The Tomb of Ligeia

The Tomb of Ligeia is a 1964 American International Pictures horror film based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe. It stars Vincent Price and Elizabeth Shepherd and tells the tale of a man haunted by the spirit of his dead wife and her effect on his second marriage. It’s not one of the greatest movies ever made – not by a long shot – but it is one of my favorites.

Low budget movies like this, designed to be shockers in the days before the rise of the slasher film and the special effects, CGI rich movies of today, relied on producing a heady atmosphere and twisted sense of doom to get the desired effect. This early horror genre made powerful use of Gothic settings, vibrant, if sometimes odd, color schemes and dynamic use of camera movement. The combination of good story telling and an authentic feel for the subject matter evoked a compelling psychological stimulus for people receptive to strange, unusual supernatural ideas.

Four aspects of this movie really stuck with me and influenced a lot of my world view and decision making.

First, the use of Egyptian and mystical symbolism resonated with me to the extent that the study of ancient cultures and civilization became a life-long pursuit. Archaeology, the ancient Near East, past empires, religions of the past, magic and occult themes have always been part of my psyche and movies like Ligeia touched and awakened my subconscious connections to these subjects.

Second, the theme of reincarnation or rebirth – the idea of conscious survival of the personality beyond the death experience in any form – played a major role on the development of my own spiritual and mystical identity. The sentence etched on Ligeia’s tomb stone has been part of my world view, in one form or another, my whole life: “Man need not kneel before the angels, nor lie in death forever, save for the weakness of his feeble will.”

Third, when Vincent Price’s character proved himself to be an able hypnotist, it sparked within me, a deep and passionate interest in the subject and is one of the big reasons, I think, that I eventually pursued a career involving hypnotherapy.

Finally, the movie had a great part for a cat – and if there’s a cat in a movie, especially a cat with a powerful, charismatic personality, I’m going to love that movie. Cat’s are the best!

My Cat Bella

Old Hollywood had a lot more going for it than the repetitive crap being produced today. I miss the old movies.

Karma

The word Karma means ACTION but it has come to represent the universal cosmic law of cause and effect. Like Newton’s 3rd law of motion – for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction – the Law of Karma suggests that whatever action we take will have an appropriate consequence.

 

Forces occur in pairs: every action has a reaction or consequence. In physics the action and reaction are simultaneous and it almost makes no difference which occurs first – cause and effect is fixed. But people tend to ascribe values on Karmic actions – we judge the actions and consequences to be good or bad based on our own morality. There is also the idea that there is a fundamental, universal morality that makes fair and impartial judgments of actions and based on that judgment, imposes appropriate consequences. The EFFECT is “chosen” based on the CAUSE. Thus, ACTION is judged based on intention and motive. This interpretation gives people comfort of a sort but it goes against the nature of the law.

Some also interpret Karma as a record of merit or demerit points – our lives and future lives are seen as determined or influenced by how many good or bad points we accumulate. The circumstances we find ourselves in are thought of as a result of the good or bad actions we have previously taken. This can lead people to speculate that the universe – our lives in particular – is based on some system of rewards and punishments. And if we accept the punishment and pay off are debt in some way, we can be free of further prosecution.

Karma should not be seen in this way. Karma is a natural law of the universe like gravity. There is no system of rewards and punishments built into it. Rather, there are simply natural consequences to certain actions and behavior.

The Bible explains it with the statement that “as you sow, so shall you reap.” If you plant an apple seed, an apple tree grows. If you plant corn, corn will grow. If you plant pain, suffering, fear, anger, hostility, violence – then these things will grow within you. And you will bear the accompanying fruit. What seeds you plant now might bear fruit in this life or in a future life – but the thing you plant will surely grow. Our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, actions and behavior eventually return to us. This is the way we grow in understanding and evolve spiritually. There should be no thought of judgment or the accumulation of Karmic Debt.

When we recognize the consequences of our actions, when we notice the effects in our lives, we can begin to modify our thoughts and behavior and move ourselves out of the negative circumstances we find ourselves in and develop more freedom and attain peace of mind.

There is an old saying – sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. This is more in line with how the cosmic law of Karma works.

People Will Die!

Is there a plural for Apocalypse? You’d think there should be with all the doom and gloom prophesied by Democrats, Liberals, Globalists, Celebrity Loons and various “Never Trumpers” who identify as “the Resistance.” Every time President Trump says or does anything original, the Resistance explodes with histrionic outbursts of nonsensical terror. “People will die!!” “It’s the end of the world!!” “Prepare for Armageddon!!”

