All Is Well

6 May

A mantra in which I find peace, is this: All is well. All is well. All manner of things are well.
I cannot recall where I first heard it, or when it became part of my inner voice, but I feel as though it has been there forever. I am aware that the words, or the sentiment, have cropped up in one form or another in many of the readings I have encountered, but I became curious as to its source.
So I ‘googled’ it!
The words were first presented by one Julian of Norwich, a Catholic ‘anchoress’, who lived in a cell attached to the church in Norwich, in the late 14th century and into the 15th. I had never heard of her but she is, in this century, well known; at least, her book is.
There is very little that can be gleaned of her biography, except what she tells us herself as it is relevant to the telling and interpretation of her visions. ‘Revelations of Divine Love’, which she devoted much of her life to writing after receiving a series of visions when gravely ill in her 30’s, has miraculously made it through the centuries.(she is worth a ‘google’ and the book is worth reading, though rather tedious, repetitive and heavy going at times. There is a free version available through Project Gutenberg.) The words in the text are quoted from her vision of Jesus: ‘ Sin is inevitable, but all shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.’
The quote was also made famous by T.S. Eliott in his Four Quartets. ‘And all shall be well, And all manner of thing shall be well, When the tongues of flame are in – folded, Into the crowned knot of fire, And the fire and the rose are one.’
Julian herself seems to have been influenced by the teachings of her contemporaries, such as Meister Eckhart, a Dominican monk whose philosophies bordered on heresy at the time, and others who explored mysticism and hermetic thinking which is influential on much of today’s ‘new age’ philosophies. Many philosophers of the middle ages lost their lives to the accusation of heresy against the church and it is something of a miracle that the works of people like Julian and Eckhart have survived at all.
The message I get from all my delving is this: it does not matter from where ones spiritual practice has derived; it is how we bring understanding in our own hearts to the embracing of unconditional love within that structure, if we choose to maintain it as Julian did.
For those who do not embark upon such a quest, life must seem a struggle and such love seems elusive and beyond reach, except by being conditional. They do not think for themselves or ask questions, but accept blindly what they have been told. Julian asked questions and received answers which sat well with her and which allowed her to continue to embrace the teachings of ‘the Church’. Her belief that ‘All is well’ transcended the reality of the inquisition and church politics of the time which must have caused her great discomfort, quite aside from the fact that thinking aloud was very dangerous. She spent her life interpreting her visions and her work survived the culling of the church, though some of its protectors did not.


Altering States of Consciousness.

6 Mar

Since the beginning of time, we have sought an altered state. As children we get giddy because it gives us a feeling we don’t usually experience and provides a hint of something we sense is missing – something floating tantalisingly just out of reach. As we progress through life we might try all kinds of things to attain that elusive high. These things include drugs, self hypnosis, orchestrating near death situations, meditation, fasting, crowd hysteria (concerts, religious, political or fanatical rallies), elitist groups; the list is endless.
When something works for us in the moment, and gives us an awesome, mind-altering experience, we are in danger of believing it is the one way to receiving higher wisdom and well-being. Unless we are mindful that we really don’t know what we don’t know, that there are millions of ways to alter our sense of being, that there are millions of points from which to view things and from each of those points there are millions of things to view, we are in danger of being self-righteous, fundamentalist, addicted and unmoving. We can become stuck in one place because it gives us a sense of power which we believe is what we are after, or we are fearful of moving out of a place which feels ‘safe’.
The great paradox of life – we believe we are not meant to suffer and yet we suffer. We believe we should be happy and yet we are unhappy. We believe and yet we doubt.
The experience of paradox is what we came here to have. Rather than cling to a belief and battle with doubts, we need to accept, allow, be grateful for the opportunity and trust to the process of life. We need to expand our view not only from where we are, but from an ever-increasing number of viewpoints. The consciousness of Unconditional Love does this. It is the consciousness of Source, of God – and it does not waver in its love for the creation and its process.
In this world of life and death, joy and fear, love and hate – on all the continuums of polarity, the sources of paradox which are in place for our experience – we seek peace, joy, love and understanding. These things seem elusive to us, but they are there at the end of the continuum in any moment. Like looking down on a train moving along on a journey from one place to another, the engine and the caboose are apparent at once. The journey will not be completed without each part of the train being what it is meant to be. One carriage derails, the journey is delayed. So we must rise above the polarity train we ride on in the moment and observe the whole train, knowing it is taking us where we want to be and knowing it is one train – not a whole lot of individual carriages that can operate on their own, but each dependent on the other, the caboose representing hate being just as important as the engine representing love.
Our journeys on these ‘trains’ of polarity are not about moving along dangerously towards the engine, trampling over others and leaping from carriage to carriage, but being comfortable where we are, helping each other where we are, knowing that as the train moves and its occupants evolve, its entire structure transforms so that the polarities of the continuum become ever closer in meaning. The caboose will no longer be ‘hate’ but will also be ‘unconditional love’ like the engine. As we change, so the polarities in our lives change. Each of us rides in a place on our trains of polarity. As more of us change through finding forgiveness, compassion and love in our hearts and rise above to see the big picture, so also do the ‘trains’ transform. It is not us who move ‘up’ the train in a kind of competition. It is the character of the train itself that changes in response to the riders’ ‘being’.
If we find ourselves judging those who are stuck in an experience we know is potentially harmful, or selfish, or dysfunctional, we need to remember a time when getting dizzy was fun; when hanging upside down so that the ceiling became the floor was a fun way of perceiving the world; when being involved in a project with like minded people was rewarding; when being with friends who accept us builds our self esteem and find our own understanding, compassion and love for those of us who are doing no more than that in their choices and behaviours. That bringing harm to others in the process means we may have to address them, does not mean we judge them. That we can recognise in ourselves choices made that may also bring harm, means we address them, not judge them. Forgiveness and compassion are ours also for ourselves.
So enjoy playing with altering states of consciousness – it is no more than looking at the world and life from different places and angles. It is necessary for our growth and evolution. But always be mindful of safety for self and others. Always carry an intent based in love and compassion for all, not based on a need to escape or a judgement of life or a desire to be more than others. Be like the child who accepts life as it is and is curious about looking at it upside-down, or as a bug might see it, or whose open mind and heart can share it with others we cannot see any more.
When we have a problem, or we are ill, we can explore solutions from a myriad of angles, trusting that life will serve us, always mindful of our desire to serve love. We are never alone for we are OF the One Consciousness and the One Consciousness is with us always – we are always in Its awareness. Many call it God. What many are not aware of is that It has only one attribute and that is one of unconditional love. Those who have found alignment with It in their lives find compassion and forgiveness a real part of their being. Judgement and recognition of judgement can only arise through OUR consciousness. Because of this, recognition of Love can only arise also from OUR consciousness. To align and integrate our consciousness with Love is what allows us to serve and be served by life. We are indeed responsible for our own happiness.


Integrating Consciousness

10 Feb

How do we go about integrating consciousness to change our ‘being’, assuming we have identified a need to change it in order to serve love and fulfil our mission on Earth.
If we can accept that we are more than what presents in the universe of our body (Physical plane), we need to understand how we present in the universe of our mind (mental plane), and in the universe of our spirit (spiritual plane), in order that the three operate in unity.
It is in the realm of our mind (the thinking) that communication is opened between body (the physical, doing) and spirit (soul and high self) and it is this being that reflects in our bodies. It is this being that reflects in what and how we think, and what we do and how we feel. It drives our feelings and if communication with Spirit is intermittent or faulty, the feelings we carry do not align with those of Unconditional Love, (the Holy Spirit, Mana. Prana, Chi, Life Force, Energy of the Mind of the Creator, Christ energy, God, The Great ‘Is’). When they do, we feel great gratitude for life and the understandings and knowledge it brings to us. We feel great joy in the beauty we begin to notice in everything around us. We develop faith that the world and the day serve us in our journey as we serve it. We find ourselves full of the genuine compassion of love for others on their path. We find that we forgive easily without judgement, those who hurt and harm us and the world around them, in their isolation from the power of love. We find that we can then help them if they ever come to express a desire to change their being in the realisation that they are absent of love in their lives. We cannot, no matter how hard we try, fix them ourselves. But we can bring the healing of spirit to them through our skills, if they are open to receiving it.
We cannot pretend to forgive simply because it is something we are asked to do by wise teachers. Our Being of Mind will see and feel the insincerity of it. We cannot pretend compassion just because wise teachers tell us that it is a desirable state of being. Our Being will recognise the pretence.
So if we have recognised this in ourselves and if we have a desire to achieve these attributes in our Being, where do we start?
1) Understand that the sufferings we endure, are a result of lacking communication between our three selves, and have NOTHING whatsoever to do with the world that that lack has manifested in our lives, or that we fear will manifest in our lives.(i.e. a world of lack!)
2) Recognise that it is our responsibility and ours alone to take the steps necessary to begin changing our Being and establish a positive communication and integration of our consciousness. It matters little how we came to be taught our current core beliefs. We need to seek detachment from any need to ‘blame’ someone or something else for our state of being.
3) Change our ‘self talk’. Address our inner being with affection and understanding. Let it know that we realise it is our focus and attention on the physical world and its less desirable aspects that leads it to perpetuate those aspects of focus. (I use ‘Thank you, I’m sorry, forgive me, I love you’ of the Ho’oponopono traditions of Hawaii as a start. EFT is another way to engage the Inner Being as a trusted friend. There are many ways to consciously improve our relationship with our inner self.)
4) Once our Inner Being is conscious of our intent to desire change together, we ask for connection with Spirit through connection with our Higher Being. I address this aspect of myself as ‘Lord of Our Being’, making the prayer from the ‘We’ of my ‘body- self’ ( logical and objective mind of the physical Human)and my ‘mind-self’ (emotional and subjective mind of the Inner Being). To address directly, with proper desire, one of the Great Teachers, the Angels, any Being of Unconditional Love or the Mind of the Creator itself knowing they are all of One Mind, will automatically engage our own ‘spirit-self’, Higher Being, as part of our integrated self.
5) Sit in stillness, meditate, enjoy the connection without attention to thoughts for a while. In these moments we are One within ‘God’ and They are One within Us. (Not We are ‘God” and They are Us – big difference in conceptual understanding there! Compare the idea that the character an actor plays is of the actor, and the actor is of the character but the character is not the actor and nor is the actor the character.)
6) Express genuine gratitude for peace and love in the moments of connection that we experience, either on purpose through deliberate connection, or in walking through life, as in whenever we feel our hearts swell with joy and love at moments in our day.
7) Be conscious, mindful, aware of this connection increasingly more often as we practice living more and more in the present moment.
8) Practice being mindful of our thoughts, to monitor them for an absence of connection in our being, that we can consciously address them – not with judgement, but with love and compassion.
9) Any material goals and desires we have, need to be manifested from this integrated state of being if we wish to impact the collective consciousness of the world. There is nothing wrong with ‘wanting stuff’or ‘having stuff’ if it is intended to serve the power of Love. For example. If we ‘want’ a flash house because we haven’t got one, we are serving the power of lack. If it is because we think we deserve it more than others, or we have earned it through hard work where we think others haven’t, we are serving a power of pride. If we think we need to show others how successful we are, we are serving a love of power. If we want it, though, to bring beauty and appreciation to others, to demonstrate how man and nature can compliment each other, to bring others into our life as employees, or as extended family members and friends, being able to accommodate them in a beautiful environment to share, we are serving the power of love.
10) Be aware that the energies of the universe serve us, and their laws are immutable. They do for us that which our ‘being’ asks/attracts. It is up to us to consciously integrate our 3 selves so that our being moves ever higher in ‘frequency’ along the continuum of being ab‘sin’t of love to being love itself. As we achieve this we begin to merge the 3 planes of our existence (Body, Mind and Spirit) to be a physical, mental and spiritual representation of the Creator (in Their image) in Whose mind we, and all of the creation, are manifest and Who is in every aspect, down to the smallest particle, a part of what we ourselves manifest and what we are.
None of this is easily or instantly achieved. We spend our entire life moving along this continuum. Some would say lifetimes in this and other worlds. I am with the latter, but it does not really matter if we can acknowledge that our journey through life is one we take one step at a time, knowing that as a collective consciousness/creation, we will get to the perfect manifestation of Love in the end and knowing we can be integrated with the consciousness of Love all the way, if we ask it. We are never alone.

Of course there is nothing linear about how the universe and our being operate, but this simple metaphor can show us that unless our being is aligned with higher frequency we will continue to operate in the lower. Our own higher consciousness cannot operate within us unless we connect through consistent practice and a desire to raise our frequency one step at a time. We tend to fluctuate in our connection on the continuum due to the law of rhythm, the swing of the pendulum, the cycle of seasons, the rise and fall of the tides. But as we progress, the down is not as far down and the ups are higher.











The Nature of Our Being

4 Feb

Everything we DO and everything we UNDERGO, that happens to us, is a reflection of our BEING. Our BEING takes action in reaction to other actions. These spirals of both positive and negative decisions and consequences are reflections of our BEING.
Our DOING – that is our emotions/feelings; our thoughts/desires; our actions/inactions/reactions/ decisions (and all of their consequences) – and our BEING –that is our personality/ nature/ character/ ego – are directly related. We cannot DO something unless we ARE something. And we cannot BE something unless we DO something.
So what constitutes our BEING which then dictates our DOING?
At the time I write this I am drawn to the idea that we are THREE beings in one. (The Human Being.) There is our Superconscious being, our Subconscious being and our Conscious being. The majority of us are unconscious of the first two beings in our ‘reality’. Some of us are unconscious of all and operate from a subconscious agenda, perhaps in tandem with the Superconscious, perhaps not, reflecting in our actions. Increasingly now, more professional people and even some scientists are recognising a ‘superconscious’ element in human consciousness.
I am assuming that my reader is open minded enough to accept this as a possibility – that our BEING is a reflection of all three beings within, as far as we allow them to integrate. And there is the catch. Even if we are conscious of all three aspects of our BEING, we may not necessarily have integrated them – in fact it is very unlikely that we have, given the current state of UNconsciousness that humanity is in. ( It has improved , though. I am able to present these ideas in a public forum and be fairly confident I will not be lynched and burned at a stake! I count this as a great blessing.)
Many ‘new age’ philosophies and teachings are giving full attention to the subconscious mind – targeting the ego. This, I feel, has validity in the fact that it is the Ego that drives our BEiING and therefore the consequences (sufferings, undergoings, STORIES) of our ACTIONS (thoughts, feelings, decisions), but there seems to be a conscious belief that it is the ego that is to blame for our ‘troubles’! (to put an Irish euphemism to it!) I know I have been enticed by this idea – that it is not really ME who is the cause of my suffering. This is because I have bought into the belief that it is someone, or something’s FAULT!
However, is this trend to desire disempowerment or destruction of our egos, not yet another target (to replace, or supplement ‘the Devil’? Or ‘The Human Condition’? Or ‘Karma’? Or ‘The Users in our Life’? Or the ‘Greedy’? Or the ‘Conspirators’? Or the ‘Lovers of Power’? Or ‘Our Childhood Experiences’? Or our ‘Ancestral Experiences’? The’Sins of the Fathers”? Our birthright?(caste, place in the hierarchy)) as something for us to blame? Surely our Ego belongs to US and its attributes are OUR responsibility. The DOING in our life belongs to our BEING. It is who we are. Responsibility need not equate with blame! But how often do we become DEFENSIVE when it is suggested that we are responsible for what happens to us? We feel JUDGED. We feel OFFENDED. We feel ABUSED. This is because we have been taught so, and so we have taught our Subconscious Being to believe we are worthy of judgement. This is what we have taught our poor Ego to do! To believe we are unworthy! So of course in its defence, it either believes that IT is unworthy, or that someone/something else is! I have called this SNOT –‘snot me!’
Our subconscious ego does not need to be blamed for our ‘troubles’. Neither do we, the Conscious. However, operating in a vibration of frustration, self pity, anger, hatred or blame can never achieve true contact with the vibration of love, no matter how much we say we have it. This is what drives the Ego to behave like a 2 year old! We must consciously strive to raise our vibratory frequency towards the ideal of Unconditional Love on the positive end of the continuum of ‘feelings’ and away from its complete abSince at the other.
Our children need recognition, support and understanding in their quest for independence. They will become dysfunctional if they do not receive these things and one other vitally important element – LOVE – from their parents, wider family, and community. Our Inner Child – our Ego – is no different. Many of our teachers call for the ‘death’ or ‘dissolving’ of the Ego. While to my mind this is a call for transformation, many equate death and dissolving to a ‘disappearing’. If our intention is to ‘get rid of’ our ego we are telling our child within that they are not wanted. A perfect recipe for dysfunction – for getting what we DON”T want.
I much prefer ‘inner being’ as a title for our subconscious self. It will grow and mature with a high level of function and self confidence if we love and nurture it as we would a broken or damaged creature, or our own precious child. It is our responsibility to introduce it to our ‘higher being’ that it brings the power of love into our integrated being. It is only through our conscious will that this can happen.
If we ignore it, or berate it, despise it, our lives will reflect this through its ‘acting out’ or its apathy in manifesting what we want and its subservience to a fear of power. If we decide to give it a love of power, by giving it permission to ‘deal’ with others and enslave them to our will, we become judgemental, bullying, narcissistic powermongers, or henchmen to them.
It is through our inner being that we access and activate the universal laws. If there is no connection to our higher being in this process, then we manifest our lives in an absence of the power of Love. If we do this consciously, we abuse those powers.
Many, like me, have questioned deeply the beliefs imposed on us by our upbringing and religions. People who are convinced that any who do not embrace their way of ‘doing’ are lost souls, do not truly Love. Whether we connect and integrate with unconditional love through our own Higher Being, or through Jesus, or Buddha, or Mohammed, or any great teacher is irrelevant (to my mind) since all high beings, including our own, give us connection to the Power of Love,(through the mind of ‘God’) providing we have introduced our inner being to them and acknowledged them all, as such.
If we consciously connect to the Higher Consciousness through our Inner Being by acknowledging and nurturing that being with love, we will bring about an ego ‘death’ – that is, a shifting of being along the continuum towards the ideal of ‘Unconditional Love’. Every experience manifested in our lives has the potential to help us achieve the next step on this journey. To be conscious of this process rather than continue on unconsciously, will see a more rapid progress. We begin to find gratitude for our trials and come to rise above them, not because we judge that which has taught us but because we allow the lesson and are grateful for it; we find we have genuine love and compassion for those who brought it to us, including our own Inner Being! We cannot access this genuine feeling of gratitude until we have transitioned ourselves along the continuum of ‘feelings’ enough to attain the vibratory frequencies of ‘being’ there. It begins with forgiveness – a readiness (being sorry – consciously so r(r)eady) to ask to give forward into the love of our Higher Being(s), our feelings arising from being in the vibrational state of the opposite end of the continuum from Unconditional Love. This can only begin when we open our hearts to the possibility that we are indeed responsible for our journey.
If our goals, dreams and visions are imagined and desired with a focus of attention on the feelings that come with NOT having them, we will attract the NOT. We need to connect with our Higher Being to shift that vibratory state of being. Our intent, in desiring to achieve this, must come from a desire to serve and be love and not from a desire to escape our suffering with its feelings of hate, self pity, judgement and anger . This is where our conscious attention needs to BE, that our subconscious attention (inner being) is also there, that the connection with our Higher Being occurs and we find ourselves rising above our suffering and manifesting a life of abundance and joy. In doing what we love to do and loving others as ourselves, we influence the vibration of others in their place on the continuum. We do not have to identify or judge them as being ‘here’ or ‘there’. Our only concern is where we are now on our journey and to make the next step. The rest will follow as consequences of that action, for ourselves and for others.

Spiritual Pride

19 Jan

True story.
Some time ago when I was quite young – 17 or 18 – and trying to make sense of the ‘wrongness’ of things – I opened my Bible with the intention of receiving some kind of affirmation that I was right in the direction that my thinking was taking me.
The page opened and my eyes were drawn to a verse. James 1:2. ‘Count it all joy when you are lead into divers temptations.’
It was the ‘divers temptations’ part that grabbed me and for many years I have remembered the text as a warning – ‘beware divers (various) temptations’ – how strange is that?
Of course Spirit was trying to encourage me to seek the truth of what those temptations and trials were for me.
The trouble is, I interpreted it as avoiding being tempted into behaviours I perceived as being wrong.
It has taken me many years to understand the message which in that moment was for me alone:
‘Hello – there is no right or wrong!’
God is unconditional love and love cannot judge us, or tell us how to think. We have to work it out for ourselves. It was my intention of seeking a spiritual ‘pat on the back’ for being right that allowed my interpretation of the verse to be misunderstood. It was not until I became a truth seeker, rather than a kudos seeker, that I could begin to see what my message truly meant.
The temptation, as applied to me, was about judging myself and others according to my core beliefs about behaviours. So often I have rejected peoples’ teachings when they are evangelistic, for example. Not the teachings as much as the people and their great self pride in being so right!
More to the point, it was about my own perception of what the people I wanted to call friends would think of me associating with the evangelistic ones.
When I got over myself enough to observe me, instead of cringing at others, I was finally able to begin asking the questions needed to begin changing myself.
So many of the teachings I have come across since doing this have lead me to discover that the core temptation we battle is that of pride! The ‘I’ve- got- it- right- and- if- you- don’t- think- as- I- do- then- you’ve- got- it- wrong-you- poor- poor- soul!’ kind of thing.
How often do we observe others’ evangelistic behaviour about their beliefs and judge them. Really, we are looking in a mirror!
All we need to do is observe ourselves by seeing others as mirrors and be joyful that what we see, if we don’t like it, can be changed within us, through love. Conversely, when we look at the mirror named as those we look up to and admire – perhaps it is Jesus if he has been our teacher, or a person like Ghandi – we can recognise and love that which we see as an image of ourselves – not a picture of something separate and unobtainable but a true mirror image of who we are.
When we do this we find ourselves thanking and blessing the ‘mirrors’ in our lives and indeed counting it all joy when faced with divers temptations.
Through them, with the pure intention of seeking truth, we learn about that which we truly are. And one day, if they come to see themselves in us, those who were our mirrors may also change the intent behind their questions.
That is their business, though.
Always, I believe, at the core of all hearts is the unconditional love of Source, even if imprisoned by a protective and fearful ego.
However, I would not like to pretend I have achieved this ( all too often I find myself falling in the same old trap ) but to be aware that we are all one consciousness in the world of polarity and free choice, and all one with Source in the world of spirit, is an important step towards the healing and unification of humanity.

Game of Thrones – Our Engagement with Drama.

8 Jan

I wondered what everyone – well – an awful lot of people – were on about. A friend lent me the first book and after skimming through a few chapters I decided to get an overall picture in a quicker way. I found a very good summary of the first 6 seasons of this popular drama on you tube. (
Power play, intrigue, dysfunction, pain, horror, betrayal and the very fragility of life and its complete unpredictability are real enough in the present. Is it necessary to revisit it all in the name of entertainment?
Perhaps we see such extreme and graphic portrayals of the effects of ‘the Human Condition’ as a reason to be grateful that our lives today do not manifest like this. The fantasy element (dragons, magic and the supernatural) also helps us to avoid seeing the parallels in our own existence, therefore allowing us to distance ourselves from them. This gives the impression for some commentators that we are becoming desensitised to violence and abuse in our own world.
Maybe it is comforting to be able to watch such things from a distance in the security of one’s home or amongst friends and be detached from them – a bit like watching the news. We can participate in all the emotion and drama, make our judgements and argue our positions without actually physically undergoing (suffering) the experience.
Horror movies and ‘reality’ shows, computer games and interactive virtual battles and dramas which people become addicted to, are popular for the same reasons. It’s not ‘real’, so maybe by engaging in this stuff, we can by-pass the reality of life, like any drug allows us to do. For the ‘social’ junkie or ‘occasional’ user it offers a respite (most of us enjoy a good party, a bit of escapism or self indulgence); and for the addicted, a long term or permanent escape is made possible. Or it allows us to justify the behaviours we choose to take power over others in our lives or to be subservient to it.
‘Game of Thrones’ has surpassed all other shows in popularity. It is a global phenomenon. That it is so unpredictable means that there is no clear ending, no ‘happily ever after’; it is a rather elaborate soapie, with fewer than the usual number of characters surviving past half of, never mind an entire, season with no guaranteed future for the few that are still there. Given the perceived unpredictability of world events, the increasing number of disasters, wars and crime, escalating social and political dysfunction and the potential horrors of what might lie ahead it is understandable how people might love it! By engaging emotionally in unreal drama, we can distance ourselves from the real.
Perhaps it does reflect an increasing desire for humanity to distance itself from suffering as a way to escape it; but perhaps equally, it reflects an increased subconscious knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and emotion, so that unconsciously we are able to identify and engage with all of the situations and associated range of positive and negative emotions depicted. This is because at this stage of human evolution, in our collective sub consciousness, we have all ‘been there, done that’! Consciously, however, we continue to be unwilling to accept our role as individuals in the development of the collective position – we step away from that responsibility and in doing so, exclude and separate ourselves from the one human consciousness – the WE aspect of our BEING human. As individuals we pretend we are exempt from the need to receive forgiveness and compassion, while becoming increasingly willing to either give it to (or deny it to) the humanity we recognise in the drama. I see this as positive progress in our collective journey.
So what is the next step?
We can step out of the comfort of our living rooms and into the peaceful and unconditionally loving presence of the moment to observe the world of our making with the same detachment from which we watch soap operas, stage plays or reality shows or engage in interactive games or read our books. Our experience of loving to engage dispassionately in drama is the initial practice we need to take ourselves into the ‘now’, into ‘a state of grace’, into ‘nirvana’, into where we are united with the ‘source of our being’ (God), in which image we are made, to observe, this time without judgement, the stories of our own creation. In this way, more people will understand how writing, directing, acting out, editing and presenting such drama is metaphorical of the illusion of life which we, the human, in our being, create.
We can deliberately make the unconscious conscious. We can take ownership of it all. We can recognise our role as the authors, script writers, producers, editors, actors, managers, publishers and distributors of the books, movies and games we create as our reality without judgement of ourselves or others.
And how do we then transform suffering through taking individual ownership of our collective consciousness?
We rewrite the stories! Knowing they create our reality, we create a new reality. We do this as individuals by examining our own story and accepting that we are its author. We do this knowing we have created and experienced firsthand all that we desire and all that we do not, with the complete cooperation of all the players, who author their own stories – even by employing you as their ghost writer, or by you employing them. We do this knowing that we know what we are talking about because we authored the experiences we needed in order to be able to understand what we do and do not want our lives to be; how grateful we find we become for ALL of it! We can realise our heritage as both sons and daughters of man, and sons and daughters of god.
The more of us do this without asking/allowing/enabling others to do our writing for us, or judging those who are still creating their own learning experiences, the more the collective story of our present reality changes.
In the meantime, if you are curious about what the Game of Thrones is all about, I would definitely recommend a search on you tube. Some of the shorter summaries than the one referenced above, which probably needs to be watched first, are well written, tongue in cheek, hilarious renditions of ‘the story so far’. I would recommend these also to those of you who are heavily involved with the drama of the show. They offer some perspective and a little light relief from the heaviness and darkness of the story’s themes and events.

