Category: Musings

What Colour is the Ocean?

“Strong intention in a noisy mind is useless; it’s akin to throwing a big rock into a turbulent ocean. There is no perceptible effect.”–Deepak Chopra

A simple questions doesn’t always receive a simple answer. Many people willingly accept a concise answer and go about their day. That’s fine. Sometimes there isn’t reason to care. Sometimes there isn’t time to know the entire explanation. Sometimes there isn’t any room for ambiguity.  The answer, the story, and the truth must be clear, concise and unchanging because that’s what’s expected. Yet, the fact remains it isn’t. Regrettably,  this fact makes most people uncomfortable. Without clear concise truths about the world we inhabit, ambiguity could mean the unknown, and the unknown is a scary place to be.

As children, most of us can recall times of great wonder and imagination.  Building sand castles on the beach, constructing forts with sheets and furniture, or playing out dramas with dolls, teddy bears, action figures or lego.  As we become adults, however, we give up that imagination in favour of the so-called rules and codes of responsibility (because we’re told me must put away ‘childish’ things).  Our brains, being a muscle, atrophy and lost the capacity to expand, adapt, transform and evolve: Adults marvel and study how a child grows and develops–but ironically ‘successful’ development is evolving into an adult world of repetition, boredom, and stagnation. Without imagination we settle for predictability at the cost of dulling the human experience because its safer, dependable, and more reliable according to Deepak Chopra.

For those struggling with an answer about the ocean:  The blue hue of water is an intrinsic property caused by selective absorption and scattering of white light. Impurities dissolved or suspended in water may give water different coloured appearances. Some may not care about the explanation, and some will accept the aforementioned wikipedia definition.  However, those who can accept and feel comfortable in the ambiguous truth will have a better time swimming in it.

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‘For The Love Of Money’

A Penny For Your Thoughts

As the Canadian penny makes its exit, I wondered why Canadian’s don’t ‘Trust in God’? Perhaps engraving our trust on currency might help stabilize it– Too little, too late I suppose.  Because of inflation, it costs more than a penny to manufacture a penny.  Does this mean the cost for a thought must also increase?

Materialism has become a dirty word.  Admittedly, I’ve occasionally slung dirt at it.  Yet, most ‘bad’ things have origins of goodness.  The pricelessness of time, of love from a significant other, or child are the intangible items most want.  However, most will settle for the temporary tangible things that comes with a price tag in the absence of the aforementioned list.  Expensive gifts, inexpensive tokens of esteem, or handmade presents all carry some significant value.  Interestingly, most think of ways to use those tangible items to gain more intangible moments.

Valuing material items over intangible ones leads to a dangerous path.  And it is said that ‘for the love of money, is the root of all evil’.  However, even money began as an idea.  A simple thought to a complex problem.  What is a fair change of goods or services?  Perhaps the ‘penny for the thought’ phrase began as a way to measure ideas, providing a baseline for the worth of all ideas to be measured against.  Throughout history there have been many great ideas that spawned incredible profitable inventions.  Furthermore, a lot of those ideas and inventions have become commonplace in our lives.  I couldn’t imagine functioning without some of them (computers, phones, indoor plumbing).  Tangible things of value begin as intangible priceless thoughts.

Thoughts become evolve into reality. Team science clings to their belief in evolution. Team religion holds steadfast in creationism.  Team science extremists prefer the logical way of thinking and reasoning and often deny the creative aspect of evolution/creation. Conversely, team religion enjoys the creative randomness of an omni-present ethereal being, but sometimes fail to question the logical systems in place that holds ‘thoughts’ together.  Perhaps there’s room for both belief systems to co-exist in peace?  Maybe a little cognitive polyphasia is the bond that will bridge the two together.  Interestingly, evolution, or God had to first think of an idea before it materialized, even if it was instantaneous.  After the completion and materialization of the (God) thought, it evolved into something more sophisticated. Wether conscious or subconscious, thought always precedes the manifestation of anything the five senses perceive.  Perhaps in the source of all ideas is where we must trust.

Being materialistic, I’ve been guilty of placing significant value on someone else’s, currency, services, and billion-dollar ideas.  I’ve drooled over new tech, shoes, clothes and cars.  But perhaps materialism is nothing more than over-valuing tangible ideas over intangible ones.  The ‘cure’ for this isn’t removing the value of another’s idea. Instead, value your own ideas and creations.

“Great” Friday

Easter Card

HAPPY EASTER

If happiness is a choice, would knowing the truth to life’s mysteries make people happier?  What if ‘the truth’ really is uglier than people imagine?  Approaching the one year anniversary of my blog, I wanted to reflect on my truth.  I’ve shared a lot, but learned even more. I’ve shared in the lives of others, and joined journeyed to places while remaining within the comfort of my home.  I’ve shared experiences that have redefined who I am and what I believe.  It’s been a life-changing year, but acknowledging and accepting my truth didn’t guarantee any sort of happiness.  Sometimes a lie was just as effective for me until it became truth.  I admit it.  I faked it until I made it.

Jesus knew the truth about his life, perhaps even his own death, but it wasn’t what made him happy.  Some believe, some don’t.  Regardless of belief the story is the story, and life lessons can be gained from the example.  Jesus died for our sins, not to rid the world of sin, but to show the power of forgiveness.  Mystified by the story as a child, I wondered why JC didn’t take all the world’s sin with him to the tomb– It would have solved a lot of problems if he did.  Clearly a larger dynamic system was in place, and ridding the world of sin wasn’t the best option.  There are many ways to interpret the story of JC.  I’m confident most of the interpretations of the stories hold some validity.  Some are irrelevant and most add to the seemingly endless controversy.  Being a man with an opened mind, small ego and huge spirit, JC  proposed a shift in conscious perspective to create change.  However, most people in that era didn’t want to change, or refused to accept another man’s truth.

Despite the lack of faith among his circle of followers, JC continued not in his pursuit of truth, but his pursuit of change.  Knowing the end didn’t sway him from a purpose of his choosing.  By changing the hearts of others, he began to change their minds.  Interestingly most attempt to change the mind with little regard to the heart.  I’m also guilty of attempting to change hearts through my blog.  However, I’ve realized changing the heart presents a greater challenge because of the need to be right.  Perhaps this challenge is the reason JC’s message remains a controversy on the mind instead of peace within the heart.

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