Monday, September 12, 2011

Technology in the age of incompetence?

Let me rant for a moment ...

Thanks to a 'donate' button on my website (which I have now changed to one more suitable - even though they don't have one on the merchant site and no instructions on how to create anything similar), a certain merchant program, world-wide, decided I was a charity and asked me to provide my registration certificates .. and various other documents .. to prove I was me, and a charity. Since I never registered with that merchant program as a charity to start with, and only used their donate button button so that people could decide how much of a gift they wanted to give me, once in a while, for all the work I do around the world solving paranormal programs .. I took their message for spam to start with, and ignored it. The third time it arrived I checked my account, and low and behold, it was 'limited'. People can pay in, but I can't get the money, and this is after having the button on my site for a few years now?

Sigh .. one of their requests was for a birth certificate .. the other was for utility bills to prove I live where I do. Well, guys, I don't pay utilities on this property. The bills are in my partner's name because he's been here far longer than me, or the owner of the house's name, who has owned it longer again. And then I was thinking .. how would my birth certificate prove who I was now and where I live? It has neither my (ex) married name, which I use for legal documentation, nor does it have this address, and I wasn't even born in Victoria!

So I sent the merchant company as many of the documents I could, not including the birth certificate, because I do not have a copy, and a few others to try and help (two of which have my legal name, address and date of birth and are government documents), and I am still waiting for them to get back to me. It's been three weeks now, since this muddle started, and I am still getting 'please send us your documents' emails from them two or three times a week? Why? Did they forget to click off the button that says 'she has already done this'? And some emails seem to be addressed by to my legal name and some to my business name .. have they got me in two files now? So I rang them today .. and it seems I'm still registered as a charity with them, although the first man I spoke to three weeks ago was supposed to have changed that bit of nonsense back then, at the time.

Is it any wonder I lost my temper .. but not with the lady on the phone, trying to communicate through a very faulty 'connection' .. that I think goes to America?

Love & Peace

Saturday, September 10, 2011

How can blackmail be part of a spiritual group?

The other day my daughter and I went to visit a training group for mediums here in the hills around Melbourne. I had met the trainer through the local spiritualist church, where s/he had done a very good 'reading' for me .. or talked to a 'spirit' that was supposed to be 'with' me, and 'had been for some time'. Given that I can see ghosts and spirits just fine, I was slightly bemused at this new one, but thought I might possibly know who the lady was .. and I do love being told I am intelligent (so said the lady). Well, I wondered if this person's group might be an interesting place to learn new skills from, and suggested to my daughter she might like to check them out as well. I have since apologised to her.

So up the hill we drove, and parked, and went inside, to be greeted with friendly smiles by the two people there. One was the trainer, the other one of her/his students. I'd seen the student at the church on sunday as well. We gave our first names .. and then the comments started .. not questions like 'who are you and what do you do?', no, my first was 'what is your history with spiritism' or 'spiritual churches'? Well, my history is brief, since I've only been to a few, so I explained them, and then the trainer demanded to know how hard s/he could 'push me'? S/he'd put me "on the stage straight away" to do a reading. Push me? Being me I said 'as hard as you like', but as I wasn't signing on as part of his/her team I thought the question inappropriate for newcomer to a group, but I said 'no' to the stage performance - I had only come to observe .. and the conversation got lost in the arrival of a few more people. Sitting down there were about 15 of us, in rows of 5 or so chairs facing the podium in a very small, stuffy, room.

It was not going to be the usual 'chairs in a circle' this week, I guessed from a comment, it was because we had so many people. No, it was two 'readers' on the stage and the rest of us watching. And the readers were picked from the 'audience' and went up quite willingly, because they were not new to the group.

I won't comment on the readings because its not appropriate to the problem .. that came later .. so let's skip to after lunch.

After daughter and I came back from the local 7/11, munching on the way, we wandered back inside and I slipped away to the lady's room. When I returned a few minutes later, my daughter was sitting on a chair with her back to the corner of the room, with the trainer sitting in front of her, effectively boxing her in. Let's shorten 15 minutes of haranging, and only say s/he was demanding that she join his\her group .. because s/he was the only person to train her for her/his ARMY of mediums. Army? Yes, it seems we will need an army of mediums in the future, to rejoin everyone to Spirit. The problems really only started when she said 'no' .. up until then it had only been mild nagging, then it turned into stronger nagging, then it turned into emotional blackmail .. she HAD to do it her/his way for the future of humanity.

My daughter is a very old, very wise, soul even in her mid twenties .. and she recognises emotional blackmail for what it is, and calls it as she sees it. She explained to older person (late sixties) that s/he was coming from a place of ego (the person then tried to define why ego was important in ways that left both of us very puzzled - seems you divide it into 4 parts, but were are only 3 bits of it explained, 2 of which were the same, and there's a vacancy for the 4th??). The trainer didn't like being told what to do by a 'child', or what s/he was doing, and had proved a number of times over the conversation, that s/he certainly wasn't listening to one word my daughter, and then me, when I joined in the conversation about half way through after listening from one side, was saying .. no, the trainer had expected me to support him/her .. not a chance in hell .. I don't like bullies, and s/he was being a bully.

And so lunch ended and the group was being called back together for the second half of the gathering, by a bell being rung. Bells are good for energy of a site, I use them myself, to dispel negativity .. good idea in this case. And daughter and I left. We shall not be returning.

When I had rung up and asked questions of that group I had been told the leader 'did things differently'. The person I spoke to was right, s/he was definitely different. I don't believe that blackmail and bullying is a good way to gather members of the group - nor is feeding the egos of people who obviously are not good readers .. going by other members of her/his group that I have seen in the spiritual churches I have visited. You either 'can' do this work, or you 'can't', and no amount of hit and miss proves that the dead can still speak to us. Guess work is guess work by any estimation.

Perhaps some people need to be bullied into the work? But not us. We are already among the called.

Love & Peace

Thursday, September 1, 2011

What is your mental age?

Today is obviously not a day for writing, since my daughter asked me to write an article about a definition of 'mental age' .. but I can't get into it .. for the child in me wants to chill out and play silly games instead. LOL But I'll give you a brief description, and let you take it from there ...

How does one define the mental age of a person? Defining the physical age is easy enough, most people measure it year by year, although I'm told the asian countries count a child as one year old when it is born, while western countries count it as one, one year after it is born.

What then is 'mental age'? Surely a person has the same mental age as their years since birth .. but no, many of them don't - just look at their behaviour, if nothing else. It all seems to come down to emotional maturity? Just how old is that person you are having that discussion with? Not how intelligent, (e.g. a gifted child of six can have a mental (coping) age of only three years, and many of the world's most brilliant scientists and great thinkers could not cope in social situations and would have temper tantrums), but how do they cope with life's challenges, and when people question their opinions or judgments? Or are you the one who might need to 'grow up' and deal with life differently? I know I have my moments. :-)

Oh dear, sometimes I can be incredibly 'childish'. It's ok to be child-like, but to call someone childish is an insult .. or a fact. So our mental age seems to be defined by our emotional maturity, but what does that mean?

Here is a good definition of emotional maturity -

And here's a bit of fun to see how 'old' you are?

I am quite old it seems LOL

Love & Peace