Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Compassion for Self

I realized I had not fully reached this point until this weekend. Somehow this brush with death woke me up completely.

In the past if you had said to me, "Do you have compassion for self?" I would have said, "Yes. I'm working on it."

However, now if you asked me that same question I can openly say, "Yes. I have finally developed (as far as I now know, full compassion for self".

In the past I might have said, "I have compassion for all beings in the universe"(which is a pretty difficult thing to be able to say if you are over 3 years of age by the way.)

But, compassion for others is most easily reached if you imagine all beings from the smallest microbe to bug to the biggest elephant on earth to the biggest Whale on earth as once having been your mother. If you can think about this conceptually whether you believe in reincarnation or not you will develop compassion for all beings in the universe even if it takes you 30 years to fully do this.

By the way this doesn't mean being stupid and ignorant about this either. You still see the problems each being is having and respond accordingly as if they were your children. If you see one of your children harming another of your children you stop them. Very simple. So, this is a wise and right mindful approach to compassion.

You are compassionate but you aren't going to allow unnecessary hurt or harm to take place either, if there is anything you can do about it.

My breakthrough came when I observed that I had made a mistake. Normally, I wouldn't make a mistake like this. Monday my daughter called to tell me I had killed myself in a dream she had had on Mt. Shasta. I had dug a grave in the snow until I died and then as I died covered the snow in upon me.Though I was disturbed by the dream at the time because she often has prophetic dreams like me, I thought to myself, "I won't let this happen! This is just telling me to be more vigilant."

But, obviously I wasn't vigilant enough and so I almost died. In the process I discovered how many people were concerned when they heard I was in the hospital and how many people were praying for me, and I realized I love myself and I like myself because I am a very good person and so because of this I care about myself enough to take better care of myself to stay alive even if all my children have grown up and creating their own lives now in college or post college.

I had expressed the concern that after having been raising one or more children constantly since 1974 when I was 26 (41 years) that I didn't know if I could face my future and my life anymore, even with a wonderful life and wife.

I felt an emptiness in my heart that I couldn't contain or bridle in any way. So, when I heard the dream I thought, "God. I hope I'm not creating my death by not being able to deal with this."

It turns out though after all is said and done I realized in this medically induced "Vision Quest" that I love myself and I like myself and that I have finally "buried the axe" in the ground of Suicide, forever.

I no longer want to kill myself at all ever.

So, a part of me died this weekend, the part that wanted to kill myself because all my children had grown up and embarked upon there lives in other states far away from me and my wife.

And all I can say now is, "Well. Thank God!"

(not Thank God that my kids have moved away, thank God that I can live with this now and visit them whenever it is appropriate or they me.

Now I can really have fun doing a whole lot of things for myself and all others that God Guides me to along the way.

Monday, March 30, 2015

If you tend to know things before they happen:

I was going to call this article:"If you are a precognitive psychic" but then realized many might not know this name for it if they haven't studied enough.

I told my daughter who knows things before they happen too about what I had seen when I looked forward in time for this trip to Mt. Shasta.

When I described what I had seen she said, "I never travel through a black tube when I travel forward in time to see if something is safe to do."

I said, "This is the first black tube of this kind I've ever seen in my life. So, I wasn't familiar with what I was looking at."

She said, "If you go through a black tube it is never a good outcome."

I said, "That isn't what I got. What I got was that this trip could not be good but it could be neutral or bad."

I was amazed just how aware my daughter was and realized in some ways at least this time my daughter had surpassed my expertise.

Looking back now would I travel north having seen this black tube the day I left? No way. I almost died traveling through that day with a black tube.

But, I felt wonderful that morning even though I had had a shingles shot two days previous. One of the things I also realized is that by having a shingles shot likely I will never get shingles. So, it is possible that because I avoided death, pain or maiming by having this shot that might have meant I needed to have this near death experience to expiate the karma of not dying or getting maimed from a shingles shot saving my life and health.

However, this trip I see presently as Neutral rather than bad. If this hadn't happened to me I wouldn't have been forced to take better care of myself. It was a very primal and completely non-distracting experience.

What I'm saying here is basically I wasn't taking good enough care of myself and too involved in my family and friends lives and not enough thinking about what I needed physically to stay alive and to prosper.

So, in this sense it was good even though it was such a horrific experience I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

So, the best part of this has been the "Vision Quest" aspect to this where I discovered myself and how much I want to be alive not just for others but also for myself.

Because in the end if you don't want to be alive for yourself too you won't be.

And if you don't want enough to be alive for yourself all the good things you want to do for others you won't be able to because you will be dead before your time.

4 day medically induced fast

One of the things I had to do to survive the last 4 days was not to eat. It started with dehydration (I'm still now sure how I got so dehydrated I couldn't keep any food or water down. So, this required a saline IV to cure my dehydration before I died from it from throwing up. Then I had terrible cramps in my interestines (possibly caused by severe dehydration) and since the pain was so bad I begged for pain killer because it was so awful. The only thing they could give me was Morphine in a drip (which also causes extreme constipation. So, we have this viscious circle going on here. Then I'm now at 3500 feet and I'm used to sea level and I throw up my heart medicine (very bad during a change of altitude like his). So, they put me on oxygen. I was somewhat of a happy camper on morpheine, oxygen and a saline drip because a few hours before I didn't see how I was going to make it through the night. So, getting my friends to drive me to the emergency room saved my life (from my perspective and age)

However, even though the pain stayed acute from not being able to eat any solid food for 4 days (because I was completely constipated (not even gas could pass) which made the pain much worse I woke up this morning to realize I might even have an intestinal obstruction which might require surgery. But, about an hour before I was going to return to the Emergency room to have a sonogram  to see if this was the case my bowels finally let loose because the morphine effect had worn off.

Pretty crazy anyway you look at it.

