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Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2014 by rikki5

Took break from writing paper…noticed blog typo several weeks later…quickly logged into wordpress to correct said typo..ended up writing quick draft….So much stuff going on right now its hard to fathom really or even put into words, ‘m getting married soon!!! And wouldn’t you know that the end of my term also is at the same time, but of course they cannot allow you to withdraw without penalty and so here I am. Without my fiance and his great family who are celebrating fathers day but instead sitting here listening to “light classical” and trying to figure out why people are so apathetic they didn’t even bother to help someone when they are getting killed…oh joy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about google “Kitty Genovese” 1964. Poor lady…how terrible no one had the balls to help her.
Ah.. don’t ya just love forensic psychology? Well obviously right now I am distracting myself from what I should really be writing, which is my research paper that is due at midnight tonight on prosocial behavior–I get it, if you aren’t thinking it’s not a big deal neither am I..(inside prosocial behavior joke).

Caring for the Dearly Departed

Posted in Life, Spirituality, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 29, 2014 by rikki5

In modern society, we have scientists who study the mystery of birth, ways to achieve better comfort levels for mothers in labor, we have doctors and health care providers who give the utmost of care throughout a person’s lifetime to prolong and improve the quality of life. However, why do we not give the same care to those who have recently departed? In ancient civilizations (and still today in some cultures), death is revered as a transcendental transformation and many rituals are performed in order to not only comfort those who remain but also to guide the newly departed into its next phase of life in the best way possible. In modern society however, the dead are usually taken away shortly after they draw their last breath, embalmed or cremated within 48 hours, and then funeral services are held usually within a 3-4 day period.

If we are truly our brothers/sisters keepers in life, shouldn’t we also be in death? I believe so. We should not rush this process just because it is more convenient or easier to get on with it. Ideally, a person should be kept in a very quiet, refrigerated place for a period of 3 ½ days as the soul is experiencing a transformation. Roscruician philosophy teaches us that the soul is reviewing its life for 3 ½ days – each and every experience, thought, and lesson we have encountered in our lifetime. This review will help our soul to advance and to understand the purpose of our lives and the lessons we have learned will carry on with us throughout eternity. Sort of a movie of your life, but instead of 2 hours it’s 84 hours! After this “viewing” so to speak the soul will meet with its soul advisors or higher being to assess the level of development the soul achieved during physical existence. This is not the damnation preached about by some Christians either as an all or nothing you either go to hell or not—this is a cumulative experience of a lifetime taken with consideration all of the problems and obstacles the soul encountered through its recent lifetime. Possibly the only “hell” that exists is the soul free of its physical form looking back upon its life and realizing it failed to do something or wasted opportunity. This review is usually for essentially “good-hearted” people. Another spiritual reality awaits those who have been evil or caused harm to others in life, or those who have taken their own life. But that is not the purpose of this blog entry so I won’t go into it here.

As stated in the Rosicrucian Mysteries by Max Heindel (public domain): “Probably there is no form of torture more commonly inflicted upon the dying than that which is caused by administering stimulants. Such potions have the effect of drawing a departing Spirit into its body with the force of a catapult, to remain and to suffer for some time longer. Investigators of conditions beyond have heard many complaints of such treatment. When it is seen that death must inevitably ensue, let not selfish desire to keep a departing Spirit a little longer prompt us to inflict such tortures upon them. The death chamber should be a place of the utmost quiet, a place of peace and of prayer, for at that time, and FOR THREE AND ONE-HALF DAYS AFTER THE LAST BREATH, the Spirit is passing through a Gethsemane and needs all the assistance that can be given. The value of the life that has just been passed depends greatly upon conditions which then prevail about the body; yes, even the conditions of its future life are influenced by our attitude during that time, so that if ever we were our brother’s keeper in life, we are a thousand times more so at death.
Post-mortem examinations, embalming, and cremation during the period mentioned, not only disturb the passing Spirit mentally, but are even productive of a certain amount of pain, there still being a slight connection with the discarded vehicle. If sanitary laws require us to prevent decomposition while thus keeping the body for cremation, it may be packed in ice till the three and one-half days have passed. After that time the Spirit will not suffer, no matter what happens to the body.”

The study of death in modern society really is considered taboo. In fact, death is an uncomfortable topic for most. When anyone mentions death it is considered morbid and in bad taste. Yet instead of fearing or dreading death, we should welcome the inevitable reality that we are all treading the path back to the creator. We are bound by a silver cord as spoken about in Ecclesiastes which ties the physical body to the spiritual realm. Once the silver cord is broken, there is no longer a connection of spirit to the desire body.

