Thoughts That Hurt To Think #009 – Everyone is Selfish!

There are a lot of people out there that seem to think that they are selfless, or that many of their actions are. That kind of thinking can be as harmful as it is delusional, and it’s important to realize that most productive and intelligent people have a healthy view of their own selfish nature. It’s also important to realize that it isn’t just muddled thinking that leads to selfish people viewing themselves as selfless; this country has always been a little shaky on the definitions of those words. It’s no wonder that so many Americans are confused as to what these words mean, when they get used improperly so often.

Most dictionaries tell us that selfish people act in their own best interest, with little or no thought given to the consequences of those actions. I was a little shocked when I first read something like that, since one part of the sentence is totally contradictory to the other. Anyone who has ever deliberately endeavored to act in their own best interest knows that consequences always have to be considered. If you don’t consider the consequences of your actions, you aren’t acting in your own best interest; the two are, quite obviously, inextricably connected. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #009 – Everyone is Selfish!”

Thoughts That Hurt To Think #000 – An Introduction

One of the first things honest things I learned from an adult was CYA. That’s ‘cover your ass’, for those of you fortunate enough to have never encountered people who shirk responsibility and avoid accountability rather than step up. The principle differs for some of us, but it still applies to all of us. Even when we’re making friends, or having a chat with one we’ve already made, we might amend or add something to what we just said after having said it. In conversations, I playfully refer to such pronouncements as ‘disclaimers’.

In books, it’s a bit different. You’ve got to jump right in with a few words about what the rest of these words will be about, to grab the interest of the readers you’re after and push the others away in one carefully worded passage. This blog will be compiled into a book, and the foreword will read a lot like this introduction.

But this is a blog, so we’re calling this post the introduction. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #000 – An Introduction”

Why I Love To Write #024 – The Blessed Reader

If there is one thing that has always been important to me, it’s reading. When I did it for escape, it saved me from the reality that was trying to shape me into something other than I longed to be. Books show us that there isn’t just a whole other world out there; there are endless other worlds out there! Reading can give sweet escape to the overwhelmed, a fresh perspective to an old and tired viewpoint, and a whole new start to what may have otherwise been a dead end life. I should know; it did all those things for me. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #024 – The Blessed Reader”

Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – Comments Welcome

I am happy that people are enjoying this blog series. It’s something that I have been glad that I decided to do, for a number of reasons. I really do want to help writers trying to get it all together, or any artist for that matter; whether it’s encouragement or actionable ideas you need, I’m trying to bring it all to the table. There is a plan behind all this, though; and it’s a plan that I would really appreciate your help with.

This series will be compiled, and edited, and made available in finished form for a very affordable print and ebook price. The original blog will stay up, and probably grow, and perhaps produce more tangible results for who I’m trying to help; that’s where I would like you to come in.

If you read any of these posts, and think I should have covered something that I didn’t, let me know. If you think I’m totally wrong about something, or even slightly misguided, weigh in on that too. You can post comments on here, or message me directly at Jay@JayNorry.com. Any input you have is appreciated. This doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear the good stuff; tell me how it’s been helpful too, if you have a minute.

You might have an idea that is already scheduled; I’ll let you know if it’s in the outline, or already written. Heck, I might give you a sneak peek. If I haven’t thought of something, and you suggest it, that will help out tremendously. I like to give credit where it’s due, so let me know if I can mention you when I write it in whatever way you wish. I really want to make sure that this is the best guide to writing and publishing that it can be, and I’d sure appreciate your help in making it so.

Thanks for reading!

All the best,

Jay
J.K. Norry
Founder, The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning
Jay@JayNorry.com
Twitter: @JayNorry

Why All the God Talk? Part 4 of 4: So That’s God, Huh?

[This is the final part of a journal entry that was originally written between October 30th – November 3rd, 1997 (if you’d like to read the entire series, start with Part 1: The Ancient Automobile). You can read what Today Jay has to say about what Yesterday Jay wrote in the Post Script. Enjoy!]