Histrionic Personality Disorder is a real thing, characterized by a long-standing pattern of attention seeking behavior and extreme emotionality. Someone with histrionic personality disorder wants to be at the center of attention in any group of people, and they feel uncomfortable when they are not.

This is a perfect description of the radical left and others who are so enraged that Hillary Clinton (or a more “establishment approved” candidate) lost the election, thus forcing them all out of the political spotlight, that they can no longer distinguish reality from their own warped anti-Trump fantasies. Added to this is the new mental disorder labelled “Trump Derangement Syndrome” characterized by a hatred of President Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment. To paraphrase the late Charles Krauthammer, who was never a supporter of President Trump, it’s the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency – nay – the very existence of Donald J. Trump. It is a Trump-induced “general hysteria” among the “chattering classes” – the journalists, social justice warriors, political operatives and pompous celebrities who see themselves as the arbiters of conventional wisdom – these people don’t actually amount to much but they love to hear themselves talk.

Here is a short list of times since the Presidential election when we were told by “the Resistance,” that we should prepare ourselves for imminent doom.

 

Donald J. Trump is elected president

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

               

President Trump withdraws from TPP

The Resistance: People will die!

Reality: No one died.

 

President Trump issues a Travel Ban on people from a select group of countries with ineffective governments and ties to international terrorism

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump withdraws from Paris Climate Accord

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump announces the rollback of regulations that hinder economic development

The Resistance: People will die!

Reality: No one died.

 

President Trump announces his first SCOTUS pick

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump issues his “Tax Cut and Jobs Act”

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump indicates that the “Obama Care” Individual mandate will be removed

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump calls Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea “Little Rocket Man” due to his penchant for launching rockets in conflict with international agreements

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump announces that NAFTA will be renegotiated

The Resistance: People will die!

Reality: No one died.

 

President Trump advocates cuts to EPA

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

The Trump administration argues for the end of Net Neutrality

The Resistance: People will die!

Reality: No one died.

 

President Trump initiates tariffs on various countries in order to promote American interests

The Resistance: People will die!

Reality: No one died.

 

President Trump is the first sitting president to meet with a North Korean leader

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continue.

 

The Trump administration enforces a Zero Tolerance policy for illegal border crossings

The Resistance: People will die!

Reality: No one died.

 

President Trump withdraws from the controversial Iran Deal

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

The U.S. withdraws from Human Rights Council over the U.N.’s anti-Semitic policies

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump announces his second SCOTUS pick

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

President Trump meets with Russian President Putin

The Resistance: People will die! It’s the end of the world!

Reality: No one died; the world continues.

 

It seem very clear that those who identify as “the Resistance” are really just resisting reality.

 

 

 

Common Characteristics of Happy People

There’s a famous quote by John Lennon: “When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up – I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

What does it mean to be happy? What does it take?

Abraham Lincoln observed that “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

After reviewing the subject for a while, I’ve made up my mind that there are at least 12 common characteristics of happy people.

1/ they stand up for themselves.

2/ they’re honest and sincere with others and with themselves: they live their values.

3/ they enjoy listening to music.

4/ they recognize the good things in their lives and know how to show their gratitude and appreciation.

5/ they know how to give and also receive love, compassion and affection.

6/ they’re patient with people and things around them.

7/ they’re excited about life and look forward to learning, discovering and engaging in new and interesting activities and adventures – especially new thoughts, ideas, and creative pursuits.

8/ they want what’s best for the people around them as well as for themselves. They fully understand the significance of self-care and wellbeing and make sure that they constantly work toward strengthening their mental health and fitness.

9/ they are naturally optimistic

10/ they know they have a purpose on this earth and seek to fulfill it. They know how to live their passion.

11/ they understand the power of forgiveness, for themselves and others.

12/ they accept that there is a higher power in the Universe and enjoy the feeling of connecting to it.

These characteristics open a person up to the possibility of being happy even if the circumstances of life appear harsh or upsetting. Being happy is a state of mind, an inner process, rather than a product of the environment. And being happy doesn’t necessarily mean you walk around with a big smile on your face all the time. Happiness is an inner sense of peace, confidence, acceptance and belief in the possibility of good things in life.

How many of these characteristics do you share? What can you do now to increase your own sense of happiness and wellbeing? Being happy takes action, focus and the perception of optimism.

As I say many times in these posts a first step is to wake up – wake yourself up anyway you can, using whatever methods or processes are at your disposal. Wake up and then go out and wake up everyone else. In this way you can increase your own happiness and the happiness of the world.