Ecclesiastes 12:6: Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street. Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it…

We should look out for each other not only in life, but also as we transition—to a new life.

Upholding It!

Posted in Life, Politics, Society, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , on March 26, 2014 by rikki5

Wow, it’s been a whole year since my last post! So much has happened in the past year, it’s mind blowing. I am officially the most boring blogger ever for not writing in this for a whole year. Anyways, If anyone has read my history of posts, you will know that I’ve been trying to decide a “theme” for this blog for so long. For awhile I was going with a “dream theme” but ended up not dreaming very much and the dreams I did have were..private. Instead of stressing about my “theme” per se, I am going to commit to having a “no theme” blog. I am going to write about whatever the heck I want..after all, I’m probably the only one reading this anyway. If you happened to come across this blog and you are reading this out there..thanks for stopping by in advance.

Moving along, so what happened today in my world– March 26, 2014
My day started off by going to court to be sworn in as a Notary Public. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of my state. It started me thinking about one of my most favorite American writers, Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau wrote a lot of stuff during his lifetime, I can only aspire to be as eloquent and prolific as he was. However, he also wrote a very poignant piece called “Civil Disobedience” which is quite relevant to the issue of constitutional rights and how they pertain to modern society. Upon first reading, one may think Thoreau is advocating revolution- by force–but in reality he is advocating sort of an intellectual revolution.

This comes about by each individual simply thinking about what sort of government they want to have and then taking the necessary steps to achieve these goals. He talks about the army being a branch of the government and the people ultimately are in control of the army because it’s the people who should have rule over their own government. How does this apply today though? In the US the conservatives say it’s the liberals who want the government to be their “nanny” babying them and giving them things for free. The liberals will say its the right wingers who want no sort of governmental involvement. The liberals will say the conservatives want to go back to the dark ages. They disagree about almost every issue under the sun. We all know that government is a necessary evil. Even Thoreau wrote about the necessity of government in Civil Disobedience. But what does government even mean to people today? Most of society is apathetic towards government and, at best, disillusioned. We watch the elections every four years we become impassioned with resolve to “do better” yet nothing really changes–and if it does we can never agree on ways to get the change to foster unity in our country. If anything, “Obamacare” has divided our country faster than any other policy in recent history. We are divided, yes, but we all are still at heart Americans. We all want our country to prosper, we want to avoid costly wars, and we want peaceful relations with other countries. We all watch the devastation of war in other countries and the unilateral power of governments like Russia to swoop in and simply declare themselves ruler. We then take a deep breath and say “thank God we are in America!” Yet, we still do not know what we actually want from our government. And if we do know, we do not how to achieve it by traditional means. We protest, we practice advocacy, but we do so mostly blinded by our own disillusion.
Thoreau gives us a little direction though in Civil Disobedience:

“I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.

This American government — what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have. Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed on, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage. It is excellent, we must all allow. Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. For government is an expedient by which men would fain succeed in letting one another alone; and, as has been said, when it is most expedient, the governed are most let alone by it. Trade and commerce, if they were not made of India rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way; and, if one were to judge these men wholly by the effects of their actions, and not partly by their intentions, they would deserve to be classed and punished with those mischievous persons who put obstructions on the railroads.

But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.”

So according to Thoreau the first step to creating a better government is to think about what sort of government would command our respect as citizens. Do people think about this anymore? And those that do have beliefs, do they not merely succumb to societal pressure to repress these beliefs based on outdated notions of persecution? I think of the situation in Ukraine right now and how the Ukraine has been robbed of their right to govern themselves. Thoreau’s words not only speak to Americans, they speak to Ukrainians, to any citizen of any country who seeks a just and honorable government. Once we realize what sort of government we could respect then we will have it, because the people are the ones who should rule the government–not the other way around.

Thoreau’s final paragraph in Civil Disobedience is just as commanding as the first part of his speech. If you haven’t read the full work, I suggest you visit the site below and really think about Thoreau’s words.

“The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to — for I will cheerfully obey those who know and can do better than I, and in many things even those who neither know nor can do so well — is still an impure one: to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed. It can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it. The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual. Even the Chinese philosopher (8) was wise enough to regard the individual as the basis of the empire. Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I please myself with imagining a State at least which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen.”

So to have a “better government” we should start by respecting ourselves. And once we know what we want and respect ourselves as individuals the powers that be will have no choice to stand up — pay attention– and give us the liberty we are entitled to as citizens.

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Henry David Thoreau. (1849). Civil Disobedience. (Public Domain). Retrieved March 26, 2014 from: http://thoreau.eserver.org/civil1.html

My Cold, Dead Hands….

