Saturday Posts . . .

I have been feeling very disingenuous about my relationship with my parents. Ever since I reached out to my mother to try to rebuild the relationship that was broken more than 20 years ago, I’ve been questioning myself as to why.

The last couple of times I talked to each of them, it has become CRYSTAL CLEAR.

I have the highest IQ in my family. My dad’s IQ is only 1 point lower than mine, but I have specialized training in areas none of them have ever studied, like the fact that I was a US Army basic field medic who was being fast-tracked to Physician Assistant school. In addition to that, when I took the exam at the Armed Forces Entrance Examination Center back in 1979, I was offered the chance to choose whatever job I wanted by ALL 5 branches of the US military. I have the learning capacity to be fully capable in ANY skill I choose to study.

Despite those facts, NOBODY in my family respects my opinion about anything. I vividly remember a confrontation between my mother and myself more than 30 years ago that occurred in HER HOME where I tried to tell her the truth about the origin of the Christian Bible. She called me a liar – so I pulled her own Encyclopedia Britannica off of her shelf and opened it to the article that discussed the exact event I was telling her about. I showed her how HER OWN ENCYCLOPEDIA confirmed in black and white that I was telling the truth. Rather than admit I was right, she said the encyclopedia was lying!

Every blood relative I have has always responded to everything out of my mouth exactly the same way mom handled that event. They are all STILL doing it.

I can’t fake this anymore. I’d rather live honestly without them than grin through my hat at them. We’re done. My relationship with that family can’t be saved unless they are willing to bend. Pretending they don’t remember the events of the past isn’t enough.

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New Year Resolutions . . .

I originally wanted to post this yesterday, because it was January 1, but after learning of Betty White’s passing I didn’t want to take away from the memorials to her life and achievements. So, I’m posting it today.

In addition to reading the books that were recommended by my dear friend Anita, I’ve also been watching several very good documentaries on Netflix. This post is about those documentaries.

In no particular order, the Netflix documentaries I’d recommend are:

What The Health

[Un] Well

Salt Fat Acid Heat

Down To Earth with Zach Efron

Kiss The Ground

Fantastic Fungi

The Game Changers

The Bleeding Edge

If you have access to Netflix – especially Netflix streaming service – you owe it to yourself and the planet to watch these documentaries. Together, they build a compelling argument against the currently accepted “traditional western diet”. They also present a very good foundation for building a defense against Global Warming.

While thinking about New Year resolutions – I’m compelled by having watched these shows to make the following commitment – I’m going to spend the rest of January 2022 as a vegan. If that succeeds in reducing my arthritis and other body problems, I’ll commit to that lifestyle in perpetuity.

Towards Your Enlightenment . . .

A short while back I wrote a blog about a book my dear friend Anita had recommended to me, and in the comments she stated that she was sending me another book. This post is about that book.

The name of the book is “From Here to Here” by Gary Crowley.

The first thing I need to say about it is that it is another “Layers of an onion” discovery. You absolutely can NOT absorb everything it offers in one reading. In fact, there are exercises in this book that are specifically designed to be done many times. Do them – the more times you do them, the more they will help you.

I’ve blogged many times about my belief that all REAL truth is universal. There was nothing in this book that contradicted that belief. No matter what spiritual discipline you’ve followed in your life, you will find this book to be familiar.

But, something else was amazing to me. Many years ago I blogged about the challenge of getting our female cat, who is very nervous and excitable, to accept me. It took me 3 years to get her to even sit on my lap (which she now does daily). When I wrote that earlier blog, Anita commented that “cats just seem to know” – or something to that effect. At the time, I took it as a compliment that I’d accomplished something worthwhile by breaking through her apprehension. I have a whole new level of respect for Anita’s comment, and for our cats, after reading this book. Many times in the past I’ve heard domesticated cats referenced as “the most enlightened members of the animal kingdom of earth.” They never hold a grudge, they are forever “in the moment” and they never withhold praise when it is deserved. If they like you, it is unconditional – and if they don’t you’ll never get near them without a fight.

