Nonoshita Walks

The place I live, whilst being close to Toyoshiki station and across the road at which Kashiwa meets Nagareyama, is called Nonoshita. Though a lot of people live here now, it is historically an agricultural area, as can be seen from the presense of farms and farmhouses. One thing I love to do is walk in the countryside near my place. You just have to go about ten minutes and you are in a peaceful, unchanged world of farmhouses, flowers, rice fields, wild birds and gently swaying trees. Walking through this, in the sunshine, with the songs of various birds echoing around the hillsides, is a treat in itself.

For me it is like an extended garden, a contemporary version of the perfection of Eden. The practical nature of all the arrangements there drops away for me and I see the ecosystem at play, with all it’s beauty and mystery. At each step I find new, small surprises- a pheasant crying to her mate here, ducks flying gracefully through the air there, tadpoles swimming joyfully in their first days of life. it is like a poem in motion, laid out before me. It doesn’t just change every season, it changes each day, as they blend together, millions of elements making one moment quite unlike any other.

I believe when people love the Earth, they will naturally try to protect her, just as they would their own children. Which isn’t to say the Earth is like a child for us, in fact it may well be the other way around. Yet this is an affectionate, appreciative feeling, which you could direct to God or Earth or creators-sons, or whatever else one thanks for this glory. For, in the moment of apprehension, there is really no question  that there is the mark of something divine in it all and one is wrapped up in the communion with it, the joy of sharing in the wonder. We need nothing more than what we already have.

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Towards a New Humanity

It is quite clear to us here that the only solution to the challenges posed by this moment is to press forward with the most important change of all- a change to ourselves. Whilst personal transformation has been a theme for centuries, the potential for humanity to evolve as one has only recently been seen as a possibility. At this point, we hold, it is in fact a necessity for the continued survival of the human race. Our technology has reached a point of no return.

It has reached the point where we either use it to transform our way of interacting with our planet, to make it both post-industrial and harmonious with the ecosystems surrounding us, that we have realised with increasing clarity we are dependent upon- or use it to wipe our sorry asses off the face of the planet before we become a danger to the planets surrounding ours. In this there is a failsafe to nuclear technology; only a peaceful, harmonious society can hope to survive the advent of a nuclear age. One overcome by self-centeredness and blinkered enslavement to special interests will quite simply self-destruct, before it spreads.

Looking at the challenges that face us, we would be well-advised to remember this central and well-designed truism of universe existence. The path to having god-like power is also the path to god-like responsibility and the consideration of others this brings, and in this context I include not only humans, but the rich variety of life with whom we share our planetary existence.

Everything that has happened thus far can be seen as a warning shot, a shot above the bows, fired by no external enemy, but by us, towards us, warning ourselves of the responsibilities to ourselves and the planet we hold. There was once a time to record history, there was once a time to speak of history’s own unfoldment, yet now has come a sudden rush of something that can only be called consciousness, not only the consciousness of a few individuals, but one on a planetary level.

Let us look at the year, look at the calendar and we will see how little time is left, mere moments of this illusion we call time. In these moments, we have to learn new ways, ways in keeping with our enlarged sense of selfhood, fired by our ascendant technology. A world on the verge of discoveries of deep space travel, time travel and on the cusp of computing power that could peer into the very structure of this mathematically-designed universe itself, must awake to itself, must awake to it’s own internal unity; it’s various members being parts of one body, a body that is waking into consciousness of itself and it’s place in the universe.

In many ways, this is the last year before the great beginning. This is a time of great and dramatic change, a sudden unfoldment of evolution, by the end of which former things will be no more. A natural, sustainable world in terms of energy, politics, human inter-relations is the only way forward and it is becoming clearer and clearer all the time. As our dreams, both personal and collective, come closer to fruition, we will all the more strongly reject that which is not in accord with them. For we are not so much being remade by some hypothetical outside force, as remaking ourselves, being ultimately the arbiters of our own destinies, the co-creators of ourselves. A process we are all the more conscious of, as the moment dawns when we can stand upright in mind and heart, as well as merely in bipedal form. A moment in which we will be in touch as never before with who we are, aware as never before of that divine spark burning brightly within us and ready as never before to resume contact with our ancestors, who have cared so lovingly for us for all these years.

Perfect Futures

Now that I have refreshed my sites, it comes a time when I have to look again at why I am doing all of this. The inspiration for this blog is a vision I have had, a vision of a future much better and well-adjusted than the world we live in now. I call this he vision of the Perfect Future, for the future is not destined, or inevitable as it might seem. No, on the contrary, it is something we actively choose, whether it be collectively or as individuals. In fact, I personally hold that there are many possible, potential, even likely futures, all waiting to be chosen by us in this free-will universe we inhabit. Knowing this, I seek to actively promote, pursue and otherwise help ‘produce’ as perfect a one as I can envision.

