The Problem With Search Engines

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With search engines, I often tell people to “ask yourself before you consult search engines or external resources…”

While search engines allow us to research things and find inspiration; It is also likely we no longer ask ourselves what we think and feel about a subject when we have the lazy way of just searching answers online. Too often we no longer think for ourselves but instead ask google. There are two negative potentials here.

Number one is the fact that google can control what you see and what you don’t see. This is centralized control of information. If you ask a search engine a question about genetically modified foods or global warming your opinion can be based on what the computer shows you whether they are ads, page rank, or mere omission.

The second is it often robs people the preciousness of creative critical thinking. You no longer have to think up an answer to your question when you can just search for it via google (or other search engines). But what if new answers would be discovered in the laboratories of our minds if people only thought for themselves? More often than not, search queries yield results from lay people on forums whom often know nothing more than I do or are repeating fictitious misconceptions. This also results in the development of echo-chambers whereby we get increasing polarization of view points through positive feedback loops which do not happen in libraries and book stores.

The old-fashioned way of learning things through other people, books, magazines and our own thinking allows us to be exposed to more varied and experiential view points.

Of course this comes from me … a person who built their own tiny-house version of a library … but I digress.

A Song Which Describes Existence

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What music can capture a balance of human emotion? A balance of past and future? Of extroversion with introversion? Of the etheric state of receptivity with the rhythmic state of transmission?

My answer to these questions is Santana’s unusual song of “Future Primitive”. It is a musical composition with topography leading from an etheric calm trance-like sound which brings to mind a place without human existence, this leads to a frenzied drumming which inspires movement and dance. The drumming brings to mind our society of interconnected communication. But gradually this fades back to the etheric state. There is a saying that we are little water droplets in a waterfall who are separate for a period of time, but at the end they join back together in the same river of which they came from. “Future Primitive” begins as we all begin, etheric and unmanifested. From which we are born into a frenzied state of coherent drumming as if the heartbeat of our life. This fades back into the nebulous. This is the cycle of life itself.

State Of No Sense

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Imagine not being able to see, hear, taste, smell, touch, talk or move. Do you not exist? Or do you exist?

What does the consciousness do in the state of no sense? What if it does not remember what sense is like?

Could you imagine how consciousness in the state of no-sense would pine to experience anything?

This is the state of which that in the unmanifested realm are. There is a “clamoring” to manifest into the above-ground would of sense. Any sense. A state of experience. Even our supposed pain, trials, challenges, despair, heartbreak are worthwhile. A wonderful thing from the perspective of no-sense. Of course the happiness, love, pleasure and “goodness” are wonderful too.

Keep this wonder of our sense-ual experience in awareness as you experience the ebb and flow of being manifested.

Wow I am experiencing XXXXX, this is wonderful!

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Perhaps this is why meditation is powerful for our contentment. Meditation get’s us closer to a state of no-sense. The realm of the unmanifested. Reminding us at a deep level how great it is to be manifested and experiencing ALL that there is to experience. Our individual experience is all worthwhile. Every bit of it. Every moment. The ups and the downs. The whole and the partial. The supposed “good” and supposed “bad”. The love and the heartbreak. The connection and lose. The everything and nothing.

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Think of how great it is to be “alive”. Our separate individualized sense-ual experience with great variance / topography / texture / contrast.

Think of how great it is to be “dead”. A peaceful no-sense unified state of everything and nothing.

Life reminds us of the greatness of death. Death reminds us of the greatness of life.

Manifestation reminds us of the greatness of unmanifestation. Unmanifestation reminds of the greatness of manifestation. And here I / you / we are existing in the equinox of the past and future. The horizon of the two states. As the two states make love at the edge of infinity, there we are. The gentle pendulum swings back and forth but has greatest affinity to center. distillation

Why Many Young People Are Depressed or Self-Destructive

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At first I think depression is caused by a chemical imbalanced. I personally know that the few times I get depressed it seems to come from nowhere and tends to be related to weird excito-toxin foods I previously eat. But upon further thought regarding young people, I feel like young people shouldn’t be depressed. They have their entire life to look forward to. They are at the stem cell point in life where the options of paths to take is more varied than ever in life. Yet it is young people who are plagued with suicide and serious depression. What is the problem here?

More often than not, young people live in families where they do not have any support for their passion or aspirations. And oftentimes it’s not just a lack of support but they also receive downright cruelty and abuses of varying form. Many young people don’t receive love or when they supposedly do it’s a transactional form. Reciprocation is healthy, but transactional is different and is where love is withheld until you do what the other wants.