On Living in the Moment

30 Dec

I am returning to my blog. It’s been a while. I have been re-reading some old material – Tolle and Kabat-Zinn among others- and exploring modern phenomena such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Undead’ and their amazing popularity. For this blog, I will make comment on living in the present as food for thought. You must wait for my take on the other.

In Eckhart Tolle’s ‘A New Earth’, he quotes Shakespeare: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
And it is true. In each moment, things simply ARE. Not until we apply our thinking to them, based on our experiences of the past, and our hopes for the future, do they gain notoriety and reputation of being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ And these judgements vary according to each individual’s thoughts, so that what is good for one might be bad for another and vice versa. A change in experience, or desire for the future, can also change those thoughts and judgements at any time. In this regard, no person is any different from any other!
In Tolle’s philosophy, the space and freedom of being in the ‘now’, disassociated from all thought, emotion and judgement, is a space of perfect, unconditional love and peace. When we step into life from this space, and we are conscious of it as we move forward, without anticipating anything at all, the perfection of it influences/creates what happens to us as we make our decisions and DO things.
The things that separate each human from another, and therefore from being together in that space of perfection, are not our stories – the ones we have written and the ones we are writing, or those we believe have been written for us (snot my doing) – but from our attachment to them emotionally and subjectively. We tend to write the stories of our lives, past and future, by choosing scenarios and plots based on what we believe is good or bad for us and/or the world at large. We engage fears and judgements, wishes and hopes, in making those decisions in our lives which create the next scene in the play or story. If we do not engage with those and simply make the decision because we observe our life situation dispassionately from this space of peace and tranquillity, we make it based on the acceptance of our situation as it is, so that the consequences unfolding from it will also be created from that space. In this way, even stepping forward from the direst of circumstances can create positive outcomes. Of course, in being in this space, it is not from that desire for positive outcomes that we act. We act because that is what being alive is about. We cannot live in the story of life and DO nothing; even a decision to sit in a situation and do nothing but accept it as it is, is an act of DOING. The greatest paradox of living, really, is that we do not have a choice after all. We MUST make choices! But we can choose from where those choices arise.
So make plans, create lifestyles, have goals, do what you love, support or create a cause – these are choices and decisions we make – but strive not to attach fear or pride or arrogance or judgement to any of it. As we move forward in each moment, taking action in response to life, we are accepting of what happens, knowing we are responsible and allowing the lessons we unconsciously create, being, from that space, grateful for all of it.