Hostess With The Mostest

The story begins in 1919, when the world was introduced to what is now known as the Hostess® Cup Cake, at the bargain price of two for 5 cents. It was the beginning of a revolution, right up there with the Toll House and Oreo cookie. No longer did anyone have to ferret out a bakery or crank up the oven for a snack attack. Six years later, the Continental Baking Company, who had struck gold with their packaged white Wonder® bread, named their new creations Hostess and they were a hit. In 1930 an employee named Jimmy Dewar came up with a sponge cake named Twinkies®. and they surpassed cupcakes by a mile. Twinkies are an American icon, with half a billion sold each year.But it wasn’t until 1947 when a machine was invented that injected creme filling into the cupcakes and Twinkies, captivating its customers by providing not only an individually wrapped confection, but one crammed with creamy filing. What an idea. As other products were added to their repertoire, including fried fruit pies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, the snack cake category was secured with no end in sight. Currently a staggering 11,000 cakes are produced every hour, so joke all you want, but Hostess is smiling from ear to ear.

Although the ownership has turned over several times in its history, and faced bankruptcy, those snack cakes keep coming and their popularity continues to this day, proving Americans with that artificial creme filling and the convenience of grabbing a snack cake. Deep-fried Twinkies are a popular item at many regional and state fairs each summer, as Americans line up for this high-fat treat, alongside booths selling deep-fried funnel cakes. Featured in numerous films and cookbooks, the Twinkie continues to reign despite comedian’s jokes and celebrity chefs’ sneers. (One has to wonder if there are secret fans who indulge privately.)Even though preservatives are used for prolonged shelf life, the company insists that Twinkies are scrapped from your local grocer after 10 days, making way for more “fresh” ones. Here is the current Hostess snack cakes hit parade:1) Ho Ho’s – top seller, basically a rolled version of Ding Dongs2) Twinkies – the butt of endless jokes, it still ranks high on the list3) Sno Balls – marshmallow coated chocolate cake rolled in flaked coconut4) Ding Dongs – shaped like hockey pucks and covered in chocolate5) Suzy Qs – unfrosted cake with creme filling6) Cherry Pies – fried and easy to eat by hand7) Vanilla Zingers – creme-filled oblong cakes, vanilla reigns8) Chocolate or Orange Cupcakes – the classic, complete with white squiggle on top9) Crunch Donettes – people of all ages begin their day with these mini-treats (easily eaten while driving)

10) Mini Muffins – not exactly bakery quality but still popularCurrently, top competitor Little Debbie brand, started by the McKee family during the 1930s and still a privately held corporation, occupies the lion’s share of space on the snack cake aisle, which once was dominated by Hostess. Their Oatmeal Creme Pie remains the flagship product, followed by Swiss Cake Rolls and Nutty Bars® Wafers. Dozens of additions have been added since 1960, when the company took off nationwide, racking up a staggering 157 billion snack cakes sold, which totals 1.4 billion dollars in annual sales, followed by Hostess at 670 million dollars.Perhaps actress Ann Blyth just did it for the money, or maybe she really did feed her own children snack cakes, but either way, those sweet packaged goodies are cranked out so fast they probably are pretty fresh. Any way you slice it, when it comes to our sweet tooth, we’re all still kids at heart.

Big Dreams Have Small Beginnings

As it is always the case in life, you must get the fact that big dreams have small beginnings and start from an idea or vision. Great moments are born with great opportunities. But it is not your abilities that show who you are; it is your choices and belief. Even if you fail, what better way is there to live?

Do you have big dreams? Are you trying to accomplish or ignore them? Is fear or doubt get in your way? Are you taking the necessary steps each day and moving towards your goals?

When you have wild ideas and visions of what your dreams look like, you often forget that they most likely will not start out looking the way you think. Big dreams have and always start with small steps, in regular increments. As you begin, the things you are doing seem quite mediocre and unimpressive, but you have to start by creating a foundation. And then allow it to grow, develop and evolve.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Big Dreams Are Realistic
You need to notice the thoughts, ideas, and dreams that you have which keep coming up again and again. Do not ignore them or crush them by believing that you are incapable. Big dreams are realistic enough to follow through with them. We all have the power within us to achieve tremendous things.

