GEIFN | MIXING | Media | December 2023

Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Assyrian Calendar Year 6773 and the Re:ceive Edition.

Sharing a timely aspiration:
"Dear friends, much pain has been endured in the past, and that pain is no longer designated to hopelessness. It’s time to move the process of reconciliation forward with a little more speed. That is the task. If not now, when? If not us, who?”
Faith Bandler, Australian civil rights activist of South Sea Islander and Scottish-Indian heritage, campaigner for the rights of Indigenous Australians and South Sea Islanders and best known for her leadership in the campaign for the 1967 referendum on Aboriginal Australians (1918-2015 CE)

If having no reason to celebrate this month, here are 3 prepared earlier:

If continuing on, let us explore Re:ceive.
From Middle English via Anglo-Norman French receivre from Latin recipere: re = again/back + capere = take.

In common usage, it can mean give (we received the visitors at 6pm) or take (he received the ball). It can mean purchase illegally obtained goods (receiver of stolen goods) or to manage an ill-performing business (businesses under adminstration have receivers appointed). It can be a hearing (the radio received the frequency; the court received the judge's verdict; from their actions I received an impression). It can be an experience (I received the ride of my life).

Grabbers will define re:ceive as all, some or none of the above meanings. Or not. As the case may be.

And we'll also explore the sister-theme re:flect.
From Late English via Old French reflecter; from Latin reflectere: re = again/back + flectere = to bend.

Grabbers will define the meaning as "time purposely made to Awaken Awareness, to know/see/feel/unbend the Confusion between adorned truth, conditioned truth, and lasting Truth".


  1. meaning (object) depends on view (action)
  2. view depends on means (unskillful, neutral, skilful)
  3. means depends on goal (result wished for)
  4. goal depends on individual's (subject's) adorned clarity (learnt knowledge, experience and cognizance)
  5. adorned clarity depends on wisdom
  6. wisdom depends on compassion
  7. compassion depends on motivation
  8. motivation depends on perceived past/present/future Suffering
  9. perceived past/present/future Suffering determines present meaning.
  10. perceptions and present meaning are only experienced in things with minds.
  11. Go to number 1. Do not pass out. When ready to stop Suffering, advance to number 12.
  12. Stop. The. Suffering. Perceived only in/by/from mind, work mindfully with a useful method until the Suffering goes and joyfulness, fearlessness and noble motivation stays. Awaken Mind.

From a Grabber's view, we might be feeling dissatisfied with experiencing numbers 1-11 and developing an interest in number 12.

Time for a musical interlude?

Read on intrepid Grabbers, and let's see what is to discover this edition. Subscribers decide if anything is useful.


  1. Guest Sings
  2. Stream Jives
  3. Wisdom Reconciles
  4. Media Writes
  5. TED Talks
  6. Music Challenges
  7. Acknowledgments

    1. Guest Sings

    Approx 5 min presentation 

    2. Street Jives

    Approx 2 min presentation 

    3. Wisdom Reconciles

    4. Media Writes

    Approx 5 min reads

    Andrew Hornery explores gender, feminism and workplace equity with "Wendy Harmer on the price of being a trailblazer in a man’s world” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Jane Rocca explores personality, passion and perseverance when "‘I felt validated and seen’: The moment FlexMami’s life changed” via WA Today

    Lucy Carroll explores gender, numbers and passion are just some of the reasons why "Shona finished school at 11 and began her PhD at 15. Now she’s back in the maths classroom” via The Age

    Hannah Story explores higher education, career and passion when recounting "‘Have I made a terrible mistake?’ Well-known Aussies on life after year 12” via The Age

    Melissa Fyfe explores relationships, building futures and sustainability when learning "‘Somebody should lift you while you lift them’: relationship wisdom” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Benjamin Law talks dicey topics Politics, Money and Sex with Ernie Dingo avoiding "‘Shouting over each other’: frustration at politics” via The Brisbane Times

    Wendy Squires explores letting go and moving on are keys to fresh starts with "The advice I always give friends who are going through a break-up” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Paridhi Jain explores sole proprietorship, sustainability and enduring success with "Two things to master if you’re thinking about starting a business” via WA Today

    Doug Hendrie explores gender, ageing and fraternity when asking "How can anyone find real friendships when we’re stuck on a banter loop?” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Jason Steger explores identity, language and expression when "This poet couldn’t speak English. Now they’ve won the PM’s literary award” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Evelyn Lewin explores health, wellbeing and sustainability when "Bev is an anxiety and mental health expert. Here’s how she deals with burnout” via The Age

    Dilvin Yasa explores spending time and sharing living costs when enjoying family with benefits "At 37, Alexandra found herself broke, heartbroken and living with her parents” via WA Today

    Benjamin Law talks dicey topics Religion, Money and Politics with Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Anna Cody "‘It’s an economic issue’: sex discrimination” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Kerrie O’Brien explores demand, supply, consumption and "The dark consequences of an avocado obsession” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Brian Johnston explores taking mindful steps, purposeful journey and realising contentment when "Religious or not, here’s why travellers should try a pilgrimage” via The Brisbane Times

    Julie Power explores train blazing leadership, creativity and community building recounting how "The ‘clever girl’ who helped build the Harbour Bridge” via The Age

