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4 Sep 2022
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I had a vision.

It was a picture in my mind’s eye but very real, nonetheless. It came to me at a very dark moment, so I was very open to a message from the Universe.

The vision was of three boosters on a Space Shuttle. The thoughts that came with it were very distinct.

Firstly, if the three engines fired with different strengths the journey would be very erratic – even chaotic. What if only one engine worked? Would the shuttle veer off in one direction, or even go round in circles?

I suspect this is nonsense but that’s the thought that came. Confirming via Google that a Space Shuttle really does have three main booster engines was rather encouraging though!

For you, there may be a different message in this mental picture. For me, I knew the Boosters were faith, hope, and love… and that I was out of fuel in my hope Booster. The journey was getting rough and fraught with danger.

How could I refuel rapidly? What fuels ‘hope’?

It’s a question for you, for whatever meaning you assign to the three Boosters. You may choose health, wealth, and well-being instead, for example. In which case, the question becomes what fuels health, what fuels wealth, and what fuels well-being?

Back to faith, hope, and love. I believe faith is fuelled by encouraging words and sights… the kind of stuff that restores your faith in human nature. Love is fuelled by developing empathy – the ability to put yourself in someone else’s situation and then feel compassion for them. But what about ‘hope’?

Hope has to do with the unseen and the future. It is perceiving the unseen future as better in some way that then exercises a positive pull towards that future. As such, it’s a kind of vision or dream of a better future (cf., Martin Luther King’s, “I have a dream.) It is fuelled by what we focus on most of the time – the thoughts we encourage to play through our minds and is compromised by the hopeless thoughts we allow to remain and fester.

Let us interrupt those thoughts that lead to hopelessness. Just as a conversation is hard if people keep interrupting us, so also thoughts are hard to sustain if they are repeatedly interrupted! Interrupt those hopeless thoughts!

And let us imagine realistic ways in which our future can be better. The more time and attention we give to this, the more we are likely to refuel that engine!

Whatever your three engines are, I hope you get your Boosters!

Lex

A Moodscope member.

A Moodscope member.

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Teg

Sept. 5, 2022, 6:49 a.m.

Good Morning Lex You are no fuel but you will energise many interesting comments today! As Desmond Tutu said" Hope is being able to see some light through all the darkness". I am a great believer in "Hope". We need it particularly in our worst moments. Moodscope is a great conveyor of this emotion and is one of the main elements that give it continuing success. Your Post has given me another boost, thank you. Txx

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Lex

Sept. 5, 2022, 8:20 a.m.

Thank you, Teg. Desmond Tutu has much wisdom to share with all of us, and I delight in that quote. Lxx

Jul

Sept. 5, 2022, 6:57 a.m.

Hi Lex I came to write a comment basically saying how wonderful your writing is and I found Mary's private, very personal comment to you which totally stopped me in my tracks. Sorry I'll write again later. Jul xx

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Dragonfly

Sept. 5, 2022, 7 a.m.

Yes, me too Jul xx

Jul

Sept. 5, 2022, 7:09 a.m.

xx! Dragonfly. Jul ***

Catherine

Sept. 5, 2022, 7:23 a.m.

And me Jul xx

Jul

Sept. 5, 2022, 7:45 a.m.

I've just spent ages writing a comment saying why Mary's message to Lex was all wrong on a forum like this but that too has been removed. Success! Jul xx

Dragonfly

Sept. 5, 2022, 8:04 a.m.

Same here! xx

Jul

Sept. 5, 2022, 8:19 a.m.

I included a bit saying how sorry I was to hear how you have been affected by the subject. I can totally understand this but I am so sorry. Jul xx

Lex

Sept. 5, 2022, 8:21 a.m.

Ah, I missed Mary's comment! Thank you for your concern, though, that means the world to me. Lxx

Lex

Sept. 5, 2022, 8:55 a.m.

Caroline has kindly forwarded me the message - I understand. Lxx

Dragonfly

Sept. 5, 2022, 3:37 p.m.

Jul, I may have misunderstood, but is your above comment for me? x

Jul

Sept. 5, 2022, 5:59 p.m.

Yes it was. Jul xx

Dragonfly

Sept. 5, 2022, 6:08 p.m.

Thanks so much Jul xx

Jul

Sept. 6, 2022, 1:18 p.m.

*** Jul xx

Orangeblossom

Sept. 5, 2022, 8:17 a.m.

Hi Lex, thanks for the great blog which is totally inspiring. It is reminiscent of the integrated themes in ‘Worth’ by Bharti Dhir. An aunt sent me the email about it. She was abandoned, adopted accepted by her accepted, adopted Sikh family. They lived in Uganda & experienced the expulsion of Asians during the time of General Idi Amin Faith Hope & Love play a large part in her story. I am over half the memoir which is gripping. Also been reading Bear Grylls & he reiterates the quote at by Andrew Carnegie in the survival Guide to life.

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Lex

Sept. 5, 2022, 8:23 a.m.

Treasues for us to all dig into, Orangeblossom! I hear so many good things about those who live out the Sikh faith. There is a group particularly active with the homeless in Bournemouth. Inspiring people, and I know I'd enjoy reading, "Worth," by Bharti Dhir.

The Gardener

Sept. 5, 2022, 8:29 a.m.

Good morning Lex - you add your own rocket fuel to Moodscope. Mine are more 'cheerers-up'. Maya Angelou is often used on thought for the day. I have read the first book of her autobiography - now a fervent admirer. Don't want to buy all seven, I will go and nag my librarian, bound to be translated into Frencch. Second, last night's Prom. Like millions, know and love Beetoven's 9th. But last night magic. That ethnic? Orchestra - the dynamic conductor - the soprano! And the sheer joy of the choir. I could not sleep - very emotional moments always take me back to my dead son. Third, gardening catalogue on my desk. Have to exercise restraint - (difficult for me) because I must take into account that if hot summers the norm I cannot physically cope with watering. Even toughest plants have to be established. Will now apply TLC where needed. Bless you xx

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Lex

Sept. 5, 2022, 9:17 a.m.

Surely there are few things in life as magnificently civilised and uplifting as an Orchestra led by a great Conductor and a group of musicians that truly play as an Ensemble? The memories of your son and the emotional moments - I would spare you the sorrow if I could but understand something of the experiences. I regularly quote Maya Angelou even though I have very little understanding of her work in context, so it would seem two books are a rather wonderful outcome from today's comments! And as for gardening catalogues... I was photographing Echinacea blooms at a local Garden Centre on Saturday. The fibonacci-like deveopment of each cone, the colour variations, and the devoted attention of the bees... Bless you xx

The Gardener

Sept. 5, 2022, 11:26 a.m.

Lex, funeral bell tolling for 56 year old man. People I know who are elderly and have lost children often react with 'guilt'. Illogical, but when were emotions logical? It is when I have a wonderful experience that it hits me, my son is no longer here for these moments of joy. The moments are not lost, but the ability to share is.

Teg

Sept. 5, 2022, 2:49 p.m.

Hi Lex You may enjoy the music provided by the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony orchestra. Their young musicians and vocalists give me great pleasure. Txx

Bearofliddlebrain

Sept. 5, 2022, 2:55 p.m.

Evening Lex, Coming late to the blog today after being out with a friend - that’s one of my fuels ;-) my friends - especially the ones who don’t drain me! A second fuel is (the bit of exercise included) being out in the open countryside, taking part in open water swimming, my garden - seeing and breathing in new life and watching the seasons change - even being caught in the rain this afternoon…well it was the only ‘dip’ I was going to get today!! I need that to keep me going. Finally the food for fuel that I’m extremely grateful for affording…seeing it as fuel to look after myself: eating to live, not living to eat which might mean I don’t miss the "treats and goodies" that are actually the "baddies" that make me ill! Thank you for another super idea made into a great blog for us - getting the liddle grey cells working hard. Love and Bear hugs x x x

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Jul

Sept. 5, 2022, 3:22 p.m.

Hi Lex A strange request but perhaps you could repeat this blog next Monday? I was full of enthusiasm for it when I first read it this morning and was keen to praise it and comment on your three booster suggestions. Then as you and others know, I was put off by Mary's comment which although it has since been removed, has somehow made me feel less motivated. I expect Mary feels deflated and remorseful for posting her comment and won't do it again. I am sorry for you that your blog today has been adversely affected. Maybe another blog along the same lines? It is a very good one!!! Jul xx

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The Gardener

Sept. 5, 2022, 5:20 p.m.

