I left work early, yesterday (Friday), partly because of exhaustion (although I've brought work home :( ), partly in deference to my colleagues, who thought my coughing fits sounded like a death rattle.
I had a few nice things happen on the way home, though.
First, as I walked from the office to car park, I had a Willy Wagtail singing and dancing in front of me for most of the way. Then, on the way home I saw a couple of ducks flying through the trees beside the road as I sat in Traffic Jam No. 3 (of 4 on the way home - they're the reason I don't normally bother to leave work early, but no-one - no matter how much I say that - seems to take any notice of it: "Oh why don't you just go home a bit early?" Well, because doing so doubles the travel time. Idiots). Spring is definitely here - time to use the lovely compost I've been nurturing over the weekend and do my planting (just corn, this year) and re-potting.
I also had a magnificent rainbow to look at as I drove home - there was a spring storm ahead of me, and the setting sun behind me gave one of the brightest rainbows I've ever seen. I've been blest by quite a few very spectacular rainbows in my life - seeing the complete circle of a rainbow, or double rainbows - once seeing almost complete circles of a double rainbow as I drove over a ridge into a valley; another time I saw a ghostly third rainbow.
Ah, lovely. 
I'm not going to make any trite remarks about such things making up for the trials and tribulations of life, because they don't. They're lovely - magnificent, marvellous, worthy of being enjoyed, but seeing them doesn't make up for the sorts of trials people may have. How could, for instance, a family starving to death in a lovely valley think seeing a rainbow compensated for what they are going through? It does happen you know - some of places where calamities (whether physical or social) occur are physically lovely.
Anyway, to work - my other, done-for-love-not-money, work :)
I mentioned recently that I had delivered a chakra workshop. It went well - and I had one person say that the chakra I thought only I was developing, between the throat and heart, had been identified by someone else - gushingly - as a way of connecting to Universal wonderfulness.Well, nice that someone else has confirmed the existence of the chakra, but it's just connecting the heart and the throat - which I could see could actually be interpreted by some as connecting to something wonderful, if they were "living in the throat chakra".
Now, "living in a chakra" is a concept I have discussed previously , and I also touched on it in the chakra notes (a copy is included as Part II of this post - albeit with a few problems around layout and figures; as always, if you want to buy a PDF copy, email me - the email address is at my website), but I came across something in my daily life which illustrated it even more effectively. It all started when I read a media article commenting about a recent, far too publicised incident that led to a debate on the so-called "raunch culture". The writer started off by indicating largely indifference to the incident (which was largely, in many ways, busybodies minding other people's business ), and then continued to make the point that neither side was completely right in their claims. I haven't given a link to this article, you'll notice: that is because the author made the mistake of finishing with a line which was probably intended to be humorous, but actually came across rather unpleasantly, and spoiled the whole article.
But the basic point was basically correct: neither side was entirely right, which I would also extend to neither side was entirely wrong, either - that is, both sides had some valid points.
The "debate" can probably be summarised thus:
- on one side are people, stereotyped as young but I have to say that people of all ages are capable of a health sexuality (I recently read an article about Masters and Johnson's  work, written as an obituary for Virginia Johnson, which gave a timely extra angle on this debate), who are of the view that "raunch" is empowering / liberating / "what-will-save-the-world";
- and on the other side are people, stereotyped as old but I know a few such who are young, who - allegedly - claim that such behaviour will end the world and cause the sky to fall.
As we mature, we tend to "activate" (use more, or use the attributes of more effectively/consciously) the chakras, beginning at the base and working upwards. The stereotypical younger exponents of raunch culture seem to me to be those who have discovered the sexual aspects of the first chakra (which are the "me-focused" elements of sexuality; they haven't necessarily got the true intimacy of the sexual aspects of the second chakra) and, to some extent, the third chakra (in particular, the me-focused emotions aspect of that chakra). To some extent, they remind me of our cat Luna, who was incredibly timid when she first came to us (the runt of the litter and, I suspect, abused by the people we got her off), but now is confident and has made that incredible realisation that she can ask for, and get, pats. In much the same way, these stereotypical younger(the qualification is significant) people have realised they can get pleasure through sex, and can do so openly, as an adult. As a result, they start to draw on some of power of the base chakra, and it is a marvellous, magnificent, truly personally empowering experience for them ... and then they make the mistake, based on lack of life experience, of thinking that it's wonderful for them, so it must therefore be wonderful for all the rest of reality.
That extrapolating from the small to the universal is something that has always annoyed me - when we were children, one of my sisters said no-one should go to bed with wet hair because that had absolutely categorically resulted in split ends for one of her friends. .... As an adult, I've had (female) friends state just as absolutely and categorically that getting hair trimmed every six weeks will result in more growth. Rubbish. I've even demonstrated, getting shorter and shorter hair, and the ... person still wouldn't admit that she was wrong. Other examples of this sort of unthinking stupidity are those morons who say that "exotic" forms of white bread are healthy because they're not mainstream (wholemeal is ALWAYS better), or that sugars in fruit don't matter for diabetes because it's in fruit so it's "healthy" - which is bullshit.
I've also encountered similar stupidity around chakras - especially claims that a certain meditation will raise the kundalini.
Again, rubbish - super-double-rubbish-with-cream-on-top, in fact.
If your kundalini has raised, you will be able to do miracles - levitate, telekinesis, etc. If you can't do miracles, you haven't raised your kundalini.
And don't dare be so stupid as to claim that something which takes great mystics years of dedicated, intense, ongoing work living away from the world, can be done by a half hour meditation.
The TRUTH is that, much as we apparently use only a small percentage of our brain, we also use only a very small percentage of our chakras capabilities. If, as a child you are using, maybe 1 to 3% of your base chakras strength, and then you found - perhaps through sex - that you were using maybe 6 to 8% of the chakras capabilities, you would experience an up to eight-fold increase in those characteristics ... and still be using only one twelfth to one fifteenth of the chakras capabilities. (The people who claim to be stimulating the kundalini seem to be getting the percentage up to 20 to 30%, which is a valid and worthy increase in use of the chakras capabilities, but it is still NOTHING to do with the kundalini.) Even more overwhelming would be the lack of anything to judge the experience by - which is part of the trials and tribulations of growing up.
A similar situation applies to the opponents of raunch culture - those who are stereotypically older. I can see they are living in other chakras, and what i wrote earlier also applies.
Neither side in this unbecoming "debate" is being mature, or particularly considerate of other people, but to a large extent, they are just people living their lives as they experience them.
And, on that, I had an interesting dream recently, where I perceived each life we live as a single lecture at a university. Each life was part of a longer series of lectures that was a course aimed at developing a set of skills - and that really is, in many ways, a better way of thinking about reincarnation than obsessively focusing on all the lessons of just one particular life. True there is a lot to learn in any one life, but don't let attention to detail rob you of the bigger picture here.
OK, so moving briefly on to other matters ...
I've mentioned previously that Blogger let's us see generalised statistics. Well, I've decided I might try starting my readings link posts with a summation of greetings from some of the countries the stats page says my blog has been viewed from.
Of course, I view such stats with a degree of caution - I don't know that just because Blogger says my blog has been viewed from nation X means the person is in nation X, nor do I know that it is not some sort of check or collection of data, but I do get some hope from the repeated viewing of my blog from some places that at least some people get something useful from this small part of my life's work ...
Anyway, here's what I have come up with so far (although I haven't been able to access the stats for places with only a few hits, such as some African nations, and so haven't been able to include those, and in some cases I have had to use what I can find off the Internet, but ... well, here's what I've come up with so far:
G'day, Hello, Howdy, Hi, Zdravstvujtye (some of my work colleagues are Russian), guten Tag, sveiki, czesc (I have friends - not just colleagues - work who are Polish), bonjour, selamat pagi (the best junior engineers I ever worked with was Malaysian), annyeonghaseyo, pryvit, Como vai, ¡Hola, selamat pagi, ni hao
And now ... the housework. Yes, even bloggers dust, sweep the floor and clean the loo!
Hmm ... might give myself a few more hours of rest yet. At least this weekend it has been agreed that I can take some time off to go out of the city - anywhere will do, so long as I have a chance to escape the endless psychic pressure here, and even better if it has some nice scenery.
Of course, the problem with such actions is that they risk simply emphasising what I don't have in my everyday life ...
