While I do not claim to be a "fully enlightened being", I have been blessed with many teachers and I have found a clear sense of purpose and vision after half a lifetime of fear, frustration, anger, addiction, and self-sabotage. My teachers have taken many forms: Local mentors, great books, Native American/Lakota teachers, the calm and heat of the desert, sound healers, meditative practice, conferences/seminars and the basic joys and challenges of life.
Some of the most cathartic realizations/changes I have experienced have come in the silence of meditation. While some might call the clarity felt in these moments as “channeling”, it is my sense that the words and feelings that have come to me do not necessarily have an external source: my truth is that the deepest wisdom comes from within us. We simply are challenged to recognize this source and trust its high value.
Having spent so much of the earlier times in my life in what some might call a living hell, my inspiration is to offer ideas and encouragement to others who intend to have a life of more presence, calm, trust and love. I believe that all this is possible, particularly when one builds a sense of value for the wisdom that is within.
I welcome your questions and feedback.
A Musical Flash From the Past: 1570 AD, to be precise
This is a musical exercise in connection and release. The great power and gift of music is that as we choose it wisely, it can assist us in bringing up challenging emotions for release as it helps us connect to more loving and calm ways of responding to our lives. You can do this whole exercise in 20 minutes. It is particularly recommended if you have been feeling alone, overwhelmed, depressed or frustrated. I had been dealing with all of these emotions myself when I found the music that inspired this article.
Please take a few minutes with this introductory message before going to the video link.
How this Article Happened
It can be strange and magical how inspiration and insight come to us in this life.
I was finished with much of Andrew Harvey’s wonderful Rumi Celebration Book, The Way of Passion when I took note of a passage---He tells of a strange mystical experience he had in which Aurobindo comes to him, after which he is propelled into a cloud, listening to the most ethereal music: “ In that cloud I heard the most extraordinary and beautiful music I had ever heard. The only time I’ve ever heard music like it is in Tallis’s Spem in Alium---this is, for me, the greatest piece of music I know, because in this piece you have a shadow of the divine music." (There is more worth reading in this: p 232-233, paperback edition)
Of course, reading this was my cue for jumping on to YouTube to see if I could find it. I did.
And in looking at the comments about it on YouTube, I see that there is a very famous science fiction author from Great Britain, (and maybe the U.S. too, for all I know) Terry Pratchett, who has said that he wants to be listening to this piece as he passes from this lifetime.
Spem in Alium was written to be sung by 8 choirs of 5 voices each.
Please read this paragaph twice. Before you rush to listen, I make a small request here: that after hitting the play button, you close your eyes and hush up your head. Feel that these 40 singers are singing to you. And at the same time create a sense that their song is one that is coming from within you. As you listen, notice how you feel. If emotions or tears come, let them. Let go. Let there be some silent time when the music is over as you keep eyes closed for as long as feels right, still keeping the head hushed up. Do this for as long as feels right for you. Feel your feelings.
As you continue now, you might click on the YouTube link again, listening the music at lower volume while you read the last part here:
When I looked up the music in Wiki, I found the English translation of this piece. The vocal parts are in Latin, a language that can be both precise and obscure. Now remember: this was written over 400 years ago. We have been through a lot of change in that time. In a way, we have grown. In other ways, it may seem that we have regressed.
Wiki Translation of Spem in Alium:
I have never put my hope in any other but in You,
O God of Israel
who can show both anger
and who absolves all the sins of suffering man
Creator of Heaven and Earth
be mindful of our lowliness
I decided to play with the lyrics, update them to reflect a higher vision, one that reflects the potential of a new and different world than one obsessed with an absolving external god or the affirmation of our inferiority. Even the stuff we had to say every time we went to Catholic Mass in the 50s was still pretty 1570-ish: "Oh Lord, I am not worthy." I just checked, and believe it or not, they still spew the same pathetic line multiple times every time Mass happens. And people will parrot this kind of insanity until they are fed up with it. Getting fed up is a great gift.
Society has turned the gods of big religions into an angry, sadistic deities that have only seemed to exist in our heads, and yet the Universe---God, if you prefer---has pushed us with the experience of hate, wars, anger and self-destructive experience to come to a near drowning point, a place of becoming totally fed up with the false, anemic and temporary substitutes for Love. We might realize now that we do not need to be at a point of near death before surrendering to our fully loving nature. Now, this might be our song, our anthem:
Today a 2013 evolved expression:
My deep self that was supressed by ego has always trusted You,
The All that Is, All of Us.
And I and we are now realizing
That the anger and suffering, along with the graciousness of life
Have all been teachers to help us realize
That we are connected, divine Source.
Together, we are Creator.
Now aware of the past destruction and futility of seeing ourselves
As lowly body or mind
I now realize my Oneness with All That Is,
I know our collective Divinity.
I am that, and that and that: All That Is
As You are the essence of what I know as me.
And I of you.
There is great power to be found in music. In music and tones and special frequencies is buried the power to help us awaken. We are all wired differently. Some things will not touch the heart of one but massively inspire another. What did listening to Spem in Alium bring up in you?
Society has falsely conditioned us to refrain from feeling our feelings. We have been taught to numb, avoid, deny, justify or distract ourselves from them. What this does is amplify and build up these negative emotions in a way that saps our power.
We can use music to elicit feelings, or to go deeper into the feelings we are already experiencing.
Please play with that idea, choosing to put aside some music that you find calming, exciting or inspiring to listen to more often than you have been. Search on YouTube the terms, solfeggio frequencies, epsilon, or theta. Then experiment in the same way you did here with what you find: create silence and a willingess to feel your feelings.
Much of my other work also asks you to pause in silence and feel your feelings after reading or listening to an idea. There is a reason for this, one that may stated briefly in the words of Osho:
"Silence is the greatest prayer."
If you have been having a challenging time dealing with your emotions, please see this rather radical idea: http://www.yourpausebutton.com/blogs/inspirational-articles/item/217-moving-beyond-depression-a-radically-simple-proposal
Please also see this: A foundational key to our awakening is the intent and commitment to disengage from that which is false, anemic and temporary that we have accepted as substitutes for love and power. This is a movement I founded and am co-creating with those who see the value in it.
Beyond simple amusement, what does this mean to you?
What this guy did, you could do, too.
What else might we be able to do that we have not trusted or discovered yet?
Could the truth be that we have all kinds of powers that go unused because we do not know that we have them?
Our society has taught us that we should be afraid of the unknown, should distrust it. Not smart!
As long as we fear our own potential powers, they will remain undiscovered.
There is much for us to discover about our powers to share pleasure, calm, happiness and amazing experiences, and to experience these more deeply ourselves.
Here is one way to play with this idea in a practical way:
Have you ever heard about people who make use of "The Parking Place Fairy?"
A way of expressing what we do: a few minutes before arriving at an area where we will be parking our car, we simply put out an intention to find a parking space close to where they are going. It is done with trust, not needing necessarily to involve a fairy, but maybe just asking the Universe to create a great parking spot.
It is done without attachment to a result. This part is important. No stress or anxiety, just a willingness to be with whatever is.
As this strategy is trusted for its value, amazing things can happen: more and more often, a place will conveniently open up if you trust that it will.
Play with this the next several times you are headed to a place where parking has been a challenge, and notice what happens.
Sharing here your results would be appreciated.
Shared knowings of the Disengage and Embrace Movement
An Awakening Consciousness Manifesto
Central to the cause of the Disengage & Embrace Movement is the idea that no fighting, judgment or resistance is necessary or advisable in the revolution that is now underway.
Fighting has never worked to bring about lasting harmony. The solution, rather, is to remove all attention and support from those people and institutions that abuse or disrespect us....while we still love them all.
Embrace? The embrace is the deepened trust of ourselves and of our destiny of loving harmony made possible by the wise disengagement from destructive ways of living.
Here are some other short and simple ideas that are keys in the Disengage & Embrace Movement.
Which of these will you embrace?
- We are all divine and equal.
- We are intimately connected with each other in a way the mind will not understand, but the heart knows.
- Hence, to judge, to fight, to wish harm on another or to intend to manipulate another is self-destructive, schizophrenic behavior. We are in the process of fully releasing these forms of masochism.
- The bounty of our earth is great. It is made for sharing. We are dedicated to the equitable distribution of this wealth.