Jul, I read blog and replies after the 'imbroglio'. Happily conflict happens so rarely here, and is swiftly stamped on. I often had 'run-ins' with Molly, totally unintentional. She admited herself that she 'pounced' on the blogs as the arrived in her in-box, and would react to the first sentence withouth reading the rest of the blog. Doing a course on ADHD - keep mind on job! xx

Jul

Sept. 5, 2022, 5:58 p.m.

Thanks for replying Gardener. You've kept it going today! Yes conflict happens rarely on Moodscope and for this we must thank Caroline. Each of us needs help from time to time and understanding or rather acceptance of our differences. Have a nice evening and a better night's sleep. Jul xx

Catherine

Sept. 5, 2022, 9:19 p.m.

Hi Jul, and Lex. I’d put in a plea for the blog not to be repeated. I had a very bad reaction to it when I read it this morning before Mary Wednesday commented, because it immediately took me to the biblical reference in 1 Corinthians, and I suspect that’s what happened to Mary Wednesday. I can’t speak for MW but I can understand why she responded as she did, coming from a faith perspective. I have been very damaged and abused by the church and was very unsettled by the blog this morning. For me it crossed the boundary of what is appropriate in Moodscope blogs. But I realised that not everyone would even make the connection with what Lex was writing and the bible/church and so I didn’t respond to the blog, I just tried to cope as best I could with the feelings and distress that it brought up for me. Then I saw that you Jul, and Dragonfly, had also been affected, and so I wrote to Caroline, deciding that this was the best way forward in order to cause the least hurt to the fewest people. I really don’t want to see the same words or reference to what you, dear Lex, wrote today in another blog next week, because although I know no-one means anyone any harm on this wonderful site, and we cannot remove all ‘triggers’ this topic is a sensitive one for some people. TG, I think I’ve said before that I think about Molly a lot, and so hope that she is OK. All of us are fragile in different ways and we need to be kind to each other, and I think we are, although sometimes we inadvertently hurt one another. We don’t do this deliberately. I particularly want to send my love to Mary W because I’m certain she will be very distressed about what has happened today, but please can we not re-visit this blog.? I hope I’ve expressed this in a way that is clear to people who don’t have a ‘religious’ background or who haven’t suffered abuse by the Church or those who purport to ‘serve’ in the Church. I need to work through the feelings and emotions that all this has raised without worrying that’s it’s resurfacing next week. My love to everyone, Catherine x

Jul

Sept. 6, 2022, 7:38 a.m.

Hello Catherine I understand your heartfelt plea for Lex's blog not to be repeated. I am sorry if I caused you distress by suggesting this. I just felt sorry for Lex and felt his excellent blog did not receive the number of affirming comments it deserved. I hope you can put the past behind you including yesterday which threw up some very painful memories for you. Thank you for writing such a lovely comment which included us all and was very kind. I hope it didn't exhaust you and you feel better for writing it. You should. Jul xxxx

Catherine

Sept. 6, 2022, 12:38 p.m.

Thank you Jul….and your reply is so lovely too ***

Dragonfly

Sept. 6, 2022, 2:32 p.m.

Yours is a lovely, generous comment Catherine, as is your response Jul. I feel there was actually the opportunity here for some openness in why certain subjects are perhaps more contentious. I'm very disappointed that so many of our earlier comments were removed xx

Dragonfly

Sept. 6, 2022, 4:17 p.m.

Ah, my mistake in this instance. Apologies.

Oli

Sept. 5, 2022, 6:34 p.m.

Thanks Lex. Feeling hopeful is definitely a useful feeling. It's a motivating feeling. I am a massive realist: I would rather have no hope than deceptive expectations. However, there's usually a little genuine hope to be found somewhere. Love is obviously fuelled by the lyrics of pop songs. Did you know that before the invention of vinyl no one ever fell in love. *may not actually be true. Faith I'm happy to swap out for Evidence. What fuels evidence? A good method of gathering and evaluating evidence. Thanks Lex!

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Teg

Sept. 6, 2022, 6:39 a.m.

Hi Oli How does Paloma Faith sing love songs? Answer--hopefully! Txx

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