Archive for May, 2011
Fundamentally, everything in the physical world is made up of energy. Life is all about managing that energy. Now if you believe that we create our reality with our thoughts, then it would make perfect sense that we find ourselves in the middle of a global energy crisis!
To wit: Just today, Goldman-Sachs is predicting $5.00 a gallon gas by mid-summer.
So what does managing personal energy have to do with a global energy crisis? Well, while we tend to focus only on external conditions… such as OPEC’s control and manipulation of oil prices… or the lack of sufficient renewable or affordable energy… what if you and I are actually the cause of the energy crisis? What if you and I fail to properly manage our own internal energy we then collectively, though our combined thinking, create a literal global energy crisis?
Well, there are only two emotions: Love and Fear. We are frightened and controlled by fear every minute of every day by the media and, too often, by our religious beliefs. What if widespread fear is a reflection of the misuse of individual energy? And what if enough individual misuse combines to manifest as…wait for it…the global energy crisis?
What to do?
Immediately and permanently, dismiss fearful thinking. Focus on loving thoughts… on what’s right with your life…on what you have to be grateful for…on the best of humankind.
If enough of us move from Fear to Love we may just find, for example, fuel prices coming down… and that could just be the first step in turning around not only the global energy crisis but a great deal more about our world that is created and controlled by fear.
You’ve heard the expression a thousand times. “Follow the money.” It’s used when one is looking to trace back to the origins of how something has occurred. What if I told you that the expression “follow the money” is actually a perversion and a deliberate distraction of a much more powerful and accurate expression?
Following the money may get you a very limited revelation about a specific occurrence… but if you want a greater understanding of how everything in your life occurs “follow your feelings.”
Your feelings are the fuel that drives the engine of your beliefs and your beliefs are the basis for your thoughts about what is true for you. Whether you realize it or not, what you think about yourself and the world in which you live actually manifests as your reality.
We are always thinking. What we think we create. What we think most often is what we most often create. This concept is the basis for all of the self-help and self-actualization teachings that have become so widespread in the past several decades. But if you have difficulty grasping either the philosophical or spiritual basis for this concept… how about a scientific one?
At the quantum level, the conscious presence of an observer affects matter, literally. What this means is that when a conscious observer is present to observe an experiment, the mere presence of that observer changes the outcome of that which is being observed! Consciousness… thoughts… matter.
We humans are actually transmitters and receivers of vast quantities of information. We perform this exchange of energy by way of frequency. Not unlike radio waves. I like to think of it as AM, FM and… well… add whatever letter works for you. I prefer “CM” as in Consciousness Modulation. The more conscious, or aware, you are of your feelings, beliefs and thoughts the more power you have to create your own experiences.
This brings me to the point.
True power lies within. Fear acts to “jam” the vital information you need to send and receive on CM. Refusal to recognize this, or to take responsibility for it, traps you in a powerless, pessimistic, victim consciousness. It’s a lower frequency wherein very little else can be accessed other than fear. It’s also a frequency that has been broadcast and used for millennia to keep you from realizing and actualizing your own power.
You have Free Will. Today, as you make choices about everything from what to wear to what to eat… remember to make the most important choice of all. Choose to follow your feelings all the way to your beliefs so that you can consciously choose what you think about life, its possibilities and your role in it all.
I assure you that what you tune into on CM is light years (a deliberate choice of words!) beyond anything you’ll ever be able to access on any other frequency.
This one is personal.
Time Magazine’s cover story this week is “Sex, Lies and Arrogance: What Makes Powerful Men Behave So Badly?” It’s been prompted by the recent revelations of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the alleged criminal behavior of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Perhaps, if we use the moment wisely, and exhibit more than the attention span of a five year old, we as a nation (and maybe even a globe) can finally embark upon a long-overdue discussion upon which literally rests our future.
That’s part one.
Part two is that an exclusively male dominance in ruling nations, setting governmental policy, establishing religious tenets, administering academic institutions, controlling the private business sector and even writing history, for over two thousand years, has resulted in a world woefully out of balance.
The attempt to subjugate, demean and obscure the Divine Feminine role in everything from Creation to spouses has led us to the precipice of moral blindness and, potentially, the inevitable extinction that must follow.
Poor behavior and shameful choices require neither financial success nor notoriety. Someone I knew and trusted, a very ordinary guy of average means, tried to rape me. While so doing, he actually expressed his belief that “our relationship” gave him the right to have sex if he wanted it. My rights didn’t seem to be a consideration. Miraculously, while being physically overpowered, I had the presence of mind to somehow speak and act in a way that gave him pause, which allowed me to ultimately escape the moment. I will never understand how I had the ability to forgive him, which in my heart I did, although it changed my ability to trust him. In hindsight, he said it never happened… but denial is one of many mechanisms for abdicating personal responsibility when the truth is too painful to bear.
In the final analysis, sex, abuse of power, violence, greed, deception…a whole host of behaviors… are about Free Will. They’re about the choices we make every minute of every day because every choice is an act of self-definition. We are who we choose to be.
If male energy is about survival, and if left unchecked mutates into dominance, then it’s time we acknowledged and, yes, honored the critical and necessary standing due female energy, which is about nurturing and compassion. Together these energies co-create a framework in which their combined efforts exceed, by leaps and bounds, what either could accomplish alone.
Co-Creation. Balance of Power. The Divine Feminine. The Sanctity of Male and Female Alike. These are the timely and necessary topics of discussion. Without such discussions, and without resurrection of the Divine Feminine role in co-creation, we are all dinosaurs on the brink of extinction.
Lately, there is much talk of personal responsibility. Perhaps nowhere is this concept more relevant than when applied to our thoughts. As we look around the globe at social, economic, and political conditions it seems appropriate to ask, “What are we doing, or not doing, that is directly related to what we are experiencing?”
But what if the same question is equally relevant to the escalation of violent weather conditions we are experiencing worldwide? What if we are causing those conditions, not by global warming or disregard for natural resources, but by our thoughts?
At the quantum level, physicists have proven that the conscious presence of an observer affects and changes the outcome of the event being observed. Consciousness, awareness, is energy that affects matter. “Pay attention”… that admonition you often heard repeated as a child… now takes on new meaning. Your attention is energy. How you use it, where you place it, matters. Literally.
We have the freedom, Free Will, to place our attention on anything we choose. When millions, maybe even billions, of people place their attention on the same thing, the effect is likely to be profound.
Which got me thinking.
It’s often said by environmentalists and others that Earth and weather upheavals in the form of volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, warming, hurricanes and the like are “Mother Earth” telling us, in her own inimitable way, that She has had enough. But what if Earth and Nature are not reacting to our behavior, but to our thoughts? What if as we think imbalanced and violent thoughts we create imbalanced and violent Earth conditions?
What if the more people who think violent thoughts then the more extreme and widespread are manifested Earth conditions?
Maybe President Obama and others want to rethink encouraging “revolution” across the globe. Change need not be violent unless we choose it to be. Maybe we ought to rethink how we communicate and apply certain words and concepts. Maybe thoughts are things which, once given voice, are made real. Maybe all the violent change humanity seems to be experiencing globally starts in our minds.
Perhaps starting today we each can be more circumspect around what we think and say. Perhaps there is good reason to put an end to watching, and thereby energizing with your attention, the violence the media loves to disseminate.
A Native American proverb makes the point. A grandfather talking to his young grandson tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other is the wolf of fear, greed and hatred. “Which wolf will win, grandfather?” asks the young boy. “Whichever one I feed,” is the reply.
Today, by your thoughts, starve violence and feed peace.
Personal Responsibility starts there.
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I don’t want to believe that Barack Obama means to intentionally disrespect the Constitution of the United States, destroy out international alliances and jeopardize the security of Israel and so I won’t believe those things.
Instead, I choose to believe (Free Will) that he is an individual lacking in a core understanding of who he is and what he believes in. This was my conclusion after reading A Bound Man by Shelby Steel in 2008 and why I did not vote for him that year. It was later reinforced when I read The Roots of Obama’s Rage by Danesh D’Souza, a well-documented and intelligently thoughtful analysis of Obama’s heritage, life and character.
This core lack in Obama makes him not so much vulnerable to outside pressures, as some have asserted, but subject to the hunger and need of his own ego. When the vessel has a hole in it, no amount of water can fill it up. Lacking core values, Obama gives no weight to the values of others. Consequently, he feels free to override, or altogether bypass, 1) the American public in forcing the passage of Universal Healthcare when 62% of those polled did not want the bill passed; 2) Congress by circumventing the War Powers Act in Libya and ignoring the values set forth by the Founders in the U.S. Constitution and, 3) the Israeli government and its valuing of the safety and lives of its citizens.
It’s unlikely that we’ve had many Presidents who did not suffer from some degree of need to fulfill their egos. And it’s probably safe to say that more than a fair share of them had huge egos. But to make a distinction worth noting, it’s not Obama’s ego that makes his Presidency so dangerous… it’s the fact that no amount of railroading, conquest and imposition of his will upon those who oppose him can satisfy that ego.
I once her a psychiatrist explain “A neurotic is the easiest type of patient to treat. He or she just has an excess of something. It’s a matter of reducing or minimizing those excesses. But someone lacking input at critical stages of development is the hardest to treat because you’re trying to put values in where none have ever existed. There’s no foundation or reference point.”
This description, I believe, describes Barack Obama
It is for those of us who see the present dangers posed by a leadership so lacking to speak our minds and shine a bright light upon the problem. While he is but one man in the history of a great nation, he has both the bully pulpit and the power at the moment. If the Great Man theory of history holds true, that great men appear at critical points in history and take the people where his vision leads him, then we have much to concern ourselves with where the vision is highly personal and is born of need.
We must be careful that some version of the rationale people often use when explaining why they don’t fly in airplanes does not wind up applying to our nation’s destiny: What if it’s not my time but it’s the pilot’s time?
I have a friend who cannot seem to stop blaming herself and feeling shame for behavior she has corrected and no longer participates in. Her shame and guilt act as an ongoing impediment to her making any kind of meaningful progress in her life because she forever doubts her worth as a human being. And what’s worse, she expends so much energy trying to hide the knowledge of her former behavior from others that she’s grown comfortable living a lie.
When I was 24 years old I tried to commit suicide. I speak annually to high schools on depression and suicide and also often include reference to the attempt in my many inspirational speaking engagements which cover a variety of topics. I am never ashamed to mention the attempt because growing past the circumstances and insecurities that led me to try is one of the greatest lessons of my life. Rather than see the attempt as something for which I should be ashamed, I see it as a triumphal turning point in my own life and an experience that may help save others from such pain.
However, life experiences can only be instructive and helpful if shared.
I believe that we are all here to be a light unto one another. It serves no one to hide your light. And if you’ll allow me to expand the metaphor out a bit … it’s through acquiring experience, of every kind, that we get “brighter.”
I wish I could convince my friend that she needn’t cower or hide from the truth of her experiences. I wish I could gift to her the forgiveness I feel having given my own unconscious behaviors over to God. But it is right that we each get to a place of awareness and peace within ourselves in our own time. I can at least take comfort in the fact that we all, do in fact, ultimately get there.
In the meantime, while I cannot help her carry her baggage… I do routinely remind her that when she is ready, she can simply put it down.
In a rapidly changing world in which the flow of information by major media outlets is controlled by corporate ownership and investors with an agenda we, the public, are easily manipulated by selective and biased reporting. Therefore, it is critical that you think for yourself and dig deeper than surface reporting in an effort to be truly informed.
Example: The Egyptian Revolution.
President Obama, as well as mainstream and social media, were enamored with the recent revolutionary uprising in Egypt. Each was certain the uprising was democracy in action and a harbinger of better things to come regarding Middle East relations with the U.S. and Israel.
Now that the dust has settled, so to speak, the reality appears to be something altogether different. What is emerging from the chaotic aftermath of the riots in Egypt is a very vocal and vehement expression of defiance against the United States and a blatant intention to destroy the State of Israel.
I find two conclusions instructive from events as they have unfolded:
1. This Administration and the media fueled the flames of uprising with a false premise and now that the winds of change are directing the fire on a deadly path, both are disturbingly and shamefully silent.
