Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Let's Pretend...

Consider the art of our universe works as shared space.  To keep the balance a Yin = Yang.... a Win = a Lose.... a Nothing = a Everything.... a Give = a Get... a Push = a Resistance.  Just as they flow left to right, they also flow right to left…. and when areas are coupled, work independent of one another because even those different areas require balance as part of a whole too.  Don’t think too hard on that last line yet, just get the basic balance of the equal statements for now… and then take those into consideration before you act big… that’s a good place to start.  You’ll see results.

This balance is why: when nothing is sought, everything is found and when everything is sought nothing is found.
For more layman reference, this is why you feel empowered when you do something totally new to you… because in the courage you create to have that new experience, you are neither resisting nor pushing.  You instead are Growing.  Which if you read deeply into the first paragraph, I’ll answer the question:  Yes, growing too has a balance (it’s ALL connected).  When you grow, you release a part of your Self from being who you’ve always been.  See?  When you push aside who you’ve been (to experience something new), you pull towards yourself another way of being.  
This is why when you give yourself, you get yourself (for many this practice is a huge experience the first time you do it, as it may be the first time you experience something truly Selfless and thus the first time you truly experience Self).  The example in reverse is, how most people operate…  They think they have to get it, in order to give it…  (We have it backwards.  We only get it, when we give it.)
If you imagine we all have strings tied to us, to our body, our words, our actions… and if we Push to the Left with our actions, the world sways left with us all the way around until eventually on the right the result occurs… a Pull to the Right.  You get no where by resisting the natural sway of connectivity.  “Resisting” has a counter balance too and typically results in an impact to the person’s emotional state based on past experience and what they relate the new experience to.  If you are pulling the strings towards yourself in a futile attempt to “get it”… you are moving away from the ability to “give it”… Because you make it about you, when you even know you want it to be about them.  Instead try creating it for them… “give it”,  moving the strings outward, and when the cycle is complete you will have found you “get it” (and even more so than expected).  This balance of the shared space is why you get back from the world exactly what you’re trying to avoid… Because it’s all connected.  You pull away from the things you are avoiding… which actually moves them closer to you.  
If at this point, in your reading… you think I’m insane.   That’s cool, I get that.  At least it’s got you thinking about your view of insanity! =)  Let’s set that aside though, and Play a game.  Play a game, called “let’s pretend”.  Let’s pretend, in an exploration together… that maybe the world does work this way as I’ve described.  And look around for it.  Look around for it in your world, your daily happenings.  When you see it, I encourage you to be courageous and go to it.  Go straight for the direction you think you should avoid.  When you’re not running from it, it’s not chasing after you.  Remember the strings???  It’s all connected.  So… in being courageous and going towards your fear, towards your discomfort… you will find on the other side of the cycle something really new and exciting you’ve not gotten before.  
Share with me what you find, when you have actions that are completely opposite of the way you’ve always been.    Play the game.   It’s just a blog game…  what could it hurt? =)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thoughts on Identity

Experiencing both sides of the coin myself, I deeply relate to those in the mud.  Just as the lotus, I'm a living example showing it's possible to break the surface of confinement and come into a new world (the authentic world) unscathed. 

One of the most interesting things I've found about my former identity is that it was craftier than I even knew.  The front or mask of "well put together" or "very organized" (<- if you've seen my house, are you kidding me?  It's the other end of the spectrum from what I present to the professional world) and "generous" and "relatable" and "fun".... all were masks I wore to compensate for gaping holes that 98% of the people in my life were never even privy to.  Then the 2% that did ever see them, fell into them.  Those that knew me deeply got hurt, and those that did not get hurt... hardly knew me at all.  I spent the first 32 years, just repeatedly trying to fill in holes... that weren't even there to being with. 

Honestly, until now... seeing the world from outside myself, I never knew compassion.  Not like this.  I certainly never knew compassion for one's self.  When you have compassion for others, you gain compassion for yourself.  "You have to Give it, to Get it".  This little quote applies to literally everything I've encountered from this space. Everything we need to know about the world is out there in the world, not in here with just you, or just me, or just that person over there.  Most of us have inherited the thought to look within for the answers.  There are no answers within... there are no answers inside caves or cages that we contain ourselves in to perpetuate the disconnection.  The only thing within, are things you already know... but nothing more... the new data comes from the real world (hints why even a hermit is a book-a-holic).  Take in that data clearly, and you gain more 10% more knowledge in each occurrence.  Take REAL data, out here in real reality that is not alllllll about you... and that knowledge awakens Emotional Maturity and an array of levels of Self Awareness.

When access to food (if you can even call it that these days) changed and we no longer were required to work with our neighbors to hunt, grow and harvest and insure our survival... that was the start of a huge disconnection.  It separated people, and then from there they thought separation was progress... then came single family "dwellings", and people stopped being with people and learning from people, they stopped being with the world and started just being with themselves.  They embraced their cage as home and said, this is all that there is.... all that I want... and the cage has to be bigger and fancier to make me happy... and it's continued like that... materialism to mask the hole left from the disconnection.  Come on people, it's still a cage!!!  And then this underlying sense of "why I can't connect with people" ran in the shadows of their minds.  The sadness of feeling disconnected, isolated, alone, why me syndrome.  Welcomed into creation Depression, Social Anxiety, Low Self Esteem.  Those happenings collapsed with the internal dialogue resulted in the internal answer to the internal question that "it's them, not me..." and "this is just the way the world is" and "I have no power over what happens to me"...  Again, there are no answers within. 

"If you can distinguish it, you are not it".  That is self-awareness.  To distinguish everything you encounter.. until nothing is left.  And each time you find nothing, create something new there.   Self can distinguish we are not our emotions, feelings, beliefs, intuitions, stories (Identity is the makeup of those things and how we reenact them).... If you can distinguish it, you are not it... and only in resisting that knowledge do we perpetuate identity. 

I'd like to encourage the world to stop resisting being one's self.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

JLS in each of us

Heaven is here and now, in every present moment.  We create our level, our plane of awareness, our space with our words and then our actual actions.  We create what we've already created over and over again and get nowhere OR we create endlessly Everything Else.  And the world opens up to us when we create things that are not based on what we already know. 
Create and recreate through language, beyond all that is predictable.  If it’s predictable, you've already done it and are living solely in your head, not out here in reality.  Real reality is everything but predictable.  It’s endless possibility and the only rules that confine us are the collective agreements in our surroundings and Only those if we tell ourselves we lack the courage to create, grow and harvest new agreements.  Which is a complete possibility; only ourselves and our self doubt get in the way.  Those can be moved out of the way as easily as they occur, when you choose not to resist doing so.
We are not disconnected from those trapped in their bird cage, or those free, or those that have pieces of the puzzle we too will find. We're all shared space, all the planes of awareness are shared, it's all one and the same...  It's not even a matter of being bigger than ourselves, it’s something else completely.  It is not This, it is That.
There is a plane of awareness on the horizon, where all the shared energy will take the fearless flight together.  All the freed birds and what they will create as one; will be a shift in the world the way we know it... 
It's essential we go back to those we can and set them free by showing another way.  Otherwise a day will come that we will no longer have a vessel called Earth.  Some of those waiting blindly to be free, have a voice that can reshape millions with a single sentence (ex."I have a dream").  
This way of being is shown, not said… It’s experienced, not taught… and It’s known, not just believed.  The words are a reflection only; they bring people closer to the idea but not to the freedom itself.  There are no words to convey a sense of freedom that is real beyond another person’s current comprehension.  So, in light of that… Just Be You.  Be you well… and Lead The Way.
That may not be said directly in the book, but I see it, it's there... it's in the white space after the last published line.  Look closer.