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Songs on Saturday ~ December 1st

At Christmas, love the giver more than the gift.

The First of December is the beginning of my personal Christmas Season ~ others may begin their own Christmas earlier, or if they follow older traditions will not begin to celebrate Yule until December 21st.  The end of Yuletide is January 1st, and here in England the traditional end of Christmas is 12th Night, which falls on January 5th.

Anyone with the spirit of Christmas / Yule in their heart will have their own seasonal traditions, one of mine is that my Christmas playlist comes into force today ~ my computerised music system really only plays festive songs between now and 12th night.

This is one of my favourite festive tunes ~ it reminds me that not everyone looks forward to Christmas.

Please listen with joy and compassion in your heart.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

snow in the high desert,

New Mexico

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ the rocks and the water

if it wasn’t for the rocks, the water would have no music

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Newport Beach, Orange County, California

Santa Fe Trail

‘the trail to Santa Fe means eradicating the Kiowa and the Comanche’

shot from the car on the Road to Santa Fe

Went to Santa Fe in New Mexico ~ change scene to Classic Western movie starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ronald Reagan as General George Armstrong Custer.  And nope, it wasn’t anything like that at all.

For a start it was snowing, and that made it more like a Clint Eastwood nihilistic spaghetti western.  Then we had lunch in the coolest New Mexico menu restaurant, which was full of sexy chi-chi women.  And after that I took in the Georgia O’Keeffe art museum, which was all about weird multi-million dollar paintings.

O’Keeffe’s work is ostensibly of flowers, but trust me, most of her paintings spoke to me of abstract images of female genitalia.  Weird.

The girl riding shotgun and I wandered around a few art galleries too.  Either Santa Fe NM is a seriously wealthy town, or seriously wealthy people go there to buy art.

All in all I like Santa Fe, even if it is more Clint Eastwood and Georgia O’Keeffe than Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.  An almost accidental little road trip, with an accidentally great result.

Just another confirmation that I’m suddenly living the good life.

Some say that great art is not meant to be understood.  And that what you see in a painting is merely a reflection of your own subconscious mind.  All I know is that flowers really are sexual organs.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Damn the Past

The past is never what you believed it was.

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memories like past passing clouds

drift silently screaming monochrome

colourless in grey and white shadows

destructive shades of love and home

ignored lies, shards of present charades

living in the past bitterness forever alone

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the less you give a fuck about the shadows, the happier you will be

 

 

Being the Better Man

Make your life a journey of being who you want to be.

Better than what?  Being a better man than who?  Just who am I if I am being a better man?

Well, I’ll tell you what Being the Better Man means to me.  It means that today I will be cooler, kinder, more mindful, and more in touch with life than I was yesterday.  And tomorrow I will be just a little bit better than I was today.  Being the Better Man, the guy that makes other people feels good about themselves, is a journey, not a destination.

Being the Better Man means being better than I used to be, and NOT being better than other people.  The only guy I am measuring myself against is myself.

Being a really cool guy, living a really great life, also means losing all those negative defects of character that blighted my life for all of my life.  I have managed to lose jealousy, envy, judgmentalism, paranoia, spite, resentment, self-pity, egotism, impatience, insincerity, lust, anger…..  And hey, I’m not perfect so all that crap still visits me from time to time, but the dark side doesn’t live with me anymore.  Negatively is no longer the driving force of my ego.

All of that horrible and hurtful behaviour came from my childhood, when my innocent subconscious mind soaked up all the bad examples set by the adults around me.  Particularly I learned from all the bad attitudes and behaviours and lovelessness exhibited by my parents.  Not that my parents were particularly bad, but to a small child anger is a far more powerful emotion than love.

It turns out that it’s impossible for anyone to consciously control their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours twenty-four hours a day, (well the hours you are awake anyway).  Ergo, what is needed is to implant newer and better thoughts, feelings, and behaviours into your subconscious mind, because your subconscious mind is actually running the show 95% of the time.  And, you do that any way you can, any way that truly works for you; hypnosis, counselling, group therapy, Alcoholics Anonymous, Heart-Brain Harmony, acupuncture…..  But not drugs, not under any circumstances.  The instant you take any drug or medication you are not you anymore, you are just the drug.

