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A Series of Open Messages to Whomever 8
Published by Indian on January 23, 2009 8:42am.  Category: The Papa Papers


Papa Picture

A Series of Open Messages to Whomever

From the Desk of -- Belle's Papa

Date: Initial Version Completed on May 3, 2004.



Series-Three (Expanded Focus) Topics.

Background.

This niche within the website has been graciously offered to me as a means to put up on the Internet a series of personal messages or informal offerings of information which may well have a meaning for you as a searcher and Wanderer. As you are here reading these words, you have already made the decision to challenge the implied cultural and spiritual mechanisms you have grown up with. You may have heard that you are a product of that societal structure, and do not have any possibility for change in your life, short of leaving your location and starting over somewhere else. The gist of this "niche" is as a message-board for your spiritual-self, where I hope to inspire or influence you to look beyond the obvious and sublime. To challenge that which initially seems correct and proper, while keeping the safety of your sanctuary intact. Nothing revolutionary or subversive is meant or intended in these messages - although you may over time decide to change your way of thinking and acting. All for the positive. That is the purpose behind these words. For after all - that is what is offered to you: words. But they come from a very spiritual focus and intent. I am a spiritual shaman and healer. But I also retired from a career in science and engineering, so I have personal knowledge of a great many things and events. As well I am an amateur scholar and researcher, meaning that I am a scholar in the original sense: I do it not for money! And I have an excellent and specially-focused personal library which is one of the best of its kind. An ever-expanding one. So we make this journey together, my friend to be, and I wish you "Bon Voyage!"


TOPIC: Opening the Spiritual Channel.


Opening Statement.

Most people are somewhat familiar with the process of opening a can of beer, but what about opening the Spiritual Channel? Is that just another fancy title for a body perfume in a bottle? Or a magazine or newspaper? Or maybe the entering into a room housing a spiritual medium? We're getting closer.

"Channeling" became a popular buzzword back in the halcyon days of the "New Age." Where a variety of folks established their credentials in channeling discarnate spirits or other unseen entities. As the possibilities range from frequencies just above those of the living, physical consciousness ["beta" range], the movie entitled, "Ghost," showed a sneak preview of such a 'haunt' who got mad and then got even. Humanic fashion! Always in the fashion of the usual human beings as seen everyday at work or shopping. But is that a fair representation of just what a discarnate being is?

Perhaps a better opening question would be associated with the idea behind what a human being is. What IS a fair representation of a human being? There - we will get into immediate trouble in any attempt to condense-down the billions of people on this planetary surface into a common description. One description. But this happens everyday on TV, where 'news reporters' fill us in on the latest scandal or tragedy. Just before the beer commercial or whatever. Sometimes the immediately following commercials seem to contradict the immediately preceding news clip. The game is to fill the air with interludes between commercials, as the broadcasters furnish sets of eyeballs to advertisers for a cash remuneration. As a commercial enterprise and a usual business transaction. So the news never gets in the way of the flow of commercial spots. Even where an obvious conflict is occurring between reality and the commercial. That just never enters into the conversation. In the Los Angeles area and other major centers, there are times when a live car-chase might take up a half-hour of time, superseding any and all other news clips. Usually, the news is given in what are called "sound-bytes" or small intervals of time presenting just tiny snapshot-views of news items. Never let a candidate for office have a full two or three minutes to explain a complicated position he/she is taking. That might capture the attention of the viewer, and interfere with the following string of commercials. Those commercials are usually 30-seconds in length, give or take, and events like car chases are perfect for following along with the commercials as interruptions within the flow. Nothing is lost, because of the repetition in the event. So the viewing public as a group is increasingly conditioned to motion rather than reflection. Pictures vs reflective words. Take a several-hour car chase and interlace it with commercial strings to produce the best mix of entertainment and rented eyeballs. And the motion can be hypnotizing, too. Where the viewer's mind simply opens-up to massive suggestion. But is that the same process a medium uses in channeling discarnate spirits?

Beginning Focus.


There is a difference between a bona fide "medium" and a person who is conditioned to accept hypnotic suggestion. It is the difference between Carla here at L/L and someone tuned into a mugging in NYC's Central Park. Hearing those screams and all. The latter uses a different type of imagination, based upon no direct linkage with the source, and using all of the imagery which has been presented and memorized as typical of such an event. Where perhaps the hearer even had such an experience at an earlier time. People who live in such cities inevitably fall prey to muggers of one type or another. Whereas those who Carla contacts are known and identified beings or family-personages who pass an identification process before ever being allowed to speak through the medium. It is all highly regulated and secure. Or else it doesn't happen! But first, she herself must have the highest personal integrity! Lacking that, there can be no true mediumship - so one is usually born into the process as a calling, where it is selected prior to the physical birth. It certainly was with her. She was born to do what she does! And she does it so well! But then, I am highly biased through personal knowledge. There is no substitute for personal knowledge. I have known and am personal friends with several world-class mediums, and I count Carla to be in that grouping, as well. But the Kentucky Group [or L/L] is something special beyond the usual criteria, and they will show even more of their mettle as the time passes into the next few years.

