Wizard in the Space

October 2nd, 2019

Last month we explored assignments between people and this month I will continue that thread looking at assignments between humans and space.  Aristotle, from the traditional meme, professed that if God was everything then one possible way to know God would be to imagine a grid in the space in front of you.  Assign each cell in the grid a projected aspect or value of God.  Systematically relate (perhaps meditate) on one cell at a time and notice how and where you feel that aspect or value in you.  Like Neville Goddard, I would label those cells aspects of creation today and not God but either will work.  In practical terms, you could assign anything you don’t know, understand or even have a clue about it to any empty space and relate to that space (i.e., label, feel and record location).  Your set-up is very important because in your lifetime you may never cognitively understand the answer to your query.  Don’t request an answer or mastery but a clue and a path to a possible “enlightened” response.  Remember in working with space it is not “how to” but “who I need to become” to create the experience or value for you.

As a young teen one summer I was participating in a form of hide and seek at a mountain camp.  With over 100 boys looking for me I planned a path through some woodlands to reach the safe zone.  It was so dark in the woods that I couldn’t move safely even one step.  I looked up and saw a small sparkle of light through the branches.  I assumed that was the moon and asked that twinkle to share some light.  A blue faint light appeared around me and moved with me as I tracked through the forest.  I have no intellectual definition for what the apparition was or how it came about.  The bonus was that once out of the woods the searchers could not see me until I walked over to the table in the safe zone and sat down.  Cool!

It does not need to take the form of a formal request.  Henri Poincare, a nineteenth-century French mathematician, was attending to some arithmetical questions without apparent success.  He wrote, “Disgusted with my failure, I went to spend a few days at the seaside.”  At the bluffs one morning the insight suddenly came to him “that the arithmetical transformations of indeterminate ternary quadratic forms were identical with those of non-Euclidian geometry.”  I also have no intellectual idea what all that is about but the seaside was the space.

At times it is not a space but a frame of mind.  Another famous mathematician, Carl Gauss, reports working on a theorem for four years with no solution.  Then, one day, the answer came to him “as a sudden flash of light.”  He could not recall the thread of thought that connected his years of work with that flash of insight.

Why the puzzle?  Science believes that your brains work tirelessly and unconsciously on a problem until it solves it.  If that takes considerable time the answer would feel like an inspiration.  I believe the solution already exists but you need time to become the person that can hear and understand it.  That is why I think it wise to assign the task to a space outside.  For me, the act of occasionally checking into that space with my attention invokes the inspiration with me as a conscious participant.  Moving forward is the act of becoming and not an argument for a past approach, an unsolvable issue or limiting “truth.”

Chriss      

Stepping up to Relate

September 13th, 2019

I’m going to continue our conversation from last month in this blog because I don’t wish for you to get the idea that assignments are simple or just a cool trick.  You could research on line or talk to friends to find the highest rated local person to do a specific job for you and have the work turn out a flop.  You could make a request to an empty space, a guide, an angel or your dead aunt to find you a unicorn and grow very old waiting for that vision to materialize.  We live in a Universe embracing two systems; balance in form with structure from logic builds the stuff and the “empty space” which is full of energy registered as emotion and imagination that defines possible.  For example, it is possible for you to fly but your structure requires that you utilize an airplane for that endeavor.  Lots of folks in history had the imagination to fly, had the energy or passion to pursue the idea, held sacred a vision and plan but the structure was not yet in place.  It did not go well for them.  We need to take a closer look at the details.

I was a ski instructor for a time and it was great fun guiding blind athletes down the slopes or teaching amputees to ski.  I have heard of a blind guy that climbs mountains and others that ascend the rocks from wheelchairs.  Possible has a wide range but they all face limitations in structure.  Structure is a look at “how to” and there is obviously some wiggle room.  It may be a matter of learning, getting fit for the task or building a better plan.  But being a human is not a perfect event.  Prepared we still encounter questions, levels of “burn-out” and plans that fall short.  Some of the creative innovation and energy from potential will assist but you have to keep an eye on the balance.  It is the relationship, like most things with humans, that makes it work.  The empty energy space is the realization of you becoming.  We all understand; you need to stop being the person defined as you and become the person living the potential now.

