On Being Logical, Rational, Scientific or Skeptical

My dad and I used to watch Finding Bigfoot, and I remember how the group’s skeptic came across. I got a glimpse into how the mind of someone like that thinks.

Last night we watched an episode of Chills on YouTube, and I swear, for every unexplained picture or video the narrator told us that, “…most think this is a camera malfunction…” Now I am going to cut this whole thing off at the knees. Modern cameras rarely, if ever, malfunction!

I have taken literally hundreds, if not thousands, of photos, at all times of day, using everything from 35mm cameras, to ancient digital cameras, to modern digital cameras, to a number of different phone cameras. As far as I know I have never caught anything paranormal. Except maybe some orbs. But I have also never caught any glitches or camera errors – even when I messed with the settings to produce various effects.

I am certain my experience is the same as the average photographer’s experience, hobbyist or professional. If you put your finger over the lens, you know it. If your cord goes over the lens, you know it. If you take pictures over an old roll, you know it. For the record I have done this too – no ghosting or anything like that. It just looks like two pictures on top of each other.

If we are going to be completely logical, rational, scientific and skeptical about this, then we have to conclude it is unlikely that every single unexplained picture or video is due to a camera malfunction. Camera errors or glitches may have happened pre-1970 or 1980. But for the last 30 years at least, and probably a lot longer, this has been a non-issue.

Which leaves us with the other common statement, “…some believe this to be a hoax…” Again taking a logical, rational, scientific and skeptical approach we have to realize that people, on average, are honest, and that the dishonest ones are, on average, creatively lazy. In other words few people are going to go to all the trouble and work to create a hoax. There will be the exception to the rule, certainly, and the occasional class project or student film. But it is just as unlikely that every unexplained picture or video is a hoax as it is that it is due to a camera malfunction. Certainly nowhere near to happening enough in either case to cover every photo or video with unexplained content.

One last thing… If we set out to look at an unexplained video or photo expecting to call it faked or a camera glitch we are being biased, and that is not logical, rational or scientific. It is, in short, being closed-minded, AKA skeptical. You have come into this expecting a certain result. I would go so far to say that you want it to be fake or a camera glitch, you might even need it to be. Because if it is real, then you have to question all those beliefs of yours.

A belief can be defined as, “…a thought I trust is true.” (Spencer Johnson) People get angry at me when I tell them that science is a religion. But that is what it has become. Scientists fight to defend their “scientific facts” just as hard as Christians and Muslims fight to protect their “religious beliefs.” Scientists have many theories, which are just thoughts they feel are true, which they have tested with that expectation.

Sooner or later science is going to have to come out the 1700 or 1800s when the majority of our current methods were established and realize that there is more than you can measure in a lab or experience with your physical sense. Everything you call a “scientific fact” today may very well be, at best, thought of as cute and antiquated 100 years from now, just as we currently think of many “scientific facts” from hundreds of years ago today.

Trade in your skepticism for logic and being rational minded, because a skeptic must be closed minded, or somewhat against whatever they are skeptical about, by nature. A truly logical, rational minded person doesn’t come into a situation expecting anything. They are completely open-minded. They are there to observe and record what they observe. Try looking for Bigfoot and the paranormal this way.

Coincidentally, this is also the truest definition for a scientist. Someone who doesn’t carry around their scientific tomes like they are the holy scriptures, who instead sets out to discover something, leaving all biases, opinions, skepticism and close-mindedness behind.

Our world would be a much better place if we just stopped adopting the experiences and words of others and instead went out to experience, as much as possible, whatever it is we are interested in for ourselves, be that God, bigfoot or the paranormal. Question everything including the Bible, the Quran, the latest science textbook and The Origin of the Species. Use the words written by others as mere guidelines to prepare yourself for your own search. Stop blindly following what other people say simply because they wear the label of “an authority on the subject” or “teacher” or “pastor.”

