Fact/or Fiction #2

Crazy coincidences

Round 2 of Fact/or Fiction deals with seemingly crazy coincidences in our lives. Are these really just chance encounters that had no bearing in “destiny”, “fate”, “karma”, etc.?

Sometimes, life really throws us curveballs and it’s hard to imagine that it was all just random occurrences and not “meant to be”.

Again, have fun, good luck, and let me know in the comments how you did! And have any stories of your own to share? I’d love to hear them!

1. Two for one

I love animals so anytime I see a stray or lost dog/cat, I always try to bring it in and find the owner. I have two dogs of my own and can’t imagine how I’d feel if I lost them.

A few years ago, I saw a beautiful golden lab running the streets of my neighborhood. No owner in sight. So of course I had to bring him in and find his home.

He was excited and came willingly. He was a really sweet and friendly dog. I saw his name (Archer) and the owner’s phone number.

I called the owner up and sure enough, it was their missing dog. I honestly was sad to see him go. The lady who answered didn’t even seem to care. She just said, “Oh yeah, he gets out all the time.”

She lived just a few houses down from where I did, so I just walked him over. We exchanged some pleasantries, and that was that.

Fast forward three years, I met someone new, dated him a couple of times, and we start talking about our pets. I still have my two, and he has his one.

Named Archer.

I tell him about the time I returned an Archer to his owner, but the lady didn’t seem very grateful.

Then he gives me this look. Describes his ex, exactly the same way this lady looked, his dog, and how she was always “letting him out”.

Amazingly, I got reunited with this sweet dog, and gained a wonderful man to go with him.

Image by gayleenfroese2 from Pixabay

Fate meets destiny.

2. Definition of hubris

My mom worked as a secretary at a bank along side a pretty awful woman. She was rude, the bank’s gossip. They both had gotten pregnant the same month. She always made off-handed comments to my mom and tried to “steal the spotlight”.

My mom has epilepsy and everyone in the office knew about it in case she had an episode so they knew to call an ambulance. My mom took a few days off because she was concerned about side effects of the meds she was on.

Her coworker made remarks her entire pregnancy about how if it causes birth defects, why would she get pregnant with me.

Eventually, she ended up calling my mom outright selfish because this medication is known to cause a cleft lip in particular. She basically bullied my mom saying things like “Why would you want your child to have a cleft lip?” “I’m sorry your child is going to have a cleft lip”. My mom was really upset about this but ignored it.

Long story short, she goes into labor with me and I pop out with perfect lips (if I do say so myself).

Her coworker has her baby the next week but never comes back to work. Her good friend, who also worked there, told her that she quit because of issues at birth. Pretty concerned, my mom inquired.

The coworkers baby was born with a cleft lip.

Image by Igor Ovsyannykov from Pixabay

When karma comes around.

3. Contemplating life (and death)

When I was in highschool I went through my first severe depression.

One night I realized one day I would die and I couldn’t do anything to avoid this. My death could happen at any moment and it was getting closer one second at a time. I couldn’t stop thinking about death, everyday, every hour, from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed. This was my first obssesive-compulsive episode.

For me, life was absurd, since everything finally vanishes in death. I started questioning myself about the meaning of life, about God and religion.

My family was a dysfunctional one. The situation at home was a mess. I couldn’t focus on my studies due to all the shouting and arguments and tv noise. I stayed at my grandparents home for a time. I used to study in my grandfather’s office. He is a fan of literature and has hundreds of books. Shelves and shelves full of books.

So one afternoon I got to a moment when I couldn’t stand it anymore, I couldn’t stand all the anxiety and sadness and confusion.

In my mind I have a conversation with God: “Ok, God, if you do exist, if all this, life and existence, has a meaning, send me a sign”.

So I went to my grandfather’s library, took one of the hundreds of books he has, opened it in one of the hundreds of possible pages, and choose one of the hundreds of possible lines.

It said: “And then, he realized it was all true”.

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

Moral of the story.

4. Good vibrations

At one point in my life, I chased the new age movement with a passion. I used crystals, meditated, yoga, charms, all those alternative methods to channel positivity into my life.

