Friday, March 22, 2019

Trump is running as a flat-out racist, and we are learning something important about America

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/trump-running-president-flat-racist-learn-something-important-america/

Racism appeared to go into hiding for a while under the unwritten rules of political correctness  -- but, in this age of Trump, we now live in a different world.  This lowest-of-the-low President has brought out into full view all the racists, bigots, white supremacists and haters in our country and given them permission to proudly reveal their real feelings, in every offensive and disgusting way possible, through e-mail cartoons or "jokes," Facebook remarks, and their cheering adulation of a narcissist sociopathic dictator.  

I'm sure it has been a surprisingly sad revelation in many families to realize, as in Civil War days long past, that wide ideological divisions exist between brothers, sisters, cousins, parents and children.  In these sorry days of the demise of the GOP and the rise of the Trump Party in its place, you might find yourself standing on the opposite side of the bigotry line from your family members and friends.  People whom you thought valued our military and its heroes might now be defending Trump as he demeans and denigrates John McCain, a true war hero.  Some of these same people, marching in lockstep with their leader Trump, might even be speaking against McCain, mocking the hero whom they used to claim to revere.  Even the recent death of McCain from brain cancer hasn't stopped Trump from making derisive comments about him, opening the door for brainless Trump-imitating supporters to throw scornful remarks at McCain's widow and family members.  For shame!  

If you thought this nation had healed its differences after the Civil War, think again.  Prejudice that went underground for a while has now emerged in all its ugliness to tragically reveal that we are a nation still fiercely divided, intellectually, ideologically, emotionally--and spiritually.  Abraham Lincoln, who called on us to live from "the angels of our better nature," must be shedding copious tears from his observation post on high.  

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Trump's mental instability - chilling video of it


Within this Salon article that so accurately depicts Trump's seeming insanity is a video of several not-often-seen clips from his recent CPAC speech.  Please view it and decide for yourself about his mental competency.  The author of the article asks Trump supporters to consider:  if their doctor or any professional in their life spoke like this, would they continue to use the services of that person? An excellent question.  And yet...and yet...they still continue to cheer on this temper-driven maniac who occupies the most important position in the world and is entrusted with the nuclear codes for the destruction of the world.  

Worst of all:  given the opportunity, they will vote for him again.  

Fortunately, there are more voters who will vote for a Democrat in 2020.  Hopefully, Trump and his basest instincts can be held in check by Democrats and Bob Mueller during the many months between now and November of next year. Let us pray.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Intriguing: The newest NEW YORKER magazine article - scientists frustrated in search for Ultimate Truth

This is an interesting article that speaks to the confusion of scientists in their exploration of matter and the universe for Ultimate Truth  Regardless of which way science looks for answers, they can't discover the Original Truth (Source of Everything) they are searching for. It constantly eludes them. Wise sages tell us this is because they are using the mind, instead of what might be called the "heart." The heart is the longing for Truth that burns in everyone. All are looking for happiness but the sages point out that most are heading in the wrong direction for ultimate satisfaction. Instead of going outward, they tell us to go inward to discover that, as spiritual texts tell us--and mean it literally, "The kingdom of God is within you."  

This article was marvelous to read as it tells of the perfection of each mathematical level that scientists reach in their pursuit of ultimate Truth. There is a certain glorious feeling to it -- they are learning that perfection is all around us, in the outer world and in the inner world. Perfection reveals Itself at every level they explore.  Sages tell us everything is Pure and Perfect Reality, both in appearances and beyond appearances. They say Reality is our very Being.  They tell us to search within ourselves for the "I Am" presence that is prior to body, mind, experience, and all appearance, from which every thought and appearance seemingly spring forth. This is Consciousness (with a capital "c") beyond consciousness (with a small "c").  Scientists don't yet even know what small "c" consciousness is -- i.e., what is the ever-present awareness behind our perception of a world, a body, "others," the universe, etc.  What is that awareness that we wake up to each morning -- calling itself "I"?

For ultimate wisdom that transcends the acquisition of intellectual/scientific knowledge, one must finally go to the sages who are always willing to point earnest seekers to ever-present Reality, our own Being that is birthless and deathless.  It is said that even Einstein, when near physical death, said regretfully, "I should have listened more to the mystics."

You might find this article to be interesting, which is why I am sending it to you.  I am a subscriber to the New Yorker magazine and receive frequent links from them.  I am hoping this one isn't meant just for me as a subscriber, but that you also will be able to access the article by clicking on the link.  If this link doesn't take you to it, you might be able to find it on Google -- It's titled, "A different kind of theory of everything."  

