Do You Believe In Magic?

Bending metal with the power of your brain is a paranormal phenomena that people have forgotten about, as over time these abilities were lost to humans.  The power of the human brain is infinite, and bending a spoon with the power of your brain is called psychokinesis or telekinesis, which seems impossible to most people, but it can be done.  However it requires a lot of training and concentration, and because our brain has the capacity to be receptive to what we want to learn, we can influence numerous objects.  There are lots of charlatans, illusionists and magicians that bend spoons using trickery, but that is totally different.

Softening the metal in spoons enough so they can easily bent without using physical force is based on techniques utilizing energy and quantum mechanics.  Concentration allows them to become miraculously malleable so they can be easily bent. There are only two known elements in the whole universe, those being energy and matter.  Albert Einstein came up with the equation E=MC2, which showed the world that matter is energy, and these findings were quickly verified by the scientific community.  Every material that appears to be solid is actually made up mostly of empty space.  Items feel solid because of an electric force makes the electrons dance in specific patterns, as atoms keep their electrons outside the nucleus.  Electrons move in set patterns and although objects are made up mostly of space atoms can get extremely close to each other.

Spoon bending is a vibrational reality that can be learned, which relies on a power controlled by your mind and that has no limits.  If you are able to harness this energy then you should be able to harmoniously interact with the energy of the universe that is present in all human beings, and since positive energy breeds more positive energy, thoughts are able to create movement.  Your thoughts can make you sick, or accelerate healing and they can reprogram your reality.  The original source of thoughts is generally unknown, arising seemingly out of nowhere, they are without substance until we concentrate. They are an invisible force that shapes what we believe and do.  We can allow our brain’s energy stream to flow, but when we attach ourselves to a thought, it becomes our own, and it can often possess us even though we try to control its direction. What is the definition of being human beyond our thoughts and ideas?  The depth of our brain power is inexplicable and invisible, its essence is something that we cannot feel, see or touch.

When you bend a spoon with the power of your mind, you’re simply concentrating energy to affect the energy molecules in the metal.  It’s really quite simple once you understand the principle.  It can be done, as everyone has the power and ability to mentally bend metal.  Once you are ready to activate the energy in your hands and see the energy that is surrounding them, then it is time to focus your attention on the spoon bending.  It is simply mind over matter, which is achieved by directing your will to act on the elementary atoms thus allowing your mind to move or bend an object.

Relax your mind, take several deep breaths and let go of all of the stress.  Close your eyes and do two or three minutes of very deep breathing, as you are mentally relaxing your body.  You need to find your place of peace, where all is well in the world and there are no pressures from the outside world.  Enter your happy place which might be the mountains, the beach, the first time you fell in love, whatever.  This needs to be a peak emotional experience, one that would resemble the goose bumps you got during your first kiss, or the wrenching feeling in your stomach that you have just before a giving speech.

It is best to begin with a lighter-weight piece of flatware.  Go into this altered state while you are sitting in a comfortable chair holding the spoon in your dominant hand.  Your other hand should lie on your lap, palm up, to create an open-energy circuit.  When you arrive at your place of peace, hold the stem of the spoon (near the bowl) with your thumb and index finger.  Now rub the metal between your thumb and finger.  Use the power of your mind and imagine that the metal is getting warmer.  Keep concentrating on staying in your place of peace.  Don’t worry about whether or not the spoon is going to bend or not.  In fact, don’t even think about bending the spoon.  Mind power is able to master energy, and believing in your ability will allow you to do whatever you choose.  You can do whatever you set your mind to!

Continue taking deep breaths and feeling relaxed throughout your body and mind.  Once you’re in an altered state you can open your eyes without awakening.  When you feel ready, begin to rub the back of the spoon at the base where it begins to flair out into the wide shape.  Totally focus your concentration on mentally instructing the spoon to bend.  Transfer that feeling to the spoon, as you start becoming one with the spoon.  Concentrate on directing energy into the space between your thumb and index finger.  You can pass this feeling to the spoon, when you do so you ask it with your mind to bend repeatedly.  Visualize it bending.  You can apply a little pressure as you rub the back but do not physically bend the spoon. Allow the subatomic particles to dissolve in response to your mental commands.  You can start chanting, “Bend”, “Bend”, “Bend”, as you are passing energy into the spoon along with the vibrational properties of your voice.

You may experience difficulty trying to get the spoon to bend, which means that you need to take a short break.  It might help if you talk to someone else, while you are rubbing your spoon, or look around the room just to change your attention. That’s when it is most likely to bend.  If you keep watching the spoon, worrying over it, it will be less likely to bend.  This inattention takes some learning, but if you practice this a few times, then you should be able to do it.  Spoon bending is a lot like breaking a cement block with your head, or walking over hot coals in bare feet, except it is much easier to do and a lot more fun.

