Monthly Archives: May 2012

Gravity, synchronicity, and magic

Portrait by Godfrey Kneller, 1689

One of the peculiar features of physics, discovered by Sir Isaac Newton in the 17th century, is the predictable attractive force of mass. Mass attracts mass. Hmmm.

How or why, you ask? We still don’t know the answers to that. Here we are in the 21st century and the phenomenon that mass attracts mass is still magic. Newton himself could not explain how or why and this truly boggled his mind. 

But just because he couldn’t understand why mass attracts mass did not stop him from producing the practical and well-applied laws of physics related to the phenomenon. The measure of how fast a certain body of mass attracts other mass is what we call gravityContinue reading

American Idol 2012: Philip Phillips or Jessica Sanchez?

Photo Michael Becker / FOX

I wrote an earlier post on Jessica Sanchez after hearing her sing ‘I Will Always Love You’. Like many others I am blown away at Jessica’s angelic voice. I listened to the playback over and over again. It gave me goose bumps. It felt like discovering a gem. But… I have to admit, I haven’t written since. (Sorry Jessica, I absolutely love you and your voice!!)  

If you asked me a month ago who would win in a finale between the two, I would have obstinately chosen the voice from heaven despite sincerely enjoying Philip’s artistry. Jessica has a power voice that can do wonderful things like growl, fill the entire auditorium, sustain high notes with perfect pitch and angelic sweetness to die for. Her talent is unmistakable and she will no doubt go on to have a platinum career in the business.

But here’s the thing that Philip has that Jessica just doesn’t…yet: creative license and knowing how to use it. Continue reading

Fairy dust, nebulas, and thought clouds

Ever wonder what creativity looks like?

To me, it looks just like the ‘magic’ of pixie or fairy dust, you know that sparkly dust in Disney movies that turns pumpkins into carriages? Yah, just like that–matter from the ether mixed with imagination, transforming realities right before our eyes. Well not exactly like that.

In real life we don’t literally turn pumpkins into glittering carriages. And we each have more of an aggressive role to play in the magic of altering reality. Using the Law of Attraction requires ‘Cinderella’ to not only have a good heart, but to also dream the reality every day with discipline. Cinderella would have to imagine the dress, the carriage and the dance with the prince and how that all feels as if it were real, despite current conditions of menial chores and a wicked stepmother.

Maybe that’s the problem with our dreaming these days. We are a little too ‘Disneyed’ and don’t understand the prerequisite discipline of dreaming to get our fairy godmother to show up. We cannot cheat our way out of our part; we must do the work and use our imagination. And here’s why:

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Viktor Frankl on Man’s Search for Meaning

Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.

Viktor Frankl

Our lives must have meaning and as Viktor Frankl found we think money and career will give our lives meaning.  But as a survivor of the Holocaust, Frankl knows firsthand that stripped of all external possessions the meaning of our lives has nothing to do with such things.  At Jewish concentration camps he observed that man can endure tremendous suffering and remain hopeful if only there exists some glimmer of meaning for it–reuniting with loved ones; demonstrating the utter wrong of persecuting others; vindicating the Jewish people etc.

Finding meaning is no easy task however;  it is a deep inward search that even with focused attention can take years to sort out.  Perhaps we have one meaning as a child and another as an adult.  Its easier to not think about it.  In fact most of us prefer an unending supply of distractions over thinking about the meaning of our lives.  But the search for meaning is a quest that beckons even among the distractions and sedatives we administer daily to get out of it;  it persists beyond coffee, delicious food, fancy cars and beautiful clothes.  Although there is nothing wrong with loving these things! I certainly do.  But we are not here to just be comfortable.  We are each here for a reason that has more to do with internal than external rewards.

I know because I am one of those people with decent means to live, but who needs more than stuff.  I need meaning and this blog is born out of my own personal and ever incessant need to find it in my life.

And so with conviction, I proceed forward fumbling my way through a blog that will somehow give my life more meaning.  I can forgive my bad choices or my unkind actions, if and only if, I find meaning from such mistakes and I learn from the experience for the better.  If I can share my revelations and help someone else in the process so much the better.

Sincerely,

 

Steve Jobs on the after-life

Are we simply here for a human lifetime and that’s it? The late Steve Jobs admitted to a fear that the answer to this larger than life question is yes. That when we die, we cease to exist; the screen goes blank as in end of story; there is no more consciousness of ourself and all the wisdom we obtained this life disappears.

Facing his own mortality in the last decade of his life, Steve Jobs revealed the philosophical reason iPhones and iPads don’t have typical on/off buttons; it’s because of his stubborn hope that the answer to the existence of an afterlife is ‘yes’, that life doesn’t just end one day with a switch to off.

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Using the law of manifestation

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Albert Einstein

The law of manifestation states: our reality is a product of what we visualize and believe.
 
I view this law as a necessary sequel to the law of attraction. It is the goal-oriented second step naturally following the information gathering first step. The implications of the law are profound. It says that there is a ‘matrix’ and not only that, but we can alter it too, at will. Unlike the film however, this matrix is a product of nature, not of machines. Reality as it turns out, is fluid–a flexible construct highly influenced by our ‘touch’ and how we shape it.

Using the law of attraction and how it works

The law of attraction simply states that like attracts like.

My own failed use
I think I first heard of the law of attraction from Rhonda Byrne’s 2006 film ‘The Secret’. Along with probably a whole host of people after watching the film, I promptly wrote myself a check for several million dollars. (What? It’s not cheap to live in paradise).

For several days, I imagined and tried to be convincingly thrilled about the reality of such a windfall of money landing somehow, mysteriously in my lap. In retrospect, I could have at least used the likeness of a Publishers Clearing House check (not my own check, like how real would that be?) and I could have at least entered a sweepstake to have a chance at the prospect.

But I didn’t enter a sweepstake or even buy a lotto ticket. How exactly then did I expect to win free money? I left it to the universe to figure it out and I waited for a sign. Suffice it to say, no million dollar windfall landed on my doorstep.

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Writer’s journey

I don’t quite have the green light on being a full-time blogger…yet, as in I still have a ‘day job’, unlike Geraldine DeRuiter of The Everywhereist, a blog recently included in Time magazine’s Top 25 blogs of 2011. Geraldine received the go ahead signal when she got laid off from her desk job as a copy writer. Unemployed, but married to someone who apparently travels a lot, all over the world for work, gave her a next step namely to get on the airplane with her hubby, albeit after some loafing around. Not only did she receive a green light to start a travel blog, she got an announcement over the loud-speaker followed by an embossed invitation, you know the kind you get for weddings.

Don’t worry this isn’t a whining post of why her and not me rants.When I cheer for her, I cheer for me. Continue reading