Cyn Bermudez
Many Worlds and Pocket Universes

By: Cyn Bermudez | June 11, 2017

Recently I attended a leadership lunch for work. It was decent: food was good, anywhere is Santa Barbara is nice, and I got to play giant Jenga (which was awesome, by the way). Anyway, I started reading a book today that reminded me about something the speaker had said at the lunch.

As preparation for the lunch, we took these leadership personality tests. Mine came out mostly blue and yellow, which meant I'm a people person, like to work in groups, performs well with clearly defined tasks, etc. The speaker equated this with not following the Golden Rule. He said the Golden Rule doesn’t apply in the work situation because everyone is so different, you can’t possibly treat everyone as you’d treat yourself. This is not true. The speaker misunderstood the Golden Rule as something microscopic, when it is macroscopic in nature. I’d argue that by taking the personality tests to assist each other in understanding each other and how each of us enjoys our work-space, it is exactly following the Golden Rule.

So what is the Golden Rule? Every religion has some form of it. Basically, it is treat others the way you’d like to be treated. In Christianity, this is one of two of the greatest commandments. The first, to remember our spiritual nature. The second, to love your neighbor as yourself. Christ said this sums up the law.

To apply this to the leadership lunch, it is by respecting each others differences that we follow the Golden Rule. By having enough consideration to learn about each other, that is the Golden Rule. In Christianity, the Golden Rule honors our spirit and is thus (two in one) the greatest commandment. The flip-side of that is the greatest sin.

I just started reading the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This is a must-read book for everyone. In the first agreement, Ruiz discusses how to be impeccable with our word. When we speak ill to or about each other, we are spreading our own personal poison to that person. If they accept it, i.e. agree with it, it places their state of mind in a darker place, in a false reality or false perception of the world around us.

It got me thinking about the Golden Rule. The message is similar. Treat each other with love, respect, honoring our Spirit—to be impeccable with our word. By doing this, we reinforce love, light, hope, strength, faith, all the good things of this world, giving us personal freedom and peace.

I'm on chapter 5, the Fourth Agreement. My self-prescription for healing and personal growth is to read this book as often as needed.

“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

Next on my reading list, A Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Category: swedish meatballs 


By: Cyn Bermudez | August 25, 2016

Tbt film night is back on.

Tonight's throwback Thursday science fiction film is The Fly. Either version (1958 or 1986) or double feature.

One of the most memorable scenes.   

A quick synopsis: Science gone wrong. A teleportation accident leads to a scientist having a fly mixed into his DNA.

"You have to leave now and never come back here. Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I. Insects don't have politics. They're very brutal. No compassion, no compromise. We can't trust the insect. I'd like to become the first insect politician. Y'see, I'd like to, but I'm afraid. ... I'm saying I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over and the insect is awake."

The Fly poster by Jason Edmiston

By: Cyn Bermudez | July 29, 2016


Category: scifi 


By: Cyn Bermudez | May 13, 2016

In my next life, I want to have genetic memory like the Tok'Ra. That way, all the painful lessons I've learned in this life will be there when I'm born. Lol. But there will always be something to learn, so I guess it'd be pointless. Anyway... It has been a long while since I wrote a throwback Thursday blog post. So hopefully I can start being consistent with it again. Tonight's tbt scifi film is Ultraviolet. So this movie isn't a mind-blowing scifi experience. And I think the IMDB score is about right. But it's free on Crackle. Plus free scifi is always good. This movie was written and directed by Kurt Wimmer. I saw it when it first came out, and I think I saw it before Equilibrium. I mention this because I didn't realize how much the two are reminiscent of each other. So as I watched it on Crackle the other day, I'm like gunkata! Both movies were written and directed by the same person. I highly recommend Equilibrium. It's a good movie, and I'm pretty sure I've already posted it for a tbt. What's cool is you can see how an idea can be well-executed versus not being well-executed. Here's a quick summary: A woman infected by a hemophage (vampire) is forced to have an abortion. Angry and wanting vengeance, she joins her kind and trains to be a killer. She's been tasked with retrieving some sort of weapon the uninfected humans have. When she discovers what the weapon is, it changes her end goal. For me, I think the vampire aspect of the story was underwhelming; it was downplayed a lot and to the determent to the story. If you're going to tell a vampire story, own that sh*t. I liked the idea: human society fracturing into two--those infected and those who are not. It's a great allegory for discrimination. The special effects were bad, but that sort of thing doesn't bother me if the story makes up for it. The coloring, tinting, or whatever it's called, didn't work for me. It felt like Wimmer was going for an American comic look and feel but it ended up feeling and looking like anime. Milla Jovovich was bad ass, as always. And I also liked the casting of William Fichtner and Nick Chinlund. Enjoy!
"When I was a kid... when I was just a little girl... I used to dream about this old, dusty road. And this road would go on as far as the eye could see. There were all these little white flowers growing around the edges. And it was such a peaceful place. But then you realize... when life settles in around you... places like this... don't exist."

Category: randomness 


By: Cyn Bermudez | April 26, 2016

Just found out a story I submitted to Writers of the Future Contest has received an Honorable Mention for Quarter 1 Volume 33. If anything, this result makes me hopeful about my writing, and I feel good that my story made it as far as it did, considering that the judges receive thousands of submissions from all around the world for this contest. This Honorable Mention also means a lot to me because of how far I've come as a writer. I've learned so much and not just about writing. I've learned a lot about myself too. I'll post a pic of my certificate when it arrives in the mail. :) Happy Writing!

Category: writerly life