Frequency Illusion

I never knew what frequency illusion was until something came up in a conversation I had with my sister about a year ago.

I don’t exactly remember what the conversation was about but my sister had mentioned a phrase that I never heard before or possibly heard but never paid attention to – “the straw that broke the camel’s back”. I only remember acknowledging “the final straw” and “the last straw”. I didn’t think too much about it but I did think that phrase was interesting.

Not too long after I hear that phrase from her, I see this phrase in some random blog post and I also hear the phrase in a random Youtube video. I didn’t think to jot down the links to the blog post or Youtube as I was paying more attention to the phenomenon of what I was experiencing.

After seeing the Youtube video and reading the blog post, I googled about this phenomenon. I wanted to blog about it several times but just kept forgetting about it even though there were other times this frequency illusion would occur.

So what is frequency illusion? It’s also called the Baader-Meinhoff phenomenon, where you start noticing the frequency of something you either first learned about or recently took notice to. And it could be linked to how the name Austin occurred three times as I described in Hello Austin, Texas! or how I came across the nudist park in My Experience At A Nudist Resort.

Even though these two different events took place to remind me of this phenomenon, I still forgot about the phenomenon until recently when I was once again reminded.

What reminded me of blogging about this again was the word ayahuasca. I learned about it in Sedona from someone I met back in May before my US road trip. I had completely forgot about it, but then was randomly reminded of it recently when I was updated on a Youtube video about it, a conversation with someone about it came up, and then I received a reply to my comment on another Youtube video about ayahuasca that was posted a couple of weeks ago. Hmmm….maybe I should try ayahuasca….

Anyways from what I gathered, this frequency illusion may just be a way of showing people how manifestation and the law of attraction works without effort and if you are aware, you can pick up on a lot of cool shit you manifested. You think about something new and/or interesting but the moment you start to forget about it, it shows up multiple times randomly.

Have you become aware of any frequency illusions in your life, and if so, what happened?

 

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Expansion of “Luck” or Coincidence

Over the last year, I’ve learned a lot about astrology and how the stars, planets, points, etc. have a direct influence over us in regards to the circumstances that we experience throughout our lives, whether we believe it or not.

I’ve been back and forth with whether or not to pay attention to the alignments because I have been so confused about it all. But lately, I’ve gained a lot of clarity about what’s going on in the cosmos. But like anything we believe in life, we could always be proven wrong. I get information about what’s going on in the cosmos but that’s it. I don’t overthink about how my future will be based on what’s going on, I just see where everything is and what kind of energy they will throw in our direction so I can prepare myself for them.

Even though they have these direct influences, we each have the free will to view and respond to them as we see fit. That is the only thing we have control over. We do not control the cosmos or anything they throw our way.

So lately, there was a huge transit that happened last month. The biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, finally made its transit back home in the group of stars, or constellation, called Sagittarius. This happens once every 12 years and it stays in this constellation for about 12-13 months.

Jupiter is known as the planet of luck and expansion. So it expands whatever it touches. Now, because it is in Sagittarius, it is expanding higher learning, travel and luck. It’s in my home turf because I’m both a Sagittarius Sun and Ascendant, although the Ascendant is the most important, which is determined by the time you were born and determines the houses that the other constellations fall under. So because Jupiter is back in my first house, its home turf, things will start to shift in my favor way more easily than it has been over the last 3 years, especially this last year, as long as I respect the transit, stay aware and keep my ego in check.

So if you are not aware of the true essence of higher learning, what luck really means beyond the surface and you do not keep your ego in check, you may start to experience luck in a way that’s very uncomfortable.

Higher learning is a way of understanding life beyond the surface, as I’ve explained in a previous post The Problem With Awareness (I know, sounds like a contradiction). And luck is not what people think it is as I’ve posted about in The Nature of “Luck”. Most people think of luck in a way that is easy to obtain that is great on the surface and that’s not exactly what Jupiter offers. However, if you do the work by understanding life in a higher mind kind of way, the luck you receive will appear easy.  Like I said, it’s a matter of how you use your free will to view and respond.

Now with this said, there are some things I’ve noticed that have happened since this transit took place. Call it the direct influence of the “luck” planet transit or a coincidence.

Many people that I know, whether family or friends that completely disregarded my attempts of informing them about astrology for the past year all have been experiencing “bad luck” since last month. One in particular, a friend, and the only person who criticized a post I made about astrology last year, dislocated his shoulder once this Jupiter transit took place and is now in rehab. I don’t think “good, he deserved it” but rather I am just amazed at how coincidental this is. It’s almost as if our lives are now “switched”.

I was in complete isolation and confusion in life for quite some time during that harsh transit my planet and constellation has made over the last few years and at the same time observing everyone else, including my friend, appearing to do well. Now, that my ruling, first house planet has returned home, I’m doing so well, and others are in a sense “struggling” even though I can clearly see what “lucky” opportunities are laid out for them. I’ve tried to explain to them what’s going on but they think I’m crazy. As for my friend, the rehab means he needs to slow the fuck down in life because his ego is out of hand and this is his golden opportunity to realize that.

So what do you think? Is it really the expansion of “luck” or just a coincidence?

The True Benefit of Meditation

There are many different kinds of legitimate articles and such that explain all the benefits of meditation. I’ve read so many and they all sound great and have been proven by science. However, the one thing I feel many of them lack is the ability to express the benefits in a way to where the reader can truly understand.

People will only pay close attention and be motivated by something they resonate and connect with. You can throw out a lot of information about the benefits of whatever along with some statistics, but no one will actually pay attention or be motivated unless you explain something to where they can truly connect and understand in a “aha” kind of way.

So with meditation, I feel that the one benefit everyone can relate with is the ability to take a step back as an observer.

What do I mean?

Let’s say you receive a phone call from a really good friend of yours. The moment you answer the phone, they are sobbing and going hysterical because they were just dumped. You aren’t sobbing and freaking out over them getting dumped, you just want to know what happened, find ways to console them and try to give some advice. This means you are actually in the position of being the observer of their situation. You are more clear headed than them, which allows you to see the solutions they may not be able to see because they are currently spending all of their energy wallowing in their own confusion of emotions.

Now instead of your friend, it is you that got dumped.

Instead of calling up a friend, you seek help from yourself. When you meditate consistently, you naturally have the ability to take a step back in the same way you did with your friend. You don’t have to try to take a step back, it becomes a natural habit in the same way you blink the moment something tries to invade your eyeball. You don’t start sobbing and freak out, you immediately become your own observer before you can acknowledge it. And when you become your own observer, you become aware of the solutions that are available to you so you don’t react like an asshole, and regret what you did later.

I have been meditating consistently for the last 11 days ranging from 2 minutes at a time to an hour. Surprisingly, I have noticed the difference in my response to my recent experience last night.

I was trying to look for an Air BnB room for the night but couldn’t find any available in the area I’m in. So I looked up hotels and though they weren’t cheap at all I really wanted to shower and sleep in a bed because I drove a lot and needed the rest. So instead of getting all worked up over not finding an Air BnB room or decent priced hotel, I just paid for a hotel room and that was that.

So I get my room and once I opened the door, I saw that the room did not have sheets and a blanket on the bed, as if housekeeping forgot to clean it. I go back to the lobby and get another room. It’s smaller but it is clean. However, I find out later that the shower doesn’t work and I can only take a bath. Then I get an email indicating that my credit card declined an automatic payment from my gym because I had forgotten to put more money on my credit card after reactivating my Hulu account. Doh!

Of course, at this point I would’ve been livid because I just drove all day, and was super tired and hungry but instead my brain function in a calm way and I just went with it. I didn’t go back to the lobby to complain, I just took a bath, paid my credit card, ate some food, chilled out and meditated before I went to sleep. This was awesome because I didn’t waste a lot of my energy getting livid and complaining about things that are out of my control. I was able to control the one thing I do have control of, which is the way I respond. And damn my response was on par and it felt really fucking good!

