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The Celebration

Current Classic Bill postVolume 5, Issue 51

Part 70 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.
Previous episodes.

Recap of last week's episode.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa.

In our last episode, Stari-ki was contacted by the Shaitan, who reported to Lucifer himself. When asked how he was getting on with Nastassia (Queen Neva), Stari-ki by answering positively also made a marriage proposal to her. At Stari-ki’s unspoken request, Neva left him alone with the Shaitan, who then told Stari-ki that Neva is an Agent. He explained further that Neva is under Rebel surveillance, and encouraged Stari-ki to play along with the game. Feigning agreement, Stari-ki doesn’t let on that he knows his own true identity is an Agent too.

I didn’t hear your answer, the Shaitan pressed.

Sir you know you can always count on my loyalty, Stari-ki professed, and yet also still felt deeply.

As soon as they cut off the call, Templar-ji took off after Neva, following his instincts, and caught up with her just outside camp. She studied him as an animal would, unsure as to friend or foe. He took her hand and then into his arms and kissed her.

They know you’re an Agent, he said.

I’m a what? Neva asked.

You and I received final training together in that classroom you saw. I can see it now too. We were Agents.

What are Agents? Neva asked.

I’m not sure, but they represent one side and Rebels the other side, Templar-ji explained. Agents say everybody is one person. Rebels say the person we think of as God and our own self is actually one of many gods who stole the Universe from the others, who are now called the Rebels.

Sure I’m an Agent! Neva concluded. Then the implications set in. People in a position to destroy us at whim know I am a sworn enemy. What are we going to do? she thought to herself.

He nodded. The Rebels could see their every move, could destroy them any time they wanted to, and unless Templar-ji and Neva could hoodwink them, night and day forever. it was only a matter of time before their destruction was assured.

We are going to die to live again and continue our mission. For as long as we can, let’s send out messengers to bring instructions to people everywhere. That’s what we can do for right now, Templar-ji said. Neva thought for an instant, nodded, and then kissed him.

The Wedding Couple

The Wedding Couple

That night there was a huge celebration of the wedding of Queen Neva to General Templar-ji. All of the reserves were plundered to fill everyone’s appetite. Templar-ji had asked Blu and Ska to stay afterward when the party was over. Around the still-blazing fire sat the newlyweds, with Blu and Ska. He quickly filled in his two key men with the facts, including the conversation with the Shaitan and the admission that he and Neva were Agents.

Careful! Templar-ji advised, noticing the sober faces, they can see us, so keep laughing and smiling the way we have been all night. Also let’s talk aloud as it will seem less concerning than if they see us sitting here with our mouths shut.

Blu and Ska easily relaxed into the game of pretending to be merely carousing. “Ok,” Blu said, “so you two and we two are ancient enemies, is that what you’re telling us?” Blu asked and laughed half-naturally. “When do we start killing each other?” This provoked him to really laugh but his eyes were alert.

“We think you’re Agents too,” Neva said, and giggled insincerely for the eyes in the sky.

“Looks like the Rebels turned the three of us,” Templar-ji said, indicating the three males. “They put blocks in our minds, made us think we were Rebels,” Templar-ji added, and laughed uproariously. Now everyone began truly laughing.

Blu looked at Ska and asked, “Are we believing this?” and then everyone laughed again.

Neva called Blu and Ska to come and sit very close to her. They all realized this could look suspicious to the observers above and so Neva touched the men as if flirting to make her new husband jealous or something. Templar-ji, fascinated, changed position to watch more closely whatever Neva had in mind. She began to enter Blu’s and Ska’s minds. Meanwhile Blu asked What evidence do we have either way?

Neva answered aloud. “Which makes more sense to you, that we are all one thing, or that there were a bunch of gods and one screwed the others?” They all fell over laughing but Neva was still focusing on Blu and Ska.

“Mel — something,” Neva said.

“What’s that?” Blu asked, for she was looking at him.

“Your name — your real name — Melchi — something,” she said.

