Day 52, April 20.
Last night before I went to sleep I had the urge to revisit my childhood. This was inspired by my telling Nuno about a very old Disney cartoon I remembered from my childhood about the origins of music from the cavemen, where all musical instruments started from a Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom. So Nuno looked it up on YouTube and actually found it! I hadn’t seen it for probably 57 years. It only lasts about 10 minutes, and if you ignore the garbage at the beginning and end, once they start showing those four cavemen and how those four sounds turned into all musical instruments, I can see why I remembered it all these years. So clever!
Anyway, that made me wonder whether I could find my favorite TV show from my early childhood: Cecil and Beany (the puppets, not the later cartoon). I found it! Good ol’ YouTube. I couldn’t believe I actually loved this show as a 6-year old. All I can say is, things have changed in 61 years. I actually still liked Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent—he was cool—but I couldn’t relate to Beany anymore (although I always remembered his helicopter hat and actually had one when I was a little kid).
I’ve had some interesting insights over the past few days. It started when preparing for my session in Portugal, when I came up with the point, “Thought is reality; reality is thought.” I saw this in a deeper way than ever before.
I realized that once we get a particular reality into our heads, we begin to see everything through it, and we sometimes even go searching for things to fit into that reality, and no one can talk us out of it because it is true, absolute reality to us.
Sometimes we bump into other people’s realities like that—this is why people take each other to court, for example—and there really isn’t anything we can do to talk them out of it. They are the ones who will either see it from a higher level of consciousness, or they won’t. And until then, we could drive ourselves crazy thinking about how to counteract their reality, but if there is nothing we can do about it, do we really want to do that to ourselves?
All I did today was take an hour walk in the rain. I have been so blessed with the weather on this trip, I couldn’t complain. Spent the rest of the day trying to finish getting the logistics together for my last 2 weeks in the UK, which is a lot of detail work!
Then I joined Denise and her nice family for their Easter dinner. Denise has been so nice to me, and knows some people who may be able to get my book translated into Chinese.