Subjective Grooviness:Little Switches in Your Head

Published December 20, 2014 by murgcat

 

IMG_0105_2     There are mechanics to Subjective Grooviness, how does this mystery work? It’s quite simple, no really. When we are born our minds are huge sponges, they soak in all the data coming from all around us. Because of the process I’m about to describe most people cannot remember what that was like. There is a point where the mind and spirit reaches a tipping point and the input threatens to overload the system.
That’s when the filters begin to be turned on. The mind is a giant processor; it operates based on the position of internal switches. Slowly, due to nature and nurture, more and more filters are activated. By the time we are adults, most of our filters are firmly set. This state is our subjective grooviness.
Not all of these switches are the same; some are more sensitive than others. We each have a path we should be walking. If there is a switch on that keeps you from that path it will be easier to turn it off. There are DNA arrangements that make turning on and off certain switches easier. Then there are the epiphanies and tragedies that impact our lives.
There are some switches that break when you turn them off. Or what it takes to turn them back on can be detrimental to your physical, spiritual and mental health. Those are the switches that need to be carefully observed. Most people aren’t ready to have their reality altered. When paranormal investigators enter an area that has strong energy, that maybe enough to flip those switches and no matter what they want, the filters will not turn on any more.
For some, their grooviness is locked –Stone. This explains a person who can observe paranormal events and still not believe in them. For others, reality is malleable, it changes and they are open to those changes. Remember Enlightenment is removing the subjective and just existing in the immense grooviness that is life.

The structure of reality

Published September 24, 2014 by murgcat

This installment features a wonderful concept of reality. We all live in a consensus reality. In that reality however, we each have our own unique interpretation of that data. There are many factors that contribute – environment, DNA, upbringing, trauma. This unique perspective is what causes multiple witness’s to the same event to report such a diversity of views.
Sifu Bill Smith has introduced me to his concept of interpersonal relationships and reactions in this multi-reality we inhabit.

Take it away Tai Chi Bill:

This essay serves to outline and define three inter-related terms.
1. Subjective Grooviness
2. Competing Subjective Grooviness
3. Convenient Subjective Grooviness
Overview:
The term, “Subjective Grooviness” arose out of the need for a term in relation to the thoughts and views generated by the modern new age spiritual movement as well as discoveries and claims held by religious sects and cults, and the scientific community. It now encompasses everything and can also be used as a replacement of the term Samsara as used by the Buddhist community. The idea being that even the most objective experience can and will be stacked with greater and greater amounts of Subjective interpretation. By way of example, the sun is shining in a clear cloudless sky, two people standing next to one another having the same objective experience (the shining sun) each with their own Subjectively Groovy Interpretation. One says, “ Oh my god the sun is so hot it’s burning my skin. I hope I don’t get skin cancer!” while the other says, “ Oh, the sun, giver of life I receive your healing rays through all the pores on my body!” Each is now several layers removed from simply being with the sun shining and each persons Subjective Grooviness is coloring their experience as well as informing any out-comes.

SUBJECTIVE GROOVINESS:
We all operate out of Subjective Grooviness (here on as SG). It is the platform of our individuality. It is the spin, if you will, that we each put upon the objective events in our lives. It becomes a sort of explanation to the feelings and emotions we have in regards to everything. You can see this in people who apply the same SG to everything that happens, especially if the SG is used to elevate self-importance or create self-deprecation. Since the larger part of ones whole experience in any moment is completely internal, the SG serves as a tool for ones running description of their self in relation to the world they live in. This is functionally O.K. in that we all have our own SG and as long as we don’t inflict it on others and respect another’s right to live from their SG we are good.

COMPETING SUBJECTIVE GROOVINESS:
If one cannot, for whatever reason, keep their SG to themselves, one then runs the risk of engaging in CSG (Competing Subjective Grooviness). This is when two or more individual SG’s bump into one another, one always trying to supersede and become the dominant group SG. This dynamic plays out in one to one personal relationships as well as in group situations. An example;
Bob: “ My spirit animal guides say that we are in for some rough times ahead.”
Ken: “ that’s interesting. MY HIGHEST Angelic guides say that we are evolving into our pure divine form and that every thing will be O.K.”

As one can see in the example CSG has occurred creating a dissonance of sorts. It can then go generally into the positive or negative after that.
The CSG has been cast, the response is crucial:
Bob: “ Wow! The Angels said that, that makes so much sense to me.” Bob has now adopted Ken’s SG over his original animal spirit SG.
Ken: “I know, aren’t the Angels awesome.”
And with that Bob and Ken are back to SG resonance. It could have just as easy gone another way.
Bob: “ Angels you say, I have never seen one, but I have seen my animal spirit guides (a separate supporting SG) and I always trust them.”
Ken: “ Everyone knows that Angels are operating from a higher plane, of course what they say is right!”
And the CSG continues, vying back and forth for the dominant SG. Most of the religious and political/military strife in the world is CSG in all its glory.
Once viewed from this perspective it seems silly to kill one another over a mere Subjective Grooviness/ Competing Subjective Grooviness clash.