But, if I can change my subconscious mind, then so can you.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

self-talk is a very powerful thing

Monday ~ Moments of Joy

The most wasted of all days is one without joy and laughter.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

be mindful and joyful

Get rid of the toxic people from your life

reblogged psychology and lifestyle post

I saw this blog post and it was so interesting and appropriate that I thought I would share it with you.

via Get rid of the toxic people from your life

In the past I have been a toxic person, from time to time.  That was not my conscious choice, it was the result of all the shit my principal carers put into my head when I was a young child.  I have now left those toxic behaviours behind me.

I know some toxic people, and I now know that their toxic behaviours are not their fault – their being toxic is the direct result of all the shit their principal carers put into their heads while they were young and vulnerable children.

However, if those toxic people do not consciously choose to change their toxicity for the better, then I will just leave them behind me.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7 @talktalk.net

I find women who go into bars alone quite toxic

Moonlight Cherishes

The moon looks down upon us all with her kindly lovelight

Artemis, Cerridwen, Diana, Isis, Luna, Seline,

the brightest full moon should be enough

She keeps me safe in her celestial love

soft and white as some heavenly dove

yet unimaginably distant so far above

ordinary man with pain undreamed of

be comforted because you are loved

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the brightest moonrise

The Subconscious Mind

What we think and believe, we become.

Here in New Mexico, yesterday I learned some powerful stuff, part of which was an exploration of how the brain works, specifically how the subconscious mind works.  Starting with the hard science of up-to-the-minute biochemistry and the structure of the brain, and going right down to the way our subconscious mind controls our actions, I was shown some advanced tools to help me in my day to day life.

It seems that the influence of our subconscious mind (95%), far outweighs the control our conscious mind has over our actions  (5%).  Think about it, our subconscious mind runs walking, talking, driving, deciding how we get to where we are going, what we think about people, and all the other daily actions we take for granted.  Our conscious mind does the creative stuff.

The snag is that a lot of what is in our subconscious got there before we were old enough to decide what was good, bad, or terrible – much of our unconsciousness was filled up with feelings, opinions, beliefs….. before we were 7 years old.  A lot of what is in my subconscious are things I would really prefer not to be there – for example fear of abandonment.

I would really like to change some of the things in my subconscious, but that is a very long and difficult task – like learning to drive, truly changing my belief systems will take a lot of time and effort.  If you play a sport, just think how long it took you to get good at it, that’s how long it takes an adult like me to implant something complex into my subconscious mind.

And you can’t just think it, you have to believe in it and do it – practice how you want your subconscious mind to be, don’t just think about it do it and believe in it.

Belief is more powerful than reality, but no matter how much you believe you can fly, you can’t.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

New Mexico Retreat

Chaos breeds life energies – Order brings habit

from my hotel room’s patio

Day one of the From Chaos to Coherence retreat was gratifyingly far more intense and content-rich than even my best expectations.  Admittedly, with two speakers operating consecutively, there wasn’t quite the strongest thread running through the dozens of topics explored – and I wonder how many of the delegates managed to keep up.  I’m not certain that all of the mature women there, (and the attendees were by far mostly women), are totally alongside the counterintuitive concepts of quantum mechanics.  Although I’m damn certain everyone there was fully congruent with spooky connections, and that reality is an illusion.

Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  –  Einstein

For me, the most powerful message imparted can be summed up in the phrase: The interconnectedness of all things.

Ergo, if you change one thing in your life, the ripple effect will mean that everything in your life will change in some way – eventually.  And that if you take a drug, prescription or otherwise, then every organ and cell in your body will be affected, not just the organs the drug is supposedly targeted towards.

Some say that without movement, change, and chaos there is only stagnation and death.  And, that the better we know ourselves the less we fear change.  All I know is that I feel self-empowered,  and self-confident today.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

The Enchanted Land

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