You Shouldn’t Go Around Tempting Fate

It is better to be safe than sorry, so don’t go around jinxing things, because that could be inviting bad luck to happen or the possibility of all hell breaking lose.  The word tempt means to test something in a way that involves risk or danger.  There are certain laws of nature that everyone just needs to accept, because whenever you think that you are enjoying a moment of peace, fate has been known to strike when you least expect it.  It stands to reason that negative outcomes will always feel worse if you tempt fate, and it is more likely that the universe will punish certain behaviors in an ironic way.  Other sayings involve tempting God, tempting fortune, or tempting providence.

As you grow older, it becomes harder to feel happy, because you have learned about all the things that can go wrong, this makes you become superstitious about tempting fate, and about bringing disaster upon your life by accidentally feeling too good one day.  If you go around showing too much happiness, you are only tempting fate to step in and slap you down.  Never assume that you’re safe, because as soon as you announce that, you have tempted fate to step in and add danger to your life.  Tempting fate can refer to a person who takes unnecessary risks or one that displays arrogance because their ego is too big.

Baseball is filled with superstition, and with bizarre traditions like a player who insists on chewing the same gum each day during a hitting streak.  Some players make sure that they never step on the foul lines.  Some eat the same thing before every game, or unfasten and fasten their batting gloves a certain number of times before stepping into the batter’s box.  There is an unwritten rule in the game which says that you should never talk about a perfect game as it’s happening, because that would be tempting fate and God will find a way of punishing you for this.

Written for Linda G. Hill Life in progress One-Liner Wednesday – March 21 prompt.

Theme Reveal for the April A to Z Blog Challenge

This will be my 1st year participating in this alphabetic challenge.  It looks like it will be a lot of fun!  I am not sure about all of the details, but I have already done two month long writing challenges.  Suzanne McClendon’s September Challenge was the first one and I also wrote in Linda G. Hill Life in progress JusJoJan Daily Prompt challenge.  This challenge requires the writer to blog about something every day in April, except for any Sunday than April 1st.  I selected a theme of Negative Personalities, so I won’t be writing about people who are humble, it will be more on the lines of being lazy and pessimistic.

I had to answer a question that asked me if I was planning to use adult content in my posts, which puzzled me a bit, so I clicked on the link to find out how adult content was defined and I got the following: “Excessive Violence — If your blog reads like a how-to guide for Hannibal Lecter, you have excessive violence.  If you’ve written the A to Z guide of how to beat up anyone, make bombs, and kill without detection, you have excessive violence.”  Ok so far, so good, then it went on: “Nudity for sexual purposes — If you write erotica, you have adult content.  This gets tricky with art blogs. If you fall into a gray area, ask the challenge hosts for a ruling before April.” Again, that is not me and then finally it explained: “Strong and frequent harsh language — If the F word is being used as a verb, or it is used more than three times in a blog post, that is considered adult content.  If your every blog post drops at least three curse words, that is adult content.  Adult Content blogs are not written for children.  The purpose of the rating is to protect the young and those sensitive to such topics.  Those people are not the core audience for such blogs, would not follow such blogs, and possibly present legal trouble if they land on adult blogs.  The hosts and their volunteer teams take on the responsibility of keeping the challenge safe and legal for everyone.  Please be respectful of this.” I don’t think this will be a problem for me!

I am not sure if I was supposed to link this blog back to something, so if you know what to do, than please explain this to me.  I wrote a post back on March 12th titled ‘What I Don’t Like About You’ and this is where my theme comes from.  I did make one change as I thought that loathsome and repugnant had identical meanings, so now I am going with reluctant for R.  Here is what I have planned.

April 1st – A is for asshole
April 2nd – B is for bastard
April 3rd – C is for creepy
April 4th – D is for demonic
April 5th – E is for egotistical
April 6th – F is for filthy
April 7th – G is for grubby
April 9th – H is for heinous
April 10th – I is for ignoble
April 11th – J is for judgmental
April 12th – K is for klutzy
April 13th – L is for loathsome
April 14th – M is for moron
April 16th – N is for nervy
April 17th – O is for obnoxious
April 18th – P is for pathetic
April 19th – Q is for quixotic
April 20th – R is for reluctant
April 21th -S is for smelly
April 23rd – T is for tacky
April 24th – U is for uptight
April 25th – V is for vile
April 26th – W is for warped
April 27th – X is for xenophobic
April 28th – Y is for yokelish
April 30th – Z is for zealot

Red In The Face

Blushing is a unique human response that often happens due to unwanted social attention, everyone does it, some more than others.  Common blushing triggers include meeting someone important, receiving a compliment, and it often happens when a person drinks alcohol, eats hot or spicy foods, has a fever, does strenuous exercise or has a certain medical condition, or is on some medication.  Shakespeare can be confusing at times, because he says things in a poetic way.  In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says, “Thou know’st the mask of night is on my face, Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek”, which in modern language would mean, “You can’t see my face because it’s dark out.  Otherwise, you’d see me blushing about the things you’ve heard me say tonight.”