In a universe of parallel realities, multiple dimensions and seemingly endless choice, there must be many possible presents, pasts and futures, all existing simultaneously. This isn’t just a metaphysical observation, it is an opportunity to choose. Also, though we only really exist in the present, mentally we are always in the realm of the images we have of our past, of memories projected onto the world around us, at least not until we are enlightened enough to inhabit that now, that eternal now. What exists for us, in the world of thought is the past, an endlessly murmuring past and it is out of this that we construct our chosen future. Yet, some of us, who have broken free of certain constraints on our consciousness, have managed not only to tune into the past, but the future as well, and thus find a way to enrich the present with the great and glorious light of our possible future.

Yet even this is not the same as making this future, as choosing it. It is something, indeed, we cannot do alone. The perfect future comes from within us all. Our whole society, especially since the modern times of the enlightenment, is geared towards the conscious pursuit of it. We may be living in the present, but if we are conscious at all, it is in the hope of a better future.

What are the elements of this perfect future? One essential one is tolerance; no, more, a loving acceptance of one another, despite superficial differences, which are celebrated rather than scorned, as the source of humanity’s riches. Another is the discovery and embracing of clean sources of energy. I don’t personally know for sure what in their entirety these are, but surely renewables such as tides, wind and sun will play a large part, alongside possibly extremely safe, microscopic technologies (fission?). We need to dream and dream together. What we see around us, or a mere projection of that isn’t enough. We need indeed to see deep within us and find what we really want for this world of ours; with this, will come the way to it. Where there is a dream, there is the realisation of that dream. This is the way reality works, if we but see it clearly.

Hopeful Signs

Japan seems more stable right now. Let’s pray it stays that way and can get on with the gentle process of rebuilding.

Season’s Greetings!

Here’s wishing a very Happy Christmas to all my readers, or whatever holiday you choose celebrate this festive season. It is a good time to be with those we love and to reflect on what means most in life- love, peace and life in all it’s fullness- which means a mind and heart unblocked with any kind of negative feeling or bias. We here at Perfect futures believe we are living in a progressive universe and that things are always getting better, even though it may not always seem to be that way. Let not the backwards stumble blind you to the forward steps being made!

With this in mind, let’s look forward to an even better 2011, in which we can achieve not so much what we seek to dol, as more fully realise the person we seek to be!

So season’s greetings to one and all and wishes for a joyous new year to come!

Taken in Senjougahara, just after dawn. I thought the incredible colours have a festive mix of greens and reds, without the need for any man-made decoration!

Thanks for the Service

In my thoughts I am often of two minds. I don’t like to criticise when there is so much to appreciate. Sometimes I’ve complained about things not going quiet as smoothly as I hoped they might. Yet sometimes my expectations were unfair and stopped me from seeing the value of what is really going on. So I have to give the other side of my experiences of service here. People can be very sweet, personal and sincere. Providing you are on the same wavelength, you can see how much they go out of their way to be helpful, to make your experience joyful and pleasant. It’s this attention to detail and personal touch that makes the place nice to be in and means that so many people come away with a good feeling.

Getting bogged down in technicalities is a mistake. Ignoring the value of feeling can only block off your own experience of such good feeling- leaving you with bad feeling- the absence of feeling being described as bad, like a bad apple. So it is better to live in the reality of appreciation. To praise and be thankful for that which we have. Communication can be difficult, but appreciation of another’s efforts is universal .So lets sing the praises of people’s efforts to serve one another, wherever they may be.

The Zen of Photography

Some of you reading this may have tried meditation. I realised that whilst I sometimes do so sitting still, my curiosity and impatience make walking or photographing more realistic options for me on the whole. Perhaps there are many others who feel the same- relaxing as they stroll with a camera, other worlds opening up around them as they do so. Whether they know it or not, they may actually be engaging in meditative states and as their appreciation of the wonder and beauty around them- that is, as their minds awaken to the beauty of the universe we live in- so their phiotographs reflect this. Meditation- the water in the otherwise barren desert of conscious life- may well have found a new and widespread home in this age.

When we meditate, it is a good discipline to focus on just one thing. The mind focuses on it and then, by extention,whatever is around it in a non-specific way. The thing becomes as it were, the center of the universe. This induces a peacefulfeeling, as from that perspective, everything is in order, everyhing is in it’s place. If one believes that there is a basic ordering principal or energy, or even intelligence behind all things then it is q time to see it clearly. What was hidden to us in the often bewilderingly complex macrosphere in which we live, where seemingly infinite variables combine to create a neccessarily uncertain world is far easier to manage in the smaller space of a meditation on where we are now and what immediately surrounds us. In fact, a sense if the transcendant often appears, where the spiritual underlying reality becomes apparent. Simplicity is good for our minds, it seems.

