DEATH AND TAXES

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Right now millions of people are worried about DEATH! When it comes to TAXES some of us are also worried for various reasons. As for me I’ve been ready for death for years, death as such doesn’t worry me, I’ve had a long innings not a particularly happy one but nevertheless “knock knock knocking on heavens door” at 70 is quite a long innings, and who knows when I come back either as a virus, tree or bird I’ll experience far fewer problems like TAXES!

Now I think I’ve written about this many times, in the past now 15 months sorting out my taxes and the stress surrounding it has taken a large portion of my time. I’ve worked 50 years of my life (I still work but not for wages), I’ve always paid tax of course, in the UK the tax system is relatively easy PAYE (Pay as you earn). So long as that worked out I never had to spend more than an hour a year to complete my taxes. However, compare that to the United States and their massively bureaucratic IRS. I spent 10 years in the USA most of the time working in education so when I left in 2015 I was of course not only due my social security payments but a reasonable teachers pension. Things went well and all was paid into my bank as as it should have been but suddenly without any warning or reason why the IRS started to deduct 30% tax.

Now yes we all have to pay taxes and in one of my favorite movies “Meet Joe Black” Brad Pitt as the grim reaper himself tells Anthony Hopkins their are two things you can’t escape in life Death and Taxes. However, I live in Malta, I’m a Brit (surprise) and as such I pay my taxes in Malta under the double taxation treaty between these two countries. But despite letters, and forms almost on a weekly basis I’ve not received and response.

The IRS have around 75000 employees they report to The Department of the Treasury with almost 90000 employees. Now compare that to say the UK their equivalent is the Department of the Treasury with around 1170 employees and when it comes to the the actual tax office that becomes a little harder to find as this department covers two areas customs and excise. However back to the IRS.

The IRS have over 800 different forms available take my latest for only 2 pages (not bad for the IRS) unfortunately that comes with 26 pages of instruction which itself has ‘hyperlinks’ to even more information. Consider the number of trees needed to make the paper where all that came from let alone the Billions of wasted hours spent filling them in. So if I was the IRS commissioner what would I do. ‘Keep it simple stupid’. Maybe just value added tax (a tax on what we consume) everything should be more transparent. So why doesn’t someone do something? A more sinister conspiracy theory might suggest its another way to control us. One of the most infamous quotes made by the New World Order clearly laid out that so long as you controlled the money you controlled everything and everyone. They no longer hide behind closed doors now they do what they do in the open because they believe they are immortal (and maybe that’s what they’re aiming for). IMMORTALITY. Get rid of the 99% and the 1% can live in their Utopian world. They have AI (artificial Intelligence) to do all the hard work, no need for us worker Bees and the space we take up,

The reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States (1776). The Latin phrase “novus ordo seclorum”, appearing on the reverse side of the Great Seal since 1782 and on the back of the U.S. one-dollar bill since 1935, translates to “New Order of the Ages”and alludes to the beginning of an era where the United States of America is an independent nation-state; conspiracy theorists claim this is an allusion to the “New World Order”.

Now I thought long and hard before I wrote this post, no point in scaring people unnecessarily, after all what can we mere mortals do about it? Well first of all I don’t want to be a blind sheep led into the gas ovens without a fight. Why should this 1% have it all their own way. So what can we do? Start by doing your own research, Google the terms used here, don’t take my word for it and when you finally realize that what I’ve written is true then those of you/us that are left should get together and decide for themselves united we stand divided we fall.

Internet Scams

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I’m sure we all know the danger behind internet scams, these people are getting even more resourceful in their effort to get our money and there are so many places where they will attempt to do it. Facebook of course has long been infested with scammers but Facebook has gone to strenuous efforts to clamp down on their activities. So now these criminals have turned to such unlikely places as LinkedIn and whatsApp to get the results they’re after bank details etc. However there is an even darker side to this dark industry.

As some will have found they use many kinds of bait to draw us in, offers of money from an African Millionaire, offers of sex from good looking women and that’s were I found the real dark side of what these slave traders are about. I’ve had attempts made on me regularly over the years, fortunately with my background I can spot one instantly, so on one particular occasion I thought it would be interesting to play along and pretend they’d hooked me, what I found was titillating and to be honest (I don’t mind being shown naked female bodies). But some of the lengths these women went to to demonstrate their ‘wares’ made me think surely they’re not doing all of this in their own free will.

So I continued to play along to get to the truth and what I discovered was sickening. Thousands of people women, men and children disappear every year, we read about a handful in the news some of these women for example end up in the modern sex slave trade being forced to perform all kinds of acts to make men in this case think ‘wow I’ll give this woman the money she needs for her passport or ticket to come and be with me’. Well it ain’t gonna happen. These women are slaves being held captive probably somewhere in Africa by certain black men who need to be exposed.

This carried on intermittently on WhatsApp for a long time but I kept up the charade “26/12/2019, 11:02 – Messages to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption. Tap for more info.
26/12/2019, 11:02 – +233 20 351 3656: Good morning its Shelly
26/12/2019, 11:05 – John Paul Chalkley: Good morning shelly, I’m going to Malta today from my home in gozo so will be out of contact where do you live? In the USA?
26/12/2019, 11:15 – +233 20 351 3656: No am living in west Africa in Ghana now and you please..?
26/12/2019, 11:15 – +233 20 351 3656: So that will make you occupied ..?
26/12/2019, 11:51 – John Paul Chalkley: Well I’m travelling and will be out of contact no internet for most of the time. I’m leaving very soon, enjoy Africa an interesting place 🙏
26/12/2019, 11:53 – +233 20 351 3656: Oh really
26/12/2019, 11:54 – +233 20 351 3656: Where are you travelling to..?
26/12/2019, 11:55 – +233 20 351 3656: How many days or weekend are you spending there.?
26/12/2019, 11:58 – John Paul Chalkley: To Malta just 2 days for agnihotra it’s a special ceremony for the new moon I wrote a blog about it.
I really have to go now stay safe 🙏
26/12/2019, 12:01 – +233 20 351 3656: Be safe
26/12/2019, 12:01 – +233 20 351 3656: Thank you so much for sharing your life to me
26/12/2019, 12:01 – +233 20 351 3656: Can I more pictures from you okay
26/12/2019, 12:02 – +233 20 351 3656: When you return back we will chat more… xx
26/12/2019, 18:38 – +233 20 351 3656: Hi
27/12/2019, 12:37 – John Paul Chalkley: I’m back but after waking up from a strange dream(see my Facebook) we had another power cut also on my Facebook.
Take care
28/12/2019, 12:08 – +233 20 351 3656: Good morning
28/12/2019, 12:08 – +233 20 351 3656: You’re welcome back nice to hear from you
28/12/2019, 12:26 – +233 20 351 3656: How are doing today.. xx
28/12/2019, 16:56 – John Paul Chalkley: Hmm bad day sorry I’m about to drown my sorrows and turn off the phone, bad bad day.
Let’s speak another time x
28/12/2019, 17:16 – +233 20 351 3656: Sorry what happen to you please let me know the situation am even just imagine how you said it’s bad day to you
28/12/2019, 17:18 – +233 20 351 3656: ..?
28/12/2019, 17:50 – +233 20 351 3656: Hi are you online
30/12/2019, 21:30 – +233 20 351 3656: Hi
30/12/2019, 23:04 – +233 20 351 3656: Missed video call
30/12/2019, 23:05 – +233 20 351 3656: Am here what are you doing
30/12/2019, 23:08 – John Paul Chalkley: I’m in bed what are you doing
30/12/2019, 23:09 – +233 20 351 3656: Just watching TV baby I feel alone and I want chat with you
30/12/2019, 23:09 – +233 20 351 3656: What did you all days
30/12/2019, 23:09 – +233 20 351 3656: How about the Christmas my faithful one
30/12/2019, 23:10 – John Paul Chalkley: Okay chat away, most of my news is on Facebook
30/12/2019, 23:10 – +233 20 351 3656: Last time why you told me you’re in bad day
30/12/2019, 23:11 – John Paul Chalkley: It’s been a bad month because of conflicts with some people
30/12/2019, 23:12 – John Paul Chalkley: Send me a picture so I know who I’m talking to
30/12/2019, 23:13 – +233 20 351 3656: IMG-20191230-WA0002.jpg (file attached)
30/12/2019, 23:14 – +233 20 351 3656: You can also call me Clara Simona cause that’s use to my all personal
30/12/2019, 23:15 – John Paul Chalkley: Wow you are gorgeous why bother talking to me you must have plenty of boyfriends
30/12/2019, 23:15 – +233 20 351 3656: Really
30/12/2019, 23:15 – +233 20 351 3656: Can I have more of you
30/12/2019, 23:15 – John Paul Chalkley: Yes
30/12/2019, 23:16 – John Paul Chalkley: Like what
30/12/2019, 23:17 – +233 20 351 3656: Any normal ones of you
30/12/2019, 23:19 – John Paul Chalkley: IMG-20190924-WA0000.jpg (file attached)
30/12/2019, 23:19 – +233 20 351 3656: Oh okay baby I want to changing my sim now can we chat more
30/12/2019, 23:20 – John Paul Chalkley: 👍
30/12/2019, 23:20 – +233 20 351 3656: +233240729122
30/12/2019, 23:20 – +233 20 351 3656: Text me now
30/12/2019, 23:21 – John Paul Chalkley: What do you want me to text
30/12/2019, 23:22 – +233 20 351 3656: Just hi
30/12/2019, 23:23 – John Paul Chalkley: This is weird I prefer WhatsApp its encryption and I never text
30/12/2019, 23:24 – +233 20 351 3656: I want change my number there I Will just text you yes
30/12/2019, 23:24 – +233 20 351 3656: So you won’t see me here again
30/12/2019, 23:25 – John Paul Chalkley: Ok my number is on Facebook along with my life story and pictures
31/12/2019, 08:12 – John Paul Chalkley: VID-20191231-WA0004.mp4 (file attached)
31/12/2019, 08:13 – John Paul Chalkley: My place Shelly
31/12/2019, 09:23 – +233 20 351 3656: Very nice place
31/12/2019, 09:49 – +233 20 351 3656: Missed voice call
31/12/2019, 09:23 – +233 20 351 3656: How are you doing today
01/01/2020, 14:17 – +233 20 351 3656: Good afternoon to you
01/01/2020, 14:34 – +233 20 351 3656: Missed voice call
01/01/2020, 14:38 – John Paul Chalkley: IMG-20200101-WA0009.jpg (file attached)
01/01/2020, 15:59 – +233 20 351 3656: You look very nice dear
01/01/2020, 16:01 – +233 20 351 3656: What are you doing now happy new happy year to you
01/01/2020, 16:23 – +233 20 351 3656: Missed voice call
01/01/2020, 19:31 – John Paul Chalkley: PTT-20200101-WA0014.opus (file attached)
02/01/2020, 15:39 – +233 20 351 3656: Hi how are you doing
02/01/2020, 15:50 – John Paul Chalkley: Just got new phone setting it up now
02/01/2020, 15:51 – +233 20 351 3656: Oh good
02/01/2020, 20:11 – +233 20 351 3656: Hi
03/01/2020, 20:30 – +233 20 351 3656: Hello
03/01/2020, 20:42 – John Paul Chalkley: You do know that i know this is a scam nice photos though but kets block each other now.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
03/01/2020, 20:43 – +233 20 351 3656: Sorry why that
03/01/2020, 20:43 – +233 20 351 3656: Why did you said this to me
03/01/2020, 20:44 – John Paul Chalkley: All you want is money by by 😎

