The Guise of Separatism

We have been alone for far too long. We’ve been living under the guise of separatism when, in fact, we are one. One with each other, one with nature, one with the universe.

At the present time, we’re undergoing massive changes and shifts – not only on the molecular level, but socially, politically, geo-physically, cosmically and spiritually.

The changes are divine and will culminate in the next step toward our intended destiny…our journey back home. But as any traveler knows, there may be many roads leading to a destination and we must choose which path to take. But will the choice we make really be an authentic reflection of our own free will? Or will it be a manifestation of what we’ve been conditioned, socialized and programmed to choose?

Most of the world is arguably unaware of the differences between the two – as the lives we’ve been “taught” to lead have led to the hard-wiring of our misperceptions, the legitimization of illusion and the propagation of deceit. So much so – that many of us may struggle with distinguishing the truth from the falsehoods.

While ignorance may appear to be bliss for those who are currently leading lives of luxury, privilege, comfort and ease – the vast majority of the world’s population is burdened with fatigue, stress, hunger, despair, disease and abuse. But even those privileged few, who believe themselves to be insulated and above such concerns, are too, caught in the web of illusion – as we’re spun into a Matrix-like, psychological infra-structure through which we view ourselves and the world around us.

Like tinted lenses, we gaze at our lives though the spectacle of contrived images, carefully and strategically constructed to maximize our ignorance, apathy, indifference and preoccupation with and dependency on senseless materialism.

It’s not so much that we’re told “what to think, but rather what to think about”. It is our mental and emotional focus that guides our actions and choices. And just like is said about leading a horse – if one can control the head – one can control the animal.

We’re conditioned by public and private schooling where we’re fed false truths about human history.  We are manipulated by the institutional control grid that insists on social conformity and compliance and the silencing of voices and ideas that deviate from the “status-quo”. Critical thinking is discouraged – and in its place – we’re rewarded for relegating our cognitive functioning to the simplistic and superficial hands of our mental “autopilots” – from safely within the comfort zone of the proverbial “box”.

We’re conditioned by mass media – in all its glory. From television, movies and video games to commercials, billboards and print media, we’re saturated with products, fears and anxieties and mindless forms of “entertainment” and “news” that distort reality and withhold the facts.

Because the majority of what we’re exposed to deliberately targets lower-order brain functions of hunger, thirst, sex drive and the fight (aggression) or flight (fear) mechanisms – thinking deeply and critically about ourselves and the world around us is not commonplace.

Many of us still think “inside the box” for a variety of reasons. Some are in denial, some are made timid by the social coercion that’s directed at those who think “outside the box”, and perhaps most sadly, there are those who think “the box” is all there is to think about.

Is there a reality outside of the “box”? Are all those who speak of things foreign to the box crazed lunatics? Might it be possible that life “inside the box” is nothing more than a narrowly defined, restrictive space that serves more as a jail cell than a comfort zone?

Could it be that the divine boundaries of our existence are so much more expansive than the box allows – and that our growth has been stunted, horizons limited and free choices curtailed – if not abandoned entirely?

Might it be that many boxes have been created, labeled and set apart so that we might emphasize our distinctions as a divide and conquer strategy that manifests a guise of separatism between us? These boxes are not our rightful homes… they are psychological containment camps meant to undermine the unification of humanity so the “powers that be” may continue to reign unchallenged and unconcerned.

We possess enormous individual and collective potential. Like separate glints of light dispersed through a prism, we dance in different locations but are comprised of, and dependent upon, the same Source.

We are one.We are not alone. We are not weak, feeble or helpless. And we are – most definitely – not in a box.

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Your Leading Role: Changing the World is Easier than you Think!

It appears that over the past year, many of us have been incurring hardships, drastic life changes and many profound challenges. From the large-global stage to the more personal circles of family, friends and neighbors – it appears as though we continue to struggle through hardships of increasing magnitude.

The path of least resistance often manifests itself as feelings of helplessness – and at times, overwhelming hopelessness that these personal and societal challenges will ever cease.  Sometimes, it’s all we can do just to make it through the day with our head’s above water. We all know what it feels like – as if we’re sailing in turbulent waters in a sinking ship. And it’s all we can do just to keep frantically bailing out the water as quickly as it gushes in.

For many, this constant battle gives rise to  the popular (although defeatist) sentiment of “It’s all I can do to keep my own head above water. What can I possibly do to change the world”? But the answer to this question may be less daunting than we realize. Perhaps our individual roles in bringing about the changes we wish to see in the world and our own personal lives are, not only simple, but entirely doable.

We tend to think that changing the world necessitates bold, grandiose, styles of leadership. We tend to attribute change to religious, political and social activists that publicly assert themselves through laborious and time consuming efforts. This perspective often defeats our purpose and desires. We can’t envision how we, as individuals, could possibly take on such monumental tasks.

It seems that few of us recognize, or give credence to, the fact that simple, everyday acts of kindness are powerful beyond measure. We needn’t protest, march in the streets, run for political office or shout from our respective “soap-boxes”.

As counter-intuitive as it may seem – all we need to, in the words of Gandhi, is “be the change we wish to see in the world” – as individuals. Everyday, people cross our paths. Everyday, we interact with and engage others in a variety of settings. From home, school and the workplace, to our local grocery stores, gas stations and city streets – we encounter a myriad of situations and circumstances that cry out for simple acts of kindness.

The elderly woman attempting to cross a busy street. The stray animal shivering in the cold. The mother struggling to juggle her baby and grocery bags while boarding a bus. The list goes on and on and on.  How do you behave in these situations? Are you too busy or too preoccupied to extend a helping hand? Do you even take notice?

The power of a simple, everyday acts of kindness can not be dismissed or underestimated. When we take a moment (yes only a moment) out of our day to assist someone else – we are passing the flame of our candle to light another – bringing more light into the world. Being on the receiving end of an act of simple, everyday kindness has a visceral effect. It lightens the load, inspires joy, and renews a sense of hope in others. It has a warming effect that is contagious and motivates us to “pass it on” – to “pay it forward” (see the video link at the end of this article).

We all possess the power to share our light and express our humanity through acts of compassion and kindness. We can think of this as Heart Economics. Our need for connection and a sense of value and worth is the social demand – the spiritual requirement for well being. The willingness to extend ourselves to others is the supply – of which we have in abundance and unlimited quantity. The supply and demand of Heart Economics is, by its very existence, the love that makes the world go round.

Research has shown that helping behavior, not only breathes new life into the recipients, but also fortifies those that give. In the most dire of circumstances (such as concentration camps), people who found self-value in the assistance of others weathered the storm to greater degrees, were healthier, and experienced less stress and anguish than those who remained self-absorbed and downtrodden by their devastating circumstances.

So the next time that you’re feeling hopeless and depressed, angry and fearful or resolved that life is a hard and cruel taskmaster – stop, for just a moment, and look up from your life. Take time to notice those around you and extend a simple act of kindness. Even a smile can contribute a powerful message to a passing stranger that lifts them from feelings of invisibility. While we have no way of knowing what problems face the others that we encounter – the loving gesture of a simple smile can go a long way toward stoking the dwindling flame of their heart.

In this way, we can all assume leadership roles in transforming the world. And in terms of Heart Economics, the benefits will far outweigh the costs. After all, a simple cost/benefit analysis will quickly reveal that we have nothing to lose – and everything to gain. Again, in the wisdom of Gandhi, “A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself”.

In conclusion, I’ll take it one step further. Not only will we not be diminished by simple, everyday acts of kindness – in fact, we will all become benefactors of a world where love is the only currency that needs to be exchanged – and the interest will compound daily!

Please take a moment to view this very compelling  (5 minute) video that speaks to this message and “pass it forward” to everyone you know. Changing the world is easier than you think…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRSIFmlJwgM

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The Fear Factory: The Manufacturing of a Violent Society

The day after the mass murder at the Naval Office Building in Washington D.C. on September 16, 2013, I spent much of the day listening to the talking heads on radio and television as they presented analysis after analysis and interview after interview in a repeated attempt to “make sense” of what appeared to be, yet another, “senseless act” of violence.

Many experts shared their “professional” opinions on the matter from a variety of perspectives – conservative, liberal, pro gun control, anti-gun control, mental health, social policy and the like. On radio talk shows from National Public Radio to Sirius XM stations, callers repeatedly questioned “expert” guests – challenging what can only be described as their rehearsed and stilted responses to the usual questions.

During Kathleen Dunn’s radio program on National Public Radio entitled, “State Gun Laws” (State Gun Laws ), I listened in utter amazement as caller after caller posed questions to her guests (Adam Winkler, Author of The Right to Bear Arms in America and Danielle Thompson, Press Secretary for the National Association of Gun Rights) that demanded responses to specific questions only to be met with replies that were either evasive or entirely off topic in relation to what had been asked.

Throughout the day, I recorded the sentiments expressed by media hosts, guest “experts” and concerned citizens and noticed a striking pattern that emerged. Citizens were either responding to this latest tragedy with alarm, outrage and concern for the future of American society, or they responded with a learned sense of helplessness, apathy and indifference, earmarked by reactions such as “here we go again”.

The media hosts, depending upon their political bent, framed questions that have, by now, become cliché. “Why does this continue to happen? What are we going to do? What laws have to change? Should we be looking at the mental health of these assailants?

By in large, the “experts” that were interviewed by these hosts simply churned out the same old rhetoric – regardless of their political or professional perspectives. Examples of their “expert” opinions included comments such as, “There are over 30,000,000 guns in the hands of the public. There’s no way to eliminate them. We have to strengthen our mental health programs to identify, diagnose and treat individuals who may become violent threats to our safety. We need to strengthen gun-control laws. We need more guns in the hands of the citizenry so that they can protect themselves,” and on, and on, and on.

It quickly became obvious that there is a media channel or site that caters to every political, religious, scientific or philosophical taste that may exist in the audience base – their consumer market. So no matter what take an individual may have in relation to this issue – there will be a media source that validates their personal perspective.

This issue, in and of itself, is just another branch of an already divisive social structure that strengthens and perpetuates our differences. If we don’t “like” what we’re hearing, seeing or reading – we need only to change the channel as a quick fix to our dissonance. This is far easier than engaging differing points of view and working toward a common solution to our collective problems.

I continued to listen hoping to finally hear a dialog that, at the very least, grazed the real issue of what is truly going on – but to no avail. And what occurred to me – with increasing alarm – was that the real tragedy facing us is not merely the repeated and increasingly frequent nature of mass murders in our society – but rather our complete unawareness of and/or unwillingness to acknowledge what is at the source of this violent, social dynamic.

Acute vs. Chronic Acts of Violence

If we were to seek medical attention for a physical ailment we were experiencing, such as a headache, our doctor would likely ask us if this was an isolated incident or a recurring condition. The reason this question is important is because if our headache only occurred once, or rarely, it would suggest a far different approach than if we were consistently plagued by this headache on a continual, repetitive basis. This is the difference between a condition that is considered acute (sudden and isolated) vs. chronic (ongoing).

The medical response to an acute headache may be to take an pain reliever and get some rest. In contrast, the response to a chronic headache would likely warrant further and extensive testing to get at the systemic cause of the pain (CAT scan, MRI, etc.).

When we look at the frequency and nature of mass murders in recent years, we see that they are occurring at an alarming increased rate of frequency, and as such, cannot be regarded as “isolated incidents” of an acute nature.

Since the Columbine mass murder in April of 1999, there have been 37 mass murders where, in each case, between 4-20 individuals have been killed with guns. As alarming as this may be, this figure pales in comparison to the murders that are committed on a daily basis involving fewer than 4 victims (A Guide to Mass Shootings in America | Mother Jones).

In each of these 37 cases, the murderer was a different person, in a different state, in a different setting, and with different targets (students, co-workers, shoppers in a mall, movie-goers, etc). So how on earth can any reasonably intelligent person conclude that the source of our trouble lies with the “individual” assailant?

Clearly, we are dealing with a chronic social issue that is systemic in nature vs. an individualized, acute case of poor mental health. Are we really this simplistic and narrow-sighted as to believe that identifying a “mental health issue” with Aaron Alexis (or any other individual assailant over the last several decades) will help us predict and prevent the next massacre?

Individual vs. Societal Mental Health

Clearly, the individuals who opted to open fire on masses of people were disturbed. But the real question is – what were they disturbed about? And how many more of us are deeply troubled in the same way – about the same thing?

The term “systemic” refers to a condition that is generalized – not specific. And I feel it’s safe to conclude that there appears to be a generalized problem within our society of which violence is only the symptom. In my opinion, we cannot and will not effectively address these incidents of mass murders until and unless we are willing to take a long, hard, critical look at the structure that governs our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in our daily lives.

Our society has become chronically ill and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to identify the reasons why. History has factually demonstrated that American society was founded on the willful violence toward, and the bloodshed and murder of others who we deemed as less “worthy” than ourselves. We have a deep and passionate connection to weapons of mass destruction – so much so, that we have devoted a Constitutional Amendment as a shrine to maintaining our rights to bear arms – with the sole purpose of taking lives.

In every aspect of our society, violence is promoted, merchandised and worked systematically into the hard-wiring of our thoughts, feelings and perceptions. And while parents dutifully teach their young that they should use words, not violence, to solve their social dilemmas, we, in no way, demonstrate this by way of example.

Quite to the contrary, we teach generation upon generation, that violence is the ultimate solution to perceptions of threat. We continually manufacture and market toy guns and weaponry to millions of children every year and validate the necessity of power, domination and control over others through our television, movie and video-game industry that frames our Heroes as those who can “kill” the bad guys.

We fund, to grossly disproportionate degrees, our own military industrial complex and flex our muscles of violence in wars of mortal combat. We have even worked the word “kill” into our social colloquialisms to refer to supreme accomplishments, as in the phrase “You killed it” – meaning you did an outstanding job.

We’ve come from a place of social inequity, racism, sexism, classism and political and religious opposition. We allow millions of our own citizens to go without health care, jobs and homes. We accept outrageous numbers of families to live in poverty while we line the pockets of corporations, world banks, and military operations.

The NRA is the most powerful and wealthy lobby in the U.S., while State after State has passed leniency laws since the Newtown massacre (only 9 months ago) making guns even more readily available and to a wider consumer market. I just learned that Iowa now has a law permitting legally blind individuals to carry a firearm in public. These leniency laws have also extended the rights to carry firearms in public to convicted sex offenders and now include, in some states, the rights to carry guns onto playgrounds.

What’s puzzling to me, if this weren’t enough, is why we question the occurrence of repeated outbreaks of mass murders. Those that we give our power to, the “decision makers”, clearly have no interest in lessening the instances of violence in our society. Quite to the contrary, the data clearly show that the current trend is one that, not only condones, but encourages continued violence as a fact of daily life.

What Appears to be the Real Agenda?

Regardless of one’s personal perspective on the “gun-control” issue, one cannot deny the violent foundations that founded and continue to permeate our society. But if we are serious about change, we must turn our focus to those entities that are in control of making decisions. They are, in effect, the drivers of the societal vehicles in which we travel through our daily lives. They are the cartographers, the navigators, the suppliers of our fuel.

Why are we simply agreeing to ride as passive passengers down the road to ruin and destruction? And more importantly, why are we being driven, by design, toward a destructive destination in the first place? The more information one collects and analyzes, the more it appears that there is a consorted effort to keep us in a perpetual state of fear, anxiety and struggle.  Could it be that there are those who benefit from such a carefully crafted design? Is it possible that a peaceful, loving and unified society would not be as profitable to those who benefit from their positions of power and control?

They say that “sex sells” – but so does fear, and to an even greater extent.
Because fear is the deepest primal instinct related to survival, as long as we’re kept in a constant state of fear toward a real or perceived threat, we will fail to evolve beyond our fight/flight mechanisms. After all, who has time to worry about corruption, greed, deceit and the well being of others if we’re led to believe that our personal lives are in imminent danger? And there in lies the irony: what we really need to be concerned about is the agenda of the Fear Factory and not one-another.

Perhaps the time has finally come for American citizens to start asking some critical questions.  For example, isn’t it an ironic coincidence (synchronicity) that the latest mass murder just happened to fall on the very same day that the Senate Hearing on repealing the Stand Your Ground law was scheduled to meet – and was subsequently cancelled as a result of the massacre?

From a social-psychological perspective, these events coinciding would easily strengthen the Fear Factory’s position of strengthening perceived imminent threat among the population at large, as concrete evidence of why we all need to carry guns to protect ourselves.

The Declaration of Independence Revisited

I have before me the verbatim transcript of the Declaration of Independence – the document that specifies the reasons why America decided to separate from England – and the document that outlines the very principles on which our nation was founded. I have provided the first few paragraphs below.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence – Text Transcript)

(While most American’s are familiar with the more cliché sentences included in this document, few have read it in its entirety. There is an extensive itemization of reasons why the “Founding Fathers” saw fit to sever their ties with England. Many of these same objections are present in our current system of government, but are overlooked by the populace either out of ignorance or indifference. It is highly advisable that you refer to the link provided above to familiarize yourself with the principles our governmental officials are sworn to uphold).

In this article, I have summarized the striking increase in mass murders over the last few decades. I have also summarized the many ways in which our current system of leadership (political, corporate, etc.) which I am referring to as the Fear Factory, continues to promote and encourage violence as an acceptable, if not honorable, way to solve personal and social problems. I have further presented a reasonable argument for why attempts to approach these problems by focusing on the individual assailant as an acute instance of mental illness make no sense in the larger scheme of things. In contrast, I have stated that our current social structure is plagued by a chronic preoccupation with violence in combination with a market flooded with easily acquired weaponry. And when viewed in conjunction with the rampant poverty, racism, sexism and obstructed access to vital resources, we are dealing with social time-bombs of mega-proportions that are exploding at record speed.

If we sincerely want to put an end to the violence and murder that has become an earmark of American society, we must revisit the founding principles to which we pledge our allegiance.  We must critically evaluate our current state of affairs and ask the hard questions that no-one really wants to address. Are our elected government officials meeting their obligation as outlined in Declaration of Independence?

Or, are we in dire need of a massive change – one that shifts the power from agenda laden leaders who promote fear, violence and social conflict to the hands of the population whose unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are being threatened?

I reiterate the last sentence in the quote above, whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”

The truth is, we don’t feel safe. We don’t feel happy. And the reason is not that certain individuals among us are mentally ill. It is because the system that governs every aspect of our daily lives (The Fear Factory) decidedly continues to promote violence, weapons and social struggle in exchange for our unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

As Einstein once quoted, “problems cannot be solved by the same minds that created them.” If we’re really outraged by the continuation of mass murders, then we, as individuals and communities, must be proactive and take back the driver’s seat en route to our future.

Einstein also stated that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting difference outcomes”. Therefore, we must stop focusing on circular arguments that lead us no-where. We must realize that it is our society that has become “insane”, as a collective. As long as we continue to point fingers at specific laws, individual psychologies, and social disagreements, we will continue to spin our wheels in the mud while victim after victim meets their violent fates.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that, “Peace is not the absence of violence – but the presence of justice.” So we must ask ourselves – is it just to live in a society where violence has become the steady diet of every American man, woman and child? Is it just that we live our lives in constant fear and anxiety over not only what violent attack we may meet around the next corner, but over our financial security and health?

In practice, The Declaration of Independence was, admittedly, a farce in it’s day, as it excluded anyone who was not a land-owning white male from it’s principles. However, in theory, this document clearly outlines a structure in which, if all are included in practice, will cultivate the soil of a beautiful future in which every seed has the equal opportunity to grow and flourish in pursuit of its life, liberty and happiness.

To this end, some may opt to protest, some may organize, some may write letters to officials and editors of newspapers, but in reality, all that is truly needed is to wake up and rise to a new level of conscious awareness that allows you to see through the smoke and mirrors. Just like a magician or illusionist, the tricks of the Fear Factory will no longer be spellbinding once you clearly see the slight of the hand.

The violence agenda relies on our continued fear, ignorance and indifference. But the fate of our future relies on our conscious awareness.

Namaste – We are One

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Commitment vs. Conformity: The Social Sacrifice of Staying the Course

It has been my experience that, in the quest to remain true to my nature and committed to serving the mission of Oneness Consciousness, there has always been, and continues to be, a seemingly necessary sacrifice of social conformity to the “norm”.

Throughout history, those who have made the choice to “go public” with their assertions to the cause of Oneness, have become personal, professional and societal targets. From interpersonal relationships to wide-spread media campaigns – those who plant their feet on the soil of Oneness Consciousness appear to invariably find themselves socially challenged, ostracized, ridiculed, shunned and marginalized.

In smaller personal and professional circles, this often translates into compromised relationships with others who are steeped in the “illusion program”. Those who walk and talk the path of Oneness Consciousness are assigned the label of persona non grata. And in extreme cases, those who manage to gain wide degrees of public exposure – amassing a “following” (if you will) – often find themselves threatened, bullied, intimidated and/or killed.

When viewed historically, we have no shortage of examples. From prophets to politicians – entertainers to writers and social activists – we see the same pattern replicated over and over again and the message is loud and clear. Buck the “system” and you’ll pay the price. The translation of this dynamic is simple and to the point. Either conform to the Illusion Program or find yourself excluded, shunned or dead.

Because humans are social beings – we have a powerful need for affiliation. And of course, this makes perfect sense. After all, we are, in reality, One. Therefore, in our journey through the outer illusion of separatism, it’s natural to feel alone – so we seek out the company and validation of others as a reflection of our self-worth. But when viewed with our inner sense, we come to realize that we are never truly alone, as we are inseparable parts of the grander whole – Oneness Consciousness.

