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Time Passages

Wow! It’s been four years since my last post here, for many different reasons. But I’m back! I will continue to write on various subjects, from news topics, spirituality, our humanity, food (one of my favorites) and anything that needs attention.

Also, if there is any topic you would like for me to comment or write about, feel free to let me know by leaving a comment.

Ahhh…..Good to be back:)

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Posted by: shamanron | July 23, 2012

Are we lost?

For the first time in many moons, my heart aches, and I am close to tears. My friends, readers and fellow bloggers, we are lost.
Humanity has lost it’s way in this world. It’s one thing when people stone a woman to death because she was an adulterer. This happens because it is and has been part of that country’s culture for a thousand years. But free countries are stepping in to try to end such violence. War in the Middle East has been going on for centuries, over lands, religions and ideals. Maybe one day there will be a lasting peace there. In the Congo, the wars against the poor have been going on for some time due to the greed of the warlords.
And here, in the USA, home of the free and plenty, we have a tragedy and a travesty in the shooting that occurred in Colorado. Correction….the second tragedy and travesty in Colorado.
The first was the Columbine school shooting. And now we have a young man walk into a theater and open fire with military grade automatic weapons, killing and injuring many people. Innocent people trying to enjoy a movie.
To make matters worse, a church (Westboro Baptist) is planning to picket the memorial service for these people that lost their lives. The shooting was a tragedy and what Westboro is planning is a travesty.
But there is another tragedy that has been overlooked, that of the life of the 24 year old man that did the shooting. At Columbine, it was a couple of teens.
Did no one notice the ordering and purchasing of a few thousand rounds of ammunition? Did no one know that a 24 year old bought or obtained military grade assault rifles? And to walk into any place concealing three or more assault rifles, wouldn’t a person have to be wearing a long coat or jacket?
Where are the warning signs? Why did no one see the red lights going off? And officials stated that he had been planning this for months. Even if he had no close friends, as a grad student, certainly he had associations with other students, maybe even faculty. Why were the warning signs not seen?

Have we become too detached from our own humanity to notice such things? Did no one ever talk with this boy? (I’m almost 50, so I can call him a boy).  Have our smart phones, PC’s, laptops and pads taken the place of our personal interactions with other people to a point that we no longer are sensitive to the basic needs of others…seeing with our hearts as well as with our eyes, listening with full attention,  seeing and feeling the joy or pain in someones face?
Since the 90’s and the advent of the internet, technology has grown in leaps and bounds, so fast I think, that it has bypassed our humanity, our basic needs as fellow human beings. Our TV’s and video games have become our babysiters, our PC’s and laptops and smart phones have become our interaction with other friends, some of which we have never seen or spoken to, and might not ever.

I fully understand that the world, humanity, is not perfect and that we all have our flaws.
But there was a time, when interaction between people would have prevented a tragedy such as the shootings in Colorado.
Is it because we are now afraid,  afraid of being sued, disliked or frowned upon because we care enough to ask questions? If I see someone purchasing a 50 or 100 round magazine, I want to know why. My military background is enough to tell me it isn’t for deer or squirrel hunting. And if a friend of mine has a stockpile of over 4000 rounds of ammunition, I am going to ask why. So sue me. At least I’ll know.
And why did no one notice anything odd about his behavior? You don’t plan for months, to walk into a movie theater to kill as many people as you can without some sort of odd behavior going on. SOMEONE had to notice something! But NO ONE did or said anything to stop this from happening! This my friends, is a travesty!
I’m not a degreed, 8 year college educated psychotherapist or psychologist. But I’ve been around for a while. I have even helped friends that were looking for a way out of this world, to see the light, to keep on going, to have a will to live. I have prevented at least two suicides. All it took was a compasionate ear and heart to listen with, and life’s wisdom to help. On my part, it took very little effort except for the desire to want to help, and the will to step up.
If it is the laws that make people fear to interact, to prevent terrible events like this, then let’s change the laws. If it’s fear of being wrong, then grow some gutts and suck it up. I’d rather suspect and intervene and be wrong, than to do nothing and be right.

People, take time, step away from your PC’s and laptops. Put down your smart phones. Now take a look around. With the faces you see are connected lives, hearts and souls. Shake someone’s hand, just because you can. Smile at someone (you can’t do that looking down at your phone). Ask the girl or guy at the check out line how they are doing. And if they aren’t doing good or great, don’t be afraid to take a couple of minutes from your life……..

and ask why, with your heart. You might just save a life, or many lives.
Please, let us find our way back to the humanity that is supposed to be.

Namaste       Brightest Blessings         Ron “Shamanron”    WheelerImage

Posted by: shamanron | May 24, 2012

The New Racism is alive and well!

The New Racism is alive and well!.

Posted by: shamanron | May 24, 2012

The New Racism is alive and well!

So, I see racism is still alive and thriving in America. You think not? Look around and listen my friends.

It might go by a different name or even look a little different today than it did in the 60’s and 70’s, but it is still here. Now, like the great deceiver that it is, it is used by every type and class of people there is, from the members of a local church, to our local leaders (mayors, city counsel members, preachers and priest) all the way up to this country’s law makers ( congressmen and women, senators, etc…).

Yes! Even our state leaders are unabashedly use racism in order to(attempt) gain sheeple, constituents, voters, you and I!

Quick side note: If you do not fall into the category of “sheeple”, then don’t fuss. If you are active and are making your voice heard, then you are not sheeple. Sheeple are the ones that bitch and complain about everything they don’t like but do nothing to make change happen. Instead, they just follow the ones that make the most noise.

Yes, our community and country leaders are using racism this very day, but they have cleverly changed it’s name and colors! And here is the most important fact friends: It is still based out of fear, ignorance, and shallow thinking, just as it always has been!

Today, the new racism has different targets, not just the color of one’s skin. Today’s targets are our very own sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, even fathers and mothers. That is if they have chosen to embrace an alternative lifestyle. Yes, you read correctly. If you are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgendered, your very freedoms are being threatened. But this is no surprise, nothing really new.

The new part of all this garbage, this racial mess this country is in, is that these community, state, and country leaders are trying to spread their own ignorant rants to anyone that will listen, and most of them are doing this while hiding behind………………….the BIBLE! They are actually picking apart the pages of the Bible, verse by verse, to suit their own misled beliefs and agenda.

When I hear of a preacher, telling his congregation to strike a child if he starts to display a “limp wrist”, it sickens me to no end. When a senator or congressman (or congresswoman)picks a verse from the Bible (the old testament no less), in order to strike down a bill, allowing two people of the same sex to be married, it has me wondering what direction this great country of ours is headed.

I could fill a few pages just from recent quotes from senators and congress people, using Bible verses, to ban gay marriage. And it doesn’t stop there! They are also trying to tell a woman what’s best for her body! And this sludge fest is coming from the men! What do they know about the welfare of a woman? Very little. But before I even start my rant there, let’s continue with the gay bashing, happening right in our country’s capitol, and our neighborhood churches.

The only good thing coming from any of this is today’s technology. Almost all of these volatile, bile raising statements or rants spewing forth like poison gasses against our gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered brothers and sisters, is recorded in some way, then transferred to You Tube or some other media for all the world to see. And fortunately, the same media is available to those that the bashing is directed at, producing feedback the likes of which we have never seen before.
But most of it is done in a positive manner.

The sadness of all this is the separation it causes, and all due to narrow minded ignorance and uneducated fear.

When two people have an undying love for each other, so much so that they would give their life for the other, why not allow them to be joined in legal union? Because they are man and man, or woman and woman? Because that would make a terrible home and example for children to see and be raised in? I would rather be raised in a home of a loving gay or lesbian couple than a heterosexual couple that is full of strife, stress and violence. A gay or lesbian couple is not going to infect me with some incurable disease if they happen to look my way, or even, gods forbid, touch me. If a person has gay and/or lesbian friends, does that mean that person is going to somehow, turn gay or lesbian? Certainly not. But these fear mongers leading so many sheeple believe these fictitious thoughts to be fact, and in turn, spew their ignorance to their blinded followers. And if all this wasn’t bad enough, these same leaders, stating that the union of same sex couples is against the sanctity and holiness of marriage between a man and woman, are practicing against what they are trying to preach! They are divorcing and remarrying, having multiple affairs, even some with the same sex! But, thanks again to today’s technologies, there is a camera or some type of recording device in almost every nook and cranny around the world.

Here is the part that I sincerely hope they see and read.

People, if two humans love each other, as Jesus said we all should (from the very same Bible you get your gay-bashing authority from), then let them be, in peace! I promise that their union will not infect you, you will not contract a disease, it will not turn you into a gay or lesbian, nor will it effect your children, assuming they have a decent, educated, unbiased upbringing.

It will however, set an example to you and others. An example of what a union of two people that truly love each other should be like.

So take off your “I’m the schoolyard bully” shirt, pull up your grown up pants, open your eyes, put away your unneeded fears, and educate your selves on the true values of humanity. Put away those Bible verses that were written a thousand years ago only meant to control people out of unheralded fear.

Become the real leaders that we all need and yearn for.

I’m not a violent person by nature. But when and if you get to the point of stoning people because of their sexual preference, I’ll be one of the first to sling a brick at your head.

side note: If you are sick and tired of the hate and gay bashing going on, please share this post with as many people as you can. Thank you.

Blessings, Love and Light to All! Ron

Posted by: shamanron | April 1, 2012

The Right To Judge?

Since the beginning of humanity, we, as humans, have declared our individual right to be a judge. Some have taken it even further as to be the jury and executioner as well. And as the population of this planet has grown, so has our right to judge. Or has it? As a matter of fact, I can remember reading no where in no script that gave us each, as individuals, a right to judge. I might have missed it somewhere, but I don’t think so.

I’m not just talking about judging a criminal, when someone breaks the law, to determine guilt or innocence. We leave that up to our judicial system…….sometimes.

Here are some thoughts to ponder. If they tug at your heart strings, then good. They are meant to.

The last time you were in a downtown area, whether in a big city or small town, did you see the man sleeping on the sidewalk? Living in a big city, I’ve seen this many times. So what thoughts cross your mind? “Why doesn’t he sleep in the homeless shelter?”. You mean the one that is full and has no more room or that wont accept him because he has no ID? Here’s another thought: “Why does that man live on the street, begging for money?” Sure, there might be a few out there that take the money only for their drug or drink habit. But how about the ones that don’t have a drug or drinking habit? How about the veteran that got caught up in so much red tape from the government, trying to get his deserved benefits, and just gave up hope? How about the man, or family even, that was layed off from his job, and in hard economical times, lost their home? OK, so you might get the point about the street sleepers.

Here’s some other examples of our judgmental society: How many of us (and we are all guilty) have watched overweight or obese people and think “He/she needs to be going to the gym, or exercising more and eating less!” Yeah, it’s easy to think that way because we are slathered everyday about healthy eating and exercising in some form of media, showing that a slim, muscular body is the only healthy body there is. But maybe, just maybe, that person has a health issue that, no mater how much exercise they do, the weight just wont leave. Or it might be that some medication they might be on has caused weight gain. And in today’s economy, it can be difficult for some people to maintain a healthy diet. When a roof overhead, running water, electricity, and gas in the car are priorities, food and diet take a back seat. OK, so maybe you get the point here that not all overweight people should belong to Over-eaters Anonymous, or “Lazy People Anonymous”.

OK, so maybe you get the point about overweight people.

But there’s more!

How about the young lady that is dressed so that you can’t help but to look at her? Maybe you are thinking “she is probably a stripper”, or “wow, she certainly want’s some attention.”. And maybe she does because she didn’t get the right kind of loving, caring attention when she was growing up, as a child. And the same can be applied to the young man that wears his pants low, or that even has a drug habit.

