Alone at Last

August 1st, 2021

Being human is never a perfect game but we have done good and are ready for another evolutionary step.  By nature we have been tribal folks with the sizes of tribes growing into nation states.  We perhaps need to bring an end to all those delineations to discover how to connect globally.  Growth or change initiates usually by clearing the palate from the past norms.  We have to get lost to ignite the innovation to create a new paradigm.  I don’t believe someone hid the maps or some aliens are going to present us with directions.  We are going to create a new schema and tune it over time.  Welcome to the lonely century.  To drop out of living with family, caring at home for seniors, being members of clubs, teams, neighborhoods, or religious groups is almost unimaginable but look at the news.  Are we not headed in that direction?

I’ve been around a lot of years and thought I was watching this progress until I read the book by the similar title, The Lonely Century by Noreena Hertz.  My range was way too small and all the information was a shock as well as a wake-up.  I see    Covid-19 now as just a bonus to kick us when we are down.  I was glad her last chapter was titled “Coming together in a world that’s pulling apart.”  I remember the outcry in 1994 of the devastating genocide in Rwanda.  Shame on me for not following up on the progress.  Not perfect perhaps, but the rule in place now is for weekly three hours of public work along with required community meetings and this is called Umuganda.  That term translates as “coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome.”  The author gave several great examples in that last chapter that got my mind going.  I’ve been calling my most innovated friends to spark new ideas and potentials. 

I don’t utilize texting because over 60% is misinterpreted and thus a waste of time as a medium of communication.  I’m also anti-social for social media programs because the content presented is mostly deceptive and pathetic.  I think the idea to censor violence and crime was wise but why politics?  Being lonely is a huge issue but if you don’t believe something is working for you, just stop it!  Recall the norm in growth is to clear the palate first.  Space and need sparks innovation and there may be many constructs along our journey until we fabricate a system that we can secure future styles of communication into.  Send me your thoughts, suggestions and ideas to open up dialog.  I love discussions and prefer them in person but Zoom chats for now are a fair stand-in.  The task is to imagine a reason for every direction we now turn; illness, cure and truth lead to dead ends—and follow that thread to create that new human paradigm.  We are here at this time because we, as a group, are up for the job.  

Chriss

View the Facts

July 1st, 2021

I have been doing the research (books, classes and videos) and answering your questions (thank you) on the wizardscache channel on YouTube.  I think the place for us humans to start being conscious about our development towards being global citizens is to look at our score card.  Over the last 200 years we have worked together more than ever in our history.  Not a shining example of cooperation but we have accomplished some amazing feats.  Yes, someone has been keeping records.  The access I like best to this data is with www.gapminder.org and the book Factfulness by Hans Rosling.  Free to check out their site and they’re not marketing you.  We have a tool secured in information (a form of relative truth) for expanding or adding ranges.

We all know first-hand that human change is not easy or fast to secure.  More range is very helpful if you can manage attention.  Of course, personal growth is all about making decisions as to which and how much you attend to a stimulus in each range that you have conscious access.  You may have taken some training from organizations like EST or BPI (there are plethora of such systems) and discovered that folks can “get in your space.”  Our human nature to defend which is counter to join.  Now here is the fun part.  What if you just gained conscious access to a range and discovered that you had relationships unconscious but active with influence in place?  Not a personal property, but a shared range or theme of ideas.  If you drove around your neighborhood this spring you may have discovered some new homes built over the winter.  Do you attend to the designs that you like the best or dislike the most?  Only a preference to note and not important because they are “now in your space.”

Mice are very social creatures but in a lab if you isolate one for a time and then introduce another mouse they will fight to the death.  Wise not to get into a lonely mouse’s “space.”  Mice might need some “spiritual” (potential theme-spirit of) classes but did that help us humans?  The act of creation would have all humans connected to produce unlimited potential.  A new range is just a new space and it may not be empty.  What influence do you as a human wish to present as you explore a new range of potential for you?  Did your empathy for another human deposit you into a range not formerly conscious to you and it was busy?  Can you see how this is similar to emotional reactions (not a decision) that some folks gain from social media comments?  Good thing we don’t allow mice to participate with our social media.

I like people and I’m inspired by all this personal and evolutionary change that we humans are experiencing now.  However, you cannot text me or find me on any social media platform.  Don’t take that personally, I just smell a rat.  I’m still learning to share this space called Earth.

