Working On A Poem About ISIS

I have been thinking about an interesting subject to add to my first book, “Intertwined”. Because I like to think in a deep manner before attempting something intriguing, I gave this lots of time. I did lots of research and even met some key speakers who discussed Muslim Christian relationships. It really felt like completing a crazy philosophical struggle where I countered several demons and then decided to choose topic, “ISIS”.

Two interesting meetings that somehow just took place in a destined way was my meeting with Dr. Craig Considine and Vahid Takro.  Dr. Craig Considine is a Sociologist at Rice University and the author of many texts including “Muslims in America: Examining the Facts” (Summer 2018). Craig has also spoken about ISIS in his YouTube video, “Islamophobia and ISIS – Two Sides of the Same Coin“. Vahid Takro is an Irani human rights activist and musician. Vahid is well-known for his tours across the globe where he engages people with the help of his “Third Eye” poster. The key lesson that I have learned from both of these gentlemen is that conflicts are being created by burning humans in the fire caused by personal aggravations, conflicts introduced by governments and some minority groups, and ignorance.

Furthermore, I am telepathic and a lucid dreamer. My creative mind lets me not only create during sleep but also during day. I can daydream a story; or, I can create a mild and extremely short-lived visual cue. I learned this technique of creating answers through creative visual cues while reading Carl Jung’s book, “The Red Book”. I have used this technique in telepathic encounters; and, it has worked well so far. I have also been able to use Lucid Dreams to communicate with some demons from the Seal of King Solomon. When I got all these dreams, I thought that these were from God because I only prayed before going to sleep. Later, during my search for a good poetry topic, I actually read some of the Key of Solomon. This is when I realized that some dream characters I have been playing games with were actually demons that were captured by King Solomon. I wrote about this in the blog post, “Demons and Seals of King Solomon and the World of Lucid Dreaming”.

Demon 4: Botis

The great President and Count. He appears as a big snake, but he can also take the shape of a human but with horns and big teeth. He carries sharp sword in his hand. He is the creator of past, present, and future. He can bring peace between enemies. Source: 72 Demons of King Solomon – Demonology

I (Arzoo) have definitely connected with Botis. He is actually a very smart and knowledgeable demon. I wrote about this earlier here. In this dream, I was in love with a young man who liked to read me his books. He was a very loving man and he loved sitting close to me. He did not had big teeth or horn though; is it because I did not want to see them? Here is what I wrote before: “Then a large male dragon came and attempted to injure the younger man. To my surprise, the younger man changed into a gigantic dragon and engaged in a battle with his bully. I sat and stared in fear until the younger dragon got injured. I couldn’t tolerate this any further so I willed myself to transform into a dragoness. Then, I attacked the dragon who interfered with our meeting. He attacked me back; and, I fell down. But, it was already too late. The meaner dragon felt compelled to fly away. The younger dragon was still too worried so he transformed back into his human self; picked my wounded body; and, flew out of the window. By the way, this young man looked like my younger brother who loves me a lot.” Reality is that there is “peace among enemies”, which is also one of the abilities of demon Botis, due to some of my efforts. Source: “Demons and Seals of King Solomon and the World of Lucid Dreaming”.

I felt curious about these dream characters so I printed some Seals of Solomon and pictures of these demons. I meditated on Botis’s picture for a while and reminded him that I was the girl from the above-mentioned lucid dream. Then I told him that I am unhappy and angry about some people who have been abusing me. Then I received a visual cue of some sort where very briefly, Botis’s sharp sword came out of the sheath. I fell back on my bed and tried not to think. I closed my eyes because I saw something very sharp in the hands of a demon I have learned to respect and love. I knew that this was an answer of some sort.

What adds to this thinking is an Islamic teaching that the Key of Solomon is supposed to be opened with the help of the “Beast of Earth” who will arrive near the Last Day of Earth. I must comment that I think the fact that I connected with the demons of Key of Solomon somehow indicates that the Key of Solomon is going to open in the future. I don’t know exactly when it’s going to open again; but, I do know that it could have opened a little bit inside my mind due to the turmoil the world is being put through.

All of the above supernatural and natural reasons are real inside my mind because every eye sees things differently. Thus, I have decided to write a poem about “ISIS”.

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Using a Layered Approach with Writing Therapy

Writing Therapy can be used to allow locked emotions and feelings to channel outwards, which allows for self-validation and  healing. I have been using this technique for a while; and, I have realized that one must use a two-step approach in order to be able to compose something proper.

