A New day – A World to Imagine

 

My View of Life has Changed

In February I suspended publishing my posts noting a family health crisis. At the time I had no idea what was to come. At Christmas my wife, Mala, seemed healthy but then complained about abdominal pain. Surgery on Jan 11th. revealed a gall bladder infection. It subsequently proved to be a rare form of aggressive cancer and she died on March 2nd. Our glorious 45 years together had come to an end. In later posts I will address the impact and experience of her death. It was not a simple event.

A Cusp With a Portent

When I started this blog I indicated I believed we live on the cusp of what we call reality. Over time it is clear that people experience different realities and often we sense something beyond what we call reality.

Our country and our world has changed. The way our government is functioning and the people who dominate it do not display the responsibility we had come to expect in our Democracy. We face not only a pandemic but we are seeing great corruption in our national leadership and the failure of our government to respond to the pandemic in a responsible fashion. The question is where we are being led or what future we will seize.

Something Is Emerging

The effect of the pandemic and the rampant corruption we our seeing in our government indicate we will not go back to “business as usual”. Rather it seems likely we will see a transformation. It is yet to be defined. The transformation may well be disastrous or we may see our country reborn into a grander and more fulfilling future. In this blog I will expand the exploration not just about where we are now but also to a broader view of what may be if we expand our vision.

Another Focus

Many of our current crises are clearly in the reality field. But if one jumps from solid reality there are other forces and possibilities. I have become impressed with the spirit worlds that seem to hover near and the possibility that those worlds may contribute strongly to our transformative future if we reach out.

Returning To The Moment

For the moment let me return to present reality. And I must make a statement that is not political, but rather clinical. I am a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from Duke University and have had decades of experience. I was stunned and pleased when the book by Trump’s niece came out. She is also a clinical psychologist and we agree on the diagnosis of him as a narcissistic sociopath who is unstable. His focus on himself leads him away from the needs of our country.

And even worse, many of our citizenry seems unwilling to face the devastation of our future that can come not just from a pandemic but from failures of our government. The problems extend beyond the White House to many of our political leaders. But it is important to remember that we may also be facing a grand fulfilling opportunity that we the people of this country may direct.

Our communication needs to be broad ranging and it is important that we understand we are now looking at not just a national crisis but also an unparalleled opportunity. The possibilities lie before us and we can form a very rich and rewarding future or lose the grand vision of America. 

Our problems are numerous and include the fact that we have a substantial gig workforce. We say we have an unemployment rate just above eight percent but reality is otherwise. A gig workforce includes people who are without an ongoing and stable employer. The gig workers face short term and multiple forms of employment. At the same time tragic events have mobilized the black and brown communities to make demands that are wholly justified. White men have dominated this country from its beginning. That must change and we have unparalleled wonderful opportunities that can grow out of these crises. I will be addressing much that is related in future posts and also will not forget the crucial empowerment of women.

Conservatives and Progressives Together

It is my view that for decades now we have been inadequately attentive to the needs of our country. A major contributor to this inattention has been a conservative movement that has become dismissive of their responsibility. 

To be clear, I have a high regard for true conservatives. I consider myself to be a progressive and believe that progressives and conservatives working together form an important source of benefit. It is inappropriate for conservatives to simply hold onto the past as if it were stone and it is inappropriate for progressives to simply hurl themselves into the future. Together we form an essential balance as we consult and negotiate together.

It is time for us to reach out to each other with respect and openness to diverse views and values. Yes, there may be a dark future but we may also direct it to the benefit of us all. We must come together with respect and seize a grand moment for transformation that just may lie before us.

For This Moment Though

Before I move on to other specifics I will first in next posts address the events related to the death of my beloved wife and the spirit world I experienced.

A New Test

 

A New Day – A World to Imagine

My View of Life has Changed

In February I suspended publishing my posts noting a family health crisis. At the time I had no idea what was to come. At Christmas my wife, Mala, seemed healthy but then complained about abdominal pain. Surgery on Jan 11th. revealed a gall bladder infection. It subsequently proved to be a rare form of aggressive cancer and she died on March 2nd. Our glorious 45 years together had come to an end. In later posts I will address the impact and experience of her death. It was not a simple event.

A Cusp With a Portent

When I started this blog I indicated I believed we live on the cusp of what we call reality. Over time it is clear that people experience different realities and often we sense something beyond what we call reality.

Our country and our world has changed. The way our government is functioning and the people who dominate it do not display the responsibility we had come to expect in our Democracy. We face not only a pandemic but we are seeing great corruption in our national leadership and the failure of our government to respond to the pandemic in a responsible fashion. The question is where we are being led or what future we will seize.

Something Is Emerging

The effect of the pandemic and the rampant corruption we our seeing in our government indicate we will not go back to “business as usual”. Rather it seems likely we will see a transformation. It is yet to be defined. The transformation may well be disastrous or we may see our country reborn into a grander and more fulfilling future. In this blog I will expand the exploration not just about where we are now but also to a broader view of what may be if we expand our vision.

Another Focus

Many of our current crises are clearly in the reality field. But if one jumps from solid reality there are other forces and possibilities. I have become impressed with the spirit worlds that seem to hover near and the possibility that those worlds may contribute strongly to our transformative future if we reach out.

Returning To The Moment

For the moment let me return to present reality. And I must make a statement that is not political, but rather clinical. I am a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from Duke University and have had decades of experience. I was stunned and pleased when the book by Trump’s niece came out. She is also a clinical psychologist and we agree on the diagnosis of him as a narcissistic sociopath who is unstable. His focus on himself leads him away from the needs of our country.

And even worse, many of our citizenry seems unwilling to face the devastation of our future that can come not just from a pandemic but from failures of our government. The problems extend beyond the White House to many of our political leaders. But it is important to remember that we may also be facing a grand fulfilling opportunity that we the people of this country may direct.

Our communication needs to be broad ranging and it is important that we understand we are now looking at not just a national crisis but also an unparalleled opportunity. The possibilities lie before us and we can form a very rich and rewarding future or lose the grand vision of America. 

Our problems are numerous and include the fact that we have a substantial gig workforce. We say we have an unemployment rate just above eight percent but reality is otherwise. A gig workforce includes people who are without an ongoing and stable employer. The gig workers face short term and multiple forms of employment. At the same time tragic events have mobilized the black and brown communities to make demands that are wholly justified. White men have dominated this country from its beginning. That must change and we have unparalleled wonderful opportunities that can grow out of these crises. I will be addressing much that is related in future posts and also will not forget the crucial empowerment of women.

Conservatives and Progressives Together

It is my view that for decades now we have been inadequately attentive to the needs of our country. A major contributor to this inattention has been a conservative movement that has become dismissive of their responsibility. 

To be clear, I have a high regard for true conservatives. I consider myself to be a progressive and believe that progressives and conservatives working together form an important source of benefit. It is inappropriate for conservatives to simply hold onto the past as if it were stone and it is inappropriate for progressives to simply hurl themselves into the future. Together we form an essential balance as we consult and negotiate together.

It is time for us to reach out to each other with respect and openness to diverse views and values. Yes, there may be a dark future but we may also direct it to the benefit of us all. We must come together with respect and seize a grand moment for transformation that just may lie before us.

For This Moment Though

Before I move on to other specifics I will first in next posts address the events related to the death of my beloved wife and the spirit world I experienced.

My view

 

Transformation is not ordained as a benevolent wonder. It can be, as it seems now to be a time we can seize as an opportunity, be it essential for a challenge and we can use it to shape our future in a wondrous way. If we have the vision and strength.

At a detail level there is retraining which I saw but we might not be imagining. (This needs detailing)

 

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Fiction Writing Process I – The Birth and Shaping of Fiction

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The writing process is fascinating. There is conventional wisdom about how to do it, but there is considerable variation among those of us who write fiction. Nothing is universal. Clearly we are using our personal resources, but certainly we all need editors and a proofreader at the end. Of course there is the matter of inspiration. For me, I found some surprises. And those surprises came at many levels. First I noticed that I reached a point in the development of the Gaia’s Majesty Trilogy when I realized that I had been working on it, in what I call the back of my brain, for decades. 

Sources of Inspiration

And I found the source of inspiration was anything but confined. Over my life I’ve worked in a number of environments from medical establishments, helping people with personal conflicts, assisting in vocational choices and addressing inner city poverty. In the latter, our staff had to do battle with entrenched interests among the higher ups. While they were not despoiling the earth, they were working against the development of a rich new way to deliver services. Such opposition can be seen at all levels of our lives and in our societies.

Many Changes and Sources   

And at the time women were becoming more and more central and influential. My mentor was an extraordinarily bright black women. My feminist orientation was born in those days. Later I moved on to dealing with the crisis management of stepfamilies in formation. And through it all I was getting deep into people’s personal lives in psychotherapy and some of it was simply life management. 

From my educational background I had acquired a fascination with mythology and cultural processes. All of these elements coalesced in causing me to watch the world stage and political intrigue as our social life on this planet developed and we descended into environmental and social crises. 