The same happens in photography. A central point of focus is neccessary for the mind to relax enough to dwell in the image. There can be no confusion as to where to rest our eyes as then fatigue quickly sets in. Yet endless details around this focus point are accepted readily. The eyes can wonder over to them, secure in having a resting place. An aesthetic euphoria comes with looking at especially pleasing images. A sense of the beauty of the universe or a taste of the meaning behind our existance is conveyed.

There is indeed a zen of photography, living in the moment which is seemingly efffortlessly captured. There is a spirit behind the image, a meaning is there to be found- and perhaps this is easier to convey with images or poetry than attempts at description of a land beyond the known.

Aura

Whilst I’m on this trip of getting to know myself better, I thought I’d find out what kind of an aura I have. Rather than pay a lot of money for a Kirlian photograph (and possibly find out something I really didn’t want to hear!), I did it the easy way, by answering a few questions on the Internet. I kind of like the idea of this, as ‘life coach’ is a role that appeals to me and one I often find myself in and I like even more the concept that I have ‘ideas to change the world’. Who wouldn’t!-

 

Your Aura is Violet

Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.
And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don’t always use it!

The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say

Famous purples include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony

Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach

You Will Meet a Tall, dark, Handsome Stranger…

Cliches aside, recently I’ve become pretty interested in not only astrology, but other forms of ‘divination’ as well. It’s not so much a way to see the future for me, as a way to clearly and impartially see what goes into making the present. With the law of synchronicity, all things relate to each other, so the patterns of cards, the falling of coins and the movements of planets are all part of that same universal pulse.

Mostly, these methods are a bit of hassle, as you have to have your I-Ching or tarot cards at the ready and to know what , but a new way has made an appearance- the online computerised version! I found this site, called

You just type in your name and your question (though I doubt it actually reads either, though it may effect the process in some mysterious way) and any one of a number of methods will give you your ‘answer’. I tried it and it ‘works’, that is, it seems relevant to the question and made me much more aware of the factors involved and how I wanted to proceed. It certainly offers you more methods than you could dream of, especially regarding tarot cards (an area I used to be a bit scared of, to be honest, until I realised that the morality involved in ‘properly’ interpreting them is just the same as that in The Bible, the I Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, or whatever, all about being honest and natural). There are umpteen types of decks and spreads (card arrangements) there, and the interpretations flash right up on the screen. I personally like doing it on the big TV, on my PS3, as it is more relaxing in the living room.

Other methods offered are runes of various kinds, a simple coin toss (you can even choose between different country’s coins) and a ‘yes- no’ pen that will tilt in the direction of your answer. One of the most interesting things there is a ‘personal profile’ that will use numerology to find the ‘value’ of the letters in your name and then find an appropriate tarot card, rune, words and famous historical figures that correspond to you.  Here is my information, you just type in your information there to find your own one. To be honest, it makes no sense at all to me, though it is interesting that my tarot card and rune seem to coincide, however far off the mark they seem to be!

Gideon Philip Davidson

Nickname:
Starfire

Birth Name:
Gideon Philip Davidson

Birthdate:
9/25/1972

Tarot Card
(Equivalent of "9/25/1972")


The Chariot: Victory through might. Advancement through bold action. Change through force. Order established through vigilance. A trying situation mastered by balancing opposing forces against each other. Discipline, individual effort and endurance will turn the tide.

Rune
(Equivalent of "Gideon Philip Davidson")


Uruz symbolizes the Auroch, a member of the ox family that became extinct long ago. This rune represents the strength, bravery, and endurance of this animal of old. Uruz portends the ability to meet problems head on and to overcome them. When the world was new, warriors used to test their strength against the Auroch. Hence, this rune has come to represent the masculine principle and the capacity to meet a challenge.

Birth Mates
(Equivalents of "9/25/1972")

Elle Macpherson, Erwin Schroedinger, Faith Hill, George Bernard Shaw, Halle Berry, James Gandolfini, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Nelson Mandela, Nick Cave, Oliver Stone, Pancho Villa, Penelope Cruz, Stanley Kubrick, Yasser Arafat

Public Role
(Equivalents of "Gideon Philip Davidson")

Words that embody things that may be a part of you are "Lace".

Words that embody people or things in your periphery are "Adversary, Affair, Alien, Anticipation, Apocalypse, Arm, Camera, Celebration, Coin, Consort, Deck, Demand, Devotion, Dream, Duke, Globe, Home, Invention, Joke, Jubilation, Key, King, Life, Lock, Monster, Moonlight, Rapport, Resistance, Submission, Surrender, Synergy, Trumpet, Typhoon, Universe, Vortex".