Except at some point, it felt like no matter what I did, negativity always seemed to follow. Something bad always seemed to happen.

I didn’t get what I was doing wrong. I did all the right things. Followed all the rules, guidelines, chants, feng shui, whatever I had to do to “raise my vibration”.

Well, since I was interested in all this new age phenomena, my friend suggested to visit a psychic medium to find out what was wrong. I took her advice and she went with me.

Even though I believe in nature, holistic medicine, the spiritual world, I was still apprehensive and doubtful of visiting a psychic. I mostly did it just to humor my friend. Plus we were both really curious as to what she’d say.

While there, I didn’t get any significant vibes about her “powers”, and she gave me a lot of mumbo jumbo about “reading” me and knowing how I was feeling. Then she told me at the end, “Don’t worry. You will soon find hope and peace.”

I left, pretty disappointed, because it seemed like just a typical cold reading. But my friend and I had some good conversations about it afterwards.

Eight months later I was living in a different state and traveling to my aunt’s house but couldn’t find it. I was lost. I didn’t have google maps at the time, so pulled over and rung her up so she can give me the directions again.

Turning around since I went the wrong way, I came across a crossroads I hadn’t seen before. The intersecting streets were Hope and Peace.

It could have been just a coincidence, but ever since that time, the negative energy seemed to have disappeared. I don’t know if it was a placebo effect or what, but I still always question what really happened.

Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay

Not quite sure that's what she meant...but it worked!

5. Daydreaming is fun

I was working at a retail store during this time, and was incredibly bored. To keep myself entertained while doing remedial tasks, I imagined myself at one of the popular tourist spots in our city.

I tried to imagine being out in the weather, how nice the sun would feel on my skin, the sites and view from where I’d be standing, just to give myself a good authentic feel of it.

Well, then I had to go do some serious work and forgot all about this daydream.

Then, maybe a couple of hours later, I get a customer. She looks at me strangely, then says, “You look familiar. Didn’t I just see you?”

I say, “No, I don’t think so.”

She says, “Hm, I could’ve sworn I saw you at ‘popular tourist spot’ a couple of hours ago.”

My head spins. I couldn’t tell her, “Oh yeah, I just imagined being there.” so instead I said, “No, I’ve been here all day.” but inside I was shook. Don’t know if she saw “me” or just someone who looked like me who just coincidentally happened to be at the same spot, at the same time that I had imagined myself being.

Image by beate bachmann from Pixabay

I have a twin! Apparently.

How do you think you did? Got all your answers?

Click the titles below to find out!

FALSE – This story I completely made up. Although I suppose some people might have similar experiences. I wonder how many people’s relationships seemed to happen by weird, random occurrences…

TRUE – autumnx (Reddit)

I don’t condone ill will on anyone, and even though it’s a shame what happened to this baby, we should not treat it like it’s some kind of misfortune. This baby is a blessing and deserves love and kindness just like any child, and it’s actually a shame we (generally) judge on looks/disabilities, etc. And perhaps this child will teach his/her mother the art of compassion.

TRUE – johann_krauss (Reddit)

I have also had similar incidences like this happen to me. It is pretty affirming, and gives me this sense that the universe does listen in and guides us sometimes. However, sometimes I think the universe wants to see us decide what path we choose to follow.

FALSE – Another story I made up. I’ve never been to a fortune teller, although would enjoy trying it out one day. Would be interesting to glean what kind of information they could get out of me.

Have any interesting stories to share about your own visit to a fortune teller? Let me know!

TRUE – This experience happened to me. It was uncanny the way the lady looked at me, like she really thought it was me she saw at the same spot I had imagined myself being. Remote viewing? Out of body experience? I have no idea, but it was fascinating nonetheless.

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Fact or Fiction Series

Fact/or Fiction #2 - Crazy coincidences
Fact/or Fiction #1 - Good Luck!

Fact/or Fiction #1

Good Luck!