 

Space Force

I remember watching Star Trek – the original series – when I was a kid.  It impacted my outlook on life in many ways.   The action on the show confirmed my ideas of conservatism, individual liberty and the rule of law. It also enhanced some aspects of my spirituality by depicting the wonders of the natural world and the possibility of life in a variety of forms gloriously engaging with the Universe. 

I’m sure progressives and Globalists hate Captain Kirk for his unapologetic virility, patriotism, and manly dedication to the service of his people – ideas labeled “toxic” these days – but, for me, Kirk was inspirational. A military man committed to the pursuit of justice and truth, ready to fight and fight hard if need be, but also quick to talk and to reason with others at any time. Few of Kirk’s enemies remained enemies for long because his empowering sense of what was possible and good for civilization was unbeatable.

My first, overly hopeful thought upon hearing of President Trump’s plan for a Space Force was that it would be a kind of Star Fleet with men like Kirk commissioned to explore the galaxy and expand the limits of civilization. Of course, such an organization is decades, if not centuries, away. Humanity is only now beginning to see the real possibility of colonizing other worlds.

For years the dreams of exploration and discovery held by watchers of Star Trek- the original series, were withheld and squandered by politicians, bureaucrats and cowardly scientists who preferred an easily exploitable Earth bound existence. People who become astronauts embody an incredible spirit of freewheeling adventure – as President Trump observed, astronauts combine “the confidence of a cowboy, the skill of a fighter pilot, the ambition of a scientist, and the courage of a true, brilliant, tough warrior.” Such people are hard to control. They are fearless and strive to do the impossible. A whole fleet of such individuals would revolutionize the planet in ways the Globalists, plutocrats and progressive could never survive.

Space Force will have a more prosaic mission – to protect American space-based assets and prevent rogue states and terrorist groups from using advances in technology to attack civilization with missiles and satellites. However, in the not too distant future, when flights to the moon, Mars and beyond become more common place, the mission will no doubt expand to protecting travelers from spacefaring brigands and pirates, providing rescue services, enforcing laws and arbitrating disputes among other nations to prevent warrior states from stopping the advance of off-world exploration and colonization. It could also act as the ultimate defense against threats from deep space such as asteroids and comets that might collide with the Earth.

Space Force is just the first step in the new and exciting phase of humanity’s journey: a phase in which we will begin to take our rightful place among the stars.

 

Bye-Bye Hollywood

I used to love going to movies. I’d go two or three times a week – and if I could get a “double bill” or a “TRIPLE bill” I was ecstatic. There were so many great movies made in Hollywood and even the not so great, low budget pics were fun and entertaining.

And the stars – real stars – John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Sydney Poitier, Raquel Welsh, Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Pryor, Bette Davis, Vincent Price, Burt Reynolds, Charles Bronson, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery and so many more – a mixed bag of talent, for sure, but always worth watching. Even now seeing an old movie on TV featuring one of these actors is great fun.

And TV itself was incredible – one great show after another – comedy, drama, mystery, sci-fi, action – there was always something to watch even when there were only 10 or 12 channels available.

But now, the fun is gone because I’m forced to hear the vapid social and political views of every celebrity on screen. Not just actors (which is bad enough) but directors, writers, singers, comics and talk show hosts.

Look, I’m sure Alyssa Milano and Stephen Colbert are geniuses and everything – but I don’t think their opinions are any more valid than the opinion of the local plumber. In fact, I’d value the plumber’s opinion more because of the real life experience that informs it. The trouble is that the MEDIA does not want to interview the plumber, the media is paid to push the utterances of “stars” no matter how inane. And now because of technological innovations and the explosion of social media, the “legacy media” can repeat and comment on a seemingly infinite amount of self-righteous lunacy spouted by far too many of todays “celebrity elites.”

I grew up in the 20th century and there was a whole lot of stuff going on in those days that needed attention. And movie stars took political stances all the time – as they rightfully should. They just didn’t go around branding themselves as “Social Justice Warriors.” I don’t recall any movie or television star ever saying that if I didn’t support their political views, they didn’t want me as a fan or viewer. I don’t even know the political views of most of the old time movie stars (some, of course, were obvious) and whatever their views were, whether I agreed with them or not, didn’t seem to spoil the entertainment value of their movies.

Maybe it was just the writing and directing that was better back then – or the understanding that show business is a BUSINESS and alienating whole classes of potential customers is a mistake. Look at how terrible pretty much every remake, reboot, or re-imagining of an old classic movie has turned out. Mostly because instead of just telling a story, the scripts have to be crammed full of every kind of politically correct message and trope. It’s nonsense and crap – yet I’m told in no uncertain terms that if I don’t like the new “improved” version I must be a monster that should be forced out of society.

