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Memory

Why is it that we can remember some things some of the time, but not all things all of the time?  Why is memory selective to the situation and the frame of mind?  Why does doing certain things trigger certain memories?  Why are those memories chosen over others?

Sometimes the memories bring pleasure, and we cherish those over the ones that bring us pain.  Still, we remember the ones that bring us pain.

One memory…  one moment… triggering the next one.

What was the first one?  And how could there ever be a first one?

An empty state

A state of emptiness

Screenshot from 2015-12-04 22:41:18

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Happy Old Year!!

Happy New Year!

Happy new year, but what a great “old” one too!!  I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone that follows this blog.  Your support through, likes, comments, follows, views, really helps me feel good about what I am writing.  I know that I probably clash or challenge some of your beliefs at times, but the interactions here have really helped me to grow and develop myself and my path.  Just looking at the graph of views and visitors this past year really speaks to me.  I have had a steady stream of views and visitors since I started posting regularly and interacting more.

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The Wager

Does society guide the future based on correct concerns?  Do trends influence future technology?  What is most acceptable to the masses is the winner over sometimes a better technology.  And this expands outside of technology.  A TV show that you like has probably been cancelled before you think it should have been.  This is the majority picking something that disagrees with a small set of viewers that really like the show.  But what is best?  You obviously have your feelings about the show, and they have theirs.  Who is right?  The thing is that it is right for them, but not right for you.  We swim along nicely as long as everyone is going in the same direction, but when there is a change it is startling.  It can be you striking out on your own or the rest of the school goes the other direction.  I guess I am mixing metaphors here, but hopefully you understand what I am saying.

We are mirrors reflecting mirrors.  We see ourselves reflected back at us, but we don’t want to rob that being of their individuality, so we know that we are also a mirror reflecting back to them.  It is rather beautiful and touching when you think about it.

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View each person as a teacher

Each situation as a lesson

A chance to grow

Just because you are learning

Doesn’t mean that you are doing it wrong

It is better to tell the truth

You will always be found out by your self

 

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Are we real?

This BBC documentary is another “multiverse” explanation.  They start out with physics concepts putting emphasis on the cosmological constant and then move more into metaphysics (which you really have to do at some point).  The cosmological constant is specific out to 120 decimal places.  Einstein used this to describe energy density of the vacuum of space.  I won’t pretend to really understand what that means except it is key to a number of physics equations.  Anyway, even changing the 120th place of the number alters life as we know it.  If there are constants like this (pi, gravity, speed of light) then that seems to imply that something is setting that value.  The theory of the multiverse is used to side-step the notion of a creator by saying that all possibilities exist at the same time.  So there are universes that represent all possible values.  But then there has to be something that sort of lays it all out.

The issue I have is that if there is a simulator that can tune the variables and change the algorithms, then wouldn’t it at some point want to interact with the simulation once the simulation got to a certain point?  Or if there are simply multiple universes that represent all permutations of constants and algorithms, then wouldn’t there be a few that could break through the shell and contact the other universes?  The answer can always be “No, we are not one of the breakthrough universes” or “We are not mature enough yet”, but I have to say why.  We are manipulating the world around us at an unbelievable rate.  If we can dream it up, we can make it happen in the physical world.  All that growth seems to do nothing for how we treat our fellow human beings, so technological growth without compassion is useless.  If there is some sort of singularity event, we will all literally be connected and one.  How can something that is one fight with itself?  Insanity.

Forgetting all of the metaphysical multiverse, multiworld stuff, it is hard to deny that things happen from an individual’s own perspective.  This perspective is filtered through our senses which actually interact with the world.  The senses are interpreted by the brain and some sort of thought is formed.  That experience is unique, individual.  Yet there is an undercurrent of reality that the senses directly interact with or we are really interacting with everyone else’s experience.  Experience experiencing experience.

3. Perceiving the Bull

Bull in Meadow of Clover
Hello There

I hear the song of the nightingale.
The sun is warm, the wind is mild,
willows are green along the shore,
Here no bull can hide!
What artist can draw that massive head,
those majestic horns?

