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No post today!

no entryWell, apart from this little note! It’s the night of the Eurovision Song Contest First Semi Final, so my regular posting schedule has been interrupted somewhat. Normal posting services will return on Wednesday. Now, it’s time for some music….

Energy and Water

I watched a fascinating documentary yesterday on the life of waves.

Water dropletBeing Piscean, I love anything to do with water. I don’t actually know whether that has anything to do with being Piscean, if the truth be told, but as a water sign I believe it does. I was drawn to the programme, even though I had discovered it completely by accident. Or by coincidence, whichever way you want to look at things.

I thought I understood water.

Now, I understand it in a slightly different way. I actually see the world in a different way too. And, I see reality differently as well. I’ve always had a slightly different perspective on reality anyway, but now it has moved up a notch. So, what did I discover about water that was so life changing?

Aquafact One:

Waves are not water. Wave
OK, the waves that we see crashing up against the coastline on a rocky beach somewhere, or those that gently lap ashore on a golden sandy beach on a hot summer’s day, may appear to be water. The water is lapping the beach, and creating rock pools in the rocks, but the wave itself is pure energy in motion. The energy is travelling through the water as a wave, as a means of getting from it’s birth to it’s death.  Energy is always there, it can never be created or destroyed, it just moves on. And it moves through the water as a wave.

Aquafact Two:

RippleWaves live a life.
They are born, either by the wind, or by something entering the water, creating a ripple. The ripple spreads outwards, and grows and grows, and the further out we see the new wave, the larger it is. Once the wave has reached the sandy beach, or wherever it is going, it’s life ends. The energy passes on into the sand, or the wind, but the wave has lived it’s life. It has journeyed from A to B, for however long it has taken. It has carried some passengers, built strength and speed, and lived it’s life in full.

Aquafact Three:

The noises we hear from water are not made by water. Waterfall
When we are listening to the drip of a droplet of water, a babbling brook, a waterfall, or the waves crashing ashore, we are actually hearing the creation of a tiny bubble. This bubble within the water makes a musical tone, different sized droplets make different sized bubbles, and different sizes bubbles make different sounds.. The waterfall creates thousands upon thousands of these bubbles, as does the water as it breaks onto the beach, as does the brook as it babbles by. All of these bubbles combine together to create the hypnotic sounds we hear from the water.

Aquafact Four:

Waves travel faster than the water.
As the wave is travelling through the water, the water is churned around in a slow circular motion, almost up and down in fact. The surface of the water is moving along in the same direction as the wave, but not at the same speed as the wave.

Aquafact Five:

Waves have no bearing on the tide.
The waves are travelling towards the shore even though the tide may be moving in the opposite direction. Just thinking about this shows the remarkable balance of nature and two opposite forces working with (or against?) each other.

So, what does it all mean?
The energy that is travelling through the water creating the wave is the same energy that provides life to everything. The same energy that helps us to move forward through our lives. The same energy that we can feel when we are outside in a terrific rain shower. The same energy that we can feel when we feel refreshed by the wind. The same energy that allows us to watch a shadow move along a wall. The same energy that brings change into our lives. The same energy that keeps us awake at night when we are anxious. The same energy that helps us to feel good when we want to.

Everything in existence has this energy running through it, because everything changes. Some things change a lot quicker than others, but over time everything changes – it gets older.

The energy that creates the wave is the energy that creates life.

I always knew that everything was connected. Thanks to the life of waves, I can see that connection a lot clearer today.

Change Once More!

So, another theme has caught my eye. This one is Vertigo, as soon as I saw it I felt the urge to go all red and black, so I did. The other theme was a good one, don’t get me wrong, but it seemed to be a little too bright. I’ve decided to to take a walk on the darker side. Only on the blog, you understand: I like feeling good too much to go completely dark… Let’s see how long this one lasts…!

Feel good Sunday!

Ten feel good quotes, just because it is Sunday!

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself
Eleanor Roosevelt

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Elbert Hubbard
People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be
Abraham Lincoln
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
Judy Garland

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. happiness

Smile. Today would be a wonderful day not to take life so seriously. Today may end up the way you prefer – and it may not. Happiness is not about being a winner – it’s about being gentle with life – being gentle with yourself. Let life be a dance, and choose the kind of dance you want for today, perhaps a gentle loving dance.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
Walt Disney

Britannia’s Links to 1642

BritanniaThe information that you just happen to stumble upon when looking for other things is really quite remarkable. Or, could that be coincidental? Whatever it is, and why it happens I don’t know, I am just pleased that it does!

This morning for instance, I found myself looking for the history of Britannia, the icon of Britain, or as stated in Wikipedia, “the female personification of the island”. I was actually looking to find out if any other countries have icons similar to this (which they must have, I’m pretty sure of that), also similar to Uncle Sam of the USA. I must have worded my search terms incorrectly, as I didn’t find anything. Well, I didn’t find anything that I was actually looking for, but I found further information which (kind of) pads out my dossier on 1642 (and the surrounding years!) Unless the search engines know that I want information relating to this year, so they bring to me anything they can find regarding that first. Not that I’m complaining, of course! Anything that I can find that may give me a clue as to why I’m fascinated by this time period is a bonus – or baffle me further, which is probably more true to the case.

So, Britannia, first of all, was the name of a ship built by Phineas Pett and launched in 1682. Phineas himself died in 1647 apparently. Isaac_Sailmaker_-_THE_FIRST_'BRITANNIA'I have found a painting of this first HMS Britannia, from 1683, and the ship itself is similar to one of those that I can see in my mind’s eye from time to time. I still see it as a galleon though, but it is very similar. (Phineas, incidentally, is a nickname that one of my friends calls me occasionally, well, Phineas Bump, to be exact due to the fact that I used to be quite accident prone! I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t know that I have this irrational obsession with 1642, nor do I think he would have heard of Phineas Pett – although I could be wrong…) I have also found an on-line autobiography of Phineas’, which may give me some more information regarding this time period, and I will have to make some time in the present for me to read it.

1672 FarthingThe image of Britannia first appeared on a British coin in 1672, on a copper farthing. Farthing comes from an Old English word, Feorthing, which means fourth thing. A farthing is a quarter of a penny. Charles II was the monarch who introduced these coins. The Latin name for Charles is Carolus. The Caroline Era is a period of British or English history that ran from 1625 to 1642, around the same time that Charles I was on the throne. And 1642 was the year that came to me in a dream about one of those ships I mentioned earlier.

It isn’t a far cry to think that Britannia would eventually ‘crop up’, especially where ships are concerned, but as she has been around since Roman times, I didn’t expect to find out that her image has only appeared on coins since the latter part of the Seventeenth Century.

So, things have brought me back to ships – and money this time. They still don’t tell me anything that I really want to know, that is, how I am connected to this period, but I find them interesting all the same. One day, everything will connect together in one great ‘Aha!’ moment. Until then, I’ll have to keep on looking for snippets of information.

I like learning about new things – old things for that matter as well! – they help me to continue to feel good, and I love doing that! This post, incidentally, or co-incidentally is made up of 642 words. Honest! Count them and see! Told you!