Without a solid, loving, compassionate, understanding, supportive family, many of these people born in toxic families either isolate themselves or seek companionship from a friend group or dead-end relationships. This is natural…if your family fails you, seek family elsewhere. But oftentimes if there is a friendgroup or relationship, they are also more often than not foolish, incomplete and toxic. Indeed when a person comes from a toxic family they seek out relations that emulate what they know. They also did not develop the confidence to say no to energy suckers and realize they deserve better.

In having deep conversations and hearing the life stories of many people here is a common archetype I hear:

Person comes from toxic family where they receive no support. They go to school where the other kids (usually from toxic situations as well) are cruel and likewise do not support eccentricities or being authentically you. Many teachers are jaded and are forced by higher bureaucracies to teach according to constricting standardized tests leaving little room for organic expression and interaction further stifling authentic creative expression. Peer groups usually force uniformity to the arbitrary rules of “fitting in” such as wearing certain clothes, picking on certain people, liking/disliking the same things. A person fears breaking from the peer norms for fear of being relegated to a lower rung of the social order…or perhaps no rung at all.

The landscape often doesn’t provide inspiration or outlets either. The city, suburban and even subrural landscape is a hard, manicured, contrived landscape. Organic things like weeds growing in monoculture grass, animals like coyotes who might eat fluffy, fruit trees which make messes on sidewalks are all eradicated. The creative expression of Nature herself is squashed by the collective humans in these landscapes. Nature is trimmed, chemically treated, put in straight lines just like the human body on TV and magazines. Many cannot simply walk out their backdoor and access wildness. Indeed since there is no common access between houses a person has to walk great distance on hard surface with fast cars in order to access the remaining parcels of undeveloped land so they could perhaps warm their soul with the sound of red-wing black birds, the glimpse of a timid deer or elusive coyote, where the wind blows freely it’s subtle wisdom. Where the makeup of humanization homogeneity is washed away by the wild rain. Where you can put your hands upon the ground look at a square inch of soil and witness the completeness of life and death in an instant. Multiple animals, insects, moss, lichen, plants which you can hold in your hand…not so in any manicured park or maintained lawn. The soil of authentic reality under your fingernails sifting through your fingers. It is here where you realize the magic of existence. The of even the most mundane. It is here in what many see as demure nature where you can sit on a rock or nurse log, lay upon the grass or lean on a tree, look to the freeing sky and dissolve into nothing/everything beneath you. It is here where you are accepted and can express your authentic self. It is here where you find the nourishing support of Nature.

But alas with continuing ignorant development/destruction gobbling up the last remaining wild lands for the the sake of linear progress, young people have less access to these places of acceptance and expression. National and state parks are usually distant and are not something most people can have spur of the moment walkable access to.

Even for the lucky people who have access, many have been instilled with a fear of Nature. A fear of people (criminals), animals (coyotes, cougars), insects (ticks, mosquitos), plants (poison oak), themselves (injury, getting lost). This fear comes from a toxic family, ignorant friends, an alarmist news and dramatized pop-culture/media. A shame people fear the wilderness which is the antidote to their existential despair.

So people come from unsupportive families, surround themselves with vampire friends, and live isolated from Nature….and then they drink the kool-aid when it comes to career/jobs…

There is no doubt that except for the most extreme of people, we need money to live in our modern society. There are two ways that most people pursue this…hourly jobs or salaried careers. With the later being the better of the two paths because at least there is space for respect and upward mobility but it is nonetheless an hourly job in disguise. Young people who are unsure of a career path turn to jobs to satisfy the need for money. But most jobs they get are dead-end, useless, mundane jobs in artificial environments which will eventually be replaced by robots/computers. To compound the purposeless jobs they find themselves, they often have the archetypal authoritarian bad boss or manager who once again suppresses authentic expression. When it comes to hourly jobs you are subconsciously admitting to selling your precious time and your life….aka selling your soul. If the end goal is simply to get paid for your time then if we follow the logic and we could just speed up time so it no longer exists that would be preferential. This is seen with workers watching the clock and who can’t wait for 5pm or the weekend to come. In other words they are saying “I want to throw away the majority of my life in order to have my money and precious few hours at the end of the day and week to really live”.

