Experience Is the Enemy

Below my feet, after days of heavy rain, the little creek on the periphery of town is like a gray-green animal surging ferociously and relentlessly forward. Above my head, as the wind blows hard from the east, a great wall of dark clouds hangs like the curtain of God over the western sky.

The scene is at once ominous and astoundingly beautiful in the dwindling open space between the city and the foothills. But you can still see for miles to the south, and it feels as if the entire earth is here.

The cloudmass moves over the flat plain, briefly opening patches of brilliant sunshine before again threatening a storm. Except for a few sprinkles however, the rain holds off.

I sit awestruck for nearly an hour and half. The self is swept away like the mote of insignificance it actually is.

As the meditative state deepens, a question seizes the mind and heart: Why is the earth so immensely beautiful and yet we humans are so small, especially since we have the capacity for communion with the numinous?

Thought is the generator of darkness. There is no darkness in the universe except what the mind of man and creatures like man make, wherever thought dominates minds, hearts and brains.

Are there only two movements—that of darkness, which is what the world has always been and human consciousness has increasingly become; and its negation in meditation in the individual, allowing the rare person to commune with the sacred imbuing all things except man? (Commune briefly if one is semi-illumined, or continuously if fully illumined.)

Or is there a third movement, that of the work of transmutation and psychological revolution, which is as old as humankind itself? In short, does humanity, and potentially intelligent life anywhere in the universe, matter to the cosmic mind?

Hard core atheists believe that there is nothing but random activity, and that this is just one of an infinite number of ‘parallel universes’ in which every possible combination of energy and matter exist. That’s our scientific age’s equivalent of decaying medieval theology, upholding to the last the defunct hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.

Living in terms of idea rather than insight, so-called realists pit themselves against idealists, pontificating about people “whose idealism rarely seems dented, and only occasionally informed, by experience.”

Contented to speak half-truths in support of power and the status quo from their teetering perches, one wonders, who or what they are actually attacking?

Experience has taught us little or nothing. The chances of a nuclear war increase by the week, while hundreds of thousands of young people march in the streets because American culture and polity don’t have the common sense to get rid of assault rifles. This is what passes for idealism in young people.

Idealism and realism are two sides of the same coin anyway. The real question is the place of experience in human life. Is experience merely the rotten foundation on which ‘realists’ smugly believe they firmly stand?

The value and validity of experience goes unquestioned. We are conditioned to believe that with experience comes wisdom, but that’s false. Experience is part of conditioning, and insight and compassion flow from a completely different source.

Sober commentators in North America speak of “a broad global crisis from which apparently there is no escape.” Though I’m certainly no optimist, this is a defeatist attitude.

Is it precisely because the dominant economic and political ideology in America and beyond is a “repository of loathing and despair” that a psychological revolution is more possible than ever before? Is that which is eminently necessary imminently possible?

So what would a psychological revolution look like, and how can one contribute to it? It certainly won’t include marches in the streets, the sad holdover of the mass movements of my youth, which didn’t end the Vietnam War a month earlier than it otherwise would have ended.

Since it hasn’t occurred before, at least on a global scale, a psychological revolution wouldn’t be something that will fit into comfortable categories of recognition.

Even so, every decent person, with at least a ventricle still pumping in his or her heart, knows it has to occur if “the poor doll humanity” is to change course. If not now, when?

Martin LeFevre


Costa Rica Prepping to Fight Organized Crime

Costa Rica News – The law now requires that specialized offices be put into operation by October to deal with organized crime.

The Court asks for another year, however, because of needing a budget, an adequate building and staff training.

Once in operation, these courts will hear cases related to drug trafficking organizations, groups dedicated to human trafficking, pornography and gangs of bank robbers. It will also hear cases of those groups that come from abroad to commit a crime.

The plan includes specialization of criminal judges, prosecutors, public defenders and special courts and courts of appeals. This special jurisdiction will be used when dealing with a group of three or more people in a group that has a division of tasks.

The OIJ attributes over 40% of last year’s homicides to organized crime. In 2017, there were 603 murders and many of them were committed with cruelty.

Nicaragua Claims To Be Safer Than Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – Nicaragua claims to be the safest country in Latin America says a report by the Latin American Herald due to its sophisticated “Containment Wall” public safety strategy.

