Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Lawn Party: And Everyone's Invited H.T. Manogue Independently Published (2023) ISBN: 979-8218137007 Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (10/2023) 5*- A lawn party for your mind

"The Lawn Party: And Everyone's Invited" by H.T. Manogue, is a beautiful volume of poetry and artwork that includes the work of four poets that will have you thinking and feeling your way toward deeper meaning. The book has a newer age, transformative feel to it, and some of the poems are quite mystical in nature, suggested by the psychic travels described and explained in the book.

The mystic Rumi is one of the thinkers whose 800-year-old writing is included. Another inspiration is Seth, an entity that is non-physical and used to enhance awareness.

These poems offer a philosophical journey to guide you toward enlightenment, with messages about belief and how we perceive people, places, events, and even the universe--the foundation for the choices we make in life, which shape our experiences in a lot of ways. Once our belief systems about religion, love, science, sex, etc., have been identified and understood, we can then know what creates our reality.

Manogue goes a bit deeper in this book, into the realm of psychic messages that could shape people as well. Sorting out systems you have been entrenched in from generations ago and that are present during your lifetime can be daunting. Paul Harmon is another figure in the book that is featured and explored. Most of the poems have a feel of immediacy, as if the poet is channeling a message and writing it down from the ether. The artwork that is interspersed throughout the poetry is just as intriguing as the text.

One of the interesting things that stands out to me is the author's concept of misremembering, or rather, confusing the physical personality with the inner personality. Manogue's work is included as well.

His poetic lines like,

You Want More? Greed Has A Swinging Door. Cells Know Well There's No Peace In Holy Hell, With One-Way Gears. And A Fear-Laced Spear

…are just a sampling of the imagery and thought found in this work, which is a perfect companion to the artwork. If you are ready for a fresh, new take on poetry and imagery, then treat yourself to a lawn party for the mind and put "The Lawn Party: And Everyone's Invited" by H.T. Manogue on your to-read list

Friday, October 27, 2023

Bullshit Influences Our Beliefs

One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted.

People are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, nor attracted must sustained inquiry.

Since bullshit need not be false, it differs from lies in its misrepresentational intent. The bullshitter may not deceive us, or even intend to do so, either about the facts or about what he takes the facts to be.

What he does necessarily is attempt to deceive us about his enterprise. His only indispensably distinctive characteristic is that in a certain way he misrepresents what he is up to.

Princeton Professor Harry G. Frankfurt wrote the 2005 bestseller, On Bullshit. The professor's small book packs a powerful awareness punch. There is an element of Professor Frankfurt's topic incorporated into our belief structure. And we use it in everyday communications. It is one of those hidden belief birds. Hidden belief birds are the unverifiable thoughts that fly around our belief birdcage.

Bullshit helps create choices, perceptions, and experiences. It’s easy to use, and we do an excellent job of camouflaging it. But it’s not hidden in the inner messages we send to other people. We all subjectively pick up elements of bullshit in conversations.

Bullshit influences our consciousness. It is a vibrational disruptor. We use it to answer questions. Questions we know nothing about—Or may only know a little about. When that strategy appears to work, the routine continues. Then we add more bullshit to those thoughts.

Those disruptive thoughts come from fear. And from the fear, we develop an unhealthy form of accomplishment. Then we internally celebrate our disrupting victory by continuing to add more bullshit to the mix. Bullshit may not be false, as Frankfurt points out. But it is an exaggeration of an impulse or a group of impulses. Bullshit paints an attractive perception where none exists.

So, in one sense, Bullshit is a tool of awareness that helps close a perceived gap in conformity. We try conforming, but our type of consciousness has innate individuality in its perceptual organization. Events rise out of each other in a profusion of creativity. Bullshit can be a main ingredient in that spontaneous expansion of awareness.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Nobody Wins

Thick Plus Rich Life’s Your Titch.

War Has Flavor When Hate Sets The Table.

Bits Of Rage Like That Religious Haze.

Anger Steps In— The Exodus Begins

Because Exploding Souls Leave Lots Of Holes.

Children See It All— Some Live

To Relive Rocket Brawls—

And Then Try To Avenge It All.

But Battling For Peace Is Like

Sexting For Sheep.

Nobody Wins When Vengeance Rules

And Fear Lives In Mental Pools.

Monday, October 2, 2023

Hybrid Form Of Democracy

The first and foremost aim of each political party is to prevail over the other in order to get into power or to stay in it. But, no leadership is absolute.

Political leadership exerted according to the democratic method is even less so than are others because of that competitive element which is of the essence of democracy.

Professor Joseph Schumpeter wrote those thoughts in his 1942 book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. From 1925 to 1932, Schumpeter was the Department of Economics chairman at the University of Bonn. He fled Nazi rule in 1932 and became a professor of economics at Harvard. He taught at Harvard until he passed in 1950.

In his book, Schumpeter talks about the political structure of democracy. He said the primary function of the popular vote is to produce a government in a democracy. We all have the right to object to political leadership. But only the elected few get the chance to change the government's social direction. Political leaders from both parties usually respond to political threats by taking a middle course, which includes subtly insisting on discipline and putting up backdoor roadblocks that thwart political enemies.

Political leaders temper pressure using judicial concessions, a thirst for compliments, and half-baked promises. Those political maneuvers usually result in a considerable amount of media attention. Media attention motivates politicians to act in a ritual-heavy way while other issues sit in a boiling pot of political rhetoric.