Well, the new breed of celebrity – the SJWs, the virtue signalers, the outraged artistes – have made themselves very clear. Meryl Streep, Michael Moore, Ashley Judd, Rob Reiner, Seth Rogen, Seth McFarlane, Debra Messing, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Carrey, Amy Schumer, Jonny Depp and so many other movie actors, TV actors, recording artists, writers, directors, producers and “personalities” have stated in no uncertain terms that they do not want anyone who does not 100% agree with their view of the world as fans or viewers. And they insist that all their new productions will aggressively conform to their ideology despite what the rest of the world thinks. It’s their way or the highway. Case closed.

To be honest with you, I can’t think of too many great movies or TV shows made in the 21st century – at least not the new Hollywood style movies. I certainly don’t expect many to be made in the next 10 years. And since the celebrities only want neo-Marxist, Globalist, ultra liberal, atheist fans, they can go on without me. I’ll be fine re-watching my DVDs of Bob Hope, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and whatever plays on the Turner Classic Movies channel.

Bye-bye, Hollywood, it was fun while it lasted.

Are You Spiritual?

How do you know you are SPIRITUAL and not just weird?

These days it might be hard to tell. But if you are doing most of these 12 things on a regular basis, you just might be a spiritual person.

1) You love looking out at the stars.

The Mystery and Grandeur of the Universe really appeals to you and gives you a feeling of “connection.”

2) You prefer happy thoughts to sad or boring.

Thoughts are energy – and a positive mindset puts you in touch with the beautiful energy of the Universe.

3) You tend to help people whenever possible.

The Law of Abundance, the Golden Rule, or the message of Karma – whatever you want to call it if you’re a natural “do-gooder” you’re probably linked to the spiritual goodness of the Universe.

4) You enjoy being out in Nature.

Toxic lifestyles and harsh thoughts serve no one, so the more you seek to clear your head and return to a positive mental and physical balance found in Nature, the more you’re naturally tuning up your own spiritual energy, or vibration, to the source of all things Spiritual.

5) You are guided in life by your intuition

That inner voice is your constant companion.

6) You believe in and support “the Truth”

The truth isn’t just what you want to be true, it’s the reality that’s there despite your beliefs and desires. If you can tell the difference, you are truly spiritual.

7) You think life should be honored

If you’re aware that this reality you’re experiencing is a gift and you choose to honor yourself and be present, you are indeed engaging in a very spiritual perception.

8) You appreciate the significance of all kinds of life – from the smallest to the largest.

Mystics recognize that the life flowing through all creatures – bugs to mammals, reptiles to birds – is equal, and beautiful no matter the size of the being or its perceived importance in the world.

9) You understand the power and benefits of forgiveness

Forgiveness takes a burden off you and let’s you interact more effectively with the world.

10) You really don’t like “Drama”

If you’re regularly seeking a way out of dramatic settings and looking for higher energy activities that leave you feeling restored, refreshed, and happy, you’re naturally calling spirituality into your life.

11) You love being in new places

This includes internal states as well as external environments.

12) You greatly appreciate humor and laughter

Especially if you can laugh at yourself – because is there anyone sillier than you in the Universe? Think about it.

Wake Up, Punchy!

President Trump recently called out a former Hollywood actor for behaving like a boxer who had taken too many punches to the head. “Wake up, Punchy!” he said, with the hope that the actor would come to his senses. When a fighter gets hit in the head too many times, he can become “punch drunk,” a condition in which the person becomes unable to think, act or speak normally as though intoxicated or over tired. Repeated blows to the head can also lead to severe, permanent brain damage.

This particular actor is quite old, and used to be a movie star in the 70’s playing tough, masculine anti-heroes.  He now, basically, lives off his old glory days, and has become one of those odd, eccentric characters who shouts at clouds and screams out insane left wing rhetoric at inappropriate occasions. It is extremely unlikely he has been in a physical altercation for over 40 years thus, his punch drunk state is due to more metaphysical blows to the head. He’s been attacked by thoughts his tired brain can’t cope with.

This, unfortunately, is a condition more and more people are beginning to experience. There’s a lot going on in the world and with ever expanding social media and telecommunications networks even the most out of touch individual is bombarded with an inordinate amount of random information. Processing this information is difficult without some practice. The Globalists and plutocrats that assume they rule the world do not want people to practice thinking and reasoning.  Thinking and reasoning gets in the way of human servitude. A confused populace is far easier to control. When a person is totally confused there are basically only two reactions they can have: run rampant or latch onto any stable idea that comes to them and cling to it for dear life, even if that idea is total nonsense. Either reaction will benefit the Globalists. If you run rampant you inspire fear and confusion in other people who will then turn to the “masters” for protection. If you accept the approved, stable idea, you become a willing slave.   

