If everything is made of thought, what type of thoughts created plastic… and is the plastic pollution problem caused by a surfeit of the type of thoughts which created plastic?
Yes, I know that’s an odd question.
My mind likes pondering odd ideas.
It’s a form of yoga for the mental body, stretching it into strange shapes and positions, and holding it there for a moment or two… to perhaps increase its flexibility, its cerebral plasticity.
When an odd idea pops into my mind, I may ponder it for a few minutes and then move on to something else.
That’s what I did with the one above.
I might go back to it at a later time, or not.
The something else I moved on to eventually led to even odder questions and ideas, which weren’t really the kind of odd my mind likes…
But sometimes it’s interesting to ponder what you don’t like… or at least ponder why it is your mind doesn’t like that subject.
Is it fear? Is it laziness?
At first it was just a bit of alternative astrological fun.
I was on a site which mentioned an astrologer who had taken the Sabian Symbols and turned them into the Chandra Symbols… or something along those lines.
So I decided to check those out, and found a site which had conveniently shared them all from a book:
A couple of the descriptions of the degrees did that thing which is what makes astrology so interesting…
“ARIES 3excerpt from Inside Degrees: Developing Your Soul Biography Using the Chandra Symbols by Ellias Lonsdale
The outer casing of the Great Pyramid being removed.
Candor, stark naked honesty. Getting rid of all false coverings, going for what counts. You are sharply intent upon getting at the truth and staying on the truth. Self-disclosure. An extraordinary aptitude for reality, you are the world’s most direct person, willing to be seen and known unequivocally. The jackhammer treatment. Blunt, brutal, and straightforward. Devoid of charm or grace, but right on the mark, gutsy and truly incorrigible.”
And here’s another:
ARIES 18excerpt from Inside Degrees: Developing Your Soul Biography Using the Chandra Symbols by Ellias Lonsdale
Neither being one thing nor another. No longer belonging and not yet attaining. You live in limbo and fiercely get ready. This is a very strange predicament. You have no world to be in. The past is over; the future is not yet. The present moment becomes both magical and dreadful. It is dreadful in that nothing ever really happens and you cannot stand it. It is magical in that when you have lost everything and truly have nothing left to lose, you are free. You are free to dream and free to be. You still have no context, no place to plug in. But you are a free agent. Oddly released from pressures, demands, the crossfire of urgent criticality. And in this state, you have one amazing option. If you give this away, if you surrender your sparkling autonomy to the universal life-force, you can turn the world on and make everybody aware that they are free as well.
They were rather accurate for me, my psyche, my life, which triggers hmmm… mode – which is a mode I enjoy being in.
After exploring the Chandra Symbols a bit, I did what I always do when intrigued by the work of an astrologer – I searched to see if I could find his natal chart.
Many astrologers don’t share their natal chart… that bugs me. If they’re into the subject to the point of being an astrologer, then surely their own astrological chart should be something they share freely and use as a template to show how the system works, for them and for others. I’m sure there’s a professional reason why they don’t, but hmmm…
I didn’t search particularly deeply or thoroughly, so that might have been the issue…
But even a cursory search might come up with a mention of his date of birth, what Sun sign he is…
I did however find out that he founded a school for Visionaries and Wizards… rightio.
And thought he’d had a past life in Atlantis. Not just any old Atlantean past life but an important one as a Star Seer or something along those lines.
Oh dear… those are the kind of odd ideas which my mind does not like – that bias is mainly due to my youthful excursions into the New Age movement… and the lessons I learned from it.
I decided to move on…
Sometime later I did another search to see how many other people think they had past lives in Atlantis… and, unsurprisingly, many people do.
Since recently I’ve been putting my skepticism on hold as it’s not as helpful as it thinks it is… I decided to approach the odd idea from a different angle than the “oh, dear…” one.
What if Atlantis was a real place, and all these people who think they lived there in a past life are right about that… let’s take a bit further than that… what if a large portion of people who are alive right now were also alive in Atlantis.
In reincarnation theories, there’s one which suggests that people tend to reincarnate in groups. Usually it means families, significant others, close friends… and enemies. But what if an entire generation of people reincarnated together… perhaps to finish unfinished business.
One story I read many years ago when I was interested in things like Atlantis said that the Atlanteans were very technologically advanced… and that’s what killed them. They took it too far, didn’t respect the laws of nature, were driven crazy by all the power they had, wanted more and more power…
In many ways the descriptions of what happened in Atlantis correlate with what’s going on at this time on Earth.
We’ve made incredible leaps in technological advancement… and are permanently hungry for more power… and we’re also very concerned that the end of our world is nigh.
Maybe those who lived in Atlantis reincarnated en masse, and have simply repeated now what happened then. Making the same mistakes… doing the same thing as they did before.
I guess they learned nothing then… what about now?
Part of what influenced that take on it, was my recent watching of the second season of the series Britannia.
I didn’t see season 1… because it sounded like another GOT type of series and my mind didn’t find that particularly interesting.
I didn’t watch season 2 from the start…
I fell asleep on the sofa one evening and when I woke up I was watching it. Since I woke up to this image:
And what happened next… my mind kind of went hmmm… this is oddly interesting.
It’s sort of similar in some ways to Monty Python’s Holy Grail, only with crazy druids and ridiculous Romans.
It’s very funny… with some possibly profound wisdom hidden within the hilarity.
At one point this character, who is carrying his dead sister’s head around in a bag, a head he bought at an auction, proudly announces that he’s made amends for past sins… and gets told that, nope, he’s not done anything of the sort, he’s actually made things worse for himself but it’s okay since it’s all part of the prophecy, and he exclaims “Oh shit!”
There are many “Oh, shit!” moments for the characters…
Here’s the trailer:
At the very end of the season…
Yes, I’m spoilering it, so if you don’t want it to be spoilered for you, you know what to do…
the viewers get a glimpse of the past and future in the present, summed up in the words – “One cycle ends and the next begins“.
It sounds great, wise and whatnot, but the truth of it is the same story is stuck on play, rewind, repeat, again and again and again… no one seems to know how to break the cycle. Maybe that kind of cycle isn’t meant to be broken.