What is seldom taught in school, or by mentors and family is entrepreneurialism and creating your own business. While there is often the mundane in entrepreneurialism, you have the freedom to go for a walk whenever you want, talk to who you want, express yourself however you see fit, pet your crow sitting next to you on your desk and live the life you want to life. Contrary to hourly workers, an entrepreneur wishes time would slow down. This is a healthier perspective and is indicative of a life well lived. Live life where you wish time would slow down instead of speed up.

Over 160,000 people under the age of 25 commit suicide each year and is one of the leading causes of death among young people. What is the antidote to this?

Personal spiritual foundation.

Access to Nature.

Learning to say no to the wrong things and yes to the right things.

Radical shifts.

Outlets to express their authentic selves.

Choosing the path of transmuted anger instead of paralyzing sadness.

Personal Spiritual Foundation

For many young people, the older authoritarian religions of old do not resonate for good reason. But without a replacement for spirituality many resort to agnosticism. But even with their agnosticism/atheism they approach it without passion. At least the passionate atheist has purpose in the dogma of reason/logic and ironically absurdism.

But without a passionate personal understanding of spirituality, life can seem meaningless and purposeless. Reading self-help books and diverse perspectives on spirituality can plant the seeds of formulating your own spirituality; but what is most important is creating your own spiritual experiences. Seek out what can only be called “magic”. The synchronicity between friends and loved ones. How music creates emotions. How dance is liberating. How a sunset or natural vista is inspiring. How the unity of a sperm and egg can create a whole new being. The relation we have with animals. The feeling of compassionate Love. When you seek out that which cannot be explained and only experienced, you will find your own spirituality.

Access To Nature

Likewise, Nature and wilderness is the best place to experience this unexplainable magic of deep and profound truths. Nature is where we came from thus our original Mother/Father. Consequently the compassionate Love and acceptance one can experience in Nature fulfills us. It is here where you recharge your energy, let go of negative attachments, can express your authentic self and derive the deepest wisdom.

Learning To Say No. Learning To Say Yes.

Learning to say “No” specifically to people who are toxic is important for living a harmonious life. People who cause self-doubt, drama, trauma and co-dependence are energy suckers and drags…but also powerful teachers. With the lessons to learn how to say no and stand in your own authentic power.

Sometimes a person will need to go through social catharsis and remove toxic people from their lives. Saying to “no” to certain “friends”. Changing schools where you don’t know anyone and can reinvent the social expectations others have of you. Or moving to a different town to get away. Sometimes drastic circumstantial shifts are needed to rid one’s life of toxic people and situations. The key however is to not repeat the mistakes of the past life. No longer will you accept disrespect, lack of support, degradation, abuse, or irresponsibility from your family, friends or mate. With new people and new life with less precedence as the old entrenched people of past, it is easier to stand in your authentic power.

Conversely people who come from toxic situations often have a lack of confidence or fear of success. Many think they “are not good enough” for XXXXX. Whether that is a mate, a career, a location or other things. When people think they are not good enough they say “no” to things they should say “yes” to; to things which would empower and uplift their life. Thus relegating themselves to a life which confirms of a faulty paradigm of disrespect and drama. Many times when you try to approach a person who you think is better than you or try to make a sale with a big client you will be rejected. For some people from toxic backgrounds, they use this rejection as confirmation that they are unworthy and then retreat into a contracted state. But success is created from grit and perseverance. Eventually someone will say yes! But you will only find out if you devote enough time and have many doors slammed in your face without loosing hope. An example is where someone buys land to mine for gold and after spending much money and many years yields nothing. They quite, liquidated the equipment and moved away. The next person who bought the land found the richest gold vein just a few feet over from where the previous people where digging. Opportunity happens for people who devote themselves and never give up hope even after heartbreak and disappointment.

Radical Shifts

Sometimes when life seems meaningless, purposeless or deadend….enough for them to consider suicide….a person just needs to make a radical shift. Sometimes it can be changing the way you dress but other times it can mean selling everything, getting a credit card, changing your email/phone and moving across the country…or to another country. By making such drastic changes you are more likely to break things loose to have the life you want than staying in a situation which gives no fulfillment.

Creative Outlets

One of the most detrimental things for young people is a lack of creative outlets to express themselves. Art, music, writing, outdoor recreation and dance among other things are all outlets than need to be supported. Without healthy outlets like these, the pure creative energy get’s stagnant and spoils into self-destructive behavior such as indiscriminate sex, drugs, alcohol, addictions, peer pressure, delinquency, or risky behavior resulting in injury/heartbreak. In hearing the stories of many people who went through tumultuous younger years, I have found that efforts by parents and teachers to suppress these behaviors through shame, fear or punishment just creates further entrenchment of the self-destructive behavior. These foolish actions are pursued to fill the void of organic improvisational spontaneity they lack in their day-to-day life. The antidote to these risky behaviors is to avoid the exciting appeal they provide by giving young people fulfilling outlets for their creative energy and supporting the eccentric experimentations with understanding wise guidance.

