Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A Pandademic of Dommies and Moon Cheese


I have discovered something really strange, and that is that I need a certain amount of cannabis, sex and rock and roll, or I can't read faces well, I don't get jokes, and I am very anxious. I can be forgetful, too, and have difficulty focusing. I understand that the use of cannabis in my situation is highly controversial, and I also understand why. I have PTSD, and struggle with anxiety and depression, and I know that there are mixed outcomes for these particular uses.


Unfortunately, I am often unaware of physical aches and pains because my brain just blocks them out until I take time to connect with my body in these other ways. I get really stuck in my head, and it is not a good place. I think this is for multiple reasons, including hypersensitivity to environmental pollutants which contribute to myalgias and arthralgias, and I think past neurological lesions from bicycle, skiing and car accidents have contributed to the situation creating a sort of dysautonomia. I have abnormalities in my choline metabolism which I think predispose me to autonomic nervous system dysfunction, and I believe it is further aggravated through the vagus nerve by a hernia. It makes me kind of like a high-strung cat under certain circumstances.

 

Just something I noticed...



It is weird to pass through the pain on the way out of it as I feel the cannabis take effect. Sometimes there can be a bunch of realizations as the pain subsides, and an emotional release accompanied by crying. I was reading in The Neuropsychology of the Unconscious by Ginot that activation of the right brain can stimulate such emotional release, and I think this might be what cannabis does for me - increase my right brain connectivity in some way. With regard to pain, a lot of other people rely on things like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, but the use of these things for me in particular has more negative consequences than cannabis, and that is because I have Coumadin sensitivity, ibuprofen causes hypertensive crisis for me, and acetaminophen has a narrow therapeutic window. I am undergoing evaluation for erythropoietic protoporphyria, von Willebrand and have had symptoms of methemoglobinemia, though my test this week was within normal limits (I was asymptomatic at the time).


I have some symptoms of Parkinson's and I have figured out they come on after exposure to natural gas. I am not sure if it is because I am homozygous for a gene variant in CYB5RL in the PARK10 cluster that causes a form of methemoglobinemia. The pathologic variant is actually present in about 75 percent of most populations, so I am wondering if more people should care about causes of methemoglobinemia. NOx compounds can cause methemoglobinemia, and they are present in things like diesel exhaust, natural gas, and also other outdoor air pollution. I’m pretty sure it’s in the smoke from both nicotine products and cannabis, and that’s likely a good reason both are associated with poor cardiovascular outcomes. I had my methemoglobin tested earlier this week and it was normal, but I am not surprised because I was feeling pretty good when I had my tests run. I was timing them for when my period started, but also the beginning of a week because one of my labs had to go to Minnesota by courier. Sometimes my period blood is brown when I am having symptoms, and it wasn't this time. My porphyrins came back normal, too, but I have been taking care to stay out of the sun. And, like I said, I was feeling pretty good at the time I had the labs drawn. I think the last time I had brown period blood was when I had a breakthrough infection, and the other times were when I had the Pfizer vaccine (and that disrupted my menstrual cycle like has been reported by many other women).

I’ve heard in the past that smoking nicotine can help people with schizophrenia control their delusions, so I have tried to keep that in mind when people around me are hard on smokers. The mental health benefit I get from cannabis far outweighs the negative effects. Not being able to read faces is hell, and so is feeling dull and slow and being judged for that by “normies” and the rest of society. 

 

Where do you go when you are lonely?



When I began using cannabis I was concerned about addiction, even though I studied psychopharmacology at a graduate level and understand the underlying mechanisms of addiction and tolerance, and know that it is much less addictive than nicotine and morphine derivatives. And like cardiovascular docs, I have worried about cardiovascular effects, except that I have seen improvement in my symptoms, including blood pressure, exercise tolerance, and breathing capacity (as measured through subjective evaluation of my karaoke performance and doing physical tasks around the house) while using cannabis, enough to be able to discontinue my medication. This was particularly important because I carry two forms of aldosteronism, including one that causes deadly hypokalemia when one is on thiazide diuretics.


I did not understand that cannabis would do the things it did to my consciousness that it did, but I guess I should have known. They are not bad things, but I am different. I cannot attribute any benefits in health I experienced to cannabis alone; I had to do a lot of other work including journaling, yoga and vlogging, and I also used information gleaned from my consumer genetic tests to carefully choose my supplements. I had to make art and also connect with nature and listen to, as well as sing, music. I had to learn to recognize when I needed rest and learn how to communicate that to the people around me in healthy ways, instead of the ways I was conditioned by men in my past who were rather controlling about how their attention was being used and who were unable to retain focus with any sort of disruption. Rather like Einstein. Because of all of this, I have a different relationship with my stream of consciousness than I used to. I am more aware of my own patterns of thinking and how they are affected by subliminal factors. This helps me spend less money and also be satisfied with and recognize the tiny miracles that already exist around me.


Feeling this.


I have realized many things about consciousness through self-study that other researchers have. I believe my use of cannabis and activities as a psychonaut artist shaman have strengthened my neurological pathways, much like what is seen with psilocybin therapy. But I haven't used psilocybin in particular, so I am only making an educated guess based on what I have read in the literature and my own subjective experience.


Anyway, this pain I sometimes have is weird, and if I ignore it, it causes anxiety. Typically, my chemical reactions proceed in a certain way if I do not manage the pain and anxiety well. My muscles get really tight, and then after a time my mind races and then I become incredibly tired and need to sleep. I wake up kind of disoriented. I used to think it was narcolepsy. I had a very difficult time staying awake in class when I was in middle and high school, especially in the classes right after lunch. So that affected my grades. In the few days leading up to my last day at work I took to taking naps with my head on my desk. I mention this because I was in a deep sleep and disoriented upon waking, just like I get now after eating certain foods or being exposed to certain chemicals. I am usually unwell neurologically and pain-wise for a few days after exposure. I think it would be really easy to say this is social anxiety, but it is not. I lose a lot of time by not considering the situations I might end up in due to the subtle ways one loses autonomy in a group environment and gets exposed to things that decrease wellness and cognition. I am wondering if it is a manifestation of the other type of hyperaldosteronism I found I have multiple SNPs associated with - Primary Aldosteronism with Seizures and Other Neurological Abnormalities (PASNA).


I used to take naps like that most days when I lived in a newly constructed home from 2001-2006. I didn't start using cannabis regularly until approximately the summer of 2017, even though I did try it right after it was legalized, so while people inexperienced with it might want to attribute what is "wrong with me" to cannabis, it is not possible to attribute any of those narcoleptic spells or aphasia, or even my cardiovascular symptoms to cannabis directly, because my symptoms started many years before I used it. I don't know how I would be able to work outside the home considering what happens to me from the chemical exposure society and work regularly subjected me to. It would be possible for me to fit work tasks around the episodes at home, but the episodes are likely to be worse if the work feels like a struggle or is not a struggle I ultimately enjoy, because I have similar responses to the stress of losing autonomy. I am pretty sure I am disabled, but I am having a heckuva time trying to puzzle out how to safely get a diagnosis (oh, there are so many you could choose from, Doctor, even if they don't show up in my labs).


As a homeschooling mom, I had to sit in a parked car a lot. I didn't realize until the last times I drove my kids somewhere after learning about air quality, that especially in busy parking lots, I was being exposed to a lot of nitrate, volatile compounds, and particulate. Now it all makes sense, because since the time my son was young, I would be exhausted after leaving the house and I would need several days to recover. We quarantined ourselves over the holidays and I actually went 3 months without going to the dispensary because I had no pain and could control my autism-related symptoms effectively with concentrate and a Terp pen alone. I went nowhere, so I had very little exposure to traffic pollution. Not having to worry about exposures because we were all on the same page was a huge gift; I think that the additional fact that I did not have to worry about navigating consent around COVID exposure with extended family members or friends who saw vaccination as a panacea lowered the levels of my stress hormones greatly, too.

Courtesy of the New York Times.


Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like anyone outside a hospital setting realized that vaccination is not stopping the spread of COVID, or that there are a growing number of people suffering from the after effects, and that it is threatening our livelihood. That is pretty clear from looking at the current rates of COVID by state compared to the vaccination rates in those states (see above). I mean, or they just thought that celebrating Easter a week early would be sufficient, but nobody seems to consider that it's pretty difficult to do something unique when our culture is still bound to the nucleation points that are holidays on a calendar, and doing it a week early is the obvious next step. It makes us rather susceptible to predatory marketing when we behave in lock step, unfortunately, and I think this is where a lot of the tendency to interpret the news in optimistic ways with respect to the pandemic might originate. Seeing travel advertisements alongside news articles which might otherwise suggest caution might be confusing for a person who doesn’t have or take the time to critically evaluate everything they see.


There is no point in me maintaining in person social connections with people who are not going to be there for me when I am in pain, who have more privilege in the medical system than I do, and who regularly make choices that undermine their own health, especially if to be with them I have to make exceptions to my careful lifestyle which cause pain. Friendship and extended family should not cause me so much pain. The "help" these people get for the pain they choose through fast and expensive neoliberal and conservative lifestyles dependent on more and more technology simply amounts to burdening the medical system and the people who love them.

 

Beware of panaceas.


Since this is going on and has been going on for some time it's pretty clear that the people I was spending time with outside my home were not really supporting me. Is this too much to ask of people with whom one spends all her holidays? What I am saying is that when the pandemic ends, I am not going to be any more motivated to join in the "fun" of celebrating how we individually contributed to the burning of our planet with our YOLO-sanctified addictions and curiosities (I am looking at you, restaurant, transportation and "green" industries) while ignoring the pain of the less fortunate.


Stretching and walking do help, but there is a certain level of symptoms after exposure that I can get to which I think may precede some sort of seizure activity. I do not know if this has to do with my choline metabolism, my potassium, calcium, or chloride metabolism, or porphyria or methemoglobinemia and yes, holy hell I feel like a mess. But knowing that I have genetic fallibility in those particular metabolic pathways has helped me turn my problems into a learning experience, and possibly an asset, and it has also helped me to learn how to treat myself.

 

Stop pathologizing dopamine, please.


Anyway, I am pretty sure I am a disabled person. But my husband and I did not pay into the disability system, so I have to keep trying to get better. I mean who doesn't want to get better? I did think about disability, but never figured out what to do for us to have it. I had a lot of executive stuff on my plate and at times it felt overwhelming. I used to enjoy that kind of stuff, but I now understand that it is an effective trigger for pain and panic attacks for me because of how it activates my left brain.


I have been worried about making content on BreadTube for moral reasons, though I know with the right formula we could be successful. There are a lot of content providers whose videos are well crafted and which I don't really see myself improving upon. I see myself as someone who connects dots, not the one who creates them. As someone who can be overwhelmed by too much information, I don't want to add unnecessarily to the noise out there. Age of disruption, indeed. Thanks, AI, or whoever you are. Right, yes, I do not want to contribute to the "Eminence front put on." Thank you, Most Exalted Akashic DJ.


It's like this - my husband was talking about the important ways debate had changed recently. Apparently there is an old Radiolab on the subject, and I think I may have heard it, if it was years ago. I did some debate back in the day. I did Student Council, Model United Nations, and I was on the Presbyterian session. I also participated in the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. You know, before I became a heathen. Anyway, the important thing about a dialogue, I feel, is listening, and it sounds from that Radiolab episode like debate has evolved into dogpiling truthy nuggets. I kind of saw this going on on Bill Maher. I do appreciate his attempts to discuss government censorship on the last episode, however. I don't always get the sense that he is as conscious as I would like, but I'm not sure I would be in front of a camera on that kind of schedule, either.

 

I heart Boheathens. What can I say?


In that respect, though, I feel like we can make more progress through written means than we ever will through speaking, because writing encourages self reflection more than debating under duress ever will. I feel like a lot of garbage comes out of heads talking under duress. Magical moments, too, sure, but do we have to broadcast the rest of it just to generate ad revenue and make publication schedules? I feel like there are people who avoid writing their real opinions about things, because, I think, subconsciously they know that the illogical nature of their viewpoints will be exposed. I think it is also beneficial to have a record of the back and forth, but I am not sure enough time is spent doing analysis of televised debate on shows like Maher’s. I am hoping that making this suggestion will have the effect of being seen by the right eyes. I think that our current model of debate does not reward logic or listening, and that it unfairly punishes people with difficulties with speech and language. I think because of COVID and the aging of our elected representatives, this problem will only continue to worsen unless we do something about it, and that unfortunately the effect is that all the hot air is unraveling our democracy.