The report says that Nicaragua’s capital city deputy police chief Fernando Borge told EFE, “We have a comprehensive public safety strategy. It is (due to) the joint effort by all institutions and the National Police, with the population playing a major role.”

Nicaragua’s murder rate dipped to an 11-year low of 7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, the lowest among the Central American countries, according to Borge.

The country’s murder rate is also the second-lowest in Latin America, with Managua being the second-safest capital in the Western Hemisphere, trailing only Ottawa, Canada.

More than half of the calls received by the Emergency Response Service (SEREP) call center concern misdemeanors such as street fights, thefts or traffic accidents, unit head Marco Antonio Lanuza told EFE.

The 70 men and women working at SEREP handle between 6,620 and 8,350 calls a day, with a police response time of between seven and 10 minutes after a call is terminated.

The quick police response time is due to a tight organization at the district, sector and neighborhood level, as well as a sophisticated approach to patrolling the streets, said Lanuza.

According to Borge, the absence of the gangs that terrorize other Central American nations in Nicaragua “is the result of the (state’s) ‘Containment Wall’ strategy against organized crime and international drug trafficking.”

In 2017, Nicaraguan police received a total of 80,092 reports of all kinds – 17.5 percent fewer than in the prior year – and homicides accounted for only 431 of those reports.

Comparing crime between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as provided by Numbeo, Costa Rica’s crime index is 55.11 and Safety Scale 44.89, compared to Nicaragua’s 38.82 and 61.18.

The level of crime in Costa Rica high (61.97), while Nicaragua is low (38.79). High in Costa Rica are also worries of being mugged or robbed, rated high at 62.77, while Nicaragua is moderate at 40.18; Worries about car stolen 51.36 to 2500; Worries of being attacked, Costa Rica is moderate (45.33) while Nicaragua is low (26.79) and; Problems property crimes such as vandalism and theft 64.17 vs. 42.24.

Both countries are pretty even on problems with corruption and bribery, Costa Rica’s rate is 69.51 and Nicaragua 69.64.

From QCostaRica

Ecuadane; Bringing The Culture of Other Countries to Your Home

Entertainment News – Three American sisters grew up with a respect for culture and travel.

They’ve since made it their mission to share the gift of travel, one that opens minds and hearts and brings us an understanding of how cultures are so unique and beautiful.

They have seen how craftsmanship is applied in different cultures and give us a way to share in an online market of curated high quality products from around the world.

These pieces bring us to another part of the world and support families from a diversity of cultures, traditions and lifestyles.

On the site www.ecuadane.com you can find various products ranging from blankets and scarves to jewelry and handbags. Each piece from “Ecuadane” represents the beauty of the human experience.

The specialty blankets come in many designs. There are some for skiing, others for Christmas, and my favorite, the Inca Collection.

These make the best blankets for snuggling up under the stars or by a nice fire on a chilly night.

Legends of the Afterlife

A cloud follows me. It floats in the direction the wind wills it too. Suddenly, it begins to darken. It becomes like a shadow. It bursts open into fragments of water and they descend down like angry demons onto my shoulders. “Things change, they begin, they fade and they disappear in a moment.” The energy seems to speak this to me.The cloud departs soon after and all I can feel is an ice ghost standing next to me. It is then in which I feel gratitude and I can see a new day coming. Maybe if I stand hold long enough, a rainbow will appear. Perhaps it will be one in which I can grasp onto. For beauty is really what leads me on, inspires us and when it is no more, so too am I.

I know I will move on too. The weather shows the signs of the universe. Nothing is ending, it is only transforming. With all the different possibilities in realm, I wonder just where I will go when it is time to leave my Earthly form. I hope there is light. I hope there is life…

Below, I am going to share with you many different perspectives on the afterlife, which is something that really is going to be mysterious until we experience it ourselves. The details can be anything that we can imagine and more. Let me take you on another realm of existence, for a short while and invite you into the fold…


The word afterworld is described by the online dictionary as, “the future world, especially the world after death.” It is perceived as many separate realities of a continued existence from which we belong. It seems to have come from our personal karma and perceptions. The word itself was brought into existence at the end of the fifteenth century, although the spiritual plane was theorized to exist before this.

Because of the speculation of the details of this place, there are often many psychics, prophets or religious leaders who theorize its location and lifestyle. So many different stories and visions have come of it. It is a good way to ease a troubled mind or to convince a person to change or identify with a large group of believers.