Welcome to the first round of the “Fact or Fiction” series. For this first one, I thought it’d be fun to just do some fact/fiction stories from my own experiences. I won’t tell you how many truths/lies there are, I’ll leave it up to you to try and determine. The answers will be at the end.

Have fun!
Feel free to sound off in the comments and let me know how you did!

-Featured image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

1. I’m a ghost?

When my son was around 3, he came in to the bathroom while I was brushing my teeth. He looked startled for a moment, then pointed straight at me and said, “Ghost, ghost.” in a somewhat urgent but matter of fact voice.

I just chuckled and said, “Oh no, baby, I’m not a ghost.”

He shook his head in slight frustration, then tilted his body to point behind me, and repeated, “Ghost.” very firmly.

I then proceeded to quickly pick him up and run out of the bathroom. 😛

There was no possibility of it being a shadow because that bathroom was so bright that shadows didn’t even exist in there, and it wasn’t a reflection since the mirror was in front of where I was standing.

I don’t know what he was looking at, but it certainly made me nervous every time I had to use that bathroom.

Image by SuperHerftigGeneral from Pixabay

I've got a roommate, apparently.

2. Lost and found

I was living in my old apartment at the time, and something felt off from the get go, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Just one of those strange, “feels like someone’s watching me” suspicions.

Well, to make matters worse, it felt like this “thing” was messing with me. If I put my coffee cup down on the kitchen counter, poof! I’ll see it on top of the microwave. If I’m sure I put the leftover steak in the fridge, poof! It’s still on the kitchen counter.

At first, I honestly thought it was my own forgetfulness. Didn’t know I was that bad, but apparently I was.

The final straw came when I couldn’t find my keys. Keys. You don’t mess with someone’s keys.

I looked EVERYWHERE. Literally, everywhere. The living room? Check. The bathroom? Check. The bedroom? Check. My purse? Check. Then, I checked everywhere all over again.

Finally exasperated, I just said out loud, “Okay, whoever the frick is messing with me, just give me back my fricking keys.” (I probably did not use the word “frick”.)

I turn around, and poof. My keys are right there on the living room table.

Key on a tree stump, with light shining down on it.

Image by Joshua Woroniecki from Pixabay

How'd my keys get here?

3. Imaginary Friends are people too (or maybe not)

I used to help take care of a sweet, precocious young boy. He was about 6 or 7 at the time, and he struck up a conversation with me about his imaginary friend.

I was mildly amused, being a young teenager, so didn’t believe him but just wanted to humor him. He kept talking about him, and I asked him what he looked like.

He said, “He looks like a bat. Can’t you see him? He’s right over there.” and he pointed to an empty spot on the wall.

As soon as he pointed to his “imaginary friend”, BOTH my dogs ran up to the wall, barking, growling, jumping and scratching at the wall, trying to get “it”.

There. Was. Nothing. There.

I thought maybe it was a bug, maybe a shadow, SOMETHING. But there was nothing! Except this child could see it. And so could my dogs. (And the fact that this imaginary friend looked like a bat is pretty scary in itself.)

Image by Briam Cute from Pixabay

Nice friend you've got there...

4. In a hurry

One morning, I was in a rush to get to work since I was running a little bit late. I got in my car and tried to get my seatbelt on. I say “tried” because my seatbelt just wouldn’t work. I’d never had issues with it before, but that morning, it just wouldn’t dislodge. I was a stickler for wearing a seatbelt since it was ingrained in me as a little kid.

So after struggling for a good few seconds, getting more and more frustrated by the moment, especially after already being late, I finally got it on.

I drove off, relieved that I finally got it on and could continue on to work. As I approached my common light that I turn right at, noticed that I had a green light so I could just turn without having to stop.

Well, as I was almost at the intersection I see this car ZOOMING by me. They had run a red light. A full on, straight up, red light. Not yellow. Not orange. Definitely not green. RED.

Then I thought to myself, “Thank goodness I had trouble getting my seatbelt on. If I didn’t, that car would have smashed into me.”

And that realization really sunk in. That was the one and only time I had trouble getting my seatbelt on in that car.

