Blasphemy, Heresy, Burn’im at the stake!
I don’t know how many of you have ever read anything by Richard Bach. I guess it really doesn’t matter, but it may help some with some of what I will be tapping out in this post.
See, for the longest time, I was an extremely angry person. Horribly torn up inside, very bitter spiritually, and not a very nice person to be around. (many reasons why, but no need to delve into the past on that; as I will clarify, it was a choice I made.)
Occasionally, I can get that way again.
Recently, as a matter of fact.
Usually, I don’t see it. I find that when I get that way, I start ‘justifying’ shit I do, or things I say, internally; only to have that feed back on me and most definitely not to my, or anyone else’s, benefit.
And that feed back shows in physical manifestations as well. Rashes and other lovely reactions.
What was I so angry about? Well, one only has to read my words over the last couple of posts and you will see it. I may have been diplomatic in my words, but the anger is still there.
What can “I” do about any of that? Seriously, what can any ONE person do about any of the things that are happening around the world? One can only take care of what is immediately in their world. I don’t live in the world of a Federal Reserve Banker or Wall St profiteer. I don’t live in Honduras, dealing with whatever is happening there that would force a person to choose leaving family for a trek across hostile territory for a potentially empty promise of freedom. I don’t live on a ranch on the border that those persons are trying to cross illegally.
I live on a hillside in the middle of the Appalachian mountain ranges and in an area that is still going through what can only be described as “continuations of the original Great Depression” all while a “Greater Depression” is creeping onto the World Stage. THAT is my AO so to speak. THAT is what I have to deal with on a daily basis. That is my world, here and now. Its up to me if it will be tomorrow.
Back to the Richard Bach point. I don’t have his permission to reprint any of his works and I won’t plagiarize him, BUT, I do want to point out that some of his work has inspired enormously how I live my life. (the book “Illusions; The adventures of a reluctant Messiah” more than any other.)
Some of you have read how I use the word “IS” or “Universe” in a Deified manner. Is there a higher power? In my world, yes, without question. Does my higher power converse with me? Sometimes, and usually in ways that exasperate me, but always to my benefit, so long as I listen. Does my Higher power control my world? Yes and no. I like to think of it as guidance, not so much as control; An example of which is that when I came back to KY, there were some serious issues that lead to a lengthy silence from on high. Some of you are aware in detail of the issues I had to contend with just to get back to KY, and they only showed up when I was definitely headed this way. Something (IS IMHO) was telling me my path was elsewhere. Now that I am here, and making headway, we are on speaking terms again, but it took some humbling situations to get there. (and yes, RB will likely read the above and nod in agreement that I ‘get it’ )
It works like this, at least for me; Focus your mind on something. It doesn’t have to be material either(and works best if not material). Recently mine was a question of sorts. Over the next few days, watch for signs in answer to that question. They will show up, and usually in ways that smack you upside the head with their very nature. It may only be the words of a song, or a headline on a newspaper, but to you, the answer will be sitting there glowing like it was lit by 50gazzilion watts of lighting. And yes, it is most definitely an intuitive thing, and sometimes material, but much less so. (recall, Voodoo was an answer to one of my ‘requests’.)(for the curious, the answer came at me in three different directions; one was a song, another was written words, and the third was from Voo himself by his actions. I jokingly say Voo is my direct line to the IS: though I have to wonder sometimes.)(also for the curious; no, I am not going to fill you in on what the question was. It was a personal thing between me and IS.)
Some of my readers are probably shaking their heads right now, thinking, “Dio has friggin’ lost it: time for the rubber room and straight jacket.” So be it. This is not for your benefit. Those of you that are not shaking your heads, probably don’t need to read any further either as you “get it”. Maybe not the same way I do, but in your own way, and in your own world. For the rest, read on and maybe learn something you have been missing, While we all manifest ourselves on this ball of rock and mud we call Earth, we do not exist in each others world except as shadows of ourselves. You do not exist in my world until you comment, or visit, or write/call me. I don’t exist in your world until you log on to this site, or I comment visit or call you. We orbit each other, but our orbits so infrequently intersect, even when they parallel each other most times.
In other words, the characters in a piece of fiction as written by Heinlein or Bach or Lackey are no more real in my world than say Pelosi, or Obama, or Boehner. These people are headlines; characters in a story, but they don’t actually exhibit any control over my world that I DON’T ALLOW THEM. I can let them control my life, or I can ignore them, but they don’t have any control I don’t give them. Yes, I can even let a fictional character have some control over my world if I so choose.
Well, I am done allowing them, or others, control of my world. They can send goons to come and kill me, or kidnap me and hold me in detention indefinitely, but THEY won’t be doing it themselves, only the ones they send and that is the choice of acceptance that the goons would choose. (for the record, they would have to kill me. ) THAT is the difference between us. My power in this world (my world) is dependent only upon me, and what I can do, and what I accept to allow others to do to me/for me. The PtwB demand that we give them acceptance in our worlds, and they need that acceptance to have power (over us). In other words, THEY NEED US. I certainly do not need them.
Maybe that is a solipsist way of thinking, but when you really boil down to the bare bones of things, it is as real as it gets. Only you, the true minority in this world, have any control over what is happening in your world. If you feel like your world is out of control, than you need to ‘ground and center’ back to the basics and see where you let go the reins. YOU let them go, not someone else. Even if ‘someone else’ did let go the reins, you allowed them to have that control of your life first. Ground and center, and get the reins back in your hands.
Now, Please don’t think I am getting all preachy on ya or anything. If there is one thing in this world that I despise more than anything, it is Organized Religion. I think, like Unions, they had a purpose in this world, but that time is past and now they are just hotbeds for corruption and manipulation of sections of society: tools of an oligarchy. I don’t condemn anyone for finding peace of mind in a religion, but there are far too many cases where I see interpretations of ‘the word’ so twisted and sickened by power, that the people of the congregation are also twisted and sick. (I also grew up in the time of Jim and Tammy Baker so I may be a tad biased in my views. LOL) With that in mind, believe what you believe, and I will believe what I believe. While not my religion, The Wiccan Rede is close enough to my thoughts to apply: : An It Harms None, Do As Ye Will. I won’t bring this up in the public forum anymore either so if you feel offended, rest at ease..
Last word on this post. If you really want to find freedom and find creativity, learn to say NO. Start telling others NO and do what YOU need to do, and you will suddenly find that answers to your life start jumping out of dark corners for you. (you might also find trouble by attracting attention of those that seek “leaders”, but that is another post altogether.)