Whatever the future may hold, we can still connect to these realms with each other here in the world of living. At least in our consciousness, they will be real. Our souls gravitate naturally to certain people and places, so too may they in another world. Or, perhaps none of it even matters at all…


Al-Jannah is the final abode of the righteous and the Islamic believers but, also the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Hawwa dwelt. This cosmology commonly depicts seven layers of heaven analogous to the seven layers of hell. It is guarded by angels at eight main gates and each level is split into 100 degrees. The highest level is called Firdaus.

In the Quran, this paradise is richly inhabited by gorgeous maidens, jewels, food, material possessions and eternal supplies of water. The heart will feel no more negative emotions and will only know joy. It is meant for the most righteous of people.

One day in this land is the same as one thousand years on Earth. There will be others there as well, whom you have shared past life with, so long as they are worthy. There are four rivers which flow through here and none shall surpass Sidrat al-Muntaha, a Lote tree which marks the boundaries of the Heaven, where no creation may cross.


This land is a heavenly paradise where Osiris, the Egyptian god of death in the Ogdoad tradition dwells. It is known as the Egyptian reed fields. He was traditionally displayed as a green-skinned deity with a pharaoh’s beard, wearing a crown with two ostrich feathers and holding a crook and flail. In myth, the Ogdoad are eight primordial deities worshipped in Hermopolis during the late Period (664 BC to 332 BC).

In this culture, when a soul leaves the Earthly realm, they will be sent through to stand before 42 divine judges, as written about in the ancient book of the dead. This will be the chance to redeem oneself for any wrongdoings. If one successfully navigates into the next chapter, they will then find themselves at Duat.

In the mythical realm of Duat, each human heart is weighed on a giant scale against a feather. Those souls which balance the scales are allowed to start a long and perilous journey to Aaru, where they will exist in pleasure for all eternity. Hearts which are heavy with evil will tip the scale and fall into the crocodilian jaws of the demon Ammit. After this “second death”, the soul is doomed to restlessness. The souls who pass this are sent onto a long journey and face many perils before reaching Aaru and once they arrive, they enter through a series of gates.


Elysium is defined by the online dictionary as, “the abode of the blessed after death in classical mythology.” Admission was reserved for mortals only related to the gods and other heroes or those most favored, the righteous and the heroic. After life, they could live here and still carry out their passions from the previous time.

According to Eustathius of Thessalonica, the word “Elysium” (Ἠλύσιον) derives from ἀλυουσας (ἀλύω, to be deeply stirred from joy) or from ἀλύτως, synonymous of ἀφθάρτως (ἄφθαρτος, incorruptible), referring to a souls’ life in this place. It is shared by each soul with grace. The most honorable connect with each other.

Virgil’s Elysium knows perpetual spring and shady groves, with its own sun and lit by its own stars: solemque suum, sua sidera norunt. Many authors and poets have gone on to theorize its endless beauty and atmosphere. For even the energy can be felt in the wind.

Epic of Gilgamesh

This epic poem is from Mesopotamia and is known it to be one of the oldest texts alive. Some of the best artifacts were rediscovered in the library ruins of the 7th-century BC Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. Others are still yet lost in history.

Buried in tombs, libraries or long forgotten, the story reaches us today. It involves the main characters Gilgamesh, king of Uruk and Enkidu. After a beginning of sexual initiation, Enkidu travels to the city to challenge this leader to gain reputation and strength. The king still wins but, it makes them friends, as they are in tune with each other.

From here on, a journey begins through the Cedar Forest, where they slay a terrible guardian and to cut down the sacred tree. For the next time, Ishtar sends the Bull of Heaven to punish Enkidu for his many misdeeds. His sentence is death.

Because of the distress about Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh is inspired to search for immortality. He eventually learns that “Life, which you look for, you will never find. For when the gods created man, they let death be his share, and life withheld in their own hands”.


The definition of Heaven is portrayed by the online dictionary as, “a place regarded in various religions as the abode of God (or the gods) and the angels and of the good after death, often traditionally depicted as being above the sky.” It’s an ethereal image which speaks of air and the color is blue. It remains for those who are good.

It is also known as, “a state of being eternally in the presence of God after death.” For this is where beings of this level can relate and be like one entity. They will feel the same, think similar and be like each other. They are filled with peace and forgiveness.

A similar notation is, “the sky, especially perceived as a vault in which the sun, moon, stars, and planets are situated.” This is a celestial castle for which glorious light survives eternally. Tales of entities leaving here is widely known by the story of Lucifer, the most famous angel who took leave here to rule the world saved for evil below.


The best explanation for hell is, “a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often traditionally depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth where the wicked are punished after death.” It is a land of terror and torture, where demons flourish and partake in every sin imaginable in order to imprison the dead. It sends fear through the masses.

Other traditions, which do not conceive of the afterlife as a place of punishment or reward, merely describe Hell as an abode of the dead, the grave, or a neutral place which is located underneath the surface of Earth. It is known in many different cultures by several names. It projects an image of flame and heat. However, Buddhist descriptions of Hell feature an equal number of hot and cold settings.

This contrast of Heaven and Hell is meant to teach the importance of the way we treat others. If we were all caring and compassionate beings, then we would truly have happiness and we would never suffer. If we were to exist in a negative space, with where there are equally as horrible souls, then we would eternally suffer.


In ancient Sumerian texts, Inanna is described as the “Queen of Heaven.” She can bestow the dead with special rewards in the afterlife. Her sister, Ereshkigal, rules the underworld. She was the patron goddess of the Eanna temple at the city of Uruk, which was her main cult center. She was also associated with the planet Venus and her most prominent symbols included the lion and the eight-pointed star.

During the post-Sargonic era, she became one of the most popular deities in the Sumerian pantheon, with temples all across Mesopotamia. She appears in more legends than any other goddess. Her cult practiced sacred prostitution rites and rituals. In this sexual element, she overtakes all others with passion.

Inanna is the enforcer of divine judgement. She closely relates to the sign of Libra. Where she also has a duality about her but, ultimately it is a cosmic revolution which propels her to greatness. She is a symbol for all the pleasures of the world which can heal us and not just be stigmatized.


The world describes Purgatory as, “an immediate state after death, according to Catholic Church doctrine, in which those destined for heaven undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joys of Heaven.” In this area, the soul may become lost, traumatized and forsaken. It is a time of great healing at a lower mental state.

Various texts go on to describe that “Only those who die in the state of grace but, have not yet fulfilled the temporal punishment due to their sin can be in purgatory and therefore, no one in purgatory will remain forever in that state nor go to hell.” It is meant as a situation for absolution and purification. Almost certainly breakthroughs will occur.

Alternatively, we read that “Although denying the existence of purgatory as formulated in Roman Catholic doctrine, the Anglican and Methodist traditions along with Eastern Orthodoxy, affirm the existence of an intermediate state, Hades and thus pray for the dead.” In essence, we will become complete. Where we go does not determine the outcome of a permanent situation.

The Summerland

According to the Wiccans and other small pagan groups, the Summerland is the pinnacle of righteous achievement in the afterlife. C.W. Leadbeater, a Theosophist, taught that those who were good in their lives went to this destination in between incarnations. When they have mastered the state of compassion and emotion then they will be permitted to stay.

Each person that comes through here wills it differently. Depending upon the acts of your life, it changes your perceptions and ultimately alters this world. Even the wicked will come here and be provided a resting place yet, it will reflect the path that they chose. It is best to live a life of love than to reside here in one of these states.

Because Wicca is such a diverse religion, some beliefs on this vary from person to person. There are many different branches of Wicca. Although there is no belief in a hell there is the idea of punishments that may manifest in the form of karma. In turn, it is meant to be used as a learning lesson and not as something one should feel helpless about.


Xolotl stands for lightning and death. He is a God of the Aztec culture. The Aztec culture is popularly known for their reputation as blood thirsty. They typically performed human sacrifice on top of elaborate temples. The soul would go through the top of the pyramid and enter another dimension. One of these places is known as the Underworld.

Tales tell how this god and a dog will lead the people to their destination. He is the dark personification of Venus, the evening star, and was associated with heavenly fire and therefore shows us his celestial position in the sky. It is a royal occasion, much like becoming dead. His job is to protect the sun from the dangers of the underworld.

The Underworld is the land where souls go upon dying in the Earthly realm. It is deeply engrained into several different cultures. It was typically thought of as a high honor to be given to the Gods. Much cultural respect was placed on these events. It was considered to be good luck for your afterlife to be sacrificed.