The pictures sent were VERY revealing all deleted now but sad that these women in this case were exploited in this way, it’s clear from the grammar that the person doing the talking isn’t Shelly who may or may not be in Ghana.

So what can we do? What did I do? Well first of all report the post to whichever organisation you’re using Facebook, LinkedIn, WhatsApp whatever then broadcast as far and wide as you can to get the message across, this could have happened to someone you know who’s disappeared. The truth is out there, beware of the half truth (you may have got the wrong half). Most people will turn a blind eye (but in the world of the blind the one eyed man is king. Take care out there it really can be dangerous.

CHALLENGES

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about loneliness and also stress affecting our health, suicide rates continue to rise in particular amongst the younger generation, could the lack of challenges affect us in the same way? In older times I’m sure that these symptoms wouldn’t have been so clear. Now I admit to all three of these conditions of Loneliness Stress and lack of Challenge. Its been a progressive affect on me for many years, I’ve suffered from insomnia, attempted suicide, been hospitalised for physical problems, had a pacemaker fitted which went wrong and needed replacement and I have been under psychiatric care, well not so much now as I’m developing the middle path.

WHY? I asked myself have all of these things crept up on me, well I think I understand as far as loneliness is concerned I now live alone for the 1st time in my life, my Facebook connections started dropping off so I wasn’t hearing from friends etc. When it came to stress well lack of income, problems with taxes, people scamming me stealing from me was severely affecting my sleep. The effects of a divorce plunged me into the depth of suicide which as I’m writing this now clearly wasn’t successful (thanks to my sisters).

However, tonight I suddenly realised that all these problems were challenges in one way or another. In this modern time we aren’t faced with the same kind of challenges we were faced with in older times. We are no longer hunter/gatherers we sit watch TV, have our food delivered or eat in restaurants, play on the internet etc.

So maybe its the lack of CHALLENGE which is the root cause, the lack of Peace and Love, being told lies either directly or through fake news. In the old days we communicated face to face, not anymore. I have family and friends who for example don’t use Facebook and they’re relatively happy, I relied on Facebook to keep in touch then suddenly I start having problems with my Facebook account, was Mark Zuckerberg the great Satan, lulling us into believing that Facebook was the only way to stay connected.

Well I can only put this theory for you to judge, after all I’m known as The Crazy Brit so I think maybe its more appropriate for you to give your thoughts. I’d truly appreciate a response from YOU my reader even if its a “well you’re bloody crazy” Synchronicity has played a great part in my life just tonight watching the BBC the word CHALLENGES kept coming up, that’s what inspired this brief post. Goodnight sleep tight don’t let the bed bugs bite.

WELCOME TO THE CRAZY BRIT BLOG

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Hi there, before we go an further I want to say it’s not me who thinks I’m crazy it’s other people. I hope and believe that’s not bad crazy, its just that I may say some crazy things, so don’t be offended. I’ve been writing blogs for a few years now, but really just for my own amusement, and to get stuff off my chest. Only yesterday I went to group meditation and our teacher agreed with me that writing helped to clear my mind and be ready to meditate. So whilst I’ve accused myself of rambling in the past, it’s been for a good reason “MY PEACE”. First of all before we start on this journey I think it would be good to know a little about your companion, (that’s me):

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The Crazy Brit (OK the pictures a bit old, but I still have that shirt)

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And this is my only tattoo (naughty but nice)

I describe myself as a “Christian Buddhist” on Facebook (haven’t we all got Facebook nowadays). Saying this is a religion is in itself a misnomer ‘cos I don’t accept Buddhism is a religion, and I think even “The Buddha” would agree (but we can discuss that later).

I was born a Christian, so it gets a little complicated and is too long a story as to how I found Buddhism. So today is by means of my introduction and will become my one and only blog (sighs of relief). Here I will re-post not only past blogs, (that I consider worthwhile), but all of my future posts. So enjoy and smile (do you know it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown). If you don’t enjoy reading these then just stop. All I would ask from you, in return for me “opening my soul” is for you tell me what YOU think because it’s only with your comments (good or bad) that I know what everyone wants. So please fill in the comments box below and any special requests you make will be answered, but no candid nude photos of me, sorry ladies, (but there’s no point making a big thing out of a little thing like that).

Today has been a great day, and I continue to learn a lot about this magical island and my village of (No I’m not saying were I live because I don’t want this peaceful village overrun by all you cheapskates). In my previous life working in Texas, the job I had was in Marketing and Public Relations, that’s where I picked up all of the tricks of manipulation and one of the reasons I left, (perhaps I’ll write about that experience in another post). But one of the things I learned was that even though I spent a lot of $s advertising on TV, Cinema, Billboards, Radio, Facebook, Direct mail etc etc. the most effective form of advertising above all else (and with no cost) was and is word of mouth (people talking). Recently I’ve experienced the benefit of talking, apart from the people I’ve been talking to being locals, one of the other bonuses (apart from one or two guys) is that all of the these people have been attractive females, (a big bonus for the Crazy Brit). But wait guys like I said to Marica at Ta’Pinu pharmacy “why is it that all the attractive females here are all accounted for” yep sadly for me they are (I hear sniggers in the background tut tut). Hell I may be crazy, but I’ve still got some fire in my belly! even though it may need kindling. Anyway today I went to see my attractive doctor (yep she’s married), and Marica (who’s engaged) told me about a fab place in Gozo to buy my tea, and what a little gem it was. Vini-e-Capricci is in the Gozitano Agricultural village and it’s packed with wonderful goodies, chocolate, the best teas, coffee, wines and lots of other things, and all in a nice relaxing setting. You’ll see what I mean when you click the link (but please come back here)

What Marica did by telling me about Vini Capricci was not only help a poor crazy Brit, but it helped ‘Abraham Said’ develop his already thriving business (I hope I get a discount from Abraham when I next call in for this plug hint hint). I also realised that I could buy top quality products cheaper than I could anywhere (yep and you guessed it, I’d just placed an order in the UK over the internet for tea). I was so impressed with what they had in tea that I’m considering fulfilling a long held ambition of opening a tea shop. I almost opened a tea shop in Texas called The Crazy Brit (go figure). Over there I’d not only found the location, but I persuaded the mayor of the city (Keller), to do my ribbon cutting. In fact The Crazy Brit tea shop concept is still open on my Facebook, so I may use some of the ideas I came up with there for my tea shop if and when I open one here (if I can be bothered to get from behind my desk and do some real work). Unfortunately my now ex, in Texas has either kept or sold my collection of teapots and she refuses to enter into communication, although maybe if and when she reads this she will “reconsider her position” (name n shame).

