Saturday, October 25, 2008

Joy Cures All!

A few days ago I was reading a small book on a British man’s life-transforming visit to Mt. Arunachala, the home of the Sri Ramana Marishi, who lived there until his death in 1950. Ramana was reknowned for his inner joy and light, which he shared through silence. As I read on, I particularly enjoyed the detailed description of life in the small town of Tiruvannamalai, at the base of the sacred mountain, because I spent a couple of weeks there earlier this year with my son Stuart. The little book allowed me to relive some of my wonderful experiences there.

Among the many treasured experiences amidst days of meditation was a magical event that occured while passing by the portrait of Ramana positioned in a chamber of the Ashram in which he spent many years of his life.

After morning meditation in a cave in the mountain, the chamber in which Ramana lived for several years, I was feeling particularly happy and light spirited. At the end of the walk down the mountain, passing monkeys and pilgrims along the way, I stopped at the ashram for a cool walk through it's stony chambers - it was hot outside.

As I passed the portrait of Ramana he suddenly became three dimensional, as though he was lifting off the canvas, and smiled at me. I stopped, blinked my eyes a few times and looked again. Again, he lifted off the canvas smiled and winked. A smile to match his spread across my face as I thought "he's having some fun with me!" Joy filled my heart.

A few days later I mentioned to Stuart what had happened and he told me that another person we developed a friendship with while in Tiru, Michael,  had the same experience. He had asked Stuart not to tell anybody, lest they think he was crazy. My smile turned into a laugh.

A few months later I met with Amit Goswami for an interview. Off camera we were speaking of Mt. Arunachala and Ramana. He said that a devotee of Ramana was said to have cried out in despair to his master Ramana, who was now on his deathbed, “Please do not leave us.” To which Ramana reportedly said “And where would I go??” Amit followed by telling me that it was known that at least some part of Ramana still resides at the sacred mountain assisting in the transformative process of the thousands of people who make pilgrimages to Arunachala each year.

Back to the little book. As I was finishing the last pages a sudden heavy trance-like state came over me. I could not resist as it became more and more difficult to keep my eyes open, so I put the book down and said “Okay, if there is something for me to see, show me.”

After a minute or two of sitting passively with no thoughts I began to experience a feeling of deep joy in my heart such as what I experienced during my days at Mt. Arunachala. It became so strong that I thought I would have to get up and move around to release some of the energy, but I could not get up or even open my eyes. A minute or so later I began to see that this feeling in the heart of pure joy was the cure-all for everything.

I was then shown that if a person can retrieve a moment in their lives when their heart was soft or full of pure love or joy, this feeling could be applied to any other situation. For example, if there was a task that one didn’t enjoy doing, they simply needed to take a few minutes and connect with these deep feelings of joy and then proceed with the task. The net effect is that the neural pathways that create habituated responses to the events and endeavors of our lives would be re-routed to a positive, rather than negative, set of feelings. Brilliant I thought! So simple.

As the tutorial progressed I was shown that each time a person accesses the ‘happy place’ inside, it becomes easier and easier to access this feeling. As the ease builds, it can be applied to feelings that are more challenging or traumatic in nature. Again the result would be to break the old emotional responses by breaking the neural connections that were previously so well entrenched that we no longer had a choice as to our reactions. This habituated type of response happens with each and every one of us. Just listen to my interview with Dr. Joe Dispenza (availalbe Nov. 1st) to understand how this works.

As one example, I saw how applying joy to eating not only changes our choices of what to eat, but helps the body assimilate whatever we do decide to eat with much greater efficiency because of the positive brain chemicals flowing during the eating experience.

At the end of the meditation I thanked whatever guidance, be it my higher self or another of the 'forces that be' (I secretly thought it might have been Ramana visiting) for showing me such an elegant and simple solution to reframing our life’s experience. It was clear, however, that this process takes repetition. That said, it becomes easier to achieve with each attempt and the outcome, whether it’s applied to addictions, over-eating, fears, judgement, performance or anything else, would be well worth the effort. I had learned that joy cures all!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Creating Reality

It's the wee hours and I just awakened from a dream in which I was being tutored in the process of creating reality. The dream is as follows:

There was a politician whom I had heard about to the extent that I had a perception of their personality and had seen their face passing by in the media enough to have a picture of it. Yet, I had not assigned any importance or clear identification to this being. Then I was shown, or asked, to draw their face. I drew it in detail, including the nuances of expression such as a smile, but with a hint of deceit, brute strength and even arrogance. When I finished the picture, I was told - “Now they are real.”

I understood that I had created them. I had invested my attention on them. Until this time they were simply background noise, field of possibility. Now I had concretized them as a clear entity on the stage of my life. Once I had “put a name to it” (or in this, put a detailed face to it) I brought them to life from the field of possibilities to become a part of my life’s experience, which means to act with or react to. It became clear that this is the process by which we bring everything “into existence” both good and bad - elementary, but profound in its simplicity....by “naming” it.

These dreams have been going on for a while, each a little different, showing creation in many ways, but I appreciated this one because of it’s directness and simplicity.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Take a breath....

Where do we begin to sort out all that is being thrown at us? If you care to hang with me for a moment, I am going to start with the satellite view back to earth.

Every single one of us has chosen to incarnate in these profound times. Every person on earth made this choice as a soul. The issue has been that we have lost awareness of our true beyond-space-and-time-selves, which has not allowed us to see the larger picture and take responsibility for it. This is why I feel we must accept that none of this is ‘happening TO us' in spite of the obvious evidence to the contrary. This is critical.

How often have you heard the story that someone you know, or have read about, didn’t hear the signals that change was needed until they were hit by a train, be it physical illness, financial ruin, divorce, death of a loved one, etc.? What are these times other than a signal to each and every soul that change is needed, not just personally, but collectively as a species inhabiting this beautiful planet.

I have had some conversations with David Icke recently regarding the nature of reality. We spoke of the controllers and the controlled/asleep. We also spoke of the fact that the controllers, who he has often spoken of as an inter-dimensional species known as Reptilians, feel this is their earth. I added that those who are from other planets, i.e. ETs, who have been living underground for millennia, also consider this to be their earth. There are other life forms who have been here since the beginning as well. Then there is the human species, itself split in it's origins, few remembering their true home or source, who believe that this is our earth as well. One problem, we agreed, is that we have too many divergent levels of consciousness to co-exist in a harmonious way at present. While some seek divine awakening and love, others seek to enslave the rest for their own security and profit. How do we reconcile this?

I believe the multi-dimensional human being has a great potential, when awakened, for healing the damage of the ages as the vast majority of us have an innate high level of consciousness. Yes, there are off-planet cultures who have advanced their technology thousands of years beyond ours, but this does not speak to creativity and compassion. Yes, there are those who have held the reigns tightly, controlling us, in fear of our awakening. And, yes, there are benevolent non-physical beings who are here whispering into our ears, helping us connect with the transcendent part of ourselves. The earth is an amazing place in this way - even if the differences seem irreconcilable at present.

Down in the trenches, Naomi Wolfe has been warning of potentially catastrophic events that have been set into motion with the deployment of U.S. troops onto U.S. soil to stifle protest (October 1st). Look for the video on our site of YouTube for details. Who dare do this without our knowledge or approval?

What action do we take when we learn that the executive branch of this government reportedly strong-armed the Congress into voting for a bailout the congressmen were not even allowed to study before the vote? A bailout that their constituents were overwhelmingly against? According to Rep. Brad Sherman, martial law in the U.S. was threatened if Congress did not follow orders to pass the "rescue package".

Take a step further back, George Green told us that the Chinese government said they would consider it an ‘act of war’ if the congress allowed the economy to tank. Why? Because we owe them more money than anyone can begin to accurately count. If this is true, and I have not confirmed this elsewhere, what is right action?

And it goes on and on. There is no unraveling the mess we’re in except to become spiritual adults who have knowingly chosen to be part of this play. So, this is where I turn toward finding the opportunity embedded in the chaos. For many, many of us life in the future is likely going to look different from what it was even a couple of months ago. When money supplies dry up things change. Let’s assume that to be true.

First, if you should find yourself caught in the financial melee, look around you and find your friends and allies. What do you have to offer them? We may need to engage on a more accountable level with each other now. You have some cash, I can cook. I need a place to live and you need child care. I have land and you have a green thumb. You have a car part and I have some canned goods. It's basic stuff. Let's be prepared to help each other.

We also need to learn how to feed ourselves and our families so that we do not continue to create a species of chronically ill people. It's time to become educated regarding our health and well-being.

Tight times also offer the opportunity to balance family karma as many will be thrown back together again. Old wounds can be healed. We’re going to need each other so let’s begin by opening our minds and hearts.

Next; our sovereignty as citizens of planet earth. Who are these characters that have been doing our bidding - badly? First, we must realize that these survivalist, calculating and fear-based beings who masquerade as people can only exist if we play in their realms of fear and contraction. Stop listening to, watching and reading their media. Stop purchasing their frivilous goods. Stop freaking out because the fake money they created is no longer flowing. It's been a trap all along.

As for our politicians, we have the power to throw them out. Yes, election fraud is a reality, but face it, it still took a lot of supporters to put the Bush ticket in a close enough race that fraud could tip it one way or another. We must vote in large numbers and throw every incumbent out, save for the handful of brave ones! We have the ability to do that even if our vote is for the “lesser of evils”.

Next, we need to become familiar with what were once our rights. Why is it that the president of the United States and his side kicks are not in jail for crimes committed against humanity? Why are the Wall Street 'masters of the universe' who have bankrupted the world's economies while collecting multi-million dollar bonus’ walking free when a woman or man who forges a check goes to jail? What kind of collective coma have we been in to let this happen?

While the list of opportunities for right action would be too long to chronicle, I am suggesting that each and every one of us has a 100% responsibility to act. Let’s find a way to do it both personally and collectively. Yes, it will be awkward at first as we are out of practice as far as our emergency response skills as a species are concerned. I have faith that every one of us has the intelligence, creativity and certainly the motivation to take a first step, which is the hardest. It's up to you to determine what that step may be.

In the end it’s we who must restore this democracy, this economy and our sovereignty as human beings and it’s going to take some work. It will require that we recognize what part we have each played in this global drama to bring it to this point. Only then will be begin to realize our power as spiritual adults. We are massively creative, multi-dimensional beings who have allowed ourselves to be manipulated and dominated by careless beings who care nothing for us. In our commitment to mastering spiritual adulthood, we must also address our own internal naiveté, laziness and even karma in some cases. Hey, nothing to be embarrassed about - we’re all in it together!

In the end, we have no choice. If we continue to sit on our hands watching the show go by, we are going to get more of what we have, and worse, for many future generations to come. Either we take back the game and restore our sense of humanity in a more mature, balanced and spiritual manner, or we are going to be led down a steep and ugly slope. We're better than that. And I for one do not want to explain to my grandchildren why I did nothing at a critical point in earth's evolution!