Are We Really Living in Wonderland?

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Here’s some food for thought – a different view than you usually hear about.

Everyone agrees that the physical universe is solid and real. It contains awesome levels of energy, unimaginable reaches of space, and immense solidity of matter.  It also persists through infinite expanses of time. Most physical objects last indefinitely until they are either blasted into bits and components by some sun exploding (or a kid with a hammer) – or just break down slowly into their physical components, which go on existing in a different form, like the carpet of moss lying underneath the forest floor, formed from decaying leaves and other plant debris.

Now, to state the obvious, as humans we are affected in many ways by objects and spaces in the physical universe.  That’s what life consists of, for the most part.

But how do we affect the physical universe and exert our will and power of intention upon it? Of course, we do it by moving things around physically through contact with our bodies – or by directing other people or machines to do it.

But here’s the big question:  is it possible to directly and/or instantly have an effect on physical reality through the power of your mind or through a decision? Is the physical universe, as solid as it is, still in some way subject to the will and intention of an individual?

Well, simply put, it is. It is entirely possible and it is not even that uncommon.

How can it be possible?  It can be, if you first realize the following:  that a human being comprises several clearly definable parts, one of which is the individual spiritual identity that runs the body (which you can just think of as you).  If this is a concept that is not very real to you, that’s okay.  Consider what I’m saying anyway. Many truths about us have become obscured in the modern, machine and electronic culture we live in.

The capabilities and potential of the human spirit are many, and are described in detail in a book I’ll recommend below. But one of the spirit’s intrinsic, innate qualities, as amazing as it may sound, is that it is senior to the physical universe.

So can we actually see or use this capability in everyday life? Many people do it all the time, in the normal course of existence, without even thinking anything of it. One way we use this often, without really realizing it, is through our intention. If you have a firm but lighthearted intention for something to happen and you aren’t putting a lot of negative thoughts or emotion into the mix, you can often see quite startling things happen.

I used to have quite a knack for this when I lived in Los Angeles and had to drive somewhere and find a parking space. Perhaps you have done this as well. I would set out without any worry that I would have a parking space at my destination, even if it was in a crowded area. Notice that it was my intention to have a space when I arrived. And so it sometimes occurred that I would be driving along slowly, looking for a space, and a car would jump out right in front of me, leaving a space I could go right into. Sometimes they almost hit me, they seemed so eager to get out of my way!  More frequently, I would just come to an empty space right where I wanted to go, even if it was a crowded block.

What about other types of occurrences? What about the time you dropped a decorated birthday cake on the floor and it landed upright, undamaged? What about the time everything was riding on a seemingly impossible move, or sports play, or “coincidence” – and you did it? Two people’s intentions can also coordinate in this way – what about the time you had to meet somebody in a huge, crowded room or arena and you didn’t know how you were going to find them…but you just walked into the crowd and there they were?

You might be thinking that these are such mundane, everyday occurrences, it is just chance and good luck, right?  I went through my own doubts with it. But when this “ability” remained with me over a period of many years, my attitude gradually changed. And what is luck, anyway? Some people are lucky all the time. There is something apparently unseen at work with such people. My point here is that it likely was some kind of magic – the magic of willpower!

My realization about this and other similar happenings was that, with a very clear, clean intention, the physical universe, and even other people who may be involved in the scenario, can instantly bend or change. I think of it as pliable or plastic – it will change instantly and reconstitute to conform with your demonstration of clean, strong intention.

And this is why I pose the question: “Are we really living in Wonderland?” I want to bring your attention to the possibility that we all have the power to bring into existence control over the physical universe and the various aspects of our lives. Above I’ve mentioned simple examples. But this idea can be applied to help you change more important things in your life so that you are headed more in the direction you really want. Even if you’ve gotten where you are due to seemingly accidental circumstances, you can alter that and bring things more under your own control – the power of decision.  We can do this because of our real nature – that “X factor” part of us all with potentially unlimited ability: the living, intelligent and aware spiritual quality that is YOU.