Expansion of Ideas.

While we rely upon Carla and Jim for their efforts in bringing in the correct discarnates for our needs and edification, the very process is one which is used by perhaps thousands of other legitimate mediums scattered all over this planetary surface. Limited only in languages and locations. So it is possible that YOU have such a gift there inside you - just awaiting the proper call to action! Such as NOW! So I am gently prodding your behind with my walking stick to answer a call to action. If such a thing is right for you. For your own corner of the world, as a supporter of the work now in progress here at L/L. As a potential news reporter for the "spiritual times," or some other invention of yours. So the opening of the Spiritual Channel in as many folks as possible is a work to be done ASAP.

Might I suggest that you get a copy of Carla's book on channeling, which is available here at L/L? Read that first, and then we'll talk more.

Closing Statement.

Would you rather open a copy of the latest hi-tech magazine and gather-in the gossip about who is doing what to whom? Juicy stuff! Maybe a little scandal, as well! That is fast becoming the way of the American scenario. People doing just that. Where such materials are even posted at the checkout stands of supermarkets, where you can see and grab the latest copy. To be the first in your group to KNOW! But to know what?

A true "Spiritual Channel" will not give you yesterday's or today's scandal or things related. But that which is seen as being quite 'boring' today, is that way simply because the readers generally lack the proper education into a correct understanding of what they are seeing at any given moment. So such a 'desired' scene is usually filled with action and movement. Graphical imagery! Where words are not seen as being necessary. In our national 'MTV-based' scenario. But a real education requires words and a genuine understanding of the past - and how things got to be the way they are! And a real education will lead you into the Spiritual path. Read on!



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A Series of Open Messages to Whomever 7
Published by Indian on January 23, 2009 8:41am.  Category: The Papa Papers


Papa Picture

A Series of Open Messages to Whomever

From the Desk of -- Belle's Papa

Date: Initial Version Completed on May 6, 2004.



Series-Three (Expanded Focus) Topics.

Background.

This niche within the website has been graciously offered to me as a means to put up on the Internet a series of personal messages or informal offerings of information which may well have a meaning for you as a searcher and Wanderer. As you are here reading these words, you have already made the decision to challenge the implied cultural and spiritual mechanisms you have grown up with. You may have heard that you are a product of that societal structure, and do not have any possibility for change in your life, short of leaving your location and starting over somewhere else. The gist of this "niche" is as a message-board for your spiritual-self, where I hope to inspire or influence you to look beyond the obvious and sublime. To challenge that which initially seems correct and proper, while keeping the safety of your sanctuary intact. Nothing revolutionary or subversive is meant or intended in these messages - although you may over time decide to change your way of thinking and acting. All for the positive. That is the purpose behind these words. For after all - that is what is offered to you: words. But they come from a very spiritual focus and intent. I am a spiritual shaman and healer. But I also retired from a career in science and engineering, so I have personal knowledge of a great many things and events. As well I am an amateur scholar and researcher, meaning that I am a scholar in the original sense: I do it not for money! And I have an excellent and specially-focused personal library which is one of the best of its kind. An ever-expanding one. So we make this journey together, my friend to be, and I wish you "Bon Voyage!"


TOPIC: Depression vs Self Pity.


Opening Statement.

We are starting the Series-Three (Expanded Focus) Topics now, and that begins with a question about "Depression vs Self Pity." And the reason is that our country has become a nation of 'kept persons,' or those who are the victims of a fork in the road. I am reminded of the Yogi Berra quote about some guys who were out traveling, who came to a fork in the road, and then they took it. We have done the same thing here in the history of our country. And some went to the right, while some went to the left. Those who went to the right with Ronald Reagan, following up with GHW Bush, who took that particular focus of the national leadership and the economic system, quickly wound up on the road to privatization and a slashing of social services from the public government structure; while those who went to the left were largely disenfranchised by the propagandized electorate, and then were forced to accept the policies of those on the right, in exchange for funds or support in reelection efforts for themselves. Or face massive reelection highjinks!

As the system of elections became ever more expensive and subject to the will of those who had the money to donate to those elections, the effect on the general public was to create a conflict which resulted in the partial shutting-down of general public support for their personal franchise. People simply felt that they were being taken out of the system of public affairs, and so the effort to remain within that system conflicted heavily with their diminishing amount of free time for study and action-taking regarding the politics of our nation. And the broadcast and print media were becoming increasingly privatized and subject to the will of the sponsoring entities. Thus fewer actual issues were examined in a way as to inform the general public as to the actual truths involved. The very institution of "news" as a medium for keeping the public aware of actual affairs which might impact negatively upon them, was commercialized and made into profit-making enterprises - or privately sponsored devices for displaying commercial messages and various desired and thus supported special points of view. All at the expense of the 'old system' of having a "Fourth Estate" reportage system, or a watchdog-entity capable and desirous of protecting the public needs.

So the general public has become relatively isolated and fearful regarding having any say in the affairs of the country. Especially where a form of "papparazzi-style" news-reporting as tabloid journalism has now become the natural way to present nightly and daily news to the general public. In that sense, the public airways have become a privatized and commercialized means to get commercial messages out to the public, and all of the 'news' has to be 'filtered' through that need. Hence the tabloidal content, as opposed to issue content. This has driven many folks to use cable and satellite TV as their means to get more and better information. But this too has been privatized to a degree, and has left a large hole where once there was a real-information flow as truly informative and substantial news-reporting. So out of this conflicted situation has come the current problem of a rising suicide-rate and other associated actions taken by the general public in their sense of hopelessness [depression] to affect their future. As the ever-widening gap between the rich and poor elements of our society simply expands and creates a new form of gentrification of the minds and old neighborhoods, causing increasing psychological or medical depression and great feelings of self pity. So Depression and Self-Pity have become an installed form of Duality here in our country.

Beginning Focus.

So does personal depression come from self-pity, or does self-pity come from such depression? And what relationships do they have within our current population here in America? If America is now wallowing in a cycling-surge of a 'bubble-based economy,' and the resultant frustration-based gentrification, what is it exactly that many people are running away from? And are these problems directly related? There is much to be learned in the act of answering these questions.

This national problem has been allied with the massive amounts of broadcasted advertising and specialized propaganda which began back in the early years of the 20th century. The novelty of it all, and the relative sense of entertainment within which it was buried, has covered-up the responsible-effect of it all. Where now even the general public's children know more about commercial messages [advertisements] than they do about their own country. And our sense of national pride and social responsibility has been suborned by legions of lobbyists who even do their business out in the open, these days. Bribe checks have even passed from hand to hand on the floor of the US Congress! So bribery and open coercion have become the tools of that trade, while the general public is seemingly being reduced down in status to that of a Third-World peasantry. While these words may seem harsh, there is ample, published evidence to support all that I am saying, here. And many other supportive books have been written by experts in these various fields, as well!

It is not my intent here to cause a general public discontent with the state of affairs within which we find ourselves, but to look at causes and then to provide alternate information which may help those who are having problems in coping with the overload of spurious information - all at the expense of the proper utilization of the diminishing amount of free-time available to the ordinary citizen. I give you herein a free overview of such things, but not from a political perspective.

Expansion of Ideas.

The direct result of the early effort at propagandizing the general public as to commercial messages vs informative news has been the placing of our public population into the now universalized status here as "consumers," as people who are here solely to consume that which is produced by the various corporations engaged in that "selling" business. A very business-oriented approach to living, where no civic citizenship on the part of the 'consumer' is acknowledged or required! Where now the public "watchdogs" are called 'focus-groups' or public [non-profit] organizations devoted to providing extra information of a protective nature to that general public One such leader has even run for public office at the US Presidential level. But the longer-term effect upon the general public has been a form of 'dumbing-down' of that public, where usually only those with extra money and time are now able to remain informed regarding the issues affecting them. Lacking sufficient numbers of good and honest sources, nationwide, of such information, has taken a toll upon the civic responsibilities exercised by our general public. Hence the need to include this 'degenerating' subject in the mix provided here in this piece. It is not my intent to further upset anyone with these words, but to simply add to the information base. And worse, this general public is soon 'scheduled' to have their public-schooling system, above the grade-12 level, become too expensive for all but the few with sufficient incomes to pay the extra fees and tuition costs. In California, it is already happening, and is soon to be followed by other states. Might not this cause some sense of further depression in people? Hmmm?

So here we might take a quick look at just what that condition called, "depression," is, and what that might mean for the average person. I think that the average person has a fairly good understanding of what "self-pity" means, and where it fits unto the national scheme of things I have outlined. But maybe I will say a few words about that, too. For right now, let us see just what the AMA has to say about "depression." From their Encyclopedia - as previously referenced: [in part:] "An abnormal and persistent mood state characterized by sadness, melancholy, slowed mental process, and changes in such physical patterns as eating and sleeping...." There is more which I may reference later.

So what have we discovered in the short definition just reviewed? Proper sleeping becomes a problem. Nationally, today, we are generally lacking in our daily hours of sleep, and the effects are quite plain. Proper eating becomes a problem, and the current attempt to get the public back to eating a proper diet, and remove the obesity which is now endemic, has become a national problem. People eat to get a bi-polar high! In a form of gluttony! But it usually is junk-food, so it is all cheap! A very necessary component in the puzzle. Finally - a slowed mental process, and outward characteristics of melancholy and sadness are seen everywhere, if one takes the time to look. This doesn't mean that everyone is suffering from depression, but that there are many apparent symptoms out there to be seen. Need more from the AMA?

"In very severe cases, depressed people develop psychotic symptoms, such as hearing voices that tell them to kill themselves. Depression impairs a person's ability to function in family relationships, school, and job roles. Depression may alternate with periods of high excitement and energy (mania); in this case, the disease is BIPOLAR DISORDER. The most serious complication of depression is suicide." [same source] Know anyone like this? You should, in today's society. The recent movie from Michael Moore, entitled, Bowling For Columbine, is a case in point. But the parents and the school folks weren't looking for any more abnormal behavior than normally existed there at that school. If you were to call-out every case of borderline manic-depression, there would be no school possible. "Just take this pill, kid!" And keep taking them until told to stop. Or until you drive your car into the lake. Or until you shoot all of your neighbors.

So if some psychotic folks are controlling other psychotic folks, nationally, who is driving the bus? Money!!! And it is the lack of money, today, which leads to our massive bout of national self-pity: "I can't live the lifestyle of the rich and famous!" "But I'll get even!" "Somehow!" "but first - I'm gonna put all the rest of my dough inta tha lottery, today!" "And get rich!!!" Special note: they are recruiting in Iraq for ex-special forces guys to be civilian contractors, as shooters and sappers. Of course, that means that they too 'drive buses.' People are getting desperate for money, and it is beginning to show. Standards of living are falling, and many are getting desperate for the big money. Even if it means taking a big chance on getting killed. Life, thus, has become very cheap! As the title implies, "Depression vs Self Pity." Which is your bag? This Series gives you the opportunity to choose a third way; the "Spiritual Way." No organized religion is ever involved.

Closing Statement.

I'm looking back to the time of our beginning, and that wonderful document modeled after a lesser-known Virginia document, where Thomas Jefferson had a large hand in drafting it - called the Declaration of Independence - which put a price on the head of each of the signers, where they surely were giants of men. By comparison. But the big difference was that they were no bigger than now, except that they had clearer heads. And when you had a headache, you stayed home. If you had the money. Just like today, in that sense. But it's doubtful that the lobbyists who run this country today would allow such a document to be written. "Too confusing! No bribery is involved, so it has to be phony! Get rid of it!" And we nearly have. The US Constitution , too.



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A Series of Open Messages to Whomever 6
Published by Indian on January 23, 2009 8:40am.  Category: General


Papa Picture

A Series of Open Messages to Whomever

From the Desk of -- Belle's Papa

Date: Initial Version Completed on May 3, 2004.



Series-Two (American Baseline) Topics.

Background.

This niche within the website has been graciously offered to me as a means to put up on the Internet a series of personal messages or informal offerings of information which may well have a meaning for you as a searcher and Wanderer . As you are here reading these words, you have already made the decision to challenge the implied cultural and spiritual mechanisms you have grown up with. You may have heard that you are a product of that societal structure, and do not have any possibility for change in your life, short of leaving your location and starting over somewhere else. The gist of this "niche" is as a message-board for your spiritual-self, where I hope to inspire or influence you to look beyond the obvious and sublime. To challenge that which initially seems correct and proper, while keeping the safety of your sanctuary intact. Nothing revolutionary or subversive is meant or intended in these messages - although you may over time decide to change your way of thinking and acting. All for the positive. That is the purpose behind these words. For after all - that is what is offered to you: words. But they come from a very spiritual focus and intent. I am a spiritual shaman and healer. But I also retired from a career in science and engineering, so I have personal knowledge of a great many things and events. As well I am an amateur scholar and researcher, meaning that I am a scholar in the original sense: I do it not for money! And I have an excellent and specially-focused personal library which is one of the best of its kind. An ever-expanding one. So we make this journey together, my friend to be, and I wish you "Bon Voyage!"


TOPIC: Factoring-in the Law Of One.


Opening Statement.

As one who has savored the efforts of L/L for many years, and who has nearly all of their reference materials published, and many of the session transcriptions, I am one to let those materials do their own talking! And there is so much to glean from the efforts involved, so Carla and Jim should be treated as "national treasures," which they are, and now their expanding Group is taking on even more pieces in the overall effort to aid in the harvesting of humanic beings.

Beginning Focus.

I was a priest of the order of the "Law Of One" back in the Atlantis-I time, in the previous pole-shift cycle. Please understand that I am not talking about these meager scraps of flesh and bone now enclosing my larger family's representative here at this moment on this planetary surface. But I see myself as that representative, as a conscious being, and so I am not limited to a narrow view of self which blanks-out all else. These solar-based planetary systems never need anything more than the gaseous elements of hydrogen through lithium to exist and function as fully as needed, so I don't see solidity as a part of my being. Our wandering spirits at night during the sleep-time have such a freedom, and that is the natural state for consciousness until it takes on a role in a set of conditions where an illusion of solidity is necessary and required. As with this current situation here on this planetary surface.

Expansion of Ideas.

To get a better perspective on solidity and why that is necessary, imagine if you will a genetic being which has a DNA/RNA structure which is multi-stranded way beyond our current 'double-strandedness.' Where that structure allows a real-time focus on all that is relationally taking place simultaneously within this Octave. Where this Octave is the related set of dimensions which together comprise the working parts of this version of our Universe. There are other Octaves, as well. So such a being would have the equivalent capabilities of what ordinary humanic beings would call a "God," and would be seen as such. But those capabilities are the "normal" in this Godhead structure we are now a part of. If you have all of the DNA/RNA structure in place and FULLY operational. These humanic beings here don't have that condition, and that is why we grope and grasp for and at things as we do.

Closing Statement.

The Law Of One is a specific version of the operating rules established for use within this galactic system, and the expanded version is the law-set which functions within the totality of our Universe. Each galactic version is tailored to individual needs and so contains slightly different perspectives. But the fundamental rules are the same everywhere! All because "the future" was first established in the initial mass-expansion, and now we have those "laws" for our guidance. For those of us who attempt to follow such rules, that is. But some always see themselves as being above the group-need, and that ultimately results in "Time Laterals" such as the one we are a part of here. And our DNA/RNA structure was shrunk-down to the present size to allow us to write our record in blood and tears. This is meant to give us a live view of our own selves and the error of our ways! His story! History. So we have a written language as well, those of us who are here to remove our errors in our genetic structure. That which we placed there by doing as we have in our ancient past. By mutating our greater-genes in a very negative way, as has been credited to that which the West calls "Lucifer." I use the term, "space pirates," when I want to call attention to that very real form of piratic stealer of selves. So the Law Of One is meant to help us to grope our way upward out of the pit of darkness which we dug for ourselves and threw ourselves into in some very ancient times. A few planets removed from here.

Following along after this current group of Topics is the subseries entitled, "Series-Three (Expanded Focus)." There is where you will find some pertinent information regarding what you may need to think about in your own current life and the ways of it. The "Series-Four" titles will largely be selected by you to meet your needs in this effort. But first, there is a lot of information to be read and digested by all. Press on!



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A Series of Open Messages to Whomever 5
Published by Indian on January 23, 2009 8:36am.  Category: The Papa Papers


Papa Picture

A Series of Open Messages to Whomever

From the Desk of -- Belle's Papa

Date: Initial Version Completed on May 4, 2004.



Series-One (Introductory) Topics.

Background.

This niche within the website has been graciously offered to me as a means to put up on the Internet a series of personal messages or informal offerings of information which may well have a meaning for you as a searcher and Wanderer. As you are here reading these words, you have already made the decision to challenge the implied cultural and spiritual mechanisms you have grown up with. You may have heard that you are a product of that societal structure, and do not have any possibility for change in your life, short of leaving your location and starting over somewhere else. The gist of this "niche" is as a message-board for your spiritual-self, where I hope to inspire or influence you to look beyond the obvious and sublime. To challenge that which initially seems correct and proper, while keeping the safety of your sanctuary intact. Nothing revolutionary or subversive is meant or intended in these messages - although you may over time decide to change your way of thinking and acting. All for the positive. That is the purpose behind these words. For after all - that is what is offered to you: words. But they come from a very spiritual focus and intent. I am a spiritual shaman and healer. But I also retired from a career in science and engineering, so I have personal knowledge of a great many things and events. As well I am an amateur scholar and researcher, meaning that I am a scholar in the original sense: I do it not for money! And I have access to an excellent and specially-focused library which is one of the best of its kind. An ever-expanding one. So we make this journey together, my friend to be, and I wish you "Bon Voyage!"


INITIAL CAUTIONARY STATEMENT:
All of the Topics, opinions and commentaries included here in this multi-part Series are the sole responsibility and product of the author, herein known as "Belle's Papa." Such opinions and commentaries are not necessarily or always agreed-with by the owners and operators of this website.


TOPIC: An Overview Of Things.


Author's Opening Statement.

As the author of this work, I want to say that this Series is meant to be a composite-sequencing of a variety of materials and commentary. It is a lively mixture of spiritual, religious, and at times slightly-political analyses, as well as a blending-in of various related commentaries to provide my personalized touch in the flow of information. In troubled times such as these, I believe that the continuing free-flow of information is vital to the social and mental health of our nation, and this Series is presented within our historically established, public free-speech liberties made possible by the "Bill of Rights" within the US Constitution. Belle's Papa.


This first piece in this Series begins for you a continuing-herein form of a spiritual "journey of discovery," which is meant to be perceived as a modern, mental-takeoff version of the curiosity-based intent behind the original Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-06. That expedition which originally ended back then in St Louis [MO] on September 23, 1806. Where that original set of adventures began only after some trials and tribulations, with the 'parallel' part of it happening farther to the south [starting in New Orleans via others] - where it was also being plagued with problems as well, where the two both required a great deal of cooperation from the native Americans, to bring about some sense of completion and satisfaction regarding that attempt at discovering just what that "Louisiana Purchase" (and beyond) really meant for the American people. Today, in an equally perplexing situation, we are faced with the results of the "Human Genome Project," a potential for expanding our basic understanding of vital information which is even more important than the results of that expedition. And the spiritual implications of this are enormous! I go into that here in this Series. As well, we are seeing the new results of deep-space telescopic exploration, which challenge many of the science-based opinions of the past. Much is happening! There is much to talk about.

So to see the parallel situation regarding the L&C expedition, in that earlier time back then, there was the push of the "Manifest Destiny" coming along soon enough - as a driving force - where the lack of direct knowledge regarding the "American West" was a geographical problem which actually began even earlier, when the famous Christopher Columbus used a copy of an ancient chart allied to Japanese waters, and thought that he was probably coasting India or places elsewhere. The general art of map-making was always somewhat crude or fantasy-based back then - except where direct, secret information was available and privately published. And the real navigators made their money by keeping real information secret! So that lack of adequate maps and charts was all a direct hindrance to the planners of our national future until Lewis and Clark got off their duffs and started west to make their own maps! Then things began to change! Relatively quickly. Now, we have the GPS and other satellite-based information to help guide us on our appointed rounds. I can survey my backyard garden using my GPS system. Within a meter of distance, easily. But I have four or five satellites as confirmation, too. Luckily I didn't have to fund them all! That was a cooperative venture by all of us. Luckily.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we suddenly had the equivalent of a GPS system to confirm our positioning in all of the 'spiritual claptrap' abounding today? Where we didn't have to get out there on shank's mare to stake it all out ourselves? Having to do our own surveying? But spiritually, we are still at the level as ol' L&C were back when they headed west in a state of relative confusion. One of the 'media' problems of those earlier days had been the copious amount of Chinese artifacts which had been turning up in various places across our landmass. Some even thought that China [Cathay] was just over the next hill, whenever they headed westerly in direction. Others simply preferred a better grade of whiskey for their fantasies! Take your pick! And something like "Old Crow" usually settled the issue over bourbon whiskey, for awhile. At an earlier time. And that was better than snake venom and chili powder! "Fire water!" But people will acquire tastes, as they do. So those of us who don't drink alcohol or use illegal drugs are at a disadvantage in times like these. But LSD did open up the human mind to other possibilities! So we all use what is available and acceptable for whatever. And herein, I will make use of mental imagery to aid in this process. With a little humor thrown in for free. For those who are able to process it. Just don't kick my butt if my hemorrhoids are showing! Be gentle. Snickering is allowed as well as the occasional loud guffaw!

Beginning Focus.

As an opening salvo, I will be using the following scheme to bring out various points of my discussion. For those of you who wish to provide feedback to any of this, there may be the possibility of modifying or expanding these existing texts, or even adding-to the mix [via Series-Four ] beyond this initial structure. Just e-mail [or snail] L/L and they will take it from there. While I was one of those few public-based 'nerds' who helped to develop the original Internet back in the modern 'stone age,' I now have no linkage to it in any way. Except indirectly via this website. There is NO direct e-mail address for me, nor will there be, so any form of communications will always be fed through mine hosts at L/L. And they will always be able to 'give me the hook,' if necessary. As Bill O'Reilly sez - "shut up!" Who? So here is the tentative lineup of the parts of the overall Series, to be built as I have the time and energy: I'm nearly seventy, and I take naps.

Series-One (Introductory):

(1) " An Overview Of Things." [this piece].

(2) " Your Own Life's Needs. A Positive Approach."

(3) "The Universe. A Positive Approach."

(4) "Worldviews and Beliefs. Philosophies and Religions."

(5) "(Current) Generations Of Western (American) Humans."

Series-Two (American Baseline):

(6) "American Population Groupings."

(7) "American Narcissism."

(8) "The Current American Way. "

(9) "The Potential of the 'Harvest.' "

(10) " Factoring-in the Law Of One."

Series-Three (Expanded Focus):

(11) "Depression vs Self Pity."

(12) "Opening the Spiritual Channel."

(13) "Living the Spiritual Life."

(14) "Giving Back to Others."

(15) "Becoming a 'Christed Being.' "

Series-Four (Specific Problems):

(tbd)


Expansion of Ideas.

The above listing is meant to open-up a dialogue in your own mind as to just what is spiritual about anything, these days. Anything at all. In America, we as a nation of people are now situated as a secular system of thinkers who have generally accepted the notion to "shop 'til we drop!" And now, we even have some folks who want our kids to have the vote, beginning when they first become teenagers or sooner. Fractional votes. Just to get them familiar with the process. "Vote 'til you drop!" The technique is one to behold! And if we didn't spay some of our female animals, we would soon be overrun with the notion of "hump 'til you drop!" An overpopulation of house pets, as we still see in some street-level conditions, these days. Something basic. Even like shopping. Or now - voting. Or ?

So - where, oh where, is our focus on personal responsibility? With animals, we have to give a pass there, but how about humans? This is really all about the famous "consumerism" ideal which is widely cultivated here in this country. Where that supersedes everything else. As a 'mindless' activity. Even in the act of potentially voting-away your franchise and rights. The real basis of it all is the 'privatized' notion that our general population is collectively just so much non-respected biology waiting to be told what to do. "Sheeple," as some have it. But humans are too ornery to be sheeplike. More like hyenas! But then - hyenas make lousy shoppers! So humorously, we somehow create an artificial sheeplike creature who looks like a human being and acts like a hyena. Here in America. Exclusively! And the rest of the world is getting quite disturbed over the fact. So our real task as real or potential Wanderers is to discover our spiritual-self and make the conversion over to a caring and compassionate being. A set of characteristics held here by many to be those of a "loser." He who finishes other than first in the race. Or she. In our "horse race" mentality.

Closing Statement.

Hopefully, this piece has given you some of the flavor and expanded focus which you will come to enjoy and explore in the remaining pieces as Topics. Each Topic is carefully chosen to act as a roadmap or sketch showing or defining certain ideas of importance. To gain the most understanding from this work, it is best approached by viewing the Topics in order.



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A Series of Open Messages to Whomever 4
Published by Indian on January 23, 2009 8:34am.  Category: The Papa Papers


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A Series of Open Messages to Whomever

From the Desk of -- Belle's Papa

Date: Initial Version Completed on May 4, 2004.



Series-One (Introductory) Topics.

Background.

This niche within the website has been graciously offered to me as a means to put up on the Internet a series of personal messages or informal offerings of information which may well have a meaning for you as a searcher and Wanderer . As you are here reading these words, you have already made the decision to challenge the implied cultural and spiritual mechanisms you have grown up with. You may have heard that you are a product of that societal structure, and do not have any possibility for change in your life, short of leaving your location and starting over somewhere else. The gist of this "niche" is as a message-board for your spiritual-self, where I hope to inspire or influence you to look beyond the obvious and sublime. To challenge that which initially seems correct and proper, while keeping the safety of your sanctuary intact. Nothing revolutionary or subversive is meant or intended in these messages - although you may over time decide to change your way of thinking and acting. All for the positive. That is the purpose behind these words. For after all - that is what is offered to you: words. But they come from a very spiritual focus and intent. I am a spiritual shaman and healer. But I also retired from a career in science and engineering, so I have personal knowledge of a great many things and events. As well I am an amateur scholar and researcher, meaning that I am a scholar in the original sense: I do it not for money! And I have an excellent and specially-focused personal library which is one of the best of its kind. An ever-expanding one. So we make this journey together, my friend to be, and I wish you "Bon Voyage!"


TOPIC: Worldviews and Beliefs. Philosophies and Religions.


Opening Statement.

"Worldviews." "Beliefs." "Philosophies." "Religions." Four different aspects of the same thing, that is. What is it all about?

As a typically obscure example, here in our America, a portion of our actual heritage actually comes from the ancient Roman empire and the papacy, via York, the UK. That special linkage will never pass as official history, but it has generally dictated just how we prioritize related things, and even how well we research any associated efforts. It can best be summed-up as epitomized via our national business-community's running love-affair with Benito Mussolini back in the first half of the 20th century. That Italian leader [the 'Duce'] got their trains to run on time, as his high-point of leadership among his 'blackshirts' and 'silvershirts.' Fascisti! As a spur to their tourist trade until they could invade that Ethiopian powerhouse. Now - is that mini-vignette a part of a worldview, a belief, a philosophy or a religion? The answer is: [drumroll] All of the above! Read on!

Hopefully, we may all continue to live-on in the "Age of Enlightenment"! In my view, that [18th century] "Age" has never ended. But it has been sublimated by the economics of modern crony-capitalism and outright greed-based corporate-criminality! Where we are submerged in that a little deeper via our proscribed political correctness ("PC") modality, as are many related or allied things. So the humanities and philosophies of the past are somewhat of a misunderstood 'goulash' of weakly-sensed ideas, these days. Where they are usually left to the scholar and the specialist. So I attempt to feed the flames of intellectual dissent or questioning through my playing with ideas and historical veracities. As one of those "Transitional Generation" guys! I ain't no Boomer! [ouch! somebody just licked my butt!]

Worldviews come out of Philosophies and Religions, as Beliefs, and then split-out into secular and religious overpinnings of a given greater-society. Even within a given religion, there can be secular/political and religious aspects which vie for supremacy. Modern Islam as a political system is a good example. The founder had a different thing in mind as he opened his heart to the Spirit world. But one does what one does in accommodating cultures and societies. The high point of Judaism was in the Spanish period under the Moors. Later, Latin Christianity took over and expelled those practitioners of Judaism from Spain - or forced them to immediately convert to Latin Christianity. The Buddhists in western China suffered the same thing from the Muslims. Some religions create better 'warriors' than do others. Outwardly. And that is the basic problem. It all comes back to "worldviews."

Beginning Focus.

To have a worldview, one must first have a mind and then a world. Else it may become something like one hand clapping. Great technique, but little or no output heard by others [but wonderful for hot weather, with the need for a cooling breeze]. The mind observes, mentally, and then holds "stuff" in memory. Stuff stuffed into memory. And the stuff observed and memorized is from the associated world. So the basic question is always over just what that world IS. Here in America, we are generally led to believe that the world is attached to the other ends of our senses. External to the Self. But the mind does not have that limitation, and can synthesize "fantasies' galore! As during hypnosis. Or during our voting for national leaders. There, in fact, the propaganda vies with reality on a constant basis. - and usually wins. We seem to prefer such fantasies, and usually get our pockets picked by richer folk in the process. But that is a subject for another place and time. Later. So what is a "warrior" and why?