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Photo by Antonio J. Sanchez from FreeImages

Lifesaver. In more ways than one.

5. Sleeping with the enemy

When I was around 20, I had some experiences with lucid dreams, out of body experiences, sleep paralysis, etc. I still get them from time to time, but nothing as severe as before.

Well, this one particular time, I had just woken up in the middle of the night, and couldn’t move. Typical of a sleep paralysis episode. Usually I can snap myself out of it within seconds. But this time I was stuck, and couldn’t move anything except my eyelids.

I was going to stay calm and steady my heartbeat to keep myself from panicking, until I saw a dark outline of a shape right above me.

I was terrified.

You can’t move. You can’t speak. All you can do is look.

It was sort of transparent but had a kind of misty, gray fog inside of it, swirling around.

The only thing I could think to do was to pray. And sure enough, just thinking the name “Jesus Christ” made this apparition disappear.

From then on, anytime I experienced any sort of night terror, sleep paralysis, etc., I just pray, and the situation disappears.

Hand reaching out to the Heavens.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The power of prayer.

How do you think you did? Got all your answers?

Click the titles below to find out!

TRUE – This really did happen to me. My son sort of still remembers it, but as they get older it seems like they forget a lot of things and then stop “seeing” altogether.

FALSE – This is not a true story (for me – even though I’m sure it happens to a lot of people). Although I have had a lot of stuff just seemingly popping out of nowhere, that I thought I had “lost” ages ago. 😛

TRUE – This one really freaks me out. I did not ask him any further questions on his “friend” because, frankly, I was too afraid to know.

TRUE – I often find myself reflecting back to this time and realizing that if it weren’t for that dang (blessed) seatbelt, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now.

TRUE & FALSE – This story has elements of truth and lies to it. I have never had an encounter with a wispy/see through figure (to my knowledge…), but I have had night terrors/sleep paralysis that do dissipate as soon as I pray.

HOW DID YOU DO?
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Fact or Fiction Series

Fact/or Fiction #2 - Crazy coincidences
Fact/or Fiction #1 - Good Luck!

How To Think Critically

Learning to apply critical thinking skills.

What does "critical" mean?

Here are some definitions from Merriam:

1.

a : inclined to criticize severely and unfavorably

b : consisting of or involving criticism

c : exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation

d : including variant readings and scholarly emendations

. . .

2.

a : of, relating to, or being a turning point or specially important juncture

b : indispensable, vital

c : being in or approaching a state of crisis

d : crucial, decisive

. . .

Looking around in the world, I feel it prudent to mention that the one thing we desperately could use more of is this very "critical" skill. (See what I did there?)

Being critical and having a healthy dose of criticism does not have to be a negative thing. It is essential and necessary in order to grow in one's opinion and making their own sound judgment with what is going on in not only their own life, but of life in general.

But how do we develop it?

The best way I've found is simple:



Be inquisitive.


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Children seem to have an innate sense of wonder and curiosity about them. And why shouldn't they? They are new to the world (supposedly... here are some fascinating testimonies about children who claim to have lived before) and have a natural inclination to ask questions and figure out what things are and how and why they work.

Then, as they get older, most of them lose this eagerness to learn (or, perhaps, their excitement to learn is diminished through being forced to learn...although that is a different subject for a different day...) and they submit to following through with what they are being taught/told.

School is important, don't get me wrong. Although I have suspected that the information a child gets through school can actually hamper their inherent conscious awareness. And our instinct and tendency to be open-minded and cognizant of what's really going on is the most important aspect of our life. (Other than Love, of course.)

 

Think this physical world is all that matters and is the only thing "real" going on? Stick around this website and maybe I can convince you otherwise.

Going back to being inquisitive - here's what you do (in my own words):

Question EVERYTHING.

This website is first and foremost a site where I address and research different subjects and material I come across that interest me and that I feel others should be aware of. And while researching, I try and question all different angles. The "whys" and "what ifs" are important thoughts to consider with any subject matter, especially when there are conflicting information and data.

The other main reason for this site is to present this research and information in a forthright and honest manner.

