Our Mental Hard Drive – “The Brain”


“Challenging Ourselves through Questions”

Have you ever done something and later asked yourself, “Why did I do that?”
Did you ever tell yourself, “If I would have know that, I would have done things differently?”

Information is generally involved in everything we do. Information is essential and can be critical as we take steps through life desiring to make the least amount of mistakes.

The information available today is at an all time high. Media and online resources are exploding. It is at our finger tips if we care to explore for it. Even if we don’t realize it, the information that is absorbed by our mind, plays a role in how we react to any given situation. It is at the heart of what we eat, the fun things we enjoy doing, the work details we perform, our reaction to things we fear, virtually every function or task we undertake.

In many ways we could look at the information absorbed by our brain similar to information stored on a computers hard drive. Our thinking process utilizes this stored information. We use our mind to search back in time to what we recorded in it, or we kick in gear an understanding or reaction based on past experiences. A little like an application running on a computer. Sometimes we utilize our stored information subconsciously in our decision process. Sometimes we need our subconscious mind to quickly react but it doesn’t because we never trained it properly. Then after the fact we might say, “If only I would have done this.” There are times when we react so quickly that we never recognize if we reacted properly all based on something in our minds that triggered the response. Only when someone calls us out do we possibly slow long enough to question if our understanding was correct.

Through repetition, receiving the same information several time, repeating the same thoughts, we begin to place a priority over less received information. Companies today monitor our activity online or our purchasing history. They begin to see a pattern and as a result, they put things in front of us that follow this pattern of thinking.

We need to be aware that we can subconsciously feed our minds with one-sided information.

If we feed our minds with one-sided information, then we become lopsided, or possible what someone else would like us to become. It may be our way of feeding our minds with things that bring comfort, satisfaction, or even fill our emotional desires. The more we feed or are fed the same information, the more we believe it.

Is it possible that we are allowing ourselves to become brain washed?

Sometimes a computers hard-drive becomes overloaded with outdated, incorrect, or flawed information. This can cause results that while looking correct, are not. So some hard-drives may require reformatting, or at the least, old files and programs need to be removed. A clean-up program can be run to enable it to operate correctly. Outdated programs need to be replaced with new one that have bugs removed. Proper information needs to be made available to them.

Our brain requires a similar type of updating. Some things we learned 10, 20, 30, or 50+ years ago may not be totally correct. Sciences continue to learn and produce updates. New findings become available that could totally alter what one was taught during their education years. If we stop our learning process, we become outdated, we lock in our beliefs and understandings.

What would be nice is if we could just install a mental program that would search out and remove all misunderstandings, erase old outdated information and beliefs, clean up all the fragmented thoughts and reorganize how our information flows during our thought process.

Our mind is a powerful tool that we are blessed to have,
and

Proper care and maintenance are required.

This brings us to the question about the evolution of, or the creation of our brain.

Regardless of where you choose to place your faith, in evolution or in creation, one need to explore and understand details behind both sides. Did we evolve or is God real? Do the sciences support both creation as well as parts of our understanding of evolution?

Are the grounds that you stand on with respect to God and creation solid?

 

 

Walking the “Middle of the Road”


The CENTER  –  The LEFT  –  The RIGHT

Where should we walk, talk and live?

What happens when one try’s to walk down the middle of the road? Have you ever tried to stay neutral? Do you believe in live and let live, don’t rock the boat, or to each their own? Everyone generally has an opinion, a belief or an understanding on many of todays issues of life, but do you feel that it is sometimes more healthy to keep it to yourself?

What happens when we are forced into a corner and are required to take one side or the other, when we are confronted by something bigger than we are and the center lane of life is taken away? Your desires, understanding or position may be on the right or the left or maybe you consider yourself in the center when it comes to politics, but what about your health or someone else’s health or what about religion? What will we do when we are forced to make a choice?

For some people living today, this question is faced everyday. We could be forced to make a decision based on “how will this impact my life” or “how will this impact my family” or “how will this impact my job”. It could truly be a matter of life or death. Will we go with the majority, side with the ones forcing the decision, enabling a temporary feeling of safeness? Will we tell the questioner what they want to hear even if we don’t believe it? Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were confronted by someone that would do you harm if you didn’t side with them? Would you stand by your beliefs or cave to the pressure?

When we look around the world we see countries and regions that beat, mam, and kill, the men, women and children who stand up for their beliefs. In many countries including mine, this generally does not exist today, but what would we do if it did?

Question: What would you do?

Being prepared, knowing what to do or say is one of life’s challenges. To prepare, one first must acknowledge the need and then step out and ask themselves those critical questions.  

The Power of Science and the Media


I totally respect “Science”. It’s discoveries continue to unfold each and every day. I just discovered that “Scientists create artificial human eggs and sperm” which was aired by Jessica Firger on CBS News December 26, 2014, 1:45 PM. This leads one to believe that we evolved just as so many in the sciences would like each of us to believe. However, when reading deeper into the article it is revealed that they required an egg and sperm to start with and the end result was:  

“Their final products were not actually working sperm and eggs, but rather germ cells that potentially could mature and become viable for fertility. The study’s findings were published Wednesday in the journal Cell”.

If one was to read only the headline and not the details one could live the rest of their life with a belief that life can be created in the science lab.

Food for Thought–

With all the scientific equipment available today we are still not able to produce a living egg and sperm that will allow human life to begin. So how could an explosion or any other theory without any of todays extremely scientific and technical equipment produce what we see today?

So much of what our medical and biological sciences have been able to discover and reproduce has been designed with already available “Stuff” which takes into account anything that already exist. In my mind it is engineering backwards so to speak which does lead to many new and wonderful discoveries. I am sure some will say that it is only time that is needed before some discovery will reveal exactly how such a miracle happened. We should all admire each and every scientist for everything they do. However, the media and the sciences that jump to conclusions and lead people down a road that is not proven is still wrong.

–?- Question -?–

Were you created or did you just happen from billions of years of chance?  

Observe

Observe


The power of observation is so often taken over by the power of ones speech. Silence can be golden!

Orlando Espinosa

The best lessons are learned when you watch and observe other people’s behavior!observe orlando espinosa monsters inc

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Whining and Complaining

Whining and Complaining


Why whine and complain?

Orlando Espinosa

If all you do is whine and complain about life, then that means you have plenty of time on your hands to make changes. Life offers you a limited amount of time to accomplish the things you want out of life, so learn to use your time wisely, instead of spending it whining and complaining.whining and complaing orlando espinosa

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43 – Searching for Answers – Just One More Night


After arriving back at Joe’s place, Ann helped Tom out of the car. I think I may have over did it just a little, commented Tom as he smiled up at Ann. You could tell that the stiffness from the activities of the day had set in. Ann could see by the look on Tom’s face that he needed to get some rest. Leaning close she gave him a kiss and told him she had to head home and that he needed to get some rest. Sarah looked over at Joe as she made her way around the car and putting her arms around him she reached up and gave him a quick kiss. I think Ann is right. You need to get Tom inside and let him rest. A good night’s sleep wouldn’t hurt either of you. Joe walked Sarah to her car, opened her door but not before he wrapped his arms around her telling her how much he loved her. Joe gave Sarah one last goodnight kiss before making his way back to Tom. Ann had just driven out of the parking lot when Joe turned just in time to wave goodnight one last time as Sarah drove onto the street giving a short honk of the horn as she drove away.

