What It Means To Be Human / Doss Cultural Heritage Center

We are in awakening times.

It was a tearful goodbye to Sia Yoo, visiting student from Korea.

It was a tearful goodbye to Sia Yoo, visiting student from Korea.     We love you Sia!

If we, the essence of humanity, can somehow manage to survive past the time when we would self-destruct, past that moment when we could eliminate such things as the hyper-ego of possessing nuclear weapons, then another new world could reveal itself.

This existence, this self-awareness, would evolve into another dimension of our own making. It would become what only our imaginations, our deepest desires and our dreams could conceive. It would be beyond our current understanding of ourselves, of what today makes us human and beyond any current reality. But the first step in the next phase of our evolution requires an awareness of who we are – what it means to be human.

So let’s explore our unbelievable presence of being or . . . . . . not being.

More than 90% of the cells in our bodies are non-human.

According to a recent National Institutes of Health estimate, 90% of cells in the human body are bacterial, fungal, or otherwise non-human. Since the inception of the Human Microbiome Project, dozens of research teams have gathered data which redefine what it means to be human. Bacteria regularly engage in “shape shifting” between forms. The bacteria in our bodies harbor millions of genes, compared with only 20,000 estimated in the human genome. To say that you are outnumbered is a massive understatement.

According to researcher, Jennifer Loveland-Curtze, “Microbes comprise up to one-third or more of the Earth’s biomass”. Click here to read article. These bacteria form a diverse and complex ecosystem with a total gene pool (microbiome) more than 100 times larger than the human genome — in effect we are hybrid superorganisms. SIGN stock show 054Every human body harbors about 100 trillion bacterial cells, outnumbering human cells 10 to one. Human beings are not really individuals; they’re communities of organisms,’ says microbiologist Margaret McFall-Ngai. Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells than Human Ones.

You are more bacteria than you are you, according to the latest body census. click here to read more. Humans Have Ten Times More Bacteria Than Human Cells. Click here for more information.

Now, while keeping in mind just how much of you is not really you, please give consideration to this:

We are almost non-existent inside our Mother’s womb. The human body is about 97% water in the early stage of life (leaving 3% that constitutes what can be considered – us) and 90% at birth. The water content in the body of a grown-up person decreases to about 60% (Thank you, burgers & fries!).

And amazingly, only 1 percent of the water on planet Earth is fresh water that sustains our life, 97 percent is saltwater (almost identical to us, early in life) ; 2 percent is water frozen in glaciers, until it is released in a few years, after we have converted the remaining trillions of gallons of oil into heat in our beloved automobiles.

          The substance of the universe is consciousness.

Mason loves optical illusions

Mason loves optical illusions, which become real when he observes them. Prior to that time they are an illusion of illusions.

According to current research in particle physics, an atom only appears in a particular place if you observe it or measure it (remember, you are made of atoms). An atom is spread out all over the place, until a conscious observer decides to look at it. So an act of observation, or measurement, creates the entire universe. Click here for video.

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The nature of reality can be examined through the study of illusion.

An electron is not anywhere, until we decide to look. When we stop looking, the electron is everywhere (which is a good description of the Omnipresence (everywhere present) of God as found in the Old Testament (in Jeremiah 23:24 God declares, “Do I not fill heaven and earth?”)

Saffy is still our gal for President. She will look Great in the Oval Dog House!

Saffy is still our gal for President. She will look Great in the Oval Dog House! Presidents have typically landed in a dog house.

Matter does not exist.

The concept of substance arose from the philosophy of Aristotle. And from that concept came science’s conception of matter. But the substance of the universe is, in fact, consciousness. And each component of the Infinite is an effect of consciousness. Hang in there, it gets deeper – much deeper.

A Buddhist koan tells us, ‘…it is not ever the wind blowing or a flag we see moving – it is only Mind that moves.’ Nothing is true and everything is true because everything is Mind (or forms of Mind materialized).