2. Mubarak may have been a dictator but he was also an impediment to Muslim extremism taking hold within Egypt. (Not to excuse his dictatorial hold on the country, but rather to highlight the possibility that unless you have set in place enlightened leadership or a viable alternative plan for governance, it may be best to bypass revolution as a vehicle for change).
As to my point about inner guidance, I think that as the days of rage unfolded on camera, common sense (or just plain checking in with your “gut”) probably told anyone who was conscious and not living in a fairy-tale-wishful-fantasy world that events in Egypt were at best precarious and at worst foreboding.
Unfortunately, time has proven the latter to be the case.
The most valuable lesson to take away from this experience is that reality is best obtained from within rather than imposed by external sources… too often motivated by an agenda that is little concerned with our well being.
Let us not behave like sheep but rather individuals who possess the wisdom to tune in within and surf our own channels.
When I read that the military’s code name for Osama bin Laden was “Geronimo” I had an uncomfortable feeling and immediately went to Wikipedia to read the history of the Native American Apache leader. What I read turned my uncomfortable feeling to disgust.
How insensitive, blind and continually arrogant can we be to perpetuate a false and demeaning stereotype of the wise and spiritual human beings who preceded our very existence on this continent? How ignorant of our government to choose to identify a mass murderer by the code name of one of the, if not the, most celebrated and honored leaders of a nation? A man who is legend to his people for his dedication, bravery and mastery.
To me, this shameful choice exemplifies two controlling principles: 1) History is written by the “victors” and 2) Until each of us is willing to honor all peoples and value their unique contributions as part of the “human family” we will continue to be led by those who favor some at the expense of others.
I think the United States government, from our President to the Joint Chiefs, owes a public apology to all Native Americans. Failure to do so will be yet another blight upon our disregard and continued devaluation of a proud and honorable people.
The resulting shame will be ours and, ironically, give unintended credence to some of the rants of Osama bin Laden… that the West and its leaders are concerned with only their own prosperity and care little for the interests or plight of people of color and differing belief systems.
How sad and ironic, for us, should that be the case.
This is not a post about Osama bin Laden. It’s a post about you and me. He’s gone and that’s that regarding him. However we remain… so how we act, and react, from here on out determines our future. What also remains are the issues that created a world in which someone like him could develop and be successful, using the term “successful” in its most narrow sense.
In a world where people and nations vie to maximize their health, wealth and general well-being… not only without regard for others but, at times, at the expense of others… there will always be fertile ground in which to cultivate disease such as bin Laden. But such a destructive environment is under our dominion and control. We very much have the power, individually and collectively, to choose again and create a world where every human being’s right to life (basic sustenance) and pursuit of happiness (the possibility that one can better oneself with effort) is guaranteed.
To create such a world we will have to re-prioritize what it is we value above all else. Such choices will necessarily begin with compassion, dignity, and cooperation. Such a world will need to be based upon logic that transcends Aristotle’s conclusion that solutions consist of only two options: “x” or “not x”. Such thinking leads to dilemma. An alternative, or tetra lemma approach, considers “x”, “not x,” “x and not x,” or “neither x nor not x.” In other words, simply put… one or the other or both or neither all become possibilities and thereby broaden the options for resolution.
Egypt wasn’t a spiritual, religious or political revolution. It was an economic one where 50% of the population is under the age of 24 with no economic future of any consequence. You cannot make food scarce and eliminate hope for the future without dire consequences. Such are the elements that foster environments wherein diseased minds rule.
We are better than that. But what it takes to turn this all around is not only personal responsibility but, first and foremost, personal courage.
Courage to think for ourselves.
Courage to reject systems that do not work.
Courage to speak out about values and policies that devalue others.
Courage to say no to a politically-based “collective” approach wherein the few seek to dominate the many under the guise of leadership.
Courage to speak out for spiritual Oneness, our inherent connection to all living beings, and all that it implies.
Courage to be patient, thoughtful and thorough with the process so sound decisions can be made along the way.
There is no harm in a centralized government. We have one in this country. But as it was designed, that central government had very limited power over the individual states that, along with their inhabitants, remain free to pursue individuality and personal creativity within an economic system intended to support growth rather than inhibit it.
Today is a new day and the quality of our choices will determine tomorrow.