But now the name for the Gozo tea shop.Scan_20140630

I actually own the domain for TeaZme (no it’s not me launching a porn site, as was suggested in the US) It represents Tea Zen and Me, and is a place where customers can go and have either tea in a formal English tea shop setting, or go into the other room and enjoy the relaxation of herbal teas in a relaxed meditation area. 

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my “special” teapot

Fortunately I did manage to bring with me one of the dozens of teapots I used to own, and that is my “special” little Chinese pot, that I only use for my special teas. I’ve plenty of other ideas and plans which I’m not telling anyone as I know with some of you lot someone will pinch ’em.So, just by talking I’ve found out a lot today.

Ray (who describes himself as a grumpy old git), has been messaging me through expat.com, and he gave me some great advice on opening a bank account. I was able to walk straight in and start the process without any problems, (and you’ll see the problems I’ve had when I re-post SMILING) which will be incorporated into this blog, along with all the others, so everyone can keep track, not that I’m expecting anyone to want to, but it helps focus me, (and I do admit I can be a bit random at times). 

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My Texas location

However, apart from the entertainment factor of my sharp, clever, but crazy wit (such modesty), I hope my posts will help anyone embarking on a new life, just as I have. I haven’t “retired” that sounds like I’ve been put out to grass. So remember, it helps to keep talking, but it also helps to keep reading and smiling. There’s a lot more writing to follow, but I’m sure you can only take so much of my ramblings at any one time. So I’ll say goodbye for now, and hope you’ll “come up and see me sometime” (as Mae West said)….PEACE & Love x 

Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream (by me)

So I have this theory, when I dream I feel no physical pain, if its a good dream I will wake up happy and wish I could go back and continue the dream. Is dreaming like death or Nirvana or is it just a chance for our brain to reboot. This is an interesting proposition because if we can enter a dream state without the constant worries and pressures of the “real”world then isn’t that a better way to exist?

We will never really know what makes us dream maybe one day someone will be able to explain.

Wikipedia says “A dream is a succession of imagesideasemotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.[1] The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, although they have been a topic of scientific, philosophical and religious interest throughout recorded historyDream interpretation is the attempt at drawing meaning from dreams and searching for an underlying message. The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology.[2]

Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep. However, these dreams tend to be much less vivid or memorable.[3] The length of a dream can vary; they may last for a few seconds, or approximately 20–30 minutes.[3] People are more likely to remember the dream if they are awakened during the REM phase. The average person has three to five dreams per night, and some may have up to seven;[4] however, most dreams are immediately or quickly forgotten.[5] Dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses. During a full eight-hour night sleep, most dreams occur in the typical two hours of REM.[6] Dreams related to waking-life experiences are associated with REM theta activity, which suggests that emotional memory processing takes place in REM sleep.[7]

Opinions about the meaning of dreams have varied and shifted through time and culture. Many endorse the Freudian theory of dreams – that dreams reveal insight into hidden desires and emotions.[qualify evidence] Other prominent theories include those suggesting that dreams assist in memory formation, problem solving, or simply are a product of random brain activation.[8]

Sigmund Freud, who developed the psychological discipline of psychoanalysis, wrote extensively about dream theories and their interpretations in the early 1900s.[9] He explained dreams as manifestations of one’s deepest desires and anxieties, often relating to repressed childhood memories or obsessions. Furthermore, he believed that virtually every dream topic, regardless of its content, represented the release of sexual tension.[10] In The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), Freud developed a psychological technique to interpret dreams and devised a series of guidelines to understand the symbols and motifs that appear in our dreams. In modern times, dreams have been seen as a connection to the unconscious mind. They range from normal and ordinary to overly surreal and bizarre. Dreams can have varying natures, such as being frightening, exciting, magicalmelancholic, adventurous, or sexual. The events in dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer, with the exception of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is self-aware.[11] Dreams can at times make a creative thought occur to the person or give a sense of inspiration.[12]

Ancient history

The Dreaming is a common term within the animist creation narrative of indigenous Australians for a personal, or group, creation and for what may be understood as the “timeless time” of formative creation and perpetual creating.[13]

The ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia have left evidence of dream interpretation dating back to at least 3100 BC.[14][15] Throughout Mesopotamian history, dreams were always held to be extremely important for divination[15][16] and Mesopotamian kings paid close attention to them.[15][14] Gudea, the king of the Sumerian city-state of Lagash (reigned c. 2144–2124 BC), rebuilt the temple of Ningirsu as the result of a dream in which he was told to do so.[15] The standard Akkadian Epic of Gilgamesh contains numerous accounts of the prophetic power of dreams.[15] First, Gilgamesh himself has two dreams foretelling the arrival of Enkidu.[15] Later, Enkidu dreams about the heroes’ encounter with the giant Humbaba.[15] Dreams were also sometimes seen as a means of seeing into other worlds[15] and it was thought that the soul, or some part of it, moved out of the body of the sleeping person and actually visited the places and persons the dreamer saw in his or her sleep.[17] In Tablet VII of the epic, Enkidu recounts to Gilgamesh a dream in which he saw the gods AnuEnlil, and Shamash condemn him to death.[15] He also has a dream in which he visits the Underworld.[15]

The Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883–859 BC) built a temple to Mamu, possibly the god of dreams, at Imgur-Enlil, near Kalhu.[15] The later Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (reigned 668–c. 627 BC) had a dream during a desperate military situation in which his divine patron, the goddess Ishtar, appeared to him and promised that she would lead him to victory.[15] The Babylonians and Assyrians divided dreams into “good,” which were sent by the gods, and “bad,” sent by demons.[16] A surviving collection of dream omens entitled Iškar Zaqīqu records various dream scenarios as well as prognostications of what will happen to the person who experiences each dream, apparently based on previous cases.[15][18] Some list different possible outcomes, based on occasions in which people experienced similar dreams with different results.[15] Dream scenarios mentioned include a variety of daily work events, journeys to different locations, family matters, sex acts, and encounters with human individuals, animals, and deities.[15]

In ancient Egypt, as far back as 2000 BC, the Egyptians wrote down their dreams on papyrus. People with vivid and significant dreams were thought to be blessed and were considered special.[19] Ancient Egyptians believed that dreams were like oracles, bringing messages from the gods. They thought that the best way to receive divine revelation was through dreaming and thus they would induce (or “incubate”) dreams. Egyptians would go to sanctuaries and sleep on special “dream beds” in hope of receiving advice, comfort, or healing from the gods.[20]

Classical history

Dreaming of the Tiger Spring (虎跑夢泉)

In Chinese history, people wrote of two vital aspects of the soul of which one is freed from the body during slumber to journey in a dream realm, while the other remained in the body,[21] although this belief and dream interpretation had been questioned since early times, such as by the philosopher Wang Chong (27–97 AD).[21] The Indian text Upanishads, written between 900 and 500 BC, emphasizes two meanings of dreams. The first says that dreams are merely expressions of inner desires. The second is the belief of the soul leaving the body and being guided until awakened.

The Greeks shared their beliefs with the Egyptians on how to interpret good and bad dreams, and the idea of incubating dreams. Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, also sent warnings and prophecies to those who slept at shrines and temples. The earliest Greek beliefs about dreams were that their gods physically visited the dreamers, where they entered through a keyhole, exiting the same way after the divine message was given.

Antiphon wrote the first known Greek book on dreams in the 5th century BC. In that century, other cultures influenced Greeks to develop the belief that souls left the sleeping body.[22] Hippocrates (469–399 BC) had a simple dream theory: during the day, the soul receives images; during the night, it produces images. Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 BC) believed dreams caused physiological activity. He thought dreams could analyze illness and predict diseases. Marcus Tullius Cicero, for his part, believed that all dreams are produced by thoughts and conversations a dreamer had during the preceding days.[23] Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis described a lengthy dream vision, which in turn was commented on by Macrobius in his Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis.

Herodotus in his The Histories, writes “The visions that occur to us in dreams are, more often than not, the things we have been concerned about during the day.”[24]Beginning of “The Dream of Macsen Wledig” from the White Book of Rhydderch, f.45.r

In Welsh history, The Dream of Rhonabwy (Welsh: Breuddwyd Rhonabwy) is a Middle Welsh prose tale. Set during the reign of Madog ap Maredudd, prince of Powys (died 1160), it is dated to the late 12th or 13th century. It survives in only one manuscript, the Red Book of Hergest, and has been associated with the Mabinogion since its publication by Lady Charlotte Guest in the 19th century. The bulk of the narrative describes a dream vision experienced by its central character, Rhonabwy, a retainer of Madog, in which he visits the time of King Arthur.[25]

Also in Welsh history, the tale ‘The Dream of Macsen Wledig’ is a romanticised story about the Roman emperor Magnus Maximus, called Macsen Wledig in Welsh. Born in Hispania, he became a legionary commander in Britain, assembled a Celtic army and assumed the title of Emperor of the Western Roman Empire in 383. He was defeated in battle in 385 and beheaded at the direction of the Eastern Roman emperor.[26]

Religious views

In Abrahamic religions

Jacob’s dream of a ladder of angels, c. 1690, by Michael Willmann

In Judaism, dreams are considered part of the experience of the world that can be interpreted and from which lessons can be garnered. It is discussed in the Talmud, Tractate Berachot 55–60.

