Thursday, January 13, 2022

Belief Tune-Up

"The exploration of the highest reaches of human nature and of its ultimate possibilities has involved for me the continuous destruction of cherished axioms, the perpetual coping with seeming paradoxes, contradictions and vagueness. And the occasional collapse around my ears of long established, firmly believed in and seemingly unassailable laws of psychology."

Abraham Maslow, the founder of humanistic psychology, wrote those thoughts. He identified a four-layer hierarchy of basic human needs. The four basic needs are physiological esteem, love, friendship, and security. Higher levels of needs also exist. Those needs are sensual understanding, esthetic appreciation, and spiritual needs. When we become aware of those needs, self-actualization comes to the surface. That means we believe we are the person we think we should be.

We live in a body filled with beliefs. Our ideas and thoughts are more than shadowed images. Thoughts act like invisible cells looking for a belief. Thoughts and beliefs affect our nervous system, and the body responds accordingly. The cells respond to core beliefs because there is so much emotion attached to them. Core beliefs are the deeply embedded emotional thoughts passed to us through our family and early education.

The core belief system includes deep-seated thoughts about relationships, duplicity, sexuality, truth, emotions, perceptions, religion, science, and the physical universe. Within those core beliefs, other beliefs develop through our associations and influences. We build thought fortresses around our body of core thoughts. And we challenge any incoming thoughts that do not conform to our core beliefs.

We also have hidden beliefs that fly in and out of our core belief environment. Examining beliefs enhances our awareness of who we are. We become more aware of the type of energy we project into our physical reality.

When we combine our beliefs with imagination and emotions, we form a mental picture of what we want to experience. We initiate the action of our consciousness through that desire. And it manifests physically in some way. The non-physical energy within us creates what we want to experience. Our beliefs create perceptions. And our physical and non-physical consciousness responds.

As Maslow points out, most of our beliefs need a tune-up because many of us are not aware of the manifesting power within emotionally charged beliefs.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Open Mind

We Are Here. Time To Cheer. Mr. Clean Let Out A Scream Party Planner Is In The Virus Slammer.

Puddles Of Pain— Mental Rain. Pull Back The Curtain Nothing’s Certain. Showers Of Hours With No Name Grow Flowers In The Mist Of What To Gain.

Atoms Pray The Electromagnetic Way. Molecules Do The Hustle When Cells Sit In A Fear-Filled Duffle.

Folks Got A Little Looped On Twenty-Twenty-One’s Vaccine Scoop.

Fuss And Folly Still Sit On The Trolley Cause Monkey Shines Define The Times.


Create Twenty-Two With An Open Mind.

Happy New Year!

Open Mind

H.T. Manogue

Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Grease

Holiday Wishes And New Year’s Kisses!

Blinking Lights — Santa Thinks Twice.

Naughty Spanked Nice With Loaded Dice.

Party Glow. Children Know

No Sense Of Clock In A Flock

That Wears Red Socks.

Perception Pointing. Choice Anointing.

Emotions Rage. Anger’s On Parade.

Roasted Nuts. Eggnog Bunch.

Gifts Not Tiffs Define This Day.

Pesky Peeps Grow Webbed Feet

When Elves Sled And Treats Spread

The Ego From The Web.

A Connection Tree Is The Place To Be.

Smooth That Inner Crease

With Loving Christmas Grease.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Beliefs Build And Protect Lies

Telling a lie is an act with a sharp focus. It is designed to insert a particular falsehood at a specific point in a set or system of beliefs, in order to avoid the consequences of having that point occupied by the truth. This requires a degree of craftsmanship, in which the teller of the lie submits to objective constraints imposed by what he takes to be the truth. The liar is inescapably concerned with truth-values. In order to invent a lie at all, he must think he knows what is true. And in order to invent an effective lie, he must design his falsehood under the guidance of that truth.

On the other hand, a person who undertakes to bullshit his way through has much more freedom. His focus is panoramic rather than particular. He does not limit himself to inserting a certain falsehood at a specific point, and thus he is not constrained by the truths surrounding that point or intersecting it. He is prepared to fake the context as well, so far as need requires.

Princeton Philosophy Professor Harry G. Frankfurt wrote those thoughts in his 2005 book, On Bullshit. Frankfurt does an excellent job explaining the difference between lying and bullshit. We find ourselves in a world where liars and bullshit artists become political rock stars. The inequities in a capitalistic society give these modern-day bandits the ammunition they need to keep the lies and bull shit coming.

Beliefs have salient features. And one of those features is they begin to erode through the years. Beliefs are a mixture of old and new thoughts, so they are always vulnerable when new thoughts arrive. So if a fashionable societal belief doesn’t fit into a person’s perception of the world they live in at a particular moment, they lie. The lies create fresh beliefs, and they become new truths.

Beliefs act like invisible cells. They build perceptions and choices to protect the lies. The liar lives in the glory of his tweaked beliefs. The liar becomes the truthful one in his world of perceptions. If others don’t agree with the liar’s perceptions, they become liars. But the bullshit artist keeps on painting a world of altered truths until the bullshit propels him to a mental place where all the wordy shit-slinging no longer matters.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Flavor Of The Day

Words Are Symbols. Thoughts Are Nimble.

Beliefs Give Them Thrust

In The Yard Of Earthly Dust.

Hens Keep Calling — Axes Falling.

Body Bag Bake. Stuffing Cake.

It’s A Headless Brawl

When Perceptions Trip and Fall

In Ancient Weeds

Like Chunky Toms Wearing Thongs.

Throw A Load Of Peace


That Downhome Feast!

Gratitude Is The Flavor Of The Day.

H.T. Manogue

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Mushroom Time

Thought Forest You’re An Artist

Bundled In The Pick Of Time.

But Let’s Be True

There’s More To You

Than Ticks And Leaves.

Imagination Worms, Plants That Heal

Turn Party True Inside Of You.

Ideas Calling. Now You’re Balling

Cause Cells Work Overtime

While Roots Talk About

Mushroom Time.

H.T. Manogue

Just An Old Fashioned Love Song Meets Stoic Man

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Yesterday's Thoughts

Information (the stuff of the imagination) not only transforms the material world, it becomes it. The adage “you are what you eat” has changed into “you are what you know” and since your knowledge depends on what information you accept as “fact,” you are what you believe!

Fred Alan Wolf, the quantum physics guru, wrote those thoughts in his book, Quantum’s Little Book Of Big Ideas. Fred is able to put esoteric thought into simple terms. We are what we believe. But the issue is we don’t know the scope of all our beliefs.

We all have obvious beliefs passed down through the generations. Those beliefs are our truths. We don’t question them. But as we know, most of those truths are under scrutiny at this point in physical time. We forget that our belief structure is not solid. It can change as we change. Associations and influences influence our beliefs, so that mental structure is in a state of knowledge remix almost every day.

Most of us believe certain truths can never change. We take those solid truths to the next life with us. What we don’t realize is those solid truths rearranged, reorganized, and reassessed at some point.

Truths are our perception of real. The truth in one person’s mind is not the truth in another mind. That mind has a perceived truth, and that brings our duplicity to a boil. We then begin the right and wrong, good and bad game, and we put conflicting truths on the stand of morality and righteousness to decide what the real truth is.

But truths are real to the all believers until those truths move to the valley of yesterday’s thoughts.

Just An Old Fashioned Love Song Meets Stoic Man

H.T. Manogue