Fail Better

Oliver Napoleon Hill, one of America’s greatest writers about self-improvement, motivation, and success once said “In every adversity lies the seed of an equal or greater opportunity.”  In achieving a difficult goal, Hill conceptualized that the greatest reward was not in reaching the goal, but instead was in the will to continue in the face of growing doubts bred from failures.  Most importantly to note is that Hill did not state “failure.”  Critical to his concept was the kinetic word “failures.”

Everyone can make a long list of failures throughout their life; hopefully.  If all hopes and dreams were easily gained, they would have little satisfaction and soon be forgotten.  But it is the exhausting roads and persistent belief that with each setback, with each refinement of imperfection and expectation that create the most astonishing most memorable life experiences – to perhaps cauterize a realization that life and death work together, not in conflict.  Neither need be feared.  Contrary to antiquated religious teachings, no ‘stand-in’ is required, no depraved condition exists within us unless it is taught, accepted or internalized, and manifested as less-than capable by one’s self-will and surrounded environment chosen.  No, quite the opposite should be taught:  failures are a good option!

Care to revisit some famous failures that came with some spectacular silver linings?

1492 – Geneon explorer Christopher Columbus never did make it to India’s spices and wealth, but instead found much more; so much more that it changed the entire world. *

1804-06 – Cartographers and explorers Lewis and Clark set out to find a water passage from Midwest America to the Pacific Ocean.  No such route exists, however, they documented the land, people, plants and animals which led to the bargain-basement steal of the Louisiana Purchase. *

1896 – Nineteenth century German engineer Otto Lilienthal first pioneered glider-flight that soon inspired the Wright brothers to powered-flight in America.  Days later Lilienthal was killed in a flying accident attempting to perfect his glider. *

1937 – During the latter stages of Women’s Suffrage, aviatrix Amelia Earhart vanished while attempting to fly around the Earth’s equator.  Regarding women’s rights she was quoted earlier saying, “[women’s] failure must be but a challenge to others.” *

1940 – The Tacoma Narrows Bridge had only been completed 4-months prior to its collapse due to high winds.  Wind impact had not yet been fully understood during construction.  Following bridge designs around the world included stabilizing measures and construction. *

1946-56 – Discovery of the 972 texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Khirbet Qumran, Israel, convincingly showed a much more comprehensive portrait and subsequently more diverse Second Temple Jerusalem than was traditionally portrayed in the canonical Christian Gospels; further confirming the truer nature of Judaism as opposed to the warring oppressive Greco-Roman version of later early-Christian groups closer to Rome.  For one example of the two 1st century CE severe divergences, read Sign of Jonah in Talpiot Tomb confirmed just this year.

1970 – The Apollo 13 lunar mission failed due to an oxygen tank explosion lethally damaging the flight crew’s breathing system and service module.  However, with ingenious adaptation and resourcefulness NASA brought all astronauts back home safely and with several critical later spacecraft changes. *

1991 – Locking eight scientists in a sealed terrarium called Biosphere 2 did not go as planned:  food shortages, bad air, and “crazy ants” cut it short.  Columbia University then the University of Arizona has since used it for successful eco-bio research. *

1993 – The Apple Newton is recognized as Apple Corporation’s biggest failure.  The personal electronic assistant expired after 6-years of mediocre sales, but led the way for today’s highly popular iPad. *

1998 – NASA launched the Mars Climate Orbiter to examine the Martian climate.  After a 287-day journey and over-budget costs the probe likely incinerated in the Martian atmosphere.  The problem?  NASA used the metric system in its designs, but the engineering team at Lockheed Martin used English units of measure.  Now regular Martian orbiters and land-rovers explore the red planet with feasible developing plans of mining, colonization, and making Mars a leap-frog point into deeper parts of our solar system. *
[ * – National Geographic Magazine, Sept. 2013]
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On a more personal level, an intimate level, these concepts are ever truer for our relationships, especially in marriage and parenting a family.  Some of our best virtues can be born and honed with a marital partner and raising messy failing succeeding children.  And the more the better!

Failure and success coexist.  Though we may have been taught they are dire enemies, they are really identical twins from the same mother:  a life and death well-made and well told.

If you can keep your head when all about you
  Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
  But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
  Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
  And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
  If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
  And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
  Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
  And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
  And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
  And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
  To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
  Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
  Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
  If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
  With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
  And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

If — by Rudyard Kipling

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How many wonderful failures have you made this week?  Was one of them epic?  Profound?