- Nobody owns anything. We all steward our technological advances, collective knowledge and worldly wealth. We allow ourselves to be guided by the heart in managing our resources and sharing them generously with each other.
- In the old and broken perspective, we were in fear of not having enough. The new approach turns that around as we collectively choose to make our lives about giving to each other.
- As this Era of Harmony is dawning, we are realizing that everything that happens to us is our teacher. We have a responsibility to Self: The intent to respond to all of life with love, no matter how challenging the experience, for this is the central lesson of all experience and thought.
- We recognize that adherence to any of the big religions (Buddhism is not truly a religion) is a spiritual drain upon the self and upon humanity. The basic purposes of all the big religions---and most of the smaller ones---are to divide us from each other, instill guilt, monger fear and divert our resources to the financial enrichment of the corrupt. These are the exact opposites of what any worthy religion would do. Religions are designed to demonize that which is beautiful---such as natural enjoyment of sex and making wise use of plant medicines---and to hide from us our true and magnificent power. We understand that the only true power we may exercise in our life is that which is based in love. Power that is about manipulation, greed, domination or destruction of resources is not correctly called power. It is simply a destructive, anemic and temporary substitute for power.
- That our government is controlled by the financial elite does not work in the best interests of Us. We recognize our executive, legislative and judicial systems of governance to be completely polluted and obsolete and, therefore, ready to be replaced. They are beyond the point when reform is possible. They currently exist to work against the will and betterment of the people, and we see this as obvious to anyone who is paying attention.
- It is our knowing that all fighting and resistance is futile and self-destructive. We know the wisdom in withdrawing all attention and support---other than love---from those who abuse or disrespect us. This would include any institution that indulges in war of any kind other than that of true self-defense. There is never any reasonable excuse for pre-emptive war: never a worthy reason to be the first to attack. We intend for those who lead us to create policies consistent with this important factor. We recognize that this will require new and conscious leadership.
- Awareness of all life as an opportunity to respond to it with love is smoother and easier when the following are remembered:
A. We are infinite spiritual beings taking a ride in a finite body and mind. What goes on in our head, and what the body seems to demand do not define Us.
B. We are served to fully feel our feelings in a way in which nobody is harmed. In the past, we have wasted much of our energy on justifying, denying, numbing, avoiding and feeling guilty about our feelings. Feelings are our natural teachers. We most efficiently move through the challenging feelings by fully being with them.
C. We have a responsibility to our Self to feel good as much of the time as possible. Natural pleasures are meant to be experienced and appreciated. The Universe is asking us to disengage from those who demonize naturally pleasurable actions/practices such as silence, touch, loving non-procreative sex, and making responsible use of natural medicines, relaxants and consiousness-expanding natural plant medicines.
D. We are served to be thankful for all experience as an opportunity to respond to it with love.
E. We are served to forgive ourselves and any others whom we may have judged.
F. Compassion and trust of the world begins with compassion and trust of the Self.
G. We are being asked to accept the role of watcher in our lives, observing the behavior of the body and mind in a detached, desireless way, without attachment.
H. We are willing to play with and share the Chosen Knowings ideas with others as a way of expanding our consciousness. These are not presented as dogma, but as starting points for discovering ones own Chosen Knowings. The complete series of them will continue to be introduced one at a time as more people are talking about them.
For the full text some of the 19 Chosen Knowings abbreviated ideas shown below, click here.
Note: Since the original posting of this article, the Chosen Knowings ideas have been tweaked considerably. To avoid confusion, this article and the one referred to above will be removed by early March.
The Disengage & Embrace Movement is a grass roots movement that is just getting started.
Article 3--Ultimate Answers to Ultimate Questions
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A Brief Exercise in Awakening
Scrolling too much for you? Just move on with a smile on your face.
Offered without attachment to your response:
If you take the time to go through this slowly, you might find that you awaken a little as a result.
All awakenings are significant, even if you just catch a glimpse of what you are here to fully realize.
You might find as you read here that you are inspired to awaken a lot.
And you might think that this is not for you, in which case I would wish you well as you exit.
Consider finding out what you feel about this before rushing off.
