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Phantasmal Reassurance

There is no easy solution to addiction or loneliness.

I guess I would like to make a couple of quick points about the most recent blogs.

The best solution may be in the original theme for this blog: Challenge (your problems), find, develop and maintain: Love (its all inside), Create and have Awareness, and Persevere in your efforts.

I also wanted to note that I mentioned Morrison and Hendrix in a very recent blog – that they are alphabetical on my ipod.  That’s true.  Hey these guys were messed up in some ways, but they did have an underlying message – especially of love and energy. Mostly you will hear Jim Morrison with the Doors, but he also has some personally labelled tracks.  I find all of these artists amazing and inspiring.  I saw the Doors play, with Ian Astbury on vocals (twice). Incredible musicians!! Most importantly, Ray and Robby. Unfortunately for the audience, Densmore was not there.  Ray has since passed on, but I am sure that they are having a good jam.

On the latter half of the alphabetical list, and with a tonne of work – Mr. Hendrix is still playing on my ipod now.

For those that are committed to science, we must be sure that our science is inclusive, and does not forget the spirituality and religion that most, if not all of the societies in the world have been rooted in.
A short poem as I have agreed to:

Phantasmal reassurance,

Forgotten friends… Not yet.. Not now.. Not ever…

The weather permits a day of peace, before we may be on the storm again,

Never sitting silently, for I can hear my heart beat,

And the rhythm of the stars comes from galaxies away


While we all have different tastes in music, or art, or science – I think that we are all in some sense driven by energy that is out of this world. I also listen to very current tunes… that are out of this world- modern rock, metal and pop are still raising the bar!!

If we can challenge the problems in front of us, with inner-strength and draw from the systems around us, we are one step closer to succeeding. Risking our health in addiction, can not only hold us back, but be our downfall – as it has been for many people including: great artists. I am committed to practicing moderation, and it is a good guideline, especially when starting to party.  I’m not saying that the extremes always have bad outcomes, but that they do have the potential to wreck your life.

One theme in my blog is C.L.A.P.! (Challenge, Love, Awareness, Perseverance). Challenge problems, and mistaken perceptions. Find love in the world.  This can be difficult, but by developing love where we can, we can live happier.  Have awareness and create awareness of the world that we experience.   Intent challenging to be aware can not only help us understand our own world, but sometimes bring others to help our cause. Perseverance is necessary to endure and achieve.



If you read the last blog, you will see a point of view that is emerging – that all the drinking, and drugs that society engages in, is at least in part: an effort to join in and find spirit.  While this may be a large generalization – it seems that this is one reason why we might have a drink, or why someone might do a drug.  My point is that, we need to focus more on the inner-strength and beauty to avoid letting substance use become a crutch.  Also we really need to be able to connect our selves with others in a positive way.  When people can’t achieve this connection, they may try to hide or seek freedom in what can actually be a tight corner, that is more confining than the initial space.  It seems best to have clean connections:  Ones that are not fettered by substance use. This may be difficult.  When care and attention is taken to minimize these risks, some things may be permissible… IF health is not threatened. Moderation for substances like alcohol, coffee, nicotine, etcetera is important for people that can afford this indulging.  Other more extreme forms of drug use can often act as an impediment to a healthy world.  It is unfortunate that people are put in the spot where they feel there is no where else to turn.  I think that if we co-operate with a drive to bridge gaps in communication and economics – addictions to substances may become less.  This is a complex bridge to build.  However, Awareness of mental health and how that coincides with substance use may be a first step to help many people.  Once people are on the road to recovery, fair treatment, personal initiative and continued availability of the collective knowledge about health: can help keep the path clear.

This obligatory poem was written about some of the issues that can happen in substance use.



Years ago I did something that changed my world,

For a moment thought I was back then for sure,

Dragged enough and jostled just a little more,

Things are said, I can’t forget,

I guess my actions were mislead,

I don’t mind, by this time,

But I still care about that long lost friend,

The dog won‘t attack,


Just last year I did something that changed my world,

For a moment thought that I was free and pure,

Dreamed enough and thought I could do much more,

Things were said, but instead,

I guess my actions were misread,

I don’t mind, how unkind,

But I still care about the cat that’s dead,

How can he come back?


Things they are reminding me,

Thoughts that still come to me,

Memories chasing me,

Only time can make me see,

It’s all coming back to me,


Just last night I did something that changed my world,

For a moment thought that I had found the cure,

Drank enough and wanted just a little more,

Things were said, lost my head,

I guess my actions were mislead,

I don’t mind, what they find,

I just don’t care about the rat I’ve fed,

He’s not coming back,


Things that are reminding me,

Thoughts that still come to me,

Animals just like me,

Now that I have set them free,

Will they come back for me?




Cosmetic repair hides the seams of reality,

Our superficial nature glosses over with the need for stitches,

The need for buttons, zippers, collars, ties… and fashionable statements,

Embracing the creation – the unnatural façade… 

Yes: enhancing,

But not realizing that the true being – the true form is beautiful,

Wild and rolling, like the sea against the sky,

And out into the spaces in between,

Hushed by the script itself,

Forced to read within the lines,

And work too hard to share the perspective between all,

But not of all,

While the wall is built further with the bricks that are meant for the bridge,

Still we pile on the layers, when really the path has already been laid,

Sure – we need to take those steps,

But harmony and melody need the rhythm to connect it all,

The strides we make must draw on the inner-strength,

Beneath the skin, within the heart and spirit,

To find the shared space:

The collective energy, and out again…

Overcome the wall, the trouble that seethes,

Past the sea, past the sky, past the earth and into the peace,

The calm:  the forgotten instinct – strong and free.


Listening to Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix – alphabetical on my ipod.  They had the right idea in a lot of ways.  Extremely unfortunate issues that took them too soon, and that still persist.  With care and attention we can develop the same values without the problems of addiction that devastate lives.  I believe that it is the need for spirit that drove them past the stop.  If the people with the more practical edge could see the need for a somewhat deeper connection with such energy, perhaps so many good people would not go out onto that limb… trying to reach out…. too far.