2020 Day 22: Habits in the Multiverse

Last night I participated in a meditation group. We listed to a meditation by Joe Dispenza. I do resonate with a lot of what he preaches. I also understand why there are people like Morten Tolboll who have their doubts. One of the reasons I keep my universe surfing philosophy close to my chest is that I have my own doubts about it. In the six years now that I have been practicing universe surfing, I have come to understand both the limits and power of it. The main value I see in it now is as a model of reality that helps me to understand common psychological phenomena, such as why habits are so hard to break and make. In the meditation group I learned that 21 days is one of the milestones for forming a new habit or removing an old habit. It was a bit synchronistic to me that I learned this on the 21st day of me posting on this blog. Also synchronistic to me was that my 21st blog post on 60 needs of healers somehow received a much larger number of views.

From a universe surfing model point of view, habits are things we do that we also do in most of the parallel universe that are dimensionally surrounding the universe we are in. Living life on autopilot is like randomly moving through nearby parallel universes. By “nearby” or “surrounding”, it is easiest to understand by considering only a single characteristic at a time – say universes where I write a daily blog post and universes where I don’t. Before writing the first blog post of 2020, I was in and surrounded by a vast majority of universes where I did not write daily blog posts. However, there was apparently one where I did and I found it! Once finding myself in that universe of daily blog posts, I “did some universe surfing magic” to bring closer to me other universes where I also wrote daily blog posts. I continued to do this for 21 days until today where I am not surrounded by a vast majority of universes where I DO write daily blog posts. This is an example of how I use universe surfing concepts to understand psychological behavior, in this case habit forming.

Regarding “did some universe surfing magic”, I’m not entirely sure how to explain this and it is definitely a topic for a future post. I’ve heard from other teachers that if you want more Love in your life, then resonate with the energy of Love. The idea of resonating with the energy of something does work as a mental model for bringing desired universes closer to you. The goal is to get every cell in your body resonating with the same energy. If you have a yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, or other practice that has taught you how to focus energy in your body, then you are ready for universe surfing. If you have such a practice, and it’s a habit, then you are surrounded by other universes where you also have such a practice. If you also then understand how to resonate each cell in your body with a certain energy of Love, or Compassion, or even Daily Blog Writing (or the feeling that this habit gives you), then this will likely also be true in the universes that surround you – if not immediately then over time.

So habits tell us about our surrounding universes. If we want to break a bad habit, we need to surf to a nearby universe in which we don’t have that bad habit (by either using universe surfing magic or luck). We then need to focus ourselves – every cell in our body – to bring near us other universes where we have also broken that habit. For long-time habits, this focusing will be extremely difficult. And for all habits, regardless of how hard you focus, you will find yourself in one of the ‘bad habit’ universes from time to time. Often these bad habit universes are surrounded by other bad habit universes, so it’s a good time to put some extra focusing power into bringing in universes without the bad habit.

I’m going to now try this technique on a couple of bad habits that I’m trying to remove from my life. One is daily checking the stock market. The other is picking my fingernails.

2020 Day 21: Surfing Universes – Life Coach – 60 Needs that Healers Have

I’m on the bus traveling Hwy 17 to Santa Cruz. It’s been a day of physical traveling and I have found that when physically traveling, it’s also easier for me to travel dimensionally to different universes. Over the last few days I have noticed a nearby universe in which I’m a life coach. One event that I noticed was I reached out randomly to someone who had sent me a marketing email and asked him if he wanted to do a trade. During the exchange, he asked me to send him a link to my offerings and I realized that I didn’t have such a link. That was my first feeling of the universe where I’m a life coach. I then made a decision to start creating such a website and tried to feel into what my offerings were. I signed up with bluehost.com to host my new WordPress website. As I tried to imagine what was on this website, I got a call from a friend who wanted help listening to their phone marketing pitch. For an hour and a half, I acted as a life coach for my friend. During the call, I even had the chance to work on my phone pitch as I gave her an example of how I would have done the call.