We are all tiny little flecks of one huge consciousness. We can only see one tiny little fleck at a time. These are plain and simple rules, conditions we accept when we choose to experience this space/time experience. What we can influence, and change, is just what little fleck we happen to see,and just how it is that we look at it.

So that is God. Not some stern, omnipotent, punishing father . . . simply a consciousness, or a being, of which we are all a part. God is not male or female, but both . . . without the separation we all deem so necessary simply because it is all we know. Just as humans created books as a convenient learning device, so God created humans; and maleness and femaleness; plants and animals; Heaven and Earth . . . simply as a convenient device for learning and experience. Continue reading “Why All the God Talk? Part 4 of 4: So That’s God, Huh?”

The Outline; Friend or Foe?

This is the first of a series of blog posts about writing and self-publishing that Jay has written for the Sudden Insight Publishing blog. Enjoy!

There was a brief online discussion the other day during which I was asked if I use an outline when I write. I couldn’t be my wordy self at the time, and gave a brief response. Then I got to thinking about it, and I realized it might have helped me to have a little insight into the outline phenomenon before I started writing books. Although I’m not some hugely accomplished writer, self-publishing two books and the better part of a third has seen some real changes in my process. Among them: meeting the outline.

My first book, “Stumbling Backasswards Into the Light”, was never intended to be a complicated story with lots of character development and plot twists. I saw the scenes play out and I wrote them down. It was like watching a movie that I could pause and rewind but not fast forward. I labored over that book way more than I needed to, but an outline would not really have helped much. The book ended up being just what I wanted it to be, a guide for those beginning to ask questions about the nature of life and an engaging reminisce for those who have been asking such questions for a long time. Continue reading “The Outline; Friend or Foe?”

The Silent Observer, Part III: The Observer In Action

[This journal entry was originally written by Jay on October 22nd, 1997. As always, you can read what Jay thinks about this subject now in the post script – Dawn]

Imagine being that silent witness. Imagine seeing everything you see as if for the first time, not through screens of interpretation. Imagine being free from the pain of the past and the fear of the future. Imagine being someone who never manipulated on any level, and could not be manipulated on any level. Imagine pure Awareness. It’s always there, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be tapped. Continue reading “The Silent Observer, Part III: The Observer In Action”

The Mind’s Errant Thoughts

[This journal entry is from February 22nd, 2005. As always, Jay’s current thoughts about this entry are in the post script – Dawn]

The Mind’s Errant Thoughts

     It’s amazing, the kinds of thoughts that the mind can choose to indulge in. So many useless, pointless, mindless thoughts that seem to come from nowhere and lead to nothing. It’s a bit comical, and it could be a bit embarrassing if it wasn’t seen as being comical instead.

     I know there’s a great deal of negativity in many minds, and I’m quite grateful to have worked through a lot of that. I vaguely remember what it was like, though… I’d crack a joke, no one would think it was funny (or no one would get it), my thoughts would tell me I was stupid and lame; and I would feel stupid and lame. Next time I’d keep my mouth shut and my thoughts would tell me I was stupid and lame for not taking advantage of such a great opportunity to crack a joke. When your mind has a negative lean to it, it doesn’t really matter what you do; your mind will find and exploit the negative aspect of whatever you did or refrained from doing. If there’s no negative aspect to the situation, your mind will manufacture one. Continue reading “The Mind’s Errant Thoughts”

The Expulsion of Poisons

[This journal entry is from February 15th, 2005. As always, Jay’s current thoughts about this entry are in the post script – Dawn]

The Expulsion of Poisons

     It can be such an easy thing to become filled with poisons, I know. Physical poisons come in all shapes and sizes, in all conceivable potencies. From refined sugar to cocaine to cyanide, physical poisons can affect a person’s physical state profoundly. This, in turn, affects their emotional state, their mental state and indeed their entire being. There are of course those highly elevated beings who are immune to any such poisons. For those of us still working on achieving such states, however, the expulsion of poisons is very important. Continue reading “The Expulsion of Poisons”