The world is our bodyit is as we are.  For example, trees are one half of our lungs. They give off oxygen and we contribute carbon dioxide formed in respiration- we breathe in and they breathe out. Folks, we are truly one with the universe. How we regard other people and the events we perceive is a matter of “I” projecting what it believes the experience of ‘the other’ to be a mirroring of Imagination. Ideas sparkling in the light of consciousness, bounced back from holographic reflections of Being.

Townes shows Alden how things stack up.

Townes shows Alden how things stack up.

If you think you are confused, you may not be the you, you think you are, to be confused. In order to be confused you must be conscious of being confused, not just confused, which, when you think about it, is confusing.

What we sense as past, present or future occurs as simultaneous ‘time.’

Your reality, which includes you, is blinking constantly on and off at all times. Quantum physics has left scientists all over the world baffled, especially with the discovery that our physical material reality, isn’t really physical at all.  We, and all other matter, come into and out of existence billions of times each second.

Our human brain is designed by natural experience (in order to survive), to sense the “on” frequency. Just as quickly, it blinks “off,” and everything disappears. However, your brain registers and connects only the “on” segments, and thus you have the sense or feeling of your reality being solid.??????????????????????????????? What quantum mechanics reveals is that there is no true “physicality” in the universe, that atoms are made of focused vorticies of energy – miniature tornadoes that are constantly popping into and out of existence. This revelation, that reality comes from a holistic entanglement of immaterial energy waves, stems from the work of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Werner Heisenberg.  ???????????????????????????????

Reality is an illusion.

At the turn of the ninetieth century, physicists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter. In doing so, the belief that a physical, Newtonian material universe that was at the very heart of scientific knowing was dropped, and the realization that matter is nothing but an illusion replaced it. Scientists began to recognize that everything in the Universe is made out of energy. Scientific evidence clearly shows the connections between consciousness and what we call reality and how these can no longer be denied. Click her for more.

Reality is a hologram creation.

A good example of this is when you go to the movies (to see a “motion” picture”, which is not one continuous movement that you view with your eyes. Instead, there are frames of action strung together and projected one after the other at a fast speed – 24 frames per second used as a standard in movies. In the early history of motion pictures, in 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumière introduced the Cinématographe, a projector that could show 16 frames per second. And in their public cinema, audiences were spellbound by the films of simple movement and action.

Today, that is pretty much a child’s toy when compared to MIT’s new hardware which can record at 1,000,000,000,000 frames per second. Fast enough to capture slow motion footage of light waves. Yes, an unbelievable Trillion Frames Per Second Camera Captures Light itself in Motion. Click here to view demonstration video.

The human brain connects the individual frames into one continuous movement. Yes, very vivid reflections of our hopes, dreams, and imagination are passing through your eyes at 24 frames per second when you behold the “magic” of a motion picture. A new reality is created in your mind, when your mind observes and becomes conscious of the illusion projected toward you. You can become so taken with the emotion directed at you that you lose track of what you consider to be reality.

The key first step in understanding what it means to be human is awareness.

I believe that the essence of human life is due to mankind being a spiritual being. We are made in the image of a Spiritual Being. And He is still the Lord of Creation. And what He creates is often through us. What a wonderful expression of love – for mankind to be endowed with such a gift as to become a lord of creation, with all the potential for good.

So often we find in the beautifully crafted and insightful words of poets and philosophers the essence of our being, the simplicity of understanding and truth.

As the poet, Fernando Pessoa, who in speaking of the soul of Portugal, speaks to the humanity in us all:

“What are you waiting to find in me. Haven’t you seen in all I wrote what makes me a man? What I ascetically preserved for you after my death. Reality needs me not. I feel great joy in considering that death is not important at all. Consecrate the word of the person I am, a whole person, a man of soul. That aside, I bear inside me, all the dreams of the world. God gave the peril and the abyss to the sea. But in it, He reflected the Heavens”.

“Sad the man, who lives at home, content with his hearth, without a dream, whose fluttering wing, makes the embers glow redder, in the warm fire to be abandoned.

He lives because life endures. Nothing in his soul is telling him, more than a root can teach. . . Let the vision in his soul subdue blind forces.