But, what it reminded me of is just how focused you have to be on the minimum required to stay alive in a situation like this. You  can't panic or you are dead. You have to tell all your friends and family that you cannot talk to them because you are too weak to do this. You are even too weak to watch TV or read or blog most of the time. So, you are basically screwed and wondering whether you are going to survive all this?

But, the paradox is that at the same time I was having a Vision quest kind of experience that reminded me a lot like the 4 day no water no food one I did under the tutelage of a native American Medicine man around 1983 in the summer.

So, I was having visions and halucinating like crazy. Only last night did my halucinations get a little scary but always before pretty much it was very powerful spiritual beings coming to me and talking to me and telling me how to survive this. From the beginning visions they told me I likely would survive this. So, when very evolved beings tell you something like this it can be very reassuring even though the actuality of what you are going through is just so overwhelming in one's late 60s that one might not see how surviving something like this would be possible?

But, Angels and truly evolved spiritual beings I find that if I listen to them they are pretty much 100% correct.

So, I'm grateful for all the help and prayers from everyone everywhere that sent a good thought in my direction. Because I'm still alive today because of it and can imagine being alive now 1 week from now too.

Heard an interesting interview of Bashar Assad of Syria on 60 minutes?

Basically this is what I realized about Assad's position when asked whether he would resign. It's like this. If he resigned now all of his family, friends and army would be massacred by ISIS and Al Qaeda like groups without mercy. He knows this. All his friends and family in Syria know this. This is just a fact of life.

Next, the entire middle east is mostly tribes who are historically Some sect of Shia (Alawite) in his case or Sunni Tribes in another case. IF Shia tribes and Sunni tribes don't protect their people any way they can they will all be massacred. He isn't resigning only because his family, all his relatives, and all the Alawite sect of Shia would be massacred now to the last man woman and child if he resigned now. It is just a horrific fact of life.

Does he massacre Sunnis without limit. Yes.

Does that horrify the western world: Yes.

However, if he didn't do this all his family, and friends would either be beheaded or tortured to death and this is just a fact of life in Syria.

This is the major fact of life that people who don't live over there where Shias and Sunnis have been killing each other for about 1000 years now have dealt with historically and will deal with until the present what looks like a 30 years war of bloodletting continues between Shias and Sunnis.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Four Months in a cave or shelter in the Dark

While I was in Dharamshala and Rewalsar (Tsopema to Tibetans) I learned about what is called the 4 month solitary retreat. During this time someone who wants to be a Tibetan Monk ( know for sure this is required of all Tibetan Monks who are of the Nyingma and likely of the Gelugpa lineage but it might be true of all the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama is Gelugpa but Considered the head (like the Pope) of all the Tibetan Buddhist lineages.

My first experience of this was regarding Lam Rim Geshe (Lam Rim is the middle way found by Buddha) and Geshe is a spiritual and religious title meaning "Spiritual Friend". Usually, one has to be 40 or more years of age to get this title from much diligent study. I guess it would be like a Doctor of Divinity in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

So, Lam Rim Geshe was very impressive then likely in January 1986 while my family and I stayed for a month in Dharamshala then. The 5 of us, my wife and three children then were 10, 12, and 14.

Lam Rim Geshe was a very amazing and interesting fellow because his face is the model for Yoda. But, instead of being under 3 or 4 feet tall he is actually almost 6 feet tall and very strong and his eyes glow from all the realizations of being in the Dark for 17 years (Basically he came out for the Kalachakra Tantra in Bodhgaya given by the Dalai Lama to 500,000 people from all around the world then in December 1985

In Rewalsar (Tsopema) I met a Nyingma monk who showed me his fingernails and hair that grows during this 4 month retreat. It was a badge of honor for him to show me this. He kept it in an ornate box to remind him of this attainment. My family and I stayed in the Nyingma Gonpo (retreat church) in Rewalsar since they had rooms to rent out to us. They gave me a high room with a view of the courtyard and then they did an all night long Puja to Dorje Drollo or Drolod or Grolod, depending upon which translator translates it. It was amazing to fall asleep as the monks chanted all night long this puja. (Dorje Drollo is one of the manifestations of Padmasambava and people come from all of the world here because of it of many different religions that believe in Padmasambhava who brought Buddhism from Nalanda University in India and he was also a Mahasiddha (Supreme magic user) which means he could to supernatural events like fly. I saw his footprints melted into the rocks several thousand feet above Rewalsar lake. Pilgrims circle this lake chanting padmasambhava's mantra every day there from around the world.  My Vasques Cascade boots were exactly the same size as Padmasambhava's sandals so Padmasambhava must have been at least 6 foot 4 or 6 foot 5 because I wore size 14 boots then and now were 15 or 16 size boots.

I am Very Grateful to still be alive

My pain level even without pain killers is about a 1 or less on a scale of 10. 10 being pain so bad you would just pass out. So, I figure I can be more in touch with my body on all levels by observing the pain since your body gives you pain to tell you something is wrong. So, if you respond to the pain and try to heal your body often you can and then often the pain goes away eventually.

So, I haven't eaten anything but a few sips of milk today, some pedialyte to keep my electrolytes in balance and a few sips of milk here and there and some Chicken broth last night and today. Most of the time it isn't useful to read or watch TV. But also, I am taken back into a state of consciousness that Jesus and Buddha describe while they fasted on just water sometimes or just a few grains or 1 grain of rice for 30 to 40 days.

Today most people see this is pretty extreme but without fasting and praying they could not have accomplished what each of them did to help humanity.

In my late 60s I'm not trying to fast right now, I'm just trying to stay alive and to get better.

Appendicitis?

My God Daughter had an appendicitis a few months ago and more recently she and he husband visited us from San Diego. So, we sort of went through this with her on the phone as they stayed in touch with us through the whole thing.

So, I needed to eliminate the possibility that this was the pain I was experiencing in my lower right intestines so I called and talked to a nurse in the Emergency Room of the hospital where I was checked into their emergency room Friday night to about 6:30 am Saturday morning. She said I didn't have the right symptoms because usually you have a fever when you have an appendicitis because your body is fighting off the symptoms. So, I was pretty relieved. I also asked if it was fatal if I wanted to proceed in clearing out my bowels any way I could at this point since I hadn't had a bowel movement since early Friday night. So, sais it wouldn't be fatal even if I had an appendicitis. However, she cautioned me she could not recommend this procedure because the hospital would not accept the insurance liability if something went wrong. So, I'm going to proceed to get myself moving one way or another. Because not being able to eat solid food basically since Scrambled eggs and cheese Friday Morning and a 10 piece box of Chick McNuggets while traveling north basically 3 days ago was starting to make me a little spaced out from not enough solid food. She agreed that getting regular was the single most important thing I could do.

Also, she agreed with me that a Morphine drip also adds to constipation factors as well which is what I had during the night so I could deal with the severe pain I was experience while I was in the emergency room. I expressed my gratitude for their stabilizing me so I made it through that very difficult night. It was one of the most physically horrific nights in my entire life. I'm very glad to be on the mend from all that.

Iraq is effectively breaking up as a nation

Kurdish Iraq in the north, Sunni Iraq towards the west and a part of what is happening in Northern Syria. Iranian Iraq as the Iranian Army leads the fight to take back Tikrit and the Shia led Government in Baghdad.

30 years of war ahead in the Middle East. Everything I'm writing about here is being discussed on Fahreed Zaharia GPS which is on CNN Sunday Morning. Some of the most interesting intelligent comments about what is happening I find on this show every Sunday Morning.

I have commented here that the Sunni Shia Sectarian divide isn't being contained it is growing. This is why 30 years of war might take place in the Middle East as Iran aligned with Russia tries to exterminate as many of the 1.1 billion Sunnis here on earth or at least the ones in the Middle East and vice versa. So, Iran is complaining that the 10 Nation Sunni Coalition are bombing the Iranian armed Houthis in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is having an oil price war with Iran and Russia (and everyone else it seems) and all the middle east conflicts get worse and worse because of all these factors and more.

Will this eventually disrupt oil from Saudi Arabia other Sunni Oil nations and Iran? Maybe. It's hard to say right now as it depends upon how this thing goes from here on out.

Hundreds rally against Indiana law, say it's discriminatory

Several states already inacted this type of law. However, for some reason people are boycotting Indiana specifically because of this law. Basically, the way it was explained to me is it is religious people having the right to not serve gay people at their business. So, it is a little like "The no colored served here" in the south before the 1964 Federal Civil Rights legislation was signed into law by President Johnson. 

However, if the U.S. believes in Freedom of religion then it is a clash between the rights of all being served and the rights of the religious being served. I don't see how the supreme court is going to rule on something like this eventually.


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Morphine

I didn't really want Morphine in the emergency room because I was a little scared of potential hallucinations that are a common side effect with morphine. However, since I was throwing up a lot while there the best IV pain killer was morphine. I noticed only a little hallucinations but only when my eyes were closed and then I saw things like all the pictures (several thousand of them) on my Iphone enclosed in a picture frame. I found this interesting to look at because it took my mind away from my pain while it went into me through an emergency room IV. So, for me at least, hallucinations weren't a problem because I didn't see anything scary but only my pictures and other interesting stuff.

However, each person is going to have a different experience if they are given a morphine IV in an emergency room.

The nurse also said I was high on oxygen too. However, I think it was mostly the morphine. And by being on oxygen it was much less painful to breathe at a higher altitude than I was used to.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tylenol

My Emergency Room Doctor recommended Tylenol because I was nauseas at the time and I needed something that would take away my pain enough to be able to sleep so I could get better once I had been released from the emergency room. So, the way I have been doing this is with one 500mg extra strength tylenol every 6 hours. This way I stay way below the 4000mg which may be dangerous to your health within any 24 hour period and this only takes me to 2000mg per day(4 500mg tablets).

I'm getting better slowly doing this just hanging out in my hotel room and sleeping mostly to get better. My friends brought me Pedialyte to keep my electrolytes up and Chicken broth because these things and water are the only things I'm allowed for now until further progress is made

reprint of word button: regarding John Douglas the Australian Healer

My now 26 year old daughter in Oregon originally got us interested in going to healing sessions with John Douglas from Australia. He has a lot of good things to say to educate people as well as healing people in various ways. There was a healing simulcast today which I slept through because I am recovering from last night in the hospital but it you click on one or more of the word buttons on this page you can visit him sometime in the next 6 months or year when he tours through the U.S. and around the world educating people and giving healings as well.

If you have already met John Douglas from Australi...

Drought makes the air very dry

Whether it is along the California coast or anywhere between there and Mt. Shasta or south to San Diego don't underestimate just how dry the air is almost like a desert at times (which the southern inland part of the state actually is) Death Valley and the Mojave desert. Also, though places like Arizona are mostly desert my son who hadn't been to Arizona before about 5 years ago remarked that the area up by Flagstaff was completely unexpected to him with much more life and trees, for example, on your way towards the "Grand Canyon". Of course I think that Flagstaff is also at around 7100 feet around the same altitude as Santa Fe, New Mexico and Colorado Springs in Colorado too. Then you have Denver which is about 5000 feet high too.

A Profound Lesson in Impermanence

If you were wondering why I wasn't blogging this is it.

I guess I got dehydrated driving up here to Shasta in a more profound way than I realized. Because when I reached my room I started throwing up everything. Also, my intestines hurt so that was a problem too.

The pain in my intestines got worse and worse until around 1 am last night I couldn't take it anymore. Since I just moved from sea level to 3500 feet and then I threw up my heart medicine this wasn't good. AT first I though it might just pass but it just got worse and worse instead. So, I finally called my friends to come take me to the hospital. This likely is the worst pain I have experienced in many years. When I threw up my heart medicine I knew I might be in trouble and possibly have to go to the hospital while still adjusting to 3500 feet. Also, 2 days before I had gotten a Shingles shot and I was still feeling a little of the effects from that.

