Conversations with God!

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

I finished the book last night. Stayed up until I was done.
 
Check out Neale Donald Walsch's website @ www.nealedonaldwalsch.com
If it interest you!
I was going to write more stuff from the book but something came up. You'll have to arrive at your own conclusions about the book by reading it.
 
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Sisters - My sister wrote me a long email today discussing my blog. It dealt with the content (ie. Spiritual Journeys), my constant badgering to all of you busy people about not making comments about my writings, and sharing of emotions.
 
So let's start with the content. I've tried explaining  it a few times but it's difficult using words. I don't know if using a comparison from photography will be easier, but I will try.  I've received all these great comments about my photography. Thank You all for the compliments. They are greatly appreciated.
 
Tips for great Photography: (Credit to my Uncle, Lou Perrin of Perrin Photographic Art (www.perrinphotoart.com))
 
Rule #1
Make sure you have film or a card in your camera.

Rule #2
Use the equipment that you have. Until you understand the features you have and learn which features you want. You may spend a great deal of money buying
camera equipment with features that you do not need and never use.

Rule#3
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
If the picture works it works, if it doesn't, it doesn't. If the picture turns your crank, click the shutter.

Rule #4
Have fun!

Rule #5
If you aren't doing at least one of these 4 rules...do something else.
 
Added Rule #1
 
Composition:
a) Composition is the arrangement of objects within the picture area.
b) Rules of composition should become part of your "visual thinking" whenever you are looking for, or setting up a picture, until it becomes second nature to you.
c) Show as much as you need to, but no more.
 
Results
 
The determination of the "likeability" factor of any photograph will be by the viewer. You either love it or you hate it...or it can be anywhere in between.
 
 
Rules for Writing Journey Blogs:
 
Rule #1
Experience life!

Rule #2
Write from the Soul. Life experience does not come from Thinking so you can't write by Thinking!

Rule#3
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
If the Experience gets across it gets across, if it doesn't, it doesn't. Remember this is YOUR Journey! Others are only along for the ride!

Rule #4
Have fun!

Rule #5
If you aren't following all of these 4 rules...get a real job!
 
Added Rule #1
 
Content:
a)      Content comes from your experience, others experience, and your interpretation of all experience.
b)      Your interpretation of all experience is just that...Your Interpretation!
c)       Write as much as is needed to get YOUR point across. Refer others to sources so that they may do THEIR OWN interpretation. Sometimes write only as much is required for YOUR understanding of the Experience.
d)      Sometimes there is no point to be made. Or you just scratch the surface of the point and confuse everybody, including yourself.
 
Results
 
Some people will enjoy your blog. Some people will hate your blog. Some people will be indifferent to your blog. Some people will "get" your point. Some people will stop reading your blog. As the saying goes: "You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time!"
 
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Next let's talk about my "badgering" all of you for comments. I was just about to send my response to my sister when the light bulb came on. I had spent considerable time "rebutting" my sister's points and "clarifying" my thoughts . Then it hit me. What I'm really missing is an open discussion about what I'm writing about. I can be writing a bunch of Bull Shit to all of you and it wouldn't matter. My Interpretation of all this "Experience" I'm interpreting, mine and what I'm reading, can be completely false. But I don't get any feedback. When my friend Monique lived in Calgary we would meet and have these God-awful long discussions about all kinds of esoteric topics. I really enjoyed that. Then a couple of years ago I would meet with a friend of mine, Deb, for Tea and we would do the same thing. We all need to hear once in a while that we're full of shit. We can accept that or continue discussing why we are or are not full of shit. I like "pushing the envelope" of thoughts  just so that I can get some feedback. It's difficult expanding the mind when you're having a one sided conversation.
 
Yes, I am meeting a lot of interesting people on my Journey, but I still require someone to have some meaningful dialogue about this "stuff" I write about.
 
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Sharing of emotions. Some of you might be wondering how I can "spill my guts" so to speak in such an open forum. When you have an anxiety disorder it's probably the best medicine. Keeping stuff bottled up isn't good for any of us. The problem is most of us are brought up to not show or say how we really feel. We always fear the reaction others will have. Our egos will be bruised if they react negatively. Or they might laugh at us. Or we are afraid of violent reactions. OR....OR....(just fill in the blanks) As I indicated in one of my blogs, the two greatest emotions are Love and Fear. All I will say is that when you share your true emotions you do it out of Love. It doesn't matter which emotion you are sharing. The recipient of that shared emotion can react in two ways, out of Love, by acknowledging the shared emotion, or out of Fear by not reacting at all. Love wins all the time. But this is the dilemma. How do you start sharing your true emotions when past experience has demonstrated that people do not react out of love or in the way you expected or hoped? There's that Expectation word again. How do you start reacting to a shared true emotion when you are not used to doing that? People haven't shared their true emotions before. I could continue expanding on this topic, but I have to follow Added Rule #1d of writing blogs, maybe I don't have a point to make or I've just scratched the surface of the point and now everybody is confused.
 
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I actually saw some Amish people today. But you'll have to wait until tomorrow to hear what I did today!
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victoriasanchez
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What did your sister write to you? Perhaps you could share it in detail? Should you be rebutting it? Or, should you be open to her perspective?

cobra1899
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Sister's email
Dear Victoria Sanchez,
I was given permission to paraphrase from her email. In a roundabout way I believe I did in what I wrote. You must remember that this is My Journey and not hers. If any of you want to post your thoughts and feelings for all to see you have that option right here. Using the word 'rebutting' was incorrect. I wrote this blog by 'Thinking' and broke rule #2. I also didn't do MY homework to ensure that the word I used, 'rebutting', was correct for what I was trying to say. Yes, she was correct in what she was saying. The main point of her email was proved in the blog, written words can be very ambiguous without context and emotion attached to them and can be easily misinterpreted as to the original intent. I will probably write a whole blog on 'communication' at some point in time because this comment is starting to look like one.

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