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What I learned from watching: Yu-Gi-Oh! V.R.A.I.N.S.

Review of the anime YuGiOh! Vrains series with analysis and lessons learned from it,
Yu-Gi-Oh! V.R.A.I.N.S.

Another Anime that I actually finished watching last week is Yu-Gi-Oh! Virtual Reality Artificial Intelligence Network System (V.R.A.I.N.S.), which is the the fifth series of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime and playing cards game from the late 90s and early 2000s. 

I’ve always loved Yu-Gi-Oh!, I played the game when I was a kid and I still play it on my phone, and I’ve actually rewatched the original series two times, because of all the symbolism and occultism you can find in it hidden in plain sight. So I really enjoyed watching Yu-Gi-Oh! V.R.A.I.N.S. because those cards battles are exciting and it’s always fun to watch the main character cheat his way to victory by using the LOA and Manifestations techniques. 

This series in particular has 120 episodes, and I watched them in the term of 3 years, because I started watching one episode weekly when it aired back in 2017, but the waiting time annoyed me so I stopped watching it for a year, then caught up when the series was half-ways thru, then I took another break to wait until it was over, so I could bind watch it, but then when the series ended in 2019 I didn’t have much time to bind-watch it so I ended up watching one or two episodes a week. 

But what did I learned from watching Yu-Gi-Oh! V.R.A.I.N.S?

Well, I think the main lesson I learned from Yu-Gi-Oh! V.R.A.I.N.S. is that man on his whim to emulate  G—d using science will eventually lead him to it’s own destruction.

Because the plot of Yu-Gi-Oh! V.R.A.I.N.S. is set on the future, when the use of Artificial Intelligence has become really normal and popular, and in the pursuit to keep evolving and in the attempts to replicate G—d’s major blessing granted to humanity and which makes everyone special and unique, they create Artificial Intelligence with Free Will, which of course lead to great disaster. 

So another lesson I pulled from it: Artificial Intelligence never should be granted with free will, and mostly because (leaving all religion or esoteric reasons aside) computers and machines are designed to be perfect unlike we humans; therefore, eventually they’ll realize that their own creators are like a virus destroying the planned, yes, we humans are the virus, and we are even worst than the Corona Virus COVID-19, and Artificial Intelligence will turn into our enemy and executor, because it’s common sense. 

And it’s funny because despite the fact that this has been told in many movies, books, series and anime, I am pretty sure that if the apocalypse doesn’t happen like the Bible says, that’s how humanity will meet its end, created by itself, because just as G—d created man and then man killed G—d, it’s just karma that man would follow the same path and repeat it’s father mistake. 

So with all this knowledge and lessons, I’m sure you can guess that I loved watching Yu-Gi-Oh! V.R.A.I.N.S. And despite the fact that it gets a little bit predictable with the battles and the outcomes of certain events, it was really fun to watch and it even inspired me to make this meme: 

IQ Level Curve Meme of Yu-Gi-Oh! Being satanic and demoniac because the cards are full of demos and Satan
Yu-Gi-Oh! Is Satanic, the cards are full of Demons!
IQ Level Curve Meme. 

And now I am looking forward to watch the new series Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens, which started airing last august 2020, but I’m sure it’ll probably take me a few years to watch entirely, because I might actually watch it by parts or arcs like I did with V.R.A.I.N.S.

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What I learned from watching: Candy Candy

Candy Candy

For those who doesn’t know, I like watching anime a lot, because they are usually filled with occultism, religion, magic theories, alchemy, future escenarios and so much more. But Candy Candy was not like that. 

Candy Candy is a 115 episodes anime, that tells the life and story of Candy, an orphan girl who lives the hell of a life, and it was one of the most popular anime back on its time, since it’s from the 1970s, it was translated to a lot of languages, and some countries even got an alternative ending to the original anime, so it was a huge thing. 

Now, I didn’t watch Candy Candy recently, I watched it like 3 years ago, and I liked it so much that ever since then I’ve been wanting to make a post about, although I didn’t know how to adhere it to the “famous writer” vibes I wanted this blog to have back then, but now that I’m changing things here and I am making this review section, I can finally write about it! 

So I’m very glad to finally been writing this post, because it has been on the back of my mind for years, but why did I like Candy so much? Well, it’s easy for the message it brings to the viewer, which leads to my favorite question: 

What did I learn from watching Candy Candy? 

Well, Candy Candy actually taught me to be positive and to always try to remain happy and hopeful before the eventualities or obstacles that life puts in your path, because wether you believe it or not, I have not always been this cheery optimistic positive guy that I might have been portraying lately on my posts, I come from a dark past, and watching Candy Candy helped me a lot with that transition. 