For anyone intrigued and curious to explore more of what wise sages tell us, the best book I have ever found on this subject is "I Am That" by a wise Indian sage, Nisargadatta Maharaj (a humble little man who ran a cigarette shop in Bombay and had no desire to be anyone important. He left his body in 1981).  This book has transformed my life since I first read it in the year of its publication, 1973.  In simple dialogues with questioners seeking truth (just the kinds of questions we all might ask), Maharaj's words speak directly to the heart, bypassing the mind and uplifting the spirit.  In my opinion, there is no other book like it on earth. It is a magnificent jewel.  If you don't already have this book and you are interested, it can be ordered on Amazon.  Amazon Prime Video has an excellent documentary available now called, "Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds," which dovetails with articles of this nature.  It's well worth watching, superbly giving a cosmic view and a lift we can all use by taking us away, for just a short while, from the appearance of Trumpzilla in the White House (~.~)

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

My friend Dinah's art

She is an incredible self-taught artist -- I had dinner with her and her husband Dave last night and saw all her art "in person." (~.~)  She has an online site where her art is posted for all to see.  She chronicles life (hers and others' -- as well as her dreams) in her art, which is uniquely and beautifully her own -- and different from anything I've seen before. Her paintings are like a personal diary, capturing moments and the intricacies of life, in events and patterns, to which (it seems to me) anyone can relate. They invite you to look more closely and experience the emotions they evoke, kind of like a modern-day Grandma Moses.  Dinah and I will be attending art class together (not that she needs any instruction!) in my next round of art class.  

After knowing her for many years, during which she lived in Santa Cruz and then in Maryland for several years, fate has brought her now to be my neighbor in Watsonville, living just a few houses down the street from me.  We laugh a lot together and I thought it would be fun to be sitting next to each other as we paint, so asked her if she would be interested in coming to art class.  Am glad she said yes.  I can learn a lot from her. You'll see what I mean when you look at her paintings and read her comments explaining them.  I thought you might like seeing them, too.  I feel very lucky to have so many talented friends, from whom I can learn much about art and life!  Here is the link to Dinah's site:

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Remarkable 3-minute video on water crystals - Beautiful experiments by a scientist that will have you amazed!

Dr. Masaru Emoto is a scientist who has written a very interesting book about water and how it is affected by our consciousness, both positively and negatively.  You can see amazing pictures online in a short video of pictures he's taken of frozen water crystals at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm0h3DXs6-4)
The video shows how water crystals change simply by thought or prayer or music--or even by words (positive or negative) written on top of the containers filled with water. Dr. Emoto froze that water to see if the words somehow affected the crystals formed from the water. You can see the astounding results on the video.
Following is the info. that is written below the 3 minute online video. I feel certain you will be intrigued by this video and Dr. Emoto's work!
Through the 1990's, Dr. Masaru Emoto performed a series of experiments observing the physical effect of words, prayers, music and environment on the crystalline structure of water. Emoto hired photographers to take pictures of water after being exposed to the different variables and subsequently frozen so that they would form crystalline structures. The results were nothing short of remarkable.. After observing these miraculous results, Dr. Emoto went on to type out different words, both positive and negative in nature, and taped them to containers full of water. The results were that water with negative words written on the container did not produce beautiful crystals. As you can tell, the water stamped with positive words is far more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing than that stamped with dark, negative phrases. If you are reading this article on this particular website, you probably already knew that positive and negative thinking have a major impact on the surrounding environment. That concept is relatively easy to grasp, but this extremely tangible evidence of it is astounding. If the words and thoughts that come out of us have this effect on water crystals, it's amazing to think of what kind of effect they have on the people and events that come into our lives.
Oh and by the way, the average human body is 60% water. Ponder that one a while…

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Interesting article on Jack Kerouac re Kindness and the Self Illusion

 Note the link in the last paragraph to a short video -- if you ever enjoyed bike riding, it's a good one to view (~.~):

Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the "Golden Eternity"

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Portrait of Jack Kerouac by John Cohen
In the mid-1950s, literary iconoclast and beat icon Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969) became intensely interested in Buddhism, which began permeating his writing. It was the golden age of Eastern ideas drawing Western minds, from legendary composer John Cage to pioneering philosopher Alan Watts, credited with popularizing Zen thinking in mainstream Western society. Watts, in fact, at one point criticized Kerouac's writing as being "always a shade too self-conscious, too subjective, and too strident to have the flavor of Zen." But when stripped of his literary self-consciousness, as he was in his private letters, Kerouac had a special way of articulating the most beautiful and eternal concepts of Zen Buddhism with equal parts expansive awareness and crystalline precision.

Kerouac sent one such letter to his first wife, Edie Kerouac Parker, in late January of 1957, a decade after their marriage had been annulled. Found in The Portable Jack Kerouac (public library) — an altogether terrific treasure trove of his stories, poems, letters, and essays on Buddhism — the missive is nothing short of exquisite.

Kerouac writes:

I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don't worry. It's all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don't know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect.

Echoing Watts's philosophy on death, Kerouac considers the illusion of the solid "self" as he contemplates the life and death of mountains:

We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It's a dream already ended. There's nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.

He ends the letter with one of his free-flowing, uninhibited poems:

The world you see is just a movie in your mind. Rocks dont see it. Bless and sit down. Forgive and forget. Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you're already in heaven now. That's the story. That's the message. Nobody understands it, nobody listens, they're all running around like chickens with heads cut off. I will try to teach it but it will be in vain, s'why I'll end up in a shack praying and being cool and singing by my woodstove making pancakes.

More than half a century after Kerouac penned that beautiful letter, director Sergi Castella and filmmaker Hector Ferreño transformed the writer's words into a magnificent cinematic adaptation for Dosnoventa Bikes, with a haunting, Johnny-Cashlike voiceover by James Phillips and beautifully curated music by Pink Floyd and Cash himself. As an intense lover of both bikes and literature, it makes my heart sing in multiple octaves.

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