When you set and keep your sight on the prize, you get higher probabilities of getting there than not. And if you do not always reach the place you wanted, the ride along the journey there makes it worthwhile. Grandiose dreams and goals begin at all times with small thoughts, beliefs or visions.

You are the one concocting such ideas in your mind when you envision, dream and imagine what it would be like if you were to accomplish your goal. And do not get fooled by thinking that you can have the full travel plan figured out. It won’t happen. Big dreams have to begin with a first stride which you have no other choice but to take.

Big Dreams Require Small Steps
So, you have to let yourself begin by getting a small step at first. That is how all successful people start out on the way to success. It is like a blueprint which essentially illustrates that little, tiny, cumulative steps towards a goal have far more power than anything else out there. And so, these small actions have a snowballing effect.

It transforms your big dreams into workable objectives which in turn bring happiness, even if you have to tiptoe some days. Therefore, it all comes down to a simple process that I use which is progress equals happiness. It is simple progress towards my end goals. But it is daily progress.

I really believe in small actions, even if they are just baby steps. But do not be lead astray being so focused on little acts that you forget your big dreams. On the other hand, do not only focus on your grandiose visions that you forget making the small necessary steps. You continually need to have both: a huge dream and small realizable goals to move forward.

Big Dreams Have Small Beginnings
Therefore, I believe in big dreams. But too often, people compare themselves to successful individuals. They look at someone who is precisely doing what they dream of doing, and there is nothing wrong about that. But what is not right is that these same people want to get there right here and now. You have to realize that all successes had small beginnings.

It can be losing weight, starting a business, getting a healthy body, have more confidence or anything else for that matter. Visions that bring abundant rewards take time to build, create, develop, grow and there is a reason for it. Sometimes, it can be challenging to accept small beginnings or to start out from the bottom by learning new skills.

Just as I do, you must battle your inner demons as they can stop you from moving forward. They can destroy your big dreams which might bring you great happiness. Swallow your pride and do not be afraid to begin small. I realize it is somewhat embarrassing, but you must accept that uneasiness. It is merely an essential stage you have to go through so that you can build something that is yours only.

Big Dreams Need Belief
The first step before anybody else believes it is that you have to believe it. No matter how hard or buried it gets, or how lost you feel, you have to promise yourself to hold on to courage, confidence, and belief in your abilities. Fight for what matters to you, no matter what.

To exist is to do, to act regardless of what may happen. So take a stand and do not ever give up, because if you do not, the actions behind the words will bring the big dreams alive. And when you achieve your dreams, it is not so much what you get, but it is who you have become in accomplishing them.

Everybody gets the chance to do something great. But most people never take the opportunity. Either because they are too scared, or they do not recognize it when it spits on their shoes. So create your vision, grab your significant chance and do not let it go by.

The Universe Support Big Dreams
The big dreams and the thoughts you have, or the hope that one day you will be the boss of your successful venture begins with small beginnings. But you have to understand that the journey is long to climb up and arrive where you want to be.

One thing needs to be said though; if you want the power of the universe to support it, your dream, vision, and goal have to be of service to others. You have to solve things that are a benefit not only to you but other living beings as well. Each time I focused on money first, it never worked.

It is the primary key to it all. But it all starts in your mind at first. Big dreams have small beginnings. And it is the buildup of many small steps and actions which move things. It then manifests impressive results and great ideas into physical reality.

Big Dreams Call for Action
You have to take the time to reflect and look inside yourself at big dreams or desires you have pushed aside for so long. Realize that they are not silly and that you might even be great at it. You have to determine the first small beginning you can take to get started. Let go of your fearful thoughts and begin taking action.

So, create and put your big dreams on a vision board. Then ask yourself: what is the small step you need to take to get in the direction of your ideas? Instead of thinking about making 10,000 dollars a month, can you make 500 or 1000 more than you are now? And how can you do it?

