Care to dance …

This is another one of those strange titles but it will make sense in a bit.

Have you ever tried to work with the different government services that are out there? If you have then you can honestly relate to the story that I am about to tell you. This is a story that is real and currently happening to many people. The names have been changed for the people’s protection.

This is a family of two adults. Both are disabled. Now the definition of disabled that I am using for this one is that they are unable to hold jobs because their mental states won’t handle it. One has physical challenges as well.

One of the people worked at many jobs doing everything from call center work to maintenance at a fast food joint to phone support for banking. They have been in the United States Military. When they got discharged, they were having trouble walking due to the time in the service.

The other person was on Federal Aid because they had been hospitalized several times and had never had a job in their life.

This is where things get strange.

When the one person who had tried to work was able to hold a job, they were told that they had to report their gross (before taxes, medical etc.) had to be reported. They were told that their gross income was $100.00 too much and therefore the other person would lose their cash assistance, medical and anything else that they had. When they lost their job, and reported it to the same agency they were told that they got $50.00 too much gross unearned income. Now the only income that they had was the disability check and the Unemployment checks that they were getting.

Now they have lost the unemployment and are having to wait for the Federal aid that they paid into when they paid taxes and so they live on the disability check of less than $300 per month. They have to get help with their rent and other things and are suffering all the time.

Why is this messed up?

The amount before taxes is called the gross income. The amount you take home is net income. The fact that the government is going off the gross income is hurting people.

This needs to stop.

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Dark Money = Revolution

What is Dark Money? How can that lead to a Revolution? Why is it important to know about it?

When I say the words ‘Dark Money’ what does suggest? For me it is the money that is given under the table as bribes, extreme contributions or other ways to influence the government to do what a person wants. When a person wants to destroy a medical system that helps others to put one in place that has medical for a few then you need to wonder where the money is coming from that is shapes their feelings on it.

Dark Money can come from a large oil company that wants to drill in the Arctic or have people who they want to get to claim that climate change isn’t happening due to the use of fossil fuels. Dark Money could come from people who want to isolate the United States. Basically, it is the money that is hidden from the public for a personal or corporate agenda.

So how can tracking the ‘Dark Money’ equal a revolution? With the way that world works today, we are more connected than ever. Through Wi-Fi, internet café’s, local libraries, town hall meetings we can get our voices heard. If the people who we put in office don’t want to hear what we have to say, then they are out of a job at next election day. It is political will. That is a renewable resource that we have.

The more people that get angry about what they see and what they hear with the falsehoods on the news from channels like ‘Fox News’ then they don’t trust that source of information. We need to educate the masses on what is really going on and how people are getting hurt by the Dark Money that is out there.

There are ways to have a revolution without weapons. We have seen it before, when people peacefully gather and let their displeasure be known. The more that the pressure is done on the government the more that they have to listen. If they don’t want to listen then we have the political will to get them out of office. With the President behaving the way that he currently is we have the ability to remove him from office. We can have him impeached and removed from office.

We need to become more than people just talking about it and doing something about it. Go to town meetings and push hard questions, write letters, email people, get the information out in a way that works for you.

Understanding Each Other …

Do you honestly understand the people you are friends with? How well do you know the people that you talk with on Facebook? Do you know if you are being a friend or if you are causing pain on accident?

With the world, we live in being more digital than face to face it is hard to know what is going on without looking into the person’s eyes how what you say is affecting them. I am well known for having a heart of gold and often on my sleeve but behind that is the soul that has walked through the underworld, fought the battles that others couldn’t and come out harder and stronger than most think.

Yet the eyes can be deceiving, people think that I am a soft and gentle person due to my looks but that is where not knowing me is one of the most dangerous things in the world. I am the person who feels that the children of  the world are the future and they need to be respected but at the same time they need discipline. I have seen what happens when kids don’t get the discipline that they need and trust me it sucks for the parents.

The parents can change the behavior but the kids need to understand that there is a difference between abuse and discipline. Those who discipline their kids are the ones that will tell them that they can’t have the candy bar in the store because they wouldn’t eat their dinner or they were not being good in the store. 

A parent who abuses the child is the person who breaks bones and fails to make sure that the kids can live up to the potential that they have.

Music of our times …

What does the music that you listen to tell about you? Does it show your personality? Do you listen to the type that ‘everyone else’ does to fit in or are you willing to be ‘different’?

With some of the words in the music today, I honestly miss the fun of the music that I grew up with. I have a YouTube playlist that is all the type of music that I grew up with. Songs from everything like Queensryche to Queen, to AC/DC it is all meant to have fun. Some of the songs have a meaning, others are just plain fun to listen to. The thing is that they all make sense in what they are talking about.