Chriss 

Need More Range

June 1st, 2021

Our task this year is to mark what influences us and to learn how to manage, direct or avoid such influence.  The lengthy goal in mind for us humans is to become global citizens—one culture, with perhaps many subcultures and we see samples of that possibility even today in many countries.  Traditionally, most cultures attempted to “convert” the subgroups to the larger groups’ concepts and that still is policy today in many nations.  If that didn’t work, the options used in the past were to exterminate or imprison the “irregulars.”  Obviously this term of action is not congruent with our projected goal so we need to imagine another solution.  Perhaps we should review what points we have identified over the last few months.

If you are still reading my blogs since the first of the year, then I must have influenced you to join in a search to find or imagine and share an idea that we could all participate in to support humans uniting instead of conflicting.  Thanks, and I hope together we come up with some great ideas.  I believe we need to pool a huge array of thoughts and they don’t need to be tested, logical or even practical.  The first influence I noted in my blogs is that we all have a preference and that is usually based on past experience.  The game has changed so get over it and pay attention.  New and novel approaches usually show up as clues and at times very abstractly.  The energy to make something happen is not an issue but interpreting the clues we discover may need group discussion or even debate to refine.  No one may be delighted with this detail but we are delving into the unknown.  The best we can hope for is a map or at least a starting point and perhaps a direction to move.  Remember, being human is never perfect and this game will always end in death.  There may not be a happy aspect but it does illustrate that there is no absolute right way to overcome this logical game of human life in form.  Perhaps it is of more utility in this short span with quality of life, social integrity and healthy existence.

Time to integrate some more bridges between the creation system and the logical system.  Relationship is a factor that we are created with and we have already hinted at balance.  We should explore the concept of range (from creation system) to foster more questions in the logical system.  Decision in the logical system is not an end point but a selection for testing.  A lot of attention opens the terrain for questions that point toward a decision to test a hypothesis but this could be restricted by the size of the range being attended to or the ability to integrate ranges.  Zooming in and out, like with a computer map, will lose details as you enlarge and conceal location from larger range points as you move in.  Working with range is essential.

Chriss

Changing Parts

May 1st, 2021

When I awake in the morning and hear the pitter-patter on the roof I know that as a clue it may be raining outside.  When I discover a package of chicken defrosting in the kitchen I know that as a clue that dinner will include some type of chicken meat entry.  I read a lot of psychology books assorted with a few easy read fiction or thrillers but end of last year I ordered three political science books.  All makes sense with the action in January but what was the clue last year when I ordered the books?  I was searching the web for places in the Covid-19 world that would allow us in to visit and got distracted by a comment from a traveler who was delighted to have had time on a trip to read “Why Leaders Lie” by John J. Mearsheimer.  Some clues are just not so obvious at the time of interaction.  We are attending to clues that will help support decisions of value in our yet unrevealed future.  Pay attention and don’t discount any hints or offers.

You probably came into life as a clue supported by a vision created by a couple of parents as to their potential role and how that would play out in a story they both or separately imagined.  I’m sure they were eager to discover your gender early to help create another possible story called “their child’s life.”  You are not in the habit of noticing clues because you began life with a plethora of them; all imposed upon your attention.  You may also not have noticed with all the over- stimulation that the world, referred to as background by Martin Heidegger, was already there.  You grew very quickly both physically and intellectually; learning on average a new word to define the “symbols” in this world every 90 minutes.  Yes, it is not a picture-book world but still full of stuff and the terms define the stuff.  You learned your role in the family and culture with, I’m sure a little rebellion at least, and assumed the values of the group.  Over time all of that probably changed and your story altered to accommodate anchor points you secured as important to your developing vision of self.  We humans refer to this as growth or even spiritual growth—spiritual meaning along a theme and not about a ghost. 

The background also changes but at a different pace.  Few of us humans enjoy sitting and watching as paint peels off the walls of old buildings.  All stuff has entropy with “nature” having seasonal changes we like to note with greeting cards.  Climate is the benchmark for human conversations about change but the whole package evolves at what feels like alternating rates.  Relocating does contribute to this fact and explains why I don’t miss my ocean kayak after moving to the Northwest and selling it.  My diving gear is gathering dust in the garage and I no longer feel any desire to plan another ocean dive.  Do you see how changes in background generate changes in value?  These types of change may not be part of your personal growth vision but they influence it at variant magnitudes over time.    

