Tag Archives: Spirituality

Scenes on Sunday ~ Northern Sunsets

sunsets are proof that the world is a beautiful place

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

quite like Turner, perhaps?

June 20th ~ The Summer Solstice

the longest day of the year has special meanings for all spiritual people

This far north, the sun rises today at 04:27, and does not set until 21:45, some 17hrs 17min and 55sec later.  That’s the true day length, but this close to the sea, this far north, it’s fully light here from about 03:30 until 22:42, as a matter of fact it never really gets dark today.  Full Nautical Twilight is a very strange phenomenon.  Of course our clocks are slightly wrong because noon at the Greenwich Meridian today is at 13:01.  That’s politicians and orbital drift for you.

The spiritual significance of the summer solstice lies in embracing the sun and its life-giving power, and if you live as far north as I, then you will know how much better you feel in summer, as opposed to the dank, cold, dark days of winter.  The summer solstice is also a time of new beginnings, and I am fully aware that I need to make and stick to some solstice resolutions.  How much better to make new resolutions in summer as opposed to almost the shortest days of the New Year.

My first resolution, aim, goal is to be physically, emotionally, and mentally stronger, fitter, healthier ~ loss prone to illnesses.

And my second is to be kinder, more supportive, more charitable, more accepting and understanding, friendlier and more loving.

The third and last resolution for this solstice is that indefinable and immeasurable thing; to be a better man.

Some say that the only goal worthy of a man is to be superior.  And that, it doesn’t matter how we treat others, what really matters is how they treat us.  All I know is that I would rather be a very nice guy, living a really great life, than a jerk.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I hope and trust you can enjoy the warm, live-giving sun at this solstice.

Random Jottings ~ Vampires

vampires do not drive sensible cars

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never offer a vampire a drink

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he tasted the blood in the water

well, she was that kind of vampire

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she was bad, she was mean, she was dangerous

but she did drive a vintage red Corvette

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most vampire’s theme song isn’t the toccata and fugue

it’s bat out of hell

I once loved a vampire, but she was a few hundred years older than me

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jack collier
jackcollier7@talktalk.net

she had wise eyes

a face of angelic innocence

damn shame she was a vampyre

Distressed and Depressed

you have to be at your strongest when you’re feeling your weakest

staring into nothingness

A few days ago I decided to stop following the news.  It isn’t so much the hard news of current events which I find distressing and depressing, it’s the rather one-sided and left-liberal commentary, opinions, and spin that goes along with the news.  I can form my own opinions concerning the facts and truths, I do not need to be told what to think.

The unvarnished news is bad enough; the economy has tanked, the coronavirus is still making people ill, routine heath care and dentistry has ceased for the duration, there is no formal education for most, people are rioting in the streets, restrictions on personal freedoms continue, and nobody can go anywhere.  If I did take a train to somewhere there’s little to do when I get there, and certainly nowhere to eat or stay overnight.

This COVID-19 lockdown has cost unimaginable billions.  It’s obvious that it’s going to take decades to pay off all the money the UK government has borrowed to support this country during the current medical crisis ~ some say as long as it took to repay all the borrowing that resulted from WWII.  That took decades, in fact about a half a century.  That means Great Britain is entering a new era of austerity.  Most in this country are going to be financially much worth off for the foreseeable future.

Add to that the disgraceful riots and violence that has infected our town and cities, and you can see that this country has become a distressing, depressing, and unsafe place to live.  The lawlessness is particularly distressing for the average ‘person in the street’ ~ there is a feeling that nobody and nothing is safe.

Perhaps it is time that the 1715 Riot Act, repealed in 1967, was brought back into English Law.  Although, the Death Penalty for being part of a tumultuous, riotous assembly of 12 persons or more is a little harsh for this day and age.  And transportation is out of the question, you don’t have to be a criminal to go to Australia any more.

Selfishly, the thing that is distressing and depressing me the most is that I first got sick just about 3 months ago, and I’m still suffering.  Weariness, lassitude, lack of energy, shortness of breath, coughing, and confusion to name but a few symptoms.  I’ll get over it and get better sometime ~ I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

doom, gloom, death, and depression

The Sea and The Sky

I must go down to the sea again
to the lonely sea and the sky

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pour out your soul to the clouds

and wish for a fair wind

 

Spiritual Energies

the fundamental interconnectedness of all things

Crowd Psychology dictates that everyone in a group tends to do the same thing at the same time ~ whether on not an individual member of the group intended to act in a certain way, crowd psychology means that they will follow the herd.  This applies to people watching sports, people fleeing from disaster, crowds of protesters, and mobs of rioters.  It even applies to groups of friends sitting around shooting the breeze.  Crowd Psychology also applies to herds of buffalo, flocks of birds, shoals of fish, and swarms of bees.  And today, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, awake or asleep, you are part of a group / several groups.  Instantly connected to the entire world by TV news, social media, video chat, email, telephone, and the spiritual energies of the infinite shared unconsciousness…..  You are never more than six degrees of separation from every other person on this planet.

My strongest spiritual / religious belief is in the interconnectedness of all things, that everything and everyone is connected through space, time, and their life energies.  This is a universal concept and explains many things ~ like why we say to those that we care for; ‘you’re in my thoughts’, ‘you’re in my prayers’, ‘I love you…..’  It also explains the Titanic Disaster, 9/11, The Great Depression, Wars, Black Lives Matter, and the public outpourings of grief at the death of Princess Diana…..

Here’s the thing.  During this COVID-19 pandemic the feelings and thoughts of us all, the news media and interpersonal communications have mostly been negative.  Turn on the news and I get the number of coronavirus deaths,  the rioting and violence in big cities around the world, the tales of personal tragedies, opinions on the economic doom facing us…..

This affects us all because of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, group psychology, and the universal unconsciousness.  No wonder so many people are unhappy, depressed, distressed ~ without really knowing why.  It explains the weird and negative things happening today, like the protests and riots, why our politicians and others in authority are suddenly being exposed as liars, charlatans, adulterers…..  Like why our Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s personal popularity rating has crashed by 45 points, going negative for the very first time.

And yet, amid all this negativity a few have risen above the herd and shown great personal courage and goodness.  One needs look no further than 100 years old Captain Tom Moore’s gallant fundraising effort for our National Health Service.  Captain, (now Colonel), Sir Tom’s efforts raised £32, 795, 065, and inspired a nation.

Some say we should stay safe, stay at home, obey lockdown, be afraid.  And, that we can’t have fun, can’t go anywhere, can’t have sex.   All I know is that I will not add to the negative spiritual energies flooding the infinite shared unconsciousness.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

among his other honors Captain Tom was granted a flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Flight.

Scenes on Sunday ~ Pentacost

wisdom is knowing the right thing to do
and doing it at the right time
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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 value the love and support of your friends

Songs on Saturday ~ R.E.M.

I’m so in love with you

This is for a friend of mine ~ someone I care about very deeply, especially now, when everybody hurts.  Including me.

Please listen with love.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I would rather be here, with a close friend

Tunes on Tuesday ~ I Can See Clearly Now

that feeling when you’re not necessarily sad, but you feel empty

Unless you’ve been isolated, alone and lonely, not really allowed to go out, and knowing that there is no true purpose to your lockdown, then you don’t realise that solitary confinement brings about a slow, steady, and inevitable decline to your body, mind, and soul.

I am not as good a man, not as good a person as I was when I entered this government imposed lockdown a couple of months ago.  But, I wasn’t fully aware of that until I had a couple of very strange dreams last night.  One was about being on Jersey, in the English Channel Islands, when the Germans invaded in June 1940, the other was about needing to leave an important examination an hour early to answer a call of nature.

Both were about being trapped.  Both were allegorical ~ telling me to get the hell out of the garret and taste freedom, whatever the fucking government wants.  I can see that clearly now.

I am not a number, I am a free man.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Channel Islanders still hate the Germans

Monochrome Monday

define your world in black and white and you miss out the goodness hiding in the grey

The world is monochrome, you are either free to go out and about, or like me you are supposed to be suffering complete isolation, alone with my own thoughts.  Some of the time my mind is not the best place to be.  Sometimes my mind is like a desert, spooky and desolate.

And then again, inside my mind is sometimes as spooky and cluttered as an abandoned building.

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Some say that we get what we deserve.  And that so as we give to the world, so we shall receive in return.  All I know is that I have been spreading it a little thin lately.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

there is nobody working here in England.

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