Convenient Subjective Grooviness:
This is a SG that is adopted in the moment to justify a set of behaviors or actions as well as occurrences.

Metaphysical Mechanics

Published July 29, 2014 by murgcat

comic-oneshot001Here’s a humbling secret–Every human has the ability to banish demons and perform exorcisms; not everyone can! Everybody has numerous abilities yet most people if they are lucky can finely develop one or two of those innate abilities and have the skill manifest.
What are the metaphysical mechanics of exorcism? There are three aspects that must be honed razor-sharp if you want to deal with demonic entities. Personal power, intent and faith are the three pillars of this endeavor.
Personal power is the spiritual energy that you can muster. However, spiritual may be misleading. In Asian cultures, chi is a word that describes a person’s personal power. It is both a scientific and spiritual term; spiritual in the obvious sense, it’s your energy, scientific because doctors and scientist both have been able to measure and quantify the energy flow.
Most everyone begins with a starting level of energy. That energy is dissipated throughout an individual’s lifetime. Different lifestyle choices, actions and environmental factors influence that energy and levels can be changed. Martial artists and spiritual practitioners are two of the groups that increase their energy by following certain exercises on a daily basis. People who are constantly afraid or angry burn off energy daily.
Intent is the mental energy that mobilizes your personal power. Impeccable intent is the basis of all magick on the earth. Impeccable intent is willpower to the nth degree. Intent creates and maintains reality. It is the underlying force that makes the impossible happen. It allows the athlete to overcome and push beyond their limits. Intent is the driving force that enables a small band of soldiers to survive against overwhelming odds.
There are many terms for different aspects of intent. In the vast majority of people, intent is unconscious. The constant chatter of their mind sets their daily intent.  However, with perseverance and deep study, one can transcend the unconscious aspects of intent and use its’ energy to create reality.
Faith is the ethereal glue; the binding tie that holds power and intent together. True faith not blind faith. True faith is created by knowledge and experience. I’ve been blessed by spiritual teachers who preach, “Test the teachings”. The teachings are the base knowledge; they might be breathing exercises, meditations even Kung fu moves.  When you do the move and it works, you start the harmonics of faith. Every time you perform the task at hand and you have results, you enforce the faith in that act.
As your faith gets stronger, you are able to involve your intent and personal power on a much greater level. When your faith becomes as impeccable as your intent, you begin to transcend your personal power and are able to tap into the universal power source. The only catch 22, you cannot reach that power source unless you have enough personal power.
It’s through this mechanism that any demonic presence can be banished. The origin of the entity really will not matter. There is a mistaken belief that if a demonic presence predates Christianity, their prayers and ministrations will have no effect. Likewise, the Christian that feels only Jesus can exorcise demons. With strong personal power, impeccable intent and unbending faith, a person could believe in the power of the holy abracadabra. Throw one at the demon and it will be banished. When those three aspects of your life are firing at full power you create your own reality.
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Sky Gazing

Published February 17, 2014 by murgcat

Sky gazing.

While kayaking through the crystal waters of Sierra lakes, have you ever noticed the big boulders that look like a Sasquatch recliner?  They are perfect to lay out on and view the sky above.  These spots call out for a bit of sky gazing.

It is as simple as it sounds. You lay back and relax. As you lay there allow your gaze to soften and expand. As you breathe in and out feel the connection with the immensity before you.

Here, I’m sure a disclaimer needs to be inserted. You are gazing at the sky not the sun. Don’t stare at the sun! The results would be not so bueno. The everlasting blue above is a different story.

Quite a few traditions have concentration, turning inward, and shutting out all external distractions as the core of their meditation practices.  Coming from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, sky gazing heads in the other direction.

As you lay on the rock to gaze at the sky, allow yourself to expand and connect.  With every out breath feel all your contractions release.  The annoying little jabs of the monkey mind, your ego, breath those out as well and let them dissipate into the vastness of the sky. Relax and breathe, feel the space in you. Down at the smallest level you are space. Allow the connection to be formed with the space between the atoms that make up your body and the space between the atoms that make up the sky. Feel that space bond; feel it resonate. When the connection is realized, the annoying random thoughts and distractions can then also be united with the space allowing them to dissolve into it.

Once you can truly feel the connection between the space in yourself and the space in the sky, you will then be able to feel that space in everything. When you feel that, then the realization that all things are connected becomes very clear.