Here is a one of the greatest inspirational quotations I’ve seen. This says exactly what I’ve been talking about here.  It is by the mountaineer/writer W.H. Murray, excerpted from his book, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition:

“This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence.  Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.  I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

“‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!'”

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Start applying that!  Additionally, if you would like to learn more about the exact capabilities of the human spirit (you!), read a very unusual book called Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought, by L. Ron Hubbard.  I think of this as the handbook on the human spirit.  Fundamentals of Thought reveals the makeup and actual capabilities of individuals, and it is written to be applied.  Also, the wisdom contained in this book is for anyone, no matter your religion or philosophy. If it makes sense and is useful to you, it is yours to use freely!

D.E.

How Takoda Taught Tacu: Learning Through Observation, Experience & Practice

 

American Indians have always had many ways of passing skills, knowledge and wisdom about life to their children. America’s First People knew that observation, experience and practice were essential in preparing young tribe members to participate in tribal life and excel in their skills.

One of the most interesting and effective ways was to take each child out into the plains, the mountains and the forests to observe. Anything could be observed – an animal, its tracks, the clouds over the mountains, birds, rodents, game, deer – anything could be watched until the child attained certain knowledge of the way that that thing or animal behaved. A child came to see for himself how things in nature worked, and he or she discovered how to apply that knowledge to their lives. 

In my book, The Way of the Eagle, the young brave Tacu has been instructed to stay out on a grassy hill all day until he learns the lesson waiting there to be grasped. His teacher, Takoda, has challenged him further by withholding from Tacu what sort of lesson he is supposed to learn. So Tacu must use all his powers of observation as he lies there, to try to discern what Takoda wishes him to learn. Eventually, as he attunes himself to his surroundings, he learns something quite important and realizes what the lesson was about. Even better is the fact that he had to discover it all himself, requiring him to exercise his powers of observation and his mind, both of which allowed him to heighten his awareness.

When American Indians learned a physical skill such as hunting with a knife or bow, or preparing slain animals for eating and other uses, observation and practice were the keys. Parents, relatives or someone else skilled in that art showed the child how to do it, often by taking him along on hunting trips to observe and practice the skill. The child spent many hours and days practicing that skill until he was adept at it. As soon as he was good enough, the child was allowed to do more – become a full-fledged member of the hunting party, for example. He began participating in that activity for real, and was able to continue learning and improving through observation and direct experience.

These methods of teaching were natural, arising out of experience and common sense—they worked and they were so innate that they were simply a part of everyone’s early life. We can look back and realize how essential they were, because it is obvious how well these methods enabled them to survive and flourish in their environment.

Thus, education was not compartmented away from daily life or any other aspect of life in the same way that modern Americans and Europeans separate education from work, and work from recreation, and both from religion. In the current U.S. system of public education, the greatest amount of teaching time in most subjects is spent having children read textbooks to get information and/or having them listen to a teacher verbally pass along information. While these methods are effective for some subjects, only in a few areas of study is the students’ time devoted to actual observation, handling and operation of the physical objects concerned with the subject being taught, such as the American Indians did. 

When children are kept away from the real objects of life, though they are being expected to learn about them, they can give up in frustration. They aren’t allowed to relate the subjects they are studying directly to the real world they will eventually have to use them in. This seems obvious when you look at it – it is our “modern” “hands-off” method that is less than optimum.  So children in schools today may experience all kinds of uncomfortable physical or mental symptoms while trying to study, simply as a result of being denied the real objects and actions of the subject they are learning about, at the time that they need them. They often give up in frustration.

There are just a few similar difficulties like the above one that can arise during study and actually cause a student to not want to continue his or her study at all and even leave school.  These difficulties, and there are not very many of the most crucial ones, are called the “Barriers to Study” and are explained in the work of educator and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard in his groundbreaking educational tool, “Study Technology.” This is an easy, workable method for locating and resolving problems students encounter in study. Study Technology describes three primary barriers to study, and the one we’re talking about here is the “First Barrier to Study: Absence of Mass.” Mr. Hubbard explains this barrier in this way:

“In Study Technology, we refer to the mass and the significance of a subject. By mass we mean the actual physical objects, the things of life. The significance of a subject is the meaning or ideas or theory of it.