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Connectivity — Part 1

Since 325 CE with the Greco-Romanization of Jewish Christians and 622 CE with followers of Muhammad (Islam) unifying in Yathrib (now considered Mecca), centuries perhaps millenniums of mankind’s natural connection to the spirit-world began being severed.  Up until those two particular dates in time, earth’s populations had a plethora of spiritual exercises and belief systems that often connected them purposely and intimately to their ancestral history; to their living dead.  To mankind’s detriment these very real gifts and abilities to connect to the non-physical, to the quantum field,  were systematically exterminated by oppressive religions.  Fortunately, and for the sake of thousands upon thousands of suffering families today, these ancient gifts and methods are still alive and well, and gradually finding their way back to their natural wide-spread acceptance in Western and Middle Eastern cultures.  I hope to be a small part of that rebirth with this post and my Blog.

Child psychologist Dr. Lisa Miller and an associate professor in Psychology and Education at Columbia University (Miller’s webpage at Columbia) has spent her clinical and teaching career advocating the reacceptance of paranormal gifts in American adolescents at risk for social ostracization by their peers and family members.  The Columbia University page explains that:

Cultures outside the U.S. – notably China and Mexico – embrace experiences such as visits from ancestor spirits and derive important psychological benefits from them.  In the U.S., however, Miller says, such experiences “are not supported by a system of meaning or an understanding of reality that’s widespread in our culture.

The work of Dr. Miller is seen on the A&E television series Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal where she and partner Chip Coffey, a well-known psychic himself, travel the country helping countless adolescents understand, accept, and then use their extraordinary gifts and not fear them, be labeled crazy, or worse…be treated as demonic vessels by religious zealots.  “Often children are quite depressed and confused by their experiences – not by the experience itself,” Miller explains “…but by the feedback they’ve gotten, whether in their own families or in the school setting.”  In one particular episode, the Miller-Coffey team helped three separate kids who didn’t know how to sort out their experiences.  Consequently, the three had become behavioral problems in their homes and schools.  Miller’s work helps stave off dangerous conditions of depression, substance abuse or dependence they would otherwise fall victim or use to cope.  Coffey and Miller were able to guide the three to the family of a son missing since 2001.  With their psychic abilities they brought closure and peace to the victimized family that local law enforcement or forensics could not have relieved.

Sadly or happily, depending on your frame of reference, adolescents are not the only age group wrongly defined by the American mainstream.  Adults with psychic-paranormal experiences can face the same type of societal ridicule.  The good news is — if I may borrow the popular church phrase — that over the last couple of decade’s law enforcement across the country have begun using psychic investigators to revitalize cold cases with remarkable success.  Gale St. John, Nancy Myer, Sue Nicholson, Valerie Morrison, Nancy Weber, Noreen Renier, Phil Jordan, Etta Smith, Annette Martin, Pascarella Downey, Laurie McQuary, Lauren Thibodeau, and the list could go on for several more pages but these named psychics have helped either break open cold cases or significantly contributed to the arrest and conviction of many missing or murdered people.  For the skeptics out there, many of these psychic investigators work for free or by donations only.  The scientific understanding behind these gifted paranormal experts possibly lies in the quickly progressing field of Quantum Mechanics.

Positive vs. Negative crystals

Many of us learned in high school chemistry classes about the Law of Conservation of Mass/Matter.  Developed in the mid-18th century by French chemist Antoine Lavoisier and contemporaries, this law states that elemental particles making up a solid, liquid, or gas are never lost or never created, but they can be rearranged.  When water boils, for example, if boiled long enough all the water will change into gas.  If all that rising gas were kept completely contained, the container of gas would weigh exactly the same as the original container of water.  It is the weight or volume of elements that never change despite their “new” forms.

Water has been the medium of Japanese photographer Dr. Masaru Emoto and his impressionable droplets.  Between Emoto and John Zimmerman, PhD of the Bio-Electro-Magnetic Institute their experiments have shown that our brain and body organs send electromagnetic waves measurable in water.  In Emoto’s microscopic photographs (seen above) he captures the difference between frozen water crystals surrounded by positive energy such as beautiful music, emotions of love or gratitude or happy thoughts, while also capturing frozen crystals surrounded by negative energy, i.e. the opposite of the aforementioned energy forms.  The difference between the frozen crystals is stunning.  The positively surrounded crystals clearly exhibit symmetry, balance, and relative beauty compared to the negatively surrounded crystals.  Additionally, and to Emoto’s credit, the Backster Effect collaborates this theorem: that plants or living species which have no apparent brain can also transmit electromagnetic waves.  Further reading of Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose’s findings is also well worth expanding one’s understanding of wave form.

Something physicists are attempting to understand is a theory Einstein tried to prove called the Uniform Field.  If this theory proves to be true or valid, it would be the field that connects all sub-atomic waves without requiring any constants of nature being present.  Make sense?  Yeah, I will try to elaborate further in the next blog: Connectivity — Part 2.

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