YES! WE'RE GOING!

IT'S HAPPENING! 

Whatever you may be going through, whatever you are paying too much attention to and creating fear and doubt in yourself over, it doesn't matter. You, we... are GOING!

Check out these science stories from this week, and try to view everything with this in mind - 



IF YOU BUILD IT... WHO WILL COME?! THE MANDELA EFFECT!

Most people remember the signature line from Field of Dreams this way:

"If you build it, they will come."

But check out the movie today. The ghostly voice says:

"If you build it, he will come."  (Not "they")


What?!

Well, remember back 4 years ago this month, when I posted a piece entitled, "IT'S 2013. WHICH EARTH ARE YOU ON?!" Well, a lot of people are talking about a phenomenon that's been occurring more and more in the run-up to 5D, something that you’ve probably experienced without knowing that it has a name, and it’s garnering more and more attention lately. “The Mandela Effect” is what the internet is calling these instances in which many of us are certain we remember something a particular way, but it turns out we’re incorrect.

Or not.

The name of the theory comes from many people feeling certain that they could remember Nelson Mandela dying while he was still in prison back in the 1980s. Contrary to what many thought, however, Mandela’s "actual" death was on Dec. 5, 2013, despite some people claiming to remember seeing clips of his funeral on TV decades ago.

These "false" memories have some people thinking their memory is shot, 
or that perhaps they’re simply losing their minds to an early onset of dementia. But other more 5D-minded people wonder if they’ve gone to a parallel universe, or if time travelers have gone to the past and slightly affected our present, themes not coincidentally appearing in so many of our movies  and TV series lately. 

What’s most interesting about the Mandela effect is that so many individuals share the same false memories.

So, okay, a different Field of Dreams? How about Jiffy Peanut Butter? Remember it? Sorry. Never existed, at least not in this time line. Well, surely, Hannibal Lector in "Silence of the Lambs" uttered these words with most unforgettable, dripping evil upon first meeting her: "Hello Clarice." Nope. He just said "Good-morning."

Think you remember otherwise? Go here and here for more.



Donald Trump elected president? You sure?





MESSAGE FOR OLD SOULS!

"You are awakening to a grander truth for the planet, a truth that doesn’t just belong to a niche amount of believers. It’s for the whole planet. Therefore, I’m telling you something that involves the whole planet. But the old souls are the graduates. You have most of the experience; you have profound consciousness that can change energy.

The world is expecting doom. The books that have been written about the fractals tell you about the ripples of time that repeat themselves, that yell to you that there’s going to be problems, there’s going to be war; that yell to you your economy is going to collapse at any moment.

There are seeds of truth in the ripples. Let me tell you something, perhaps you’ve figured it out or not. The ripples of an old energy are only dangerous to you if enough human beings buy into the old energy, it’s going to slow things down and some of them will occur.

Now you know what I would ask you to do. I want you to start spreading the word to everybody you know who would ask you, who would mention it in idle passing or not. Shape your words, for a good future. Don’t buy into this. Don’t be persuaded that something awful has to occur.

Dear ones, the prophecies have come and gone. You are in the clear. But the ripples are still there of the old energy.

When you hear those speak of it. You can tell them this. 'Well, it didn’t happen. We got a good future ahead.'

They will start giving you chapter and verse of the old energy. They’ll tell you what has happened and therefore and therefore. They’ll pull the politics of the day into it, they’ll say and therefore and therefore. And you don’t have to convince them. All you have to do is show them you don’t agree. In a loving way, you can say, 'Yeah, I don’t think so. I feel something good is coming.'

Old souls carry weight. You carry it with your family, with your children, with your friends, with your colleagues. And the weight you carry is because of who you are and who they see in you. Are you a person who is slow to anger, who is quick to love? Are you a person who is not showing their age as much? Are you a person who has more energy than you should for your age? Are you a person that they will look at and they will say I don’t know what you got but I like it. They’re gonna listen to you, old soul."

(Lee Carrol channeling "Kryon")

IT'S 2017 - AWAKE YET?!

Okay. Are you done sighing your sigh of relief that 2016 is over? Are you done or still nursing your injuries - physical, emotional, mental, financial? Still reeling from that relationship break-up, losing that job, breaking that foot? And how about that election, huh?! Was it a prank by the Universe to serve that up just before the holidays with your shockingly clueless families? 

Yep. For many, in many ways, 2016, especially the Fall of 2016, as was predicted by every reputable psychic channeler, was a major sock 'em in the gut blow. 