From the dictionary, we get the following self-definition: "a reference source in print or electronic form ... containing words ... with information ...." No words wasted there! The problem is that each meaning is dependent upon languages and allowed formats. And cultural agreements. And who runs the country. And who won the last war. And other "stuff." To be memorized. In school and out. Basically, we should be able to agree that such a book is a source of reference materials. Whether or not it is a good source, is a matter of conjecture. Or political opinion. A Buddhist "warrior" [monk] set fire to himself to protest the Vietnam war, and was seen doing it via television in many different countries around the world. I have a video clip of that act, myself. A current "warrior" in Iraq [2004 CE] may be dressed in body armor and other accouterments of personal safety during the performance of his or her duty. Someone dressed differently may bring on an instant aggression and a killing. Either way. Looks make a difference. So do languages. As with a nest of hornets, suddenly disturbed by an intruder into the space claimed by the resident hornets. A terrible 'fire-fight' may occur, with the winner being the human-being able to run the fastest! Those hornets are very able warriors! In protecting their territory. It is all about territory. But what happens when a warrior intrudes upon the territory of others and attempts to grab it? Aggressive warfare? Aggression? Imagine hornets the size of people and then praise Allah that they are somewhat smaller! But we create a hornet-like creature today in our warriors, where they assume "territoriality" in their claims on property. But then, the hornets don't read law books, either. Or signed agreements and treaties. That came from the past period when there was a "history." Now, we acknowledge none at all! Only corporate-law structures. Sans torts, it seems. Amid copious bribery. But we can agree that a warrior is someone engaged in a struggle or conflict. Beyond that, it becomes political, very quickly. And the big question is: Why do people become engaged within an external struggle or conflict?

Expansion of Ideas.

One can get engaged to be married. Or get engaged to perform a series of tasks. Or get engaged to perform the tasks of a warrior. Training, in various amounts and degrees, is needed for successful completion of any of it. So a warrior needs to be trained in some manner. We can now say that a warrior is one who is engaged in a struggle or conflict who has had some degree of training in the subject. That separates the warrior from the servant or helper. So just as the "samurai" of Japan were seen as warriors of the shogun [in the appropriate historical moment], they could as well become "ronin" of the highway. For money, during hard times. A warrior fallen upon hard times can become a formidable opponent of the law or the will of the people. So a warrior can be a force for good or evil. And that engagement can be as a result of payment for good or evil. It is all in the payoff. Or in the bribe.

Those opposed to the outright grabbing of the property and rights of others by any means, are now the real warriors engaged in the public business of today. Regardless of the system or climate. A clergy-person thundering statements of outrage from a pulpit over the robbing of people of their personal dignity or possessions can be seen as one of the greatest warriors alive! One might remember bishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. It took him awhile, and that act cost him his life. And his successor took the opposite position upon appointment by the higher authority. But we remember Romero, not his successor. So some religions do create better warriors than do others. If only temporarily. It must always be renewed daily, at best.

Some writers like me may be seen as warriors. Speaking out against the 'forces of evil' extant in the world. The problem is that some of those serving evil see themselves as serving good. They have inverted the polarity of their 'enemy.' That is a worldview! And worldviews have been around for a very long time, ever since the pen of humankind has been able to scratch words or symbols onto writing materials as a form of semi-permanent records of events. His story. Alas, the usual 'his story' is usually funded by the guy who just won the battle or war, so it is meant to put 'him' into the best light. Whereas the gossipy stuff from the loser(s) just fades away with the birch-bark archives. At least until today, with our electronic self-publishing capabilities. And CDs and DVDs. Our 'birch bark' is of a higher quality! But it still lacks the mass publication and distribution of the well-heeled ones and their minions. Doing "god's work" there via their commercial-Media. So I may be seen as hatching the "devil's own brew" in my scratchings, as opposed to those from the declared higher-callings. One might remember the Medici's and Machiavelli. And the Borgia's. All sterling fellows! If one favors sterling. A tarnishable material. Gold is better for the rich, while the rest of us do well with our stainless steel. Or bronze.

So to see the reason behind scribblers like me, one has to see the historical setting of it all. And have at least a rudimentary understanding of the flow of history or specific aspects of how our current globalistic nationalism came to be. And not just from one source. So it would be good to ask the question right now regarding the dimensions of the worldviews within our sense of reality. Collectively. So, we have experience, doctrines, ethics, rituals, societies, myths, and religions to examine and critique. In challenging the authorities of our 'homeland' structure [in WWII Germany, it was called the 'fatherland']. This list is too long for this piece, so I have been collecting and condensing things. From a variety of sources. Elsewhere, I could do a study of the philosophies of the world, relating to all of the various countries and their historical countenances. But that would be a book in length. And even the religions of all of those areas of the world would be sufficient to fill a book in length. So I look here at things as they apply to our current America and the American people. A contrivance. But a different one from the 'usual one' offered. Mine contains my bias but no propaganda. Unless you think that my bias IS propaganda.

Closing Statement.

So I have touched upon that which is the title of this piece. Because they are all just one thing, and that thing is all around us! You might want to see them all as "nuances" of something. Here, I will introduce you to the biggest truth of all: "ALL IS ONE." You don't really have to know much more than that to be a success. If you believe it. So, as I stated at the beginning: Worldviews come out of Philosophies and Religions, as Beliefs, and then split-out into secular and religious overpinnings of a given, greater-society. Or one in the making. That is where we are right now, and this piece is a part of that action.

 



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