    Liv Casben explores recognition, technology and agriculture in "‘Facebook for cows’: How a software engineer rustled up an app to tackle cattle thieves” via WA Today

    Najma Sambul explores ageing, accessibility and enjoyment shining a spotlight on why "They’re called NORCs – and older people in Melbourne love them” via The Age

    Tony Wright explores trail blazing leadership and passion when recounting how "Patrick Dodson, a man of generous spirit, steps away with sorrow” via The Sydney Morning Herald

    Dani Valent explores migration, fraternity and freedom "After decades of caring for the dying, this is how these nurses choose to live” via The Age

    Jacinta Parsons explores neighbours, higher density living and vertical villages when "Soaring rents forced me out of my home. It turned out to be a blessing” via The Age

    6. Music Challenges

    Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

    If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection. 

    For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

    Get ready to Reflect!
    Choose your playing level:
    Be introduced at 1.
    Be soothed at 2-4.
    Be shocked at 5.
    Be inspired at 6.
    Fuller illumination 1-6.
    You be the judge. Or not.

    Cryptic Clue:
    When are some ways and reasons to gather?
          1. Inspire
          2. Perspire
          3. Collaborate
          4. Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
          5. Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
          6. Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others
          This challenge times conferinferrefer & prefer.

          From late Middle English; from Latin conferre, from con- = together + ferre = bring, carry, to bear

          verb (confers, conferring, conferred) 
          1. grant (a title, degree, benefit, or right). Ie, the Minister may have exceeded the powers conferred by Parliament. 
          2. have discussions; exchange opinions. Ie, officials were conferring with allies.

          From late 15th century (in the sense ‘bring about, inflict’): from Latin inferre = bring in, bring about (in medieval Latin ‘deduce’), from in- = into + ferre bring.
          verb (infers, inferring, inferred) [with object] 
          • deduce or conclude (something) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements. Ie, it is possible to infer a trend from the figures. Ie, from these facts we can infer that crime has been decreasing.

          From late Middle English: from Old French referer or Latin referre = carry back, from re- = back, concentrate, intensify + ferre = bring, carry, to bear

          verb (refers, referring, referred) 
          1. mention or allude to. Ie, her parent never referred to the neighbour again. Ie, the Royal Australian Navy is referred to as the Senior Service. 
            • • [with object] (refer someone to) direct the attention of someone to: I refer my honourable friend to the reply that I gave some moments ago. 
            • • (refer to) (of a word, phrase, or symbol) describe or denote; have as a referent: the star refers to items which are intended for the advanced learner. 
          2. pass a matter to (a higher body) for a decision. Ie, the prisoner may require to refer their case to be referred to the Parole Board. 
            • send or direct someone to a medical specialist Ie, the patient was referred to a clinical psychologist for counselling. 
            • read or otherwise use (a source of information) in order to ascertain something; consult. Ie, I always refer to a dictionary when I come upon a new word. 
          3. (archaic) trace or attribute something to (someone or something) as a cause or source. Ie, the God to whom they habitually referred their highest inspirations. 
            • regard something as belonging to (a certain period, place, or class): you went wrong when you referred all legislation to a part of virtue. 
          4. fail (a candidate in an examination): twenty-four studentspassed the prescribed test while four students were referred.

          From late Middle English: from Old French preferer, from Latin praeferre, from prae = before + ferre = bring, carry, to bear

          verb (prefers, preferring, preferred)
          1. like (one thing or person) better than another or others; tend to choose. Ie, I prefer regional to city. Ie, I would prefer to discuss the matter in private. Ie, Mum would presumably prefer that you didn't get arrested while Dad might think you’re a champion.
          2. (formal) submit (a charge or a piece of information) for consideration. Ie, the police will prefer charges. 
          3. (archaic) promote or advance (someone) to a prestigious position. Ie, the candidate was eventually preferred to the head office.

          -- Chant Mantrastyle

          Why? Why not?
          Start today. 
          As the case may be.
          Or not.

          7. Acknowledgments

          Acknowledging traditional inhabitants of Cities of Port Phillip and Glen Eira are the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin NationRespect is offered to past, present and future elders of all spiritual traditions. May we find together a generous way to accommodate those in need of refuge. Let us be cool, strive individually and together to overcome inequality, violence, disengagement, tragedy and injustice wherever it may be. Let us honour, savor and enjoy results of mindful effort so more thrive peacefully with less effort in our place called home.

          Invitation to Support Content Creators
          The music/stories/videos have been sourced from public domain. If you like any of the content, please consider buying directly from online marketplaces to support creators and truth telling in the public interest.

          Caretaker Disclosure
          Words and concepts are conditional things that point to a 'reflection of experience'. They are limited and do not adequately describe the 'full lived experience'. Like the moon's reflection on a lake's surface, it is not the moon, nor the experience of gazing up at the darkened sky transformed by the presence of a full moon. It is in the eyes/ears/nose/mouth/touch/cognisance of the beholder.

          This curation is an interpretation of the universal basis of re:lig:ion (Latin = again:uniting:energy) or bodhicitta (Sanskrit = Awakening Consciousness). This email invites a sharing of countless thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across the 3 times and 10 directions. Or not. As each case may be.

          It is not personal, it just the way things are.