There is nothing to strive for in this meditation. The practice is to simply be. Wherever you are, you can benefit from this practice, except perhaps while driving or skydiving. My favorite is a quite stop on the edge of Lake Tahoe. Where else can I get so much blue?

Forest Ninja

Published January 15, 2014 by murgcat

Who truly was the monster in Mary Shelly’s story? Was it the creature or the arrogant Herr Doctor. Ultimately, Dr. Frankenstein is the bad guy. Not a Macho thing, but I cried for the creature at the end of the book. That is some gut wrenching pathos! The creature wasn’t a monster at all.

Fair Warning — Hang on for an abrupt turn…

Sasquatch, that’s right Sasquatch. We’re always looking for the creature, the monster. We must bag one to prove it exists. We need body parts! Get the pitchforks and torches. Sorry, slipped there for a minute but you get the drift.

One of the southeastern tribes quit trading with the men of the forest because they were cheats. They got the better of our red brothers every time they traded. Sounds like they were pretty smart. There are tribes that consider Sasquatch to be the Wise-Ones, guardians of the forest.  I believe it goes one step further, The Wise-Ones are the forest ninja. They have the ability to cloud men’s minds. Or at least play with our heads a bit.

Continuing on this slant, it would be safe to assume they have a way to honor their dead. Perhaps in the Tibetan tradition, they feel the shell is empty at death so the body get’s chopped up to feed the vultures. We haven’t found any remains because the Sasquatch understand, if remains are found we will look for them harder. We’re human; it’s what we do.

Let’s face it, the Hairy Man of the Forest has been spotted on all the continents except Antarctica. See, they are intelligent.

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It’s time for a change, go into the forest with respect not arrogance. Don’t carry pitchforks to assail the monster, carry chocolate to share with a being that might be far more evolved than we can hope to be. If I were a superior Empathic being , I’d want chocolate.

retreat into the wilderness

Published November 16, 2013 by murgcat

Disclaimer – Do not go into the wilderness, there are beasties that will eat you, if Mother Nature does not take care of you first.

Welcome to the modern world. However, what if some of our forefathers had followed that advise?  If Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, Gautama Buddha, Black Elk, Dr. Mikao Usui or countless others had figured it was safer to stay around other people and not take the chance, where would the world be today? The epiphanies of countless spiritual teachers and guides have been realized in the embrace of Gaia.

The majority of westerners are disconnected from nature. It is something to be feared, conquered, or exploited. What a person truly needs, though, is a loving partnership with Nature. Spending time alone in the wilderness can have a payoff that dwarves any monetary gain.

There are two conditions that make the journey more impactful. First is the alone part. This means no two-legged friends or four-legged friends. Scientists have discovered that being alone has therapeutic advantages over being with other people. Nature heals and teaches with the tools at hand. The healing, if it is of an emotional nature, may be triggered by the sight of a new fawn lying at the foot of a redwood. You see the relationship between the new life there at the comforting feet of the old and it releases repressed trauma. Fido sees a toy or worse – snackies. You have compounded trauma now!

The second condition is the most profound. When you go out to be alone in the woods do it in a grateful sacred way. Take the time to give thanks to who ever it is that you give reverence to. Give thanks to the wilderness you are entering. Be prepared, wilderness will give you gifts. Some extremely subtle- the sound of a hummingbirds’ wings in your ear or the wind through the pines. Sometimes when the right circumstance comes about the gift is overt. If while eating lunch a bobcat sits on the rock overlooking the valley with you it’s pretty apparent.

Next time you need a little solace or guidance try being alone in the woods. You know, you really should at least tell someone what direction you are headed, Just in case you discover your bliss and can’t stop hugging the trees!

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What is Arcanology?

Published September 24, 2013 by murgcat

 

Arcanology, n – The study of the esoteric, metaphysical, secret, and hidden

Arcane, adj. – Hidden, secret. Known by only a few, esoteric.

Arcanum, n. – Secret or hidden knowledge.  A mystery, secret. The great secret of nature which the alchemists sought. A secret or mysterious remedy, elixir.

 Arcanologist, n. – A person who studies the esoteric, metaphysical, secret and hidden

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     An Arcanologist studies a vast array of disciplines from Alchemy to Martial Arts to Crypto-Zoology.  They look for the esoteric teachings, the fundamental teachings of the different subjects. In martial arts there have always been “closed door “ students, those taught the mysteries of chi. Those are the lessons that interest an Arcanologist.  In Buddhism, the study of Dzongchen or Bon would be their interest. In Judaism, an arcanologist would study the Kabbalah.

            What are the root threads that bind all of these things together? That’s a question the Arcanologist lives for. These things can only be researched so far. The musty tomes and dark library shelves only get one an intellectual knowledge. True knowledge in most of the areas studied in arcanology require a vast amount of field work and true experiential study. To truly Grok (see Heinlein) a subject you have to live it.