Here is the first of 15 Tips from Neale Donald Walsch - Tip # 1: Death does not exist. Never fear death.
BEGIN NEALE'S ELABORATION:
So here is tip number one. Death does not exist. Never fear death. If someone had told me that a long, long time ago, I think it would have changed a lot of the ways that I go through life.
Now you may wonder, "How can that be possible?" I mean, how does our fear of death affect our daily life? But I can tell you that a fear of death, and the unknown that occurs beyond death - if there even is anything that occurs beyond death - drives the engine and forms the basis of much of the expression of life, and the experience of life that many people are now moving through in the day-to-day of their existence.
If someone had said to me when I was a child, "Death does not exist, it's simply a transformation, a shifting, a movement from one way of existing to another," I am certain that I would have had moments where I did not fear outcomes in the way I have feared them. Someone once said, it was Elizabeth Kubler-Ross actually, a wonderful teacher of mien in the earlier part of my life. And Dr. Ross - who I knew well and on whose staff I served for awhile - Dr. Ross used to say, "If you don't fear death, you don't fear life to the degree that you are afraid of dying, to that degree you are afraid of living full out."
Now living full out doesn't mean living at high risk. It doesn't mean throw caution aside but it does mean living full out. Going for it, letting yourself not be afraid of outcomes that would occur in your life. And it's amazing how much the fear of death will put the fear of small outcomes, smaller negative outcomes, in the space of your life. Since I gave up my fear of death, I've given up my fear of those smaller outcomes, the so-called little deaths, and that's the point that Elizabeth used to make - that a fear of death, the bigger death if you please, creates in use and imbues us, embodies us with a fear of the smaller, little deaths, and she used to define those little deaths as interesting.
The death of a relationshp is an obvious one. It's a big deal in people's lives, of course. The loss of a job, the loss of certain aspects of your ability to do things - like when you get older you can't do some things you could do when you were younger and so forth. The loss of health in a larger way, but even she would say even something as interesting as the loss of your glasses. You know, people walk around afraid they're going to lose stuff, or afraid of certain outcomes, whatever they might be in their life, and they're afraid of those outcomes to the point where they stop moving into their life in fullness in order to avoid a possible outcome where they might be in some way lose something and have a so-called little death.
So the loss of the fear of the big death allowed me to see that anything this side of that, that I would have once called a little death, is totally okay too. Let me say something else as well on this subject: I've lived a long time now. I'm not a young man anymore. I'm okay about that. I feel good about where I am in my life. And one of the best things that I like about where I am in my life is what my life has taught me, what it's brought me, what it's given me in terms of my awareness and my understanding of how the whole process works, and what's true about everything.
And one thing I can tell you is that these little deaths that I used to be afraid of, now when I just experience them, let them be what they are, move through them with equanimity and peace and a sense of okay-ness, it turns out that there is very seldom any major, horrible, long lasting outcome that I needed to be afraid of to begin with. Oh, certainly some things don't turn out as well as I would like. And certainly there are some inconveniences in life and some downfalls, if you please - some small disappointments - but nothing to make anything major about.
And that's one of the tips I'll share with you as well, I'll talk more about that in a little bit later in this list but, for now, let me just tell you that at my age, I've learned to not worry even about the disappointments and those things that didn't turn out exactly the way I thought they might. So tip number one to really make life a lot easier, a lot less complex - death does not exist and the small deaths are not important.
END NEALE'S ELABORATION
I will follow up with a post about my own reflections and commentary about this tip. For now, please enjoy, discuss, comment, etc.
I thought I would post and do a series of daily posts of 15 tips I have used in the past two years that have time and time again, helped me along. Today, I will post the brief list of all 15 tips. These came from and were created by Neale Donald Walsch.
15 Tips to Make Life Very SImple
1) Death does not exist. Never fear death.
2) Never doubt that things will work out.
3) Nobody does anything inappropriate given their model of the world.
4) Nobody does anything they don’t want to do.
5) Nobody needs your help and you don’t need help from anybody at all.
6) Nobody owes you anything and you don’t owe anybody anything at all.
7) Nothing matters.
8) There is nothing you have to do.
9) There is enough.
10) Don’t mistake life for what it’s not.
11) THINK before you speak. Is it T - truthful, H – helpful, I – Inspiring, N – necessary, K – kind.
12) Humor that brings attention to someone else’s foilbles, peccadillos or weaknesses is not humor at all.
13) Don’t make mountains out of molehills.
14) It is not necessary to correct all the things that are going on imperfectly around you even though you are perfectly capable of doing so.
