Saturday, July 25, 2009

This New Energy...What It Is Doing To...and For...Us

Some of you will know exactly what I am talking about. Some of you might not. That's OK... There is no right or wrong here...only our own experiences in our moments in time.

There definately IS a "New Energy" saturating the planet and it has arrived in full force... It is far above the clouds of our past experiences in this particular lifetime. It is strong. It is discerning and disturbing. It is polarizing. It is also strenghtening and uplifting... if we allow it to be and don't fight against it.

The New Energy is, I believe, waiting to strenthen and heal us if we don't keep grasping for What Was or What Use To Be...and stop yearning to return to the old comforts, escapes, and refuges we built for ourselves in the long ago--or perhaps even the very recent past. Nothing is the same any more. Very often we feel lost, confused, abandoned, and yes, even, at times, very afraid.
I don't mean to paint a dreary picture and make anyone feel even more hopeless! :) But often, as the old saying goes, misery loves company and we can take a small amount of comfort in knowing we are certainly not alone in this stage of our never-ending journey.

We simply do not have the luxury of being LAZY anymore. The way I am beginning to see it is a two-parter. Part One consists of doing the 'mental work.' Being mindful of our thoughts...because it's our thoughts that are doing the creating. Thoughts are not just nebulous little translucent blobs bouncing around in our minds... they are powerful tools, waiting for focus and attention to give them life - creative power. Focus and attention provide the fuel for the thoughts we 'choose'. We are playing with painful fire by concocting negative scenarios or dredging up old painful memories -- dragging up the past over and over and over again... That will do nothing but assure us our future will contain exactly the same misery and challenges. Seth (and now even good ol' science) tells us that all thoughts have electro-magnetic properties... Focusing on singled-out thoughts 'charges' them into activation-- and they start attracting whatever 'matches' it in the realm of feelings, physicality, or material manifestations. BELIEFS are nothing more than thoughts/ideas that we have wholeheartedly accepted as being 'true.' As a famous master once said: "It is done unto you according to your beliefs"....What YOU really honestly believe... (not some printed dogma or set of rules and regulations) is, by Universal Law, attracted into your life. A big problem is not even recognizing some of our negative beliefs.. Not recognizing them, however, does not prevent them from operating on a subconscious level and they will still materialize into our lives. I know some people who have NO idea what they believe... That is a bit like playing Russian Roulette...

Part Two is Learning To Let Go. I know I have spoken those words a kazillion times. But each time I myself 'see it' a little more clearly. We ALL are developing clearer seeing. The New Energy has no tolerance for Control Freaks. A control freak will tell you he is not as interested in controlling what others do...but sadly, he is caught up in the belief that things absolutely HAVE TO be a certain way or he will never have peace, happiness, fulfillment, or a sense of accomplishment. This, of course, predisposes him to thinking that other people or circumstances have to be 'just so.' In that sense...we (gasp!) can all be control freaks, and OH BOY do we have to let that go...and trust...Simply TRUST (simply??) that everything is in Divine Order, allowing everybody else to do and think as they please, and just tend to our own lives -- which canNOT be dependant upon what anyone else thinks, says, or does. Actually, it is simple. But we usually complicate it and make it seem very difficult-- by refusing to Let Go of our old worn out, negative, non-serving beliefs. Right now our scared egos are scared like they have never been scared before...not realizing they, too, can evolve into divine intuition and higher dimensional helpfulness.

I listened to a guest on Coast to Coast last night...Dr. Les Carter, a psychotherapist who has practiced in both the US and Europe, well known for his work with anger and depression. The thing that struck me the most, of all the different aspects of psychotherapy he spoke of, was when he said: "There is absolutely nothing I can do for anyone who is committed to depression."
I guess I'd never thought of it that way ... choosing what one will be 'committed' to. We don't like to think of ourselves as being devoted to things that are making our lives miserable... but that is, in fact, what we could be unconsciously (OR consciously) doing. It reminded me of a line from the movie: "Moscow on the Hudson" in which the character, played by Robin Williams, refused to change his old thinking: "I love my misery. It is so familiar to me. It is part of me. I know every inch of it. It is mine. All mine. I do not want to lose it." Talking about Not Letting Go!!... He dwelled in his sweet little, comfortable emotional house of self-pity. He may have relocated...but he never left 'the old country.

Our own answers are all inside of us...we just have to be willing to look for them there...inside... and stop depending upon externals to change in order for us to find peace and joy. I think I will continue to ask myself this question periodically. Hopefully it will help me to do a 'mind check' and watch where I'm heading: "To What Are You Committed."
You might find the following article below (very short!) interesting... It is taken from Seth's "The Nature of Personal Reality" and helps us to recognize some of the very commonly held beliefs that may be keeping us from expanding our consciousness into a Higher Dimensional Seeing ... and THAT is what we came to Earth for...We chose to. And NOW!-- to get on with The Show! :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Your "Real Beliefs" --Do You Know What They Are?

Below is a list of commonly held beliefs that, unfortunately, have quite a bit of sway over how we are creating our reality... Seth said for us not to 'react' to our beliefs as if they were etched in stone ...but instead recognize them as 'ideas' we have about 'reality.'...and ideas can be changed at any time...
From Seth: "You are in physical existnece to learn and understand that your energy, translated into feelings, thouthts, and emotions cause ALL your experience. There are no exceptions." The Nature of Personal Reality: Chapter 2, Reality and Beliefs." In other words, we are playing this game of Earthly Existence to REMEMBER that we ARE creators and not hapless victims of this reality. Below is Seth's list of beliefs (same chpt as above) one might recognize:
"1. Life is a valley of sorrows.
2. The body is inferior. As a vehicle of the soul, it is automatically degraded, tinged,
3. I am helpless before circumstances that I cannot control.
4. I am helpless because my personality and character were formed in infancy, and I am at the mercy of my past.
5. I am helpless because I am at the mercy of events from past lives and other incarnations, over which I now have no control. I must be punished, or I am punishing myself for unkindnesses done to others in past lives. I must accept the negative aspects of my life becauseof my karma.
6. People are basically bad and out to get me.
7. I have the truth and no one else does...or 'my group' has the truth and no other group has the truth.
8. I will grow frailer, weaker, and lose my powers as I grow old.
9. I am sickly and always have been.
10. There is something wrong with money. People who have money are less spiritual than those who are poor. Rich people are unhappier or snobs.
11. I am not creative. I have no imagination.
12. I can never do what I want to do.
13. People dislike me.
14. I always have bad luck.
These are beliefs held by many people. People who have them will meet them in experience. Physical data will always 'seem' to reinforce the beliefs, therefore...BUT THE BELIEFS FORMED THE REALITY.....Within you is the ability to change your ideas about reality and yourself; to create a personal living experience that is fulfilling to yourself and others."
To change your beliefs requires owning up to them ...We can 'profess anything'...but those may only 'sound good' to us...and are not what we really believe. Then ....refer to the article above! :) Choose what you want to believe ...about life itself... (don't just make a 'wish list') and start thinking about it, repeating positive thoughts to yourself, and BELIEVE it can be done! We all know the Song and Dance. We know the words...we know the steps...We just have to get on this stage of life and DO IT~! :)
Namaste" to all of you!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rich man, Poor Man ... and the subject of money

We are all familiar with phrases like: "Be satisfied with what you've got." "Don't ask for more than what you need." "Don't set your goals too high or you will most likely be disappointed."

Plus, most of us heard tales about the Evils of Money...mainly how it doesn't make you happy. Religion doesn't contribute to a clear perception of abundance of any kind. Take the Bible... depending upon how it is interpreted (and no book in the entire Universe is more subjected to personal interpretation)... the interpreters are always wanting to prove some kind of a 'point.' "It's easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." The 'eye of the needle' was actually referring to a small gate in the city wall that camels COULD pass through if not overly burdened with access luggage. Most scholars agree this analogy refers to people who are so burdened with the access weight of the world and accumulating more...investing their 'soul interest' on the Outside rather than the Inner world. Unfortunately, this analogy has been used as a threat, making people afraid of money for fear of losing their souls to hell.

Heaven is 'within' -- not a state to be 'achieved' post death. If one 'worships' money above all else and aligns his self-worth exclusively with one's bank account is indeed walking a very precarious tightrope.

The absolutely WORST of all the statements ever devised by humans is: "God really loves poor people...that is why he made so many of them."...

