2016 Election Collusion Timeline


  • 06/24/15 Discovery of classified information on Clinton’s private email server announced; the matter is referred to the FBI Source
  • 07/24/15 State Dept. and other officials make security referral related to classified information possessed by Clinton and associates Source
  • 07/24/15 After complaints from Clinton camp, New York Times edits story about email probe, removing ‘criminal’ references Source
  • 09/15/15 FBI official Andrew McCabe’s wife Jill receives $700,000 from Clinton associate Gov. Terry McCauliffe’s political entities Source
  • 01/19/16 Intelligence Community Inspector General reports Clinton’s private email server had SAP (highest classification level) data on it Source
  • 01/29/16 FBI director James Comey names Andrew McCabe deputy director, with responsibility for oversight of Clinton investigation Source
  • 03/04/16 FBI’s Peter Strzok texts his mistress Lisa Page, an FBI attorney, calling Trump ‘an idiot’, whose nomination would be ‘good for Hillary’ Source
  • 03/19/16 Hackers gain access to emails of Democrat operative John Podesta Source
  • 03/28/16 Paul Manafort hired as Trump campaign manager (Fusion GPS’s Simpson and wife had reported on Manafort’s Russian ties in 2008) Source
  • 04/05/16 FBI’s Strzok interviews Clinton aide Huma Abedin Source
  • 04/09/16 FBI’s Strzok interviews Clinton aide Cheryl Mills Source
  • 04/12/16 Law firm Perkins Coie, using money from the Clinton campaign and DNC, hires Fusion GPS to find incriminating data on Trump Source
  • 04/30/16 DNC IT staff reports suspected hacking on its server(s) to FBI, but fails to turn over the server to the agency, instead hires Crowdstrike Source
  • 05/02/16 FBI director Comey drafts statement exonerating Clinton before interviewing her or other key witnesses Source
  • 05/03/16 Trump becomes the presumptive Republican nominee for the office of president Source
  • 05/03/16 Clinton IT specialist Paul Combetta admits lying to the FBI about erasing emails using BleachBit but is not charged for the crime Source
  • 05/05/16 Washington Post reports there is ‘scant evidence’ of a crime committed by Clinton through her use of a private email server Source
  • 05/15/16 Crowdstrike claims it investigated DNC hacking and that Russians were responsible; FBI still denied access to server to confirm Source
  • 05/16/16 Draft statement by FBI directory Comey exonerating Clinton, before key interviews, is circulated to FBI leadership Source
  • 05/15/16 Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ executive Bruce Ohr, is secretly hired by Fusion GPS, presumably to work on Russian ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 05/23/16 Nellie Ohr applies for HAM radio license, presumably to create covert communication channel and avoid government surveillanc Source
  • 06/09/16 Donald Trump Jr. meets with Russian attorney after being lured by the promise of opposition research Source
  • 06/12/16 Wikileaks’ Assange warns that Clinton emails will be leaked Source
  • 06/15/16 Ex-MI-6 agent Christopher Steele is hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign through Fusion GPS, according to UK court filings Source
  • 06/15/16 FBI agent Peter Strzok changes wording of Clinton charges from criminal designation ‘grossly negligent’ to ‘extremely careless’ Source
  • 06/20/16 Fusion GPS contractor Christopher Steele releases first memo related to Russian ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 06/27/16 A.G. Loretta Lynch secretly meets with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac; they later deny discussing the investigation Source
  • 07/02/16 Clinton interviewed by FBI and Peter Strzok for 3.5 hours; she is not placed under oath nor recorded Source
  • 07/05/16 FISA Court denies FBI request for surveillance of Trump campaign Source
  • 07/05/16 Fusion GPS contractor Christopher Steele shares Russian ‘Dossier’ with the FBI Source
  • 07/05/16 FBI director Comey announces he does not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for use of her email server Source
  • 07/06/16 A.G. Loretta Lynch accepts Comey’s recommendation not to charge Clinton for mishandling classified information Source
  • 07/10/16 DNC staffer Seth Rich murdered in as yet unsolved case Source
  • 07/22/16 Wikileaks releases archive of emails stolen from Democrat National Committee (DNC) Source
  • 07/24/16 Clinton aide Robbie Mook claims Russians hacked DNC and Clinton campaign to aid Trump Source
  • 07/25/16 Wikileaks’ Assange says he timed release of DNC emails to impact convention; says ‘no one’ knows who provided emails Source
  • 07/25/16 FBI announces it will investigate the DNC hack revealed by Wikileaks, Peter Strzok handpicked to lead investigation Source
  • 07/30/16 FBI opens counterintelligence investigation into possible Russian ‘collusion’ with Trump campaign led bt Peter Strzok Source
  • 08/06/16 FBI investigator Strzok texts mistress about a ‘menace’, presumably meaning Trump Source
  • 08/10/16 Washington Post implies John Brennan may have shared ‘Dossier’ with President Obama around this date Source
  • 08/15/16 FBI investigator Strzok texts mistress about needing an ‘insurance policy’ against Trump Source
