When Is a Problem Really a Problem?

probdeinit453.jpgIn today’s world, the possible answer to that title question would be a “problem” for you is when you perceive the situation as a problem, otherwise the perplexing situation simply IS—it exists in front of you dependent on your personal interaction with it.  But that situation’s existence and your interaction with it may lie in some currently unknown context and you can’t presently make proper sense of it, so you may mistakenly perceive the immediate situation as A PROBLEM.

That is the danger of fragmented thinking. When we fail to consider the wholeness of the setting and situation’s context, and of ourselves interacting physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually within that environment, we limit ourselves to seeing only parts of the total scenario—fragments of the whole—and sometimes we see only the parts that we want to see or have trained ourselves to notice, while ignoring other pertinent information about the situation.

So perhaps our presently confusing life situation isn’t so much a genuine problem, as WE are labeling it a problem by not properly understanding the situation’s true context—we don’t understand our ROLE in this broader life drama.

challengeproblem587.jpg

Confused yet?  Aren’t we all—that’s our biggest conundrum of this shared life experience.  We can’t seem to grasp the overall CONTEXT of why we are here interacting with each other in this crazy, erratic game of LIFE.

While that simplified explanation of a perceived problem and the context that it may ultimately exist in might sound like nonsense, it is actually describing a baby-step toward a more expansive way of viewing the world and reconsidering everything existing within it.

Here’s a video sample of a David Bohm’s explanation on What is the nature of reality?  taken from a 1990 physics and spirituality conference in Amsterdam.  (Notice the Dalai Lama sitting beside him.) [**“David Bohm (1917-1992) an American theoretical bohmanddalailamaconfphysicist who contributed innovative and unorthodox ideas to quantum theory, philosophy of mind, and neuropsychology, …”]

David Bohm speaks about Wholeness and (the dangers of) Fragmentation (fragmented thinking):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDKB7GcHNac&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0g1ZwJ8VvppoHq2_CCE8vhLrTPVwKs3v9AU9Jv2Um6xJGZ3hTVPN0-0R0

 “I think the difficulty is this fragmentation..  All thought is broken up into bits. Like this nation, this country, this industry, this profession and so on… And they can’t meet. That comes about because thought has developed traditionally in a way such that it claims not to be affecting anything but just telling you the way things are. Therefore, people cannot see that they are creating a problem and then apparently trying to solve itWholeness is an attitude or approach to the whole of life. If we can have a coherent approach to reality then reality will respond coherently to us..”      ~David Bohm,  Amsterdam, 1990

bohm quote on thinkling

**“…(Bohm) is widely considered to be one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century. In physics, Bohm advanced the view that the old Cartesian model of reality was limited, in the light of developments in quantum physics. He developed in detail a mathematical and physical theory of implicate and explicate order to complement it. Bohm warned of the dangers of rampant reason and technology, advocating instead the need for genuine supportive dialogue which he claimed could broaden and unify conflicting and troublesome divisions in the social world. In this, his epistemology mirrored his ontological viewpoint. He believed that the working of the brain, at the cellular level, obeyed the mathematics of some quantum effects. Therefore he postulated that thought was distributed and non-localised in the way that quantum entities do not readily fit into our conventional model of space and time (Wikipedia).”

bohmquotesepateness23.jpg

The Power of Story

Who doesn’t love a good story—a tale of mystery and inspiration?roaringfirecamplog.jpg

Well gather round the roaring fire my friends, and let us willingly partake of this storyteller’s narration:

“Long ago—long before there was written language, people gathered at night by their own camp fires for protection and warmth and to hear tales of bravery or to hear of fearsome encounters with all sorts of beasts.

Or maybe they gathered to hear of a far-away land of abundance and easy reaping of food sources that could get the family through from one day to the next, or from one week to the next; or to those who watched the changing sky at night, a place of such sufficient food supplies that the family could live from one full moon to the next because with limited resources available to them in more rugged and barren environments, there was no assurance that the family would survive for any length of time. Survival was the motivating force for everything the family did.

This was the sum of their life—everyday a constant focus on survival—simply staying alive and keeping those they cared most about, alive as well. Family member’s days were often filled with hunting wild game that they could catch and gathering any edible plants to share with their family group.   When two or more family groups gathered together for safety and shared hunting responsibilities, they became larger family units known as TRIBES.

Paleolithic-living-scene.jpg

Often when larger tribal groups or clans were formed, a natural division of labor occurred among the people because some tribe members were more resourceful or more intelligent and/or made better hunters/providers than others did. Some tribe members were proven stronger and more powerful than others, and often larger groups were ruled by those who could hold leadership positions because of their physical prowess or intimidation abilities.

Women had many varied functions in small and large family groups; and since size and physical strength were often more male-dominated traits, it meant that women often held subservient positions to the males in the tribe unless it was a matriarchal society who valued the act of creation and giving birth to new tribe members.  Where wisdom, acquired through age and life experience, was more valued by the tribe, women were often considered the desired leaders.

When different family groups joined forces and first began communicating with each other, it required a commonly-understood language to describe the necessary workings of the situation and the environment—especially a means to signal danger or to communicate the need for cooperation to complete a group task, like for group hunting or defense strategies.caveartearlyhuman.jpg

With the development of a commonly-understood language among tribe members, came the glib-tongued tribal member who could best relay information around the nightly gathering at the campfire—the one who could relay the excitement of the day’s hunt or warn of approaching danger from other competing tribes, or speak of the possibility of better hunting if the group changed locations and simply followed the herds of animals as they migrated across the landscape.  Today we take common language for granted but it was once created for the purpose of basic survival.

The best-at-communicating tribal member was often designated as the tribe’s nighttime historian and/or storyteller—the one who could remember the tribe’s exploits and history of its members both existing and past. Storytellers relayed information to the others, but sometimes storytellers simply created their own stories for specific reasons, such as to fill the void of knowing WHY a particular thing happened when people couldn’t see valid reasons for what had occurred. Creating a ‘makes-sense’ reason eased group anxiety, and a less anxious group meant that people got along better with each other for longer periods of time, which meant less internal fighting.

Another important tribal member with specific functions was the healer/medicine woman or man, or sometimes that member was called the shaman—the one who earlymedicinemanshaman.jpgdealt with the unknown around them—talked to the animal spirits—communicated with the unseen spirits of the land and the sky.

If the shaman and the storyteller were one and the same person, then the fireside tales could become less historical focused and more philosophically oriented. This meant that “ORIGIN stories” were then created that described the reason for their life, death, and even the WHY of their existence because shamans can easily get information input from unseen forces—spirits in particular—possibly even from other intelligent beings since shamans had that 6th sense ability to communicate beyond the human realm.

Sometimes the shaman/storyteller created an entire set of beliefs on how the tribe members should live their lives, how they should focus their efforts to best appease the presently disgruntled nature spirits that had foiled their latest hunting effort; and sometimes the shaman even told the rest of the tribe what to aspire to or what to avoid for their personal best interest.

And sometimes the shaman just ‘made stuff up’ for their own personal reasons such as to gain a higher tribal status or personal favors from other tribe members.

The tribal leader—the chief—usually the strongman, bonshamanmongwas a powerful force in the group and often determined whether the tribe survived or became extinct, but the shaman/storyteller set the tone for their lives and often guided the members with tales of warning or tales of victory if all pulled together as one strong unit.

The most basic religions were started by shaman/storytellers—visionaries who claimed a connection to higher powers beyond earthly life, and who told their tales to others in such a convincing way, that the other tribe members believed them and then changed their own behavior to match that behavior prescribed by the shaman/storyteller who later became known to the tribe as the Holy Man/Holy Woman, or the Priest/Priestess.”