 

It Is Time To Open

In doing things that we think of as requiring ability, skill or talent to do, we are like a flower. Some of us may bloom part way, never quite committing to our fullest potential. Some of us, while budded, may look around at others who have bloomed, and assume we can not bloom as beautifully, so we don’t even try. But how can we know what is inside of us unless we open and allow it to come out?

There is no ability, skill or talent to our blooming. Everyone is a flower, everyone can bloom, everyone has beauty inside that they can let out. Everyone has their own unique inner color and form. Nobody has a better color or a better form. We might perceive the blooming of another to be more beautiful in comparison to another or ourselves. We would refer to such a person as having ability, skill or talent. But that comparison exists only in our perception.

To whatever or whoever we call God, who walks among us and is the energy inside us that connects us all to each other, we are all, each and every one of us, bloomed or not, loved, exactly as we are. Whoever or whatever we call God does not love the ones we perceive to be beautiful more. Whoever or whatever we call God does not love the ones we perceive to be ugly less. When we see ourselves as beautiful or ugly, as having ability, skill or talent, or not, whoever or whatever we call God does not see this. Because whoever or whatever we call God knows exactly what we have inside.

When you approach something that really compels you, really draws you, really interests or speaks to you – something you have always wanted to do, something you may have enjoyed doing in the past, something you feel you would enjoy doing now, maybe even something you enjoy doing – that is the right time to throw out all your beliefs about ability, skill or talent. That is a good time to allow yourself to do whatever this is to your fullest potential to do so, in your own unique way.

For me there are two things that fit this description. Drawing and singing. What is it you hear about both of these? That you have to practice a lot, that you have to train yourself, right? Also that there are these things called ability, skill or talent, and that you have to have one of these draw or sing. It is easy to justify the belief in these things. If I sat down and tried to draw something I would think of as beautiful and technically proficient, in other words, if I were to sit down and try to create a drawing that would look photo realistic (photo realism being the ideal of perfection) but only managed to do something simple, maybe a step up from a stick figure, I would assume (and most would say correctly) that I have no ability, skill or talent for drawing. Or, if these others are a little nicer (or they want money from me) they would tell me something like, “All you need is training. Practice drawing every day and you will get better!”

This is what usually happens when us flowers converse among each other. When we are younger we draw to the best of our ability. But as we get older and continue to draw the same way be come to believe we can not draw. When we are younger we sing and we don’t care who is listening or how we sound. As we grow older, if we are lucky not to have others criticizing us, we hear ourselves and are not happy that we don’t sound like our favorite singer, our idol, at the time. In both cases we give up. It is always due to criticism, from others, from ourselves, or from others and ourselves. We never allow ourselves to draw or sing as beautifully and uniquely as only we can. We never fully open, never showing our inner beauty to others, never allowing the light outside to come in. It is only in openness that the light can come into us, and it is only in openness that we can show our unique beauty and form. It is only when we are fully open that we can do that thing we want so desperately to do to the fullest of our ability, in our own unique way.

What I have been doing, after reading, “Illusions” by Richard Bach (in reference to when Shimoda picks up the guitar at the hardware store) is allowing myself to draw. I used to say to my highest ability, but I see the belief systems embedded there now, so I think a better way to say it is to my fullest potential. Or I could keep it simple, I am allowing myself to draw. There is this desire however that has me wanting to draw masterfully. I can already draw. I am not happy with my drawing at this point. I assume that I am not allowing myself to draw to my fullest extent or potential. I believe, still, that practice and training are required to draw what I would call well. But, to paraphrases Shimoda, “Then that is exactly how it will be.”

If I believe I must practice and train myself to open fully to my drawing, and my singing, if I believe it must be hard, that I must work for it, as society and the world, for the most part, says it does, then I will have to practice and train to get better. It will be hard, it will be work, I will have to work at it. Also, there is a limit to what I can do, based on the concepts of ability, skill and talent. My vocal range can only go so far. Any singing teacher would tell me this. I could go to a doctor and get a professional opinion regarding it. It seems logical, it must be right. Right?