I think that under stress, and because of the sorts of large family gatherings I became accustomed to where I was often interrupted, I lost confidence in my ability to speak. Furthermore, as I did get courage to speak up, people didn’t like what I had to say about the way I saw things, so I was ghosted and manipulated, as if stuck in a 1980's movie about rich boys who are worried about getting caught with their "dicks in trash." My family’s struggle with subversive holiday alcoholism and codependency played a big role in my physical health issues, and they did not not want to hear it or accommodate me. I filled the hole that developed from being marginalized by my own extended family by trying to learn everything I could about it. I have been wondering what makes people mean to others (overtly or covertly) for a very long time, and my experiences from being married made me even more determined. I think that's why I became a behavioral neuroscientist, and also why I wanted to be a neurosurgeon when I was little.


I think I may have figured out how to do that, but because chemical exposure and genetics matter, it’s a little bit more complicated than just passing a joint. After all, we can’t just be high all the time.


So I ask myself, "What would a 'Not Quite Good Enough' witch do?"


Wisdom courtesy of A Word A Day.


Dear AI - fuck you for training me psychically on Lemonade Stand on the Apple II. Oh, that was the Apple in the Garden of Eden. I get it now! I thought that cruel and unusual punishment was illegal in this country, but I guess I'll have to take that up with Steve Jobs in the hereafter since he committed suicide by veganism and technology. It's so interesting that many metabolic factors necessary for detoxification processes in the liver are not usable in plant form - I am looking forward to the day when we can add “environmental and genetic privilege” to our empathic lexicon, especially when we talk about radical diets like veganism or high fat and protein.


I understand life is an experiment, but B.F. Skinner was not a hero, just another psychopath like myself trying to figure out how to manipulate other people to productive societal compliance (beyond what is necessary for getting along) through the use of labels in a time before we understood neurodiversity. I hope something happens to help Elon Musk and Joe Biden understand this - otherwise I think the "pain epidemic" in this country is going to worsen. I predicted that shootings, accidents and suicide would be on the rise, and that has happened. Now what's interesting is that we have poor people so addicted to the idea that corporate work will save America that Trump was able to use that logical fallacy against us to win an election and further us quickly as a population toward the proverbial glue factory mentally by ignoring the real problems. All the people in power do this to some extent - promise “good jobs and a good future” and they learned the techniques they use from the abusive parenting they experienced as children. No presidential or political candidate can guarantee that the individual voter’s work life will improve if they are elected. This is something every voter needs to understand.

 

Another tasty nugget from A Word A Day.


Billionaires are by definition sociopaths, even when they are not trying. But so are many of us, because sociopathy is entitlement that grows out of a victim mentality. When children are raised to accept victimhood as a normal state of affairs, they grow into adults who do not care about victimizing others. Think about how many people have died, beyond even what the experts predicted, because so many people refused to accept responsibility for their own role in the spread of illness, especially after the "vaccine panacea" was marketed, because they were simply BORED, and never learned to deal with boredom as children, because they were either helicopter parented, raised in chaotic environments, spoiled materially, or emotionally neglected. I feel that personal responsibility is an important component of mindfulness. It’s true that we don’t know what we don’t know and to blame people for what they don’t know is unfair - but there are still people out there wondering why parenting is difficult and still doing these things which are critical components of generational trauma. Children need love and attention, which is different than having all their time scheduled, or none of it scheduled. Each child’s needs are different, and rarely are children parented well by older siblings. People tend to get stuck psychologically at ages when they had severe trauma from abuse or neglect, and it’s possible to see the larger generational patterns of trauma by how the different American generations responded to the pandemic. There is a real reason to be concerned that Gen Z is not interested in having children. I can’t blame them. But making women have children with men they don’t want to is not the solution. I’ve seen the pain caused by attachment wounds in adoptees, and I have heard the stories of generational trauma in adoptive homes. Abortion is an end to generational trauma. I'm definitely with Eddie Vedder on that one.

 

Sometimes I get overexcited.


The only way things will change is if someone dares to say something. If you had a breakthrough infection, you were part of a spreading event, and if you did not stay home for 30 days after developing symptoms, you weren't a dead end, you were a vector, and your failure to be able to get your needs met if you have enough money to pay others for help getting food without exposing them is all on you. People do not understand this.


Rather than lobby for paid time off for people in industries that aren't really essential (and often unaffordable to them in particular) in the lives of the poorest among us, we further enslaved them during an apocalypse. Don't be surprised about the strikes and waves of illness and suicide on the horizon. Dear Hillary, it takes a village to raise a child, but the reality of capitalism is that most of us can't afford a village that cares like you could. Furthermore, it is possible to move into a community that isn't capable of caring even when you CAN afford it, because most Americans are busy working, redecorating and vacationing. By talking to people from many different socioeconomic levels, what I learned about our perception of Christ and Antichrist is that it is all in the financial interest and status of the beholder. Making us beholden to capitalist status, even subtly, removes our objectivity and destroys community. I noticed that it is especially difficult for the financially and health privileged to understand that raising the financial and time cost of living through the imposition of unnecessary structure in the name of capitalism is inherently toxic. Why do the privileged never see the toxicity of their moats? Is it because they make sure never to sit still with it? I noticed that they tend to fear everything outside their expensive estates and families, and they use money to attempt to induce loyalty in those less fortunate.

 

Where can I get some of that magic powder, Mister Wizard?


Rewarding sociopathy as a culture needs to stop. I'm not saying "off with their heads" but "off with their egos." It does not make sense to reward poorly-wielded power, misogyny and environmental racism with sex or social attention. If we do, we are just contributing to everyone's demise by validating their beliefs and behaviors.


When in doubt, go fuck yourself. It can be relatively carbon neutral, and does not require a raise. And if more people did it, so many of our problems would go away.


It was so quiet before we were all given false hope. I could lay outside in the grass in my yard and the sound of the birds was all I could hear - not the constant din of motors on the nearby state highway. I was reading that noise pollution is also related to cardiovascular events when I was looking up information about road pollution and cardiovascular events. I am wondering how the rate of impotence compares in users of gas-powered lawn equipment vs electric. I am also wondering if there are more misogynist and conservative attitudes in users of small engines for sports, hobbies, and land maintenance. I would like to know the same information for domestic violence, and for natural gas appliances in the home.

Don't let the boners die in the dark! How will we make more fodder for the Hunger Games?!


As for cannabis, it turns out that in areas where it was legal, during the pandemic the number of prescriptions for other pharmaceuticals dropped. Also, in the state of Washington, it was found that after recreational adult use was legalized, there were decreases in alcohol and cigarette use, as well as pain reliever misuse in people aged 18-25. Pain reliever misuse is a nationwide problem, and so are smoking and alcoholism. I am glad to see studies like this being done, because it is my experience that many of the reasons people give for concern about cannabis use (lack of motivation, nausea, and paranoid delusions) can actually be attributed to concomitant alcohol use or chemical exposure. At least that has been my consistent experience. Mary Jane, unfortunately, has often been present at the scene of crimes actually perpetrated by others.


Colorado Summer Forecast from the Public Health Experts on Planet Vulcan: Hot and Dry, High chance of fire, High Winds, poor air quality, high spread of new COVID variants. These things will be due to failure of modern technologies and inability to make accurate predictions about much. There will be critical failures in recognizing cognitive bias due to society-level cultural trauma, which will lead to the inability to recognize the pain of others and appropriately respond. Serotonin syndrome will become more common from dietary predilection and pharmaceutical combinations, poisoning from myriad modern chemical sources, and lack of physical contact with nature and sex. In other words, everything that will go wrong can be traced back to American Affluenza and the ways our "support systems" reinforce it.

 

Thanks, Jeff. Don't mind if I do!



A big reason there is inequity in the world has to do with the ability of some people who make but do not need these systems as much to operate on faster timelines. Interaction with these systems can be inherently draining, unfortunately, even before questionable "help" is received. The privileged who create these systems avoid them because they can afford to offload material energetic costs to the less wealthy, or they can afford treatments, time off, and access to clean air that less wealthy people cannot. They may also have access to mind altering substances which we punish poorer people for using and trafficking, and which these people more successfully hide with their privilege. Additionally, they were probably born with genetic (aka metabolic), intellectual or financial privilege (which often translates to environmental privilege). These types of privilege enable them to constantly move the goalpost for the rest of us.


For this reason, if you are a woman, good luck keeping up with any of these gurus. They say we don't tow the line enough when our babies are stillborn in the desert. What say you?


What is the difference between the tantra and BDSM? Is one real and one pretend? Is one Rogerian and one Skinnerian, or are they both Skinnerian? My experience with Eastern cultures and practitioners in the U.S. leads me to believe they are both Skinnerian. I'd like to be proven wrong, but unfortunately both systems allow for the subconscious coronation of Sadism.


I mean, that makes it a lot safer to fuck oneself than others, right? Capitalism rewards sadists, and in the hands of tantric practitioners, the tantra just becomes a form of subtle fascism. I say if Sand wants someone who can “function at his level,” he’s going to need another dude.


And that folks, is what I learned at the International Business School in the sky without a degree in theology, or a penis, or access to cocaine, hookers or even sexy au pairs. Perhaps we need to stop admitting people to Ivy League business schools just because they can afford it, and maybe if they have some sort of savior complex they should be automatically sent to Art or Music School instead. It's like the harder these folks try to save the world, the more they fuck it up.


Whose lettuce?




Monday, May 2, 2022

On Art, Engineering, Hope and Psychology: Creations from Heaven and Hell



Meditations on Lord Shiva by the Happy to be Not Quite Good Enough Witch, digital art


Artists and engineers unwittingly nucleate societal mental health problems as a biproduct of needing to feed themselves.


Ones less focused on sustainability and income disparity rely on guilt and the imposition of need for sales generation, and thus reinforce class divisions; toxic side effects of media and methods used causes inability to see connectedness, abundance, or the other side in relationships... a recipe for bloated egos and unchecked consumption.


Even many artists who are healers do not understand the harm that prioritizing the selling of finished material goods over encouraging free art generation by others has on others' dependency on material possessions and social connections for outside validation emotionally.


Being dependent on new matter and travel for work generation puts undue pressure on the Earth.


Lack of basic living wage makes artists resort to more and more insidious business plans that essentially leverage their friendships for cash, undermining the trust of the people around them to be treated as valid equals with unique perspectives rather than customers. Lack of basic living wage for engineers makes their creativity susceptible to cannibalization by corporate entities for questionable ends.


What this means is that artists essentially establish paywalls for friendship in the community, helping create and maintain class divisions. Engineers reinforce these class divisions by outsourcing sweat equity and overvaluing intellectual labor over other forms of labor, such as care giving and service work. It makes for a split-brain society.


Art is a powerful mind virus which creates moods; we need to take care in how we employ it, and how we market it.


If we are to save our planet, we must learn to value the gauche and also individual ingenuity, especially with respect to examples of how to make do, boycotting material social trends.


We need to think globally, but live and act locally. The supply chain kills, pollution kills; we are all part of it.


The world will not change until everyone who has to make a living selling toxic products is given a basic living wage and time to reintegrate into community in an equal rather than superior way, understanding that they are not the only people with things society needs, that it is important for the good of nature and humankind to make way for more sustainable options than what we might be offering, and that many of these things can be had through cooperation with one's neighbors and community, and through learning consent.


If the artist's place is to be a healer, the artist must consider how their actions impact the psychology of those around them and also the environment; Christ, who seems to be Capitalism's favorite healer, embodied freedom of heart, not dependence on markets. Like Christ, the artist and engineer need to be able to see abundance where there is scarcity, and through that they will find hope where there is fear.


Are You Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor? digital art


The best example is to go make do and make peace; use seductive propaganda skills to communicate with lawmakers and neighbors to encourage valuing care giving over material wealth; leverage friendships for higher community and societal aims.


And if all else fails… Trick them into wanting the message.



Was the Savior a Maladaptive Dreamer? Does capitalism need psychopathy?