Earlier when I was on the plane flying from Austin, I found myself journalling about these events and I began planning my life coaching business. My target market for life coaching is anyone in a healing profession. I brainstormed a list of common needs that these people have:

  1. Creating a plan for a successful business that is measurable and achievable, given their resources;
  2. Identifying their desired target market to which they wish to offer products and services;
  3. Identifying the products and services that they wish to offer;
  4. Determining the value to their market of their products and services;
  5. Determining the price to charge for their products and services;
  6. Determining how to let their target market know of their offerings;
  7. Building their customer list as efficiently as possible;
  8. Having a work/life balance;
  9. Determining if/when to hire/outsource employees/contractors/vendors;
  10. Determining if/when to partner with outside investors;
  11. Finding affordable health care insurance for themselves and their employees;
  12. Saving money for retirement;
  13. Taking time off without disrupting their business/practice;
  14. Keeping track of income and expenses for tax and business purposes;
  15. Continuing to learn best practices in their field;
  16. Knowing when conferences, events, festivals, workshops, and speakers of interest are happening around the world;
  17. Being part of a professional community that can support one another;
  18. Managing computers, phones, internet, mail, and website;
  19. Having a social media presence;
  20. Finding a place to work – private office, shared space, home office;
  21. Investing their profits and earnings into their business, life, and future;
  22. Developing communication skills;
  23. Developing negotiating skills;
  24. Understanding borrowing money options and risks;
  25. Understanding how self-employment can have an affect on relationships;
  26. Knowing when to engage in bartering and trading with other service providers;
  27. Staying focused and productive;
  28. Working remotely;
  29. Storing and backing up content and digital business records;
  30. Search Engine Optimization;
  31. Attracting the first, first 10, first 100, and first 1000 super customers;
  32. Understanding options for online store fronts;
  33. Growing into higher self through personal development;
  34. Knowing when to quit or pivot or stay the course;
  35. Understanding the challenges and benefits of bringing on equal partners;
  36. Understanding how to minimize taxes through legitimate expenses;
  37. Passing on the knowledge they’ve learned to others;
  38. Being as successful in life as in work;
  39. Avoiding legal and liability problems – contracts and ethics;
  40. Successfully mixing friends and business;
  41. Serving clients with authenticity;
  42. Being productive, organized, and efficient;
  43. Knowing how to deal with clients when you are sick or injured;
  44. Quitting your “day job” to focus on building your passion business (including the importance of saving up before you quit);
  45. Picking a beachhead for your initial target market;
  46. Determining the features of your minimal viable product/service;
  47. Understanding the costs, benefits, and process of hosting free webinars and online classes;
  48. How to determine pricing and whether to offer sliding scales or discounts;
  49. Dealing with unsatisfied customers, refunds, and customer service in general;
  50. Building online and local communities around your products and/or services;
  51. Writing and publishing a book;
  52. Live streaming and podcasting;
  53. Understanding free advertising options;
  54. Understanding paid advertising options;
  55. Protecting your intellectual property through copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents;
  56. Developing your brand;
  57. Creating your logo, business name, and business cards;
  58. Managing email and phone lists and outreach;
  59. Offering retreats; and
  60. Having fun!

2020 Day 20: Twenty predictions for 2020

20. The U.S. Congress will continue to vote primarily along party lines (Duh). This will increase the chance of a third-party movement gaining momentum.

19. The Wuhan coronavirus will spread in a similar way as other SARS-like coronaviruses. All cities with direct flights to Wuhan will be infected.

18. I will run 5 miles at a 9-min mile pace, 4 miles at an 8.5-min mile pace, 3 miles at an 8-min mile pace, 2 miles at a 7.5-min mile pace, and 1 mile in 6.5 min.

17. I will update this blog from at least two other countries.

16. Apple will have an exciting “one more thing”.

15. AMD will continue to take away server market share from Intel.

14. A 3rd-party candidate will shake up the U.S. presidential election.

13. Alan Greenspan’s coined phrase irrational exuberance will become a trending hash tag.

12. Religions across the world will reclaim their role as protectors of the long-term survival of humanity by joining together with a common voice against climate change.