I lack the divine simplicity of being only what I appear to be.”

Click here for video.

“We worship perfection because we can’t have it;
if we had it, we would reject it.
Perfection is inhuman,
because humanity is imperfect.”     ― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Yes, the spiritual essence of being so human, so brilliantly imperfect, is inherent within us and it compels us to listen generously and compassionately to others rather than being judgmental. Our spirituality is the essence of who we are. And, like breathing, it is essential to human existence.

What we consider to be us may truly be an illusion, and an imperfect one. But the love we feel for one another is palpable, capable of being felt; tangible, real. In fact, it may be the only reality.

Perhaps, the illusion of being exists for a reason. Our reason for being, or the illusion it presents, may exist to construct a new and elevated dimension – a world so real it serves to resurrect within us the profound love that gave us life – a love beyond being, beyond mere existence – a love so profound that it moves our reality toward the light of God’s Love. One day the union of our love, with that of our Father in Heaven, may blossom into the Light of Eternal Life.

My friends, we are simply not capable of knowing everything. But it appears that the realms of science and theology are rapidly merging. They are, like everything else in the universe, becoming one. The human spirit is the very essence of life in a human being. And knowledge of this can amplify the joy of living and bring about spiritual freedom.

You are a spiritual being having a human experience. Your infinite capacity to create, to love, to dream, to forgive and to be aware that you are far more than you can ever imagine, ultimately defines what it means to be human. You are the most beautiful and miraculous creation in the universe. And you are eternal.

OUR  TRIP  FOR  THIS  FRIDAY

On Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 we will leave from the school at 9:00 a.m. sharp (o.k., maybe not sharp, hopefully not dull) to caravan to the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. The Mission of the Doss Heritage and Culture Center is to collect, preserve and exhibit the heritage of Parker County and Texas. The Museum offers Parker County’s rich tapestry of cattle barons and cowboys. Broadway and television stars, chuck wagons and stagecoaches shared and showcased in galleries that are truly awe-inspiring and reflects all that is Parker County.

Our docent guided tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. Following our tour we will dine at the Whistle Hill Cafe and then return to the Anderson School. Pickup will be at the school at 3:00 p.m. PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS are always invited to participate on Friday.

Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended for activities on this day.

FINANCIAL: Admission: $3.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors (60 years and older or you look roughed up by children like Dr. A), $3.00 Students, Children under 6 and Members FREE

GIFT SHOP: Yes!

LUNCH: We will dine at the delightful Whistle Hill Cafe. The DOSS CENTER is located at 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford.

Directions from Fort Worth: From Interstate 20 west take exit 408 onto service road, turn right onto Texas Drive off service road. Proceed past shopping center on the left, through the four way stop at Austin Elementary. Go approx. 2 blks north on Texas Drive and the Doss Center will be on the left, on the corner of Texas Drive and Park.

We will learn about the famous cowboys who made Texas a name known throughout the country. Rugged men and women who brought the cattle to market by driving them along trails to market forever cementing themselves in the annals of Texas history.

The Trail Drivers exhibit opened to the public last year. The cattle drives of Texas represent a critical period in the history of Texas. The drives helped the Texas economy recover and thrive after the Civil War. This exhibition tells the story of longhorn cattle drives and highlights the stories of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. Parker County played an integral role in this legacy. We will learn about Charles Goodnight’s Chuck wagon design and how Loving’s body was returned to Weatherford after he met his untimely death on the trail.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Feb. 1  DEPOSITS  WERE  DUE for 2014-15
Feb. 17 (Monday) President’s Day Holiday
Mar. 11 – 15 Spring Break Holidays
April 18 & 21 (Mon. & Fri.) – Easter Holidays
April 29  –  Scarborough Festival & Shakespeare Competition
May 1Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) – Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at the   Stage West Theater
May 20 to 23 – Adventure Trip

Emergency Telephone Number: 682-777-1908

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One thought on “What It Means To Be Human / Doss Cultural Heritage Center

  1. I needed to thank you for this wonderful read!!

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