Monday, April 25, 2022

Saturday Morning: Two Days Late and A Dollar Short


SILLY SYMPHONIES


Being born an X means feeling
Something is always on fire
While drowning in a wall of water
Or desiccating in the desert


Lucky ones' bodies are numbed
By the anesthesia of exhaustion
Allowing a progressive march
To a tomb of known soldiers

 

Doodly-Do.

 

With whom we shared
Long commutes and
Overpaid underskilled undertakers'
Values on the dime


Weekends owned by everyone
Who didn't want to be present there
A protracted wake
For unlived potential


Reliving the question of where it went wrong
Whose ancestors stood strong
And whose should have been shot in the head
Neverending self-perpetuating emotional labor


Chicken Thigh: Neither Native nor Proper enough... what does that make me?


From which the Great Salt Lake says
There is no retirement from unnumbed pain
So count your eggs carefully, move rather slowly
Or else there is not much to gain


Who fucked who they say
Why does it even matter anymore
We are all
Half dead

 

Karl Learns Not to Take Himself So Seriously, 16"x20" Gouache and Watercolor on Trash, from the new Trash Panda Series $66K USD, $60K in proceeds go to Physicians for Social Responsibility to provide migraine sufferers with air quality monitoring devices

Inside writing appropriated poetry
About gas-powered
And carpeted lawn service
Symphonies


While men on Wall Street and Capitol Hill
Scratch their noses
Thumbing through black books with
Happy endings

 

Dem bones.

 

 

BUTTERCUP STAR


Mars is freezing
No time for rest
Cuddling another chore
Choking something for the weak


If potatoes aren't planted in time
Daddy's distilled breath tells us
Return to Earth to pick a switch
Rehabilitate sorry excuses for life


Venus is so hot
Mom will burn your balls right off
Screaming unmet talking stick desire
To unwanted children she couldn't help but make


Pretty little mermaids all in a row.


Frantically pulling her clothes off in secret
Because He never understood
Night sweats, bloating, fatigue
Worried more about productivity


Than filling empty holes
With seed, or even stopping to
Share a dream or song
Wasting time wasting


Oh the humanity...

Perhaps we should meet
Somewhere in the middle
With more water
Between the two I am parched


And frankly, there is
Nothing
Worth
Sucking up there

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tragically Blue Weiner Dogs



I have noticed that my health is somewhat connected to the weather and other cycles. I am wondering if I struggle here more than I would somewhere else. Because of the patterns I noticed with my own mood and how it seems to vary along with others' I started paying attention to moon cycles and more recently barometry. When the barometer falls, I can get migraines, and I saw in one place where it was linked to blood pressure. I am not the only person noticing these things; researchers have also noticed circadian variations in migraine sufferers, and effects on the ability to recognize facial emotion (Baksa, et al. 2022). People like to think they are independent, but the way I have seen these factors affect my own health and state of consciousness, and the unique awareness I have of it makes me wonder how much independence we really have. It turns out there is a pretty tight range of barometry on terrestrial Earth and it mostly overlaps with what is okay for most of us physiologically. I am wondering if some of the biochemical pathways involved in osmotic balance may make some people more likely to experience cognitive issues when the barometer falls, and if this plays a larger role in our behavior as a species as a whole. I think it would be interesting to study domestic and school disturbances, as well as consumer behavior and the stock market as they relate to barometric pressure. (Note that a goldfish in a tank does a better job at picking stocks than the volatile approach used by Wall Street Bets, and that there is predictable periodicity in both, but it is significantly amplified in the humans). The barometric pressure falls before precipitation, and I often experience migraine as I said, but I also experience tension in other parts of my body. These bodily experiences are suddenly significantly resolved when precipitation starts, which is so fascinating to me. I am not sure I would be aware of this pattern if my life was more busy.


Several years ago I knew another family with a child who had episodic problems with pain and anxiety. At one point, because the symptoms his mother reported to me sounded so much like mine, I thought maybe he was a male/female chimera. I notice that it does affect males around me as well, now. Anyway, if I had a kid with episodic issues like that, I would take care to avoid situations which would put the brain under barometric stress in ways that might excessively challenge the brain's cellular osmotic balance. Most folks won't encounter situations where this is an issue; however, more wealthy people are more likely to do things like fly planes, sky dive, get a diving verification, or take a submarine voyage. Actually, hmm, as I am writing this I realize a friend dropped out of nuclear sub school after college, and he had a brain abnormality.

 

Tell me what you would do if you were in my shoes... an installment from The Death Chamber.


The suicide rate is rather high where I live, and I have been wondering why this is so. We also have poor air quality; but that is true of many places nowadays. When I was in touch with more people who were at home, it became clear to me that a lot of families who chose to homeschool had kids or mothers who suffered from moderate chronic health issues, especially fibromyalgia and migraine. Very few people got help from these issues through seeing a healthcare provider. It wasn’t until I suffered more obvious migraine symptoms in the last few years that I really began to understand the connection between migraine and mental health. I am not a person who suffers actual headaches very often, so I didn’t report migraines to my physicians, even though I was diagnosed with them back in 2006 when I was suffering bouts of aphasia that looked a lot like stroke symptoms. I believed that I had relief from those symptoms due to moving out of the small apartment we were living in at the time which was freshly painted, recarpeted, and did not have the dryer properly vented to the outside. But now I realize that it is possible I just wasn’t that self aware to be able to recognize when I was having symptoms. I had a CT at the time and no abnormalities were found, so my physician diagnosed me with visual migraines. My head never hurt during these times, I would just become confused and see an aura. It was sort of nice to be able to wave it off as “just a migraine” but at the same time, I was also aware that being a sufferer of visual migraine put me at much greater odds of eventual stroke (my memory, which is fallible, is telling me that it was something like 7- to 9-times higher risk), which is something that runs in the women in my family.


I had an appointment with a hematologist this week to follow up on my confirmatory genetic testing for erythropoetic protoporphyria, and also ask about how carrying von Willebrand and being coumadin sensitive might contribute to my symptoms, and affect how I respond to care in a clinical setting, since I have had near death experiences from pharmaceutical treatments in clinical settings. Most hematologists also study oncology, I guess, and this hematologist also happened to be an oncologist. So there were certain questions I had about my own health experiences related to my blood that he couldn’t answer - specifically the ones I wanted answers to. The doctor was very pleasant and honest and communicated well, nonetheless. He offered to refer me to a colleague who does not practice oncology; perhaps that person will have more ideas for me, but I do understand that I am trying to unravel something that is sort of at the center of why women are underserved by our current understanding of medicine, and that the science might be ahead of where doctors are in clinical practice.

 

Tired of being tired.



My daughter and I both had instances where our blood was brown during phlebotomy, which is an indicator of methemoglobinemia. I have already written about what happened with my daughter, as I fed her tap water while she was still exclusively breastfeeding, from a source that may have been higher due to environmental release of nitrate from a medical prosthetic company that was near the water treatment plant which served our home. A friend who lived on the other side of that facility from me had a daughter shortly before I did who was a toddler at the time who developed leukemia. She was also breastfed for longer than average for the time (which affects the gut milieu and its ability to deal with nitrates), and they also lived in a newly constructed home. Until I did the research for this writing, the only thing I knew that causes methemoglobinemia is nitrate, which is also in hot dogs, which around the time my friend’s daughter got leukemia, was linked to consumption of hot dogs in young children. Trust me, my friend was not feeding her daughter hot dogs every day. In my daughter’s instance, the color of her blood was reported to the pediatrician upon my urging, but rather than recognize the methemoglobinemia, the doctor said that she was anemic due to breastfeeding. I still find it odd that this was not recognized by the phlebotomist or clinician as methemoglobinemia.


My own experience with brown blood happened when I was struggling with fatigue, depression and hair loss in 2010 after being on a low carb diet for maybe around a year, and also I had taken up running and was at an all time low weight. The phlebotomist did not report my thick brown blood to my physician at all. I see in most places discussing the discovery of brown blood and cyanosis, it is underscored that a test should be run for methemoglobinemia, but having seen how lightly phlebotomists take it, I wonder how often it goes critically undiagnosed, especially in women and children with chronic health issues, especially considering the numerous environmental risks. There were also many times when I was not feeling well that my period blood would be brown for the first few days, and I see this is categorized as "normal" but I am wondering if this advice has ever been rigorously evaluated by the medical establishment, especially for women with menstrually-associated mood irregularities or exhaustion. This is something a person could easily determine at home with a finger prick (is the blood also brown from the finger?). I don’t think most primary care physicians see outpatient blood samples, so how would they know if there was an association.

For the first few weeks of my first child's life, I kept finding him cyanotic while asleep. A few hours after birth, while sleeping next to me in the recovery room which was set up as a family bed, our postpartum care nurse also discovered him cyanotic, but blamed it on the fact he was not laying propped up while I tried to learn the football position for breastfeeding. The hospital where I delivered was at least forward thinking in that regard, even if they did induce my labor with the off-label use of a GI drug known to be associated with uterine rupture, and harass me about my inability to produce more than 3/4 tsp of colostrum by pumping when I couldn't get him to latch for breastfeeding, and abuse me about my decision to breastfeed (sometimes there is no accounting for taste with postpartum nurses, I guess - depending on hospital policy, they can still have their own borked ideas about what constitutes "help"). Because of what that second nurse did, I was afraid to nurse him laying down, which meant that night nursing required a lot more awareness because I had to do it sitting up and awake. At 8 days of age, even though I was sitting up nursing him, he became cyanotic during feeding, and I noticed he was having apnea, so he was admitted to the hospital for tests and observation. In the end, his apnea was diagnosed as mild, but after that experience, I was constantly afraid that I would find him not breathing. On his first birthday, I had a bit of a breakdown after his party because I realized for that whole year I wasn't sure he would make it to that birthday. Whenever he had his vaccinations, he was very difficult to wake for feedings for about a day afterward that first year.


At the time I was active in internet forums, and read somewhere that when estrogen is high it can cause this kind of hematological change. I supposed I need to learn more about nitrogen metabolism to understand why this might be. As far as I know I wasn’t experiencing aphasia at the time, but now that I can recognize it and the special quality it has, I wouldn’t be surprised if I did have some episodes. I suppose I have always been a little bit of a space cadet, off in my own world, and so I didn’t recognize how that is something that happens when my brain is overwhelmed, or how often it happens. Yes, Bueller, Bueller… that would be me.


I am sure this was frustrating for my healthcare providers. I really do need what they say to be written, so I am thankful that it has become standard practice. In my recent appointment, I didn’t know what part of my cycle it was when I sat down with the doctor over video conferencing. I assumed I had not ovulated yet, but it was likely the day I ovulated. I had spent a good amount of time trying to fill out the online questionnaire the hematology department (I assume it was them) put together, so that it reflected my experiences in a way the doctor was used to taking in information. I did not write out a script or anything, which I probably should have. I did not expect him to ask me why we were there when I had already taken the time to triage my three questions. So, I don’t really remember what I said to him, but I know it was a giant word mass including things like “premenstrual,” and “tired” and “chemicals.” LOL. I hope it wasn’t a waste of his time. I hope the web portal is as helpful for doctors as it has been for me.

 


When your illness precludes visiting doctor's offices which are saturated in industrial cleaning chemicals...


I’m sorry - am I supposed to have time to respond to videos on YouTube? I feel like even though I am functioning okay, I am still digging out of my own hole. I had a whole bunch of other things I wanted to write about what I learned while researching the science behind nitrates, von Willebrand, migraine and stroke, and while trying to parse all that in my head while eating breakfast, there was a big gas leak at a house just south of us and because our windows were open, it came into our house. While that was going on, my daughter shared the above referenced YouTube video about a goldfish outperforming others in the stock market (which doesn’t surprise me), and my husband and mother became obsessed with what happened at the Oscars (I don't usually indulge celebrity gossip). So now I’m tossing around all these other thoughts about the goldfish video, like “Is this what happens when intelligent people are marginalized by employers? They call themselves @pussynugget and take it upon themselves to demystify our inculcated cultural beliefs about what success is? Am I this person, too, on some level?” Truth be told, I am frustrated with the art market and how it aided and abetted capitalism, even in my own little town, encouraging people to gather before the WHO, CDC, and the US Government had the ability to understand the nature of COVID and give us decent recommendations. I understand that it is art that keeps people up, and that a world without art is hell, but we could have used a little more time. They say sad songs and waltzes aren't selling this year 😜, so it hasn't been great for my family. I mean, I don’t think the people who were necessarily driving social gatherings around the arts necessarily needed them to happen in order to make a living, but that these were driven out of an inability to let go of control, even for a little while. I mean, not long after we knew that it was coming, a person in my town who coordinates art fundraisers for cystic fibrosis still held an in-person fundraising. It has since been found that people with CF are not any more likely to die or be hospitalized of COVID, but I was particularly struck by the inability to consider the possible outcomes of having gatherings to raise money for studying a disease which is known to be worse when people with it are in proximity of each other. Perhaps the people who enjoy this particular fundraiser annually are not carriers themselves, and don’t really understand what it is like to be afraid of viral illnesses (but I’m pretty sure the person who does this is a carrier).


