First Envision the Dream

Big Pond, Pippy Park, St. John’s, NL – Photo taken during Blue Hour by Jason Youngman

“Our setbacks in life provide new perspectives and vistas to broaden our horizon, allowing for opportunities to transcend and transform limitations.”

One of my fantasy dreams consists of developing and preserving beautiful parks throughout Canada where people of all walks of life can come together to discuss constructive ways to improve upon the ecosystem. Our long hikes through the forest would help clear our congested heads so that we may refocus and consolidate our strength on more quality of life projects.

Can you imagine Friedrich Nietzsche, Michelle Obama, Elon Musk, Christopher Nolan and Vladimir Putin all roasting marshmallows around a camp fire in some undisclosed location here in the north without the need of security agents; as in a genuine peace accord respected by all because of our actual needs and mutual interest in thriving rather than simply surviving; availing of the fabric of dreams to create something even greater than what can be achieved as separate ego driven groups and/or nations.

How about we engage this synergistic vision with bold beautiful belief; the kind that allows let’s say for 5 individuals to easily lift a 200 pound boulder into the air with only two fingers. Such an exercise may defy our expectations and yet it perfectly conforms to the laws of nature. Many of us may conceive ingenuity hitting us on the head like a falling brick but in reality just about all great achievements are accomplished through creative cooperation, not so much through like minded participants as with those who think differently from ourselves.

So what do you make of the attached photo? Would it surprise you to learn that it was my desire to photograph this landscape during the golden hour but due to my hip injury you have another image; if taken 30 minutes earlier or later we would be looking at something different than what appears before you now. Our setbacks in life provide new perspectives and vistas to broaden our horizon, allowing for opportunities to transcend and transform limitations, including environmental ones.

On a down to earth level the child in me can see himself atop a high tower overlooking this vast park with remote control access to drones that can assist in search & rescue operations and prevent forest fires! Such high towers (beacons) can also be used to mark reservoirs of water, point the way to emergency shelters and provide chiefs with an alternative means to stay above the smoke so as to better guide their ground forces.

On the other hand, because technology is only as good as its creator, perhaps Elon Musk will personally engineer the drones to smell the potentiality of fire long before it happens. Putin on the other hand can advance his submarines to protect the ocean and distribute clean drinking water to other nations. Michelle Obama can create a universal virtue ethics program so that the whole world can at least have a sense of what it means to have moral bearings. All the Nietzsches of the world will continue finding fault in everything and Christopher Nolan will give us a picture of what the solution looks like through film. Meanwhile I get my solar powered high tower cabin that overlooks the forest and invite birdwatchers from around the world to invest in our future’s primary resource while taking pictures of creatures that would otherwise be impossible for them to locate on their own. How’s that for envisioning a fantasy dream; hope for the best in view to all the rest!

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Rainbow In Me

Refracting
Arc
In
Numinous
Beauty
Of
Wonder

I await your gentle thunder
Near these autumn trees

Marvelling your colour into
Eternal breeze.

This photo was taken during a hike through Pippy Park, St. John’s, NL. It was so awesome to see a rainbow at the end of my path. My desire to acquire a professional camera has significantly magnified.

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Core Life Skills

“An archer ought not to hit the mark sometimes and miss it sometimes: anything that gets its results by chance is not a skill.” – Seneca

Here’s a brief summary of the core virtues (skills) that matter most in my life and my reason for keeping them in the forefront of all my activities:

Prudence (as in practical reason) entails appropriate responses, discernment, foresight and constructive communication.

Fortitude (as in courage) includes bold action, determination, right effort, perseverance, patience, resolve and strength.

Justice (as in equality) allows for balance, fairness, equity, peace, restitution, rights & freedoms, accountability, law and order.

