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It doesn't make sense to me anymore to decide that I am or was a 'victim' of someone or something that happened to me. The person who does bad stuff to you doesn't make you a victim. Only thoughts do. From there we decide if we are going to allow those thoughts to convince us that it is now our Identity. Our ego is always looking for some or other story to add to our importance, to make us more interesting to ourselves at ANY cost. Realise the power you originally had in that choice belief, and recognise that you can JUST as easily take your power back! You can just as easily see yourself totally differently. (more...)
Happy Spring! As promised its HERE! :D
“A mystic is someone who directly communicates with universal intelligence, without an intermediary. Almost all mystics developed this ability in conditions of solitude. But they are never really alone. They are always in the presence of the living earth.”
~ Robert Coon
Neil and I often banter about stuff like this, all day long. We don't so much talk to each other because we're more talking with each other, continuing the flow of a single thought that gets built on in turns. Something about the way our brains are wired, even down to the most crazy tangent roads where most people have lost me 10 minutes ago. But I really love when he throws something new in there that I haven't thought about before... and this is one I'm going to be chewing on and on. I thought it was worth sharing and keeping here.
So I was watching a documentary the other night about our Universe and they were talking about the brightest of stars (suns) do so at a cost because the more energy it radiates the sooner it will eventually explode... but then something hit me. I don't think that it is necessarily a bad thing because every time a star explodes it shoots it's guts across the universe and this is what creates life. So basically not only do suns sustain life while alive and also create life in there explosion... then it hit me. What if every sun star is an over soul and we are all destined to become sun stars ourselves at some point in our evolution. (more...)
I had a lot of fun reskinning the Sock Dreams website for St Paddy's Day coming up soon! It went live today. Check it!
The new Winter theme I designed for Sock Dreams has been live the past couple of weeks and is only up for another fortnight. Check it art!
There's a new St Paddy's theme coming in next and its gorgeous ;)
How does this apply to you? (more...)
I don't understand anything. I don't understand this computer screen or that flower. Or the how my hair grows right down to the atomic level, and beyond that, or why it grows. I don't even know my own hand, or understand my own thoughts. I really don't have a clue about anything at all. Even though I think I know things, I don't know the meaning of anything. All my understandings are assumptions. Everything that has meaning to me, I have given meaning. Those same things could be completely neutral or have opposite meanings to other people. Everything I have feelings about, I MADE those feelings. It is all made up. I am creating everything, and at the same time I don't understand any of it. In a sense, realising this means that I am free. Some of my thoughts may be powerful, but regardless, they are all meaningless. So what does any of it matter? I can just smile and think, "oh, there those thoughts go again, thinking they're so important." Nope. Just meaningless.
Only Love is meaningful. Everything outside of Love is just fantasy. Amusements. Filler.
Last night I was standing outside in the dark waiting for a bus, and I watched the cars go by, with their futuristic glowing lights flashing by. For the first time I realised, wow - we are climbing inside of these badass machines like its totally normal and going around the place. We climb into robots and drive around in them like giant future suits. Finally a huge robot steamed and snorted to a stop in front of me and I climbed into its belly to ride home. Suddenly I noticed that everything was robots -- the traffic lights, and the vending machines... We all own lots of robot servants and we don't even realise it. I was woken up by a robot this morning and told the weather outside and how many hours of deep sleep I had and that I had 211 email messages. A few thousand had been neatly sorted into a spam folder while I slept. Then I had a robot prepare hot water for me while I didn't give it a moments notice and went to the bathroom... came back and opened another one to retrieve chilled food, then came upstairs to flip open my laptop and explore another universe through its shiny screen portal. We live in a robot world we created. We might even be robots too and not even know it.
And this, from my perspective at least, is the main point of Vipassana...