We have become a judgmental society and we have also encouraged the media to feed us this behavior! So Lady Gaga wears a meat dress. She has her reasons, and it is not our place to judge that. Whitney Huston died from drowning in her bathtub, with cocaine in her system. I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but I know that I wasn’t there, through her life, dealing with what ever she had to face. Certainly it’s a sad loss, but it isn’t our place to judge her. But we allow the media to judge her and to feed us, our minds.

The tragic events of the Florida shooting of a teen brought this to my thoughts. The victim: Young black male, wearing a “hoodie”, alone on the street in a gated neighborhood at night. I didn’t know the kid, so I don’t know if he lived in that area, or was just passing through, or anything else about him, except for what the media decided to tell us. I also don’t know what his actions were when confronted by the neighborhood watch man. He could have been fearful for his life, or confrontational. I don’t know because I wasn’t there. The shooter: Young man, on a neighborhood watch patrol. Was he in fear for his life? Did he judge the young man and decided he felt his own life threatened?  Or did he react out of prejudice or hate? I don’t have any idea because I wasn’t there.

Yes folks, it’s a sad and disturbing case, but still, not our place to judge either man.

Again, we have allowed society to brainwash us into thinking we each have the right to judge other individuals on basis of skin color (by the way, we all bleed the same color), religious beliefs, sex, lifestyle, appearance and actions, whether we do it silently at the check out line at the grocery, or as we see people passing us every day on the streets. But do we have that right?

I do know that we have options. Instead of practicing a judgmental mentality, lets practice a mentality of thoughtfulness, of compassion, of understanding. It’s not that hard to do. All you have to do is to change your mind.

Posted by: shamanron | March 31, 2012

Judge Dredful!

Judge Dredful!.

Posted by: shamanron | March 31, 2012

Judge Dredful!

Since the beginning of humanity, we, as humans, have declared our individual right to be a judge. Some have taken it even further as to be the jury and executioner as well. And as the population of this planet has grown, so has our right to judge. Or has it? As a matter of fact, I can remember reading no where in no script that gave us each, as individuals, a right to judge. I might have missed it somewhere, but I don’t think so.

I’m not just talking about judging a criminal, when someone breaks the law, to determine guilt or innocence. We leave that up to our judicial system…….sometimes.

Here are some thoughts to ponder. If they tug at your heart strings, then good. They are meant to.

 

The last time you were in a downtown area, whether in a big city or small town, did you see the man sleeping on the sidewalk? Living in a big city, I’ve seen this many times. So what thoughts cross your mind? “Why doesn’t he sleep in the homeless shelter?”. You mean the one that is full and has no more room or that wont accept him because he has no ID? Here’s another thought: “Why does that man live on the street, begging for money?” Sure, there might be a few out there that take the money only for their drug or drink habit. But how about the ones that don’t have a drug or drinking habit? How about the veteran that got caught up in so much red tape from the government, trying to get his deserved benefits, and just gave up hope? How about the man, or family even, that was layed off from his job, and in hard economical times, lost their home? OK, so you might get the point about the street sleepers.

Here’s some other examples of our judgmental society: How many of us (and we are all guilty) have watched overweight or obese people and think “He/she needs to be going to the gym, or exercising more and eating less!” Yeah, it’s easy to think that way because we are slathered everyday about healthy eating and exercising in some form of media, showing that a slim, muscular body is the only healthy body there is. But maybe, just maybe, that person has a health issue that, no mater how much exercise they do, the weight just wont leave. Or it might be that some medication they might be on has caused weight gain. And in today’s economy, it can be difficult for some people to maintain a healthy diet. When a roof overhead, running water, electricity, and gas in the car are priorities, food and diet take a back seat. OK, so maybe you get the point here that not all overweight people should belong to Over-eaters Anonymous, or “Lazy People Anonymous”.

OK, so maybe you get the point about overweight people.

But there’s more! 

How about the young lady that is dressed so that you can’t help but to look at her? Maybe you are thinking “she is probably a stripper”, or “wow, she certainly want’s some attention.”. And maybe she does because she didn’t get the right kind of loving, caring attention when she was growing up, as a child. And the same can be applied to the young man that wears his pants low, or that even has a drug habit.