But... there's a context for what's occurred, and in fact, not everyone's experience was exactly the same. Some people prospered last year in all of the areas listed above, albeit with some relatively minor eruptions of symptoms and contractions. Some did well in their work-life, love-life, and/or physical health. Some weaved through the political debacles with a balanced, light-footed sense of irony and humor. John Oliver and Samantha Bee became major stars transmitting that irony and humor to the public.

So, what's the connecting thread between the simultaneously occurring struggles and traumas and the increase in well-being? Say it - This is the Ascension to 5D in full Wave mode. (See some of the FPL "Wave" pieces HERE

Remember what's been written - if you're still here on this Planet Earth, you're going to 5D, or leaving the planet sooner rather than later to finish your ascension process in non-physical form. And I'm not talking about celebrities only here. They are the tip of the iceberg of souls taking off to avoid this ascension process while in a body. For every David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, there are hundreds of thousands of people leaving the earth that you've never heard of. One way or another, though, folks, we're all going. (See the FPL post: "LEFT BEHIND? SORRY, BUT WE'RE ALL GOING!"). 

That part is not optional. What is optional is not if we're going, but how we're going. We have collectively decided to raise the vibration of our race to the next level of consciousness. It's destiny, and it is irreversibly in place. No going backwards. No Armageddon. Nope. Not optional. We've crossed the threshold. 

However, you/we do still have the free will option to determine how you experience the trip. You can go kicking and screaming, clinging to the last vestiges of ego control and 3D beliefs, or you can discover yourself and life anew - new bodies, new creative gifts to express, new levels of peace and serenity, pleasure and prosperity - by letting go of all that you've clung to and by pursuing joy and love in each moment to the best of your ability.

Seems like a no brainer. Right? Well, if you've been following this blog for the last 9 years (Whew!), you know where this is going - the difference, soul age notwithstanding, is the depth of self-work you're wiling to do to awaken yourself.




 

A SUPER 5D SUPERBOWL!

Wow! We just witnessed a Super Bowl where everybody won! The team, coach and quarterback favored by Donald Trump and his followers won the game, while said game served as the venue for messages of diversity, inclusion and oneness. 

Now that's 5D!

NO IVORY, SHARK FINS OR CIRCUS IN 5D!

This is how 3D ends...
Last month, China announced that it was ending its ivory and shark fin trade, and making the poaching of elephants illegal. Last night, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus announced that it would be ending its 146-run in 2017 with final performances in May. Kenneth Feld, whose company Feld Entertainment produces the circus, said in a statement that ticket sales had been declining and dropped even further when they took elephants out of the show last year.


ARE YOU BECOMING RUTHLESS ABOUT YOUR SOLITUDE?!

Last year, I wrote a post entitled, "WANT A BETTER RELATIONSHIP? ENJOY SOME SOLITUDE!" In that post, I talked about the importance, not only for creative purposes, but for the betterment of one's relationships, and life in general, of spending "quality time" alone. 

Well, in this run-up to 5D, making the choice to have a good amount of solitude in your life has risen to the level of an imperative. As one's vibrational frequency rises, which is occurring in general to everyone, but at an accelerated rate for those who've awakened and are actively pursuing their path through the ascension process, it becomes increasingly necessary to protect one's personal energy field from vibrations of a lower frequency. In other words, you can't hang out with friends, family members, colleagues, etc., whose vibration is lower than yours, without feeling some negative effects. And right now, those effects are manifesting at a faster and faster rate.

I am hearing more and more from the awakened people I work with and who read this blog that they are finding more and more people, places and situations intolerable.

Here's a passage from an amazing book, ONENESS, by Rasha:

"The tendency to distance oneself helps to create a vibrational buffer and is a self-protective mechanism that one adopts instinctively. For, until you become adept at stabilizing the accelerating levels of vibration, you are susceptible to the variations in vibrational frequency with which you are surrounded and the extremes of experience that can result. One becomes acutely aware of the effects of certain environments and certain individuals upon one’s manifestation of life experience. And one begins to make choices that others may consider radical. One often becomes ruthless in the curtailing of associations and activities that no longer serve one’s highest interests.The tendency becomes increasingly that of choosing aloneness over the companionship of others that had always been taken for granted as a way of life. One comes to regard one’s own company as profoundly gratifying, and the time one chooses to spend interacting with others begins to diminish. One becomes attuned to one’s own inner world and is drawn to withdrawing to that space at every opportunity.”
Whoa, PL! Are you saying that I shouldn't go to my family's for Thanksgiving next year? That I should quit my job? Ditch my old college friends? Not ride the subways?!

