Tag Archives: Self

Which voices do you listen to?

Originally posted September 8, 2015

Volume 5, Issue 27

Most of the time, we are not aware of the layers of louder and softer voices constantly going on within our mind. Most of us have found that the subtlest part of our mind speaks in the softest voice, while the most negative part of our mind speaks in the loudest voice.

Quiet the mind - let the softer voices be heard

By being in the moment, we can actually choose which stream to switch our attention to. We can actively choose at any moment to switch to a subtle channel or to a negative channel. One reason we switch to a negative channel more often is that the negative channels are essentially screaming at us and typically contain a much higher emotional content than the subtle ones whispering under that din.

Not all of the voices in our head are equally smart. When we take action based on a screaming voice, we are less likely to take effective action than when we act based on the quiet voice.

If we listen to the small quiet voices, we find them to be ethical in nature, disciplined, courageous, having good judgment, honest, and somewhat detached from outcomes. The small quiet voices do not have a powerful emotive component.

The accumulated knowledge about brain function related to structure gives at least some reason to infer that the soft and loud voices are playing upon different parts of the brain in different ways. All of the other parts of the brain chorus might also be chiming in, filling in the chords below the melody perhaps.

How do we more often tune into the sound of our softer voice?

We all have experienced quieting down for a moment and suddenly having a deep inner realization that’s been trying to make itself heard for ages. By quieting down the screaming voices, the softer ones can be heard.

To listen in more closely I have found that a regular meditation practice serves me well. The benefits are bountiful, many stemming from getting in touch with the wisest part of our self.

This meditative process of listening to the subtler voices can be practiced during the hubbub of our daily life experience and not just in get-away moments. The benefit to the human race would be enormous if everyone on the planet started meditating for at least a half-hour every day. This is where cultivating a meditative process begins, with a single step, followed by another and another.

Best to all,

Bill

Follow my regular media blog contribution, In Terms of ROI at Media Village, Myers new site. Here is the link to my latest post, “A House Divided Cannot Stand.”

Listen to this new podcast in which Nate Rackiewicz interviews me about the common ground just discovered that could heal the rift between pro- and anti-Trump (first 5 minutes summarizes the later portion). Go to podcast.

Originally posted 2015-09-08 05:58:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What Is the Meaning of Life? ~ Revisited

Originally posted September 1, 2015

When I was younger, I would ask this question whenever anyone, even a tour guide in a museum, asked me if I had any more questions.

The greatest thing you'll ever learn

Internally, it’s the question I asked myself multiple times a day all my life until I felt sure of the answer, which occurred sometime in my 30s.

The underlying question is “What is the meaning of ‘meaning’ in this context?”

The intent of the question is to understand what life is, what its purpose is (if any), what the universe is, what its purpose is (if any), why we are here, who we are, how we are to behave, what our relation is to one another, is there a God, and why are we compelled to consider any of this as relevant or meaningful to the second-to-second management of our personal business of existence.

In other words, it’s a packed — if not loaded — question. Continue reading

Originally posted 2015-09-01 11:34:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

We can each make a difference

Originally posted August 25, 2015

In the year 2000, every member state of the United Nations agreed to wipe out extreme poverty in the world by 2015 through implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were inspired by the ideas of economist Jeffrey Sachs. The final MDG Report found that the 15-year effort has produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, though there is still work to be done.

There is evidence that the resources of the planet, properly stewarded, are more than enough to make everybody’s quality of life quite acceptable in terms of the basics. The fact that we have been squandering some or all of those resources of course creates a potential shortfall for some. But these are human actions and theoretically under our control.

In September 2015 global leaders met and finalized the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to continue the work to end poverty. Although many had valid issues and concerns about the UN, this organization is our greatest hope for a global communication strategy. The only way to bring everybody to the table for the highest possible good is an environment where every member state feels it has an equal voice.

This is true no matter the challenge or the setting. Let’s look at our own engagement with the world. For the highest most far-reaching results, I recommend we employ the concept of engaging relationships, where we all look at every relationship as an opportunity, whether we are enjoying it at the moment or not. We accept each relationship as a given, making the best of it that we can — drawing upon the wellsprings of unfamiliar creativity patterns in doing so, and pulling out all the stops. This creates the environment for making maximum improvements, optimizing all the issues together.

If not distorted by negative assumptions, we would realize how incredibly promising this could be for each and every one of us.  To do so on any scale, we’d have to decide to appreciate differences and challenges. We’d need to stop demonizing others and accept who he or she is, seeing that difficult relationships are a fine learning stimulus, and finding places in ourselves where we can make excellently productive fine tunings.

Let’s focus this week on seizing the day with all our relationships. Let’s remember to include the one we have with our self — which deserves some time allocation — and the relationship we have with the postulated One Self that is the Universe (or God, if you like), in which we are an aspect and the Whole at the same time. Each moment, let’s leave open at least the possibility that the Whole is aware of us.

We can each make a difference. With the critical mass of all of us changing our actions, we can make the 180-degree course changes that we all deep down inside want the planet to make.

We can start with engaging relationships, be mindful of our resources and our actions, and see how the ripples in the pond will spread to the ends of the Earth.

Best to all,

Bill

I will be speaking twice at the ARF Re:THINK 2017 Conference in New York next week:

ARF Annual RETHINK Conference

With Simmons President Pat Pellegrini on March 21st at 9:45AM from the main stage we’ll be presenting an ROI-validated way of deriving actionable psychographic insight from the TV programs people watch (RMT DriverTagsTM). ARF will also be using the same ROI results from another angle in its presentation on How Advertising Works at 10:30AM.

With Standard Media Index CEO James Fennessy the same day at 2:50PM we’ll be showing hard data indicating many automotive, CPG and QSR brands making the mistake of cutting TV too much to fuel Digital, and losing sales share as a result.

Also: In this new podcast Nate Rackiewicz interviews me about the common ground just discovered that could heal the rift between pro- and anti-Trump (first 5 minutes summarizes the later portion) Go to podcast.

Follow my regular media blog contribution, In Terms of ROI at Media Village, Myers new site.

Originally posted 2015-08-25 13:57:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Power of Gratitude

Originally posted July 21, 2015latest Great Being post

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.

Over time I’ve noted that when I am feeling the most gratitude, my luck runs high. Could it be that being truly grateful results in receiving even more to be grateful for? Continue reading

Originally posted 2015-07-21 10:26:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Abram Meets Melchizedek

Volume 6, Issue 25

Dear Friends,

This post brings us to the end of the novel THE GREAT BEING, the first in the series AGENTS OF COSMIC INTELLIGENCE. I’m writing the script version of The Great Being right now and it’s fun. Would love any feedback about what you’ve been reading in the 96 episodes of The Great Being, since the first episode (September 11, 2014) or wherever you tuned in. Thanks!

The characters in The Great Being reappear in the second novel in the series, THE FIRST SON, which is in editing now. Both books will launch this year initially as e-books, along with a third novel in the series, TRIPLE AGENT, which brings those same characters forward into the mid-21st Century.

The Great Being story arcs from 14 billion BC through around 3000 BC. The First Son takes us from 3000 BC to around 30 AD. There are stories in concept stage, filling in the rest of history from the perspective of Earth as a very special experiment in a universe with One Self playing all roles. If you’d like to be alerted when these books come out, please just click here.

An archive of all chapters of The Great Being will be available here for some time. Classic Bill blog posts will continue on a weekly basis.

Thanks for reading, reflecting, and making good use of whatever you get here.

All my best,
Bill

Part 96, the final chapter of  The Great Being, Read previous episodes.

Abram set out for the desert and his family came along. They trusted him to know which way to go but were very happy when they got to Haran, and they did not want to move again for a while. The One Self told Abram to go on alone, which he did, with Sarai and Lot, whom he thought would never leave him.

But Lot eventually did leave. It was after Abram became embroiled in Egyptian ambitions and captained mercenary armies in their service on many military adventures, all successful, which made Abram richer. This was not for Lot. Sensing that Abram was going to have a lot more military adventures, whereas Lot wanted a peaceful life in a business or farm, Lot went to live in Sodom. Abram went on as The One Self guided him, this time to a place called Salem, where he and Sarai were welcomed as if expected by King Melchizedek.

Abram Meets Melchizedek

They were treated royally and then the King took Abram off alone, up a long hill, almost to the top of the olive tree covered mountain, far from any human habitation — a wild country left to nature, from where they could look back the long way down to the city of Salem. Continue reading

Layers of Intervention

Current Classic Bill postVolume 6, Issue 24

Part 95 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.

The guards threw him so strongly there was nothing to do but roll like a ball down into the flaming pyre, which Abram did. The heat was amazing and he was sure that all the hair on his body burned up immediately. He stood up in the leaping flames but felt nothing.

Abram in the fire

Hold real still a female voice said in his mind, and he obeyed.

This isn’t going to be easy, Layla said to Maitreya, Templegard and Nastassia, arrayed at the cardinal compass points around Abram in their invisible bubble bodies. They held the fire away from Abram with precision telekinetics, by interposing a forcefield that shielded him from the heat, which for the four of them combined was touch and go. They weren’t even sure they were doing the right thing, since miraculous intervention had possibly also been abandoned as a strategy after Atlantis along with military dominance, but they were following their intuitions.

Relax, a motherly voice said to them, and they felt The One Self emanate into them so that their realization of Oneness with The Original Self was almost palpable. They found relaxing natural and felt buoyed up by sublime bliss and effortlessly their telekinetics were upped many quantum levels. The One was doing it all. Continue reading