About Knowing Your Mind

Welcome to my little corner of the universe.

I originally started this website to list whatever things I’d find of interest in the field of psychology, hoping that what I might find of interest (or even be <gasp!> helpful) might interest others. That was quite a few years ago. I’ve changed gears a bit since then, and I have debated on whether or not I should put up my religious views (<GASP!> again). Since my religious observances and what I observe in psychology are so closely meshed, I wanted to put them together out here. The two are exceedingly close to one another. So, here I am, putting up stuff that is probably very foreign to most people, but I’m always hopeful that everything I put up will be of interest (and use?) to someone.

A bit about me.

The edumacation side of me

I want to start with my education first. I mention these things not to brag. I don’t care about a piece of paper alleging how many useful brain cells I might or might not have. I mention these things to display the track of my intellectual progress.

I have a degree in communication. When I finished that, I figured that I should probably get to understand the various factors that influence communication, so I pursued my next degree in psychology. By the end of that program, everyone who I graduated with agreed that EVERYONE should take an in-depth course in psychology. We also decided that people, in general, are really messed up (I’m in that messed-up group, so I’m allowed to say that). I’m glad I didn’t go for sociology, as I’d be a horrible sociologist.  Ok.  Since I tried to learn how to communicate and I learned somewhat about the nuts and bolts behind it, I decided that I couldn’t keep this information to myself, so I got my third degree in adult education & training. What good is my knowledge if I can’t get it across to anyone?  This last bit of knowledge I’ve garnered has a much wider application and seems to have become the catalyst for moving things forward.

**BAM** So, there ya have it, knowingyourmind.com.

Talk about learning, I’m learning (again for the fiftieth time or so) about putting a website together. I hope to be able to keep up with it. There will be errors on the site. There will probably be things that don’t make sense in the way of logic and/or progression, as well. I’ve been putting my tech stuff together to make videos, so, since I’ve finished gathering what I think I’ll need, then I’ll be casting my bread upon the waters to see what comes back. We’ll see how all this goes.

The best addition to this site.

The religious side of me

I was born a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away (or so it feels). I’ve been a believer since 1967 (in as much as a seven-year-old can understand). I was in the U.S. Air Force for eleven years, from the end of the 70s to the end of the 80s. I’ll forever be thankful for my time in there. I had my faith challenged time and time again. I don’t mention this with any heroic view in mind. As I said, I believed, but rarely did I behave like a mature believer. To say it bluntly, I was a non-believer (More on this somewhere on this site, later on.). But, during my time in, something began to change. As I was constantly being challenged about my faith, I needed to start studying. The funny thing is, is that the more I began to study the more I came to ask questions of those who should have had answers but never did. From 1985 until 2005, the religious side of me was like a barren wasteland. Things happen. In 2005 I no longer called myself “Christian.” That is not to say that I gave up my hope of finding the biblical Messiah. On the contrary, I found Him in a bigger way than I ever could have imagined. Thanks to three very important people, I began getting all my questions answered.  My understanding has blossomed, and my behaviors have kept track alongside my understanding. You’ll see the results of those things on this website, as well.

On a side note, when you see a post on this website with “YHN” at the end of the title, please, understand that those are articles from my Torah teacher (blessed be him and his reward). His organization was Yeshiva HaNateev (the house of study).

My worldly and spiritual education has combined perfectly (as far as I am concerned). The former was of my own direct choosing; the latter was of my unaware direction to “ground zero” for my new life. I hope to share both sides with this website.


Tim Beeker