What If, We’re Living in Paradise?

What if, we’re living in Paradise and Just Don’t Know It? What would our lives be like then? Let you imagination go wild.

What if, we’re really living in Paradise and we just don’t know it? What if, the sun is shining and we just can’t see it? What if, there really is hope and we just can’t believe it? What if, we’re ok and we just can’t feel it?

What if, we’re on our chosen path and our feet just haven’t landed yet? What if, we have all the resources we need to follow that path and we just can’t see them? What if, we have community to help us live that path and it just hasn’t appeared to us yet? What if, we already feel at home doing what we really want to do and we just haven’t opened the door?

Does Energy Really Flow Where Attention Goes?

The Wind

Energy Flows where Attention Goes, is attributed to Tony Robbins, though it may go back to James Redfield. But are they correct?

Often, they are. When you think positively about things, energy tends to go there. Take coincidences for one thing. Once you start noticing something, you tend to notice more of it. Like if I just buy a certain car, perhaps a new Electric Car, you tend to notice that car on the road, you tend to notice more electric cars on the road.

Yet, there are times when energy doesn’t go where you put your focus. What’s up with that?

Perhaps a couple of things. One is that maybe you’re trying too hard. As Yoda said, and grasshopper’s teacher before him, There is no try. And, probably by trying too hard, you’re not enjoying life or the journey enough. You’re probably not enjoying the breakthroughs enough, no matter how tiny they are.

Two, the current flows where it wants to flow. There’s nothing you can do, short of a dam, to change it. And making a damn requires either being a beaver and having to pay huge dentist bills, or destroying the current ecosystem and perhaps several homes.

Deep Listening – Say What!?

Take a minute, close your eyes, what do you hear? This is not so much about auditory hearing with your ears, as it is about awareness. So, stop what you’re doing and focus on what you’re aware of.

Minute #2: There’s the war in the Ukraine. Why doesn’t it bother me more? What is it that I’m bothered that my government’s not doing? Why does this bother me and the wars (multiple) in Africa do not? Do I think of these wars as “conflicts” because that makes them less disturbing?

Take a 3rd minute. Walk outside. Here, it only feels like 10F (-12C). So, maybe not today. But when you can, go outside. Or, at least step outside in your mind. What does it feel like? Are you in a concrete jungle? Is there any life? Whatever speck of life there is, even if it’s people, how does it survive? How does it thrive? If you’re in your yard, what wants to come forth? Yes, invasive weeds including grass. But, why are the weeds there? And what would come forth if it could? How can we nurture it?

Minute 4: What thoughts are there in your head? Can you lightly push aside those that don’t need to be listened to right this very second. What is your deep mind trying to tell you? Take another minute to listen to your breath and your pulse. Are they OK or are they trying to tell you to do something different? Minute six is for your gut. Is your stomach rumbling? Maybe you should eat. Nobody’s happy if the gut ain’t happy. Why is yours not happy?

Minute 7: Hopefully, you’ve slowed down enough in the past 6 minutes, so that you can easily let your thoughts drop into your open heart – that place of deep understanding. If not, follow your breath as it goes by your heart, until all of a sudden your thoughts are resting there. What is your heart opening to? What is it closing to? Why? Should it continue in this pattern or not? What deep understanding are you hearing?

8: Listen to stillness. Listen to peace. Listen to Paradise opening up to you.

9: And as that Paradise opens up to you, how does that cacophony sound? How is that different from your normally chaotic world?

And at last, minute 10: How can order be restored to your world (or how can it be brought about for the first time)? How do you see the world becoming a better place? Who or what can help you in this quest?

Rhiana, Mother of Trees

The Wind

There she sits among the trees
Talking to them
Feeding them
Nurturing them
Loving them as deeply as deep can go

Who is she?
Rhiana
She is their mother
She is the one who cares for them above all others

Selvene is in the ocean
Caring for fish and reef
Teaching them how to live their best life
Blowing them bubbles of joy

Selvene is their mother
She cares for them deeply

The mountains too have their mother
And the air, the butterflies, and dragons

Those walking the land, the mammals
Their mother is Qgore
She strokes their fur
As she kisses them
She sings them lullabies goodnight
And then loves them till morning
When she starts to care for them all over again

Birds ride in invisible airships
They climb the unseen stairs
Who put those there for them to find?

K’tani the elevated one
She who once was an albatross
And long ago, an archaeopteryx

K’tani, like Qgore, Selvene, Rhiana, and the others
Has been there forever
She knows what it’s like to be cared for
For once, she too was young
Once, she too had a mother who tucked her in at night
Her mother was Honua, Isi, Toprak, Zelmja, Terra
Earth was her name
Earth was the one who cared for all

We too have a mother who cares for us
She cares as deep as the core of the Earth
For that is where her heart is
She pulls us into her sanctuary
That bless-ed place within

She pulls us in to her heart of hearts
For there, we learn to care
There, we find our own heart
There, we know what others need
There, we all become mothers
To the next generations of hearts

Life Purpose Quiz

The Wind

Life Purpose could be your career goal. It might be what you want to do most in life. For some, it’s their divine calling or the ultimate reason that they were born. Determining you life purpose can be difficult. Defining it can be excruciating. Mine is described on my website Stubbart.com.

I and others can help you get closer to determining how you can best spend your life. I use Spiritual Consulting to help with that. However, if you’ve thought about this for a while, you may have some ideas, but aren’t certain if you’re correct. And perhaps you know what it is, but would just like some verification.

The Life Purpose criteria in the following quiz recently came into my understanding. If you flunk the quiz, don’t worry. It’s possible that your life’s definition has other criteria. Go ahead and take this quiz whether you know what your life purpose is or not. If you have no idea what your life purpose is, this quiz will give you some good guidelines to go by.

Life Purpose Quiz

  1. Does your Life Purpose or what you want to do in Life, bring you joy? Does it bring others joy? If you hate your Life Purpose, what good is it doing you?
  2. Does it help you connect? Does it help others connect? This could be feeling connected to the Universe. It could be connecting to people. Etc.
  3. When you’re practicing your life purpose, do you feel at ease? Does it make others feel at ease? Yes, there will always be someone who doesn’t feel at ease, no matter what you do.
  4. Does it make you feel like you matter? Does it make others feel like they matter? Your life purpose might even make people, including yourself, feel special and important. https://www.yellowbearjourneys.com/beachreport/who-matters-in-todays-world/
  5. When you follow your life purpose, are you making the world a better place for yourself? Are you making the world a better place for others? Are you making a difference, even if that difference is only for you and one other person, or even if that difference isn’t felt for a millenia?

That’s the quiz. Short and sweet. Notice how all the questions ask how your life purpose works for you and others? If it only works for you or if it only works for others, it’s probably not your life purpose. It may be something which needs to be done. That doesn’t mean you have to do it. There are roughly 8 billion people in the world. Chances are high that somebody else will do that if you don’t. Chances are higher that several somebody elses are already doing that.

Some people will take issue with this quiz. They might say that we have to do things we don’t like to do. They might say that some parts of our life purpose won’t put us at ease, that we sometimes have to push ourselves do to things which are uncomfortable.

All I can tell you is, that’s not the path I’m on. Yes, sometimes there are things I need to do which are uncomfortable. However, I wait until I’ve worked past the uncomfortableness, before I do them. I’d probably better tell the truth here and say that I’m getting better at waiting. There are times when I’m like a bull in a china shop. I just keep pushing ahead, hoping it doesn’t hurt too much.

You may take this quiz and say, Oh no! I thought I knew what my life purpose was, but it’s not joy into the world, or …. Well, maybe it is your life purpose and you just need to add that element. Of maybe your life purpose isn’t at that stage yet. If your life purpose (or your idea about what your life purpose might possibly be) doesn’t meet all those criteria, don’t throw it out yet. You may just need to understand how it can meet those criteria.

And maybe you don’t need to know what your life purpose is. Maybe you’ll just live your life purpose by living your life. Out of 8 billion people, there’s got to be at least one person who’s doing that.

Who Matters in Today’s World

The Wind

If I were to report on the state of today’s world, I’d say the most pressing problem is that not everyone matters. In today’s world, we’re constantly reminded of how some groups think that only those in their group matter. This problem may become more glaring when we’re reminded that some individuals act like only they matter. No matter what you do, it will never be good enough for them.

But, the problem is not new. It took a long time for women to be able to vote. Minorities are often treated like second class citizens, if that well. It wasn’t that long ago that children were to be seen and not heard. I realize that I’m generalizing world attitudes, based on those in the U.S. If you’re country is an exception, if this problem isn’t pervasive in your country, great! I’d like to hear about it.

I believe that this problem is so pressing right now, for a few reasons. The first, is that it’s being reported on more. And that’s a good thing. The second is that those who treat others as so much less than themselves that they may as well not matter, are becoming a minority. They’re afraid of losing their positions of power. So, they’re speaking out more.

The third reason, this problem is so glaring, is due to resistance. The oppressed are willing to stand up for themselves. The old teaching was to be submissive to oppressors. That teaching is still their. Those who aren’t supposed to matter, aren’t listening anymore.

It looks like the only response to those who make you fell like you don’t matter, is to matter, at least to yourself. And, I think, the only way to matter, the only way to come out from under all those years of being told that you didn’t matter, is to be yourself.

Some people talk about being yourself, in terms of living your life purpose. That can be kind of vague. Even though I help others figure out their life purpose, right now I’d rather talk about being yourself, as being the best you that you can offer the world. What terms describe that best you? 

  • Creative
  • Gentle
  • Kind
  • Resourceful
  • Beautiful
  • Understanding
  • Caring
  • Passionate
  • Steady
  • Determined
  • Connecting
  • Protectors
  • Parents
  • Children

I think those type of people are what the world needs most right now. I may have forgotten a type or two. Feel free to add that in, especially if it a applies to you.