15) Life was meant to be happy and death was meant to be joyous.
Subsequent posts will go into a bit of detail on each one, along with my comments on how I have used them, and my own thoughts on each one.
Today, I went to help a friend do some work on her laptop - this has been something that was pending for several months now, mainly due to her needing her laptop all the time, and the issues on it not critical enough to outweigh being without it for more than a brief time. She also did not want the laptop to leave her home, so I went to her place to perform the services.
She left a pile of ingredients on the counter top and I knew what to do when the time came - make something fancy with the ingredients on hand. I also had a bit of young brussel sprouts with me in my backpack, so I added that to the pile, and grabbed some other ingredients and spices from their places and also added them to the pile. So without further ado:
I am on Day 112 of a different stage of life, where I am currently in roaming mode. I have let go of my need to have a "home" on a permanent basis; of stability in the same sense as I had and desired in the past; and letting go of a living framework I grew up with - and going towards Who I Am that is more aligned with How I Can Serve. I will be going to where I may be needed, play out my role, then move onto the next place; all in the meanwhile becoming one who operates within a Sacred Economy from within. We are going to see some fantastic changes on a global level soon, and I am going to be prepared for it - by being out there in left field.
This is not a temporary state of being, it is a ongoing transition to a lifestyle and operating change of being, so I wanted to put out there support I will need from time to time going forward; as well as what I can offer, and what I got going on in terms of projects.
• Places of friends where I can basically clean up / freshen up, such as shower, etc. (have a couple of places, aiming for having several places).
• Friends where I can receive an occasional mail or package. Packages may be books, art supplies, or computer parts for myself.
• Somewhere I can store 2 storage bins (67 liter capacity, roughly twice the size of a banker's box each), a portable lap-desk, and two hiking sticks. Something I can access about twice a month.
• Opportunities to serve in the capacities listed under "What I offer"!
What I offer:
• Assistance in various forms of work - chores, miscellaneous projects, computer / technical tasks, flyers, documents, writing.
• Technology / Computer / Technical assistance - One of my crafts is that of a computer guy / consultant / technology strategist.
• Computer / Technology / Smartphone tutoring.
• Organizational skills to sort out clutter whether its physical or digital.
• Conversations to help illuminate, or active listening.
• Housesitting / Petsitting
• More to come soon as I increase my skillset.
• Miscellaneous house-gigs, or arrangements in trade for a place to sleep for the night.
What I am working on:
• Albuquerque PHIM, health support group meetup, which will lead to a city-wide Health / Nutrition / Wellness resource center, that will be a collaborative effort of many parties who are all interested in similar minded goals.
• Helping out Food Karma and learning more / experiencing more of team work, as well as participating in a holistic food ecosystem and lifestyle.
• Self development towards the Universal Message that involves pieces from being more of an empath, sex-positive, non-violent communications, active listening, connecting and balancing the mental, physical, emotional, etheric aspects of being; and waking down in mutuality; by connecting and being involved with others in various communities in Albuquerque.
• Developing / transitioning my technology / computer skills and craft to incorporate elements of therapy and spirituality into my tech work.
• Developing a transitional business model that is aligned with the principles of Sacred Economics, and the idea that people need help in various areas, instead of trying to sell.
• Putting out free content on YouTube and websites / blogs about the things I have learned, expertise in, and ideas I am thinking of in smaller bites on a consistent basis.
• Studying the healing arts, so that I can also serve as a healer. I am starting with learning Pranic Healing, then going from there forward.
• Embarking and exploring the road from Empathy to Telepathy; from outer-sight to inner-sight and in-sight.
• Co-create the coming together of all the different communities into a community of communities since there are so many communities I am involved in that are struggling to stay together; that can benefit from sharing the overlapping resources and overhead. It is a larger scope version of the issue of isolated people needing community in order to further grow.
My current status:
I just finished my arrangement with a friend where I learned to serve unconditionally in trade for a place to stay. It was a very illuminating experience that played out its role. I am ready to continue my roaming within Albuquerque and New Mexico. My latest thought has to do with the idea that there is something I found more fitting than being non-attached, or detached from our story, events, experiences - and that is of being our own empathic witness to ourselves and to others! Even with stuff like this, I will still need the support items I mentioned above. Within 1.5 years, I aim to be traveling the Camino de Santiago, with training leading up to it.