So, when the pain reached 8 or a scale of 10 being when you faint from the pain when it gets so bad I knew I couldn't survive the night without going to the hospital so I did.

So, I was in the hospital while they stabilized me with oxygen (for the altitude), IV Drip (for the dehydration) and a Morpheine drip (for the pain from about 2 am until 6 am. They finally released me and my friends came back from their home and drove me to my hotel room. But, the pain was just so acute I barely knew my own name.

But, once I was stabilized by 6 am or 6:30 am I knew I was sort of out of danger through my pain hasn't completely gone I'm managing it with tylenol which doesn't upset your stomach.

So, if you were wondering why I'm not blogging it's because I was just trying to stay alive.

This was my lesson in impermanence

Friday, March 27, 2015

Traveling for Easter

I'm planning on spending my Easter in Oregon with my two daughters and my wife and one of my daughter's boyfriends. So, I'm heading up as far as Mt. Shasta now. So, I'm on my way. As I was driving up it got up to 88 degrees Fahrenheit by  about Red Bluff or Redding going up Interstate 5 (which is really crazy for any March I ever remember here in Northern California. This might be expected in May or June but not March in any year I've ever seen before. However, it is true 110 to 115 in Redding or Red Bluff isn't unusual in August or September or even October either in any year.

Once I got away from the drizzly coastal fog, (The trees and plants really love this) the sky opened up and was clear inland as I drove up Interstate 5. My neighbor noted before I left that to the coastal trees Drizzle is rain while I experienced being drizzled upon by the early morning fog and drizzle.

I had wanted to go yesterday but realized I wasn't quite right for a 6 to 8 hour drive after my shingles shot depending upon the traffic and I sort of had promised myself never to travel anywhere on Fridays ever again after a couple of experiences especially anywhere within 4 to 6 hours of the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego Areas. Now that Gas is at lower prices everyone is driving everywhere especially on Fridays and Sunday Afternoon and evenings. So, if you are anywhere near this area during these days you have to leave between 4 to 6 am or earlier or leave  and be driving 9 pm or later to avoid traffic and even then you can't be sure you won't hit traffic caused by accidents, road repairs, road hazards etc. What seems to happen is most people get to their destinations by Saturday morning or late the night before. So, Saturdays aren't as bad as Fridays and Sunday afternoons and evenings when everyone is going home from wherever they went during the weekend.

California (when the gas price is low enough is probably the most traveling kind of people in the U.S. Because when the weather is good (It's really Good) and everyone who can afford it or get time off of work does. Also, the whole state is chock full of tourist destinations that all kinds of people love like deserts, mountains, oceans, Disneyland and you name it.

So, in my late 60s my symptoms after having a shingles shot were a lot like feeling I might be coming down with something or feeling sort of weak generally speaking. However, somehow I woke up on the right side of the bed and raring to go and so I went this morning. I'm writing this mostly just to inform you why I haven't been blogging today because I have been driving a long distance instead.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

10 Sunni Nations are attacking the Houthis in Yemen by Air

Brent surged 4.8 percent and West Texas Intermediate climbed for a fifth day. Saudi Arabia led a coalition of 10 Sunni-ruled nations in airstrikes against Shiite Houthi positions after an appeal from Yemen’s President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi. The 10 countries produced about 21 million barrels of oil a day in October, or 22 percent of global supplies, according to Energy Information Administration data.
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Oil Rises to 3-Week High as Saudi Arabia Bombs Targets in Yemen

I hadn't realized that 10 Sunni nations are involved in the Air war of bombing the Houthis in Yemen. Since the Houthis are armed by Iran and are Shia like Iran (even though they are a minority in Yemen) this is now a proxy war directly between Iran(aligned with the Houthis) and these 10 Sunni nations. So, it is easy to understand why this might raise oil prices some world wide in the interim. Because it could escalate over time possibly into an all out war between these 10 nations and Iran.

Some of the Wildflowers in the northern California coastal range


I don't know what to call the top flowers they are very small and only about 1/2 inch to one inch long but they grow a lot here along with little golden flowers. I think they came out in February and the Purple Iris in the bottom photo is a wild one that grows in the forests here too. The Iris photo I took less than an hour ago and the top one within the last month. Both are taken with an Iphone 5S

Fire road in Northern California coastal range


When I walked today  on a fire road in the first photo I was very surprised to see some poison oak already turning red. This usually doesn't happen until summer or fall. Though it is less likely to usually get a case of poison oak from red (usually the oily green ones are the worst) still it was troubling to see some of the poison oak changing already. Also, sometimes in good water years (not the last 5 to 7 years now) poison oak will grow up the side of especially pine trees 10 to 20 feet. The height usually denotes how wet that year has been. But now, often at night I feel like when I wake up in the middle of the night it sometimes feels in my throat like being in the desert which I find very strange while living along the northern California coast. The poison oak this year never in any cases I have seen so far has climbed above 4 to 5 feet up other bushes or trees because the water is so scarce this year. So, red poison oak in March is pretty crazy because it's not late summer or fall. 


The least crazy or dysfunctional people I ever saw in any country were in South Korea

When I was in South Korea, the most striking thing I found was that there were no homeless people anywhere. I wondered about this during the 10 days I was there. Then I saw my first and only drunk man jesticulating on the streets but even then there was a friend there watching over him. I suppose in this sense I was more impressed with South Korean culture than I have been with any culture I have observed in my life worldwide regarding not being accosted by either crazy people or homeless people or drunk people at all during my time there.

The most trouble I saw in any country was likely in India in 1985 and 1986. Then because the conditions were very different from now, dead bodies often were being run over in streets and being eaten by crows, birds and insects and at that time I also saw thousands of people who were lepers one day begging for alms (Baksheesh) from the visiting religions pilgrims to this holy place in Bihar State one day.