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2013 by rikki5

Jim Carrey is now the center of a national gun debate after tweeting this video mocking gun advocates. You can read the article here. First of all, I adore Jim. I worked as an extra with him on Man on the Moon in 1998 and he was very friendly, entertaining, and charismatic. He actually got all the extras to sing bohemian rhapsody with him! How many stars actually give a crap about background?! It was a fun day watching him play bongos in between takes and he always was concerned about us (the extras) who were there all day yelling at him to “DO LATKA!” It was a good time. Besides that I have always thought he was hilarious!

After posting his video on Twitter (which I also thought was hilarious—conservatives have no sense of humor) he instigated a gun debate and for whatever reason I can’t get it out of my feed. Maybe I need to un-follow some people? Anyways, I can’t stand it when people say that celebrities should not express their political views. Why shouldn’t they? They are people too and have every right to express their beliefs.

That said, here is my “two-cents” about gun control. I am against big government and believe people should make their own decisions. If they want to buy a room full of arsenal and they do it in the proper way then I believe it is their right to do so as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. Heck, if they want to buy an armored tank I could care less. The problem is when perhaps a depressed teenager or mentally unstable person gets access to these weapons.

Does banning weapons protect children? I don’t think so. People can get anything if they look hard enough. I think that our problem lies more in prevention of these incidents than in blaming guns and gun owners.

We need to look at the psychology of WHY these people are going on shooting sprees. I believe that our society (Hollywood) has glorified gun violence. Should we blame violence on entertainment and video games for gun violence though? No. If that is the case, should we blame guns? No–people shoot guns. Guns do not shoot themselves. I think the real questions is to ask are-why people are shooting? Why are people murdering?

In Europe, where guns are illegal, they have a very low incidence of gun violence. People automatically correlate this to being the reason for the low gun violence rate. While that may be so, I think the real reason is that the lifestyle in Europe is much more relaxed than in the states. In Europe (and Canada), there is more respect for the quality of life. There is more culture, more involvement with family and friends. People enjoy hanging out for 2 hours during lunch and only working 30 hours a week. A month off to take a holiday is no big deal. Less emphasis is placed on material wealth, looks and image, keeping up with the Joneses, and “getting to the top.” Overall, the quality and pace of life is more relaxed and less pressured than life in America. The way people talk to each other, how they interact with each other is also indicative of a culture that places more value on relationships than in America where everyone is so in a rush they barely have time to sit down for a family meal. I think this difference in culture plays a greater role in the levels of murders between the U.S. and Europe.

What would happen if in America we slowed down, were allowed more free time to spend with our families, could take a more leisurely lunch period, etc. I think the instances of these gun crimes would drastically be reduced. People would not feel so isolated, so alone, and so unable to cope with their problems.

In addition, we need parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, pastors, etc. (everyone who has involvement with children) to really become engaged in their state of minds and bring to the attention those children who are experiencing behavioral problems BEFORE they start killing. I have a feeling that if the parents were more concerned and engaged with what their children were doing they wouldn’t get to the point to feel the need to murder people. We need to be aware of our co-workers, our friends, people we have contact with who seem to be upset or “out of it.” Merely asking someone how they are or listening to their problems can really go a long way in preventing a psychological breakdown. We need more centers where people can confidentially talk about their issues without the fear of repercussion.

There is no denying that gun violence is a problem in America today. There is no denying it is a complex issue and opinions on both sides are relevant and impassioned.

America was founded by rebels. It’s in our heart. It’s in our culture. We will not allow the government to have the power to declare martial law for any reason and unable to defend ourselves and our homes.

Love it or leave it applies here I guess. I just hope Mr. Carrey sticks around because I think he is a treasure trove of great talent and appreciate his views even if I don’t fully agree with them.

End of the World

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 20, 2012 by rikki5

Since tomorrow is the end of the world (haha)  I decided I should write a blog entry.  I haven’t written any since I got back from Paris, because I think that is the last time that I actually had a dream worth remembering.  Well, last night I actually had a dream but I remember little about it.  The main part I remember is that there was a black snake with yellow stripes on it and my cat was also in it.  I was scared the snake was going to bite my cat (Scout) but my cat scout popped it on the head and it didn’t do anything! Weird!

