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  1. Welles's Avatar
    Hi Tammy,

    I suspect there are lots of people who at some time have clear contact with the little spark of God that lives within them but get caught up in elemental survival and lose that connection for a time. I also believe that many folks world-wide are reconnecting to their guidance systems. The recognition of that realty will become strengthened as we reinforce one another's spiritual paths. A key to remember is that it is intended that we are all different points of view. That enriches the potentials of Divinity and means we are each doing our cosmic level jobs.

    Welles
  2. Tammy's Avatar
    I wonder, Welles, if there are others like me, who knew their inner guide long before the experts told me I had one, then forgot about this connection as I tried to construct it according to the way I was being told at that time. Full circle; now I am back to the place where I started, but with more awareness, if that makes any sense. It is what you said, internal silence that allows us to listen, and I love the spaces between breaths, the quietness, just listening to the breath. I love the light that comes from the darkness of my inner self and my connection to the Divine.
    Thank you, yor words speak volumes ~{^.^}~
    Tammy
  3. Welles's Avatar
    Ilya,

    In my experience we reach out with tendrils of energy from the solar plexus and feel the qualities and attributes of the physical world around us. Having that center fluid and functioning rather than rigid with defenses and attachments is key to material creation. It was my path because to open the heart I had to deal with horrendous emotional defenses that were centered there. They were residual from my ancestry as well as created in my own lifetime.

    Everybody's different! I don't know the sacral from a tree stump!

  4. Ilstar's Avatar
    The gallery is awesome! I see you are a talented graphic designer among other things.

    I asked about the solar plexus because there is a chakra in the area of solar plexus (yellow one). For different people, different chakras are activated and different quantities of energies flow through them. For example, maybe for some people the solar plexus is not as important as a different chakra area, such as the orange sacral one for me.
  5. Welles's Avatar
    Hi Ilya,

    The chakras are a valuable model of consciousness and proved a good intellectual tool at a number of points in my evolution. As far as Eastern medicine I've made the correlation between prana, qi (or chi) and orgone energy but is hasn't been a primary focus. My interest is being a creator. That path has meandered through many expressions and now is just beginning to focus on social creation. Here's the old stuff... Chutzpah Galleries

    Welles
  6. Ilstar's Avatar
    Welles, have you tried to correlate your understanding of solar plexus with chakras of the Eastern philosophy/medicine?
  7. Welles's Avatar
    I recently purchased and started studying Jon Rappoport's massive data dump entitled The Matrix Revealed. I'll just say that for me it was worth every penny. In fact I've started thinking about a forum devoted to enlightening promotions or something like that.


    Anyway in one of the PDF interview transcripts was a brief mention of Ithaca Hours. It has dwindled in use recently but the project was launched in 1991 and had some real success. The hours concept was based on even earlier implementations of some variation of relating exchange to work. Wikipedia has an excellent entry on the subject.


    Ithaca Hours — in Wikipedia


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ithaca_Hours


    There's nothing new under the sun.
    Hours is still a good idea!
  8. Welles's Avatar
    Recently on another forum an inquiry was made for more thoughts on the subject of 'hours currency.' For example he wondered how issues with children, the elderly and disabled might be dealt with as well as just about the idea in general. So after thinking about his inquiry for a couple of days I replied...

    Hi Kim,

    I’ve had to think about your questions for a couple of days and still don’t know that I can provide adequate answers. While pondering your questions I’ve had a number of interesting realizations stimulated by your interest. Thank you for that.

    The idea of hours is to give currency some real foundation of value. Right now the foundation of almost all currencies is debt. Debt = slavery. It is supported by the delusion that owning enough of the material sphere will satisfy the inner craving for security that we all experience. Material goods never will satisfy that which only spiritual growth attains. However the practitioners express their right to greed at the expense of others and the earth with such fervor that it has been elevated to “The Divine Right of Greed.”

    That has to stop. It is no longer optional. The earth is being destroyed right before our YouTube eyes. The idea of human effort as the basis of exchange seems sensible to me. Of course prices for goods include materials that were obtained by other people’s effort. The earth provided them so the cost of the effort to maintain her well-being has to be factored in as well. All of that takes human effort.

    I suggest that hours might be accumulated in a bank. The banker would be the person who validates the reality of exchanges on a local level and acts as a guarantor for that value. Their position in society would be very important. Moreover banks would issue script, physical currency for normal exchanges. I suggest that the artistic merits of such artifacts would be one of great fascination and you would find hours traded from all over the world just for the curiosity factor. After all they would be equal in spendable value.

    Here’s a good look at a new world banker in action. It is at the beginning of this video on economics in Greece, which has been bankrupted by the old system incorporated in the European Union and the Euro, a dismal failure.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y9R0v96K48

    Remember I’m imagining a world where greed isn’t an issue although I’m sure some people will be prone to try it out. That means that cons and scams, forgeries and frauds would be so rare they would be obvious. In a world of service people would try to use money as little as possible in favor of giving of their efforts to one another. Why? Simple. It is more efficient than wasting time keeping score. Think of this. If we each sought to do the best we could for one another in each of our dealings we wouldn’t have to look out for ourselves. I figured at least 75% of human effort right now is wasted on wars, self-protection, mitigating the results of greed (think of all the diseases caused by nutritional failures called food by industrial providers of packaged junk) etc. Would it be instant heaven? Nope it would just seem like it by comparison.

