Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Princess Diana’s death and the backfiring feature

I noticed the sacrificed son feature in this case a while back: the ruthless self-made social climber Mohamed Al Fayed lost his son Dodi in the crash that killed Princess Diana.

I have just noticed another familiar element: the backfiring. This is where not only do some people not get what they want and think they are about to get, but they often also lose what they already had. Everything goes horribly wrong. Their hopes and ambitions are raised sky high only to be shattered. Instead of elated, they end up devastated.

This is what happened to Mohamed Al Fayed. He may have been delusional or indulging in wishful thinking, but he thought that his son Dodi was going to marry Princess Diana. Not only did this not happen, not only did he not get any of the publicity, respect, acceptance and attention he counted on, not to mention the opportunity to live in reflected glory and ‘show’ everyone that he confidently expected, but he also lost his son too.

I know that many people believe that Diana had no intention of marrying Dodi, saying that she just liked free holidays on the yacht and wanted to get attention and make Hasnat Khan jealous, but Dodi’s father did everything he could to further the relationship. He ordered Dodi to leave the model he was engaged to and give attention to Diana and ensure that she had a good time.

It is putting it mildly to say that all his wishes, plans and actions backfired.

It is said that by wanting something very much, we attract forces that prevent us from getting it.

It is possible that uncontrolled ambition is both caused and thwarted in disconnected, unprotected people by some sadistic and evil force.

As always, identifying a feature is one thing; understanding the mechanics behind it is something else.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Karmic retribution and sugar in the tea

A very minor incident has provided the material for an article about how the punishment sometimes fits the crime.

I visited some people a few days ago and was offered tea. When asked if I wanted any sugar in it, for some strange reason I said I would have a small spoonful. I don’t know what came over me to make me say that: I never ever take sugar with tea as I think it ruins the taste. I drank it without much enjoyment.

When something unpleasant happens, I have learned to work backwards to find the cause. There is almost always some connection between the incident and one of the items on my checklist. For example, it could be that I had been in the company of an energy vampire or had a horrible jarring shock.

It is worth making similar checks if I make a mistake or act out of character, even in very minor matters. In all cases, one possibility to consider is that I am getting back what I sent out and the chickens are coming home to roost.

By coincidence, two days earlier someone had visited me and asked for a little sugar in his tea. We were talking a lot about databases and work and I forgot to put any in; he didn’t say anything and I only realised my mistake a few hours after he had gone!

It may be a relevant factor that my resistance is very low at the moment. Not only does a tiny task seem like a huge project and a small setback like a big disaster, but a minor mistake also seems like a major crime, and I feel guilty as hell. When I suddenly remembered that he had asked for sugar, my automatic reaction was: “Oh no, how awful of me to forget!”

Even in the case of very trivial incidents, it is always worth trying to find a possible cause.

Perhaps I transmitted some signal and it was picked up and interpreted as a desire to be punished for my crime! In other words, it was my reaction to what I did - or rather forgot to do - and not the crime itself that triggered the fitting punishment.

Connecting cause and effect is one thing; trying to understand the mechanics behind it all is something else.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Playing the fairy godmother game again

A recent minor incident in my life has provided some material for a small addition to a previous article.

Someone I did some work for many years ago got in touch out of the blue because he had a database-related assignment and wanted me for the job. I told him that although I no longer do that sort of work, I would mention the assignment to a colleague with the relevant background and experience.

This colleague had left his job a while back to set up a very different kind of business of his own, but he told me that if some suitable short-term freelance work came along he might be interested. He said that he wanted to keep his hand in and stay in touch with the sector, and the money would be useful too.

I put them in touch with each other, and they have come to an arrangement. They get on very well too. My friend has had some bad experiences with incompetent and unpleasant management in the past, which is why he left to work for himself. He is very happy with the people he will be working for, and says that it was obviously my recommendation that got him the work.

So I gave both sides something that they had been wishing for. They got it on a plate.

This is no big deal; finding suitable people and work via informal networks happens all the time. There are a few features that make it worth mentioning on here though. 

Some of the people in my family poisoned everything they touched. They brought misfortunes and bad luck to many of the people around them too. It is still a great relief when something happens to show that I have not only broken the evil spell but reversed it and am in general an influence for good.

After visiting the office, my colleague told me that even if he was not offered the work, he would still have met new people in the sector and had interview practice. He would be happy to just have that. This is another example of someone who attracted more by expressing gratitude and appreciation for what he already had. Not only that, but I like to feel that I am moving in what I see as the right circles, with positive people.

The other point of interest is that I had been wishing and wishing that I could find a suitable project for someone else. He has been having a bad time, and a good assignment would solve many problems. So maybe the good wishes went slightly astray and affected a different person.  In the past, I have only ever seen this happen with what might be called cursing or ill-wishing.

