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Conscious Creation

We have a choice about how we live our Lives. We can simple react to all of the things we experience, letting everyone we encounter push our buttons. A better choice, I believe, is to consciously create our Lives. We do that by Living Intentionally, developing Intentions, the “I AM” statements of Who We Are, and writing our own Personal Mythology, the stories we use to Conceive, Believe, Perceive, and Achieve in the world.These consciously created statements and stories are how we manifest our presence into the world. I’ve written about them and how to create them several times.

Doing all of this conscious creation has allowed me to become Who I Really Am. Who is that? A Loving, Abundant Soul, Living a Compassionate, Intentional, Creative Life, in an Organic, Solar-Powered body. It took me a long time to develop that one sentence version, but I knew who I was long before that. Think about this for a bit. What is it you just have to do? Sports, family, business? Why do you want to do it? “It makes me Happy.” “I feel a great sense of Peace when I do that.” “Everything just seems right with the world when I’m doing that.” The way you achieve those feelings is not what I’m asking you to think about. It’s the feeling you get from doing those things. Just as important is identifying the things that don’t provide those feelings for you. Notice that I’m concentrating on Positive feelings. Nobody wants to seek out ways to feel miserable. We look for Joy and Peace mostly. We want to feel Good.

We spend too much time bitchin’ and moanin’ about all the things that don’t give us Good.. “Well, that’s because people suck, everybody’s out for themselves, and people like me can’t catch a break!” If that’s what your Personal Mythology reads like, I suspect you do encounter a lot of bad breaks. I don’t deny that you can encounter some fearful, selfish people. And natural disasters happen. But it’s HOW we deal with those encounters and experiences that really create our Lives.

As I always do, I want to be clear that every bad thing that happens to you isn’t your fault because you weren’t “Good enough”. That’s a slippery slope to depression. Besides all of the Personal Mythology we have, there’s also all of the other stuff we have to deal with. There’s all of what I call the “sound and the fury”, the mishmash of thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions that humans have put out over the centuries, most of it unconscious. Some of it is Good, lots of it bad. And we do have to deal with it. And THAT’S where your own Intentions and Personal Mythology come in to it.

When you’re consciously creating your Life, you concentrate your energy on seeking the Good in Life. You’re not ignoring tragedy, you’re simply not focusing on it to the exclusion of the Good. And as you do that, Who You Really Are becomes more clear for you.

As you see Yourself more and more clearly, the why’s and what for’s of Life become more visible, too. What You Are Supposed To Do starts to appear around the same time. I don’t mean jobs. “I AM a plumber” is a job. “I AM helping people” is what I’m referring to. I first encountered this when I read this quote from Joseph Campbell. “If you want to help people in this world, then you have to teach them how to LIVE in it.” For me, that’s taken a lot of different directions, but My Life always seems to come back to Teaching. I have the great Blessing of Learning a lot while I’m doing it.

I’ll say to you, don’t wait until you have something happen in your Life before you begin to look for Who You Really Are. Go out and seek for that identity. Pay attention to how you feel when you do things. Find the things that make you Happy. DO more of those things. Notice the times you are Peaceful. Spend MORE time doing that. Count your Blessings. Be compassionate toward those that irritate you. In doing these things, you’ll begin to change how you see the world. Which changes how you experience the world. When enough of us do this, we do, in fact, change the world.

REMEMBER – I AM consciously creating My Life. By doing that, I begin to change the world.
And So It Is!

~Inspired by The Season of Nonviolence

Peace, Grace, and Love,
Jeff

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The Gratitude Practice, Revisited

This is a reposting of something I wrote in December, 2014.