The ancient Hebrews connected their dreams heavily with their religion, though the Hebrews were monotheistic and believed that dreams were the voice of one God alone. Hebrews also differentiated between good dreams (from God) and bad dreams (from evil spirits). The Hebrews, like many other ancient cultures, incubated dreams in order to receive a divine revelation. For example, the Hebrew prophet Samuel would “lie down and sleep in the temple at Shiloh before the Ark and receive the word of the Lord.” Most of the dreams in the Bible are in the Book of Genesis.[27]

Christians mostly shared the beliefs of the Hebrews and thought that dreams were of a supernatural character because the Old Testament includes frequent stories of dreams with divine inspiration. The most famous of these dream stories was Jacob’s dream of a ladder that stretches from Earth to Heaven. Many Christians preach that God can speak to people through their dreams. The famous glossary, the Somniale Danielis, written in the name of Daniel, attempted to teach Christian populations to interpret their dreams.

Iain R. Edgar has researched the role of dreams in Islam.[28] He has argued that dreams play an important role in the history of Islam and the lives of Muslims, since dream interpretation is the only way that Muslims can receive revelations from God since the death of the last prophet, Muhammad.[29]

In Hinduism

In the Mandukya Upanishad, part of the Veda scriptures of Indian Hinduism, a dream is one of three states that the soul experiences during its lifetime, the other two states being the waking state and the sleep state.[30]

In Buddhism

In Buddhism, ideas about dreams are similar to the classical and folk traditions in South Asia. The same dream is sometimes experienced by multiple people, as in the case of the Buddha-to-be, before he is leaving his home. It is described in the Mahāvastu that several of the Buddha’s relatives had premonitory dreams preceding this. Some dreams are also seen to transcend time: the Buddha-to-be has certain dreams that are the same as those of previous Buddhas, the Lalitavistara states. In Buddhist literature, dreams often function as a “signpost” motif to mark certain stages in the life of the main character.[31]

Buddhist views about dreams are expressed in the Pāli Commentaries and the Milinda Pañhā.[31]

Dreams and philosophical realism

Main article: Dream argumentA Dream of a Girl Before a Sunrise by Karl Bryullov (1830–1833)

Some philosophers have concluded that what we think of as the “real world” could be or is an illusion (an idea known as the skeptical hypothesis about ontology).

The first recorded mention of the idea was by Zhuangzi, and it is also discussed in Hinduism, which makes extensive use of the argument in its writings.[32] It was formally introduced to Western philosophy by Descartes in the 17th century in his Meditations on First Philosophy. Stimulus, usually an auditory one, becomes a part of a dream, eventually then awakening the dreamer.

Postclassical and medieval history

Some Indigenous American tribes and Mexican civilizations believe that dreams are a way of visiting and having contact with their ancestors.[33] Some Native American tribes used vision quests as a rite of passage, fasting and praying until an anticipated guiding dream was received, to be shared with the rest of the tribe upon their return.[34][35]

The Middle Ages brought a harsh interpretation of dreams.[citation needed] They were seen as evil, and the images as temptations from the devil. Many believed that during sleep, the devil could fill the human mind with corrupting and harmful thoughts. Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer, believed dreams were the work of the Devil. However, Catholics such as St. Augustine and St. Jerome claimed that the direction of their lives was heavily influenced by their dreams. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream

Well that’s some theory we shall see

Where did all the stuff come from

MY INSPIRATION

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS AND IDEAS

Monday, February 17, 2014

ATTRACTION

THE SECRET

What is the secret, attraction of thought, whatever we think is what we get? Think about it, we feel love we get love (so long as the other person wants love), we feel hate we get hate. It is all down to attraction. Whatever we think is what will be attracted to you. As it happens I have just watched a movie called “The secret” it’s not a best seller, most people won’t have even heard of it but it gives a message and the biggest message is the Law of Attraction.
Over the centuries the message has always been the same, the genie from the lamp “your wish is my command” whatever you wish for yourself will in time happen. So what is the secret, most people would say it’s all about money, but as the song goes money can’t buy you love. What we are all seeking is happiness. It doesn’t mean that we have to have lots of money, I know lots of people who have lots of money who aren’t happy. I also know lots of people that have lots of money that are happy.
Positive thoughts will in time bring positive outcomes, I use the word exponential what that really means to me is if something happens it will build to make something even bigger.Good thought attract good outcomes, bad thoughts attract bad outcomes. Some of the happiest people on this earth are what we would regard as being “dirt poor” but they’re smiling. They’re happy. I’ve had the misfortune in my life to experience real poverty. Pakistan for example in the interior is a no man’s land, but people are still happy, granted many are not. But why do the same people in the same place attract so many different outcomes. Well at this point it’s for you to find out. WATCH THE MOVIE!

