An Article From: The Chris Thomas Files
Have you ever been faced with the job of re-decorating a room? You know what it’s like… You strip off the old wallpaper only to find that the plaster is full of cracks. This means either filling in the cracks or re-plastering with all the mess that entails. Well, this is what has been happening for the past months (or years) to everybody, either on a personal level, a government level or nationally.
These are the real symptoms of change. In order to become new, to find out who we truly are, we first have to demolish the old. This process of change we are undergoing requires that everything of the past is cleared out so that we can see the cracks that have been underlying our lives for some time. We cannot become what our potential demands as long as the world, and ourselves, are still layered over with the old paper, old ways of being, which covered up everything.
Through 2007, and particularly 2008, we have seen the removal of many layers of old paper which have served to blinker our view of reality. As we entered 2009, the blinkers really began to come off and we started to realise that we, as individuals, have to take responsibility for our own lives. We can no longer rely on anyone or any institution to save us. Those who have turned to the ‘quick fix’ for their problems realised, at long last, that there cannot be a quick solution. We cannot just add another layer of wallpaper. We have to face the consequences of re-building from the foundations up.
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[Administrator’s Note: The original article was written in 2009 and posted on the now defunct Cygnus Review Blog in December 2010.]
July 12th is another very busy ‘National Day’ with five celebrations. Simplicity Day is observed on the birthday of Henry David Thoreau. He was born on this day in 1817. As a philosopher, he believed in living a simple life:
“In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex and, solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
He was a world-renowned author, historian, abolitionist, tax resister (my hero!), a surveyor, criticized over-development, preferred the natural ways and transcendentalism and, was a friend of and mentored by, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Born nearly 100 years prior to Alan Watts, the two could have been contemporary peers.
In our overly busy lives, steeped in political battles, materialism, social media madness and the struggle to survive, slowing down, disengaging and walking in nature can be a refreshing break. De-cluttering and simplifying one’s life can, ultimately, bring peace and balance.
Cheers and enjoy!
I snapped these yesterday evening. I was stunned at how clear and brilliant this rainbow was. The companion rainbow above is harder to see.
It is a shame that my cell phone cannot truly capture what I see. The beauty is breathtaking.
It’s summertime and we’re getting the hot weather storms in the afternoons. I heard the thunder as the system rolled in and the sunlight dimmed. I didn’t really think much about it. I just happened to step outside to our recyclables bin and…wow. I ran back inside and grabbed my phone. I wandered up and down the street trying to get good shots.
Damn power lines. *sigh*
I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by fellow blogger H@rdip. Check him out. Thank you, love. I actually had to dig around to see what this was. It appears to be a blogging community way of saying “Hello. I like your blog.” and, the logo & questions change from blog to blog.
This is how it works…
- Thank the blogger that nominated you.
- Answer the 11 questions asked of you.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
- List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
My answers to H@rdip’s questions:
- Why did you start the blog?
- Do you have any long-term goals for your blog. If yes, what are they?
- What is your favorite pastime and why?
- What is your number one go-to movie and why?
This blog is my third attempt to share. My first one was started in 2008 (I told you 2010 but, remembered, later, that it was earlier) and was pretty much all political. I’m not a political animal anymore…grew out of it. My second blog was about yoga and the 2012 event. It didn’t last long and I don’t even remember the name of it.
I’m at the age that I view long-term goals as mere suggestions…for blogs or anything else. Living in the moment, instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, is a much easier place to be. That being said, I like to write, take pictures and “observe” my world. Sometimes, I share my thoughts and if my perspective helps someone, so much the better.
Reading. I am voracious reader as I am curious about damn near everything.
OY. That is a tough question. I love many, many movies. I can list five movies that I could watch over and over, again (and have, many times):
- The Ghost & Mrs. Muir…because love transcends life & death.
- The Wizard of Oz…because there is no place like home (and everyone should visit this place: Land of Oz).
- Grease…because it came out when I was a “tween” and I was a screaming Olivia Newton-John fan. And, high school should be that much fun.
- Oblivion…because love transcends life, death & DNA.
“I’ll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it’s just us… seems like an awful waste of space. Right?”
