Love is in the Air

February 1st, 2021

February is marked by the collective legends of the Saint Valentines’ from religious history (there were several) but I prefer the earlier pagan ritual.  The tale told is that one of the gods could grant a couple a one year trial “marriage” to test their love and skill in a partner relationship.  That would have saved me a lot of money on divorces and perhaps set me up with a different attitude.  For me love is an indication of preference.  After many trips to the altar I can testify that I prefer my wife.  We don’t always agree but most of the time I’m not totally convinced that I agree with what I’m thinking, less yet doing.  For most folks it appears that a requirement to pay more attention to what is going on around you is an abuse.  We need an alarm or a nag to wake us up in February and notice that all those great promises we made in January are not being attended to.  That commitment rarely makes it a month.  It appears that this year we have added an evolutionary mandate, or at least its consequences; to our list of commitments we may need a “love god” to help maintain those preferences.

I’m suggesting we start with more attention, not to all the threats, claims and demands to control via fear but the vision of being part of a new united human relationship.  Now that is love for you!  The question is not whether the danger is real but can we focus on this supplementary information and still pay attention to the goal of creating the foundation for a global culture?  I imagine this will take more years to bring to fruition than you and I will live.  It has to start by attending to the offer of change and stepping away from the bias of polarization.  Forget the “old ways;” a demand that never really worked very well and embrace innovation, partnership and all the other stumbling that comes with new relationships.  We are all investing in a future with a very slow return and a very bold solution.  Like all journeys, it will start with that first step so wake up and pay attention.

Most folks start to pay attention when they notice they are lost.  Look at the news, the internet BS and your neighbors with posters hung-up with barbed wire.  In the old days the bad guys wore masks and now everyone wears masks.  You are lost!  Please move your attention to all the people doing double duty with working and home-schooling children.  The people helping older folks get groceries and maintain their living quarters.  The huge increase in the homeless population in America accompanied by mountains of trash.  All this does make love a challenge.  You can add to the list but I think we’ve reached a point of agreement.  It is time for all to step up and pay attention.

The best tool for attention is a short meditation (a singularity or one focus) but words of encouragement to a neighbor keeping up with home and family maintenance, employees working under the strain of extra tasks from imposed restrictions, and all the people waiting in line for yesterdays services that they lost need acknowledgment.  One globe, one humanity and one “family.”  Not there yet but on the path.  

Chriss

Picture 2021

January 26th, 2021

New Year’s morn, after a delightful breakfast out, my wife and I decide to drive across the creek to visit Portland.  They have had their share of riots and homeless in 2020 but with Covid-19 we had not been over to check how they managed.  Below are a few pictures from a creek side road near the Portland airport.  The tempo on January 1st for 2021 does not demonstrate much progress but we still have 364 days to manage the obvious issues.  How is your neighborhood doing?  What can we all do to help?

Update and salute to Portland along with a thank you from your northern neighbor. Today, Jan. 27th, the PDOT was out cleaning up the mess displayed above. The question left is why do folk that are down and out have to live so uncivilized?

Attention, Questions and Decisions

January 1st, 2021

Can you recall ever driving down a road, maybe headed somewhere or just out on an adventure, and feeling pretty good after you notice that you hit all the lights green through town?  How cool is that!  Maybe just a chance event but it influenced your mood.  We are easy to influence; ask any advertiser.  We can also influence other folks and often a lot more than we think.  It could be intentional or not and you may recall how or not.  Whether a skill or luck you can do it and most of the time you can do it with intention.  The science of probability states that our attention can change the state of an electron from a particle to an energy wave.  There are a lot of “steps” between those levels of influence but both are real and we have a game.

My intent this year is to work with this game of influence.  Back one hundred plus  years ago we believed that there was a one true and correct answer to solve a problem.  Now we have a lot more problems and even more solutions that didn’t work.  Lots of conflicting claims and a host of good people working hard to reveal even a partial “truth”—anything to produce some results.  We still have folks pushing the old promise to have faith and trust;”the lions won’t eat you.”  That didn’t work out too good last time around and now we are all confused. 

There is a little caveat we gained when the “one and only truth” idea went south.  Ranges switched from dichotomies  with opposite poles to ranges that started at a “secured point” and expanded until those ranges bifurcate.  Evolution produces more variables so every element, concept and possibility split in each epoch.  Input of more energy into these new type ranges produces diversity of results.  No perfect idea but lots of concepts and a solution in our future may be a unique adaptation of a type that works for your version of the common issue.

This new evolutionary change will take a hundred years or more to fully mature.  Wise for now to be wary of any pitch “for the snake oil” fix that is a promise to cure all your ills or even one ill for all people.  It’s going to become even more complex so pay attention, ask lots of questions and know you are going to have to make many decisions.   

Please avoid polarized conflicts and any version of yesterdays search for the one truth.  Old habits die slow and the tools of evolution, wars and pestilence, weigh heavy on lost souls supporting forgotten dreams.  I’m reaffirming my personal commitment to daily exercise and meditation for the new year.  I love new games and look forward to playing with you for many years to come.

Chriss

Happy End of Truth

December 1st, 2020

There is a part of me that misses the concept of a truth out there.  As a kid I went along with but never really believed in Santa Claus or that a show of affection would heal a wound.  Growing up my interpretation of events was always quite different than my peers.  I didn’t believe that one of us had to be right, I just thought it odd that there could be so many different views for a topic or an experience.  I liked science and math and headed towards higher education in engineering but discovered the field was adrift with change and uncertainty.  I switched to psychology because its solutions were more “intuitive.”  Searching for an outcome that worked for an individual in their real life situation had more appeal to me than the demand to adjust to the facts (truth) of life. 

However, this did not become the path of my work experience.  No real truth in law enforcement; lots of rules and most trumped by politics.  No real truth in management but profit and more politics.  No real truth in teaching but ridiculous rules and again politics.  It took two years and a lot of “non-truths” to get a non-profit rating from the government for me to open a training center under the guise of a church.  My vision was to operate outside of the scope of politics and truth as an absolute.  Great idea but students came looking for a real truth.  Funny!

My view of politicians is that of an animal trainer (or most teachers).  They say whatever to direct the flow of thinking towards the vision of the folks “in power.”  When we discovered that whales eat their trainers we stopped training whales (perhaps no net profit).  I’m not advocating we give up on government!  I’m advocating we get real and give up the idea of an absolute truth.  What I have learned is folks are looking for guidance and willing to trust.  My education in psychology points to an expectation for an unconscious rebellion by people to the lack of truth fed to them.  Is that not what we see today?

I have been teaching “forever” to pay attention to what you create and not how you react.  Not easy because reaction is automatic and unconscious.  I’m glad my wife is tolerant.  Give yourself a break and a little time to move past the automatic reaction.  Your attention can manage and create your vision.  Success comes from patience and practice.  Did I say it takes patience and practice?  Yes!  Correct is not a reaction or compliance to a truth because there is no absolute truth.  Stop looking for a ghost and create your dream; but don’t ignore the path in form to allow your dream fruition.  Covid-19 is a creation that is real in form and it can kill you and me.  It could kill everyone and who believes that science will find an absolute cure in a world with no absolute?  We are all going to die at some time (perhaps the only absolute) so why react to this?  Respect it like every other creation in this universe (remember whales) and attend to your vision for you.

Chriss       

Value in Growth

November 1st, 2020

I have been teaching and counseling all my life.  Most folks describe this work as healing but the truth is a majority of the time they don’t fully heed the teaching or the counseling.  I have always accepted this as part of the human condition.  The “negative” influences in their lives are so strong that they can’t raise beyond them or fear to do so.  That is the nature of growth or change and I have learned to accept progress as profound and limited.  I’m human and I don’t always respond to my learned wisdom.  Our culture has moved with this current evolutionary influence to shake loose from the concept of one absolute correct solution for all human development.  I’m contemplating the idea that the folks who did grow from working with me found value or utility in doing so.  Most saw change as a task or a demand and way too much effort to tackle even when this fact was unconscious.  Healing was the wrong word,  wrong theme, and in fact, just a judgment.  Healing assumes there is an absolute state and that is not a truth today. 

I’m reframing my view and my language to propose value as a real utility in a person’s life.  I don’t care if they call it a healing but I will affirm with my words to propose the opportunity to gain value in their life by attending to the offer for growth or change.  This is not odd when you stop and think about how many folks don’t take the pills prescribed, or the correct amount by a treating physician.  Only with attention on the gain do we act with discipline and only for as long as we can maintain that attention.  Yes, attention is one of the bridges between phenomena and logic.  Real value in replacing the offer for another task to a chance for a miracle.  Less than three percent can pull off making a change in state as a logical step.  It is a miracle beyond that point.

I have taught a lot of students and a fair share of them are teachers today.  If you took classes from me or one of my staff I would be delighted to send you the “healing” six week class material in the new format.  If you are teaching I will, of course, send you the updated material and be happy to answer any of your questions about presentation.  Just e-mail chriss@wizardscache.com for the update.

I’m retired and don’t teach basic classes (energy essentials, energy utility or energy communication) anymore but I still do talks in the states that will allow meetings and I have chats posted on YouTube at the “wizardscache” channel.  Send me a request and I will post a chat this winter on that channel to share.  Good communications support relationships and discourage polarization.  The future is ours, not mine or yours exclusively.  A blessing for you to find utility in this new global state of being.  An old mystic would remind you that 2020 is double judgment and 2021 is judgment and the world.  Now that is a fun old idea.

            Chriss

What is Absolute

October 1st, 2020

I have had several requests to explain why I reference our present cultural (perhaps global) state of change as “no absolute.”  I’m not anti-religion and I don’t care what you believe in.  I would prefer you believe in your potential for change but that is my bias that I need to balance with the fact that an infinitesimal number of real people fully integrate change.  I also believe that nothing will happen until you take responsibility (take action over time).  We have a question of standards and where did they get created?  Someone made them up!  Do I need to affirm this statement?  I’m sorry, you need to affirm this fact like everything else that you believe works.  Are we clear here?  The speed of light, the power of gravity, the concept of calorific intake and its consequences are all fabricated based on the idea of what is the most probable.  The most probable is that you will die and you will fail with your vision for you.  I can’t work with this fact so I write blogs, teach techniques (that work sometimes—do you recall the words of Abraham Lincoln?), and counsel folks.  I do all of this to compel change for me.  I like you because I have a pattern labeled proximity and you play in my “sandbox”; are we good?

The above may feel harsh but it is not absolute.  An absolute is the benchmark and ultimate standard for everything.  Free will and autonomy are oxymoron’s in the wake of perfection.  Is wholeness all possibilities or just the one correct way?  Even though we may not agree I need to hear your counterview.  I may be right this time and most of the time but that is just a probability.  I cannot be of service in life to me or anyone else if in the most important moment my view falters.  The fact is that I have learned everything from my failures and still have a lot to learn.  I have no idea what your story of confidence is but I’ll bet you have made a mistake or two.  A mapmaker is always lost and never found or what use are they?  But a map is still not the territory.  What is the utility of life but to discover, have experience, make friends with a few special ones and be of service to the balance?

The evolutionary change is like zooming in one level on a computer map.  With each step you gain some information on screen and lose other labeling.  A map of California marks San Francisco as a dot but when you zoom way in you get streets, hotels, restaurants, etc. but lose sight of all the other cities in California.  Zoomed in may look more complex on screen but it is just different information.  For us humans each window is a different frame in consciousness; the information at that level that we may be able to process consciously as self and environment.  It feels like a change and it is with the task to discover value in each frame.  Each level of information provides a different perception but they all represent the environment within that you create the idea or concept of you in.  Evolutionary growth is more frames and more states of you needed to balance self as congruent across the levels.  No one absolute version can represent you in all those different environments.  Life is not photo-shop process of you onto a background but you creating a state of being in a different environment.

Chriss    

New Release by Deborah

September 6th, 2020

“Hemispherica Portalis” is the debut collaboration album from the collective imagination of Deborah Martin and Dean De Benedictis. Performing under the moniker “Desensitized,” these two veteran ambient electronic sound explorers have joined forces to craft a thought-provoking work of art that combines ancient and futuristic moods into a captivating world of sound, filling the imagination with illusory images of undiscovered realms.

The abstract and alluring music that unfolds across the album’s seven tracks is in many ways just what one would expect when De Benedictis & Martin’s recognizable yet disparate styles are focused into a singular expression. “Hemispherica Portalis” acts as a jumping-off point for the duo’s “Desensitized” deep dive into a new form of texture-based sonic exploration – one that merges vintage space-music tendencies with a modern electronic ambient style. Roiling in slow motion, Deborah’s signature sounds and digital synth expressions expand and contract as the occasional acoustic flourish or melodic moment briefly bubbles to the surface. Added to that are the nuanced layers of Dean’s remarkable laptop-based sound-sculpting approach and the resulting array of textural, experimental, and at times gritty elements that he expertly swirls into the mix. This blending of the two artist’s distinct sonic palettes and differing styles paints an appealing and cohesive soundscape that is lush, refreshing, and truly special.

“I knew the drastic contrast between our two approaches would likely yield something new,” explains Dean. “Deborah has a majestic and pristine melodic style, while I bring a textural and sometimes edgy experimental approach, using sounds I often create on the spot. I find the combination of our layers and approaches uniquely lush and personally refreshing.”

Deborah elaborates, “Dean’s years of sound sculpting expertise paid off in ways I can never fully explain; as soon as I began playing the melodic basic song structures, he was immediately adding textures and nuances that glued the passages into place. The creative result is a breathtaking display of original sound samplings, live recorded textural beds, and electronic elements melding into a profound ambient electronic revelation.”

Together as “Desensitized,” Deborah Martin & Dean De Benedictis summon a unique and expansive sound that is vivid, alive, colorful, and surreal, as the subtle dreamscapes of “Hemispherica Portalis” offer a sublime retreat into sonic beauty, where past and future echoes mingle, collide, and fuse into dreams, deeply alien…yet somehow familiar.

To sample tracks or purchase click here.

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Decide Please

September 2nd, 2020

When presented with a menu of choices we humans like to break it down to two selections and then pick one of the two.  Lots of theories out there as to why we do this but this action is well documented.  I think with our culture steeped in dichotomies for such a long epoch we naturally engaged those types of patterns (good/bad; right/wrong; etc.) and it does activate inductive reasoning (intuition).  We have this resource that is always running and will automatically make a “choice” between limited courses of action based on past experience.  No thinking, no need to do a conscious search for data and it burns no calories.  Literally a free service and it works great—with some exceptions.  If your history in life has been unpleasant, abusive or repulsive then those options will fill your intuition database.  Not an easy process to override.  And, of course, all bets are off during a cultural change.  What worked in the past is now ineffectual.  I’m sure I addressed this issue in previous blogs but this becomes paramount during our present mandate.

This process is referred to as an “A/B comparison” and we should take a look at the logical struggle that it places us in.  With only two options to choose from, in our present “no-truth meme”, it is a set-up to be 50% wrong and 50% right on average.  No truth means no external support for either alternative—can you trust a Google search?  And, if you’re not personally comfortable with decision- making, you will hold and present two options to everyone around you as a “demand” to entertain the duo and make the decision.  None of this is intentional but it does sway you emotionally.  Most of us, in our present personal growth, are looking at what influences us, what we wish to support and what to abandon.  Do you see how this is forcing folks to polarize?  The cultural offer is no longer about being right but to share your opinions, not defend them, with others in your life.  Input with these relationships will enrich and inform you towards a positive decision.  It is no longer judged as right or wrong but it could be the influence you need at this moment in time.  The clue here is if someone states “I’m doing this for me” they are talking through the mask of intuition.  “Me” is a familiar from the past and not necessarily a potential for your future. 

The future is always unknown.  Perhaps imagined, a potential or just a direction—a starting point on a journey.  In the logical system the end of a “line” is a point.  For us humans the end is death.  Get the point?  Growth is finding a new line from the end point of the last flowing into a different direction.  Becoming is to be done with the old line and point and begin anew.  A wise step to help integrate this is to always have more than three options available before you initiate decision-making.  Spending a little time with each potential will override the short-cut offered by intuition.  A well-formed decision puts you in motion; a correct decision is only a point. 

Chriss

Been There, Done That

August 1st, 2020

According to author Alison Weir, King Henry VIII was said to be terrified of the Sweat and he demanded to be moved around England in a bid to escape the spread of the disease.  English sweating sickness, also known as the Sweats, was a mysterious and contagious disease that struck England and later continental Europe in a series of epidemics with the beginning of the reign of Henry VII, in 1485.  The last outbreak occurred in 1551, after which the disease apparently vanished.  The onset of symptoms was sudden, with death often occurring within hours.  Its cause remains unknown, although it has been suggested that an unknown species of hantavirus or anthrax might have been responsible.  What I find interesting is the protocol to deal with the disease was wearing masks, social distancing and total lock-down—homes and businesses.  We have come a long way since 1485.

