Matthew Frederick Freelance Writing

Freelance Writer and Blogger – specializing in Case Studies

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You Are an Essential Ingredient to Existence

Get outside and allow the sounds
to move the hairs in your inner ear – with no judgment or reasoning

Have you ever stood in the rain and felt sincere gratitude that you’re able to experience that specific moment? Feeling the droplets of water crash into your skin?
How about sitting quietly outside – focused on nothing but the sounds of the nearby birds? Not in a way that attempts to figure out the meaning behind their endless chirping but – in a way to simply allow the sounds into your mind. Bbe present and experience the sense of hearing as nature sings?
If you have never done this – I encourage you to do this.
With that being said –

I do not meditate.

Not in the traditional manner – that is.

You may be thinking, “Why do you choose to not meditate? Isn’t it a good practice and/or ritual to maintain healthy spiritual/mental well-being?”

I certainly have no issues with meditation. If it works for you – that’s fantastic.
Maybe you’re interested or intrigued by a certain meditative practice – if so, you should investigate it and check it out.
I am in no way attempting to convince you that meditation is wrong or that you shouldn’t immerse yourself in your own curiosities. You definitely should investigate your curiosities – Always and without hesitation.

Why I stopped practicing meditation

A beautiful butterfly.

Meditation is absolutely 100% subjective.
That is to say – there is no definitive guide as to how to do it. Everyone has their own unique method of achieving stillness of the mind.
Sure, we all start with ideas and techniques from others but, in the end as our style develops, we shed some of those techniques for things we’ve learned along the way. Granted, many of the techniques and/or methods used remain similar – it’s safe to assume we bring our own personality and perceptions to the mix once we’re quietly engaged.

So far, so good.

After a few months of making meditation a priority – I slowly began to realize something.
Taking my perception into account – which is:

All events, situations, happenings – essentially everything that has happened in your life (and mine and everyone else’s) is somehow, in some way, connected and necessary for the other. This connection is likely beyond our human level of perception – its foundation is not capable of being perceived.
Life itself is one event, one happening. Not a series of events – which is how we perceive it now. How we’re molded to perceive it. Molded mainly through social institutions and societal structural values/beliefs handed down to us from the time we’re born to this present moment.

Our perception of time has a lot to do with this

Think about it like this –
The words you’re reading at this very moment is what this entire show is about. This connection between the two of us- at this moment with you reading these words after I’ve written them, holds the secret to the entire universe.

I know…sounds crazy, right?
I do believe it is true, though.
This is not me boasting about my writing, this is about you carrying out an action that is ultimately creating the entire universe. This could be anyone’s perception reading anyone’s words. It makes no difference.

In that moment – that conscious action is what the universe is manifesting. With the present moment being all there is – all past events are created in that moment as well. The present moment and our perception of it create the past.

I will explain this in more detail on Tuesday 6/27/17.

So – if I am practicing an art form that aims to quiet the natural flow of thoughts – thus disrupting the flow of creation and rhythm of energy – it shows that I do not truly understand that every moment of my life is what the universe is doing. It’s the main attraction. The ultimate show of shows. It’s music. Why aim to alter the natural flow?

Who am I to assume that life, this present moment, is not up to par and my subjective perceptions must be altered?

What do you think about this? Do you practice the art of meditation? If so – has it been an effective tool for you? I’d love to hear your take on this.

Thanks for reading, my friends.

As Always, Much Love.

-Matthew Frederick.

 

I am Awake as the Puget Sound Sleeps – Always.

But I’m not the only one

As usual, the Puget Sound sleeps while I sit, and mentally pace, wide-eyed at my desk.

This evening, I found myself attempting to organize projects that are halfway complete or barely started.  Most are  files on my laptop that I toss around like my laundry – as I throw them in random folders, straight to the desktop, or in one of eight folders that are named “writing” in some form. Such as

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Life – the Great Professor.

Life
Photo by John Te.

Photo by John Te.

What have I learned so far?