On the other side of the coin, New Agers would like for you to believe that if you are 'aligned with Source'...all wealth will be yours.... It sells A LOT of books, DVDs, and and big ticket prices to which admits you to those "how-to" workshops.

To some extent, BOTH sides are full of baloney....and both can cause one to think less of oneself, causing damage to the psyche / image of self... that can be hard to overcome. In other ways, both sides have valid points, depending upon how you 'see' or interpret them...

It's obvious to those who know me personally that I am not ideally aligned... Otherwise, I would be living in a downtown or Cheesman Park highrise! And maybe have a very handsome lim driver.... :) The idea that 'the rich are not really happy' and 'the poor are closer to God' ... is just plain idiotic.

I do believe, before each of our incarnations, that we drew up loose blueprints --perhaps just a 'rough draft' for what we felt we needed / wanted to experience. But I don't believe this can or should be used as an 'excuse' for not learning to take responsibility for creating one's own reality. This article is geared towards readers who have a metaphysical spirituality and understanding of life. Even those who have 'scientically caught on' that there thoughts determines what happens to them. :) Sometimes the word 'spiritual' -- not just 'religious' can be miserably misleading...

It's safe for me to say that people, new to metaphysics, who read "The Secret" took it mainly as a 'how to get rich quick' instruction book...after which I personally observed how their enthusiasm faded into total loss of interest when it 'didn't work that way.' Only one person that I know "got it"...and he was only 19 at the time. He knew it was about more than 'making a lot of money.' Really 'getting it'... requires a lot more than "follow these 6 steps." I am not implying overwhelming soul struggles are a base requirement for enlightenment...but I sincerely believe there are no short cuts, either.

I can see how I repeatedly programmed myself and reinforced things in my mind that kept me restricted to a certain abundance level most of my life. "We didn't have much money, but we had so many great times" ... "I may not have much, but I always have enough." And even though I didn't cry 'poor dog, woe is me'... over the years I reinforced enough negative self-programming to keep me stuck. I still do this to a certain extent... but I am FINALLY beginning to "see" and understand some better concepts... And I am __willing to accept them.__ I believe that last phrase is incredibly important.

It really is true, what Jesus said (I'm sure he is relieved to know that... :)... "It is done unto you according to your belief." It all is. Every single bit of it. And it's fueled by emotions and zeroed in on by our focusing. Belief (Intent) + Emotion (Desire) + Focus (on what you WANT) = Manifestation.

The biggest step is changing old, non-productive thinking patterns and really WANTING to change the old concepts and habits we have gotten into. Some of those negative concepts date way back to early childhood.... Some are very present and active problems... such as being envy, jealous, crying 'unfair'... even tbough we tend to not admit those undesirable traits. Either way, they are still going to be there unless we are willing to 'see' them...and replace them with more positive approaches. That takes w-o-r-k - ! ....and effort, and focus, and attention to what we want...rather than 'don't have.' But, I also believe that having appreciation for what we DOES have...regardless of amount ... is a key factor to our own happiness.

"I don't want any more of anything...I'm satisfied with what I have" means two different things to the rich man or the poor man. The rich man might be bored and lost interest in life... the poor man might be trying to justify his poverty by taking 'the high road spiritual approach' and unwilling to be painfully honest with himself. Hard work, long suffering, near-insane dedication are only necessary if one BELIEVES they are necessary. And no, there is no such thing as 'dumb luck' ... or 'smart luck!' :) And no God sitting 'up there' somewhere deciding to bless or punish one with abundance ...or lack of ... wealth ... health ...relationships...etc etc etc... We are fortunate, metaphysically speaking, if we have gotten ourselves to the point of realizing that the Source, god force, within us and part of us and that we DO create it all.

There are both 'nice and bad' rich and poor people. BOTH can be happy. I just think what we have to get over is the idea that one is spiritually superior to the other. We all need to ask ourselves: "What have I been telling myself all these years" that has kept _me_ stuck? OR... what are those positive beliefs that keeps a certain area of my life so great and delightful. In all cases its our beliefs, our thought processes, and the subsequent actions we follow through with.

I certainly have no ideal formula to solve anyone's money problems. I am just sharing with you my own insights as to what I know that "I" am seeing more clearly and what "I" -- not anyone else --must work on. I believe each one of knows EXACTLY what we need to do if we are just willing to see it. I hope I have not implied that 'having a lot of money' assures one of peace, tranquility, and happiness... BUT...neither does the lack of it... Only our 'attitude' determines the outcomes of those desirable states... Abundance of any kind is a HUGE, multi-faceted subject. I've tried to keep it simple. But one CAN complicate if one wants to and if it makes one feel good. :)

Abe says: "Make peace with where you are"... That does NOT mean to be content being stuck in the mud... It does mean Don't judge or blame yourself.... We really have a lazy habit of forgetting that we ARE self-empowered beings.... but forget to act like it: As the P's say: Remember. Thanks, P's. A very good idea.

(Above picture by Mary Downing Muir)

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Tale of the Tiny People....And Going With The Flow

We've heard the phrase 'going with the flow' since the 60's... a pleasing, easy going, nice little phrase that our minds never objected to. Somewhere along the line, we heard or read that we should apply this aphrorism to our dailylives. That seemed reasonable and it certainly didn't seem to have any connotations we would object to. But did we really understand what this pleasant little phrase meant? Maybe not. Let's do a little analogy here, OK? OK...
In your mind, imagine a stream like the one pictured .... Imagine yourself as a tiny little sailor aboard a tiny little boat going downstream. We will skip over 'past sailing experiences' for this little analogy type story, just Be Here Now.
You are sailing along. The sailing is going smoothly even though you sometimes tend to over-focus on some mishaps from the past. But, it's a nice day. Suddenly you see a large twig in the water in front of you. Nothing serious. You push it out of the way. Sailing. Sailing.
Oops. There is a rock right in your path and you can't avoid it...crash! You become angry. Not fair, you cry. Who put that stupid rock there! You could have get around it more easily, but you refuse to stop being angry. You scream and shout...Finally, getting tired of fighting the stiuation, you work on steering around it...Wisely, you take the side that is easiest to navigate....Ah...smooth sailing once again.
Then it starts to rain. Grumpily, you find some shelter, bemoaning that you won't reach your destination before sunset. Your mind starts constructing all these negative little scenarios about what "will probably happen' as a result of your interupted schedule. You sit there so caught up with your focusing on bad outcomes that you don't realize the rain has stopped... You wise up. Head out for the middle of the stream again. OK... not so bad. Okey dokey...
You look overhead and see these big govcorp fish that like to gobble up everything in sight. Bad fish. They shouldn't exist. All they do is cause trouble. You start yelling at them and get the attention of the biggest gobbler-upper of all!...NOW he is coming straight toward you. You start paddling for shelter as fast as your teeny little oars will allow... Fortunately you escaped. Probably should have just let them be instead of making so much noise and attracting their attention, eh? Probably so.
Once again, you are on your way. You stare straight ahead -- where is the stream!? OH's a drop off!... what if you overturn and drown! You fret and stew and just know its all hopeless; after all, you HAVE to know what lies ahead, right? You feel a little drop. Nothing too upsetting...that was it. All your agonizing was for nothing. But after all, it COULD have been worse!-- you say, justifying your overreaction...
You realize you are being passed up by other tiny people in a bigger boat. Are they laughing at you? Are they talking about you? You are a good tiny person. You deserve a bigger boat, too. Life just isn't fair. Now you are in a bad mood and not watching where you are going and you crash right into a beaver dam! There you are! Stuck. It was those other tiny peoples fault. It takes forever to dislodge your little boat and then when you do, you see damage! You refuse to accept that all you'll have to do is make some small repairs to your boat. You tell all the passerbys that stop to chat all about the beaver dam...Dumb beavers. Other tiny people really don't seem to care. They are just not as spiritual as you are. Dumb, unevolved, tiny people. They are insensitive to your situation, otherwise they would care!
Minutes, days, weeks, months pass ( this story time-lines are not important...) You have been sailing along and once again, all seems well. Then you frown. You don't like the looks of the area you are approaching. It's dark, hard to see the rocks and where the drops and other dangerous obstacles might be hiding. Huge shade trees overhead block out the sunlight. You can barely see a thing. You just know something bad will happen.... and sure find yourself high and dry...on a pile of pebbles. Life is just not fair. You struggle with decisions...The wrong move could destroy your boat... You just lose it, and keep crying WHY ME? WHY did this happen! This drains so much of your energy you can't evoke any calm or reasonable decisions... Finally, you free yourself and are once again afloat.