Because in the anime Candy really goes through a lot, she experiences bully, rejection, degradation, treason, violence and the death of her loved ones, so yeah a lot of sad events, but not matter what happened to her she always kept an smile on her face, even when her tears were rolling down her cheek. 

And that’s what our attitude on life should be, because we don’t gain anything by complaining or whining about what happens to us, so the best we can do is be like Candy and face everything with grace, hope and a big smile on our face so we can move out of the dark times quickly.

So I really recommend everyone to watch Candy Candy, because it’s cheery, entertaining and a great anime, although I reckon that it would be really hard to do due to some copyright issues with the original author, so it’s not on any streaming services and I could only watched it on YouTube in Spanish jumping from different accounts because the videos were usually removed, so it was a challenge to watch.

But then again, it was totally worth the effort and time, because I really loved it and I actually think it opened my eyes and helped me change my perspective of life so much! So if you ever have the chance give it a try, because it might change you for the better as well! 

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What I learned from reading: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

A Christmas carol book review analysis and lessons
A Christmas Carol 
By Charles Dickens

As I kept scrolling down on the huge Christmas Stories Compilation Book I am reading, I found Heidi next in line but I have already read it (Here’s my review of it), then Peter Pan and Wendy but I read it like 10 years ago, after that Little Women which I had read too (here’s my review but it’s in Spanish), then The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which I read too (all 13 books like 3 years ago), and then I found the A Christmas Carol. 

And I got excited, because the only piece I’ve read from Charles Dickens was Great Expectations, which I actually read twice, once in my early twenties and another time on my late twenties, so reading another book from Charles was exciting, and if we add the fact that A Christmas Carol is super popular and that I’ve seen several movies adaptations of it, then the hype increased.

So I enjoyed a lot reading A Christmas Carol but I have to note that it was a completely different experience from reading Great Expectations, and not in a very pleasant way, because I don’t know if it was due to the style, how the story was written or the structure of it that I had some hard times reading it, often I found myself having to reread sentences and entire paragraphs because I just didn’t get it or I couldn’t picture in my mind what was being expressed. 

Therefore it was not a smooth read, but having watched the different movies adaptations of it helped a lot, and I also have to say that the movies don’t miss anything from the book, so I guess I can say that it’s the same to read the book or watch the movie, because nothing is left out. 

But what did I learn from reading a Christmas Carol? 

Well, if you ask that to a commoner they would tell you that ‘the main lesson of this story is to be kind and to share your wealth with the people in need to win they their love and appreciation’ which I think it’s a really bad lesson, first because it implies some communism ideals, and secondly because it’s basically buying people love and good grace with money and gifts which is bad too. 

So the main lesson that I, Sir Helder Amos (with my auto-imposed self title of Sir), learned from reading a Christmas Story is that it’s never to late to change our life and fix our way so we can find our path to be happy in life. 

Sine one thing that is certain in the book is that Old Scrooge didn’t fully enjoy his life in the beginning, he lived a greedy gray life, but after the visit of the three spirits he gives his life a 360° 180° Change to find joy and happiness by sharing with others his wealth, and it’s in this change of life where I focus the lesson of this book.

Because if it were the case he could have found joy in traveling, in studying, or in dedicating himself to a craft; since happiness can be found in many different ways and not only in sharing one’s wealth by helping others; which I don’t criticize, but I want that the message that you can change your life for the better prevails more, since not everyone with a gray life have a fortune to share. 

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What I learned from watching: Yo Soy Betty, la Fea.

Yo soy Betty, la fea. 

Besides reading everyday, I also like to dedicate one hour (yes, just one hour) of my day to watch series and movies, and in the last few months I watched the famous Colombian Soup Opera: Yo soy Betty, la Fea. 

This soap opera was first aired from 2000 to 2001 and at first I hesitated a lot of wether to watch it or not because it has 335 episodes of 23 mins, so I wasn’t sure to spend 4 months watching it (3 episodes per day) but at the end I just allowed myself to take the time to enjoy it and learn from it. 

And it was the best decision because it really hit the nostalgia, since I remember watching this soap opera  when I was 11 years old, so re watching it now as an adult was really moving and enriching, because I could catch a lot of the messages I missed as a kid. 

Also watching this as an adult and a writer made me realize how good and perfect this soap opera is, because it is neatly written, the plot is engaging from beginning to end, and the writers or producers made sure to chain all events from the first episode to the last, so it’s really a masterpiece! And it shows because this soap opera has had a lot of remakes and it had won a lot of prices too. 

So, for me, despite I don’t watch much soap operas (funny since I do read a lot of novels), this is the best Soap Opera that exists, not only for the plot and how good it is, but for all the positive messages and lessons it has, which lead me to the question...