I’m not a medical doctor, researcher or an advocate for any views or actions with epidemics or whatever they are labeling that which is presently taking lives.  I’m also not a historian but I do know that this process is not unusual in the chronicle of humankind.  My background is in developmental psychology and my present interest is in assisting folks to distinguish between their personal developmental change and that of their cultural change, or what Robert Kegan called the evolutionary mandate.  In personal growth we pursue a vision that holds value for us.  Yes, the vision does change and so does the path but our story that we generate supports this process.  In evolutionary change the very nature of value changes and most of us mystically change our story and vision to adapt; but it is not congruent with the original tale. This comes at a cost to us, often not conscious but real.  I get that our government, or its authorized privately funded organizations, are attempting to reduce the perception of threat.  Is that working for you?  When our story breaks down we breakdown.  Henry VIII could shuffle and not defend that maneuver but in the information age we need to defend.  Enough said or I could be censored.   

At one time I did teach karate and a hard concept to sell to students was to defend from the center of a room and not along a wall or in a corner.  It may feel safer not needing to watch your back but movement is what is important in any form of decision-making.  I have been on this planet for over three-quarters of a century and the markers I recognize as the evolutionary mandate are an increase in homelessness and intense polarization.  Have you noticed the homeless population?  Is there any question about the intense level of polarization?  The popular ethic today is profit, truth is a well supported bias and integrity is not a performance but a marketing campaign.  Government or powerful folks have attempted to produce some form of balance in the past and have now apparently surrendered that effort to control via deception.  The tools of the evolutionary mandate are plagues and war.  Disease and poverty did its job to manage population but progress, financial and medical have offset that balance.  I have no solution to offer and I pray that our youth will be innovated.  Will they discover that innovation in a field of fear and deception?  How may I be of service?

Chriss

New direction

July 1st, 2020

If you have been following this present stream of blogs; our universe and everything in it including all form, space, language and probably your thoughts along with a few sources of energy to sustain the package is part of a system I refer to as the “logical system.”  That is everything you know or know about including the concept of “knowing.”  Occasionally we humans get a glimmer of inspiration, a novel idea, a vision or any type of phenomena imaginable.  A taste of something that you do now know or know about.  An imagined possibility that is uncertain, but perhaps has some hint of probable, is from the realm of the “creation system.”  This arrangement provides nothing but the potential and the energy to create anything imaginable and, in fact, created the logical system.  The trick is to direct this prospect into the logical system where it can be defined in form; “be real” for our human experience.  I’ll bet you have had some luck with this or have friends with moments of success.  These innovations are usually referred to as art or luck.  The question is, we big brain animals learn so why have we not mastered this process after all these years?

By now you know the answer; evolution keeps changing the logical system.  It was a neat trick “in the beginning” with the grid to provide an assortment of potentials as independent and separate with the total equaling the same all potential that the creation system holds sacred.  But even these small chunks of all potential were too large a bite for our human game so we divided it again into dimensions.  We slowed down the moment now into “time” increments and who knows what we shoved into the other dimensions.  It may have worked or be working but no one person seems to be conscious of the progress and with every division we lose sight of the meaning (what are we doing this for) and have to search out new meaning or value in each epoch.  The initial act of creating our human game from the creation system’s potential was to divide and that process may never halt.

We have tried everything we could think of (logical system) and played with transcendence (creation system) with no apparent change in course.  We did discover the bridges between the systems from our work with transcendence and that is an important asset.  Habit or redundancy has helped keep us safe but stuck in a perpetual cycle of life and death.  We traditionally process life as stories but I suggest we master life as patterns.  Our entire logical system, the whole universe, is patterns producing structure.  I don’t recall what we all did to get this far but I can imagine that if we discover and follow the pattern into the unknown we will carry life into unfamiliar territory.  I think it would be fun for a change to be one step ahead of evolution instead of being pushed (usually run-over) by it.  This project may take more time than what I have left in this game but has the potential to produce a legacy, totally unknown and by design secured by patterns that we can feel and not stories we made up and need to defend.  We humans have changed the game a lot in the past four thousand years but have also left a trail of waste and toxins from this trial and error process.  Everything that has stood the test of time has been secured into patterns (structure).  We have tried change and now I recommend the act of becoming.  Find or create that new pattern for being.

Chriss