Quarks, bosons, and Abbess Zenkai Blanche Hartman

Believing more in the power of self healing and less in lab tests could buy more health. Working harder on defining life expectancy instead of death expectancy could lead to more quality of life or maybe just a little less worry along the way. More time to pick wildflowers could be an inexpensive bonus for anyone – they can be virtual flowers for allergy sufferers.  Any type of nature in symbols or actual plants have been found effective towards reducing stress and improving health.

How could a picture of flower heal? – Maybe it is calming energy – nature recognizing the beauty of organized nature, intimate to the connection of ourselves with our world.

Queen Anne’s Lace, solar art.

Excerpt from ”’A Beginner’s Mind”’ by Abbess Zenkai Blanche Hartman, [http://www.intrex.net/chzg/hartman4.htm]

‘In China, there was a teacher named Dizang (J.: Rakan) who had a student named Fayan (J.: Hogen). Dizang saw Fayan all dressed in his traveling clothes, with his straw sandals and his staff, and a pack on his back, and Dizang said, “Where are you going?” Fayan answered, “Around on pilgrimage.” Dizang said, “What is the purpose of pilgrimage?” Fayan said, “I don’t know.” Dizang said, “Not knowing is nearest.” Sometimes it’s translated as “Not knowing is most intimate.” Not knowing is nearest or most intimate.’

Not knowing is most intimate” – the most intimate or personally unique level may be the sub-atomic, quark-ian level.

Our protons and neutrons are made up of a balance of energy from three pairs of quarks. Their energy states change and the whole atom ‘s energy field is a result of the average of the three pairs of quarks. Our internal world may be a binary one with an on/off switch within every atom of our bodies – and our health.

A positive attitude versus a negative attitude can change the form that water freezes from a beautiful ornate crystalline lattice (snowflake) into a amorphous blob of ice. The work done on photography of water crystallizing into snowflakes by Dr Masuro Emoto shows us that a blessing or prayer before a meal might help align the fluid in the foods. Crystalline structure that is organized might promote better health. His work in water therapy has not been verified with replication but the idea that water crystals have to align to make an organized snowflake makes sense chemically. That is how a water droplet is formed, from alignment of the positive and negative areas of each individual molecule of water. Snowflake alignment might be showing the effects of organization at the subatomic quark-ian level.

Not knowing is intimate to believing that an outcome can be open-ended.

/speculation/    We may not need to look in a subatomic explosion to find the boson or God particle. The scientist standing behind the safety glass has been found to direct the outcome of particle/energy wave experiments. Thought influenced whether the mass would be energy or particle.

If we think positive then the placebo, healing effect, averages 38% with no other medicine involved. The reverse is also true (no statistic on hand though). The nocebo response refers to negative responses that occur when an inactive substance is given to a control group in research. The negative or positive effects occur at the individual level, one person might experience positive effects from an inactive placebo while another experiences negative effects from the same inactive substance. The placebo and nocebo effects are not well understood at this time, more research is needed.

Meadow flowers, captured by solar energy.

An excerpt from a lecture about sitting zazen, a type of meditation, titled, “A Natural Action,” by Abbess Zenkai Blanche Hartman,

“We want to attune ourselves carefully to our body and mind so that we can notice when we are out of line with our deepest intention, so that we can feel it when we are out of line with our deepest intention. We want to cultivate that intimate knowing without words and ideas, that intimacy with our self, so that we can tell if we are living our life the way we really want to.”  ____   [http://www.chzc.org/hartman3.htm]

The intestinal tract has brain cells that send information to the brain but not in a vocalized set of data. Emotions and information about allergens and pathogens and the state of the seasonal food supply may be included in the neuron signals from the GI tract. A gut instinct is very real at a biologic and cerebral level but not at the neocortex style of verbal thought. Learning to recognize and understand the difference between the gut sinking, big mistake feeling from the excited new love, twitterpated feeling can help in life.

When the timing is right it may feel right at a gut level. The moist spring air might remind the subconscious of previous fun bike rides. The fresh smell might lead right to getting the bike tuned up and out on the road without ever verbally saying out loud “I plan to ride my bike today because the air smells of springtime.” Tuning in to hunger and fullness signals isn’t always about eating or drinking. The gut knows more than we realize. There are more neurons in the intestinal tract than in the spine or rest of the body (except the brain). Thinking about a snack yet?

***The article suggests that psychiatrists may need to treat this second brain (the GI tract) as well as the regular brain. Talk therapy would be a challenge and more pharmaceuticals won’t really nourish the miles of intestinal tract like food could. The benefit of sitting meditation is the time of stillness to slow down and consider what the twinges at an emotional level might be trying to say about real world events.

Gut knowledge can be very informative but it can be very wrong/misunderstood. Like blogs and anything – think twice, act with care. Pain and discomfort is the body’s signal that something happening is wrong and should be changed. Blocking pain regularly blocks the wisdom that could help heal the underlying problem.

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Fortune cookies – tabulating luck

I have no idea if Fortune cookie statistics were ever tabulated by the authors of Freakonomics but their work suggests anything can be studied more closely and good luck seems worth a closer look.

After a large party there was a giant bag of Fortune cookies left unopened. Over time some of the fortunes were collecting under a fridge magnet and eventually it became a goal to save them for a grand tally (today) and see whether the large number of shoe shopping messages I was getting one day was within normal distribution or not. It did turn out to be the most frequent message – so maybe within the normal distribution for this set of fortunes at least.  I did resist shoe shopping that day and now the desk is practically clean.

