Tue, 28 March 2006
I wonder how many are noticing the deconstruction that is taking place on a national level as we watch the constant pull of lower consciousness as it affects our national psyche. I hardly have to mention the list of what should be the outrages of the last decade to engage an emotional response to what can only be described as a degrading of truthfulness and fairness in the American social consciousness as it shows up daily in politics and public personalities. However I suspect that what is occurring on the surface of our culture, and that which the surface media concentrates on is a hypnotic, high definition concentration on the minutiae of scandals, deceptions, and horrors of the lowest of human behavior. Of course if there weren’t so many willing to oblige this appetite for the sleazy and horrific, then there may be a lull in the never ending parade of stories, but with billions of people and information technology that can deliver in seconds lurid details into everyone’s homes, this is unlikely to happen.
Where does that leave those of us who desire a more beautiful experience of life?
The age we live in is providing us with ever expanding potential for spiritual and consciousness development at an unprecedented rate and potential. There is so much information available to get involved in that it is literally mind boggling to try and imagine the details of these vast offerings. And yet at the same time it is also true that much of this vast information is pretty much all cut from the same cloth - lower level stimulation. And this lower level stimulation can be a subtle and powerful agent of disharmony and unhappiness for the individual who is attempting to focus on the higher things of consciousness. In fact the negative pull can be so strong that one can be fooled into thinking the very thoughts that one needs to be free from in order to achieve a divine overview. These kinds of thoughts are quite insidious and compel one to subtly switch one to think in limitation and negativity.
And who are the purveyors of this constant slush of negative thoughts and focus? Well, Political leaders, celebrities, entertainment voices to name a few, and others who constantly act in order to engage others into their reality bands. If one watches this play with detachment it can almost be humorous, and even make one feel that life on earth is one great big insane asylum. But at the same time it is a great opportunity to strengthen the divine viewpoint and rise above the sludge and fray.
I have watched with some interest the continual play going on out of Washington DC surrounding the obvious attempts to deconstruct the US Constitution and remove free speech, separation of church and state, and the right to privacy from the Constitution in order to gain personal political and economic advantage. For those of us who cannot imagine wanting to invade others personal and private lives with our own value-laden agenda, it seems impossibly ignorant and full of malice that others attempt to do exactly that, especially given the recent history of our nation where one would think that the lessons of poorly conceived wars and involvements had proven so misguided. But one is forced to ask - whose script are you following?
These extreme situations and dramas can only upset us emotionally or mentally to the extent that we have not examined out own base beliefs and learned how to maintain our state of consciousness. If one were to take an honest overview of human history one would find that humans have been acting in unscrupulous and power hungry ways for millennia in every culture on earth. So what's different today?
When George Bush took office he came replete with a spin machine, an agenda, and the props to impose his world on the rest of us. What we are witnessing is the unfolding drama that he and his machine had in mind from before the first election. There really should be no reactive behavior among the wizened among us, because reactive anger is an indication that one has been caught unprepared for reality and spent scant time examining the trends that have been in motion for decades.
So then what is effective?
Action… with specific outcomes that are realistic
Focus on end results with an eye on the obstacles of the negative concepts that we are dealing with - and anticipate the path that those who subscribe to those concepts will take.
Progressives got fairly lazy in the last few decades. They believed that their successes in the 1960’s and 70’s would continue unabated and that they could expect more and more freedom and expansion of civil justice forever. What they failed to take into account is the very strong and constant drift of history – that those in power in any society, and especially a society like ours that finds it’s tools of coercion are great, want to exercise power over others based on their own personal agendas.
George Bush has been experiencing a lot of trouble lately and his
administration is under siege because they have an incapacity to understand that
their agenda is not sustainable. They are experiencing a meltdown of public
trust because the physics of human consciousness always move towards resolve and
definition. Truth has a way of wiggling its way forward, even under extreme
opposition. You are witnessing an expanding psychosis in American society as the
stakes go higher to maintain thought control of the population to believe in a
reality that has been manufactured in the imaginations of power hungry minds
whose values are based solely in personal economic and social advancement. It is
transparent to those who have the eyes to see that
This process is dramatically karmic and unavoidable as anyone who has been in the path of his or her own karma can personally attest to. It appears that the karma for our national figures has sped up and is churning ever faster these days. Perhaps it is because we are actually evolving at a greater rate, but one thing is certain –one cannot bypass universal laws of cause and effect – no matter how much social and political power you have – everyone pays in the true coin - there is no escape from your choices and actions.
A deeper compassion is required to arrive at a higher understanding of the individuals who are experiencing the spotlight these days in the national and international media, because in all honesty, a 70-80 year life is a drop in the bucket of our vast universe, and the brief flash of ones lifetime in power is a glint off a mirror in the sun in the dessert.
Let us now assert who we really are – in all of our true divine origins and with the greatest love from the divine that we can imagine and make true what heretofore we have only philosophized about:
And that is to love all with compassion and detachment… and all will be ours. This is the greatest of life's commandments ever given to anyone– Love all and all will be yours, even the naked King.
Sat, 25 March 2006
Jeffrey interviews Deborah Koppel Mitchell, publisher of Sphere's - a Circles Publication dedicated to consciousness for men and women. From her childhood in Idaho to her fast paced life in Hollywood, Deborah talks about her experiences with spirit, awareness, and relationships.
Tue, 21 March 2006
In spiritual circles many discuss developing the right attitude towards life and the issues that confront us everyday as we travel our journey to greater awareness and love. There are many tools that one can use to achieve greater expansion of consciousness, but one of the greatest and most rudimentary tools or disciplines is a true detachment. Detachment is a funny word; it almost sounds like you are cutting yourself off from life - detaching - as it were, from things, feelings and emotions. However most of these ideas are based on limited old ideas about what detachment is from a very western perspective. Our culture is very reactive and emotionally based ands so detachment can sound like you are losing your passion or zest for life. But in reality a true spiritual detachment is really a way that provides for you to gain a deeper appreciation for life and to master it’s complexities with greater understanding and grace.
To really understand and make a true spiritual detachment a part of your beingness or consciousness one needs to allow ones consciousness to move into an ever higher vantage point that allows more objectivity towards people, things and events. A wonderful example that many can appreciate is the kind of experience one has when one goes to a really well made film that engages your mind and heart and explores territory that one has never experienced. When you are sitting in the theater all of your attention is focused on the film and the story it is portraying. All of the focus is provided for you when you are watching a film because the filmmaker has chosen beforehand exactly what he wants you to notice and put your full attention on. There is no question about the focus because there is only one arena that is being focused on - and the characters development is a personal experience for everyone in the theater - they are all having the same personal experience. It is really quite remarkable because we take film going for granted in our age, yet it was not always so. This film going experience has transformed society and civilization as it brings millions of people together to share the exact same experience that the film provides. This is why it is a bonding experience what the subject of films comes up at social gatherings - everyone can participate because they all had the same experience in watching the film. Of course their perceptions of that experience are individual, but those interpretations all based on the same exact experience in the film. I’m digressing here because the idea of film and its contingent experience is so amazing, and such a perfect metaphor for true spiritual detachment.
It is true that not everyone has the same emotional or intellectual capacities, yet there is one constant that effects everyone who goes to a film, they all realize that the film is just that, a film, and not reality. When they leave the theater, each individual knows that they have entered the "real" world and even when the film is highly emotionally charged and they are changed from it, they still do not think that it actually happened, they know for certain that it was produced by actors and sets and scripts. Although a really excellent film can suspend your experience of reality whereby you are so deeply affected that you change your beliefs about some subject, especially when the film is based on a true-life story, a film going experience still provides a great metaphor for what true spiritual detachment is all about.
You see, true spiritual detachment does not cut you off from life experiences; it actually enhances those experiences by giving you a greater view and consequently understanding of things. This is achieved because while the individuals’ emotional and mental bodies are fully engaged in an experience and the experience has full impact in those bodies, at the same time there is ever so lightly a sense of the observation of what is happening which contributes a very real sense of intelligent objectivity. It is very similar to the film going experience because the suspended disbelief of the film is like the detachment one maintains as one observes ones life experience form the vantage point of Soul. Soul, that eternal spark of god that is the true you, the endless you, the continuous you. It is Soul, the you that has been through thousands of experiences in this life and many others that can illuminate your emotional and mental bodies with the objective divine reality of true beingness and give you a greater sense of your own creativity as you make your life and its experiences come to life. It is divine love in action that gives one the gift of expansion and realization as these experiences mount ever higher towards greater expressions of divine love.
The love that comes from this experience of true spiritual detachment is deeper and richer than surface emotional feelings; it communicates wisdom, and links one with the sound current which manifests all of life in its myriad forms. And on and on one sails into the heart of god and life as one allows oneself to become more adept with true spiritual detachment and divine beingness. The result is that one develops a compassion and a kindness that can transcend anything the mind can imagine and lift your entire being into realms of knowing that only divine silence can contain; for this knowingness is too large for the mental body to grasp, and too magnificent for the emotional body to contain.
Some call it bliss
Sat, 18 March 2006
Jeffrey and Simran dialogue about her experiences with well known teachers GangaJi and Eli Jackson Bear, and her road through fear and terror to spiritual freedom and consciousness.
Sat, 11 March 2006
Jeffrey interviews David Christel, dancer, writer and trainer about his experiences with The May O'Donnell Dance Company, Martha Graham, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein at the Kennedy Center, The American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, The Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Eckankar, The New York Times, and how he overcame paralysis in an inspiring and insightful dialogue.