Consider the reality and possibilities:
The masses of humanity continue to look to the apparent outside world for the answers to the most important questions of life, to the mysteries of our existence , to our suffering. We are thirsting for solutions.
Nobody other than the deep you can give you the ultimate answers to the ultimate questions.
Your lifetimes are the process of your learning to trust yourself to know and live the ultimate answers.
People such as I might give you a little push if you are ready and if you are wired to be receptive. If you are, then you get to run with the pushes you get and see where they take you.
If you are not receptive, then maybe you will be taking the path of experiencing more suffering, more experience of the false substitutes you have been accepting for love and power in your life.
And that will lead, in this lifetime or another, to your becoming fed up to the point of complete surrender to Love.
You discover the deep and divine Self as you are willing to pay attention to your experience: what is working in your response to it and what is not.
This is how we get to realize and and know what we came here into this life to realize and know.
As our world seems ready to explode---emotionally, financially, geophysically, politically, and in wars, this is our time for surrendering fully to our loving nature. The sooner that we make this choice, the less suffering humanity wil experience as we transition into an Era of Harmony.
Nothing else could be as important now as this surrender to our loving nature.
Disengage & Embrace: The greatest embrace comes with the great disengagement. As we recognize and live out our power to withdraw all attention and support--other than love--from the abusive, the disrespectful and the anger-bound we find that we are embracing our fully loving nature. (Key in this is to follow the will and wisdom of the heart in discerning exceptions. Some exceptions might be the unruly son or daughter or the aging parent. The heart knows.)
Who are we? And why are we here?
We are no-thing; we are Spirit taking a ride in a body, using a brain to help us navigate, smell, feel, hear, and see: experience.
We are everything. We are connected in a way that the ego-bound mind refuses to understand, but the heart knows.
The ultimate embrace is the concurrent disengagement from that which is repelling love with feelings of separation, hate, judgment, manipulation, greed.....
In an earlier article of this series, we started out with this:
There are people and institutions playing the "bad guy" role in the apparently external world.
Ego is the imaginary inner "bad guy" that only seems to exist as we feed it with our ignorant thoughts and actions.
Attachment to ego identification is ongoing acceptance of false substitutes for love and power. We can use all kinds of things including ice cream, television, drugs and manipulation to hide our own true power from ourselves. Ego "does" this as we let it.
The only true power we can use in our life is that which is based in love. All else that has been called power is destructive, artificial, temporary and anemic.
This disengagement results in the apparent death of this imaginary being we have called ego. Ego refuses to understand the depth of our loving nature because to do so is its undoing.
Ego thrives by maintaining the battle waged upon the heart. It always wants more of what it wants and less of what it doesn't. As long as we allow it to battle the heart, it seems to stay alive, to thrive, to supress who we really are.
A central function of ego, one that is supported by all of the world's big religions (note: I do not see Buddhism as a religion), is to hide from us this deep truth:
The great secret that our big religions have been hiding from Us is that we are all divine and loving in nature. For us to fully realize this truth is the death of ego and of religion as we have come to know them. While they have been committed to building their false variety of power, we have been buying their deception. Rather than guiding, protecting and unifying us, they have torn us apart.
Both are given to us as gifts to awaken us to the fact that we have no viable use for them.
As more and more of us integrate the knowing of our divinity, collective consciousness will unfold and we will appreciate the reality of our destiny to be communally loving, calm, happy and harmonious.
The apparently outer world will reflect our inner knowing and our practice of that knowing in our thoughts and deeds.
How do we integrate this knowing? How do we live it?
What follows here is intended to provide simple answers to these questions for your consideration.
Consider saying this to yourself:
"Becoming awakened would mean for me loving presence, calm, happiness and trust all the time."
Ask yourself this question:
"Will I envision this loving presence, calm, happiness and trust as my destiny in this lifetime?"
After repeating the idea above out loud, please close your eyes and hush up your head for at least a minute as you notice how you feel.
Notice what your feelings are when you have gone into the silence with that idea. What resistance came up? "Oh, it would be so difficult, maybe impossible." "I've been such an idiot." "This lifetime is too soon."
What came up for you? Sit with this for a few minutes and get clear about what your feelings were teaching you just now.