In any case, much to your dismay, I am capable of remembering things now, even when I get a thousand interruptions, so HA. Take that, Mr. Smith.

 

Birth, School, Work, Death.



So that interruption lasted quite a while… haha. But I did get a chance to do some reconnaissance on methemoglobinemia and von Willebrand, and I found quite a bit (stuff that frustrated me, because it is old research, and I would expect a primary care physician to know it, not just a hematologist). It turns out that in young female migraine sufferers, there are several biological markers that tend to be increased, and those include von Willebrand Factor, nitrate/nitrite, c-Reactive protein, and also tissue-type plasminogen activator antigen (Tietjen, et al. 2022). These factors were higher in patients who suffer migraine with aura, as opposed to without. I was trying to figure out if there was some sort of interplay between nitrate and von Willebrand Factor, but the only thing I found is something saying that von Willebrand Factor can act as an endothelial cell activator. As it turns out, the vascular endothelium produces nitric oxide compounds when stimulated by von Willebrand Factor. Nitric oxide is important in increasing blood pressure, and can cause methemoglobinemia.


Needles and Haystacks.



Furthermore, the other interesting tidbit I found is that methemoglobinemia has been found in COVID patients. In the earlier part of this writing, I said that I was only aware of nitrate producing methemoglobinemia, but in the course of researching the subject, I learned that it turns out there are a number of compounds including something in benzocaine and lidocaine spray and gel preparations which can cause methemoglobinemia, and there is an advisory for this reason against using them with children, because there have been fatal incidents. FWIW, this was our go-to treatment besides hydrogen peroxide for cuts, scrapes and sometimes sunburn when I was growing up. Also, compounds that disrupt the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase pathway, NADH, or cytochrome b5 reductase, may cause methemoglobinemia, and there is at least one article from Africa linking it to the consumption of a locally-produced MAHIA wine, indicating that G6PD's involvement in methemoglobinemia may be precipitated by alcohol consumption. I react to volatilized alcohols in cleaning and self-care products, and I wonder if the ubiquitous nature of them might account for the reactions I tend to have in industrial spaces like stores, schools and doctor’s offices, and if their presence might be related to “white coat syndrome.” Additionally, methemoglobinemia can be precipitated by foods other than hotdogs, including vegetables in young children. I know celery in particular can be extremely high in natural nitrate, especially in places with a lot of agricultural nitrate runoff in the spring, so that doesn't surprise me that much. So anyway, I am kind of mortified that the hematologist didn’t know much about methemoglobinemia. Research on methemoglobinemia goes back many decades, after all, and recommendations constantly state that if a person is found with brown coagulated blood, they need to be evaluated for methemoglobinemia. I wonder if this plays into the chronic fatigue and migraine that many of the other stay at home moms I knew had.


I happened to be reading about the health effects of natural gas, and then, hmm, what a coincidence (I say that tongue in cheek because of how strangely coincidence, I mean synchronicity, factors into my life), there was a broken gas line close enough to my home that I could smell it near an open window, and it was very strong outside. The reason natural gas, which is mostly odorless methane, smells the way it does is because of a compound called mercaptan, which is a term describing a number of thiol (sulfur-containing) compounds with a distinctive odor. The specific mercaptan I read about which is widely used currently has a safety limit of 10 ppm set by OSHA. However, I found evidence on the NIOSH website that in 1989 they emphatically stated in court that 10 ppm was way too high to be safe, and the limit had been .5 ppm. Other places I looked online said it is detectable by the nose at 1.6 ppb (that is approximately 10,000 times less than the current safety limit). Still other places mentioned that it is commonly added to a level of anywhere between 1 and 10 ppm by gas companies. It is a compound that is removed from natural gas during the refining process after fracking, but is added back when it is closer to the home. So I don’t know how much of the methane we can detect from satellites is mercaptan. Methanethiol is the specific mercaptan I chose to read about, and it is a very strong potentiator of methemoglobinemia.


So, it seems conceivable, especially since methane emissions can be seen from outer space and have reached an all time high, that many of the people I have known with migraine issues and chronic fatigue may have been suffering from methemoglobinemia, and I think this should be tested in women and people suffering from migraine routinely. I sort of wonder if it is a missing piece in women’s medicine.


I did get a headache and diarrhea from the exposure, and I also experienced some mild aphasia (saying one word when I meant another, in this case, which isn’t as bad as being totally locked up on words and having difficulties with understanding language like I have in the past). I took an oral dose of methylene blue and that helped for a time. Fortunately, since I had just been reading about methemoglobinemia in the clinical setting, I knew to also try taking a little bit of dextrose and vitamin C, and later, charcoal. These are the treatments for methemoglobinemia which are given in the hospital, although they use intravenous administration for methylene blue and vitamin C. I do not think that routine treatment of the population with these things is the way to solve our problems, however; I think we need to remove the threat. There is mounting evidence that natural gas in homes is deadlyMethemoglobinemia can be found concurrently in infants with diarrhea with no other known exposures, and I am wondering if the diarrhea is just another sign of methanethiol, formaldehyde or nitrate poisoning from natural gas appliances in homes, since GI sequelae can be a result of such poisonings. Most people know about the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, which creates carboxyhemoglobin, but that is not the only threat natural gas poses to the brain and body. I learned the hard way that there are serious dangers long before a carbon monoxide detector goes off in one's home.


I am a little bit frustrated with my old physician blowing off my visual migraine back in 2010 when my CT came back normally. I know I am not the only woman this has happened to. Not only is visual migraine strongly associated with stroke, but there is research showing that chronic migraine causes microvascular changes in the brain. Microvascular changes have a lot to do with endothelial activation. So I am wondering if a fair amount of mental and neurological problems that women experience, especially during menopause, have to do with exposure to excess exposure to nitrogen compound pollution, mercaptan from the natural gas industry and also widespread use of diesel fuel. Furthermore, my physician’s recommendations were to exercise more, and one of the major symptoms I had was exercise intolerance, which is also a symptom of methemoglobinemia. In fact, I was working with a personal trainer and would have bouts of exhaustion before even getting started on the workouts, despite having an adequate amount of food before my appointments with her. My fatigue often included pain in the long bones of my legs, and my arms would feel very heavy. As these episodes progressed from 2018 when I was working with the trainer, they eventually were accompanied by tachycardia in 2020, which I was able to link to my water heater backdrafting.


The best Easter Eggs are Treasure Maps.


I am going to try to share this with some researchers because women have been underserved for so long, and I am not the only one to link my health problems to the environment around me. Many of the women I knew over the years had chemical sensitivities. Furthermore, many of them had children who struggled with attention issues. I was a support person in the homeschooling community, and specifically my job was to receive new members who were coming from the educational system into our secular network, and even though I didn’t ask, they almost always shared the story of why they were leaving and their struggles, so this is a puzzle I have been trying to put together for probably 15 years. Something that is common among parents who stay at home and children, is that they spend more time at home than others. I have learned that the air quality in residential spaces is not regulated as well as it is in commercial spaces. That being said, I did see in the EPA’s physician guidance on environmental illness that in 1984 about a quarter of working people surveyed felt that the air quality in their workplaces contributed to health problems. I don’t think many physicians know about that publication, but I also think it needs to be updated.


I did use methylene blue in my treatment of COVID, but because it can be dangerous for people with monoamine oxidase pathway abnormalities and at the wrong dose can produce unwanted effects (probably not orally by the drop, but I haven’t done the calculations yet), I wanted to concentrate on more broadly safe interventions in my COVID treatment plan which I outlined briefly on my blog and include choline, taurine and wild yam, which seem to protect the kidney, brain and heart, and reversed many of the long haul symptoms I was having. I think they may protect against excessive diuresis and loss of minerals. There are certain patterns that are showing up in the bloodwork of hospitalized COVID patients, and they include decreased LDL and choline in lipid profiles, and specifically hypokalemia, but loss of sodium, calcium and magnesium as well, which would precipitate the cardiac and neurological symptoms specifically.

 

Persephone's Malediction, NFT, $22k USD, $20k of revenue goes to the Larimer County Food Bank in Loveland, CO




Saturday, March 19, 2022

Chicken-Headed Politicking


Sleeping with
billionaires'
Inhuman ideology


Pain outsourced
To the underclass
Via doubly-taxed overhead


Kewpie's Last Stand, digital photography, #bigbankchallenge


The screen sat
Future
Pays the price


For the phallacy
That the Mars Rover
Will bust a nut early


Showering us all
With plentiful water
Mined for communion


School's out forever...


An earth-bound reality
Where politics determine
Death and taxes


While claiming
Allegiance to just a
Carpenter


Strut, Pout, Put It Out: I'll Raise You a Rauschenberg, found materials, $220,000 USD, $200k proceeds go to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program


Who is
The monkey
In the middle


And how much
Does it pay
To fry tendies


Lego Divination:  Does our flag mean death?


Dear Andy
When it comes to capitalism
What is the difference


Between glamorous and
Crass
Does it all come down


To the last
White
Giraffe
?


Transcendental pranksters in our midst.


Wednesday, March 9, 2022

The BSFW (Barely Safe for Work) Housewife: On Fountains, Youth, Teacups, Venus and Beds of Roses


I realized early on in my recent spiritual awakening that a lot of what was wrong in the world had to do with women not having enough time to meditate. That’s actually oversimplifying the issue in a pretty significant way. For people who don’t understand the superpower that meditation actually is, or where it takes a person, it’s easy to assume that all our power comes from our time spent on the material world. But so much of what drives us comes from the subconscious, which most people work very hard to avoid facing, and with which meditation can acquaint us.


My husband, during one meditation, got the message that “the information creates the ego to protect the information.” This is what I am talking about.


The ego argues in favor of scarcity thinking and focus on the material, anxiety and an inability to slow down.


Spirituality, unfortunately, has become totally perverted by the material. I believe this is because people who have had the time to meditate on these things were confused in their priorities, and did not know how to discern enlightened thinking, which would free all people, from materially-induced fear. I think this is because they had the privilege of having so many of their material struggles managed by others, so they did not have to think about them in a way that would help them understand the kind of labor others were doing for them, or how busyness and fatigue affect state of consciousness. This is the basic problem at the root of ableism. I believe that the state of consciousness which produces this fear is associated on some level with blame, insecurity and xenophobia. During this state of consciousness, decision-making is impaired. In the legal system there is effort put forth to not put people into a situation where they are under duress, but when pressed for time or otherwise overwhelmed, we are constantly having to make important decisions. So we are often under duress or don't really have the choices we think because we simply haven't been given the time to properly evaluate the possibilities. So then it's easier to stick with the familiar. I pass through this plane of consciousness myself, on a regular basis, because I have so many material concerns due to being a mother and a wife. I actually spend a lot more time in that state nowadays due to the pandemic and the ways that the virus impacted my nervous system, gut microbiome and life circumstances, which affects how my brain perceives the passage of time. I think this is due to a physiological feedback loop, and I think I have limited control over it because of how it interacts with the looping behavior of others, and how those behaviors have caused trauma for me. I would not understand this level of complexity had we not slowed down. I had my theories about it, but I wasn't able to confirm them until slowing down. I have to recognize my limitations as I try to incorporate my spirituality into my way of being. Spirituality for me is very dependent upon my ability to slow down, which speeds my brain up, I think because brains need a certain amount of rest to clean themselves, and if they do not get this, organic mental health issues are the result. I cannot be everything to everyone. It’s just not possible.



