What an amazing time to be alive! There is so much going on in our world right now! As the old paradigm in many ways is crumbling, a beautiful new one is growing and being nurtured by many wonderful people like you and me to take its place.Growing numbers of people everywhere seem to be expressing increased interest in spirituality and the deeper meaning of life these days. Some fear we may have to go through a period of crazy chaos, major disasters and/or wars to get throught this shift. Though I know this is a possibility, I'm quite optimistic that the shift can be relatively smooth and easy as each of us continues to play our role in this exciting journey.
A wonderful, expansive shamanic journey I took last week brought me lots of intriguing thoughts and inspirations along these lines.Below are the notes I made from a this awesome journey that led to some great realizations which are very practical for my life. Fun stuff! You take care and I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of this. And have a great summer!
With lots of love and warm wishes,
Intention: How can I best assist in the acceptance of all parts of ourselves and in the integration of our hearts and souls in this world?How best can I invite those who resonate with this to join me/us in coming together to be the invitation to deeper connection and integration?
Let's make it more fun!
How can I move towards honoring even the most difficult parts of life which grate on me?
- Notice when I have a desire to judge or abandon something and stay with it.
- Invite myself to explore the roots of this desire for separation.
- Who or what am I really trying to create separation from?
Me and We
There is this greater We within me and within every one of us.
It's all about me and We learning to dance.
Whenever I see something disturbing, I can say "There's the part of We that wants to ..."
When a "me" starts standing out above the crowd, the deeper We will likely have a response. The tendency of many collective we's is to want to either beat down the one who stands out or put him/her up on a pedastal. Yet it doesn't have to be this way. We can just let that part of We shine in its natural state, knowing that ultimately, we are all brilliant beyond measure! The deeper, all-encompasing We very much honors each individual and their choices even when subgroups with the greater We sometimes don't.
Each of us has within us a collective of energies, stories, personalities, beliefs, and more. Yet a single point of consciousness is somehow given to us to express all of this and to manage it. When I am in passive or victim mode, whatever is most pressing among that inner collective can end up directing me. For some, managing all the voices is too much and can even drive them crazy.
Many souls have built huge energetic dramas (stories) which they want to engage in over time. They have conscious or unconscious agreements with other souls who resonate (or who have a correlating anti-resonance), to help them play out their various dramas in this amazing process.
Many souls seem to be attached to the idea that their version of the drama is unique. They believe they are the only ones who suffer this particular way. And this is beautiful in itself. There is a way this makes them feel special. What's really wrong with that? It's all a part of the exploration of consciousness in this universe.
Ultimately, we're all creating this drama for each other, and we're all learning and growing in our own ways. There's no rush. I'm definitely talking to myself here.
Why do some of us "know" our infinitude, while others don't? Why do some have no doubt that we are all infinite, divine beings connected within a cosmic dance while others don't?I know that this understanding exists within others, but most have unconsciously chosen to block it off. I want to deeply honor the choice to block it, yet also be a invitation to open up and play big in a conscious way whenever the time is right.
I can be a reminder to me, to us, to We.I want to invite those interested and those who want to play with me to see how consciously we can live in each moment. How consciously can we manage the many voices within and without, rather than letting them manage us? This can actually be a lot fo fun. Choosing to be as conscious as possible in every moment can make the journey gentler and more fun and loving. Conscious action avoids letting our conflicting inner voices take control of our consciousness to do battle with each other. If we are clear on our deeper life intentions, we can make continual conscious choices about how we will direct the symphony of our lives.
I'm finding it's more fun, or at least more deeply joyful, to be as conscious as I can about the many things both inside and outside of me as I move through life, and as life moves through me.
There's something magical about one point of consciousness looking directly at another when hearts are open. Two infinite collectives come together consciously in a single, shared intention of loving connection.
Individualism and Collectivism One way we often explore separation is by separating ourselves into individualists and collectivists. The strong individualist may fear that the collectivists could limit his creative energy, claiming it's "for the good of all" in the same way "for national security reasons" has been used to carry out secret, self-serving agendas. The collectivists fear the individualists will take advantage of them or exploit their weaknesses for their own personal benefit.
Republicans have tended to be individualists who idealized free enterprise and encouraged the brightest and most capable moving to the top. They prefer decentralized government with minimal restrictions so that individuals can flourish on their own skills and merits. Democrats, on the other hand, have tended to be collectivists wanting to make sure that no one is left behind, and that everyone's basic needs are being taken care of. They prefer more centralized government to reign in the insatiable desires of the powerful individualists and protect the disadvantaged. They also tend to want everyone to be equal. Now we can integrate both of these. We have the capacity to honor and support the creative individualists while also taking care of the basic needs of everyone in the collective.
To the individualist, going where no one has gone before can be quite appealing, particularly to a fragment who believes that he/she is All That!
We use many polarities to explore separation.
Individualism - collectivism
Can I/we embrace the destroyer?
The inner trash is all compost out of which future growth can blossom.
The answers are not all within, unless we see everything out there as being a mystical part of all that is within each of us. The answers are both outside of us and within. And the questioning itself is quite rich.
When we question together, it can actually be more enjoyable than when we simply state the answers and argue over who's right. Questions to ourselves and others can allow our thinking to blossom without falling into competition.
The masculine part of me wants to be so out there and unique. It wants to convince all of us how good life could be if more people would focus on whats good for all of us. The feminine part of me wants to surrender into the bliss of just being us, and it gets to continually create that. I seem to want both, and enjoy playing with both. Integration is what most excites me in the polarity game.
How I judge the world usually reflects a weakness or judgment in me.
I judge that he world gets stuck in complacency and routine.
How can I/we create challenging, empowering, opportunities for ourselves and each other?
Instead of seeing in terms of right and wrong in a disagreement, which leads to judgment and more, seek understanding first of what's being shared. Validate what is being said first. Only then issue an invitation, opportunity, or challenge to consider an alternate point of view as being equally valid.
The problem with us collectivists is we can just lay around in a puppy pile all day and be happy as a clam. Sometimes we need a kick in the butt to get moving.
Another part of me wants to fade into the corners to let others shine their light bright.
Yet I seem almost driven to package myself into a legacy. Why? Many levels here.
We are all one big, beautiful family.
Ideas to Play With
What do I really want right now?
So what I'm experienceing right now is ...
Everyone can be fully present and in their autheniticity at any moment. It is an incredible gift. It is also a choice.
Any words shared are only an attempt at expressing what's really going on, which at times can be very complex and multi-layered. I find it best to focus on the intent within me and let the words flow with that intention.
I'm finding that the easiest, most enjoyable way to live in this story we have all co-created is to be as real and authentic as I can in this and in every sacred moment. And I want to be a constant invitation to others to be the same with me.
Notice the part of me that wants others to be wrong, so that I can be justified in judging or doing whatever I do to them. Invite that part to get back to feelings and to expressing my authentic feelings as a gift and honoring.
How can I more consistenly invite myself and others do go deeper, while also respecting those who may not be in the mood or frame of mind for that? Ask permission first.
Sacred circles united in intention of what's best for All.
I am interested in empowered, conscious sexuality with clear intention.
What if I didn't take everything so seriously? I can develop my ability to respond authentically instead of getting bogged down in "responsibility."
Fred, flow more in and with each moment. Pay attention to subtle signals in each moment.
There is a time to figure things out and a time to just let things be.
A very reasonable answer to the most profound "why" questions: Why not?
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