I was working outside in the hot sun today and after lunch I had some free time, so I decided I would make a monologue about some of my childhood memories of Hong Kong.
This is the first part of an ongoing series on my memories of Hong Kong between 1980-1993. This first one is a bit of a rambleathon and my head had been cooked by the hot sun, so I may have made a few small errors in factual details. But none the less, after listening to this, I think you'll have a good sense of what it was like to live in Hong Kong as an expat kid in 1980-1982.
Be warned, this recording contains references to testicles, toads, BMX, stealing Hell Money, a crazy eyed Chinese lady by the name of Yisi Olin, a phlegm spitting Chinese guard, a gambling black man, Atari, Atari Asteroids, Paddle Tennis, Atlas Moths, Cinese Cobras, shooting kids with plastic bullets, a Chinese boy called Bong, dismembered ships, Chicken Hawks and my dominance on the BMX circuit.
You can find Rise Park Villas on Google Earth. In 1980-1982, most of the surrounding area was hills, vegetation and old Chinese villages.
I'll see if I can dig up some old photos in the next few weeks !
In today's bloated (O man I feel full !) walkalogue, I explore the idea of the inner self / the inner life / the inner world or the internal self / internal life / internal world. I speculate on the nature of this strange separation between inner and outer, how inner and outer influence one another and some possible distinctions between the inner world of the body and the inner world of the mind. I ask how the conscious and unconscious aspects of our mind might exist and interact with one another and what the changing nature of the inner self means for our identity and our overall sense of self in life and death.
Into today's walkalogue I talk about how we can use sound to anchor ourselves into the day, right from the beginning when we wake up and how we can use sound to fully engage with the present moment as we go through our day. This could have been a 1 minute monologue but as usual there are my observations of the world around me - including the sunrise, storm clouds, Boo ants, a snake skin and snake holes and the birdies. It is my intention that the many different sounds in this walkalogue provide you with a full immersion in the world of sound and an opportunity to start cultivating awareness !
Happy trails !
Today I use the myth of the Sword of Damocles to explore the nature of power and the true power that we all carry inside of us. It's been a long while since I read about this myth, so I might have skewed a few details. But you'll understand what I'm suggesting.
I dedicate today's walky talky to Julia ! Thanks Julia for your seemingly endless support ! It seems like you've been there right from the beginning ! Love to you my friend ! <3
Brightus Garlicus the Younger, Philosopher.
Be warned - there is a lunatic at large in this monologue !
Today's slightly psychotic talky, is an experiential exploration of the speed of thought and how to generate an awareness of stillness and its symptom - silence. This monologue was made at night outside, just before bed. Unfortunately my lunacy had to be contained because it was a perfectly still quiet night and I didn't want to upset any animals or my son. So what you will hear is a muffled version, which was not nearly as fun to record as a full throated cookie monster yodel may have been ! But despite this, I think you'll get my point.
For those of you who seek a calmer mind, this monologue may provide a little help.
Long live Cookie Monster !
I made TSM156 last month and was going to trash it because of excessive wind and clicks. You can thank my friend Frédéric for encouraging me to post it anyway ! Thanks Frédéric ! There is a fair bit of wind in a few places and some clicks but you can still hear me talking. So I leave it to you to decide if it's worth listening to.
This monologue begins with a few extra sounds from the days prior to making it. In this walky talky I give you an update on the Dude book and an update on my health before I explore the idea of enriching your life by guiding your own learning. I talk a little about my own learning and introduce you to a model of learning that I created, that is based on thinking about learning through head, heart, hands and body. I also speculate that there maybe other ways to approach this and talk a little about Howard Gardner's (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Gardner) work on Multiple Intelligences (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_multiple_intelligences.
Enjoy or not !
You can read more about Howard and his work here :
PS. I've been avoiding making TSMs because it's been too windy. Somehow I need to figure out a way to record with my iPod during my walks without the wind stuffing things up ! It's bloody frustrating !
Well I lied. I couldn't help making one more TSM before I head off for a month. Today I'm housebound, resting up after toe surgery.
In this windless monologue I push further into the idea of causality (without going into the various definitions and philosophical interpretations), by looking at how causes and effects create causal chains and eventually causal trees and how we can create and explore life using this principle !
For those of you interested in the idea of karma (V pay attention here !), Causal Trees offer us the opportunity to choose the best possible karma, while accepting how things are and making healthier choices.
I think of the use of Causal Trees as a much better alternative to goal setting, using The Law of Attraction or any of the other waffle over emphasised by this or that channeler, The Secret or What the Bleep and their ilk.
I've tried to keep this discussion simple and I've used examples from my own life to illustrate how a Causal Tree can unfold within the possible future. I haven't however discussed the impact of Causal Trees on the development of Conjoined Spaces. I'll save that for another monologue.
Your thoughts are as usual, always welcome !
Today's second monologue is a bit different because it's intensely personal.
Tomorrow is my sister's birthday and to honour her memory I offer this reading of a few of her letters, so that you might know a little of who she was.
Be warned, the wind has ravaged me yet again on today's walk and I tell you what, it's really pissing me off ! I couldn't tell how the wind was with this recording until I returned home. I was tempted to scrap it but given how long it took, I decided to keep it. I'm afraid you'll just have to cope with the wind when it flares up, if you wish to listen to today's monologue.
In today's rambleathon I talk a little about the two ET worlds I've been taken to visit, the problem of what to do when there is too many living beings of one type type or another and the meaning of peace in our lives. I don't offer any solutions to the issues of species numbers and peace but urge you to consider how we actually are with these things and how each one of us may come to a place of finding solutions to these things.
This TSM is very short by my normal standards and really speaks for itself. This TSM is a kind of intro for the next one about friendship and some of the remarkable people I've met through my blog.
Hey folks, this is the monologue I stuffed up a while back. Sorry for the delay.
In this walky talky, I explore the concept of shamanism in ordinary life, as opposed to shamanism in traditional indigenous life or plastic shamanism. This view of shamanism might differ from others that you're familiar with but I think you see that it overlaps with some of the ideas inherent in traditional shamanism, except that I've given them a modern twist - without the need for entheogens, pain, music, ritual or rights of passage experiences. I do however talk a little about some initiatory experiences (including a few of my own) and the purpose behind some of these. I also explore the relationship of dreams to shamanism and dream symbolism and describe a simple method for interpreting dream symbols and for interacting with the external world through symbols that we can see in our minds.
Don't listen to this if you're after a comprehensive overview of shamanism. The purpose of this monologue is merely to highlight that it is possible to integrate a shamanic world view and shamanic type methods into the experiences of ordinary life. This is really just a very basic primer in working with mind and body as an interface between inner and outer worlds, to demonstrate that there really only is one indivisible whole. Kosmos.
I'm putting TSM151 in front of the TSM150, as I accidentally deleted something from the final render of TSM151 and have to edit it again.
Those of you who are familiar with my blog or the TSMs will know that I rarely give you a direct and full explanation of how to make ET contact. Instead I sketch out the many different aspects of self awareness that will help you make contact. (I'll give full descriptions in future contact audio and in the contact book).
In today's night time monologue (which was made during a light contact session - that is, one at the end of a long tiring day), I give you a simple overview of another way of making contact using the life force. Some people will get this and some people won't !
In addition I share a little about what I learned about a new race via a telempathic contact session I had the night before (which also included seeing a series of blinkers).
Perhaps in a later TSM I can detail exactly how I came to develop this method of interacting and the steps I went through to prove to myself that it was real.
It's my wish to continue interacting with this race and at some point perhaps I'll be fortunate enough to have face to face contact with them. I'll keep you posted regarding anything else I learn about them !
This particular race, apparently come from a world that orbits a blue star - which I assume is what we call a Blue Giant (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_giant). Blue Giants are some of the hottest stars that we know and are thought by most people to have lifeless planets. Perhaps however, we are wrong about this and habitable planets may exist in a region that is a long way out from the star. I don't know. All I know is that I was very surprised by what I was told ! I guess it's a question for Dude !
The key for me, to all of these interactions, is not to judge whether they are definitively real or not but to write everything down and to compile my experiences for myself. So that over time I can check information against information and come to a final conclusion if and when I have a face to face contact with them, or others meet them and make similar comments about who they are. Sometimes these experiences are very powerful emotionally and continue after seeing lights in the sky !
Unfortunately I had to scrap the last 4 TSMs due to the wind rendering them almost unlistenable. I may post some of them as scraps, in the next few weeks.
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In today's walky talky I introduce you to a couple of very simple ways to work with energy. Before this monologue really gets going I have the pleasure of observing an Eastern Brown Snake (one of 20 or so resident brown snakes on the property/creek line), who made an unexpected appearance as I sat on a log talking.
In the intro to this discussion I talk a little about my own historical interest in the subject of energy. You maybe surprised to learn that I do not think much of any popular ways of understanding energy (Indian, Chinese and Robert Bruce models to name a few but I do believe that aspects are correct). I once asked the Teal'hia to explain how energy works in the human body and they presented me with a model that was very different to any ancient or modern system that I'd heard of. This only re-enforced my scepticism of these systems.
After saying a little about my own interest in the subject, I give you some examples of internal and external methods for working with energy. This is a very simple overview but I think it will give you some insight into other ways of viewing energy work.
In this walky talky, I explore the notion that we can actually walk without distraction or the desire to label. I've been an avid walker for 37 years and it's my desire to encourage you to share in the joy of walking.
WARNING : Sony Walkman, Michael Jackson and Motley Crue make an appearance in this monologue !
In this late night talk, I explore the idea of how our stories shape our identity. One of the great mistakes we humans make, is to mistake ourselves or misidentify ourselves with who we think we are. And who we think we are is either our stories or some transcendent jewel ! On the one hand you are not your story but on the other hand you are. More than each, you are both.
I was very tired when I made this monologue and unfortunately my battery died, while I talked for another 20 minutes unaware and got up close and personal with 3 possums who were having a fight ! So the monologue ends abruptly. But I think you'll understand where I was going.
This monologue is also related to : https://thesomethingmonologues.podbean.com/category/stories/.
In this monologue I introduce the idea that there is a relativity to our humanity.
Many humans like to believe that we are more than human and that's all, while others argue that we are merely a living organism and nothing more. I argue that we are both transcendent and ordinary ! Some people try so hard to be more than human and forget their humanness - at great cost ! While others revel and suffer in their humanness, ignorant of other aspects of their being.
We humans also believe that we are separate and forget that we are defined by our relationship to each other and the natural world. We are in relationship with all of existence ! We become consumed and preoccupied by our roles and forget that they are created by relationships.
There are many people who didn't receive what they needed to feel like whole human beings. I ask if it's possible to reskill people in love and intimacy to create new bonds and attachments in groups of people who are bound by suffering.
Last Thursday and Friday I had a follow-up visit to the hospital where I have my treatment and scans. On the Friday, with several hours of free time, I decided to make a commentary about the people I was observing and what I think of as The Cancer Personality. This is an idea I've been exploring for more than a decade and an observation that I may have made about my self once upon a time ! You may think I'm judgemental in my comments and that was certainly not my intention. Of course I know nothing about the suffering, resilience, hopes, desires or struggles of the people I observed. What follows is my observations as a writer and as a human being who has taken a similar, albeit different journey.
Distinctive personalities might be found in any number of acute and chronic illnesses. My guess is that certain constellations of physical, psychological and emotional traits and experiences, might one day be found to align well with certain illnesses.
This monologue gets off to a bit of a rambling start with my venting about killer feral cats etc. but 13 mins in, things begin proper.
The issue of aloneness & loneliness is an issue that is close to my heart. In today's walk and talk I approach the issue of aloneness & loneliness by talking about my son's life (with his permission) and my own adolescence. I'm often amazed at how sometimes, our children mirror our own lives. What is aloneness & what is loneliness and how does our authentic self relate to the experience of loneliness ? Does loneliness only happen to introverts or are extroverts equally vulnerable, to this most painful symptom of the human condition ?
Loneliness is a universal experience. Today I ponder some potential solutions to loneliness and speculate as to whether whether or not loneliness plays a significant role in our lives.
Relevant links :
Sometimes we try and turn away from the shocking reality of how things are. But how things are is how they are. Isness is a powerful ally !
In this walk and talk I explore how nature's seasons and the cycles of nature, parallel the seasons of our life and how we all face the same seasons of life, as part of the seasons of the human clock - from the cradle to the grave.
I offer a tour of the seasons here on this land and suggest how facing the shocking reality of all that nature brings, helps us to face the shocking reality of how things are in our own life. I suggest that the seasons of nature and of human life are necessary to create awareness and to help us grow. Life is both predictable and unpredictable and if we have courage, we can stay open to anything that life might throw at us.
