I snapped these yesterday evening. I was stunned at how clear and brilliant this rainbow was. The companion rainbow above is harder to see. It is a shame that my cell phone cannot truly capture what I see. The beauty is breathtaking. It’s summertime and we’re getting the hot weather storms in the afternoons. I heard the thunder as the system rolled in and the sunlight dimmed. I didn’t really think much about it. I just happened to step outside to our recyclables bin and…wow. I ran back inside and grabbed my phone. I wandered up and down the street trying to get good shots. Damn power lines. *sigh*
All photos are my personal collection ©. ~Vic
The 1st of July is a very busy day of celebration for the nation, leading up to Independence Day. It’s National Postal Worker Day, established in 1997 by a Seattle area carrier. I have two high school classmates that are postmen. They both really enjoy it. It can be a tough job, though.
If you are thinking “Neither rain nor sleet nor snow…” or something along those lines, the U.S. Post Office doesn’t have an “official” motto, really. There seems to be a bit of confusion from a modified translation of Herodotus’ quote regarding the courier service of the Persian Empire:
There is nothing in the world which travels faster than the Persian couriers. The whole idea is a Persian invention, and works like this: riders are stationed along the road, equal in number to the number of days the journey takes – a man and a horse for each day. Nothing stops these couriers from covering their allotted stage in the quickest possible time – neither snow, rain, heat, nor darkness. The first, at the end of his stage, passes the dispatch to the second, the second to the third, and so on along the line, as in the Greek torch-race which is held in honour of Hephaestus.
It’s also U.S. Postage Stamp Day…naturally. The very first postage stamp was issued on July 1, 1847 but, no one seems to know who created the National Day for it. Lost to history, I suppose.
Cheers and enjoy!
They have a National Day for nearly everything. Some of them are very tongue-in-cheek, if not down-right ridiculous. Did you know there is a Ding-a-Ling Day? Yeah. I didn’t either. Apparently, it’s for dialing up friends, not pointing out stupid people. Who knew.
I wander around and take pictures of everything. I see so much I want to capture. My Samsung stupidphone gets a lot of use. I would really like to get a genuine camera but, I can’t decide what to get and cost is an issue. Expensive cameras don’t have payment plans like, say, a stupidphone.
So, anyway, enjoy National Camera Day…or, what is left of it. Take pix of your family. Take pix of your friends. Take pix of nature. Let your imagination wander. There is always something in a photograph that surprises.
Cheers and enjoy!
Also known as Rose Moon or Flower Moon.
100% full illumination occurred on June 28 at 12:53am EDT.
Howl for me.
The United States, acting under the auspices of the United Nations, quickly sprang to the defense of South Korea and fought a bloody and frustrating war for the next three years. Korea, a former Japanese possession, had been divided into zones of occupation following World War II. U.S. forces accepted the surrender of Japanese forces in southern Korea, while Soviet forces did the same in northern Korea. Like in Germany, however, the “temporary” division soon became permanent. The Soviets assisted in the establishment of a communist regime in North Korea, while the United States became the main source of financial and military support for South Korea. On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces surprised the South Korean army (and the small U.S. force stationed in the country), and quickly headed toward the capital city of Seoul. The United States responded by pushing a resolution through the U.N.’s Security Council calling for military assistance to South Korea. (Russia was not present to veto the action as it was boycotting the Security Council at the time.) With this resolution in hand, President Harry S. Truman rapidly dispatched U.S. land, air, and sea forces to Korea to engage in what he termed a “police action.” The American intervention turned the tide, and U.S. and South Korean forces marched into North Korea. This action, however, prompted the massive intervention of communist Chinese forces in late 1950. The war in Korea subsequently bogged down into a bloody stalemate. In 1953, the United States and North Korea signed a cease-fire that ended the conflict. The cease-fire agreement also resulted in the continued division of North and South Korea at just about the same geographical point as before the conflict. The Korean War was the first “hot” war of the Cold War. Over 55,000 American troops were killed in the conflict. Korea was the first “limited war,” one in which the U.S. aim was not the complete and total defeat of the enemy, but rather the “limited” goal of protecting South Korea. For the U.S. government, such an approach was the only rational option in order to avoid a third world war and to keep from stretching finite American resources too thinly around the globe. It proved to be a frustrating experience for the American people, who were used to the kind of total victory that had been achieved in World War II. The public found the concept of limited war difficult to understand or support and the Korean War never really gained popular support.