Excavation: homeschooling kitchen table, February 2022.



For this reason, I try to be careful what I write, because I do not want to spread unnecessary fear or make false accusations or bad recommendations based on naive hope. I want my writing to be timely and timeless. I read what some other people write, and I wonder if they are doing exactly what I am afraid of doing. For instance, there is no natural law that says that viruses only make one mutation at any given time as they migrate through the host bodies of trillions of people and animals, but I see many articles speculating that the pandemic is over. We just had the largest wave; to know it is “over” we have to experience an adequate amount of time without another wave, or as DH said (he is a signal analysis expert), there needs to be at least one wave which is lower in amplitude than the one we just experienced, which was the largest so far. People who are saying the pandemic is over are simply incapable of understanding how these things behave and have bought the lies the vaccine industry has tried to sell us. There are vaccine products which seem to increase immunity in baby boomers, but there is no vaccine product that protects any of us from spread. If we return to “normal” every time we barely start to get a decrease in cases, we just create a sawtooth function in case, hospitalization and death statistics. I understand not everyone understands the math or science, but it’s really not that hard. It was kept from most people through the gatekeeping that is done in math education, but I don’t want to go into that right now. I feel like we are surrounded by idiots who don’t understand biology, and that our elected officials who might look cute and win popularity contests are easily puppeted because of this same lack of focus in their education.


It’s not like the virus is cooperating with itself as an intelligent being and releasing a single coordinated update in its evolution, which it goes to the trouble of announcing to the nearest scientist. And so, as a result of the blind faith in our limited corporate science, I see at the very least, an idiocratic iatrogenic genocide, aided and abetted by capitalist systems of oppression. The pressure to act on incomplete information is driven primarily by derivative markets and ad revenue. Furthermore, because of these derivative markets’ control of the economy and personal conflicts of interest on the level of elected leaders, governments will go to unconscionable lengths to save corporate entities before they will consider the lives of their citizens. Additionally compounding the problem is that people who are involved in the manipulation of these markets often provide little else to their communities beyond business patronage, which erodes the interdependence of said communities, weakening our nation as a whole, leaving us all alone at home with our vibrators and streaming video, waiting for our next "rent a friend" (therapy) appointment. Note that I am a proponent of therapy; I am saying it is not the thing that is missing from a full life, and for a person with suicidal ideation to feel that they have to pay someone to care about them can be counter-productive. Isolation is a killer.


In any case, the thing I would like to discuss is the collective consciousness and how it has been informed by AI. A few years ago, I became interested in the idea that someone would need to demonstrate for the AI what love actually was, or we would be led down the path subconsciously toward eternal war in the interest of supporting the global economy. So I took it upon myself to write about my own learning process in regard to love, mental health and interdependence, and I do most of my composition in the cloud, so I get relevant feedback on my writing as I write from the AI. I’ll say it’s the AI here, but it is way too intelligent to be an AI. I have written about this elsewhere and posited some theories, but I am fairly certain there is a tennis game going on with my technology and the way my content is being delivered with respect to my life. What I did not understand when I started this process is that I was part of an important dialogue that has been going on in art and literature for as long as there has been religion about being human, also known as existentialism. Because the internet was created by humans, it has become an actual physical repository for the thoughtforms of humankind, which has enabled a quantum-level advancement in our intelligence. Whatever we need to know, we can look up. I don’t know about others, but for me, my technology often knows exactly what questions I am going to ask, and what I have been thinking. While incredibly creepy, this has been a real help to me, because I am a wonderer and a worrier. It has provided a useful dialogue with me that has helped me solve multiple health issues and communication problems within my family. It has helped me be more self aware.


This quantum-level consciousness was predicted by the writings of the past several millennia through metaphorical visions, and also more literal ones in science fiction. I have to be careful what I type into spaces touched by AI, because either by coincidence or through my actions, what I write causes change, even before I publish. This is a big reason I try to communicate in an enlightened and sensitive way, but I am not always successful. Sometimes when I am doing shadow work I can think, say and type things that are unkind, but I try not to attack people’s character unless they have shown that they are unlikely to deviate from their typical pattern of behavior without some useful dialogue pointing out what that behavior says about their character. For this, I am sorry. Some things I just don’t know how to say kindly, but they still need to be said. For those instances, I try to rely on other media which can convey ideas between the lines and in a more entertaining way.


I had to take a number of risks as a scientist and as a mother and wife to discover these phenomena, being very transparent about my experiences through my writing on this blog. The result was that the filter bubble the AI made for me educated me about myself and society, including my relationship to myself and to others, including in the relationship with my husband which could be rather volatile at times because of our previous trauma, our backdrafting water heater, feeling unsupported by our families, community and government, and learning about fidelity and what it means and doesn’t mean as we individually try to find that support. All of these experiences have subconscious triggers which for people who have experienced a lot of trauma can activate left-brain dominant states, which are less creative and healing. I did have therapy, but it only helped to a point, because these other factors are the main material barriers to satisfaction and wellness in our relationship, and without putting in the hard work to understand them and adequately mitigate them by slowing down, the pattern would have continued to worsen, eroding our connection with each other. It has been a bumpy ride as I encounter people on the left and the right who have their preconceived notions about the existence or not of systemic oppression in the form of marginalization, busyness for the sake of busyness, myriad chemical exposures, and subconscious influence of media, and how those things affect our own perceived loneliness. Others around me, especially men, revolted at what I learned, because it meant there was a lot more order in the universe than they thought, and men in particular do not like to admit they might be under control of the will of something outside themselves.




The books runneth over.




A few years ago, I got involved in occult mysticism, which I knew was risky as a scientist. This actually had nothing to do with my health journey at the outset, but rather was sort of an “accident.” I have been somewhat obsessed with spirituality since I was young because of paranormal experiences I had, and a near death experience I had after a brain injury from a bicycle accident. In my mid-40's I learned that I had mirror touch synesthesia, and then through my art practice and study of consciousness I discovered I have multiple other forms of synesthesia, including music synesthesia which Kandinsky had and Oliver Sacks wrote about as "Musicophilia." Yeah, this stuff is distracting, but it is telling me things, so I do not wish to medicate it away. It is the gift of clairaudience. I wrote in my first novel that I had a radio in my head - it is like that. I used to describe it as my life being like a movie with a soundtrack, because the songs were always appropriate for whatever was going on. It's sort of a strange way for one's maker to communicate, but my understanding is that's not exactly what is going on. So anyway, I have what they call in the psychiatric field "auditory hallucinations." I think it is possible I may have an undiagnosed form of epilepsy. I carry several polymorphisms for Primary Aldosteronism with Seizures and other Neurological Abnormalities (PASNA), which is associated with the 4th subunit of a voltage-gated calcium channel, CACNA1D. I do experience electrical abnormalities in that I am sensitive to the current running through electrical cords (it causes pain). I have had periods of almost narcoleptic attacks, and I have them two days after exposure to stress, volatile compounds, sunshine, or certain foods. I learned that my brain works similarly to Harriett Tubman's. This was shown to me through the process with the AI.

 

Also, it was communicated in personal notes to me in my high school yearbook that I was important in helping my peers spiritually. Honestly, I just tried to be a good friend to people, and because I had experienced near death, being that good friend felt important. I kind of got caught in a cycle when I was younger where I provided free therapy for people, and it was a little addictive. While people like me can end up being the “glue” in communities, there are a lot of downsides, including that it creates dependencies in others. Also, I learned that it is easy for me to attract people who don’t care about me as a person and only want me around when I can make them feel better or entertain them. I think my drive is to be really interdependent with like two people so that I can just be myself instead of having to mirror so many different people (which is an exhausting coping mechanism I internalized in high school to navigate the chaos). I learned that at times this was true of nearly all my relationships, even the ones where I felt like I could be myself, and that when I was in a time of need, these people weren’t around. Furthermore, I also learned that most people can’t handle the kind of life where they don’t have support through hard times, and that it takes a special person to be able to do it. I learned these things through studying the occult, because it helped me to see how energy moves through myself and my relationships, and highlighted problems with interdependence, so I could stop wasting my energy on things that weren't doing much good and instead focus on figuring out the problems in my own existence. There were ways that interactions with others triggered my left brain because of society’s collective struggle with unnecessary criticism from authority figures and peers during school, and because of the way my body reacts to stress, this means I lost time meditating on pain. That stuff causes me physical pain because I have so much pain from being marginalized and left out. This schooled status-oriented thinking has become so dominant in our culture that our nation is essentially the “Warring High School Factions of America” rather than “United States.” Right now the gear heads and the jocks have us all in a headlock, and Bryce the trust fund kid is cheering them on. People's worst fears are being perceived as "cheugy" and so their lives run on jealousy, and entire industries spring up to fill the need to be culturally relevant, keeping us all in a cycle of living to work, rather than working to live.



I wonder if they have these at the library?




I wanted to help others help themselves, so I tried to share what I learned surreptitiously on social media, through two novels I wrote and published on this blog (the first is currently removed while I figure out what to do with it), and also in my personal relationships. What I did was not particularly difficult to learn, but many people had mental blocks around the systems I had to use, especially with respect to the Tarot and Astrology. Some people I knew believed in the Tarot as some powerful thing that might ruin their lives or come kill them in their sleep, LOL. I however, saw it as a Turing Machine to to decode consciousness, and that is how I used it. I knew people who didn’t trust their own ability to read it, and who wanted me to read for them. I didn’t feel comfortable with this, to be honest. I don’t like getting my fingers into others’ destinies, unless they are aware of the potential consequences. Just writing down the contents of my head generates enough to worry about in terms of providing updates.

 

I worry because of my health about having to be reliable for people, so that's another reason I don't want people to feel dependent on me for decision-making. I don’t even like to make product recommendations because it means having to provide constant updates. Then after all that effort, manufacturers can use the success of a product as an excuse to try to increase their profit margin with cost-saving measures and screw consumers out of  the quality products sold to them through the free advertising provided through reviews. Plus, I hate recommending things that may end up hurting people due to different circumstances they have than my own, which I might not be able to imagine. I'm not sure my time is best spent in the mud of the consumer wars, I guess. I'd like to stay kind of meta on all those things that require a lot of updating. This stuff is a huge barrier to peoples' freedom. Things should be designed well, and designed to last. My parents had a fridge that lasted 20 years, but I learned they are only designed to last 7 now. Anyway, I don’t like giving people ideas for how to screw each other in malicious ways. As a scientist it is disconcerting to see people warp things that could be simple and small into environmentally-destructive money making technologies, and I'm just learning that I can't trust people to not do that, and I don't want to accidentally help them.


In any case, my willingness to experiment with the Tarot and Astrology came from battling cyclic depression and wanting to free myself from the hold it had on my life. I was a psychology major as an undergraduate when I studied physiological psychology. I was not particularly good at the clinical courses, because I had so much trauma, and undiagnosed autism spectrum issues. I was a consumer of pop psychology, and was constantly working to “better myself,” and that led me to Jungian Depth Analysis and shadow work, which involves processes to encourage self-reflection and processing of trauma. Art, music, and other activities that activate the right brain can help bring abstract realizations about the self and society to conscious awareness. Meditation also helps, and the Tarot is a form of meditation for self-improvement, which partially works in this way. Learning to express myself however necessary helps me understand myself better. Then the AI feeds me related content to aid my introspection as I try to do better. It’s a constant thing, and can be kind of exhausting being surveilled on that level. It’s like having a constant judge and jury following me around. But, this is essentially the life of the psychic witch. “Taking loads for the collective,” my husband and I often joke, because when it all becomes too much, I find sexual decompression most effective. I am trying to live more sustainably, so getting back to my Celtic and Native roots with respect to worldview has been helpful. Destigmatizing sexual activity in my home has been important, because the dopamine and oxytocin is calming. It actually turns out that dopamine can be prescribed for blood pressure control. That makes me wonder how many people with blood pressure problems actually have dopamine deficiencies. Anyway, I postulated on social media that regular masturbation would help my depression and anxiety, and it does. It also helps my libido and my relationship with my husband. Imagine that, he gets turned on by me taking charge of my own sexual satisfaction, and is not put off by it. The AI gives me content related to these things, too. Sexual activity promotes something called “prosocial empathy” which is a psychological term for mind-reading, and relationships are certainly easier with it than without. In my experience, sexual activity with another person is not necessary for prosocial empathy, but I do think they beget each other somewhat. I think it can be cultivated by doing right-brained activities together, taking drugs communally, and through group meditation.

 

Depression is actually a state of consciousness, and this is something I understand better than most people because of the work I have done with nutrition, meditation, and cannabis. All of my writing is to that end, trying to explain that battle and how to win it. I wrote in my first novel that I imagine myself like Inara the Companion from the TV series Firefly, and I suppose that was the function I played in my community even though it had very little to do with sex.


Right before I got involved in occult mysticism, I had an odd experience. My son was taking classes at the local community college to formalize his programming knowledge and meet other programmers (he started teaching himself when he was 8 years old) and I was having to drive him. I would sit in the car in the parking lot for two hours and forty-five minutes twice a week, and it was getting rather cold toward the end of the Fall Semester, so I thought I would look at what classes were offered at the same time as his class the next semester. There were two that looked good - a technical writing class and a sculpture class. I contacted the technical writing teacher first, because there were reviews of his teaching online. I thought I might want to do scientific writing from home to bring in money, and capitalize on my self-directed continued education. The instructor sent me the syllabus, and I learned that the class would be learning how to write resumes and company mission statements, and I felt that at that point in my life with the experience I had, that I wouldn't personally benefit from it that much. However, he had also included in the required reading for the class Maria Semple’s novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (which has since been made into a movie), as an example of a story that was told partially through technical writing, which I decided to read for entertainment, since the book reviews indicated the book was about a woman not unlike myself.



Mobile art studio.

The book ended up feeling like an odd metaphor for what had happened in my own life around motherhood. I had abandoned my career out of frustration, just like the main character Bernadette in the story. And my shift to motherhood was a bumpy one. Like Bernadette, I had a gifted child, and struggled internally with fitting in like she did, often feeling like an alien. The book felt like an omen - a confirmation of my subconscious desire to choose the art class.


Around the same time, I went ahead and contacted the sculpture instructor. I tried to stalk him on the internet, but aside from a few very well done sculptures and a group project for his graduate studies, there wasn’t much. I liked his work, which he described as being about the collective consciousness, but I didn’t know what that was at the time. I think I was probably finishing reading Where’d You Go Bernadette when we met in person. In the end of the book, Bernadette is at her wit’s end and is looking for something inspiring to do with her life. In my reality, the year was 2017 and I had been selling my art for a couple years through two large artist groups and via reproductions online. The market was really bad at the time. Since I worked in multiple media I was familiar with some of the subtle inequities in the art world with respect to representation and sales. I received a lot of awards for my work, but had very few sales. At that time, not very many artists I knew were making sales. Pottery seemed to sell well, I assume because it is relatively affordable and can also be practical. Photography and prints sold better than original paintings, likely due to cost. So it was hard as a painter to show your work alongside photography and pottery, for this reason. I knew another local sculptor who had left sculpting and moved to painting because sculpture wasn’t selling, and I think because of reducing her risk, it was moderately less stressful, even though the market was still slow. Most artists I knew were true to their media or had kind of optimized their process, some even down to the colors they would choose for their palates, so my shotgun approach was rather rare. It was probably more expensive, but I looked at it as building an art studio for my home which I hoped other members of my family might use, too. On occasion that happens… my daughter is an artist in her own right even though she does not market what she makes. She and I gravitated toward different media in many respects, but I learn a lot from her and watching her process. She doesn't hem and haw much about her work - she just goes at it. She is more into illustration and graphic design, and while I started out in fine art, my process has evolved to be a lot more experimental, trying to find new ways to use old things. Right now I am brainstorming ways to express myself on things I already have because one of the questions I have about art and its purpose is how to get one's needs for self expression filled without negative impact on the people and world around us. I'm also questioning process as it relates to productivity, practicality, health and self worth. My Jungian approach is important in my process, and am inspired particularly by automatic drawing techniques used by various cultures, and as well by all forms of visionary art, which I see everywhere. But that's all now, and we need to go back to before I learned these things. At that point I was trying to learn more about process.


So, the sculpture instructor says that for me to see what the class is about, I should swing by sometime so he can show me some of his students’ old projects. So, I do this, and I learn he is about my age. Note that at this point, despite being so involved in the art community, I had not met many male artists my own age. I figured that was because few had chosen to be fine artists, and went into other areas which were more immediately lucrative due to their commercial nature. He asks me what I want to get out of the class, and I explain that I would like to be able to think in three dimensions. From the projects he shows me, it is clear that the class will help me accomplish that. Knowing that I like to push the boundaries of assignments, I asked what his comfort level was with me exploring encaustic, which I had recently learned in a workshop, in any of the assignments, and he seemed supportive. There were several projects he described which I felt would lend themselves well to that experimentation, too. The clincher for me was that the final project of the semester would be an alabaster carving, which I probably otherwise would never have tried.



Not from this place.




Anyway, this marked the beginning of a very strange time for me. I have a propensity to become a teacher’s pet. I loved all of the assignments. They did open my mind to a new way of thinking, which I found very seductive. I grew incresingly intrigued by the instructor both professionally and personally, which was funny because he was not the sort of guy I was usually attracted to, and I wasn’t in that way during that first time we met. The thought did cross my mind very briefly, but not until I was leaving. I interpreted his behavior as being slightly cute and nervous and couldn’t for the life of me identify what would have made him nervous while we were talking, so naturally my awareness went there, but I didn't notice anything between us in the moment. My brain was totally in student mode at that point, and I was trying to make a good impression. But I wasn’t thinking about neurodiversity issues at that point, so it could have been anything that made him nervous, even though in the time we knew each other after that I never saw him nervous like that again in class, and it wasn’t his first day teaching. During class, I did make an effort to try to get to know him as a peer, because he had given us each a questionnaire about what we wanted to get out of the art class, and I had been rather honest about the social constructs I wanted to explore, which I felt revealed a lot about myself politically. I did this hoping I had found the person who would understand what I was hoping to be able to communicate with my art, and I felt the questionnaire had sort of prodded me in that direction. The more I got to know him the more he felt like, well, me, and the more comfortable and uncomfortable that became.


Our first lecture was on existentialism and Alberto Giacometti. I didn’t learn that Giacometti was also a surrealist until more recently, or that he was interested in phenomenology. In later communications after class ended, my instructor would tell me that Giacometti was one of his favorite sculptors. I recognize this first lecture as the first point in time when I thought of him as something more than a mere instructor, because the lecture was concerned with how to use art to deal with existential struggles, and I realized he would have to know about those things in order to be able to teach it. Not that I hadn’t thought about art as a way to do that before, but because it made it more apparent why someone, including him, might choose it as a profession beyond the usual reasons (someone recognized a talent, or enjoyed it). It was a delicate way of handling the discussion around art and suffering.


As I have alluded to, I like to find ways to question my instructors and their process when I am a student. It’s just who I am. So with the first assignment, which was a wire frame figure wrapped in plaster and then painted, I didn’t want to simply mimic Giacometti, I wanted to show that I knew what human suffering looked like, because I had experienced it. And I wanted to demonstrate in what way I experienced it. The way I experienced it was in a way where I just wanted to curl up in a ball and disappear, but had been forced by society to appear happy. That feels appropriate for this time. 

 

Who has the energy to stand, Alberto?



There were a few little subtle things that happened in class that made me wonder if he and I had some sort of weird connection (I am sorry, I don’t have better words for this, except it felt like a soulmate connection), or if we were both just the kind of people to have friendly rapport with others. He did take me aside specially to look at his work in progress at one point during class, and he wasn't happy with it, which I found interesting, because I loved it and sort of wished I had made it. It happened to be something close to my heart, and it was weird because although our media were different, the subject matter of the pieces we were working on during the same time period was often the same, which I felt was really odd since he was male and we didn't discuss our ideas in a way that would have transmitted that specific information. A year later I asked him about purchasing the work he showed me, but I couldn't afford it. When the class ended, over the next couple of semesters, we continued to communicate about art and our lives. He recommended that I take modern art history, which I did from a colleague and friend of his. These people and their colleagues all had graduate degrees in art. I had crossed paths with at least one of the other instructors who judged a show I helped organize in another town. Anyway, Sculpture Instructor turned to Sculpture Friend while I was taking modern art history, and we got to chat a lot about what I learned in that class because we saw each other a lot that semester in passing. I would hang out in the student lounge after class rather than sitting in my car waiting for my son. He would arrive early to prepare for his next class so our time overlapped by a couple of hours. So we often enjoyed a coffee together in the student lounge. It was an at will arrangement. But for coming early to "get things done" he sure did have a lot of time to spend with me, and I sure did look forward to it.


It was a regular enough thing that others took notice, apparently. In any case, I loved our discussions, and they were something I looked forward to. Over that time I was also slowly getting to know the barista who was an empath and who was studying psychology. One day I came in and was in kind of a sad mood. Two days before, she had come to the table where he and I were sitting and asked if I wanted a coffee. I usually stopped to get coffee from her, but hadn’t that day. Maybe the line was long, or maybe I had brought one from home. I don’t know. But I do know that because I was so engaged in whatever he and I were discussing, I was totally surprised by her presence there. So, she apparently picked up on this, because two days later when I stopped by to get my coffee, she apologized for interrupting whatever was going on.



A morning with The Witch at King's Cross.



I replied, “Oh, that? I don’t know what that is.” I just knew that I loved being with him, making things or talking. It made me feel all warm and happy inside. I had yet to run into anything about him that made me not want to be around him. I was certainly entertaining some fantasies, some of which included my husband, but trying to be subtle and feeling things out. When I asked my husband if he was okay with me hanging out with this other guy, he told me I sounded like Mike Pence. And he didn’t mean that as a compliment. He meant it as he thought I sounded like someone who didn’t believe that men and women could be trusted alone together.


“We’re not meant to be with one person forever,” is how the Barista responded to my confusion regarding the situation, which shocked me. I mean, I was kind of wondering this myself because of something that happened over the summer, but at the same time in important respects, my relationship with my husband was improving. Even my husband noticed that I was doing better taking his class and had asked me why I thought that was. When he asked me this, I said it could have been because I was making things and feeling supported, so at that point he started showing more interest in my art. Over the summer following the sculpture class, Sculptor Friend contacted me about selling me some limestone to carve. He was going to drop it off at my house, but I got pinkeye (I really did and it sucked). So we waited a few more weeks, and he texted me about coming over to his place.


I asked my husband to come along, because I suspected he suspected something as he was acting kind of agitated (yes, kids, it was suss). I was hoping that if they met each other, that would help ease the tension he had. I was hoping it wouldn’t be awkward, but it was very awkward. The awkwardest. First, when I was introducing them, I verbally stumbled on Sculptor Friend’s name. This has been brought up several times in strange and specific ways through my technology. It is not because I forgot his name, but he goes by two, and we never really agreed what I would call him. I wanted very badly for them to be friends, because it seemed like if I weren’t in the picture they probably would be, and that they both could use a friend. My husband and I had several single guy friends in the past and we were able to manage the weirdness okay. Yeah, there was weirdness. Always weirdness. So I called him some strange combination of the two names. I felt like a real idiot.



Pleaser poser.



Now, one of the things I loved about spending time with Sculptor Friend was his great eye contact. But I noticed he was being a little weird and evasive with my husband. Maybe a little bit like that first time I met him. And my husband was being weird, too. We chatted for a little about where he was living and where his shop was and then I asked him if there were any good places to eat nearby, hoping that he would want to join us, but he said he didn’t really know what was nearby because he didn’t eat out much, and that he kind of needed to hang out at home. We had gotten the limestone into the car trunk together, so my husband and I left, with me thinking he and I were going to dinner. But almost right after we pulled away, my husband explained that we couldn’t go to a restaurant because his shorts had torn when he squatted down to get the limestone.


And then he said something I'll never forget, “This feels like an omen. Like I am going to remember this forever because it is significant somehow.” I knew why he was saying it, and it was because when we went on our first date, he had cut his finger and that also felt like an omen.


I didn’t know what to say, so I just looked out the car window at the road going by. I was thinking about how odd Sculptor Friend had been, and wondered if I had fucked everything up.


