In the middle of a busy day, stillness found me. I felt it nudging me. From within, I felt it’s gentle prod. It prompted me to slowly wind down and stop. Stop doing. Stop talking. And most of all, stop endlessly thinking of the next thing and the next and the next.
Stillness found me. It carved out a place of softness and receptivity within the vastness that I am. In the darkness, in the deep silent warmth of my skin and bone vessel, it stretched out and extended itself. Who knew that I contained such a wealth of space?
And while I was still marvelling at the vast ocean of stillness, the infinite dimension of space, that I carry, while this was still unfolding, a beautiful thing happened. The very air that touched up against my skin softened, hushed and exhaled. For it had found synergy, it had met itself through me.
And not just the air, the absolute everything of materiality had felt the shift within me. And it had responded. Me a humble fragment of Life’s expression, in simply BEING that expression rather than trying to DO it, had caused a miracle to occur. Peace had found a way, through me, to manifest and settle for any and all passing by to take nourishment from, to rest, to heal. That is what can happen for anyone at anytime in any place. If we allow it by nurturing what we already are, we can be present for this to unfold for us and all life too.
What lies beneath a smile? It should be joy, peace, love and happiness. That’s exactly how it should be, but often it’s not the case. People use smiles to hide. It’s a way of saying that you’re okay, there’s no need to dig deeper. I’d love to know exactly what percentage of smiles are real and how many are fake. Do we choose to accept the face value of a smile? Or do we use our intuitive heart to discern what’s really going on?
Smiles can dam years of tears. Smiles can act like a STOP barrier, both from letting our true feelings out and keeping friends from helping us to heal.
During some of the darkest periods of my life, and I’ve really been down there, I’ve faced the world with a smile pinned to my face. It wasn’t a genuine smile, it was the glue that held my face together in a mask that the world wanted to see. The world can be a cold and busy place, and most people don’t have the time or inclination to really know us. So when people ask how you are, they don’t want an honest answer. What they really want is validation that everything is a-ok.
And if you run out of steam and allow your face to slump, you often get the order – smile, it won’t kill you comment – or a variation thereof. I don’t know about you, but nothing bugs me more than people demanding smiles to order.
Smiling when you are in deep emotional pain is insane. I won’t do it anymore. If you don’t want to see my pain, you know where the door is. There is nothing to fear from sadness and pain – not yours or anyone else’s. Yet people behave as if it’s contagious.
When you are deeply and authentically rooted in genuine happiness, as averse to playing out some psychotic Disneyland cheap copy of happiness, you can do immense good with your happiness. Your happiness can give people real hope, especially if you’ve been to hell and back in order to get there. It shows others that “this too shall pass” in a very real way.
Is it just me or do other people experience one dominant emotion for a period of time? You still have other emotions, but you live one particular emotion very strongly. You go deeply into that emotion and notice how it affects you and different areas of your inner and outer life.
My strongest emotion is currently gratitude. Not a superficial type of cliched gratitude, a dynamic take-your-breath-away kind of gratitude. It’s a gratitude that enriches everything it touches and transforms the seemingly banal into the deeply sacred. It brings me to my knees and tears open my heart with its power.
It’s sacred alchemy – gratitude. Because nothing much has changed externally and yet the deep inner reality couldn’t be more different. Happiness, peace and joy are kind of like points of view that the heart holds. These qualities that we all seek are found when we hopscotch over our egos and sit without need and minus control in the spaciousness of our hearts.
Gratitude is infectious. When we embrace gratitude and allow it to show us just one little thing that is good in our lives, it waterfalls gently and with infinite kindness into multiple areas of our lives. And then the isolating bubble of judgement, greed and ‘having less than’ pops. We wake up and the funny thing is, it’s only in this moment that we realise that we’ve been asleep. The life we thought we were living was merely a sleepwalking stumble.
Never give up. Speak your truth. Even if it seems the tide is against you and nobody is listening, keep going. Share what you know with others. If they laugh, let them laugh. If they criticise you or get angry, keep going. Don’t let your words die inside you.
In a world where many speak the same words, be the one that speaks with creative originality. It doesn’t matter what other people think of you. Be bold. To self edit is madness. Too many people are frightened and want love so badly they sacrifice who they really are to gain approval and acceptance.
Life is too magnificent and precious to waste it on compromise. What a way to live! Running everything through internally time after time, wondering if what bubbles up inside you is going to make people love you more or less.
Keep your inner space clear of unwritten and unspoken words, of unfulfilled dreams and ideas. Keep you inner space as a sacred chamber, a channel waiting to be filled with light, love, peace and truth. But don’t even hang onto these sacred qualities. Keep them moving on through, out into the world. Don’t cling onto anything. More treasures are queuing up to take their place. You can only receive what you are willing to give.
You are not locked in a prison so there is no need to search for an escape route, a way out. Freedom is already here. It is within us. It is not hidden. It is only password protected. And the password for each of us is the same. All we need to is utter the silent word ‘yes’.
It is not a yes with an opposite of no. This ‘yes’ is the original sacred ‘YES’. It simply means, I see, I know, I feel, I remember, I Am. It is a Yes formed in the heart, not from three letters, but from one truth, the original, one, pure truth that we are. It does not pass through the lips, it emerges from the heart which means it can never be faked or cribbed from another.
Every sacred Yes is the same but there are billions of ways of saying it. We don’t create it ourselves. All we need do is recognise that it’s been there all along. That recognition is freedom.
I live in a world without borders. That’s my choice. I don’t look to governments to tell me that I’m English, British or European. I’m a citizen of planet Earth. It’s an important realisation. I may well still require a passport to travel. I don’t, however, need a passport to care or to be an activist.
So wherever in the world I can make a difference – and we all can – I’ll be there. I might not be physically there but I’ll write about it to raise awareness, I’ll sign petitions and donate what I can. To me that is what being a global citizen is all about.
We can all do likewise if we choose it. We can give the best of ourselves to lend support where it’s needed most, utilising our unique gifts. That’s how we realise our power. We step away from our flags and small national identities and join hands and hearts around the world.
What affects one, affects all. So it’s just as much my business whether an injustice takes place in England or Bolivia. For centuries we have been controlled and suppressed by a simple divide and rule agenda. So we do the opposite – we unite and cooperate. It’s as simple as that.
We don’t need to compete with other countries. We don’t need to strive to be at the top of whatever league tables the economists devise. What we do need to do is befriend each other. Get to know our neighbours, learn about them, cultivate curiosity and openness. When we do, we begin to realise that we have nothing to fear from our overseas brothers and sisters, nothing at all.
The problems we are experiencing are largely down to the fact that we have been manipulated into fearing and distrusting our neighbours, whilst simultaneously trusting our governments. And that is a complete reversal of what we should be doing. The enemy isn’t waiting to pounce from some foreign country. The enemy sits in government, heads up the banks, leads the armies and controls the media.
We are one planet, one people, spinning through the vastness of space. To fight and bicker is preposterous. I mean seriously unhinged. The new world is birthing right now. It’s time. A great wave of awakening is here. A tsunami of disclosures are breaking through the cloak of secrecy and deception. There has never been an easier time to push on through and grab our freedom with both hands.
The victory at Standing Rock isn’t the end of the story, far from it. But, what it could represent if we allow it is a MASSIVE turning point. Standing Rock has demonstrated what we can achieve if we stand together as ONE PEOPLE, united!
It’s shown us with absolute clarity that mainstream media are an utter irrelevance. WE ARE THE MEDIA!!!! If it weren’t for Facebook and Twitter, I for one wouldn’t have heard about what was happening. Millions of people all around the world signed petitions, checked-in to the reservation and made donations. We circumvented the media. We are the ones that got the story out. And it’s interesting that even today the BBC radio news is still silent on the victory of the Water Protectors. It speaks volumes. It tells us that the ruling elite don’t want us to see what is possible when people come together over a common cause. It’s showed what we can achieve together when we shrug off apathy and unite.
This is just the beginning of wave after wave of peaceful protest. We must continue to stand together to protect our planet. Every battle is winnable, it really is. It doesn’t matter how rich and powerful the corporation. Nothing on this earth is stronger than the concerted will of the people. We’ve go to step up and into a new role. We have demonstrated that we are the media, now we need to CLAIM our right to be policy makers too. It’s up to us. Our future, individually and collectively, is on the line.
And don’t let mainstream media’s last minute dash to cover events at Standing Rock fool you. That was a last desperate scramble of a beast on the brink of extinction desperately trying to convince us that it is still needed. Too late, far too late. Mainstream media, we are over you.