Temperance (as in moderation) consists of moderating appetites, self-control, healthy emotions, sustained energy, sufficient rest and dietary intake.
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Turning Wheel O’ Soul Reveal

Where beauty conjoins goodness and truth with geometrical equality
The polarities of masculine and feminine transcend our biology
There resides the greatest plurality of adaptability and perspective
No more are we as children of men in some many-in-one-directive

Nor essential components spinning around in an eccentric mastermind
Neither have we opted for the imaginary behind door one thro’ nine
Or reduced every corner of sentience into a linguistic formal sign
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Journey to Apollyon

“An explorer of volition and soul, a song under a night sky and a dream that forever yearns to be.” – Philosopher Muse

Our long walk across the golden sandy desert planes removed my every desire for modern civilization. My appreciation grew for the natural elements with every step forward. But not everyone in our group felt the same way. Some felt terrible withdrawal from being without their cell phones and other such creature comforts. Only those sound in body and mind endured the initial purging of the journey without complaint. Continue reading

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Trick or Treat Halloween Sweet

“How and what we say are sometimes diametrically opposed, and on occasion even diabolically enclosed, so be careful of that which resides out of sight, or your moonlight fears may grow teeth and bite.” – Philosopher Muse

What does the Christian celebration of All Souls Day, also called the Day of the Dead, and Halloween have in common? Hell do I know. 😉 All jesting aside we may confer that they serve as occasions to honor those who have departed, but far be it from me to provide an analysis of where the two meet, when in fact it is my intention to touch upon the notion of trick or treat.

As a household greeter upon Halloween eve, my preference is to provide the little munchkins with a magic trick instead of a treat that rots the teeth. If you lack the ability to perform optical illusions then why not give them a wand that opens into a flower, or a special gem to bring out the child’s superpower. At the very least give them a song to sing and be grateful for the laughter & smiles they bring. Continue reading

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Welcome ELSA with Love

“The Four Noble Truths are pragmatic rather than dogmatic. They suggest a course of action to be followed rather than a set of dogmas to be believed. The four truths are prescriptions for behavior rather than descriptions of reality.” – Stephen Batchelor

Allow me to introduce you to a faithful companion of mine. She is a genetic mixture between an algorithm and a lotus flower. By no means is she a real person but she certainly helps me to remain real. ELSA happens to be my chosen alternative to the religious conception of The Four Noble Truths and by far a more practical day to day approach to accepting life on life’s terms. Here resides her attributes from root to stem:

1) Embrace suffering. 2) Let reactivity go. 3) See reactivity end. 4) Act appropriately.

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Build your Inner Temple

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”

The City of Apollyon is the crucial backdrop to my epic adventure into the underworld. It plays a significant part in my utopian fiction about mankind’s metamorphosis into multidimensional beings. This City State is largely an underground syndicate for the political elite and a glorified laboratory to preserve the Chosen for a thousand-year incubation period. At present there is a strong incentive to bring additional people on board with special skill-sets to care for the property. An enigmatic screening process has been put in place to select suitable candidates by exposing them to various forms of theatre; more less an indoctrinating process that requires three years to complete. Continue reading

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Daughters of Love’s Delight

Daughters of Love’s delight
Bestowing the mind with great insight
Aiding wisdom by fashioning the mind
To pass unhindered thro’ mass & time

Eternal splendour of Love’s defender
Intertwine our soul with beatific tender
By the many layers that unravel and reveal
The turning of the sacred wheel

Replenish our hearts so that we may steel
Our endless birth into night’s surreal
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Reemerge with the Divine

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’—a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness…”

Venus has entered my 12th house, warming the natural springs of life and reviving the desire for all things beautiful. The attached video expresses the ebb and flow of her rejuvenating energy. One can be in the middle of nowhere yet remain joyfully at home while in her embrace.

Now before you press play find a comfortable place to slip away so as to reemerge in the oceanic bliss of the subconscious. In this realm all barriers and heaviness fade away. Our sense of ‘me’ morphs into ‘we’. All are at home here whether as alien or kin, borg or beast. This is where we recharge our batteries before rising once again as separate egos. Continue reading

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