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The Power of Gratitude

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One rainy day I was driving a little too fast plus the cruise control was on. I got onto I-84 East and as I reached the highway itself I must have hit an oily patch for the next thing I knew I was going backwards, staring straight at Eastbound traffic bearing down on me at high speed — a truck passing a car, both coming right at me with many cars and trucks behind them.

Reflexively I righted the car and pulled off on the grassy median just as the honking truck and cars rushed past, missing me. A car pulled off and drove up alongside to see if I was alright. He said he was a Navy fighter pilot and complimented me on my reflexes, then drove off while I sat for a minute breathing deeply.

Every second is precious. Be Grateful

I bet you know what I was feeling because we have all felt it at one time or another — grateful for being alive. Life was suddenly so sweet. Every second was precious. The average workday that lay ahead was now an exciting prospect filled with interesting possibilities. The rain hitting the windshield was beautiful and I could see rainbows in each drop. The air tasted delicious.

Authentic gratitude is a very healthy emotion that I am sure increases immune response and is conducive to Flow state. As I grow older and hopefully wiser I find myself more often being grateful simply for this life, for life itself and especially for the interesting and fun life I have had so far. But any life is better than the alternative of never having existed. Even a life of pain is more interesting than eternal unconsciousness, never having a sense of self, never having even one experience.

As long as one is alive, there is the chance to fix or accept anything that is disturbing. That’s what creativity is for. Troubles can be overcome in a flash of inspiration. Life is filled with endless possibilities.

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The Role of Feelings in Decision Making

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Negative feelings not only bring us down, medical evidence shows they also weaken our immune system, making us more prone to disease, and they distract our cognitive concentration, thereby reducing our effectiveness.

Bad feelings can also serve a positive function — as an alarm system to quickly get us to pay attention to a problem. Ironically, if bad feelings continue unabated while we are grappling with a problem on a rational level, it will take longer to solve the problem because we are stuck in a cycle of negativity. Most of us have experienced this cycle.

Are you more driven by thoughts or feelings

Are we generally more driven by our feelings than by our thoughts?

Freud established that thoughts are more likely to be rationalized in support of feelings, rather than our being able to use our thoughts to control our feelings. And yet, how valuable it is to be able to do just that — to have the mental self-discipline to focus our thoughts effectively even when our feelings are in an uproar?

Feelings are urges that arise within us, within our minds and within our bodies. Feelings are experiences, states of consciousness resulting from our motivations, sentiments, preferences or desires. These terms all really mean the same thing: what we value, what we want, what we are trying to get, what we want to avoid.

Feelings are how we respond internally to outer and inner events, based on what we are trying to get and avoid, and how current events can help or threaten our desired outcomes.

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A little bit more love could be enough.

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Love is always the answer, as the community of Charleston, South Carolina so vividly attested in the wake of unspeakable tragedy in the name of racism. The light and grace of love and forgiveness was and is palpable, conquering even what has become an established symbol of divisiveness, the Confederate flag.

Then there was the highly anticipated Supreme Court decision on the side of marriage equality, affirming that love is love, regardless of gender. Rainbow lights illuminated landmarks from America to the Brandenburg Gate — Love lighting up the sky.

When two individuals fall in love, it is as if two fragments of the universal consciousness have remembered that they are one. The purpose of love is to reunite the universal consciousness. — from Mind Magic

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What Is Your Summum Bonum?

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As a philosophy major I learned to say “The Highest Good” in Latin: Summum Bonum, but long before, even as a toddler, I had begun thinking about the same subject, vaguely noting that my inarticulate intuition could not accept anything I was told as an absolute, even from those two beloved gods Ned and Sandy (my parents). Without innate acceptance of authority as absolute, I was required to develop my own ideas.

Live in line with your higher good.

Before receiving my degree I had developed my own “philosophy”, ideas that had jumbled natively in my mind before formal study. When I contemplated Summum Bonum, I decided to choose aesthetics as my touchstone to determine what for me would be The Highest Good. “With or without God, what did I intuit/feel/decide to be the most beautiful way to handle each moment? And which would be a more beautiful universe — the one with or without God?”  That’s how I decided which hypotheses I would base my life upon.

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Decoding Messages from Inside

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Volume 5, Issue 1

This continues the story of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us. We are following TGB’s roles as the Team of Melchizedek and Layla, two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, as they continue their assignment to begin the current human race on Earth circa 200,000 BC. Previous installments.

As Melchizedek and Layla aged, the new brains eventually wore them down. Now they started to have long patches of forgetting their real identity as Agents of Cosmic Intelligence. When they woke up from the lower state, sometimes it was to relapse immediately back into it and puzzle over What was that I was thinking just a moment ago… it seems important…

They started forgetting their real identity as Agents of Cosmic Intelligence.
Now they started to have long patches of forgetting their real identity as Agents of Cosmic Intelligence.

This happened very gradually, like boiling a frog. It started with how much love they wanted to give to their children, mates and the other tribespeople. That love was so intense its price was attachment, the state in which one can no longer be happy if the loved one is not happy or is no longer interested in you. These lingering heartbreaking incidents were as rife in 200,000 BC as they are to this day.

