Tuesday, March 15, 2011

JOT Day 84 - The Devil and The Usual Suspects I watched The Usual Suspects again recently, and since I'm different this time around, of course what I got out of it was different. What I remember from my first viewing was the very end, where the Kint character very cleverly walks free and transforms into someone we were led to believe he was not. In the hours after the film was over, this line stuck with me: "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." This applies to personas, and to cultural phenomenon, too, the kind that are so cleverly implemented that we don't realize what their influence really is, and then blame each other for their intended side effects. It would be possible to substitute most marketing and advertising for the word devil in that quote from the film, the kind that is not authentic or permission based, the kind that creates emotional voids and then pretends to fill them. It would be possible to substitute most organized religions--not the people in them, but the powers that be--because their power comes from our giving ours away. What is amusing to me is that this control "they" are after-- and the money that can be made from it--doesn't have to be manufactured nefariously. There's more than enough to go around for everyone. In fact, the economy would explode were our dollars spent on what really feeds us. We'll buy bottled water. Just don't tell us it's not from the backyard spigot. I'd like that economy, please.
JOT Day 86 - Moving On Up, To the East Side (of the Emotional Scale) In the framework that makes sense to me about how the universe works, there's a phenomenon at work all the time that affects our experience on the planet. Gravity falls into that category, but that's not what I am referring to. I'm talking about the principle that's at work whether we realizeit, or acknowledge it, or not. Some people refer to it as the law of attraction--like attracts like, things likened to itself are drawn. I've started calling it the physics of emotion. Because emotion is what drives this whole mechanism. And I think that is fabulously ironic and fascinating at the same time. Ironic because our culture is currently fueled by the power myth--might makes right, control is where it's at, and all that ineffective gesturing that has gotten us into the quagmire we are in. Fascinating because science is beginning to discover ways to measure this phenomenon, and it's not what anyone was expecting. I like that a lot. Sure, it's a bit unnerving, and sure, it's a tad out of the ordinary, but hey--that's what's called for when the status quo is obviously not working. When you know how to apply this physics of emotion, you experience the kind of day-to-day that I do--things getting better and better, more complex and deeper satisfaction, all the hallmarks of a well-lived life. Another example of that occured today while I was on the phone with a local community organization, looking for somewhere for my son to spend some time during the summer. The perfect opportunity presented itself. Bam. Why? Because I've been practicing really hard on my moving-up-the-emotional-scale skills. I've been listening to inspiring material that promotes a positive frame of mind and reinforces the big enough "Why?" to practice in the first place. I've been catching myself when...

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