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.
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.
Humbly, as your equal:
Our world seems to be getting stranger day by day. In a world in which we allow the poisoning of our food, water and skies, we have also been allowing the poisoning of our minds. We accept all kinds of ideas about who we are and why we are here that are absolute trash, but still we call them truth.
The world is in a big mess. We don't want to see big chunks of it.
Let's wake up! Here is an opportunity to do that, seeing an 8-minute movie that suggests that its purpose is to lovingly inspire us. I ask you to decide for yourself if this is so. For those of you in a big hurry now, portions of the video are transcribed below.
I am confident that you are not wearing a mask of intent to serve, that your intent is pure. Otherwise, I would not be writing to you now.
The 8 minute video you recommended today is nothing short of a propaganda masterpiece that is polluted and weakening for those unaware who may view it. It was made by people who are either quite naive or quite cunning, though I would think certainly the latter. I ask you to look at the content of what you have recommended and reconsider your recommedation.
The song in it:
"To the blinding, burning light, no use to fight." Mud. The light is going to blind and burn us? Duh?
"Is no one out there?" Alludes to hopelessness. What out there is going to save me?
"There was no signal from where you were." You couldn't and cannot trust your inner guidance.
'All failed contact, no life disturbed...Hovering above gravity's lure" (shows visuals of UFOs) Lots of folks were disappointed that nothing momentous seemed to happen on the Winter Solstice. And the aliens have not saved us yet.
dialogue: "All in a lifetime's work. Of course, you're going to have slightly more time than that." Ambiguous, non-direct. "Slightly more time than that" What is that supposed to mean, slightly?
The plea comes, "forgive, love, unite, understand, we are one...."
"We have the force to fight." So now it is about fighting. Nothing is specified as to what we ought to fight.
"We have the blinding light." Who do we want to blind, or do we want to be blind?
"We have the will to win." What are we winning? Who or what are we beating?
"Forever we will defend." This implies eternal battle, that there will always be something worth fighting. This is sheer unconscious lunacy. Forever war.
"Knocking down the sun with our own wave transmission." What kind of crap is that? We require the sun for our bodies to survive.
"Force that can't be heard (in 3D density)" What kind of force. If it is loving and we cannot hear it in 3D, then what is the call other than to futility?
"Coming in louder than words" But we still can't hear it? What is it about other than the repeated next words of lunacy again, three times in all: "Knocking down the sun with our own wave transmission." The sun is required for life on our planet . What IS this?
The destructive words from earlier here are repeated: "We have the force to fight. "We have the blinding light......" And repeated again.
A "war" is more than heard Coming in louder than in words." If you can make any sense of this, please share it with me. It is purposefully confusing and mongers fear.
Not by mind, but by heart. (LOUDER LOUDER, edgy edgy) Inform humans in a peaceful, loving, humble respectful, understandable and honest way (LOUDER) Emit the energy of love, compassion and understanding. It's why you're here." I would submit that we are not here to emit anything but to integrate the knowing of our loving essence and compassion. Only the disconnected are rallying us to fight.
Net effect: mud and the call to fight, the exact opposite of what a conscious message might be. A basic solution that we are awakening to: Disengagement from ego and corrupt instituiton. There is no virtue in fighting.
Also you might note this: http://www.yourpausebutton.
I was so moved by this blog posting by Alain Yaovi Dagba that I asked for and received persmission to repost it here, since the original posting is on a membership site. I have added the bold emphasis and purple color font to emphasize the passages here that most touched me, along with the pause icons to encourage you to pause and go into the silence with the idea just expressed. Please pause at any time in your reading as you are guided from within. Please choose to pause as guided whether there is a pause icon or not and go inside yourself to feel the silent expression of your heart that most often may come via your feelings.
Compassion??? Forgiveness??? What about the pain???
by Alain Yaovi M. Dagba
Afi (a student) asks, "Thank you Daddy for this teaching on forgiveness. I do have another question. I now know and acknowledge that i've created this illusion of offense and forgiveness with all the beliefs that I've created myself. And before my plate can be completely clean, i have to understand compassion. But what is compassion? for me, it seems like it is going to be a practice and I will prefer to practice this compassion instead of forgiveness in order to return to wholeness than to practice an aimless forgiveness."
Teacher Alain Dagba answers:
Compassion! Compassion! The highest expression of Divinity in and through human consciousness. Forgiveness is the healing of the mind from the unrealness of offense. It must be practiced.
Forgetfulness is ignorance at a lower scale. You may know something. However, when the time to apply what you know arrives, and you forget to apply it, you have become ignorant at that very moment.
Ignorance is forgetfulness at a larger scale. Only practice could overcome forgetfulness and ignorance. We practice to remember to practice and to apply.
The best meditation one could do is to practice breathing, and during this breathing, remind oneself of the definition of Reality. Love is Reality. It is full. You cannot add anything to it. It is empty. You cannot take anything from it.