Some People Think Saving The World Is Futile

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Some people think saving the world is futile. Some think the world doesn’t need saving. Others doubt their ability to do any real change and resign themselves into impotence. While others think that mere positive thoughts is enough. Some think that other people will save the world

In my mind, I would rather die trying to help the Earth than to reflect on a life lived without that purpose.

We cannot assume someone else will protect our wild lands and make sure that our Earth with soil, water, air, biodiversity, and genetic integrity will remain pure and unadulterated.

I know my purpose in life is to be a spokesperson for nature, to give voice to that which cannot speak for itself; as well as to be a protector and warrior for nature, to fight for what cannot fight for itself.

The Three Elements of Intelligence

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Curiosity, Memory and Creativity.

For years humanity has been trying to define intelligence. Perhaps that is a mark of intelligence….trying to define intelligence?

We have epistemology which is a branch of philosophy concerning the theory of knowledge. We have IQ tests and EQ tests (Emotional Intelligence). We have the theory of multiple intelligences which is very close to giving a better picture of what intelligence is where it splits intelligence into the following categories:

  • Musical and Rhythmic
  • Visual and spatial
  • Verbal and Linguistic
  • Logical and Mathematical
  • Bodily and Kinesthetic
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalistic

While categorizing different forms of intelligence is wise to accommodate the diversity of human experience, it still doesn’t address the core elemental building blocks of intelligence.

Curiosity

In my experience with a variety of intelligent animals such as squirrels, crows and border collies, as well as with young children, I have found that the number one determiner of intelligence is the level of curiosity. Curiosity is usually manifested in playfulness. Or sometimes….how much trouble one gets into! How much do you engage with your environment? Do you listen for the faintest sounds? How about looking at things and really observing the details? Do you smell things? Do you touch things? When was the last time you tasted something that wasn’t food?

Who does these things every second of their wakeful consciousness? Babies and toddlers. It is also at this time that we grow the most in intelligence. We are most genius when we are young children.

Memory

But in thinking of all the manifestations of curiosity, it alone means nothing without memory. Indeed when we discover something about our world or ourselves through play and then forget what we learned, it doesn’t help our useful intelligence. The intelligence of border collies is obvious when they remember complex verbal commands. The intelligence of crows and ravens is evident when they remember to use tools. Having a powerful memory is an important tool for the next element of creativity. Of course remembering language and how to use tools doesn’t happen without first a curiosity to observe of experience it.

Creativity

The last leg of our stable three sided pyramid of intelligence is creativity. When seen in conjunction with curiosity and memory, creativity is expressed by relating divergent subjects in the mind. By creating theories and inferences. When reading someone’s body language (a Bodily and Kinesthetic category of intelligence) we can make a connection that when people cross their arms and have wandering eyes they are likely disinterested in what your talking about because of distraction, disagreeance, or disrespect. We make this connection by joining the visual cue with past experience. When learning about the physical structure of mushrooms and the symbiotic relationship between mycelium and roots through the subject of botany we can also creatively ponder the potential parallels with what we know about our own brain through the subject of psychology. From there we might infer the mycelium web in the soil, which looks strikingly like the neuronal connections in our brain, acts as a brain for the botanical world. Through further research (as outlined in the book “The Hidden Life of Trees”) science has discovered this to be true; trees warn other trees to build their defenses for threats such as pests and disease. Whereas our electrical impulses travel many inches per millisecond, the electrical impulses between trees via the mycelium web travels around a third of an inch per second.

Creativity cannot happen without memory and curiousity.

These three critical elements of intelligence can be seen in their relationship to the three parts of time: past, present and future.

Curiosity is only experienced through presence and now. We cannot play or gather new information in any other part of time except the infinitely small point called now.

Memory is obviously a mental construct of the past which does not actually exist in reality except for what we recall in our mind (and unconscious collective library [reference Carl Jung]). It is nonetheless an important element to use what we have experienced in previous present states to evolve.

Creativity is analogous to the future. It it is a powerful tool to transform multiple memories of what we have experienced into novel methods/ideas/actions.

