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  • in reply to: Andee's Elephant in the Room #5110
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    This will be my last post for this forum. I picked up a years worth of gems in a few short weeks.Thanks to all that shared their time with me here.I’m heading over to the comment section following CD’s latest series to hunt some real live elephants.

    Hope to see you there.

    in reply to: Andee's Elephant in the Room #5032
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    What a nice email to enjoy with my easter morning coffee Lion Lady. I will put some serious thought into further exchanges with you and the others that have joined me on this forum. I take your last paragraph as a challenge and will explore my mind for something to share, befitting the interesting and unusual minds here.

    I’ll be back.

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    Hey CD

    I’ve suggested this to the Tyler’s to no avail but with your pull maybe you can make it happen. Since Zero Hedge will always be my go to site for news that matters, why don’t they install an ignore option in the comment section? To make it fun they could even display the 10 most ignored or possibly say after 100 ignores they are banned from wasting our time with their drivel. About the only time I would venture into the comments would be after one of your submissions or something from Dr. Paul Craig Roberts or his type where the angry idiots were at a loss for words, but even then you had to skim through a lot of crap to find the intelligence.

    Can you make it happen?

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    My friend On the Beach

    As a continuation of my reply to Lion Lady, yet another thought provoking gem. You have me thinking for the first time in my life, that quite likely my 30 year career of driving trains may have been a contributing factor in how I process my path through life. Because of the nature of my job, while I enjoyed it very much and credit it with giving me a good life, I never considered it more than my primary source of income. I was not my job. My job was a part of my life and nothing more. So when you use the analogy of the mess ahead of us as a freight train coming down the tracks, you smacked something in my subconscious. Driving a train forces you into a unique mindset where you are always planning ahead and constantly reviewing to ensure when something happens, as it always does, that it was not of your making. Nothing much at the immediate mattered. In fact, a detail most find unsettling, if there is a vehicle or obstruction on the tracks you don’t even start to brake the train until you hit. It wouldn’t make any difference anyways and what if it moves out of the way at the last moment. Often it could take several kilometers to stop, and we’re not even talking about going downhill here. My point being, I’ve never before considered that being that way on the job for 30 years may have caused me to see life in the same way.

    Thanks On the Beach for that gem. Thanks to TIF for enlightening me as to who I am. Amazing stuff.

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    Hey Lion Lady

    You’ve obviously put a lot of thought into your post. What I am very much enjoying about TIF is the contributions from other inmates. They never fail to offer a gem or two that sets me back to reviewing my sometimes worn out perspective. Outside of TIF this rarely happened. For example your statement ” I think the ‘shy kids’ learned to ID the elephants very early on – it was part of our social camo that protected us from damage/rejection by heading off the social issues that drove our ‘peers’. We had to be there ‘way ahead of them to just survive in the schoolyard shadows of our worlds. It turned out to be extremely useful later on in life as well, especially in the nightmare world called ‘corporate’.” I’m almost embarrassed to admit, I never connected the two. I was pathologically shy and I could always see elephants. I knew my shyness was largely responsible for my drive to succeed in life, to show everyone that I was someone, but when you suggest the EitR as the tool of choice for us introverts, WOW. I’m going to have to review a few things to see how that all fits in, darn you.

    Much more to say but thanks for that gem.

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    Hello again On the Beach

    All topics near and dear to my heart. Looking forward to your continuing submissions here in the asylum.

    Where I was going with my elephant game was to a different place but decided to abort. I just wasn’t getting the right feel. I’d love to share it with you and anyone else still on this forum.

    I strongly believe we are far beyond the tipping point on so many fronts that the remaining time for our species on this planet is very limited, at least in any manner we are familiar with. I’m ok with that. I have to wonder though why everyone is so afraid to admit that even though almost everything is failing and dying, in the grand scheme humans may actually have done remarkably well, considering our limited knowledge. We could be proud that we made it as far as we did. Strange that most take for granted that good will prevail, that we will come out of this mess for sure. Possibly some denial here? I’d love to debate this at some point down the road.

    For now, I’m enjoying the ride, eyes wide open. Why not?

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    Not much to add to that On the Beach, beautifully put.

