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Early Stock Car Racing History
The early days of auto racing in America became a popular hobby in about the 1890s on the open roads between towns. The cars were big called open wheeled and steering them was troublesome so there were frequent wrecks. In 1904 the first auto race in the state of Virginia was held on a horse track in Norfolk. The VECAA, [Virginia East Coast Automobile Association] the organizing sponsor from the Tidewater area, had originally wanted to hold races on the beaches of Virginia and North Carolina competing with the beach races already being run on Daytona’s hardy beaches. However, they demurred to the horse track as the Virginia and North Carolina sands made for too soft a beach course. Fairgrounds began to be noticed as good alternatives for auto racing and became more popular racing outlets by 1916 as was the case at the Virginia State Fairgrounds of Richmond.
By the mid 1930s auto racing had become even more of an organized sport. Although it gained in popularity thru the years it was very dangerous for onlookers as many standing by the roadside lost their lives from the big cars crashing off the road. Some of the first known speed trials were organized on Ormond Beach, FL before they later moved to the Salt Flats of Utah.
Also during the 1930s America went through the Prohibition era where legal liquor was not available anymore. Since people still wanted liquor, moonshine was born in the south to supply that demand. Of course the drivers were needed who could drive fast and well and didn’t mind being occasionally chased by the law. Hence, the birth of outrageous driving in the south on the mountainous back roads of Virginia, and the Carolinas, as well as in Georgia and Florida and even up into the north.
That outrageous driving taught many daring young men how to drive quite well! One young fellow from Floyd, Virginia learned how to drive a school bus at 10 from his Uncle Cam, so his Dad let him ride with a moonshine runner one day to see if he was ready to ‘haul shine’. Well, he loved it and hence began a new career to help out the family business. This young man learned to drive so well and so fast by hauling moonshine over those mountainous winding roads that after he left that business that he went on to become a legendary driver in stockcar racing, and later in NASCAR; and that young daring man was, Curtis Turner.
Although Stock car racing went silent during the war years it resurfaced in 1945 with slimmer cars and a new zeal for speed. The first post war race in Virginia was held at the brand new Southwest Virginia Speedway on May 11, 1947. This track was a half mile dirt oval and the very first track ever built just for the purpose of stock car races.
By Margaret Sue Turner Wright CLB
How do you know what or whom you are channeling when you choose to do so? Do other beings communicate from the spirit realm, and if so-how? So what is the point of channeling and why is it so popular today? Is there a better, safer and sure fire solution for our connection to Spirit?
In reflecting on the Science of our Being, scientifically we know and can prove that we live at the present time on 3 planes of existence, [the physical, mental and Spiritual planes] and in 3 levels of Mind, [the Conscious Mind, the lower mind or sub-conscious mind, and the Higher Mind or Super Conscious Mind]. Our journey in this life progresses naturally and harmoniously thru a state of heightened awareness and joy as we cooperate in the Spiritual evolution to come to ‘Know Thyself’ more and more. Of course to Know Thyself is a Conscious Mind choice that we make day-by-day, moment-by-moment.
The Art of learning from what state of mind we are talking from is our task and our joy as is the Art of knowing what state of mind we have contacted in meditation.
The Conscious Mind is the best starting point! What are you Conscious of-right now….Check in on your mental awareness…Are you ‘curious’, ‘doubtful’, ‘skeptical’, ‘trusting’ or ‘distrustful’…and so on.
Now check your feeling nature…As you are reading this-are you feeling: ‘good’, ‘not so good’, ‘fearful’, or ‘confident’ or ‘bold’…and so on.
There may also be ‘echoes’ as I call them from your own past experiences that also create a feeling of judging from that experience. Like for example, being burned from a bad experience creates an ‘echo’ that can be felt in a new though similar experience that you are thinking about or getting ready to participate in. That thought could hold you back from a wondrous and fulfilling journey! But how do you know the difference between a clear warning signal and just an echo of fear or grief?
This is the interior journey. It will be a little different for each individual. For example, visualize you and your friends standing in a circle. In the center of the circle, visualize the central question of wanting to know the truth of a thing. We all stand at a differing certain angle to this central question so naturally we will each have a little different angle of perception with regard to the truth of the thing. Just remember that in that moment you are also in and OF that circle and a part of a bigger whole therefore. That is the similar angle for all, the angle of the absolute. Reducing the differences into the similarities takes us from the details of the particulars on into the whole picture and then we can sense the broader and more encompassing Truths.
Every time we speak, we are channeling information about a part of our self or about our whole being or about something felt or remembered from our self or from another being. We just didn’t realize that we are channeling. Channeling after all is just expressing ‘without’ what you sense from ‘Within.’ So in this interior journey, we really need to know where our information is coming from, as in what level of mind it is coming from to know for example if it is from our own subconscious memories, or subconscious memories from another being-whether that being is on the physical plane or the Spirit plane. And we would probably all love to know when we are channeling some truth that stands the test of time, such as an eternal truth. How about that moment when you received a certain flash of insight that inspired you? Is it an eternal truth or is it a truth that works for you now in this moment of your life? Channel that! Truth is truth! But don’t say it is eternal if it is simply suited to that moment of your life. Stay truthful.
The subconscious mind is full of contradictions since it is also where belief systems flourish. There again, we have to be conscious as to ‘what’ is talking/channeling! When you say, ‘I am not as intelligent as Mary’…or …’You’re not as intelligent as I am’…’what’ in the world is talking? It is only the subconscious mind that speaks from fear, and sometimes we fear we are ‘less than’ or ‘better than!’ So there again, we would be channeling hogwash of the silly sub-conscious mind. That does not make for an enlightening uplifting conversation does it! Yet we are channeling- but on the low level.
We may ‘believe’ we are channeling some super great being from spirit who has information that we can only get from that channeled being. Such is the belief system of that channeler. It could be information channeled from the synchronous vibrations of another being from spirit….but did you hear that…? ‘Synchronous vibrations’…meaning YOU have those vibrations-YOU have those thoughts within you too! Like does attract like and you cannot reach into the vibrations of that which you are not –on some level. As beauty appreciates beauty on some level, so also does Love know love. Only Love can know Love as it takes itself to recognize itself! We do not recognize that which we are not. Rather, we are not in attunement with nor do we find those friends hanging around us which are ‘dissimilar’ to us.
And finally, when Spirit really does communicate with you, and you feel ‘Spirit’ is good and uplifting, then as a result of that belief, you should feel good, empowered, with an intuitive knowing that will have the effect of empowerment, inspiration and guidance. Of course, watch out for the sub-conscious ego mind that wants to take credit for it! Aka…‘Look at me and only me’…
When we are speaking from channeled information -if it is from a Higher source-it can be our own Higher Self! Then it is empowering, uplifting and part of our own natural evolution-spiritually speaking. It has seemed to me that at times people have a hard time accepting that the Inner Wisdom is a part of their own Self so according to their own belief system-it is therefore ascribed to someone ‘other’ accordingly.
The Super conscious mind is the bridge from our conscious mind ID to the broader picture- the eternal as it relates to us. Remember the Circle we stood in… here is my angle: We thought so little of ourselves that we thought we had to receive great Wisdom from someplace or somebody beyond our own self. The truth? My angle of perception again: The Eternal Truths are the same for everyone if that being or channeler delivering those truths can leave the ego –sub-conscious mind behind. For what will be eternally true has to be so for you, for me and Billy Joe and Bobby Sue and everybody else-now-tomorrow and as far into forever as we can see!
My highest insight from my own beloved Higher Self: Only Love knows Love, as what less can Love do…
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