One of my closest and dearest friends forwarded this video to me today. I just had to share. Simple truths are the most important truths.
The lesson lies in learning
And by teaching I’ll be taught
For there’s nothing hidden anywhere
It’s all there to be sought
Part of becoming stronger spiritually involves learning to trust your gut.
When all the signs are there, what you suspect is going on, probably is. musician
Never second guess what your intuition tells you. Quiet yourself. Look deeply within the inner recesses of your heart and know. Trust yourself. While intuition may seem to arise from some mysterious inner source, it’s actually one form of human unconscious reasoning—one that is well-rooted in the way our brains collect and store information.
As humans begin to accumulate knowledge, whether it is about the person with whom we live, or about how to accomplish a task or how to impress someone to hire us for a job, we begin to recognize patterns. This is true for virtually everything that we do. The brain unconsciously organizes these patterns into individual blocks of information. This is a process that Herbert Simon, PhD, a famous social scientist, refers to as “chunking”. Over time the brain chunks and links to more and more patterns, then stores them as clusters of information in one’s long-term memory. This can be tested when we detect a tiny detail of a familiar design. We instantly recognize the larger composition—and that’s what we regard as a flash of intuition. Trust that intuition, regardless of what you are being told. Our brain circuitry evolved in this way so that we, as humans, can evaluate a situation quickly. It is our “fight or flight” instinct.
Let your instincts guide you, for example, when you are trying to decide if you are being lied to. Despite what self-help books and television psychics may tell you, “There are no easily detectable signs that indicate lying, so even if you’re adept at reading people, you can’t infer dishonesty based on the other person’s gestures or behavior,” says David Myers, PhD, author of Intuition: Its Powers and Perils. Sometimes, you just have to put all the pieces together and trust your gut.
Often liars use tactics that are designed to cause people to lose their intuitive senses. For instance, I have a friend whose partner is having an affair, and who lies to her continually. She knows, in her gut, that it is happening, but he adamantly denies it, causing her to feel crazy, telling her that she “has issues”. Upon occasion, she may angrily confront him, but when she does, he will raise his voice, get right into her face and intimidate her to the point that she loses her intuitive knowledge and begins to doubt herself.
My friend’s clever partner disparages his secret lover to my friend. He tells her that he is being pursued by this “crazy woman”who is madly in love with him…. then turns around and apologetically conveys this message to the secret lover with the explanation that his partner is “crazy” and “dangerous” and that he just HAS to tell her SOMETHING. He works both sides at once, and by virtue of his manipulation, maintains the affection of both parties. The lover is always told that he is on the verge of leaving the partner. The partner is being cajoled into believing that he plans to stay with her forever. Truth is, this guy is a skirt chaser that is always on the prowl for the “better deal” and chances are, he’ll end up leaving them both in the dust eventually.
In her heart (and gut) the partner knows he is lying to her, but he will not even allow her to get the words out of her mouth before he starts to yell at her angrily. She has even insisted that he engage in a 3-way conference call with the lover, herself and her partner or make some kind of public denouncement, but he always comes up with an excuse not to do it, or will make a half-assed effort after warning the lover first that it is about to happen. Why is that? She wants him to send his lover a text to say that he doesn’t want to hear from her again, but, of course, he calls her first to warn her. She wants him to post something online, but, of course he refuses. She should examine this carefully! What is he afraid of??
My friend should trust her gut. Her partner blames all kinds of external forces and evil spirits for the discrepancies that his partner observes, but he NEVER accepts responsibility for his own actions. Just as he calculates that it will, his lying and manipulation weaken my friend, K, on many levels, the worst of which is to rob her of her intuitive powers. In fact, these repetitive patterns render her into a state of pathetic helplessness, just as her partner hopes they will.
At the end of the day, she does intuitively know what is going on. She can sense it and feel it in her gut, but she stays, because SHE is weak. She has been worn down by the dishonesty of it all.
Remember, when all of the signs are there, and in your gut, you KNOW that things are not as they are being represented, do not allow yourself to be manipulated into believing something quite the opposite of what you know in your heart and mind, is the truth. No matter how many times he swears it is a cucumber, the object in the picture above is a banana.
Trust your inner banana.
Credit to Allen Clifton for this outstanding article.
Click the highlighted words for links to substantiation. Most of the time, the word to click will be, “FALSE”.
I’ve read thousands upon thousands of comments by Republicans in the 14 months since I founded my page Right Off A Cliff. Usually what they say doesn’t bother me, because often it’s just ridiculous. The thing that does drive me nuts is that about 95% of what they say is completely inaccurate.
