This blog updates at least weekly on any of the days below with the topics as follows:
On a Monday-Maniac Mondays = All Things that are All Things! Generally thoughts, ideas or tools we think can be useful to the personal or professional life.
On a Thursday-Tumultuous Thursdays = All Things Metaphysical
On a Friday-Funtastic Fridays = All Things Fun! (cartoons, stories about the Purple Elephant and the Little mouse...)
Studious Saturdays = All Things about the craft of fiction writing. Also we will give you little snippets about how our fantasy fiction novel in progress is going. Sometimes this can be told as a cartoon. We will be doing nanowrimo this year as well.

Also our Advent calendar will be happening this year as usual! Look for an interesting and new format!

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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

An Apology on a Wednesday...


Oh dear! We’ve not done as we planned or promised last week and that cannot be a good thing or a reader’s treat! We’ve not blogged on Tumultuous Thursdays about dreams and dreaming nor made fun of them on Funtastic be honest we really don’t know what to say…

But we aren’t almost even here this week too…the muse the muse always blame the muse…the Purple Elephant and the Little Mouse they are firmly planted though-Thank you! But the muse he is actually flashing right now as I speak or type! Not flashing as going naked after all he is a manicou so already au naturel so no…no…I mean he seems to be here for a second and then disappears another but he slips back and forth from here to not here so quickly that he almost appears to be going on and off like a blinking light! Oh dear!…I’m told it happens when you travel too often and in close succession across parallel worlds…there comes a time when you are neither here nor there or anywhere…oh dear! Unless perhaps you’re everywhere!

Luckily as of this morning… the Little mouse came to my door…he was perched on the shoulder of the Purple Elephant so he could reach up to the level of my ears so I could hear him. “Aaaaww!” was my first cry when he incredibly bashfully bestowed onto me a bouquet made of four purple flowers and three sunflowers with sprigs of this twig or the other all wrapped together in a bow and said,

“Miss Dubay this will make him stay for sure!”

then the Purple Elephant trumpeted unfortunately waking the whole house up! You see we have guests, not as many as last Christmas but quite a few monkeys are with us but they luckily weren’t in bad spirits and instead decided to have an early breakfast scratching their heads while they peeled their bananas as they also tried to solve the problem of my manicou muse for me! Mouse, elephant and monkeys all poured over the ‘Book of Words and Light’ where they read of the use of purple flowers, sunflowers but more so that the use of love and light and yep UCP-Universal Collective Prayer could help me! So we followed the book and then ‘poof’ and as I looked up from where I knelt with sunflower pollens glistening from my cheeks…there it unfolded before me…and Lo and Behold there was my muse again fully formed standing all solid, not blinking, safe and sound before me!

You see in all seriousness and reality I recalled that all my words and speech come from the Divine Mother upon whom I ought to surrender! It’s not like I’ve not done so time and time again in the past as I’ve often shared on UCP but of lately I think I needed to be reminded…reminded that she is the speech…in the form of the Vedic Goddess Saraswati she rides a swan and is the ‘vac’ which translated from the Sanskrit means the speech, the word…the spoken word…the voice… However she is also the Goddess of learning and so really one cannot have even any writing without her since when we type it comes forth from an inner voice…so I had lost my voice both inner and outer…but me and all the animals sat in UCP and surrendered onto the Divine Mother in the form of Saraswati who according to this lovely Vedic prayer sits in the middle of our palms…she was always there… if we only had looked to see! …with the Goddess Lakshmi at our finger tips and Govinda at the base of the palms...

So too in the words of Don Henley in the movie Michael…it came through our hands!

Don Henley - Through Your Hands Lyrics
"You were dreamin'
On a park bench
'bout a broad highway somewhere
When the music from the carillon
Seemed to hurl your heart out there
Past the scientific darkness
Past the fireflies that float
To an angel bending down
To wrap you in his warmest coat

And you ask
What am I not doing
He says
Your voice cannot command
In time you will move mountains
And it will come through your hands

Still you argue for an option
Still you angle for your case
Like you wouldn't know a burning bush
If it blew up in your face
Yeah, we scheme about the future
And we dream about the past
When just a simple reaching out
Might build a bridge that lasts

And you ask
What am I not doing
He says
Your voice cannot command
In time you will move mountains
And it will come through your hands
Through your hands

So whatever your hands find to do
You must do with all your heart
There are thoughts enough
To blow men's minds
And tear great worlds apart
There's a healing touch to find you
On that broad highway somewhere
To lift you high
As music flyin'
Through the angel's hair

Don't ask what you are not doing
Because your voice cannot command
In time we will move mountains
And it will come through your hands"

So I post to you really today on a Wednesday but I will back track the blog post I’m about to do on Meady’s Musings and it will read as a Maniac Mondays post to keep with the format of the blog. While on UCP, I will be publishing as of today. So now I am all good thanks to the Goddess Saraswati and will continue my dreams and dreaming series on Meady’s Musings and today on UCP will launch that God series! Shiv it is as we launch that series! And on Meady’s Musings get those pillows out…it’s dream time! (Of course this post will appear as if it was done the Monday before)

Monday, 26 July 2010

Maniac Mondays:Dreams and Dreaming Series-The Subconscious?

OK over the weekend while we were filled with worries over the state of our muse we decided to take a break from it all and see if we could cheer ourselves up so we went to the movies. Now coincidentally this ‘Dreams and Dreaming’ series is going on while at the cinema, dreams are having their heyday as well! As the movie ‘Inception’ is on the loose! It’s no doubt a very entertaining Hollywood flick and no doubt made with the right formula so soon it will be a video game if one doesn’t already exist for all we know! And there are the four levels and the idea of a little piece of gadgetry that could make people not just have a shared dream on one level but take them down to various levels of each other’s dream further and further to their core and get this not only can it do that but it can do it selectively because you see at each level they had to leave someone behind to hold on to the gadgetry and make sure they stayed ‘all safe’ at that level! LOL! Now seriously it was a great film though…the kind that very rarely happens where you are glued from start to end! But this is not a film review…we just thought it made sense that we give hats off to the film or perhaps try to let our little mouse catch hold of the tail end of it’s cloak so it can enjoy a bit of the magical wind as this film soars at the box office! LOL! After all it is this blog that is virtually unknown and the film ‘Inception’ is on every twittering twit’s lips! LOL!

However there is something potent we took away from the film apart from pure entertainment and we will discuss it today as part of the dreams and dreaming series but before we go there let’s look at the landscape set for dreams in Inception and compared it to two other films we’ve enjoyed with dreamy landscapes. You see we don’t think dreams would unfold like it did in this film at all…although they get the idea that dreams are indeed unbounded creation we think the way they portrayed ‘said unlimited creation’ on film was very limited. You see they were more trying to rake in the audience with the whole action thriller thing mixed up in there you know the chase against guns and time! LOL! But in doing so they missed truly capturing the boundless world of creation dreams can be! We think this is best portrayed in the films ‘What Dreams May Come’ and the more recent ‘The Lovely Bones’ although of course these films are more showing us the world after the ultimate dream that is death we think their portrayals are a lot like the dreams we have while alive too! And after all for centuries many have alluded that our dreams are a portal world to the afterlife! But really it must be how dreams unfold instead in these two films and not like in Inception…dreams aren’t clinical like that…having said that we have a group of friends who engage in lucid dreaming and perhaps their dreams must more be like in ‘Inception’ then? We plan to have them on here blogging in one of our Tumultuous Thursdays spot so look for lucid dreaming as a topic her on the series soon!

But here at the Meady’s Musings Production house everyone has dreams that are more like in ‘What Dreams May Come’ and ‘Lovely Bones’ and yes the Purple Elephant and Little Mouse they too experience dreams! Just ask them one of these days and they will give you an earful of them! We also find that water seems to be something potent and perhaps a conduit between this world and other worlds in dreams and one of us at the house once had this very profound dream where she was swimming underwater and then came up for air in this place with doors and a corridor only and she kept trying to open each door but it was locked to her! Incidentally she had this dream the night someone very dear to her at the Meady’s Musings Production house was dying and so we staunchly believe that was her attempt to travel into the afterlife to see where he was going but of course she wasn’t allowed to enter! And I guess rightly so…as it was not yet her time…

However now back to topic…let’s discuss that potent thing we took away from the film ‘Inception’. The idea of the subconscious fiercely looking in at ‘others’ in the dream and eventually wanting to kill them in the dream hence ending it and so eliminating them from their dream world! Well and here comes in the picture we have up today that we took while in Suzhou in China!

People watch me shoot them watching me as I ride on the boat in the canal. Suzhou, China June 2010. Copyright Meady’s Musings Production 2010.

It’s always funny to take pics of people who are taking pics of you or taking pics of some tourist site this way while you are taking another pic of some other tourist site that way! OMG! But what we found even funnier was while we were riding the boat in the canal at Suzhou folks were looking at us at the side so when we took the pictures from the boat it looked as if they were looking at us in this kind of who are these strange people be gone from our realm away already! LOL! And that’s just like how in ‘Inception’ the people in the dream who represents the dreamer’s subconscious wanted to attack people who invaded its dreamers dream! It’s funny no? Don’t you think they look that way in this pic?

It also makes us wonder just how much are our dreams really are about this subconscious. And what really is going on in our subconscious anyway? Can it really be that easily manipulated and is it ’who’ we really are? All at the Meady’s Musings Production house have a large headache now on both the conscious and subconscious level pondering that! So we give it up to these folks at Yale who the New York Times wrote about here…coffee anyone?

Until next time dream on…

Monday, 19 July 2010

Maniac Mondays on the Dreams and Dreaming Series: Let's Get this Slumber Party Started Right Now!

Portrait of Quan Yin as it hung in my bedroom while on vacation, Jun 07

It's time to dream on this Maniac as followers of this blog will know on Maniac Mondays we normally discuss things that affect our day to day lives or things we are up to and as we promised in our introduction to this Dreams and Dreaming series we are going to run this series for a while (possibly a month) however it will run on each of our normal blog days-Monday, Thursday and Friday and on each of those days take on the slant of that blog day. So today we will look at Dreams and Dreaming from the Maniac Mondays point of view.

So here it it is!

Of recent weeks since our return from vacation we have been in dreams galore...night after night we recall our dreams something that doesn't always happen for us...perhaps during our time in China we were blessed by the goddess Quan Yin and she has opened us up to the world of dreams and dreaming...we for sure had a lovely first meeting with her when she made us feel so at peace and protected back in 2007 while on a visit to San Francisco. And we took a picture of her back then...we didn't know her name then as we had only met her by iconography then but from the image we felt her sailing on a dragon...sailing on the sea of our dreams with magic potion in her hand guarding us from the bad dreams that we felt the dragon symbolised, and soothing and healing us into lovely restful happy dreams sleep!:)

So as we explore dreams and dreaming from our personal experiential slant today on Maniac Mondays we will share with you a dream I had just a week after returning from vacation...however I was rudely awaken in the middle of it! By my mother no doubt! LOL! But it deeply bothered me because I so so wanted to know what would happen next...I even had it up as my Facebook status as I was so ticked! And I began to get advice from others on how to deal with it! I also specifically asked friends who I had met on the Intent online community and gotten to know there that they were into lucid dreaming, their opinion...and if they also knew if I could somehow get back to the dream to find out what happened to that guy in the brown suit! Aaawww! If only! But most of them told me you can't get back to a dream by use of lucid dreaming... Aaawww! :(

But the most marvelous conversation was triggered off as a result of this dream as three of my friends from Intent(now also my friends on Facebook) and I pondered on who this guy in the brown suit could be...

You see my re-collection of the dream went something like this!

-Well when I was awoken from the dream this guy was in a brown suit...when I say suit I don't mean like a men's suit as in your normal clothing no siry! It was something like a costume...the kind someone would wear if they were going to dress up as a cartoon character say at a children's party...the kind that covers your whole head! :) However I just knew he was wearing the suit up to his neck and still getting dressed so he hadn't put on the head part as yet. But for sure he was walking around in this brown furry suit...couldn't tell what character he was going to be...but on writing this I somehow feel it could have been a dog...a big warm friendly dog! Now the guy was getting dressed but he was very nervous...very was the key feeling I recalled...for a brief moment I had a slight worry that he was some kinda sad, sad scary psycho killer...won't even repeat the thought again here as it is so awful but I quickly ruled that out! As I more observed the guy I started to get the idea that nope this guy was indeed as nice, warm and friendly as the dog he was about to portray! His nervousness then more seemed to be about impressing a girl as he was humming a tune (don't recall the tune) and we was scrubbing himself in the face basin...looking at himself in the mirror and preening and grooming! He was moving in and out of the bedrooom area itself and the bathroom area getting dressed and I could also feel his excitement was beginning to take over his nervousness and he more and more felt elated to me than anything else! For sure it more and more seemed that he was getting ready to meet a girl whom he really really liked and wanted to impress her in his estimation she was very very important indeed! And he was just like the nicest nicest fella a girl could ever meet! I also knew the girl was going to be showing up at his door so she was in a way coming to meet him not him going to meet her but they were suppose to then head off somewhere together! Thing is I was awoken before I could have the rest of the story particular I really wanted to know where he was actually headed and more so who was this girl then???

I've not since met the guy in my dream at least not so far...but he and the dream continues to intrigue me...and as I solicited and considered advice from my Intent friends who have now become part of my Facebook network...the most fasicinating thing that came up was that one of them felt that 'a man in a brown suit' means the guy was a time traveller! From there the most marvelous daliance of our dreams and imagination unfolded...could this guy be then travelling back in time to meet this girl! :) OMG! And then it all seemed so coincidental that the friend who was suggesting the time traveller concept was also the wife of the guy whose first film ever is about a guy who travels through time to meet his beloved! And get this the actor who plays the guy in the film is Christopher Reeves - Superman! So in a sense he is a costumed actor albeit in a different role! :) So I've decided to watch the film she was talking about...'Somewhere in Time'. I will let you know how it goes as soon as I get my dvd shipped to me from Amazon and I watch it! :)

So 'What Dreams May Come' which was incidentally produced by the same guy we move forward to our next blog which will be in the Tumultuous Thrusdays slot where we will talk a bit about the metaphysical thought out there on dreams and dreaming.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Tumultuous Thursdays:Life is But a Dream!

Picture taken at Suzhou sometimes called the 'Venice of China' or 'Venice of the East'. Copyright Meady's Musings Production, June 2010.

Since we here at Meady's Musings Production returned from China to our homeland we have been dreaming and dreaming and remembering our dreams in details and they have been stepping into our real life almost even! :) Perhaps it's all the row, row, row your boating that took place when we visited Suzhou in China as seen in picture above or perhaps we're just at that place in time...

But first of all I shall answer the question I left you all with last...where exactly is that muse? Well he's a bit shaken and still not himself 100% but I was able to track him down...he did indeed slip into a parallel fact in that world no one ate manicous and he told me he feels as a result he found the answer to the question 'Me Eat Manicou?' LOL! But really I'm thankful to all the scientists who showed up to help me find him...with all their PhD glory! The professor from Sliders came, Doc from Back to the Future finally showed up (apparently he was in the year 2012 and not too happy as usual...he had some disturbing news for Marty!Awww!...what we would give to glimpse 1985 again!)but I was particularly impressed that he also went back in time and brought back to the future for me the original professor from Gilligan's Island! OMG!

But anyway now that my muse is at hand let me get on with the topic at hand...Dreams and Dreaming and to ponder the question is life but a dream? Like the nursery rhyme goes...

" Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream. "

Now as I said my muse is back but still not 100% so there is much for me to say on this topic and I won't try to say much today or about all of my adventures in one go! So we're going to start another ongoing series on Meady's Musings! Yippy! It's going to be called 'Dreams and Dreaming'

So for tonight on this Tumultuous Thursday I will leave you to your dreams...whatever they may come but hopefully they are sweet! :) And I will simply give you a taste of things to come in the new series.

-Stories from my dreams

-Discussions on the ever going philosophical life but a dream? For when I wake up having dreamt a I a woman dreaming I am a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming I'm a woman?

-Lucid dreaming and I might ask some of my friends to guest blog for this as they are more expert on it than I!

-Are dreams a connecting place? For past lives? Parallel worlds? The infinite divine? What about telepathic connections during estranged lovers truly meet in their dreams?

So tune in folks to my dreams that is! :) And for now the series will take place under Maniac Mondays, Tumultuous Thursdays and Funtastic Fridays until all the dream stories are done! But each day will capture the topic in the normal style in which it is written so for instance on Funtastic Fridays expect cartoons on the topic and lighthearted banter, while on Maniac Mondays expect more of the dream stories and on Tumultuous Thursdays expect us to dive deep into the metaphysical and technical side of dreams and you might learn the most about lucid dreaming for instance on that day!

Anyway goodnight my dear readers and sweet dreams to you my friends! :)

So let's discuss our dreams! You are welcome to write in and tell us about yours too! :)

Monday, 12 July 2010

We're Back! Well...arhmm...sort of?!

A tree in Greenwich Park-London,UK
Copyright Meady's Musings Production 2010

We here at Meady's Musings Production said we'd be back to blogging by the end of June...but...seems someone has stolen our muse! Or he has simply slipped off without us into some parallel know how slippery these muses and manicous can be!

The Purple Elephant and Little Mouse were most welcoming to us on our return home fact we opened the door with our luggage at feet to see a spanking clean house and a warm, freshly cooked meal being served up for us to sit at the dinner table to eat! You just can't beat those two as a team!

However we've called in whatever spare scientists are still around nowadays...after all most of them are fully occupied with the BP oil it's tough...but they are trying to tap into a worm hole here...a space time continuum over there to see it they can locate and bring back our muse! Where is Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future when you need him?!

Hopefully though we should be back in full swing here on Meady's Musings by this Tumultuous Thursday and over on our sister blog UCP by this Wednesday as we share some Buddhist cheer!