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When one hears the voice, one can sense its source. As soon as the six senses merge,  the gate is entered. Wherever one enters one sees the head of the bull!  This unity is like salt in water, like color in dyestuff.  The slightest thing is not apart from self.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Bulls

We have seen the mind

Realization that everything separate from the self is the self

Teachers at every corner

Ultimately us talking to our self

Telling our self what we need to know

If we look for causation, we will fail

If we accept synchronicity, we will succeed

Fishing for Patience

I sometimes struggle with how much information to give someone vs. letting them figure it out on their own.  This is both at work and at home with my kids.  I guess it goes back to the whole “If you give a man a fish…” dealie.  Continuing to give out free fish is putting me in a situation of being the fisherman.  Not a bad occupation by any means, but it does get a little smelly and I have my eyes set on dry land.

Fisherman fishing in the ocean
The Fisherman Half Moon Bay, CA Photographed by: http://capturedphotos.tumblr.com/

It is most definitely a practice in patience.  I get torn between wanting to get the task done and wanting to allow the person to learn (and ultimately leave me alone 🙂 ).   I also don’t want the other person to think that I am dragging them along.  If they get frustrated then it is of no use.  They will dismiss everything that they are doing as busy work.  The goal is that at the end they either know how to do it or have enough information to figure out how to do it on their own.  It is a balancing act.

The master Bob Ross at work
“Dark is what makes white, or any light color show. It doesn’t have to be white, it can be any color that’s light. But you need that dark contrast to make it jump out and, and sing for you. Otherwise, it’ll just sort of go away and leave you standing there by yourself.” –Bob Ross, 1994

It is frustrating to me while doing this.  I want to shake the person and say “Why don’t you know how to do this?  Why am I the only one paying attention?”.  I don’t.  Luckily today everything has been through instant message, so it has allowed me to think more about my reaction.  At some point the giving of information and letting people struggle becomes natural and I take over when needed.  Or at least when I feel it is needed.  This is all just an extension of my practice.  Today I learn about patience and acceptance.

Patience is the settled reality that we are not in control
True dat

Of course, now the parallels come into play.  If I am teaching others like this, how am I being taught?  How much information am I being given vs. banging my head on the wall to find out on my own?  And if I have that sort of abandoned feeling, is that just me being left to figure it out myself.  The end result being that it is something that is more rewarding and more meaningful to me and my experience.  Maybe I don’t get the exact correct answer or maybe I go about it a different way than is initially prescribed.  The end result is the same.  Eventually, the lesson is forgotten and we are left with our instincts on how to return.

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One More Time With Feeling

I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday - Eleanor Roosevelt
I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday – Eleanor Roosevelt

Do you think it is our choices or our feelings about our choices that matter?  Thoughts are turned into feelings which seed into the next thought.  My feelings about my past memories and future visions feed into the next thought which feeds into the next feeling.  And so on.

Feelings
Feelings

My feeling positive or negative in a given moment feeds itself into a positive or negative thought.  The thing to be aware of is that we are always feeling the past and not the current moment.  Feelings of the past supervene on the thought itself and they are not thought.  They are feelings.

Thought cannot be controlled.  Thought about the past occurs in the present.  Feelings about the past occur in the present.  With practice and patience, feelings can be controlled or at least understood.

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All it Takes is a Little Patience and Time and Acceptance

My thoughts and anger seem to be consuming me this morning.  People not reacting how I think they should.  Feelings of inadequacy and worry.  I try to think positive.  I try to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.  I try to convert my feelings of I don’t want to feel this way into I want to feel this way.  Thoughts make feelings.  Scattered thoughts = scattered feelings.  I need to stabilize.  I need to make my thoughts even, in all situations turn “I don’t want” into “I want”.

It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t feel like I was being punched in the throat every minute of the day.  I want to feel confident.  I want to get what I want.  I want to be myself.  I want to be knowledgeable, accepting, accepted.  I can continue to list my wants forever.  But them being wants still puts me in a position of wanting or lacking.  It is always a thought of not having or never having enough.

So what then?  How do I gain what I want without wanting it?  Pretend that I already have it?  If I put myself in a position of turning my wants into my haves then does the universe truly respond and give it to me?  What is required for this? Patience.  Acceptance.  There is a time delay.

Thoughts manifest themselves into physical reality on a timeframe.  Ask an artist.  A painting does not appear at a thought.  It takes effort and time to turn a mental thought into a physical representation.  Piece by piece, if I allow it, I can see and be the transformation.  The only limitation is my own thought and my own level of acceptance.  An artist lost in his work adjusts his thoughts to reality and reality to his thoughts bridging the gap until there is no distinction.  to an artist lost in his work, no time appears to have passed.

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