Let me shred some of their Fox News fed rhetoric:
Obama has been the biggest spending President in history! FALSE. Year to year spending increases have been less than 1%. They’re also at their lowest rate of year to year increases since Eisenhower.
Obama has spent more than all other Presidents in history! FALSE. On January 20, 2009 our national debt was $10.6 trillion, today it’s $16.7 trillion—for a $6.1 trillion increase. For the mathematically challenged, $6.1 trillion is less than $10.6 trillion. This also doesn’t factor in the money spent in 2009, which gets tagged to President Obama, was actually passed by Bush.
*This also doesn’t take into account much of the cost of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had not been put on our books by the Bush administration.
Obama is a Muslim! FALSE. You’re an idiot and I’m not even going to explain why.
Obama isn’t an American! FALSE. See above.
Obama is a Communist/Socialist/Fascist! FALSE. They’re all different—it’s impossible to be all 3. Then with stocks setting new records, having their best 10 day stretch since 1996, and increasing by more than 100% since their lows in 2006…he would be the worst Communist, Socialist or Fascist that has ever existed.
Obama is always on vacation! FALSE. President Obama took 131 vacation days in his first 4 years in office. That puts him on pace for 262 days during 8 years in the White House. By contrast Bush took 1,020 days, including a 5-week vacation–the longest by any President in nearly 4 decades, and Reagan who took 484 days. Once again for the mathematically challenged, Obama is on pace to take fewer vacations than both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
The economy has gotten worse under Obama! FALSE. Are you insane, have selective memory or both? In February 2009, we lost 651K jobs. In February 2013, we added 236K jobs. Again, for the mathematically challenged, that’s a positive shift of 887K jobs from our losses in February 2009 to our gains in February 2013.
I’ve seen the rebuttal to these numbers, so I’ll squash it right now before moving on:
Those jobs numbers are a lie! No, they’re from the same source which Republicans have used to saddle Obama’s job losses (from his first year in office… and only his first year). So you can’t use a source to support your argument, then ignore that very same source when it no longer supports what you want to believe.
Unemployment is at record highs! FALSE. Unemployment hit a high during November 2009 of 10%, it’s now at 7.7%.
I can already hear the Republican rebuttal to this one as well, “But that doesn’t include the people who have stopped looking for work!” I hate to burst your bubble, but the unemployment ratenever includes those who have given up looking for work. This isn’t a shift in what defines our unemployment rate, this is how it has been calculated for quite some time.
Fun history lesson: When Reagan took office, unemployment was at 7.5%. Within his first 18 months in office unemployment shot all the way up to 10.8%.
Obamacare is unconstitutional! FALSE. The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, signed by the President and the Supreme Court ruled that it was in fact Constitutional.
Obama has been terrible for business! FALSE. Corporate profits are up 171% since President Obama took office and are at their highest levels, relative to the size of economic growth, since 1947.
Obama has waged a war on the rich! FALSE. We’ve added over 300,000 new millionaires, for a total of 8.9 million, approaching the all-time high of 9.2 million.
Obama is out to take away our Second Amendment rights! FALSE. Well, not anymore than Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush wanted to. He wants to put back in place the assault weapons ban that was supported by Reagan and Bush that expired in 2004. He also wants to limit magazine size to 10 rounds and require universal background checks for all gun purchases–something that isoverwhelmingly supported by most Americans, regardless of political affiliation.
I’ll stop there. I could have continued, but I’d risk going into fringe stories such as microchips and FEMA concentration camps that really don’t deserve anyone’s attention.
The point is, these statements comprise the vast majority of comments I read from Republicans, and they’re completely inaccurate.
This is why political debate goes absolutely nowhere these days. It’s hard to have rational discussion with people who are starting their argument based on complete lies. Not only do they base their argument on these lies, they want these lies to be true. Even when you present them with indisputable factual data that contradicts their beliefs, it makes absolutely no difference.
And therein lies the problem. They’re suffering from cognitive dissonance. Simply put, it’s where the brain creates it’s own reality when faced with two conflicting beliefs. You see this often in abusive relationships. One partner is abused, but wants to believe their partner loves them–because that’s what they’re told. They then equate abuse to love and convince themselves that it’s okay, because they want to believe that the person abusing them actually does love them. Their brain can’t comprehend the conflicting realities, so they create some alternate form of reality which justifies these conflicts.
That’s where we’re at with Republicans. They want to believe the lies they’ve been fed, even though reality doesn’t support them. With this conflict they’ve created an alternate reality where facts don’t matter, science doesn’t matter, reality doesn’t matter, history doesn’t matter and math doesn’t matter…
And that’s very dangerous.