  • 08/16/16 FBI writes Congress defending decision not to prosecute Clinton, stating it was ‘extreme carelessness’ and not ‘gross negligence’ Source
  • 08/17/16 On this day, NBC’s Dilanian, Windrem, Arkin report claim M. Flynn clashed with intel officials during initial briefing with Trump team Source
  • 08/25/16 CIA director James Brennan informs Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid about possible Russian ‘collusion’ with Trump campaign Source
  • 08/27/16 Reid sends a letter to Comey referencing allegations made about Carter Page in the dossier Source
  • 09/01/16 NBC’s Dilanian, believed to be a Fusion GPS flack, reports on Trump Jr.’s 6/9 meeting with Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya Source
  • 09/05/16 Hillary Clinton accuses Russia of interfering with U.S. election Source
  • 09/15/16 FISA Court approves FBI request for surveillance of Trump campaign based upon Russian ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 09/21/16 New York Times, Washington Post, and Yahoo News verbally briefed by Steele on Russian ‘Dossier’ according to court filings Source
  • 09/23/16 Yahoo News publishes report based upon Russian ‘Dossier’ and possible collusion with Trump campaign Source
  • 09/27/16 John Carlin, head of DOJ National Security Division and involved with FISA requests, announces he is resigning Source
  • 09/28/16 Comey claims his decision to exonerate Clinton was not made until after her interview with FBI agents Source
  • 10/03/16 FBI agents seize computer of Anthony Weiner during investigation of his communications with underage females Source
  • 10/07/16 Obama administration officially accuses Russia of meddling in 2016 presidential election Source
  • 10/12/16 FBI agents tell McCabe and Strzok it’s discovers 650,000 emails on Weiner’s laptop, many of which were Huma Abedin’s Source
  • 10/14/16 Strzok’s wife Melissa Hodgman given a major promotion to deputy director of SEC’s Enforcement Division Source
  • 10/15/16 FBI meets with Fusion GPS contractor Steele and offers to pay him for more Russian ‘Dossier’ material Source
  • 10/24/16 CBS reveals McCabe’s wife received $700K in campaign donations from Clinton associate Gov. Terry McCauliffe Source
  • 10/27/16 During Comey staff meeting, McCabe and Strzok are asked why they’re sitting on the Huma/Weiner email disclosure Source
  • 10/28/16 Comey announces he is reopening investigation into Clinton’s email server due to information found on Anthony Weiner’s computer Source
  • 10/30/16 Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s writes to James Comey asking him to release ‘explosive’ information on Russian ‘collusion’ Source
  • 10/31/16 Fusion GPS contractor Steele feeds information to David Corn of Mother Jones that ties Trump to Russian ‘collusion’ Source
  • 10/31/16 Clinton campaign issues statement, citing Slate, about server in Trump Tower that secretly communicated with Russia Source
  • 11/06/16 Comey exonerates Clinton again after Weiner documents are reviewed ‘around the clock’ Source
  • 11/08/16 Donald Trump is elected President of the United States Source
  • 11/15/16 DOJ official Bruce Ohr meets in secret with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele regarding Russian ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 11/15/16 FBI agrees to continue funding Steele and his ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 11/18/16 Sen. John McCain told of the Russian ‘Dossier’; a copy is sent to McCain and key aides Source
  • 12/09/16 CIA tells Congress that they believe the Russians hacked the DNC to help defeat Hillary Clinton’s campaign Source
  • 12/09/16 McCain provides a copy of Russian ‘Dossier’ to FBI director James Comey Source
  • 12/09/16 President Obama orders intelligence community to investigate Russian influence on U.S. election Source
  • 01/05/17 FBI says DNC refused to turn over server to determine nature of leaks Source
  • 01/06/17 Comey briefs President-Elect Trump on existence of ‘salacious and unverified’ Russian ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 01/10/17 U.S. intelligence chiefs Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Rogers brief Obama on Russian ‘Dossier’ and attempts to ‘influence’ Trump Source
  • 01/10/17 BuzzFeed releases full Fusion GPS ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 01/11/17 WSJ identifies author of Russian ‘Dossier’ as Christopher Steele Source
  • 01/12/17 DOJ IG Michael Horowitz announces probe into actions of FBI including McCabe’s role in Clinton email scandal Source
  • 01/19/17 NYT reports law enforcement officials ‘intercepted’ communications of Trump officials, including Paul Manafort Source
  • 01/22/17 Michael Flynn sworn in as National Security Adviser Moyer Source
  • 01/24/17 Michael Flynn gives voluntary interview to FBI regarding Russian ‘collusion’; interviewer is Peter Strzok Source
  • 01/26/17 Acting A.G. Sally Yates and Bill Priestap inform White House counsel that Flynn was ‘compromised’ by Russian actors Source
  • 01/30/17 Acting A.G. Sally Yates fired by President Trump for refusing to enforce his travel ban orders Source
  • 02/08/17 Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General Source
  • 02/13/17 Flynn fired by President after leaks claim that the aide has discussed sanctions with Russian actors, which Flynn denies Source
