Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sometimes I liken humanity as an enormously wealthy immortal being suffering from Alzheimer's, being mercilessly abused by a greedy, coniving "caregiver." Think about it. What power would there be in immortality if you're stuck in a cycle of declining health followed by total amnesia every 70 years or so? But a benevolent God may have designed our lives this way if the object of life were, in fact, to learn spiritual lessons.
I've always believed in reincarnation (ironically only recently challenged on discovery of what may be a researchable past life). Over the years I've stumbled upon some otherwise baffling conditions that don't make sense if you accept the Western assumption that personality, talents and hang-ups come from only two things: Nature and Nuture.
Foreign Accent Syndrome:
Wherein people who have suffered damage to the part of the brain associated with speech suddenly acquire a foreign accent. The "scientific" claim is that this is simply due to the elongation of certain vowels making it "sound" like a foreign accent, but I beg to differ. I saw one (English)woman on youtube clearly speaking in a Jamaican accent, and another (American) clearly is speaking in a French accent. Both seemed genuinely embarrassed about this, but couldn't help it. And what do you make of this? -- Czech speedway rider knocked out in crash wakes up speaking perfect English
A "woman trapped in a man's body" or vice-versa. I would include transvestism in this category as well.
Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID):
This is a truly bizarre condition wherein the subject desires to have a limb amputated, and doesn't feel whole unless it is. Could this be the unconscious playing out of karma from another life? Dr. Ian Stevenson has done a lot of work correlating birthmarks and birth defects in children with injuries they claim to have incurred in a previous life. Check it out: http://www.sinor.ru/~che/birthmarks.htm (BTW, does anybody else see the similarity in the faces of Peter Stuyvesant and Gouverneur Morris? Both had wooden legs).
Savant syndrome and child prodigies
[For that matter, how does one account for the genius of Helen Keller, blind and deaf since she was a toddler, at perceiving and communicating her interpretations of the world? What about this painter who was born without eyes?]
Obviously, sexual dysphoria and BIID run counter to the Darwinian idea of "survival of the fittest." So nature should not account for these complex psychological conditions, both of which have compelled people to remove their own body parts. Both are *strongly* discouraged by our culture. This begs the question: are human beings motivated by something else outside biological and cultural imparitives?
Foreign accent syndrome and amazing, inexplicable skills by children and the severely handicapped are more benign conditions, but just as puzzling. These skills or attributes suddenly appear out of the blue. Is it possible to have access to resources outside the generally recognized realm of brain connections forged from years of habit and/or pratice?
I think it's possible to access memories, skills (and be bothered by neuroses) that stem from outside our current existence on Earth. But that's my take. If anyone else has a better explaination for these conditions, I'd like to hear it.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
But the knife that cuts can be a scapel that heals. Since I've been on a fast and not so inclined to be running around lately, I've been more introspective searching around the Internet for ways to heal. (Well, mostly just youtube ...) Here are some sites I wanted to collect in a post for easy reference ...
Solfeggio Tones from Mountain Mystic 9
Chakra sound healing
[simple but effective]
[The first time I saw this, it struck me as so dopey and over-the-top, I had to laugh. It seemed like a perfect satire of the New Age Movement. But there is no question this woman really believes in what she's doing! And then I asked myself, how does this Western woman know how to throat sing like that? I mean, that's a pretty obscure tradition from Mongolia and it takes years of study to be able to do it well. I watched the video again, and everything she does is done with purpose. I sense she really is working with some powerful energy there ... or she believes she is, which is pretty much the same thing.]
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Need to do a lot of stuff on the internet, hope to blog more later ...
Monday, January 5, 2009
and another one that shut down traffic when they started the ground invasion.
Once again, the news tried to ignore or distort the size and makeup of the protests, saying things like "hundreds of Arab-American protesters" when protesters numbered in the thousands and comprised a huge cross section of the American public, including many Jews. Today at the Federal Building where Nancy Pelosi's home office is, there was a whole Jewish band with us.
Right is right and wrong is wrong. Why aren't UN peacekeepers putting a stop to Hamas's "oh-so-scary" rocket attacks (no one was killed until Israel started firing, BTW, and Gaza has food, water, gas and all entry and exit points blocked off to them.
I'm heartsick about what's going on in Gaza right now, and very worried this will be used as a springboard for a wider war -- meanwhile Israel continues its land-grab that has been going on for 60 years financed with American tax dollars ...