When you see this icon in the remainder of this article, please close your eyes, hush up your head and notice how you feel. Let your feelings guide you. If they bubble up something strong, let them bubble and be with them before moving on in your reading here, please.
What follows here, in as brief a form as I can offer it to you, is a simple set of ideas that, if you are ready to hear them, to feel them, are designed to help catalyze your awakening.
The heart likes it slow and calm. If you read this quickly, the basic and crucial points will be missed: it will not sink in; you will rush to another distraction, another numbing, another defense of life as you have been living it.
There are many paths to awakening and we take many lifetimes to find and embrace this ultimate realization. We can have an infinite variety of different kinds of experiences to lead us along the path of awakening. For most---maybe all---of us the path involves both an ultimate disengagement and an ultimate embrace.
A few may ease into it fluidly, gracefully and without a whole lot of suffering as they approach full awakening. Another small segment of Us may feel the sudden awakening in response to a guru, a sudden realization, or a sunset.
For maybe most of us, though, it is a process of becoming so angry, so depressed, so isolated, or so overwhelmed that we get totally fed up and we choose to shift.
We totally let go of clinging to the false, temporary anemic substitutes the world seems to offer for love and power in our lives.
We fully embrace our loving nature. We awaken.
A few days ago, I read and reposted a beautiful article by Jason Liosatos that I have been playing with a lot. This morning, I awoke with an expansion on what he expressed there that, when combined with his great insight may just add some fuel to your inner fire.
There are two Power Insights to follow, the first offered by Mr. Liosatos in this brief article which I ask you to read now. Please stop and pause in silence as inspired during your reading of it before resuming here.
We can see, if we are willing, that the baptism style of St. John, as harsh as it may seem, was a gift to those he baptized. They let go of thrashing away with resistance. Maybe one way of looking at it is that they disengaged from their identification with the body or egoic mind and claimed an identification with something that may be most effectively conceptualized as heart or soul or some combination of these.
The point is that they emptied themselves of resistance.
As Liosatos observed, the world's institutions are drowning us as a way of awakening us.
And this drowning is a gift, a pushing of us to let go of all that is not working for us.
Consider this extension of all that: We have been conditioned via habit, addiction, propaganda and our ignorantly-handled responses to life to act and think in ways that do the same things for us that St. John did for those he baptized.
We have been conditioned to participate with our institutions and others in pushing our own "heads underwater".
While our institutions have been abusing us, we have been abusing ourselves and each other.
Our response to our gods and our governments' meanness has been to be mean to ourselves and each other.
Our conditioning has us acting and thinking all kinds of unconscious varieties of denying, avoiding, abusing and disconnecting from our own selves.
Ego is performing the same service for us that our corrupt institutions do: It is pushing us to disengage from it, to realize that it does not represent us.
Just as we can choose to disengage from the apparently external abusers in our lives, we can choose to disengage from our identification with ego. Being grateful for ego as we disengage from it, even loving it as we choose to love our apparently external abusers, places us at the doorstep of full awakening, the embrace of our full loving, connected realization.
Some are ready now to take this leap. For others, it is a reconditioning that will take some more time.
An important caveat: We need not be near bodily death to awaken ourselves. Awakening need not be some distant dream. We need not wait until we are thoroughly pummeled to make the simple choice to wake our Selves up.
As we awaken, we find that we have a sense of responsibility to ourselves to live in resonance with Love. In a world in which 40,000 people starve to death every day, we might choose to take this responsibility to heart.
The sooner that we awaken, the less suffering the world will endure in the process. The more quickly we can unfold our loving nature, the sooner we will be in harmony with each other in a way that we have never before experienced in our world. This is what is coming. Now is the time to trust it.
It is only imaginary ego that wants to postpone this awakening, to make the simple complicated, to deceive, to fight, to judge, to condemn and to manipulate.
You don't get enlightened from reading my or any others' words. Very few awaken through weekend seminars or by chanting, toning, holding yoga poses or sitting in caves for years.
We awaken by choosing to see the great value in responding to all of life and all of our thoughts with Love. And by appreciating that we are this love.
The Universe has all kinds of ways of pushing us, of holding our heads underwater as we thrash away in desperation until we are at the doorway of death. This is the moment when we are so fed up, we realize the futility of fighting anything: we surrender to Love.