The question is – are we willing and able to make the social sacrifices necessary to remain true to this cause? Or, will we continually compromise the authenticity of our hearts to appease and acquiesce to the normative demands of the status quo? I’ve come to the conclusion that – at least up to this point – remaining committed to the cause of Oneness and conforming to social norms and expectations are in diametric opposition to one-another.

As the new, enlightened and more expansive Oneness Consciousness manifests – the clash between the old paradigm of competitiveness, ego and social exclusivity is unavoidable but necessary for change. These perceived conflicts should not be cause for undue concern – as they are vital catalysts that activate our progress forward.

In my work as a university educator, I have always remained committed to teaching my courses from the standpoint of Oneness Consciousness. While not an explicit part of my lectures – my approach, conduct and application has been to highlight the many institutionalized, social barriers to unity. Over the years, I have consistently received exemplary evaluations from my students and have been honored by student nominated teaching awards. However, the way that I am regarded by my colleagues is quite a different story. Despite my effectiveness as a teacher, I find myself an out-cast not worthy of inclusion – let alone direct eye contact when passing co-workers in the hallways.

Had I only been concerned with my own personal achievements and climbing the corporate ladder of academic “success” – I would have changed my ways years ago. I would have reined myself in, toned myself down, and curled into a fetal position in the hopes of not drawing undue attention to myself as one dedicated to the unity of the planet and her inhabitants.

We all must arrive at this difficult decision eventually. Will it hurt? Yes. Will it feel uncomfortable and frightening to “walk the walk” in the face of social opposition? Most definitely. But ultimately, we are faced with the choice of either betraying our hearts by “going along to get along” or drumming up the courage to be authentic, genuine and sincere representations of our personal truths – and letting the social chips fall where they may.

In the words of Marieanne Williamson:Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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“Spring Cleaning: Grooming Our Energetic Landscapes”

Spring appears to be a traditional time when folks go about the task of clearing out the clutter in their lives. They clean out closets, sweep off the cob-webs, and landscape their grounds – clearing out the unnecessary belongings and debris from their physical surroundings. And while this annual ritual leaves people feeling renewed, refreshed and ready to welcome in the new seasonal cycle – many overlook the areas that are perhaps in most need of attention – the energetic landscape of their daily lives.

In my recent post entitled, “To Change Your Mind is to Change the World”, I addressed the many ways in which the chaos and crisis of our global landscape is directly related to and dependent upon the nature of personal negativity that we engage in on an individual basis. So as we go about the laborious projects of mowing our lawns, cleaning our closets and planting our gardens – let’s not forget to take stock of and tend to the mental, emotional and behavioral sludge that dams the flow of positive energy that connects our inner lives to out outer reality.

Because we are interrelated as one collective energy field, every thought, feeling and action that a single individual undergoes, necessarily impacts the whole. Like individual drops of water in a pond – we each contribute to the purity and clarity of the entire pool. The impurity of a pond becomes polluted due to the contribution of singular, polluted drops that accumulate over time.

A container of pure, distilled water can still be compromised by a single drop of arsenic – rendering the collective whole as toxic – incapable of quenching our thirst.  In this same way, we each contribute our own measure to the collective pond wherein every drop counts. This degree of personal responsibility will come as a shock to many as we reflect on the implications of how each one of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors contribute to and determine the palatability of the collective watering holes on which we all rely.

Many helplessly look at the outer social landscape and feel hopeless and saddened by the violence, corruption and lack of empathy and justice that appears to characterize our world. But how many look inward to assess their own personal psychological and spiritual landscapes to measure the purity of the “drops” they are contributing to the whole.

It’s so easy to feel incapacitated. We tell ourselves, “what can I possibly do to change the world – I am only one person”. Many are overwhelmed by the daily obligations that dictate our lives. Sometimes, it’s all we can do just to keep our heads above water. But this sense of personal ineffectuality is really just an illusion that has convinced us of our impotence toward solving the “world’s” problems. The reality is that we hold the solution right in the palm of our hands. All that’s required is to simply engage in the “spring cleaning” of our personal energetic landscapes.

David Icke, in his discussion of how we can change the flow of the current structure of pain, suffering, fear and lack into one of peace, love and abundance speaks about the concept of “combing the mirror”. He poses the following analogy: if we look at our reflection in the mirror and notice that our hair is mussed – we cannot correct the “outer image” that we see (our reflection) by combing the hair we see in the mirror. We must rather comb the hair on ourselves. As Icke states, “You don’t comb the mirror, you comb your own hair and the mirror changes.” David Icke – Manifesting Your Reality (We Create Our Own Illusion) Fear Or Love – YouTube

So while we may not be accustomed to thinking that what we think, feel and do each day has an impact on the outer world – think again. What we see on the nightly news is merely a reflection of the image that we, as individuals, are presenting before the mirror. So ask yourself, are you engaging in thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are unjust, violent, fearful, angry, defensive and rude?

Do you despise the corruption, selfishness, greed and insensitivity you see in the outer social mirror, but yet fund and consume Industrial-Farmed meat/dairy “products” harvested from animals that lived and died under conditions of brutality? Do you lose patience with an “incompetent” clerk at your local retail store or put the needs of others on hold while you attend to self-serving behaviors instead? Do you react harshly toward your family members because you feel over-tired and stressed? Do you keep your dog chained outside – lonely and isolated from who he considers to be his family pack?

Negativity has many forms, and when combined, this collective bundle of small indignities we perpetrate each day are no less profound in impact than the sensationalized acts of violence that make the front page.

So this spring, as you’re preparing your physical environment for a new season – take stock of your inner landscape. Be mindful of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors and make the adjustments – however small – to bring your inner landscape into alignment with your ideal vision of a better world. In the words of Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” or perhaps even more to the point, “Happiness is when what you think, how you feel and what you do are in harmony”.

We will never transform the outer world’s reflection by our repeated and failed attempts at “combing the mirror”. It is only when we take personal responsibility to put forth the effort to change ourselves as individuals that we may begin to change the whole. It’s springtime, and our gardens await our seeds. It’s up to each one of us – what you plant today will determine the collective harvest of tomorrow.

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From Family to Freedom: Coming to Terms with Pain from the Past

Just the other day, I read an article from someone who, now in his middle-aged years, found himself plagued by feelings of hatred and animosity toward his mother for the abuses that he had incurred as child. He spoke about difficulties that he now had in his adult relationships where he would pull away from his wife, without realizing it – or understanding why. This article addresses this gentleman’s experiences and speaks to the broader issue of how we can come to terms with pain that was inflicted from our early or past relationships.

First of all – the classic approach-avoid scenario in relation to intimacy is VERY common and VERY normal in situations where children are raised in homes that display both Love and Rejection (or at the least – repeated disappointment).

But, it isn’t really so much Love/Hate – as it is Love/Fear. There are only two energetic forces – Love and Fear – all other negative emotions (including hate) are simply derivatives  that arise out of fear.

I was raised by an alcoholic mother and my father committed suicide when I was 9 years old. My mother would be sober during the day (Love) but then every night would transform into mother from hell and abuse me (Fear). As I grew older and entered into intimate relationships as an adult – I went through the same process – approach (because I knew love was possible) but then avoid (because I had learned that the love never lasted).

These feelings are very primal – they are reflexive – and are often triggered “pre-cognitively” (before thinking). They are like knee-jerk responses. Ironically, sometimes things are the hardest when everything is going well in our relationships because we are consciously or unconsciously waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sometimes, we may even go so far as to sabotage the good just to make sure the pattern that we expect plays out – rather than waiting for it to happen.

Please know that Hate is simply not going on. Anger is the same way. It’s like reducing fractions – Hate is 4/8 – Anger 2/4 – but when reduced to the smallest extent possible – we have Fear at 1/2. Fear is the “sponsoring” emotion. And of course when it really comes to down to it – Fear is just the absence of Love.

Just like darkness and light. Darkness really has no substance in and of itself. Unlike light – darkness only appears as the absence of light. Picture a darkened hallway (like a motel corridor). You have no light in the hallway – but each room, behind each door, is lit. If you open one of the doors – the darkness doesn’t spill into the lighted room – it’s quite the other way around.

I’ve been there as well, and have only recently come to terms with it. I cared for my mother for the last 13 years, and finally in hospice, she passed away at home last April. Despite all the childhood abuse, I loved and forgave her – realizing that she sincerely loved me to the best of her ability.

Many of us feel that our childhood has long since passed – it is no longer a part of us and we should just “grow up”. But just like a tree, our early years are still buried beneath the outer rings of our maturity and remain part of our core. In many ways, the inner rungs of our youth form the very foundation upon which our adult lives are formed. Now, as we react and respond to buried feelings triggered by childhood events, we must reach deep within ourselves with love toward that wounded inner child.  Know that when you experience surges of pain related to your past – you are only reacting to the “Little You” who is buried deep inside who is calling out to be heard -  finally ready to transcend all the childhood pain. Connect to your Higher Self and reach out your hand to him or her. Tell them you love them and that’s it’s okay now – they are safe. Ultimately – there is only love to be concerned with – and there is more than an ample supply to draw upon.

We must forgive our parents – as their journeys were their own and we may never know what it was like to walk a mile in their shoes. Realize that whatever drama ensued within your family acted as a catalyst for growth – and ultimately, you have your parents and all their problems to thank for making you who you are today. And perhaps most importantly – forgive yourself. Don’t harbor any guilt over feelings toward them that represent your pain. Our pain is the gateway to growth – for one never evolves from the sanctuary of a complacent comfort zone. Like labor pains, the end result of tragedy is the birth of new perspective, strength and compassion and our doorway to a more expansive expression of self.

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To Change Your Mind is to Change the World

In the last few weeks we have, once again, been presented with various examples of the vulgar and violent abuses we perpetrate against one another. From the Boston bombings to the cyber-promotion of violence against women – we continue to lament over our convictions that a peaceful and loving end is in nowhere in sight. We respond to these events with anger, sadness, hopelessness and fear – and perhaps worst of all – we respond with apathy toward a world gone awry.  Our overwhelming sense of helplessness only compounds the struggle, culminating in a collective sigh over our burdens to bear.

While I could write volumes on why men abuse women and then proudly boast about their perceived “conquests” – what good would it really do? Would it really help to espouse, once again, that we are a society that sanctions and glorifies violence, power, domination and greed? And what would it accomplish, to once again, point out that males who abuse females are not so much psychopathic individual personalities as successful bi-products of a psychopathic social structure that teaches and rewards males who conform to social expectations of brutality?

Are we finally prepared to acknowledge the symbiotic link between war, football, hunting, industrial farming, inhumane business practices, violent video-game/movie/television content and the tragic outcomes we encounter or learn about on the nightly news? I’ve honestly become resolved to the fact that we’re simply not making the link between what we mindlessly engage in and accept and the daily tragedies that we continue to face.

While watching the news last week, we listened to the “experts” question whether the Boston act of terrorism was “domestic” or “foreign”. And again I ask…what’s the difference? Is the act any less heinous if committed by an American vs. foreign born individual or group? We still haven’t realized the full measure of how our preoccupation with these inconsequential subtleties reflect our immaturity as a global population and fuel the very conflicts we so desperately oppose.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” But we still haven’t internalized the gravity of this realization. We are still very much immersed in the “us” vs. “them” mindset. As long as we remain resolved to conceptualize the world in this way – we’ll be hindered in our progress as a human community. Just like the convict dragging around a ball and chain – we’ll remain shackled to the false premise of duality.

So once again – for what it’s worth – we are not separate and wayward travelers – adrift in space – alone and abandoned. We are ONE. The thoughts, feelings and actions of one are inextricably connected to the thoughts, feelings and actions of all. We must stop focusing on the minutia of specific and singular events and broaden our perspectives so that the BIG picture can come clearly into view.

We must reflect – deeply – about our interconnectedness and stop dwelling in the realm of individual conflict and the assignment of blame. We must realize that we each bear the responsibility to mindfully contribute the full measure of our potential in every moment of every day – in every situation and with every person, animal, plant, and rock we encounter.

Due to no fault of our own, we have forgotten who we really are. Having spent generation upon generation living under the socially program-induced paradigm of struggle, violence, hatred and fear – we have lost our identities and the power of our social consciousness has become disenfranchised. And while I would argue that none of us came out of the womb aspiring to the lowest order of human potential – our orientation and induction into the mentality of victimization has obscured our ability to envision a different and more loving existence.

Unity is not merely a “concept”. Unity is a verb – denoting action. To unify is to bring together – to meld into a cohesive whole. Unity cannot, by definition, be accomplished in segments. Like a circle, it must be continuous – without beginning or end – without angles or diametrically opposed points.

If you’ve grown weary of the violence, abuse and fear scenario – then change your perspective to one of peace, love, equity and joy. Changing your “outlook” will result in your change in behavior and the choices you make. These changes will trigger a domino-effect of social transformation that will catch like wild-fire until the whole of the global population has been ignited with the energy of Oneness. In short – to change your mind is to change the world.

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