TRUMP, THE SYMBOL

I think we are all shell shocked today by the news from the USA. I’m trying to allow it to settle and discover if there is anything positive to take from this. Trump isn’t a good man, no matter which angle you look at it from. But, maybe, just maybe we ought not to be trying to understand Trump the man, but Trump the symbol.


As a symbol, he represents all that is wrong with this world. He is the epitome of out of control ego. He’s a racist, xenophobe and a sexist. He is greedy, dishonest, ignorant and aggressive. All those negative qualities condensed into one human being out there on the world stage and under the spotlight for everyone to see. Why?

There is a reason. Nothing in this world is without reason. It seems to me that Trump is here to heal us by showing us hidden aspects of ourselves. None of us are perfect. Trump is an extreme exaggeration of everything that needs to come up for clearing within ourselves.

As the lyric in the Rolling Stones song goes, “you don’t always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need.” Do we need Trump? Perhaps we do. The majority in the USA not only need him, they appear to want him too. But what about the rest of us? What does Trump embody that we need to learn from?

Humanity is at a crossroads. The planet can’t take much more of ego driven man and the devastation he wreaks. But, still, we don’t quite believe it. Still. After all the warnings. We still don’t get it. Perhaps Trump is here to show us in all his awfulness how NOT to do it. He is a man, with not one iota of experience as a politician who has managed to secure the most powerful position on the entire planet. You literally couldn’t make this up.

Now, here’s an uncomfortable thought. It could be that we DESERVE Trump. An enlightened, heart orientated society would NEVER in a million years elect him as president, yet here he is larger than life about to take up the mantle as ‘leader of the free world’. Perhaps when he has served a term in The White House, we will realise what we DON’T want with far greater clarity and choose better next time.

Maybe, as Trump begins his journey as president, we will learn how to recalibrate our hearts and minds to explore better ways of being in this world. Trump will mess up. It is inevitable. How will we respond? Will we mirror his behaviour, will we adopt his mindset or will we learn from his mistakes? As within, so without.

A NEW STORY

img_0952When you have the realisation – in a blinding flash or gradually over time – that your government is not your friend, is not on your side, does not have your best interests at heart – it’s a shock. It’s painful and disorienting. Governments don’t serve us. Governments serve the ruling elite. Unless you are disgustingly wealthy, your government is irrelevant to you. It’s my belief that governments of most countries are enemies of the people. They seek to divide us and take from us as much as they can possibly get away with.


It’s our job to find peaceful means to overthrow them and replace them with something representative of our interests and the interests of our planet and all the life it sustains. Wars are a manifestation of government. They do not serve humanity, yet they have been a feature of our history for centuries. Why? Because it serves the agenda of the ruling elite that see it primarily as a revenue generating mechanism and a way to establish greater control.

We have all been programmed since birth to obey and comply. It’s got to stop. It’s outrageous that we give away our power so readily. We are gullible and shortsighted. Until we learn how to stand up for ourselves and each other, we will continue to be used as nothing more than slaves. What we have to accomplish, in order to throw off the shackles of servitude, is difficult. It requires precision. On one hand, we have to get tougher, much tougher and more defiant, in order to rise up and claim back our self determination. And on the other hand, we have to cultivate our gentle and loving nature that prompts us to care for the vulnerable, protect the unprotected and love ourselves.

Whilst we are walking this knife edge, we must never waver. We will be plagued by self doubt and wonder if we are imagining the global plot against us. And we must help those that are still under the spell, that do not see clearly. With consistency and bravery, we can assist others to understand the magnitude of the deception that holds our population hostage. We can, if we choose, become beacons of hope. We can help bring about the peaceful revolution that this world is crying out for. If we listen to our hearts, we can accomplish this without a single drop of blood being shed.

We have to lose our naivety and simultaneously gain a sense of innocence that will empower us to shrug off the depravity of a world where greed and fear has distorted our natural impulse to serve each other. We have to reverse generations of programming and create a new story that represents us, inspires us and gives us the courage to fulfil our destiny.

We are the ones we have been waiting for. Now the wait is over. Time is running out. We write our new story within every conscious moment as we live our extraordinary lives. Each and every one of us has a part to play, we are all needed. That is why we are here at this pivotal time. Now is not the time to play small. Now is the time to think, dream and be the very best we can be.

ALL IS WELL

Where are you? Right now? You are in the same place as me and every other person in creation. You are here in the ever present sacred Now. You are never alone when you are fully present. Everyone that has ever drawn breath is here in this place of homecoming that is vaster than all the universes combined, more condensed than a pinhead. Here. Now. Together. United.


Everyone that you have ever loved that has passed. Everyone yet to be born again. They are here. Nothing, no imagined power, can part us. Do you feel it? You are never alone. Even when you feel isolated and lonely. It is only a faulty thought, a misunderstanding, that makes you feel that those you love are far away and out of reach.

Everything your heart desires is yours already. Even your very identity is concealed within the narrowest of moments. It waits, life waits for you to claim it. Every fragment of your experience – past, present and future – is accessible to you, NOW. You are wisdom beyond anything you can reach for. You are every solution to every perceived problem. You are mother, father, child to life.

You begin to feel this and experience this true reality when you gather yourself in, condense your power, into the only true coordinate that exists in a world of projection and illusion. And that coordinate can be found right where you are. Here. Now. Nowhere else. To be present means everything. Do not give away who you are. Do not allow the world of form to distract you and scatter your power. Whenever you feel distress of any kind know that it is because you have left the place of belonging. Come back. Return. All is well.

I LOVE YOU

Living in a world where the majority of people are still unconscious is hard. I say that with a loving heart free of judgement. There is a season for everything and for whatever reason, it’s still not time for everyone to awaken. I don’t know why it’s not time, it feels as though it should be time, but I’m trying to trust that everything will unfold as and when it needs to.


What I’m finding incredibly challenging right now is to stay unattached to outcome. I feel a silent scream threatening to rip me apart as I witness the many injustices playing out, at the suffering of others and at the shameful way our planet is being disrespected.

You are not alone, if you feel like me. Wherever you are in the world, I send my love to you. I send my compassion to your heart. I send my encouragement to your spirit. I send my gratitude to you for simply being here – a beacon of light in these dark times.

Whoever you are, I love you – brother, sister, fellow traveller through this ailing world. I LOVE YOU and I value you. If you are alone amongst family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, I stand by your side. You cannot see me, but I am there and I know that you are there for me – silently, invisibly, but resolutely there.

The veil between what is seen and what is not is dissolving. I am here. A light for your light. All this noise, this brutal cacophony of sharp, ragged energy feels like a thrashing snake fighting for its survival. It hurts to watch its death throes, but watch it we must. Together. Good times are coming. They will birth from this chaos. Trust it.

DEPRESSION

When we suffer a catastrophic loss, such as the passing of a loved one, we enter into a period of profound sadness. We don’t wish the sadness away or try to avoid it. Instead we sit with the sadness because we intuitively know that it is a healthy response to our loss. If we are brave, we open in trust to the sadness and allow its medicine to guide us through the process of mourning. This is beneficial sadness. It has a purpose, and it’s purpose is healing and cleansing. This type of sadness is viewed by society as acceptable and depending on the culture we are a part of, it is at worst tolerated and at best it is honoured.


When, however, we are sad without obvious purpose or a reason we can discern, we try with all our might to ‘cheer up’, ‘pull ourselves together’ or failing that, self medicate in a variety of ways. The sadness feels unwelcome, like an uninvited guest. Some people call this type of sadness depression. They go to their doctor and come away with a bottle of pills to make it go away. But it doesn’t go away. Instead it gets buried. Buried doesn’t mean gone, it means hidden from view. For some people medication seems like a solution. And perhaps it is. But maybe there is a different approach, a more holistic approach, that could turn the black dog of depression into a healing tool.

The problem with sadness that appears to have no obvious cause, or depression, is that society in general doesn’t tolerate it, yet alone honour it. It is seen as a sign of weakness, a shameful flaw in an otherwise fully functioning individual.

And that’s the problem. Fully functioning should mean balance and harmony, but in today’s world, it tends to mean that we are efficiently outputting. In other words, it means that we are producing and consuming. A depressed person doesn’t do much of either. What they really want is space and time to enter into a state of deep reflection, communion with nature and unhurried being.

Imagine if the natural response to unexplained sadness or depression was to honour the process in much the same way we honour the grieving process. Instead of meeting depression with shame or attacking it with medication, we approached it reverently, with the utmost compassion and gentle curiosity. Perhaps then we could learn a thing or two about ourselves and our relationship with the world. Perhaps we can intuit what our depression is pointing to. Because depression is, I believe, a symptom rather than a condition in itself. So if we treat it like a symptom, it makes sense to try and track that symptom back to its cause. When we find the cause, we can begin to heal ourselves back into balance.

THE STANDING ROCK FACEBOOK CHECK-IN AND ITS WIDER SIGNIFICANCE

All around the world people are joining together energetically to support the Standing Rock Sioux. It’s an awakening, the like of which we’ve never seen before. A million people electronically checked-in to the reservation yesterday. Their aim? To support and help protect their brothers and sisters at Standing Rock.


What happened was remarkable. It demonstrated that when we stand together as One regardless of colour, race and nationality, we are more than capable of standing up to and overcoming the ruling elite. This is one of the first examples of the 99% rising up against the corrupt and power crazed 1%. This mass check-in should give us all an inkling of what is possible when we unite for the highest good of all.

But this is only the beginning. The ruling elite aren’t going to capitulate without a fight. They have massive resources at their disposal. But, their Achilles heel is their predictability. What they will do, and always do, is seek to divide us. That’s the only way they ever win. They divert our attention away from whatever it is they are doing that we don’t want them to do and offer up a scapegoat for us to hate and vilify. And if that doesn’t work, they manufacture an event to distract us.

We’ve all got to get wise to how they operate. You cannot trust the police, military or government; they represent big business and the ruling elite, not you. And you certain can’t trust their mouthpiece, mainstream media. The sooner we all realise that our true allies are each other, the better. And by each other, I mean people of all nationalities.

We’ve got to establish networks of communication and cooperation that completely bypass state run institutions. Our world has been divided up into separate regions. It’s not just about national identity and geographical location. It’s a method that builds imaginary walls between people. And a divided people are a weakened people.

Moving forward, we have no need of walls and man made borders. As we move into a state of unity, we need to express that fundamental shift externally in the world. What we are moving towards is a seismic shift, an evolutionary leap, that requires us to learn to be simultaneously autonomous AND radically united.

It’s something that has never been experienced, a new way of living and being in the world. Autonomy and unity appear to be diametrically opposed, and that is the challenge. We have to learn to embody both ways of being and interacting with each other. It’s a path that once established will transform our inner and outer landscape. It requires us to dig deep and move from the unconscious knee jerk reactivity of an immature culture to a mindful, heart centred mature society.

As part of the process we will learn that each and every one of us has to become accountable for our world. We will no longer enjoy the luxury of placing blame on government and other structures of authority. The buck will stop with us. In truth, it always has but we have not chosen to recognise it.

THE NEXT FRONTIER

frontierAre you free or are you a hostage? When I say free, I mean truly FREE. I openly admit that I’m not fully free. I experience periods of absolute freedom. And when I do!!! Well, it keeps me going. It helps me to recognise those longer spells of time when I’m not free. Times when I’m held hostage by fear and by my ego. I haven’t quite worked out whether I accomplish freedom all by myself or whether Source gifts me these moments to give me something to empirically experience so that I know beyond a shadow of doubt when I’m NOT free.


I know that my natural state is one of unbounded freedom. I remember, deep within my bones, what this freedom feels like. I attain it, when I least expect it, during meditation or during my dream time. And I experience it when the boundary of skin is experienced for what it is, an illusion where I end and the ‘outside’ world begins. I feel it at frontiers. Frontiers of my mind, frontiers at the edge of fear and most of all, frontiers at the edge of my thinking mind.

The next frontier isn’t deep space, or at least not in the way most people think of deep space. The next frontier beckons us all. In a very real way, it’s a fake frontier. It’s a 3D illusion. It’s what we’ve been programmed to believe and it’s reinforced daily by myriad outside forces. And we enforce it too. But the thing is, every last one of us knows that we are captives by choice. It’s just that we’ve forgotten.

But now, we are entering an epoch of great remembering because it’s time for the next great leap. There is now an urgency, a spiritual imperative, to leap into the next stage of our evolution CONSCIOUSLY. In a sense, we are there already. Our ‘future’ selves have already accomplished this leap. But it feels like, from where I am, and please bear with me because this is insanely difficult to articulate, this leap cannot trickle back to empower us in this now moment, because it hasn’t been anchored and claimed by us right here in this present moment.

I’m writing this as a trigger point, to remind myself and anyone who cares to listen. Because words are spells and today is a day when the veil is easier to penetrate, not just between life and what we take as death, but between the frontier we have chosen to believe can’t be crossed. But it can be crossed. Not by trying to cross it, not by any sort of endeavour, but by dismissing the idea, the concept of a frontier.

We disempower and dissolve the idea of our prison walls, or frontiers, by moving deeply into our heart space, by consolidating our energy and focusing it on the precise coordinates of this NOW moment, by opening to the flow of life, by stepping outside of our thinking mind and observing our experience from the Still Point and by dropping resistance and expectation of every kind.

And we drop the idea that this is in any way a test. It is not a test. It is something we have already completed. Trust yourself and accept yourself with unconditional love. And breathe. Breathe yourself into this reality that is yours already. It’s as simple and intuitive as your next breath. No one decides to take that next breath, we just breathe, naturally and with ease.

Suffering

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Whenever everything seems to be stacked against you and going wrong in your life – STOP! Because the EXACT OPPOSITE is happening. Life is trying to get your attention. The Universe is trying to draw your attention towards that which needs healing. Source is shining a big painful spotlight on an aspect of your life that is out of balance.


Because we are stubborn and lazy when it comes to learning how to live in balance, and because we tend to pull away from inner growth, Source uses whatever it can within our lives to make it impossible for us to sweep things under the carpet.

If your life isn’t going so well, it’s highly probable that you have ignored a chain of hints and pointers. When this happens, as it does with most of us, the messages get more and more urgent until we notice and DO something about it.

What it usually means is that we are resisting CHANGE. When we allow change, when we open to the movement that seeks to flow through us, we notice an alleviation of negativity. And then, if we are paying attention, we see with great clarity. We see, not a random catalogue of suffering and disasters, but an overarching meaning that connects the negative elements of our lives into a symbolic rescue package.

All at once, it is blindingly obvious what we need to do and why. We don’t use our thinking mind to gain clarity, we tune into our heart and intuition. So whenever we reach a point when everything appears to have gone wrong, we can take heart. It is at this precise point, this pivotal moment, that we are perfectly aligned with a gateway into our own deep and radical healing.

It is up to us whether we choose to take this opportunity, but the invitation forever remains. Do we move into healing or do we choose to suffer some more?

Loving ourselves exactly as we are

I’ve been and am still going through a process with my body. Due to medication I’ve been taking, I’ve gained 28 pounds in just over a year. I’ve learnt a lot about my body and my relationship with it that I think could help others.


First and foremost, I’ve learnt that long term positive change only occurs when we act out of love for our bodies. That is why diets don’t work. Diets are like wars, we are literally mounting a war on ourselves and the motivation is hate.

We try to beat our bodies into submission. This impulse arises out of self loathing for our physical form. It may work for a time, but its unsustainable. At some point, we run out of steam because hate, disgust and self loathing are negative emotions that damage us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And they are so draining. We just can’t keep it up.

The best way to affect positive and healthy changes to our bodies is to forget all about dieting. Instead, we open our hearts to the miraculous wonder that is our physical body. We tune into the body and ask it what it wants and needs to feel good, to feel healthy. And then we wait. We observe what feels good to eat. And not just while we are eating it, but afterwards.

We forget all about calories and targets which are always future orientated. Instead we practice mindfulness as we prepare and eat food. We learn to love our bodies just as they are, unconditionally and with reverence. When we do this, our bodies respond.

Through our intuition, our bodies speak to us. They tell us what we need to feel strong, clean and healthy. When we do this we foster trust. We trust our bodies to show us what we need and our bodies respond by bringing us good health and balance. This loving approach to health really works. I hope my insights help anyone that is overweight, underweight or out of physical balance in any way.