***

While it has certainly been proven over the eons of our human existence that stories have power over all who listen to them, stories are more easily believed by those who most need to hear their message.

Stories touch us in ways beyond our basic comprehension because they appeal to our inner vulnerabilities and to our innate desire to feel safe and secure.

Stories often speak best to our need to feel loved and protected—to feel a part of the larger group—to feel an integral member of the larger family to which we all belong.

The most powerful story that we always long to hear is the one that defines the purpose of our lives.

So maybe it’s time for a NEW ‘origin story’ so we can create that NEW life for the betterment of our human tribe.

I think that’s what I’m trying to do by gathering all these various information sources together in this eclectic blog. I think we need to recreate the HUMAN STORY.

And while it might not be easily done, I think this is something we ALL must do together for our personal betterment and for the survival of the greater tribe.

th.jpg

 

THAT is the true POWER OF STORY

it defines our life.

 

 

 

On Wisdom, Compassion, and Mindfulness

doveofpeacereligion.jpg

I don’t describe myself using any religious term like Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Taoist, Gnostic, etc.  I am simply me, and I see the world through my own eyes and filter the world around me through my own senses using my personal, internal computing system in all its limitations.

Not aligning to a particular religious belief allows me unfettered consideration of how various religions tend to view the world and try to make sense of people’s lives. I find that some aspects of various religions seem to have a ring of TRUTH to them, but often their stringent rules and doctrines of required adherence for qualified “believers” of that particular religion, will quickly turn me off to it.

So I can stand here on the outskirts of all religions and simply admire what I like about certain ones. In truth I do like Buddhism for its psychological approach to the subject matter of why we are here and how we should be conducting our lives in non-judgmental full awareness of every moment.

And as I understand it standing on the outside, there are different forms of Buddhism, one of which is the Zen approach, which is appealing to me in many ways because its focus is on helping people to see life as it simply is and live your life from the purest form of moment-by-moment awareness.medalionfor peacereligions.jpg

I see the value in this approach to life just as I see value in certain aspects of other religions. What this condensed article is describing is pertinent to the human aspirations I most admire: Wisdom, Compassion and Mindfulness. And according to this author, that is the point of Zen.

But I also know that Zen is considered a fathomless concept, and none knew it better than D. T. Suzuki. So if anyone is truly interested in studying more about Zen, he would be a good starting point.

***

The quotes listed here are from the blog article: The Way of Zen – Wisdom, Compassion & Mindfulness  .    Posted on October 24, 2014 by Christopher Chase (https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/the-way-of-zen-wisdom-compassion-mindfulness/?fbclid=IwAR1baYMA9UAfRnPJliTnIjB7QWR4GUQAegOKV126aTsQV_vwmLMV1pXMY5g)

zenstoneripplessand.jpg

 

“Much has been written about Zen, but there are 3 essentials that are especially important. These insights and practices flow from the Buddha’s teachings yet can be applied by people of all religious faiths.

The first is the awakening of wisdom, what Buddha called right view. It’s coming to see the impermanence and empty “self” nature of all that exists. Seeing through the illusions of compartmentalized thinking to a more holistic understanding of how every atom, river, planet, galaxy and living being in our Universe arise together and flow as one interdependent ever-changing whole. …

The second is ethical conduct and compassion, valuing love and life more than material things, power or wealth. Supporting others, seeking to reduce violence and suffering, cultivating greater kindness and equality in society. Prioritizing peace, love and compassion is at the core of what many wise beings have shared with the world down through history. …

Finally, Zen teaches mindfulness of the present moment, observing what is happening without attachment or aversion. Being aware of what we are doing right here, right now, where ever we are. The practice of seated meditation is meant to assist with efforts to concentrate and calm the mind, but it is moment-to-moment mindfulness in all situations that Buddha most strongly emphasized. …

These three essentials taught by the Buddha: wisdom, compassion and mindfulness—are linked together synergistically and interdependently. When we successfully prioritize all three each serves to strengthen the development of the others. Over time (and with practice) we become more compassionate, wise, mindful, loving, joyful and at peace.    –Christopher Chase”

thickkhquotepresent moment.jpg

 

The VERB

seemtobeaverb45

“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.” – R. Buckminster Fuller – I Seem to Be a Verb

 

I’ve been a R. Buckminster Fuller fan since college. One of my art professors was a huge “Bucky” fan and brought the entire spectrum of Fuller’s genius to our budding awareness.

In class we made mock-up, walk-in domes and read many of his books.  I Seem to Be a Verb was even required reading for our Art Aesthetics class. It was my first realization of Fuller’s intellectual scope and cultural affectation at the height of his career fame.fulleranddome55

After all these years, and long after his death in 1983, I’m still a fan.  He is one of my all-time heroes for many reasons.

 

Another great quote, was the “trim-tab” comment:

Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary — the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trimtab. boat

It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trimtab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go.

So I said, call me Trimtab.”

In fact, there are so many excellent Bucky Fuller quotes, I’ll just list a few for this post.

“You cannot change how someone thinks, but you can give them a tool to use which will lead them to think differently.”   Buckminster Fullerdont changebyfighting it34.png

 

“You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. The significance of you will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume you are fulfilling your significance if you apply yourself to converting all you experience to highest advantage to others. Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”   Buckminster Fuller

fullerbanner554

“We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.   Buckminster Fuller

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. buckytombstone trimtab.jpgAnd never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.”   Buckminster Fuller

 

“Quite clearly, our task is predominantly metaphysical, for it is how to get all of humanity to educate itself swiftly enough to generate spontaneous social behaviors that will avoid extinction.”  Buckminster Fuller

“We are now synergetically forcedcomprehensive-design-science-55-728.jpg to conclude that all phenomena are metaphysical; wherefore, as many have long suspected — like it or not — “life is but a dream.”    Buckminster Fuller

 

And if you are really into a challenge, read Fuller’s two tomes on Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking (Vol. 1 & 2).

His overall theory is that LIFE is proven to be well-designed. but by whom and for whom, he doesn’t say.

 

The Reality Distortion Field

What is the reality distortion field?

I heard the term repeated this morning in relation to the Chaos-maker in Chief, so I checked the online definition against what I youngstevejobs333.jpgthought that it meant, and saw it primarily referred to Steve Jobs (Apple computer fame) ability to create a fantasy so real that others bought into it and helped bring it into reality.

How Jobs did this was through positive visualization, high-energy promotion through marketing savvy, and flat-out lying.

I think the last attribute best applies to our current chaotic situation, BUT…while I was contemplating how each of us tends to “create our own reality” and “see things the way we want to see them” I ran across some contributing thoughts from others on the subject.

Some of these thoughts might more directly apply to my consideration of creating a reality distortion field—‘seeing reality as you wish to see it while convincing others to do the same,’ and other thoughts mentioned are in reference to consciousness in general and how we tend to only focus on those aspects that we choose to be our focus to create the reality that we presently live in.

***

Dr Joe Dispenza – OFFICIAL NEWS & FAN PAGE

“To become familiar with your unconscious states drjoepersonalrealityof mind and body takes an act of will, intention, and heighten awareness. If you become more aware, you become more attentive. If you become more attentive, you become more conscious. If you grow to be more conscious, you will notice more. If you notice more, you have a greater ability to observe self and others, both inner and outer elements of your reality. Ultimately, the more you observe, the more you awaken from the states of the unconscious mind into conscious awareness. ⁣

