A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.  The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

– Alexander Tyler

What I conclude from the above cycle is that until people develop discipline to govern their own lives, it will be done for them, more than likely with unpleasant consequences.

The difference between role models and teachers can be significant.

Teachers are easy to find. Teachers convey the message, and may or may not live up to the teachings. It is much easier for spirit channelers to separate themselves from the message, as they can maintain that they are simply students listening along with the rest of us.  It also makes it harder to relate to the spirit(s) giving the message as they are not banging around in the physical with us.

What I wonder though, is, if I had infinite intelligence on demand, wouldn’t I be speeding along the highway of liberation and happiness/success, rather than bumping along like most people do?  Or would emotional resistance and/or limitations in world view hinder me even given such wise counsel?

For those who are not quite ready to change, following a teacher is like preparing for a journey you are not yet ready to take. You gather information by learning about the route and the stops along the way. You talk to others who are also preparing for this journey about how great it will be when you get there. Often we find a different teacher to get their take on the journey, just to make sure we have chosen the right destination and the path is a valid one.  The teacher in this case may be in the form of books, audios or videos.

There can be so much activity in preparation, it may look like we have started on the journey, but if we observe carefully, old patterns are still repeating. We go back to the teaching or teacher to get clarification.

Rinse and Repeat.

For those who are ready to change, a teacher can be a trusted guide, but since we have the option of when to tune in, we can find ourselves stalled at a roadside attraction and postpone our journey.

One day a defining experience comes along or we start to notice something arising within that tells us we are not making the progress we thought we would. We can either reapply ourselves to the teaching and see if we can stay on track, start in on a new teaching/teacher or find a role model.

Role models are more difficult to find. They are the living result of the teaching. They inspire us to become as they are, and if we are drawn to them, we aspire to be as they are. The teaching is not just by word, but by action and reaction.  Watching how they respond to life is just as much a teaching as what they say.

Committing to emulate a role model is a deeper commitment than listening to a teacher, as there is not just a transfer of information, but a desire to change one’s way of being.

Some teachers are role models, but I think they are in the minority.

Perhaps my expectations are too high, but that is why role models are harder to find (at least for me). It takes a greater depth of character to not only deliver the message, but be a living example of the teaching.  That ‘oh yea they’re human too’ thing really cuts down the field 🙂

The best teacher is a role model and their goal is to have their students surpass them.  Like an enlightened therapist, their goal is to run out of clients.

Ultimately it is not so important whether or not you follow a teacher or emulate a role model, it is the commitment to make the journey that really matters.  What you need will be provided.

In the book, Ask and It Is Given by Jerry and Esther Hicks (and Abraham), an analogy is presented to help explain how we create our reality.

It is suggested we imagine a kitchen containing a wide variety of ingredients and we can choose any that we want in our recipe.  The contrast, or variety gives us data to sift through and a wide variety of possible recipes.  Each ingredient has two aspects, that which is wanted and the lack of it.

After surveying all these possible choices, our job is to select those we want to go into our pie.

Regarding the unwanted ingredients, we are told not to give them any attention.  There is no need to campaign or push against the ingredients we don’t want in our recipe, we just don’t select them, and further, we don’t need to feel any discomfort about their existence.

The problem with the analogy arises when things happen in life that we did not ask for.  Making a recipe is a conscious process.  Wanted ingredients do end up in the mixing bowl.  Unwanted ingredients do not just jump in the bowl of their own accord, however, they do tend to jump into our experience.  Abraham says this is because it is in our vibration, as there is no law of assertion, i.e. events do not appear in our experience without us allowing them in.

People hear this and then ask, “How do I clean up my vibration so unwanted stuff doesn’t enter into my experience?” Of course the answer is some variation on “think about what you want, not about what you don’t want”.

Sounds easy, but it doesn’t seem to work, as people keep going to the workshops to get clarification about what it is in their vibration that keeps bringing them what they don’t want rather than what they want.  Of course, looking for hidden resistance will just bring us more of it, so we end up in an unhappy loop.