A large bag of Fortune cookies produced 66 fortunes once they were all gathered from the messy desk and from under the fridge magnet. The sample of 66 fortunes produced about a twenty percent chance, or one in five, to get the fortune, “Always put your best foot forward” or an eighteen percent chance to get “You will be fortunate in everything you do” or a six percent chance to get “Hand that touches this slip have no more worries.

  1. Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off!     4
  2. You will be fortunate in everything you do.     12
  3. Always put your best foot forward.                13   —–Shop for shoes or shine them?
  4. You will spend old age in comfort and material wealth.     4
  5. This is a prosperous time of life for you.                                     8
  6. Your business will assume vast proportions.                           1
  7. Good news from afar will bring you a welcome visit            1
  8. You will hear pleasant news.                                                          1
  9. You are always welcome in any gathering.                               2
  10. You will be showered with good luck.                                                                 1
  11. A package of value will arrive soon.                                                                      1
  12. Focus on your long-term goal. Success is soon yours!                                  1
  13. An interesting musical opportunity is in your near future.                           1
  14. You are altruistic and will be involved in many humanitarian projects.    5  – my favorite
  15. Hand that touches this slip have no more worries.                            4   – my second favorite
  16. Rome was not built in a day. Be patient.                             1   – or maybe this is my favorite
  17. You may attend a party where strange customs prevail.                        5
  18. Constant change is a way of life for a small business.                            1

Learning/Speaking Chinese:
Happy          kwi lur                    24 

Funny        Hao xiao                  18
Come in please    qing jin!       8
Small         shau                            1
No                 pu                              1
Sit down please   Qing zu        8
Big              da                                 1
I am an American     Wo shi meiguo ren

Last slip’s lucky numbers:  04, 23, 32, 39, 42, 45

Silly but completed projects are a step towards follow through and a cleaner desk.

*** The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food – a book by Jennifer 8 Lee, “In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Jenny Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs” [Amazon]


breaktheillusion.com – a blog with 12 made up fortunes

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On courage and self acceptance – from a child’s face to the world’s eyes, please see

MoveOn.org has a page of resources that included these two videos about two individuals a little distance in years and age but not in shared pain and understanding. Growing up with ears full of negatives can leave self worth in the bucket. Add bullying and crushing shame can lead to believing the negative messages.Rewriting the bad names that are engraved on the inner workings of the mind can take time and maybe even 10,000 hours of practice to master new messages of believing in self and others. (10,000 hour research was summarized in the book, Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, the mastery part was summarized, not the bad name part).

A problem with bad names is the self doubt that they can turn into. Regularly being told to believe certain things that disagree with more internal messages, can make those instincts and preferences that arrive with growing up even more confusing than they are for “normal” teenagers. A hormonal cyclone – a whether condition, whether surviving teen years with fewer or more emotional trauma triggers may be the question. Storm conditions turbulent, expect a little weather and consider packing an umbrella when traveling with teens, tots or any of the rest of us.

On Facebook
  • [a video response to the second video link- I saw the response first – very powerful – it helped to handle the second one.  Bullying by others can be painful but self bullying can bite deeper yet. Thanks to all courageous survivors and especially to the ones who share the message of change. The bully is fear and doubt and worry and hunger too – magnesium deficiency = irritable and stubborn and impatient  http://front.moveon.org/a-powerful-response-to-jonahs-extremely-viral-video/]
  •  [powerful video jonah, http://front.moveon.org/what-if-this-were-your-child/]
  • Regarding self injury which was an issue for the young adult in the previous link by Jonah, moveon.org, since he was in Second Grade, I’ve since learned of a biological reason that might underlie the urge to self injure in some cases. Hyperparathyroidism can be caused by low calcium levels or by low vitamin D levels. An endocrinologist would likely be the specialist involved in diagnosing the condition but any medical professional able to order lab tests could order a screening lab test for the parathyroid hormone level. A low PTH level may cause feelings of jitteriness, racing thoughts and an internal explosive feeling with an urge to ‘pop’ it open – really weird and scary – in my personal experience with the condition. Bullying is bad and difficult to cope with but add hyperparathyroidism and racing uncontrolled thoughts that include an urge to self injure and the potential for suicide can be hard to control. In my case I needed only add more calcium, as I have a tendency towards excess vitamin D. Vitamin D can affect calcium and magnesium balance and both minerals can affect mood. Magnesium is more relaxing and calcium can cause anger/rage. Having both in balance is important. I discuss the condition and my experience further in this post: https://transcendingsquare.com/2016/04/23/self-injurious-behavior-in-autism-patients-with-low-calcium-levels/
  • TheTrevorProject.org 

Transgender issues are not about choice but about estrogen like chemicals polluting nature and our food and water supply. Transgender is an issue for many species of wildlife these days – not just humans. The issue has appeared in history in societies that were at a stressed and maximal population level.

Bullying, name calling and discrimination are all related issues and are not about making choices or about denying self.   Love one another every day.

MayChy28‘s Youtube Channel: Merry Christmas Africa – I don’t know what the text says but the piano music is lovely and the photos speak volumes, I’ll hope that the text matches. link
Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World” with photo montage  link

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