Monthly Archive: March 2009

50 Ways To Make Yourself Miserable

  1. Compare yourself frequently with others.
  2. Belittle yourself.
  3. Don’t believe in dreams, you think dreams only happen when you are sleeping.
  4. Say yes to everybody and everything.
  5. Work in a job you hate.
  6. Complain about everything.
  7. Complain about everything to your friends.
  8. Suspicious of everything.
  9. Counting your troubles.
  10. Harbor negative thoughts.
  11. Trying to please everyone and let everyone walk all over you.
  12. Constantly think about the past.
  13. Constantly think about the future.
  14. Focusing on what you lack.
  15. Focusing on what you don’t want.
  16. Need others to validate you constantly.
  17. Think of everything that can possibly go wrong in your life.
  18. Being jealous easily.
  19. Always envy others and never grateful of what you have instead.
  20. Imitating others due to lack of self confidence.
  21. Lacking self esteem and cause others to dislike you.
  22. Think the world revolves around you.
  23. Constantly judging others.
  24. Absorbing all the bad news daily in the papers.
  25. Junk food is your best companion.
  26. Exercise is your worst enemy.
  27. Think that things can only go your way.
  28. Do not accept others opinion.
  29. Lack of sleep.
  30. Lack of goals.
  31. Worry consistently about the sky is falling.
  32. Plan but never take action.
  33. Fail to plan.
  34. Feel that people around you are all jerks.
  35. Thinking there is no purpose in living.
  36. Being the “If Man”. If my father is  the president, then I will be successful. If ____ then I will be _____. (fill in the blanks)
  37. Lottery is the only way to success.
  38. Try to control everything that you can’t control.
  39. Expect to be appreciated.
  40. Expect others to be grateful to you.
  41. You will not forget about criticism.
  42. Hate people around you to be successful.
  43. Shirk responsibilities.
  44. Receive and never give.
  45. Do things that are easy.
  46. Overwork.
  47. Never forgive.
  48. Never give your best effort in things you do.
  49. Perfectionism.
  50. Choosing to be miserable.

Music Project Underway

I recorded my first cut last night, Richard Thompson’s “Waltzing’s For Dreamers”.  Maybe not the most auspicious start.  After one vocal flub, I started over and finished with only minor guitar flubs.  I’m leaving it the way it is, and sent it to Beth, John, Richard, Dad, and one or two other people.  Some people I would have sent it to have dialup access and would take forever to download it, so I didn’t send it to them — Rhonda, Gloria, Frankie…

Still, I’m happy.  It worked, and I figured out how to upload to my computer, and it sounded pretty good.  I have the beginnings of a sore throat (pollen season) but I’m fighting it and it didn’t make a difference in the recording that I could tell.

YAYYYYY ME!

Hugs,
Me

Why St. Patrick’s Day is important to Pagans

You have heard that St. Patrick drove the Druids from Ireland (the myth refers to “snakes”, and there was never a snake in Ireland until recent times). You have heard that he killed off the Old Religion. You have heard that the Christian monks forced people to believe in the New Christ. There are some excellent (although badly wrong) books out these days which tell this myth (see especially “Confessions of a Pagan Nun”). Great literature.

That is a myth, and the truth is exactly the opposite.

Patrick RECRUITED the Druids as his new Monks… and the religion he taught as Christianity is the TRUE Christian beliefs, the beliefs where people were supposed to BE like Christ. There was no Bishop save Patrick, and he was not replaced upon his death — instead of parishes, they set up monasteries, places of learning. The Irish monks could, if they chose, marry and perform any civic duties required of a householder.

The “serpents” he ran out… were the hundreds of petty kings. When Patrick came to Ireland, there were over 200 petty kingdoms in Ireland, always at war with each other over this pasture or that mound. At the time he died, there were 4 kings, and they were united under a single High King, with the High King’s advisor being the chief monk of the land — the former Archdruid. Peace reigned in Ireland, and before a century was over, Ireland was the ONLY LITERATE COUNTRY IN EUROPE. The monks made copies of every book they could lay their hands on, and wrote new ones. Many of the ancient texts we have today only exist from copies made by the Irish monks.