The past is about what happened, the present is what exists in experience, and the future is infinite potential. Creativity lies in the realm of infinite potential.

Through the act of creativity we are existing in a state of presence and indeed being playfully curious and thereby creating new memories of which will spawn new creativity with till be experienced through presence which will create new memories and so on and so forth is the cycle of intelligence.

The next question is why does our intelligence, as defined by my three foundational elements, seem to fade as we transition out of young childhood? Many people would say it is because our brain becomes less plastic. But I contend that it is our societal paradigms that shut down curiosity…the first step of intelligence. Sometimes when children ask questions their questions are not honored and as this happens they begin to ask less questions. Children who explore are told that it is too dangerous to venture that far. Climb a tree then be told to get down. Draw on the wall then be told to stop that. Dig a hole in the yard then it’s filled in. Acting weird then told to be normal. Singing and told they can’t sing. Playing piano and told to play it quieter. Dancing and told they look foolish. The antidote to the erosion of curiosity is the encouragement of playfulness and exploration. To give them a non-judgemental sounding board to tell their story and cement in their memory the powerful experiences of curiosity into memory to serve as the stemcells of creativity.

The Unification Of The Three Elements of Intelligence

Meditation serves as a reset to our intellectual system. What often happen is we get bogged down with cyclic unnecessary thought patterns and paradigms. It is thought patterns and paradigms which cripple curiosity since you have no time for such things as you are in your mind or doing some task. It cripples creativity because we tell ourselves that we are not creative or good enough. And it doesn’t make room for new memoies. Through meditation we can observe and deal with these harmful thoughts and paradigms by focusing on being the observer and consciously shedding light on the parts of our mind which are normally obscured.

An exercise to get in touch with your inner genius is to envision yourself as a child, perhaps expressing what some call their inner child. What do you as a child do? Look up and look down. Look near and look far. Observe the functions of your body starting with your breath and heart rhythms. Touch … everything. Listen as if a dog waiting for it’s beloved human to come back home. Taste the leaves on trees, the grass, your hair, the air. Smell the scents and aromas seeing if you can directionally locate the source. Approach life with full sensuality as if reality itself is your lover.

Then tell your story to a compassionate loved one like a good friend or mate. If you don’t have someone you trust enough to expound on your sensualization of life then write it down at length describing all the details leaving no stone unturned. Telling your story helps commit experience to memory.

Then enter a state of no-mind. Go for a walk, sit in silence, pick up a musical instrument, hold a pen on paper, dip a brush in paint … without expectation observantly exist. Creative insight will organically spring forth as does the emergence of migratory birds acting as one or as ripples on the beach. The key to creative success is to not force, doubt, or expect anything. Intention is good though. Intention to prioritize time for creativity. Intention to solve a problem. Intention to make music. But no expectation.

What Is Wisdom?

Wisdom comes from intuition. It comes from a deeper part of consciousness. Something so deep that is drops out of the bottom of our consciousness and joins all other consciousnesses. It is what Carl Jung refers to as the collective unconscious, what I call the collective library of experience, and what some people call the Akaishic record or some other variant of the term. Wisdom is instinct. It is not learned but rather accessed. The level of access is dependent on how clear the channel or connection is. When we get out of our mind and understand that our essence of existence is as the observer (something that exists even without thought or action), then we can more easily access wisdom.

Creativity is a beautiful third element or equinox between intelligence and wisdom. Creativity pulls from both our personal intelligence (curiosity, memory, creativity) and as well as the deep wisdom that transcends our separateness. When doing improvisational music, it is true that I am using a certain amount of memory and curiosity, but I feel there is also an element of pulling from something that is beyond me.

If intelligence is a pyramid, wisdom is the space around the pyramid. Or perhaps the triangular base of of the three sided pyramid.

Wisdom transcends all elements of intelligence. For example, divining with a dousing rod for water in the ground is something does not entail memory, creativity or curiosity. Having a gut feeling about someone transcends intelligence. The way animals intuitively know what plants heal is wisdom. Having a synchronistic feeling or thought as a distant friend across the world transcends intelligence.

Practicality

What do we do with this understanding of intelligence and wisdom?

Once we begin observing and understanding these things we can grow our intelligence and expand our channel to wisdom leading to a more effective and harmonious life. We can remove the blocks to curiosity, utilize tools to increase memory, and allow ourselves to be creative. We can learn to identify the states the are more conducive to wisdom flow and prioritize those states more often.