“Education attempted in the absence of the mass in which the technology will be involved is hard on a student. 

“If you were studying about tractors, the mass would be a tractor.  You could study a textbook all about tractors, how to operate the controls, the different types of attachments that can be used – in other words, all the significance – but can you imagine how little you would understand if you had never actually seen a tractor?

“Such an absence of mass can actually make a student feel squashed. It can make him feel bent, sort of dizzy, sort of dead, bored and exasperated.”*

I think you can see why it’s likely that the First Barrier to Study, “Absence of Mass,” was rarely if ever experienced by early American Indian youth—and also see that this learning concept explains how my novella’s character, Tacu, was finally able to work out and understand the lesson Takoda had given him. He was surrounded by and immersed in the objects, plants, animals and overall environment of his world, and had a strong desire to discover what it was that Takoda wished him to learn. 

You can find out what the other two barriers to study are, and how to deal with them, here. They apply to anyone of any age attempting to learn any subject. 
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*Excerpted from “Barriers to Study,” by L. Ron Hubbard, from the website Scientology Handbook, located at http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/study/SH1_2.HTM

“Lost Without Love” #28 on Amazon “Future Romance” List!

I’m proud to announce that my novelette, Lost Without Love – A Hollywood Tale of the Future, just reached No. 28 on the Amazon Kindle “Future Romance” list!  You can get it for $.99 for Kindle at this link:  

Lost Without Love for Kindle

And here is the link to the Amazon Kindle “Future Romance” list:

“Future Romance” List for Kindle Books

Good Reading!
D.E. Lamont

All About Visionary and Spiritual Fiction: From Thrillers to Fantasy to Historical Stories and More!

I wanted to say a bit about a category of fiction sometimes called “visionary fiction” and sometimes “spiritual fiction.” There are also other variations such as “inspirational fiction” and “metaphysical fiction.” My novella, The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening, takes place in a historical Native American setting in Southern California and could be described as a “spiritual adventure.”

I used to think of spiritual or visionary fiction as being just one type of book – a rather esoteric, philosophical, book fairly short on action. Examples would be Jonathan Livingston Seagull or The Alchemist. But I’ve been enlightened through the discussions in the Visionary Fiction group on Goodreads.com and some recent reading.  The brief description at the top of our Goodreads Visionary Fiction group page describes it this way:

“It differs from Science Fiction and Fantasy in that it explores human potential through philosophy and metaphysics. It lies within the broad boundaries of Speculative Fiction.”

But here’s the big revelation: visionary fiction can actually consist of or fall into almost any genre, as well as mainstream fiction, as its themes and subjects can be made part of virtually every type of story.  These stories can be thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, futuristic, historical fiction, mythical, and on and on. They can be great page-turners.

I just finished an amazing visionary fiction novel called The Angel and the Brown-Eyed Boy, by Sandy Nathan. I would call it a supernatural dystopian thriller. What a great story and page-turner! Its themes are universal and deep and very satisfyingly realized. I normally hate dystopian novels because they are often so very down and dismal. This book is just the opposite, it transmits a theme of hope and beauty in a very real and down to earth manner, while including ethereal beings not from Earth. The story is expertly paced and written.

Another novel I loved is a thoroughly researched historical Native American saga about great spiritual powers, human greed, ultimate hope – and yes, aliens from outer space. It is A Whisper from Eden, A Historical Fantasy, by Phoenix, recently released. Fantastic, great story.

You can learn more about this genre and communicate with visionary fiction authors in the Visionary Fiction group on Goodreads.com.

Good reading and remember to share this post on your favorite social media pages if you like it!

D.E. Lamont