The best way to handle the craziness of the outer world is to generate love and compassion from within.
Dying… it never goes out of fashion. We all do it, and for those of us who believe in the Eastern concept of reincarnation, we do it over and over and over again. I often cogitate – Why is it so scary? Why is death the ultimate threat if we do it all the time?
We know we are a limited species, GMO’d in fact. Initially our ancestors programmed us to survive. Then genetic possibilities that could help us to raise the quality of our lives arose. Lifetimes that were once shorter and filled with violence and the fight or flight mentality merged with other more peaceful ways of living. This created a community awareness that gave way to a more agrarian society with housing, villages, towns, and countries. The power to survive sometimes became the power to control resources that we didn’t want to share.
Lifetimes of scrabbling through the ruckus of civilizations taught us bits and pieces en route to realizing ourselves. The fight for resources and the cultivation of ourselves is an odd, if not fascinating dance of ambition to attain a state of peaceful self-realization, and gain access to our wild infinite eternal being.
As we popped off the planet over and over again, different religions have developed through us, through our cultures, and through our lineages. They came through visitations, visions, and our rapport with unseen beings from other dimensions. Apparently we were instructed on right and wrong though history by Caine and Abel, our first famous set of wrangling brothers. Caine killed Abel over resources (or so says the legend) and by doing so the lesson of right and wrong were apparently texted into our DNA forever. Seeds of dissonance such as this are widely sewn through ancient tomes like the Bible.
The Bhagavad Gita, a teaching spiritual epic, puts integrity and spiritual balance at the helm. It is not about life and death, it is about whether we live out our dharma, or personal soul purpose, and whether or not we can feel love no matter how many of the seven deadly sins we are experiencing. Can we feel love? Can we find happiness? Can we develop compassion?
I often re-listen to an interview I conducted with Jack Hawley way back in March of 2011 (recently available on my podcast) where we discussed his book The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners and the rich studies of the Bhagavad Gita – an 8,000 (ish) year old spiritual teaching tool. The interview lifts me every time I hear it, presenting the challenges that come along with facing life and death, and living for justice, for love, for the greater good. It’s the stuff we take with us when we all go through that mortal portal.
Life and death, fear and trauma, client’s going through their challenges with money and loss… I thought about it all today. Suddenly so many people are being tested – life and as we know is a boiling pot of unexpected events, both good and bad.
Wandering through my ideas of The Shift this morning, I “know” the importance of rating love more highly. We need to give it more value than money so we can lift one another. But we must first make the choice to love ourselves.
Thinking about Santa Claus, the “naughty or nice guru”, loading his sleigh right around the calendar corner, or the old paradigm Gods – it is hard to love the self and hard to just get gifts because you are… you are BEING… you are a HUMAN BEING… a human experience that challenges whoever you are to express true spirit. We just aren’t trained to love ourselves, are we?
And I think about love. What is love? How do each of us express love? Is it really through a panicky shop for gifts that may be scorned by the recipient? …gifts that often represent duty and fear of not being enough?
We have shifts of our own. It is the humungous loss and challenge which is deepening and transforming who you are and what you value. You are not alone, the world is experiencing the same thing as the revelations continue through Scrooge, the deceptions, the conscriptions to buy buy buy cheaper cheaper cheaper… – value is rapidly sliding down hill.
I wonder how things would be if we marketed love, self-love, care for one another, and forgiveness with the same vigor as our violent television shows and video games. I wonder what it would be like if we weren’t so afraid to really love each other. We are so afraid of attachment, and loss, and the thought of not being able to keep up with the undercurrent’s checks (both kinds) and balances.
TV, movies, video games etc., etches our kids’ brains with efficient ways to kill, to be watchers, and to strategize. What if they taught love and the qualities of win-win? Like the improv expansion tools that teach our children that they can be empowered by empowering themselves. Let’s show concern for that message and teach our collective consciousness what Tiny Tim says in A Christmas Carol, “Bless us all, everyone!”
I was listening to NPR today as I cogitated love and the SHIFT while asking my guides if we could reach for this clarity of love. There was a piece on Leonard Cohen, his song Halleluiah was sung by such a broad spectrum of performers all with their own unique interpretations. The lyrics were discussed, references to the word being the music of time (i.e. Made flesh?) and how the human experience in all its foibles is divine. Then there were short bits of Suzanne, A Bird on a Wire, That’s No Way To say Goodbye, and so many more of his chant like poetic gifts. Listening I wept and wept. Knowing that we are all love, the surges of loving feelings moved me. Wouldn’t it help to better share and value our experiences?