Last week I told you about my Gratitude Practice. I make a list every day about the things I’m thankful for that happened during the day. I really enjoy it, and it’s changing the way I look at things, too. As so often happens, just as soon as I started to get serious about this practice, something came up to challenge it. That type of thing used to make me very angry. I’ve come to see it as a sign of progress, though. It shows me that my thinking and/or my behavior patterns are changing to the extent that this irritating thing has popped up into my face because I’m different. The irritating thing doesn’t fit me anymore; that’s why it’s so irritating.
In this case, a friend of mine wrote a piece on Gratitude that said while it’s all well and good to make lists of what you’re Thankful for, how good are you at receiving Gratitude? If you can’t accept Gratitude from another soul, how can you be truly Grateful for your own Blessings? Receiving is as much a part of giving as the act of giving itself. In fact, some people have said that the act of receiving is an act of giving to the original giver. It’s really easy to say “Thank you” to someone and really mean it. Can you say “You’re welcome” with as much sincerity? What’s harder for me is when someone expresses their Thanks with effusive praise for what I’ve done. In the past (and sometimes still), I’m uncomfortable with the Thanks. But it’s important to accept and acknowledge the Gratitude that others have for your work. For the other person, they’ve expressed a gift of praise to you. Everyone likes their gifts acknowledged. And it’s important for us as the receiver, too. Aside from the good feeling, for an entrepreneur, it’s positive feedback on your product or service.
And just how Thankful are you? Do you say “Thanks” and then go on to the next project? Or do you take the time to savor that response, to let yourself simmer in the good feelings? If you can’t take the time to do that immediately, do it sometime during the day. Doing that isn’t an ego thing. It’s an appreciation. As Rob Brezsny, author of Pronoia is the Antidote to Paranoia says, “Don’t just count your Blessings. Name them, speak them, savor them, revel in them, and give Thanks for them.”
That appreciation is important. You see, Gratitude, in its true form, is Unconditional Love’s Pleasure. Being Grateful allows you to take Pleasure in all the random ways that Life is Good. AND you can enjoy the Blessings that others receive. I’m not sticking my head in the ground, ignoring tragedy. I’m simply giving the Good in Life the attention it deserves. And it deserves a lot more than it gets!

REMEMBER – I AM Grateful for my Amazing Life!!!
And So It Is!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Reverence

Life is more than Its physical embodiment. Life is a part of our thinking, as well. And of course, physical death comes when the Soul leaves the body. This reverence we hold for Life is for everything that is Life. Remember we are all connected. I don’t mean simply all humans, or all breathing beings. There is some form of Life in everything at the atomic level. I suppose you could be offended by this linking of All of Creation. That’s not my intent. What I’m saying is that our world is a miracle. Life is a Miracle.

Earth is at the perfect distance from the Sun to host Life. Over time, Life has adapted to the Earth. And Earth has done a lot of adapting to us, to put it bluntly. It has had to, because everything is so intertwined. The 19th century naturalist John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” We need this planet to survive. Earth needs us as well. It seems to want us around, at the very least. Because Earth has changed with us, as we have created this world we Live in. Say what you will about what we’ve done, but we have taken Life on Earth and molded it in our image. I don’t know about you, but when I stop and consider the implications of that creative energy, it amazes me.

We create our Lives with our Personal Mythology, the way we conceive, believe, and perceive our world. As I wrote in this post:
“So what does it mean to value Life in all it’s forms? See Life as Sacred. Understand that Life is Holy. The word sacred comes from the same root word as sane. Holy comes from the same root as whole. So living a Sacred, Holy Life is to Live a Sane, Whole Life. This concept comes from the work of Laurence Boldt. As he said, “See Life as Sacred; Work to make it so.” Understand that Life is Holy. Live so that it will be. You can Live this from a Spiritual perspective or a materialistic one. The point is to Live it as best you can.”
Seeing Life as Sacred, and Living to make it that way changes the way we create. We hold a deep respect for all of Life, right down to its atomic levels. I’d go so far as to say having a Reverence for All of Creation is a form of Unconditional Love. As I’ve noted before, you don’t have to like everything in order to Love it. So not liking heat or cold or spiders doesn’t mean you can’t Love Life.