Is the answer to just ignore all that we don’t want?  Is it enough to give attention only to that which is wanted, and let the unwanted fade away due to lack of attention?  Some things seem to persist even though we don’t give them attention.

Abraham suggests that rather than focusing on cleaning up our vibration, we should use the awareness of what we don’t want to pivot and then think about what we do want.  Sounds easy enough, but patterns of thought tend to be resistant to change.  This is good when we have thought patterns that are of benefit, not so good when they are attracting what we don’t want.

 

On achieving enlightenment:

I can do whatever I want because what I want is no longer different from what is right.

This quote has stuck with me for at least a couple of decades.  I am not sure, but I think the source was Confucius.  It is suggesting that once the ego is in sync with the Great Will (Divine Will, Ego or Superconscious) then we are truly free.

Before this union or merging takes place we only occasionally experience a deep sense of freedom.  We are also likely to  experience a certain amount of frustration, as some surface level ego wants may fail to come to fruition no matter what we do.   When we can tap into deep seated Ego wants, then we are on the path to fulfillment and sure success.

Health resources I consult when seeking insight into a health problem

Amazon.com – There are two resources that can be of help here:

  1. The books themselves.  Sometimes we don’t realize how much information is available on a topic until we look.
  2. The reviews.  You may find confirmation that the information in the book is or is not of value,  secondly, sometimes the reviewers will offer information that they found worked better or finally, they may offer leads to other books or resources that worked well for them.

Curezone.org

DoctorYourself.com

BodyEcology.com

RenegadeHealth.com

type the name of the condition and the word ‘alternative’ into a search engine

to be continued . . .

I am interested in alternative fuels, and this one really piqued my interest as it also involves microbes, which I work with very closely.  Microbes are quite amazing – among other things, they can help clean up oil spills, they can help create fuel, and they help maintain our health.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57362987-76/can-your-car-run-on-seaweed-this-startup-thinks-so/

This shows that there are lots of ideas out there to create sustainable sources of fuels, we just need to devote the resources to those that offer the most advantages on both sides of the equation – supply and consumption.

My weekday breakfast has changed over the years, but tends to remain in the realm of cereal.  Years ago I ate packaged cereal, then started on granola, first with milk, then with yogurt.  Then I started on oatmeal.  First I cooked it, then I would just add hot water, now I just soak it in almond milk.  Then I started adding other foods so it is becoming more of a fresh museli.

My current weekday breakfast is a museli composed of raw rolled oats, Ezekiel granola, raw hemp seed, filberts and ground flax,  soaked in almond milk for 30 – 60 minutes.  I then add raisins and sliced banana.  When I have berries on hand, I add those instead of the raisins for a change of pace.

On weekends,  I tend to have fried potatoes, with open faced cucumber and tomato sandwiches that I sprinkle with nutritional yeast, pepper and vinegar and basil when we have it.

Here is a novel idea for building cars – use Cannabis! This report describes a lightweight, green building material that may be the future of car manufacturing.  This shows that progress is being made in the movement towards sustainable transportation.  As choices continue to become available, consumers can accelerate the drive towards green products by mindful selection and not allowing price to be the sole determinate for purchase.  Electric Cannabis Car

Looks like this cat got tired of practicing 🙂

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Way back in 1999 when I was working at a tech company in downtown Calgary, I discovered internet radio. I downloaded a program called Winamp and was soon listening to broadcasters from all over the world. I remember in particular a Russian broadcast that I really enjoyed – while I couldn’t understand a word of it, I sure liked the melodies 🙂

This past week I was looking through the choices at Live365 and after a quick web search, rediscovered Shoutcast and the Winamp software. That led me to Sky.fm which has a good selection of great stations. I also found that KDFC has an MP3 stream. When I lived in the Bay area of San Francisco a couple of years ago, I was constantly listening to KDFC and I am quite happy I can listen in again, even though I now live a couple thousand miles away from the Bay 🙂

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