“Melchizedek!” Blu said, large portions of his memory returning in a sudden rush. He knew Neva — she had been Nastassia when they were first trained. He remembered because he had been the trainer.

“And me,” Ska asked?

“You are Layla, of course,” Neva said, and Layla had a sudden rush of herself and her memories. Neva and Layla hugged while Melchizedek looked on with a beatified smile. Now they all three remembered the training, and that Templar-ji had been with them then, and the four of them abruptly realized that Stari-ki’s actual name was not Templar-ji but Templegard. Then Melchizedek and Layla got up and hugged for a long time, causing stares from the few of the army and tribe still half awake, for the pair of course still wore the bodies of Blu and Ska.

TO BE CONTINUED

My best to all,

Bill

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Image: The Wedding Couple: digital rendering by CK Niver

The Investigation into General Stari-Ki

Current Classic Bill postVolume 5, Issue 50

Part 69 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.
Previous episodes.

Recap of last week's episode.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa.

Blu and Ska were relaxing with their wives, enjoying watching the children play, and thinking how wonderful it would be if life was always like this. Blu pondered what their duty was, asking “What does the Universe want us to do, and why?” Unaware of Stari-ki’s transformation, Ska warned Blu that he might be mentally spying on them. Meanwhile, still in Neva’s tent, Stari-ki is asking the same questions. Neva tells him, “We’re all parts of the One consciousness,” and Stari-ki again wonders if this is an enemy thought. Except he no longer believes that Agents and the backstabber are his enemies. Suddenly, the phone rang in his mind: he was being contacted by high command. What now?

The Shaitan the planetary military governor

The Shaitan

It was the Shaitan himself — the planetary military governor — who reported to Lucifer Himself. Templar-ji made sure to think of himself as Stari-ki. The Shaitan seemed jovial and collegial. Well, are you among the living at last, young man?

Lucifer

Lucifer

Sorry sir. As I told Goma in a lucid moment, the rest of the time since my last report I was in a coma. I am just up a few hours and was about to report, Stari-ki reported with a ring of truth.

Good, good, your rivals up here wanted to blast your ass but I told them to let me handle it, the Shaitan said. After a moment he laughed. I’m a man of my word, son, so I do have my finger on the button right now.

Stari-ki

How may we serve, sir? Stari-ki responded.

How are you getting on with Nastassia? the Shaitan asked.

If you mean Queen Neva sir, Stari-ki said, we have only begun negotiations to combine forces, but I speak confidently when I say it is done. Stari-ki was looking into Neva’s eyes. Neva smiled and nodded. This was the marriage proposal.

We of course can observe your every move down there, the Shaitan reminded him unnecessarily, although Neva raised her eyebrows. Stari-ki shook his head and held out his arms to indicate the degree of resolution that could be seen from the Shaitan’s command post, about a yard on each side, and then pointed to the roof and shook his head again.

Of course sir. We have been progressing according to your past orders. What are your current orders sir? Stari-ki asked.

Neva

Can she hear us?

Stari-ki thought only an instant before responding, Yes sir. Of course they know she’s in the tent, he thought in his hopefully-hidden mind.

Neva understood and stood up to leave the tent. She looked at him and he nodded, so she left and headed as far away as possible.

You can see she’s left now sir, Stari-ki said, and the Shaitan grunted assent.

You see, son, she’s an Agent, the Shaitan began. Our alterations to the native brains worked like a charm and she is under our spell. But her instincts are Agent instincts. We can’t control her every move. All the new brain achieved was enough inner competition and distraction to erase pre-life memories. We keep her under surveillance and hope to catch a whole batch of them that way. You have to play along with the game. She didn’t know we exist until she met you.

I suspected it sir, Stari-ki responded.

You’re a smart kid, Stari-ki. Stay loyal to me and you will go far.

TO BE CONTINUED

My best to all,

Bill

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Images:
1. The Shaitan – Galactic Ruler by Aussiemate2

2. Lucifer – Lucifer
3. Stari-Ki from earlier post
4. Neva from earlier post

Questions of Duty and Purpose

Current Classic Bill postVolume 5, Issue 49

Part 68 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us. Previous episodes.

