Member: Bring4th_Steve Location: Sterling, Virginia, US Gender: Male Interests: I'm just a bro, keeping the main L/L Research sites running, and enjoying the community. My main interests are humor and trying to figure out how to live with unconditional Love.
I'm going to see how much I can turn this into a visual scrapbook of all things I come across that interest me. Feel free to comment!
I am now sync'd!
Published by Bring4th_Steve on December 26, 2008 4:25am. Category: General
By now, many of you have probably heard of the idea of "synchronicity" or "validation". I'm not sure if I can do the description justice, but essentially it is a moment in one's life when a specific event occurs that is directly related to what's been on one's mind. Other examples of synchronicity include looking at a clock as it's on 11:11 or 2:22, or spying an odometer when it hits 7777 and 7 tenths of a mile. Some even suggest that synchronicity comes in the form of deja vu, the feeling of having already experienced the exact moment you are presently experiencing.
For me, I never really knew what synchronicity was all about until I became a teenager and got into esoteric writings. That's where I found people glorifying each synchronistic moment that had special meaning to them. ...to the point of getting giddy about it! Like... I'm playing hide and seek and just found you, giddy.
I am thankful that synchronicity exists, but am still a little confused about what it truly is. Are synchronous moments "guideposts" to help validate that you're on the right path in life? Are they markers to say, "sit up and take a look at this moment, fool!" Are they, as Uri Geller proposes, signals that one is on a positive mission? It seems there are even groups that come together to celebrate synchronicity and the whole 11:11 connection. But wait! Don't forget the 11:11 angels! The who?! And no synchronistic event has ever been left naked without first being wrapped in a good old numerology blanket. Argh!! What's it all mean?!
My lack of understanding on this relates to another tidbit about myself that you might find slightly amusing. Ever since I can remember, I have been "catching" a digital clock as it turns from :59 seconds into :00 (minus the giddy). If instead I turn to see an analog clock with hands, more often than not, it is exactly when the second hand is about to hit the 12. This must have happened to me over 1111 times already over the past 15 years (nothing gets past you, does it?). And it doesn't have to be a clock that's in the same room as me. It happens in movies, on TV shows, in magazine pictures, or anywhere clocks may present themselves. It got to the point that I was getting a little nervous about this. Was someone playing games? Would my head explode if I walked into a clock store? It went beyond coincidence. I had no way to explain it, but there it was! Happening multiple times a day. Again I'd wonder... Is this a marker? A hint to do something? Being the prankster that I am, did I set this up to happen before incarnating so I could sit on the steps of light, laughing with my higher self after just having kicked the bucket? To this day I have never figured it out, but yet I am starting to believe it is some form of synchronicity that has a meaning yet discovered.
Has anyone had any chronic synchronicity problems? It's certainly not a benign sounding problem, that's for sure!
Anyway... This whole blog entry is building up to something of substance here, I promise. So tonight I had a "moment". I was looking on the Internet for images with free use licenses for my Bring4th Dream Blog. Now I normally don't go looking through people's gallerys, or even browse art that much. Sure, I love great photography and graphics as much as the next person, but what I found odd today, the day that we all launched Bring4th, is the following:
Wow. Tripping over a wanderer image. Then a RA image. Then an Avalon image, which happens to be the name of an eco-friendly property that L/L Research owns and the title of my test blog as Bring4th was being built.
What do you all think? I think I am now sync'd!
[ By the way, definitely check out this guy's artwork. It isn't for use without his permission, of course, but the imagery that Michal Karcz creates is stunning! His work might approach dark and edgy for some, but it is definitely work the peek. ]
Published by Bring4th_Steve on December 25, 2008 7:12am. Category: My Dream Log
I thought one of my first categories I'd toss up on my blog is one about my dreams. I have always enjoyed the dreams that I've had, and in reading books about dreaming, I've learned that my dream recall is considered decent. In other words, I can remember at least one (sometimes up to three) dreams in any given night. And when I am active with my journaling, I tend to remember multiple dreams per week. As I understand it, dreams tend to fade immediately upon awakening for many. For me, instead of these dreams rapidly diminishing upon awakening, I am able to recall the concepts of them throughout the day, culling as many details as possible from each dream.
