Thursday, June 26, 2014

I AM YOUR KNOT - THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR REALITY


WHO AM I?
     Two lives bound together in a knot.
The first life comes into being from one direction, family, location, with one intention, and then goes over the other person and then under them. The second life comes from perhaps a totally opposite or at least a quite different direction, culture, family, life intention and goes under the first person and then over them.
Each pulls in  an opposite direction until they are tightly joined in different intentions, past and future, love or hate; physically joined, or emotionally knotted, or spiritually bound. This knot is called a “Square Knot” because there is a reciprocity to it – a “square-ness” as in equality – pull on a Square Knot and the tension is distributed equally.
In a knot, if one individual pulls from one direction the other individual will feel the pull, the constriction, the tension.
Two lives bound together in a knot. Is it created out of Love? Out of Karma (whatever that is)? Out of simply being two people whom life puts together and personal chemistry builds a bond?




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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

THE HELMSMAN ARISES



WHO AM I?
     I am the Helmsman, the steady hand on the rudder of your life, your guide, your pilot over the most dangerous environments, the forces of the unknown, of potentials dwelling in the sea of your life. I am that self-image you have created who is so confident, self-assured, in control. When asked, “Can you . . . ?” the Helmsman answers, “Of course” even though you know you’re double-booked. But, somehow, your Helmsman guides you through the crashes, the bumps, the hurt feelings or late nights. Your Helmsman does NOT want anyone to think ill of you.
     We Americans LOVE the Helmsman archetype, it is one of the most dominant and revered in our culture. It surfaces in all popular action-adventure shows as a: Detective, Surgeon, Soldier, Crime Scene investigator, the Risk Taking Reality cast member, Hells Kitchen chef, and so on. The steady hand on the tiller, the master of the craft - “We got this.”
We Americans love those who are in control of their technology – any and all technology – we believe our technology is our destiny. In former years the Helmsman was the cowboy and the technology he controlled was horses and guns. Even SHANE said, “A gun is just a tool.”
     Technology brings the Helmsman into advertising. The Marlboro Cowboy was the quintessential Helmsman. The cool-eyed lady behind the wheel in many car commercial is a Helmsman; pushing buttons, shifting, speaking commands, handling groceries and children and arriving early. Even diseases and addictions are easily handled. Erectile Dysfunction? No problem – pharmaceutical Helmsmen. Depression?” No problem. Advertising shows us how to be the Master of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls and the sales event ends soon.



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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WHY IS BIG BIRD BIG AND YELLOW?

WHO AM I?
     Good morning.  I am here to present our original research for Children’s Television to you the newly formed Broadcasting Advertising Council. This research was carried out in the late 1940's just before televisions were mass marketed. This was baseline research on consumer use of the technology. These are the fundamental science-based building blocks for the huge, successful growth in children's television programming and brand development.
     The very first phase of our fundamental research sought to understand the relationship between children and the new technology of television.
     May I have the first slide, please?
     Here you see home-style living room with a mixed group of children age 3, 4, 5 and 6 and a large Philco television. Look closely - what do you see? You see the children PLAYING -- playing with blocks, model cars, the cat, tossing the bean bag – ANYTHING but watching the television. At the very beginning of our research, this was the fundamental relationship between children and the technology of television – children simply weren’t interested! The world was too attractive and they were too curious. These were children whose normal response to life is to play! (Cute aren't they?)
     Next slide, please.

WHY AM I HERE?
     Here you see another typical living-room set with a mixed group of children age 3, 4, 5 and 6 staring raptly at a large Philco television. Why? Why aren't they playing? We have captured their attention.
     How did we do this? Through behavioral research we discovered various visual and audio techniques which are more powerful than reality and could be used to make the children focus their attention on the screen: brightly colored characters – particularly those that are distorted in some way – either bizarrely large for the small screen, with feathers or fur, brightly colored; or with fantastically large heads, or big mouths, and so forth. And, sounds are, of course strong - distorted voices, sound effects or associated noises are most effective.
     We tested each of these techniques across the U.S. and included “DISTRACTION TESTING” to make sure that we could hold the attention of a child for up to 30 minutes at a time.  Distraction testing is, of course, where the children are sitting in front of the television and, at the precise moment a character or action we wish to test appears, we create a disturbance in the room – say spilled a bag of candy.  If any child goes for the candy, we revise the character and re-test until we have total child attention on the screen at all times. (Attentive, aren't they?)
     Next slide, please.