 On rainbows, I used to have step-grandchildren in a previous relationship (I miss them - not the relationship, though ... ah well, that part of life is over now), and while driving one of them from her home to visit other family a few hundred kilometres away, we saw a rainbow:
"It's called a rainbow, dear"
... a few minutes after we'd driven out of sight of the rainbow: "I wouldn't mind seeing another rainbow now"
 See http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/forms-living-in-chakras-more-fear-and.html and http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/sain-bain-uu.html.
Also, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/a-laugardagr-post-on-chakra.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/kundalini-thought.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/thou-shalt-not-say-not-and-addiction-to.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/colour-visualisation-and-breathing.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/tensegrity-and-th-earth-star-chakra.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/trial-run-of-ranger-technique.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/working-together.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2009/12/chakras-less-happy-view.html, http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2009/06/chakras-and-push-pull.html, and http://gnwmythr.blogspot.com/2007/10/secret-science-of-hugs.html.
 I often wonder if such reactions are because those reacting are resentful that someone has shown them that they had a choice, and didn't have to live in particular way. I think I started thinking about that when, in my early 20s, I heard a couple of very elderly women discussing modern knickers:
"That's all they wear these days"
"Must be all they need"
"Yes - ah well, good on 'em"
There was a note of ... envy, I guess in their voices - perhaps a wish that they also had had such garments available when they were younger.
 BPF = Balanced Positive (spiritual) Forces. See here and here for more on this.
 Please see here and my post "The Death of Wikipedia" for the reasons I now recommend caution when using Wikipedia. I'm also exploring use of h2g2, although that doesn't appear to be as extensive (h2g2 is intended - rather engagingly - to be the Earth edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy").
Love, light, hugs and blessings
(pronounced "new-MYTH-ear"; ... aka Bellatrix Lux?)
My "blogiography" (list of all posts - currently not up to date) is here.
I started this blog to cover karmic regression-rescue (see here and here), and it grew ... See here for my group mind project, here and here for my "pagans for peace" project, and here for my bindrune kit-bag.
- One size does NOT fit all.
- May the world of commerce and business be recognised to be a servant, not a master, of the lives of people.
- A home is for living in, not feeling, becoming or being rich or a “better” class than others.
- The secret to being (financially) rich is not to have lots of money: it is to have an income above the poverty line, and then make whatever sacrifices are necessary in order to live within 90% of your means.
- Like fire to the physical, emotions to the soul make a good servant, and a bad master.
- Armageddon is alive and well and happening right now: it is a battle between the indolence of "I only ..." and/or "I just ..." and/or "Everyone knows ... " and what Bruce Schneier  calls "security theatre" on one side, and perspicacity and the understanding that the means shape the end on the other.
- The means shape the end.
- Sometimes you just can't argue with a biped that is armed with a sharp stick, a thick head and not too much in the way of grunts.
- Spiritual love is far more than just an emotion - it is a concept, thoughts, actions and a way of living.
- One of the basics of serious spiritual / psychic work is that the greatest work is that which we do on ourself, which seems trivial to many. Our own Innermost Essence, which is our Higher Self / Soul / Spirit, has the power to do so much, and is actively participating in the creation and sustenance of this physical reality. Some mote of our conscious or unconscious knows that, which is why we seem inclined to be dismissive of Self Mastery - which is a bit like the child who sees an adult spending money to buy toys, and fails to recognise the daily grind of work which has led to having the money.
- My favourite action movie of all time is "Gandhi". However, I loathe the stereotypical action movie - and, for similar reasons, I loathe many dramas, which are often emotionally violent, more so in some cases than many war films.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing. (based on writing by) EDMUND BURKE
Your children are not your children. ... They come through you but ... they belong not to you ... for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow KAHLIL GIBRAN
We didn't inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we only borrowed it from our children ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY
Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Those whom we cannot stand are usually those who we cannot understand P.K.SHAW
Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, and the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change." SENATOR ROBERT F. KENNEDY (US Attorney General 1966 Speech)
People I'm currently following or reading, or have considerable respect for, include:
- Red Catherine, a Romani woman living on Artemis, in South Australia;
- T. Thorn Coyle;
- Fire Lyte;
- The Wild Hunt;and
- the Order of Scathach.
Tags: about me, attitudes, chakras, immaturity, maturity, prejudice, society, stages of life,
First published: Laugardagr, 31st August, 2013
Last edited: Saturday, 31st August, 2013