As you inhale, hold your breath and bring this awareness of what Reality is in mind, and exhale very slowly while focusing all your attention on the sound of your breath coming out. Do this for half an hour, every single day.
This practice will begin to heal you by raising your awareness above that which is not real. You must not wait for something to happen, before you seek to apply the truth. You will forget.
But, if you have been practicing, then the application of the truth will become spontaneous and natural. The truth applies itself through you, effortlessly; for it has become part of your consciousness.
Until something becomes part of your consciousness, you will not have perfect faith in it, and you cannot apply it. It could still be affected by forgetfulness.
Today, you learn that forgiveness is the healing of the mind from the unrealness of offense. It must be practiced. Why don't you take this truth into breathing meditation until it becomes part of you, heals you, and unfolds the SELF through you.
Now, about compassion. I was saying that compassion is the highest expression of Divinity in and through human consciousness. You awaken compassion through contemplation. This contemplation is effective only through the awareness of Life. What is Life?
One thing we all know about and could not deny is the existence of Life. When you put a stone or minerals under the microscope, you see particles moving. Where there is movement, there is Life.
Not only these particles move, they also move in order, and never get into an accident. This means that Life is not only made of energy, but also of intelligence. This intelligence is light.
Life is not only in minerals, but also permeates plants, animals, and humans. There is only one Life. Life is made of energy and intelligence. The energy in minerals, plants, animals, and humans is the same, but the intelligence is not the same. Each creature functions in a different degree of light.
Plants have more intelligence in the Life that permeates them than minerals. This is why they could do things that minerals cannot do. Animals have more intelligence than plants. Humans have more intelligence than animals.
There is only one Life. This Life is the source of all things. This Life is God. Some called it "atman". It is the first principle. It is Divinity. All things emanates from IT.
This Life is the bed upon which the whole creation rests. In essence and Reality, everything is ONE and SAME. In essence, beyond forms, everything is Life.
You are Life. Compassion is to see oneself in all things. Not only in everyone, but in all things. It is the highest expression of Self. This Self, this Iam-ness with no specific identity, this stream of pure awareness is nothing else but Life.
Compassion is to see oneself in all of creation. If you can see Love as an ice, then compassion is the heat that melts this ice and turns it into water, and then heats over the water until it becomes a formless vapor.
Minerals, plants, animals, and humans are only forms, ice. The contemplation of your Self as the Life that flows through them all makes the form, the ice melt away. And as you continue to contemplate, even their various expressions become invisible, a vapor that is part of YOU, the SELF.
Once you come to fully embody compassion through contemplation, you can begin to feel the thriving of the entire creation within your Self.
Once you can feel the whole of creation within you, you have ascended above the mineral consciousness, the plant consciousness, the animal consciousness, and the human consciousness. You are functioning with a higher light or intelligence. This is called enlightenment. Jesus will say, "you are the light of the world".
You have evolved into Divinity. You have reached the Christ-consciousness, the kingdom of God as each consciousness represents a kingdom.
Everything is thriving, because everything is seeking for ways to survive. Everything is hunting for something in order to survive. Plants feed on minerals as well as on remaining of dead animals and humans. Animals feed on plants and on each other; even sometimes on humans.
Humans feed on them all. However, humans don't just feed on physical foods, but on abstract foods such as peace, love, joy, and happiness. Every single day, they go on hunting for these things. They know that their survival depends on them.
It's because of these abstract foods that they hurt each other, because they do not know how to get these foods. The person who rapes, rapes because he believes he lacks love; and that by raping he could get this love.
The person who kills, kills because he believes he lacks peace; and that by killing he will get this peace. The person who steals, steals because he believes he lacks joy; and that by stealing he will find joy.
However, the moment we all consciously come to know that we came on the planet to heal our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep, and have forgotten their wholeness, we will be able to embrace the path of compassion.
You are the Life that is flowing through the rapist. You are the Life that is flowing through the thief. You are the Life that is flowing through the stones that are sold and cut to make jewelries.
You are the Life that is flowing through the wood that is burned for fire and the flowers used to decorate hotels and hairs. You are the Life that is flowing through the water you drink, and the cows, goats, and chickens that are killed every single day for food.
You are not the body that was raped. You are the Life in the one who is raped, and the one who is raping. You constantly flow through them both, because you want to heal them.
You flow through the body and make the body heal itself when proper nutrients are given to it. When the body is given bad-food, it hurts and becomes sick.
In the same way, you flow through humans' consciousness and awaken Reality in them when proper thoughts or truths are given to them. When negative thoughts are planted in consciousness, it hurts and becomes sick. People hurt you with what is hurting them inside. They give only what they have. They are screaming for salvation.
You teach forgiveness when you make a nail that is cut, grow back. You teach forgiveness when a tree that is cut, grows back. To show that what seems to be removed or taken away was never taken away.
A rape cannot remove dignity of Life. It cannot take away beauty. You may destroy a rose in its form, but once Life flows through the branches, here the rose returns with the same beauty.