Snakes come to those who are in the process of transformation.  Change, squared. In other words, if you are having snake dreams, get ready for a shake up.  And this is GOOD.  Change is scary, threatening; it can come upon you like a snake in the grass, biting you when you least expect it.  Change can come in many forms and colors, and sometimes requires a huge swallowing of information (like the snake when eating), or a shedding of skin and with that, sense of trust in the divine (like the blind snake when shedding skin).  I like to look at a snake dream as a divine ticket to the next station.  When I dream of snake, regardless of the fear, I am excited…encouraged…what is the snake doing in my dream?  Is she biting me or chasing me?  Am I vulnerable, exposed, running away from the change?  Is the snake hiding in my house, or coming close to my children? 
 
Growth,  
Enlightenment, Transformation, Power,  Healing,  Trust,Change. 

Snakes throughout the world, in the ancient world and in tribal or shamanic areas, are synonomous with knowledge and visions…and also the spirit realms. 
Snake symbology slithers back to ancient times.  It is one of the oldest symbols in the world.  Snake dreams are rich in meaning; they are not to be ignored.  Whenever I have a snake dream I ask myself:  Are you ready for change?  Are you ready for a new transformation?  Generally the dream will be showing you just how ready you are…

Source from : http://www.dreamtherapynow.com/id20.html

It’s crazy I had this dream about a snake the day before December 21, 2012!

So, I guess that I am going to start writing in my blog more in 2013.  The dream idea isn’t cutting it since I don’t dream very much..!

 

Happy holidays to all!

If for some reason the world does end tomorrow, I just want to quote Frost – “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world!”

 

Crazy dream in Paris

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 29, 2012 by rikki5

Ok, the “Blogging” entry that I posted earlier was written a while ago.  I just published it now.  I just got back from Paris and while I was there I had the most frightening dreams ever.

The first dream I had (and granted, it’s been a while now- so I have forgotten a lot of it)  was about the devil who possessed this little girl.  I haven’t had the access to the internet to write it.  But it was a little girl and we were all standing around her.  I don’t remember who else it was, but it was a lot of people standing around this little girl in back of her. And she was like facing a wall or just had her back to us.  She was very upset and crying and moaning and being hysterical.   We were trying to get her to calm down for some reason but she didn’t want anyone to come near her.  She then suddenly turned around and her face was evil and dark like it was completely possessed by the devil and she held a fork to her throat. We then completely starting saying and pleading with her ..”Please darling, put the fork down we love you”  There was such anguish in us.  Then she stabbed herself in the throat with the fork!!

It was crazy. We all went crazy I was so scared. I remember feeling a very evil presence in the dream.  I made myself wake up after that. 

 

Possible meanings:

To dream of devil means fear of the unknown and the new. It is a warning, and it is the fears, nervousness being personified. I have had these dreams when I went into a new environment, and at eleven when I started a new school I dreamed about the devil. I could be a warning sign to be careful. In my dreams I was in Hell, and it was all red. The dreams about the devil should be headed. This of the expressions, the devil’s in the detail, and the devil in carnet.

from: http://www.experienceproject.com/dream-dictionary/Devil-dreams

 

Possession: It’s almost as if the dream examines the nature of evil, which could mean that there is a lack of understanding in the conscious sphere. Evil is depicted as a spirit that can possess people in turn, even seemingly innocent people like little children. Historically, this spirit goes under the name of Satan, the devil, Mephistopheles, etc. The evil principle causes people to be like “living dead”, since their souls are dead, as it were (e.g., they have “sold their souls to Satan”.) They are like skeletons with clothes on. This is a well-known theme in myth. The vampires are “undead”, that is, they are seemingly alive although the life’s flame has been extinguished in their soul. That’s why they steal life from other people, in the form of blood, which has always been a symbol of the vital life-force.  It’s almost as if such mythic themes (which no doubt have originally sprung from dreams) express that evil people have a very different psychic economy, and that this economy is gradually strengthened to become genuinely evil, at which point they have become “undead”, living deads, zombies, bloodsuckers. 

Unconsciousness of evil is a necessary condition for evil possession. Hence, becoming conscious of evil nature protects a person from becoming subject to possession. So this could be the underlying reason for these dreams, i.e. to protect you against evil by increasing your conscious level in these matters. Please also read this dream analysis of mine: Harassed by evil presence

from: http://dream-forums.30834.n2.nabble.com/Recurring-Demons-td7390531.html

Blogging

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2012 by rikki5

This blog totally sucks. Yes, it does. It’s just not like I don’t want to write on it but when I think about new entries I don’t know what to write about. I want to have one of those succinct blogs where the blogger has a general focus..whatever that may be– cooking, art, politics, travel, music, etc. I thought I was going to use this blog as a dream blog but I haven’t dreamt much lately. And the dreams I have had are..private. Makes for a pretty boring blog.

UGH< why do I feel the need to blog when I don't even know what to blog about?!