At each moment, we have a choice: to either keep on fighting our loving nature or surrender to our great loving power.
We keep on coming back into new lifetimes until we learn the heart-based choice of full surrender.
Withholding our surrender is simply a form of self-punishment and extending learned frustration.
We suffer until we surrender.
The surrender to Love is the greatest of victories.
Ask your heart if this is so, and then hush up your head as you are aware of your feelings. What do your feelings tell you when you repeat these words out loud?
The surrender to Love is the greatest of victories.
Consider taking a day or more to practice this idea and notice your feelings and how it works for you: Sometimes, the most loving response you can choose in a challenging situation is to withdraw your attention and support from that which is judging, damning or abusive. If this happens to be a family member or someone for whom you are offering practical or emotional care, let your heart guide you as to the duration of such withdrawal. This is not about power-tripping or fighting abuse with abuse. It is reponding to the experiences in your life with the greatest love that you can express.
Disengaging our attention and support from ego, corrupt institutions, and relationships that abuse or disrespect us can be a great gift we can give ourselves and the Universe.
The greatest of embraces is also the most powerful of disengagements. You can build your trust in knowing your loving power to choose the disengagement that is also the ultimate embrace, for yourself, for all of Us, for the spinning Earth, for the full and empty sky.
Suggested next steps:
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A request: Spend 10 minutes with this in a quiet place by yourself. Read slowly and pause briefly in silence wherever inspired.
Humbly offered as your equal, no matter who you are: If you try to figure out my work here with your head, you will just end up fighting with yourself or simply pissed off, depressed or numbing yourself.
This is heart stuff. You can choose to filter this through your heart and be aware of your feelings when you hush up your head.
These are core ideas that nobody I know of has expressed in this short and simple way before.
It is time for us to get this because there is nothing else as important.
The sooner we awaken ourselves, the sooner that suffering dies in our world. This is the great incentive, along with our own happiness on the other side of that same coin.
Pain may continue to come and go as we are awakened. It is part of the ebb and flow of life. Suffering will be a matter of history, as will resistance.
It is time for us to lift the veil together. This means realizing the limitless depth of our loving nature.
As we realize this, we will become a world that is all about everyone giving to each other. We’ve been stuck in ignorant mode: we’ve been worried about what we are going to get.
When we are all about giving, there will be no worry of lack. Anywhere.
We are living now in the era in which fear is to be swallowed up and spit fully out with joy.
This means creating and living out an unattached intention to respond to all of experience and thought with love.
This integrates the real, the loving power.
The only real power that we can use in our lives is that is based in love: love for self and all creation as equal parts of a Divine Whole.
To discover this wholeness, what we get to do is realize our power to empty ourselves of all that is unloving.
How is it realized? By moving beyond false conditioning, by learning to trust ourselves and by understanding the high value in disengagement from that which is abusive or disrespectful. Fighting and condemnation have no place in this revolution.
Often, the most loving and courageous action one can take is disengaging from the imaginary---and the apparently real---abusers in their life, still loving it all because life is teaching us all the time.
Whether it be ego, corrupt institution or the guy who just cut you off in traffic, the basic solution is the same: Love the "bad guy" as you remove all other attention and support.
The lesson in all experience is, at depth, the same: Respond to this with love.
I invite you to explore this work. You can use these ideas as launching points in the discovery of your own chosen knowings, the unveiling of your deep loving power. Here are a couple of places you might choose to start.
Chosen Knowings: http://tinyurl.com/LittleAwakenings
Short Video: http://tinyurl.com/10minWakeUp
There are over 80 short inspirational videos and article resources at the website:
My intent here is to be of service.All Love, Carlo Ami YourPauseButton.com facebook.com/Chosen.Knowings
I am introducing for you a new series of short ideas with story boxes focusing on simple visions for what we are creating together.
These ideas are designed to be filtered through the heart.
The purple pause icon above may be seen as your cue to "click on your pause button"---go into the silence and notice how you feel.
Feelings are the language of the heart.
The head just refuses to get them, because it it were to get them, the twisted mind as we know it would be defrocked, disempowered, dead or enslaved.
The head won't get them because to get them means the death of the egoic mind.
