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Phantasmagoria

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1:  an exhibition of optical effects and illusions
2: a :  a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imagined
b :  a scene that constantly changes
3:  a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection, or assemblage

Sometimes, watching my Now,  life feels like optical effects and illusions, a bizarre and fantastic assemblage.  Science tells me it is an illusion. What is perceived is not the energy rushing about nor is it the mostly empty space between particles.  The very act of looking solidifies the constantly changing scene much like a photograph.  
White pelican
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It’s About the Lights 

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Every light is beautifully unique and shines where it will. I tried to save the world and found I had to save myself. As a light worker I polish my lamp. Maybe it shines on the world a wee bit. Maybe it just shines for me. I work out my own salvation with fear and trembling. My world is my tribe. Some remain but many of the brilliant and beautiful lamps that have lighted my way have transitioned. I travel on. 

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Happiness Project #14

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The Happy Things Project continues.  Each week I try to post 3 things that create happiness in my eternal Now. There will be apparent repetition but Now brings new and unique happinesses even to what seems old.   Whether we notice or not, moment to moment things are different and new.  
1.  The Cone of Confusion 
That is what I call the gray, vague, empty space in front of me.  As I sit here contemplating my next location there is no direction, nothing calls to me.  Tunica MS? Jackson MS? Memphis TN? 
2.  Fabric Paint  
This happened: 

This is Ben 10 and some aliens.  
3.  Swimming Pools
I went through a period in my life where I wasn’t interested in playing in the water.  I’m glad I got over that.   I’ve spent a lot of time in the pool lately. 

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Myku 21

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Actively waiting 
The hawk surveys the landscape
Dinner was tasty 
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Not myku
Nothing happens
Everything happens
Happening 

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Happiness Project #12

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The Happy Things Project continues.  Each week I try to post 3 things that create happiness in my eternal Now. There will be repetition but Now brings new and unique happinesses too.  

1.   Marshmallows
After last week’s small tribute to campfires I need to mention marshmallows.  These white, soft, squishy, bouncy, pillows of deliciousness add excitement to any campfire.  They provide multiple forms of entertainment from tasty, toasted morsel to flying, flaming missile.  At only 25 calories each they pack quite a whallop of fun. 
2.  Amazing coconspirators 
I am blessed with outstanding friends spread across the world.  One is part of my Month in New Orleans Project.  He will be my traveling companion, muse, video and photograph contributor, and source of courage.  He will be able to participate for 3 weeks of the project. 
3.  Clean laundry
It is with great satisfaction that I proclaim all the laundry done, even the sheets ✅. At least for the rest this day.  

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A Possible Practice

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Rob Brezsny suggests: 
Assume that your drive to experience pleasure and happiness isn’t a barrier to your spiritual growth, but is in fact essential to it. Proceed on the hypothesis that cultivating joy can make you a more ethical and compassionate person. Imagine that feeling good has something important to teach you every day.

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Happy Things Project #10

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The Happy Things Project continues.  Each week I try to post 3 things that create happiness in my eternal Now. There will be repetition but Now brings new and unique happinesses too.  

1.   Safe travel days
Living on the road full time definitely creates a great appreciation for safe travels.   
2.  Meeting new friends on the road 
I encounter many wonderful and interesting people.  I never meet a stranger.  
3.  Unprocessed food
I enjoy starting with fresh, raw fruits and veggies.  Don’t misunderstand, I have not turned my back on processed food.  It’s just isn’t a big part of my diet.  I love pizza delivery.  lol

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Myku 20

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In the Limestone lands
There’s a Pepsi at mile 8
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Happiness Project #9

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The Happy Things Project continues.  Each week I try to post 3 things that create happiness in my eternal Now. I feel there will be repetition. I feel that each Now brings new and unique happinesses too.  I feel that even though something is a repeat, it is unique and new in them moment it occurs.  Everything changes despite what my senses may be telling me.

1.  Making videos
I’ve been working on various video projects with the 7 year old muse.

  • Skateboarding
  • The secret elephant video
  • Animation shorts

2.  Strawberry farms
I think the best strawberries I’ve ever eaten were from a farm on US 31 in Clanton AL.  The boy and I were returning from our road school adventure and saw a strawberry farm. We turned in, made our selection, and  returned to World Headquarters with a bag of delicious red delight.

3.  Occasionally overcoming the naysayer in my head.
It isn’t that I always win, but I’m trying.  I wasn’t born with the naysayer. It was learned from over cautious authority figures, critical teacher, critical peers, jealous friends, non-supportive parents, and…you get the idea.  Know where it came from helps me defeat the negative voice in my head.

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Then There’s This 

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): William Boyd writes novels, which require him
to do copious research about the real-world milieus he wants his fictional
characters to inhabit. For example, to ensure the authenticity of his book
*Waiting for Sunrise,* he found out what it was like to live in Vienna in
1913. He compares his process of searching for juicy facts to the feeding
habits of a blue whale: engorging huge amounts of seawater to strain out
the plankton that are good to eat. Ninety percent of the information he
wades through is irrelevant, but the rest is tasty and nourishing. I suspect
you’ll thrive on a similar approach in the coming weeks, Virgo. Be patient
as you search for what’s useful.

Source:  Rob Brezsny’s Astrology Newsletter

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