April 2015

Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief


Based on Lawrence Wright’s eye-opening book, and directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side), Going Clear charts the Church of Scientology’s growth, its marketing campaigns, and its myriad abuses of power, which didn’t stop when leadership passed from founder L. Ron Hubbard to new leader David Miscavige after Hubbard’s death in 1986.

The film builds upon Wright’s biggest allegations: that Scientology facilitated Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s kids turning against their mother, that it vetted and groomed the actress Nazanin Boniadi (‘Homeland’) to be Cruise’s wife, that it helped squash rumors about John Travolta’s sexuality. Gibney even scores one scoop that Wright didn’t know about. But it’s the rare archival footage from Scientology’s inner sanctum that makes the film stand apart from the book.

Among the clips are L. Ron Hubbard admitting in a 1968 interview that he sometimes questions his own sanity, and Scientology leaders high-fiving the same IRS executives they just strong-armed into giving the church tax-exempt status. The scenes of Tom Cruise laughing maniacally in a Scientology video have leaked online before, but that doesn’t make it any less weird to watch him salute a giant portrait of Hubbard, shouting ‘To L.R.H.!’ while fireworks explode in the background.

Even if Cruise were cut out of Going Clear, the personal stories make it riveting, especially when ex-Scientologists reveal what finally made them leave, decades after being lured into the church with self-help philosophy, instructed to pay thousands of dollars in order to advance to a higher consciousness, and convinced to ‘disconnect’ from their families. Only when they’re alone do they learn Scientology’s full credo, and by then, it’s too late to get out.

If Going Clear were a Hollywood thriller, I’d complain that it’s too over-the-top. But this is real life, which is hard to believe. And it’s disturbingly good.

– Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly


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Across the Sun

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2015 April 30

Image Credit & Copyright: Göran Strand

Explanation: A long solar filament stretches across the relatively calm surface of the Sun in this telescopic snap shot from April 27. The negative or inverted narrowband image was made in the light of ionized hydrogen atoms. Seen at the upper left, the magnificent curtain of magnetized plasma towers above surface and actually reaches beyond the Sun’s edge. How long is the solar filament? About as long as the distance from Earth to Moon, illustrated by the scale insert at the left. Tracking toward the right across the solar disk a day later the long filament erupted, lifting away from the Sun’s surface. Monitored by Sun staring satellites, a coronal mass ejection was also blasted from the site but is expected to swing wide of our fair planet.

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MoonBlog 6.6 the peacemaker

This society, your society, is fake. It is made up, it is constructed. There is nothing to adhere to or join, or need to do.
Suppose someone once said, let’s play tic-tac-toe, because they felt like it. No particular reason, no grand scheme of contemplation and planning, just a simple game of tic-tac-toe.

And people liked playing tic-tac-toe, and people enjoyed watching others playing tic-tac-toe. Some people even starting giving food and shelter or monies to those players of tic-tac-toe.

Some became really good at playing tic-tac-toe and they invented tournaments and trainingcamps and prizes, and medals en achievements, levels and difficulties.

And since in this society, that slowly grew it always rained at 3 in the afternoon, every day at 3 it rained. And someone said, let’s play tic-tac-toe at 7 in the morning to begin with, but let’s never play when it rains.

Slowly over time, people started playing tic-tac-toe in the earliest of the days, and never at 3, we can control how we experience our soceity, so let’s make rules like these, because they make sense and are logical. At some point in time it even became forbidden to play tic-tac-toe when it rained. It became illegal.

And you, me, we all are law abiding citizens, we can not think for ourselves so we not only obeyed the rules but started telling others to abide by this rule too. We started getting up really early in the morning to start playing tic-tac-toe and felt a sense of accomplishment from doing so, from pushing ourselves to get up this early, and be all ready, well dressed, eaten, traveled to the location for playing tic-tac-toe at the earliest at 7 in the morning.

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Hexagram 24


Hexagram 24: returning; R Wilhelm 24: return; Hua-Ching Ni 24: revival, renewal; HDS Gate 24: gate of rationalizing, returning; S. Reifler 24: returning; J Blofeld 24: return; S Karcher 24: returning; GeneKey 24: the ultimate addiction

RAX of the Unexpected

“I am involved with in a long term project which is called ‘The Global Incarnation Index’ and it has to do with our incarnating crosses that we come in on. The 27th hexagram is part of a cross that is called the cross of The Unexpected and the 27.4 is one of the great classic lines of the unexpected. Many years ago, Martin Grassinger mode some charts for me of the discovery of Pluto, Uranus and Neptune. In all those cases, the Nodes were in 27.4 and 28.4. When the comet ‘Shoemaker Levy’ banged into Jupiter, the Nodes were in 27.4/28.4.” -Ra Uru Hu, The Rave I-Ching Line Companion 2002

“Years ago in Germany, Ra was doing some research on the time of discovery of various planets. For example, when exactly did Hershel discover Uranus in 1781? The discovery of Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus – each of those three discoveries happened while the Sun was in the Cross of the Unexpected. Furthermore, when Schumacher-Levy, this incredible comet, smacked Jupiter; it happened on the Cross of the Unexpected. So there is something very unique in the way in which this cross works, because you can see it at the macrocosmic level.” -Ra Uru Hu, The Global Incarnation Index 2001

I have heard….


Lao Tzu was going for a morning walk. A neighbour who used to go with him, knew him – knew that he was a very silent man and did not like talking.

Once the neighbour mentioned that the morning was beautiful – it was a beautiful morning. Lao Tzu looked very puzzled. He looked at him as if he had said something mad. The man became restless.