As cosmic beings they had never sunk down to these attached states. They could maintain their intense love along with and by means of detachment. Only cosmic beings (the created beings climbing closest in evolutionary development to The Original Self) can pull off this trick, having had lifetimes to practice.

This was how they began to lose contact with their own true identities. Sometimes in schizoid inner conversations they would get angry at their higher selves for their detachment. How can you be so cold-blooded about your own child? Layla asked Mel once, before they pulled themselves up by their socks and got back temporarily into their true identities.

But no matter how many times they pulled themselves back up, the tide was heading the other way.

Layla was worn out from mothering so many children and becoming stressed out about each of them. This lowered her resistance over time and so when giving birth to her last child she passed on to the bardo plane. Melchizedek would normally have been easily able to stay connected with her. This time he lost contact with her almost immediately, except for brief flashes from time to time.

It was so gradual Melchizedek did not notice himself becoming embittered. Getting old himself and having an aching body contributed to it, but it was mostly the new brain and its dominance over the True Self, the inhabiting tape dub of the Original Consciousness. It seemed unfair that the very brain they were here to propagate was itself working strongly against the Mission.

This made him paranoid. Was there another Team here on Earth working at cross purposes with Melchizedek and Layla? If so, why did he not detect them? If they were not in human bodies, were they in any bodies at all? He should still be able to detect them.

Except that if not hampered by having one of these new brains, another cosmic being would have the advantage over him and Layla. He pathed the message to her to see if she could detect another Team on Earth from her less hampered position. He hoped she received it.

Without words there were now feelings, moods, images and vague thoughts in his mind about The One not having warned them in advance about the conditions they would face. This was so counter to his training that it woke him up for a moment back to his true identity, not just as the stud and head shaman of their little tribe. Gripes against The One were the height of unclarity — since each of us is The One it is senseless to gripe against oneself. Just do something about it. He wondered if some of these most terrible thoughts were being implanted in him by a cosmic being on a different Team.

Eventually he decided that he was being paranoid and gave up looking for another Team. Soon after that, he stopped waking up from his mundane identity. He was just the elder shaman by then, freed of his stud duties to spend most of his time giving advice and settling disputes. One thing kept coming back into his mind at least once a day, as if trying to pull him back into his true self. It was an image of fire. He didn’t know what it meant.

On the day that his body died, at that very instant, he was suddenly in a whoosh aware of his real identity and immediately realized what the fire image was telling him. The savages they found when they arrived were naked, had not domesticated animals, had only rudimentary spoken language, and yet those natives knew how to start, control, and use fire. This was not logical. Fire is a difficult subject. On most planets developing along the normal curve that Earth was roughly on, fire was not discovered until after many other things. But here fire came first. There had to be another Team.

TO BE CONTINUED

Best to all,

Bill

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The Win/Win Principle

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So many writers have impressed me with at least one thing, if not everything, they have written. Aleister Crowley for example in Liber Aleph makes the point that there are no rules, just principles to balance in every given situation. Yet just a few principles come closest to being rules that they should probably be applied in virtually every circumstance. Pondering this, it occurs to me that Win/Win is such an important principle it comes near the top of the list if not at the very top.

Your View of Reality shapes your motivation.

The intention and actuality of only making agreements that will benefit all parties is the essence of the Win/Win principle. It ideally permeates to the minutest level of each almost invisible tacit agreement going on every second of our social interactions. In my cosmology we are all holograms of the One Consciousness or more precisely facets of the one Conscious Hologram, so it follows logically that we would do unto others as we would do unto a reflection of our very own self. This is truly enlightened self-interest. It is then the most palpable form of omnidirectional unconditional love. Even in a humanistic materialistic worldview such as some of my best friends have, the Win/Win principle follows logically from their chosen noble stance. My lifetime favorite writer F. Scott Fitzgerald notes in The Beautiful and Damned that such a stance is even more meaningful if it is taken with no moral imperative to do so.

Maintaining the Win/Win intention is not always easy. It’s hardest perhaps when we believe we have a score to settle with someone. We want them to lose so they learn a lesson and they stop behaving the way they are. Take for example two Win/Lose players I met years ago. Mr. Z humiliated Ms. Y in front of others. I had a feeling and said to another onlooker later, “She is going to find a way to get even someday.” Sometime later there followed an unrelated Lose/Lose lawsuit, set in motion by a quiet remark from Ms. Y to her boss, which ended with both Ms. Y and Mr. Z being negatively affected.

The Biblical directive, “Let vengeance be mine”, gives us permission to not carry the burden of corrective punishment, absolving us from that task and enabling us to continue to act for the ultimate Win/Win even with folks who have harmed us. More good is ultimately achieved by this strategy than by any other. We benefit more long-term and often short-term, even when dealing with the most recalcitrant adversary. It comes down, as so many things do, to searching for a more creative solution. We then make it possible to achieve a Win/Win outcome even when up against a Win/Lose “opponent”.

It is a glorious fact of existence that each of us is a far more powerful player on the stage of this world than we ever suspect based on appearances. Words or even facial expressions can escalate things disproportionately. Win/Win as a deep-seated attitude in all situations is not only the best way to “win” — achieving the most benefit for all and therefore doing the most good in the world — it is also the best protection against forgetting our own principles even in a careless or tired moment.  

Best to all,

Bill

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