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It is the stuff in between things that is important.
It is not the things themselves that truly matter.
Like the intangibility of love, hate, or other emotions that holds people together, or pushes them apart.
Like the substance that Dark Matter is made of; the stuff that strings the galaxies of the universe together, that the scientists are searching for.
Like the walls of a building define and contain useful space. The walls themselves, having less useful properties.
Like the lines on a football field, and the rules of the game, they are in themselves useless, but it is what they describe that matters.
Like the timing between the notes of a piece of music, rather than the notes themselves.

It is the understanding of the relationship between things that holds more value than the things themselves.
It is the supporting framework that places things and events in the right places to create the illusion of importance of material things. But it is our relationship to those things that we really need see and perceive.

To become truly wise, seek this understanding as all things are linked by the space between them, not the things themselves.
This is what is meant by ‘all things are one’.

In relation to yesterday’s post (see here), there is another point that I choose to believe is true (I say ‘choose’ quite simply because there is no way of proving it true, but my observations and experiences suggest to me that it is true…).
My friend of the previous post, and I used to train together as teenagers as part of the local Track and Field team. Some of the winter training was pretty tough, well certainly for the age we were at, and I have distinct memories of the expression on her face when she was gritting her teeth, fighting hard against fatigue and the effects of lactic acid flooding the muscles… showing way back then the characteristics that are helping her today.

Since those days, I have continued to train in various disciplines, but for the last 16 years it has been in traditional Martial Arts.
Being constantly active, and being forever surrounded by the same type of people, I have seen some of them grow old, but never really suffer much from illness, and those few that have, seem to have the presence of mind to attack their illness like it is just another hard training session; i.e. something to grit your teeth against; something to fight against, and most importantly, something to overcome!

Similarly, it seems that my distant friend has also continued to train in one way or another over the years, and before she was diagnosed with cancer, she was training hard in Crossfit, and taking part in daft events like Tough Mudder’s.

In the light of what she is going through, but more importantly, how she is handling it, it further reinforces my belief that those who take part in tough physical training; tough enough that it also becomes mental training through having to develop the will to overcome the body’s desire to rest; will be those who are best equipped to deal with the worst that life has to throw at them.

I believe that something grows within those who regularly fight the little battles by choice, something that enables them to find the will-power to overcome the bigger battles likely to come later in life.

So… my advice to those of you who enjoy sitting back and watching the soaps on TV a lot more often than stepping up and staying active, is quite simply – you need to make a decision as to whether you would regret the easy, fun life when a bigger, unavoidable battle comes along.

Read this [The old man in me], and think hard, then make your chosen future happen!

It is the stuff in between things that is important; the stuff that truly matters.
Not the things in the middle, bounded and described by the space around them.
Like the substance that Dark Matter is made of; the stuff that strings the galaxies of the universe together, and keeps the stars circling forever,
…the essence of which the scientists are searching for.
Like the way that the walls of a building define and contain useful space. The walls themselves, having less useful properties.
Like the lines on a football field, and the rules of the game, they are in themselves useless, but it is what they describe that matters.
Like the timing between the notes in a piece of music, rather than the notes themselves.
Like the intangibility of love, and hate, and the other emotions; the stuff that holds people together, or pushes them apart.

It is the understanding of the relationship between things that holds more value than the things themselves.
It is here that the supporting framework is found; the framework that places things and events in the right places, and creates the illusion of the importance of material things.
But it is our relationship to those things that we really need see and perceive… the gap between us and it.

To become truly wise, one should seek this understanding, as all things are linked by the space between them, not the things themselves.
This is what is meant by ‘all things are one’.

The rate of the passing of time is something that we decide for ourselves.
How we choose to perceive the passing of time is entirely dependant upon the way we choose to view the events of the moment.
A child waiting for a bus will entertain themself my spinning around, singing songs, watching raindrops run down the bus shelter… generally just finding a way to enjoy themselves.
Suddenly the bus is there, and that moment finishes and the next begins.
Meanwhile, their parents are simply standing there waiting for the bus. Afraid to be like the child and have fun with the simple things… because of what others might think.
The passing of time goes so much slower for them. They are not involved in the moment, they are only waiting for the bus.
The child climbs on the bus and always wants to go on the upper deck… it’s more exciting! They see things from a new vantage point, a new way of seeing things that they are already used to.
The parent moans “Oh, do we have to? We’re only going to have to walk down the steps again…?”
They are blind to the fun that can be had.