Even though I had only spent 11 days consistently meditating, the habit came back easily because I had started picking up the habit before. It’s almost like swimming, once you learn, you can’t unlearn or have to relearn all over again. You just pick the habit back up where you left off. The habit may be a little rusty at first but will smooth out pretty easily.

Once the habit is ingrained and you keep the momentum going, your response to just about anything will naturally be efficient without you trying. Therefore, you will only see everything from an observation point of view instead of getting lost in the ocean of emotions like your friend who just got dumped.

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Photo: A view of the Pacific Ocean from a vista point located in San Simeon, California

 

 

 

It’s That Time of Year!

Does anyone love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation as much as I do? Probably. If not, why not???

Even though this movie came out in the late 80’s, it never gets old! It’s such a classic! I could watch it any time of year but it’s just traditional to watch it anytime in December. I actually haven’t watched this movie at all this year, but I feel tonight is the perfect night! I’m so stoked!

So, tonight is the new moon, the retrograde period of Mercury ends and I’m going glamping for the first time just to experience it because I’m curious. It’s also raining today. In fact, for the couple of weeks I’ve been here in Austin, today is the first time it’s rained.

Of course, it all seems just so cozy and perfect, but I do keep that Stoic premeditatio malorum in mind, just so I can stay balanced if things go less than planned.

So cheers to this movie and all the abs that will be worked on while I watch it.

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Photo: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation via IMDB

My Experience At A Nudist Resort

I came across a few things lately that reminded me of my time as both a guest and a bartender at a nudist resort in Palm Springs, California several years ago. This place is nothing like most people think other than clothing is optional.

But first, as I was enjoying a Coffee IPA at the Texas Oasis Brewing Company on the patio overlooking Lake Travis, I look to my right. I was curious to see if there were any parks in that area where I could hike and venture around. I decided to check on google maps and found out that the park I spotted is called Hippie Hollow Park, which is a clothing optional park. I just laughed, thought about “visiting” but decided not to….it’s too cold outside! Lame excuse right?

Finding out about Hippie Hollow Park reminded me of the reason I came to visit Austin, I kept getting “signs” in threes. However, I’m not sure what to do about this one. Ha!

I had received an email from the resort not too long ago about the upcoming New Year’s Day bash and I just happened to stumble across a Facebook post recently in regards to someone that recently passed away, who was actually the general manager who interviewed and hired me at that resort. RIP Michael Williams.

So the place I bartended at is called Desert Sun Resort.

I worked there as a morning bartender for about 6 months and I have to say, it was an interesting place to work but I left because I ended up going to school full time and could only work in evenings. I applied for the job as a second job and just had a feeling I was going to get the job because I visited the resort as a guest several times to work on getting rid of my tan lines and to enjoy the mountain views in the pool areas. And well, I landed the job the same day.

Even though I visited the resort as a guest, I was fully clothed as a bartender. It’s a health code for obvious reasons and to be honest I would not want a nude bartender making my drink or delivering my food. There’s just something gross and strange about that.

I’ve met all sorts of people there from bartending and yes, I’ve seen it all! However, as the months went by, I became accustomed to the environment, so nothing came as a surprise to me anymore.

When I would visit as a guest, I wouldn’t pay attention to anyone besides the few people I came across in one of the many pool areas the resort has to offer. But when I was bartending, I couldn’t help but pay attention to everyone. But overall, it’s very chill and definitely not some kind of swinger resort. I actually interviewed at one of those places not knowing what I was getting myself into and it was a bit overwhelming for my taste so I declined the offer for the job.

Desert Sun Resort is actually a sophisticated resort, so pervs and such are not welcomed there. They take privacy very seriously and want you to feel comfortable. You have to go through a mini interview to gain access to the resort, which is nice. I highly recommend the resort and maybe one day I will go back to visit again as a guest.

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Photo: Hippie Hollow Park resides in this photo…somewhere 😉

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Photo: The Coffee IPA from Texas Oasis Brewing Company that I enjoyed as I tried searching for parks to hike at.

 

The Problem With Awareness

What is awareness?

Awareness is the ability to derive an explanation about something beyond the surface of understanding.

What do I mean? Let’s talk about jealousy.

Last night I went to IHOP for dinner. Yep, dinner. The guy who was practically running the show (host, server, busser) was in a great mood and really talkative as I walked up to pay. He was having a conversation with one of the cooks about jealousy and how he couldn’t understand why he considered himself to be “the shit” and have all this confidence but still gets very jealous. So, as I’m paying my check, he asked me if I get jealous. I was a little hesitant to answer him just because I just knew I’d confuse the shit out of him with my answer and not because it was some random question I’m sure most people would take offense to. I did decide to answer just to see how he’d respond and he responded just the way I thought.

I replied, “Of course I get jealous, because if I was never jealous, I wouldn’t be human. It’s a matter of how you balance your jealousy.”

His response was priceless. He went from really talkative and confident to really quiet and confused. After a few seconds he asked me what I meant, then asked me what I do for a living.

I just told him that jealousy is a natural human emotion and to not have even just a little bit of it, would make me unhuman. As humans, we are housed with all sorts of emotions because we are mortal and survival depends on our emotions and how well we balance them with our ego. The more untamed your ego is, the more jealous you become as well. This is what separates us from artificial intelligence as their ego always coincides with emotion because that’s the ultimate goal of every human. They have it easy. But as humans, we cannot obtain that ultimate goal so easily as life is all about constantly putting in the work towards learning how to balance your ego with your emotions.

Then I proceeded to leave by telling him that I confuse people for a living. Boy was he confused when I left.

Was my ego lit from that explanation? Nah.

He asked me a question in which most people would respond with either no or yes because of their surface understanding of the word jealousy and the negative connotations that are attached to it. My response wasn’t just based on philosophical principles, it was also logical, based on the awareness of human emotions and I wanted to share that with him.

The problem with awareness in this case is the fact that I see jealousy as something more than being a negative emotion. I see it beyond the surface as an emotion that helps us to evolve when balanced correctly and also an emotion that emphasizes the beauty of being a human. However, I cannot emphasize that awareness to most people because they do not understand due to lack of awareness and, therefore, would consider me “too deep” and confusing.

All people see is just a dull thought of how jealousy is “bad” because it’s an easy and simplified way to understand something without much brain activity. End of story. And because more people are unaware than aware, and majority rules, the aware ones are considered outliers, weird and awkward. Well, how else are we supposed to communicate with you to where you can understand? Annoyance level 100.

However, to be truly aware is to acknowledge that our annoyance stems from our own lack of awareness of understanding that most people don’t know any better and we can’t blame them. It simply isn’t their fault. That’s where learning to balance compassion comes in and this is something I do struggle with.

Becoming more aware is trying to balance your compassion level with your annoyance level. It’s not easy and, like I’ve mentioned before, is a continuing process but continuous effort does need to happen. You want to be compassionate and understanding of the unintended and restricted thought process of most people but know there’s more to life than superficial conversations and surface level small talk.

So what do you do? It’s a battle and definitely a challenge that comes with becoming aware. However, I feel more people are becoming aware so the annoyance level should pipe down to a minimum at some point.

What do you think? Do you consider yourself to think beyond the surface of most things in life? I’m curious.

 

 

Why Is Life Hard?

Life is only hard if we make it that way.

Everything we experience derives from perspective. Nothing in life should ever be hard, but rather challenging. Challenges are there to wake us up to what we need to do to overcome the inevitable obstacles in life and improve ourselves. It’s up to you whether you want to face the challenges head on or look away. But if you look away, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And when nothing is gained, life is hard.

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Photo: Solo hiking adventures at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas.