(Don’t forget what it’s really all about.)
(Don’t forget what it’s really all about.)
A little happy Snowball Wish
around the corner’s edge of time
past spring and summer
though glidingly bringing rhyme
This is a photo of some of my pet Snowball Shrimp. The females carry white, round eggs that look like snowballs. The shrimp in the foreground is carrying fertilized eggs. The shrimp in the background is carrying eggs that have not been fertilized and are positioned higher up in her body (looking like a saddle); such females are called “Saddled” females. Happy Holidays!
I will likely not have time, the next few days, to be corresponding with people and/or visiting peoples’ blogs. My wife, Marla, is (again) having complicated reconstructive shoulder surgery and i’ll be too preoccupied with that; my blogs will continue, as they have been prescheduled (as they usually are). Marla requires extra help, nutritionally, with enteral tube feedings to her stomach, which she must always have due to complications from a prior neck surgery; most of the nurses in hospitals, believe it or not, are inexperienced with proper enteral tube feeding.
[Eternity is all around us.]
made a smiling snowman
(in magic, and he is we)
And when he melts
to those very last
(of who we are)
he’ll be back again some day
Special Note: Happy Holidays to everyone worldwide!
We sure hope that the coming new year brings, with it, more sense and more compassion in people. People, unfortunately, are very gullible and it is easy for the fat-cat bureaucrats to get people to believe just about anything. Please do not get all wrapped up in belief; please intelligently go beyond all belief and tradition-oriented presumption. Do not ever merely believe what i write within this blog; i do not wish to be your authority. (There are plenty of charlatans out there who will gladly be your authority, if that is what you wish.) Each one of us has to deeply question things and look beyond all of the propaganda. If the world has any hope at all, we need to go beyond the ruts that we are mindlessly entrenched in. Governments that rob the poor to feed the filthy rich (and that neglect environmental health and global unity) need to be radically questioned/altered. The world is very small and fragile and it will not last — in its balance naturally as it has — if we continue to lack seriousness and continue to act with negligence regarding the delicate whole. Despite what you were “taught,” you may not be anything separate from all of the fragile creatures and humans of this planet; it may be that you are them. If you do not care — and continue reacting as the fat-cat bureaucrats want you to — it may be like the right hand not at all caring about the left hand (and thinking it is separate).
Alleged saying of Jesus… from the ancient Nag Hammadi Gospel of Thomas (that the hierarchical fat-cats rejected):
Jesus said: “The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?”
Do not ever think that you are something separate. Wash clean of cold deception, false accumulation, and dead tradition.
Merry Christmas to all of you two-legged, four-legged, and six-legged friends! 🙂
Santa is real… real love and giving! Anyone can be the Santa of others.
[Interesting how Santa, when we were very young, was something to get excited about and cherish. Then, as we get older, many see Santa as being something rather spurious and unreal. This has connotations that spill over into spirituality and religion. Many people do not (really) feel that anything truly mysterious and magical (as a sacred phenomenon) can exist. Deep inquiry, in this regard, is often considered to be a waste of time by many. Disbelief can be as blinding as mindless belief; insight goes beyond these.]
To function only as mere secondary after-effects… what is that? Most of us always function as responses to stimuli… one response (or set of responses) after another. Thinking about things involves responses to stimuli. Recognizing things constitutes responses to stimuli. These responses are reactions. They are much like the reaction when the leg jerks after the knee is tapped with a soft mallet. Most of us are conditioned responses in a cause/effect continuum. Conditioned responses (as effects), occurring in (and “as”) a sequence, is time. Thinking is time; thinking and time are not two separate things.
Can consciousness function without merely always being one series of reactions (in sequence) after another? Can the mind be aware without merely reacting, recognizing, labeling, and without merely seeing from an image of self? Can a wise mind exist without constantly being a myriad of effects due to a myriad of causes? To answer these questions adequately, what will one do? Will one answer them by way of reaction?
Can thought, when it is not needed — and, oftentimes, it is not necessary — not habitually function in (and “as”) the mind? If it is thought that merely answers the aforementioned question, is the question being intelligently answered? Does love go beyond mere thought and time?
If one’s love is a mere reaction — formulated to get something in return, contrived to get some kind of result for one’s personal self — is it partial and, therefore, not profound and not very substantial at all? Love exists when the image of self is not. It takes time and thought to concoct an image of self (with all the associated desires and fears). Profound love is timeless.
(Well, when Christmas comes around, we put poinsettias on the kitchen table.)
From E. E. Cummings:
blossoming are people
nimbler than Really
go whirling into gaily
white thousands return
by millions and dreaming
drift hundreds come swimming
(Each a keener secret
than silence even tells)
all the earth has turned to sky
are flowers neither why nor how
when is now and which is Who
and i am you are i am we
(pretty twinkle merry bells)
Someone has been born
everyone is noone
dance around the snowman
So, I am cleaning cages, and getting their food ready. Tweetie Pie (one of the parrots that lives with us) is standing on a perch right near to where I am. (We don’t call them “pets,” as — I’m sure like a lot of you dog, cat, and bird caretakers know — we turn into more “their personal servants” than “pet owners.”) I turn to Tweetie and ask, “What do you want from Santa for Christmas?” “Do you want a new learning video, a new toy, extra peanuts, pizza cheese, or maybe a lot of carrots, or tasty grapes, or apples?” “So, Tweetie, what do you want?”
The following is what Tweetie’s response was (which we did not teach her… and which she also had said around a week prior to this when I had asked her the very same question):
She learns things from watching others interact, not only by teaching her directly. I have (with Tweetie nearby observing) said things to the other birds like, “Wow! Your bowl is empty; good job! You ate everything!” (Dr. Irene Pepperberg, who does extensive research with parrots, says many of them have the mental understanding of a 5 year old and the capacity to verbalize of a 2 year old.)
Afterwards, as I keep cleaning, I said, “If you want all those things, you better be extra good, because, as you know, Santa sees everything, he is always watching everything you do at all times.” As I said this, one of the other parrots enthusiastically said, “Yeah! Yeah!,” and Tweetie Pie looked up scanning her eyes all around the ceiling (as if wondering how Santa could see everything at all times).
They really like Christmas oriented videos, like Polar Express, and I’ve been playing those a lot lately.
Happy Holidays! 🙂
Perhaps real spirituality is not found — locked up in confinement — in temples, where masses of people often worship self-created images, but is found when one understands oneself alone, such as when one is out in nature (without deception, without fabrication, without endless, internal chattering, and without a bunch of pretense).
After the death of the historical Christ, there were many Gospels and bibles about Jesus that different groups of people cherished and felt were legitimate. Many years after the death of the historical Christ, The Gospel of Thomas — which many of the world’s top (current) Biblical Scholars feel was written before the standard four — was declared heretical by the high priests who catered to Rome’s Emperor Constantine… no doubt largely because it called for finding God for oneself and not by following others (such as priests, leaders, and gurus). Some top scholars even feel that the Gospel of John was written as a rebuttal against the Gospel of Thomas. (Jesus was initially an ardent follower of John the Baptist, who advocated finding God far from the temples, out in nature; John was terminated by the authorities.) From the early Greek version of the Gospel of Thomas found at the ancient Oxyrhynchus site:
Jesus said, “Where there are three, they are without God. And where there is only one, I say, I am with him. Lift up the stone and you will find me there. Split a piece of wood and I am there.”
[The Christmas ornaments are on the left. One of Santa’s reindeer is on the right.]
It’s great to get together with family for Christmas!
(Be sure to see the video below.)