Step 1: Expressing Your Raw Thoughts

This step is tricky because there is a strong risk of your emotions overloading you. I usually take lots of rest when I perform this technique. I have also found out that it is easier to record myself then to jot things down. Writing down is slower than letting it out in a recorder. Also, recording is faster and it helps you manage your frustration over lack of time. You will realize later that it is not frustrating to transcribe the videos because your brain has already finished thinking. Now, its just a matter of time! In this phase, you can either blurt everything out as it is or you can use the methods offered in Writing Therapy.

Step 2: Integrating Research

This has to come after you have finished some part of your first draft. Only in some cases, the writer already have an idea about what he/she is going to research after the completion of step 1. This phase includes thorough research; and, I strongly recommend that you read only your favourite authors. The idea is that you are managing your therapy while feeling attached to someone who is worth your time. Be thorough and learn the keywords that are related to your personal issue by reading the newspaper or talking to a writer or editor. Then, it will become easier for you to research helpful articles like “The Threat of Stereotype” or “Defeat the Self-Defeating Behaviour Understanding and Overcoming Harmful Patterns“.

You will notice that this therapeutic technique will help you learn how to be patient and how to cope with your circumstances simply by challenging you mildly. Enjoy yourself!

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Why Learning is Unlearning

I created a list of urgent tasks yesterday. I started out with 3 points and slowly expanded the list to 16 points. I noticed that as soon as I had written down a point, I would forget the rest of my concerns related to that point (unlearn) and then my mind would start scrambling again till the next point comes in view (learn).  This “Learn and Unlearn” process can be seen almost everywhere. Think about it! its a scattered process because the universe is scattered.

The problem with creative people is that they are a kind of universe. For example, I know Technical Writing, Biological Sciences, Philosophy, English Literature, Event Management, and Mathematical Sciences. But during my spare time, I am an explorer who is continuously learning something else; for example, Dancing, Acting, Nutrition, Photography, and Creative Writing. I do all these fun things on the side because they are part of my existence and I cannot exist without them. This intriguing challenge is there because “Learning” is tied into “Unlearning” and this is a critical element of “Adult Growth and Development”.

Here are some useful articles on this phenomenon:

Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning
Learning and Unlearning: A Journey of Self-Acceptance
Unlearning: The key to unlock 21st Century problems?

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Byakugan and My Stereodepth Vision

Simulacrum means that some of the fiction is derived from reality and some reality is created by using fiction. I was just reviewing Naruto a while ago when I noticed the Byakugan. The Byakugan allows the clan to see further away and in more detail than the rest of the humans. It’s like X-Ray vision where you can see people by using their energy shields (post 1, post 2). High levels of Stereodepth vision is like the Byakugan because it lets me sense people even if I am not looking at them. It also lets me see my friends and family during sleep by allowing for psychic signals. So, animes represent the reality but in exaggerated form; and, it plays out the personality styles pretty well. For instance, Hinata uses Byakugan to execute the Eight Trigrams 32 Palms style. Similarly, ENFPs like me do things in a specific sequence, which allow for a stronger reaction at the end. For instance, the ENFPs do not engage in throwing bluffs while trying to prove something. They only bow to properly researched and proven data and documentation while making conclusions or issuing statements. That’s how their brains work. Hinata’s Eight Trigrams 32 Palms style as well as the attitude of Hinata’s brother Neji are actually great examples of ENFP-style learning. In the Dojo, the ENFP would rather learn every point and then create their own sequences and styles than to fight like the rest of the martial artists─and best of all, they don’t ever give up. Naruto does a great job in utilizing personality styles and its more in demand because the viewers feel that all the conversations and tackles are for real. If you really want to ace in writing, then learn about all the Personality Styles and hang around relevant individuals to see how they talk and react.

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How I Beat Stress

Coping with stress isn’t an easy thing to do especially when you are changing into a mature adult. It requires patience and persistence as well as an understanding about your mental and physical needs, which change as you age. I must comment that as a psychic, I have to dodge a lot of negative energy and embrace the positive energy. There are times when I am sitting in a place where there is so much negative energy that my sponge-like brain absorbs all of it; and, then it can retain and replay it back for several years. This is why a lot of my stress relieving activities involve managing my energy levels.

