The Rally to Restore Sanity – On Suggestation or Sugar Station

26 11 2010

This was the first blog we know of that began to explore the power of suggestion in a light-hearted way, and the first called, “Suggestation.”

Here at Suggestation, or Sugar Station (because every suggestion has its sugar) we have been on an ongoing – more or less off and on – Quest to find suggestions and ways that the power of suggestion can affect us. It is rare that we see someone else doing this, and when we see someone else doing this, we like to give a shout out!

Suggestation does not subscribe to or encourage any political party, any religion or creed, etc. for the power of suggestion cuts across all national boundaries.  It is human nature to be suggestible, we propose.  So why not take a moment to discover what is being suggested to us, 24/7?  Nor is this site promoted on FaceBook or anywhere else.  It started as a way to post links that I thought were somewhat interesting so I wouldn’t lose them on my computer.  Not a very grand beginning.

I’m just so tickled to give a shout out to John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and friends for coming up with the suggestion to stage a rally about … suggestion.

Thankfully, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and others have caught on to the power of suggestion.  This was demonstrated big time in The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear held on the Mall in DC in 2010.  It can possibly lead to a “tipping point” where we can begin to begin to see how influenced we are by the constant alarms from the general media, while very serious problems in the country remain ignored.

Case in point. John Stewart’s speech at the end of the Rally, or at least, a portion of it.

Whatever one’s politics, Right or Left, or personal beliefs, East or West, one thing that unites us all is …(fill in the blank?)

Now, is that a suggestion or a suggestation?


Thank you for spending a moment here.




How many passes

29 04 2010

In the spirit of Suggestation, this just in today —

Do Not Cheat. See This Video Only Once.

n the video you will see a group of basketball players, some in white and some in black passing two balls around. Your goal is to count how many times the ball is passed by those wearing white shirts. It‘s that simple. Remember, count just the passes of the ball by those wearing white.

Do not watch the video again.


Check it out

Huff Post makes page on Religion – “Prayer of the Heart”

25 02 2010

A page on different religions and religions views?  Such a public forum in this day and age?

It could be that it’s quite brilliant.  A place for different religions and different religious views to process, think, and wonder.


This is actually a lovely post by Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, entitled, The Prayer of the Heart. Here is an excerpt:

“… So many times it appears that our prayer is not heard, that we are forgotten, alone. And yet as the mystic says, “If the heart has heard the prayer, God has heard the prayer.” And more important than any specific answer is the act of prayer, in which we turn toward God. In our busy lives it is so easy to forget the divine, to be immersed in our own problems and our own selves. The mystic knows that what really matters is the inner connection of the heart in which our heart opens and cries. It is something so simple and yet so easily overlooked. It is a way to be with God.

Learning to pray is also learning to listen. Within the heart we wait for an answer, for God’s words, which may come even when we have not asked. Listening is a form of prayer, in which our whole being is receptive. Prayer is communion with God; we share with Him our needs, and we also learn to be attentive, as Rumi so beautifully writes:

Make everything in you an ear, each atom of your being, and you will hear at every moment what the Source is whispering to you, just to you and for you, without any need for my words or anyone else’s. You are–we all are–the beloved of the Beloved, and in every moment, in every event of your life, the Beloved is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear and know. Who can ever explain this miracle? It simply is. Listen and you will discover it every passing moment. Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation in thought and act between you and Him, directly, wordlessly, now and always.

Listening within the heart is attuning our self to our Beloved. We develop the ear of the heart, the inner listening of the soul. Sometimes God communicates directly with words. We may hear these words as a still, small voice, or a thought suddenly appearing. In the silence of receptive prayer, the prayer of the quiet, we may hear words of help and guidance. Or our innermost may speak to us in dreams, when words carry an energy that we know does not belong to our psyche. Sometimes we open a book we know and the words that we read are a message from our Beloved. In so many ways, some known, some hidden, God speaks to us, answers our prayers.”

(Wonder where he found that great quote by the 13th Century Poet, Rumi)

Is that prayer works a suggestion?  Or a Fact?  Consider this well.  In the midst of all the suggestions we receive from without and from without, it could be that prayer really does work.  Check it out?

Worried About Glen Beck?

9 11 2009

Why not, if that’s fun for you to worry about.  On Suggestation, let’s look at the suggestions around being worried about anything.  Or anybody out there in the Media.

Yay.  A delightful parody on the power of suggestion.  Jon Stewart at his best!

Anytime someone makes and effort to point out the suggestations, beyond particularly taking sides, and with humor, she or he gets a shout out.

chomsky, carl sandburg, and the power of suggestation

22 07 2009

One might scroll through the noam chomsky talk while hearing carl sandburg’s delivery of the people, yes, in the background … only a suggestation people.

chomsky makes an appearance on suggestation, or Sugar Station (because every suggestion carries its sugar hit) and spills out his out guts without reserve in this really tortured and torturing talk on the gradual torture of democracy, not without hope.

crises and hope: theirs and ours

he traces the end of the electric streetcar in LA and other cities due to the rubber companies and oil, the rise of the interest-ate free-ways in the name of “defense,” and early history of the “manufacture of consent,” that followed after WW2 — ya know, if ya don’t want to tell the truth to the People, then go and make whatever you want to convince the People, Yes! of seem true.  logical, isn’t it?


(and remember to look for the suggestations — on all sides 🙂

And now, Carl Sandburg.

the people, yes!

(This is worthwhile hearing twice  —

if only an example of honesty —

what is the difference between a poem and a suggestion?  a tv commerical and a suggestion?)

… The people yes
The people will live on.
The learning and blundering people will live on. They will be tricked and sold and again sold
And go back to the nourishing earth for rootholds, The people so peculiar in renewal and comeback, You can’t laugh off their capacity to take it. ….


Why the Power of Suggestion?

4 07 2009

Welcome back to Suggestation, or Sugar Station — because every suggestion has some sugar in it or we would buy it.

There are jillions of suggestions around us every day, even when we turn on the radio.  I heard one commercial for Burger King today and later on, was looking around like a zombie for a BK fish sandwich–and I hadn’t done BK in years.

We hear something, we take sides.  Somebody is right, somebody is wrong.

How often do we stop to look at the suggestions running us around?

(It could be that raw emotions are based on suggestion too!)

And as Socrates said, “The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living”


On Cool

27 09 2008

Suggestation, or Sugar Station, is on cool, for now. There are a wealth of relevant suggestions already posted on this site; certainly enough for anyone to get the basic idea:

On a scale of 0 to 100, how suggestible are we?

0 –





Please leave your answer as a comment!

Although this blog is mainly just to post interesting articles, videos, and interviews I come across because I don’t want to fill up the memory on my computer, it has developed something, something of a framework, and of value – looking at where “I’m” subject to the suggestions that come in from the ‘articles, videos, interviews’ out there.

You’re welcome to join me as I look at what suggestions “I” might have inadvertently bought into, or, to make your own blog on the power of suggestion and share notes.

Change begins by observing what suggestions we value.  Many of these suggestions might be from others we look up to as authorities that we value as true.  Many more suggestions might be false.  And suggestions are continually coming at us, from without AND from within.

Our interest here is in the total and unconditional liberation of the living being, no matter what country, no matter what party or creed, no matter what race. This translates in reality to making a small contribution.

What are the suggestions we be-live about liberation, freedom? Even enlightenment?

Um, “liberation” might not mean to buy 4 cars and own 12 homes.  It could be we have the whole notion of freedom all topsy-turvey, it could be what we think of freedom that is not freedom at all, but a false freedom, a pseudo-freedom based on… (fill in the blank).

Here’s a refreshing note.  Why don’t we look at ourselves first?  Here is a video on the limits to power that shows Americans, for one, are not willing to see their own faces in the mirror first.  Change is not possible until we can fully see WHAT IS, first.

From the “Limits to Power” interviews.

I’m willing to live honestly.  Why not begin with looking at the power of suggestion within?  Change begins within, first, always, and this is not a suggestion, it’s a fact.

Thanks and Be peace, “y’all”