The purpose of becoming self-aware is so that you no longer allow any thought, action, or emotion you don’t want to experience to pass by your awareness. Thus, in time, your ability to consciously inhibit those states of being will stop firing and wiring of the old neural networks that are related to the old personality. And as a result of no longer re-creating the same mind on a daily basis, you prune away the hardware that is related to the old self. In addition, by interrupting the feelings that are associated with those thoughts, you are no longer signaling genes in the same way. You are stopping the body from reaffirming itself as the same mind. This process is whereby you quite simply begin to ‘lose your mind.’ ⁣
As you develop the skill of becoming familiar with all aspects of your old self, you will ultimately become more conscious. Your goal here is to unlearn who you used to be, so that you can free up energy to create a new life, new personality. You can’t create a new personal reality as the same personality. You have to become someone else. Awareness is your first task in moving from your past to creating a new future.”

***

Resonance Science Foundation

nassimpichead68Nassim Haramein

“You create your reality, but reality is creating you, too!”  Examining the difference between personal and consensus reality.

http://www.abzu2.com/2018/11/20/nassim-haramein-you-create-your-reality-but-reality-is-creating-you-too/

***

Dalai Lama

“Where you focus your emotions is how you tend to view your life. Intentionally change your emotions for the better and you change your life view to reflect a more loving, compassionate life.”

“How to Train Our Mind – HHDL explains how to train our mind to tackle destructive emotions in this short video clip from his meeting with a group from India at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on February 11, 2019.”

https://www.dalailama.com/videos/how-to-train-our-mind

 

 

Process or Product?

Which are we: Process or Product?

I was watching a video of a robotic arm spewing toothpaste-consistency clay from its endpoint nozzle onto a non-revolving turn-table. (Similar to a 3-D printer circling a center point.)

As the robotic arm repeatedly circled the table, revolution by revolution, the clay emitted in the process slowly began to form a tube circle, then build circle upon successive circle until it became vessel-like in appearance.clayextrusionunifornm

After the clay tubing grew to about a foot tall, the engineers must have gotten programming-creative and began to do odd loops and tweaks in the circling process until the vase formed some loopy design anomalies that were pretty interesting.  This was the artistic part of the robotic forming process—artistry through coded engineering.

The end product in this clay extrusion process was the completed vase that was actually quite interesting and ingenious in its own right, but at roboarmclay34.jpgthe same time left me a little unenthusiastic about creating art objects in this manner because it took the potter’s hands out of the process (and I really enjoyed hand-thrown pottery class).

Artificial and engineered-robotic intelligence can create amazing objects, and yes, a programmer had to input the initial coding to make it all happen—that is true. But watching this clay vessel being formed which was meant more for aesthetic appreciation rather than function—created without a human’s personal touch—felt not only impersonal to me; it felt pointless in some ways.claystrudergit42.JPG

Robotic or engineered processes are meant for duplication ease and consistency in creating multiples of a product or the components of that product. That is why it was introduced into industrial settings—to eliminate the human factor and all the financial/actuarial detritus because of that.

But when it comes to considering the ART value of the robotic-product that is created, is it a human-generated, unique artifact reflective of the culture that created it or a mass-produced lump of hardened clay devoid of aspirational intentions other than to make more money? Maybe that is best determined by the ‘creator’ of the product.

So then I thought about the old, Isaac Asimov short-story called “The Last Question” where all of life has long ago passed away leaving only an omniscient AI computer that recreates the basis for restarting the entire LIFE process again with the simple statement to itself of “Let there be light!”

This leads me to another thought that perhaps we are not so much a product of life as we are more of a continuing life process, along with the popular mythology image playing in my mind of God creating the first human from a lump of clay and breathing LIFE into it. Did S/He do it through a clay-extrusion tube?

adamcreatemichaelangelo356.jpg

For us as humans, our life process is imperfect and constantly changing, but we are still yearning for our own, as well as our species, continuation on this planet.

But to follow up on that thought, if we are instead life products, then there are billions of us on this earth doing what we do in our own good interests and bad. And we are fast filling up our earth’s warehouse with human vessels—some of which are more functional than others.

