Open Your Eyes!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but here it is: Patrick, fondly known as The Substitute Teacher, has decided to step down from his weekend posts. I’m very, very sad about this, but, of course, I respect his decision. I won’t have time to post Saturday or Sunday, but perhaps you all can use that time to revisit the archives and, for you newbies, to continue to plow through them bit by bit I also encourage you to visit Patrick’s website, The Amendment, whenever you can. Thank you, Patrick, for you stellar channeling and your incomparable wisdom. We love you and will miss your dearly. We know you won’t be a stranger to the blog though.

Now, let’s see what Erik has to say about eyeballs.

Me: What’s up with people’s eyes? Retinas are detaching. Sight is getting worse in one eye. People are getting macular degeneration more, etc. First of all, is that even true? Secondly, why?

Erik: In general, not so true. It’s just that when you get older, you recognize it.

Me: Okay.

Erik: But as you get older, your body falls apart.

Me: Tell me about it!

Erik: It’s in the news more, because there’s actually more study cases for remedies. Remember, I keep telling you guys, the brain is like this new hot spot. It’s like the ocean floor. It hasn’t been discovered yet, and so there’s a lot of new equipment, discoveries, exploration.

Jamie: Exploration of the brain.

Erik: And so that relates to eyes. So, there are a lot of answers coming up with why does it happen and how can we cure it and what can we do. So, it’s not because the whole world is going blind, and people are all fucked up because they don’t want to see the truth of things. It’s just called “welcome to old age, and welcome to the new age of science.”

Me: Yeah, and people are living longer, I guess.

Erik: Yeah, right. We’re living so much longer than we used to.

Me: Yeah, but there’s got to be some sort of spiritual basis for visual problems to begin with, right?

Erik: Yeah, but we discussed it a long time ago.

Me: Well, indulge me, and go over it again.

Erik: When you have vision problems, you often take your life for granted. You don’t appreciate or aren’t grateful for the human experience.

Me: Wow, but it’s hard to be grateful for struggle sometimes.

Erik: It’s more about not seeing the lessons around you even though they’re being shown to you over and over and over again and again and again. You just don’t see the pattern. You are just blind to life. You just take it all for granted. So, the only way you can “get” or appreciate what you’ve taken for granted is to slowly take away your eyesight. It’s a lesson in being humble.

Me: Pretty harsh. Most of us take life for granted.

Erik: And you can learn in different ways or be afflicted with different conditions to humble yourself. It doesn’t have to be about eyesight. Maybe you have to take care of a bedridden relative or something. Maybe you ARE that bedridden person. You can be humbled in all sorts of ways. 

Me: Hm. Interesting.


I have a request for you guys: Does anyone know anyone who is a family member of a deceased celebrity in either the Bay Area (San Francisco) or Los Angeles (particularly Beverly Hills)? If so, email me at

On another note, I’m so, so grateful for the response for those who have voted for Channeling Erik in the 2013 Bloggies competition. You can use all of you emails, so if you haven’t done so, will you? Also, for those of you who haven’t voted, will you? Please? Pretty please? I’m just going to hound you mercilessly, so you might as well surrender. It’ll make all my hard work just that much more worthwhile. I’ll copy and paste the instructions for you here. Again.

1) First, click here: VOTE

2) Scroll down to the Religion and Spirituality category and enter the blog name (Channeling Erik) and URL ( You’ll need to fill in the other two spaces with obscure sites. Here’s a site that might give you some easy choices. SITES FOR THE OTHER TWO SPOTS

3) Repeat the procedure for “Weblog of the Year.” I used “The worst cheese blogs” in the other three spaces. Hee hee.

4) Have your friends and family do the same or get permission to use their email addresses and do it for them. REMEMBER, YOU CAN ONLY USE ONE VOTE PER EMAIL ADDRESS. 

5) My daughter would be delighted if you’d nominate her blog,, for the “Best Fashion Blog” category. Click here for blogs to put in the other two spaces. OTHER FASHION BLOGS

Be sure to check your email as instructed after you vote in order to click on the link to make the vote count. If you don’t receive it, check your spam folder. That’s exactly what happened to mine and nearly every other person with a gmail account.

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