The Summer Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere was, officially, at 6:07am EDT. It is the longest day of the year. It was a fine day for small tasks, discussing work with my boss, playing with Oliver, taking a walk with a close friend, waiting for rain that never showed up, enjoying a ginger ale while reading and being thankful that I managed to avoid the evening news. 🙄
I covet peace and quiet. I covet calm. I see so little of it on a television. I try to keep it on a soothing music channel so I can function.
I was fortunate enough while walking to catch a clear glimpse of our waxing gibbous Moon, 61% illumination, before the clouds moved in for the non-existent rain. I neglected to get a shot of it. I normally chase good renderings of full moons, which is a task with a smartphone. Nothing really matches the rich textures of a camera with real film. I feel the same way about LPs/records. Digital will never capture the tones and depth of analog recordings. And, I’m showing my age. Heh.
It was in the low 90s. That is just too high for June to suit me. Had to wait until 6:00pm to wander out. I do love the local Riverwalk.
I understand that there was a gathering at Stonehenge. I would have loved to have been there.
I have been gone for quite a while. I started this blog five years ago this month. A lot of what I posted, I took down as my attitudes about certain things have changed, drastically. I am definitely not the same person I was five years ago. That is a good thing.
Since June 2013, I’ve gone through four jobs. Finding good employment is not as easy as it was when I got out of school in the middle 80s. Those jobs just don’t exist anymore. So, I work PT and do the best I can. I am hopeful for the future…mine and everyone else’s.
Today will be the New Moon, as I am typing this past midnight. I will be putting forth my wishes and desires for this Moon. We certainly live in interesting times.
Humanity is now experiencing the birth pangs of a global social transformation the likes of which have never experienced in recorded history. Never in the history of human life on this planet has there been such a grave and serious threat of the planet that we live on becoming uninhabitable because of the actions of one species that has asserted its dominance. Nearly everyone feels that something big is happening, although the reasons being proclaimed for this are as numerous as the stars, thanks to peoples’ various belief systems, subjective perceptions and current levels of knowledge and information about what is going on.
We are now in a completely new phase of evolution, a fundamental evolution of consciousness, that will change everything. This is an intentional evolution, based upon the shifting of our consciousness out of the ego’s domain and into the unity-oriented domain. Oneness among all peoples, regardless of how similar or different they may be to our own selves, will be key to this transition. By uniting together as one species, one family, we can not only ensure that we survive but, also that we thrive and transcend the lower realms of consciousness so that we can have a world that is finally filled with peace, love, and happiness (and not just filled with empty rhetoric). Not doing so will seal our fate in experiencing the most soul-crushing of dystopias imaginable.
There is thankfully an emerging worldview arising out of the ashes of the old order and it can be seen as a sign of immense hope for the immediate future. In order for our long-term future to be a bright one we must become unified in seeing this emerging unity-oriented worldview as being the key to a future we can all be proud of.
Do we want possible future explorers of our solar system to come upon our planet, find our artifacts and discover how foolish we were in our planetary and species’ self-destruction, becoming a footnote in the history annals of sentient races that brought about their own demise because of a lack of understanding about the interconnectedness of everything? Will we be looked upon as being an “intelligent” species that could have avoided imploding in on itself if it only discarded its self-destructive positions of awareness? Let’s not become a footnote in a book of failed evolutionary experiments and become something that we can be proud of.
Let’s not forget how many similarities we have. Think about all the social conditioning from the point of birth to the time of death. Look at all the beliefs we amass that divide us as a species and notice how these are not necessarily representative of reality but were learned behaviors that further perpetuated the destructive cycles in human behavior that we see today.
There is a continuously increasing number of people that are realizing the importance of an intentional shift in the collective consciousness of humanity. They feel within themselves that they have a critical role to play in this shift if they wish to see it occur. These people see that the entire socioeconomic system has to be changed. When they look around and see the egoistic expression of greed manifest itself through the haves taking more and more from the have-nots. They see that 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution did not intend to end here with the current sad state of affairs.
The psychological addiction of consuming and acquiring, manifested through materialism seems to be increasingly infecting more minds in a shorter amount of time. We are at a dangerous position in our evolution where the old ego-dominated mentality is fighting desperately to maintain its current level of power because they are far too invested in the current order to give it all up and make the evolutionary quantum leap into a new humanity.