My very 1st Blog and Post

MY INSPIRATION

I found this today 23rd February 2020 it could be my 1st blog

Monday, February 17, 2014

DAVID & GOLIATH WEAK VS SMALL

DAVID AND GOLIATH The small fighting the large! What is that teaching us? Nowadays we see many instances of this. In this new open information age everyone gets the opportunity of fighting for example injustice, the unethical activities of large companies and governments. Take WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, he believes passionately in his cause, (governments particularly in the US) have tried to stop his activities, which is all about getting the truth out there. Without like minded people he wouldn’t have the material to put out there anyway, so clearly there are many who want to expose the truth.It’s not easy speaking out, just like David and Goliath I’m sure there must have been a nervous moment when David walked out there to send his stone aimed at Goliath’s head. But he won and downed Goliath. But no-one wants to see governments fail, maybe just change their attitudes and be more honest.
Civil rights are one of the pillars on which we build a truly great society, without civil rights we become the slave of others. Yes people have to be strong and stand up for them. JFK & MLK stood for what they believed, yes they did fall at the end, but their legacy lives on and many “small” people stand up for their beliefs and can use the power of the internet to get their message across.Now governments have started to accept that basic human and civil rights are important, here in the US we have such things as the DFPS they protect the weak to the extent as they say “Anyone who thinks a child, or person 65 years or older, or an adult with disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited must report it to DFPS. A person who reports abuse in good faith is immune from civil or criminal liability. DFPS keeps the name of the person making the report confidential. Anyone who does not report suspected abuse can be held liable for a misdemeanor or felony”.
The EEOC, “Equal Employment Opportunity Commission” is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
So yes even governments will help the weak challenge the strong and as the saying goes “the bigger they are the harder they fall”. 
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FRIENDS

I heard today that the cast of friends are getting back together and it made me think of friends. I’ve have quite a few “friends” but some are what are described as fair weather friends. My best friend Steve Poskitt died a few years back he was a true friend, he made me laugh right up to the day he passed away. But there are the others who only stay around when there’s something in it for them. They should know who they are and IF they don’t they will just as soon as I get a chance to “unfriend” them on Facebook.

I don’t like trying to preach to people even when I have a strong point of view and it annoys me when I see people spouting out how we should behave, how we can be better human beings, how to attain spiritual enlightenment etc etc. who are they to tell me or you anything! So over the course of the next few days I’m beginning the process of “unfriending”.

IF I post on Facebook I want it to entertain and (maybe) pass on information and news that I’ve picked up (once I’ve checked it out of course) because there’s so much fake news out there.

I heard the news today oh boy, 4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire and though the holes were rather small they had to count them all, now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert hall.OH there’s so much bad news out there John Lennon IF you were still alive today you’d be disappointed how little we have learnt.

So a blog a day keeps the ??? away. Peace and Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usNsCeOV4GM

Carnival Capers

Its that time of the year again carnival in Gozo, the place is packed with people and floats and parades are getting ready for this long weekend event. You really have to look twice when passing some of the guys dressed as women (I think the beards give them away). There’s going to be a lot of fun frivolity and no doubt a little s-x on the side. But what happens in Gozo during Carnival stays in Gozo. I’m not sure if its safe for me to venture out tonight, hmm we shall see.

Heaven must be missing an Angel

I live opposite a monument that has fascinated me since I moved here, the dedication is in Maltese so its been kinda difficult to find out what or who the monument is for. The light shines bright throughout the night and I’m sure it can be seen from miles around. My investigation shed light on what to me was a mystery. Bryan Portelli someone here really loves and misses you.

Bryan Portelli’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BryanPortelliILM/

The monument I have discovered was built with the support of his mother Rita Portelli (its amazing what you can find out on Facebook). I feel it best to leave any further commentary to those who know more about Bryan in the meantime these are just a few random photos I’ve taken of this magnificent view.

So there you have it, a sad story no doubt perhaps Bryan’s mother can explain?