I recall meeting a young man years ago that came to a Karate Class that I was teaching.  On break I approached him about an interest in lessons.  He told me he was interested but did not have the stamina and was only watching friends work-out.  He reported having brain cancer and only had around six months to live.  I inquired of this 18 year old as to what his biggest dream was.  He said he wanted to play guitar and was taking lessons from a friend but didn’t have the funds to buy his own.  Funny, I had just purchased a used guitar at a great price and had it in my car.  I not only loaned him the guitar but promised to host his debut as a guitar player in four months at my Karate studio.  The story went out and on the appointed date we filled the house for his performance.  To my surprise, he played song after song for over an hour and sounded great.  Not a virtuoso but we both fulfilled our assignments.  He passed three weeks later.  My class roster grew but in less than a year I moved out of the area and stopped teaching Karate.  I never had the heart to approach his family and get my guitar back.  Future became something different for both of us.

Chriss   

Notice the Demand

August 31st, 2019

I was born into a culture and a world that held sacred the concept of an external absolute rule perceived as right, true or correct.  Even as a child I valued structure, scheduling or habits of life but was very frustrated that I had to settle for learning the correct way to be in life.  Yes, an oxymoron and that fact made me, at a very young age, doubt the concept of external absolute.  At 6 a personal experience lead me to think it was a local issue; at 10 I had moved to another state and was saddened when I discovered it was not local.  For the next several years I struggled with visions, external sounds or voices and emotional balance.  My family thought it was my impatience or teen hormones.  I was happy that they had a story that worked for them but I didn’t learn until 14 that I could make external assignments.  Practice with making assignments quickly lead to deleting assignments irrelevant to whom or what activated them.

I have known people that all their life have had noises in their head, heard voices, had visions or simply saw something moving out of the corner or their eye.  I’m not attempting to say overcoming this is a simple task or that I have any special talent—or that they need to.  I had an experience at 18 with directing my attention away from a source of real noise and noticing that the sound reduced.  I’m sure a lot of you have noticed that; like talking to a friend in a noisy restaurant.  In my experience I had a counter-force pressing from the opposite direction of the noise.  I played with moving attention and intensity back and forth for a time; then simply moved my attention to the center point, to me, and all stimuli subsided.   

The Universe is made of some stuff and a lot of space.  The stuff includes all objects, rules, unshakeable ideas and most belief systems (i.e., I believe I am).  The space is energy and light; the force of creation and having a relationship with these two elements is what I perceive as enlightenment.  Not a big deal today because many authors and teachers have proclaimed us post-enlightened.  When I look back over the last fifty-five years this was a big deal for me personally and has taught me to better balance habits and creation.

Setting an alarm clock is an external assignment.  When it goes off in the morning I’m not always immediately cognizant of why I set it but I’m awake.  And if I don’t turn it off it will ring for a time, reset and do it again every morning until I do shut it off.  We have all had this experience, right?  At some point post-conception at least two people started to make assignments for most of you.  I assume there was a conversation about name, a family vision within a culture, a potential future and lots of other stuff.  You grew up listening to that “alarm” that I term a demand and probably added numerous elements to the evolving story of you.   Evolution is an assignment that demands change and even a recluse has a difficult time squelching that alarm.  Meditation provides an opportunity to distance the demand and notice the space and this may take a little practice.  Can you find a moment from the demand to create something in the space?

Chriss    

The passing of Alice Bandy

August 22nd, 2019

For all of you that remember the Order of The Ascended Rose I’m sure you remember Alice Bandy. She held title as Bishop and worked with the Preceptorial Training Program. She also taught many programs that she created and was active in The Church of Religious Science. This Wednesday she passed after a few years dealing with cancer. Very sorry to lose an old friend and fellow teacher.

Chriss

Sneaky Change

July 31st, 2019

We dined with some visiting friends at a local Chinese restaurant that my wife and I have frequented over the last several years.  I placed the order for the group and requested rice bowls and chopsticks.  To my surprise, the present staff had no idea what rice bowls were.  The senior wait staff lady came to ask us if our intent was to eat like Chinese people with rice bowls and chopsticks.  I confirmed politely and she presented us with the requested implements.  I inquired and the staff were not American born Asians.  How wild; can you imagine a cultural change at that level?  I cannot.

Two days later I was chatting with a new Asian woman employee at my bank while waiting for a notary service.  I shared my Chinese restaurant story and asked if she had noticed any trend in eating differently in her home country.  She said that she graduated from college in Asia and came straight to America for a job.  In college she had not been around family or anyone that ate the traditional way.  Her facial expression did not indicate to me any surprise with the possibility of an eating style change.  What would it take to generate such a state of change even if just with young folks?  I don’t believe such a change has accorded in China, yet, but that is a profound example of the power in an evolutionary mandate.