We have become a judgmental society and we have also encouraged the media to feed us this behavior! So Lady Gaga wears a meat dress. She has her reasons, and it is not our place to judge that. Whitney Huston died from drowning in her bathtub, with cocaine in her system. I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but I know that I wasn’t there, through her life, dealing with what ever she had to face. Certainly it’s a sad loss, but it isn’t our place to judge her. But we allow the media to judge her and to feed us, our minds.

The tragic events of the Florida shooting of a teen brought this to my thoughts. The victim: Young black male, wearing a “hoodie”, alone on the street in a gated neighborhood at night. I didn’t know the kid, so I don’t know if he lived in that area, or was just passing through, or anything else about him, except for what the media decided to tell us. I also don’t know what his actions were when confronted by the neighborhood watch man. He could have been fearful for his life, or confrontational. I don’t know because I wasn’t there. The shooter: Young man, on a neighborhood watch patrol. Was he in fear for his life? Did he judge the young man and decided he felt his own life threatened?  Or did he react out of prejudice or hate? I don’t have any idea because I wasn’t there.

Yes folks, it’s a sad and disturbing case, but still, not our place to judge either man. 

 

Again, we have allowed society to brainwash us into thinking we each have the right to judge other individuals on basis of skin color (by the way, we all bleed the same color), religious beliefs, sex, lifestyle, appearance and actions, whether we do it silently at the check out line at the grocery, or as we see people passing us every day on the streets. But do we have that right?

I do know that we have options. Instead of practicing a judgmental mentality, lets practice a mentality of thoughtfulness, of compassion, of understanding. It’s not that hard to do. All you have to do is to change your mind.

 
Posted by: shamanron | March 23, 2012

What if……….

First, this posting isn’t a call for a pity party or a “woe is me” rant. It’s a call for support, for the young adults, teens, youths, young ones and those yet to be.

I remember my childhood and youth quite clearly. There was a house full, with two brothers and two sisters. Mom was a full time mom, and dad worked full time and what ever part time work he could find. I wont go into a lot of detail, but as I remember, my childhood, up to the age of 17, was not pleasant. There wasn’t the support needed to nurture my ever inquisitive mind, and what I observed as “normal”, was out of my reach. I was embarrassed to play sports (baseball and basketball) because the only training was when I could go to practice with the team (city leagues). For what ever reason, I wasn’t allowed to play school sports. And since dad was either working or resting, I didn’t have the “father-son” time to learn how to pitch, catch, shoot baskets, or anything else. The only support I really remember receiving was for my art work and writing.

As I look back (rarely), there are things I wish I had been able to do, or at least had the home support to better hone skills that might had led me on a different path. As an example, at a thin 6’2″ in high school, I might have become a decent basket ball player, or pitcher for a baseball team. As I got older, I realized that I loved music (even more than I did as a kid), and when alone, I would sing along to the radio. But since I still didn’t have family encouragement or support (while I was married), I never tried to sing in public.

As I said before, this isn’t about me. I’m only using myself as an example, so please, no pity parties.

This is about this generation and the next to follow, and all those after.

Today’s generation has technologies that were only dreams when I was a kid. Today we have multimedia that is truly unlimited and almost anyone has access to it. And it is a very powerful tool when used correctly. It can take a gifted child, and build that child a wonderful life and future. But ONLY if there is support and encouragement behind that child, youth or young adult.

So here is my plea for parents, relatives, mentors, teachers, coaches, or anyone that has a part in the life of a young person: In what ever endeavor dream or goal (reasonable, of course) that young one might have, offer support and encouragement. If they fail, help them up, and teach them that failure is OK, as long as they do not quit trying. And please remember to use passion and compassion with your support. Anger and belittlement teaches nothing except bad attitude and a fear of failure, and that leads to not trying again.

This is so important because the young ones of today will be the leaders, teachers and mentors of tomorrow. As they grow into adults and older, let’s make sure they don’t have to look back and think “what if…”

Posted by: shamanron | March 4, 2012

My gifts, from Spirit

My gifts, from Spirit.

Posted by: shamanron | March 4, 2012

My gifts, from Spirit

Greetings to all!

This post is more an advertisement for my website and services that I have to offer to anyone in need of them. But first, a little about me and how I realized my gifts from Spirit 🙂

From a young age (5 or 6) I knew something was different about me. I never really felt as though I fit in with the rest of the kids my age. I didn’t think like they did, and my interest were different. I wasn’t into sports as much as I was into arts, painting, drawing, creating, writing. This continued well on into my teens. At the age of 17, I left home and within a month, was stepping off drill in Marine Corps boot camp. What a whirlwind that was! But as I was physically fit and that I was brought up in a very strict home, I found boot camp was easier than most others. After 13 weeks of enduring Marine Corps training, I was off into the real, wide open world.

After 3 more months of training in sunny California, I was transferred to swampy Charleston, South Carolina, where I spent the next two and a half years in the service of our country. An interesting and growing time for me, to say the least.

It was during my time in Charleston that I began my search for my spiritual identity, not even knowing what spirituality was about. I visited many churches of many denominations, hoping to find my spiritual “home” in one of them. It was also during this time that I found myself, several times, at the center of a small group of friends, giving answers to spiritual questions, that upon retrospect, I couldn’t have known other than through channeling messages from Spirit. But at the time, I had no idea what was happening, that I was being tested and taught by Spirit (God, Goddess, Source, Universe, the One) for what was to come much later in my life.

As the years passed by, many experiences came and went, some altering my life forever. I was married, had three wonderful children, and made more than my share of mistakes, both with my family and with my personal life. I also endured near death with a disease that came very close to ending my life. But it wasn’t quite my time to leave this existence. After a brief (yet intensive) hospital stay, I was off to recovery. Due to severe weight loss, and physical weakness due to the disease, I was unable to work for a few months. This was to be a time of some serious soul searching and self discovery, which lasted for a few years.

Fortunately for me, the Universe is very persistent. My interest and quest in spirituality never waned. It only grew and expanded. In the beginning of the new mellinia, a new door was opened before me and I began to explore and study anything I could about metaphysics and true spirituality. Also, as it turns out, when one door closes, sometimes many more open, not just one.

During the next few years, as I studied and learned more about my metaphysical and spiritual interest, more and more opportunities presented themselves to me to grow in my gifts from Spirit.

As an empath and intuit, people I had never met would start up conversations about issues in their lives, seeking answers and direction. Although I had been in “training” for many years, learning about the gifts from Spirit, it was during this time that I fully realized what blessings had been given to me.

And over these years, I have also been tagged with a few monikers, nicknames, from those that have found use of my gifts, most notably, “Redneck Prophet”. But I hardly consider myself a redneck, and doubtfully a prophet.

Now is a time of true testing though. As we grow older, our physical bodies don’t always keep up with our spirit, our essence of being, since they are only the container, the machines we use to move around in this existence, and being as such, like other machines, don’t last forever and are prone to break downs. And I am no exception to this rule. Three decades of construction and other heavy work has proven to be too much for my back, and with that, I have suffered at least one damaged disk in my lower back, causing severe pain as well as the damage it is causing to my sciatic nerves. So I am at the point of having surgery to try to repair the damaged disk and nerves. And so ends my career in anything involving heavy lifting.

And this is where I hope my next career begins, as a gifted psychic, empath, intuit, spiritual counselor and teacher. It has been and is, even more so now, to help others on their spiritual paths, to share what I have been graciously blessed with from Spirit.

So, if you have reached this point in your reading, please open my website, and look around. It’s nothing fancy, just to the point. Also on the testimonials page are pasted emails, from a few people and friends I have had the blessings and honor to help.

http://shamanron.weebly.com

I wish you all Brightest Blessings, Love and Light in your own Spiritual lives.
Namaste Ron “ShamanRon” Wheeler

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