  • 02/14/17 In meeting with Trump, Comey says he was asked by President if he could see fit to ‘letting Flynn go’ Source
  • 03/02/17 A.G. Jeff Sessions recuses himself from Russia ‘collusion’ investigation, citing prior contacts with the Russian Ambassador Source
  • 03/20/17 Comey testifies before Congress that FBI secretly investigated potential Trump ‘collusion’ and hid that fact from Congress Source
  • 03/20/17 Comey denies accusations that the Trump campaign had been wiretapped by the U.S. government Source
  • 03/20/17 Press Secretary Sean Spicer strongly denounces surveillance and unmasking of Trump aides by Obama officials Source
  • 03/28/17 Sen. Chuck Grassley writes to Comey over concern that McCabe’s investigation of Clinton was tainted by campaign donations Source
  • 05/09/17 Trump fires FBI director James Comey Source
  • 05/10/17 Washington Post asserts Comey had requested additional funding and resources for Russia investigation before his firing Source
  • 05/17/17 DOJ names Robert Mueller special counsel to investigate Russian influence on election Source
  • 06/15/17 Former DHS head Jeh Johnson tells Congress that the DNC refused to turn over its server so it could thoroughly investigate Source
  • 07/07/17 Comey asserts ‘Dossier’ was ‘salacious and unverified’, but was important because media was prepared to report it Source
  • 07/13/17 CNN reports Strzok is working for Mueller’s special counsel investigation Source
  • 07/20/17 DOJ Inspector General receives compromising texts of Mueller investigator Peter Strzok from FBI Source
  • 07/24/17 Consortium of Intelligence Professionals (VIPS) reports that there is no evidence that Russians hacked DNC Source
  • 07/27/17 DOJ Inspector General meets with Mueller and Rosenstein to inform them of Strzok’s text messages Source
  • 08/09/17 The Nation reports evidence that DNC insiders, not Russian hackers, compromised Democrat IT systems Source
  • 08/10/17 DOJ Inspector General requests all communications between Strzok and Page Source
  • 08/22/17 Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson meets with Senate committee for 10 hours, but refuses to divulge who funded ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 08/24/17 House Intel Chair Nunes subpoenas DOJ and FBI for documents related to ‘Dossier’, which Strzok is believed to be behind Source
  • 09/14/17 Susan Rice admits she surveilled Trump administration after the election and later unmasked the identities of key aides Source
  • 10/18/17 Two Fusion GPS officials plead the Fifth Amendment during House Intelligence Committee interviews Source
  • 10/24/17 Washington Post reveals Clinton campaign and DNC funded Fusion GPS and Russian ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 10/29/17 NBC’s Delanian reports upon an illegal leak from the Mueller investigation that the first indictment will be issued Monday Source
  • 10/30/17 Manafort and Gates indicted as part of Mueller’s investigation Source
  • 10/31/17 FBI refuses House Intel Committee (chaired by Nunez) request to interview Strzok Source
  • 11/30/17 Flynn signs please agreement with special counsel, admitting he lied about sanctions conversations Source
  • 12/02/17 Washington Post reveals existence of incriminating messages between Peter Strzok revealing anti-Trump biases Source
  • 12/04/17 CNN reveals Strzok changed wording of Clinton investigation to avoid criminal charges Source
  • 12/06/17 DOJ executive Bruce Ohr demoted after revelations he secretly met with Fusion GPS, which had secretly employed his wife Nellie Source
  • 12/06/17 Rep. Adam Schiff accused of leaking privileged notes of meeting between Trump. Jr and House Intelligence Committee to CNN Source
  • 12/07/17 Fox News reveals Ohr was in contact with Fusion GPS at the same time the FISA application was submitted and granted Source
  • 12/07/17 Rep. Jim Jordan grills FBI director Wray: was Dossier used to secure FISA warrant? Wray refuses to answer Source
  • 12/07/17 Judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case, Rudolph Contreras, is recused, according to court statement for reasons unknown Source
  • 12/11/17 Fox News reveals Ohr’s wife was hired by Fusion GPS to create opposition research against Trump Source
  • 12/12/17 375 text messages between Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page are released Source
  • 12/12/17 Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe cancels testimony before Congress after revelations about Nellie and Bruce Ohr are released Source
  • 12/13/17 Deputy A.G. Rosenstein refuses to tell Congress whether the FBI paid for the Fusion GPS ‘Dossier’ Source
  • 12/14/17 Rep. Jim Jordan states DOJ/FBI leadership attempted to fix the presidential election by inventing a ‘Russian Collusion’ narrative Source
  • 12/18/17 Demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr fails to appear before Congres Source
  • 12/18/17 GOP lawmakers call for investigation into leaks of privileged interview between Trump Jr. and House Intelligence Committee Source
  • 12/19/17 FBI’s McCabe testifies in private to House Intel Committee a day after Senate Judiciary Chair Grassley called for his firing Source