These are exactly the qualities that define someone who is on the path to true enlightenment – but for us it is so much more simple that most spiritual seekers refuse to see it. One of the exercises in the book was to answer a question: If you believed you are in a hole that didn’t really exist, how would you get out? Mr. Crowley suggested that many spiritual seekers might try to imagine a ladder, or a rope, or some other device to get out of the hole. The most basic solution, however, is just to accept that the hole never existed in the first place.

I read the first 80 pages of the book in one sitting – but I’ve always been a fast student. Many parts of the book I found very familiar – and one exercise in particular was something I’ve been using to help others since 1993. I’d just not found a way to use it on myself until I read this book. Using it on yourself is, however, EXACTLY what anyone who wants control over their own spiritual growth needs to to be able to do. This book gives you that tool.

After reading those first 80 pages the first time, I looked at my wife and told her that I felt I needed to take a break. I had reached a slightly euphoric, light headed sense of detachment from reality that I wanted to spend time appreciating and exploring. I haven’t felt this way since I attested to being a past-life Clear. Since then, I’ve had another cognition, but for now I’ll keep it to myself.

“From Here to Here” is by far the best book I’ve read in the last 5 years. If you want to grow as a person of faith – any faith – you MUST read this. And – don’t skimp on doing the exercises.

Global Warming . . .

At this point, I don’t think there are very many intelligent, well-informed, people left on the planet who would dispute the idea that the average temperature of the planet is getting higher. What the actual cause of that warming is, well, that is still up for debate.

However, a couple of months ago I watched a documentary that I’ve been meaning to post about on here. That I didn’t post about it earlier was mostly due to all of the other distractions we’ve had going on. Still, I think it is of sufficient importance that I’m forcing myself to go ahead and post about it now.

The name of the documentary is “Kiss The Ground” – and if you have access to Netflix Streaming it is still available on there.

The amazing thing about this documentary is the very simple solution it offers to the problem of Global Warming. Almost every solution I’ve seen suggested involved complex ideas that were either capitalistic or industrial in nature, and relied on heavy-handed governmental intervention. “Kiss the Ground” proposes a solution that any farmer or gardener can implement right on their own property – and could even be used to reclaim land that has previously turned to pure waste.

If you have even a couple of hours of free time between now and the end of the year, you owe it to yourself (and the planet) to watch this documentary. If you agree with me after you’ve seen it, buy a copy for every elected official in your area and mail it to them, if for no other reason than getting us out of the complicated schemes proposed by people who would take advantage of a global crisis for personal gain.

Saturday Posts . . .

This last month has been an interesting one for us. It started with our dishwasher. It broke down, and the only appliance repairman left in town couldn’t determine what was wrong when he first examined it.

While he was trying to figure out the problem, my wife and I both had to leave town (for different reasons) for one day. I got home first, and found our basement starting to flood due to rain. I called Thrasher (the company that installed the drain system in our basement, and a supposedly upgraded sump pump) and the earliest appointment they could give us was 3 weeks away. So, when the appliance repairman came back to look at our dishwasher, I asked him if he knew anything about sump pumps. He did.

He got our dishwasher and sump pump fixed in the same visit. We were very happy to see our basement return to a dry condition. When the representative from Thrasher finally arrived, he did a full assessment of the situation, and said that because of the extra shallow water table in this area, we needed some modifications to the drain they built – part of it covered by warranty and part of it new work. The total on our new work will be just over $800 USD.

While all of that was going on, I got the book Anita ( my dear friend and spiritual sister) sent to me, as she mentioned in a comment to an earlier blog. Because of weather and other physical factors, I have to admit that I have not yet started to read it – but I want to with all of my heart. My delay is because of what I said in earlier posts about observing proper study conditions.

Anyway, here’s today’s inspiring thought: