1. Magic is everywhere. It’s an ocean of energy, glowing a kind of greenish purple. It’s the tapestry that weaves and connects us. It’s the stuff we’re made of and breathe in and have our sense of beingness in. Often it’s spontaneous.
All people are born with the capacity to connect through it and direct it. The only reason so many don’t do so consciously is because of the restraints they wear. They don’t know themselves fully enough. They are wearing psychological blinders. Their thoughts are being managed by authority figures they respect.
Even so, our individual minds are part of a local collective which is part of endless one. What the individual is impeded from doing on their own, the collective does as a whole, forming the shape of our world and the paradigms we live in.
The more an individual realizes their part in the greater whole, shucking the blinders imposed, the more they are capable of directing magic somewhat independently.
Some people are really good at that. I’ve even done it on such occasions as I do not have my emotions under control, which means magic/psi of an uncontrolled nature. Doing it on purpose isn’t so easy.
Despite being a fairly uninhibited person, I still have my hangups. I haven’t even identified them all but I know they’re there. I sure wish they’d get out of the way so I could fly at the very least. Would flight be an unreasonable thing to hope for?
Anyway, spellcraft is for controlling strands of otherwise wild magic. Since strong emotionally visualizations are necessary for a cast, the spell is pure poetry and emotion that works quite well if done eloquently, specifically, and is wholly felt.
2. I’ve made 4 Sims so far: Joel and Ampbreia Farris, which are patterned after Jeb and I, Enrique Iglesius, and Jennifer Lopez, which are patterned after the celebrities as well as I could for not knowing them personally. I could approximate everyone’s faces quite well, but you only get to give them 7 personality traits and some aspirations besides. What’s surprised me in all of these is that they develop other personality traits on their own. With Joel and Ampbreia, these unexpected traits made them more like us than I could ever have anticipated. I’m suspecting that the addend of aspirations and experience cause this to happen.
With Enrique… well, I hope he’s not too much like the real Enrique because he loves to put on rags and dumpster dive every time I take my eyes off him for a second. I go to see what he’s doing and there he is with nothing but his kicking legs sticking out a dumpster and garbage flying everywhere. There’s not option to tell him “STOP IT! YOU’RE EMBARRASSING ME!” so I instead direct him to someplace (ANYplace) away from the dumpster and tell him to put his nice clothes back on. He does it, then goes around a corner, changes back into the rags, and goes up to a woman on the street and starts flirting with her quite outrageously while, politely, she tries not to wrinkle her nose at the smell of garbage emanating from him nor look at his clothes. I give up, sending him home to eat and shower. He pauses at the bathroom mirror to primp. He primps a lot. I send him to bed and he spots the bedroom mirror on the way and starts primping in that, also flirting with his own reflection! Oh Enrique!!!!!
Jennifer, I don’t control at all. I built a beautiful little cottage for her to live in, but Enrique, it seems, is my only game piece here. So I make him visit her. He likes her and is on his best behavior around her. She doesn’t seem to like him much. She’ll visit with him for a little while, but always ends up throwing him out whenever he slips up and starts coming onto her. Guess she’s not that kind of girl. LOL
3. Someone posted an article on Facebook about an atheist church. Still thinking about it. It really does mimic church in the speeches and singing and socializing; it’s just the religion that’s left out. I’m thinking too, that, like church, some people will find themselves being shut out. They explain that its all the parts of church they like with none of the stuff they don’t believe. It’s community. But it has its limits. It must have. I’m an agnostic, for instance, AND I believe in magic and reincarnation and all sorts of things commonly considered fringe. Would I fit? What about people of various religions that are simply tired of hypocrisy, judgement, and dogma? And that got me thinking….
4. I’ve been ranting a lot about Islamists and Iran lately. I should mention here that I do NOT consider Islamists and Iranians interchangeable. More like the one is oppressing the other. I don’t hate Iran or Iranians. I think our cultures are a bit too different to make a good mix when it comes to marriage, but that’s another matter entirely because the worst of that culture difference comes purely from Islamism I think.
If you love someone, you should be able to embrace them for who they are. If you can’t, then you shouldn’t marry them expecting them to change. Throw religion into the mix and geeze…. suddenly it’s not enough for your spouse to be themselves. No. They have to be your religion as well and then they’re not the person you were attracted to in the first place.
5. Someone witnessing my rants assumed a camaraderie with me that I didn’t appreciate. He said that Iran was damned to Hell, that god hated Iranians, and that he was a “true Christian.”
Oh good lord! Have I waxed a bit extremist lately that I am now attracting Christian extremists?
I actually hoped I was reading him wrong so I went to his site to see. What I saw was blog after blog of “God hates” this nationality/religion, “God hates” that, and condemning them all to Hell. He also posted pictures of famine, earthquake, tsunami, and typhoon devastation and says these people shouldn’t be helped because “they’re wicked,” children included, “deserve this suffering,” and “God is punishing them”. Oh. But he loves Jesus and wants to show his love.
Some people show “love” in the darndest ways. It’s been a while since I read the New Testament, but I don’t recall Jesus ever “showing love” to people by saying god hated them and they were all going to hell or refusing kindness to fellow humans. Far from it! He was a high caste Jew and he associated with everyone his religion insisted were low lives. He was kind to everyone except bankers and stone throwers. He said things like, “If someone slaps you, [don't fight them] just turn the other cheek” and “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” He also practiced magic at a very high level; so much so that people called it “miracles” but he told them that they could do this too; that it wasn’t out of their reach and someday they’d do it themselves.
It’s the other stuff taught in churches that I don’t believe… Jesus dying for our sins? No. We are responsible for our own. He appeased a primitive people’s desire for a sacrificial lamb or scapegoat is all. Heaven and Hell? I believe in an afterlife and the eternal soul. I do NOT believe in there being only one physical life and an eternity of suffering or royal treatment for getting it all wrong or all right – as if we would or could. Damnation and condemnation gets thrown around way too liberally there and out of the box/Bible thinking is DISCOURAGED in capital letters. And the people there judge each other both horribly and hypocritically while their real feelings about nearly everything are kept carefully and artificially submerged behind their facades. These are some of the reasons I don’t like being associated with religion.
Meh. I should get to work now.