Well... yes. And no. 

The yes is this - 

If you attempt to lower your own vibration in order to maintain a relationship or spend significant amounts of time in an environment that's not up to where you're at consciousness-wise, you're going to feel out of balance and toxic. At a certain point, you will have no choice but to distance yourself from that person, place or thing, or invite a crisis. Thus, the growing phenomenon this past November to celebrate "Friendsgiving" -  Thanksgiving with friends instead of family.

The no is implied in this sentence from Oneness above -

"For, until you become adept at stabilizing the accelerating levels of vibration, you are susceptible to the variations in vibrational frequency with which you are surrounded and the extremes of experience that can result."

In other words, the need to be "ruthless" in distancing yourself from others with low vibrations is temporary. Once you become stabilized in your ascension process, and are no longer relating to others as other than reflections of you, you will be able to go anywhere and be with anyone without your level of vibration or consciousness being affected. Most likely, however, you will only choose to do so as a teacher or guide.

For now, though, most of you who are in a transitional phase of your process, will have to take measures to protect your energy field. So, besides staying home alone or living in the woods, what does that look like? 

It looks like this -  whenever you choose to mingle with a variety of vibrations, you take a few minutes through breath and meditation (in advance is best) to first clear your own field of any low vibrations, and fill it up with the highest frequency of love and light possible. Then, you do the same thing for the vortex and field of energy you're entering, clearing out the negative, low vibes and filling up the room and the energy fields of the people around you with higher vibes. [NOTE: If you're able to at least consider that everyone is a reflection of a part of you, it will help with the process.]

You can do this, folks. And the results will be nearly instantaneous if you're sincere. 

Of course, the results will also be nearly instantaneous if you don't do this.

Here's an example - 

Earlier this year, I was heading to a gathering in my car, to a situation that I knew was going to be filled with low vibrations. I neglected to take those few minutes to clear and protect my field, etc., and - no joke - I pull into the driveway at the home of said gathering... and my car catches on fire! I instantaneously realized what I'd forgotten to do.  

Turns out it was just a hot bulb that had come loose and fell on some plastic, creating a lot of smoke, but I gratefully accepted the reminder and did my inner work before I went into the house. And I've never forgotten since. Whew!


TODAY'S "BOOK OF MASTERY" QUOTE!

"How you decide to be in encounter with any situation will call to you the next series of events that you will learn through. Each time you make a choice to be a certain way, to align to the self in a certain way, you claim the potential of that choice to ricochet and propel you forward. So the choice that is made of how to perceive the self in regard to any situation calls to you how the response is manifested in the physical realm."

(From "The Book of Mastery" by Paul Selig)



THE POWER OF DOING NOTHING... POWERFULLY!

Are you discovering the power of doing nothing? Many people are.

Remember the frequently referred to FPL post from January of 2013 - "IT'S 2013! WHICH EARTH ARE YOU ON?!" - in which the new rules of 5th Dimensional Consciousness (5D) were outlined? Right up top was Rule #1: "Murphy's Law Is Officially Reversed." (In other words, in 5D, "everything that can go right, will go right... if you let it.")

Well, 3 years later, many FPL readers, and people I know and work with, have been experiencing this new rule at work in the practical experiences of their everyday lives. So much so, in fact, that complaints are coming up in sessions that more or less boil down to: "It's too easy!" "I didn't actually do anything!" "Things just fell into place!" "Things just worked out!" Etc.

Sounds funny, right? But the truth is, synchronicity ("the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection," according to the dictionary) is the way of the Universe. There are no true coincidences, and this has always been the way things worked, only now, in 5D, we're becoming aware of it, and so becoming able to call upon it for manifestation purposes in our lives.

Many people call these synchronistic events "miracles," but here's my favorite quote on miracles:

"Miracles are the result of nature unimpeded."

Get that? Reread it:


"Miracles are the result of nature unimpeded."

In other words, things "working out" for your greatest good, for your highest excitement, for your fulfillment and self-actualization, even in ways you couldn't predict or imagine specifically, is just... natural! You don't have to do anything in the sense of forcing, willing, demanding, pleading or insisting, all approaches rooted in the ego, of course. You see, it's the ego complaining that things are "too easy," because it knows it is out of a job in 5D. It knows no other way than struggling, battling, overcoming, winning or losing, etc. Then, onto the next contest. So 3D!


But there are actually things to do in 5D. There are actions to take. It's not a passive creative process. But it looks different than the old way. The "doing" required to make things happen in 5D looks more like this:

Clear - Intend - Let go - Follow-up.


Clear your consciousness of the remnants of 3D, egoic thinking and beliefs and suppressed feelings in the body;
Intend for yourself in your meditations whatever it is you truly desire, and imagine it happening;
Let go by employing the energy of allowing and receiving, without expectations or fear;
Follow-up with action when your Higher Self and the Universe give you signs and create opportunities for you.

One of my favorite books and movies, as many FPL readers know, is "The Legend of Baggar Vance," by Steven Pressfield.

Here's Baggar:

“There's a perfect shot out there tryin' to find each and every one of us... Now it's somewhere... in the harmony... of All That Is... All That Was... All That Will Be... All we got to do is get ourselves out of its way, to let it choose us.



Thanks, BV!





ABUNDANCE WITHOUT ATTACHMENT!

Good article in the Sunday NY Times HERE, entitled "ABUNDANCE WITHOUT ATTACHMENT."

This is a conundrum for many seekers of a higher state of consciousness - how to enjoy prosperity, even great material wealth, without becoming attached to and ultimately burdened by things and outer circumstances.

The author of the article, Arthur C. Brooks, who interviewed a swami in India, named Gnanmunidas, on the subject, proposes 3 practices:

First, collect experiences, not things. Material things appear to be permanent, while experiences seem evanescent and likely to be forgotten. Should you take a second honeymoon with your spouse, or get a new couch? The week away sounds great, but hey — the couch is something you’ll have forever, right? Wrong. Thirty years from now, when you are sitting in rocking chairs on the porch, you’ll remember your second honeymoon in great detail. But are you likely to say to one another, “Remember that awesome couch?” Of course not. It will be gone and forgotten.

Second, steer clear of excessive usefulness. Our daily lives often consist of a dogged pursuit of practicality and usefulness at all costs. This is a sure path toward the attachment we need to avoid. Countless studies show that doing things for their own sake — as opposed to things that are merely a means to achieve something else — makes for mindfulness and joy.

And finally, get to the center of the wheel. Worldly things occupy the wheel’s rim. These objects of attachment spin ceaselessly and mercilessly. Fixed at the center was the focal point of faith, the lodestar for transcending health, wealth, power, pleasure and fame — for moving beyond mortal abundance. The least practical thing in life was thus the most important and enduring.

TODAY'S "THE END OF SYMPTOMS AS WE KNEW THEM" QUOTE!

"You will begin to see the so-called 'symptoms' of a physical condition that you have been harboring as the manifestation of the thought form that precipitated it. And that level of spontaneous realization will serve as the gateway through which you will be able to liberate yourself from a multifaceted vibrational condition. The outward manifestation of a particular set of symptoms is your cue to delve into your own psyche and to begin to explore the parameters with which you have structured your life experience. These are unprecedented occurrences. And you should be prepared to experience unprecedented results, both in your own experience and in the experience of others for whom you may be facilitating. The dramatic remission of symptoms characteristic of this process is a phenomenon that will defy the scientific laws that govern your concept of what is and is not possible. The so-called 'miracles' that may once have prompted reactions of awe and wonderment are occurrences to be expected by those who have journeyed to the outer reaches of the human condition in these times. Do not be tempted to limit what is possible, in terms of spontaneous recovery, on the basis of what you may have been taught. There are no such limits—not in the new world you are helping to birth, simply by being present."
(From "ONENESS" by Rasha)

LIKE A FISH CLIMBS A TREE!

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."


Albert Einstein said that. Of course.

I would add that to expect a 3-year old to drive herself to pre-school or a 1-year old to cook the family dinner or a 5-year old to manage the household finances are likewise unreasonable expectations that would be not only a burden to the child in question, but quite frustrating for the persons with the expectations, as well.

Where am I heading with this? Simply to make the point that I made in my "TRUTH ABOUT EVERYTHING, PART 6: WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME!," which is that in a world with individuals of not just different chronological ages, but also of different soul ages, we would become a lot less burdensome and a a lot less frustrated if we were able to see people in the light of their soul age.

Here are two excerpts from #6:

So, just as there are physical babies, there arebaby souls. Just as there are physical adults, there are adult souls. Etc. Etc. And just as it would be irrational to expect a physical baby to be able to feed and shelter itself, or to drive a car or have sex, it is equally irrational to expect a baby soul, even in an adult physical body, to attain higher states of consciousness much beyond the accomplishments of reflex and survival. Baby souls, in other words, generally live simple lives, with simplistic beliefs, focused on getting their basic needs met, very often by seeking others to manage the provision of those needs.

After you read the soul age material, look around you, at everyone, and consider what soul age you are dealing with in each relationship. You will find your perspective and your levels of frustration shifting when you do. And remember, don't give the car keys to a 3-year old!



TODAY'S "BE HERE NOW" QUOTE!

"By remaining focused in the present moment, and resisting the temptation to jump ahead of yourself and plan the future before it is ready to evolve, you will be in a position to make the highest choices. Trust that you have choreographed your journey perfectly so that you will arrive at your destination right on schedule. There, you will reunite in a loving bond of Oneness with the multidimensional facets of your own being that await your return to the sanctity of the whole. It is toward this blessed end that you strive in the present moment, whether you are aware of it or not."

("Oneness," by Rasha)


THE DARKEST DAY BEFORE THE BRIGHTEST DAWN!

So, today is the shortest day of the year, AND the darkest day in 500 years. Feels right doesn't it? But what does that mean? There is a saying: "It is darkest before the dawn." As it was heralded 50 years ago - "This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius." So, wake up, my friends, smell the coffee, be of good cheer. Starting tomorrow, the days begin having more and more daylight.



YOU CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT, NO EXCEPTIONS!

There it is. I said it. Unvarnished. Straight up. Unequivocal. And just to be clear, I didn't make this up, and I'm not the only one stating this axiom out loud these days.

YOU CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Your finances, your love life, your health, yes, of course, most of you at least buy that you create those things if you're reading this blog. But those are the easy ones. The "one hundred percent" part - that's the challenge. 

The subway running late, the guy sitting next to you sneezing on the subway, the weather when you get off the subway? Yep. All your creations.

The stranger you bump into at the coffee shop who just so happens to tell you about a dream job opportunity, the bank error that credits your account with exactly the amount of money you needed to make your rent, the long lost friend you were just thinking about who calls you up? Yep. All your creations.

Don't believe it? Doesn't matter. Doesn't change anything. It's just the way it is. 

Oh, and why am I posting this today? Because in short order, you will come to know it for yourself. This is happening.

Listen to this channeled conversation on the subject. For a condensed version, start at around the 25-minute mark, and particularly focus in at the 30-minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RavjBfS0XY



STABILIZE YOUR EMOTIONS AND BECOME UNIFIED!

This short passage is from ONENESS, by Rasha, the quintessential book on the run-up to 5D that we're all engaged in right now, consciously or not. It may take a couple of readings to understand what is being said here. 

Check it out:

"The pathways of the emotions you have worked so hard to stabilize are those upon which your consciousness will travel in connecting you with heightened levels of awareness. For it is your emotional foundation that unites all aspects of the consciousness that make up your multidimensional identity. That foundation, once cleared of the ego-based need to respond to provocation, serves as the pathway upon which all aspects of your multidimensional self unite in Oneness, and recognize that common bond as one that is shared with All Creation."

Here's my understanding - 

Human beings have emotions, and that isn't a mistake or a distortion. It is our nature in physical form here on Planet Earth. In fact, according to some sources, Earth is known in our galaxy as the "emotion planet," and it's why so many choose to incarnate here. 

Yet, human beings experience many emotions as unpleasant, especially the three main "negative" emotions: fear, anger and sadness. So, when Oneness says it is our "emotional foundation" that unites all aspects of our identity, does that mean that emotional turmoil and pain are necessary to self-actualization? 

No. Or at least not ultimately.

A significant point made in the above passage is that we become unified by doing the hard work of "stabilizing" our emotions through the clearing of "ego-based" provocations that stir up irrational fear, anger and sadness. You see, the three negative emotions, in their purest form, do have a place in our make-up. But the instances that call for them are rare. 

Fear is meant to be reserved for situations of actual danger, like being shot at or chased by a wild animal, propelling us into instant fight-or-flight mode. An imagined future rejection from a prospective date or job opportunity doesn't meet the criteria of dangerous. 

Anger is a powerful emotion reserved for situations in which you are actually being attacked physically, causing adrenaline to be secreted, which energizes and focuses you on stopping the attack through quick, forceful action. Anger is not meant for moments when your partner is hogging the remote or when you can't find a parking space. 

Sadness, in its healthy form, is what we naturally feel during an actual loss due to some kind of major life change, like death or the end of a relationship, even a graduation. Tears and crying are the ways through which we then cleanse our bodies of the physical emotional residue. But sadness is not an appropriate reaction to gaining a few pounds of body fat or getting a stain on your favorite T-shirt.

So, back to Oneness, stabilizing your emotions through self-work means that you are learning not to be provoked into feeling things because your ego is telling you erroneously that you are in danger, or that you are being attacked, or that you're going through a major loss when you're not. Once you've accomplished that stability, which means you're mostly feeling joy, love and pleasure, and rarely feeling fear, anger and sadness, you will unify yourself as the "multidimensional" being that you truly are.

[For more on being chased by tigers, go HERE!]

HAPPY EASTER!

YOU ARE NOT VULNERABLE WHEN YOU'RE OPEN. YOU'RE VULNERABLE WHEN YOU'RE LITTLE!

I read an blog post a while ago entitled, "The One Quality We Often Mistake For Weakness Can Actually Make You Stronger," which extolls the virtues of being "vulnerable." Citing examples from President Obama to the Dalai Lama, the piece gives examples of the strength that comes from being vulnerable. The post refers to a book, "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead," by Brene Brown.

While I essentially support what the post and book are trying to say, the language of the authors demonstrates a very common error which I would like to address here.

"I feel too vulnerable when..."

How often I hear individuals begin a sentence like that. Usually, the person in question who is perceiving themselves as "vulnerable" is talking about being "open" in some situation that is revealing of their inner life to another. But this common connection in one's mind between openness and vulnerability is erroneous. 

You are not vulnerable when you're open.

The definition of "vulnerable" in most dictionaries is: "susceptible to physical or emotional harm." Okay. That's pretty straightforward. So, when are we the most susceptible to harm in those ways? Well, in two situations, mainly: 1. when we are without an option for avoiding danger; and 2. when we are truly dependent on another person or persons who may choose to do us harm. And when are we most likely to be in such situations? Well, unless you are literally a hostage in a terrorist takeover, or a prisoner of war or in jail, the most prevalent time human beings are actually vulnerable to harm is - you guessed it - in childhood!

That's right. In childhood, especially early childhood, we are essentially hostages to our parents and caretakers, without options to avoid the slings and arrows of our environment. And we are utterly and completely dependent on those others for our well-being, even for our very existence. Whatever the vicissitudes of our parents' mental and emotional health, or lack thereof, we, as children, cannot protect ourselves or remove ourselves from harm's way. We can't stop adults from hurting us, nor can we trade in one set of adults for another. In other words... we are vulnerable. Truly.

Now, here's where the confusion comes in and how the erroneous connection gets made.

As children, as newly minted human beings, we are naturally open, physically, mentally and emotionally. We feel everything fully when we're first born, and to some degree, we stay that way throughout the very early years of life. However, because of the undeveloped, un-self-actualized aspects of humanity, we are injured by our environment. Our parents and caretakers hurt us. Yet, we cannot stop them, nor can we leave them.

So what do we do? We begin to shut down, distort, and/or disconnect parts of ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally in order not to feel the pain so acutely. We form a character structure, and initially, it actually does seem to mitigate the pain, which seems to validate the conclusion that open is vulnerable, and closed is safe.

See, we can't understand truly when we're little that we're little. We can't really picture that one day, we'll be adults ourselves, and have the choices adults have. In other words, we can't understand that it's being little that makes us vulnerable, not being open that makes us vulnerable. And so, stuck in the confines of our character structures as time passes, we miss the fact that nature provides the solution to the problem of vulnerability in childhood - we grow up!

In adulthood, we can realize that protecting ourselves emotionally with the armor of character defenses is very inefficient and inhibiting, and most importantly, no longer necessary. Wearing that suit of armor doesn't make for the easy enjoyment of a sunny day, let alone for making love. On the other hand, being fully open to our inner lives, which frees up the mind and body, gives us the energy and flexibility to creatively express ourselves, enjoy life and, if need be, avoid situations that would do us harm, which mainly means not engaging with negativity. Thus, in this realization, we can engage in a healing process, in an holistic self-work process, that can dismantle the armor and allow us to be ourselves fully.

So, let go of the false belief that when you love and reveal yourself to another, you are vulnerable. And Brene, forgive me for suggesting a slight change to the title of your book, but "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be OPEN Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead" would work better for me.

TODAY'S "YOU CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY" QUOTE!

"Any time you experience pain and discomfort, fatigue or depression, it is because you are perceiving something from the victim-perpetrator mentality."
(Wendy Kennedy, channeling the Pleiadians)

YOU CAN CHOOSE HOW TO FEEL NOW, IF...

At the beginning of 2013, in a piece entitled "IT'S 2013. WHICH EARTH ARE YOU ON?", the new rules of 5th Dimensional consciousness as they apply to daily life were outlined. It is useful to go over these rules regularly because even though everyone reading this blog now is in 5D, many are still struggling because they are trying to operate on 3D rules. (You can review the rules HERE.)

Rule number 2 stated:

"Creating your reality and its experiences from your emotions and your ego is obsolete."

Elaborating, I wrote that: "Creating your reality from the vibrations of your Higher Self, supported by and in collaboration with the human and universal collective, is the 5D way of living," and "that means, first of all, that you can get off the emotional rollercoaster ride of 3D."

Okay, sounds good, but what does that mean? And how do we do that?

Well, having taught for so long that "your feelings are your feelings" and all you need do is feel them fully to open the door to emotional health, what I'm about to say might sound contradictory and somewhat counterintuitive. But here it is -

You can now choose how to feel.

That's right. And I'm not talking about controlling or suppressing your feelings. Not at all. However, if you have gained access to your emotions, and to your inner beliefs, thought patterns and memories, through a self-work process that has freed you from your character structure to a great extent, then you can begin "deprogramming" yourself from the habitual ways you've thought about yourself and others, about love, work, about life in general. And since so many of our emotional states are precipitated by thoughts, changing your thought patterns will change how you feel.

Most of our old thought patterns and beliefs, especially the negative ones, have been on an automatic loop since childhood. "I'm not good enough." "I don't deserve for things to go my way." "There isn't enough (love, money, time) for me to get what I need." "If I'm too open (to love, pleasure, creative expression), I will be vulnerable to disappointment and hurt." On and on. These repetitive negative declarations then trigger negative emotions - fear, anger, sadness - which then seem to validate the negative belief. And when most of this is going on subconsciously, it seems as though your emotions just happen to you. You just "get depressed" or "find yourself" in a bad mood, grouchy or irritable for apparently no reason. Or you may even think you have a reason for your negativity - the audition that didn't lead to a booking, the job that didn't lead to prosperity, or the sexual experience that didn't lead to an orgasm.

But the truth is, it's not your actual experiences leading you to the negative emotional states. Experiences inherently are neutral until you define them (Read the wonderful children's book, "That's Good! That's Bad!" by Margey Cuyler, for reference.). It's what you're saying to yourself about the events in question, how you're defining the experiences to yourself that's causing you to feel bad.

But... if you've done the self-work necessary to break through your character structure, especially now, in 5D consciousness, where your Higher Self can come through you most effectively, those negative thoughts are conscious to you and you can literally change them.

How?

First, by acknowledging them as there in your mind consciously, and then, releasing the feelings that they've engendered, preferably through a process that involves expressing emotions with the body;

Second, by not identifying with the negative thoughts, but rather, understanding that they represent the defensive ideas and mental patterns created by the ego, which was created by the child, in childhood, and as such, are not really valid for you an adult;

Third, redefine your experiences and situations in terms that you prefer. So, for example, "I didn't get that part because I'm not good enough," becomes "That role wasn't the best way at this time for me to express myself creatively." Or even simpler, the formerly negative, repetitive statements can be changed into open-ended questions like "I wonder what this will lead to?" "I wonder how this door closing will lead to another one opening?"

Fourth, having done the first three, allowing your Higher Self and your oneness with All That Is to come through you and create your reality in as unfiltered a way as possible (i.e. - without your ego involved.).

When you are free from unconsciousness, you have choices, folks. Always. But the journey to freedom requires determination and intention - first to do whatever it takes to break through your character structure, and then, once that's accomplished, to develop a regimen to shift your patterns of thought so you are no longer keeping yourself in a negative emotional climate.

It's a lot of work, yes, and it's hard, yes, but so is climbing Mount Everest or winning the World Series or learning to play the piano or keeping the Eros going in a relationship. Yet, these experiences are also exhilarating and worth it.

The pay-off is great; the work is hard...

"That's good! That's bad!"

TODAY'S "ONENESS" QUOTE!

"You should be prepared to experience unprecedented results, both in your own experience and in the experience of others for whom you may be facilitating. The dramatic remission of symptoms characteristic of this process is a phenomenon that will defy the scientific laws that govern your concept of what is and is not possible. The so-called “miracles” that may once have prompted reactions of awe and wonderment are occurrences to be expected by those who have journeyed to the outer reaches of the human condition in these times. Do not be tempted to limit what is possible, in terms of spontaneous recovery, on the basis of what you may have been taught. There are no such limits—not in the new world you are helping to birth, simply by being present."

("oneness," by Rasha)

IT WAS THIRTY-SIX YEARS AGO TODAY: DECEMBER 8, 1980!

"It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain."

That is a line from Elton John's song of grief, "Empty Garden," written about the murder of Elton's friend, John Lennon, thirty-six years ago today, December 8.

Seven years ago, on 12/8/09, the pilot script of my TV series, "CITY ROCK," was performed live at the Cherry Lane Theatre, directed by Paul Michael Glaser. John Lennon's death plays prominently in the story of "Frank Cello" and his team of misfit warriors, named after the street teen who died on Frank's watch on the streets of Times Square in 1981. I hadn't consciously realized until the night of the performance last year that I had scheduled it to be on the anniversary of Lennon's death.

I had just finished reading a great new book today about that death and that day, entitled simply "December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died," by Keith Elliot Greenberg. The book dramatically follows the utterly different paths of John Lennon and Mark David Chapman, John's assassin, paths that somehow brought them together on that fateful night 36 years ago to shock the entire world. It is quite gripping to experience the trajectories of these two souls as they arrive to an incredible endpoint in their starkly unique lives, in front of the Dakota that December night.

Just as I can still remember what I was doing, as a fourth grader, on the day John F. Kennedy was killed, and where I was and who I was with on the morning of September 11, 2001, I remember distinctly the details of the night of December 8, 1980.

I was riding a bus home from the evening shift at Covenant House, the then famous shelter for runaway teens in Times Square, when it was still a seedy Mecca for nefarious characters and lost souls from all over the country. I worked there per diem as a social worker, supplementing the income from my full-time day job at another social service agency. On Thanksgiving of that particular year, just 2 weeks before John's murder, I worked the evening shift at the shelter serving a sumptuous dinner to the kids that had been donated to Covenant House by John and Yoko. Each place setting had a card with artwork from John decorating it and a greeting from John, Yoko and Sean Lennon.

On that bus on December 8, around midnight, I was pretty much alone, lost in thought when the bus driver addressed me: "Did you hear what happened?" He asked. I just kind of mumbled, not really wanting to engage him. "They shot Lennon," he said. I thought to myself, "Oh boy, this guy's crazy," because I thought he was talking about Lenin, the communist leader who died almost sixty years earlier. The driver persisted, rocking my world. "Yep. They shot John Lennon."

I could feel the blood drain out of my face.

Impossible.

"They shot John Lennon?!"

What?! Who?! Why?!!?


Interesting, isn't it, that the bus driver used the pronoun "they?" It's not an uncommon usage, but who are "they?" Chapman clearly killed John and acted alone in doing so, but yet, when the driver said "They," it seemed somehow appropriate. On 9/11/01, the person who first told me about the attack also said "They flew planes into the World Trade Center," even though it was not yet known who actually did it.

Who are "they?"

Well, "they" are "us."

As John Lennon himself once wrote:

"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together."

John at least came to understand something in his short time on Earth about the true oneness that exists in All That Is. Many of his lyrics, during and after the Beatle era, reflect some of that understanding, although his life - and death - was one of dualistic turmoil.

Reading Greenberg's book and other chronicles of John Lennon's life reveals a human being with a great deal of unresolved pain and anger and fear, a history of brilliance and incredible accomplishments combined with great sadness, violence, jealousy and substance abuse. By choosing a lifetime in which he would be so monumentally famous, and die so infamously, you might say that John "volunteered" to play out the dualistic drama for us in his physical and emotional life, even as he sang about the true nature of our oneness and the synchronicity of everything that occurs:

"Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be."

Nothing truly, irrevocably tragic occurs, folks. We desire as souls to experience everything that we can conceive of, to know everything there is to know. In this "experiment" - three-dimensional physical reality in a linear time continuum - we are exploring how love, the essence of All That Is, can be expressed. It is intense. And perhaps, we are almost done with this particular experiment, which may be why so many feel ready to move on from the experience of separateness.

Maybe that's what John was asking us to imagine - no Heaven, no hell, no religion, no country, no possessions... in other words, a world without duality.

"All you need is love."
 

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