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Boldly Go and Keep Your Eyes on the Stars, or the Road, Depending on What You’re driving.

Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Prompt for today is, “view.”

I immediately thought of the wonderful views I enjoyed last weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains which I included in Thursday’s post. The view of the sunset from Beech Mountain was more than I could have ever hoped for.

But I really want to write about Star Trek, because this is the 50th anniversary of the Trek. I’ve written about this before, my love for Star Trek, how it got me through a tough time when my dad was in Vietnam and my mom was having nervous breakdowns, and how my first crush, Mr. Spock gave me stability. He was so dependable, so logical, so tall. (I was 5’7 in 5th grade.)

So I would view Star Trek, in the bedroom shared with my mom and sister as we stayed with friends or relatives that year dad was in Nam, on the little TV. I guess it was little compared to the flat screens most of us have now. I remember the view of the TV screen being about the size of a record album. But my imagination enhanced the show greatly. I had, and have, an excellent imagination. I think that was my way of dealing with challenges, to escape into fantasy. I could imagine myself being rescued by Mr. Spock, maybe wisked into the future to explore strange new worlds, as if I was right there.

Have you ever imagined, fantasized so clearly that you could actually see the scene you were imagining instead of what was really in front of your eyes? DON’T DO THIS WHILE DRIVING! But I have to admit, I’ve done this while driving. Not intentionally, of course. I’ve gone from point A to point B a mile away and not remembered seeing the road. Yet I must have seen the road on some level, even stopped at traffic lights, I hope. It’s pretty amazing when you stop to think about it. I was seeing a movie in my head while my eyes were still watching the road.

THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED! DRIVE MINDFULLY!

If I was at the helm of a star ship, I would drive mindfully. I would not fantasize living in the 21st century in a little house on the coast. Would I? But driving a star ship would definitely be a fantasy, unless they develop much better, long acting motion sickness meds, because, alas, I am notorious for motion sickness. I have to keep my eyes on the view ahead. I can’t read in a car or look at my phone for long, especially on twisty turns, without getting queasy.  Yet, I can watch a movie in my head while driving. DON’T DO THAT! which would indicate my eyes really are watching the road, because I don’t get queasy day dreaming while driving, which I should not be doing at all, so yeah, JUST DON’T.
I won’t be driving a star ship. I could be the ship’s counselor though. 🙂 Just pass the new and improved, Galaxy class Dramamine.

Here’s a scene from one of my favorite episodes, “The Devil in the Dark.” Spock found out that she wasn’t a devil at all. She was just trying to protect her babies. An episode where point of view made all the difference.

 

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For more Streams of Consciousness, go boldly to Linda G. Hill’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/09/09/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-1016/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Star Trek 50th Anniversary

Star Trek has given me more joy and wonder than any other TV show. The concepts of hope and possibility shaped my intellect and gave me comfort during an unstable time of my adolescence.

Notes Tied On The Sagebrush

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek. Star Trek fans can knock themselves out with all the coverage on the LA Times about Star Trek history, Boldly Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek’s Television, Movies, and More. Did you know that Captain Kirk fought the Gorn at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Southern California? Or that Facebook has special Star Trek emojis for a limited time. Would you like to read about the original TV Set for the first Star Trek? You can read all about it here. And while you’re at it be sure to ” Live long and prosper! ”

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Better Than Drugs

Stars from pixabay

The moon has yet to rise.

In the darkness,

Ocean’s horizon blends with sky.

 Her white crests rolling  into the sand,

Just a murmur tonight

Rising now and then

To remind us of her power.

When I gaze at the stars,

I get the feeling there is more.

Much more.

 I am overwhelmed by the distance.

My senses try to adjust

To something foreign

Yet, intimate.

The vastness of ocean

pales compared to the sky dome.

The Universe whispers,

“This is not a sky dome.”

I reach up to touch the Milky Way.

My finger floats above my head

Feeling lost at first.

But there is energy in the air

Where the ocean meets the sky.

I can’t touch it like I touch your face.

But I can feel it’s energy. His energy. Her energy.

Not just in my finger,

In my whole body

and more

Expanding all around me.

Reaching back to me.

Shouting to me from eternity,

“Yes! I’m here!”

“We are here!”

As I reach up to touch the sky.

Better than drugs.

© JoAnne Silvia, 2016. Only use with credit to the author.

(The image is from pixabay. It’s more vivid than what I saw last week from the beach. But I did see wisps of Milky Way smiling at me.)


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Placebo Effect (or More Fiber?)