The two-party system is an ever-changing structure. Our elected officials may not focus on issues that promote public welfare even though they believe in and agree on fixing blaring issues. Both parties create flexible principles that promote the success of their party. But those principles may not enhance the success of democracy.

Friday, September 1, 2023

Some Beliefs Start At Birth

Can you find another market like this? Where, with your one rose you can buy hundreds of rose gardens?

Where for one seed you get a whole wilderness? For one weak breath, the divine wind?

You've been fearful of being absorbed in the ground or drawn up by the air. Now, your waterbead lets go and drops into the ocean, where it came from.

It no longer has the form it had, but it's still water. The essence is the same. This giving up is not a repenting, it's a deep honoring of yourself.

Rumi explains a lot about our existence in his poem The Seed Market. The ancient poet understood humans live in a seed market where every thought is a seed. Thought seeds grow and become beliefs that influence our choices and perceptions. Our thoughts are just like our cells. They create and support our body's consciousness. Our choices help create perceptions. Perceptions are energy projections. They help produce our individual and mass reality.

Emotionally charged thoughts create a psychological bridge where similar emotional impulses breed. When we produce an abundance of emotional perceptions, we attract the perception of others, and common beliefs develop.

Some beliefs start before birth. They are in our DNA. Our DNA beliefs are our hidden beliefs. They manifest with our parents' help. Hidden and physically-created beliefs give us a sense of who we are. And who we want to avoid being. Our beliefs have a strong defense. Any thought that does not conform to an accepted belief system is an invader. War is part of our hidden belief system. We are warriors who defend our perceptions and the perceptions of other like-minded thinkers.

The thought we exist and participate in a fourth level of consciousness awareness is one of those invading thoughts. Our old impulses want to keep our belief system functioning in just one particular area of three-dimensional moments of awareness. But when we allow a fourth-dimensional state of awareness to mix with our current physical focus, the experiences we create from those positive invading thoughts change our three-dimensional reality.

As Rumi said: "For one rose, we could buy hundreds of rose gardens." Any thought can produce abundance like that —if it has a fluid connection to our inner personality. That means we believe we create what we experience. We are what we think. And when we change what we think about who we are, we begin to understand our thought-seed market sits open within us. For More Information About Beliefs And How They Impact Perceptions, Pick Up A Copy Of:

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

State of Ignorance

Ignorance prevails as long as the will remains cheated by its own offspring or its own image, consciousness, in which the knower always stand distinguished from the known.

The cheating, however cannot last, the will wishes to be enlightened, to be free, to be by itself. Ignorance always presupposes the existence of something outside and unknown.

This unknown outside is generally termed the ego or soul, which is in reality the will itself in a state of ignorance.

D.T. Suzuki, in his 1926 essay Enlightenment and Ignorance throws a spotlight on the separation within the self. Separation puts beliefs in categories and experiences in action. We are educated ignorant egos that prance around different stages of reality and search for the unknown that is firmly squeezing us with energetic awareness.

We have a tendency to believe that thoughts not used fall off a mind-cliff and disappear. We usually can’t hold thoughts in our physical consciousness for very long, unless we make them beliefs. But other thoughts not considered beliefs or pertinent to current perceptions continue to manifest in other realities. We experience them in those other realities. But we forget them in our physical state of ignorance.

Understanding the true dimensions of the soul is a goal that exists within us. Sensing inner worlds is a necessity because individual and mass present comprehension continues to expand in past and futures realities. Each reality knows its own potentials and no form of consciousness however small is ever lost.

In that framework, the past and the future exist in probable worlds. Each experience creates new questions just as a writer creates new stories. We travel to new positions with the psyche constantly and we set out on new psychic pilgrimages in dreams. We experience unknown realities within our own consciousness in dreams, but we also experience them in the waking state. Unused thoughts create a stage where all probabilities manifest in some way.

The splendor of this reality and the creations of consciousness in physical form show how our species express iself as we expand in our current state of Ignornace.

Friday, May 19, 2023

The Meaning Of Getting There

There are no mistakes. The events you bring upon yourself, no matter how unpleasant, they are necessary in order to learn what you need to learn.

Whatever step you take is necessary to reach the place you’ve chosen to go.

Richard Bach wrote that thought in his book Messiah’s Handbook. Bach reminds us that our mistakes have creativity flowing through them. They open the door for unforeseen probabilities that change the course of our life.

We learn from all our thoughts and actions. The actions we call mistakes are nothing more than a choice that conflicts with our belief in right and wrong. The words right and wrong are associations. They mold our core belief structure.

The ego does not know where to go until it gets there. Many egos get there and still do not know where they are. Our beliefs hinder us from knowing the meaning of getting there.

In one sense, we never go anywhere. All things come to us through our probability bank. We act out our chosen probabilities and mix them with a seasoned cup of time.

That mixture creates our waking reality. As we stir this mixture with thoughts and emotions, we feel the creations that develop from the electromagnetic concoctions that dress our ego. We live in a whirlpool of influences and associations that mold our awareness.

Awareness is where we are going. We never get to the point where we stop expanding. We are always in motion, but we never go anywhere. We are right where we choose to be as we wait to experience another whirlpool of influences and experience them in one unique way or another.