Most of us talk about change, spiritual growth, high demand stress culture, complexity; but we seem to resist all this change or at best struggle with it perpetually.  I fully agree with the need for some type of “slap in the face” to wake us up and I’m willing to embrace such an experience.  However, the evolutionary mandate is sneaky and it undercuts our values (utility) to present a new path, habit or pattern, not for the same goals, but for newly presented goals that are not conscious  or supported yet (no story).  We got taken, again, by a system that must have a bigger database than Google.  But in truth we are awesome in our story telling, less awesome as a global citizen, only 40% human by DNA, fully indoctrinated in a family drama and a community or tribe.  The story of “I” is habitually the story of family and community with only a hand-full of unique twists mostly generated by random meta-patterns.  Our fingerprints, gut biome, DNA, an assortment of meta-patterns and a few story indexes may be all that produce the proud “me.”  In the last few thousand years most of us have bridged the gap from “me” to “us” as a tribe or community.  The gap from “us” to “them” is much larger and our next human goal.  We are one planet; one people with a mixed up batch of human stories, rules, ethics and politics.  We got this far from securing “no” and entertaining “we” as an extended and enriched identity.  Talk to your grandchildren and gain their views on all those characteristics, concepts and belief structures that you may still hold sacred.  Spend some time reflecting in meditation and see how many of these you may secure as “done” and extend your range.  Uniqueness is a resource to humankind that we don’t wish to lose.  Instead of killing folks for it we need to respect them for their distinctiveness.  And don’t forget that the evolutionary mandate will more than likely change the game and the goals; unnoticed.

Chriss

Visit to the Muslim Sample

June 22nd, 2019

Northern Morocco and Western Turkey were both green and lush; both rich in agriculture with a few really big cities.  Southern Morocco, of course, is part of the Sahara Desert but surprisingly quite a lot of agriculture.  Both countries were littered with historical artifacts, more so in Turkey going back to 3,000 BC.  All this to Deborah’s delight for she loves history, flowers and open countryside.  I in turn prefer culture and food.  Not much can be said for the food except lots of fresh bread but the culture, the people and the religion were very interesting.  We had a great trip and lots of adventures.

I knew going in to abandon my foodie/health views so that was not an issue.  All the food was fresh and well prepared; just not food I would dine on at home.  I had three goals and we accomplished them and then some.  I studied with an old Dervish from Turkey for a few months in my late twenties but he was not a dancer.  I wished to see and did a group doing the Whirling Dervish ritual and they let us take some pictures.  Very powerful ceremony.  Second desire was to see how they carved an underground city in rock in Cappadocia.  Tons of ash from volcanoes filled the valley floor thousands of years ago with a thick heavy layer of rock on top.  The compressed ash is solid but you can carve into it even with wooden tools.  Amazing site to see and even better from the hot air balloon.  Hard to imagine people lived underground for over two hundred years to avoid religious persecution.   

 The third point was to look at the practice of the Muslim Religion.  I know from my studies that Muslim is a kind of Arab reformed Christian religion but I’d never seen it in practice outside of a few Mosques that I have been to in the US.  Both countries were 99% Muslim but different levels of devotion.  Morocco was definitely steeped in the traditional meme.  When they got their freedom as a country in 1956 they selected by popular vote a Kingdom for their form of government and their form of Muslim Religion is the most liberal.  Women do not wear veils, they get the same free government sponsored education as men, get the same opportunities for jobs and the same pay and rights.  This country is open to all religions and you see traveling many different types of churches.  In the cities the people are more laissez faire about religious practice; they have liquor stores, they party and show respect for women and non-Muslims.  The villagers are far more traditional and often decline their free education after primary school to develop agricultural skills, sheep and goat tending and start having children early.  Lots of organizations have started up all over the country designed to implement change and improve life opportunities for these village people.

Turkey is more in the Modern Meme, more industry, more population and only 4% attend daily prayer at the Mosques.  I believe that both countries present the statistic that they are 99% Muslim because Religion and Government are not separated.  Government builds the Mosques, pays the Emmons (priests) and controls the content.  One level of corruption that we have avoided in the US so far.         