Chriss

A link to a chat produced  in association to this May blog:

Guidance & Clues

April 1st, 2021

We need a pattern, a map or some type of guidance to implement change.  To secure any type of modification we need to practice a different habit of being in the world.  We may have a new vision but without the guidance of a practice we will be led astray.  Our intuition, by design, automatically drives us in the direction of familiar.  A new terrain is never familiar and that is why a few guide-points or pictures are of great assistance.  Yes, a map is not the terrain but it gives us clues.  Meditation at times provides pictures (an image) even as detailed as one may find in travel books.  Neither often tell you where or what the picture is but it does open up a stream of information.  Asking questions to others on a journey or just an assigned space in meditation may provide more hints.  You have to be vigilant for signs, traces and inklings. 

I have helped people find a reference and frequently hear the reply, “Now I know what I have to do.”  But very few actually pursue the lead offered and never very timely.  Most use insight as a temporary distraction and sadly find themselves in the same sort of pattern they were intent on alleviating.  Not a total loss because I usually see some change, but growth by trial-and-error can be slow and painful.  Translating a novel inspiration into a productive habit in your life, even with a well thought-out plan, falters when confronted by the wall of intuition—”the way you always do it.”  The intent here is not to condemn your intuitive database.  It is a great guidance when sorting through what, by experience, you know to be true for you.  And of course, to “switch to an unproven approach” is rarely validated by friends and family that may claim they “know you better than you do.”  A practice is just that; you practicing to obtain your goal and being willing to change directions with new clues or momentary failure in movement and balance.        

A practice, no matter how simple, is vastly improved by the addition of reason or logic.  Common engagement into the logical system is often via attention, questions and decisions.  Attend to all clues—that is anything that is unusual, odd or not the normal course for you.  Ask yourself and others about hints or oddities that catch your attention.  You will not “know” and your “feelings” may abound with apprehension.  This is just a practice and your decisions are for testing.     

Let us not get ahead of ourselves, to notice a trace that leads into the unknown is not an easy task.  Start with attention and seek information.  Build a reservoir of data to secure the hint and then make a decision to test it with a plan.  You need both courage and wisdom to sample an unknown.  Remember, it is important to practice and secure each step into discovery.  We will explore these threads for a few months.

Chriss

A link to a chat produced  in association to this April blog:

Source of Power

March 1st, 2021

We began this year with a vision, something imagined as possible for you in this time of change.  We bridged from one operating system to another by attending to this vision, asking questions (research and meditation) and compiling preferences to decide which path to explore.  Now all we need is the energy or power to drive this venture.

It is difficult to comprehend where power comes from but we know it would require balance and movement to generate it (think power generator).  Imagine the difference between an observer and a participant.  An observer asks the question “what just happened?” and they build a story to explain or define as best they recall.  Do you get how this is part of the creation system?  Research with court testimonies confirm that the average witness makes a lot of assumptions.  A participant asks the question “what can I do?” or “what did I do?” and searches their memory for facts and often discovers gaps (unconscious).  And yes, this is all part of the logical system where we settle for nothing but logical facts.  A fact may be an associated truth or a relative truth but not an absolute truth.  The switch from the creation system to the logical system produces the power.  Should I repeat that statement?  Movement back and forth between the two systems generates power.  It is from the movement created by the nature of relationships.  The creation system creates the logical system when you bridge from imagination to logical steps (i.e., questions, attention, decisions).  And when faced with questions lacking answers or an absence of attention we bridge back to the creation system to imagine a solution.  The creation system is simply a state of being possible without supporting demonstration and the logical system supplies a temporary structure as a demonstration that represents the imagined potential but only if the structure can stand the test of balance.

Your imagined potential is powered by the relationship of all potential that created the logical system to house demonstration.  No problem except in a deterministic chaos venture (defining a state of balance) no paths may cross and this logical fact dictates how much change you will experience to fulfill your new state of being you.  The other interesting fact of the logical system is that with each paradigm change the network of potential paths increases making mapping way more intricate.  In fact, before the move last century into modernity this network had been consistent so long that is was called tradition and considered an absolute truth.  

Your vision for proposed change is an influence that will emerge in story and action anywhere within the range of a slight modification of past elements in your life to the elimination of all past elements resulting in a convention that barely resembles any of the interacting elements.  This result we call a practice to convert the habit of your being.

Chriss

Below is the link to a short chat produced in association to the March blog:

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

Below is the link to a short chat produced in association to the February blog:

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

Starting in 2021, Dr. Chriss Lemmon will produce a short chat each month in association with his monthly blogs.  This is the link to January chat:

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