Relevant links (also relevant to TSM144) :
Today's walky talky, starts with the joy of sheep ! Using their inspiration, I explore how we can systematically and holistically experience the joy of the present moment !
I recently read Robbie Graham's excellent book UFOs' : Reframing the Debate https://www.amazon.com/UFOs-Reframing-Debate-Robbie-Graham/dp/1786770237 and felt the need to explore the theme of how we perceive contact with the "other", while out walking. When I listened to this monologue I realised it was so full of wind, that I'd have to can it (which is something I've done to about 20 monologues). But given it's a long one (1:45:50) I decided to keep it. So please be warned, it's full of wind in places and there was nothing I could do to prevent it or edit it out.
In this walk I take up the issue of how humans perceive and make sense of contact with the other. We could call the other ET but it's not always clear at the time or after, that that's exactly what it is. I ask how conditioning, belief, perception and self awareness determine how we make sense of an experience. I also suggest that these things change across the human life cycle (brain freeze - I couldn't articulate this clearly at the time : http://winstonwuttunee.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page_2171.html) and suggest that every human being having an experience sits at a certain point in the developmental cycle and as a result interprets the experience in a certain way.
The point I try to emphasise is that how we perceive and the level of self awareness that we have, both determine how we see the world and how we interpret our experiences.
I suggest that contact with the other is leading us to a greater understanding of the self and reality. This understanding is helping us to grow in a way that helps us to engage more fully with the intelligence of the other.
In this walk and talk, I contemplate the different types of rituals that fill human life and how we might create our own rituals to enrich our life.
All spiritual traditons emphasize the importance of freeing ourselves from drama because drama causes suffering. I beg to differ. Drama helps us to grow and suffering is OK. In today's walky, I explore the importance of human drama and how drama reshapes our entire identity and experience of being human.
We all have ancestors alive and dead, who loom over us like long dark shadows that arouse something unfathomable deep inside of us. In this trek down the dirt road, I introduce you to 4 of my dead ancestors and share a little of who they were and what they meant to me.
We are all experts in one thing and one thing only - ourselves. It's my wish that by sharing intimate things about my own life, I strike a chord that resonates in you. And in so doing we remember our common humanity and that we are all dealing with the same fundamental issues in life.
How do we know what we know ? Part of how we know is by knowing what we are. In today's walk and wonder, I explore the idea that we can know things beyond ourselves because we are more than we think we are. Not everything appears to follow causality (cause and effect), as entanglement and spooky action at a distance would suggest. Or is causality always present - visible from many different perpectives ? When we embrace a wider perspective about what we are (through such ideas as Aspects of Self and Channeling and by deepening the well of experience), we can know much more than we would normally think is possible. What is in the way of such knowledge and experience, is our ignorance and our desire to remain comfortable in our identities.
In today's walk and talk I explore the idea that the house we live in isn't necessarily a home and speculate on what makes a home. This is a very personal monologue, in which I take you on a tour through 37 years of some of my own houses and the one place that has always felt like home.
In previous monologues I've suggested that real spiritual development has nothing to do developing super powers or transcending the body and everything to do cultivating awareness of mind and body and living fully within the body. In today's walk and talk, I explore some of the same ground I explored in TSM 108 - suggesting how we might move through our senses deep into the body and integrate all that arises into our awareness and in so doing, deepen the well of experience.
For those who are interested in learning ET contact, might I suggest you begin by learning how to deepen the well of experience. Begin with the body and the body will grow !
What is life ?
In today's monologue I explore the idea of the body of our life's work and the bodies of work within our life. I explore how our life is the sum of all our life's work and is reflected in the final moments of who we are in our life (or at any moment) and how at any moment we are working on a body of work, whether we are conscious of it or not. I speculate that we can consciously choose the bodies of work that fill our life - whether they are visible or invisible and suggest that a life well lived, is one in which we come to understand and develop some awareness of the nature of the bodies of work that we allow to fill our life.
My iPod gave a lot of trouble during this recording and I had to stitch together separate segments after it unexpectedly shut down. Forgive any repetititon !
In this early evening walk n talk, I step back and try and take an ET view of Human Contact. One of my great frustrations with the entire field of UFOology/ET contact is the myopic view that so many people have, in which they create a good ET vs bad ET dichotomy or a dystopian view of the cosmos. In this talk, I try and counter a little of that with common sense (which obviously ain't so common !).