  • Stretch often, work hard, but always play harder than you work.
  • Life is strange – as it should be. Embrace that mystery.
  • At any given moment – life is playing beautiful music. Don’t forget to dance with the present note.
  • Your experience is the only one that matters. Do not lose sight of this.
  • Remember this: regardless of how much time you spend on making those important decisions in life – in the end, a snap judgment is made in the moment.

So…

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You Are Not Just a Human – You Are Everything All At Once.

I entered this physical world on September 11, 1979. I have always assumed I was conceived on New Year’s Eve 1978 so, I suppose that is the night I began this journey. It is also the night I began gathering information.

Not a day has gone by without my brain gathering information that I will ultimately carry with me in this experience.

I want to discuss something that I rarely write about — even considering it’s something that I think about daily. The topic I am referring to is God — what is God?

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Politics and party hats

Photo Courtesy of Emily Tjaden www.thisincandescentlife.com

I thought I’d start the day by jumping in on the political opinion-party. I see all of you sporting those smooth party hats as you post your thoughts on Facebook — while you may or may not know, I am a party hat collector and self-assigned critic.

So…

I cannot sit in silence any longer – give me one of those sweet party hats.

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The Genetically Engineered Human Organism

flowersGreetings, my friend. I hope this post finds you feeling well and your cosmic vibrations are resonating at a high level. I hope your creative energy is being spent in a way that gives you a sense of purpose and pride.

As humans, we are directly connected to our environment. By connected, I am referring to a dependence upon the vitamins and minerals it produces naturally. In turn, the environment is dependent upon us to consume its resources. We come from the same process of creation and all of it, our physical shells and the consumption we require, are all connected. Consumption includes everything from the air we breathe to the food we consume.

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Matter under mind

I had an interesting thought today about the human brain and the belief system we all share. At the end of yesterday’s post, I mentioned the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind stores information from the conditioning stages of life — mostly when we are youngsters. Every belief we hold in our mind is based on two factors. One is our culture and the second is how interactive we are with those beliefs. Anyway, on that note, one must wonder what is truly real. I also wonder how much of those beliefs transfer over, if they do at all, to the next phase of existence.

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Nature is the Answer. Always Has Been – Always Will Be.

Jack Herer, also known as ‘The Hemperor,’ offered a $100,000 challenge to the world to prove him wrong.

The Challenge: $100,000

If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the greenhouse effect and stop deforestation; Then there is only one known annually renewable resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles; meet all of the world’s transportation, industrial, and home energy needs – while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time…And that substance is – the same one that did it all before – Cannabis Hemp – Marijuana.

Sponsored by: H.E.M.P. (America), HANF HAUS (Germany), SENSI SEEDS/HASH MARIJUANA MUSEUM (Holland), and T.H.C., THE TEXAS HEMP CAMPAIGN (America) Visit Jack Herer’s website for more details:

 www.jackherer.com

If you can prove him wrong, you will be $100,000 richer. (Jack Herer – June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010) Rest in peace, Sir. Your work and dedication will forever be admired by millions.

The reason Jack put such a large sum of money up in this challenge is because it’s impossible to prove him wrong – because he’s right. Each of the examples he gives in this challenge can be broken down into many subsections.

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Nature vs. Culture – The Pointless Debate.

8024204583_8e73794f18_mI read a story recently and I want to share it with you. It takes place at Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle and was written by a local wife and mother of 2. Enjoy:

This past Saturday was nice. We took the kids to the zoo and had a great time. It was a great family outing yet we felt exhausted  when we got home. There was an interesting thing that happened while we were relaxing on a bench near the Elephant exhibit – which, by the way, is amazing! They have added to it and it now has 12 elephants, 3 of them are babies. Extremely cute one’s too! So anyway, the interesting thing was this: One of the baby elephants was getting milk from its Mother. They were standing off to the side of the small lake that is in the exhibit. After a few minutes, 2 of the full-grown elephants marched over to the Mother that was breast-feeding and began nudging the child away from getting her milk. Once they got the baby away from the Mother, the 2 elephants then proceeded to nudge and push the breast-feeding mother into a small, isolated cave. The baby followed the mother. So, at this point, the mother and child are tucked away from all the other elephants and the 2 pushy elephants walked back to their original spot and continued doing what they were doing. 

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