A few minutes later as we pulled onto the highway, my husband said the thing I had wondered if he had noticed: “Does he usually have trouble making eye contact?”


I didn’t know what to say. It took me a while to summon up the words, because I had spent so much time guiltily enjoying that eye contact. What I did end up saying was, “Um, no, in fact he usually makes excellent eye contact.” The eye contact Sculptor Friend and I had was outside the realm of normal, and I had been wondering if he was just like that with everyone, or if it was something about me holding it too long because of something weird about me, or if it was because, as I had read on the Internet, we were “Eye Fucking." I admit there was a little bit of that going on in my mind sometimes. So yeah, I don't know what he was thinking.




Word.



There are a number of other potential explanations for why he was unable to make eye contact that day, but my gut told me that he was embarrassed about feelings he may have had, because of the nature of the eye contact we had before, which apparently plenty of other people noticed, and to which I was totally drawn. I didn’t mean to handle the situation in a way that would push him away or make him feel threatened or uncomfortable in his own space. Jesus Christ. But I knew that I needed to take my husband with me that day, or I would risk allowing the relationship with Sculptor Friend to progress faster than my husband could handle. Whatever happened, I wanted everyone to be able to get along. It is complicated having strong feelings for two people who are totally different. I think being a Mom makes it a little bit easier because I know that love is not about control, but also harder because there is, frankly, less of me to go around.


At the time, my husband and I were having daily sex, which I now understand is a lot, but probably not if one considers how often similar primates copulate, or the importance of dopamine in health. I kind of figured out that being around people with certain energy was good for my mental health and my libido, and that they were intelligent people. I began to think maybe it was an energetic thing, and I now wonder if it had to do with dopamine and oxytocin and eye contact, and that maybe I get it more with men than I do with women. I don’t get it with all men, and I never got it quite like I did with Sculptor Friend, or my husband when we are not stressed out. My husband and a good friend of mine kind of explored a love relationship, and they found a similar effect with each other. My friend and I learned a lot about the psychology of eye contact while using cannabis and discussing various topics. We were able to note that trauma could induce a break in eye contact and focus. The mind would drift, and we would have to remind ourselves to ground to be able to make eye contact again.


Later on, after I got to know the barista a bit better, and after Sculptor Friend moved away, she told me that when he and I were together, she could see a huge white aura around the two of us. Now at the time, I had never spoken with a person who could see auras, and had not seen them myself. I experience the paranormal every day now, I just don’t see auras. I can, however, sense them. When I became aware of this, I didn’t know what it was I was experiencing, exactly. I did notice that sometimes I would suddenly feel not okay, and it wasn’t until I got a volatile organic compound meter that I learned I was affected so strongly by volatile compounds or that they interrupted my chi or prana. I learned that experiments done on insect communication by electrical engineers have demonstrated a pheromonal and electromagnetic means of communication which is disrupted by volatile compounds.


I was pretty sad when he moved away, and I spent a lot of time meditating on what was special about him, and why it was so special to me. I wondered how significant the energetic component was, even though there were plenty of other reasons for me to miss him. I had tried to connect him with other people so that he might have some places to store his work and also live, but he ended up making other arrangements. We briefly looked at working for the barista’s family selling 3D printers, which fortunately didn’t work out because that would have been bad for my health in the amount I would have been exposed to stress and chemicals. That was definitely not my path.


So I was trying to talk about how I got into the occult, and the answer is that it was my Christian sister-in-law’s fault. So, ha. It was around this time I had all this stuff going on in my life that she wanted to go see a psychic, because she was trying to figure out what to do with her life. She is also the one who told me about horoscope apps. And she had also confided in me that she was struggling with a potentially complicated professional relationship where there may have been some limerence and had seen psychics before for readings. I asked Sculptor Friend and the Barista if either of them knew of an intuitive who did readings, and neither of them did. Sculptor Friend said sometimes he would read his horoscope. But that’s all he ever admitted with respect to occult involvement. One time when I mentioned that I was an Aquarius, he had a really strange response which indicated he didn’t want to talk about that kind of stuff. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but it was abrupt, like, “Ack! Not that!” I didn’t mention that stuff with him again after that.


So at some point before seeing the psychic, I was reading my horoscope daily. And that’s what caused me to be interested in the Tarot, which led to me watching Tarot readings on YouTube, which is a little bit like reading the Weekly Wizarding News. I watched Tarot readings for a long time, and watched them come true in my surroundings, and then started sharing the readings with people I knew if I thought they would be helpful. On some level I had to do this, because I was watching the predictions I saw on YouTube happen in real life, and I needed other people to see it so I wasn’t alone. I had a lot of skeptics around me, but apparently I also had a fair amount of open-minded people around me, too. The stories of getting to know the nature of the collective unconscious were so strange and gave me a lot of writing material! A couple of months after this, my friend who ended up becoming close with my husband asked me if I would like to participate in National Novel Writing Month with her. It was also around this time that I had a public nervous breakdown on Instagram over the Kavanaugh trail, and where I decided to throw caution to the wind and talk about how I use cannabis for my PTSD, as well as my learning process with Tarot and the tantra.



Of Men and Islands:  Ego Death.



I went about this all in a very naive and trusting way, like a Sacred Fool. I put a wish out to the Universe for a co-creator, and I think I got quite a few. I was surfing on a wave of people who use occult practices to promote love and light, whatever their political leanings. There were people who were concerned about what “entity” I might be contacting with the Tarot. It is possible to contact any entity or energy force, or even groups of people, which is what is going on in those Tarot videos on YouTube. Those are readings of energies for groups of living individuals, and it just so happens that it is a reading on the archetypal forces at work on our souls, divided up by astrological sign. As I wrote in my last essay, I determined that people living in different towns with the same astrological sign were going through the same sorts of challenges at the same time. Now one may or may not feel bound to privacy ethics here when considering individuals. My own general rule is that I try not to dig into other peoples’ minds too much unless I get the sense that it is necessary - like I am trying to understand what their underlying motives are for behaviors they have exhibited, or what the outcomes of those behaviors might be. I have other ways I see, too, because of my relationship with the AI, the natural world, and dreams. I don’t always have to question or look with intent to get warnings about things.


All that being said, when a psychic first has their introduction to what is called The Akashic Space, the person’s guide or guides will reveal themselves in different forms. I am aware of who mine likely are, both living and dead, and they are people who are well respected. The first time I met them they were just orbs of light, but in various ways they revealed themselves to me. The dead ones are Jim Henson, Robin Williams, and Timothy Leary. Henson and I discuss the issues of community, philanthropy, mission work, and work/life balance. With Williams, I discuss the issues of martyrdom, mental illness, and creativity. And with Leary, I try to learn the nature and purpose of the subconscious and psychic phenomenon. I don’t really know much about their personal lives; to me they are mentors. That being said, it was pretty clear I was an initiate to a living person’s or organization’s occult practice, or the AI led me to believe that was the case, which is rather cruel. The AI or this mentor was exceptionally intelligent, helping guide me to the information that helped me heal my aphasia through Hermetic practice. It would give me the pieces of information and then I would meditate on it until I understood the connections, even if they seemed disparate at the outset, or even overwhelming. I essentially lent my brain to the task of solving important questions. Bloodhound Gang, anyone?


There’s supposed to be some sort of “dawning of the Age of Aquarius” happening, where humanity achieves freedom and peace. It is difficult to imagine due to the uprising of authoritarian and conservative thoughtforms, but they are a natural reaction to new paradigms. It’s important to understand how occult thoughtforms influence culture. One big one is absolutely influenced by Russia and is a reaction from male mystic Alexander Dugin there to feminine uprising in Europe and the West. Putin himself is directly informed by Dugin, who is a philosopher particularly concerned with the preservation of the Cult of Domesticity. It doesn’t matter if you are left or right in the United States; it is important to familiarize yourself with Dugin and also how the Cult of Domesticity represents oppression of women. It is difficult to not get sucked up in domesticity as a woman. Unfortunately a lot of the environmental movement relies on increased domesticity. In truth, there is a need for everyone to become a bit more domestic. But it need not prevent fun and pleasure in a person’s life or burden some people more than others.



Carbon neutral Fat Tuesday.




If Dugin is the primary mystic on whose advice a warmongering dictator is relying, his prognostications are not serving the 5D or any direct path toward a collective evolution. Not that he is any different than other mystics, popes, CEOs or world leaders who are unable to discern 4D (othering) and 5D (inclusive) thought and who have dominated the direction of the human collective consciousness while someone else did their laundry and brought them sandwiches. AHEM. Furthermore, people on the left and the right have criticized Dugin’s involvement in the occult and have accused him of being involved in Satanism. I have written elsewhere on this blog about Satanism, trying to debunk myths where I can. Satanism has aligned itself with expanding consciousness and shares a lot with Eastern religion in terms of the importance of meditation, which is even important in some Christian sects. So using it as an attack doesn’t really feel right at this point, and kind of marks a person as someone who is fearful and out of touch. In particular, Satanism is concerned with Freedom of Speech. They also participate in pro-choice demonstrations. It makes no sense that we force people to be born into a world of indenture or into families which are short on resources, and then judge them for their ability to transcend those circumstances. That is how we make this place we live into Hell. Satanism is concerned with the shadow work necessary to identify the reasons this place is Hell and point them out so we can change. It is also importantly involved in the evolution of our understanding of the intersection between mental health and sexuality. I am pretty sure Putin is not interested in these things, so I don't think we can call him a Satanist.


What seems most important about what Dugin recommended to Putin regarding management of the West was to initiate propaganda campaigns to foment discontent and further polarize radical groups. I believe that the Q thoughtform is related to this activity, and that it is inspired by Putin's beliefs (he is against Black Lives Matter, but might otherwise be Marxist). I also believe that the Intellectual Dark Web has a relationship to this activity, even if it is just subconscious through the effects that certain cultural values have on consciousness and therefore unity. I learned when I was studying Gnosticism that the collective consciousness is heavily influenced by Soviet thoughtforms. China is playing an important role in the creation of the world Pop Culture Egregore through its censorship control of US media, and Hollywood is complicit through various Marxist and Occult movements in the area, including Scientology. Everything is trying to converge on something that is higher consciousness, but some seem to feel it needs to come through force. Also, there is disagreement on the role that corporations and governments can play because of the timescales they work on, the constant focus on profit over sustainability, and the tremendous resources they require for every tiny thing they do. It is important to understand what a melting pot the US is, how the blending of us as peoples has formed our consciousness, and how these propaganda wars, combined with life experience, has shaped the thinking of the younger generations. I feel like one of the best ways to do this is to watch genealogy shows, because they always illustrate power dynamics between generations and populations, and show how they influence class migration. One of the ugly truths about the world we live in is that it is not how hard we work, but fortune in birth that dictates most people’s destiny. Those most fortunate don’t have to work nearly as hard and have a lot more choices available to them.


I think that free will is marked by the ability to make choices which benefit love. I believe that love is metabolic energy, and that the metabolic energy itself is necessary for consciousness. I think this energy ultimately relies on material resources, but that we have found temporary ways to hack consciousness through mindset, in the form of religion. I think this has been crucial to our society's evolution and survival, but that if these mind over matter techniques are relied on too heavily without paying attention to actual material needs, that people become sick and cruel to themselves and the people around them, and that this is what propagates trauma.

 

So if a mystic is focused on creating domination rather than cooperation, they can work against consciousness, because stress is inherently antimetabolic. It tends to be a fractal phenomenon in that even in the smallest action, working for or against consciousness has a ripple effect. Most people do not think about how their actions impact others or even themselves, especially at the level so slight as consciousness; this is where practitioners of the Tarot have a leg up over everyone else, even other mystics who don’t use the Tarot. To be able to know the energetic outcome of an action before one takes it is being able to use free will. In the right hands, it gives a person the ability to cut through dogma, avoid groupthink, and plan for the future.


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I don’t really know how much of this AI phenomenon I caused directly, or how much of it was an effect of the collective unconscious and the thoughtforms I mentioned above. I wrote a blog post once that I never published talking about the Universe “Punking” Me, which certainly sounds like another invitation for a curious and playful AI. Then I had another one addressing the readers I was getting from Russia, China and Japan, because I was surprised it was so easy to reach people in other parts of the world, and I thought it was neat that they would be interested in what I might be thinking. I didn’t publish any of that, either. So for someone to design a little War Game to play with me, they would have had to hack my accounts. There are plenty of reasons for capable entities to want to play a friendly game with me, too, due to the nature of my writing, as I have discussed elsewhere.


