Welcome Day Three of Walking

Some notes about my daily walks. One it is really hard not to take a bunch of pictures and cheat, posting them on days I don’t walk. This would be self defeating. I have set a limit on myself: three to six pictures a day. Two I love where I live. I wave at every car passing me. Today 6 out of 8 drivers waved back. Country/Small Town people are pretty friendly. Lastly, I measure my distance by mailboxes. My phone has the Samsung Health App which measures my actual distance and time. What I do is pick a mailbox up a head and walk until I get to it. Each day I pick a further out mailbox.

So without anymore delay, today’s pictures:

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The Daily Trees to inspire. From this angle they look like they are in line but they are not.
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This is a path into the woods I would like to walk but I am not sure who owns the property.
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First Wooly Warm of Autumn. Anyone know the folklore about the coloration and Winter?
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A turtle cross in the road. This folklore I know, when turtles cross the road it means rain is coming.
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BONUS PIC: My best friend’s two year old not ready to face
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…And Order H2O (Part Two)

Yesterday in my post I wrote about the Psychological Concept of Synchronicity as explained by Carl Jung.

Synchronicity does not have fundamental empirical evidence to support it as a “force.” This was pointed out on by reader of the post in a well written comment. However, my Buddha Quote Onepost was not about proving the existence of Synchronicity. Both the primer post and this post are to explain the concept and why I believe it is a “force”–at least in my life–despite the lack of empirical evidence.

Having laid out the bare basics of the theory my personal experience is next.

Let me start by backing up.

I apologize.  This is my third guest post on Success Inspirers’ World site.  I failed to give an introduction as I am a new writer to the site. Given this opportunity to introduce myself I also can wrap in the context and background of where my belief in Synchronicity developed.

When I first started my WordPress Blog, acliddle.blog, I talked about my Spiritual Path in a two part post.  The overall theme of my site is to share the journey of how I became a writer and how my characters’ stories continue to develop, how I continue to develop as a writer. I have been writing stories since I was in first grade.  I have had a love of reading since long before grade school. My grandfather read me nursery rhymes at bed time. Each year at Christmas time, until I was ten years old, I was coaxed into the retelling of the story of the Nativity, which I did from memory for the first time when I was three years old.  The need, the drive, the passion to be a storyteller, a writer, is in my soul.

I believe in messages. Not necessarily from an outside presence.  One way these messages manifest to me is through Synchronicity. Most of the my experiences of Synchronicity are positive and good fortune coming into my life. However, there have times which were negative, karma if one chooses the label, showing me my choice of not cursing or wishing ill on someone who had harmed me was the right choice.

The best example of karma in motion was when I was unexpectedly terminated from my position as Administrative Assistant for a Church. The pastor who was my boss had graduated from seminary and was going through the Ordination Process to be Ordained Full Clergy in June of that year.  The Church only does Ordination once a year and usually the person passes the first time. When I was terminated I was not given a reason for my termination.

Fortunately for me I have an amazing support system and was able to bounce back.

In the first six months after my departure the pastor did not pass her Ordination, had a fender bender which was bad enough the insurance opted to total her car, and broke her ankle in same accident. I wished no ill. Prayed no vengeance against my boss. I genuinely felt bad for her when I found out these things happened. She has since gone on to be ordained, gotten married and has children. Yet, at the time she wronged me, the Universe balanced the books.

For many years I believed in Serendipity instead of Synchronicity. Happy accidents.  Luck. Those times were mainly during my teens. As I matured, studied Buddhism and became more conscious of my thoughts and actions Synchronicity started to make more sense.

The Secret and The Circle touch on a version of Synchronicity. Since the 1970’s, if not earlier, the idea of Positive Thinking has become a large, almost mainstream movement. Some mock the idea, some are fanatic about it, most do whatever they can to make money off of it.

People who are fanatical, as those who are vehement critics, both miss the mark.  As a believer of a Middle Way and everything in moderation, taking the principle ideas of Synchronicity, The Secret, The Circle, and other teachings and using them to adapt my worldview is the best practice I have found.  I do not go to the extreme of shunning every sick person or sitting on my butt day in and day out without activity toward making my wish a reality.  At the same time I don’t dismiss the ideas as whimsical or vapid. Instead, I use the knowledge gained to guide my activity, making conscious choices in my actions, thoughts, and speech.

The most recent Synchronistic events happened in the last couple of weeks.  Since I am currently unemployed I have been focusing my attention back on the *Bear and Hunter* book series I co-author.  Though we are nowhere near being able to afford the making of an audiobook I like to do my research ahead of time.  So I have been looking into what it takes and how much it would cost to record and distribute.  One day I happened to catch a friend of mine at his home. We have not been able to get together and really talk for several months.  He happened to be off and his house is on the main drag of the town.  I drove by after going to the store and was on my way home.  So I got to talk to him. At the same time I have started therapy online. I talk to a counselor over the phone.  I have had three sessions at this point.