The answer is that you have to clear five hundred or a thousand more. Then pass two or five thousand more to get on the way to ten thousand a month. As you can see, you must accomplish it in small steps.

The Last Word on Big Dreams
You have to remember that when you go down the path of your dreams, and somehow decide that it is not for you, you have the right to change the route. All that the universe is asking for is that you have at least tried. But if you decide to keep going, you may need to adjust your sails along the way.

Big dreams always have small beginnings. Therefore, do not let those beautiful ideas and thoughts escape your mind or being pushed aside. Take a good hold of them and bring them to fruition. Be confident and focus on your journey, through bits and pieces. And the process, slowly but surely, will unfold along the way.

So, all you have to do is give it a chance. You need to show the world that it is possible. Start just with one small beginning at a time. Dream big and keep having big dreams!

When Did Life Begin On Earth?

How long did it take consciousness to attain life or is consciousness actually alive?

There has been much written recently in scientific circles about the beginning of the universe, the world and of life itself with as many varied opinions espoused as there are scientists peering into the cosmos searching for answers. I won’t dwell on the universe part of the matter too extensively in this article since I prefer to address and hopefully clear up distorted conceptions about the beginning of life on Earth, or at least conscious life, and this will assume the existence of an earth already existing in an inner universe of divine subjectivity.

In truth, you cannot separate the beginning of the universe, the world and life on this world or on any other world. I realize the complications involved in attempting to explain this in terms of time and space, but an attempt should be made and I am just the person to give it a go.

Even with simplifications, explanations are most difficult since in greater terms, the earth, environment and its creatures, created each other in a great orchestration of life, a wave of consciousness that transcends the birth of humans and all other species. You are looking for answers in terms of time and space under the auspices of beginnings and endings and the search for answers can never be fully understood until you come to grips with the fact that the passage of years, decades, centuries and eons had very little to do with the emergence of life on planet earth, although you may see it that way. In very real terms, the universe is created in each and every moment.

These are not simple matters as you have been taught, but complexities exist that would tax the intellect of the highest order Entities, so bear with me and I will try to make it somewhat understandable.

In order to first get some foundation for this article, I am inserting the “dictionary” definitions of what “life” really is in the first place.

As follows;

Life is the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects.

Life is an organism that is being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction and the power of adaptation to the environment through changes originating internally.

Life is a state of existence or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul, the general or universal condition of human existence.

Well now, that should get us started.

One of the major problems in understanding the emergence of life on planet Earth is first establishing the emergence of the earth itself, and exactly what is alive and what isn’t. The above definitions have some truth, but they are still far off the mark since they tend to view life from the human perspective only.

One of the main misunderstandings results from the misconception that consciousness sprung into being from some chance but auspicious convergence of the exact required proportions of chemicals, minerals and electrical charges from environmental sources combining in some hypothetical primordial cauldron-like pool on some already existing landscape, that would result in the forming of elemental proteins that somehow became biologically and consciously alive.

And that’s where the problem lies with this flawed concept. This scenario simply could not have happened because consciousness always comes first and is the creator of matter. In this case, consciousness would have to have created the earth, the environment and the chemicals, the minerals and electrical charges before that which already existed could exist.

Consciousness creates matter in the earth plane and other types of quasi-matter in other reality systems not focused in physical constructions like the earth reality system.

Consciousness is the medium that propels energy into matter and matter back into energy. If you don’t believe me, ask Einstein. Life on earth was not born or created because of some earthly accidental event, but because of a subjective creative act, an inspirational illuminating breakthrough of consciousness that created the earth, the universe and all other planes, fields and dimensions containing other dimensions, planes and fields at the same time that it created all beings and creatures of the earth and all such manifestations of what is commonly called living matter.

And this, my friends is the best part of this story of beginnings. Consciousness lives and is aware of itself as a particle or identity or a wave or force, whether it is occupying a physical body or not and of course I cannot prove this to you in physical facts, but you will certainly find out upon your death when the physical body is discarded for one more appropriate for the new environment that you will find yourself in.

Your dream self exists and it has no physical presence, as you know it. Life does not demand a physical presence. Due to your unique type of physical focus, it would be fruitless for me to try and convince you that the existence of a self-aware non-physical psychological essence of consciousness was and is alive, but if you want to take it back to the original source, the consciousness of God or of that Energy Source always existed and had no beginning as you understand beginnings.

But we will have to content ourselves at this time with considering the beginning of life as the beginning of “Physical Life” on a “Physical Earth”.

There are as many kinds of consciousness as there are kinds of physical matter, whether you consider them alive or not, that compose the earth, and all of these myriads of consciousness are to one degree or another, self-aware, some more than others.

In other words they recognize their individual state of being. Since consciousness creates physical matter then becomes part of its creations, the body of the earth, the skies, the oceans, mountains, plateaus and all other physical things, including you, were created by consciousness and “alive” consciousness resides within all physical matter with no exceptions. It has been suspected by many people for quite some time that the body of the earth has its own consciousness and this is true. (You may or may not consider this type of consciousness alive).

Consciousness is ALIVE and quite as effective whether in a physical body or not. Consciousness creates matter and becomes a part of the matter that it creates, so working backward, consciousness and Life are within God, Entities, Souls, Earth Personalities, the animals, the Environment, Nature, the rocks, water, clouds and all other things of substance and mass that you call objects.

Many cultures of the aboriginal type that you would consider below yours in stature have known of the life spirit within all of the above centuries ago, and they intuitively honored all earth spirits.

You arbitrarily choose to draw the hypothetical line between what is alive and what is not. If you were more liberal in your classifications, you could understand how a rock possesses a certain overall awareness of being. Not personified awareness, but awareness of its circumstances, its environment, the position of the sun, the temperature and such. I am not suggesting that the next time you step on a rock, that you tip your hat and say, “have a nice day”, but I am suggesting that you understand that you are part and parcel of a grand gestalt of living, awareized consciousness, not personified, but aware of its existence within its own limitations.

You, as living people have congratulated yourselves on your dominance over all other things since you seem to have subdued nature, the animals and the environment and because of your technological achievements that perception is understandable. Your holy books tell you that you should dominate nature; You are nature!

Certainly your position and limited perceptions would cause you to believe that since you are unable to perceive the consciousness within even the smallest particles such as electrons, protons, atoms, cells and molecules, you would label them as dead or being magnanimous as you sometimes tend to be, you may grant them some modicum of limited conscious awareness.

The wiser among you know that is absolute rubbish, to put it mildly. Every self-respecting atom, molecule and cell possesses self-aware-ness, whether you see fit to grant it that quality or not.

You live within and amongst a conscious universe and if you choose not to call that alive, that is up to you, but latent within your cells lies the knowledge that there is really no separation between you and the most distant star with no point in-between that is not conscious to some degree. In that respect, your cells know more than you do.

Where you see objects there is objectified and manifest consciousness and what you call the space in-between objects, whether they be tables and chairs or stars and galaxies, there is un-manifest consciousness and no space is empty.

There is no hypothetical point in the entire universe that is not conscious of itself. So there is no misunderstanding in what I am eluding to; you exist in an almost unfathomable gigantic alphabet soup. Pretend if you will that in this alphabet soup, the vegetables are the stars and planets, the noodles are what you would call living, conscious identities and the broth is un-manifest consciousness not yet materialized that you call space, and as you can imagine, there is no real separation between any portion of the soup and there is no practical separation between all of the objects and events in the universe.

But I know what you really want to know, so now we can begin with the assumption that you do draw the separating line within the more limiting dictionary definition stated above. Please try to bear in mind that although I try to explain these unfolding’s in terms of time, they actually happened simultaneously and spontaneously and they are still happening in like manner today. You, of course, must interpret them in a linear order through the lens of time and space, so I will also do so.

