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The Time Machine of Opportunity

“Take a moment to pause and consider something interesting”

You’ve found this post. You’re taking the time to read these words. You’re seeking information. This information may simply be for entertainment purposes, or perhaps, you’re seeking something very specific. The thing to consider though, is what you are in fact not, considering: The hidden unconscious, metaphysical reasons, for you being here.

When we consider this, we tune our attention to something mysterious, perhaps magical, yet more importantly, we’re tuning in to the links and connections between everything. The links and connections between all things that we have no conscious awareness of. Until, that is, this moment now.

“What, if the reason for your attention, to this post and its words, has been drawn by forces beyond what you’re usually aware of?”

Most, at this point, will have now lost interest. The reason, for the short range of their attention, is often due to not finding anything that matches their expectations. Their expectations are in turn driven by their beliefs.

“If you don’t believe there are mysterious, fascinating and extraordinary things occurring, beyond human awareness, you’ll potentially already have moved on”

This is often the dilemma faced by those dealing with the change, adaptation and creation, of beliefs. If we lack the belief that extraordinary things can happen, in any given moment of time, we filter out the opportunity of experiencing them. If you lack the belief your life can change overnight, or even in an instant, it won’t. However, adopting these kind of beliefs, is easier than you might think.

“Once a belief in the extraordinary is instilled – and maintained by filtering our experiences through it – we raise our awareness of the possibility of the extraordinary”

This change in filtering happens once we open and expand our minds. This expansion could be the result of a random decision. Allow me to explain. Let’s say we make a random decision to buy a white car (because we think there aren’t that many about) and yet once we’ve bought it, white cars are everywhere! What we’ve done in this instance, is raise our awareness of all the white cars on the roads, through changing how we filter in or out information, respectively.

The alternative, to this explanation for all the extra white cars, comes from those who think they’ve jumped into a parallel universe. Indeed, it can certainly feel this way when we experience such an extraordinary, sudden change. And besides, who knows, perhaps we have  jumped into a parallel universe.

“Recent understandings, within the strange rules of quantum mechanics, suggest we actually do this all the time”

To make matters even stranger, the observed behaviour of quantum particles, is even beginning to suggest the past influences the present in more ways than we think. Currently, we imagine the past influencing the present in a linear, sequential fashion. For example, if we plant a seed now, the linear nature of our thinking suggests that at some indeterminate future point in time, we’ll have a flower. Within the world of the quantum though, it’s postulated particles actually, physically, move back and forward through time, effecting how a particle behaves in the present. In other words, the flower already, existed. Weird to say the least.

All in all, when we open our minds to the unexpected and extraordinary, we begin to open up our lives in ways we previously couldn’t imagine. See the reasons for what you’re drawn to, as being more, than coincidence or chance. See the random nature of things, less as being random, and more as opportunity to expand your thinking.

Take some time to explore.

The Land of The Free

“I enjoy spotting paradoxes. This mornings favourite is the one about guns”

Yes, you see it’s a paradox for Americans to believe their second amendment (of 1791 for crying out loud) amounts to freedom of the individual. As long as just one man owns a gun no one is free.

What exactly is it that drives the desire to own a gun? A gun certainly creates the feeling of empowerment. You have a gun in your hand and it creates a sense of power and protection. Point it at someone and that power is confirmed. That power though is borne from instilling fear.

If someone pointed a loaded gun at me, I’d probably soil my pants, and there’s no shame in admitting this. The one thing I’d also understand – in that bowel loosening moment – is the person pointing the gun, is just as powerless as me standing there in my soiled pants. The soil is in their mind. The belief that guns empower actually enslaves the believer.

Power

An ugly truth is, some humans enjoy manipulating, dominating and controlling others. It’s a natural tendency. Just yesterday, proof of this was demonstrated to me, whilst out cycling. Allow me to share.

You’d imagine, as a motorist driving along a narrow lane, that stopping for a cyclist, coming in the opposite direction, would be the polite thing to do.

“Most would feel this purely because a cyclist is soft and squidgy and easily damaged in comparison to a car”

However, some motorists don’t see it this way, and choose to force – the poor soft and squidgy cyclist – out of the way and into the hedges. They use their car as a kind of weapon to intimidate, dominate and control. Under these circumstances I look to ride defensively and simply get out of the way; there’s little point in getting angry and trying to compete with a ton of metal.

The other understanding that empowers me, to remain calm, in control and enjoying my ride, is this: The motorist that uses his car to bully and intimidate me, is a coward, the one who stops has courage. Similarly, use a gun to intimidate and frighten me, and you’re a coward. So thankfully, most motorists, are polite and considerate to the poor cyclist. Lycra lout or not, cyclists are vulnerable, compared to cars, that is. 

“Anyway the point being, until we recognise our natural tendency to need supremacy over each other, guns enslave us all through ignorance”

A gun is simply a method of instilling our fear and cowardice into the minds of others. A knife works under the same principle. Many youngsters, who’ve given up carrying such weapons, are fully prepared to admit this fact. I once heard a child being interviewed on TV saying this: “When a carried a knife I did it because I was frightened.” Even so, in London, and cities all over the world, every day, some youngster losses their life to knife or gun crime.

The true issue, is our denial and ignorance – of our need to rid ourselves of fear, hatred, cowardice and anger – by instilling it into the minds, of others. It’s ignorance and denial of our true nature that enslaves us. Our lack of awareness enslaves us. The Human Animal: We have such a long way to go yet so much to reach for.