Recap of last week's episode.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa.

Stari-ki probed his experience of the Oneness with everything and decided he wanted the Oneness to be the Truth, and that the Rebel view now seemed a self-dwarfing way of looking at life. Still lying in his arms, Neva told him the name he was called in her earliest memory: Ad-am Templar-ji. She then asked him to explore his earliest memory. Stari-ki threw his mind back in time, to before his birth on Ceres, and then relived a terrible experience of being in a fight with mindblasts and being hit with something so big it knocked him out. He remembers calling out to the enemy: Hail to the second son — which made no sense to him.

Lying on a fur on the ground with their wives, Izbel and Asa, Blu and Ska watched the goings-on of the tribe around them, enjoying the day. So far no one had emerged from Neva’s tent to give orders, and so Stari-ki’s Army and Neva’s tribe were hanging out and playing games together. Blu and Ska had the perimeter manned as always, but a feeling of peace overcame the normal paranoia.

Tribe toddlers visit Izbel and Asa.

Two of the tribe’s toddlers were chasing one another and stumbled on the edge of the fur, falling into the arms of Izbel and Asa. “You sure are cute!” Izbel exclaimed and hugged and kissed the child. Asa was cooing and baby-talking and touching noses with the other child. Blu thought, Sure would be wonderful if life was always like this.

Ska agreed. Being able to have kids of our own, to teach, to pass the days like this, to hunt and play, have fun, and not have to be at war all the time.

What is our duty to ourselves and to life, Blu wondered. What does the Universe want us to do, and why?

Ska sent him a warning look as they both realized Blu’s thought would be taken by Stari-ki as inappropriate for a Rebel, and suspiciously sounding like an Agent. Who knew when Stari-ki would be back to normal? He might start mentally spying even before he came out of Neva’s tent.

In Neva’s tent, the lovers continued to while away their timeless first day together, between lovemaking and reliving old memories as a way of getting to know each other and themselves.

Neva and Stari-ki continued to while away their timeless first day together in Neva's tent

“I can’t remember anything before the fight,” Stari-ki said after minutes of trying. “It’s like there’s a block there.”

“There is a block there, I can sense it too,” Neva said. “Somebody put it there, to keep you from remembering your lives before that. Probably the being you were fighting with — the second son, whoever or whatever that is.”

“Neva, what do you think this Universe is all about — what are we doing here — what are we supposed to be doing — who are we —” came pouring out of him, one question cascading into many.

“We’re all parts of the One consciousness, enjoying the experiences we create,” Neva said simply. “You know there is a One — we were together in it a couple of times already today — all of space and time were within us, all moments, all parts of one thing together.” She sensed something holding him back from totally agreeing. “Templar-ji,” as she had been calling him since discovering that was his real name long ago, the last time they met, “You were there with me. You know this is true.”

“And yet it’s my duty to be suspicious of how my mind might be manipulated from the outside,” Templar-ji said, trying on for size thinking of himself by that name. “Not by you,” he added quickly, “I trust you completely.” Her face underwent rapid changes keeping up with him as he continued, “But even a feeling as profound as Oneness could be placed in my mind by an enemy.”

“Who are your enemies, and why do you think of them that way?” Neva asked.

He was about to say that the Agents and the backstabber were his enemies, but he found that he no longer believed in that story, and was curious to see what he would say. Suddenly the phone rang in his mind. He was being contacted by high command. His upright index finger sprang to his lips to signal silence, and then he touched that finger to his head to include mental silence. Neva got it and became mentally invisible, though still monitoring whatever the conversation would be.

TO BE CONTINUED

My best to all,
Bill

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Images:
1. Tribe toddlers with Izbel and Asa. Detail of photograph by  Nikola Solic/Reuters of the 
Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia
2. Neva and Stari-ki: image bg of Neanderthal couple exhibit by Elisabeth Danes 

 

Solving a Two-Front War Just in Time

Current Classic Bill postVolume 5, Issue 39

Part 61 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa. Previous episodes.

Running through the forest with the primitives in pursuit and hurling something faster and smaller than rocks — unknown yet somehow familiar — Blu intuited that the projectiles carried poison. Meanwhile, Stari-ki’s army to the north was being attacked by an enemy with a similar new weapon. Stari-ki crawled toward the enemy and suddenly saw a strikingly beautiful woman at the center of a large group, just as skinny pieces of wood started flying through the air toward his army. Stari-ki was transfixed. How could they become allies? Blu and Ska appeared just in time to also be taken by the beauty of the sticks flying like a flock of birds. Stari-ki saw the girl and made the connection that she was the daughter or sister of the enemy leader, just as the cannibals in pursuit of Blu and Ska and the rescued girl showed up. Now what?

They closed in for to hand-to-hand combat

Stari-ki directed his men to focus on the savages attacking them from the rear, since the army in front of him was taking a defensive stance. His men were glad to have combat at which they could win. They closed in for to hand-to-hand combat, not giving the primitives time to reload their blowguns, which Stari-ki’s men had noticed without time for curiosity. Not having time to react, the natives were decimated after taking a few of Stari-ki’s men out with rocks and darts.

Stari-ki left the mop-up to his army and turned back to the strange people and the lovely woman

Stari-ki left the mop-up to his army and turned back to the strange people and the lovely woman with the long-distance weaponry. An idea popped into his mind and he acted on it impetuously. Taking a risk that was out of character, though he could not say for sure who he really was any more, he lifted the semi-conscious girl and carried her toward the beautiful woman he intuited to be her mother or sister.

Neva ready to release the arrow.

Just before he crested the hill and came into sight, Neva, the warrior queen, had racked up one of her poison arrows and held it ready to let fly. She had the feeling that something was coming over the hill and was concerned that the whole army was going to overrun her and her small tribe, even though many of the attackers would die in the process. As soon as she saw something large appear she released the arrow but a split second later she purposely wobbled the shot as it left the bow. The large and beautiful man was carrying her missing younger sister, Canda.

Stariki down on his knees, still holding the girl.Stari-ki ducked but the arrow went through his right trapezius muscle and stayed lodged there. Instantly he felt the poison flood his system, weakening him. He stood stock still and would not give in to the effect. And yet there went his legs, and he was down on his knees, still holding the girl. Neva signaled her people to stand ready to shoot as she ran forward. Blu and Ska came over the hill and saw what was happening and stood protectively close to Stari-ki as Neva ran up to them. She looked at them all curiously and knelt to take Canda in her arms and kiss her cheek.

On a hunch, Blu sent Neva a mind message, Poison, to convey that the cannibals had hit the girl with a poisoned thorn. Neva got it and wryly thought she had also done her own share of poisoning. She turned and yelled something back to her people, and while Blu and Ska prepared for the worst, two women came up the hill with earthenware jugs and no arrows were loosed. One woman helped the girl drink and the other helped Stari-ki drink. The sickening potion made Stari-ki feel a little better. He stood up on weak legs. A young boy about the girl’s age came running up the hill. Neva gave the boy, Donjeron, his friend Canda to carry back down to be cared for.

Stari-ki and Neva held each other’s gaze. One might say it was love at first sight, though they seemed to recognize each other.

TO BE CONTINUED

A happy and blessed Thanksgiving everyone!

My best to all,

Bill

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Images:
1.  Neanderthal by Frank Frazetta
2. Stari-ki leaves his army behind – digital rendering by CK Niver
3. Neva the warrior queen ready to release the poison arrow – digital rendering by CK Niver
4. Detail of Cavegirl by Jeffrey Jones

A Long Hard Run

Current Classic Bill postVolume 5, Issue 38

Part 60 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. To infiltrate the Rebel forces on the planet, they walked into the near-dead bodies of Blu and Ska around 40,000 BC on the coast of northwestern Spain. Taken into the Rebel Stari-ki’s army, they trekked southward, made a miraculous crossing over the Straits of Gibraltar, and are now discovering Africa. Previous episodes.