“Hey, hey, I wanna be a rock star…”
Chris Thomas. There is a reason I maintain a page for him.
That’s not a question and I’m not good at giving advice. I will encourage any blogger to express themselves in whatever way suits them. Everyone has likes & dislikes. Everyone has an opinion. It is innately human to want to share.
I love all genres of music…some more than others. I can say that I prefer my music analog. Digital has no soul.
A nineteen year old man that took a round in the left shoulder and died of disease in WWI.
Synthesis from Chris Thomas…because it was his last book and a wonderful synopsis of his previous work. I would encourage anyone to read it and his 10 earlier books. You will need a very open mind, tho…
Up until my nomination, I had never heard of it. It is kind of H@rdip to nominate me. I hope I continue to provide positive things for all who stop here.
Unfortunately, after all that, I can’t come up with 11 other bloggers to nominate as I just returned to the blogosphere, myself, just two short weeks ago. I have been absent for nearly four years.
I do like these few blogs and I will notify them of my reading affection. But, I haven’t been here long enough to properly “nominate & ask questions”. I will leave it entirely up to them if they wish to proceed:
Harsh Reality…for shining light into his own world.
The Darkest Tunnel…for shining light into her chaos.
Little Fears…for shining light on what might scare us.
Mani…for lighting a new candle.
James Radcliffe…for starting a fire.
The 1st of July is a very busy day of celebration for the nation, leading up to Independence Day. It’s National Postal Worker Day, established in 1997 by a Seattle area carrier. I have two high school classmates that are postmen. They both really enjoy it. It can be a tough job, though.
If you are thinking “Neither rain nor sleet nor snow…” or something along those lines, the U.S. Post Office doesn’t have an “official” motto, really. There seems to be a bit of confusion from a modified translation of Herodotus’ quote regarding the courier service of the Persian Empire:
There is nothing in the world which travels faster than the Persian couriers. The whole idea is a Persian invention, and works like this: riders are stationed along the road, equal in number to the number of days the journey takes – a man and a horse for each day. Nothing stops these couriers from covering their allotted stage in the quickest possible time – neither snow, rain, heat, nor darkness. The first, at the end of his stage, passes the dispatch to the second, the second to the third, and so on along the line, as in the Greek torch-race which is held in honour of Hephaestus.
It’s also U.S. Postage Stamp Day…naturally. The very first postage stamp was issued on July 1, 1847 but, no one seems to know who created the National Day for it. Lost to history, I suppose.
An Article From: The Chris Thomas Files
People often ask me, ‘If we have lived a series of lifetimes and, if the process of ‘reincarnation’ and our memories of these lifetimes is stored in our DNA, why is it that we do not remember these other lives?’
The answer is quite simple and has to do with the purpose of current human life.
When modern humans first appeared on Earth about 80,000 years ago, we were very much more advanced than we are now. This was at the beginning of the development of the land we know as Atlantis. In those times, human beings had the whole soul within the body. As a result, their full store of memories was intact and fully interactive with the body and, perfectly expressed in the body’s DNA.
However, as time went by, we began to notice that we were having trouble maintaining this level of being and our ‘fall’ from full consciousness was a contributory factor in our collective decision to destroy the Atlantean continent. When we returned to Earth to begin the human experiment again, 20,000 years ago, we once again adopted the same ‘human template’ and, again, encountered the same consciousness problems. The reasons for these problems are too complex to explore here but, ultimately, we formulated ‘The Human Plan’ which we fully adopted 7,000 years ago.
At that point, humans became as we are now: a soul divided into the higher self, or oversoul and, the physical self. This physical self was endowed with sufficient DNA memory to allow us to record our experiences so that, ultimately, we would find answers as to why it had been so difficult to maintain the whole soul within the physical body.
Each of those involved in this plan elected to go through a series of lifetimes including experiences that would enable them to learn how to be fully human again. According to my researches, we didn’t plan to spend forever learning this! Instead, we gave ourselves a time limit of round about 7,000 years, which is why, at the present time, the energies we are experiencing on Earth are so powerfully supportive of inner transformation and growth.
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[Administrator’s Note: The original article was written in 2007 and posted on the now defunct Cygnus Review Blog in November 2010.]