Charles Darwin actually referred to blushing as “the most peculiar and most human of all expressions”, and he went on to say, “The reddening of the face from a blush is due to the relaxation of the muscular coats of the small arteries, by which the capillaries become filled with blood; and this depends on the proper vaso-motor centre being affected.  No doubt if there be at the same time much mental agitation, the general circulation will be affected; but it is not due to the action of the heart that the network of minute vessels covering the face becomes under a sense of shame gorged with blood.  We can cause laughing by tickling the skin, weeping or frowning by a blow, trembling from the fear of pain, and so forth; but we cannot cause a blush … It is the mind which must be affected.  Blushing is not only involuntary; but the wish to restrain it, by leading to self-attention actually increases the tendency.”

Blushing seems to serve no purpose beyond making an uncomfortable situation even worse as it seems that every person’s body has its ways of showing embarrassment.  It may start with you feeling a sudden jolt as your heart rate increases, then your cheeks begin to feel warm, because your body is releasing adrenaline.  Adrenaline is the hormone that speeds up your breathing and heart rate and causes your blood vessels to dilate.  When you find yourself being embarrassed, the veins in your face respond to a signal from the chemical transmitter adenylyl cyclase, which tells the veins to allow the adrenaline to do its magic.  As a result, the veins in your face dilate, allowing more blood to flow through them than usual, creating the reddened appearance that tells others you’re embarrassed.

It is very rare, but a person can actually die from embarrassment.  In 1860, a housemaid was caught red-handed pilfering food from a pantry, and she dropped dead on the spot.  Doctors at the time were unable to discover why she had died, although it is likely that a sudden rush of adrenalin caused her demise.  Medical surveys found that embarrassment about being diagnosed with bowel cancer or AIDS could be causing thousands of people to die prematurely for a similar reasons.  It is not all bad news, as another recent study found that people who are more prone to blushing are perceived as being more attractive to the opposite sex.

Blushing is just one possible reaction to feeling shame and whoever blushes may already be guilty, as true innocence should not be ashamed of anything.  On one occasion Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a French Abbot in the Cistercian Order and leader of a crusade found himself gazing at a young lady and he thought that he was dwelling on her too long, so he started to blush, ashamed of himself, and then he leapt into a pool of freezing water up to his neck until he was cooled down from the heat of carnal longing.

Binge Watching

I just got home after working the graveyard shift, so I put on Netflix as normal, but it is not normal to watch so many episodes of Supernatural in a row, with all of those demons, ghosts and monsters and then try to get some sleep.  I was expecting another nightmare, which have been all too frequent since I started binge watching this show.  I secretly hoped that the next episode would not feature hellhounds again, you know those beasts with the glowing red eyes, super strength and speed that gnarl while they chew into people and then drag them down into hell.  Maybe Sam and Dean could invent some type of leash to get them under control.  Sam and Dean are siblings who hunt down evil while they are investigating paranormal activity and they use fake ID’s to misrepresent themselves and gain access to crime scenes.

I’ve been known to boketto far too often getting lost in the vast, almost unseeing horizon while watching this show.  Those screams of horror on the show last night that I watched were at least an octave higher than my roommate appreciated and he banged on the wall and said that he was trying to sleep.  I saw some previews of upcoming episodes and one was about a parasite that absorbed the host’s bodily fluids, causing them to go mad with thirst and kill and so they could drink blood from other people, which seemed pretty disturbing.  Those shape shifters are also sinister the way that they can peal their skin off and leave a pile of muscle and goo on the floor when they change their look.  Sam lost his soul because of the demon Crowley the king of hell’s negligence and his diabolical scheme to open Purgatory which only ended up releasing contrivances that plagued the Earth.  Living without a soul made Sam a much better hunter and he felt that he was destined to eradicate all of the monsters, but this did nullify all the trust that his brother had in him.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #188.


The word jackass is funny because it has a double meaning, being both a male donkey and a foolish individual. Obscenity evolves from something innocent till it ends up crossing social norms.   The words bitch and ass both started out as literally meaning types of animals, being a female dog and a donkey.  English is a fluid language, that is in a constant state flux, evolving all the time with words becoming defunct and new ones replacing them.  The word ass started out in Old English as aers, which meant the back end of anything, not just animals.  This is similar to the British word arse, with the letters being shuffled around.  In US English we say ass where the ‘r’ is changed to an ‘s’ and the ‘e’ is dropped out.