Trailblazing Towards a New Humanity
There is an increasing amount of individuals who are taking the human race by the hand towards the unity-oriented vision of humanity that is the answer to the current problems we face (since it is aligned with the nature of our environment). These people dedicate their lives to this cause because they believe so deeply in it and have such an immense love for our human family and, naturally, to the rest of life on our planet that is losing up to 100,000 species to extinction every year. The individuals can be called intentional “evolutionaries” since they are making it a life goal for helping humanity make the shift and transition to the new unifying of humanity that embodies the mind-states of peace, love and compassion above all else.
They will not allow these things to turn into cliches as has happened in the past but, will live them and become the literal expression of these higher levels of consciousness for the benefit of themselves and of everyone/everything else. As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once said, “There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe.”
How true this is since the feelings being expressed by these intentional evolutionaries are as genuine and good-natured as can be. There is no ego formulating a hidden agenda or any attempt at subversion in order to get something for themselves. No, they recognize that they have a critical role to play in the consciousness shift that is occurring. They know that if this consciousness evolution is to continue to fulfill its potential, it now must be deliberate and, they feel with the whole of their hearts that it is their responsibility and destiny to ensure this happens.
Unity and diversity need not been separate. It’s possible to be united in the expression of higher mind states such as compassion, joy, love and peace while keeping the attributes which make each one of us special and, unique. Cooperation on a global level is possible and, in fact, necessary if we are to make the transition to a new humanity. It seems as if it’s something a child would understand but, unfortunately, the actions of some (particularly world leaders in government and industry) demonstrate that this elementary concept is not grasped by the aging remnants of the old world order. War, famine and environmental destruction would be a thing of the past if only the peoples of the world cooperated with each other to bring about such a world. Today, with various crises extending far beyond any one country’s borders, there is a very real possibility for global unity and cooperation to finally become a reality.
If the human response to crises such as the ones following Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti and the revolutions against tyranny around the world tell us anything, it’s that we can put our differences aside, and unify, to cooperative with each other in order to create positive change. Do not become depressed about the state of affairs currently on our planet. There is a massive awakening occurring with a realization that it is now or never. We need to shape up or we’re shipping out of this world with no possibility of coming back anytime soon.
Become an intentional evolutionary and take advantage of every opportunity that may arise in order to promote the creation of a fundamental consciousness shift that is global in size and scope. Make it a part of your life’s purpose to help in creating a critical mass of consciously evolved individuals that will stop the destructive nature of the current socioeconomic order. Our very future and survival depends on it!
***Paul Lenda is a conscious evolution guide, author of “The Creation of a Consciousness Shift” and co-founder of www.shift.is, a social community of intentional evolutionaries focused on anchoring in the new paradigm and, assisting the positive transformation of humanity. With the drive to be aware of and, experience the wider horizon of reality, Paul has developed an extensive background in the spiritual and trans-formative elements of life…one that is both knowledge and experienced-based. Paul has spoken at various shows, events and locations, including the United Nations and My Spirit Radio and, has had his articles published in magazines and journals around the world.***
I’ve done everything I can – and then some – to exit “stage left” out of this dense reality. I bet many of you feel the same way. How much more do we need to endure? How much longer do we have to wait? It’s the same thing over and over again – like “Ground Hog Day”. The circumstances in your life and on this planet repeat themselves and, don’t seem to change – or they do change but, not for the better. Nothing seems to be working to alleviate this condition. Yet, we’re told otherwise by the all-knowing discarnate voices of channeled messages and so-called spiritual leaders. They say that portals of light are opening everywhere and that the dark forces are leaving the planet by the droves.
Where? How? Which planet are we talking about?
In the meantime, we’re in a perpetual “waiting room” – hoping for news about an outcome. The outcome is the fate of humanity – our fate. We’ve done everything that we feel is necessary to prepare ourselves for a “homecoming” that doesn’t quite come together. We’ve been given dates, time frames and more dates and, we see these come and go – along with the seasons and our favorite holidays. Many sources, like so-called spiritual teachers and channeled messengers, have given lame reasons as to why we haven’t witnessed a transformation, an ascension, a major “shift”. We’re told the dates have been moved or that we’ve jumped timelines and other such delusional explanations – that many are buying into and not questioning.
In the meantime, we wait and hang on. We live life one day at a time and the only thing that allows us to wake up in the morning is the hope that soon we’re out of here – that soon we’ll wake up to the view of a sun birthing from the horizon of a new Earth.