Its so dark and you wonder what will happen next. Tears run down your tiny cheeks. Some gigantic monster of a bird flies overhead squawking...It literally scares you out of your self-pitying moo. For awhile you concentrate on how lucky you were to escape that big bird. But--Why did it happen? Life sucks for tiny people. If you ever figure out who to blame you will hold them accountable. Probably the ones that governmentally rule this stream. After all, it's there job to make things easier for you. Baaaad rulers!
Back in the sunlight after a strange night of the soul. You won't soon forget that! You'll tell all your friends (the tiny people who are 'evolved') all about your troubles and narrow escapes. THEY will understand.
Smooth sailing once again, you start to relax...THEN!--you can't believe your eyes!! You knew something was up because your boat stopped moving...Stagnant water. So many people talked about the troubles and woes of Stagnant Water. This is bad. Really bad. This time there is good reason to be really upset....You paddle around the corner and lo and behold! --a giant group of boulders is blocking the stream. There doesn't seem to be any way around them...You are afraid and anxious...All you can see are those huge, mountainous boulders. You can't go furiously paddle around, looking for an escape route. What was that? You hear someone calling to you! "Hello there! Come over here! Here we are!" You squint and keep staring until you see a group of tiny people waving to you from an outjutting rock. Looks like a whole community of tiny people!
Curious, you paddle towards them. They are anxious to speak to you and they welcome you. You find yourself drinking coffee and talking with other tiny people who have had your same lousy, scarey experiences...some even worse! One says: "We just gave up. We live here now. It's not what we really wanted, but we're making out OK." You are simply amazed. You ask if they don't want to go on. No. They are satisfied. Nothing is worth the risk or taking a chance. Have others escaped from this place, you ask? Well, yes, some...but we don't know what happened to them. In some ways you think this is all good. But something about it bothers you.
You decide to live with this stranded community of tiny people for awhile. What seems to hold you together is sharing your bad luck. At least they understand! It all seems OK to just stay and hang out.
Once inawhile a tiny people with come around to talk to you about how to leave this place. When you are quiet and listen...they are there... But they disappear when the familiars come around. It's not that you dislike these people. They are quite accomodating. Some have built luxurious little dwellings. Food is abundant. The entertainment is boring, however...and you long for some kind of stimulation. It is then when the UNfamiliars speak to you and encourage you to search. Sometimes you feel inspired to do so. Sometimes you think you have found a way out. But you don't believe you can make it. It feels like you have stuck your oars in the mud and are refusing to go anywhere. Plus, you are tiring of everything in this little town of Blamaulstance...a word derived from other little communities of Blame and Fault and Circumstance.
You tell the tiny townspeople you are moving on. They think you are making a mistake. You didn't really expect their approval... but strangely, their disapproval actually feels encouraging! You thanked them, and left. They said you'd be back.
You work hard at finding a way and discover the more upset your are the worse things become. You are also beginning to see that they way you think is actually influencing what you DO see! Strange! But, hey... kind of interesting, too. Realizing you can always 'go back' and start over,--and that its actually OK!-- you start to relax. You start to dream, to imagine, to think thoughts of what it could be like on 'the other side of these boulders.' Soon new passages, new routes begin appearing... Wonderful! You feel a bit of excitement. Accepting that it is OK just to be exactly where you are is very freeing and seems to help a lot! ...and it doesn't drain your energy. This feels good.
You close your eyes, lay back and relax. You know there will be rocks and twigs, and dams, and big birds in life but!--right NOW everything is just fine. So why not enjoy it.
The sun feels very warm. You sit up and look around. Where are you?!... You are floating in the middle of a beautiful and sparkling stream...You look around. Where are the big boulders? You should be able to see them for your position...but you can't. Weird. You look ahead and start!! You are not going to worry, fret, or stew about what's ahead. Here is beautiful. This counts... You espy a few other boats. Tiny people wave to you. 'Nice day," they say. It's nice to have company. As you draw near them you realize something really feels good about these people. This is good.
"Where are you headed?" you ask some of them. "They all say we are all just going with the flow... "...and some are going to have a picnic, and some are going to work, and some are shopping, and some are ... well, you know how life is.
Going with the flow. I like that, you say to yourself...and smile.