    Here’s something “abnormal”. Often I wonder why more people can’t slow down enough to appreciate a fine piece of music. I often ask people, do you ever listen to music for the sole purpose of enjoying that piece, as opposed to just something in the background. Very, very few do. I wonder what the world would be like if everyone was taught at a young age how to understand music and from that, took the time to listen to something relaxing or inspiring before they retired at night. I can’t imagine anyone appreciating Beethoven and then going out warring and killing people.

    You touched on a topic that fascinates me. I thought about mentioning it here at TIF at some point but since you have experienced it, here goes. Connecting consciousness between different species. I have several interesting examples. I’d like to share my favourite. Since I live on a farm I’m surrounded with animals. You may have run across a picture here of my buddy Grady. He hangs with me all day, we do a lot of cool stuff together. Sometimes when we’re both relaxed in the living room in the evening, enjoying some fine music, I’ll lay on the floor beside him and think only of two conscious entities, no bodies, nothing physical. Absolutely no sense of superiority, domination, master, nothing like that at all. It takes a few minute to get into that space but what’s interesting is as soon as I find him on his level he becomes aware of our connection. At first it made him slightly uncomfortable. I’m sure it was strange for him, me normally being his master. After a while he came to enjoy it. Sometimes he will even reach out so that his paw will be touching me. I believe he feels that to be his contribution to our special connection. Many more stories like this but I’ll save them for another time.

    Thanks On the Beach for stirring that one up for me.

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    @On the Beach
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Your presence on this site reassures me that I’m in the right place. I know this might sound cavalier but there’s not much we can do about our imminent journey so we might as well enjoy it. Why not?
    Best of luck on your farm project.

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    Hi Ohmyheck
    I actually do something that I guess could be labelled as “mind wandering”. This could be a whole nother forum topic but since you suggested more humans should try it, let me say I couldn’t agree more. I often put myself in the most relaxed state possible and purposely blank my mind. I do not consciously encourage any particular thought. In fact I shoo away any lingering noise of the day. I try to hold as vacant as possible. After a few minutes a thought deserving if not demanding my attention will quietly fill the vacuum. What is most interesting though is that often this thought may never have crossed my conscious mind. In the proper relaxed state, for me if something is in need of my attention it generally will surface. I could go on but I think you know what I’m saying.

    On another note, there are always lots of elephants but it may not be the best use of others time.

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    Thanks On the Beach, I love the way you put it.

    It is a fact that I came into this world wired slightly different than “normal”. In a very general sense, my intake leans towards being multi dimensional. When I listen to good music, especially instrumental or foreign language so that my mind is not restricted by someone else’s thoughts, I hear every instrument and sound separately, even separate from the energy flow. I found that CD’s writings fit so well with that process. With my little “game” here I hoped to shed some light on a tool that everyone by virtue of being at TIF probably uses but possibly not to it’s potential.

    One of my favourite movies is “Life is Beautiful”.

    I’ll hang back a bit for now to see if there is an appetite/opportunity for anything further.

    I put Mrs. Cog to work again fixing up my too large photo file, sorry. I took this picture in my barn. Rhetorically, is this 5 baby swallows sitting in a nest, or do you see 5 individual living entities in majestic harmony, among many other thoughts obviously accepting me as their friend while exercising their sense of curiosity? Their lack of fear tells me we have a special connection. What would be going through their minds I wonder?

    in reply to: Andee's Elephant in the Room #4715
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    Excuse the delay. I’m having trouble with the mechanism of transferring my thoughts to you. Although they’ve been in my head all my life, this is a first. I’ve never had to put an intellectual concept of this nature into small bites, put the thought bites into some sensible order, convert them to words and expect a reasonable facsimile in your mind. I have to say, I admire CD’s ability in that department. For me, thoughts leave words behind.

    Anyway, with this in mind, I’m going to shorten the “Elephant in the Room”. Rather than another example I’ll jump to the end.

    No matter what situation I find myself in, I can always find something of value just out of sight, always, even after I find it. That’s it.

    Here’s a few hints and tips. Finding one elephant tends to illuminate the next, there’s always another. Silver linings hide in the same place and are just as plentiful and live by the same rules. Look where others aren’t. This works at any level, spiritual, mechanical, financial, relationships, anywhere at all. An important point. Dismissing a controversial thought derails the process so no elephant. Go back to my last example. Was CD’s desire to write influential in the creation of TIF? Assume that it may have been, however remote. Can you imagine the fun we could have with that. If you had dismissed the thought, the process would have ended right there. Allowing that it may have been possible positions you to expose and explore the potential elephant. It’s a necessary part of this process that you find and examine the elephant before you dismiss the possibility of it’s validity. From the perspective of having found and examined the thought and then looking back to the original question makes you shudder that it may never have seen the light of day. The better you suppress your biases the easier the elephant is to find.

    Often you will see the situation at hand in a new way that will substantially change how you may otherwise have progressed. I always seemed to have an advantage in almost every aspect of my life. I attribute it to seeing what others chose not to.

    This is not words of inspiration, this is a tool. Hope it resonates with at least one.

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    in reply to: Andee's Elephant in the Room #4603
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    Greetings Zenscreamer
    I too believe that we were not consciously summoned here to be an audience. I’m sure the invitation was open ended and social so as to provide all inmates with fertile ground to contribute and grow. What everyone needs to Keep in mind, this is just one more example of a thought that exists but not on an openly conscious level, in other words an elephant in the room. Had it not been for CD’s desire to further his writing career it could certainly be argued that TIF might not exist. Maybe not the best example but I’m sure you get the idea. This thought certainly exists in the realm of possibility and in my opinion deserves some daylight.

    An aside here. I do not know CD any better than anyone else here. I speak only of what my mind sees.

    My mind was wired right from birth in such a way that I see elephants everywhere, whether it’s in designing things or observing others or any situation at all. With my next example I hope to influence some of the inmates to explore this slightly unusual way of seeing the world. It can do no harm. It has worked very well for me. This frame of mind removes a lot of clutter to expose hidden aspects, not only the elephants but also silver linings, which may very well be the greatest benefit. So often in dire situations I find a hidden silver lining. While not necessarily relieving the immediate pain, it at least makes the road out a lot shorter and more bearable. I’m hoping my game will encourage others to hone that skill, use it more often and reap the rewards. It does become second nature with some practice. In fact it can be fun to apply it to even simple and routine scenarios.

    There’s always an elephant, there’s always a silver lining.

    Below is Co Pilot Grady, reporting for duty.

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    in reply to: Andee's Elephant in the Room #4566
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    Sorry, first I post in the wrong chronological order then when trying to delete it ends out posting again.

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    I’m back. For our second example here’s an easy elephant in the TIF room. First I need to repeat a couple points from an earlier post of mine. It won’t do any good to think about whether you agree or disagree. It’s best to consider if what I’m saying lies within the realm of possibility, that’s all. For now this is only a game so work with me.

    When I stand back and observe our presence at TIF, I see something major that most of us probably see but are not talking about, in other words, an elephant. Something that should be talked about. With the exception of Cog’s writings I have not seen one post on this yet . At the end the question will always be, Does exposing the elephant sufficiently color our thoughts to effect our view, direction or output in a significant way? Something that once exposed will then be considered. Here we go.

    This is what I believe about Cog. CD has dreamed of being a writer almost all his life. He sources his material from where he finds his greatest wisdom. His skills were tested through his contributions to Zero Hedge. Very interesting and intelligent people appreciate his work. He’s on to something and he’s taking it to the next step. Recently he’s made several major changes in his life and now hopes to fulfill his dream. Coincidently, just when CD is going through this evolution he decides to massively burden his time with Two Ice Floes. Would there be a connection here? I think it’s safe to say that TIF is a product of Cog’s new challenge in life.

    We’re all here being ok with not jumping into anything too big for now while we take some time to get to know each other better and see where things go naturally and that’s fine. I just think it’s more than appropriate to bring this topic to a conscious level and discuss it since it may even end out being a primary focus of this site for a while. We could do a lot worse. Cog wants to write and at some level believes inviting all of us into Mrs. and Mr. Cog’s living room would at the very least not be detrimental and at the best help him on his journey.

    If this even has a possibility of being the underlying reason why we’re here, why are we not talking about it? If I’m even partially right, all I can say is let’s not disappoint him. How about we start by asking Cog if I might be at least a little bit right. Maybe ask how he thinks we might be able to help. Having a very clear focus it could be one hell of a topic for a few weeks. When I observe, I wonder why it’s silent.

    I’d love for that thought to gain some traction but for now need to stick with the game. The purpose of this example was to familiarize yourself with the process. Now knowing how the game goes, that was a elephant. What is the elephant?

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    Hello again On The Beach

    I try to limit personal information about myself to only that which is necessary to give proper depth to what I am relating. This is the first time in my life that I’ve opened up to people I don’t personally know. Don’t know why, it just feels right.

    What you have said and others like Zen, it seems everyone is pretty much on side with where this is going. There may be a bit of preaching to the choir here but generally I’m pretty lonely in these thoughts.

    If I can get my thoughts organized I’ll be back later tonite to move the game along.

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    Never heard of him. Amazingly comfortable at the keyboard. Could he have picked a more difficult piece, and without sheet music? Thanx for the gem.

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    Must have a bad setting on my computer because the video is blank.

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    Excellent point Ohmyheck. If you don’t include millennials in every plan or vision for where you’re going you would be doing your self a huge disservice, and yet they are pretty much ignored.

    That’s the process, keep digging. There’s always more than one elephant, that’s the fun of this. Once the process becomes second nature you may surprise yourself.

    in reply to: Andee's Elephant in the Room #4495
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    I mean “objective observer in it’s most general way I suppose, much as a referee would be considered officiating a game, not participating, only observing in it’s entirety, rather than from a single participants view.

    Indeed we are just warming up and it may be one hell of a cocktail party, I couldn’t agree more. Yes we are just getting to know each other but there’s always something lurking in the shadows that really is deserving of some daylite.

    in reply to: Andee's Elephant in the Room #4490
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    I believe there is a set maximum length for submissions (help me Mrs. Cog) so this will come out over several nites.

    No shortage of weird ideas in my head. This is my first attempt to transfer a complex though in a manner that makes sense to more than my partner. For this first go, I of course welcome all posts, and thanks to those that have joined me here, just be patient for replies. To get to our destination we have to walk a very specific path. For this exercise, try not to think about whether you agree or disagree, all I need is the allowance that it’s within the realm of possibility. We can talk about numbers later.

    For tonite I’ll give you a simple example just to get the arrows pointing in the right direction, nothing more. Do you remember the Viagra commercial with the elephant? As long as the problem stayed in the subconscious it didn’t exist. That’s where I want the arrows to point.

    Next post I’ll present another easy example, difference being it will deal with all the inmates at TIF. This example will expose you to the mechanism I’ll be using to transfer my thought. In prep for the next step I need to put down a bit of a base. It’s safe to say that most if not all here at TIF are more realistic about what they see coming than the average person. Does this necessarily denote higher intelligence? You’ll see the significance of this question later.

    Gotta run, I think I see Mrs. Cog coming with a big stick in her hand.

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    Good to see all the participation. I’ll be back this evening to move this along and respond to the posts.

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    Not to day that it would be the same for everyone but for me, an elephant, if not obvious can always be found from an objective observer position, in other words, a deeper level of consciousness rarely used in most decision making processes, beyond where daily life occurs.

    So what I’m saying is, CD has attracted this interesting group of not normal people. What is this about? Why is it happening? What is not being said? (nothing nefarious CD :)

    There’s often several elephants and I wouldn’t be at all surprised with some dialogue here we may come up with some that have not even entered my mind.

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    Got me there Yowie. Since you pose it as a question, I’m stuck. Keep in mind I have very little formal education. I spent 8 years memorizing a catechism and prayers and begging for forgiveness and the next 3 years staring out of windows, that’s it. The rest is school of hard knocks so quis sum back at ya.

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    Breathtaking, absolutely breathtaking.

    Very interesting story behind this one person juggernaut. She handles everything, start to finish. Nothing else meets her standards. Her productions are second to none, nothing but the best will do.

    My favourite is the Mummers Dance.

    in reply to: What Are You Listening To Now? #4359
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    Even though I’ve watched Nathan’s DVD must be a hundred times by now I still couldn’t resist clicking the link you provided for another round of goose bumps while enjoying my morning coffee. Awesome supporting percussion throughout the DVD. Hard to believe what you get for $20, hundreds of hours of natural ecstasy. My favourite is Nessum Dorma, but like I said, I love crescendos.

    Thanks for your tips too Disenchanted. Love Sarah’s angelic voice. Did you know Loreena started out playing her harp in the subways of Toronto?

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    Thanks for the suggestion Mr Gemini
    I did some exploring and am intrigued. I ordered the first book although from reading this link http://wiki.my-big-toe.com/index.php/Main_Page I suspect it may be over my head. I’ll report back.

    To answer your question, depends which pill you take.

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    This one is only for certified inmates. “Air” by Marc Neikrug. It is his most recent composition. It starts with a slap in the face and ends by lulling you into sedation. I could go on for half an hour about what I hear in this beautiful piece but I’ll just leave you with this thought. Just about every rule of music composition is violated in 5 short minutes. If you’re a fan of sopranos and/or crescendos as I am, I give this one the honour of being second only to the adagio of Beethoven’s 9th.

    I hope some of you find an opportunity to indulge.

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    This is exciting Mrs. Cog, Zenscreamer and Dynosaur. My mental trap bore fruit.
    Zenscreamer, yes, very close, your last statement was dead on. I’ll divulge the clue that I referred to in the original piece and then give you a couple more days to mull it over. If the elephant is difficult to find and/or not obvious, I will always find it in my next level of consciousness. When I say “next” I am referring to the level next to where pretty much all of us operate as we go about our activities. My experience has shown that most never experience other levels. When I try to explain they look at me as if I was speaking Chinese, while some like me, and obviously CD and I suspect many here, go there at will when the situation requires. At this next level I find amazing clarity, not perfect but magnitudes better than my base level. Almost always, whatever may have been a consensus at base evaporates at the next level. When this situation presents, that’s the elephant. I believe this answers most of your curiosities Zen. So now you all need to figure out is, what is it that on our base level we Cogites all probably think we have figured out but at a deeper level gets thrown out the window? I suspect that CD knows but probably never quite looked at it this way.

    And just because I like messing with brains, here’s an add on. If I want I can usually, not always, make the elephant disappear. Figure that one out!

    Picture is from the bow of our yacht at anchor by Jack Sparrow Island a couple weeks ago.

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    in reply to: Interview with Cognitive Dissonance #4196
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    I am not being patronizing but credit where credit is due. After listening to the interview I had to wait a couple days before I could still my mind enough to put this together. What a trip that was, following along with Cog’s mind as he probed the deepest recesses. I loved it when he was stumped, then sometimes excited and even a few laughs. I have 12 pages of notes, furiously scribbled throughout the interview. I’d like to touch on just 2 ideas for now.

    1 Two hours is a lot to absorb on one go so excuse me if I’m wrong here but I believe Cog was asked if anything is real. A bit stumped he cobbled some interesting thoughts together and fell on the side of no, nothing is actually real. Well I beg to differ. Here’s an easy example to think about. On a basic level, if you have a bar of silver or gold in your bare hand, and it’s your free and clear, you feel the energy of all these tiny specks of the earth molded together, you feel the unusual weight, that’s real. I think about how many monster truck loads of rock were processed to allow me to hold this. I think about the historical role of gold and silver and this thing in my hand becomes very real. On a different level my bond with my partner is real, not the time to extrapolate. From there you start to build a base that becomes easy to build on. Whenever in a confusing situation I look for any one real bit flying around and nail it down then build from there. Amazing how the air can quickly clear.

    2 Not to take anything from the interview as the questions and answers were excellent, I was left wondering what it would be like for Cog to have the floor for an hour uninterrupted, that is, no questions asked, no rules, nothing expected. Free flowing thought processes are clearly his forte. In the evenings I usually enjoy a couple hours of Beethoven or Mozart to stimulate my mind. A trip with Cog would be a refreshing change. I know it’s different but that’s how I think. How about it? Anyone else feel the same?

    OK 3, I have to put this out there. Cog, you made a statement that included “working our way out of the insane asylum” Certainly not offended in any way but sort of blown away by it. I never considered ever leaving nor ever wanting to leave, maybe because I can’t but nevertheless, the statement smacked me upside the left ear. Am I alone on this one?

    I’ll save the other 11 pages for another day.

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    Sorry, new at all this. Should have posted under Disenchanted’s “What are you listening to now”
    Any chance to move it to it’s proper home Mrs. Cog?

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    Take your time Dynosaur. I’ll give it a few days to see if I lured anyone in.

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    Mrs. Cog
    I’m a bit of an expert on fencing. I have a 53 acre horse farm with kilometers of fencing that I put in. If you haven’t mixed your bags of “crete” yet, I need to talk to you. Nothing better than sand for back fill, especially if you ever get frost in the ground down south where you are.