However, if we are life processes and all billions of us are in motion toward change of some sort—then we represent LIFE itself in process as an evolution of intentions and cause/effect actions taken toward both short-term goals and long-term results, personally and as a collective consciousness.

The true intention of our origins is a puzzle we haven’t yet solved, even though we frequently speculate on origin possibilities.

For the most part, I know we tend to think of ourselves as the creator and determiner of our own fates and ai circuits56.jpgdestinies, but are we really in charge of our lives here or are we just mass-produced products of some AI-designed extrusion process that “peoples” this particular planet for some enigmatic reason?

I don’t really know which we are, but if we are created by an omniscient AI, perhaps it is time for a program change to a smarter, less self-destructive vessel.

Just a suggestion.

 

Synchronous Sources

Not a surprise that much of my blog-material inspiration comes from information sources that I follow on Facebook.  I do recognize that Facebook represents different things to different people, but to me I like the thought-provoking and more inspirational stuff that I follow on there, along with the beautiful images.

Also not a surprise is that sometimes with the many sources that I do follow, they seem to line up down the scrolling page in an uncanny, synchronous fashion to make a case for or to substantiate my opinions on many aspects of what we refer to as this life or this reality experience that we share.

So this morning by the third posting, I recognized the pattern of information being explored, and simply took note of it here. This is how it presented itself in this exact order on my homepage:

Resonance Science Foundation

nassambathtun8 (1)“What we call matter is really just specific dynamics of the field we are bathing in.”Nassim Haramein

 

 

Dr Joe Dispenza – OFFICIAL NEWS & FAN PAGE

http://bit.ly/ChangingBoxesLiveStream
“…When you want change in your life, what do you do?
You have been programmed to think that in order to get something different, you have to do something different. This negative programming is limiting you with every thought in your mind, and it is known as your “box.”

The truth is for you to make changes at the deepest level of yourself, you have to become someone different, breaking free of your “box.” At this never seen before live stream Changing Boxes meditation workshop, you’ll be able to tap into to a field of information, a frequency, that is the highest expression of connection between everything you desire from the future and experience it in the present moment….”   (I would have listed the link for the podcast but there is a $60 charge for participating. This same phenomena of “tapping into the field of information frequency (akasha) to create your desired reality” that Dr. Joe is mentioning here, I have personally experienced, but through listening to a Tom Kenyan CD set called “The Sphere of All Possibilities,” [NOTE: I reviewed the set here April 7, 2016 called “Trippin on Tom Kenyan”] and likewise, it was even more money.)

The Shift Networkselfinquiryshift

“Self-inquiry is the most powerful antidote for ending self-delusion and dropping the mask to reveal our true face to the world and ourselves.”
Quote via Mark Matousek

 

 

Resonance Science Foundation

 “All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.” – Nikola Tesla

tesla

 

 

 

 

 

 

nassambathtun8 (2).jpg

Resonance Science Foundation

“The universe exists solely of waves of motion.” – Walter Russell

–photo by Clarke Little

 

 

The Shift Network

grofpsychoffuture.jpg

“Discover an expanded map of psyche and cosmos, including the nature and role of transpersonal experiences.

Start Here : https://theshiftnetwork.com/PsychologyOfTheFuture

Attend A Free Online Event with With Psychiatrist and Transpersonal Psychology Pioneer Stanislav Grof, MD, PhD and open to new insights in psychology and spirituality that are profoundly effective in creating lasting healing and growth for yourself and others.

Grof’s brilliant mind and encyclopedic knowledge of the various schools of psychology enable him to piece everything together into one coherent whole. Out of his many decades integrating the insights, research, and practices of transformational traditions from around the world, he’s developed a unique and empowering vision of the psychology of the future.

Learn more & register here : https://theshiftnetwork.com/PsychologyOfTheFuture “

***

And the sequence concluded with Alberto V’s post for the day:

albertovjaguarquote654.jpg