How do we stop this from happening to us?
We must try every moment of every day to find that which is amusing, entrancing, bewitching, unusual, entertaining, heart-string tugging… anything at all that make you smile, or cry with joy, or stare open-mouthed in wonder…
As I type I am travelling on a train through the rain. I find it amusing how the stretched raindrops on the window look like little tadpoles wriggling horizontally back along the train, then suddenly a patch of blue sky shows through the dull grey low clouds. Life at over 100 miles per hour is different to what I usually experience. The speed of movement gives a greater appreciation of depth within the layers of cloud, it creates the wriggling tadpole raindrops. Oh! I just saw a radio telescope I’ve never seen before, just north of Cheltenham… It’s pointing straight up. I wonder what they’re looking at…

This is where the wonder of the internet comes in. It allows me to quickly find out about something new; a little extra knowledge enriches my life further.
Surely this is what the internet should be for… not for filling time with nothing better to do, but for enriching lives with knowledge and understanding.

Don’t just look at things, look a little more closely, see what’s different to what you usually see, use the internet to find out more, build a greater knowledge and understanding of the world around you… enrich your life any way you can… build a greater experience of living… never grow old and bored… there is fun to be had everywhere!

Time is not a property of the Universe,
it is an experience,
experienced by the parts of the Universe that is aware its own existence – us!
How else can it be explained how some events pass quickly, whilst others pass slowly?

A long time ago (at least a decade) I learned of the idea of listening to your intuition in order to let it guide you in times of stress.
Ever since then I have tried; first to find this ‘voice’, then to learn how to hear it when it is so much quieter than the voice of the mind, then to learn how to trust it.
This is the stage that I am currently at… and I think the next, and possibly last stage, is to follow it as a primary source of internal guidence.

Yesterday morning I was doing some circuit training with my fellow Karate nutters, and whilst my body was getting tired, but there was still hard work to do, and my body-mind was shouting loudly at me to STOP, I became aware that in the background this little voice that I’ve learned to trust, but am still learning to hear, was saying ‘You can still do more. You can ignore that other voice. It’ll be alright.
What I realised yesterday morning, is that the voice of intuition cannot lie!
It cannot tell you something that is not true, as it relays information from the body-mind to the conscious mind that is a true indication of your reality. It is only your conscious mind that screws things up by putting some wierd perception or spin on the facts presented.
In other words, if it says that you can do more, then you can! Obviously, this also means that if it says ‘It’s time to stop!’, then you should especially listen then! (How many of us have continued working hard and got injured when we know in hindsight that we should have stopped…? I have… too often…)
It doesn’t matter what anything else says, whether that be your own internal dialogue, or another person saying ‘You’ve done enough, you can stop now.

Your reality can ONLY be experienced by you. But your reality can be SO MUCH MORE if you learn to trust in your voice of intuition.

Just because you can

Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.
Just because you can’t do something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
And just because you could try, it doesn’t mean that you must.
Whatever action you choose to do, you should always do what you judge to be right,
with the knowledge you have at that time.
Follow this my friend, and life can be lived without regret.

As an Aerospace Engineer, I have a mind-set that looks to see where something is measured from in order for it to make sense to me. I look for datums.
This learned mind-set permeates all aspects of my life and makes me ask seemingly awkward questions so that I can understand whatever it is I’ve just been told, or is proposed to me.

For example, in Britain, we’ve recently been informed that 2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record with more than 52 inches (1,32 meters) of rain falling. (It certainly seemed the wettest!) It was just a few millimetres short of being the wettest.
To understand this claim, the engineer in me wants to know how this was measured, so immediately asks the questions of:
1) Was that evenly distributed across the country, and was there more or less where I live…?
2) Were the two years similar in terms of the distribution of rain through the year, or was one drier than the other over say, the first quarter?

This might seem that I’m simply being awkward (my wife says I am!) but really I am just trying to understand how similar the two years were. I’m just making sure that I understand the ‘units’ of measurement, otherwise, to an engineer, the statement means nothing!
For example, it could be that in one of the years, we caught the tail end of a North Atlantic hurricane that dumped 15 inches of rain in two days. Whereas the other year may have been affected by an increasingly common jet-stream shift.
This could bring the rainfall total to the same numbers, but in reality the hurricane year was 15 inches less, except for the two days of freak weather. Those 15 inches might even make the difference between the driest and wettest years… so the 2nd wettest year ever would be a, not incorrect, but misleading claim.