The reality, though, is that some of us are barely surviving or just getting by. We’re struggling. Some of us try to stay optimistic by keeping up with information that contains promises of an “event” that will unfold shortly. This possibility gives us some relief – but the relief is mental. It quiets our mind. What we don’t know is that nothing is really happening behind the scenes. There is no rescue planned, no outside source intervening, no special thing that will, all of a sudden, grant us entrance into a fifth-dimensional Earth.
The problem lies in the lies. We’ve been duped, again! We’ve been preconditioned to think it’s an “external” event – that something outside of ourselves will happen to get us to a realm that is free from strife, free from grief, absent of despair and disappointment. Perhaps something off-world is coming and will get this “whole enchilada” back on track or we’ll go to sleep one night and wake up in a totally different reality – the one that we see when we do our visualizations.
So, we wait… and wait… and wait – millennia after millennia, century after century, year after year. We get placated by pretty, flowery words and promises that state “the shift is only ten years away…” or “the ascension is only two years away…” These empty promises have us chasing a proverbial carrot that we can never grab – because it’s not meant to be grabbed.
We are in a perpetual hypnotic trance – a state created and perfected by “creatures” that have the ultimate formula on mass-marketing and mass hypnosis. It’s the astral version of Madison Avenue. It is meant to keep the masses, especially the Light Emissaries, in a perpetual stupor and, in a state of docility and dependence.
These masters of deception have studied us well and they know our hot buttons. They know the triggers that elicit certain behaviors and reactions in us. They use those, whom they’ve hand-selected, to deliver intentionally deceptive information. Because we’re so desperate to get answers that give us a reason to go on one more day, we embrace the lie as truth.
The truth is that we make the decision when this “shift” will occur. The shift is within us, not an outside event.
What are you doing to shift?
What are you doing to change things in your personal life and in the outside world?
If you haven’t been doing anything because you’ve been waiting for ‘something’ to happen, something that is external to you and out of your control, you’ll still be waiting twenty years from now for that “magical event” that will change things for you. How much time do you have left in embodiment? Some of us are at that point in our lives where there isn’t much time left. Our clock is winding down and we’ve pretty much wasted a lot of valuable time waiting for the “golden ticket” to Nirvana to arrive. Maybe we should have started walking twenty years ago. We would have been there by now!
Throughout history, others were waiting for that “magical event” as well and they all transitioned from this world without witnessing it – unless they chose to be that change. When this occurred, because the individual “got it” or understood what had to be done, they mastered themselves and found the key or the “golden ticket” out of this reality. The golden ticket was Self-Mastery. Those who mastered themselves in this manner were able to transcend the life-death cycle, all illusion, all limitations and the physics of this density.
I am certain that during their various embodiments in this realm, there was plenty of talk about an outside event or situation that would graduate everyone at the same time, without really much effort. It was the “grand-fathered-in” concept where everyone got to go through the eye of the needle just because they were a member of the human race. But, the few who have attained their liberation from this density have done so through deliberate effort, by correct thinking and by making correct choices. How many actually attain self-mastery? Not many.
Many want to be able to obtain that level of spiritual attainment as quickly as one would prepare instant coffee – not desiring to do the spiritual work necessary or take the time necessary. That would require connecting to the Prime Creator, approaching communion in a humble manner and in awe, like a little child. Apparently, this is too much work for many. Keeping our thoughts in check, our reactions in alignment to the Divine and taking right action is not something some of us are willing to undertake.
It is much easier to get the intel from pseudo-spirituals and their astral cohorts than to get the pristine uncorrupted guidance and truth from the One who created all knowledge to begin with. So the easy route, otherwise known as the path of “thinking our way to enlightenment” via disinformation brokers, who are more than happy to provide the golden nuggets of truisms mixed in with blatant lies, is the path of choice. The lies that have been fed to us have kept us from truly taking the appropriate steps necessary to earn our spiritual mastery. Instead of being empowered, we’ve become disempowered. The spiritual decadence of this New Age Era has provided a “smorgasbord” of different ideologies, beliefs, concepts and understandings that keep us arguing and divided – behavior that is not representative of someone with higher spiritual understandings or someone who holds the light. It’s the Dark Ages meets Atlantis – the Era of Deception!
In the meantime, the sinister forces gloat to watch us on a path of derailment. When we think we’re one more year away from a graduation, we regress into an enfolding darkness – the Great Void. This is the age of disillusion, the age of spiritual decadence, the epoch of spiritual arrogance and spiritual irresponsibility. It is the era of non-discernment and spiritual self-indulgence.