So my first big wish for 2018 is that something good will come along for this other man.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Benjamin Disraeli, John Tenniel and Lewis Carroll

Several aspects of Benjamin Disraeli and his life have been described in previous articles.  This one will cover some of the artworks and fictional characters he inspired in two other eminent Victorians.

Disraeli was god’s gift to cartoonists. The famous illustrator John Tenniel depicted him many times in the satirical magazine Punch. I like this one of him dressed as an angel for a fancy dress ball:

Disraeli was also the inspiration for some of Tenniel’s illustrations that Lewis Carroll commissioned for the Alice books.

The Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland resembles Tenniel’s caricatures of Disraeli:

Tenniel also put Disraeli into one of his illustrations for Alice Through the Looking Glass; the man in the white paper suit in the railway carriage is Dizzy:

Lewis Carroll himself made a reference to Disraeli - and his Reform Bill - with his character Bill the Lizard, whose name is a play on Disraeli’s name:

Carroll also based his Lion and Unicorn characters on Disraeli and his rival and enemy William Gladstone, the other man in the cartoon above. They fight each other for the crown, just as Gladstone and Disraeli fought for power in Parliament. Gladstone was seen as the Lion and Disraeli as the Unicorn.

Here they are in one of Tenniel’s original illustrations:

The Bill and the White Paper were just political in-jokes, but the pyramid, the lizard, the goat and the beetle sitting next to the goat in the railway carriage make me think of Egypt and David Icke’s references to lizard people.

Then there is the Lion and the Unicorn connection. Lions and unicorns are associated with Leo and Aquarius.

I wonder if Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel were giving us some messages, consciously or unconsciously.

Tenniel’s depiction of Disraeli as the Sphinx:

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A few words from Rudyard Kipling on his birthday

Words are one of the greatest of the unseen influences that affect our lives.

In February 1923, Rudyard Kipling gave a speech at the Annual Dinner of the Royal College of Surgeons in London. This well-known quotation comes from his address:

 “I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind…”

He is right. Words are a supremely powerful force that can affect people very strongly. Words help people to escape into another world.

While ‘tool’ would perhaps be a better word than ‘drug’, I remember reading that Dennis Wheatley got large numbers of letters from people in hospital who said that his books helped them to forget their pain.

Some of Kipling’s words are not so much a drug as a tonic and an inspiration:

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

This quote has been attributed to Nietzsche, but Rudyard Kipling said it at an interview in 1935.

He was right about the price for being an individual too.

The potion of poetry
In Stalky & Co., Kipling says that a book of poetry borrowed from the Headmaster’s library makes McTurk completely drunk for three days. Beetle, who is Kipling himself, reads avidly whenever he gets the chance. He disappears for days into another world while reading a book that a master threw at him; it takes some hammering on his head with a spoon and a threat to drop a pilchard down his neck to make him stop reading and bring him back down to earth!

Some people don’t use or need alcohol or other stimulants; words and the images they evoke can inflame their imaginations, induce trances and intoxicate them. Rudyard Kipling was both a recipient of and a contributor to this phenomenon.

The weaving of words
I would call Kipling a weaver of words; some of his poetry is like a spell of enchantment.

Puck's Song from Puck of Pook's Hill, which demonstrates Kipling’s love of England and English history, is a very good example of his power to create magical pictures in people’s minds.  It mentions Gramarye, which has associations with magic and occult learning.  Isle of Gramarye has been used as an alternative name for Britain.

The entire poem can be read here here. These are the final two stanzas:

Trackway and Camp and City lost,
     Salt Marsh where now is corn;
Old Wars, old Peace, old Arts that cease,
     And so was England born!

She is not any common Earth,
     Water or wood or air,
But Merlin’s Isle of Gramarye,
     Where you and I will fare.

Friday, December 22, 2017

A beautiful Christmas card

I have always been good at finding high quality items at low prices. I am not sure whether it is my radar, guidance from the universe or just chance that does it, but I am always very grateful to whatever it is that helps me to find these treasures.

One day long ago I felt an inclination to go into a bookshop I was walking past, and found some beautiful cards that were reduced by 90%. I bought several packets in different designs. They were some of the best I have ever seen, and they cost the least.

They are all gone now, but I can still look at the pictures because I scanned one of each type.

This is my favourite design from the cards I bought:

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Life after leaving a cult: predictable paths people take

There is a lot of information available about cults, cult-like organisations, cult leaders and cult members and ex-members. I compiled some ideas and information myself from personal experience, experience for which my researches found much independent confirmation. 

I made posts on a forum that no longer exists. I want to overhaul the material and put a few extracts on here, in the hope that they will be of use to someone.

I will start at the end, with a short account of what I know about people who have left one of these sinister organisations.

Groups most cult leavers fall into
Many people who leave a cult just want to recover and get on with whatever lives they can make for themselves, perhaps after telling their stories to a few people.

A few high-profile people may expose the practices and describe their experiences mainly for the money, attention and publicity. I am thinking of celebrity ex-members of organisations such as Scientology here. One of them has a TV show.