As Osho observed: the mind makes a wonderful slave but a terrible master.
We take a great spiritual leap when we choose to identify with the will and wisdom of the heart and soul, hence disengaging our attention and support from the drama-addicted ego.
Ego only appears to be alive and thriving as we choose to identify with it and see it as who we are.
Our collective unfolding now depends upon more and more of us choosing the path of disengagement from the abuser whether it be ego or instititution.
So I offer these as little inspirations, something you can use to uplift yourself.
And I ask you not to dwell on them, worry about whether they will come true, or mistrust our power to create them.
Spending lots of time in your head thinking about the future prevents you from experiencing and calmly responding to the present.
If you set your head loose with these ideas, your head will appear to win and your heart will be choked.
A new Heart Vision idea will be introduced every weekday for awhile, with each new one being added to this page.
You might express any of the ideas here in the first person: I...... And then go into the silence with your attention on your heart and your feelings.
The newest are shown first here:
In the times to come, we will more completely realize that our perception of experience and imagination is aligned with what we are here to always remember and appreciate. There will be nothing more to be learned, yet there will be ongoing opportunities to practice what we know about who we are, the power of giving, the power of gratitude, the power of compassion for Self and All.
The old paradigm was responding to pain with denial, distraction or tools to numb ourselves. Pain is part of the natural flow of life. Suffering is a choice. Central to our way of living in the coming world of harmony will be to respond to all experience and thought with love. This is is a basic aspect of what we all came here to do, in this lifetime or another. You can choose to make this so in your life.
There is an ebb and flow in life: some things are easy to love, others more challenging. When it is more difficult, the idea one may keep in mind is that everything that happens to us is our teacher. All thought and experience, every relationship and situation, is an opportunity to respond to it with love.
In the times of harmony that are on the way, we will accept the tides of life, the ebb and flow. This will be so because fear has been released. We will realize that, whatever is happening in our lives and whatever will happen is something we handle with grace and trust. This will be so as we understand that we are infinite beings taking a ride in physical body, making use of a navigation system called the mind. We will understand that the experiences we formerly saw as difficult challenges are merely opportunities to respond to all of life with love.
In the ways of Native American Spirituality, the medicine or lesson of coyote has been to be aware of those who deceive us and to be aware of how we have deceived ourselves. In the times to come, there will be no point in having such medicine because we will be free of the impulses to deceive. Now, as we allow it, the current medicine of coyote is very potent. Will you be aware today of how you have been deceiving yourself and how the world is simply mirroring our self-deception?
What truth have I been hiding from myself that I choose to be aware of today?
Without awakened trust, calm is not possible. In the times soon coming, we will trust what is coming in our world as we trust our own powerful and angelic essence. Our trust of this essence will be reflected in what we experience in the outside world. It may not be that all that occurs in the apparently outside world will always be outwardly beautiful, but our response to whatever happens will be.
Living this as truth now is food for th spirit and for the collective consciousness. It helps us all unfold.
Each of us now gets to choose to live this idea. Will you? How do you feel when you express this now?:
I let my calm, angelic essence be reflected to the world.
We have let go of the need to label inclement weather as bad or wrong. We realize that, free of manipulation or heavy pollution, our weather is just an ebb and flow for us to accept.
We appreciate the beauty of blue skies and warming sun. We easily give thanks for the clouds that bring the rain that helps nourish us and the plants and trees that support us with food. It is easy and natural to realize that even when the earth is in apparent upheaval, it is simply cleansing and renewing itself.
I easily appreciate the gifts of sky and Earth.
Institutional and societal pressures have suppressed and demonized the natural pleasures available to us. Experiencing these pleasures is spiritual and emotional food for us. Supressing them drains the collective energy and hides from us many of life's natural beauties.
We have accepted anemic and fleeting substitutes for these pleasures. A duck knows the pleasure of bathing itself in cool waters. It feels no pressure from any outside force telling it that it may get wet or drown. We have taken the words of institutions and others heard over and over, that many healing natural pleasures are bad for us or morally wrong. Natural sexual urges, relaxing and presence-inducing plant medicines are just two examples.
What natural pleasures have you been denying yourself simply because something outside of yourself has insisted that it is either judged harshly by a god or that it is illegal?