Come on Tom let go inside and relax for a while. After a short time of small talk, Joe got out some chips and dip and a couple of cokes. After they both had their fill, Joe told Tom he should feel free to relax, go to bed or just hang out. Tom quickly opted for crawling into bed. I’m really tired and I really want to go to church with Ann tomorrow. Joe smiled as he added; sounds like a good idea. It wasn’t long and Tom was in a deep sleep. At least that is what Joe thought based on all the noise that was coming from the other side of the wall. It sounded like it was going to tumble down for a while. Joe smiled as he envisioned Humpty-Dumpty falling off the shelf that was holding a baseball that was from Joe’s homerun when he played in Little League. Joe tried to relax but with all the excitement of the day and Toms snoring, he was having a hard time falling asleep. Joe rolled over, placed a pillow over his ears and after several attempts to find the sleep he needed, he got back up and went to his chair, leaned back and opened a book he had been reading. After reading a couple chapters he noticed Tom was finally quiet and decided to try the bed again. It wasn’t long and his eyes closed and Joe slid off into a much needed sleep.

Joe felt something hit his foot as he stumbled forward catching his balance at the last second. He quickly looked down but it was so dark he couldn’t see anything. Turning to the right he looked up and he seen a bright light that disappeared just as fast as it appeared. Not being sure what it was, Joe tried to shake the cobwebs out as he shook his head from one side to the other. As his eyes adjusted to the darkness he looked around and all he could see were trees. Joes mind was racing as he felt the sense of intrusion all around him. Standing dead still he listened for any sound that might help. After what felt like several minutes he thought he could hear something in the distance coming from his left side. He turned and started to carefully make his way towards the faint sound that was pulling on him. As he got closer he could hear voices. That was when he recognized the large boulder that was perched up the hill a short distance ahead of him. Quickly he moved forward and as he did he could something bright coming from the other side of the hill. As he crested the top of the hill and looked over the edge it was as if it was daylight on one side of the hill and night on the other. Before long he heard his name called; come on down and sit with Joe. Joe seemed to recognize the voice as someone he had heard before which eased his hesitation just a little. Joe carefully made his way down the hill and found a place to sit down behind the rest of the people that were listening to the speaker talk. Joe relaxed as his anxiety settled down. Joe’s mind seemed to be put at ease for some reason and all his fear had disappeared. It was as if being around this guy that was speaking put his mind and thoughts into a relaxed state.

Joe sat quietly listening intently to the speaker trying to understand everything he was explaining. After several questions had been answered, Joe heard a noise coming from his right. He looked over in the direction of the sound and he could see the separation of the lighted area from the dark area which he remembered he had come from. When he had walked into the light the darkness had disappeared. After staring at what looked like a dark wall for a short time, Joe spotted what looked like a glowing red orange flame coming from the ground from beyond the edge of the darkness. It appeared to look something like a bonfire. The flames began to jump from the ground when he noticed that sounds were coming from the same direction that sounded like people were talking. It sure doesn’t sound like a party. They sure don’t sound very happy he told himself. Before long he saw someone walk out of the darkness that looked like she had been up for several days, been playing in the dirt and smelled like something dead. Joe was surprised that the speaker didn’t acknowledge her like he had himself. Finally she spoke up asking; where am I and who are you and who are all these people. Joe sat back trying to grasp what had just happened. That was when he seen several others walk out of the darkness and join the woman. She raised her hand in the air and shouted at the speaker who was still just answering questions for those that were sitting around him. He did not act too concerned about the woman or her friends. Hey you, the woman shouted. Our speaker looked over at her when we heard her repeat her question; can you tell me where I am and who are you? The speaker then turned his attention to the newcomers. Do I know you, replied the speaker in a very calm voice? No, that is why I asked you who you were, replied the girl as she tried to dust off her clothes. If I knew who you were, I would have said you name, she continued with a gruff harsh tone in her voice. Look, I am tired, dirty, and totally at my wits end and need some answers. That was when Joe’s mind kicked in gear and he began to wonder how this man knew his name but not those that just showed up. What made the difference? Why was he so nice to me but totally different to this girl and her friends?

Well mam, why don’t you give me your name and I will look it up and see if I was supposed to know it. My name is Carol. Carol Highland. Well just a minute, let me look in my book where I keep all of the names I know, replied the speaker. I never forget a face, but I will look just the same. Carol looked at him and quickly added; you should know me. I have seen you before and I am sure we have met. Wait, I know I have seen your picture before. It was at the… That was when the speaker looked over at her and said; well I don’t have your name in my book and everyone that knows me is written in this book. Well check again please, replied Carol. You must have made a mistake. I never make mistakes Carol. I don’t know you and you don’t know me. Just when she was about to speak the speaker waved his hand in the air and just like that Carol was gone. Joe could hear her scream for just a couple seconds then it stopped as it faded into the direction of the orange flame. Joe looked back towards the speaker just as he looked over at the remaining people that arrived with Carol. They had a look of terror on their faces as the speaker looked for each of their names in his book and one by one they disappeared just like Carol.

It wasn’t long and the speaker turned his attention back to those that he had been teaching, picking up where he had left off and finished the answer to the question he had not finished. Joe’s concern became overwhelming as his mind continued to work at warp speed trying to grasp what he had just seen. After the speaker had answered a couple more questions which Joe was not listening too, Joe raised his hand. The others just sat quietly as if nothing had just happened, which totally baffled Joe. Yes Joe, replied the teacher as he recognized Joe holding his hand up. Joe looked over at the speaker and said; well it may not be any of my business, but what just happened to all those people? First they show up, and then all of a sudden they are gone. I know they were pretty grungy looking but then their name was not in your book and then they just vanished. Well you see Joe, I know you because you know me and your name is written in my book and it will never be erased. You are my friend forever. And when you…

Joe jumped as he heard the door open. Tom looked at him as he scrambled to his feet. Hey, sorry to wake you but I needed to visit the bathroom. Joe sat back down on the side of his bed, cradled his head in his hands with elbows on his knees as he recalled every event of the dream he had just had. Tom walked back out of the bathroom and could see that Joe was in some other world of thought. Hey, what’s up Joe? You look totally fried my friend. Well I just had another dream and this time I am more confused then before. You want to talk about it, inquired Tom. No, not really, replied Joe. Anyway, you better get some more sleep and I will try to get some myself. I can tell you about it in the morning. Tom just shook his head as he headed back to his bedroom, closed the door and was sleeping within minutes. Joe got up and got a drink of water and then sat on the edge of his bed when he began to think about Sarah. The more he focused on Sarah the more relaxed he became and before long Joe was sleeping sound.

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“To be continued”

42 – Searching for Answers – A Visit with Pastor Dan


Joe closed the door behind them as the four of them made their way down to his car. It wasn’t long and they were sitting around a table at the pub when Carol walked up to take their order and realized who they were. Hey – I didn’t see you guys walk in. How’s everybody doing? Tom, you’re looking pretty good after everything you have been through. I am feeling really very good Carol, but what is even better is that Ann and I are getting married! Joe’s grin told everyone just how excited he was. Ann smiled as she reached over and laid her hand on Tom’s. Carol quickly replied with a big; Wow – congratulations you two. Ann, you must be really excited as she looked at her with a smile. Everyone could see she was happy for them but the expression on her face told them she was a bit envious and would love to feel the same happiness some day for herself. Ann smiled as she excitedly replied; I am so happy. Tom’s getting better and we are… Ann let her mind take over as she was thinking about the new life she was carrying inside her. Joe and Sarah were sitting holding hands under the table remembering their own bit of news that they wanted to share with Tom and Ann but weren’t quite ready to announce to the world. Carol broke the suspense that hung around the table as she asked; so what can I get you guy’s? Tom and Joe spoke in unison as they both said; give me that new IPA you have on draft and Tom added an order of your delicious nachos with an extra side of guacamole. Ann replied, I just want a coke for now and Sarah ordered a Pils.

Before long the four of them were laughing and joking around. Joe looked over at Tom and said with a chuckle; you are most definitely getting back to your old self. I sure do feel better than I did a few days ago. Ann switched the conversation back to Sarah when she asked; you guy’s said you had something you wanted to tell us. What’s up? Well… Sarah paused long enough for Ann to quickly say; well what. Sarah leaned over and put her arm inside of Joes and her head on his shoulder as she told them; Joe and I are getting married too. Sarah held up her finger that had a beautiful opal ring hanging on it. We’ll get the real diamond ring later, added Joe with a great big smile. That’s pretty cool replied Tom with a smirk on his face. Won’t be long and we’ll all be old married folks! Ha-ha, replied Sarah. Hey Sarah, are you really sure you want to hook up with this guy? Ann reached over and gave Tom a poke in the arm and Tom just smiled his devilish grin. Sarah looked across the table at Ann with a questioning smiled on her face. Ann, you knew about this didn’t you. No I really didn’t, replied Ann as she looked over at Joe. All I knew was that Joe wanted to give it to you and wanted it to fit when he did. You never told me you were going to propose Joe. Joe was smiling from ear to ear when he added; well that kind of just happened as he turned and looked at Sarah giving her a kiss as she had turned her head to look at him. I am so excited for you guy, replied Ann. Tom was just sitting there with a grin on his face when he added; you little devil you. I should have seen this coming as he reached over and gave Joe some knuckles over the center of the table. You two are made for each other. You’re going to be so happy. So when is the date, inquired Ann. Oh my, we haven’t really got that far yet. This just happened while we were in the park and we still need to tell our parents. But what about you two, inquired Sarah? Have you set a date yet? No, not yet. We want to talk to Pastor Dan and see if and when he might be available. I really hope he will perform the ceremony, added Ann. They continued to laugh and talk as they finished there drinks and before long they were making their way out the door and walked back to Joe’s car and headed to his apartment.

While they were driving, Sarah called Pastor Dan to see if he was in his office. Who you calling, asked Joe? I thought I would see when we could stop in and see the boss. He picked up after the first ring as he could see that it was Sarah calling on his display. Hi Sarah, what’s up? We were wondering when we could stop by for a few minutes? Are you really busy? Can you give me a few minutes, replied Pastor Dan? I just need to return one call and I will be free the rest of the afternoon. Sure replied Sarah. How’s twenty minutes sound? That works for me, replied Pastor Dan. Ann looked at Sarah and said; could we join you two? It would give us a chance to see if he will do our wedding also. Sarah quickly responded saying; I was hoping you guys would join us. Then Sarah sat back thinking about how fast things were moving. Joe continued to make a twenty minute trip to the church out of a ten minute drive. Joe added; I’m taking the scenic tour for you guys. I hope you are enjoying it. Yes sir, added Tom. One of the best I’ve ever been on! Before long they pulled into the church parking lot when Sarah spoke up; do you think we should tell him about us Joe? Ann looked a little confused and said I thought that was why you called him? Well not really but maybe it is a good idea. Well do you need to meet with him alone? We can come by at a different time. Joe, quickly spoke up saying; no you guys should come in with us. It’s just that I need to talk to him about the last two dreams I have had. Ann looked a little shocked as she quickly replied; I didn’t know you have had more dreams. Are they bad ones again? Not so much, replied Joe. They just happen in a way that I remember every detail. They are not like the ones we have and then we really can’t remember them after we wake up.

They made their way to the side door of the church which opened into the office area and Pastor Dan was waiting for them as they walked in. Hi you guys. What’s happening anyway, inquired Pastor Dan. How are you feeling Tom? You’re looking pretty good. I’m doing really good, replied Tom. So what did you guys want to see me about? Well it’s like this Pastor Dan, replied Joe. Ok, let’s just call me Dan. You guys can drop the pastor part. The four of them smiled as they said almost in unison; ok Dan. Sarah broke the small talk by saying they each had a couple questions. Maybe Tom and Ann should start. So what can I do for you two, inquired Dan. Ann looked at Tom and he quickly turned to Dan saying; we would like to know if you would… or maybe I should say is it possible… oh just ask him Tom, interjected Sarah. We want to get married and we would like to know if you would do the ceremony? Dan smiled as he said; first of all, congratulations and yes I would be honored to perform it for you. Do you have a time you are looking at? Tom looked at Ann and they both replied, when do you think you could do it? Dan looked a little surprised as he said; sounds like you want to tie the knot sooner than later. Ann looked at Sarah and Sarah quickly stepped into the conversation. Well boss, it’s just that Ann and Tom are also going to be parents. Ann had a blush come over her face, but Tom looked as proud as a peacock. Dan could see the happiness on their face and quickly answered; let’s get my calendar out and see when we can find a date. After a little bouncing around of dates they settled on one for September twentieth. Dan pulled out some information from his file and handed it to Ann and Tom. You two need to review this. It will help you make all the arrangements and give you things to think about. We will also need to schedule a time we can sit together and talk about this commitment you guys are making. Read that over and then give me or Sarah a call and we will set a time to get back together. Thanks so much. We will get back to you in the next couple days, replied Ann.

Ok replied Dan. So what else is on your mind? Sarah looked at Joe and before she could say anything Joe blurted out that they were getting married too. Sarah stood wordless as she pondered what Dan would say. Dan quickly walked over to Joe and shook his hand and gave Sarah a big hug adding; congratulation you two. I kind of felt it was only a matter of time. So when do you want to tie the knot? Well we haven’t even told anyone but you and Tom and Ann as of right now. Tom quickly added with his devilish grin; yah, they just made it official not more than a couple hours ago. Sarah quickly stepped in adding; we need to tell our parents and we are not in that big of a hurry. Joe and I haven’t even talked about dates yet. Ok, replied Dan. Let me know what you two want so we can block it out on the calendar. Wow, that is pretty exciting. You four must be pretty happy right now. Well, interrupted Joe. We have one more thing we want to talk to you about. So what on your mind that can top this, replied Dan?

I am very confused. Not about getting married but about why I am still having dreams. You’re having the same kind you had before, inquired Dan? No, they are a little different but still very real. What I don’t get is why and what they are about. I am such a new believer in this Jesus and God stuff. Why would God be planting dreams on me that I don’t understand? Why me? I just don’t get it, continued a frustrated Joe. Well Joe, replied Dan. I really can’t say for sure but it may be because you are such a new Christian. Yes, I can understand that but remember that I was having them before I made that decision, Joe replied with a little enthusiasm. If you remember that is why I dug into the questions about creation and evolution. That is how I made a decision to accept Jesus into my life. Well you remember how it all started Joe. How you kept digging into finding the answers you were looking for. Maybe that is why you are still having them. Maybe He still has more for you to figure out. Why doesn’t he just tell me, added Joe as he raised both hands to the side of his head showing a level of passionate frustration.

Joe slowly leaned back in the chair next the Pastor Dan desk and just stared at the wall for what seemed like forever but was really only a few seconds when Sarah interrupted his thoughts. Maybe you better tell Pastor Dan what each of your dreams was about. Joe began the story by tell how they both started out similar but both took different directions. One was peaceful and one was scary. One had pleasantness and one had sounds of terror and screaming. After he told the details to Pastor Dan he again sat back quietly in the chair, closed his eyes and waited for some sort of answer. After a short time to think Dan told Joe he would like to ponder and pray a little on everything he had just been told. Would you mind if I say a short prayer right now? I think maybe that would be great was Joe quick reply. Ann, Tom and Sarah sat quietly as Pastor Dan asked God for some guidance for Joe. When he concluded his prayer he looked at Joe and asked if he could come back Monday after work around five o’clock? Sure replied Joe. They all stood up and Dan congratulated both couples one more time as they made their way to the door. I will see you Monday around five Joe. Well I’ll see you tomorrow too, replied Joe.

The four of them thanked Pastor Dan again for his time. Tom and Ann told him that they would get back to him right away about the wedding. Sarah told him not to say anything to her mom and dad yet. They needed to tell them and they wanted to do this after church tomorrow. Sound great, replied Dan. See you tomorrow added Joe. Are you two coming tomorrow also inquired Dan as he looked at Tom and Ann. Wouldn’t miss it, replied Tom. They all waved goodbye as they made their way towards Joe’s car and headed back to Joe’s apartment.

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“To be continued”