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"Free and critical minds can emerge only by a return to the source-the primary sources. A free and critical mind takes nothing for granted and is not intimidated by "authorities" who frequently may be more confused than the general public. Free and critical minds seek truth without chauvinism or shame." - Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (1)

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Read & Write Better by Helping People

I received this note:

I cannot express in words how much you have helped me and above all inspired me to reach my goals. Thank you for all your good advice.”

The ability to help is a blessing. Though busy, I must always take time to connect with people, acknowledge their requests, trials, successes, projects, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and their need to talk. Though giving back takes time, it also gives energy to the community and to the universe.

However, I won’t volunteer and give my time by neglecting myself. Neither will I help those who don’t help themselves, others or me when I really need it.

Helping people hones my intuitive self. Volunteering sensitizes me to things that might otherwise go unnoticed and taken for granted, thus allowing me to read the surer signs of life better. By working on this ability to see beneath the surface I learn to make better connections, thus communicate better in writing and in relationships.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Traffic Jams & Writer’s Block

I just realized I can control traffic.

Traffic is not a function of me and others on the same road at the same time. Traffic is a function of me and my decisions. If I leave at a different time, allow more time to travel, take a different route or do all three, traffic is not an issue.

In fact, doing these things makes me more prepared and adaptable overall. I’ve already learned to adjust my feeding time or call ahead and pickpocket Peter to placate Paul whenever I eat out. Now, if I can just fully apply the basic principles of preparation and adaptability to whatever has me sometimes stuck in thought, unable to get off the writer’s block.

Luckily, I realize I don’t have to think about thinking or writing when my life is in order and contains a natural variety, because I don’t run into writer’s block. A tiny portion of activities I enjoy are critical analysis of daily encounters, writing multiple things at once, exercising, music and its byproducts, exchanging thoughts with others, helping others who want to help others and reading, especially brief eclectic items. Although these things have become a part of me without writer’s block in mind, they seem to give my thoughts perfect travel conditions.

If I want to avoid traffic jams of any type, I must avoid accumulating artificial intelligence and artificial activity which causes me to think, and thus do, as the majority of life travelers. Once my mind is under control, I’ll be able to anticipate travel conditions and maintain control so my writing journey is an adventure and not an aggravation.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Energy Efficient

My writing persona requires high-octane energy, the best energy of the day, to sift and organize the steady flow of random thoughts and experiences until the spaces between words and moments creatively become connectors rather than separators.

If I allow material things and concerns to consume this energy, meaningful relationships will never materialize. Rejuvenating energy born of the beautiful relationships between words, images, feelings, art and life will not come into existence and feed me from within.

However when my thought priorities and action priorities are aligned with my purpose there is a self refilling that frequents me like an overactive bladder insisting that I constantly empty my mind of urgent artistic fullness. Despite these repeated interruptions, my self is always on call to inspiration’s prolific behavior because there is a catharsis to creative communication, an evolution to the unleashing of emotions that saves me, replenishes my spiritual energy. When my spiritual energy and best physical energy merge, I am propelled outside my ordinary orbit into serene spaces where writing and breathing are one.

Experiencing this, I must always affirm that my energy follows my belief, whether I direct it or allow it to be drawn from me. Energy can either flow back and forth between the things I focus on or be absorbed by the object of my attention. At the end of each day, this alone will determine whether I am drained and energy deficient or sustained and energy efficient.

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

12 Natural Resources We All Have

1. Material Items
2. Body & Its Energy
3. The Natural World (a)
4. Knowledge (This is where "Sankofa" applies most)
5. Thoughts & Beliefs
6. Time
7. Talents, Gifts, Abilities, Skills, Capabilities and Blessings
8. Emotions
9. Relationships
10. Influence
11. Intuition & Other Trusts
12. Spirit & Its Energy

How I manage (maximize or squander) each of these resources will determine the quality of the one, and only, life, the ultimate resource, I’ve been blessed to still possess.

13. Memory, Introspection & Reflection
14. Discipline & Being Organized.
15. Inherent Rights

Each of the above 15 resources can be studied in greater detail by searching this blog for the plural, singular and other forms of each word.

(a) The natural world inside us. The natural world outside us contained within Earth. The natural world outside Earth. Each of these dimensions contain natural resources. There are dimensions within each dimension. On all levels, even the somewhat plain level of the natural world within us and within Earth, these resources are only accessible to those who grow to know how to recognize and use them.