The World needs people right now who matter and who make others feel like they matter. We are all people. We all matter.

Several, including myself, are willing to help people find out their life purpose – what matters to them and what makes the matter. You may contact me at Stubbart.com

After Fossil Fuel

Come take a walk on the beach

So, let’s say that one day, tomorrow perhaps, we all stopped using fossil fuel. What do we do then?

In this future scenario, we somehow all have electric vehicles to drive. Perhaps we’ve converted our gas guzzlers. Or perhaps we all take electric public transportation. Perhaps we ride bikes or e-bikes.

There are no more gas stoves or fireplaces. Sure, there are simulated ones powered by electricity, preferably from the sun or perhaps geothermal energy.

Neither natural gas nor propane heat our homes. They’re passive solar, perhaps partly enclosed in the earth to keep the heat in. Perhaps they’re made with straw bales so that they’re super-insulated.

And power-plants no longer burn natural gas or coal to produce energy. Perhaps they burn hemp instead. Or perhaps they don’t burn anything and use renewable resources like sun, wind, and waves.

Whatever else we’re using fossil fuels for, we’re no longer doing . Take plastic, for instance. It’s now all bio-plastic. Bio as in made out of bio-materials. Bio as in bio-degradable.

So, question remains. What do we do then?

We’ve just put millions of people out of work. Those working for powerplants, we retrain to work for green energy. Those drilling the oil, we retrain for other construction work. Those who work at gas stations are probably working in the convenience store part and they’ll still be working in the convenience store part when these service stations have Electric Car chargers rather than gas pumps. Perhaps this is the easiest part of this question to answer.

What do we do with those gas pumps? What do we do with the many, many miles of pipelines? What about all those gas engines that we took out of vehicles to make them electric? What about the tanker trucks and ships? What about the refineries and drilling rigs? What do we do with all those.

Do we do nothing and say, we’ll we’ve gotten the warming of the planet to stabilize and maybe even decrease. Now, climate change won’t be a problem. We know that it will be a problem, it just won’t be such a problem.

Perhaps we need to do something else instead, like help those places which still suffer from climate change. Maybe we start with places with coastline destruction and nation islands which are submerging. Maybe we restore the forests.

And maybe we should. But what about all those fossil fuel relics of an age past? Are they ok to just leave as they are? Or will they deteriorate to the point where they harm the earth further? What can be done about them?

Is anybody already working on this? It might take a particular mindset, like those who work on brownfield remediation. Is it too early to start? It’s always good to invest in our future. Perhaps this is a good investment strategy for some companies, to start figuring out those solutions now.

Exploring Lost Territory

When I was young, I liked to explore the woods. Got lost a few times, Yet, that didn’t stop my love of the woods. However, I still love the ocean better.

In my 104th book, Criseilish and Bileander live on the tropical island of Vascandola. At five, they become pretend boyfriend/girlfriend so that they can play together all the time. They spend most of their time on the beach or playing together in the village. But one day, when they’re 9, they explore a place in the woods, that Bileander calls Lost Territory.

The woods are dangerous and not many people go into the woods. But Bileander is adventurous. And Criseilish is willing to go along for the fun.

But then she can’t remember what happened that day. She’s sure Bileander is responsible for her forgetting, so she dumps him.

Theirs is the relationship everyone else envies. Can she ever trust him again?

Another Romance, not TMI.

Exploring Lost Territory

 

SEA Spot Saver

Another secret about Seatac – one of the world’s most environmentally favorable airports – is the SEA Spot Saver. Don’t have TSA Precheck or Clear? You can sign up to get through security faster with the SEA Spot Saver. Best part, it’s currently free!

Yes, so, it’s only for morning flights as the spot saver is not available after 1pm. And there’s an interview required. But if you don’t have TSA Precheck or Clear and you’re traveling from SEA, check it out. Why not?

Speaking of secrets about Seatac, check out my book – Seatac Seacrets.

Xpanse Solar RV Awning

I recently talked with the folks at Xponent Power about their Solar RV Awning. It was a blast. They have a very good FAQ on their website, it should answer most of your questions. If not, just contact them.

 

Solar RV Awning

Their Xpanse Solar Awning holds several solar panels and fits right on top of your RV.  This is great because most RVs only have room for a few solar panels. The awning also adjusts automatically to lessen wind drag caused by the awning. The awning will be available late 2022. You can pre-order now at their website.

The folks at Xponent Power first thought about adapting this idea for cars. But they found much more enthusiasm about it in the RV community. So that’s where they’re going to produce this awning first. Then they might look into other applications, if they get enough interest.

That’s what I wanted to talk with them about – other applications – solar farms for off-grid, community-grid, and farms. One of the main attractions, I think, of this awning is it’s plug and play ability. Just think, if you had an EcoFlow Delta Portable Power Unit or possibly a Tesla Power Wall. And imagine if the Xpanse Awning was available in a format where you could plug all that solar power directly into that unit. You could power your off-grid home off solar power, with very little DIY. Now wouldn’t that be groovy?!