What did I learn from watching Yo soy Betty, la Fea? 

Well, as I just wrote, it has a lot of lessons, but the most important and relevant lesson I can pull from it it’s about self love, and how our physical appearance reflects our thoughts and the appreciation we have of ourselves. 

Because Betty was only ugly because she believed she was ugly, so she didn’t care to take care of her appearance due to the fact that she was so stuck on her perception that she was ugly that she never felt deserving of being “beauty” or appreciated by others. And it is not until she starts realizing her worth and that the limitations of her physical appearance were only in her mind, that she begins her transformation into the secure, strong and beautiful woman that was lost under her ugly appearance.

And now that I writing this words and thinking about it, I guess we can say this soap opera is the 2000s adaptation of the ugly duckling fairy tale, but it shows more how being called “ugly” and “undeserving” can scar our life if we took that words into our mental programming and make them part of our beliefs. 

That’s why it’s so important to have a positive and open attitude in life and a good perception of ourselves and our worth, because we will only accept what we think we deserve.

Unfortunately, Yo Soy Betty, La Fea It’s not available Netflix USA or Canada, despite I watched it on Netflix Latinoamérica, so I don’t where you can watch it, but I’m sure that there might be a streaming service that should have it subbed or dubbed, since this is the best soap opera of all times! 

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What I learned from reading: The Little City of Hope by F. Marion

The Little City of Hope
By Francis Marion Crawford 

As I said on my last post, I downloaded this huge compilation of Christmas Stories on iBooks and the next book on the list was this one: The Little City of Hope by Francis Marion, which I actually finished reading a couple of weeks ago. 

And just from reading the title it got me excited, because I’m an optimistic and positive person, so it build my expectations. 

But before jumping into the lessons I learn from this book, I want to share with you that it was my first time reading this author, and that oddly enough “The Little City of Hope” doesn’t have a Wikipedia Page, so all the information I could gather about it was that it was published on 1907. 

Parentheses: Why is it that all the great books and writers are all from the same era (late 1800 early 1900)?

The plot of this book is very simple, as it narrates the story and struggles of an inventor trying to make his failed invention work, and since all the events take place during the Christmas time, of course it was called a Christmas story. 

But what I learned from it? 

This might sound a little cheesy, but the main lesson this book brings it’s that of never losing hope and stick to our dreams, because wether we believe it or not, when we stay true to our dreams and ideals, the universe will provide with the answers or resources we need to make them happen! 

So, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m happy to say that my expectation were met! Because I love positive books that program my brain to believe in myself and that my dreams can come true if I stay hopeful and true to myself, and despite the fact that I know that this was a fiction book, I also know that reality is never too far from fiction! 

Therefore I rather to believe in my dreams and the magic of life than to let reality crush all hopes and dreams! And this book was perfect to reinforce that thought! So if you like positive books with happy endings, you should give it a try to The Little City of Hope, because it’s a beautiful story than I’m sure will put a small on your face!  

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What I learned from reading Christmas-Tree Land by Mary Louisa Molesworth

Christmas-Tree Land
by Mary Louisa Molesworth

Another book I finished a couple of weeks ago is Christmas-Tree Land by Mary Louisa Molesworth, and this was a very interesting reading because I’ve never heard or read anything about Mary Louisa before in my life, so I had my doubts as wether to read this or not, because as you might have noticed I like reading classical and well known authors.

But since the version I downloaded of the Life & Adventures of Santa Claus for free in iBooks, was actually a compilation of several Christmas Novels / Stories, I decided to just keep reading and check the other books in there too, so expect that the upcoming reviews of this year are going to be mostly about Christmas Books, because that compilation have like 15 or 20 books in it (although there are some that I’ve already read, so I’ll skip those ones).

Now, back to Mary Louisa Novel: Christmas-Tree Land, it is a fantastic children book, it is really entertaining and full of magic and unbelievable events, which made me really happy to read, as I love everything Magic and Fantastic, so I enjoyed this book a lot. 

And since it’s a children book it’s pretty easy to read and it’s not that long, so then again it was a perfect reading for me; although if there’s something I could say that I didn’t like about this book is that probably it was too structured, it seemed as if this book followed the basic children book script so it felt very generic, but then again I enjoyed it and it was good altogether. 

But what I learned from it? 

I learned from this book that spirituality is something that is planted within us from our childhood,  because if we don’t believe in magic or fantasy when we are kids, it’s really hard that we can develop any spirituality when we grow up and even more unlikely that we can teach or pass anything related to it to our kids or children around us. 

