January 28, 2006

And I thought *I* was gullible

But even I can't buy this one. I foresee a great career in front of this guy, though. And the funny thing is, I do believe that many crop circles are genuinely mysterious and unexplainable, and so on, and yet, and yet.... this entire story just is too glib and has too many holes in it. Nonetheless, enjoy.

October 31, 2005

Predictions: Most Likely versus Most Liked

Over the past many years, I've read various predictions, both dire and pleasant, and have made a few of my own (not dire). I've read many predictions that have said, when you boil it all down, that the earth is doomed and we are all going to die.

Aside from the fact that all possibilities do exist in some universe and on some timeline, none of these predictions has ever felt "right" to me in the sense of being very likely. And yet it seemed that the person making the prediction was convinced of the truth of their vision.

Knowing as I do that there is a certain feeling one gets when one is tuning into the Infinite and getting accurate information, this has always puzzled me. Why would people get such widely varying visions of the future? Why are they so convinced that their dire predictions are going to come true? And if they are accurately tuning into the future, why don't those dire futures ever manifest?

I do recognize that a certain love of fear-mongering (and the attention and notoriety that goes along with it) comes into play—some of the people so publicly making these predictions enjoy the sense of control they feel when engendering fear, chaos, and doubt in others. But again, I am quite willing to believe that most or even all of these people are conveying a message they feel they genuinely received.

Today, as I was discussing this with a friend, I got the answer in an intuitive flash. When I tune in to the future, since there are many possible futures, I tune in to the future that is most likely to happen. Of course, the future can and does change, and is also influenced by what people believe and do based on the information they have, but as my friend said, my predictions tend to be so close to what actually happens that it seems clear to her, anyway, that what I see is what is going to happen, not that what happens happens because I saw it.

But, although when I tune in, I am tuning in to what is most likely to happen, when some others tune in, they are tuning in to what they would most like to see happen. They tune in to a possibility, yes, but one that is remote—perhaps something that has 1/5th of a 1% chance to occur, while I might tune in to something that has an 80% or better chance to occur.

I am not saying that everyone who makes predictions tunes in to what they would most like to happen instead of what is most likely to happen. What I am saying is that people who make predictions that are in the nature of very dire things happening (things that never seem to happen) have not yet developed the internal clarity and self-honesty and calmness and trust and positive outlook that are all required to be able to set aside their own fears and doubts and secret attraction to harm so that they can tune in to what is most likely to become real, instead of tuning in to realities that resonate with their own fears. In other words, it is those people who tune in to what they would most like to see become real, which is a very different thing that what is most likely to become real.

Also, it is my experience that the best predictions, even if they do predict what could seem like scary events, do not engender fear in people, but instead wonder and empowerment.

So the next time you read a dire prediction about the future of the world, take a few minutes to check your internal sense of rightness. Did you go into fear when reading the prediction? Did your chest tighten and your breathing become shallow? Did you instantly start worrying about yourself, your loved ones, and your future, maybe even feeling a bit of panic? If so, then the prediction was probably not of something that is very likely to happen, but was instead brought through someone who has his or her own fear issues to deal with, which issues strongly colored the message that was brought through.

Step back mentally and tell yourself that, although it could be that this prediction is true, it is almost certainly only true in some other reality, far, far removed from yours. Then move on and let that prediction slide back into the general sea of information, to be floated away and dissolved into neutral energy that can be reused for something more productive in the world.

October 20, 2005

Weird Experiences: The Roof Peels Away

I have up until now been pretty circumspect about the weirder things I have experienced in my life. Most of them are pretty unbelievable, even, I admit, to me, should someone else have told me that they experienced them instead of me experiencing them myself. It helps me to remind myself that I am not a drug user and have never tried any number of drugs that were common recreational vehicles when I was younger, so I can safely say these experiences aren't flashbacks.

But still, I haven't wanted to risk trotting out these weird things and have people think that I am either lying or have had some kind of episode, so I've only shared a few of them with friends and family, and rarely even then.

But now, for some reason explicable only to some part of me that I sincerely hopes knows what it is doing, I feel that it is now okay to share some of these experiences. The somewhat less weird ones, anyway.

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