Celebrities or anyone who seeks public approval, such as politicians,  are more likely to become metaphysically punch drunk because they are used to suppressing their own thoughts and following the dictates of others. Imagine spending your whole life listening to teachers, trainers, agents, managers, promoters, directors, producers, editors, sponsors or other guides and benefactors – how would you ever learn how to think? Now surround yourself with sycophants, drug dealers, procurers, and other “artists” with equally stunted thought processes and you have the recipe for lunacy.

It’s no wonder that celebrities lean towards extremist ideologies that reinforce the strange beliefs that they are brilliant creators responsible for purifying the world.

 

 The poor, old, punch drunk, former movie star who routinely threatens to beat up the President of the United States in order to save the country is just one example of this metaphysical brain damage that infects celebrities, media pundits and politicians.  

 

I don’t think there’s any hope of saving the alt-left, over privileged, celebrity radicals in the world – their confusion runs too deep. But there is hope for the somewhat normal people that might be reading this. You have to wake up! Wake up anyway you can. Wake yourself up and then go out and wake up everyone else. Find a moment of clarity and strive to free yourself of the metaphysical drunken state that has now become far too common. Do what you need to do and wake up, Punchy.

D-Day

The number 666 is often associated with the Devil and evil in general – but on the 6th hour of the 6th day of the 6th month in 1944 the forces of good pushed back against the darkness and reclaimed the light.

On D-Day the Allied nations mounted a massive attack, part of operation Overlord, against the Nazi Socialist armies that had taken control of Europe. The combined English, Canadian and American forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in what was the largest seaborne invasion in history and began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control. The invasion laid the foundations for the Allied victory on the Western Front and started the action that led to the total defeat of Hitler’s empire.

World War II is often seen as an epic/mythic confrontation between good and evil played out in the real world. The actions of Hitler’s partners could certainly be seen as Evil with a capital “E” and the results of a Nazi victory would have been disastrous for the world – a disaster from which the people of Earth might never have recovered. But the forces opposed to Hitler were not necessarily all that good – at least the leadership of the Allied forces were far from saintly. They were brilliant, competent and determined combatants and the people they served were convinced of the rightness of their cause – but they weren’t saints. This goes to show that in a war against evil, angels can accept and use help by less than perfect partners. If the Devil was orchestrating the war, his own weapons and powers were turned against him. On D-day, and throughout Operation Overlord, the Allies used deception, cunning, propaganda, brute force, the wanton sacrifice of lives (425,000 troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the battle of Normandy) and, of course, the possibly accidental use of the number 666.

On D-Day, the unstoppable armies of the Nazi regime were finally stopped. The Allies freed France, Western Europe and eventually the rest of the world held hostage by the Devil in the guise of Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers Party. After the war, the Allies consolidated the United Nations organization tasked specifically with preventing such a war from ever happening again. Let us hope they are successful.

Is Mysticism a Religion?

Mysticism plays an important — and often essential — role in all the world’s religions; however mysticism itself is not a religion.

Mysticism is a spiritual practice that stands alongside religion:  A practice through which anyone can awaken their inner faculties and develop a deep awareness of life and reality. Mysticism actually informs the religions of the world by offering a path of direct contact with whatever a person recognizes or understands as divinity. The mystic learns to realize the relationship between his or her individual life and the Infinite Consciousness which gives and sustains all life.

Mysticism can be practiced anywhere in the world by people with any kind of religious or cultural beliefs. There are Christian mystics, Jewish mystics, Muslim mystics, Buddhist mystics, Hindu mystics, Protestant mystics, Catholic mystics, and even agnostic mystics. Mystics come from all walks of life, from all nations, races, religious and philosophical perspectives. A mystic may be a business professional, a child, a homemaker, a clergyman, a manual laborer, a devout member of any of the world’s faiths, an agnostic, an artist – anyone can practice mysticism. A mystic is any person who realizes, and is fortunate enough to maintain, a conscious connection with the Infinite Consciousness — the Divine Spirit — or any of Its attributes, including Love, Wisdom, Power, Goodness, Transformation, Wholeness, or Creativity.

 

When you explore the mystic side of your nature, you will begin to grow and blossom into a joyous being. Your life will be greatly enriched and your expanding awareness will help people everywhere.