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A great Koan in Zen Buddhism: “Who is the great master, the magician that makes the grass green?”

Fantastic insight from Robert Anton Wilson repeated here:

Who creates reality and our experience?

The word Yoga means “union”. Yoga comes from the same English root as the word “Yoke” or to bring two things hitched together. You need a human brain and the grass hitched together to make the Yoga, the greenness of the grass.

Many believe it is very hard to be a mystic, that you have to go through a lot of effort to realize your union with everything. But actually you are experience your union with everything all the time. Otherwise you would not be experiencing anything at all.

A group of photons leave the Sun, travel just short of a million meters to reach Earth where they fall onto a blade of grass. The grass absorbs some wavelengths and reflects others. Some of the reflected ones travel in your direction and enter the tiny hole that is your iris which acts as a filter only allowing some wavelengths (you can see) in. The photons finally end their epic journey as they are absorbed by your retina. Your retina gathers these signals (not unlike a digital camera chip) and converts them into an electric signal that travels to the vision center of your brain. Your brain then interprets the upside-down image and ads your own judgement as a final last step and then magically, you “see” the green grass. Insects and other animals don’t have the same shape and size iris so they can see different colors, or wavelengths of light we can’t and visa-versa. The greenness of the grass is more to do with how our eyes work, our nervous system than the grass alone.