Wrong. It is all only what I call an “apparent reality.” The “real world” is an illusion, and all “apparent reality” is a part of that illusion. It is reality as defined by the perceptions, collectively and individually, of others. Of the majority, in most cases. It is called reality because, “It has always been that way” or “It as been that way for as long as I can remember” or because “That was how I have been taught” or because “I have a degree that says it is so” on and on it goes. But no reality is really real, it is only apparently real, only as real as we collectively and individually choose it to be. Another possible reality is that everyone can draw or sing, regardless of ability, skill or talent, and without any prating or training.

We live in dualism, which means that if one reality exists, so does its opposite. If there is a reality where we have to learn to draw and sing, where we have to practice it to get better, and we are limited by ability, skill or talent, then there has to exist another reality where none of this is true. You can’t get around it. If you believe in good then evil also exists for you. No matter how much you may deny it. Where one thing exists, so exists its opposite, this is the law of dualism. Where there is something you love, there also exists something you hate. Where there is something you desire, there also exists something you do not desire.

Richard Bach demonstrates this beautifully and simply by his character Shimoda, picking up the guitar, and playing it in such a way we would define it as beautifully or skillfully. But Shimoda had never played a guitar before in his life. He had no ability, skill or talent, no practicing or training. He wanted to play, so he picked up the guitar and allowed himself to play. This is what I am doing in regards to my drawing. What I will do in regards to singing. I am allowing myself to do it, and gently but persistently removing any beliefs to the contrary. I am determined to open fully, to no longer be partly open. To allow myself to do all the things I have always wanted to do, whatever they are.

Why do we choose to believe that we must have ability, skill or talent? That we have to practice and receive training in order to do well? Does a flower need ability, skill or talent to open? Does a flower have to practice openness? Does a flower have to be trained how to be open? No. Flowers open naturally. In fact nothing could be more natural for a flower. It is the same for us. Our opening is just as natural to us as our breathing. We have no more need for ability skill, talent, to practice or be trained, to open than we need them to breathe.

I am already doing this in my writing. Although you could argue that I have always had a natural penchant for it, that I have always been good at it, that I have been writing for years so I have a lot of practice, all that would produce is technically perfect writing. It is writing most people would look at all think of as good. But it is not easy, flowing, natural writing. It is not writing would contain all my unique beauty and form. It is not writing from inside of me, maybe a natural flow from my Higher Self through me.

Maybe the difference is not detectable. Maybe only you, the reader, will notice any sort of change. But on my end I can tell you the writing I am doing right now, in this moment, feels better. It feels higher somehow. It feels more free and open somehow. That is writing coming from a full blooming, a full blossoming of my expression through words. Allowing the light to come in and go out from my unique beauty and form.

This is how I wish to draw and sing. This is how I wish to do everything that I have even the remotest interest in. From dancing to barefoot running. Whatever it is I want to do, I wish to do it from a state of full openness. It is this state of full openness I seek to, that I wish to, guide you towards. Somehow, I don’t know how (and the how is not my business anyway) I will do so.

It is time for a new way to teach, not a teaching that implies others must be trained. Not a teaching that requires training. But a teaching that guides, a teaching that brings a remembering, because you all already know everything I have said to you here. At some level, deep inside, even though you may choose to ignore it or may not recognize it, you can feel the validity of everything I have said to you here. You are beginning to remember, and in that remembering, you will open.

So the kind of teaching I wish to do is a guiding to your opening, in the familiar guise or role of a teacher. Someone you may see as having great ability, skill or talent, showing you how a thing such as drawing is done. But I would have no great experience, no professional training. I would not be practicing every day. I would simply be expressing myself through drawing, whenever the desire for expression comes to me, and allowing myself to do so to my fullest potential, fully open, in my own unique way.