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I’ve had annoying, but relatively mild, pain on the right side of my abdomen for the past four days. The four days part is unusual, because I’m used to my body working through things faster than that.

So, yesterday, I finally scheduled an appointment at my doctor’s office for this afternoon. Wouldn’t you know that I’m starting to feel better now. Does that ever happen to you? You schedule a doctor appointment, then  get better before the appointment. Maybe it’s the fiber I’ve added to my diet. But this NPR story, about the how the mind influences the body, makes me wonder if there is some kind of placebo effect going on.

The article is full of interesting explanations about the placebo effect, how distraction can help us cope with pain, and the power of mindfulness meditation. I knew a lot of this stuff, but it helps to be reminded. I’ve been telling my clients, “What we practice, we get better at.” So, I really like the example, at the end of the article, about how practicing the violin for 8 hours a day is going to make a person better at playing the violin. (I’m trying not to think about potential neck pain. Quick, move on to something else! Like beautiful violin music!)

If we’ve practiced worrying enough to get good at worrying, it’s going to take some times to  strengthen the hopefulness (or mindfulness) pathways in the brain, so that we get better at hopefulness, positive thinking and enjoying the present moment.

I’m definitely feeling better – not 100%, but better. I’ll probably keep my appointment, because I’ve blocked out the time, and I like my PA. I bet she tells me to eat more fiber.

Now, back to that beautiful violin music:


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Liberating the Right Brain

brain curves from pixabay

It happened again, on the night before Christmas.

I couldn’t remember where I put my phone charger. I’d been clearing of the table for Christmas Eve dinner, feeling frustrated because of all the clutter, some of which was mine, and I put the charger in its case, but couldn’t remember where I put the case.

I looked and looked with the logical, left-brain kind of looking, which doesn’t always work so well. But when I stopped thinking about it, my body took me to right where the charger case was in the kitchen. Supposedly, I went to the kitchen for something else, after giving up on the charger. I’ve had this happen several times over the past few years – when I stop looking for something, my body ends up taking me there, because my subconscious mind knows exactly where I put the thing I lost.

It’s like when you can’t remember a word or a name, but then it comes to you when you think about something else.

Our minds change as we grow older. Some types of memory can deteriorate, and some things can grow stronger, like wisdom and spiritual awareness, and in my case the urge to create art. I just hope I’m not getting that dementia I heard about on the NPR Radio Lab podcast,Unraveling Bolero.”

The story is about Anne Adams, the scientist turned artist, and her fascination with Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. Both Adams and Ravel had a type of dementia that effects language, and in each case, the condition was preceded by years of intense creativity. What I remember from the story is that in both people, the frontal and/or temporal lobes, very important for language, deteriorated making way for, or, as the Brain article states, “liberating,” more creative abilities and the compulsion to paint or compose masterpieces until eventually the dementia got so bad they became incapacitated.

(For a scientific account, click here in: Brain, a Journal of Neurology.)

The story was depressing yet fascinating and reminded me of this thing that happens when I stop trying to figure out, in a logical/linear/left brain way, where I put something, allowing my intuitive/subconscious/right brain to take me right to it.

Sometimes logic can get in the way of magical mystery tours. But I don’t want to forget where I put my words, so I’m going to start doing crossword puzzles- or maybe I’ll learn Spanish when I retire!

Here is Ravel’s “Bolero”:

 

(The top image from Pixabay. My right brain liked it.)


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Star of Wonder: A Cosmic Event

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Stars beautiful from pixabay (2)

 

In the following video, Rick Larson tell the story of his search for astrological evidence the Star of Bethlehem. It’s just over an hour, and I don’t usually watch videos that long on the internet, but I’m glad I watched this one. I found it fascinating.

Why is this evidence coming up now? Larson says it’s because  Johannes Kepler  missed the star in the 1600’s because he was looking at the wrong time. Now we have more technology available to investigate.

One of the most interesting parts of the video starts at around 30 minutes in, as Mr. Larson prepares to reveal how the alignment of stars and planets created a spectacular phenomenon, a star of wonder.

The end of the video reveals evidence of an eclipse at the time Jesus died on the cross. The astrological evidence of both the birth and death of Jesus is poetry written in the sky  long ago, waiting for us to find it. As Larson says:

“My God, what did you do? Because this is poetry-terrible beauty-that showed me a side of God I had not seen. It showed me a God that would write poetry to record  both the coming and passing of my Messiah. And he let me find him.”

 

“He made the Bear, Orion, and Pleiades, and the constellations of the southern Zodiac. He does incredible miracles, too many to count.”   (Job 9:9-10 The Living Bible)

 

For more information, you can visit:

BethlehemStar.net

Wishing wonderful blessings to all!

