" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

December 13, 2017

10% Happier Through Minimalism?

I came across Dan Harris and his work from watching the movie 'Minimalism' on Netflix (Australia) last week.
It's also the movie that featured Sam Harris and was the catalyst for me to look into just who Sam Harris was, since I had started seeing his name pop up in my world quite often in the last fortnight, like on this top 100 list in the 2016 magazine I was reading last week (pictured below).
Sam Harris and 'Is Life Actually Worth Living?'
The Siren Song, Cults, Sam Harris, Gods and Years Ending in 7?
I thought these two Harris guys must have been related, but it turns out they weren't.
Turns out they are both half Jewish and kind of call themselves a Jewbu.
Something the three of us have in common then I guess, but my last name is not Harris.
I started listening to the Sam Harris podcast show, but didn't find that many of his shows that interesting, as it focused on politics and atheism too much for my liking.
But I started listening to the Dan Harris podcast shows at his
'10% Happier' site and found a lot more to interest me there.
Dan even interviews Sam Harris in one of his podcasts -
#71: Sam Harris, 'Waking Up' Podcast Host, Neuroscientist
I also thought it was interesting that Dan starts off his podcast shows with the man who was #1 on the 2016
'Mind Body Spirit' magazine's top 100 list -
#1: Dalai Lama
the other podcasts I listened to today at Dan's site and would recommend were -
#94: LeAnn Rimes, Grammy-Winning Artist

#69: Jewel, Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Actress (Bonus!)

#32: The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

I'll be writing another post about the movie
'Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things' and the 'The Minimalists Podcast' soon.

Pizza/Star Gate?

I saw this story in the news (above) the other day where it is mentioned that,"Commander Randy Bresnik called the pizzas "flying saucers of the edible kind", the crew, he said in a tweet, "had a blast channelling our inner chef by building tasty pizzas for movie night".
I had to wonder what movie/s the crew were watching on movie night.
It's not night it's space, isn't it?-)
INNIS: East of the Sun & West of the Moon
My CDs from my Kickstarter donation to get INNIS into the music game
It is the 40th anniversary of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' on the 14th of December, 2017, so maybe this was the movie, or at least one of them?
Then again, maybe these guys got to see the new 'Star Wars' movie in advance?
Although maybe not, as the Italian astronaut seems to be in a rush to get back down to earth before December 15th for some reason;-)
"Mr Nespoli, in orbit since July, declared the pizza "unexpectedly delicious."
Mr Nespoli has just over a week before returning to true Italian cuisine.
He will land in Kazakhstan on
December 14, along with Commander Bresnik and a Russian."

Maybe the crew just watched my synch-head mate Andras Jones in, 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master'?
Although I notice this reviewer in the You Tube below didn't give Andras' acting any accolades.
I wonder if it's possible to have nightmares in space?
Maybe you would have space-mares instead?-)
Radio8Ball is a Pop Oracle
"We answer questions by picking songs at random and talking about the synchronicities.
Since 1998 Andras Jones has been developing this format on radio, live onstage, on film and through “The Online Oracle” (now The R8B App).
We feature rock stars and movie stars and comedians and visionaries and seekers of all stripes, never quite knowing where it will go except that it always starts with a question, and usually ends with one too.
In the middle there is music and conversation. 
That’s our show.
But there’s a little more to it…
It’s like calisthenics for the part of our minds that recognizes synchronicity.
Don’t be surprised if you start experiencing more sync in your daily life.
What is YOUR question for The Pop Oracle?
NoES4 turns 30 next year and Radio8Ball turns 20 in 2018, too.
Astronauts make and eat pizza from scratch on International Space Station
The name likely continues Middle English scrat, the name of a demon or goblin, derived from Old Norse skratte."
Sorry for playing the devil's advocate here, but with a headline like that I couldn't resist the temptation;-)

December 12, 2017

The Siren Song, Cults, Sam Harris, Gods and Years Ending in 7?

I just love synchronicity (can you tell?), because whether people who are into "spirituality" think it's cosmic coincidence or people of the atheist/skeptical bent think it's all  just coincidence doesn't really matter because surely neither side can't help but let a WTF(?) fly through their thoughts when the so called random events of life intersect in seemingly meaningful ways.
At the beginning of the year Christopher Knowles wrote a post called -
The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past
where he wrote -
"2017 might seem like the hangover after a particularly-nasty meth, glue and Thunderbird bender, but it's actually a year of major anniversaries."
Chris writes in that post about the many significant anniversaries coming up in 2017, including the 20th anniversary of the Heaven's Gate cult suicides.
Notice the pattern on Sandie's dress in the video above?-)
You could say that dress of Sandie's (twin) peaks my interest 
That post at The Secret Sun blog inspired my posts of looking into significant events that have influenced us in those years ending in seven and having anniversaries in 2017.
I began with the year 1967 -
1967: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?
Sam Harris and 'Is Life Actually Worth Living?'
I've been working my way through Sam's podcasts and this morning I was up to #7 -
Through the Eyes of a Cult
Which was about the Heaven's gate cult suicides.
But what really made my jaw drop while listening to Sam's podcast was at the 5 minute mark where Sam mentions hearing on a news broadcast at the time how the cult had nothing but quart after quart of Starbucks Java Chip Ice Cream in their fridges.
And then at the 25th minute of that same podcast Sam mentions how the men castrated themselves so "they could best resist the Siren song of their own endocrine system and forget about sexuality entirely".
Chris Knowles has also been writing a series of posts about the Siren archetype, which I have also written a series of posts about  -
Coffee and the Siren's Song
It's amazing the things we tend to filter out of our conscious waking lives, don't you think?-)
Oh, and I should point out after reading Chris Knowles current post that Sam Harris was born on 4/9/1967 -
Beauty and the Beast (of Revelation), Part 3: Hymn of the Pearls
Ask Me Anything #1
"In this episode of the Waking Up Podcast, Sam Harris talks about atheism, artificial intelligence, rape, public speaking, meditation, consciousness, free will, intellectual honesty, and other topics."
Oh, and it's also the 40th anniversary this year of the movie
'Demon Seed' which was released in 1977 on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
"Susan Harris is alone in the house when, suddenly, doors lock, windows slam shut and the phone stops working.
Susan is trapped by an intruder - but this is no ordinary thug.
Instead, the intruder is a computer named Proteus, an artificial brain that has learned to reason. 
And to terrorize.
In "one of her finest, most vulnerable performances" (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic), Julie Christie plays Susan [Harris] in this taut techno-thriller based on the Dean Koontz novel. Packed with suspense, surprise and special effects, Demon Seed follows Susan's desperate attempts to outmaneuver and outthink her captor.
Then Susan learns what Proteus wants: its own child, conceived in her womb and destined for domination."

December 11, 2017

The Magpie is Australia's Bird of the Year

I looked out my window the other day to see a magpie proudly strutting through my backyard garden as if to say have you heard the news?
Magpies. They're a gardener's dream, a cyclist's nightmare, and according to the Guardian's poll,
Australia's bird of the year.
My tin magpie in the backyard, as a real one struts around overhead
"Magpies occupy the same territory for their entire life.
Once they find a suitable patch, they will stay there forever — up to 20 years, Darryl Jones from Griffith University told
ABC's Off Track program.
"That area doesn't have to be very big, it might be just a couple of hectares or even less in the city," Professor Jones said.

Looks like I've got a new friend who will be hanging around the neighbourhood for a while.
If You Want to Avoid Being Attacked by Magpies, Just Make an Effort to be Friends with Them
The framed magpie prints hanging on my living room wall
The Metaphorical God of Good/Bad?