In our last episode, Blu and Ska had followed a tribe of savages back to their encampment and to their shock discovered that they had been carrying a light-skinned teenage girl, apparently abducted from another tribe, back to camp. She was either dead or unconscious as she was placed on a large flat rock covered with dried blood. They noticed her body move and felt compelled to save her from certain death. Meanwhile, the savages had eaten and were bedding down. When all was quiet, Blu and Ska made their move, lifted the girl’s lifeless body off the rock, and were halfway to the edge of the camp when a cry went up and Blu and Ska had to run for their lives.

For some reason, Ska found it hilariously funny to be running at breakneck speed through the forest with the girl over his back. Blu glanced over at him for an instant, nearly losing his footing, and caught a flash of the girl bouncing up and down on Ska’s back, glassy-eyed. Eyes forward again and pushing to the limit to maximize speed without falling, which could be fatal with the cannibals close behind, Blu couldn’t help but to start laughing uncontrollably too. It seemed to help his body run.

Rocks whizzed by their heads and other things too, small and faster than rocks. Into Blu’s mind came an image of a blowgun, something he couldn’t remember ever thinking of before. Where did that come from?  He stole another glance at the girl. He couldn’t be sure but there seemed to be a red dot on her neck. “Poison,” he yelled between gulps of breath. Ska peeked back at him, understanding his meaning but wondering how Blu could know that these savages were throwing something poisonous at them. Then he realized the girl could be drugged by some poison, perhaps from a plant or insect. He flashed on a thorn dipped in poison then blown through a hollow reed.

Ideas buried deep inside, within their true identities, had been coming back into their minds for some time. They both accepted this as normal and as a good thing. Hopefully someday soon it would all come back.

The girl, roughly shaken by the ride, seemed to be coming awake a bit. Her eyes held some intelligence now — she was watching Blu and now made eye contact. Her arm lifted, the arm that was going up and down with the ride, and she pointed. She seemed to be directing them more to the north rather than northeast as they had been heading. “Ska this way,” Blu yelled and changed direction, with Ska picking up the beat instantly.

The cannibals were still in pursuit but they had opened up a decent lead. There were no projectiles whizzing by them at the moment. Ska stole a look backward and could see the huge cloud of dust kicked up by the running tribe, a sign that they could not afford to stop and rest. Blu saw his look and nodded and picked up the pace a notch.

“Want me — carry a while?” Blu asked breathlessly, and Ska shook his head just perceptibly. He was aroused by the immature beauty of the girl and liked having her skin to skin. He liked her smell. This was all in his face, easy for Blu to read. Blu smiled with a pretend look of rebuke for infidelity to Asa. Ska just grinned innocently.

Blu sent a mind message to Stari-ki but got no sense of recognition back. A moment later he had the intuition that Stari-ki had his own problems right now.

an enemy force

True enough. Stari-ki’s army, northeast of them, had made contact with an enemy force of unknown size and character. The only thing Stari-ki knew was that he had lost many of his best men in the front line assault force. This enemy had a new weapon that was able to strike men dead at a distance. It did not make the crashing sound of rocks, it was something else. Were these Rebel marines landed by aircraft and using energy weapons? It didn’t sound like that. Rays did a lot of collateral damage in a forest fight, with branches and sometimes trees falling, and nothing like that was happening. It was almost silent yet deadly.

Stari-ki was crawling on his belly toward the front line to get a better look. He encountered the body of one of his men. A long skinny piece of wood was sticking out of the man. He vaguely remembered an ancient weapon that commonly arose on planets with humanoids, but the name escaped him. Why had he not thought of making such weapons himself? Once again he had the strong suspicion that someone had tampered with his mind and was perhaps still tampering with it, holding him helpless to bring to bear his full strength and intelligence.

