Being with Yourself

The power of sitting with yourself; just being, just existing with yourself can feel immense. If more people just sat with themselves and only themselves in silence, perhaps there wouldn’t be such a self-confidence epidemic within many cultures and communities. The fierce grace power love we can show ourselves is immense! 

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Honor the Saddness

When people are hurting, we have a choice to either listen or ignore.

Sometimes, perhaps it feels as though certain people gravitate towards sadness. Regardless if it’s a conscious decision or not, we must remember to be gentle with these beings. This isn’t to say we placate to their melancholia whims, but it is important to note their sadness, anxieties and/or other maladies means they are moving through/coming to understand something tremendous in their lives at that point in time; it’s a critical point in their journey. It means we need to honor their sadness as best we can by NOT forcing it out of them or convince them otherwise.

Sometimes these sad, hurting people will test our patience, try to hurt us, push everyone away, not face their fears, etc. This is because they are scared. And sometimes, the only option is to either allow the fear to play out or help them confront and embrace the fear in a conducive way, as long as it doesn’t involve harm to others of their own bodies. This is a tricky tightrope to walk sometimes and in many instances all we can do is listen in a way that doesn’t involve ego. 

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Inevitable Repetition

Attempting not to repeat oneself or an idea is a nearly futile effort, especially as time goes on.

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History

Most history as we know it is a matter of opinion, not fact. Most futures we know are a matter of theory/suggestions, not fact.

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Problem with Many Religious Groups

Inherently, religion and spirituality isn’t supposed to be harmful.

If we look at both from a historical perspective, we see that religious and spiritual thought was used to comfort humans during our harsh upbringing, when the average life expectancy was 25 or something like that. These thoughts were used to comfort each other about death and give us a better understanding of things we didn’t understand (which was a lot back then).

Fast forward to today where we have a much better grasp on certain things, but in our understanding there is more we don’t understand and many people are much less receptive to religious and spiritual thought. While some might say it is because of outdated notions (which they might be partially right about), I find many cite their frustrations with the seediness and certain practices of various religions, especially when it comes to their exclusivity in terms of belief and inclusion. It should give ANYONE pause (and perhaps make them a little nervous) when one group (or person) claims to have ALL the answers to EVERYTHING, or that they have a book tat has ALL the answers to EVERYTHING. Not only is that inconceivable, it’s also impossible by the sheer fact that because said book &/or teachings were written  thousands of years ago, there was no accounting for problems and moral quandaries of the future (because at the time said problems were also inconceivable). And other problems and moral dilemmas continue to evolve. These things don’t stand still.

And this is a tricky tightrope to walk in general because, many people who practice religion I find are just your average everyday run-of-the-mill person who is one of those decent and hard working types.

The problems and frustrations many find within various religious institutions is the political jockying and occasional dogmatic rhetoric that incites these average everyday run-of-the-mill decent and hard working types. It is understandable why many become frustrated with various groups, especially the leaders that speak of acceptance but then use their power to tell followers you’ve got to believe all or nothing. It also doesn’t help that the media often emphasizes the extreme far-out views of fringe people/groups.

In all religious & spiritual doctrines, there are some highly positive things that are spoken of; such as loving your neighbor or eating food that is kosher &/or halal. But there are also bits in many doctrines that don’t necessarily jive with the evolution of thought processes (nor with other parts of said doctrine as well). And this can get quite frustrating &/or confusing to some, because these average everyday run-of-the-mill decent and hard working types who affiliate themselves with these different groups and texts are often left to toe-the-line, quoting a part of their doctrine for something they don’t fully understand either while their leaders continue to incite and exploit these lovely people who are, at their heart, just looking for some solace and clarity, like the ancient people.

The leadership in many of these institutions is, well… institutionalized and inclusive, which makes it hard for these leaders to be held accountable.  And just like in politics and many other areas in our human lives, we as people have either lost interest or find it impossible to do so. But I promise you it is not, especially because you are part of a group; the larger majority of everyday run-of-the-mill decent and hard working types. And if you don’t understand something about your group/doctrine whatever, chances are there are others who feel the same. And if your leaders don’t want to answer your question or seek a way to alleviate your concern then they are either being lazy or they don’t care.

This isn’t to say a leader’s job is to make sure everyone is copacetic all the time, but they need to at least address the concerns in some fashion. But, sometimes, we must remember that these leaders are also human, and they don’t have all the answers, and sometimes we need to remind them of that too because sometimes I think these leaders feel pressure to have all the answers.

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Information We Think We Know

Whatever information we as a collective and as individuals know and understand for sure is merely a modicum of all the information that is out in the world.

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All Beings

I am grateful to all beings; tribe, friends, family, plant spirits, animal spirits, elemental spirits, myself, ancestors of both past and future and any and all beings who have had any part in helping or hindering me on my walking path in this lifetime so far.

For we are all connected to each other by Great Spirit, the Source of all, yet we are separate in order to experience each other’s existence through a vast array of senses, dimensions and vibrations.

May all of us continue to be.

Aho.

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Rhythms of Love

Love changes every day.

A moment yesterday that might be considered a loving gesture could transform into something malicious today. Love is always changing and evolving.

It isn’t always what you want. It isn’t always what you need. It isn’t always cuddling and pancakes in the morning. This scares some people because they want it to be cuddling and pancakes in the morning all the time. And those who attempt to corner or stagnate the flowing nature of love into only certain parts are going to hurt the most.

It’s up to us to listen and feel these rhythms of the ever changing love. When we accept the vastness of these rhythms, we allow for a more gentle flow by being open to more possibilities of what love is and evolving towards.

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Walking Path

All of us cannot walk on the same rainbow road (bridge, path, incline, stairway, journey, etc) at the same time. Life would be boring and predictable. But more importantly, the road cannot hold all of us at the same time.

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Oh God

Before getting into the crux of this, it seems necessary for me to clarify on my relationship with God, Yahweh, Allah, Great Spirit, Nature, Mother Earth/Father Sky, The Divine, The Universe, The Creator etc. and any other names/labels we have bestowed.

God is.
Love is.
It is.
We are.

To elaborate, God is when my fleshy feet first touch the warm, wet petrichor perfumed ground after a rain. God is the ground. God was the rain. God is the sun precariously peeking out from gray clouds, shining down a single ray. God is also the clouds sliding over the sun again in a slow celebration. God is in the rhythm of my breath and heartbeat syncing when I sit under a dogwood tree to meditate. God is the iridescent persimmon and poppy red electric flower of life patterns I sometimes see once I’ve closed my eyes.

I’ve hugged and sung God, as a dogwood tree, a serene and supple song. God was also the song.

God is that rushing and gurgling sensation when I have to take a shit. God is also the shit that kept me in the washroom for ten minutes. God is the toilet that had to endure my hairy bum and then slurp the poo into pipes.

God is the person who has taken umbrage at my previous metaphor. God is the words either spoken or typed from that person to me. God is the slight frustration fuming and heating my heartbeat, reddening my cheeks as  feel a minor bit (maybe 5-10%) insulted as someone feels the need to project their labels unto me. God is again the detaching breath that reminds me this whole thing is absurd.

God is.
Love is.
It is.
We are.

I could go on, but we don’t have infinity in this current, fleshy form. But I hope you receive my point. If not, I’m more than happy to elaborate through messaging of some sorts or the comments below.

God is.
Love is.
It is.
We are.

This is why I see this whole debate and occasional argument about God to be useless. God is as much a being one can pray to inasmuch as God is also a decomposing, buried body with worms chewing on the toes. God is also the worms and dirt. God is science and dogma.

Instead of focusing on how to live and w with other people, many of us on this planet are still trying to define this vast and infinite force. Deep down, all of us know what is and is not. But many of us are getting caught up the in the minutia of pointless garbled egos. Thou art God. But at the same time we are not completely all one with God because we are here, now…together experiencing ourselves subjectively which is quite the amazing paradox! But deep down, we know the people who are not representing the true-true. Not everyone can. But I will say this, what if you replaced the word God with Love in whatever books and stories we have. Can you imagine the shift in perception that would cause?

I’m just saying what if we all put that same passion and reverence toward love as we do this rather silly debate that should really be put to bed? Deep down, we know, we grok.

God is.
Love is.
It is.
We are.

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Anchored Light

Your light is the anchor that supports and allows you to find a path in any storm.

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Capacity to love

Everyone has the capacity to give/receive love.

But as we grow, our minds are able to comprehend more and more of the world (but another life’s paradox for most is that we can only hold so much information at once), and sometimes an overzealous society and parents are quick to tell and show us what is deemed “acceptable love.”

And as this happens while we grow, the general definition and our personal definition of love continues to be diluted through various means. Then suddenly, we are chained down and we have all these subsets of love, friendship, frienemies, acquaintances, friends with benefits, total strangers, etc. But love is.

We all know love. If you asked someone, they might say “I know it when I see/feel it,” because its one of those things.

But if/when one moves past all that, then there’s something else. At various times, some people are more apt to giving love while others might be more apt to receive love. While both are great in and of themselves, if you find yourself on just one side of this coin then you are not handling love properly. And it gets even more complicated sometimes with couples, as occasionally the other half might attempt to dictate what kind of love it is ok to show to others. Some people in relationships get real insecure about this kind of stuff. But that’s not love. But maybe they didn’t know that! Maybe, through their parents, culture or society, they’ve been told that the dictating of what is and isn’t love is love. But it’s not.

All of us know love, it’s the place we come from before we jump out of a woman. That’s why it’s so important to show a child as much love and compassion as possible, because if we do that, then the amount of love they will be able to give/receive would be profoundly unbelievable!

But the moment one start filling a child’s head with definitions and labels of love is a moment when the child will be struggling to remember the true-true of love.

Love is it.
We are.
It is.

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War on Consciousness

I’ve been hesitant to use the a phrase coined by Graham Hancock, but over the years I am seeing the battle lines of the “War on Consciousness” much more clearly. Not trying to be alarmist, but there is a war on consciousness, but it’s covert, if not perhaps inadvertent. Graham Hancock elucidates quite eloquently his views on the subject, but I feel like he paints in broad brushstrokes and I wanted to get a little more specific.

Ultimately, there is a war on thinking and reasoning, propagated by many of us, not simply because of our tolerance, but also our apathy. A big part of this are various institutions  and people who are trying to foster more and more closed minds. This is happening as these various institutions try to tell, sell and convince us that there is only one way to go about understanding or perceiving. These forces would have us turn off our minds &/or lull us into an automatic pilot mode rather than, as Timothy Leary once proposed, “Turn on, tune in and drop out.”

This is especially prevalent in four areas of society; politics, religion, health and as a byproduct of the other three, culture. To be clear, my intention isn’t to slam the philosophies of any religion or the concept of politics, but rather many of the leaders within these institutions who claim there is only one way.

Politics
In politics, you often have liberals saying their proposals and viewpoints are the only way, and conservatives say their proposals and viewpoints are the only answer. In many countries, politics has become nothing more than a theatrical shouting match between childish adults that whips each side into a frenzy over something, engaging more in diatribe and less in dialogue. Neil DeGrasse Tyson said it best,

Granted, he is speaking from his perspective about the US Congress, and not of political parties over the world, but the fact remains that in many places, there is not an allowance of thought and reasoning, as many of our leaders come from the same perspective. I don’t see politics as a thing that should be dividing us, but instead it should be uniting us. The other part of many political agendas, perhaps unknowingly, is that they lead people to focus on their whole country instead of their local surroundings. Many, not all, but many who attempt to change things at higher levels of government are met with extreme amounts of resistance, when instead the many should be focusing on local elections and local governing bodies that have much more of a direct impact on their daily living.

 

Religion
Many religious leaders use a variety of dogma in an attempt to get their followers to conform. Many people will say that their religion is the only way to salvation, bliss, nirvana, etc and that couldn’t be further from the truth of nature. There are many ways to move through this world and be considered a “good” person. There is no one way or one person who can take or bring you to your own salvation. Jesus, Buddha, whoever are in the food you eat, your actions, your thoughts, your words, etc. We are separated together from source, and in this life, each of us have varying lessons to learn. Different people hold some of the keys, but you hold most of them.

 

Health
My original thought of health was thinking specifically of dieting, but I realized it could be expanded to overall health and wellness. Because we are all different and individuals experiencing life from a different perspective, some aspects of health work better for others. For some, chemotherapy works and that’s great. For others, holistic practices work better, great! But there isn’t simply one right way.

A large problem within this industry is that many feel most apathetic in this area, Maybe they feel like they don’t know enough, that it’s too technical, too polarizing, not sure. But this area and politics seem to be littered with people who simply shrug shoulders, saying “Well this is how things are.” Maybe it’s because many are unaware of the shear amount of backroom deals made with doctors or just exactly what is in our food,

 

Culture
Culture is a byproduct of the other three, but after a while, it begins to take a form by itself. I mention culture specifically because of the obtrusive labeling that culture seems to encourage. This seems to be especially prevalent in terms of the millennial generation, and the arrows and barbs that continue to be thrown at this large group despite their seeming innovative and cleansing nature.

And, much like politics, this process is creating an “us vs. them” mentality with generational bickering instead of harmony. Terrence KcKenna explained culture best in a small diatribe in one of his lectures,

These are some of the large areas where this metaphorical war is being waged on thought processes and reasoning. I don’t know, nor do I care if it is something sinister being perpetrated by a cabal of devious miscreants simply trying to suck up all the power for themselves or the inadvertent work of reckless child leaders who don’t have the foresight to see thirty seconds into the future. What does matter is our ability to think, be and live to the fullest fo freedoms, and we cannot do this when others are attempting to dictate our schemas and consciousnesses.

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