Try looking into some of the songs of that the 80’s and you can see that they are having fun with life.

https://youtu.be/o1tj2zJ2Wvg

https://youtu.be/CD-E-LDc384

Paganism vs Polytheistic

What is the difference between paganism and polytheistic? Why is it that one says that they believe in the Ancient Gods that people back away? What is that makes others scared of the difference of feelings?

I don’t understand the human nature on this one. Human nature is one that questions things, but I don’t understand how a person with different belief system is looked at strangely. I have never fully understood how one person can force their beliefs on other and how they can choose who they are going to talk with due to the fact that they have made a choice to understand things differently.

When people ask me what I think of the Christian way of thinking, I have to often limit what I say. I have had people who have chosen to reach out to me and say they want to be friends to seeming to shy away when I don’t respond with the same response. The reason is that I am polytheistic. I have been this way for a long time. I found that things make more sense in this way. While I do believe that Jesus was person who did great things but I have trouble with the belief that one person is going to be able to say that they are the son of God without there being a balance.

While I understand that people want something to believe in but to me there is no pure good and no pure evil. There has to be a balance somewhere in the person’s life. If a person has that balance then they are being whole people. There is no way that a person who can be 100% good all the time. The reason is that if a person is going to claim that they are then there are things hidden in the persons past.

Do you have a balance in your life?

THE CHILDREN …

What are the children to you? Are they the future or something that you can try to make understand your point of view?

For me the children are the future. If we teach them the right way they can find a way to make the world better. If you don’t then you end up with children that don’t understand that they need to help with others. I see the mistakes that have been made in the past and I see those that aren’t willing to make the changes that now are needed in the behavior for better of the times.

Children need to be under control always. They need to know that the parents run the house and that they will have to pay for doing something wrong. Kids today seem to not understand that they should help others. They seem to feel that the world owes them everything. What happened to them? When did discipline start being a crime?

I remember when I was a kid growing up, if we did something wrong we got in trouble for it. There was no X-Box video game system, there was no internet, no cell phones, and if you did something wrong then you got in trouble for it. People today wonder what is wrong with the kids but if you try to discipline them you get in trouble for doing it.

Kids don’t blow up when you tell them ‘No’. Kids aren’t going to lose their life support if their cell phone is taken away. Kids aren’t going lose touch with reality if they can’t be on Facebook or Twitter.

Parents need to wake up and start working to make the kids better than they are. Some parents are afraid to swat their kids and that is due to the reason that kids have been told that if their parents hit them to tell the school. There is a difference between abuse and discipline.

Abuse is when someone goes too far and leaves bruises or break bones. Discipline is taking things that the young person enjoys and making them earn it back. Discipline is a swat for something severe when it is done on a dressed backside and with a bare hand. There is a difference.

I know how it sounds, but the fact is I have seen first-hand what happens when the kids are told to report everything to the schools. The pain that you go through is immense and it never gets easier. When you get them back they are worse than before, they know how to cause you pain and will have learned nothing for what they did wrong.

WHAT EYES DO YOU SEE WITH?

This will sound rather strange but trust me with it. When I ask what eyes do you see with, I am wondering if you have ever tried to focus to where you can see things differently than you normally do? This is a test of perception on the world.

There are some that have a gift of seeing with the 3rd eye. These are the people that may not admit it but can see when things are both living and non-living. They could see ‘spirits’ or the ‘future’ or other things. Most people would say that they are not willing to admit that they can or they try to exploit the gift.

There are others that can through a different means. Some people say that meditation and the other Eastern based beliefs are going to take your soul to the Underworld. The thing is that using meditation, yoga and other forms of mental focus only strengthen your mind and can give you the chance to heal from the world outside.

If you remember in the books and the movies “Dune” you will remember that there is a poem that is used against fear. If you don’t remember it here it is for you:

LITANY AGAINST FEAR

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.


Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear – From Frank Herbert’s Dune Book Series

Now why is this important? When people look at things through eyes with fear in them it clouds the image. If they focus their minds they can see through the fear and see the facts and figure out the truth. The truth is what is so important to the world that we are in.

When you look at the world today, it seems that we are being fed a steady diet of fear. People who use meditation and relaxation methods can focus their minds and see things in a different eye. There are those that can multi-task wonderfully and those that can’t. Often those can have a harder time relaxing.

Have you ever found a video that is of waves crashing and the sounds of the ocean? try listening to it at night when you are having trouble sleeping, it will help you sleep. When you do that it is a form of focusing your mind instead of on work, it is on the sound of the waves.

This is the same thing when you do yoga or when you do anything that requires a focus of the mind.

Here is an experiment to try:

On a day off go on your porch or yard.

If you have grass, walk through it barefoot. Feel each blade, the texture, the moisture of it. When a thought of work comes in let it go over you and plant it in the grass with your next step. If you have flowers, look at them, see the texture, the pedals different colors, the shape of the pedals, the shape of the leaves and focus on it. let the world go in and out with each breath and you will feel calmer.