In time terms the life that you recognize was not the first kind of life that roamed the earth, and I can hear some readers misinterpreting what I am saying here, but the environment, the animals and countless versions of humans explored the earth at approximately the same time in what you would call pre-history. These first earthly inhabitants were at first, not physically viable, but existed in a dream-like body.

The early earth was a dream like world and in time terms was at some point bound to awaken. Dream bodies merrily skipping over dream landscapes populated by dream flowers and dream trees, laden with with dream birds were learning as they dreamed themselves into physical existence. The die had already been cast, but the transition from dream bodies to physical bodies took time to accomplish, actually eons.

The earth and all of its inhabitants dreamed their physical forms or bodies into existence. All were bound to awaken and as their dream bodies became physical, this became imperative. Obviously, the dream environment had to awaken first, then the animals and finally humans with other human offshoots awakening in their own time. Evolution did not happen as it has been hypnotized, but there were great explosions of abilities and propensities within all species.

In the beginning all species were present much like the remaining ones are today. Some species died out rather quickly, they did not take and adapt well to earth conditions at the time. These species still exist and have already reentered or will at some time reenter physical life either on earth or on any one of probable earths more suitable to their species. There is no species once created that is extinct although it may appear so to you from your perspective.

There are some species that have exited the earth plane but their existence is written in the expanded present of the inner universe and they are bound to emerge again somewhere, sometime. In those terms, the dinosaurs are not really extinct; they have simply departed from the earth reality system for future physical lives in other systems more suitable to their needs.

The early humans were the first sleepwalkers spoken of in many aboriginal societies. These early earth inhabitants existed in dream bodies and quasi-dream bodies for centuries before they became sure enough of themselves and their surroundings to leave the security of their non-physical dream like existence for a more tangible physical body. It is important to keep in mind that the earth, the plants, the animals and the environment was also present in this multi-faceted dream world in the beginning.

Now, you will have to decide whether you will consider those first dreamtreaders alive or not, since they did not yet occupy a true physical body, but in all other aspects, they were alive, cognizant of their environment, had relationship’s and developed primitive societies, while on the other hand they were slowly adapting their dream bodies for ones more substantial in a world of physical matter.

In terms of time, you will see this period as evolving from dream bodies into physical, but this all happened spontaneously and simultaneously, in an instant explosion of divine inspiration of All That Is. Your dreaming self that you awaken to when you sleep is a very real portion of your total identity, so I ask you, would you consider your dream body or dream self to be alive?

If you do not consider this intimate portion of your identity as real and alive, and frankly, I don’t see how you could not, then you could say that living identities cautiously ventured forth on a planet still in a state of awakening from a dream and gradually got their sea legs and adopted a physical body over a very long period of time.

In terms of time, which unfortunately we cannot avoid, this began many billions of years ago and took eons to accomplish, so you will be forced to view these happenings through the lens of time and evolution. The earth, the universe and all identities are actually created new in each nano-second and the beginning of the universe will happen tomorrow.

In very true terms, the earth is being formed today in every instant, in this very moment, in every moment and this is not some metaphysical mumbo-jumbo, the earth, indeed, the entire universe is created in the NOW and in every conceivable instant a new earth is created. The energy that will create the earth tomorrow is as new as the energy that created the earth billions of years ago as atoms and molecules formed themselves into a myriad of forms that suited their needs, abilities and purposes.

The world as you know it built itself from the inside out, emerging from an unimaginably vast, subjective inner psychological universe into objectivity, in what can only be explained as an explosion of consciousness or an illumination that translated itself from subjective into objective reality. Invisible became visible, intangible became solid and all species ventured into a never before experienced adventure of a new kind of consciousness.

I think for purposes of this article, you could say that “Life Began” on earth at the time that dream bodies finally became physical, the awakening of the species, when the first physical foot felt the first physical pain when he stepped on a sharp rock, but that is up to you where to draw the line.

There is much left not said, but unfortunately, our space here is limited, and a thousand books written over a thousand years could not adequately explain this miracle of life that happened so long ago and is still happening today.

