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Smoke in Our Eyes

As the familiar expression goes, “hindsight is 20/20”. We now see how fear has reshaped our society in the past year…

These words are from my blog post dated March 29, 2020:

Do you remember the wizard in Wizard of Oz? He used the classic “smoke and mirrors” magic act props to create the illusion of an all-powerful, omnipresent ruler of Oz.

What was his most powerful tool to manage people? FEAR. But when Dorothy’s dog Toto pulled back the curtain, a single little old (but power hungry) man was revealed, frantically pulling the levers to create the giant illusion in the great hall of Oz.

Right now our greatest fear, DEATH, has permeated every day existence with its grim presence. That fear has become tangible in the form of a daily burgeoning number. The monster is growing from a mouse to a roaring dragon right before our very eyes, its yawning mouth ready to swallow us in flames.

Strangely we are putting complete faith in those numbers, even though every country admits there is no consistent testing method and way of reporting the numbers worldwide. It is literally and figuratively “all over the map” globally. (For those not familiar with this expression, the definition from the dictionary: (All over the map, North American informal: in a disorganized or confused state.)

Consider that we are being consumed by something much more dangerous than any biological threat. Fear of death is expanding in the consensual collective mind.

We have the power to vanquish this dragon. We may not have control over the virus, but we do have the choice about our fear. We own it. We have the right to question. As Virginia Woolf said, “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” 

When we allow ourselves to be ruled by fear, we become paralyzed, we do not see clearly, and our perception and judgement are clouded. In the final analysis, what you believe and I believe about the viral numbers, our own mortality, and the fate of humanity, could make all the difference in the outcome of this.

Smoke and numbers.

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The Mass Dream

Look around you. Humanity’s mass dream at the moment is dominated by illness, control, limitation. And yet, we were born into a world that is fundamentally built on creation, joy, abundance, and expansiveness. Where did it all go wrong?

Our current collective dream lacks imagination. It is spoon fed to us via mass media, a slow drip of someone else’s thoughts and ideas, designed to shape society.

How do we get to a place of dreaming and manifesting beauty, abundance, wellness, all of those attributes we think of as being part of a good and fulfilling life? The answer to that is that we must imagine and create it ourselves. Waiting for some external authority figure to deliver it will be a very long wait.

Firstly, it is essential to decouple from the mass mainstream media and political agenda. We must clean house and make space in our minds for creative thought. The news we are ingesting constantly is TOXIC, it is not propagating positivity. Our minds are being programmed to believe in and help create a negative universe.

Start being self-aware of your thoughts. Be diligent. Clean your mind. Extricate yourself from the sludge. It’s a beginning…

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It’s Only Skin-Deep

Are you aware of deeper positive character attributes we automatically apply to an attractive face?

Here’s a great Psychology Today article on beauty and its effect on our psyche: The Surprising Power of a Beautiful Face. A short quote: “[what psychologists call] the halo effect causes one trait (e.g., beauty) to drastically color your perception of all other traits. If you think someone is beautiful, you are also likely to assume they’re smart, ambitious, interesting, etc. We’ve all made these assumptions before, for good or ill.”

We are hard-wired to judge based on appearances

The assumptions we make are evidently hard-wired labels in our brains. So we can be forgiven – at least a little bit. As an interesting exercise, the next time you see a beautiful or handsome face, observe your thought process. Do you quickly assume the person is also intelligent, educated, polite, nice, etc? Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love, is laughing in her heaven. She knows, beauty has exerted power for eons.

Beauty is a big subject, with many facets (faces?) to be explored. For example, historically physically attractive politicians in public office seem to be more easily trusted by the population. Particularly in these cases, it behooves us to look deeper. These are people who are steering public policies and our future.

Inspirational Quote:

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” ~ Leo Tolstoy


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Peace on Earth

As 2020 draws to a close, perhaps Peace is the thing for which we most pray right now. 2020 has been a year of turmoil, confusion, and fear. It’s not just that the world is a mess. Our inner peace has been turned on its ear by a virus called COVID-19.

As Siddhārtha Gautama said, “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Yes, peace begins with each of us. If we do not somehow find our own inner peace in this turbulence, then we are contributing to the collective angst.

We are the power that will create change. There is no one coming to save us; we must save ourselves. That is the whole point to this extreme growth period in which humanity finds itself.

Rather than praying for “deliverance”, ask for strength, knowledge, wisdom, courage, and most of all a way to find your own inner peace to deal with the outer chaos. Then you will walk in the world feeling balanced and with intention to be a spark of light that helps to create change and peace for humanity.

Align peacefully with your own wisdom and light, and trust that you will know the right things to do.

For those readers who celebrate it tomorrow, wishing for you a Christmas Day of great joy, abundance, love, and sharing with your family and friends. May we all partake of these gifts in the coming days ahead.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” ~ Rumi

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” ~ Albert Einstein

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.” ~ John Lennon


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Thin Veneer of Society

This past 2020, an amazing opportunity has been laid at our feet, ready to claim. We have the opportunity, right now, to create a new society.

Witness our current society breaking down. The veneer is brittle and cracking. The innards of the rotten egg are oozing out all over. The stench reeks and fouls.

Do you remember the old Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme?
“All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

Yes, and that is a good thing. As we stare horrified at this place we are now, we are faced with some hard choices. Denial will not change it. What now?

Consider this: A new world can be birthed from this brokenness. In historical rhythmical cycles, humanity becomes complacent. We start taking things for granted. We stop paying attention to events unfolding around us. We are lazy about taking responsibility for our own lives.

That’s exactly when The Tyrant rides in on his dark horse. The people are confronted with the choice between freedom or slavery. Humanity realizes it cannot be complacent. It cannot afford to remain asleep. The people awaken and rise to the occasion, reclaiming what is rightfully theirs.

The anger, denial, and betrayal now part of our reality will transmute to intention, and excitement for the opportunity before us. Bulbs will flash on in minds worldwide, creating a glorious Light.

I cannot wait to see it!

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