I think the social system of a developed country is usually going to do a better job than where there is no social welfare system at all. Also, I learned specifically the reason why people aren't picked up off streets then when they die is if you do this you become financially responsible completely for anything to do with that person's life there. This was the legal system there. So, if you helped that person by burying them you might wind up going bankrupt for it then in India because of existing mores and laws.

So, hiring someone for a job was more like adopting a child or something like that than anything else in India then in some ways because by hiring them even you sort of become more responsible for them in even doing this.

So, by the time I left India I better understood the mores and the laws in the society than when I arrived. When you have too many people in any society things can get this way when you don't have a social welfare system in place. But, in order to have a social welfare system in place you have to have compulsory public education for this to actually work and this requires the average person being rich enough to pay taxes to create this outcome.

Most children that were not going to school in India I was told was because their parents could not afford shoes and clothes for them at that time. So, at least in 1985 and 1986 between 60% to 80% of all children did not attend school in India at that time. This likely has changed a lot since then because now it is 30 years later.

Later: I left you above with the wrong impression because at least in regard to being safe from physical violence I found India in the 1980s Probably much safer than anywhere I had been from being killed murdered or mugged.

However, there was a reason for this. The main reason is everyone there believed in Karma then pretty much. So, if they killed you someone would be likely to kill them, if they harmed you someone would be likely to harm them. So, you saw really poor people then not resorting to violence even if they were starving because of this belief. So, Physically, I was very safe from violence. However, I wasn't safe from food that might give me giardia or potentially amoebic dysentary, the 2nd being sometimes fatal. So, Unless one was extremely careful what one bought for food, they could be dead or maimed in some way.

Even I could say that giardia maimed me because it caused my hypothyroid condition from what the protozoa did to my intestines which also probably helped cause my getting a heart virus and almost dying from that too.

However, paradoxically I was probably safer than anywhere I had been on the planet from mugging or murder at the very same time. Very unusual place in this way then.

Many westerners said to me that they had a Love-hate relationship with India much like one would have with a lover. The people were so magical and wonderful and so open to talking to us westerners. But, the flipside of this was seeing poor dead people rotting in the streets from too many people for the culture to take care of properly at that time in 1985 and 1986.

4 months doing this in Nepal and India and a few weeks in Thailand before and after that completely forever changed my attitude towards everything.

If someone could survive that culture shock and somehow be okay with it they could benefit tremendously in ways beyond your imagination from an experience like that. But, be very careful of the food you buy or eat too!

Here's another paradox. Going to Thailand, India and Nepal were spiritually powerful beyond anything I ever could have imagined before I went at age 37. By the time I was 37 I had owned several businesses, gone to college, been married two times etc. And one of the reasons I went was because I couldn't deal with my father passing on. This really had thrown me a curve I never would have expected. Though I was grown up at 37 and good and making decisions my father's death cut me in two because I was close to my father and he was a very larger than life spiritual John Wayne kind of person out of the Depression and World war II and all that.

I realized though I was very decisive that my father's death showed me I was still a kid emotionally and from 37 to 50 I really was never okay after my father's death and middle Aged Crazy hit me very very hard.

Finally, after almost dying for 8 months I was told I was going to live after all by my heart specialist and just more amazed than anything else. Then, I was grateful I retired so I didn't die for all my children's sake (my youngest was 2 1/2 then) and glad I toughed it out and didn't just give up and die
like most people did then with a heart virus.

So, the last paradox is that likely my longevity was affected upward by forcing me to have a much more mature and efficient and practical attitude towards life. Because the biggest problem I see with people over 40 or 50 is many of them still think they are 20 to 25 and this sort of thinking can kill a person long before their time. You can still have fun and travel all over the world but if you aren't realistic on any level you are just dead if you are over 50. And the last thing is "Never Panic" unless you need to get out of way of a train or bus and need to move very quickly. Otherwise over 50 it will just give you a heart attack or a stroke and then you are gone.

Here's the last paradox I want to share here. Going to India and Nepal and all the amazing experiences I had there made me think like this: "I won't be surprised now (because I saw so many dead people and people with leprosy suffering badly if I die tomorrow and simultaneously I won't be surprised if I'm still alive 10,000 years into the future and living somewhere like Hawaii or Mt. Shasta or Sedona, Arizona or all three.

All unrealistic ways of looking at life that I learned in the U.S. exploded and went away while I was in India and Nepal. Otherwise culture shock this extreme would have made me completely dysfunctional. However, the opposite happened, I became 100 times more practical and functional because of all the deaths and suffering I saw in real life in thousands of people's lives there. Compassion arose in me instead of anything else because of what I saw then in those 4 months on every level, physical, intuitive, mental and spiritual. I was just never the same again. And this is a very good thing not only for me but for anyone I would meet the rest of my life, whether that is a day or 10,000 years. So, I guess I had a Buddha experience if you know what I mean.

Canadian anti-Isis mission in Syria built on Shaky legal Ground?

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Oil Rises to 3-Week High as Saudi Arabia Bombs Targets in Yemen

The reason oil is rising is because the unrest and instability in Yemen might affect life and the oil fields in Saudi Arabia and this also escalates a risk at some point of an all out war between Sunni Nations and Iran, sort of like how Iraq and Iran went at it in the 1980s. So, this destabilizes the price of oil worldwide and may continue to raise prices(and lowering prices) for awhile until something stabilizes more in all this or this destabilizes completely out of control in Yemen or Saudi Arabia. The danger is Yemen becoming another Syria.  Just like Iraq until the U.S. invaded, the Sunnis mostly ran Yemen just like they ran Iraq through Saddam Hussein. However, Syria is sort of an anomaly now because it is a minority Shia Government of Assad (helped by Iran and Russia) subjagating a Sunni Majority which is why ISIS(ISIL)Daesh was able to form in the first place as a Sunni Terrorist group in Northern Syria and Iraq.

Oil Rises to 3-Week High as Saudi Arabia Bombs Targets in Yemen

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Some problems that can be associated with Soul Travel

"Necessity is the mother of invention". Just like with learning to drive a car or fly a plane or jet or anything else "Necessity is usually the mother of invention" so if you don't recognize a need to do something like soul traveling, or learning to drive a car, or learning to fly a plane, usually you don't.

This is something to think about. Then if you have a genuine need to soul travel or think you do there are other things going on in your life usually too. Like you want to stay alive and not die.

Just like you drive through bad neighborhoods where someone might kill you if you were on foot there. (East of Saint Louis I had an Experience where someone tried to drive my rental car off the road but I was faster at getting out of his way then he was at trying to pin my car to a building). But, this is a rarity at least for me and I just floored my rental car and my three passengers were screaming at the man while I did this.

So, you know what I'm talking about. Unfortunately we were on our way back from my father's funeral so this wasn't a happy experience either where we buried his cremains alongside his father and mother in a cemetery there.

And that was one of the most amazing supernatural experiences of my life too.

But, that's another story.

So, the main problem I encountered with soul travel is that it was much easier to be somewhere else than my body or be several places at once in consciousness and rather than stay locked "forever" in my physical body.

It took me about 1 year to come to terms with this which was to realize that God had given me a body here on earth for a purpose and I needed to respect that I had a body here on earth and to take care of it at least as well as any car I had ever owned. This was a turning point in me and prevented me from just taking more and more (out of body traveling risks) and just physically dying one day.

So, the risk best said is that Soul Travel is very addicting sort of in the same way Women can be addicting to a man sometimes.  So, realizing how amazing this experience is but that it has  a purpose is very important to survive soul travel long term.

It's sort of like becoming addicted to driving a car really fast. (I once drove my 1968 Camaro in 1969 at about 145 miles per hour for awhile for example). Could I have died at that speed along with any passengers in my car? Yes.

But, it wasn't very likely because I'm also an intuitive and know what I can survive and what I can't always.

So, if you are worried you might become addicted to Soul Travel this is an important consideration. So the best reason to want to soul travel is NOT for a lark but because you want to help yourself, other people, and mankind in general survive here on Earth and to survive their journeys to Heaven Realms without interference from unclean or malevolent spirits.

Soul traveling isn't always through heaven realms where you are relatively safe (at least as long as you follow the rules of that heaven sort of like the different rules in different countries here on earth). It is important to understand that all religions have heavens as well as individual philosophical points of view often have their own heavens as well.

So, if I'm smart I always ask Angels and Archangels to soul travel with me so I'm safe anywhere I might need to go for God. So, is soul travel associated with helping God here on earth and beyond? Yes. You are protecting all beings as they migrate from heaven realms (or wherever) into incarnations and protecting the platform of existence here on earth so it doesn't get blown up like the Asteroid planet did 65 million years ago when a piece of it hit the gulf of Mexico and killed all the larger dinosaurs. So then, humans like us could more reasonably survive on the surface of the planet.

IN fact, my main job often is to make sure humans and other physical beings on earth make it to their heaven realms safely when they pass on here on earth.

Another thing if you decide to be a soul traveler, Time and space are not ultimately real. What appears to be the case is that we all are thoughts in the mind of God. So, time and space isn't the reality, the mind of God we all are is the ultimate reality. But, if you can't deal with that it's okay too.

However, this is what a truly advanced Soul traveler understand after about 10 years or so traveling around galaxies and heaven realms. So, even if you don't believe me now you will eventually if you stay at it and aren't so terrified by some of the aspects that you walk away from it.

The most terrified I ever got was at around 25 years of age going out past the edge of the galaxy. This really freaked me out at the time. It was like someone dropped me from a helicopter into the middle of an ocean at night all alone. IT was the ultimate sensory deprivation experience and my soul screamed and came home to earth when this happened and I didn't want anything to do with soul travel anymore for awhile. But, then I met Tibetan Lamas and learned about the void out beyond the edge of the Galaxy and what is was and what it was for. I also learned how to jump from one galaxy to another while soul traveling which is a little like going through the sun to the center of the galaxy.

But, you will learn it all one step at a time over years because this is how it works in real life.


Protecting one's children

This is one way how (for better or for worse 'your point of view') how the world has changed since the 1950s.

When I grew up life in the U.S. was very unforgiving. Basically, you either knew your place or you were dead. This was for everyone not just minorities either. It was not unusual for different or strange people (in any way shape or form) simply disappeared and never were heard from again and often police wouldn't get involved in these cases either.

However, the good thing about now is that people have many more rights to stay alive no matter who they are of any type of minority. You are much less likely to "disappear" into a shallow grave into someone's backyard or in other ways than in the 1950s when I was a boy. However, in some ways this also leaves society less protected in some ways too. So, it is always a balance regarding things like this. And societies go through swings in various directions.

It is sort of like putting up  impenetrable doors to cockpits in airliners so literally everyone behind the cockpit door could be dead on the plane except one or both pilots so the plane might land safely. But, here is an example where everyone died because the pilot coming back from the rest room could not get back into the cockpit to whatever was going on with the co-pilot.

Here is what happened today. I first noticed the distress of a mother in her late 20 or early 30s. She and a friend were both pregnant but also each had daughter the same age likely about 2 to 3 years of age. I got the feeling that the mothers were either sisters, cousins, best friends or something like that. However, there was fear in one of the mothers eyes when she left.

I watched her wave someone outside the restaurant and motion for them to move or to leave. The mother confided in my wife for moral support who is a very solid woman on all levels and had expressed an interest in their children because we have a grandson now less than 1 year old still. So, the mother said that a mentally challenged older man had said hi to them and had gone outside the window to play with himself while watching the women and their 3 year old (about) girls play in the restaurant.

So, after the two ladies and both children left my wife told me what had happened. I, along with all men and women present in that restaurant would have come to the aid of these mothers or these children if there had been a direct threat. But, the reason it went right over my head is that there was no threat just a mentally challenged older man who wasn't really ready for prime time life in any way but likely was alone because all his caregivers likely had died. Was he an actual threat? Likely not.

But, that didn't make this situation any less onerous for the two pregnant mothers dealing with their rambunctious little girls and then having to deal with a mentally incompetent stranger acting strange and inappropriate in a public setting.

Shingles Shots if you are over 60?

This morning we had scheduled a Shingles shot each (one for me and one for my wife). So, even though this cost us $500 out of pocket it is much better than getting shingles and going through that torture and pain. Our nurse,  a beautiful lady in her early 60s likely told us she had had shingles and also when the symptoms went away got this shingles shot too which we were surprised by. Also, our housekeeper's biological father has shingles right now and he says it is really awful and debilitating and painful. Everyone who has gotten shingles has told me this so it is wonderful to get a shot that reduces your susceptibility by 70% even if you had chicken pox as children like my wife and I did.

I was 5 when I got it and back then some children died from it so my mother and grandmother prayed and I got to see Jesus Golden Light for the first time in my life likely from this. As an older child sometimes I wanted to be sick so I could experience Jesus' Golden Healing Light again. It is such an amazing experience to be healed by prayers and Jesus.

During this time I was forming my lower teeth in my gums (permanent so when they pushed through one of them at the top had a little indentation in it from not enough calcium getting to it while my body was fighting off chicken pox at that time. However, it had enamel and unless you are looking at it with a magnifying glass or microscope you can't see the difference in the tooth at over 1 to 2 feet away. So, it has always worked fine since I was a child and got all my permanent teeth in one by one.

Today we were in a breakfast restaurant popular near where our doctor's office was. (Oh, by the way they put this shot in fat tissue behind your upper arm). However, on me it made my arm down to my hands a little numb for a while because she might have put the medicine into a nerve bundle heading down towards my hand. But, the nurse said she had no reaction to the shot other than swelling and redness where the shot was given. So, that was good to know.

At the breakfast restaurant we waited a few minutes for a table and so were happy to have Omelets and fruit and gluten free toast. (They also had Gluten free pancakes there). I told the waitress that if you are over 40 or 50 years of age it takes away most of the pain from your joints and muscles if you go gluten free which is why many people are doing this in addition to gluten allergies like I have had all my life and didn't know it. However, giving up all gluten like I did when I found this out at 65 is one of the reasons I'm as healthy as I am at almost 67 two years later. I felt 20 to 40 years younger pain wise in all my joints and muscles as soon as I did this. So, instead of feeling like I'm in my late 60s pain wise I now have less general pain in my body than in my late 20s.

Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot deliberately crashed plane, officials say

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My wife suspected this from the beginning because there was nothing much to give alarm because airspeed and declination was maintained throughout the flight after reaching an altitude of 38,000. So, the first to be alarmed was the captain when the co-pilot wouldn't let him back into the cockpit. However, cockpit doors are designed now to keep out everyone if the present pilot locks it and doesn't open it for the other pilot returning from a bathroom break or whatever. So, likely even if the pilot returning had an axe he couldn't have gotten through the door. A bullet through the locking mechanism likely wouldn't have done it either. So, whether the person in the cockpit was having a bad day, or whether he was drugged or whether he was unconscious there was no way the returning pilot could solve this problem. 

One way to solve this problem might be to put a bathroom inside the pilot's door on a plane so a pilot doesn't have to leave the cockpit except for other reasons. This way if either pilot has a problem physically or otherwise they can fight over the controls at least if necessary or one of them can open the cockpit door and let other flight attendants in to help in landing the plane safely. Also, imagine if both pilots received a meal that poisoned them. However, I know that airline pilots are required to order different meals to help avoid this problem.

One by one answers to all of the known potential problems to keeping planes and passenger planes safe in the air and on the ground are being found.
 

Saudi Arabia Makes Its Move in Yemen

Saudi Arabia Makes Its Move in Yemen

In recent days, before his whereabouts became unknown (see below), the embattled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had called on the United Nations to authorize a military intervention by "willing countries that wish to help Yemen" against the Houthi advance. Those "willing countries" are led by Saudi Arabia, which didn't disclose the other nine countries in its coalition on Wednesday. It's a safe bet that many of them are from states in the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as Egypt, which has been vocal about a possible intervention in Yemen. Given Iran's connection to the rebels, it's unclear how this escalation might play out.

Saudi Arabia Makes Its Move in Yemen

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Updated on March 25, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.
On Wednesday evening, the Saudi ambassador to the United States announced that his country had initiated airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen:
U.S. officials have since confirmed the development.
In recent days, before his whereabouts became unknown (see below), the embattled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had called on the United Nations to authorize a military intervention by "willing countries that wish to help Yemen" against the Houthi advance.
Those "willing countries" are led by Saudi Arabia, which didn't disclose the other nine countries in its coalition on Wednesday. It's a safe bet that many of them are from states in the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as Egypt, which has been vocal about a possible intervention in Yemen.
While no troops have been spotted, Al Arabiya is reporting that Egypt has committed "ground, naval and air forces." Also, Saudi officials now claim they are “fully in control of the Yemeni airspace.”
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Given Iran's connection to the rebels, it's unclear how this escalation might play out. As one analyst noted on Twitter, there's an irony to Saudi Arabia targeting Iran-backed forces in Yemen while American airstrikes aid Iran-backed forces in Iraq.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press relayed reports from officials in Yemen that President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the country's internationally recognized leader, had "fled the country by sea ... on a boat from Aden." Meanwhile, quoting a "senior Yemeni official," Richard Engel of NBC News countered on Twitter that the president is still in the country.
Whatever Hadi's whereabouts, the bewildering developments accentuate the country's ongoing struggles as it lurches toward civil war.
A Slow-Motion Coup
Earlier this year, Iran-linked Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, after a months-long standoff. President Hadi, who was placed under house arrest in Sanaa last month, then fled to Aden, a port city and economic hub. In the past few days, the Houthis have surrounded Aden and seized the city's airport as well as al-Anad, a government air base and launch pad for American drones.
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The Battle for Control of Yemen
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The Warring Factions
In addition to government forces loyal to Hadi and the Houthis, there are other factions helping the Houthis who still support former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which, as analyst Gregory Johnsen explains, is ironic given the "bloody history" between Saleh and the Houthis. In recent days, the U.S. State Department has called on Saleh to stop inciting violence against Hadi's tenuous rule.
Making matters more complicated, Yemen is also home to al-Qaeda's powerful Yemeni branch, which the United States has assiduously (and controversially) targeted with drones over the past several years.  
Last week, a terrorist group calling itself the Yemeni affiliate of the Islamic State carried out dual suicide attacks at mosques in Sanaa, which killed over 130 people. While the United States and others cast doubt on the group's links to ISIS, the attacks (which al-Qaeda denounced) stoked fears of a burgeoning Islamic State presence in Yemen. Shortly after Friday's attack, the State Department pulled all of its personnel from the country.
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The Role of Iran and Saudi Arabia
All of this violence is occurring within a larger regional frame in which arch-rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia are sparring over their interests in Yemen.
"Yemen's slide towards civil war has made the country a crucial front in mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Shi'ite Iran, which Riyadh accuses of stirring up sectarian strife through its support for the Houthis," who are Shiite, Reuters noted.
On Tuesday, American officials said that Saudi Arabia had positioned heavy artillery near its border with Yemen, although the Saudis claim the build-up is "defensive."

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Pilot was locked out of cockpit before crash

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Stagecoach 1986

  1. What's really interesting about this version (the original is made with John Wayne in 1939) is that in the 1986 version you have Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings playing some of the major parts along with Bing Crosby's daughter Mary Crosby as the pregnant wife of the Army Captain. So, it is sort of a treat to see them all like this.

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Is learning to Soul Travel Useful to You?

This is an interesting question because people who feel trapped in their lives or bodies or jobs often can benefit from learning this.

For me, soul travel is a part of being a precognitive psychic who can often see what is going to happen or potential time lines for myself or others. So, for me, at least these things are all related somehow.

My path to becoming proficient with Soul Travel began with Whooping cough when as I was dying from it my Scottish Grandmother with a Scottish Brogue was singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". My mother had always thought her mother was a "walk-in" sent to help raise me. Because her mother had a stroke when she found out my mother was pregnant with me and was in a coma for a few months from a stroke when she was 60 in 1948. Then, when she came back to life and consciousness she was a different person my mother said. Before her stroke she had been a nervous person and when she came out of her coma she was calm and very mellow and gained some weight because before she had always been very thin and nervous.

So, it isn't surprising that when she sang "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" the angels in the form of Archangel Michael and his band appeared to me in real life while I was sitting on my grandmothers lap one night around Christmas 1950 when I was sick with whooping cough then. I was somewhere around 2 years old then.

So, when Archangel Michael came and healed me I wanted to be like him and the other soldier angels that came to rescue me from physical death.

So, I wanted to become a soul traveler and help beings like they did every after.

I started to become more proficient at this by my early 20s in college.

But, like I said it was always tied to being a precognitive psychic too. The way it works in relation to soul travel is I can sometimes soul travel into the future to see outcomes or potential outcomes. So, if I don't like an outcome in my life I often change it if God allows me to.

However, when I was 20 I looked forward into time and didn't see how I could survive the next 5 years of my life with what I saw. So, I decided to try to permanently project my soul out of my body and not come back one summer night in the desert while I was sleeping on the roof of my father's workshop between two dome skylights he had there so I wouldn't roll off during the night and die. I looked up into the stars which were incredible that night and projected my soul out of my body up into the stars so I would stop being alive in a body on earth. However, when I was up under about 50,000 feet to 100,000 feet in altitude and angel came to me and said, "You won't be allowed to do this, even though you are capable of it because you promised God to do certain work here on earth."

I was incredibly despondent to hear this because I knew I was in for it because I saw what was coming in my life. I didn't specifically know but I knew it would be bad enough so I would want to physically kill myself which was abhorrent to me. I could live with projecting my soul permanently outside my body though. But, I wasn't allowed by God to do this and succeed. So, I knew I was really in for it.

But, as the angel escorted me back to my body it said this: "As a reward for going back to your body and fulfilling your pledge to God we will grant you a dispensation. You will be able to see your body as only a reference point and you will be able to identify with you soul and will be able to travel the universe in reward for you fulfilling your promise to God."

Though I was hopeful I was despondent that I still was going to have to face something really awful the next 5 or more years in my life.

However, the angel was right. Though I lost my pride as a human being and stopped caring whether I lived or died I also became an adept like Saint Germain and Jesus and the prophets like they wanted. Not that I compare myself to either Saint Germain or Jesus it's just that was the direction my life took which was what God and the Angels wanted. However, at the time it didn't make a lot of sense to me.

What God and angels were teaching me is that human pride is counterproductive to God's work. That's the main lesson I learned for 5 years while I grew exponentially as an adept working for God.

People sometimes understood this as I saved people's lives including my own in various ways both normal and supernatural because I had been given these kinds of gifts that God insisted I use for the greater good of all.

Then I was given another gift. I met and eventually married my first wife and we had a son together. I was amazed how respected I became around everyone for marrying my girlfriend and taking responsibility for raising my son. It no longer mattered at all whether I wanted to leave my body permanently because I had accepted the responsibility to raise my son to adulthood and I did. He is now 41 years old and a teacher and married with a baby.

So, was learning to soul travel useful to me? I think the only answer I can give is "Yes". So, now you have to ask yourself is learning to Soul Travel something useful for you to learn too?