A murderer cannot remove wholeness of Life. He may remove the form, but not Life.
You are here as Life to cure the mind of your brothers and sisters. This is the purpose of you being here on the planet. Once you reach this awareness, you have arrived at the cutting edge of full wakefulness.
You will not only help heal humans, but the earth. The scriptures said, "For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed" (Romans 8: 19).
Pain comes through attachment to forms. wholeness comes through attachment to formless. Through compassion you find your SELF in all. As you bestow this compassion on your brothers and sisters, you heal their mind, and they come to know forgiveness as it is: Absence of offense.
They come to see the cutting of the nails unreal. They come to see the cutting of the trees unreal. They come to see death unreal. Unrealness is illusion. Illusion is that which is not permanent and has no substance of eternity.
They come to see offense unreal, because YOU understood that "they knew not what they were doing". They had fallen asleep. And through your compassion the vibration of your thought-heat has awakened them.
You understand through compassion that they have not become one with Life. They have not reached eternal life. They have not understood that once they believe in Truth, in Reality, in what Jesus called "his Word" or his "Essence", they will never see death.
You are not the tree that is cut. You are not the stones that are sold. You are not the animals that are killed. You are not the body that is raped.
You are the untouchable. You are the Life. You are the eternal substance that runs through them all. You are the Self, the harmless, and the wholeness. And you have come to heal the earth.
Note from Carlo Ami: This is a simple suggestion for your consideration. Say the following set of sentences out loud slowly, then close your eyes, go into the silence and notice your feelings, as you focus on your heart. Stay in the silence for as long as you feel guided.
I am the untouchable. I am the Life. I am the eternal substance that runs through them all. I am the Self, the harmless, and the wholeness. And I have come to heal the earth.
I am the untouchable. I am the Life. I am the eternal substance that runs through them all. I am the Self, the harmless, and the wholeness. And I have come to heal the earth.
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Something that happened 46 years ago may be worth remembering now at this pivotal point in our history. It may itself have been a pivotal point in the way our world has evolved and in the way the Viet Nam War unfolded with Richard Nixon as United States president. Those now less than 65 years of age may not be aware of what happened in American politics back then. And many of those over 65 have forgotten it.
The governor of Michigan, George Romney---Mitt's dad---was about to officially start a run for the Republican nomination for President of the United states. Having led Rambler/American Motors Corporation out of near financial ruin, he later was elected to three terms as Michigan's governor. Romney had the support of many of the country's Republican governors in his intent to lead the country. He enjoyed great support from his state's voters and even looked "presidential."
In the first days of August 1967, some time had gone by during which his support for the war had been varying and tepid, but he had not vocally bucked the Republican Party line of support for it. He had visited Viet Nam with other political leaders to get a first-hand look in late 1965. Much of his time there was spent being addressed by federal government "educators" about our role in Viet Nam.
From Wikipedia: On August 7, 1967, Romney told a reporter, "When I came back from Viet Nam [in November 1965], I'd just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get." He then shifted to opposing the war: "I no longer believe that it was necessary for us to get involved in South Vietnam to stop Communist aggression in Southeast Asia," he declared. Decrying the "tragic" conflict, he urged "a sound peace in South Vietnam at an early time." Thus Romney disavowed the war and reversed himself from his earlier stated belief that the war was "morally right and necessary."
Those words, and the response of his fellow governors and those who had visited Viet Nam with him 21 months earlier, effectively killed his campaign for the Presidency.
Again, from Wikipedia: Eight other governors who had been on the same 1965 trip as Romney said no such activity (brainwashing) had taken place, with one of them, Philip H. Hoff of Vermont, saying Romney's remarks were "outrageous, kind of stinking ... Either he's a most naïve man or he lacks judgment." ..... Senator Eugene McCarthy, running against Johnson for the Democratic nomination, said that in Romney's case, "a light rinse would have been sufficient." Republican Congressman Robert T. Stafford of Vermont sounded a common concern: "If you're running for the presidency, you are supposed to have too much on the ball to be brainwashed." After the remark was aired, Romney's poll ratings quickly nosedived, going from 11 percent behind Richard Nixon to 26 percent behind.
Romney was out of the race before it had officially begun. Nearly a half-century later, there is no way to know whether his campaign-fatal remark was just the product of tiredness near the end of a long work day or simply evidence of the courage to speak his truth, no matter the consequences. Maybe it was simply a matter of integrity that was finally ready to express itself nearly 2 years after he had gone to Viet Nam.
Might it be that it took guts to admit he had been wrong, that he had been brainwashed?
Could this be a reminder that we are all being called upon to have the courage to face what is going on in our world, to see it clearly and to admit that we, too, have been brainwashed?
It is not possible to move beyond brainwashing---to recover from it---until one is willing to admit that one has been brainwashed. A similar analogy: it is not possible to escape from a prision until one realizes that he is already in a prison.
Consider the possibility: It takes much more courage to divert from the party line, much more courage to speak an unpopular truth, much more courage to live and operate out of the heart than it does to stick with what might make you more popular or might keep you on your Dad's good guy list. In this strange world we live in, multitudes stick with stupid religions and destructive, inhumane political beliefs simply because they fear rejection by their family or friends, eternal torture at the hands of their god, or that an dead relative might "turn over in their grave."
Our collective reality, as I see it: When it comes to both facing ourselves and facing our world, we are afraid of not only speaking our truth, but even thinking it. It is time for us to get over that.
It is my observation that our world culture has largely been brainwashed to believe all kinds of things that are obviously seen as false by one who is truly aware.
Our governments have brainwashed us into thinking that they are supportive forces for good in the world, despite the piles of evidence they give us every day to the contrary.
Our religions have brainwashed us into embodying guilt, fear, intolerance and the inferiority of women. The practice of any of the big religions is a masochistic drain of our collective power. They divide and weaken us at a time when it is crucial for us to unite and empower ourselves.
Our mass news media have brainwashed us into believing that they are telling us the truth about what is happening in the world.
Advertisers have brainwashed us into living as if we need their products in order to feel better about ourselves, or to have more power.
Pharmaceutical companies have brainwashed us into thinking that their products are better or less harmful than the ones nature offers.
Our systems of "higher education" have brainwashed us into thinking that we are being educated by them about what is really important in life.
Maybe we can boil it down to three things we might be ready to face.
* We have been brainwashed into believing a set of falsehoods about who is leading and protecting us, who we are, and where we are going.
* It doesn't serve us to judge George Romney or anyone else. We are being pushed now to take care of our own business and let everybody else be who they are.
* It is not productive to worry about how others may judge us. Moving beyond fear has much to do with learning to trust our inner guidance and then think and act in accordance with it.
It may be productive to choose to know that such guidance is based in the heart and soul.
It takes courage to face ourselves and our world as we are. The weakest among us are able to sit and stew about the realities of the world or to avoid them as we have avoided our own true selves.
For many of us now, it's gut check time. The sooner that we wake up, the less suffering our world will need to endure.
Maybe it's gut check time, finally time to be willing to face ourselves and our world with trust.
We can only trust ourselves when we know and trust that we are powerful, worthy and destined to embrace our harmony---our connection---with everything.
Maybe now, with tensions amping up all over the world, it is time to surrender to our loving power, to know that as ego is surrendered, it is evaporated in short order along with all of its mirrors in the apparently outer world.
It takes courage to face yourself and your world as we are. Maybe it's gut check time.
What time is it for you? Ask your heart if it's gut check time.
Note: Reference found on Wikipedia is shown in purple above in this font size. Here is the full Wikipedia article link about George Romney's short-lived run for the American presidency.
Something I call a chosen knowing for me: Ego and corrupt institution are vanquished in exactly the same way: we love them as teachers but remove all other attention and support from them. No fighting or resistance required. Our world has not tried that solution yet. It's time.
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I like my visual inspiration short and sweet. This has been going around via email, I hear, but today was the first time I'd seen it.
Maybe let it lighten your day.
P.S. Checked with the sender and was told its public domain, not from him originally.
Humbly, as your equal:
Thanks to a strange set of experiences in my life recently, I have come to a new, and to some, obvious conclusion:
Most people would much rather pretend that they are having a day at the beach than to read that their house is burning down.
Even when their house, figuatively speaking is burning down.
I get to be OK with the perception that such is the reality of most people today.
As you are open, I offer here for your consideration a personal story that you may find to be of value.
For a long time, I have spent a lot of my energies figuratively yelling "Fire! Fire!" to an audience that I have seen as having eyes tightly closed and ear plugs firmly inserted.
Many of my writings over the past few years have been about provoking our awareness of the injustice in our world. Few have paid attention to the injustice or my words.
And I get to be OK with that.
And the lesson I have learned lately at a deeper level is that it serves me to spend less time than I have in the past focusing on exposing the injustices of this world and more time on being truly present in increasing times of pure joy. As one with gifts/challenges of sensitivity, empathy and intuition, it serves me to be aware that life works best for me when I create situations, friendships and written pieces that set the tone for calm, present and trusting love.
When the undercurrent of exploring life's tragedy, violence and imbalances is explored with the mind, living with a sense of calm trust is just about impossible. Given that awareness, it is still important to me to help receptive others awaken to what is going on in our world as a step in moving beyond it.
My calm and unvarnished truth:
We have been asleep to the vast nature of our loving power.
We have allowed ourselves to become enmeshed in a world of fear, suffering , depression, anxiety and overwhelm.
We have been asleep to the realities of our greed and strife-torn world.
We have been afraid of what is coming.
It is time now for more and more of Us* to snap out of it. Our awakening may be seen as entailing two facets: Becoming fully loving in response to all that we experience. And trusting that we can handle with love anything that will come our way.
I suggest that you read all that follows below and then come back and read these lines in blue at least a few more times. Then, hush up your head, focus on your heart and pay attention to your feelings for as long as you like.
Will I choose to know this?:
Our calm and fully loving harmony happens as we trust that it is in the process of happening now. My intent and commitment is to respond to all of life with love. This is the part I play in creating fully loving harmony.
When I slip, I forgive myself and move forward deliberately in loving, humble, confident power.
A Reflection of My Life
I have been experiencing lately—and for a long time---a greater awareness of the challenges I perceive in the world. I see the bounty of our Earth being hoarded by a few as thousands starve to death every day. I see people in unnecessary pain simply because the most wondrous natural cures are hidden by the greedy. I see young people going to phony wars and dying for the enrichment of a few as many soldiers slaughter and maim innocent people around the globe. I see homeless people on the streets while others live in opulent excess. I watch our institutions strive to weaken and divide us from each other, how they feed us poisons for the body and mind. I see many who pretend to be teachers of religion and consciousness who feed the world lies and distortions as a way of furthering their own worldly pleasure and wealth.
And yes, it is tough to admit that this is all so, that many are mired in misery, hopelessness and fear.
I suggest to you here that we are quite soon to realize that we have had enough of this nonsense.
And for me, as so many refuse to see the present as it is, this has been something that was important to experience in my own way, and that is what I have done. The by-products of this experience for me over many years have ranged from those usually brief times when it has been very easy to give and accept love to those past extended times that were a suffering aloneness, living in poverty, addiction, homelessness, escape, abandonment and anger.
Recently, much that is easily loved has come into my life, including a wonderful, loving partner, a clean and decent place to hang my hat for 3 months now, and though I am still in what society calls poverty, I just call it life and I love it.
As I have offered my words for 14 years to an audience of a very few, I have often felt like a stranger in a strange land, as I have for much of my life. Early on, I was regularly amazed at how so many people that were included in my family and friendship experience found it necessary to treat each other so poorly.
That thought evolved over time to this one: Why do so many of us choose false varieties of power---anemic and temporary substitutes for power---when this nothing called Love is so available as an option, so much more fully loaded with calm, confidence, happiness and harmony?
I have evoked these same words of Dr. Martin Luther King several times in my writings because I see them as extremely important in our claiming of an accelerated communal path to the realization of our loving harmony. It is my knowing that these are some of the most important words ever spoken:
Why do so many choose false varieties of power---anemic and temporary substitutes for power---when some nothing called Love is so much more fully loaded with calm, confidence, happiness and harmony? Please read the idea a third time and consider it with your head, noticing how you feel as you do. Stay in your head with it for a minute or so.
Take your time with this: Focusing on your heart, read the next sentence twice and then quiet your mind and notice how you feel:
What kind of power do I truly intend for myself and my world?
Now back to my story: Something I realized about my path today: that it serves me to balance awareness of the present with trust in what is coming: peace and harmony in the world.
Present awareness and self-honesty about oneself and the state of the world is spiritually valuable, and it serves me best to see even the most indelicate and brutal aspects of life as my teachers.
Everything that happens to me is a request from the Universe that I respond to it with love. As I do this, the world evolves: We feed each other and the Collective Whole.
It has been observed in I way with which I resonate that as even a small percentage of Us fully claim and live our loving nature, we will escort the rest of the world into the Age of Harmony. As we realize that the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and our world is to choose full awakening, then it becomes our responsibility to dedicate ourselves joyfully to let all our thoughts and deeds be essenced in Love.
There are some who tell you that all this is just too much to hope for. We have no experience in such a world. The mountain is too high. The obstacles too great.
The egoic mind does not want to give up the fight. If it surrenders to Love, it is dead.
What I got at a much deeper level today is that instead of focusing more on getting rid of the ego, shutting up the loud neighbors or our children, craving some sexual release or getting even with some cheater or abuser, I am committed to focus more on embracing my own loving nature and living the loving way, no matter what is happening within or in the apparently external world.
What this means for me is that I am not served to fight anything. Anything. I get to accept it all as it happens and continue to choose the intent and the power to embody the loving response. Ego and the corrupt forces of the world are vanquished in exactly the same way, by removing our attention and support from them. The only exception is that as they are people we send them our love.
Now, please go back to the letters in blue near the beginning here.
* The capitalization is an indication of my perception and knowing that we are all divine in nature.
It is suggested that within a day, or even now if you have time, you experience this 11 minute video meditation.
The letters in blue are one of the Chosen Knowings Integrations. Chosen Knowings is a series of 19 very short ideas I ask you to run through your heart. I have been introducing them slowly on Facebook with the intent to produce 19 videos, all 90 seconds in length. Each has an impact idea set that is introduced by humor. I ask you to pause with these ideas, tuning into your heart as you silence your mind. You can experience 7 of these ideas here. I am currently creating professional and financial assistance to produce these in video format.
I have also created a set of eBooks I call the Awakening Series, each designed with a different intent and audience in mind. These are available only in downloadable digital format. For the next 3 days, half price on The Wake Up Book---download it for less than the price of a cheap breakfast.
Small awakening ideas are posted frequently at facebook.com/Chosen.Knowings
At this pivotal time in our history I observe that most of the so-called civilized world has chosen to pretend to be oblivious about what is going on in our world. If the truth is painful, we seem to be on ego's auto-pilot as we flee from it.
This mirrors our resistance to being aware of---and dealing with---what is going on inside of us.
There are many avenues of apparent escape from the challenges of life, but all offer only either temporary or extremely anemic solace or avoidance. Drugs, mindless television, reading stupid and pointless novels, adding to the sport-sex notches in our bedposts, raging about politics, watching or playing brutal sports or violent video games..... These are all ways we avoid facing ourselves and our world.
Society offers all kinds of venues for distracting ourselves, numbing ourselves and missing the lessons that the Universe is intending to teach us.
Rather than coming to understand the futility of our avoidance of life, we have appeared to sink even deeper into our fearful graspings for the fleeting solace of pretending we do not see what is happenng before our eyes.
Many pretend to be awake, but actually cling to their sleepy state. As I mentioned in my last post here, it boggled my mind that an awakening post I wrote recently got over 34,000 views and 700 likes, but not one indication from any of them that they had actually done the simple exercise I suggested int the post.
It is as if we think we can assuage egoic guilt about our avoidance of life simply by clicking on a "like" button that makes it look like we are aware....and then moving on in oblivion.
While we complain that there is never enough time to do what we want to do, for many there seems plenty of time to waste whole evenings and weekends watching TV or passing hours twiddling our thumbs, gossiping and condemning on Facebook, yet never enough time to do the kinds of things that might help us bust out of our unconscious slumber.
For the last 14 years----four out of the last 5 more than "full time"---I have been creating simple ideas intended to assist in our awakening. They are very different than anything I have seen anywhere, designed to facilitate your willingness to discover who you are and to be OK with what you discover. It is, at depth, about a process of learning how to discover and trust your real self.
From the perspective of most people, it seems that the scariest road to take is one in which the true self is faced. We can be very afraid of what we will find when we look for truth, whether we are looking at our inner self or at the workings of the world.
If we are to fulfill our communally loving destiny, as I trust we will, it is time for us to awaken to who we are, what our destiny is, and to find within ourselves the trust that will propel us to fulfill it.
Given the shortness of the collective attention span---including my own---I have been working to condense big ideas into fewer and fewer words. The structure of much of my work asks you, the reader, to take brief ideas into the silence with you, then notice how you feel.
You can trust your feelings to guide you when you are not stuck in your head.
It takes courage to face yourself and the world as we are. If you are willing to call upon this courage, what I have created for you here may provoke a wonderous awakening.
There is no substitute for your willingness to face yourself and your world with love. Your willingness to be your own first priority when it comes to present, loving acceptance of yourself is what facilitates the shifts in the outer experience.
This is a simple and brief practice you can do in 5 minutes per day for a week.
I have created the Chosen Knowings Series of brief ideas to help you discover your inner truth, your inner power, your inner calm. There is no dogmatic trip here, but simple and direct ideas expressed in a way that you probably have never heard or considered before.
As you do a quick and simple reading every day for a week, you are asked to take the ideas into the silence with you, paying attention to how you feel as you do that. The idea is to start your day with the idea and then be aware, during the course of your day, of any opportunities you have in your life experience that might be helpful in clarifying your own truth about the idea for that day.
There are 19 Chosen Knowings, all of which will be introduced in video format----90 seconds for each video---- when the time is right. I ask you here to consder taking one of the 7 shown here each day for a week: Starting your day reading it a couple of times, then going into the silence with it. There are some segments that ask you to be in the silence between expressed ideas.
What can make this process particularly helpful is that the Universe---or God, or Allah or whatever you prefer---will tend to give you feedback for your spiritual perspectives in the form of experience. If you choose awareness, you will find that your experiences help you discover your deep truth, a little at a time, and sometimes in big leaps.
The suggestion: spend at least a day taking each one into your experience and notice the opportunities you will find to either use the idea as it is or to edit it to make it more powerful for you as you move through your life.
I do not ask that you simply believe any of them. I do ask that you consider taking these brief and simple ideas into your heart and allow your heart to guide you in either accepting the idea or changing it to fit your own truth.
Here are the early Chosen Knowings ideas, with summary story boxes and full text. As you see this icon you are invited to pause in silence as you allow the feelings of your heart to be felt.
Your willingness to see the truth in this first in the series clears a path for your more fluid understanding of all the remaining ones in the series.
Chosen Knowing 1
Society has been dominated by systems designed to keep our natural power from being realized by Us.
Expanded over millennia, these systems have been maintained by a tiny percentage of the population to control the vastly larger world.
Will I choose to know these puny forces as simply reflections of ego? Will I choose to know my power to step away from the inner battle ego wages against the heart?
You might choose to bookmark this page now. Please consider doing just one of these daily for a week, taking the idea into your life and noticing how the Universe will give you feedback. Your awareness of the idea and the opportunities is crucial. One option for keeping the idea with you: Have the file on your desktop open to the current day knowing, referring to it briefly multiple times during the day. Each viewing can be 15 seconds or less.
Chosen Knowing 2
We have been falsely taught to look fully to the external for sources of wisdom, calm and happiness. Part of what we have come into this life to learn: how to trust ourselves as our best resource for all of these.
Without trust in Self one cannot trust fully in a what is coming. That is fearful martyrdom.
Chosen Knowing 3
Coyote Medicine asks us to see how we have been deceived by others and by ourselves. The satisfaction of short term “indulgence” that is harmful to the body or one’s ability to function effectively generally is a poor trade.
When we are fully awakened, we no longer allow ego or society to deceive or distract us: There is no more need or craving for anything, only the embrace of loving power in each now.
Commentary: It has been said that rising above addiction, for many, is a very late step along the path, that moving beyond it it can be the among the last leaps into the embrace of a fully loving way of living. As long as we allow ourselves to be guided by the cravings or demands of ego or by corrupt elements of society, we bind ourselves to lives that tend to be steeped in nervousness, fear, impotentce ,anxiety and overwhelm. What might you be addicted to? Are you willing to face it and start moving beyond it? Easter, for many, is about ascension. What can you rise above in your life?
Chosen Knowing 4
Maybe the greatest spiritual/emotional cancer epidemic in our world has been “justifiable resentment.” The term is recklessly oxymoronic. In clinging to resentment, one acts in a masochistic way, draining their own capacity to reflect or integrate loving energy.
I choose to know and to trust my power to empty myself of resentment. I fully let it go as a service to myself.
I forgive everything.
Chosen Knowing 5
I know that the mind is a wonderful slave but a terrible master. I trust my heart as my master, knowing that my experience is my best teacher.
Every thought or experience of the senses is most effectively seen as a chance to respond with love.
I release the egoic inclination of avoiding the lesson of the present teacher.
The primary lesson is always to respond with calm, trusting, empowered love.
The last 2 Chosen Knowings ideas are offered here out of their original order because that is how I was guided to present them.
Chosen Knowing 7
I release any self-identification as victim, or as judge.
If, indeed, all life experience is a series of teachings, the lesson is never that we are victims. Neither are we to take the role of judge, as we have foolishly played a role that is not replicated by any god. To play either role would weaken us.
As I am present, I understand that it is not up to me to judge anyone else nor to feel victimized by them.
Chosen Knowing 11
I release the need to speculate about the future in either a hopeful or fearful way.
I know when to accept something as a mystery and when to trust what I know. As I am present, fear and doubt cannot even appear to exist in me.
This calm presence is a major gift to myself and to my world.
I trust myself to handle whatever comes my way.
In dropping both past and future, I experience the bliss of pure innocence.
If you are fed up with how your life is working and can see the value in this last Chosen Knowing idea, then I ask you to join me in spreading the word. Each of the other 12 Chosen Knowings in this series carries a simple and brief idea for your heart to consider. They will be introduced in video format as the audience for them builds and as I develop the financial resources to introduce them as envisioned.
If you try to figure these ideas out with your head, they will not work to serve you. Please choose and know your own truth that is found in the heart.
I have little in the way of internet technical expertise or financial reources. So that this set of messages reaches the world effectively, I am connecting with allies, collaborators and supporters to form a unified team. There are specific areas in which I am open to assistance. For a more complete picture of what I am looking for in the way of help, please see this link.
There are over 70 free and short inspirational videos on the Your Pause Button website. Play with them, and remember to use your pause button as you view them, taking time for the silence. The wise man OSHO said that silence is the greatest prayer. I agree.
Each one of The Awakening Series of digital books was created with a different starting point in mind.
Check them out at this link.
I have been creating these awakening tools alone and without the financial resources to adequately support myself.
Humbly, to all those who may be receptive:
So many lives are in a mess. So much of the world is confused and fearful. Consider the possibility that the time is at hand for us to shift into fulfilling our loving destiny. It starts with you. Are you open to these ideas?:
Could it be that you are fed up with how your life is going and with how the world is behaving? Are you fed up with how the ways you have tried to cope have not been working?
When you are truly fed up, you have only two basic choices: Either decent into hopelessness or the embrace of your deep loving, trusting power.
If you are beyond pretending anymore that the world or your life will just keep on finding new low points the way it has been, if you are beyond pretending that because there have “always” been the haves and the have-nots, then that is the way that it is going to be, then you may be served to listen up, please:
If you truly intend that your life improve, that there be a satisfying future for your children and your grandchildren, then I would ask you to consider whether you have the responsibility to awaken yourself.
Pretense, avoidance, denial, and numbing ourselves with drugs, food or mindless entertainment is not going to cut it. And it never really has. Our avoidance and denial have just extended and heightened our suffering.
Collectively, we are getting fed up with living life in that way. And this is the gift of these situations in our lives that keep on challenging us. Getting fed up can provoke us to consider new and more effective perspectives.
We are at a crucial time in our collective unfolding. The time is at hand for our realization, our true awakening. If we continue to refuse to awaken, the Universe---or God or Allah, if you prefer---will simply create experiences that intensify our collective anxiety, fear and confusion.
We have allowed a very small percentage of our human population to instill fear, to control, to divide us from each other, to deplete our will and destructively bleed the natural resources of our world.
No matter written laws, no portion of the earth or its resources is owned by anyone. It is stewarded by all of us. We are all here to share equally in the bounty of our Earth and in its nurturing.
The institutional forces that we have been led to believe are here to serve us have a different idea: they are here to bleed us, to instill fear, to divide, to sicken, to psychologically weaken us.
As we choose to face this, then we can move beyond it, and not until such time. One cannot move beyond slavery until one admits that they have been---or are being---enslaved.
The dark forces demonize that which is beautiful and loving while they promote that which is weakening and divisive. While life-saving technological advances, natural cures and wondrous, natural relaxation tools are withheld from us, we are told that meditation, natural herbs and socialism are bad for us or a waste of our time. In a world in which 40,000 people starve to death every day, true humanity requires some form of socialism. And to protect the interests of the very rich, most people have been led to think that socialism is evil.
The bulk of our religions preach peace and unity while they foment hate and discord.
Our media feeds us lies.
Our educational systems provoke us to be stupid or unaware.
Consider please, from the heart: There are four things to be done:
1) Face who you are . Be with yourself. Realize your true power and beauty.
You canot do this by trying to figure anything out with your head. It takes identification with the will and wisdom of the heart. Most folks have never been trained in this simple realization.
2) See your world as it is. Be aware of that which supports you and that which you are wise to support.
Embrace that which is worthy of your embrace. Walk away from that which is not.
3) Develop trust: in your own true power and deservingness, and in the events in your world as teachers. Everything that happens to you is best seen as an opportunity to respond to it with love.
Release the false and anemic substitutes for love that you may have been led to believe are all you are going to get or all that you have to give.
4) Live congruently with your knowings. This is the meaning of integrity. In each moment, you are nurturing either ego or heart. Which truly serves you?
We have been led to believe all sorts of things about who we are, why we are here, and how the “real world” is structured. Much of this "common knowledge" is simply a pack of lies. If we hold on to these old and tired beliefs, we make our situations and that of the world more difficult.
It is time now for more and more of us to embrace the loving path, again: to see all that is experienced as ongoing opportunities to respond with love.
Sometimes, this means embracing what is experienced. And sometimes, when ego, institution or family/business/friends are acting in an abusive way towards us, then the most loving response will be to do two things: First, remember always to love the abuser. Second, remove all other attention and support from the abuser. Fighting and resistance have never had any lasting effects for the communal good. Self-defense---protecting oneself ---and intending disengagement are not fighting in the true sense of the word.
What has been expressed above is the gist of what I know to be the most important messages that I feel I have been guided to share with the world. I do this humbly, as your equal, no matter who you are.
Last week on the YourPauseButton. com article blog, I posted an awakening message that received over 35,000 views and 750 “likes” on Facebook. Of all those who saw or liked the post, there was no indication that any of them actually went through the suggested process in that post. As far as I can see, 750 people said they liked something that they had not even experienced. It's a mind-boggler!
This shorter current post is designed to inspire you to dive into that awakening message.
I will again express it here: If you are just about fed up with what is happening in your world, then taking 80 minutes with this post published last week can be very cathartic for you. And this can only be the case if you approach it with an open heart and complete the process suggested.
The heart of the solution to the challenges you are experiencing is not in fighting or fixing anything outside of yourself. It is about embracing your loving power, trusting it, and living congruently with what you deeply know. As we do this, we will see more and more of our world reflecting our power ina more beautiful, loving, calm way.
As an experimenter and a “cage rattler,” my intent is to be of service to humanity. I have been creating awakening messages for over 14 years. Why do I do this? To assist in smoothing the collective path, to do what I can to minimize suffering in the world. I am passionate about helping make more calm the path of our awakening, and if this blog is not going to be an effective way to deliver my messages, I will find more effective venues. Is anybody reading this even half-awake? I'd like to hear from you.
If you truly intend for a better life for yourself, for your chldren and for those who have been struggling in this world, consider seeing and sharing this post with those who may be receptive.
Fighting life does not work. Two big keys to our unfolding are learning to trust ourselves---our hearts' guidance--- and disengaging from that which is not worthy of our trust.
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Sending love to you all.
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