Monday, October 31, 2011

Unifying the Masculine and the Feminine
With, what some people are calling the end of the Mayan calendar, on October 28, 2011, and other believe is just the beginning of a three-fold process of change, unity consciousness is supposed to be the result. And, to thrive in the coming years, people will need to be strong and heroic.

Often, people associate strength with heroism. And yet, what is strength? Is it the power of love and understanding? Is it muscular strength? Or, is it the firmness of purpose to purify and eliminate the unnecessary debris floating around in the internal currents of our personality and essence? Is it highly structured and analytical thinking. Is it passion? Or is it detachment?

Personally, I believe strength to be all of these things. It is that which integrates the personality and enriches the essence. R. Buckminster Fuller might describe this as synergy -- the power of the whole as exceeding the power of the individual parts of the whole, much the same way the outcome of a recipe is more important than any of its one isolated ingredients. As anyone knows, a structure is only as strong as its individual components, so there is another concept called potentiation -- the strength of each individual component is augmented by its relation to a unified whole. This is because one strong part cannot make up for a predominantly weak whole.

There has, in the past, been an inherent flaw in the idea of what constitutes heroism.By practising a very one-sided philosophy, whole component parts atrophied, and heroes fell prey to a common misconception. This misconception was that masculine qualities are wholly the province of the male physiognomy and feminine qualities resulted from the lack of male physical traits. Heroic cultures of the past failed to realize that masculine and feminine qualities are the properties of both sexes. Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist/psychoanalyst wrote extensively on this, eventually formulating his theory of the anima and the animus, the feminine and masculine qualities of the personality, respectively.

I would go so far as to say, a man is one in whom the masculine is greater and the feminine is lesser; and a women is one in whom the feminine is greater and the masculine is lesser. In the past, heroes had their scops, or bards, such as Homer, who lionized the qualities of fighting men and, since battle strategies are something the masculine part of one's personality is better equipped to construct, and masculine qualities were sorely needed in such dangerous times, feminine qualities in those keeping order in such chaotic times could be fatal.

In the long run, however, this produced an uneven and lopsided development in which many societies refused to acknowledge both sides of the coin as it were, which, paradoxically, led to more intolerance and more wars. So we find that in order to preserve a society in the midst of reigning anarchy (a heroic feat in itself), a people stress the personality development that best promotes immediate or short-term survival (understandable). But, in so doing, ultimately stagnating their development as human beings.

With the new energies unleashed by the end of one of the Mayan calendars on October 28, 2011, the disruptive interpenetration of those waves into our consciousness has ended, and we have the opportunity to balance out our consciousness and create a new heroism based on the balance between the masculine and feminine qualities that reside in all of our psyches.

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011

Much has been made of October 28, 2011 being the end-date of the Mayan calendar.

When I was eleven, I read that October 28, 2011 was considered one of the possible end-dates of the Mayan calendar. The other end-date was December 21, 2012. Another important date is March 28, 2013, when all of the effects of the end-date of December 21, 2012 are supposed to sort themselves out.

My view on this is that these three dates are important for various reasons. The model I use is the process of adolescence. The first phase of adolescence simply signals its beginning, and has been likened to ringing a bell. It is an inconsequential-seeming process where nothing much appears to occur, but if it does not happen, the child will not start the process to become a young adult. I see October 28, 2011 as being akin to this first phase of adolescence.

The date of December 21, 2012 will be like the second phase of adolescence, where many of the classic changes we associate with the child becoming mature occur. Boys' voices deepen. Girls develop physically into women. Both sexes develop mature sex organs. The child becomes fertile.

The final phase of adolescence is like placing the capstone on a building. Much like the first phase of adolescence, it is often barely noticeable. However, it signals the end of the process. The person is now an adult.

Today, I believe, is when the new world starts. We have all collectively left childhood behind and new energies can be felt by those who are sensitive to them. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Red skies are back

AURORAS IN THE USA: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth on Oct. 24th at approximately 1800 UT (2:00 pm EDT). The impact strongly compressed Earth's magnetic field, directly exposing geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma, and sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. As night fell over North America, auroras spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous United States.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bright red sky over Detroit, Michigan

This video is several months old, but it shows a bright red sky over Detroit, Michigan.

What is going on with the weather?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Do-It-Yourself Small-Scale Manufacturing

This is a much better use of our resources instead of people standing in line for the next iteration of a smart phone that they already have. We need to turn our technological abilities toward permaculture and sustainable agriculture.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Community in the Desert

Every year for about three weeks between the end of summer and the beginning of fall, thousands of people trek to the Nevada desert to create their own community, which they then dismantle, leaving the desert the way they found it.

Here is a timelapse video of this community, known as Burning Man:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Saturn's Moon, Titan

Saturn's moon, Titan, has surprisingly Earth-like features.

Unfortunately, it rains methane, which is completely toxic to humans, so it will be a while before we can move there and live on its surface. But eventually, someday, our descendants may live there or visit Titan on a vacation.

JPL / NASA / Univ. of Arizona / CNRS / LPGNante

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oooooh, pretty!

From detailed solar flares to an amazing image of Jupiter and two of its moons, this tour of our solar system has been captured by an amateur British astronomer in his back garden.

Damian Peach, an electronic engineer from Selsey, West Sussex, has spent the last ten years documenting the changing face of our solar system.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The end of evolution? Scientists say human brain may have reached full capacity

The human brain may have reached the limit of its intelligence because it would be too tiring to become smarter.

A brain accounts for two per cent of the body's mass but needs 20 per cent of our energy to use, and any increase in brainpower could exhaust us completely, new research claims.