When I was a little girl my grandmother, as part of her ministry, would take me around to nursing homes and make me sing for old people. Fortunately for her I am a Leo so I wasn’t too traumatized by these memories.  As I grew older I continued to show fearlessness in front of an audience. By high school I was doing vocal lessons and in band, choir and Speech and Drama. Quite by accident (a story for a later time) I discovered I was good at public speaking and people liked the sound of my speaking voice as well as my singing voice.

Keeping all of this in mind, earlier this week on Wednesday, I was talking to my therapist.  She knows I am not working but my unemployment is not the issue I am currently tackling.  As a completely unrelated tangent (again this was only the third time we had spoken on the phone) she asked me if I had thought about doing voice over work, i.e. recording for audio books. She says I have a pleasant voice which she would pay to listen to me read one of her favorite authors so I should give it a shot.

I was looking to find someone to be the voice of our book, not the other way around.  Yet, this was an intriguing possibility my therapist had suggested.  It has potential.  The friend who I finally reconnected with the other day happens to do DJ work and has equipment and software to record and edit.

As I am writing this post, my friend is editing a sample of my recordings to post on ACX. In the span of a little over a week I had the thought of creating an audiobook, had it suggested I record audiobooks, and reconnected with a friend who has the resources to record my voice.

While this is the not the neon-lit eureka moment story to convince die hard skeptics of Synchronicity it is for me the latest example of how being conscious of the moment, of keeping a positive outlook, and of going with “gut-feeling” or “little voice” can lead to a new and good things in life.

Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, and Wolfgang Pauli Walk Into A Bar (Part One)

Jung Quote

Synchronicity is a concept introduced by the Analytical Psychologist Carl Jung in the early 1920s, full extrapolation in the 1950s, which states seemingly random events of one’s life, the “coincidences,” may have meaning even if there is no causality to those events.  Causality meaning it broad terms everything has a cause. Nothing can happening without being cause.  Synchronicity says X,Y,Z happened and it is all related even if it does not seem  to have a connection at all.

This concept is not limited to Psychology. There are parallel theories in Quantum Physics and Mathematics. Chaos Theory, brought into the mainstream partly by the character of Ian Malcolm in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, discusses how there is inherent order in a system of what appears to be complete chaos. Butterfly Effect, besides being a bad movie starring Ashton Kutcher, is an aspect of Chaos Theory. The famous line quoted to sum up the idea, “A Butterfly flaps its wings in China, a rainstorm hits in St. Louis, Missouri.” (Use of St. Louis, Missouri is ambiguous.)

What seems to be a random occurrence somehow affects something else completely unrelated half a world away.

The brain categorizes automatically everyday. It is one of the defense or regulatory mechanisms the mind deploys to use and store data and stimuli without becoming overwhelmed. Finding patterns helps us make sense of the world.  When the brain cannot find a pattern or a reason behind something happening there is a momentary confusion, glitch.

When a person has a slight glitch in the information their brain receives, as to where it comes from or what it might mean, the person chooses to ignore it, writes it off as coincidence, or reads it as a sign from a High Power or Intuition. Most confused moments are not a big enough break in the mundane routine to cause much thought. Some claim the need to find causation or meaning or reasoning behind daily phenomenon is how Deities were created. Regardless, in order for the brain to function and people to continue to work, eat, breath everyday the glitches had to be minimized.

Beyond the divine, paranormal or psychology connectivity our brains need there is physical evidence of actually connectivity outside of our minds.  Ecosystems, civilizations, humans and non humans are connected in many ways. We affect each other, share the same air, water, dirt. Genetically, structurally, chemically all things, living and non, share degrees.

So there is truth to patterns.  There is truth to chaos and order. There is truth in connectivity.

Now, as for the acceptance or belief if Synchronicity the person’s belief systems come into play.

In the next part I will talk about my own experiences which have lead me to believe in Synchronicity. I also believe Synchronicity continues to work in my life to this day.

Something useful no 7 (as shared on social media)

How life can be unfair to men in their old age.

I have seen men work, labour, sweat throughout their youthful lives on their wives and children and I have also seen how they end up.

As you are working hard to train your children and to make your wife proud, don’t forget to put away something for yourself for your old age.

May you not be begging your children to eat in your old age. Remember, women can be jumping from one son’s house to another daughter’s house. . .Not so for men.

Can I tell you the truth? You are a stranger in that family you call yours today. That house you struggled to build is not yours. Its for your wife and the children.

A friend sent me a story recently. Let me quote him here: “My grandfather told me that a married man is like a tractor that builds a road, does it very nicely but when the road is completed, they bring a low loader and carry the tractor away, claiming it will spoil the road! That tractor is never allowed to step on the road it built!

“Same is the case of we married men. We deny ourselves, get loans, wear used clothes, etc to see our children through high school, university etc because we believe that the only gift we can give them is quality education.

When they are old enough, the fathers often become dispensable. The attention of the children shifts to their mothers.

May be these mothers poison their minds against their fathers, who knows?

You hear a typical mother uses phrases like ..”If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have gone to school”. “I sold all my gold, trinkets, and cloth to send you to school”.
“Your father was only interested in alcohol and women while I suffered to pay your fees!”

(Now the tractor that built the road is being carried away!)

“Once the child starts working, father would have retired. When he comes visiting his parents, the poor father is given GHC 200 in front of the mother, while the mother pulls him to the kitchen to collect 50 times what father got… and the father doesn’t know what mother got!

“Once the child drives off, the father is told to bring money from his pittance to buy this and that, buy sugar to prepare lipton unless he wants to drink sugarless tea! These are some of the reasons men die early!

“A mother flies abroad to visit her children or goes to play baby nurse while the father sits at home, buying and eating kenkey and herrings every morning!

After six months abroad, she returns home fresh to meet father looking hungry and sick”.
She will be gone in another direction within one month after she has shown off her fresh looks to her friends and neighbors.

Old age could be very lonely and agonising for men who did not plan for it. May you not become a liability on your children in your old age. May your children not wish you early death when they can’t manage you again in your old age.

To live a happy old age,

* Build your own house where you will live in your old age.
* Build businesses, preferably properties, that will feed you in your old age.
* Create conveniences, start learning things that will engage you in your old age.
* Build friendship and goodwill that will serve you in your old age.
* Right now, start to be relevant in your Church, mosque or community so you could be reckoned with in your old age.

Old age could be lonely. An old age without money in your pocket is a slow, agonising death sentence!

Be warned. Take action NOW…! Copied

Published as received on social media.

So sweet of heart

Do you know this lady
Who keeps us informed
Everyday?
Whose pen ever flows?
Who inspires us every time?
She is no other than
Our darling Susanna Dziworshie;
A lady so sweet of heart;
And of beauty both in and out;
Caring and committed;
Daily, she gives us
SIWO Global News;
We love you Susanna;
So dear to us you are!
We pray
That the good Lord who started
So great a job in creating you
May keep you shining to the end!

Dedicated to Susanna Dziworshie with love

Déjà Vu

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What perplexing situations are conquering the headlines today! Newsstands are full of lies and deceit, especially on the front pages. The backrooms and tarmacs leave us little confidence, and spies run rampant. I asked God, is there no conscience in the men of betrayal? Looking back at the unconscionable patriots fighting for a cause, I wonder – what is their purpose? Are they doing God’s work, or are their intentions malicious? Did you know that spying goes back as far as the Old Testament? Let’s explore this age-old state of affairs….

Moses was the first person recorded to use someone with the credentials of espionage. The Lord asked him to take one leader from each of their father’s tribes in Paran to go to Canaan and report on the Promised Land and its people. God wanted to give this land to Israel. (Numbers 13:1-20)

The Lord’s second request was asked of Joshua, the son of Nun. He sent two men as spies to Jericho as God was taking over that land as well. Interestingly enough, a harlot, named Rahab, hid them in her home so they would not be discovered during their mission. She was saved, by faith, when the land was conquered by God. (Joshua 6:17)

 

Now, let’s fast forward to the year 1776 when the colonist’s Continental Army became plagued with British patriots. A group called the Culper Spy Ring, an American intelligence organization, formed to help the English. There was Nathan Hale, Benjamin Tallmadge, Austin Roe, Abraham Woodhull, Robert Townsend, James Armistead Lafayette, and Ann Bates who were the most notable undercover agents of that time. But one of the most famous, and not a gallant soldier, was a well-connected, upper-class lady named Anna Strong. She was a New Yorker, and her husband was a Patriot judge that served as a captain during the war. I believe her acts of espionage was the most shocking and hilarious too. On their farmstead in Long Island, she hung her laundry outside arranged by color. This submitted coded messages to the British regarding the location of documents. Right under her husband’s nose! She was never arrested because she had children.

During President Roosevelt’s term in office, he fully supported a small group of spies consisting of missionaries, priests, and Christian activists. Intertwining religion and patriotic duties often made the best spies!

When I hear expressions of shock at the espionage stories permeating every office in this country, I have to shout – this is nothing is new! Why are you shocked? The Lord put surveillance tactics into play since the beginning of time. The difference between biblical times and today is, for whom did the actions serve? Yesteryears were for the Lord’s purpose; today it is for acts of disloyalty and not the welfare of the majority.
Integrity is a blessing from God. If honesty is not a trait in your possession, then you must look within yourself. Are you a traitor to God? Have you been misled? Are you spying for the good of others, or is it self-serving your conscience?

Gather true knowledge and facts – not hearsay. And as for déjà vu? God’s divine wisdom will judge the side you represent, regardless of which period you lived on earth. Be sure your reason ONLY serves His purpose!

Deja Vu verse


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