Even to the time of Charles the Bald (Charlemagne’s successor, reigned 875-877), it was an Irish monk, Johannes Scottus Eriugena, who King Charles hired to rebuild the university system in Gaul — the King himself was illiterate, but the wisdom of Johannes caused him to honor literacy in this manner. Eriugena wrote many books, which tied early Christianity to Neoplatonism and even suggested monism (that everything is within God). Two hundred years later, the Church in Rome required penitents to burn a copy of Eriugena’s major work as an act of penance.

So St. Patrick’s Day recalls a time when the last bastion of Christianity (later called the Celtic Church or the Culdee Church) united a land and preserved the best parts of the prior civilization, setting the stage for a renewal.

Hugs,
Me

After posting this to an active forum, I received the following comment:

When referring to driving the pagans out, it does not mean literally but by conversion. You are admitting yourself that they were converted. Many scholars agree that the snakes are the symbols of the Druids. St. Patrick converted pagans to Christianity. Whether or not you see this as a good or bad thing, is beside the point.
Hugging you back,
Carol

Which netted two responses from me:

“Conversion” to a Culdee Christian was a VERY different thing than it was to European Christians… it was gently taught, and put in terms of the then-current forms of Druidism. It was teaching how to put the teaching of Jesus, not of Constantine or Paul, into the lives of the people. Most Irish were Pagan only in the sense that they weren’t anything else… they didn’t believe in anything except their landlord, and feared war more than God.

But I never stated that Patrick drove out the pagans. He did not. He incorporated them. He drove out the petty kings, the little despots who would fight wars just to gain a few hundred acres of land.

After Patrick, there was a LOT less irrigation by blood.

Hugs,
Me

AND

BTW, I seldom go with what “most scholars agree” upon. My personal researches show that most scholars agree with most scholars who went before them, and steal liberally from them rather than doing their own research. In the case of Patrick/Irish Christianity, equating “snakes” with “Druids” or “Pagans” is just force of habit, not actually looking at what changed in Ireland.

Look up the “Culdee Church” in Wikipedia, and you’ll find that “most scholars” don’t agree on anything, including whether there was a coherent Culdee Church. There is not one hint, in any article I’ve read, that connects this Celtic church with Patrick OR with the Druids, but the clues are all over the place. For instance, the “Irish tonsure”, where Irish monks shaved their foreheads “from ear to ear”, can also be found in a few older articles mentioned as the “Druidic tonsure”. The Roman church virtually wiped out (by politics AND war) the use of this symbol… you can find a lot about how and when the symbol was forcibly deleted, but nothing about WHY… and now you know.

Hugs,
Me

Benefits and Charities for AHN

<The following blog is cross-posted from my blog at http://ashevillehomeless.org in regards fundraising efforts for Asheville Homeless Network>

I was walking to Asheville Mall to attend a meeting at Belk’s (with Beverly) when I got offered a ride by a man who has given me rides before.  He is apparently involved in the Ducky Derby, a charity event to be held this Saturday at Prestige Suzuki, and invited me to attend… not sure what I’ll be able to do, but it will get us known to the people responsible for the event for future use.

Beverly and I showed up in time for the 3:00 meeting… and were told that it was at 3:30, so we went and had some coffee at Starbucks.  When we came back at 3:30, we were apologized to… two other charities showed up just after we left, and they discovered that we were right as to the time.  They were almost done describing the event to them, and when they were done we got a “private re-screening”.

So here’s what it is.  We have 500 tickets to sell, at $5 each.  Each ticket is good at Belk’s only on May 2 during the hours of 6 am – 10 am.  The ticket gives the holder $5 off their first purchase, and 40-60% off of items that ONLY go on sale during their twice-yearly charity event… in other words, 363 days of the year these items will NOT be on sale, and will only be on sale THEN for those purchasing a ticket.