Unconditional Love is a superpower. With it, we can overcome any negative emotion, surmount any obstacle, work through any problem, deal with anybody, keep ourselves energized for any project. It’s available to everyone, at any time. We can cultivate this superpower by suspending judgements of ourselves & others, by accepting what is in this moment, & by being Intentional in the Compassion we extend to all of Creation.

Living with a reverent approach to Life changes how you Live day-to-day. You’ll think about others, you’ll consider what a particular action can mean to the planet, you might even change your job because you see Life in a sane (Sacred), Wholistic (Holy) way. Lest I leave you with the wrong idea, a sane, wholistic way of Life doesn’t insist that your way is the only way. Because part of being sane is realizing diversity is a strength, not a religious heresy.

Live the miracle that is Life. Love the miracle that is Life.

REMEMBER – I AM a Miracle, simply because I am alive.
And So It Is!

~ inspired by The Season of Nonviolence

Peace, Grace, and Love,
Jeff

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Humility

I believe that all of us create our Lives through what we Conceive, Believe, and Perceive about the world. That’s a tremendous amount of Power, and “to whom much has been given, much will be required”. And yes, Uncle Ben said it, too. It’s been said by people down through the ages. It bears repeating, because we tend to forget the responsibility as we use the power. We don’t understand this Power. That’s easily understood, since most of us have no idea the Power even exists, much less how to use it.

We’ve been blessed with a physical/spiritual presence that helps us. Our body, our mind, and our soul work together to create the Life we Live. Our bodies and minds work together to shape and mold our thoughts into actions, while our soul guides us in the eternal journey of becoming Who We Really Are. When all three of these parts of Us work together, we Live an Amazing Life, as Abundant, Compassionate people. We Live a Life of Humility.

Too often we confuse Humility with humiliation. They do come from the same root word. And sometimes our sense of Humility first comes from being shamed in public. That’s unfortunate, because a truly Humble person suffers very little from a low sense of self-esteem. Humility is “not to think lowly of oneself, but to appreciate the self one has received”. Rabbi Jonathan Sachs said, “It is not in denial of your talents and gifts but to recognize them and live up to your worth and something greater.” That something greater is to appreciate all the other beings in the Universe, and to recognize the worth and value others have as well.

These beings – all of us – have worth simply because they exist. They are part of this transcendent existence.. As Neil DeGrasse Tyson says, “We are all connected, to the Universe atomically, to the Earth, chemically, and to each other, biologically”. It’s in this connectedness that we have come together to create Life on Planet Earth. To realize that we are here, not by chance, but because everything came together just so, is to begin to recognize that we are both insignificantly small in the Universe and absolutely vital to All of Creation as well.

Because what we create goes out into the world, mingles with all of the other energy out there, and then comes back to you multiplied. If you don’t add your part, your energy will be missing from Creation. Something other than Heaven or Nirvana might be created. If we put anger and fear and greed out into the world, that’s what we’ll get back. Let’s put Love and Peace and Abundance out into the world instead. If enough of us do that, we may indeed create a New World.

REMEMBER – I AM An Humble soul. I believe we are equally great human beings. It’s in believing in others as much as ourselves that we remind each other of this fact.
And So It Is!

~ Inspired by The Season of Nonviolence.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Create

I was doing some reading and reflecting the other day, and sat down with my Mom to talk about it. In the course of the conversation, I remembered something I learned from a class I took a few years ago. That’s where I was introduced to the unique (to me, at least) concept of creating our own Lives. We aren’t at the mercy of fate or circumstance or even genetics. Those things are simply raw materials. WE create our Lives with the thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions that we bring to the creation process. It’s what I call our Personal Mythology. WE apply our Mythology to Life, in all of it’s uncertainty. I call the uncertainty Opportunity. WE have the Opportunity to create whatever we want. Please hold your skepticism til the end. I know you’re skeptical because I thought all of this stuff was BS for years.

In creating our Lives, we don’t start from nothing. As I said, we have all the stories we’ve been told or have told ourselves about us and about Life. We don’t create on blank paper or canvas or these days, blank computer screens. We’ve got all this stuff that we had from the moment we entered this physical existence. For example, I was born a white male into a lower middle class family in the Southern US. My family had beliefs. My community did, too. The County, State, and Nation had laws and customs and prejudices. That’s part of the raw material I was handed. So my creative mythology is quite different from someone from another gender or race or national or economic/social status. So everybody has a unique canvas or screen to work with.

Here’s where things get interesting. We create by applying energy into experience. If we put positive energy into the experience, we will get a positive experience. Negative experiences come from negative energy. What you put out comes back to you. That’s the simple part. The energy we put into the experience is charged, if you will, by our Personal Mythology. If we see the world as a Loving, Abundant place, we have more experiences of Love and Prosperity. If we see our Lives through the lens of fear and lack, we spend our Lives scared, angry, and wanting.

Does that mean it’s our fault if we aren’t rich or beautiful or happy? No, not at all. Remember what I said about creation. We come into a world pre-loaded with all kinds of beliefs and customs and prejudices. Centuries of wrong-headedness on the part of governments, societies, and cultures have hidden this Power and Opportunity from us. There are folks today still trying to accumulate Power by taking it or keeping it from everybody else. As a parent, I have the responsibility that I did not teach my children that they have this Creative Energy. I wasn’t taught it. My parents and grandparents weren’t taught it. In fact, we were taught the opposite. So until we come to believe that we do create our own Lives, I can’t say that we are in any way at fault as individuals. The circumstances we are born into dictate where we start. But circumstances have only as much Power as we give them as we Live our Lives. We take Power and access Opportunity by taking Responsibility for creating the world we want to Live in.

I have taken responsibility for creating my own Life. I get what I put out into the world. So it’s up to me if I AM Happy. It’s up to me if I AM Loving. It’s up to me if I AM Abundant. I get to choose how I experience the world. I may not get a chance to avoid tragedy or natural disaster. “The rain falls on the just and the unjust”, after all. But I choose how I create in those situations. I can respond in fear about unstable weather and hoard stuff and sit over it with weapons drawn. I choose to deal with what is, whatever the weather, and help my community if damage occurs. It’s my choice.

I may not be able to avoid the fear of others. But how I respond to that fear IS my choice. I can choose to respond in fear or Love. Note that I said fear, and not anger. Anger doesn’t always mean violence, just as Love doesn’t mean passivity. A Loving response to something that makes you angry is how lots of positive change takes place. Gandhi, Dr. King, and others have proved that.

You see, while we do have the Responsibility and Opportunity of creating our own Lives, we also have the corresponding Responsibility and Opportunity of helping others create their Lives. Part of getting what we put out into the world is the Help and Love we get from others in response to our Love and Assistance. We have the Responsibility and Opportunity of creating the world we want on this rough green and brown planet we call Earth. Whatever we put out into the world gets added to , and thus multiplied by, all the energy put out by everyone else. That’s what we experience. It’s what we’re experiencing right now, even as most of the energy is unconsciously generated. As I said yesterday, the Creation of the Universe is an on-going thing. Creation isn’t over. It will never be over. We have a part to play. Choose what part you want to play. Please choose wisely. Please choose Love.

REMEMBER – I AM a Creator of Life, My Own and of the world I Live In. I accept that role with Gratitude and Humility.
And So It Is!

~ Inspired by a conversation

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Groundedness

Our world seems full of extremes and contradictions. Great tragedy occurs at the same time as great Compassion, often at the same place and time. Wealth and affluence exist next to abject poverty and despair. The sound and fury blare at us constantly from the myriad number of devices we have all around us. It threatens to overwhelm us simply with its mass and frequency. Attempting to deal with all of it can be the greatest challenge that we face as we live on this rough green and brown planet we call home.

Earth is a world of energy. Physical energy, mental energy, and spiritual energy are simple ways to understand the consciousness that our Universe is made from. Each of those forms of energy is powerful beyond understanding, and you and I exist right in the middle of it all. We’re meant to be. And how we exist in the midst of this swirling mass of energy is up to us, both as individuals and as a species.

Experiencing Power like that can be frightening. It certainly has to be respected. And it is the source of our greatest accomplishments on Earth. We learned to use fire, and it cooks our food and heats our homes. We are learning to use Solar power to do that same thing in a cleaner way. We’ve learned to deal with water to generate power, irrigate our crops, and have fun as we swim and surf. We use the wind to pump and grind and make things. Soil has been used to both grow food and hold the meal we made from that food. We learned how to do each of those things, not always out of necessity, but because we wondered. We saw what fire could do, and learned to use it. We experienced the benefits of water, and figured out how to direct those benefits. We faced into the wind, and knew that the invisible power pushing against use could be harnessed for our use. Standing barefoot in the mud, seeing the spring rains bring new plants to the surface, helped us settle into the areas with the tastiest plants.

This ability of ours to deal with power of any kind has mostly been of the physical type. But we learned to use this ability through thought and action. Why we haven’t done the same with all of our mental and spiritual energy is a question worth asking, but we are thinking other things today. So let’s concentrate by letting go of all the chatter in our thoughts. Let’s be present in what we are thinking of by letting go of everywhere we need to be later on. Let’s be comfortable with who we are by letting go of expectations and judgements of ourselves and others. In this way, we ground ourselves just as a copper rod in the ground allows excess electrical power to pass through it down to the Earth.

We are dealing with the most powerful human energy of all, the Power of Imagination. That Power can flow in, through and around us. And since we are comfortable while concentrating on this moment of Power, then we have reduced this tremendous amount of energy to an amount we can perceive. We can look at it, observe it, and begin to understand how it works. We let the excess Power flow past us until we learn how to use it. Crudely at first, but with more refinement and skill as our knowledge and experience grows. And each and every time, we ground ourselves so that extra Power can pass us by. This time, at least.

We ground ourselves by letting go of all that is not us. We ground ourselves to be Who We Really Are. Loving, Abundant Souls, Living Compassionate, Creative lives, in Organic, Solar-powered bodies.

REMEMBER – I AM grounded in Who I Really Am.
And So It Is!

~ Inspired by The Season of Nonviolence

Peace, Grace, and Love,
Jeff

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Contemplation

“The goal of the hero trip down to the jewel point is to find those levels in the psyche that open, open, open, and finally open to the mystery of your Self being Buddha consciousness or the Christ. That’s the journey. It is all about finding that still point in your mind where commitment drops away.”

Joseph Campbell, “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living.”
(courtesy of Joseph Campbell Foundation)

“…your Self being Buddha consciousness or the Christ.” There are as many ways to manifest that expression of Unconditional Love and Peace as there are people. The important thing is that we manifest LOVE, not religion. I have no quarrel with religion. I’ve been a practitioner of religion for most of my Life. But let’s not confuse man’s search for the Eternal with the Eternal Itself.

It’s that “still point” that Campbell writes about that is our connection with the Eternal. The sound and fury of modern life crowds in on us in so many ways. All that noise and distraction keeps us from hearing what the Divine, in ALL of its forms, has to say. This Consciousness speaks quietly, whispering its Truth to us. We, in turn, are the ones to speak our Truth into the world. Somewhere along the way, we confused our own personal Truth for THE Truth. This happened about the time we stopped listening.

Listening is not so much doing something more. It’s really about doing less. Less talking, less watching, less doing. It’s so easy to pick up the smartphone or pick up a tablet and kill a few minutes flipping through e-mail or FB. I do the same thing. But the times I’ve kept the phone or tablet put away and just WAS have made a difference in me. A few years ago, I was sitting on the banks of the Deep River in North Carolina, watching the water flow past. After a few minutes contemplation, I realized that all of the stress of that day had just drained away. I’ve done that often since. It’s interesting that quiet meditation and contemplation has “told” me more than dozens of words.

REMEMBER – I AM contemplating that still, small voice that helps me to just BE.
And So It Is!

~ Inspired by The Season of Nonviolence.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Faith and Love

The Fruit of the Spirit is Love and this Love is manifested in My Life as Faith, Love’s Confidence. Believing in something with no evidence flies in the face of reason. But reason can be very limiting at times. That’s where Faith comes in. It’s confidence that even when things don’t turn out the way you wanted, even when things are awful, you can create something Good from them. Your experiences are raw materials. You create your life from those experiences.
How you view your life brings experiences to you, & guides how you react or create. You can call this your worldview, your Personal Mythology, or anything you please. It’s how you conceive, believe, and perceive of your experiences that shape your life. This isn’t magick. It’s simply how your mind works.
Here’s an example. You buy a car. And all of a sudden, you see cars like that everywhere! Those cars were there before. Your mind filtered them out of your conscious thoughts because they weren’t relevant to your life. Once you started paying attention to that particular make & model, your mind decided, “Oh, yeah, we better see every one of those cars.” Another way to say this is ” ‘Reality’ flows where attention goes”.
You have the capacity to take the worst experiences and create Good things from them. This is in no way meant to minimize the suffering in any situation or to imply that what happened was anybody’s fault or that they caused it. It’s the direction you take from that experience that matters. And what truly matters is what’s inside, not anything external.
The young athlete Lauryn Hill is an inspiration on this point. Even as she got closer to dying, she said she was truly happy to be of help to other kids with the same disease she was challenged by. She was confident that her being such a public face of that malady would help somebody else. She had Faith. And some Good things that she wanted did, in fact, happen to her. And she certainly became a positive force for change for others.
We all have these choices. We choose the attitudes we have that guide out actions. We choose to live a positive life or a negative one. We choose to have Faith that everything will be OK in the end. And if it’s not OK, it’s not the end. So keep the Faith!!!
REMEMBER – I HAVE FAITH that whatever happens in My Life, I AM CREATING My Highest & Best Good.
And So It Is!
– Inspired by The Letter to the Galatians, my studies, & my experiences.

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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Dreaming

If you look in the dictionary, you’ll see several definitions of dreaming. They imply that dreaming is a word that is used for several different “activities”. But I think these descriptions are centered around manifestations of a single activity – Creation. Seven days is much too short a time to create a world. In fact, Creation is still in process. Dreams are how we work out what we Create, and how we will Create it.

Australia’s Aboriginal people have a better concept of “Dreaming”.* “What we draw on from our memories, and think, imagine, and create in our daily lives is our dreaming.” (Djon Mundine, Bundjalung man and Aboriginal Curator, Campbelltown Arts Centre).

At first glance, there seems to be nothing in the Western concept of dreaming that has anything to do with this. You can’t boil down millennia of wisdom in one quote. But if you take all of the different Western definitions of dreaming found in a dictionary and stir them up really well, you begin to get a different sense, I think a truer perception, of meaning.

When we dream of a certain outcome, aren’t we Creating an image of our desire and putting it out into the world? Doesn’t it consist of thoughts, images, and emotions? We see it as Beautiful, Enjoyable, and nearly perfect. We’re able to form these thoughts and images from our own memories, the stories we tell ourselves about our world. We “daydream” about what we want, visualizing the outcome. We dream about it during sleep, processing all of the thoughts, images, and emotions through imagery and symbol. We are, in fact, creating in our daily lives through our dreaming. Whether you believe this concept or not, it’s how we create. We use thoughts, images, and emotions to create beliefs and perceptions about our world. The way we see our world is how we either unconsciously react or consciously Create our world. In essence, we Dream of our world, and so we Create our world.

Does that mean every single soul that has ever experienced tragedy or war or destruction is to blame for their situation? Absolutely not! But I do think WE are. Humans as a species created all of the situations, aside from natural disaster, that engender tragedy. All of the hate, anger, greed, lust and any other fear-based emotion has created all of the war, poverty, and political strife that we experience. We all have a share of the world’s darkness.

WE are also the solution to tragedy. Those solutions come from our dreams manifested into our world through our actions. WE can Love unconditionally, WE can Live Creatively, and if we do those things, WE will Thrive as a species. I believe this because for every hostile act, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of Loving acts. For every greedy Scrooge, there is the generous act of thousands of caring souls. The hostile and the greedy just get better press coverage.

Dream a dream today. Dream a Dream of Joy, Peace, Patience, Abundance, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Gentleness, Health, Self-control, Wisdom, and Gratitude. Then go Live that Dream.

REMEMBER – I AM a Dreamer of Beautiful Dreams. I AM Living My Dream today.
And So It Is!

~ Inspired by The Season of Nonviolence

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

*I really don’t understand the concept of “Dreamtime” in the sense that Aboriginal people do. But the comment from Djon Mundine spoke to me, and I have learned to pay attention to that. It was used out of Respect and a sense of profound Gratitude.

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Healing as Transformation

Healing is a word we normally associate with physical ailments. In recent years, however, healing has taken on a larger role. We talk of healing a relationship, or having time to heal from an emotional trauma.

A holistic definition for healing is transformation. To transform is to change. Transformation is usually thought of in a positive way. Our world needs a bit of healing, don’t you think? Oddly enough, all of the sound and fury in the world is assisting in the transformation to a world of Peace. Just like a physical wound that needs to bleed or slough off tissue in order to heal, our civilization needs to rid itself of the diseases of greed, racism, hate, and all of the other maladies that cause so much harm in our world. The question is, can we do what we need to do before the patient bleeds out or dies from shock? I think it depends on how we view the patient.

If we value Life in all its forms, then we will do what it takes to heal this stirred up civilization. If, on the other hand, we think people suck and the world’s going to hell in a hand basket, well, the best thing I can say is bend over, put your head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye. I don’t believe that, and I ain’t doin’ it.

So what does it mean to value Life in all it’s forms? See Life as Sacred. Understand that Life is Holy. The word sacred comes from the same root word as sane. Holy comes from the same root as whole. So living a Sacred, Holy Life is to Live a Sane, Whole Life. This concept comes from the work of Laurence Boldt. As he said, “See Life as Sacred; Work to make it so.” Understand that Life is Holy. Live so that it will be. You can Live this from a Spiritual perspective or a materialistic one. To point is to Live it as best you can.

Each of us will, of course, Live our Lives differently. That’s as it should be. Those differences should be tempered with the Sacred idea (that I think is pretty sane, BTW) that EVERY form of Life should be Loved, and so deemed vital to Life on Earth. Our diversity should be cherished, and considered a benefit to All. Instead of discounting other Life, see it as the asset it is, and treat it with value. There is more value to Life than money, and paradoxically, we can earn an income by embracing those other profits. Clean air and water may be costs to some businesses, but to other enterprises, they are seen as valuable capital. Taking the environment into account may cost people their livelihoods, to be sure. But taking care of our planet offers lots of other job opportunities, too. Entire new industries have come from whole systems design thinking.

Ensuring that everybody has all the basics of Life, such as food, shelter, and health care may cost our economic system some cash. But the health of our societies will be such that the higher costs of militarized law enforcement, for-profit prisons, crowded, understaffed hospitals and nutritionless, processed food will plummet. And folks with more money tend to spend it. So more economic Life, too.

Whether we do these things as private entities or as governments doesn’t really matter. What matters is the transformation of our civilization from one based in fear to a culture of Unconditional Love. It’s the only sane response. It’s how we will heal this world.

REMEMBER – I AM seeing Life as Sacred, I AM working to make It so. I AM understanding that Life is Holy. I AM Living so that It will be.
And So It Is!

~ Inspired by The Season of Non-violence

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

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