Standing at their center was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.He resumed crawling toward the enemy to get a closer look. As he crested a small rise, still in the concealment of a thorny patch of ground vines, he saw a large group ahead that appeared well-organized and spaced. Standing at their center was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. She was placing a long skinny piece of wood alongside a larger curved piece of wood and drawing back on something flexible. The men and women around her followed her movements synchronously. Ironically, the performance struck Stari-ki as beautiful. An instant later, with almost no sound, skinny pieces of wood were flying through the air toward Stari-ki and his troops, and a moment later he heard a scream as one of them found a mark.

Stari-ki was transfixed by the woman leader. He could see from this distance by focusing his eyes, looking off center, letting his eyes tear a little, and other tricks he had taught himself. She had the light skin of Ska’s people but instead of blonde hair she had long wavelets of black hair. She had the full lips of Blu’s people. She looked like a dream he had once had, or more than once. She must not be injured. They must become allies. He needed to learn to make and use their weapons. He had to stop the fighting now. But how?

That’s when he heard the message from Blu, saying they were being chased by somebody. He sent back a homing beacon to help Blu and Ska find him.

Blu and Ska were also taken by the beauty of the flying sticks moving together like a formation of birds as they ran into Stari-ki’s skirmish line. Blu got it first. “Don’t let one of those strike you!” he yelled to Ska. Seeing Stari-ki crawling backward toward them and keeping low, they hit the ground with the girl cushioned by Ska’s body.

“Who is that?” Stari-ki demanded, followed by the immediate recognition that this must be the daughter of the enemy leader. They looked almost identical in their features, but this one was younger. Or maybe this was a younger sister?

“Stari-ki, here come the cannibals!” Blu whispered so as to not reveal their position to the shooters of the flying sticks. Now they were beset from both sides.

TO BE CONTINUED

My best to all,

Bill

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Images:
1.  Tribal Wars – AR15.com
2. Woman Leader – digital rendering by CK Niver

Rising above Negativity

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Most of us assume there is nothing we can do about negative emotions — they come as they will, and we must just suffer through them. However, we all know someone we’ve seen rise above these feelings. With the world facing so many unprecedented challenges, it is vital that we increase our ability to rise to the occasion and surmount negative feelings.

Rise Above Negative Feelings

It’s difficult if not impossible to overcome negative feelings while remaining in our everyday “waking” state of consciousness. We can say, “I am going to put those emotions aside and get down to the business at hand”, but many of us don’t seem to have the willpower to do it. The trick is to rise out of the “waking” state of consciousness and move into the Observer state, where we are able to more easily turn off unproductive feelings.

The first step is to turn down all distractions. Create an alone space where you can’t be interrupted, where you can’t hear voices in the next room, where there isn’t a TV or some other device playing, where you’re not under time pressure. Have writing tools handy, or a sound recorder. Begin to try to understand why you are in a negative state. Be patient and wait. Once your mind knows you are focused on just one thing, which is to diagnose why you feel the way you do, it will soon start to give up answers to the question. They may be obvious or not-so-obvious. You may find yourself writing down the not-so-obvious aspects or simple phrases that are now suddenly more revealing and meaningful than you expected, which cast new light or simply state things you already knew but in much sharper and more useful language than you had access to before.

What you are doing is called contemplation.  You are flying higher, getting above the weather, so whatever weather disturbance or turbulence you experience must be rejected. Put aside whatever feeling or thought is familiar, like you have been there before. Reject ordinary thinking and feeling. Say to yourself, “That’s not constructive, it’s not getting me anywhere, and it doesn’t lead to a solution. I need something NEW.”

Strip it away as it arises and see what is underneath.

Where is it coming from?

Where did the whole pattern start?

What did I want that led me to this negative mindset?

What is really happening?

What is IT trying to teach me?

How can this situation possibly be something that can make me better and stronger?

Get creative. Generate out-of-the-box ideas. Visualize what someone you look up to would do. Come up with ideas that will not engender resistance, where you go with the flow and not against it. In Taoism it is called getting into the rhythm of the Tao, linking into the underlying force of the universe.

Best to all,

Bill

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