How many times have you googled something and the first websites that pop up are articles that are intent on pushing their belief and opinions on you? Their sayings might go a little something like this:

"This is the official truth, which has been stated by reputable company "so-and-so"; and then there are conspiracy theories - outlandish claims that have no verifiable sources."

Random reporter who was most likely paid to make that statement.

You see? How easy it was for even me to make an example within that example?

This wording is specifically designed to steer the reader into automatically dismissing any other sources of findings as possibilities and instead becoming conditioned to believing the account written for that very purpose. Watching the news is a huge way that the population can be coerced (read: manipulated) into unconsciously forming thought patterns that actually belong to another. Although the saying in this video:

"Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control 'exactly what people think.' This is extremely dangerous to our democracy." is not wrong, the fact that all these news stations, which are local, are all owned by a single company (Sinclair), raises red flags in itself and makes you wonder what else a single company with a reach as far as theirs can accomplish.

According to webfx.com, these 6 companies own MOST of the media:

1. National Amusement
2. Disney
3. Time Warner
4. Comcast (Sinclair)
5. News Corp
6. Sony


Thinking for one's self seems to be a dying art these days. It's easier to listen to reports of others who are "well-known", "respected", "experts in their fields" to tell us like it is and give us the facts. ...Well, maybe that used to be the case, but "what if" these well known, respected experts don't necessarily have our best interest in mind?

Then what?

Well, then common sense dictates that, yes, while this individual may have impressive credentials, what other information can be gathered about this person and their history/lifestyle? How do other "experts" in the same field feel about this person and their knowledge? Are the "facts" provable? What does the whole picture look like in regards to the accounts that we have been provided with? Why are we settling with believing the first (and most often, highly enforced) commentary we're exposed to? Is it because we still believe that whatever is reported is true? I mean, most of us are conditioned from a very young age to not question (for example) our parents, teachers, religious leaders, authority figures, etc.

And there-in lies our problem. There is a difference between questioning someone out of pure rebellion and spite, versus out of a legitimate desire for truth and understanding. Now, with that being said, some perhaps feel that it is simply easier to fall in line and believe what they're being told - rather than think for themself and stand for their belief. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this is exactly what certain establishments count on. As a matter of fact, I'm sure the mere mention of questioning authority in this article is going to annoy some of those in a higher hierarchy.

But this isn't about them.

It's about YOU and making sound decisions and fair judgments and coming to your own educated decisions. (Well, in hindsight, it's about 'them', too. If anyone can use a good self-reflection and realization that they're potentially manipulating or taking advantage of people, then it would definitely be those with the power and authority to make a significant change.)

Sadly, I would surmise that those already taking advantage of others know exactly what they're doing and consciously choose to continue to do so. One of the most egregious cases I've found can be found here: Company raises price on infant seizure disorder medicine by almost 100,000 percent! - yes, you read that right.)

Luckily, you have the power to make a difference and make your own conscious decisions by opening your heart and mind and doing the right thing. Think with awareness, question the whos, wheres, whens, whys, whats, hows, put the pieces together in an intelligent, cohesive, clear manner, don't jump to conclusions, and observe what's going on. Then, share your finding with others if you feel compelled to. Many don't understand some of the things going on in our world, but the only way we can bring it to light is by addressing it instead of turning a blind eye to it.

Remember, with every story, news article, video, rumor, testimony, etc. there's the official narrative (likely the only one you've heard), the other side (or sides) of the story, and then there's the Truth.

In Closing

One more key takeaway from this article, thinking critically does not mean to become paranoid. It might be easy to fall into the trap of just giving up and not trusting anything. Trust me, I've fallen into this mindset. Becoming paranoid and/or delusional benefits no one.

But if we remember that we're all in this together, we can persevere and prosper even stronger than before. Most of us are going to get lost at times or stray off the path, and this is completely fine. But as long as we're trying our best and growing in Love and Truth, we are on the right track. And this website is designed to form a community where we can walk this path together and help each other when we stumble.

Featured Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

-Original Image by Michel Müller from Pixabay - Image has been altered.

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