He said, ’What is the matter? Why are you looking at me in such a way? Have I done anything wrong?’

And Lao Tzu said, ’I am also looking at the morning, so what is the point of saying that it is beautiful?

Do you think I am dead, I am dull or asleep? The morning is beautiful, but what is the point of saying it? I am also here, as much as you are.’

Since then the neighbour stopped talking. He used to follow him, walk with him, and after years of going for a morning walk with Lao Tzu he also became alert about what meditation is.

Then a visitor came to the neighbour and he also wanted to come for a walk. And the visitor said that day, ’It is a beautiful sunrise.’ That day the neighbour understood. He looked puzzled as once Lao Tzu had looked puzzled at him, and he said, ’Why should you mention it? I am also here.’

And Lao Tzu said, ’Now do you understand?’ – Osho, Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol. 1

Some more tinkering

Replacing the worn out Ball Bearing to a Taper Bearing Set in the Steering Head and change the fork oil


back on its feet again

Or do nothing if you prefer

ISBN: 9781933149257

A Rule is to Break, A Child’s Guide to Anarchy follows the escapades of Wild Child, the little girl who is free to do as she pleases. John Seven and Jana Christy present a children’s book like no other where the principles of anarchism are outlined in an easy, fun and lively fashion. Wild Child learns important lessons about herself and how to express herself freely. In a world with too many rules, Wild Child is free to be herself and learn as she pleases.

Zen: Its History and Teachings and Impact on Humanity


Only once in the history of human consciousness, says Osho, has a thing like Zen come into being. In Zen: Its History and Teachings, the noted mystic explains that Zen has no rituals, no chanting, no mantras, no scriptures — only short, evocative parables and teachings that make it ideal for the modern seeker. Using his characteristic humorous, encouraging style, Osho guides readers through the origins and development of this seminal spiritual tradition that is neither religion nor dogma nor creed. He provides a context for those who have not been born into the Zen tradition, introducing them to its timeless approach to existence. The book argues that the only preparation for fully experiencing Zen’s power is meditative awareness, and Osho presents simple techniques to achieve this awareness. Stunning color photographs throughout offer further inspiration and illumination.

Publisher: Osho International. Format: Paperback | 144 pages. Dimensions: 140mm x 190mm x 12mm | 342g. ISBN 10: 0981834167. ISBN 13: 9780981834160. Illustrations note: Color photos throughout

Hexagram 27


Hexagram 27: swallowing; R Wilhelm 27: mouth corners; Hua-Ching Ni 27: providing nourishment; HDS Gate 27: gate of caring, nourishment; S. Reifler 27: nourishment; J Blofeld 27: noursihment (jaws); S Karcher 27: jaws, the tiger’s mouth; GeneKey 27: food of the gods

Zero To One


“Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.

Of course, it’s easier to copy a model than to make something new. Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange.

Unless they invest in the difficult task of creating new things, American companies will fail in the future no matter how big their profits remain today. What happens when we’ve gained everything to be had from fine-tuning the old lines of business that we’ve inherited? Unlikely as it sounds, the answer threatens to be far worse than the crisis of 2008. Today’s “best practices” lead to dead ends; the best paths are new and untried.

In a world of gigantic administrative bureaucracies both public and private, searching for a new path might seem like hoping for a miracle. Actually, if American business is going to succeed, we are going to need hundreds, or even thousands, of miracles. This would be depressing but for one crucial fact: humans are distinguished from other species by our ability to work miracles. We call these miracles technology.

Technology is miraculous because it allows us to do more with less, ratcheting up our fundamental capabilities to a higher level. Other animals are instinctively driven to build things like dams or honeycombs, but we are the only ones that can invent new things and better ways of making them. Humans don’t decide what to build by making choices from some cosmic catalog of options given in advance; instead, by creating new technologies, we rewrite the plan of the world. These are the kind of elementary truths we teach to second graders, but they are easy to forget in a world where so much of what we do is repeat what has been done before.

Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything I’ve learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX. But while I have noticed many patterns, and I relate them here, this book offers no formula for success. The paradox of teaching entrepreneurship is that such a formula necessarily cannot exist; because every innovation is new and unique, no authority can prescribe in concrete terms how to be innovative. Indeed, the single most powerful pattern I have noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas.

This book stems from a course about startups that I taught at Stanford in 2012. College students can become extremely skilled at a few specialties, but many never learn what to do with those skills in the wider world. My primary goal in teaching the class was to help my students see beyond the tracks laid down by academic specialties to the broader future that is theirs to create. One of those students, Blake Masters, took detailed class notes, which circulated far beyond the campus, and in Zero to One I have worked with him to revise the notes for a wider audience. There’s no reason why the future should happen only at Stanford, or in college, or in Silicon Valley.” -Peter Thiel, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Hexagram 3


Hexagram 3: sprouting; R Wilhelm 3: difficulty at the beginning; Hua-Ching Ni 3: to be stationed, to assemble; HDS Gate 3: gate of ordering, difficulty at the beginning; S. Reifler 3: growing pains; J Blofeld 3: difficulty; S Karcher 3: sprouting, the world tree; GeneKey 3: through the eyes of a child

Interview with Jed McKenna

The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable. It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath. If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be lost, we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped in the dark because “the light is better over here.” – Jed McKenna, Spiritual Enlightenment, the damnedest thing

Hexagram 42


Hexagram 42: augmenting; R Wilhelm 42: increase; Hua-Ching Ni 42: benefit, increase; HDS Gate 42: gate of growth, increase; S. Reifler 42: increase; J Blofeld 42: gain; S Karcher 42: augmenting, the blessing; GeneKey 42: letting go of living and dying