence, and those we don’t. Here, I make a bold assertion, that for all of us, the things that we can easily influence in our lives are the most important. Daily habits, the way we choose to interact with others, how we direct our efforts. Local things that our awareness touches every day. We can make big improvements to our experience by focusing here and taking real action. And I’ll emphasize focusing the attention where it matters, not simply looking away from the disappointments. It is your focused awareness that puts you in touch with the interface you have to navigate to where you want to go inter-dimensionally.

The picture of our lives has been sketched, etched, inked, printed and bound in heavy volumes by others. If it was as simple as a painting it would be easy to make that first destructive brush stroke, changing the world. A better comparison would be to a library full of opinions, studies, theories, hypotheses, well respected and desperate attempts to articulate what is real–mostly contradictory. It’s impossible to sincerely contemplate it all. And that library of choas has formed the basis for our laws, our wars, our crimes, and thefts. They are not easily erased.

Did you notice I said “our” laws, wars, crimes, and thefts? That’s a problem and I did it to illustrate a point. There is a tendency among people to generalize human experience and action. We group entire planetary cohorts by segments of time and attribute the most major events and attitudes from those times to groups that could be loosely identified with some that exist today. This generates a lot of predetermination in the roles we play in society. While the zeitgeist gradually transforms, most people stay caught in pools of old thinking during their individual lives. The weight of all this history and philosophy forces us into lifestyles, attitudes, and potentials that are constraining. The guilt and victimhood, the blatant manipulation, the weight of this world, all would be rightly ignored by any of us. Because the people who created those worlds are dead. And though they’ve been erased, they worked hard to make their world seem very permanent. But they were no better or worse than us. They were identical. We are in the same empty universe they were in with the same potential.

We are constrained by the present thinking of others as well as the past. The people on TV that want your support, your votes, your minds, and your lives are already just as dead as the Pharaohs. They’re already gone. The war isn’t really real and neither is the government. If they are, it’s the belief in them that makes them so for the believer. We are all only imagining nations, races, jobs, and championship titles. Clocks, time zones, and saving daylight are pure fantasy. Every genus and species you’ve ever heard of is an abstraction with little actual relation to the beings they represent, because they focus on the body only, ignoring the mind.

Each of us are intensely powerful in a way that doesn’t make it to the mainstream discussion very often. But, if you want the bad things to go away. The evil and it’s power. Look away. Even though you’ve been taught that you’re insignificant, and your ideas don’t matter. They do. You’ve been told that you’re guilty, that you must take responsibility for the past. I disagree. Look away. You can make it disappear by removing your attention.

I still didn’t get to the part about actually getting to the cool realms. But getting out of the dysfunctional one is so important so I’m going to publish this and follow up later.

You steer your reality by directing attention.

Looking into the internet’s public spaces, I notice people expressing stress and anxiety about the government’s affairs: elections, court rulings, corruption–that are rightly given attention as we navigate a humble attempt at democracy. I’ve felt that the rapid rate that news comes in is overwhelming. Especially in situations where it seems justice is in order, but we have to wait. I think it’s the sense of justice denied that stresses us out the most, not the high volume of information or even the bias of its sources. It is our sense of fairness clashing with reality.

I want to jump off here on that word, reality. What is it? You have a perspetive. I have one. They’re definitely different except in those rare moments of alignment. Which perspective is the right one, and is the truth dependent on belief or observation? For an expiriment, let’s say that reality exists when one or more perspectives align. Two viewers seeing the same thing. There is agreement there that whatever they are both seeing is real.

We now have mass social media–with traditional big broadcasters and billions of individual contributors internetted together. And whatever is happening in that conversation pertaining to current affairs is going to have agreement in perspectives multiplied by those billions of internet users. Applying my assumption that agreeing perspectives creates reality, than you have a powerful set of beliefs that become the de facto REALITY. The main stream.

The gravity of this main perspective stream would be difficult to avoid but not impossible. The way to do it, if all of this were indeed the way it works, would be to direct attention away from the main stream of information. In our case it comes from the global network of electronic media, but it has taken other forms and contents thoughout history.

All of this suggests a potential releif from the stress and anxiety we experience by simply directing our attention away from the unwanted perspective. Changing perspective changes reality. when we give our attention to the main channel of war, politics, crime, and legal battles those things seem to hold weight as the real things happening, but looking away–at a cloud, a stream of water, a bird flying by, a friend speaking to you–you can uncover a completely different reality untouched by the heavy and often unfair news of the day. It can be done alone, but becomes stronger with more members joining the new perspective. The main stream of reality doesn’t disappear, you could easily find it again, but your viewpoint changes reality because your are the the receiver and the final perceiver of what is real. Your ability to shift your attention is actually the power to transform reality any moment. Try it!

Mashup trailer “Bad Cop”

Bad Cop from Phillip Yniguez on Vimeo.

“Bad Cop” is a mashup of two different films (48 Hrs, and Our Idiot Brother) cut together to create a new twist.