I just had a wild idea. What if I created a crowdfunding campaign around my projects and endeavors? This brings up several feelings and beliefs; mainly that it seems ridiculous and egotistic, and who would want to contribute to such a campaign such as mine? What do you think, is it feasible? Would you consider contributing to such a campaign? What would be in such a campaign that would be worthy of contributing towards it? What kinds of returns, or stretch goals would you like to see in such a campaign?
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Thanks for reading, everyone, and take care!
Life is so interesting right now! After two years and three months into this pilgrimage, I have come through full circle; when I did not know I was going in a circle in the first place. The beginning of this loop happened nearly three decades ago when I first found myself emotionally isolated. What I mean by emotionally isolated was that I could not relate or connect to anybody at a satisfactory level due to my limited eyesight and hearing. I would feel like I was left out of the loop, and not know what was going on at a given moment; which led to frustration, loneliness, abandonment, and being relegated to a sub-class of a group. At some point, I found ways to simultaneously numb myself of these feeling, and finding other ways to connect with other people. Now, 29 years later, I have come around again to observing the exact same issue; the exact same feelings; and another opportunity of making a choice once again. The only difference is, I am aware of more possibilities, my feelings, my story, and of myself.
Today, I got an e-mail correspondence from a client of mine that detailed a purchase via eBay of a laptop with some high end specifications for a great price, only to have the unit become very hot to the touch only after using it for half an hour or so. My client and the seller communicated over this concern, and wanted a second opinion on the correspondence.
The seller will take laptops that end up being available on the used or refurbished market, fix them up, improve them, and otherwise make it a fresh fit to re-sell. There are a lot of organizations that do that, given that so many laptops are out there as a result of planned obsolescence and/or a more “disposable” society. I think it is a wonderful idea that helps to mitigate the concepts above; but at the same time, the correspondence felt less than satisfactory.
For some reason, I am feeling nostalgic and have a simultaneous remembrance - the memories of the moment, as well as the new responses I have currently as I recall them but look at them as a current observer and witness. The emotions and experiences as it has been 2 years and 4 days since I left my hometown of Carpinteria, California, USA. To many, I have told that I am from Santa Barbara, California, as it is the more well known town, and I did spend 14 years there and actually left that city on July 7th, 2012 and after a 6 month stint in Los Angeles, ended up moving to Carpinteria to heal and try to rebuild the life I lead up to the point where I left Santa Barbara.
Today is Easter - an anniversary of the day that Jesus (also known as Yeshua) died on the cross. Early on, when I was introduced to the Baptists, I never could truly resonate with the idea that Jesus died for our sins, as there were too many holes that never felt right. What was not in dispute was that Jesus's existence is significant, and recorded in many religious stories of all different walks; and that his death was even more significant. I present to you an alternate view of this anniversary to consider and "try on for size". I am pasting from Mercedes Kirkel's blog an entry on a different meaning of the cross:
I originally wrote this on August 28, 2014 and posted it on my Facebook account.
This is a great article that talks about monogamy and polyamory, and that certain aspects of it hit rather close to home for me. When I read this article, there was a prolonged emotional release I experienced while sitting at this air conditioned coffee & doughnut shop using their free WiFi. It hits home because there is a story I have been keeping to myself for a long time now, and have only told to one person, but not really knowing how I wanted to tell the final and highest version of the story. The article blessed me with it tonight, and I can finally share it.
Albuquerque for the past 10 months has served as a self-paced training and practice ground for me - a gossamer mistress who in an instant places people, situations, venues, words, pictures, music, and love in one's path with the ultimate intent of helping one grow. This mistress knows for all time one's capabilities, tendencies, likely responses, quirks, strengths, and constitution; and everything happens right on cue; while being at utmost patient, loving, and accomodating to our free will. What has the gossamer mistress been showing me so far? Getting in touch with my emotions - she was eager to bring them forth as I had much potential of development in this area, and have shut them out very strongly for a long time.
I had a realization that has taken all this time to become clear for me; and as a result I am at a crossroads. At the moment, I am choosing to be lost, until I put info form a new set of decrees to move forward with. Albuquerque is turning out to be quite the place so far - it is for me a city unlike any other. The city drew me to it, and so far, it has provided me countless opportunities for growth to be more than myself; and with that, comes numerous challenges, each challenge greater than the last one I barely grappled with and processed. Not overcome; not won; not conquered; but became aware of; became engaged and immersed in; some integration of it; some reflection of it; and some introspection of it.
This event happened on June 8th, 2013, the end of my first week in New Mexico.
I've been in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for nearly 10 months as of this writing; and quite a bit has happened during that time. I have not updated much because of the frequency of events that have occurred and the number of initiatives I am currently involved in.