It is the time of flirting with dark forces that whisper words into our ears, words that mesmerize, words that are like spiritual opium. These have the power for negative creation because they disempower. They leave us only wanting our fix of feel-good messages and deliberate denial of the unprecedented conditions that we’re facing. We are being used to help create the demise of our civilization, of our morals and of our humanity by our inaction and lack of attention. We are giving our consent for the desecration of a pristine world and all its life-forms. When we say nothing and do nothing, this is giving the “go ahead”. We don’t understand that when we look away, this is a “conscious choice” which leads to a descension. This, of course, will not be pointed out by those who have designed the deception because they want to keep us as their prize possession within the matrix, or cage, that they’ve created for us!
History does repeat itself. Sometimes through irresponsibility and self-absorption, we’re plunged to even darker depths of human experience.
Not too long ago, Moses was throwing tablets at a people who decided to explore decadence instead of holiness. Today, the “people” are displaying spiritual arrogance and listening to discarnates giving messages that lead to self-service, apathy and indifference. Our behavior is indicative of what is displayed right at the end of a Great Cycle. It is the time of pseudo-enlightenment – the Era of Deception.
What does it take to wake up from the hypnosis and enter into true gnosis? Who wants to reclaim their power and Divine connection and, be warriors for radical change? This is the only way to experience “the Shift”, the Transformation – the Ascension.
Have I done everything I can to exit “stage left” out of this reality? No. I’m obviously still here and it takes more than just thinking I’ve done enough! The desire for Self-Mastery has to burn in me. I have to yearn for this connection with The Creator, desire to be “spiritually self-reliant” and be infused with Its Essence. Going to the “local priests” of the day doesn’t cut it!
It’s time to reclaim our Power and Authority. There are no more timelines or dates, no more events in the future. The time is now! Those who proclaim something is coming over the horizon which will transform everything magically without any effort or direct Connection to Creator…are deceiving you.
It’s time to wake up!
About Ari Kopel:
Ari Kopel graduated from the University of Miami in Psychology and Communications and, attended Columbia University in New York for postgraduate work in geology. Ari is also the creator of the website Transcending In Beauty that was designed to create awareness about the time frame of 2012 and beyond. Membership is growing daily, it has articles and videos posted that discuss the events on the planet that help shatter “The Matrix” and, it helps members become inoculated against fear.
Ari is also the creator and show host of the Shattering The Matrix radio show on www.blogtalkradio.com which brings forth information about the truth with respect to the deceptions and disinformation given by dark forces.
As an author and speaker, Ari will be launching her book in the winter of 2015 and will begin a speaking tour, sharing tools of empowerment and protection for all those that are ready to go to that next level! If you’re interested in knowing when the book is launched or receiving newsletters or emails from Ari, please visit arikopel.wordpress.com and fill out the contact information form provided on her “About” page.***
[Note: This article was, obviously, posted almost four years ago but, it still applies to what is going on, today…sadly.]
Update: The damn meters made it to my town. Luckily, I was home when the person showed up to install them. I had already petitioned Duke Energy to delay installation (they were still figuring out a deferment plan and were using South Carolina as an example to follow) and I made sure the person knew that. They were aware. I pushed forward for a medical exemption…and got it. When the second person showed up three months later, they stopped and showed me that it was a non-smart meter. I’m suspicious that Duke Energy is lying but, so far, no health issues, no jacked-up power bills and, thank goodness, no burnt down house.
Smart meters are bad news. Seriously. These things should be outlawed. Not only have there been reports of skyrocketing bills and privacy invasion but, the radiation that these things give off can ravage your health. If you refuse and say no to the installation of one, you are charged a one time hefty fee and a monthly charge. Nice, huh?
This technology has destroyed jobs because they don’t need to be read by a human. They just transmit their data and boom, the power company knows how much power you are using. Apparently, they can also tell which appliance(s) you are using and there is the potential to, say, shut off your appliance(s) or cut your overall power when they determine that you are using too much. They might have the ability to know when you are home and when you are not. Talk about Big Brother.
Stop Smart Meters is a terrific website with lots of information. It is a gateway to all things “Smart Meter” and “EMF”. Check it out.
Dr. David O. Carpenter, below, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Albany, former head of the New York State Dept. of Public Health and is a graduate of Harvard Medical School warns of the health dangers:
This video shows how aluminum foil can block the radiation:
Aluminum mesh does the same:
You can buy a Smart Meter Guard but, he’s charging $100:
A Glendale, CA, woman was persistent and got her analog meter put back on. I don’t know if the city is charging her a fee for having that done but, her health was a definite issue: