Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Power of the Network

I remember having a discussion with a friend at our favorite coffee shop during my graduate student days where I told her about my good intentions to write some philosophical or spiritual books one day. She - by now a professor of Classics - took the other side and said that so much good material was written in the olden days that we should be mindful not to dilute this wealth of knowledge with our half-baked modern ideas. Her point of view didn't feel right at that time but there was also little I had to say to counter her views. The historic giants on whose shoulders we stand today are giants indeed.

In the meantime I have a better understanding what my personal mission is all about? Do I really have to add to the Asian gems such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching or Buddha's Eightfold Path? Can I state the power of love and the presence of the SPIRIT better than the carpenter from Nazareth did several thousand years ago? Or do I need to be the next Eckhart Tolle who somehow reinvents the "Power of Now" even more eloquently? No!

Don't get me wrong though, I am proud of my daily blog reflections and am happy when I get my twenty readers or so from around the world. I am equally happy, now and then, to put these collected ideas into print and send my books to people who truly enjoy reading them, but I can powerfully participate in "The New Earth" - another Eckhart Tolle bestseller - in a different way. My contribution, besides being a light worker in my limited professional and personal space, is coming from the Power of the Network.

Metcalfe's Law was invented for the telecommunication industry. It states that the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system. Let's say, I have 5 trusted spiritual friends, and hang out with you, and thus implicitly, with your five trusted spiritual friends, who in turn all have access to their 5 trusted spiritual friends, and so forth. The power of this network gets large pretty fast.

Love, the SPIRIT and the WAY can be accessed easily these days with real positive implications for real people. It is a blessing to be a light worker in today's interconnected Ascension Wave. We don't have to be a bestselling spiritual author to be really impactful. Let's just do our daily job as light workers in whatever form that might be, but let's do our best to reach out to other spiritual travelers. The Power of the Network will speak through us!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking for the Upside in Life's Difficulties

“The spirit loves impossibilities: it simply thrives on them. Impossibility activates it with miraculous energy” (E. Graham Howe & William Stranger. “The Druid of Harley Street.”)

Why do we keep on talking about the Moses experience? The strange occurrence that Moses raises his staff and just in the knick of time the waters part for his people to cross and escape the Egyptian army. Can you imagine how he felt with that burden on his shoulders at the time when he raised his staff?

Life is full of these moments when the going through the tunnel is as dark as it gets, yet, miraculously, thus far at least, we have always managed to get to the other side just fine. The spiritual traveler knows that life presents its problem to help us find our SELF in the process. Life encourages us let go of things and whispers in our ear that we will feel so much lighter once we make it through the storm.

Life can be scary at times, yet we spiritual travelers always have same truth to fall back on, the promise that our journey has purpose and meaning no matter what the outcome. King David's prayer in Psalm 23 starts with "The LORD is my SHEPHERD, I shall not want". That's how the story goes, always.

Why don't you flip the script around from here on; don't despair, don't scheme, just wait patiently what SPIRIT will bring into your life the next day. With an attitude likes that, what is there to fear? Chances are we will travel the WAY, now, today and every day.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Christ Consciousness

“I believe that the way of Christ is the way of incarnation, the way of life, the way of all good manners in human affairs, and ultimately the way of best efficiency. It is the way of willingness, the way of gentleness, the way of endurance and the way of a passionate will-to-live to the utmost, in spite of every obstacle and temptation to the contrary. It is the heroic way, and yet the most ordinary everyday way of life.” (E. Graham Howe & William Stranger. “The Druid of Harley Street.”)

Christ Consciousness is love. It is the observation that the world is ONE and that no matter what happens, SPIRIT is always nearby to help us discover GOD's secret language, love. If you go out to help the world and get crucified in the process then you have likely overlooked something somewhere. Christ Consciousness is that playful ability to see solutions where others experience problems.

Accept your job as light worker and find the miracles in all everyday interactions. The SPIRIT is wherever you turn, ready to jump to your side.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

When Education Stands for Power, and not Curiosity

“This patient had turned for support, as many anxious and unhappy people do, to higher education. For knowledge is power, power is control, and control is safe. And knowledge is approved. Development of the mind became for her an over-compensation for the intolerable lack of the loving touch that was missing in her childhood; but not all the power that words can give, can ever take the place of what one woman’s loving hands could do." (E. Graham Howe & William Stranger. “The Druid of Harley Street.”)

I would love to know the number of parents who secretly aim to get their children into Harvard. One million or two? Ten million perhaps when you also add the aspirations of all the Asian and European parents for the 2000 or so open slots at that prestige institution? I remember our older son when he was around six years old saying that he wanted to go to the Mount Ida Community College - a little commuter college nearby where we live - and his Phd educated grand-father from India barked at him, "You are going to Harvard!" The little boy just wanted to be near his parents and had no idea at that time what "Harvard" was.

Everyone wants status, everyone wants control, everyone wants fame in one way or another. That's why these institutions are able to gather so much money whether they actually further the curiosity for lifelong learning or not. It is ok though, these little psychological cuts also happen for a reason. In the olden days some children had to work in coal mines and inhuman factories, whereas today's students "only" have to be in the parental pressure cooker for 15 years or so, somehow obliging and surviving their parents' scheming agenda. The parents, of course, are convinced that they only have the best of their children in mind. The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle and as long as parents and children find some middle ground, healing can take place for all parties involved.

Everything happens for a reason. If you have been abused by your parents by sending you on an intellectual rat race, today is a good day to wake up from it. Bless your parents for their efforts because they have got you places, but now uninstall all the conditioning and make sure not to repeat their mistakes when you have children on your own. There is a natural curiosity, an eye for art, a passion for sport, and a search for purpose and meaning that everyone has access to, no matter how old, and no matter how educated. And no matter how corrupt our educational institutions may be, there are always some outstanding teachers who show up just in the nick of time to help their students find the secret of life.

Today is a good day to let the healing begin.

Do What You Have to Do

“It should be growing increasingly plain that I am not one of those more pessimistic mystics who advocate “Kill out desire! Annihilate the self!” I do not regard a negative state of unselfishness as a virtue, because it has so often been found to be the maiden aunt’s prim and private path into depression” (E. Graham Howe & William Stranger. “The Druid of Harley Street")

She was the hardest working woman I have ever seen, and she drove the people who worked for her into the ground. Had you asked her why, she would have said for the good of the company and there was even an element of truth in it. Yet, the subconscious motive was to succeed at any price, but the curious fact was that at the end of the day, when it really came down to it, she couldn't close the deal. When it was her moment to shine she put herself down to let others be in the lime-light. It was false humility though, she was simply held back by some inner conflicts she could never resolve. She left the company in a huff when, yet again, she felt overlooked in getting a promotion.

Had that colleague worked with a life coach she would have been really good at what she was doing. You may ask why I am I reflecting on the failed career of a greedy and conflicted woman and I would say that our spiritual community attracts conflicted people. We have numerous dreamers and repressed seekers and I am including myself in this list. We say no to dirty sex, we despise the greed in corporations, the corruption in politics and the attack on our environment, but if we really observed what is going on beneath the hood we would realize that so much of our well-meaning frustrations are self-generated. If we had the guts to conquer the woman of our dreams we wouldn't write notes about the spiritual danger of pornography. If we had more drive standing up for ourself we would be more relaxed about greed and aggressiveness in corporations and politics. And if we only went after our dreams we would be less depressed.

Cutting out conflicts is very confusing for a spiritual traveler because it appears that we violate what we know deep down inside is right - love, care and compassion. But that is not the case. All we ever do is to sleigh our own demons until the blessed day when we realize that these demons don't exist in the first place. Do you know how it feels to have endless butterflies in the stomach, the desire to run to the bathroom, the knees shaking and the experience of nausea? That's what it takes to override inner conflicts but life encourages us day in, day out to do it. It hurts to proceed but we continue because we know that GOD and our loved ones are waiting on the other side of the dark tunnel.

Life is perfectly designed to have it all, to earn enough money to know what abundance is all about; to enjoy steamy sex with the partner of our dreams; to be passionate about what we do and to see the purpose in our endeavors. In short, we can always be close to GOD, but to get to this point in our journey we have to ruthlessly cut out all interferences and find our wholeness and holiness in life's messiness. They say, "do what you have to do until you can do what you love to do" and that's what this note is all about. Listen to life's messages and go after what is meaningful to you. Life was made for you to find the WAY!

Friday, January 20, 2017

On Depression

Why are we depressed? Maybe we struggle professionally, feel overturned by life's relentless demands, or are simply ill. Maybe our loved ones are not well. Whatever the reason might be, it is often our desire to avoid dealing with our depression because we don't want to face the fact that we have a problem. Also, often we get angry in those periods at others because it is so much simpler to blame our misery on somebody else.

The core issue with being depressed is that we don't feel the love, both within and from our environment. Anger outbursts or compulsive behaviors are ways to deflect the negative energy, at least for a short while, until the depression comes back with a vengeance. Addiction is the desire to forget that we are not loved, while anger outbursts is us lashing out at others for not loving us.

It hurts a lot to face the darkness inside, yet when we are one with it we in fact have a shot of transcending it. All escape mechanism only makes the problem worse. I have learned to deal with depressions by simply sitting the energy slump out. And if I have to go to work or meet people much against my inclinations, I simply let life's energies carry me through the day, and before I know it I can carry my own weight yet again.

Transference is a waste of my precious energy. I don't get much angry any more, not because I am suddenly enlightened, but rather because I now understand the psychological trick I only would be playing with myself. The addictive stuff - alcohol, sex, food - also has not lost its attractiveness on me, but I now understand that the bill to foot after the excess is over is only that much higher to bear.

Let the feelings come and let them go, they cannot catch us. When we are one with every feeling, no escape routes or scape goats are necessary. We can manage what's is going on inside of us just fine. Depression, what harm can you do now?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Razor's Edge

Push my buttons and I quit my job even though I have many friends there. Hurt my pride and I'll get a divorce no matter how much love there is. Yet, I have been with the same employer for 21 years and have been happily married for 19. So why do I succeed despite myself?

The upside of these self-reflections is a lack of judgement. It would never occur to me to look down on someone who got divorced or walked out on a good job in a huff. In a parallel universe this is probably me as well. Isn't it amazing how we live our life avoiding so many of these pitfalls? There seems to be a razor's edge on which we mange to stay with the help of our near-by Angels. We put our best foot forward and the Angels do the rest. The boss who shuts up just in the nick of time before we can do something stupid, or the seducer who shows her true color before we can fall for her, risking our marriage.

Sometimes I think our story has been written down well before we were born; all we have to is to keep our eyes on our goals and keep putting our best foot forward; GOD does the heavy lifting.