11. Gasoline prices, Gold, and Bitcoin will spike higher with Gold hitting $2000/oz and Bitcoin topping $20,000.

10. April will be a tough month for the stock market, which will end 2020 roughly even after a rollercoaster of a year.

9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will remain a Supreme Court justice longer than Trump will remain President.

8. Combined global land and ocean surface temperature for August 2020 will be almost a full degree Celsius above the 20th century average of 15.6°C (60.1°F).

7. Over half of U.S. states will legalize marijuana for at least medicinal purposes, and over half of those will also legalize marijuana for recreational use. Vaping will continue to be increasingly banned.

6. CERN’s plans to build a 100 kilometer particle accelerator will move forward while China’s plans to build a similarly sized particle accelerator will remain uncertain.

5. Tom Steyer will continue to gain unexpected support for President at the expense of Biden.

4. Bernie will gain the Democratic nomination in a brokered convention and will select a woman as his running mate.

3. Despite all of the saber rattling, 2020 will be a peaceful year.

2. Trump will not be removed from office.

1. The Battlestar Galactica Series coming in 2020 on NBC will have a unique storyline that will be well received by most Battlestar Galactica fans.

2020 Day 19: My longest run 4.67 miles and chair entanglement

My best race in high school was the half-mile and as a freshman, my fastest time was 2:08.  I ran the mile also and my best time was 5:35.  I stopped competing after my freshman year and stopped regular running. I remember waking up early on my 18th birthday, having not run for a long time, and just jumping out of bed and running out the door for as long and far as I could. I’m not sure how long that was, but likely under four miles. I felt like three miles was my limit for races. My fastest 3-mile race was 20:20 and my only 4-mile race was around 35 minutes.

Today was a beautiful day – sunny, windy, and chilly. I thought I’d try to run faster than my last 3 mile run. However, when my first mile came in at 8:20, I began to feel a different universe. I remembered that last run I was able to run longer than 3 miles. It was feeling like today was going to be about extending my distance rather than decreasing my time. I tried a different trail and ran far into the woods so that I knew it would take me at least 4 miles total to get back to where I started. I was definitely running a slower pace. I imagined this was because I was weighted down by the extra clothes I was wearing to keep warm. I checked my 4.33 mi time and it was 13 minutes slower (at 42:18) than my 3.33 mi time last run. My time for 4.67 miles was 44:25 (9.29/mi pace). So by my Apple watch tracking, I ran the last third of a mile in 2:08, the same time as my best half mile. I did have more energy at the end of my run but I find it difficult to believe I ran at a 6:24/mi pace, so I question either the Apple watch or my memory. I do believe though that there is a universe where both my memory and Apple watch were working and I DID run at 6:24/mi pace. So my next challenge will be to return to (or find) a universe where I can run at a 6:24/mi pace for at least one third of a mile.

A couple of days ago I gave away my couch to Goodwill. I also donated my bed frame. I wasn’t completely sure how I was going to fit my couch in my RAV4, but I knew I needed to take it apart. There were a couple of metal bars connecting two recliner chairs. As I measured the width of the chairs at 43″, I realized that my RAV4 was barely too small. There was only about 1′ of 43″ width in the back and I needed 2′ of 43″ width. I pondered putting the couch on the roof of the RAV4. While all of this was going on, I saw a neighbor and asked if he could help me load my couch pieces. When he realized that my RAV4 was too small, he offered his larger SUV. The chair did barely fit into his Honda Passport. We then went down to the women’s shelter and found out they didn’t take furniture. We then went to Goodwill, dropped off the chair, and went back home to get the other chair. When we returned to the Goodwill, the guy at the loading doc told us someone had already come and taken the chair! For some reason, at this point I wondered if this is what entangled particles that are separated feel like. Did the person who took the chair think he was getting a complete chair? I didn’t really pay attention to which chair piece we took to the Goodwill first, but I knew when we took the second chair that the first piece must have been the opposite version. My understanding of entanglement is that for this analogy to be complete, both chairs need to be in a both states at the same time (say Left chair and Right chair) until the true state of the chair is “revealed”. So if Goodwill was in Quantum Land, then the chair we dropped off would be in both states and anyone getting the chair wouldn’t know which state it was in until the state was “revealed” at some future point in time/space. If a second person picked up the second chair we dropped off at Quantum Land Goodwill, then they also wouldn’t know the state of the chair until it was “revealed”. Since the chairs were entangled, then once one chair state was revealed, the other chair state would be known to be the matching state. For the purposes of this analogy, I’m going to say that the state of the chair is revealed whenever someone is sitting in the chair and is successful in reclining it using the lever that is either on the left or right side of the chair. Before revealing, each chair looks like the reclining lever is switching back and forth between the left and right side of the chair in a random way. Once one chair is revealed, the other chair stops switching back and forth instantaneously and the recline lever is seen only on one side of the chair.