It is approaching time that I start writing again in order to help put all my thoughts, feelings, developments, and idea to form. I have spent time re-doing this blog to iron out some bugs that have cropped up over time. If you wish to see the older entries, please visit the Old TPT Blog. You can also sign up to get updates via e-mail whenever I post a new entry to this blog so that you do not have to check here every so often. I am still accepting donations on this blog to help continue my pilgrimage, support my writings, and other creative outlets.
I have a lot of goals for 2015. Putting out information about my food and health journey and the food industry; helping Wade Mccullough, Skylar Petty, Gigi McCullar, and others realize their dreams of Food Karma; helping Visions of Infinity debut and work towards the goals Hammon has set out for it; to help Empaths Unite meetup group grow; to cultivate my own creative side, starting with my writing and art with the eventual goal of meta-channelling where one concept or idea is communicated many different ways engaging all the different senses; and to continue to shape shift, evolve, develop my own self towards a higher vibration. These are the main milestones that also contain many other goals.
The video is rather long, but there was a LOT of information packed into it that talks about the actual nature of our cells, our bodies in relation to the universe; backed by science. It talks about the significant discoveries on how grounding ourselves is very necessary, on a physical level, as it affects our energetic dynamics. Enjoy the video - the scientist tendencies in me really did!
3 Granny Smith Apples
2 medium Cucumbers
2 peeled limes
1 knuckle ginger
Juice ingredients, mix, serve with ice, or chilled. Enjoy!
Please note that I used all SLO (Sustainable Organic Local) ingredients, as I do not have much of a spice repertoire to provide that extra flavor, and tended to use smaller vegetables as I found they tend to be much more flavorful then larger vegetables. So if you are not going to follow this, I suggest adding some savory and herb type spices. This was my way to compensate for the lack of spices. If you find any good spice suggestions that work well with this dish, please let me know. I am looking to build up my spice repertoire!
1 cup milk (or nut milk)
Some maple syrup
Blend all ingredients until uniformly smooth. Serve, enjoy!
The taste will be that of avocado, with a bit of sweetness.
Actual recipe combines the latter two ingredients by using sweetened & condensed milk. You can use any milk substitute here.
You can substitute the maple syrup with any sweetener. I just happen to have had some Canadian maple syrup available, and it turned out fantastic!
2 cups water
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup dry breadcrumbs
Some sage (My friend Barbara contributed this gem ingredient!, TLAR)
1 large eggplant, diced (or two smaller ones)
2 large zucchini, diced (or four smaller ones)
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
Some sliced mushrooms (Barbara also contributed this gem!,TLAR)
Some thyme (TLAR)
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix and water and butter (cut into pieces, or heat combo until butter melts). Stir in breadcrumbs; heat, covered for 8 to 10 minutes. Mix in sage and fluff with fork. Set aside.
Place eggplant, zucchini, tomato, onion, and mushroom into a large skillet. Season with thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir over medium low heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside, or let simmer.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
Layer vegetables, cheese, and stuffing in a 2 quart casserole dish until all ingredients have been used.*
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
You may have seen a few mentions of TLAR. It stands for "That Looks About Right" where you just use an amount according to taste or preference, or you keep adding it in until it seems right. For spices, I seem to do a moderate sprinkling, for mushrooms, add to preference.
You can switch the cheese and bread-stuffing layer however you want. I usually put the vegetables at the bottom. Barbara and I liked the cheese to be the middle layer and the bread-stuffing at the top, so that the cheese melts into the vegetables.
You can choose to grease the pan or skip it. I usually dont because I do not see the point, the vegetables are not sticky, and the bread-stuffing is just a single layer, so theres minimal sticking.
I've had my share of friends over the years, and changed them very frequently as I journeyed through life. I reached a stopping point of moving between friends when I went to college and met up with my batch of friends that with an exception of constantly rotating through a few of them as they moved away; remained constant. I thought that this may be the friends you keep in adulthood.
Leaving California changed that pretty quick. Sometimes I had all those thoughts the article mentions as I rotated through friends, some came into my life, some left just as quickly as they came, some have stuck around or I stuck around with, but as I moved through my pilgrimage, the friendships became more distant. Sometimes I am saddened by this, but know that it is impractical and hard to try to talk to them every day, much less every week!
There are a couple of friends I hurt, and those can be pretty intense because those couple of friends were pretty close. I don't always understand or get the big picture on why this sort of things happen; or even better yet, why I have not reached out to them and simply reconnect. I also discovered that I only have a limited "bandwidth" for keeping in touch and supporting friends at a close and intimate level. The friends I make, and choose to become close with can be many; and it is rather hard to maintain all of them.