    The things I’m finding as I wobble around the asylum.

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    Just listened to 46 and 2 by Tool with my wife. Both totally blown away by the energy and the tightness of the band. What a marvelous piece.

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    Welcome Olga
    I don’t think there’s a key to waking up people. I found that most people can’t handle reality and therefore CHOOSE to live in denial. The harder you try to show them reality the harder they fight you. I suppose we’re all in denial to some level but that’s a whole nother topic.

    You’re in good company here.

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    I can see from some of the suggestions here that we all recognize serious gifted talent. Someone mentioned Loreena McKennitt. Class and talent personified. I actually live less than an hour from her and have enjoyed her talents live on 2 occasions.
    So here is a gift to you. Purchase the “Nathan Pacheco” DVD. He is a young tenor. He creates most of his own material and covers quite a few genres on his breakout DVD. I will make a deal here. If anyone buys this and can honestly say that there wasn’t at least one piece that was worth the price of admission, I’ll send you a cheque for whatever it cost you. This is only open to paid members here though because I don’t know the rest well enough. Go for it.

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    Welcome Cougar. A little banged up from the fight club and looking for safe harbor?

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    Greetings Dynosaur,

    It appears we have a lot in common. You’re certainly in the right place. Welcome.

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    Another jewel in this awesome website. Tool gives me hope for our future. Music is my life. Looking forward to sharing.

    Here’s a gift to the Cog’s.   http://www.flixxy.com/trumpet-solo-melissa-venema.htm

     

    http://www.flixxy.com/trumpet-solo-melissa-venema.htm

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    Greetings from southern Ontario, Canada

    What I am. I’m here as a result of CD’s thought provoking contributions on Zero Hedge. Very briefly, I lived wisely which allowed me to retire from my career as a Canadian National Railway locomotive engineer 12 years ago when I turned 50. Fortunately I never had much faith in the beliefs and systems forced upon me from a very young age. In hindsight I see that I’ve been preparing for our imminent future all along. I would say I am very well physically prepared and now have the luxury to devote all my time towards my mental curiosities.

    Who I am. Allow me to share an anecdote, which I will gladly extrapolate on in “Your Turn” if anyone is interested. A few days ago I returned from a sailing vacation in the Caribbean. I was the skipper on a Lagoon 38 catamaran, shared with my wife, sister and her husband. One nite we were anchored all alone in a tiny lagoon surrounded by coral reefs. At just after midnite while all were asleep my anchor alarm startled everyone on the boat. It was immediately apparent that a nasty storm settled over us and dragged us within a breath of complete destruction. I spent the next 7 hours sitting at the helm ready to start the engines, staring at nothing more than silhouettes of palm trees and hill tops under the moonlight. My wife who understands me better than I do myself, went back to bed and had a good sleep. My sister and her husband were rightfully freaking all nite.  And me, I was at peace, not wishing for this experience nor minimizing it’s gravity but accepting that being there, the best I could do was relax and allow my highest intelligence to make the best of the situation. For the remainder of the nite I dispensed with time in my thoughts and went to a beautiful place in my sub conscious. 7 hours was but a precious moment.

    We survived without injury or damage. It ended out being one of the deepest and most wonderful and enlightening experiences of the trip and of my life.

    I always remain me. While I do not shy from staring into darkness, I do not become the horror of any situation . Sort of like “know your enemy”. So that’s who I am. It’s obvious why CD’s mind appeals to me. I look forward to interacting with like minded visionaries here at TIF.

    PS: I would be neglect not to credit the book “Awareness” subtitle “The perils and opportunities of Reality” by Anthony De Melo. I reread this trove of enlightenment almost every vacation I take. Priceless.

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    I’ve probably got this in the wrong place but forgive me until I get oriented.

    I’ve been reading through Cog’s collection of mind stimulating treasures here and stumbled upon “The Science Delusion (2013)”. Usually about once a year I find myself forced to consider a thought that rocks my foundation. Without any exaggeration this piece would give most people more to consider than they might otherwise in their entire life. Definitely not for the weak. It should be mandatory reading for anyone joining us.

    I’m loving this trip already.

     

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    Greetings all. So this is where we hang out.

    Before I say much I’ll spend some time reading through the content here. Looks like I’m in good company and looking forward to participating.

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