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2020 Day 17: Wuhan Coronavirus infections in Thailand and Japan

This morning I thought it would be interesting to use this blog as a way to experiment with quantum feeling parallel worlds. My hypothesis is that parallel worlds can be sensed, and that the feeling of sensing a parallel world is correlated with the feeling of a synchronicity, and furthermore that the synchronicity is related to an event that ties the parallel worlds together. For example, eight days ago I sensed a parallel world in which the Wuhan Coronavirus was a bigger event than it was in this world. I believe this sensing caused me to write a blog post about coronaviruses in quite a detailed manner. Since then, the Wuhan Coronavirus (it’s slightly interesting that I called it this above as I now see that wikipedia calls it the same – not that unexpected though) has resulted in two deaths in Wuhan, two cases in Thailand, and one case in Japan.

GenBank has the complete annotated genome sequence of the Wuhan Coronavirus. NCBI has an article with the Wuhan Coronavirus phylogenetic tree, which shows the Wuhan Coronavirus close in sequence to various Bat SARS-like coronaviruses. WHO has a paper describing diagnostic detection of the Wuhan coronavirus by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). EcoHealth Alliance has a more detailed phylogenetic analysis:

This story is still not widely reported, but has made it to The Economist.  I hope to surf to a universe where this is not a big story, but the synchronicities that found me posting this make me worry that the odds are against me.

2020 Day 16: 3.33 miles in 29:19

Having not run since 2020 Day 10: 3 miles in 27:20, I thought this morning would be a good day to see what running universe I was in. I noticed something interesting as I ran a slightly different route which caused me to run clockwise around a main loop rather than counter clockwise. During the first mile when I was running to the loop, I ran an 8-minute mile. But during the second mile when I was running against the flow that I’ve run every other time, I felt resistance, ran a slower 9 minute mile, and my right leg was starting to talk to me at the end. At 2.5 miles, I didn’t even feel like I could finish all 3 miles and wanted to stop. My pace was about a 10 minute mile at that point. Then I decided to just turn around and run counter clockwise around the loop. Immediately, I felt additional energy. I could feel my alignment with the universe in which I had more strength and more speed. A positive feedback loop started where as I believed more, I felt stronger, which caused me to believe more. As my watch buzzed me to let me know I had run 3 miles, I didn’t want to stop. I wondered when I would begin to loose energy. I thought to myself that I’d run 27:20 and stop to see how much farther I ran that last time. I still felt strong so I gave myself a stretch goal of running 3.25 miles. At 3.25 miles, I still felt strong and I saw the hill coming up that always gets me. As I approached the hill, I saw I was about to hit 3.33 miles, and so I stopped. I felt good about my final time of 29:19. It reminded me that 10+19=29.

In other news, the stock market rose strongly at the beginning of this 16th day of the month. I plan to start paying attention to the first day and 16th day of future months to see if I notice a pattern that matches this study of S&P 500 first day tendencies.