And more recently women rising to power has become central as they gained control over their fertility and cultural events defined a need for new roles. I won’t try to detail the process because it is complex and is well covered elsewhere. But we can see their rise worldwide and the benefits attached are truly stunning.

Melding Sources and Themes

When I put all these components together a story was taking shape in my brain. It was attuned to feminism, the reality of growing conflicts and portrayed the need for stewardship of all kinds. And,of course, it had to have a mythological context which enhanced its creative shape.

Shaping the Story

At some point the question becomes how to shape the story. The author can simply start writing, can make notes and can also organize. My wife writes screenplays and in her work I saw something fascinating in the form of Dara Marks’ (see www.DaraMarks.com) Transformational Arc. I recognized it immediately. It is apparent at the movies. Specific elements are built including high points and culminations such as “as bad as it gets” which is the crisis which generally comes about three quarters of the way through a movie. The system does a wonderful job of shaping stories so they thrive rather than plod. I also used Carl Jung’s personality typology to help guide me in developing and joining characters. In fact, I present this tool in my book Creating Characters and Plots which is available as an ebook on Amazon.

But there was also the matter of containment when inspiration was truly sparked. The outpouring began which led to three books. I refer to it as coming from the back of my brain, but we know such things are fortified by the contributions of the right brain. And, with my knowledge of Carl Jung’s personality typology I could see that my personality components were making a contribution. My primary function of Intuition was leading me to speculative fiction and my auxiliary function of thinking was saving me from utter disorganization because it forced me toward organization.

In subsequent posts I’ll give more details on various components of what I call the writing process and what aids its organization and development.

What shapes the story of your life?

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For the Holidays

The holidays are here which means there are different demands on our time and our commitments. Accordingly I’m going to attenuate my posts for this season.

In a sense we can take a breather which we will need before we enter a demanding 2019.

I will resume my normal schedule in January with some new foci and directions and my newsletter in regard to my Gaia’s Majesty project will begin on a regular basis.

Have a happy holidays. Take some deep breaths and time for comfort.

Peace.

The Threat Imposed By Women

 

Yes I used this picture recently and I’ve put it up again because I find it evocative. See what it evokes in you as we consider our changing world especially as it relates to women and our future.

From a Base of Suppression

Perhaps only now are we realizing that women have been deliberately suppressed. Often it seemed they simply stayed home because that is where women belong and, of course, they had to tend the children. Doesn’t that sound absurd now because we can see what the reality has been in many regards.

So, now we search for other explanations and one place to look is in the world of men. It is plausible that one reason women were suppressed was a matter of power and in the cultural context it was easy to use power at least against women. But now the power is being exposed.

Another Explanation

But there is something else which is a suitable theme and that is the matter of threat. Seriously? Have they been brandishing knives or something? No, it’s something less concrete.

I recall a song from long ago in which part of it was, “Run when church bells ring”, and “It could happen to you.” That’s right. Women are attractive and can “confine” men in marriage. And then they bring an additional confinement—children.

This circumstance is not a matter of power but of confinement and reduced autonomy. But, let’s face it, it is essential in many ways.

Competition

And then there is the job market. When women join the company they compete for positions. In the past though they came with fewer credentials and less education. That’s all changing. In fact their talents are manifest and competitive. It used to be it was only other men that men had to worry about as they climbed the corporate ladder. Now women are present.

Politics

 And now it seems everything is being reduced to politics. In this instance I firmly believe we are simply looking at a change in the social landscape, not just of the United States, but in the world. There are books outlining the changes which led to this wave of change. I won’t try to go into them but it is clear the change is major.

What We Gain

Yes, women are challenging us if only because they add breadth to the talent available in all walks of life. Now, suddenly, the other half of the world brings their array of talents. We have tried to silence them just as Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced in Congress recently. But increasingly men are joining them and supporting their efforts and talent. 

I’m stunned by what I see on television. They have joined in the commentary and are prominent in ways seemingly impossible a short time ago. They are not shrill or strident but plausible and talented. This is true in business, the medical profession, news media and on and on.

The woman’s place is in the home if she chooses but it is not required. When I was first driving women were assumed to be bad drivers—no longer. We have also discovered how talented they are and how they enhance all parts of our lives. And perhaps another wonderful part is that men are discovering they don’t have to run when church bells ring but can if they choose.

Gaia’s Majesty-Mission Called: Women in Power by Roger B. Burt

Roger B. Burt’s Amazon home page

Creating Characters and Plots by Roger B. Burt

Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership

Whatever Happened to Community Mental Health by Roger B. Burt