Daily Nugget of Gold 1809

Daily Nugget of Gold 1809

An Intellectual Revolution of Falsehoods

Brace yourselves, folks. We don’t wish to be negative, but we’re not living in a time where authority or apparent authority can be trusted. In essence, we never were. There are Biblical warnings against false prophets, and in a society which is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, almost all of us have invited them into our homes, granted them access to our most private and intimate moments. We need to pause and take a deep breath, and think about what we are seeking and what the trade offs are that we’re making.

There are already many of us leery about those voice activated personal assistants connected to the internet, and for good reason. Here they wait, listening to everything, apparently only wanting to hear their name called so they can respond and help us out. In truth, they are always on, and they can be designed to transmit what they hear to the companies who designed them. Worse, they can be hacked. Many people feel so strongly about not inviting these devices into their home that they wouldn’t accept one even if it were free.

Here’s the really scary part, though- almost all of us already have such a companion and we carry it around with us in our pocket, our smart phones. Because most phones don’t operate like that other type of device, we don’t think about their ability to be always on, always listening and- possibly sharing what they learn. Our lives aren’t nearly as private as we once believed they were. Taping over the little camera on our laptop doesn’t solve this problem, although even Bill Gates has been seen operating a computer with the little piece of tape there.

A bigger fear some of us have is that one day someone will set off an electromagnetic pulse weapon and render almost all of the technology we have useless- at least in a given area. Keep in mind, almost all of the cars on the road today use a computer. Think about all of the life saving hospital equipment we have, our smartphones, our appliances- so many things are controlled by devices which could be disabled in such an event.

So why would we be talking about this? Only because we want to remind folks not to turn over their very existence to technology, particularly their Spiritual lives. The real truth, the soul of our being doesn’t reside in gadgets, however useful they may be. We’re already equipped with a tool to fundamentally transform our existence into a joyful and productive one. Buddha said, “Peace comes from within, do not seek it without.” All of our little gadgets and gizmos are in the “without” field. Something to think about.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What can I do to make time to Spiritually center myself on a daily basis?”

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Live With No Regrets

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1808

Daily Nugget of Gold 1808

Solid Science

Scientists and science itself are placed on a pedestal in our society. We’re not really sure if this is a wise thing to do. Science is considered by many to be the ultimate authority, if we have “scientific proof” of something, we tend to accept it and embrace it. There’s a problem with this way of thinking, however, there really is no such thing as “scientific proof”. There is either evidence for something or evidence against something being true, in science. True scientists question things like whether outside influences affected the results they got, whether their own biases may have tainted their work, the influence of funding, and a long, long laundry list of other things.

One of the major negative influences on conducting scientific research are things called “assumptions”. What baffled scientists and further, confounded them a bit more than a hundred years ago was that their assumptions that the world was made up of physically solid things and operated under the laws of classical physics was shown to be false- at least in part. Quantum physics forced scientists to challenge their earlier assumptions and re-examine their thinking. Was this met with open arms in the scientific community? Absolutely not. Einstein said something along the lines that if quantum theory were true, he’d rather be a dealer in a casino or a cobbler.

Science is a messy, human institution plagued by the egos and emotions of scientists. They float theories and may be met with praise or scorn from their peers. Neither of those things guarantee that their theories are correct. Sometimes the scientific world is found to be completely wrong about something, other times someone demonstrates that the base assumptions people had about a given set of scientific beliefs were just that- assumptions- with no real basis in fact!

There are people who attempt to ram their political beliefs down the throats of society using science and scientists to state their case. We should be mindful that normally poorly paid scientists like receiving larger paychecks and many of them will be more than happy to argue on behalf of those who pay them. We believe that science is a more noble profession than being a lawyer, but that’s just an assumption, isn’t it?

Let’s use what science reveals as likely to be true, but let’s also conduct our own experiments and see what results we get. Let’s not assume that we ever know everything about anything, for in all likelihood, we know far less than we originally thought we did.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“If none of us are perfect, how could science or scientists be?”

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Start with a Clean Slate

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1807

Daily Nugget of Gold 1807

Quieting The Mind for Intent

Note: Okay, we’re not quite daily yet with our Nuggets, but we’re working on that. Currently there are other pressing demands on our time, (or non-existence thereof, ha ha!) but we believe that we should be able to begin getting some work done in advance so we’re a bit more regular in regards to publishing, please bear with us on that.

In this session we thought we might talk about quieting the mind in order to impress upon- God? The Universe? an idea or intention we desire to come to pass. This isn’t a new thing, ancient history offers many teachings and traditions which support our thoughts here. The gadgets in our lives make it possible for us to do things hardly anyone would have believed possible just 100 years ago. In our busy world, we are surrounded by electronic helpers which also seem to shortchange our attention spans, we’ve fallen away from the habit of quiet introspection.

We were watching an interview on YouTube conducted by Michael Sandler with Dr. Dean Radin and on the subject of creating “real magic” in our lives, Dr. Radin suggested that there were two ways to go about this that seem to be effective. One is that if we are really passionate about something, that it reaches down to the subconscious level based on the enormous emotional push involved. Conversely, the other would be to quiet the mind and then focus on the intent in what would be a deep meditative state.

Radin himself was involved in a significant synchronicity event involving another person probably brought about by the first method we just spoke of- the burning desire to manifest a particular thing. Other people who quiet the mind to impress an intention on the powers that be can and do obtain results- which is why there’s so many ancient references to the practice.

Quiet prayer and meditation have been with us for a long time. Modern science has at first try to avoid these subjective things, but recently science has found that it can no longer ignore awareness or consciousness. We’re not likely going to be burning our textbooks, but we will have to expand them to include the causal powers of at least the human spirit, and perhaps- even more.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“How often do I quiet my mind and dwell upon what I wish to happen?”

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Magic Only Happens for Those Who:

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1806

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
– Roald Dahl

Daily Nugget of Gold 1806

Negating Timelines

In our last session, we were talking about how important it is to be really good at improvising, that’s especially so if we don’t have clearly defined goals to begin with. Nothing controversial there. We guarantee that this session will be nothing but controversial with most folks, however.

In the past (Ugh! A timeline!) we’ve mentioned how important it is to see our goals as already accomplished. We’ve stressed that seeing them in our mind’s eye that way is the first step we need to take in order to achieve them. Good, so far! Now let’s get weird!

Quantum physicists have begun to come to grips with the fact that there really is no such thing as time on the quantum level. The rest of us perceive this orderly flow of events in our lives as time, and we usually organize what we are doing around the concept that the events in our lives are sequential in nature. Even quantum physicists live their own lives in this way.

It might make our brains hurt if we try and think so far out of the box that time doesn’t exactly exist as we “know it” to. That really isn’t a good reason to discard something which might help us make quantum leaps in what we desire to happen, what we want to acquire, and who we wish to inspire.

Those of us who have clearly defined goals with a set date for their achievement are often placated with the idea of working methodically towards their fulfillment. We are missing out almost completely on an aid given to us, our creative nature, and the fact that we can influence events in the future by what and how we think now.

If we can think of a thing and hold it clearly in our mind’s eye, if we can see it now- in essence what we’ve done is actually create it already, and by calling whatever that might be into our existence, we can bring it to pass. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? John B Sebastian wrote a song that his group, The Lovin’ Spoonful, performed called, “Do you believe in magic?” While this is a song about music and the heart of a young girl, that question is an important one to answer in regards to creation.

Do you believe in the magic of creation? If not, that’s okay, it doesn’t make you a bad person, but it does mean you’re unlikely to benefit from that magic, for in order for you to have the creative process reach into the future and pull what you want into your existence, you pretty much have to believe that’s possible.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What do I want more than anything else?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 1805

“It comes down to the difference between what you were planning to do and what life throws at you and you have to end up doing. The one who knows how to improvise is the one who comes out ahead.” – Jason Isbell

(We are back after a long hiatus! )

Daily Nugget of Gold 1805

Improvisational Thinking

We have a button, one of those little metal things with a saying on it, that says, “We spend most of our lives in plan B” We’ve misplaced it for now, but with this writing, we call it to come back into our awareness because we’d like to don it once more. That’s our plan A in regards to that button. Plan B might be to go and have one made with the same message. Perhaps we could get a t-shirt made of it, who knows?

Most of us don’t even have a plan A, a clearly defined written goal with a date of expected achievement. With that in mind it seems silly to suggest we might have to revert to plan B. One sure thing, however, if we don’t have plan A clarified, or plan B even thought out, we might be very good at improvising. Then again, we might not.

A situation occurred in our lives recently which has helped us realize how important it is to cover having plan A, and how important it might be to really, really create a suitable and usable plan B. In any case, no matter how that works out, each of us should want to adopt an attitude of adapting to unforeseen circumstances and events in case our plans get sidetracked.

We think it goes without saying that we need to be open minded and totally willing to change our approach on a moment’s notice- in short- to improvise. We ought to point out that being really, REALLY good at improvisational thinking is no substitute for having those clearly defined goals.

The goal itself, the target we are shooting for absolutely must be written clearly along with the date we expect to achieve it by, unless we don’t want to call it a goal. If it isn’t written along with a date for its achievement, it doesn’t qualify to be a goal. It would in that case be a mere wish, a whim, a fantasy.

Once we have a goal set, and we have a date for its expected arrival, then and only then is it appropriate to plan how we will accomplish it. We’re only fooling ourselves if we set a goal but don’t actual begin setting things in place towards its achievement. That being said, too many of us make the rather unfortunate mistake of planning it to death. What do we mean by that? We start “falling in love” with all of the “reasons” it won’t work. More on that, soon.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“Do I have a clearly defined major goal and a date for it’s achievement written?”

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Place Yourself in the Shoes of Another…

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