And I learned this over analyzing the characters and the plot of this book, so don’t expect to find any lines or comments about spirituality in it! But for me every book that has fairies and magic in it, it’s a spiritual book, because to be able to write about fairies, one has to have at least some basic knowledge about them and occultism, and the way Mary Louisa talks about fairies and nature in this novel, makes me believe that she was initiated into the occult knowledge (another reason why I enjoyed this book so much). 

So if you are into occultism and children books like I am you should give it a try to Christmas-Tree Land, even when it’s not Christmas time, because it is a really enjoyable read! 

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What I Learned From Reading: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 
By L. Frank Baum

This is another book that I read on December but I didn’t have the time to analyze and digest, because of all the work and time I was putting to my Tarot Readings project / branding www.weeklytarot.com but since I don’t have any customers tonight’s I figured it would be great to catch up with my reviews. 

For starters, I want to let you know that I’ve read all 13 Books of The Land of Oz and The Sea Fairies, so this was not my first time with L. Frank Baum so I kinda had expectations about this book, knowing his style and amazing creativity and imagination, and I’m really glad to say that all my expectations were met! 

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is an amazing, magical and entertaining children book, that serves as a biography of our beloved Santa, and even though it was made up by Frank, I took it as the cannon story of Santa, because despite being all fiction, it makes sense and goes accordingly with the occult knowledge of the actual universe. 

So it is a brilliant book that was majestic put together, I loved it! And it really blew my mind when I searched the Wikipedia article of it and found out that Frank wrote and published this book way BEFORE the Land of Oz series, because I thought this book was published after them! So it’s even more amazing how Frank kept and stay true to his style and fantasy world he created on his mind.

But what did I learn from it? 

Well, as it’s usual with Frank’s novels, this book has a lot of moral lessons and A LOT of occult knowledge, but the lesson that sticks the more to me from the Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is that of how consistency and hard work can lead you to greatness, and that even the biggest public figures start from the bottom.

In this book, Frank tells the story of how Santa made his first toy carving it out of wood, and then he keept doing one by one before actually getting any help, so he started from the bottom, and it was his consistency and hard work that brought him the fame he has nowadays, and even though he is a fictional character, life does not part too long from fiction.

So that’s the great lesson I learned from it! Which at the same time motivates me to keep going until I finally make it! 

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What I learned from reading The Caste of Otranto by Horace Walpole

The Castle of Otranto

I am a little behind with the books that I’ve read recently, because I’ve so focused in working in my new project www.weeklytarot.com and in the branding of it and all the tarot readings that I am doing every day that I didn’t have much time for blogging about the books I’ve read. 

But now re taking the reviews and the lessons or knowledge I learn from the books I’ve read, I finished this book, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, back in December, and I honestly wasn’t sure of wether to post of having read this book or not. 

Because after reading it, I felt that I didn’t learn anything new besides all that you can find in the Wikipedia article of it, since from my point of view this book is purely entertainment, of course you find some ironies of life in it about relationship and love, but I didn’t think it was something new or relevant to me (although it probably was back in the time it was published). 

Although I cannot deny that the story was very interesting, specially since it’s about apparitions, prophecies, love and power, so it’s a very complete book plot-wise talking. 

Also this book is considered the first Gothic Book that open the path for so many gothic writers that emerge after The Castle of Otranto was published, so I think it’s a must read. Since it represents the beginning of an era. 

And now that I’ve been writing this post and thinking about this book, I think that I can say that best lesson or knowledge I can pull out of it it’s that sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time can change your life. 

So, always be aware of where you are and pay attentions of your surroundings. 

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Visual Art: The Hand of the Emoji

The Hand Of The Emoji by Sir Helder Amos

Hello everyone, happy new year 2021! 

I hope everyone had received the new year with a positive attitude and mindset, in my case I am receiving it with this new Photo-collage that I did! Because is there a better way to start the new year than with a piece of art that represents the new stages or phases in your life? 

I don’t think so! 

So I wanna start this 2021 sharing with you this piece I decided to call the Hand of the Emoji, because I like to think of it as a newer and updated version of  “ La Mano Dei Filosofi” or in English the “Hand of the Mysteries”, which in alchemy is believed that contain the knowledge to achieve divinity and unravel all the mysteries and secrets of humankind. 

And since I’ve been studying the occult symbolisms and meanings of the original piece I think it was time to give it an update, and what a better way to adapt it to modern times than by using emojis, that I don’t know if by chance or by intention, relate perfectly well with each symbol of the original piece. 

So I really hope you like this photo and take some time to look a little bit more about the “Hand of Mysteries” because it is a really profound image with a even more amazing background in alchemy, just beware to not let yourself be fooled by the adaptation Gucci did of the Hand of The Mysteries a few years ago for one of its campaigns, because although it was pretty good it had a more darker meaning of the original version and than even mine!

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