Thursday, January 31, 2019

TIME IS A FUNNY PLACE

JANUARY

HEART STRINGS AND GUILT – DYNAMIC HARMONY
Between relationship and isolation, heart strings and guilt, we live. This is paradox. This is love – loose and tight.
http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/01/heart-strings-and-guilt-dynamic-harmony.html


TAMIR, HUCK FINN AND THE SENSE OF ADVENTURE
What part of the human spirit sends the Tamirs of this world to the most dangerous place near where they live, a small city park, so they can be alone and play and dream and imagine with a toy gun beneath a hard, bare, concrete picnic canopy littered with heroin needles? What sends the Tamirs or the Huck Finns into such a place where adults would not go alone? The sense of adventure.
http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/01/tamir-huck-and-sense-of-adventure.html

PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE – THINGS ARE TENSE
Time is a funny place. There is time when you look back – memory. But, when you look forward, what do you see? A non-specific potential. An expectation of something that might happen.  Plans. Hopes. Wishes.  Have you ever traveled into the soul realm of Wishes?  It’s somewhere near the Neighborhood of Fear.

KISS YOUR UNBORN GRANDBABIES
I want to kiss my yet unborn grand-babies. So, I want the tools to harness the cosmic and the tectonic, to be able to predict the weather, understand the currents, manage the doldrums, to know when volcanoes will erupt and how to surf the crest of the tidal waves. Easy stuff. The stuff everybody does, right?
http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/01/kiss-your-yet-unborn-grand-babies.html

GIRLS-GIRLS-GIRLS
So, to all my friend girls, I don’t care how old you have become, I will always be looking to relate to the girl in you who you are beneath that mature exterior. That girl inside is the one who has always been you. So, if Jean with the girls name, calling you girl angers you a little, I have a suggestion which I ran across at a group of girls – “The Sisters On The Fly”...
http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/01/girls-sisters-of-static.html 

WHAT LOCKS THE MIGHTY DREAM OF YOU AWAY?
What do you use to wall-off your past? Alcohol. Oxy. Rejection. Ambition. Material wealth. Isolation. Sex. Gambling. The question still remains, what locks the mighty dream of you away?
http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/01/12-pack.html

KATABASIS – CONSCIOUS OF OUR FALL
When our way of life falls because we are following Ash Roads to Sand Lands and economically tethered to blind Euro-Kings who put their eyes out so that they don’t have to see the Truth. Will the Greek Chorus will run from the wings shouting “Kata basis!”?
http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/01/katabasis-conscious-of-our-fall.html

I’M NOT SURE ABOUT INDECISION                           
I’m not sure if I should write about indecision. Some people feel that indecision is something which ought to be done away with – that seeing both sides of a question is some sort of weakness because it prevents decisive action.
http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/01/im-not-sure-about-indecision.html

NEW YEAR FIRE
As I sit in front of the fire I see that we burn our pasts. We release those seeds of the future by telling our past stories. And those are the fuel for the New Year’s fire.

WHY DO WE TOLERATE THE PUBLIC LIE?
Who understands the source of their beliefs? Do the people who are supporting the different candidates know the source of their own beliefs? If so, are they willing to say that the candidates who utter the Public Lie are saying things they themselves stand for. If not, then why do we tolerate the Public Lie?
http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/12/why-do-we-tolerate-public-lie.html

FEBRUARY

 “PICK AND ROLL” - RAGE AND COMPASSION
I volunteer and teach a self-development program Stone Valley Correctional Facility.  I like the name “Stone Valley” because usually when someone feels they are “between a rock and a hard place” they may take on the difficult work of changing their self, or their selves. Yes, selves.
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/02/pick-and-roll-rage-and-compassion.html

ARTHRITIS PIRATES
Now I have been captured. My freedom to ramble was taken away from me by a War Lord. Like the War Lords of the 1600s who came ashore in New England to “impress” or imprison landlubbers through force, and compel them to work on sailing ships, Lord Arthritis captured me, took away my freedom, and bid me do his service.
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/02/arthritis-pirates.html

MARCH

LIVING ON LONGING
LIVING ON LONGING - A first visit to this blog lasts 15-seconds, enough to read a Tweet-length of words. If visitors don’t see what they’re longing for, they go! About now, 140 characters.
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/03/living-on-longing.html



APRIL

S1 CAN'T HELP IT, IT'S TE WAY I AM
We have in-built, automatic “selves” that are attracted or repulsed by in-built ways of being. S1 is biased by, attitudes, experiences. As the popular song goes, “S1 can’t help it, that’s the way I am!”
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/04/s1-cant-help-it-its-way-i-am.html

FIVE WORDS FOR FREE
How are you with humor? I never was a comic. I wrote funny but am not a wit. Not witless, just not quick. Many of you are probably spontaneously funny. I have a 20-second delay between the moment in which a witticism is called for and the moment if finally dawns on me what to wisecrack. I’m a “wise-gap” guy filling moments with awkward silence, watching opportunities for quips and puns sail away.
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/04/five-words-for-free.html

WANT FRIES WITH THAT DAY?
ORDER HERE: Maybe you don’t think about it quite like this, but when you wake-up in the morning, and you open your eyes; it’s like you’re at the “Order Here” window of the drive-through of your life. Your Higher Self is waiting to see how your Lower Self is going to order the day.
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/04/want-fries-with-that-day.html

FRAGMENTS - GOT DEM OL' COSMIC BLUES
Sometimes you just gotta clear out a few of those things that hang onto your heart. Make room for new things. 'Nuff said.
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/04/fragments-got-dem-ol-cosmic-blues.html

MAY

DICKINS’ SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT AND RUTLAND (VT) REFUGEES
In spite of heavy anti-refugee sentiments, Rutland Vermont's mayor Chris Louras hopes 25 to 30 Syrian refugee families will resettle in Rutland by Christmas 2016. What option does anyone really have who has lost everything to intolerance, war, or famine besides to flee and throw themselves at the mercy of a community? Hopefully one with a big enough, generous Spirit. Otherwise, it’s Scrooge’s option which remains when time runs out in this next, frigid, bleak Vermont winter. What was Scrooge's option?
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/05/dickins-spirit-of-christmas-present-and.html

THE FLYING FICKLE FINGER OF FATE
The “Flying Fickle Finger of Fate” Award was also called the “Rigid Digit”, the “Winged Weenie”, the “Friendly Phalange”, the “Nifty Knuckle” or the “Wonderful Wiggler.” The reality is that we believe that fate is a quality of being a part of our lives. Fate is something else which cannot be explained by the physicality of life. There is more to our lives then meets our eyes. That’s what humans believe, don’t let any smart phone tell you different. It is more fun and rich to live a life which has the random and unexplained in it.
https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-flying-fickle-finger-of-fate.html

 JUNE

 I WROTE THIS POST IN DAHLIAS The real "story" here will write itself over the next few months.  This is just an introduction to the characters. These Dahlias grow to be different sizes. If you see a cage around them now, when you come back another time, they will be larger. Eventually huge.

https://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2016/06/i-wrote-this-blog-post-in-dahlias.html

Monday, January 28, 2019

QUICKENING -- CROWNS OF CANDLES AND OF CROWNS THORNS



WHO AM I?
     Early in December, before Christmas and the Winter Solstice, on Santa Lucia Day, young girls walk with lit candles in a green crown-like wreath on their head. A living crown. Living candles. 
     Later comes a Cross-Quarter day between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox - Candlemas, February 2nd.  A day between the dead of Winter and life of Spring. Candlemas celebrates Quickening in the Earth, the sense of life, living and aliveness unseen but felt.
     I am the being of Quickening. I am timing. Discretion. Neither rushing forward thoughtlessly, nor waiting too long. I am the growing potentiality in any activity or enterprise. I am the time to be fulfilled.
     I am the feeling of hope for the new future you have imagined for yourself and for which you have worked ceaselessly by changing yourself. That future potential is now alive. And now, this is the moment on which balances your future. It is not you which is driving the change but the force of life; the massive force which drives ALL of life, great and small. The force which moves Sun, Moon, Earth, weather and all animals, men and microbes. This force is in you and around you is moving you slowly but relentlessly forward toward your destiny. The outcome is unknown. You can sense that it is alive but success or failure is out of your control now.
Was your judgment and work good and timely, or was it an  opportunity which has passed.

WHY AM I HERE?
Life moves from Santa Lucia and a Crown of Candles before Christmas to Easter and a Crown of Thorns through Candlemas and Quickening of life unseen but felt.
     You are living amid the forces of life and death, holding the Sun and Moon, the day and night, your hopes and dreams, what to have for breakfast, whether or not to ask for a raise. Am I dying? Still? Why can’t I be calm? What is that lump?
     You are a being who changes each day. You can affect the direction of your change. You ARE all your forces: physical, emotional and consciousness. You have created channels of habit, the neural pathways your thoughts caper along. The conclusions which stick you and hang you up. Thought thorns.
     But, here is also the NOT you. The Quickening. The Cross-Quarter day of this year. The preparation for what? A wink and a nod from Dame Adventure? Crucifixion? Resurrection?

WHAT DO I WANT?
     We must all wear the Crown of Thorns. The waiting is hard. The pain is real. But, beneath our skin into which the Thorns press is our waiting. Within our hearts and souls, is our Quickening, our life, and living. The Thorns remind us we are alive and that we are not alone. The Quickening reminds us we are dying.  Which Crown is our glory? Which Crown is our agony?
     The more we experience the Joy of life and living, the greater the suffering and the greater the opportunity to develop capacities to withstand the agony. For what do you Quicken and live? For whom do you suffer and die? What is the point of all of this?
     And, who comes forward to share your pain? They are there. They are visible and invisible. Hold their hands if they have them. Receive the moments where, with a gentle swipe they wipe the pain out of your senses and grant a moment of Clarity for an instantaneous, profound decision. It is the right time for that choice.
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© Copyright 2015, Jean W. Yeager
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Friday, January 11, 2019

THE ICON VS. THE ZOMBIE (YOUR "SMARTPHONE")



WHO AM I?
     The Icon is a solid, art object with no moving or electronic parts which is comprised of linen stretched across a specially routed board and painted with a special gesso (rabbit skin glue, chalk and white pigment). This surface is sanded smooth and painted with layer upon layer of earth and ground semi-precious stones mixed with special mineral oils. Gold leaf is applied to specific areas with rabbit hair glue which is warmed with the human breath and burnished with a polished stone. The paint preparation techniques and formulas have been passed down and were the same ones used to paint the Sistine Chapel and other revered works of art. The Icon images are drenched with layers of meaning from spiritual symbolism designed with the intention of moving the soul and touching the heart of the viewer, consciously or unconsciously.
     The “SmartPhone” is made of a motherboard which is circuit board on which has been designed in a utilitarian, non-symbolic pattern. Gold is printed on  the motherboard and pre-drilled to receive electronic components which are comprised of silicon and other precious earths (lead, silver and palladium). The screen of the “SmartPhone” is a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) made up of layer upon layer of glass, plastic and liquid crystalline. Lithium metal oxide batteries power the motherboard. Once powered, moving images flutter on the LCD display in patterns guided by software written by engineers. No single image ever really appears on the LCD display as the array of pixels are charged. The rapidly moving image(s) cause the brain to work with extra intensity in order to attempt the impossible - to fill in the blanks between the illuminated pixels and “make sense” out of what is moving so rapidly that it is a non-sensical image.

WHY AM I HERE?
     The Icon has been around for centuries with several specific and extremely meaningful roles to perform: first is to inspire the devotees who create Icons – called Icon Writers.  As the outer Icon is written, an inner Icon is inscribed into the heart and inner life of the Icon Writer – striving for beauty, balance, harmony and skill is a challenge. Secondly, the Icon is blessed by the Church and becomes a meaningful addition to the Community into which it is housed. Thirdly, the Icon’s symbolism inspires the religious and spiritual feeling life within the individual who behold it. And, Fourth, the Icon is a portal through which the Spiritual Being depicted on the Icon is able to perceive and interact with the physical world.
     The “SmartPhone” runs application software which is designed to perform specific tasks, gains energy from WIFI, and other sources across networks and receives signals beamed by Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites which enwrap us all like a non-spiritual web. The LCD screen contains a substance which is both liquid and crystalline (solid) and is arranged in front of a thin film of transistors (TFT) which polarizes light. This dancing light captivates the human cognitive functions with hyper-kinetic visual activity and a dynamic multi-touch surface. Children, particularly, find these screens as something which totally captures their attention and shuts down all normal, natural thinking processes. For us, too.

WHAT DO I WANT?
     A Zombie is an animated corpse raised by magical means. A Zombie is an animated, non-living entity which is will-less, speechless and is able to function due to powers outside itself. If the forces animating the Zombie are evil or malevolent, Zombies do their will, they are powerless to do otherwise.
The same is true of a portable computer or “SmartPhone”. At a minimum , a “SmartPhone” is an agent animated by forces far beyond the individual human. Once in hand, the human consciousness is affected by the technology and we comes to rely on the technology for at least a certain portion of our thinking, feeling and will life. For most of us, it takes a large effort to disconnect totally from a "SmartPhone" as we consider them "important", even perhaps "essential" in our day-to-day lives. We revere them.
Are they malevolent? In computer lingo, a “Zombie” is term used to describe a computer or “SmartPhone” which has been accessed by a remote attacker in order to forward spam, viruses, or other instructions and so becomes a technological malevolent or evil force.
In our lives today, “SmartPhones” with animated LCD screens are Zombies whose dancing, images are corpses or non-living imaginations activated by technology which capture the attention of adults and children and transform them into beings who do the bidding of the technology (“Pay Attention to ME!”). They diminish or do away with the key human function of thinking and questioning. Does this attack our free will?
Icons are quite the opposite. They use solid, fixed images created by a devoted human with natural materials to put ancient symbols in front of us which pose a question as to their meaning. Or the question may arise within us as to “Why we have no feeling whatsoever for this object?” “Why is reverence so weak within me?”
The symbols on the Icon, even for a non-believer, may cause a “resonance” within our minds and hearts and lead us to ask questions about how to understand the meaning of images. “What are those lightning bolts coming out of St. Michael’s neck?” They activate us rather than shutting us down. The Icon presents questions or mysteries with which the human must work out the answers themselves. Wrestling with these questions make us more human.
The Zombie is about injecting information, data or pre-digested knowledge into the individual in such a fashion that we do not question.  The Zombie “SmartPhone” consumes our consciousness making us un-dead and captured by technology.

© Copyright 2014, Jean W. Yeager
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