No Fight, No Loser

Oh what I might have become. I often wonder who I would be today if I had taken another turn on the road of life. There was a time in my past when I was a student of T T Liang. What if I had dedicated myself fully to learning everything I could learn from him. If I had done so, if he had been my teacher, certainly life would be different. I can only imagine to the extent that I can hold a vision of infinite choices I would have made from that point.

He taught me No Fight, No Loser that cooperation is essential. I have quite a ways to go before I would ever consider myself a model of cooperation. Especially if we factor in not only actions but thoughts.

We are in a time of great change, great strife, great division, and great manipulation by various forces bent on their vision of the future. I feel the best we can do is listen to others and find whatever common ground we can. If we don’t, we increase the probability of a descent into madness.

It is helpful to remember and consider that anger is most often a mask covering a core feeling of fear. Its not easy being calm amid the chaos.

People wonder what party I belong to and I could say that mine is the Golden Party. And there is only one rule for this party and that is the Golden Rule. I wish you peace.

One Year

It is amazing to me just how much change can come in one short year. A year ago seems like lifetimes ago. So much water under the bridge as some say.

In one year we sold our last house at Regal Park, we went on a short vacation and I had a “heart attack” and was hospitalized and two stents put in, (two days in the hospital and more than $100,000 in costs) we traveled to Taos New Mexico, we bought a new house, we visited my family in Minnesota, we packed up and moved, put many many hours getting things the way they should be at the new house, saw two clients at my home office for a while, and then came the “virus”.

So, I am staying home tending my garden and observing the world go by.

Rick

PS I need a haircut! LOL

I’ve been out and about

I’ve been out and about; Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, the Coop, Trader Joes, Safeway, Hagen and gas stations. Generally people are showing the results of fear and stress. It’s sad. Of all the places I go, I mostly liked Lowes and Costco. Home Depot has lines and Lowes you can just walk into.

I have been researching the current virus problem and I can tell you there’s a hidden agenda to use this minor problem to take more of our liberties away. To do so there will be great suffering economically and psychologically.

Being in fear creates causes more disease. I have friends in great fear — scared to death. I don’t want them “angry” with me so I don’t interfere. The only people I challenge to consider other data are family and others that I know will still be my friend if I do present other data.

If you notice others being angry it is important to remember that anger masks fear. Send me an email if you are looking for non-propagada information.

Back from my Sabbatical

I had meant to take a couple of months off to work on rehabbing the house we were planning to move into if our house sold. As plans often do, they changed. In Minnesota I tore my Achilles badly and for the next several months I was on crutches and in a boot. Some sabbatical. Of course there was some great learnings. Not being able to walk is a learning experience for sure. I’m now in physical therapy and getting much better. Still, I have to be careful for many months as this heals.

We moved in December and I have my office here now in the building next door. Here is a photo.

My New Office Space

A Personal Update

It is December and I have taken months off. It started as a sabbatical and then extended into the complications of a ripped Achilles Tendon, a remodel of a house, and then a move into that house.

I am now walking fairly well again and getting my new office together so that I can again see people. Change just keeps coming along and I am hoping the changes you desire come true soon.

Holiday Greetings to You,

Rick

 

Time Off

I’m taking some time off. I’m in Minnesota to attend my 50th high school reunion. It was a class of 862 and over one hundred of the class are dead. I’ve heard stories of others very ill or chronically ill who can’t attend.

I’m grateful to be here and in good health even though I’m limping from and overzealous Pickle ball game. I have sprained my left calf muscle. I was having fun learning how to play but overestimated my bodies conditioning. I was warned by a close friend too.

Below are The Patricians we played music together professionally in both junior and senior high school. We have rehearsed a few songs and play them in the High School auditorium tomorrow. It’s been fun to get together. I’m so grateful to be able to do this, it is a gift.

The Patricians

One of the authors I read is Michael Newton. He is a Hypnotherapist who specializes in past life regressions focusing on the “place” and “time” between lives. I happened on an article talking about the similarities noted in 7000 people’s experiences between lives. It a good read and the website itself is one worth subscribing to.

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/08/22/7000-souls-recall-their-life-between-lives-during-regression-hypnosis-dolores-cannon/

One of the similarities noted is that most souls in the world today are in an early stage of development. That explains so much. I am always wondering why we the people don’t act in concert to change the priorities on this planet or why people are so clueless. And in the most sad of ways ways people are hypnotized to a narrative that they think is a result of their brilliant intellect, while all the while they are being manipulated through the very powerful tools of media, mass and social. We are glued to our devices.

