Daily Prompt: Calm: Open Letter to the World

Dear World,

A status quo. Stagnant water. A sterile dish. A society just going through the motions. All of these are calm, and at least two of them are dead, or unappealing to life. But ‘Calm’ isn’t the problem, it’s stasis. Let me show you.

An elephant on the long walk to water. A jogger, out for their morning run, or Gorillas grooming. All alive, all activities driven by purpose, desire and movement, and all as serene as the swan appears to be. Sure the runner gets hot and sweaty, the elephant thirsty and the Gorilla, bored, but there is calm in repetitive, necessary activities. Unneccessary repetition becomes maddening, maddening, maddening, maddening, maddening maddeningmaddening you get the idea.

So over the festive period, when you are sat still, brooding over debts and decorations, think of that elephant in its long, steady plod. Maybe even admit you admire that bloke or lady that runs past your house every morning.

Stasis brings a destructive calm, the inertia of the corpse. Stable movement, motion, even if only of mind, grants one creative, productive calm. Remember this, and use it.

much love,
The Whisperer

via Daily Prompt: Calm

Relax…

Unscratchable itch, unshakable jerk
of limb, eyes a-search for things that lurk

only in anxiety’s murk

confined, constricted
thoughts conflicted
with the wild shivers inflicted
fears thought long resisted
persisted

panic attack anxiety-assisted

Twisted in pain, driven insane
can be the over-anxious brain
learn to relax, relieve the strain
let  brimming worry mug drain

live long, live happy live free live sane. 🙂

A view on Death

Death. It is the universal fear that resides in the heart of almost every man, woman and child. We fear pain and we fear death.  Of course there are myriad ways to deny the fear of death. Some people choose to be oblivious and never think of it, others find a faith and a promise of an afterlife. Yet others view it as a deadline, and so get as much done in their lives as possible.  Either way we find a coping mechanism, a means to face the possibility that we, as beings, may well cease to exist.

This article will try to illuminate a different path, an alternative view. This view has been arrived at through a rather strange and unique (to my knowledge) combination of influences in my life, which, if requested, I will happily divulge in further posts:).

What is Dying?

A seriously misunderstood process, I believe:). This stems from negative views regarding the process of decay. Dying is the ending of chemical, biological life. However, the body does not stop changing, as it did when it lived. Instead, the matter of it, the stored energy, is broken down by time, other living things and forces.

I wish to make a point before I continue. Grieving is completely natural and totally allowed!:)  I am simply expressing a view of death I have found to provide me with a certain amount of peace, knowing it is based (partly) on facts and partly on a very spiritual view of the world.

To resume, assuming that E=mc2 and that all matter is stored energy, then the process of decay could be described as the redistribution of energy. Therefore, that energy is returning to the world in one form or another.

A great number of religious texts, wiccan writings and so forth refer to power, or energy of their respective deities, channelled through people in most cases. This suggests one universal concept; that the power of spirit is a form of energy.

Concordantly can we assume that the energy of a person and their soul are one? If that is so, then that energy must go somewhere as well, assuming that the laws governing energy still apply.

To round this segment off, we’ll talk about ghosts and spiritual influence. Perhaps it is possible for the energy of a person to remain in a form of coherence outside the physical. If so, that would still fit the fundamental principle of my supposition that the spirit is a form of energy.

In summary, dying is the redistribution of energy.

Ok…what does all this mean?

It means that the people we love are always with us! It means that even if the person is no longer in a single, coherent form, the energy that made that person is not dead, simply their body is. Where their spiritual energy goes who can say? Perhaps it stays, perhaps it is paradise to be in this form, which would explain heaven and so forth. Perhaps humans are unique in that our thoughts in this life (another form of energy, perhaps even the same one) can direct our energy, our soul once we have passed, perhaps we are not. My point is that this means, literally, that our loved ones haven’t actually ceased to exist. The energy they used and stored will be redistributed. I believe a quote from James Cameron’s Avatar film sums this up best.

“…All energy is only borrowed, and one day you have to give it back..”

Suppressing the Psyche: Self Deceit

Self deception is abundant in Britain. It’s in the media, its in the hospitals, it’s even in the banking system. Usually self deceit arises when there are no positive outcomes in a situation, so people try to trick themselves into a positive frame of mind about the negative results.

The problem is, most people fail. Oh sure they manage it on the surface but we’ve all seen the situation, the false smile of an unwilling soul, people putting on a brave face, etc.

Why do people self-deceive? Fear. Lie to yourself about something your afraid of (or unhappy with) in the hope the fear/(unhappiness) will decrease. That is the goal the people I’ve observed appear to have in mind, so why do they fail? I think its fear, yet again.

Following my previous post, self-deception is a common trait in those who are depressed. They attempt to deceive themselves into believing things are ‘perfect’ or ‘great’ when they are only adequate, or worse, yet they feel cannot change the situation. This is not simply misunderstood speech (the person I have observed/talked to has made this clear to me) it is an actual belief.

Ultimately of course self deception is merely a symptom of extremely low-self esteem and a real lack of personal pride. What’s scary is that it is the hardest symptom of many psychological illnesses to treat.

A strange thing about positive reinforcement is that when depressed or mentally unwell people try to turn it on themselves, a cycle of self-pity, self-loathing, fear and fresh lies seems to develop, though we’ll talk more in that later.

I am but the eyes and hands to write this sort of thing down. I’m attempting to be as unbiased as possible, please correct me if I am.