2020 Day 15: XV Le Diable

REF: 1701-1715 Tarot of Marseilles deck – Card 15 Le Diable

REF: Image source wikipedia from 1909 Rider-Waite tarot deck

On this 15th day of the year 2020, I was drawn to the devil card – the fifteenth Major Arcana card of most Tarot decks. Above are images from the Tarot of Marseilles and the Rider-Waite tarot decks. The Rider-Waite version appears to be based on Eliphas Levi’s Baphomet in Dogme et Riguel de la Haute Magie, 1856:

Levi’s Baphomet presents an image containing a number of contrasts: symmetry/anti-symmetry, light/dark, black/white, male/female, and up/down. The history of the word/name Baphomet begins almost 1000 years ago in a letter written in July, 1098 by the crusader Anselm of Ribemont:

Sequenti die aurora apparente, altis vocibus Baphomethinvocaverunt; et nos Deum nostrum in cordibus nostris deprecantes, impetum facientes in eos, de muris civitatis omnes expulimus.

As the next day dawned, they called loudly upon Baphometh; and we prayed silently in our hearts to God, then we attacked and forced all of them outside the city walls.

It is believed that Baphometh was a Old French spelling of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The name appeared circa 1195 and circa 1250. Ramon Llull‘s earliest known work , the Libre de la doctrine pueril, has a chapter (in an Occitan translation) entitled De Bafomet.

2020 Day 14: The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

As I watch the democratic presidential debate, I hear a common thread around bringing fundamental decency back to the presidency. Iowa caucuses are 20 days away and it will be interesting to see what happens during this time. One of the moments that will be replayed is the question of whether or not Bernie told Warren that a woman couldn’t win the presidency in 2020. It’s clear to me that universes are interfering – one in which Bernie DID say that (as Warren said) and one in which Bernie DID NOT say that (as Bernie said). I find it difficult to believe that either Bernie or Warren is lying about the interchange, so the only thing left for me to believe is that Bernie both said and didn’t say that a woman couldn’t win the presidency. It’s interesting that even Trump weighed in on this saying a few minutes ago that he believed that Bernie did not say a woman couldn’t win the presidency in 2020.

Back to common decency, it seems a good time to review Thich Nhat Hanh’s fourteen guidelines for engaged Buddhism:

  1. Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.
  2. Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.
  3. Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education. However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness.
  4. Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering, including personal contact, visits, images, and sounds. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.
  5. Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of your life Fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.
  6. Do not maintain anger or hatred. Learn to penetrate and transform them when they are still seeds in your consciousness. As soon as they arise, turn your attention to your breath in order to see and understand the nature of your hatred.
  7. Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Practice mindful breathing to come back to what is happening in the present moment. Be in touch with what is wondrous, refreshing, and healing both inside and around you. Plant seeds of joy, peace, and understanding in yourself in order to facilitate the work of transformation in the depths of your consciousness.
  8. Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.
  9. Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people. Do not utter words that cause division and hatred. Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things of which you are not sure. Always speak truthfully and constructively. Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.
  10. Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party. A religious community, however, should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.
  11. Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to live. Select a vocation that helps realize your ideal of compassion.
  12. Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and prevent war.
  13. Possess nothing that should belong to others. Respect the property of others, but prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other species on Earth.
  14. Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only an instrument. Preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of the Way. (For brothers and sisters who are not monks and nuns:) Sexual expression should not take place without love and commitment. In sexual relationships, be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others. Be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the world into which you are bringing new beings.

Reference: ‘Interbeing’: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism, revised edition: Oct. l993 by Thich Nhat Hanh, published by Parallax Press, Berkeley, California

2020 Day 13: Superstition

I’m superstitious and will definitely notice the number 13. I will often take greater care when it’s Friday the 13th, but I have taken advantage of cheap tickets to fly on a Friday the 13th. I use to judge people for being superstitious. Now I just wonder to myself if the people who live or work on the 14th floor of a building feel better or worse knowing that there is no 13th floor. A 2007 Gallop Poll reported that 13% of people living in the U.S. would be “bothered if given a room on the 13th floor” of a hotel.