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Pixelations: A Social Media overload for business & pleasure!

Am seeing this disillusionment all around me.. Perhaps it’s the Mercury-direct or the Saturn-retrograde just starting…but the pattern is too much to ignore. People with online business dreams are feeling deflated. Others feeling despair..dismay.. and a lot of other dis-something
pixelation a social media overload
here’s what I wrote on a friend’s wall on this matter.
“..the whole `facebook network brings growth and business’ is a complete fallacy. Long ago I was telling people / pagan organisations to get with the times and get on FB.. Now I’m saying `FB is a waste for business’ and this too will come to pass. (meanwhile other things are growing and spreading in between the pixel-gaps!)
People use it as an escapism… a time passing devise.. Everyone will `like’ ..pages and groups will grow.. There’ll be lots of exchanges.. and everyone then forgets.
How can our brains cope with such an overload?
With overwhelming options and alternatives, what results is an option-paralysis and inactivity.. not more activity. There are now over 1 Billion accounts on FB (world population is 8 Billion for comparison)..and everyone is being `encouraged’ to sell on FB.. It’s an impossible scenario..doomed to fail as we go beyond saturation levels..
The dot-com bubble burst..So will FB selling & marketing fantasy.
I stopped `investing’ in FB growth about 1-2 years ago..and just play.
My advise..? build a website..and keep it alive.. It has a slightly better chance of being discovered when people actually have a need and search google for it..
But beyond that, Keep it all real and keep it physical.. make real impressions face to face.. That’s what’s going to work.. ad anchor in the mind. (I can’t remember 1000 people’s names, posts and lives, or the 600+ pages I am supposedly `liking’ and benefiting from. But a person I met 2 years ago, I remember easily, because there was dancing in the rain, sitting with others naked in a sauna, and songs of a rebellious form! That memory stayed firm in my mind for 2 years..and was instantly accessible. And this post you might forget..but the keys I just planted might linger in your minds 
Real physical impressions involving 5 senses are the key, especially when pixels will fade.. Afterall, everything we see online is coming to us as visual input and now a bit of sound too on videos.. Its not enough anymore…not when there’s an avalanche of them competing for our attention..and the best we can do it consume it and file it in our short term storage… and visual memory will fade sooner or later if not anchored in the brain .. That’s biology we can’t ever beat..!
So don’t look for an alternative social media..or an App that manages other Apps.. or better pixelation strategies. Marketers are clever and desperate for your custom.. Augmenting reality? What the actual f**k is that, for heaven’s sake? Something is real or not. So ..get real!
Mani Navasothy
v1- 18th April 2018
ps.  Me writing about this online on my blog, about social media, may seem like a man sitting on a branch up a tree and sawing off that very branch.  But while there is a certain facility for viewer-comments and writer-replies, websites & blogs are very much authority building top level google-searchable platforms.  These are formal exotic gardens where as social media is like the weedy forest floor.  Yes there’s valuable precious medicinal plant life there…but also a lot of rubbish that no one clears out…  if you catch my drift.

Divine Battles within

Divine Battles within:

As much as I like to `resign’ from Life, Universe and the internet :-p there’s just too much crap going on in the world…for me and anyone with Gaia-consciousness to stay on the sidelines and look for Himalayas to retreat to.

THIS is our battle.. to keep the divine faith in our souls, hopes in our hearts, stay cautiously optimistic, unconditionally positive, challenge any and all ill-doings elsewhere and everywhere.. and stand up for a better world – no matter how gloomy things may look.. and how close the Four Horsemen seem to be. This is where our warrior-energies are need… not to fight, to hurt, maim or kill a fellow human..but to put to flight the welling darkness and rising illusions and delusions.

This battle is not fought with side-arms & arrows, mace or missiles – but with patience, endurance, inner strength and a strong belief within.. Doesn’t matter what god or goddess or divine being you believe it…but believe it.. and make him/ her/ it be your peaceful power and strength.. !

The inner child may be afraid.. and throws tantrums, seeking attention. But it is seeking safety, support and love. Not just yours or mine..but all the Inner-Children of the billions of people on Earth! As adults, we can exude positivity, assurance, offer support, emotional acceptance and understanding.

This is the time for all of our Love, light and compassionate, nurturing, empowering thoughts, feelings and deeds to rise to the surface and spread.

Bright Stellar Blessings!
-Mani Navasothy

Dark World of Pagans, Wiccans and Wizards… (words of wisdom for new commers)

darkLight- art~Mani NAlmost 2 decades ago, when I ventured slowly into the world of western pagans, Witches, wiccans and wizards..  little did I know that they are as human and fallible ..as I am.

Having come from a Hindu religious background, and then lost my faith a little (after the sudden and accidental  death of my father), I was drifting in life..  failing university exams, becoming a recluse with very few real friends..

I had always been interested in mind powers and psychic matters (dabbling with self-hypnosis, biorhythm, reading about telepathy, and telekinesis). So much so, that in A/Level, when I did so well in my Physics, I got a book voucher and the book I bought (handed to me officially in School assembly) was on Mind powers. I remember the Head Teacher startled and doing a double-take on the book before shaking my hand and handing it to me.

So after my father’s death, through some coincidences with friends and pen pals (in America..  they were the early pre-www world if telnetting and writing real letters!), I came across Runes, book in the garage in Egyptian mummifications..and into the `Body, Mind, Spirit’ world in London.

Those early conventions gave me a different impression.  That everyone in it was so full of love, and unconditional friendship, trust etc. Then over time, I came into the Pagan world… And there too, I held the same beliefs..  because everyone in it talked about `coming home’ and how we are all the same, and magical..

In those early days, my High Priestess Laura and I had many a discussions..  on what it is to have perfect love, perfect trust …in Wiccan circles.  And it is there that she broke my innocent bubble one day and told me that Pagans are people too.. and have their own flaws and prejudices.

I think ..though I heard her, and knew it intellectually, I did not understand it emotionally..

But over the years, I have learnt otherwise.

This world of Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Shamans, Wizards, Dragon-Riders, Fairy-Dusters… and Broom-Flyers..  are just ordinary people..  and sadly, despite the highest ideals of perfect love and perfect trust, and a love for the Earth and Gods and Goddesses,..   there is also much darkness..

Darkness in itself is not a crime..   I am referring to deeper human emotions..  anger, frustrations, jealously, envy, power seeking, colluding, controlling, betraying, scapegoating, ego-driven, holier-than-thou..and all the other `warts’..

No it is not a crime.. but what is…is that so many wounded pagans, wiccans and Wizards ..are unaware of their own flaws and humanity..  and that they are actually acting on those impulses..  Instead some pagans seem to project their own darker sides and qualities (shadow functions) on to others.

I have even witnessed the pack mentality within some wiccan groups, pagan communities & Organisations, and ritual groups, not to mention bullying behaviour.. where small things are taken out of context, and acted upon and reactions snow-balled..  mole hills turning to mountains..and before you know it, hearts are broken, reputations are destroyed, and worse, people who `came home’ are left feeling `homeless..’ and ostracized from the very community they belonged to.  These `rejected’ people can feel abandoned, bereft, extremely depressed, suicidal, and their lives can unravel disastrously. (That happens to anyone in an inclusive `love and light’ society where suddenly that person is excluded! )

As people work magically with powerful forces – elements, gods, goddesses, nature spirits, archangels..and so on.. and work to build communities, organisations, groups.. and memberships.. (such vastly magnificent goals and ideals)..  what they tend to forget ..is that at the heart of it all..  is the human element..  !  It’s akin to driving at 80 mph in the fast motorways (Highways) for hours ..and then struggling to adjust to the 20 mph speed limit in urban streets.  If no care is taken, and same speed is observed, an innocent in the street could get hurt.   And once the harm is done, it can not be undone. Neither human nor the divine ever forgets! Bad karma piles up..

Next blog: How to send Love & Light energy..!
Next blog: How to send Love & Light energy..!

My advise to anyone new venturing into Pagan, Esoteric or magical communities (and I am part of this community..) is to be sensible, careful, and …while keeping to high magical or divine ideals, also keep an open mind..and your feet firmly on the ground.

The Pagan Community is just like any other community..   Completely and utterly…human.!   Remember that, and all will go well..

-Mani Navasothy

Debate this: ps.This may seem like a very negative post – but just as my High Priestess offered me that advise all those years ago, I now offer it to others – having arrived at same wisdom through my own life’s ways.   While many pagans may shy away from such topics, for fear of it showing (our)  pagan community in bad light,  I am happy to debate these matters further f0r the sake of learning, sharing and growth (but please no abusive or bullying comments!)

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Pagan Federation blog (8 oct2012): Online conduct of members