Busting Loose from the Illusion

For a year now, I have followed the published reports of Clif High, George Ure and the Asymmetrical Language Trend Analysis, abbreviated as ALTA. It has been an interesting hobby.

As I move on with my life this month, especially after August 7th, I would like to comment on their endeavor to use the digital crystal ball to warn themselves of impending doom. And take steps to survive the doom.

As I understand ALTA, Clif High uses some mega processors to spider the web looking for changes in language in all accessible publications. Certain words and phrases get picked up as significators of change. His web, Half Past Human, site has a good explanation of his work,

He sifts his data and assembles a report. The first one I got was about a year ago.

That report struck me as good news for an odd reason. The forecast of planetary revolution against The Powers That Be, [the PTB’s] implies enormous social disruption.

As disturbing as that would be, it seemed better than the US going to war against China in World War III.

Now, you may ask, what kind of desperate choice is that? I see it as the necessary choice implied by The Fourth Turning.

That book, by Strauss and Howe, two historians, lays out a theory of modern history. They see a repeating cycle of about 80 years. It goes through four turnings. We are now well into the fourth turning, according to them.

The fourth turning is marked by severe monetary depression, followed by total war. The winner gets to start out the next cycle with a mostly intact culture.

When I read the book, the thought crossed my mind, “Why can’t we have a revolution this time and turn the whole process upside down?”

It didn’t seem likely during my reading of The Fourth Turning, but the first ALTA report said revolution is in the picture. It said the PTB’s were going down and their minions would run and scream like little girls.

Further reports were more of the same, with some subjects being dropped, some high lighted, and some new developments revealed.

After a year of gnawing this bone of worry, I’m contemplating a new attitude. The new stance on what the world is like comes out of a recent exposure to Robert Scheinfeld’s work in the “Busting Loose” arena.

I’ve followed his thought for some time, starting with The Invisible Path to Success. I followed up with The Eleventh Element, and Busting Loose from the Money Game.

The thrust of his teaching started in self-improvement. Now it culminates in Self-actualization. (I invite you to contemplate the shift from small ‘s’ in self to big ‘S’ in Self.)

In his video presentation, Busting Loose from the Emotions Game, ‘self’ is Phase One, and ‘Self’ is Phase Two. (The distinction of self-improvement and Self-actualization is mine, though obviously derived from Abraham Maslow.)

Scheinfeld contrasts the effort of self-improvement with the state of getting into resonance with the Self, the ultimate Being we really are. That’s what I’m calling Self-actualization.

He has several definite processes to make this happen.

One of the benefits of his work is a shift of attention from the world outside to the Self within. That’s a good thing. It cannot hurt.

When we act from our inner Self even a little bit, the results outside are sure to be more harmonious for everyone.

My addiction to understanding the nature of the world has not gone away completely. It’s a deep and powerful theme in my life going back to when I was 12 years old.

Even so, I find myself looking at the alternative news sources somewhat less than I use to. And as I continue the processes of Self-actualization, or Phase Two as Scheinfeld says, the stinging effect of even the worst calamities out there in news land seems a little less.

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6 Responses to Busting Loose from the Illusion

  1. Richard Whited says:

    Huh? Silly me. I thought we were going to be talking about fiddling! Personally, I think the best resource for life is the Bible and a trust in the good Lord. He puts a joy in my fiddling and gives me compassion for those I meet along the way. And when the day is done, I have no fear, no worries, no concerns because I know it’s all in His and when He decides my temporary stay here is done, I get to spend eternity with Him. Praise God and keep fiddling!

  2. Neil Brown says:

    Anyone traveling past my 10 acre estate before the sun rises may
    notice a small white light bobbing around the field. On closer
    examination, they may also notice the purring of a small engine
    lawnmower. Keen observers will deduce I am cutting my grass
    during the coolness of early morning, with a miners light on my head.

    Although these observations are correct to a degree, in fact, I
    am taking my early morning 1 hour walk, where I can clear my head,
    and wake to a new day.

    The point? I am walking for excercise.
    The beneficial side affect is that over the course of the summer,
    my estate will maintain a manicured look for all to enjoy.

    I believe Richard is correct in his attitude in this way.
    His principal interest in a Biblical attitude and keeping his
    mind’s eye on the Lord has the side affect of producing a
    wiser and peaceful inner self.

    So, although we may strive to improve our “inner self” in isolation,
    that effort cannot cannot bear the wonderous benefits intended
    by our creator.

    Gainesville, FL
    Best to all.

  3. admin says:

    My last post seems to have stirred up thinly veiled challenges, or comments meant to invalidate what I have written.


  4. Neil Brown says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for accepting my last posting.
    I rarely submit comments of this nature,
    and I actually have far more questions about
    fiddling, than the exploration of overcoming
    “existential obstacles”.

    It is significant, if not essential, that we all
    pursue life’s opportunities in the best way we
    can. Sir, I [personnally] present to you no
    challenge, nor an attempt to invalidate your
    opinions, and I thank you for opening the forum for

    I picked up a fiddle for the first time on Jan 24, 2008, and was immediately overwelmed by a persistant
    effort to learn the fretless wonder.

    I soon realized I was incapable of holding the
    instrument in the standard position, a problem
    you may have seen with various students.

    So forceful was the desire to learn this new instrument,
    that after much online research, I found one
    gentleman that had experienced the same dilemma,
    and solved it by using a [cloth] band around his
    neck and around the hardware at the base of the fiddle,
    such that the fiddle was held almost in the mandolin
    position. With the help of a local luthier, I learned
    to modify the bridge and change the bow angle, to
    avoid driving the bow into my stomach.

    Now all this sounds absurd to a real violinist or fiddler,
    but I took it very seriously. Yes, of course I have
    limitations. I use a 2/4 bow with a 4/4 fiddle and
    I actually bow over my right shoulder.

    I finally learned how to read music(!), and my
    favorite material is currently: The Fiddle Music of Scotland, by James Hunter.

    I had no previous exposure to fiddle, and am clearly
    being pulled in the direction of Scottish music,
    for some reason.

    So, at 49, I am delighted to be able the enjoy this wonderful instrument.

    If you can recommand any sources of music books,
    THAT! would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again and best to all!
    Gainesville, FL.

    • admin says:

      Very well, then.
      I admire your ingenious solution to some physical problems in holding the fiddle.
      The Gainesville area has a strong contingent of old time fiddlers. Not so many going for Scottish fiddling.
      Natalie McMasters is the best known fiddler for that style, even though it’s Cape Breton. Brian McNeil would be my favorite. I picked up his “Tip Your Hat to the Landlady” from the Unstrung Hero album.

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