Saturday, November 10, 2018

Things Known And Unknown

Perhaps you’ve heard the story about the disciple who said to his master, “Master, I dreamt that I was a butterfly and it made me wonder if I was a man dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he is a man?”
The answer to this riddle is,
If you are in a dream then that dream is your reality. It doesn’t become a dream until you wake up from it.
In the same way, one can ‘wake up’ from any reality, sleeping or not. We go through life being things. We can be doctors, lawyers, people, whatever, and one can suddenly have an awakening.
Just like the song by the Talking Heads, “Once In A Lifetime.”
"And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, "Well... how did I get here?"
This is what David Byrne had to say about their song;
“We’re largely unconscious. You know, we operate half awake or on autopilot and end up, whatever, with a house and family and job and everything else. We haven’t really stopped to ask ourselves, ‘How did I get here?”
Once you step outside of it, you have awoken so the door between known and unknown is awakening but the known is what you have stepped outside of and now you have stepped into another unknown.
Nothing good or bad about this in particular and you may want to go on being what you were only now you are doing it with a knowing.

In this way you have the power of choice whereas on autopilot there is no power of choice.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Second Childhood

It’s official; I’ve begun my second childhood. Now, if I still had people I ‘hung with,’ especially any of those that I used to ‘hang with,’ they would be saying ‘well, it’s about time,’ or ‘I didn’t know he ever got out of his first one.’
Understand, however, I’m not talking about getting dementia and being incontinent. Let’s evolve a working definition of childhood here.
First of all, your average child has not been run down by life enough times yet and so they still have a native curiosity and enthusiasm for life. Simple things can excite and interest a child.
They are looking forward.
Looking forward to what?
Just looking forward to whatever new adventure life may bring.
They, of course have plans and ideas about things they want to do.
And age, what is age?
Age is simply an agreement with the rest of society that you’re done. You’re done doing things and you are simply looking forward to dying quietly in bed, if you are lucky. Age is an agreement to slow down, take it easy and be dignified.
There’s also a lot of baggage about loss that can be associated with age.
Well, I took a look at a lot of those relationships and things that I was trying so hard to hold onto and I realized that many of them were nowhere close to what I really wanted anyway.
So I set myself free of all of that and had a premature burial of The Old One.
So now there’s nothing stopping me from starting fresh and taking interest and having enthusiasm and looking forward to whatever is new and different.
And doing things.
What things?
Whatever strikes my fancy, thank you very much!

And if society disagrees with this, that’s their problem, not mine. I don’t want to hear about it.  

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Everybody's Got One

On The Beatles album, Magical Mystery Tour, there is the song; “I am the Walrus,” which has, among other things, a voice chanting a particular phrase. Everyone took this particular phrase to be “everyone smoke pot,” but John Lennon insisted that the correct phrase was “everyone’s got one.”
I tend to take the latter explanation as being correct. Here’s why; let’s take a look at some of the lyrics from “Instant Karma.”
“Who in the hell d'you think you are?
A super star?
Well, right you are!

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Ev'ryone come on”

So what is it that everyone got? Well, a connection, a source, whatever you want to call it. It’s a source of power and wisdom where one’s truth can be found. Dig it; in the Old Testament, you find these people called Judges. Judges were the only ones who could talk to God, so that pretty much eliminates any argument and makes the Judge a god practically speaking. Anyone who had any argument with this was taken out and promptly stoned to death. Hence our societal preoccupation with thinking that ‘authorities’ should be doing our thinking for us and making our decisions. As far as how is that working for us, I don’t need to ask.
If one looks at the history of music and art, one finds this same theme; that one person doing the thinking for many was not the intended way and will not, ultimately work. There is not a human being that is superior by birthright or chosen by god that can solve all our problems for us. Each individual is the only one who can solve his or her problems and that will be done by looking within to their own source or connection to the universe because ‘everyone’s got one.’

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

300 Words Or Less

These days, everybody is beating the drum. They beat it here, they beat it there, they beat it for everything. Mostly, they’re beating the drum for war.
Man, what is it about that drum that makes everybody want to fall in line all zombie like? Do they never think to call the cops and say, man, there’s someone disturbing the peace around here!
They beat the drum in the news. They beat the drum for corrupt politicians and they beat the drum for a new car. A man goes into a restaurant to have a bowl of soup and read his paper and he says waiter, there’s a drum in my paper.
They beat the drum on the radio. They beat the drum for hair implants and car insurance. A man buys a new car and takes it back because the radio is broke; it only plays stations with drums.
Some say you should follow the beat of a different drummer. Once, when I was in youth orchestra we were rehearsing a Tchaikovsky Symphony and, right before the waltz, the conductor remarked that most waltzes are in 4/4 time but this one was in 5/4 time and that was because Tchaikovsky followed the beat of a different drummer. You can find out more about Tchaikovsky and what kind of different drummer he was following here.

Hell, I say follow the beat of your own drummer and beat the drum about who you are.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

You Are The Composer Of Your Own Life

This is the most difficult thing of all to confront; you and you alone are responsible for whatever is going on in your life. Many people may feel they are in a difficult situation that is not one of their choosing.
They may say, Oh, so and so talked me in to it, or I did it for the sake of my mother but underlying all this is an agreement they made.
So you don’t have all these people to blame for whatever is going on or whatever decisions you made. You are the only one who can make the decisions for you.
For the majority of people it’s as if they have a chorus of people in their head, invalidating them, evaluating their thoughts and passing judgment on the kind of thoughts they think.
“I shouldn’t think better of myself,” what would others think? What others? Sure, if you go around and tell others of your plans and dreams, you’re liable to get a verbal slap down. But the question is, why are you seeking the approval and permission of others to think how you want?
The good news is; you and you alone are responsible for whatever is going on in your life.
You don’t have to listen to this chorus of naysayers in your head. You can free associate, if you like and stop worrying about whether that makes you crazy or not. I mean, look at society. This is where you’re getting your concept of sanity? Is the pressure to think like everyone else a sane thing or just a fearsome barrier?

So you can stop worrying about what the neighbors will say and your mother who says that will lead to disaster and you can think and dream how you will.