Private Persona
(Equivalents of "Starfire")

Words that embody your presence are "Atlantis, Freemason, Knowledge, Playboy, Society".

Words that embody the people or things that you interact with are "Allure, Ghost, Heroin, Husband, Jungle, Knight, Leather, Romance, Rough, Spite, Wealth, Whore, Worm".

Words that embody people or things in your periphery are "Constellation".

 

As evidence that there is something in this, it says that Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Ladin share the same tarot card, name value and birth path. Seeing all the words flying around in correspondence with my name made hardly any sense to me, reminding me a bit about all that stuff about lucky numbers and colours fortune teller say to people. I am into knowledge and understanding, not superstition- which is not at all to say that this is an example of the latter- just that believing it without understanding it would have that effect.

I expect that in time a lot of this stuff will be exposed to the light of science and be found to hold deep and important truths. In the mean-time, it is a good route to understanding yourself (depending of course on whether your religious views can accept it), or others. They offer a totality of possibilities in a microcosmic form, opening the way to intuitive understandings of the whole that our rational mind baulks at. What we can consciously choose to do is to always make sure to look for the positive in all things- something I always encourage those around me to do, too, as our outlook decides the direction we take. Whilst we won’t always find what we expect, we will certainly experience what we really want to! Feeling makes reality, what we feel becomes real.

A Detour into Astrology

One thing I’ve become very interested in over the holiday season is astrology. I’m personally a libran, represented by the scales- a symbol of harmony. Reading about it’s qualities it really does seem to apply to me really well. I always want to have a harmonious environment and get along with everyone, even to a fault and I love balance in all it’s forms. I find it hard to make decisions as it seems so important to make exactly the right one, though when I do it is generally right. I also have a taste for art, nice surroundings and avoid things that are crude or unpleasant whenever I can- but enough about me! What does your star sign mean to you?

Many people will tell you that astrology is just a load of old hocus-pocus and maybe it ultimately is. but it certainly fills in the gaps as to understanding who we really are and gives me a way of understanding why relationships with others and even our lives as a whole, play out the way it they do, with their otherwise surprising bends and turns, and our own otherwise baffling (even to me) desires. Life is all a journey of coming to terms with who we are and moving towards who we want to be- generally a more perfect embodiment of our sign’s best qualities.

Anyway, here’s a little about us Librans, with more where that came from and all the other signs, here

LIBRA

You’re born under the sign of Libra, which represents the element of air, or the intellect. You’re most definitely a thinker — you like to use your mind to tackle problems. Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac, which refers to relationships of all sorts and your connection to the world around you.
People know you as someone who loves to socialise. Your outgoing nature and love of communicating brilliant ideas to people around you is one of your strengths. You’re rarely at a loss for words … even on your worst day you have the gift of the gab!
You not only have the ability to share your ideas in a very natural way; you also have charm in the way you convey your feelings. This is another of your very positive traits. Even people who don’t agree with what you have to say can’t resist you and will usually behave well around you — you’re simply a nice person.
Your love of communication makes you an excellent mediator and negotiator. Coupled with the fact that you’re always reasonable in the way you deal with people, this means your friends and co-workers can always depend on your having a balanced viewpoint, even in the fiercest of arguments.
In fact, if there’s a problem with you, it comes out of the fact that you’re so good at seeing all the sides of a problem and staying impartial. This makes it hard for you to commit to one side of an argument — you don’t want to be seen as biased, and you want everyone to like you!

VENUS (Venus, the ‘Libran’ planet)

… An interesting site to explore is this one, as it lets you find out something about the specific day on which you were born, which is far more specific than the generalities of you ‘sun sign’. For me though, as a libran, who is apparently always seeking greater harmony and developing relationships with those around him, the details of compatibility are the most interesting. I can certainly see a lot of truth to this in my own life and the people around me and it is much more refreshing than seeing things in terms of people’s backgrounds or cultures, as astrology talks about universal attributes which we all share.

So which sun sign are you? Do your daily or birthday horoscopes make any sense? Do you find what is said about your relationships to wring true, or ring hollow? For me one explanation for why this may all make sense is the one offered by the famous Psychologist/ Psycho-therapist Carl Jung. He says that if everything in the universe is connected and changing synchronistically, seeing the way the stars move or the way coins fall, or even the lines on our hands or left-over tea leaves sit, all reflects a small part of this great whole, but a connected and reflective part. That is, they have a pattern in harmony with everything else, that with the right knowledge can be interpreted so as to explain other things, seemingly unrelated. Who really knows, it is all about having a feel for these things after all. But I think there is a lot of truth in them, at least in terms of the nature of our present, if not our as-yet undecided future.

Straight, No Chaser.

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