In truth, we are all cruising along at different levels of consciousness, unaware or entirely aware of our surroundings. This effects everything. If we are conscious of our words, we can speak with clarity and kindness, conversely, carelessness causes harm. Words hurt and cannot be taken back. Our level of consciousness directly effects the daily results we experience in our lives. Low consciousness results in pain, suffering, heartache, lack of empathy, lack of personal care for ones self, others and the environment in which we live. Growing consciousness bares fruit of positive results: understanding, peace of mind, empathy, charity, a deeper connection to others, a kinder and more thoughtful mode of speech. Furthermore, a growing consciousness reduces the level an individual places upon themself and redirects that importance to all that they affect.
~ Gabriel D. Roberts
"Bitcoin is entirely encrypted. Privacy is the new scarcest resource in the World, and that's what backs Bitcoin, it guarantees privacy. And in this day and age that is a very scarce commodity, with every single one of our emails being spied on with millions of CCTV cameras installed everywhere we go, privacy is one of the rarest commodities in the World; that's what collateralizes essentially Bitcoin and that's why its such a valuable currency."
I'm deciding on a cloud storage solution at the moment. Here's a quick visual comparison overview of the main features and prices from the competitors that you might find handy. During my research I noticed that SpiderOak are the only cloud storage provider available at the moment with a "Zero-Knowledge" data privacy standard. In technical terms it means that the server has 'zero-knowledge' of your data. In non-technical terms it means that your data is 100% private and only readable to you. And I LOVE that!
This varies, depending on your hardware, what you pay for electricity and your rig. If you're wondering how to estimate what you could earn, check out:
Bitcoin mining profitability calculator
(via Chris Booker)
If you're not sure HOW to mine bitcoins check out the Business Insider guide:
How To 'Mine' Bitcoins And Make Real Money
NB! This guide is for power users. DO NOT ATTEMPT if you are not comfortable using Regedit or know how to back up your registry. You make these edits at your own risk!
You can save a considerable amount of time over the years by replacing the default icons in the Open Dialog box with your own most common file location. Today I finally got it set up with my personal favourite locations today and its really streamlining my process. Thought I'd share how to do it. (more...)
Today I did some research on which encryption method is safer for securely backing up extremely sensitive data like my Bitcoin wallet. I've been using the most popular WinZip and the free 7-Zip for years to AES encrypt my files (as regular encryption is far too easy to crack). For a while it was very secure but hackers have already identified security weaknesses with AES. So today I moved over, finally, to TrueCrypt thanks to the suggestion of a well-respected friend in the industry who also gave me the anonymous cellphone tipoff. So I'm going to save you some time and run through...
The advantages of switching to TrueCrypt (more...)
I wrote this guide based on a tip-off from a friend for the good folks who are interested in eventually going off the grid and becoming more anonymous.
IMO, this is the holy trinity of cellphone plans:
1. UNLIMITED calls, text and high-speed data
2. NO CONTRACT
3. Completely ANONYMOUS
And its half to a third of the price of most unlimited CONTRACTS.
The deal costs $50 a month and will need to pop into a T-Mobile branch each month to pay/recharge it. T-Mobile's network currently only supports unlocked GSM-compatible phones. Make sure your phone is compatible with T-Mobile sim cards and network first!
» Check my phones compatibility with T-Mobile here
Here's how to get it:
If you care about safeguarding the legal use of kratom, please sign the petition. In so doing, if you wish you'll have the chance to explain on record why kratom is important to you personally.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION: keepkratomlegal.org
I've noticed in some of the houses I've lived in that when the dishwasher runs, the pungent chemical smell makes me feel a little queasy and I have to open the windows. It fills up the entire floor of the house and makes it hard to think sometimes. Other times I feel really itchy for no reason at all. Make your own allergy-free dishwasher detergent easily:
Homemade dishwasher detergent cubes with just four ingredients! 1 Cup Borax, 1 Cup Washing Soda, 1/4 Cup Epsom Salt, Lemon Juice.
Instructions at Louise's Country Closet
Links to ingredients:
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