Ok… so going back to the subject within the title of this post… I think that Man is neither inherently good nor evil. It is a self-defeating question because of the datum to which it must be measured.
The nature of Man is being measured against Man’s inherent nature… how far away from the ocean are you when you’re fully immersed within it…?

The datum for measuring good or evil seems defined by that which is predominant in our nature; it is our default condition, and different aspects of it are enhanced or suppressed by the culture in which we live, and by a common element of the influences that have made each of us the people we are today.
Something that is seen to be ‘good’ today, may not be so in 100 years. The culture will be different, and the datum for measuring good and bad will have shifted.

Interestingly, this proves that neither good nor evil exist. They are simply inventions of the human condition… conspiracy theorists might say that this ‘invention’ was created and then driven by the governments in order to control the population… and if this is true, it still shows that they are inventions of the human condition.

My point in this post is to show how often we fall victim to supposition and how when making a judgement call of some nature, we should try to make sure that we understand what our judgement is being measured against.
We should each look to the datum of things… the core of things in order to better understand judgements / our beliefs originate.

All people believe in things, no matter how mild their belief – it is an integral part of being human.
These beliefs can range from the major, life altering belief in a certain deity(s) or an equivalent, to the very minor beliefs such as which type of food is the best for, say, countering the effects of fatigue.
Some of these beliefs can be easily justified by the individual, both to themselves and to others due to it being a result of their personal experiences in life “I do it this way because I once experienced [x], therefore, this is right because it works for me.”
Often beliefs such as these are shared by others because of similar experiences, thereby ‘confirming’ to each believer that the ‘truth’ has been found.

With all of this, I have no problem. Each person is the sum total of their life’s experiences and influences up to any given point in time, therefore it would be utterly pointless to argue against their experience.
This doesn’t mean to say that I will agree with their belief; I may have had a different experience; but then, I don’t expect them to believe in mine either.

However……
It has been my observation for a few years, that often the more minor beliefs are formed by a person’s first, and perhaps repeated exposure to something (either repeatedly experienced, or taught as dogma by a respected person) that appears to be correct, i.e. ‘The sky is blue’  or  ‘The sun comes out in the day, and the moon at night’.
As much as these two examples are true, the dogma within the words is only a part of the whole picture. A little observation / investigation allows a person to see and experience that there are variations to this truth… that there is more to learn than what is initially proposed.

For example; it was recently pointed out to me (and proposed in such a way that this person appears to believe in this claim – and I’m not saying they’re wrong… but read on…) that a certain fruit type is 10000 more effective at killing off cancer cells that the most modern medicine. The subsequent text went on to highlight (yet again) the ‘conspiracy’ theory that the benefits of this super fruit is not communicated to the masses because of the financial impact it would have on the pharmaceutical companies that are producing the synthetic (but less effective) equivalent.

My first reaction was to quickly do a little research on this claim to see what other organisations had to say on this.
One of the first websites I came across suggested that instead of 10000 times more effective, it was in fact only 100 times more effective. (As an engineer, I have to ask how this is measured / quantified…)
The next website suggested that taken in chronic amounts, the intake of this fruit has been linked to the onset of Parkinson’s disease… hmm, interesting, considering that 5 minutes earlier it was proposed to me that this is some kind of super food!

Now, I haven’t looked any further (and probably won’t as I don’t have enough interest), but what I’m trying to point out is that just because one person says something is fantastic, doesn’t mean it actually is.
I appreciate that we all know this, but it seems that it is too easy to forget this little bit of wisdom and simply ‘go with the flow’ and get caught up in the hype.

Now, I can be an argumentative git at times, but when I am, it is because I am usually trying to get to the core truth of something and I find it frustrating that the other party cannot see past their belief pattern (or perhaps my spoken words aren’t as eloquent as my written ones!).
I am of a nature today that simply cannot believe something just because somebody says so – no matter how much they are respected as an authority on the matter.
I need to understand why and how this ‘truth’ has been arrived at, otherwise, to me, it is just another proposed empty belief.

I think the point I’m trying to make here is, that  no matter how strong your beliefs are in any one thing; please, please take a step back to investigate just how close to the truth (or how far) the claim actually is. Don’t believe in something just because Mr ‘famous so-and-so’ said so.

As I’ve said before:

To prove your beliefs valid, great effort should be put forth into disproving them.

Which truth is true?

There is truth that I am taught,
truth that I experience,
and truth that I feel.
Which truth should I believe…?