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Monday, June 16, 2014

"WHAT WILL BECOME OF THEM? - THE SPIRIT OF THE PRESENT VISITS EBENEZER SCROOGE

– Excerpt from “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and recent news digests June 2014

Unaccompanied Children (UACs) are an  unprecedented surge of young immigrants at the southern Texas and Arizona border.

     “I am the Ghost of Christmas Present: said the Spirit. “Look upon me.”
     “Scrooge did so. It was clothed in one simple green robe or mantle, bordered with white fur. This garment hung so loosely on the figure, that its capacious breast was bare, as if disdaining to be warded or concealed by any artifice. Its feet, observable beneath the ample folds of the garment were also bare; and on its head it wore no other covering than a holly wreath, set were and there with shining icicles. It’s dark brown curls were long and free; free as its genial face, it’s sparkling eye, its open hand, its cheery voice, its unconstrained demeanor, and its joyful air. Girded round its middle was an antique sword scabbard; but no sword was in it, ad the ancient sheath was eaten up with rust.

“Overcrowding, at the Texas border, has meant that the UACs are being transported to other facilities, such as military bases. FEMA is coordinating the large scale effort, with HHS handling housing and care through the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

     “...it was a long night, if it were only a night; but Scrooge had his doubts of this, because the Christmas holidays appeared  to be condensed into the space of time they passed together. It was strange, too, that while Scrooge remained unaltered in his outward form, the Ghost grew older, clearly older. ...”

Others have fled their countries because they feared danger in their home countries due to narco-terrorist gangs, traffickers and criminals. 


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

APPARENT NECESSITY




WHO AM I?
     I have an awkward question about wars, school shooters and office supplies.
     The spectrum of evil slides from the really big stuff like: conscious environmental degradation (“vital for the survival of our way of life”), pernicious capitalism (“major profit taking today”), theocratic sacrifice (“protect tradition”), school shootings (“I showed 'em”) and so forth -- all the way down through Congressional action / inaction (“The President was OUTRAGEOUS!”), Presidential actions (“I had to act!”) through state government (“pre-emptive laws”) to school yard bullying (“He looked at me funny”) and family squabbles to crimes, slurs, and all sorts of petty wounds and attacks – not to mention impulse sales and an entire retail industry of consumer goods -  are primarily driven one thing: APPARENT NECESSITY.


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Friday, June 6, 2014

THE REBELLION AGAINST THE GOD OF MYSELF



WHO AM I?
     For a long time I thought that when I prayed, or received an insight or inspiration, that I was speaking with God. It turns out that, apparently, I was speaking to my Angel – my spiritual self – and not God.
I discovered this recently when pain took over a portion of my body and a large portion of my attention and it became clear that the ME that was always in control and responsible for EVERYTHING was no longer in control. Pain, like an arrogant Angel, refused to obey ME  - the God of Myself.
This rebellion shattered my trust. Our body is built up out of trust of seamless experiences of life – we trust that from one day to the next things will be pretty much connected as they had been – even after injuries our bodies adapt. This builds up TRUST IN LIFE, a fundamental, very deep existential trust in the FABRIC of life and it is related to your experience of the world. This Trust in Life can be shattered with a significant illness, or injury. This rebellion against the God of Myself was significant.


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Monday, June 2, 2014

STRUGGLE FOR THE NEW FAITHFULNESS



WHO AM I?
I am the things which control you: I am the Saros (the Sun and Moon barycenter) which through the courtesy of the Suprachiasnatiuc Nucleus (SCN) of your cells links your body to the circadian rhythms of day / night. I am the geography of where you live or work. I am the cultural system of your people, tribe, gang, clan, corporation, neighborhood, school or work place. I am the local, regional and national economy. I am the political system – national, state and local. I am individuals who have power over you - your parents, family, friends, enemies whether they be naturally connected, blended by relationship or karmic carpool. These are some of the exogenous (outer) systems which control you.
     I am also your endogenous drivers – your age and phase of development, place in birth order, body limitations (weaknesses, strengths), the addictive substances from the world which control you. I am you DNA, your biology, and your medical history. I am your inner personality fragments which drive you psychologically: compulsions, fears, doubts, anxieties, repulsions, attractions, habits, temperaments, memories, syndromes, dreams, chemical reactions to pharma and psychological manifestations.
     And then there is your spiritual dimension, how open you are to spiritual influences, your religious shaping, your destiny which somehow filters your perceptions or is a type of oscillator to excite you about some things and turn you off on others.
     Our age is quite pleased with itself that it has so defined the human being in such intimate details. 


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