Pixar Studios has recently come out with a new short cartoon, which was featured at the beginning of the good dinosaur last year. It was directed by their new Animation director “Sanjay Patel”. This short, Sanjay’s Super Team, is a personal story of growth and awareness in a child’s eye, and the relationship between a boy and his father.
Beyond that, it’s a relationship with a child’s understanding of the aspects of the universe that are bigger than our physical selves, which is a very powerful realization in a child’s eyes. In seeing these spiritual representations of the universe in his own inner-vision, he begins to make relationships between the forces of the universe and how consciousness works.
When the demon is destroyed, he doesn’t blow up… He calms down, completely surrenders and relaxes into peaceful serenity, and dissolves through the void, and into a new reality.
“I feel like everything in reality can change with just a subtle shift in perspective”
Demetri Martin is an interesting character, a philosophical comedian who takes ideas and concepts, and breaks them down, mixes them around, and shows the relationships between things that otherwise you likely would never have known they were there.
This sketch of his is both entertaining, and inspires creative thought! Enjoy.
Fun fact, (and I just found this out last night), but did you know that its most likely that April Fools originated when the calendars changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian Calendar? There were a lot of people who weren’t happy about it, who thought that they were actually losing days of their lives because of that change, (It was the dark ages after all), and decided to keep celebrating new years on April 1st!
From there, the mainstream people would literally make fun of those people who stuck with the old system, and April 1st started to become a day of festivities of fools in a way. Since then there have been plenty of different forms of this celebration, and today we call it April Fools.
This morning, while we were reading all of the comments for April Fools, Ray was walking around talking with Uncle Bob and he said “You know what? If we can’t be who we are and have some fun, then we really have sold out!”, and that really spawned the basis of this article.
Spirit Science started as me, in my basement, making videos about something I was passionate about. Nobody paid me to make it, nobody asked me to make it, and there was no influence in its creation other than I felt so compelled inside to make it, that I did whole heartedly.
Since then, i’ve had a whirlwind of adventure, meeting people and engaging in projects and plans. A lot of people wanted to do things for money, and a lot of people didn’t, and it’s been a lifelong learning of lessons about intentions and motivations and merging ideas together to create with pure of heart… and the core team is pretty fabulous at this point in time, though you haven’t met everyone just yet.
A lot of people have accused us of selling out throughout time, and that’s something we’ve put a lot of focus into identifying what it means, and how NOT to do it.
Ray described earlier very eloquently, selling out is when there is a relationship formed that not everybody benefits from in equal amounts.
The modern definition that comes up on Google is:
Selling out is a common idiomatic pejorative expression for the compromising of a person’s integrity, morality, authenticity, or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money.
There’s a song about it which I used to listen to all the time as a kid. One of my favorite bands growing up, Reel Big Fish!
In all of our time creating together, we have purposefully gone to great lengths to ensure that the integrity and quality of Spirit Science comes from our hearts, and have deliberately not made any arrangements or deals that would cause us to give away our freedom and ability to create.
The biggest challenge, of course, is building a system that allows us to grow without giving away any earned resources to the government or IRS, and we’re almost there… That’s been a pretty big block.
But I want you to know, even though I had a REALLY fun time putting together those fox news pictures, that would never happen for realz.
For thousands of years, Native Americans and other cultures have used Features as sacred objects in rituals. To them, feathers were a representation of a gift from the higher realms, and should be treated with a great deal of respect.
The uses of Feathers are also very reaching. On a purely spiritual level, it was believed that carrying a feather around, especially particular kinds of feathers, would imbue the wearer/carrier with the blessings of the higher realms.
On a more physical level, they were known to be incredibly useful for spreading the smoke of sage, or other incense around in a space to energetically cleanse a space, and create a particular energetic environment.
Just remember, if you find a feather on the ground, it’s a good idea to wash it with Sage smoke. Running the feather through the smoke would cause any mites that could be on the feather to die, which would preserve the feather for a very long time.
It is time to become aware of this emotional control switch when it goes off within us. The time has come to recognize ourselves resisting our own emotion the moment it arises.
This affect is the beginning of a downward spiral. Our emotions will work like a chain reaction where we struggle against them and end up being rolled over.
If we are in a situation where we feel like nothing ever works and like we will never feel better no matter how hard we try, it is because we are approaching our life from that very angle… that we must feel better because negative emotion is not ok. Anxiety is not ok, anger is not ok, sadness is not ok, grief is not ok. The way we feel is bad and so it has to change.
“It is normal to want to feel good. The basic survival instinct is to shy away from pain and go towards pleasure. This is not in and of itself a problem. Suffering is caused when instead of going towards pleasure, we resist the pain. And this, is what we have done with emotion” Continue reading →
Imagine you are looking out of a window at a busy road with countryside in the background. When I do this exercise with someone I tell them that this is their mind. There goes a car (thought), you see a cloud passing slowly (an emotion), a tree is blowing in the wind (a feeling), all passing through the scene (your mind) at different speeds.
We do not choose for a particular car (thought) to come into our minds, it just appears and then it is up to us to decide what we do with it. For the untrained mind, the thought takes control. The ‘car’ drives us ’round the block’ of our minds, entertaining us with negativity, anger, pain, regret and/or sorrow. It is when this is happening, that we are truly locked into an invisible prison that all of our senses are oblivious to.
We do not choose the majority of thoughts that come into our heads. The only choice we have is what to do with that thought once it is there. To tell yourself not to think about something is still resisting and in turn, gives that thought life. Not thinking of pink elephants is a prime example.
The trick is to simply observe and purge. ‘Oh, I’m thinking this negative thought, that’s ok, it is not mine, and now I choose to let it go.’
Negative attachment is still attachment!
I discovered that by using the words ‘I don’t know’ to EVERYTHING that came into my head be it thought, song, discussion, argument, anything… that my mind eventually quietened. At the beginning was resistance. My brain double and trebled the amount of noise, and in turn, I had to use ‘I don’t know’ in excess of 100 times a minute! But eventually things just calmed, the frequency of thoughts and songs etc became less as I worked toward a lasting quietness. Continue reading →