 


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Temper, Trek, and the Stream of Consciousness

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They say red heads have bad tempers. My hair is not as red as it used to be, but I’ve never had a bad temper. I don’t even remember any other red heads having bad tempers. Not that there are a lot of us around. I have a reputation, mostly on the job, of being a calm person. Yet, I don’t always feel calm inside my head. I have a considerable amount of anxiety. That’s probably why I like to teach meditation to my  clients, because I need reminders. I don’t like feeling anxious or angry. The times I’ve felt angry enough to lose my temper feel alien to me. Alien like going into a temporal anomaly. Where did that come from? Oh, my stream of consciousness.

Sometimes I’ve been tempted to let myself get really angry and blow up. It seems like fun for other people, or else why would they do it? I believe anger can be addicting. But I don’t like it. Not one bit. Except the cussing alone in my car, but that was last week’s SOC post….

Where was I?

Losing my temper, as tempted as I might be to try it, almost always feels wrong to me. I can feel anger, but I don’t like to yell a lot. I get shaky and feel slightly sick in my stomach, when I come close to losing my temper. Maybe it has something to do with Spock. That’s right. I’m going to sci-fi again. I think I need a Star Trek fix. It’s been so long. Spock, my first crush back when the original Trek first aired, almost never got angry. He kept his emotions under control with meditation and logic. I admired that in him because my life at age 11 was chaotic. That’s another story that must be somewhere on this blog.

So, what does this have to do with Anything Is Possible?

It’s possible to control our emotions, and not let our emotions control us.

It’s possible for me to feel and express anger without losing my temper. (My daughter would tell you that I have lost my temper plenty of times, but it’s really only a couple of times that I’ve really lost it.)

It’s possible to find a video clip of Mr. Spock losing his temper:

I feel better now.

 

Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday post prompt for today was “temp.”

 

If you’d like to join in the fun of the Saturday Stream of Consciousness visit:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/09/11/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-1215/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Not the Scary Kind of Christian

Coexist-bumpersticker by Patrick Byrne via wmc

Image by Patrick Byrne via Wikimedia Commons

 

 “I love Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ.”             _____Mahatma Gandhi

I found this version of the Gandhi quote at  Skeptics Stack Exchange,  where they seem to have done a some research. I can understand why Gandhi might have said this.

I am a Christian.  An open-minded, progressive, tree-hugging Christian.

I’m writing this because I want you to know we exist.

Sometimes I wonder if I should even call myself a Christian because of what that label has come to mean to so many. The media likes to celebrate controversial, often negative, people who call themselves Christians, (and maybe they are – it’s not for me to say) people who are not open-minded, not progressive, and certainly not tree-huggers. They are the kind of people who scared the Christianity out of me and drove me to fierce agnosticism when I was in my twenties.

I don’t want to be one of the scary Christians.

It wasn’t until after I became a parent, working in a challenging, bureaucratic  social service agency, that I took a chance on a church, because I knew I needed something more than my agnostic, nature loving philosophies with a side of sci-fi.

I was skeptical. But the little Episcopal church welcomed me with open minded intelligence and introduced me to their “three-legged stool” of scripture, tradition and reason. My questions and doubts were accepted without condemnation. They loved me. This love and acceptance allowed me to become open to learning more about Jesus. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn about him.

This past Sunday, one of my church friends, a young college student (younger than me anyway) shared that most of his friends are atheists, and he is trying to show them that all Christians aren’t like the conservatives they see in the news.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that it’s anyone’s right to be a conservative Christian if they want to. I have beloved friends and family members who are conservative Christians. To tell the truth, I’m becoming more conservative, in my  behavior as I get older. But I’m still liberal and open minded in my beliefs. Maybe that’s why I have beloved friends and family members who are Buddhists, pagans, agnostics, atheists, new agers and eclectics.

I believe in the love of the Jesus who hung out with the poor and the prostitutes and loved them, the revolutionary Jesus who raised women and children up as people to be cared for and listened to instead of property.  I love the Good Shepherd who seeks his lost sheep, not with condemnation, but with love .

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Open minded, progressive Christians don’t make the news much, but we’re out here.

Oh, and I still like a side of sci-fi, now and then.

 

 

 

 


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Perspective

Re-blogging from JC this classic video that blows my mind, meaning my mind is sitting here with it’s mouth open. Is it because it’s late, and I’ve had a really long day? Or is it something more? Thanks for the perspective, JC.

Top of JC's Mind

A classic depiction of the powers of ten, courtesy of NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day series – and IBM of 1977:  http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150324.html

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