YOU make the grass green. You make your highs and you make your lows. But you don’t do it alone. You are making it out of the union with the universe. So everything is a coincidence of contraries, a coincidence of you being there and the universe being there and everything is “one” at the same moment, because there is no green without the grass and there is no green without you.

The greenness is a transaction that ties you and the grass together. The world, in a way, is touching you by your eyes and retina. But what we see is as good as our equipment. If there are wavelengths of light we cannot perceive because of the shape of our eyes, are we seeing real reality?

Because of this, every perception is a gamble.

There is an infinite expanse of signals that are coming into our nervous system and being processed by our higher neural centers in the brain. We are all organizing and orchestrating this information according to our own particular life history, our genetic background, our early imprints, conditioning and learning, so we are all living in different worlds and on a fundamental level, it is amazing we can communicate at all.

You are the co-creator of the sights you see, the sounds you hear with your own impression of the universe. Our experiences are generated by us, we are not generating it out of nothing. Who we are generates it.

We are creating a reality tunnel we are experiencing from moment to moment, so there is a total unity between you and the universe whether you are aware of it or not.

The universe you live in is your creation. But we are not doing it consciously.

When you have seen the one that who makes the grass green it is like meeting your own father in a crowd, you have no doubt whatsoever.

Everything that gets into your brain affects your reality tunnel, your world view or your belief system (BS).

“The universe consists of a series of non-simultaneously apprehended events” – Buckminster Fuller

Any belief system or reality tunnel you have right is going to have to be revised and updated as you continue to apprehend new events later in time (not simultaneously)

You can’t apprehend, you can’t comprehend, you can’t perceive, you can’t understand the whole universe at once.

The universe is non-simultaneously apprehended.

We go through life minute by minute, second by second, day by day, we are never perceiving the same universe, if we are it is because we stopped paying attention. That’s why you get bored, you’re not paying attention.

We can’t apprehend the whole universe right now, past present, future, all spacetime. It takes nine years for signals to get here from Sirus even. Think how long it would take to get here from the other end of the universe, from the farthest galaxy.

So in terms of the theory of special relativity, it is not the same time everywhere so the universe is non-simultaneously apprehended. That means our knowledge at any particular time is part of the universe and tomorrow we will know more, maybe not much more, maybe a lot more who knows?

The truth is a lion, don’t defend it, set it free and it will defend itself. To be truly noble, is not to be better than your fellow man, it is to be better than your former self.

Man on donkey searching all over a town, north south east and west. Someone cries out, “What are you looking for?”. The man replies “My donkey!”

The donkey represents what everyone is looking for when they enter a mystic school, it is the answer to all the riddles of the universe, and you hunt for it North South East and West, and all the time it is carrying you around.

It is the human nervous system which takes out of the infinities of the universe, a reality tunnel that you create, that you consider reality, which is your own create that you think is the whole of the universe. Unless you went to a Sufi School or studied Zen Meditation or dropped LSD, then you realize the universe is more complicated than any map we can make of it.

Put the donkey on your back so you never forget that the master, the great magician that makes the grass green, who creates the whole of the universe you live in.

Mindfulness, a path to control

The past is gone and the future is fantasy. The only thing real is right now. Most people dwell in the past or worry about the future. These are critical for planning and survival, but quickly turn into misery if not checked and “Thinker obsession” takes over.

Given the state of the World, I can’t stop excessive thinking, I worry all the time, how do you make it stop?



Control the Thinker by moving your focus deep into the body, learn how to enter through the hands…


Tweets vs bombs, how Trump can actually help N.K. negotiations



I can see it now..

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and N.K. Official “X” are having a back channel meeting, in a nondescript building.. 

X is high energy, sitting with impeccable posture…he speaks with a tone of a school teacher to a student..

“Mr Tillerson, my country has been at this a long time. You are not the first American administration bringing empty threats to force us into talks. We don’t fear America as today we have more nuclear bombs than most countries in Europe. It is only a matter of time before we perfect our delivery and reentry systems. America dare not to attack otherwise millions of poor in South Korean will die, and maybe even a few hundred thousand Japanese for good measure. (leans in) Our Dear Leader has given me permission to relay the fact, his secret plans… We are only using SK as a hostage, instead of killing them, we will make them watch us destroy Japan and America, they will have the burden of being left alive, and doing very well.. while the world that came to protect them suffer and die.. many South Korean will commit suicide than live with this shame. We want steel, plans and engineers required to build a US Class Aircraft Carrier. This is what Hillary promised us through back channels during the election. Has your dotard not learned this fact? maybe you can use this persuasion on him.. ” – X

…. A long pause of just staring intensely at X in total silence and stillness..

(clears throat) “Let me be as forward as I can be.. I really don’t think you have a choice here.. look, listen.. you guys had a good run with the last administrations, that time is over. If you want to be seen as a nuclear power on the world stage, you got that.. now you can be rest assured we will treat you like one. Unfortunately, my President is convinced niceties, gifts and “assurances” have failed every leader before him, and in fact have only embolden, enabled and accelerated your nuclear program. I can’t tell you want to do, but I can tell you your time is running out. China has cut access to banks, and material. As you already know my President has signed and sealed orders of engagement. We’re ready. You don’t know what our capabilities are today. What you see on TV.. “Hollywood” that shit is 100 years behind what we actually have, and I am not talking stealth bombers, there are some weapon systems so advanced, so lethal other administrations would not even consider them as options… I think Sun Tzu said it best…

Keep your plans as dark and impenetrable as night.. when you strike, fall like a thunder bolt!”

(Tillerson leaves those last words on the air as he squints his eyes at X, after a pause he leans in)

..This President will not hesitate where others have. I am pleading with you.. If there is any room for peace and agreement, bring your concessions forward now or face ..  “Fire and Fury”…. (leans back against his chair)

Then, as if on queue…

X’s phone vibrates and plays a sound as a new tweet arrives

<it’s from President Trump!>… X starts to read it..


… X’s phone vibrates again and plays a sound as another tweet arrives…

<it is again from the President…>


Without having to say a word, Tillerson gives X a serious curl of his mouth, and jab nod.. “See.. I told you so”.

X looks down then up from his phone.. stands, bows in silent acceptance and runs off..

Tillerson noticed X was really freaked out after reading the tweets. Let’s hope they get the message..

We didn’t survive the Cold War with the U.S.S.R. to be destroyed by a punk dictator in a 1950s snow-globe.



Orbit the mind, a path to mindfulness

Life is full of stuff. Responsibilities, problems even entertainment of modern life can feel like a fire hose sometimes. It is easy to get swept up by it all.  Relationships, bills, school, work.. we have all been there and know what stretching yourself thin to make ends meet feels like. Stress can kill. We only get one ticket on this ride of life so any tools to help avoid stress can be life savers.

[Optimism is overrated]

The half-filled glass is an old, tired cliche and yet can be a useful prop if we start over. Instead of considering the amount of water in the glass and its relation to your attitude, there is a better lesson about stress that is so obvious and yet so easily hidden.

Using a raised and stretched arm, hold the half-filled glass up and ask how much does it weigh? The absolute value doesn’t actually matter here, instead the weight is relative to how long one holds it up. A few moments is effortless. A few minutes and your arm may start to stress and muscles burn. After a few hours and you would have muscle tremors and serious cramps.

This experience is not unlike how we deal with life and stress. A thought weighs nothing but hold it long enough and it will gain mass and become too much to bare. Think about some responsibility, problem or worry for a short time and it isn’t so bad. Obsess over it at three in the morning instead of sleeping and it will fill your life with pain and misery.

The obvious answer which you may have already thought of is “put the glass down”, but that is easier said than done. Instead a more realistic approach is to develop a way to lessen the impact of the weight. Make a thought weightless again. Intrusive, repetitive thoughts and worry is the bane of the modern world. Sometimes it is extremely hard to control and in some of the worst cases, cause one to become paralyzed.

[Blast off]

The first astronauts who made it to orbit in the 1960s reported the sight of Earth from orbit and then later during the missions to the Moon, seeing the entire Earth in a single window was mind shattering. The impact was so profound, the change in perspective threw them out of their normal mind streams and thoughts, and allowed them to reevaluate the scope of their lives, how they saw themselves, relation to others, and the Earth as a whole Mother.

Their worries and worldly possessions all melted away. They seemed almost ridiculous from this height, like meeting God. Billions of people were now bacteria. Everything you ever came in contact with your whole life was smaller than a postage stamp and not more than a tiny dark spot to the eye, if at all.  Continents fly past under them like painted lines on a road, the black ink and rest of known existence to their backs. The deep and light blue hues of the oceans, the green, brown and grays of the land. All of it held together under a thin wrapper of air. They all could not believe how thin our atmosphere is when seen from space. How unbelievably vulnerable we all are, flying through space together on this floating rock with no way to steer or avoid anything in our path. Spaceship Earth was coined during that time for just this reason.

Can you imagine yourself there? Traveling at 30,000 miles per hour. A Sunset and rise every 90 mins. What that must of felt like to be that far from all of humanity, to see ourselves in such a new scale. It is as if a single cell blasting off of your arm and floating in front of you to see the whole body it is part of. They must of felt like they were looking through God’s eyes.

Indeed, the first published photograph of Earth from orbit kicked off the environmental movement en masse. You didn’t have to visit space to impart some of the same emotions and change in perspective.

Could something like this experience exist elsewhere? A change in perspective be found without reaching space? Yes, in fact it can be with you all the time. Much like how we know less about the oceans than we do space, we know less about our true selves than we do each other.

In fact, you can have this spiritual experience at any time by becoming an internal astronaut and creating some space between the thinker and the know-er. You are the know-er, your mind is the thinker. This fact and insight lies at the heart of Far Eastern religion. Humans have known for thousands of years that there is a way to watch your mind tumble under you.

[The Know-er and the Thinker]

When you hear a noise, who is listening? You are not your thoughts just like you are not the sound that enters your ears. You are the life force behind them, the deeper still self listening that hears them and is timeless. Your thoughts, ideologies, loves and hates are all transient, they change over time, but under all this is the light of of a deeper self that is connected to God and the entirety of the universe.

This idea has been studied for thousands of years that goes back to the dawn of culture. In modern days we have now found simple distilled ways to approach these same insights. One of them that has entered the popular media is Mindfulness. A simple way to find yourself is by watching the mind as it works, thinking for you, notice how after each thought, an emotion follows.  Much like Egyptian mythology, every god has a dual nature, a two sided coin. The other side of the dreamer is the thinker. When you are asleep, the dreamer is in control, when you are awake, the thinker is running. Daydream? Thinker! 

An even better analogy is the breather. The breather is just like the thinker. Think about breathing, and the breather hands it over to you. You breathe. Trail off in thought and the breather happily takes over for you without missing a beat. Seamless. The same goes for the thinker. Notice to work on a math problem takes a lot of energy? That is you taking over the thinker! You don’t have to do math, but it is a sharp example. There are two states we can be in, input or output. Any form of creation, is output, any form of information (movies, internet, study, etc..) is input. Are you thinking when you are watching a movie? input or output? Ha, input.. you are not really thinking, you are in “input mode”.

The normal moment to moment process of the mind is one where we perceive, deduce and then internalize the outside world. Our emotions cement the result of our senses and thinking using our understanding of the world and history as we know it. Two people seeing the same scene may have completely different reactions and resulting emotions given their perceptions based on their personal history. The key here is after each thought, it is emotions that make a lasting impression of our perception into our bodies. The body believes what the mind thinks, feelings are that communication between the two and with enough emotion you can be scarred for life.

You think in your mind and feel the emotions in your body. The mind and body connection is one of two speeds. The mind is real-time, it is taking in raw data and providing neurotransmitter signals to produce certain chemicals that then flood into the body which produce emotions we then feel everywhere at once. The body stores these emotions day to day as a long term memory. How you feel when you wake up can color your whole day.

After being flooded with a particular emotion for long periods of time, your body will remember this and kinda get stuck.  Watch a horror movie alone late at night. Even though you know it is not real your body still believes what you have been thinking about for the last two hours. Lying alone in the dark trying to fall asleep after, you body is still filled with fear, you find it hard to fall asleep. This is just a movie but still has a large impact. This is why it can be very hard to break out of depression. Even though your real time thoughts may have shifted to better happier things (a birthday party, found money, love) you may still feel bad in your body. You still feel heavy.

Under the wrong control  you can be flooding the body with bad emotions causing great pain, stress and ultimately sickness, even if most of what you are thinking about is in the future or past (doesn’t really exist).  Worrying about past events or future ones is not unlike the movie. These things although may have really happened or will, are not at the present moment. We are creating them by thinking about them, we make them real and the body feels them just the same.

[The Journey into you]

Most who attempt any path to enlightenment will start with meditation. In reality, it is a fools errand as it is widely known and taught in the West. Instead of trying the impossible: sitting alone in a room, trying desperately to stop thinking. Most will fall asleep or just go through cycles of concentration and varying off into some though, then back to concentration. This is the way of brute force and even the masters of 20 years still compete this cycle over and over. It works for some but I found it tedious and the exact opposite of “relaxing”..

Hold the image of an astronaut floating in orbit outside the Space Shuttle with the world under him. Here you are the astronaut, and the world below you is your mind, cataloging and thinking away like a tireless worker. It is there for you, it is filled with everything you have come in contact with and learned. Even the questions you don’t have answers to, it is all there waiting for you to use it. All the bad that is in the world is in there too. You need this so you can avoid murder, death and harm.

This is the problem, if we don’t realize that our minds have a job to do, that is always collecting everything around us, forming opinions, judgments, predictions.. these are critical for survival, but we get caught up in all this stuff. We think we are all these things, we form attachments and identify with our material objects, social constructs and jobs. When any of these things change, we find great pain. We must shift our identity back to what we really are, our true nature before we were born and had names for things, a timeless presence. The Human mind is the greatest achievement of God and the natural world. The pinnacle of adaptation and evolution. But we must see it for what it is and avoid being swept up by everything it tells us. It can lie to us and hurt us with bad thoughts about ourselves. I can’t count how many times I knew something to be true that just wasn’t so. All the wasted time and emotion, tricked again.

[Inner truth]

Instead of meditation, mindfulness is the opposite approach to the same path. Instead of fighting the mind, become the know-er, step back and watch and listen to your mind under you. Create some space between you and your mind. The mind is a wonderful tool but as it collects everything it comes in contact with, it becomes a garbage bin. Not in  he bad sense of the word, without a garbage bin in your kitchen, your home would become unclean quickly. No a garbage bin is very useful, but here you want to sleep in it, that is the problem. You can’t live there.

Instead, by realizing the deeper truth that your true self lies under your thoughts and emotions, a timeless soul that is part of the one great consciousness of God and the universe. By connecting to this power and depth, your mind can go along being very helpful collecting everything about the world, but by allowing your thoughts, and emotions come and go without having to take every one of them seriously, you can live a life with less stress.

Before your parents had you, what was your true nature? Who are you? the things your parents gave you? the house you lived in? the school and lessons you learned? The job you work? The spouse, marriage and children of your family?

You are a wet robot machine created over millions of years of evolution that uses trillions of parts to function. The universe has fucked itself senseless to make you. YOU are the deep presence, down under the emotions and thoughts. You are the one that feels, hears and acts. You can steer your thoughts like a river when you have the strength, but they will always be there coming like an endless flow as the mind is very helpful and ready to serve you for survival.

Become the know-er within. Realize you are the commander of this great robot wet machine the universe through your parents has given you. Can you peek out from within, look through your eyes by sitting inside the master control room like a captain in a master commander chair in the bridge of a great ship? That’s you!

Your mind is your faithful servant that is constantly absorbing everything it hears, sees, touches and smells. Your emotions are fired after these experiences as an instant way to distill the exact effect these things are having to you.   

KerbalVR – Now we’re talking!


Oh man, not only design your own space and aircraft, but you get to fly them in VR!

The future is so bright with what’s to come and how VR/AR will change the world. In twenty years, I can easily see NASA scientists of tomorrow, will remember how they were first inspired to get into engineering and rocket science from experiences like KerbalVR.

It’s a good time to be alive!