So goes the cycling through friends. Sometimes I think my guards kick in and I inadvertently back away from them. What experiences have you witnessed in regards with friends who come and go? Do you have any regrets with any of your friends? How does this article make you feel about the subject altogether?
A thought provoking article about a person's return to working the 9to5 after 9 months of backpacking on no income. I remember realizing many of the same things the article speaks of - just how much your expenses go down and how much more frugal you become when the income goes down, and the hours worked is very little to nothing. I really did see that much of what I was spending on was unnecessary, and yet my enjoyment of life increased exponentially. Combine this with all that is going on in our working industries - consumerism; blind quests to increase profits at the expense of health, people, environment; the various political maneuverings towards special interests; the "odd partnerships and relationships" between corporate entities and various governments; the overreliance on the logical; rational; and intellectual systems of "flow"; and our own tendencies to either numb or cut out our emotions and feeling. What we have is a total co-creation of the world we live in today. There is much more to say, but I have already gotten outside the scope of the below article; and it would take a lot more than what seems right for a light inspirational post. Either way, please enjoy and let me know what you think about the lifestyle of 9to5 and how you would like to change it?
Regardless of the logical rationalization, and perhaps scientific explanations, this is such a heartwarming video of a cat nursing and raising ducklings!
This made my day...
I just wanted to share that at the moment I am in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA at the moment, and have not had consistent internet access. The website requires a constant connection to the internet, so I have not posted in the past five weeks. Things are going well and there is much to tell.
Thursday is a day that started out being frustrating for no discernable reason; to a bit of disconnection from my higher self; to reconnecting with someone I met recently; to a very odd but satisfying flow - meeting a couple of new friends; like splashing into a nice chill-out session helping with an activity; then ending with a fantastic "energy conversation" that was intertwined with conventional conversation with one of the aforementioned new friends.
This is what started it all. The vision I had as a young kid right before committing suicide; and the purpose of my life. I place this entry here to add some context that will hopefully give meaningful context to why I have undertaken this pilgrimage.
This is what started it all. The vision I had as a young kid right before committing suicide; and the purpose of my life. I place this entry here to add some context that will hopefully give meaningful context to why I have undertaken this pilgrimage.
The Immortality Formula is an affectionate nickname I give to a vision I first witnessed when I was a young kid, right when I was about to commit suicide.
The vision presented itself in an odd manner - the past, present, and future were all in the moment at the same time, as if it was coalesced to a single point. I am in a vast area.. mayhap a room as vast as the eye can see, and it is mostly shrouded in darkness. In front of me hangs an immense tapestry of sorts, shrouded in darkness, like the room. The first thing I comprehend from the room and its presentation is that there is no death once the physical body perishes - simply another level of existence beyond this level. I cannot make any details beyond this.
I have a small floodlight in my hands, which I can shine onto the tapestry. The tapestry has no defined edges - it goes on in all directions. The areas not illuminated are dark and I cannot make out what is on the surface. Faint outlines can be seen, but I cannot comprehend them. When I shine my light on the tapestry, the parts illuminated by the beam become visible in full detail and i can comprehend it. As soon as I move the beam, the area illuminated changes and rolls along in the same direction as I move the beam. Areas once illuminated are once again shrouded in darkness, and I cannot recall nor comprehend what it once had; and the area illuminated is what I can see in full detail and comprehend.
There are a few things that I do recall and comprehend from the vision, and all subsequent occurrences of the same vision:
1) As mentioned before, there is no death.
2) There are many different formulas, all having a purpose and many facets, large and small.
3) Some formulas are for scientific advances. Some are for social advances. Some are nuggets of Truth. Some define the expression of creation. Some define what we perceive as "randomness". Some help express the infinite. Some provide the means to unfold life, to create the separation we perceive as past, present, future. Many more that are not in my current field of awareness.
4) Most of what I see are not actually forumlae as we know or define them. The Immortality defies all labels.
5) This formula is known to many other Souls out there, and they have all expressed it.
6) The Immortality Formula also serves the highest purpose in Divinity, just as we do.
The Living From Your Soul course has shed a dim light in the room that now allows me to see a faint outline of the tapestry, but most of it is still outside my awareness and comprehension. There are many ways that have been born to bring ALL of us to more awareness; but I am called to my purpose still, and that is ever still higher. I just hope it never turns into a story like "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came".
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