Legends of the Afterlife

Many other cultures have imagined what it will be like when we finally depart this world. Some have speculated that we will be amongst the stars, which seem to be reborn and changed as well. Popular myths point to nature taking us by Earth, by mirrors and even by levitation. There have even been such tales written in fantasy about it in movies, film and books.

Because it is such a natural thing to speculate about, every culture has imagined what it will be like. There are similar thoughts, views and ideas in religion yet, also they are very different. The amount of detail seems to paint a much more elaborate vision. There are ultimately choices that we can make that will lead us on…

In conclusion, the Legends of the Afterlife are made for our human consumption for serenity. Where our souls go and what they will become echoes from many different ideas of several voices of the people in our world. There is nothing more precious than the moments that we have right now to change, forgive and grow. I hope that everyone finds happiness who works for it and even those who may not deserve it, may they be in peace…

By Deanna Jaxine Stinson, Honorary Thanatologist

Halo Paranormal Investigations – HPI International.

Costa Rica Looks Good Against Scotland in Soccer Friendly

Costa Rica Sports – After a five-game drought, the “La Sele” finally takes a win. Costa Rica won the game against Scotland, 1-0 in Glasgow.

This is a joyful moment but, experts warn, it should not be taken to mean the team can now take it easy.

Scotland didn’t put up much of a fight. Still, it was good practice for the World Cup and a definite confidence booster.

The game, especially the first half, was impressive. Marco Ureña’s goal was, of course, the highlight. Bryan Oviedo and Daniel Colindres combined well on various occasions. The order in defense worked, despite changes.

Colindres in the starting lineup was a good choice.

There are a few improvements to make based on this game. For instance, the match had only two direct shots. Then there’s the aspect of giving away possession of the ball in the second half. T

his happened with very little pressure from the opponent, and such a problem could be fatal in Russia.

Soccer Friendly; Scotland Falls to Costa Rica

Costa Rica Sports News – Alex McLeish began his second tenure as Scotland boss with an uninspiring 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica at Hampden Park.

An experimental home side who started with four debutants fell behind in the 14th minute when Marco Urena scored what proved to be the winner with a well-taken finish.

The expected raft of substitutions after the break led to a more disjointed game with Scotland huffing and puffing until the end.

The only previous meeting between the two countries was at the Italia 90 World Cup when Costa Rica won 1-0 in what was their first ever World Cup match.

This result was less of a surprise — Los Ticos are on their way to Russia in the summer for their fifth World Cup appearance.

McLeish will no doubt tinker again for the friendly away to Hungary on Tuesday night and there are further challenge matches in Peru and Mexico at the end of the season.

By that time, the former Aberdeen and Scotland defender will have a better idea of what he has available for the inaugural Nations League which begins later in the year.

At Hampden, McLeish was shown that he has a lot of work to do.

Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay — watched by club boss Jose Mourinho — Fulham playmaker Kevin McDonald and Swansea striker Oli McBurnie, on loan at Barnsley, were the new faces in from the start.

Costa Rica boss Oscar Ramirez, who played against Scotland in Genoa, kept his promise to start with a strong team.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Kaylor Navas was the biggest name with Celtic defender Cristian Gamboa, a bit-part player at Parkhead, playing wing-back.

Amid an almost eerie atmosphere the Central American side looked neat and tidy and their opener was simple, Sunderland’s Bryan Oviedo getting free down the left and cutting it back for Los Angeles FC’s Urena to side-foot past keeper Allan McGregor with some assurance.

The Scotland fans groaned then gasped three minutes later when wing-back Callum Paterson headed a Matt Ritchie corner past the far post.

McBurnie looked the most likely Scot. His drive in the 27th from the edge of the penalty area was parried clear by Navas and before the break he had a shot from inside the box blocked by Costa Rica defender Oscar Duarte.

Scotland started the second half with some energy but in a swift break Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz left Andrew Robertson for dead and clipped the bar with a left-footed shot.

There was no lack of effort from those in dark blue.

In the 65th minute Navas palmed a powerful Ritchie drive on to the roof of the net for a corner, which McBurnie headed over before he just failed to get on the end of a Robertson cross.

Attacker Jamie Murphy, on loan at Rangers from Brighton, made his debut as a replacement for Ritchie with four minutes remaining before Robertson headed a Paterson cross wide of the target and the home side hustled and bustled some more but to no avail.

From ESPN.com