Many compound words can be formed using the word ass to describe different types of people like: “assbag”, “assbite”, “assclown”, “assface”, “asshole”, “asslicker”, “assmuncher”, “asswipe”,  “dumbass”, and the list goes on.  People can be broke-assed, cheap-assed, crazy-assed, lame-assed, lazy-assed, lying-assed, sorry-assed, ugly-assed and weird-assed.  Someone might be called a “horse’s ass”, girls are often looked at as being a “piece of ass”, some people like to go around “kicking ass”, and of course others love to be “kissing ass” and there will always be those who want to “shove it up your ass”.  Someone might say, “You better get your sorry ass over here, because your ass is in trouble.”

In ancient Rome the festival of Vestalia was celebrated to honor the hard working donkeys who were used to grind the grain so the Romans could bake bread.  The donkey is strong and fit for burden and it always went to work as soon as the day began.  They pulled carts with heavy loads and they turned the mills to grind grain, by walking around in circles all day long. The donkey is no dumbass, they are real smart, patient, extremely strong, and not in any way intimidated.  Donkeys think, reason, and they have the ability to make decisions.  That gives them all the ammunition they need to test your patience, and from this they get the reputation of being stubborn.  Donkeys are known for their stubbornness, but they also understand the futility of resistance.  A donkey won’t startle easily, when facing danger there is a good chance that they will not flee.  People attribute this to stubbornness, but it’s just their way of problem solving and trying to survive.  Donkeys are very gentle, they are also patient and trusting with people that they know.

They are incredibly surefooted, which allows them to traverse diverse terrain that is too rough for horses.  Donkeys are more independent in their thinking than horses, and they will reason first, and then make decisions based on their safety.  Donkeys have an incredible memory and you can’t force them into doing something, that they see as being contrary to their own best interest or safety.  Their infamous stubbornness often keeps them and their riders out of danger.  Donkeys have a reputation for being slow-moving creatures, but in fact many can move as swiftly as a horse, especially when they know that dinner is being served.

The word asinine is often used to refer to a person who is foolish, unintelligent, silly, stupid and has the characteristics of a donkey and a jackass refers to an idiot or a jerk who generally makes a fool of himself.  Asinine can also mean daft, imbecilic, irrational, ludicrous, moronic and pointless.  I think that people who do not understand donkeys have given them a bad rap.  It is kind of amazing that I was able to write a whole post about jackasses and I did not mention Trump at all.

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby Standing In The Shadow?

This Rolling Stones song was composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and it was recorded in the late summer of 1966. Like many other Stones songs, it is filled with phrases that seem to be throw together and then mixed into a hat just to sound cool.  Jagger said, “I get the ideas for the words by sitting down and following a train of thought – one thing just leads to another.  This is simply about a boy and his bird.  Some songs I write are just for a laugh.  Others are extensions of ideas.  This is a mixture of both.  You must listen to it and place your own interpretation on the lyric.  There is no attempt to present a controversial Mother theme. Mother is a word that is cropping up in a lot of numbers.”

It may have a million different interpretations, it’s impossible to say what it is exactly about, because the lyrics are purposely vague.  It seems that the Stones made an effort not to be too specific with the meanings of some of their songs, so people don’t spend their entire lives wondering what they mean, thus preventing them from being puzzled about the meanings.  You can listen to it over and over and over again and still probably not be able to figure it out.

It is different and a bit freaky, starting with its long, vaguely scandalous title and it is filled with horns blasting, guitar feedback reverb, it has a haywire tempo and odd lyrics.  It was especially controversial for its cover, an image of the Stones dressed in drag.  After they shot it, they went to a bar, still dolled up in dresses and wigs.  This single was certainly stranger than anything the group had previously released, both in production and words.  Some people describe this song as being discordant, filled with distorted guitar twanging becoming a complete wall of noise that annoyed some of the listeners like the aftermath of a car crash.  “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” is a catchy tune and I always liked it.  It made the Top Ten, but it was probably too far out for some radio programmers and listeners, as its chart performance was disappointing in comparison to the 1965-1966 singles it followed.

Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have you had another, baby, standing in the shadow?
I’m glad I opened your eyes
The have-nots would have tried to freeze you in ice

Have you seen your brother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have you had another baby, standing in the shadow?
Well I was just passing the time
I’m all alone, won’t you give all your sympathy to mine?

Tell me a story about how you adore me
Live through the shadow, see through the shadow,
Live through the shadow, tear at the shadow
Hate in the shadow, love in the shadow life

Have you seen your lover, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have they had another baby, standing in the shadow?
Where have you been all your life?
Talking about all the people who would try anything twice

Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Has she had another baby, standing in the shadow?
You take your choice at this time
The brave old world or the slide to the depths of decline

Written for 3/18/18 Helen Vahdati’s This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time Song Lyric Sunday Theme where the prompt is “shadow”.