Dream exploration is where I find the process of recall most enjoyable. It's the "Ah-ha!" moments of remembering a symbolic trigger that in turn opens up more of the dream. It's almost like using the association trick for remembering someone's name. Have you tried this?
For instance, I met someone in my neighborhood named Mark. Being someone that is horrible at remember names to begin with, I saw in my mind Mark's image as he stood before me, and then I attached to him the visual of him "marking the spot" with a big X in the driveway where he lives. Now I can't go by his house without automatically seeing that imaginary X in his driveway and remembering, "Oh, that's Mark!" Unfortunately, I didn't follow the same practice when meeting his kids. So the next time they pedal their bikes and wave, I'm going to have to say, "Hey!.... You.. guys!"
The process of association is the same way in which I explore dreams. As I remember one thing, I automatically bring back the context of the dream, which makes it easier to trigger memories of what happened elsewhere in the dream. As I open one thought, a small figment of another opens, and I explore these combinations until I can't nudge myself into the deam memory any more. Usually this mental exersize happens so quickly that I'm done writing everything out within 15 minutes on a good night, and 10 seconds of vagueness on a "bad" day.
That's basically how I'm going to go about writing these dreams. I've done a lot of writing in a paper-based journal (I knoq, that's so yesterday!), but since I can type faster than I write, I tend to be able to describe the events with much greater detail. While I mentioned above that I am lucky enough to recall the concepts of my dreams throughout a day, it is still true that the sooner you can drag the details out into the open, the finer the recall will be.
Dreams are a great thing, in my opinion. As abstract as they can seem, it's amazing what happens once you take the time to analyze them. If you are one who pays attention to your dreams, you soon begin discovering a dream "vocabulary" that tends to help you understand their meaningss. What's even more cool is that once you recall familiar symbols, they can often serve to trigger other parts of your dream that would have otherwise been forgotten.
You all may certainly comment on my ramblings, but at the same time, I'm no expert on the topic, so my writings will mostly be used to help further build my ability of dream recall. But if you can relate to anything, I'd love to read about it if you decide to comment!
Published by Bring4th_Steve on December 24, 2008 10:38pm. Category: General
Merry Christmas, everyone!
I am so thrilled to finally see Bring4th running! A lot of work went into customizing various web applications to make them fit together like puzzle pieces. While it's true I was lucky enough to be the lead developer on this project, it would be unfair to take credit without also thanking the individuals who helped test the site before launch.
Gary B., Tom C., Roman V., Jeremy W., Tobey W.--thank you for all of your efforts!
With all of the testing that was performed, the reality is that there will always be a couple of bugs floating around. I think I've read in Murphy's Law (or was it a fortune cookie?) that for each bug a programmer fixes, ten new ones appear. So in this regard, there will be an ironing out of little wrinkles along the way, and I ask that if anyone feels they have discovered one of these, to please speak up!
How do you go about doing this, you ask? Simply clck the "my dashboard" navigation button, which sits under the banner. Look on your left under the heading, "Private Messages (PM's)", and you'll see the option to go to your inbox. From there you can create a new message and type in my user name, Bring4th_Steve. The rest of the process should look similar to sending an e-mail.
Feel free to also suggest any enhancements that could be considered by L/L Research for future site releases. We are in no way close to being completed, as there are many social networking features and regular site features that are in progress as I type this.
Ok, so it wouldn't be fair of me to tease you with a statement like that if I didn't back it up with some examples, right? Here are a few items in the works. They will be released once the main site proves that it can play nicely with all of its sister applications:
Blog Feature: More themes! We only had time to create 3 so far. If you know CSS, we need you!
Blog Feature: Image uploads can be used for your blog banner/header
Blog Feature: Enhanced Bring4th Gallery presentations (using Flash)
Blog Feature: A polling application that users can interact with
Blog Feature: Add 3rd party widgets to your blog
Blog Feature: Show Blogger-style archive tree instead of (or in addition to) the current calendar style.
These are just a few of the ideas to look forward to as the site gets going. Do you have any more ideas that you'd like to see?