We really have to break the trance we don’t realize we are in. And how does anybody become aware of being entranced, programmed.

There is a book that addresses this issue. I feel like I will have to reread  it when I return home. It’s called: Trances People Live by Steven Wolinsky.

Here is a description of the book. Read the book and get a good therapist. A therapist can help you discover the trances you are in and help change them.

“At last, the missing piece of the dysfunctional puzzle. It is not enough to understand or even relive our childhood traumas. Dr. Wolinsky shows us how we continue to recreate those traumas in our adult lives and how to stop creating them. Every uncomfortable emotional state, and many psychosomatic symptoms, are also states of trance. Trance is the “glue” that holds the problem in the present moment. Learning to identify the kind of trance state beneath a problem or symptom gives us the tool that finally dissolves the glue. This book offers a gold-mine of resources for those who suffer from dysfunctional patterns of behavior or for anyone who feels stuck in an undesirable emotional or addictive state. Learning to step out of the trance states that create our problems and symptoms is to learn to step into the present moment at last free of the baggage from our past.”

Childhood + Affection = Happier Adults

Are parents important in creating the state of mind of those children as adults? Absolutely!

“According to Child Trends – the leading nonprofit research organization in the United States focused on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families – science supports the idea that warmth and affection expressed by parents to their children results in life-long positive outcomes for those children.”

That is me in front of my snow fort. My childhood in Minnesota!

Here is a link to the article from the Gottman Institute

Katrina

When I took Reiki Healing training one of the students was Katrina Dick. We have stayed in touch ever since and she has now opened an office in Elma Washington. Elma is about 35 minutes west of Olympia.
I visited her office this week and am wishing her great success.
She can be reached by phone at 1-360-480-7526

Change is Normal

Change is normal, necessary, and unavoidable. I’m changing my spiritual ideal to love. I’ve been influenced to do so by a very loving man I met at my retreat this week. In the presence of kindness and love we may realize Its never too late to improve. I really hope to someday be the best I can be and little by little change comes.

Garden and Gratitude


I cleaned the garden today, getting it ready for winter. I’m hoping to get compost and more rock dust on it before Christmas. The freeze is coming soon now and most plants will succumb. If the freeze is hard and long, roots in pots may not survive. The garden and I both miss the longer days and the sun.

I transplanted lettuce into the tomato pots in the greenhouse, that’s the sign of an optimist I suppose. I just like to keep things alive, perhaps you do too. In gardens as in life there is the struggle to keep things going against the odds.

I’m often amazed how we as people don’t see opportunities that present themselves to us, later those opportunities may seem obvious, but at the time we can’t or won’t see them. A sage once said that everything we need to grow in awareness is always right there in front of us.  And, I’m always interested in why we do or do not see , sense, or feel them. Why our actions sometimes seem at odds with our best interests.

Get a PHD in Psychology and discover you don’t have all the answers. We humans are very complex. Often times we are afraid of making mistakes. We surely are going to along the way. But is anything ever without an opportunity? I’d say everything is an opportunity for wisdom and compassion. No matter what, it is better to act, to keep moving, experimenting than to sit paralyzed. A mistake still has momentum and will self correct, and from another point of view, may simply be an experience we really need.

When we are very young there are the terrible twos. I think of that time as a time when we children discover we are not free. We are being told no and we don’t like it. We become oppositional. To a greater degree this fades as we grow up, but not always. Sometimes it continues into adulthood unabated, but arising from the unconscious mind.

This season has been unusual, unusual because many people I know had great stress, and some great physical trauma. I am grateful for my health and I send hope for theirs.

Well, I’m happy, I had a nice garden this year. Something’s grew really well, others didn’t, it’s always like that. A garden is a lot of work. We have a great farmer’s market close to us. I do my best with my garden, not everything gets attended to at just the right moment. But there is more good than not from working in a garden, so I do what I can.

I just dug up the beets. I brought the surviving herb pots into the greenhouse space and now comes the winter.

This beet I am holding is about four pounds and last night we ate some of it and it was good. How we feed the plants though getting nutrition in the soil can yield very nutritious food.

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A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.
Lao Tzu