That is the goal, if I was one to set goals, and in general, I am not. It would be more accurate to call this commitment, right now, in this present moment, I am committing to doing this, setting the intention to do this. I the meantime I will continue to apply it to my own life, and work through the beliefs that create resistance between me and the fulfillment of my desires and intentions.

The Aftermath

So I am back here at BlissWriter. I spent the time I needed in the swamp over at my new blog Writing My Pain, which I do not recommend anyone here visit, because it is the exact opposite of everything this blog represents. That is a place of blood, darkness and shadows. You have been warned!

I was finally able to watch a little more of Esther and Jerry Hicks, Law of Attraction In Action I believe. For those who do not know, a collective consciousness called Abraham speaks through Esther Hicks, and this consciousness teaches the Law of Attraction.

Well this man got put in the hot seat, and right away had two of the same questions I have. I don’t Abraham answered either of them very well. In fact I had to stop the video for now – it was causing a lot of resistance in me. I want to watch these with an open, receptive mind.

The first question concerned Eckhart Tolle’s teachings of the preset moment. Abraham says, “Try living anything else.” In other words, we are in this present moment. There is no other moment than now. The issue the man had, and I have, is that Abraham’s teachings focus on the future, while you are living in the present moment. But I believe, that as Tolle teaches, all suffering is found in time. That is also where the ego is found, if something like the ego exists. I am trying to stop adopting beliefs in stuff like the ego and the subconscious mind.

I have practiced what Tolle teaches, at least I think I have, where I just “tune in” to whatever is going on right now. I am fully here, fully aware, and fully conscious. It is impossible for me to do this if my focus is on the future. I then become unconscious in the present moment. I loose awareness. Go ahead and try this with me now, see it for yourself. I promise it should not interfere with your belief systems.

Right now, just tune into these words. Become aware of your breath. Any light hitting your eyes, I have the sunlight coming in my window in my peripheral. Become aware of your skin, where it is resting. I have cutoffs on, the footrest of my recliner up, so I can feel where my flesh touches the vinyl or whatever it is. I can feel that warmth. I woke up with some sort of ear issue, like my ears are plugged, so I have that going on. My fingers are typing this, and I feel that. I can hear the fan in the room outside. I can feel the air pushed from that fan on my skin. So I am tuned in, right now, to this moment. I am fully aware and conscious of everything around me, all I am feeling, all I am seeing, hearing, even the taste of the pizza I just had for lunch, the cool air coming in my nostrils. All five senses are fully engaged.

Now you do the same. Tune in to each word, the position of your body, what you are feeling, what is engaging your senses as you read this. Just tune in to this moment, right now. Become fully aware and conscious. Spend a few moments here, and when you are ready, proceed.

OK, now focus on the future. Think about something you really want. Experience it in your imagination, in your mind, in whatever way you can. Give me a moment to think of something and I will join you. This will be harder for me writing this as I am…I have to stop typing. I am thinking about a woman. Envisioning the woman I want to be with. Right now she has long, curly blond hair and I can barely glimpse her face. That’s all the detail I can see in my mind’s eye. If I stopped typing I could put myself more there, engage more senses.

Now try it for yourself. Try reading this while you envision the future. While you are focusing on the future and something you want. You can’t do it, can you? You have to stop reading and focus on that, or stop focusing on that and start reading. One or the other.

While I am envisioning something I want, something in the future I want to manifest, I have to stop being here. I have to stop typing. I can only be all there, or all here, or even all in the past. Being in the past and being in the future are the same sorts of experience. Both take me out of the present moment. I no longer hear the fan, or feel the air on my skin, or am aware of the light streaming in my window, or any of that stuff. It is all gone.

Imagine living like that! Completely focused on the future, on what you want, what you see in your minds eye, what you imagine. Try driving to work like that! Good luck! The point is, and I have just proven it in my own experience, and if you followed me you proved it for yourself, that you can not be fully aware and conscious right here and now in this present moment while thinking about the past or the future. Yet Abraham teaches us to focus on the future, on what we want. Unless I have a misunderstanding here.

Abraham just sort of brushed this question off, but I see it as a serious issue. Yet I feel that there may be a way that both teachings are correct. There should be a way to be aware, be present, while thinking about what it is you want, seeing it on your mind’s eye. imagining it, then letting that image go, proceeding through your day, fully aware and conscious, moment by moment, pausing to go back to that image whenever you feel bad, indicating that you are not a vibrational match for your desire. Pause, tune in, match up to what you want, let it go, continue in the present moment.

I am still trying to figure this out for myself, and I will surely share what I learn as I learn it. You can try that for now and see if it works. Because I really believe in what Tolle is teaching, and I really believe in what Abraham is teaching. I think there is a way they fit, if we can only figure out how. Maybe I will get through my own resistance to writing a book and write something on that subject. We’ll see.

The other thing concerned how much the Hicks charged for their workshops. The guy believed Abraham should make its teachings more readily available to those who can not afford it. Abraham says that they will not come to where a person is, that a person has to come to them. In other words, Abraham is in tune with the same place all our Higher Selves are in tune with. Abraham does not have a lack or limitation mindset. So Abraham will not adopt such a mindset simply to talk to someone in lack and limitation. Abraham will not stoop down, in other words, to pick someone up. It is more like Jesus commanding a man to take up his bed and walk. Jesus didn’t bend down and help the man up. Just commanded him to rise up. When the man obeyed, he could walk. We have to be a vibrational match for Abraham and what we want, we have to rise up to meet Abraham.

There is definite value in that. Abraham is empowering us. It is not empowering to bend down and help us up. We might wish for that, but we then become dependent on the one bending down. As a parent you can hold the backseat of your child’s bike for as long as you want, ensure they never fall down. But they will have to fall down and get up, maybe a number of times, before they learn to balance on their own. As long as you hold that seat, they will never be able to balance the bike in their own. Your help is actually not helping them at all!

So a conference or workshop that charges $500.00 or so to attend definitely gives us an opportunity to rise up to the occasion, meet Abraham where they are, and manifest the money needed to attend. Much of that money goes to paying for the facilities and staff. Esther Hicks should be compensated for her time, for wear and tear and fuel for the bus. I get that. There are cruises I would like to go on, for thousands of dollars, and if I wanted it badly enough I could focus on that and manifest the money for it.

But there are a few things that Abraham does not seem to have taken into consideration. The first is a person’s belief system. I wanted to go to the I Am Light conference in Portland, Oregon. I wanted it badly enough I earned the money to go. And it was not worth it. No disrespect to Wayne Dyer and Anita Moorjani. But it was not a transformative experience, the seats were uncomfortable, and I am not sure as to the value of what I learned. In fact the only real value is that I got to go, and I met a woman I had easy conversation with when I went to fetch my lunch. In both cases I accomplished something that I had never been able to accomplish before.

But it was not worth beating the shit out of my body, helping my parent’s friends move. It was not worth the damage done to my physical body, the sweat, the long driving, the loading and emptying of two U-Haul trucks, the long hours spent – just not worth any of it.

Here is the important thing… My beliefs in how money comes to me manifested this in response to my desire to go to I Am Light. I only believed I could earn money. I have always had to work hard for it and earn it. I was raised with this belief. I have since dropped it, after the conference, but the groove the train of thought travels on is still there. The rails have not been taken up yet. I gave the Universe only one way to fulfill my desire, so that is what it used. I knew enough from the books I had read and videos I had watched to get that far.

It would have been of far greater benefit for me to have attended an Abraham workshop hosted for free in a local church or something, where I could then have had the tools needed to remove the limitations I had, from my beliefs, in how the Universe would provide. A free workshop would have allowed me to come without having to figure out how to manifest money to pay for it, and I could then have acquired the tools I needed so that I could more easily manifest the funds to see Wayne Dyer at I Am Light, without killing myself off for the money. Without all the pain and suffering.

Even Abraham teaches how we have to reach for the best feeling thought. We may not be able to make the big jumps from where we are to where we want to be. So how does Abraham expect people in a lack or limitation mindset to make the jump from there to an abundance mindset, so they can manifest the money needed to go to a workshop?

So the man has a point, that in some cases, it would be of benefit if the teachings of Abraham were free. It would help a lot of people if Esther did a free workshop, using facilities that will allow her to do so with little no out of pocket expense. She would not be paid for her time, the wear and tear on the bus, or the fuel. But if she is living the Art of Allowing all those things should be easily for her to manifest for herself. She could then meet people, who have a lack or limitation mindset, who want to change, but because of that mindset don’t know how. She could work with them, giving them the tools they needed, through the teachings of Abraham and the Law of Attraction. That would enable them to change their mindset and begin to move more in the direction of what they want.

Abraham is right in that Esther should not provide a free workshop, or lower the price, or anything like that, just to meet people at a lower vibration to make the world a better place or heal the world or anything like that. The reasoning is wrong. But she should do it out of a motivation of helping others, serving in the natural flow of her life, enabling and empowering others, who would benefit from the workshop, but could not pay for one normally.

If someone is stuck on a lack or limitation mindset, but they want out of it, and they don’t have beliefs that would close them off to a teacher like Abraham, then they need someone to help them. How are they going to get out of the mindset if they don’t know how, don’t have the tools to do so? I think of my parents, who have this mindset, and are hardcore Christians. They would not benefit from a free workshop with Abraham because they could not accept the form of the teacher. But I know they are both tired of limited funds and resources. If there are others out there, like them, but without a belief system closing them off to the form of the teacher, they could seriously benefit from a day long workshop with Abraham. Maybe have it be something where everyone brings a food item, and have it be donation supported.

That’s another thing. If Esther is really living the Art of Allowing then a sure way to prove that would be to find a facility and set everything up for a free, donation supported workshop. She would then have to trust tat the Universe provided all the funds needed to pay for everything, including any up-front costs she may have. How else to better practice what you preach than that? Nobody could ever doubt the teachings, if Esther comes in and pays for everything with donations! Hell Jesus didn’t charge people to listen to him, and He gave them free lunch! So what gives, Abraham?

I feel there is something not quite right here. I feel that Wayne Dyer is not as amazing as I guess I made him out to be. Esther Hicks and Wayne Dyer must walk their paths as I must walk mine. I have set a determination that I will live the Law of Attraction teachings, that if they are true that is how I will pay for things. I have released and let go of my beliefs about having to earn money, although changing this decades long though process may not be as easy as saying the words I release it and let it go. If I ever speak or teach publicly, it will be donation supported, and I will trust that the Universe provide. I may do some luxury events, to give people a goal to set and align themselves to. Because that would empower them. But I would give all the needed tools out freely at first, so everyone had access to them.

I guess I am thankful, maybe appreciative, all that has happened in all of this. I learned how to manifest something I really wanted through the process of helping my parent’s friends move. Now I see more clearly how I want to be as a teacher, and how I would like to run things. I know what I did not like, I know what I liked, and I will remember this. So I have been granted clarity from all of this. And I think I can honestly say I am glad Esther has a 2 million dollar bus to drive around, showing that, for the most part, she is living the Art of Allowing. She proves the validity of her teachings, as does Wayne Dyer, who lives on Maui, as does Eckhart Tolle who as far as I know, lives much more simply.

If I am to be a spiritual teacher, I now have a fairly clear idea of exactly how I want to be as one. If I am going to live that life, I know the kind of life experience I want to have. I want to live a life of abundance, and do so without feeling I have to earn it. I shouldn’t have to earn abundance anymore than I should have to earn love. Both are to be given and received unconditionally.