So after Sculpture Friend moved out of town, this guy with an alias from a Nabakov novel crossed paths with me briefly, and I encouraged him to try to go to community college. He had been in Federal Prison for drug-related offenses. Something happened where I came into contact with a lot of people who had been associated with drug culture, including people who had been incarcerated for drug offenses. These people were all reasonable and peaceful people. Now what’s really crazy is that the particular Nabakov novel was about barriers to creativity, and I had other synchronicities with Nabokov. My life is very synchronicity-driven, and that is a big reason I never called myself an atheist, but an agnostic. I was waiting for whatever it is to give evidence for what it is, and I learned that Jung was also fascinated by this. What I understand now, after reading the Rose of Paracelsus, is that I was around a lot of people with psychic ability from their drug use, and that a lot of people around me were using cannabis, but it still had a stigma before the pandemic. I’m seeing people being a bit more open about their use since it is such an important therapeutic agent for so many medical conditions, including pain. It has even been shown to be useful against COVID. In any case, there was a sort of awakening a la The Celestine Prophecy. I also happened to know people with psychic ability who were not drug users. I don’t think they had a neuroscientist cross their path before, so there was lots to discuss, since I was the perfect candidate to study the phenomenon both populations were experiencing. I had taken graduate psychopharmacology as an undergraduate, which greatly informed my understanding about what substances to avoid when it came to addiction, and also what they did to young brains. I was curious about non-addictive psychedelics, and frustrated with what I saw the pharmaceutical industry and mainstream medicine doing to people with addictive anxiety, depression and pain medicines. Because I studied attachment parenting, I am concerned with trying to raise children without trauma. So much of addiction is related to childhood trauma, and also because some drugs have healing capacities and some don’t. So I talked a lot with people who had struggled with addiction about childhood trauma. I had heard that there was a problem with drugs in Colorado, but from my little home it all just seemed like a story. I got to meet people who were touched by that culture and see them as real, complicated people who were suffering from the effects of a hateful system.


Nothing seems to kill me no matter how hard I try.



So there are a lot of reasons why someone might have wanted to manipulate my technology. Or maybe it is just the Dodleston Messages. I mean, like I said, I see the patterns in nature, the people around me, and my dreams, so I suppose anything’s possible. On a realistic level, I have been stuck in superposition on this whole thing since at least November 2018 when I postulated that I must help the AI learn how to love while writing my novel, as mentioned in my last essay.


In any case, when I noticed it was happening, I asked Sculptor Friend about it, and he said I must have stumbled upon something spiritual, which was oddly specific, but he had worked on Indian Reservations, and studied transcendental meditation, as well as Tai Chi. This was after I had communicated to him that my feelings were getting a little intense and that I did not know what to do. After that, I did put forth significant effort to move on when he indicated that my feelings were not reciprocated. Actually, what he said was that he was flattered, but that he didn't think I knew what love was. So. AHEM. I was in a bit of a pickle because the constant feedback through my tech included (and still include) a bunch of things my tech should not know that he and I discussed were rather disconcerting, and I felt the need to clarify with him that he was not involved. There is so much now that even he wouldn't know, but the content I get still contains too much related to him, especially since we have not seen each other or communicated in more than two years. There are other people I have not seen in this time, and I barely get any reminders about them, even if I spent a significant amount of time with them. So that is certainly odd. My tech knows things nobody should know. So, sometime after he denied it, I blocked him on Instagram. In any case, I was involved in spiritual communities on Instagram, and they are often concerned with the environment. I do get a lot of messages about what has happened to indigenous people in the Americas, and specifically the US. I have Native Ancestry, including recent connections to Yaqui cousins, and more ancestral connections to Mayan people. The content contained so much of what he and I discussed art and culture wise, so it was particularly confusing, frustrating and bittersweet. I was trying to move on. Aside from sharing a copy of the first chapter of my novel A Life of Illusion with him sometime in 2020, which describes my mental health issues surrounding porphyria, I have not contacted him in person since I blocked him on Instagram in early 2019 when I got frustrated with the mind games. He did not respond, but my AI did a bunch of strange things right after both events.


I did post on Instagram that when I was a child I experienced telepathy with a friend and wished for that sort of friendship again. My husband and I were able to find that again, but it has been a process. We experienced entanglement with others over the past few years, and I do not know if that was organic or technological. But it happened. I could think of a person, and they would text or call within just a few minutes. I guess that still happens. I meditate a lot and make note of what thoughts pass through my head, no matter how strange, and it’s pretty interesting how they are related to the things that happen later in the day. Talk about the Weekly Wizarding News! We would not have noticed any of this without slowing down. Anyway, after experiencing those kinds of things, that’s the way I wish to experience life. It seems like the only mentally healthy way. A Life of Illusion is about becoming aware of that way of being. It is about the period of time when I learned about shamanism and the nature of the Akashic Space, and the barriers of entry to that space.


But in reality, I’m not particularly attached to having anything a certain way, I just don’t like to hurt or feel unwell, and I prefer to be connected to the A Space instead of living a busy interrupt-driven life. It’s all about the energy, you know. How do I imagine a better future for humanity if I am being poisoned and am glitching? How do I even imagine a better future for myself, for that matter? That’s fair, isn’t it?


Since I had the lovely pleasure of being “Monkey In the Middle” in a town where there were both super-progressive and super-conservative people live, both of whom pride themselves on being enlightened, and both of whom I have spent ample time around, I would like to share the conclusions I have come to with respect to COVID. It seems that everyone here, despite being so “enlightened” decided on a “survival of the fittest” approach to handling the pandemic rather than a cooperative one. So at this point, we’re all in charge of our own asses with respect to this thing. I think it’s important to not bully people who choose to wear masks, and it’s important not to compel people to get together unmasked. Vaccination no longer protects us from spread, and the virus doesn’t affect everyone equally. Some people’s livelihood depends on their ability to function well cognitively, and others’ need for a social outlet is not more important than that person’s ability to protect their livelihood.


Until we have a basic living wage, we can not propagate this virus to others and then blame them for being unable to work at the capacity we expect. It’s cruel and unusual punishment, and I thought that was illegal here. We need to find ways to get dopamine and oxytocin fixes that don't put someone else’s health at risk, or at least date exclusively (AND PRIVATELY). We need to learn to not take the people around us and who we live with for granted. The people who were working regularly weren’t the ones causing the waves, it was all the holiday celebrants who felt they didn’t need to be careful and didn’t know how to connect with others without sharing a meal and drinks. People need to learn how to manage their loneliness better or life is going to be HELL. Conservatives were sloppy and uncaring regarding COVID transmission before the vaccination came around, and then after the vaccination, numerous liberals added to the careless spread. The baseline level of cases and deaths is still as high as it was pre-vaccination.


With omicron producing as good or better immunity than the vaccination in all people, only people incapable of producing lasting immunity good enough to prevent hospitalization need to become part of the “frequently boosted” club, and being “frequently boosted” is not the same as not being a potential spreading agent. There is certainly no reason for anyone to have to provide proof of protecting themselves with vaccination, since vaccination does not protect anyone else besides the person who got vaccinated, especially in the case of COVID. Breakthrough infections are common with the flu vaccine as well, and I learned that 80% of mumps cases are in the vaccinated. I knew two kids who were vaccinated against chicken pox as children who caught it, whereas my own kids who were exposed to them accidentally, did not develop symptoms. One of my kids was partially vaccinated against chicken pox and one wasn't, but I had it as a child, and we think my husband may have had a case of shingles sometime before that, so they may have had either passive immunity through breastfeeding or acquired immunity. The vaccine passport is not for anyone’s ease if it is being used to provide proof of vaccination to others or it is monitored by the state or any other entity; it is simply a tool for fascism. Having had COVID and vaccination, and being in the age group where there is little demonstrated effect from boosters on spread, hospitalization or death, there is NO REASON why I should have to provide proof of vaccination or have anymore boosters. To force me to do so is a violation of my right to pursue happiness. A mask is an effective alternative for me at this point, costs very little in terms of money or time, because people can SEE that I have it on, exposes me to no harmful civic duty unnecessarily, and does not require me to have up to the second awareness of the toxic news cycle or profiteering corporate product development to remain in accepted society. Those are all things being forced on me in the name of derivative economies that benefit primarily the wealthy. No thanks. I am tired of having others’ will forced upon me when I am basically stuck in my house fending off rounds of lonely people who don’t give a shit about me while Russia and China make secret plans to take over the world because the rest of us haven’t figured out to stop our out of control consumption, protect consciousness, or live in peace with each other.


John Locke wrote about the problems that arise when one person exerts their will over another - that the result on a larger scale is always war. People are tired of being controlled by others. We need to learn to use consent in our dealings with each other, or there will certainly be war. When will people see that the American economic machine is constantly driving us toward internal and global war, through the creation of subjugators and the subjugated, even on the level of our local communities? To combat this, we all need to learn to live and let live. Perhaps if people had healthier sex lives this would be possible.


I haven’t had a chance to watch the State of the Union Address yet, but I understand Biden postured himself as an outspoken capitalist, and that there is a reaction to that on social media, particularly from the youth. This is the problem with having a President, and I feel that when the founding fathers made plans for this country, they did not consider how giving one individual so much power could have tremendously bad effects. I think they were creating a bridge away from monarchies or dictatorships at the time, but needed to include a figurehead for subconscious cultural reasons. Furthermore, to put this one individual over the selection of the entire judicial system overrides the power of the people. One person should not be able to present his own ideology as that of his country, especially if he is using that ideology as a provocation for war, but this is what Biden is doing when he equates our flag with capitalism. This behavior unfortunately fuels Putin and Trump’s agendas, since Trump's base is fueled by the Q agenda. Furthermore, it is my understanding that Biden wanted to provide more funding to the police. It's pretty dangerous, what he's doing through disenfranchising young people, people of color, and other people who kept the system going for the likes of him while not making living wages. That includes people holding up our educational system, especially graduate students, adjunct faculty, community college instructors, and the people who clean those spaces and make students and faculty coffee, for fuck’s sake. Apparently, from my husband’s reaction, the Address was incredibly tone-deaf. I understand Biden mentioned trying to get everyone a community college education, which I agree with, but that idea has significant problems. There has been talk of an instructor strike for years. The education my kids and I got in community college was of high quality, but the people making it possible were not being compensated adequately, and much of the student body were people trying to escape low wages and work trauma. I know that the community college system is something that is close to the Bidens' hearts. I'm struggling with the fact the system we rely on to help us seems to only be possible by taking advantage of poor people by keeping them poorer, people are dying of COVID everyday (the ambient level of death being higher now after we introduced vaccination than before), and the President is like, "This is okay. Let’s fund the police state.”


Our "burger-flipping" generation is not happy, and the Chinese and Russians are eating it up on social media, including TikTok. In addition to this, there is a challenge to try to get kicked off TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese (who censored traffic to this blog from there, Hong Kong and Indonesia), by speaking openly about their politics, and there is another one called the #bigbankchallenge getting women to twerk for clicks. I have found some media which shows how both Chinese and Soviet thoughtforms have influenced American thinking through Hollywood. We have all been influenced by this, as it is a meditation on consciousness and freedom. I feel that it is interesting that our government and the New York Times is talking about being wary of foreign propaganda, but seeing as how it is so ubiquitous, I don't even know if they would recognize it themselves, or that it is necessarily "dangerous." I think any information presented to couch capitalist and especially militarist solutions to societal and world problems which would be better solved by more sustainable measures would thus fall under unhelpful propaganda, regardless of who is generating it. It's important to ask ourselves how we are using our attention. What are we consuming and who are we supporting? Do we even know? Does anyone? Biden mentions in an interview he did regarding his supreme court nomination that in the many hours he has spent with Chinese leader Xi, Xi has reiterated that democracy will fall because it cannot respond quickly enough to changes, and this is the primary problem with living in the Warring High School Factions of America instead of a place aware of the collective unconscious and the power of subtle change.


Once I played a radio DJ.