The art of change

May 1st, 2019

 A demand might express some urgency, but it always asserts authority.  Difficult to say no to a demand from someone or something.  A request is a friendlier social structure that acknowledges your options.  The person or thing making the demand assumes this authority but that is not necessarily an absolute.  Imagine that you have the authority when you hear or see a demand to convert that language structure to a request.  Can you see how that would level the playing field?  Of course, there are always consequences to action—both with response to demands as well as requests.  But if you are making the choice you can apply your wisdom to pick an option to minimize those consequences.  That option is not available with a demand.  In a world without an absolute, a world with some form of free will, you may always alter the perception of a demand to a request in your internal dialog and act accordingly.  Most folks report that exercising this simple technique increases their sense of personal power and reduces the number of demands normally leveled on them in the past.   

As an added incentive there is a phenomenon called “death picture” that is an imagined image of a worst case scenario for a consequence that is not defined or clear from a demand.  This affects young minds and regular folks under stress (bank robbery, plane crash, earthquake, etc,).  I have treated a lot of folks over the years for fear from this type of illusion and it is not easy to break this bond.  We humans are naturally programmed to consider negative outcomes more than positive.

But the cultural mandates are a demand, unconscious and very persuasive.  Even though our conscious actions may have generated these levels of change, the nature of its influence is that of a demand to change and not a request to consider a change.  In the past these changes occurred over many years, unnoticed by most except for occasional comments like “the young folks today”, etc.  The nature of complexity, constantly adding more elements each epoch, builds both increasing options to attend in decision-making and faster turnaround time for the epochs.  The intensity of today’s situation may not be passively ignored.  These frequently called memes are a special case for demands.  Robert Kegan, in his book The Evolving Self, termed these mandates “evolutionary truces.”  They, by design, offer options that we have not yet developed the cogitation to support or define.  As a truce, they are an offer to consider a change in how we would normally operate while we develop understanding  for the value or wisdom hidden within.  Remember, humans tend to weigh negative outcomes more than positive and our inductive reasoning or intuition is always on and usually focused on familiar—action learned from our past and not alert to new unknown scenarios.  To anchor into past and polarize with old outdated concepts is resistance to evolution.  This action produces violence and disconnects what we witness in our news today.  I invite you to be conscious, get present now and attend to the decisions you are being guided to make.  The human race is in a state of change.  Wise to be part of the solution and not the problem.  Being an object, a “thing” from the past, will increase entropy.  Wise to attend to change!

Chriss    

Long Range Plans have Steps

April 1st, 2019

In my youth I was fascinated by circuits or patterns and the distribution of energy.  After three years of college in Electronic Engineering I resolved that this field was too abstract and structured for my tastes.  Of course, it was engineering and all this before computers.  I changed my major to psychology and discovered the movement of energy in human patterns to find and support meaning.  I applied this formal education in psychology to the business world with employee training, marketing and sales.  The influx of changes in business and related technology produced more questions than answers.  I continued to keep abreast of the new concepts evolving in psychology and was eager to apply them.  As a side-line, I opened a center in Southern California to support the discovery and development of human potential and re-framed those new concepts into formats that could be marketed as classes and seminars at the center.  This research was great fun and proved beneficial for the students enrolled.  Outcomes arrived not from understanding advanced concepts but from testing and integrating.  The resulting life demonstrations secured the process.

The center defined two pressing issues within its sample population at that time.  The evolutionary mandate was speeding up and creating chaos with two memes active and a third initiating.  We introduced a three year program of study aimed at maturing past the dichotomies and absolutisms of the Traditional meme.  And the second apparent need was the growing competition and frustration between modern medicine and alternative healing.  We created a one year program of training; pairing professionals with alternative healing styles alternating each week.  The goals were to improve relationships and understanding with the professionals; to define the scope and need for alternative techniques; and to add structure and documentation to this proposed system.  At this time we initiated a sample long-term group project exploring the concept of changing states of mind or states of being by employing new long range routines.  Being lean and healthy as a defining statement about you would come from such a change in the habit of being you if you were once overweight (and possibly ill).      

A group formed to lose body weight and the plan was to secure healthier levels as a normal state for each of them.  My personal goal was to lose 48 pounds over the next 10 years and reduce my BMI to 25; both as a normal everyday standard for me.  Everyone had different goals, of course, and very few went the distance.  The plan was not to do anything special except diet one month a year to show the body (the unconscious) a demonstration of the goal.  Most of the time we just put some or all the weight back on during the year but over time the remaining participants did update their norm to (or close to) their proclaimed goal.  Changing states of being was possible with a little structure or discipline and this research formed the foundation for the my newest program; the Wellness Code.

Chriss

It is all a Relationship

March 1st, 2019

Our universe appears very big because we are moving slow.  The size of the universe is relative to speed.  Our slow speed is a product of the fact that we are made up of fat little particles.  May not be something you ever noticed.  What constitutes what we know?  For most folks “I know” means familiar with.  The job of family and education is to get you to the point where you know something; more may be better if nothing were to change.  It would have been wiser to get folks to build relationships with stuff and other folks (I think that was the original plan).  People forget that I know does not mean I’m right or that I can do anything.  A relationship makes the universe the size it appears to be and a group of egos a community of people.  My present blog theme is this conversation about change and culture but first it may be wise to review what I have noticed with individuals, creation and change over the last three-quarters of a century. 

A person gets inspired and starts to entertain the idea of doing something.  This attention evokes the energy into your body to do the task.  It is not those cookies you ate—many folks just get fat from cookies and never do any work.  Come on; you have seen people get enthused and jump into a project.  Your dreams and visions bring in energy to activate and sometimes, if it is not too grand, will carry you through to accomplish the project.  A good plan adds timing to big projects but otherwise all the energy for the entire vision flows in at one time.  With a small project you feel the influx of energy and think that you are now ready to do the work until done.  Your attention is the switch and the energy level a choice.

Long range visions require energy input to flow in steps.  Too much energy in your body at one time leads to a threshold and you shut down.  Perhaps why large projects have a higher failure rate and all that energy in one lump can make you ill, depressed or just lose interest.   

I believe we have all experienced “too much energy ” as well as “not enough energy.”  You get all psyched up to start a task and discover it has to be postponed.  Your body is full of energy and you pace, need to go workout or just get obnoxious.  The “I want it now” card or “I deserve it now” promotes large energy dumps.  If you “out of habit” fully identify yourself with any projects that you are willing to attend to and ignore or put off everything else, the process is personal and again this may make you ill, depressed or just lose interest.  The range here for a human might be from overachiever to failure.  Ouch!

The biggest project a human faces is alteration in their concept of self.  We learned our role from family and culture through the “I know game.”  That worked the first time but everything changes and faster now than in the past.  You will not “know” this time but you will start to feel out of sorts, nothing works like it used to and all the clues forward are confusing.  Change is just a big project and the energy to perform needs to be in steps over time.  Again, forget I know and go with I can imagine. This is possible because evolution also does this to us.  We never stop changing and we do it in steps.  I will provide you with a sample next month and we will start that conversation about cultural change.

Chriss

Is change safe

February 7th, 2019

We do expect new research from all the sciences to generate change in the concepts promoted by them.  The human story is that experience has taught us to be cautious because the same researchers often counter, compete  and change their bearings.  Scientific facts and constants today are just most probable and outcomes are predictable ranges (no absolutes).  Let’s look at some examples other than the obvious gaps in technological sophistication where basic sensibilities deviate over time.

Bathing was very uncommon for folks in America and Europe up until the mid- nineteenth century.  Again, our shared story to justify was that baths and clean water were not available.  But in fact, the issue was not lack of plumbing but the prevailing idea that submerging the body in water was a distinctly unhealthy and even dangerous thing to do.  Clogging one’s pores with oil and dirt allegedly protected you from disease.  A body odor was a sign of a healthy hard working person.  The very rich and royalty might bother to take a bath once a month if they were a clean freak.

The virtues of washing oneself were not self-evident to our ancestors just a few generations past.  Social reform spurred this change in the nineteenth century and soap didn’t come into the picture until the twentieth century— endorsed commercially through advertising.  Today anti-bacterial hand cleaners are encouraged and presented as a free service at the entrance to many businesses.  And this prevails even though science and research tells us not to use the stuff.  We are such social creatures that often norms force choice over wisdom.

Johnathan Haidt, a current writer on today’s cultural changes, points out our human roots as tribal people.  Research also indicates that we all seem to have limits in our circle of influence—a number of personal interactive friends.  The people may change but the number is somewhat consistent.  And “safetyism” is a growing trend where our youth today don’t feel safe or are easily intimidated.  Being raised in front of a television with mostly abstracted communication via internet and phones with peers did not afford them the opportunity to secure an intuitive sense, from real interactive experiences of feeling safe.

In the past we have blamed intuition for producing a false sense of feeling safe. This learned sensation is based on action that occurred in a past similar event.  But no two events are ever exactly the same and less so today as change quickens.  I advocate the wisdom of living life out of trance more of the time; be present for the experience of life and make decisions.  A sense of power is derived from making decisions and not being right.  And yes, we have to deal with the consequences of those decisions, conscious or not.

Chriss