margonaut blog archive (2004-2014)

25Jan/071

"Deepak Impact"

I love that the Deepak Chopra interview linked to below appeared on broadcast television!

He has a great sense of humour (and great shoes!)

He says that reality is an illusion, however we have the power to "upgrade the illusion." This is good news :)

The interview was to publicize his new book Life After Death, which he calls "a must read for anyone who's going to die."

This sort of thing is proof to me that more and more citizens are waking up...

24Jan/071

learning to be unaffected emotionally by others’ biased perspectives

laughing at the resistance
how lucky I am
that these are my problems

Filed under: poetry 1 Comment
23Jan/072

stuff & happiness

The work of Dave Ramsey was recommended to me in a comment on this site recently. He's an expert on money management and helping people get out of debt.

His book The Total Money Makeover just arrived and I opened it to a random page and found the passage below.

I'm impressed and look forward to exploring his ideas further.

Since you have read many pages learning a wealth-building system from me, you might think that I believe stuff is the answer to happiness, emotional well-being, and spiritual maturity. You would be wrong because I know that is not the case. ON the contrary, I see a real spiritual danger to having great wealth. The danger is old-fashioned materialism. In his great book Money, Possessions, and Eternity, author Randy Alcorn takes a probing look at materialism. Randy discusses a disease running amuck in America: "Affluenza." Affluenza is a malady that affects some of the affluent and their children. Because some of the affluent and their children seek happiness, solace, and fulfillment in the consuming of stuff, they face a problem. By trying to get stuff to do something it wasn't designed to do, they come up empty and end up depressed and even suicidal. They discover bumper-sticker wisdom: "He who dies with the most toys is still dead." Stuff is wonderful, get some stuff, but don't let the pursuit of wealth become your god.

Filed under: books 2 Comments
18Jan/071

delicious music

If you like my downtempo electronic music selections, you'll like the new offering from Shen.

Filed under: music 1 Comment
17Jan/072

monkey’s uncles

In Rob Brezny's Scorpio horoscope for this week it says, "Employees who work at the Grand Canyon are not supposed to tell visitors that the monumental gorge is over five million years old. Officials are worried that doing so might offend fundamentalist Christians who suffer from the delusion that Noah's flood created the Grand Canyon a few thousand years ago." I found this highly amusing. Below I've quoted a related report.

It's funny that the debate over creationism & evolution still exists in America. It seems obvious that the Bible has been through layers and layers of human editors and is somehow not the direct Word of God, but some people insist on taking it literally. They are of course entitled to their views but why must they go around insisting that anyone who disagrees with them is somehow evil?

Anyway, I personally believe the currently held assumptions about the origins of man are wrong (the missing link is still missing) and liked what Al Gore said in An Inconvenient Truth about there not being a conflict between creation and evolution.

Renewed concern about creationism at Grand Canyon National Park
http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/
news/2007/US/699_renewed_concern_about_creation_1_4_2007.asp

In a December 28, 2006, press release, however, PEER charged, "Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park." Jeff Ruch, executive director of PEER, commented, "As one park geologist said, this is equivalent of Yellowstone National Park selling a book entitled Geysers of Old Faithful: Nostrils of Satan."

Filed under: miscellaneous 2 Comments
14Jan/078

novel news

I didn't win the novel contest.

I wasn't expecting to, however the news made me feel really sad. I do however appreciate how important of a creative boost the experience was for me and I thanked the contest organizers.

The good news is that the book is now mine and I can do what I want with it. I think it will make an excellent screenplay (with some serious editing work of course.)

If anyone would like to read it, I've linked to it below. Please keep in mind that I wrote this in 3 days (literally!) including editing and I did not cheat. Be gentle in judging my writing abilities.

It is loosely based on some events in my life but has been changed quite a bit. If you think you recognize some of the characters, realize that the real people they may or may not be based on did not actually say the things I have them say in the text.

Time to move on to the next phase....

Wake Up, Relax, Adapt, Repeat
http://www.margonaut.com/novelchallenge.pdf
“Well, let’s start with music. You put so much energy into paying attention to the music other people are making, why not put some of that energy into learning how to make your own? You’re certainly smart enough, and there are people in your life who have been encouraging you to get off your ass and do it!”
Em thought about the night during her first trip to B.C. with Red, Amos, and Crowe in the studio. “You’re right.”
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. You’ve got to help yourself here sister!”
“Hmm, here’s a good opportunity to put aside that old remorse about slacking in the past and get started now, eh?”
“I’d say so. Good on you.”

11Jan/071

art of avatars

I am "superstitious" about the state of my computer (it needs work but I'm on it) especially my desktop wallpaper and chat program aliases.

It seems as if making them reflect the positive is useful.

Or perhaps it's simply a vestige of the fact that most of my social life is on the Internet.

Filed under: technology 1 Comment
8Jan/075

"manifestation" and prosperity

There seems to be a proliferation of "manifestation" gurus out there these days, especially since the movie The Secret has become popular.

I'm certainly interested in "manifesting abundance" (new age speak for obtaining more money and other types of wealth) and have been reading what various people have to say on the subject.

I am enjoying the work of Joan Sotkin because though she is spiritually aware & understands how mood, focus, affirmations, and positive thinking affect our reality she also (unlike many of the others) emphasizes the importance of learning how to handle money and actually doing work.

One thing I learned from her is that to make changes in one's life, it helps to make a lot of little changes like rearranging our closets or switching how we hang the toilet paper on a daily basis. This might sound silly, however it helps us run less on automatic and pay more attention to each moment. I'm finding it very helpful to shake up my routine a bit.

I know I am approaching a more "successful" phase however I will reserve speaking about my views on this subject until after the material results become more obvious :)

Prosperity Place: Are you waiting for a miracle?
http://prosperityplace.com/nl/tips81.html
Let's say that somehow a pile of money suddenly shows up and you can pay off all of your debts and still have money left over. What would you do with it? How would your money behavior be different from what it has been?

If you don't change your money behavior or the feelings behind your current situation, then you'll be right back where you are -- waiting for another miracle.

Planning for financial security means you need an action plan that will allow you to save a percentage of your income, to build up a reserve, and to take care of yourself financially.
Avoiding these things will not make the necessity of doing them go away.

Filed under: manifestation 5 Comments
4Jan/071

something to smile about

this unfolding fairytale
is either coming true
or burning off
(either way, it's an improvement)

Filed under: poetry 1 Comment
3Jan/074

the terror of fake snow

I am about to travel to the USA for the first time in several years, so I checked up on the latest rules & regulations. You can now only carry on liquids in 3 oz. or smaller containers and they must be in a certain sized plastic bag for inspection. I am hoping they'll allow me to bring on some hand lotion as it's a long flight!

These rules are silly and paranoid, especially the one below.

Permitted and Prohibited Items
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm
Snow globes regardless of size or amount of liquid inside, even with documentation, are prohibited in your carry-on. Please ship these items or pack them in your checked baggage.

Filed under: politics 4 Comments