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Daily Nugget of Gold 1837

Daily nugget of Gold 1837

The Hum

This is a strange topic indeed, it’s about a phenomena called “The Hum”. What is it? About 4% of the world’s population perceives a noise that is a very deep, steady, and constant hum. It’s been likened to a large motor running nearby, something like that. There are so many things that produce noise today even in your average household, we usually just tune them out.

Ever have a blackout occur and notice how eerily quiet the house becomes? Our mind is very good at filtering out most noises, but for some people, this Hum is almost deafening. It can keep people awake at night, it can lead to nervousness and anxiety. Recently some people have begun trying to figure out where the noise might be coming from and even gone so far as to map the world for places where it’s heard the most.

Your author here is familiar with another type of noise that’s a constant. We have tinnitus, and for us, it’s not a curse, but a blessing. Yes, it’s always there, it never goes away, but it does allow us to experiment with noticing things that are available to notice- and the use of the subconscious mind as a filter. We don’t really “hear it” unless we think about it. Not only that, but if we quiet the mind and put our attention on the ringing in the ears, it becomes deafening, almost.

With so many technological devices, mechanisms, and different types of machinery running in this world, and with electromagnetic radiation enveloping our existence, there are almost too many possible sources for the Hum to count. Some of the research conducted has almost completely ruled out electromagnet frequencies by using thoroughly shielded and grounded rooms. Some people have found the noise to actually increase in such places.

We have a hunch it might just be like tinnitus, something which has its source within us, within our being. The subconscious mind is likely bringing the noise or faux noise to our consciousness as we focus in on it. The more we are putting attention on anything, the more we’ll have of it. Yes, yes, we know. Some people probably swore they tried ignoring it and it never goes away. We wonder how many serious meditators, however, might have this difficulty. We don’t know, but meditation is the practice of controlling thought and eliminating the “monkey chatter” in our brains. A mediator would be much more likely to cease thinking about something than a person who doesn’t practice meditation.

We love having tinnitus. It’s something we focus on while meditating, along with the breath. It’s a good and welcome friend to us. Perhaps that might be the escape from The Hum, make friends with it. If its your enemy, it will probably always be a curse.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“If focusing on something has it grow in our lives, what shall we focus on and what should we not?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1836

Daily Nugget of Gold 1836

Trust and the Role of Being One’s Advocate

We’re going to explore a different topic today. We’ve talked about the work we do in helping folks with an intellectual disabilities. Our work involves many different aspects of their lives and the various roles we play in helping folks in this field are many. One of the primary roles we play, as we get to know them very well, is to advocate on their behalf, particularly if their disability affects their ability to communicate effectively.

We get paid by a company who contracts with a governmental agency to provide care. Beyond that, it is our responsibility to help in any practical way, empower a person to be able to live in a more independent manner. We work to strengthen their bonds with the community, and help them live in more meaningful and self deterministic ways. We call this kind of thinking, “person centered”, meaning that the person we support is not only taken into consideration, but encouraged to thrive as they themselves wish to live.

All this sounds wonderful, but there are some things that come up, from time to time, which challenge staff to be true to the goals we just explained. One is, on some occasions, the role of advocate needs to be played out concerning the services being provided by one’s employer. That places the paid employee in the difficult spot of questioning whether the services being provided are effective enough, inclusive enough, appropriate, and if those services aren’t counter to the rights of the person being served.

In a situation where the company is neglecting their responsibilities to the recipient of services, it means that the employee is not only morally charged with the duty to say something, but legally required to report deficiencies resulting in neglect or abuse to the regulating governmental authorities. This, as you can imagine, can be dicey. There may well be repercussions from agencies, and sometimes cover-ups occur. The work of advocacy on behalf of someone who may not be able to effectively communicate neglect or abuse is extremely important. In that respect, it’s not work for the faint of heart.

On the other hand, working with a person with intellectual disabilities is one of the most rewarding and purposeful things we can do. This work is about offering gentle help with deep respect for the person being served, and working in such ways as to empower them to do more for themselves. This work is about helping them make informed choices for themselves, and about helping them take the reins as much as possible. Another role is helping them form relationships and bonds within the community we all share. Praise and recognition are the tools of the trade, and in the end, we’d love to work ourselves right out of a job, so to speak. Every day has immeasurable value to all concerned.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What have I done today that I feel great about, deep down in my heart?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1835

Daily Nugget of Gold 1835

Law of Thermodynamics Broken Arrow of Time

Please know that these installments are often written days or even weeks ahead, so if the above title seems like something you saw published somewhere a week or more ago, you know why. It’s not like we sat around and mulled this over a whole lot before writing about it. Actually, this glaring headline about how scientists had just shown evidence for something that was considered to be physically impossible is no surprise to us. We’ve already written about stuff like that regarding time. Still, the media is awe-struck when they see such work… for a little while, then they get on about their lives until the next “shocking scientific discovery” unfolds.

Rather than totally confuse our audience with the scientific experiment’s method, it’s sort of like having a pool player break the triangle of balls, and then you watch and the balls go back into formation, by themselves, about 50% of the time. There’s no physical mechanism being employed to have them reorganize, they do it by themselves, No, it doesn’t happen with the billiard balls in our reality, but it does happen with electrons, on the very tiny scale.

One thing we’ve learned with these types of experiments, while we make the initial discoveries on a scale that seems small and insignificant, these results end up being replicable at grander scales when the conditions are found to be acceptable, sometimes. Mind you, we’ve known about the odd occurrences regarding time and matter for a while now. For probably 10 years or more, the quantum eraser experiments already showed that the arrow of time wasn’t absolute.

Once again, we are pressed into having to think what to make about all of this. One takeaway is clear, this physical matter reality we find ourselves is far more mysterious than we’ve been aware of previously. While we live and operate under certain laws of physics, those laws aren’t nearly as absolute and unchanging as we once thought. This is exciting stuff, because we’ve got so much more to learn than the accumulation of all of our knowledge thus far. Once again, another experiment has us leaning towards the theory that consciousness or awareness may just be the fundamental reality of everything. We just wonder if it all adds up to 42.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What is the purpose of my life?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1834

Daily Nugget of Gold 1834

Malleable vs. Fixed Past Events

If your knees get weak when you consider hard to grasp subjects, this one’s not for you. We all know how fixed and finished the past is. It’s over, it’s complete, no sense in trying to change it now, and on and on. Well, we’ve discussed how Einstein said time was an illusion, but added the caveat to the effect that it’s a very persistent one. As we are finding out that space and matter are illusions as well, Einstein’s not looking all that nutty on this.

Thomas Campbell, we think, provided the best clue as to how some things in the past aren’t so definite, and some things are apparently fixed in place, not subject to change. It has to do with rendering. What? What did he say? You see, if something is known to conscious beings now, if a record exists somewhere which has been quantified, then the information from the past is unchangeable. If not, if something occurred 100 years ago and today- and no one on earth NOW knows exactly what happened, then the events of the past are in flux- to an extent.

People have the ability to mentally influence random number generators, or electronic rolls of the dice, as it were. We know this. It’s been demonstrated over and over again- the effects are tiny, but quantitatively measurable. What’s been shown is that people can influence even something like how long hospital stays were on average, for let’s say 100 people, – which occurred over 100 years ago, PROVIDED that data isn’t known to a conscious being today. The margin of influence is slight, but measurable and large enough to be shown true with statistics.

If someone peeks at the stack of hospital bills is examined beforehand and tallied, it’s unchangeable. A person trying to influence cannot. Campbell says that’s because the data has been rendered in THIS reality. Once the data is rendered, no one can change it. What he means by this, once it’s known to conscious beings currently, the past becomes permanent. Unless, later, it’s forgotten about again.

What this means here is this. Suppose you bought a case of beer and stuck it in the fridge. Then you had some, and put the bottles in the recycling, which were collected. Then you took a vacation for a few weeks and completely forgot how many were left. Let’s say it was you and a buddy having them, so you can’t even go by what you remember, exactly. The quantity in your fridge upon your return should be around 15 or 16 maybe, but you really don’t know for sure. What you will return to will be near enough to that to make sense, but in no way is it dictated by how many you left there, exactly.

Before you left and when you returned were squarely in two completely different reality frames, which happened to contain a great deal of holdovers from the earlier one. Your fridge, your house, and at least some of that beer. Think we’re crazy for floating this? You aren’t alone.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“If science can demonstrate to us that current events can move back in time, and it can, what does that mean to me?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1833

Daily Nugget of Gold 1833

How Many Centers of Consciousness?

In our home you may find as many as 6 adults, 5 cats, one dog, two fish, and a rabbit, if no one else is visiting and if all of us are home. Simple math question here, how many centers of consciousness are there in this house? We’re sorry, but we know the answer isn’t so obvious. It’s almost a dead certainty that it isn’t 14. In fact, it would probably only take a moment or two to find evidence showing that the obvious or simple answer is dead wrong.

Worse, we’re going to examine this further in thought, and we’re going to show that the answer is infinitely higher, or far lower. We’re just not sure where this is going to end up, exactly. Currently, the dog is sleeping on the chair behind us. Lucky dog.

Okay, so let’s remind everyone of the insect kingdom. Yeah, we didn’t mention them, but there they are, and being as they make decisions, and act on them, most of us will probably agree they have some amount of conscious awareness, but we’d also likely agree, it would be hard to relate to them.

Individuals, it seems, are made up of cells, right? Well, each cell has the ability to make some rudimentary decisions like take in food, excrete waste, signal hunger, or what have you. Obviously, there are trillions and trillions of these in the household and they might cluster some of their work into groups (my foot aches or my dog’s butt itches, you know…) it can be shown that they have different levels of awareness and while part of a whole or team, they aren’t all the same, are they?

We’ve probably taken your thoughts from something that appeared to be quite simple into something else that seemed to be almost infinitely complex. Let’s get done to basics, though. Just like the foot or the dog’s butt, we all might just be parts of an even greater whole.

We know because of past surgeries on epileptic patients that if you slice the two hemispheres of the brain apart, cutting the corpus callosum, that one of the strange things that happens is that two distinct personalities emerge. Still, these may be illusions of parts of a greater whole. Your eye is nothing like your knee, but they do share the same type of electrical signals connecting the brain. In that way, two individuals who seem to have little in common than maybe they find themselves under one roof, might actually share, at some level, their awareness or being. Something to think about.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“Where and what is my Spiritual center?”

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