    As to how hours would be used. Many details would be needed to custom fit in each community. I can’t begin to guess the specifics. In thinking about disabled, remember that we currently are in the throes of a crisis of the collapse of the family unit. Families would be the bottom line support system. For those without some network of support there would need to be social support. That would be paid for by local taxes. Health and education I believe will be considered two of the most important social foundations of any progressive civilization.

    As to children; within the home money would not be exchanged for the gift of love can not be bought and sold. The home would be the exemplar of the gift economy. However I would encourage the idea that children should be given the opportunity to earn money by exchanging work with their neighbors as soon as practical. Keep in mind that when you learn to make much of that which you need with your own skills the satisfaction you receive from that creative activity is far more valuable than merely purchasing stuff. The sort of rabid commercialism in which we live now would not exist.

    Hmmm, I’ve rattled on enough. Keep in mind that the world is not ready for these ideas at present. Enough people will have to embrace some new vision that makes sense to them before there is any real change. I’m just thinking about possibilities. Here are a couple of other musings. One is about bankers (before I got the currency idea) and one is about government. I still like ‘em.

    http://www.theoreticsinstitute.org/f...ro-Stewardship

    http://www.theoreticsinstitute.org/f...al-possibility

    Welles
  9. Welles's Avatar
    Hours Currency Symbol

    Every currency needs an easily recognizable symbol, a new glyph that would be easy to add to existing fonts. Ideally it would imply an obvious meaning. Using an H for hours seemed a good start. Then I thought about hours being equal and incorporated the idea of relative equality by using an equals sign = in place of the single crossbar. My final thought was to use fonts with an inherent sense of motion to imply the activity of exchange. In the case of less dynamic fonts, using italic or oblique typefaces would suffice.

    As I’m most familiar with the dollar symbol $ which has the cents symbol ˘ as its diminutive partner I thought the prices of items or services should use the upper case hours symbol to indicate a price of one hour or greater and the lower case symbol to indicate less than one hour in cost. In thinking about of change for an hour several schemes could work but I generally favor a quarter, a half and three-quarters as the currency breakdown between whole hours.

    To test out the graphic concept I used Apple Chancery for the font with a sense of activity built in and ITC Avant Garde Gothic as my test sans serif font, which means I used the italic font style. On the next page you can see the results of upper case and lower case experiments.

    I think believe this hours symbol would be easily incorporated into any font that uses variants of the Latin alphabet.

    Welles B Goodrich
    Oct. 2, 2014


  10. Welles's Avatar
    Phrenetic Hyphothesis Reaction

    You know I was never quite convinced of my musing in Phrenetic Hypothesis. There was something that felt off about it but I couldn’t help the fact that the thoughts I placed on paper were reoccurring often enough that I felt impelled to write them down.

    I’ve been rereading the Urantia Book again (for the seventh time over 40+ years) and I ran into an idea that may have been the original concept that I then blew out of proportion in the PH essay. If you’ve never read the UB this probably won’t make sense. In a nutshell there is an order of created being called Creator Sons who’s ‘job’ in Creation is to organize a sector of Space and Time for the evolution of personalities so that spiritual potentials may be realized by their experiences.

    Anyway there are a number of these beings. Each of them is the Creator of a Local Universe that contains about 10,000,000 inhabited planets. These areas of space/time are unique and persons who find their origins in one generally only begin to mingle with beings from other’s when they ascend to a Central Universe. However it seems that occasionally there are few ambassadors who have the experience of visiting other Local Universes while still inhabitants before leaving ‘home’ so to speak.

    That idea seems likely to me. My original speculation of multiple ‘eternity makers’ now seems specious. Oh well.



    Welles
  11. overmind's Avatar
    I always find the general music/symphony metaphor to be useful. Just as a symphony is a coordinated effort to produce musical harmony, God's various children coordinate with one another to create spiritual harmony. Any sort of group community project relates to this as people work within their roles to achieve a common benefit/goal.

    (500.6) 44:1.15 While you have assembled some beautiful melodies on Urantia, you have not progressed musically nearly so far as many of your neighboring planets in Satania. If Adam and Eve had only survived, then would you have had music in reality; but the gift of harmony, so large in their natures, has been so diluted by strains of unmusical tendencies that only once in a thousand mortal lives is there any great appreciation of harmonics. But be not discouraged; some day a real musician may appear on Urantia, and whole peoples will be enthralled by the magnificent strains of his melodies. One such human being could forever change the course of a whole nation, even the entire civilized world. It is literally true, “melody has power a whole world to transform.” Forever, music will remain the universal language of men, angels, and spirits. Harmony is the speech of Havona.