Here are some stress relieving activities I employ to beat stress:

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Creating a More Spontaneous Approach to Writing

I am listening to some of my recordings about women abuse and entertaining lucid dreams. They aren’t straightforward and sometimes I am acting. They feel very impressive although they are just the first draft. Listening to myself feels very difficult because my voice has a certain sort of resonance or vibration to it─this has been noticed by those who have come across me─ and its not just my smart approach and use of literary devices. Its very confusing hearing myself out because I end up sounding more creative when I am being spontaneous─I hope my eyes don’t fall out of my sockets; some of the recordings are really that fast. By the way, these recordings are a response to a comment by one of the judges whom I met at one of the events where I gave a performance. He told me that he felt very stupefied after hearing my poetry and then he commented, “I wonder how amazing you would sound if you were to act a little more spontaneous”.
BLUE-WATERS

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Brainstorming as a Character

This is a hectic technique because it requires use of acting and writing skills. You can do this routine in small chunks; you just need to know where each snippet is saved. To accomplish this technique, you will have to role play and imagine being in the position of your character─be spontaneous and shocking. I use this technique to handle characters who are a little foreign to me or who have so many aspects that it is tough to imagine them comprehensively. For instance, for my upcoming novel Saryan, I am brainstorming to figure out the way the cops/detectives react, behave, and think. During this routine, you will have to use your mental and physical notepads to scratch the surface of your observations and then scratch what lies beneath. Here you are not only building your character but you are also learning how to make this character stand out. This session will have two phases: brainstorming phase and then an expansion phase. During the expansion phase, you will take your brainstormed content and re-imagine it within the setting of your novel.

Here are some ideas I just generated while creating the cops/detectives for my upcoming novel Saryan:

  • Always give them the benefit of doubt while acting nice or getting along.
  • Always suspect everyone.
  • Always take mental notes of everything that you observe and see.
  • Listen to all the nonsense crap someone is saying. There are clues in there.
  • Be supportive of community. People think, “We have found a good cop. Life will work out this way.” That’s how people share information with you.
  • Sometimes, they tease to intimidate you or for fun. They think if they should be teasing everyone who belong to a group or just be selective about it.
  • Think in a scattered way without feeling an obligation to agree with his/her peers. For instance, “What’s this other sound? No! that other sound. Where is it coming from?”
  • Able to form concrete conclusions by using less evidence. Hence, the line, “You might be ahead criminal, but I am 10 points ahead of you.”
  • Be secretive about things and hold back. This requires lots of patience and most people cannot do this at all.
  • Throw a litmus paper test to see if someone is on your side or not.

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Act It All The Way Through

Writers can learn from actors because acting is inherently linked to writing. I know this because I have always felt drawn to the actors and their minds─like Charles Dickens, I am an ENFP who likes to act because it drives her mad with pleasure. When some writers are thinking of fun things to say or different ways of conveying the same message, they mumble sentences to themselves. Others prefer to close their eyes, zone out, and think. Aggressive writers like me use brute forcing to create characters and dialogues by acting in front of a mirror.

I have been acting in front of the mirror or playing make-believe games ever since I was a child. Because I wasn’t formally introduced to any professional writers as a child, I did not knew what this need to act meant. In one game, I used to hold my hands up after twisting them at my back and then circle the room for like an hour or so. Mom used to feel puzzled at this game; so I would tell her, “I am the penguin.” I used to feel somewhat puzzled at myself when I was able to act during my teenage years as well. While I was attending high school, I would secretly enjoy acting as a teacher and writing on walls while teaching imaginary children. Only as an adult, I realized that this acting was actually assisting me in designing dialogues while interacting with imaginary characters. But as an adult, I do not use this technique often because I can get tired this way. A better alternative is to just sit down and write something.

As you tap into your in-built secrets that will allow you to become more versed in writing, remember to record yourself every time you are acting things out. You will feel very surprised at the variation in speech and style that occurs during these moments. Read “5 Secrets Writers Can Learn from Actors” to learn all the savvy details of this issue.

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Studying and Creating Characters

Study 16 Personality Styles  and those around you if you wish to study or create characters. Get a notepad and write down personality traits and associated behaviours. Think of yourself as a Psychologist who is examining patients or an Ecologist who is reviewing the environment. Below is an example that will help you figure things out.

Listen to the song “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid”. Just like me, Ariel is an ENFP; and, thus she is the most critical character (factor) in this fairytale. It doesn’t take more than one song to figure out how an ENFP behaves or thinks. That’s how every personality type has some strengths or weaknesses that make them shine no matter what. Just like me, Ariel likes keeping memorable objects (thingamabobs), reading books, dancing, and connecting and falling in love with people. Inside our innocent minds, little things become very significant; such as, the gadgets or pins that a friend offered ten years ago. Another similarity between us is that we both easily fall for natural elements like sand, fire, sea, and humans. In addition, we both instinctively know how to help people think and react properly; but, when the time is right, both of us fight back with whatever we have got on her hands. Just like me, Ariel defines the world around her through her intelligence, wit, and courage; at the same time, we are both outliers (different). That’s how, we always keeps wishing that we want to be “part of the world” that has already accepted or rejected us.

You see what I mean!

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