Guess what?  We get to keep ALL the money we get from selling these tickets.  So if we sell all 500 tickets, that’s $2,500.  (They will gladly give us more tickets if we sell out.)

Beverly and I will also be at the store from Noon to 4 pm on both April 24th and 25th, to sell tickets, inform the public about who and what we are, and maybe raise some more money.

And then, on May 2, Beverly and I will be at the store from 6 am to 10 am, again to sell tickets.  During this time we can also have customers fill out credit applications for Belk credit — for which we get $5 for each one filled out.  And throughout the sale, employees will also be selling tickets… and at the end of the sale, all the ticket sales for that day will be divided equally between the four charities working that day, which includes us.

Wow.  No definite money, but thousands of dollars possible.

On the day of the sale, we can also have a bake sale or any other kind of sale we wish to.  Anyone wishing to contribute to this effort, and all ideas on what we might do with our space towards this end, please come to the next AHN meeting (Thursday at 2 pm, Grove Corner Market, as usual).

Many thanks to Beverly for backing me up on this.

In service,
Me

It’s Launch Day

As with every month, the 7th is the day which means Eternal Press has 8 more books published.  This month, they are being published simultaneously as eBooks and Print (through Booksurge and Amazon).

This month’s books are:

Life After by Matt Shaner
Seducing the Hero by Kari Thomas
Fruitless (An Esther May Morrow Mystery) by Arthur Everest
Highway Patrol by Wayne Mansfield
Two Faces, One Life by Margaret West
A Bloody Good Cruise by Diana Rubino
Torts by Sasha Bailey
Soul Market by Sonnet O’Dell

You can look these books over and purchase them at http://eternalpress.ca .

Hugs,
Me
Administrative Editor, Eternal Press

2009 State of the Universe Address

Swami’s 2009 State of the Universe

The Shift Has Hit the Fan:
Welcome to the Sane Asylum


By Swami Beyondananda


The shift has hit the fan!


Humanity has shifted its karma into surpassing gear, and political climate change has come to America. Thanks to a grassroots up-wising, we the people huffed and puffed together in the same direction and the winds of change blew in a breath of fresh air. And we can all breathe easier.

The vote in November was more than a vote for a new President. It was a vote for a new precedent – to overgrow the “lowest common dominator” paradigm and take a step towards government of the people, by the people, for the people where the government does our bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder — and where the Golden Rule can finally overrule the rule of gold. In the short term, the up-wising has been successful, and the American Evolution has begun. The first big shots have been fired, and we are on the road to recovering from an eight-year bout with Mad Cowboy Disease and Electile Dysfunction.

But now, if we want to heal the body politic of conditions like Deficit Inattention Disorder, Truth Decay and the deadliest one of all, an unchecked Military Industrial Complex, we must elect ourselves. Spiritually, it’s time to quiet our barking dogmas and evolve past the Ten Commandments to an even greater realization – the One Suggestion: “We are all in it together.” Once a critical mass of us chooses to live by this credo, we can avoid the critical massacre called Armageddon, create Disarmageddon instead, and achieve fulfillment as a species — Humanifest Destiny.

The End of the Age of Nefarious?

 
Every journey into the light is preceded by a dark passage, and our entry into the Age of Aquarius is no different. As predicted in the celebrated quatrain (“When the goon moves into Lincoln’s house, and stupider aligns with Mars, then greed will guide the planet and fear obscure the stars …”), the Age of Nefarious delayed the start of the new millennium. But now the quatrain is heading down a new track, and soular power is shining a light on the endarkened corridors of soulless power.

Just as the eight-year journey that took us from Whitewater to Blackwater was coming to an end, some overzealous Bush-bashers hurled footwear to give the departing regime one final boot. That was understandable, but unnecessary. Better we should keep our shoes on, and use them to stand together at a time when healing wounds is more important than wounding heels. Besides, without Bush there could have been no Obama. His alarming actions awakened more people than Buddha, and a body politic in a fear-induced coma miraculously regained consciousness.

