Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

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.)

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14 responses

  1. Dio, I am still here and I get the firefly.
    I am more silent than you of late but I am here.
    Know that I still support you even if in thought, as my life has turned as well as yours.
    Be safe my friend! I wish you well!

    July 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    • And safe wishes to you as well. Hopin things hold together for all of us just a bit longer. Each day we can prep is a blessing.

      July 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  2. Spud

    Well howdy to you also Do !
    Didn’t hear any bitching bout your life in general. So I assume things are going well on the home front.
    I cannot say the Same for my end… In fact if my writing sounds confused, it is lol.
    My life and job etc. Up until last week was all blending into a good thing at the Spud, household, even considering that the “Dragon Lady” and I had walked away from our former compatriots and “THEIR” Compound. Much can be read into that statement. Their !
    It can never be this and always must be in the format of “Ours”. None the less we threw in the towell much as you also had, if the balance is not , it is not..

    So we also have begun trying to establish a new base etc. I had finally landed a decent contract building more stuff for other peeps. That is…until last Saturday the 20th ? Much,much Morphine and Percosete has been run through my body since then… Just jumped on the dirt bike to run over and get a few tools out of the shop. Some yuppie lady from hell blind sided me in her VW Passoute. KO one Rob alias ” Spud”

    End result…several hundred stitches in right lower calve going from side to side front to back in a nice horseshoe shape. Gonna be a wild scar ta show DA boys…
    Now to the bad part…it shoved my right femur completely through, destroying the socket and ball. Last Monday, several titanium plates and screws later…new joint reconstructed.
    Prognosis… Six months…no weight… Then perhaps three months rehab.

    Sometimes life sucks ya know…just hope Teotwawki don’t come twixt now then ja know !

    Damn Skippy this is gonna be a hard road, but SHTF is not ever for the meek eh….

    Keep writing Dio, I’m a gonna need all the inspiration y’all can sling this directiction

    July 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    • Seems you have your plate full right now. Good thing it happened now unlike post collapse.
      On a more hunorous note, does that mean we get to call you the bionic potato now?

      July 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

  3. Spud

    More like mashed potatoes heh, lmfao

    July 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  4. “To thine own self be true”

    July 28, 2014 at 1:52 am

    • Indeed, and it can be one of the hardest things to do in life. (It does get easier with time)

      July 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

    • Yup!

      July 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  5. wonderdawg

    Speedy recovery to you Taterman…..Anyoe that doesn’t believe in a higher power just ain’t listening or looking for it….see and hear daily and yes lots of times it is thru the pups, good post brother still hangin in here…..BTW, bigger hammer = time for new new genie, busted MFer,lol…ole well couple thousand hours before it crapped out

    August 1, 2014 at 8:14 am

    • Spud

      Thanks Wonder dog, I fear that SHTf for sure. Sure gives one pause to reflect had this hit when surgeon’s are not available to piece one Back together. Twer it not for the VA, this boy would be in deep ca ca.

      August 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      • And now that they have the VA all fixed 🙂 it ought to be even better. At least they won’t be scheduling you two years out! Best of luck to ya.

        August 3, 2014 at 2:37 am

    • Sadly, most production nowdays is for complete replacement, not repair. That coupling on the wondergennies is not conducive to replacement and of the ones I have taken apart, ruined about half. At least the 4K in the RV is an Onan and made to be repaired. That is the one I intend on setting up for the shop for those times where 120v is a must (running the welder mostly)

      August 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

      • I know where there is an old military 5kw on a trailer, but I figure that little town is still going to need it yet. Man! They’ve got things screwed up royally since you were here.

        August 12, 2014 at 1:26 am

  6. I hear ya Soffitrat, I can’t say what is going on past what you have told me, but you warned about this even while I was on location. I could see then, what you are describing now.
    Hang on to that 5K, you can always rent it, cash up front, for when they really need it. LOL Wouldn’t that be a kick in the pants?

    August 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

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