Will you trust yourself to be guided by your inner knowings of what works for you?
The experience of natural pleasures recharges the body, relaxies it and feeds the collective spiritual energies that are propelling us into the era of harmony that is on the way.
Will you trust that this is coming?: a time when trust will be in such a state collectively that we will have no need for security devices of any kind. As more of us know that this is what is coming, we move toward it as a reality.
As we move towards this, we can embrace prudence rather than fear when it comes to our safety and security. When ones intention is on fear, their energy is sapped.
When we act with calm and trusting prudence, knowing that we will handle whatever we experience, we build our true power and that of the collective.
Some have twisted the Law of Attraction into a convenient excuse to avoid facing the present. It hasn't worked because if one is spending lots of time in the past or future, one is not truly living at all. The Universe is asking us more and more directly to face what is with calm power, trusting that we have the power to deal with whatever comes into our experience.
A suggested experiment: Say out loud twice the sentence that follows, then close your eyes, focus on your heart, shut up your head and notice how you feel:
I face what is in front of me to face with calm awareness and loving power.
The sun that gives us light and warmth and helps our plants to grow is also very healing. As we appreciate it, we increase the level of healing that may be received. Consider taking some time every day to appreciate the sun. You might also search the term "sun gazing" and notice if you are inspired.
Is remembering this daily something you could get used to in a way that feeds you?:
I appreciate the gifts of the sun.
In the times to come, we will be spending much more of our time nurturing our creative gifts---what we are here to give the world. If there is something that you do well or competently----that also is nurtures, inspires or lightens the load of others---that you also enjoy, then maybe the Universe is asking you to spend more of your time with it. We will have moved beyond the current collective mindset of being obsessed with what we are going to get because we will be focused on what we can give. With this way of living, we will live in harmony: sheltered, fed and nurtured.
Will you see this as our destiny?
Ask yourself, then go into the silence for as long as feels right: "What am I here to give?"
A suggested experiment: Say out loud twice the sentence that follows, then close your eyes, focus on your heart, shut up your head and notice how you feel: I nurture my highest creative gifts and share them generously.
Connecting with other people in settings of natural beauty recharges our energy and lightens our load. In the times to come, we will choose to prioritize taking frequent time to do this as a gift to ourselves.
Will you choose to see that this is what is coming? Will you choose now to create such a recharge for yourself and a large or small group of people you know who will resonate with this idea?
Is this worth your remembering and practicing?:
I create opportunities to share time with others in natural settings of beauty and refreshment.
In times to come we will have much more flexibility in our lives---in how we will spend our time. Most people have never been adequately trained in how to spend the non-working hours of their days. We tend to fill them up with things to occupy, amuse, numb or distract the mind. Our thinking apparatus is nurtured by giving it a daily rest.
It recharges us to calmly be alone with our thoughts---or even better without any---in silence.
Given the pace of life today, many don't spend any quality time with themselves at all. You might blend this time between meditation and appreciation: time where you either just hush up the head and be in the emptiness or choose times to actively appreciate the gifts you have been given.
You might consider gradually increasing your "you time," starting with just a few minutes. Practicing these alone times every day at the same time builds productive habit. Play with these ideas and notice how you feel when you do. When choosing how much and how regular, ask your heart and notice how you feel when you do. Seriously: consider playing with this.
In the times soon to come, we will be a world steeped in trrust of ourselves and each other. We will practice easily trusting our own instincts, our heart's calling. There will be no forcing of ourselves to do that which works for us: we won't be fighting our own selves. And we will have learned to trust each other. There will be no need for locks and passwords, no need for private detectives and secret codes.
Will you envision such a world?
We will see this harmonious world more and more as we trust that it is not only possible, but is our destiny.
In the coming world of harmony, we will have no use for weapons of any kind. We will come to understand that nothing could ever threaten the depth of who we are, our true life, our ongoing spirit nature that lives on after the body dies.
An experiment: take this idea into the silence with you as you focus on your heart and notice how you feel:
In the soon-to-come world, we will have no need or use for weapons.
There will be no interest in fighting, no fear of being attacked.
We will trust that our Spirit will live on, no matter what happens to the bodily vehicle.
Such trust is the end of all fear.