In the Beginning Was the Word

Trinitarians and those who reject the Trinity but who otherwise believe that Jesus was/is God typically cite John 1:1 as the absolute proof of their belief. For the unfamiliar, John 1:1 states: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

First, please note that nowhere in the text or surrounding context (or anywhere else in the Bible for that matter) is there any mention of the holy spirit being part of a three-in-one godhead. Although the verse is cited as “proof” that the Word is God Almighty, a frequently overlooked aspect of the verse is the opening phrase: “In the beginning.” But the question is: In the beginning of what?

Since God describes himself as the King of eternity – having no beginning or end – it is inappropriate and virtually meaningless to refer to any sort of beginning in relation to the timeless God. So, what does “in the beginning” mean? According to the Trinity doctrine Jesus has always existed as part of a godhead. So, what is the significance of that phrase?

Those familiar with the entire Bible will undoubtedly recognize the phrase “in the beginning” as also being the very first words of Genesis, which says: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The beginning of Genesis 1:1 is in reference to an actual beginning, in this case, the beginning of the creation of the physical universe. (In the Bible the heavens may refer to God’s residence in the spirit dimension, the starry heavens or the sun in the heavens or even the atmospheric heavens, such as the birds of heaven or clouds of the heavens. Genesis 1:1 is in reference to the starry heavens – the universe.) Science now generally agrees with the statement of Genesis that the universe had a beginning, what is humorously called the Big Bang. So, since the phrase at Genesis 1:1 is in regards to something that actually began, should not John 1:1 be similarly understood? But, again, since God had no beginning why does the gospel writer use the same expression as is found in Genesis?

The key to unlock this mystery is found at Job 38:7. That is where God asked Job where he happened to be when the earth was created, when all the angels shouted in applause in praise of God’s great work. Ah, so, there were intelligent beings in heaven (the spirit realm) before the material heavens and earth were created. This means that Genesis 1:1 is not an absolute statement but is only relative to the material cosmos. There is another cosmos (world) that exists outside the physical realm. And that world was created before the material universe we inhabit. So, the “in the beginning” of John 1:1 must be understood to be in reference to the absolute beginning of all creation – not merely our local, visible heavens and earth.

Although it is humanly incomprehensible, the truth revealed in the Scriptures is that God had no beginning. He has always existed. He will always exist. He is timeless – outside the restrictions and limitations imposed upon his creation. Admittedly, it really plays havoc upon our finite, liquid-cooled brains, to try to come to grips with how God could have been alone forever and ever, even though at some point he became the Creator. (Let’s just leave that thought alone for now for the sake of our own mental wellbeing.) But we can at least understand the concept that at some point God decided to start a family. And the first creature that came into existence was called the Word. That is why it says, “In the beginning was the Word.” The entity that eventually became the man, Jesus, is also called the firstborn Son of God. In fact, at Colossians 1:15 Paul said that Jesus was the firstborn of all creation. (New American Standard Bible) This is in perfect harmony with what is stated at John 1:1 as regards the Word being with God in the beginning.

Jesus is also called “the only-begotten son.” What does that expression mean? The Greek Scriptures use the expression monogenes in connection with sons or daughters who were the only child of a parent(s). For example, in the Greek translation of the Hebrew book of Judges monogenes is used in connection with Jepthah’s daughter. Monogenes is also used at Luke 7:12 in describing the only son of a widow whom Jesus resurrected. In both accounts it is clear that monogenes is used to denote an only child. Why should it be any different with Jesus? But how was Jesus the only child of God? He was the only Son of God, in that, he was the first and only creature that God directly created, because after God begot the Word, he then gave him the privilege and power to create all other things. That is why, for example, in Genesis God stated: “Let us make man in our image.” And that is why the Scriptures also reveal that all things were created through the agency of his firstborn. In other words, God is the Creator, but the Word is the means through which God accomplished the creation of all things. That is the truth revealed in the Bible.

Being made in God’s image and the exact representation of God, as Paul stated at Hebrews 1:3, the firstborn of all creation could righty speak for God; hence, the Word. But if the Word is not God why does the verse say “and the Word was God”? That question will be considered in another article.