And now there is a new President: Barack Hussein Obama. After eight years of insanity, we can proclaim to the world, “America has a President Hussein!”

So now, we must face another awesome truth: We are living in a world gone sane.

Welcome to the sane asylum.

Trickle Down Goes Belly Up



It’s a good thing our political fates are on the upswing, as our economy has taken a sharp downturn. The house of credit cards economy based on trickle down has gone belly up, and we must face another, sadder truth. Individually and collectively, we’ve been suffering from Deficit Inattention Disorder, and since we were unable to do the math, we must now do the aftermath. It’s a buy-o-logical fact. You cannot spend more than you have. Nature knows this. We can use no more energy than what we have in reserve. We cannot charge energy on our Ascended Master Card and repay it next lifetime.


So yes, the casino economy coming down, but there is an upside to the meltdown. There is a great opportunity in the crisis. Consider this. When the dollar hits zero, we can pay off our entire $10 trillion national debt and hardly feel it!

Meanwhile, over the past eight years we have seen the fall of reptilian entities like Enronosaurus Wrecks, and most recently a character named Madoff made off with billions. Our entire economic system has been revealed as an extraordinary ponzi scheme where ordinary people are left holding the empty bag.

Unfortunately, this is nothing new. It’s the same old needy-greedy where our collective fear of not having enough — “scare city” — has empowered those privatizing privateers who are plundering our planet with their mining operations: that’s mine, that’s mine, that’s mine. This mining has overmined the planet and undermined humanity. Thus, the emergency we face right now.

So, what do we do? I am glad I asked that question. We must go beyond the fear-based state of emergency, to a state of emergent seeing. That is where we emerge and see the genuine wealth that is all around us: the virtually infinite energy from Father Sun, the prolific nourishment Mother Earth brings us every season, the love we generate from our hearts, and the inventiveness of our minds. With this realization, we have a one way ticket out of scare city … and we enter a state of a-bun-dance. That is where we get up off our assets, move our buns, face the music and dance together. In using our resources to create good goods and greater goodness, we can weave a web of mass construction that will make us all interdependently wealthy.

Heartland Security and Purple People Power



So … how do we do this? How do we go from our habitual “every cell for itself” consciousness that has caused our current “mining disaster”, to acting on the evolutionary truth that we are in reality “all cells in the body of humanity?” How do we shift from survival of the fittest to thrival of the fittingest?


First we must move from the fear-based Homeland Security to the love-based Heartland Security, and realize our one true security is in the land of the heart. While the beliefs in our head fool us all the time, the love in our heart is foolproof. When we face up to love, we can face down the fear.

What this means in practical reality is that we must step across the “red-blue” political divide that has kept us separate, and show our true colors as one purple people. Yes, we have all been wounded by polarizing politics, so let’s give ourselves a purple heart, and take the next courageous step to cohere around our shared “heart core” values and become … we, the purple.

I have a dream … that the rednecks shall lie down with the blue necks, and we tune out the polarizing mainstream media, which is sadly a brainwashing machine stuck on spin. More than ever, we need forums not againstums, dialogue instead of debate. When the body politic stops mass-debating and chooses to have healthy, pleasurable intercourse, we will finally create a healthy brainchild together.

This February, we celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial, and our friend Richard Lederer (the anagram master known as Riddler Reacher), tells us that when we scramble the letters in “Barack Hussein Obama,” we get “Abraham is back: One U.S.”

You don’t have to be a Barack-backer to see that instead of relying on leaders from above, the next evolutionary step is for us to become the leaders we have been waiting for. I am Lincoln. You are Lincoln. We are Lincoln. And by linkin’ together, we free ourselves from slavery to the divisive beliefs in our minds, and form a more perfect union in the land of the heart.

Sure, these ideas may seem far-fetched, but we are nearer to fetching them than ever before. Remember, we are now living in a world gone sane. Change is ahead, change is afoot, and everything is changing from head to foot. Like it or not, we are destined to have heaven on earth. Might as well get used to it.

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