If you want to change the world, love a woman

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And the corollary…

If you want to change the world… love a woman-really love her.
Find the one who calls to your soul, who doesn’t make sense.
Throw away your check list and put your ear to her heart and listen.
Hear the names, the prayers, the songs of every living thing-
every winged one, every furry and scaled one,
every underground and underwater one, every green and flowering one,
every not yet born and dying one…
Hear their melancholy praises back to the One who gave them life.
If you haven’t heard your own name yet, you haven’t listened long enough.
If your eyes aren’t filled with tears, if you aren’t bowing at her feet,
you haven’t ever grieved having almost lost her.

If you want to change the world… love a woman-one woman
beyond yourself, beyond desire and reason,
beyond your male preferences for youth, beauty and variety
and all your superficial concepts of freedom.
We have given ourselves so many choices
we have forgotten that true liberation
comes from standing in the middle of the soul’s fire
and burning through our resistance to Love.
There is only one Goddess.
Look into Her eyes and see-really see
if she is the one to bring the axe to your head.
If not, walk away. Right now.
Don’t waste time “trying.”
Know that your decision has nothing to do with her
because ultimately it’s not with who,
but when we choose to surrender.

If you want to change the world… love a woman.
Love her for life-beyond your fear of death,
beyond your fear of being manipulated
by the Mother inside your head.
Don’t tell her you’re willing to die for her.
Say you’re willing to LIVE with her,
plant trees with her and watch them grow.
Be her hero by telling her how beautiful she is in her vulnerable majesty,
by helping her to remember every day that she IS Goddess
through your adoration and devotion.

If you want to change the world… love a woman
in all her faces, through all her seasons
and she will heal you of your schizophrenia-
your double-mindedness and half-heartedness
which keeps your Spirit and body separate-
which keeps you alone and always looking outside your Self
for something to make your life worth living.
There will always be another woman.
Soon the new shiny one will become the old dull one
and you’ll grow restless again, trading in women like cars,
trading in the Goddess for the latest object of your desire.
Man doesn’t need any more choices.
What man needs is Woman, the Way of the Feminine,
of Patience and Compassion, non-seeking, non-doing,
of breathing in one place and sinking deep intertwining roots
strong enough to hold the Earth together
while she shakes off the cement and steel from her skin.

If you want to change the world… love a woman, just one woman .
Love and protect her as if she is the last holy vessel.
Love her through her fear of abandonment
which she has been holding for all of humanity.
No, the wound is not hers to heal alone.
No, she is not weak in her codependence.

If you want to change the world… love a woman
all the way through
until she believes you,
until her instincts, her visions, her voice, her art, her passion,
her wildness have returned to her-
until she is a force of love more powerful
than all the political media demons who seek to devalue and destroy her.

If you want to change the world,
lay down your causes, your guns and protest signs.
Lay down your inner war, your righteous anger
and love a woman…
beyond all of your striving for greatness,
beyond your tenacious quest for enlightenment.
The holy grail stands before you
if you would only take her in your arms
and let go of searching for something beyond this intimacy.

What if peace is a dream which can only be re-membered
through the heart of Woman?
What if a man’s love for Woman, the Way of the Feminine
is the key to opening Her heart?

If you want to change the world…love a woman
to the depths of your shadow,
to the highest reaches of your Being,
back to the Garden where you first met her,
to the gateway of the rainbow realm
where you walk through together as Light as One,
to the point of no return,
to the ends and the beginning of a new Earth.

-Lisa Citore

If you want to change the world, love a man

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Another poem I wish I wrote.

If you want to change the world love a man; really love him
Choose the one whose soul calls to yours clearly who sees you; who is brave enough to be afraid
Accept his hand and guide him gently to your hearts blood
Where he can feel your warmth upon him and rest there
And burn his heavy load in your fires
Look into his eyes look deep within and see what lies dormant or awake or shy or expectant there
Look into his eyes and see there his fathers and grandfathers and all the wars and madness their spirits fought in some distant land, some distant time
Look upon their pains and struggles and torments and guilt; without judgment
And let it all go
Feel into his ancestral burden
And know that what he seeks is safe refuge in you
Let him melt in your steady gaze
And know that you need not mirror that rage
Because you have a womb, a sweet, deep gateway to wash and renew old wounds

If you want to change the world love a man, really love him
Sit before him, in the full majesty of your woman in the breath of your vulnerability
In the play of your child innocence in the depths of your death
Flowering invitation, softly yielding, allowing his power as a man
To step forward towards you…and swim in the Earth’s womb, in silent knowing, together
And when he retreats…because he will…flees in fear to his cave…
Gather your grandmothers around you…envelope in their wisdoms
Hear their gentle shusshhhed whispers, calm your frightened girls’ heart
Urging you to be still…and wait patiently for his return
Sit and sing by his door, a song of remembrance, that he may be soothed, once more

If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him
Do not coax out his little boy
With guiles and wiles and seduction and trickery
Only to lure him…to a web of destruction
To a place of chaos and hatred
More terrible than any war fought by his brothers
This is not feminine this is revenge
This is the poison of the twisted lines
Of the abuse of the ages, the rape of our world
And this gives no power to woman it reduces her as she cuts off his balls
And it kills us all
And whether his mother held him or could not
Show him the true mother now
Hold him and guide him in your grace and your depth
Smoldering in the center of the Earth’s core
Do not punish him for his wounds that you think don’t meet your needs or criteria
Cry for him sweet rivers
Bleed it all back home

If you want to change the world love a man, really love him
Love him enough to be naked and free
Love him enough to open your body and soul to the cycle of birth and of death
And thank him for the opportunity
As you dance together through the raging winds and silent woods
Be brave enough to be fragile and let him drink in the soft, heady petals of your being
Let him know he can hold you stand up and protect you
Fall back into his arms and trust him to catch you
Even if you’ve been dropped a thousand times before
Teach him how to surrender by surrendering yourself
And merge into the sweet nothing, of this worlds’ heart

If you want to change the world, love a man, really love him
Encourage him, feed him, allow him, hear him, hold him, heal him
And you, in turn, will be nourished and supported and protected
By strong arms and clear thoughts and focused arrows
Because he can, if you let him, be all that you dream

If you want to love a man, love yourself, love your father
Love your brother, your son, your ex-partner; from the first boy you kissed,
To the last one you wept over
Give thanks for the gifts; of your unraveling to this meeting
Of the one who stands before you now
And find in him the seed to all that’s new and solar
A seed that you can feed to help direct the planting
To grow a new world, together

-Anonymous

Gnostic Easter

The Jesus Mysteries [cover]Nearly a decade ago, Tom Harpur published The Pagan Christ. He proposed that the Christian approach to pushing a literal interpretation of the Bible is not only unsupported by historical documentation, it is divisive and limiting to our growth as a spiritual community. Around the same time, Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy published The Jesus Mysteries, with similar provoking ideas and questions.

“What if there were absolutely no evidence for the existence of an historical Jesus? What if for thousands of years Pagans had also followed a Son of God? What if this Pagan saviour was also born of a virgin on the 25th of December before three shepherds, turned water into wine at a wedding, died and resurrected at Easter, and offered his body and blood as a Holy Communion? What if these Pagan myths had been rewritten as the gospel of Jesus Christ? What if the earliest Gnostic Christians knew that the Jesus story was a myth?What if Christianity turned out to be a continuation of Paganism by another name?” – Timothy Freke

Freke and Gandy provide a substantive body of evidence to suggest “The traditional history of Christianity is hopelessly inadequate to the facts. Fromosiris our research into ancient spirituality it has become obvious that we must fundamentally revise our understanding of Christian origins in the most shocking of ways. Our conclusion, supported by a considerable body of evidence in our book, The Jesus Mysteries, is that Christianity was not a new revelation. It was a continuation of Paganism by another name. The gospel story of Jesus is not the biography of an historical Messiah. It is a Jewish reworking of ancient Pagan myths of the dying and resurrecting Godman Osiris-Dionysus, which had been popular for centuries throughout the ancient Mediterranean.”

They overview that the myth of the Godman has been around for centuries before the Christian myth moved the teaching myth from allegory to being presented as historical fact. “The stories told about Osiris-Dionysus will no doubt sound familiar. He is the Son of God who is born to a virgin on the 25th of December before three shepherds. He is a prophet who offers his followers the chance to be born again through the rites of baptism. He is a wonder-worker who raises the dead and miraculously turns water into wine at a marriage ceremony. He is God incarnate who dies at Easter, sometimes through crucifixion, but who resurrects on the third day. He is a saviour who offers his followers redemption through partaking in a meal of bread and wine, symbolic of his body and blood. The Jesus story is a synthesis of the Jewish myth of the Messiah Joshua (in Greek Jesus) with these Pagan myths of the dying and resurrecting Godman.” – Freke and Gandy

painkiller_resurrection_scr007They suggest that Gnosticism was the predecessor to Christianity, and that in this system, myth and allegory were often used as teaching tools. It was not expected or assumed that these stories were historical fact. They were simply tools for moving through levels of spiritual initiation; the abstract spiritual truths underlying the story were uncovered as the spiritual student was capable of understanding the deeper lesson.

Freke and Gandy believe that first century Jewish mystics adapted the potent symbolism of the Osiris-Dionysus myths into a myth of their own, the hero of which was the Jewish dying and resurrecting Godman Jesus. Therefore, the story of Jesus is a consciously crafted vehicle for encoded spiritual teachings created by Jewish Gnostics. The Romans either misunderstood or consciously saw a mechanism to control the population by building dogmas and literalist interpretations of the gospels. Ongoing, the Roman Catholic Church destroyed evidence of the connection between Christianity and the pagan mysteries. And today, we find ourselves unravelling the myths. We live in a time when this does not lead to excommunication or other means of censorship meant to bury any truth but a literalist interpretation.

Easter has a long standing pagan influence. Today you can trace the direct line between most Easter traditions and pagan rites. The Romans found it easier to manage the people andred_blue_easter_eggs resistance to new beliefs by layering literalist Christian dogma over top of existing pagan practices. The Christian High Holidays, Christmas and Easter, continue many pagan traditions. For example, Ukrainian Easter eggs are filled with symbolism of fertility, wealth, harvest, love, and abundance. When Christianity came to Ukraine, eggs incorporated crosses, and some of the pagan symbols were reimagined. The fish no longer simply represented food or spiritual seeking; now it was about the Fisherman Jesus, the fisher of men.

So, if we reject a historical and literal interpretation of the Bible, what is the gnostic way to approach Easter? Easter is a celebration of spring, of death and rebirth. It is a recognition of creative power manifesting as the old is fully released. The cycle of death and rebirth is a constant metaphor in spirituality. We must let old beliefs and issues die for new realities to manifest. “Any death is simply the soul transforming. The spirit never dies.” Sidonie Bouchet

Easter then is the beautiful confirmation of our Divine nature, reflected in the cycles of nature, in our self-awareness, in all that wePhoenix_love_by_punkisstillcool release to move forward, upward. Easter is the opportunity to go within, let die all the limitations of suffering, and let emerge the Divine Nature.

Betrayal Consciousness

hug-day-status-updatesSo I did this crazy thing on the weekend called a Shake, and it shook! *L* When The Magus invited me to participate in a workshop that I knew nothing about, I said yes immediately because it meant I could share an experience with him. Our relationship is grounded in healing and understanding and growing in consciousness. He often gets me to try things I would have otherwise never done. In fact, there are many sentences that begin with “If it weren’t for the Magus…” If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have learned stained glass, learned to sketch, jumped off a 10 meter ledge into an underground pool in Mexico, set a boundary with my mother, learned to cry…and apparently I would not have been Shaked! (I am sure that is grammatically incorrect but it is my blog so I get to take poetic license!) It shook up stuff I have ignored and denied…stuff that keeps surfacing and that I did not recognize in a coherent clear way until today.

I think it is safe to say I fall for eccentric men. (I can see some of my friends laughing and rolling their eyes knowingly right now…lol). People who meet me expect me to be with A Suit. Enlightened-Man You know the guy – business guy, possibly a supporter of the arts, active in charities. And I will admit – I am attracted to powerful men. Big strong men who command a room. Yep, I am. But I love at the level of soul, and after dating many big strong men, have found myself happier with the man who understands his soul, and lives his soul’s purpose. This quote says it all:

Every moment of your life is either a test or a celebration. The same is true about every moment with your woman, only doubly so. Not only is her simple existence a test for you, but tantrik_loveone of her deepest pleasures in intimacy is testing you, and then feeling you are not moved off course by her challenge. The most erotic moment for a woman is feeling that you are Shiva, the divine masculine: imperturbable, totally loving, fully present, and all-pervading. She cannot move you, because you already are what you are, with or without her. She cannot scare you away, because you already penetrate her in fearless love, pervading her heart and body. She cannot distract you, because your one-pointed commitment to truth will not bend to her wiles. Feeling this hugeness of love and freedom in you, she can trust you, utterly, and surrender her testing in celebration of love. Until she wants to feel you as Shiva again. And then the testing will begin anew. In fact, it is precisely when you are most Shiva-like that she will most test you.” ― David Deida

At the Shake, feelings of jealousy, abandonment, disappoint all emerged. They were triggered by specific events at the Shake. When I contacted Joe (the Shake Shaman), he reminded me that in the Shake we are not YOU and ME, we are archetypes being revealed (which is good because that Triple Goddess archetype came up a lot and I need to play with that soon). So, the Male-Female archetype emerged and I felt betrayal. And since the feelings that arose are ones that have come up in counseling around my marriage, I let the shadow surface more fully. Honestly, I have struggled to say exactly why I have ended the marriage, to point specifically to what I simply cannot work with…most of what we have discussed are things like co-dependency (which can be healed), communication (which can be learned), and a host of other things that really don’t feel like Root Cause to me (oh, the techies, engineer, and business analysts reading this must love that reference!).

betrayal-blackWhat I remembered was that my husband made choices to look outside the marriage when things became difficult for us. This is not a new pattern for him, and it is one his mother taught him over and over. And at the soul level, I can understand, love, and forgive this of him. He came into the marriage as wounded as me. I do not blame him, and I would not want you to get the impression that he is still that man. But, this is a story about archetypes, and my healing, so back to me…

Our relationship never recovered from this. It set up the patterns of always being disappointed in him, always questioning his integrity, and eventually of resenting his touch. By not facing and healing the betrayal as we needed to, we went more deeply into codependency until I could not live in the face of the depth of my resentment towards him. There was nothing he could do right because we never did set this right. And that is not a good way to live, always feeling like you are not good enough. We wrote it off as judgementalness in me (oh yes, I made it my fault)…but it was betrayal consciousness. Not just with my husband; with my mother, my father, my previous relationships, some of my friends, my ideals…yes I have been betrayed by my ideals…

And today that ends. No more. Enough, we are all done with that limiting consciousness.

I have been reading The Gift of Betrayal. One of her most profound statements to me was “Most books about betrayal focus on forgiveness, on forgiving the offender and forgiving yourself. But, I am concerned about that. I think that the attention on forgiveness is misguided. Trying to forgive can distract you from the work you need to do. Additionally, it is a fruitless endeavor.” For someone like me, who can overdo it on the Taking Personal Responsibility side, that is an immensely freeing idea.

SurrenderOften people think betrayal is about the trust between two people – that the damage is fundamentally to the relationship. I think that is part of it, but not all. The Magus made an incredibly profound observation to me when we were discussing this. He said there are two types of trust. “The first is given with the common understanding of never being betrayed. Both parties need to trust in this way, in a deep-rooted felt way, for this trust to exist. To betray it for either person is to betray ones own nature and truth and soul. The understanding of that commonality and purity of soul comes before trust. The trust given can only exist within that understanding. If one person does not understand this, if one person does not understand that the other doesn’t understand this, that type of trust is broken – in fact, it never existed. The second kind, is a trust given already accepting betrayal. You trust regardless of the possibility, eventuality, or consequences. You trust because you wish to. Not with a condition. You trust without it being dependent on someone else’s guarantee or promise to uphold a ‘bargain’. That bargain being that you will trust them only so long as they provide you with a reason to trust, that your trust had to be justified in order to be given. The second kind of trust is the purest, because it is acceptance, because it is unassuming, because it is loving, because it is a willing sharing of yourself (so long as it IS true of yourself, and given so), and at the same time, with flow and source, and connectedness. And it is also the harder to do, and to be.” For me, the second type of trust in trust in the Divine. And THAT is where my wound is.

So, Eve Wood again points me at my path. She says ” if you’re reading this book, it’s likely you’ve been burned, jolted, destabilized and challenged by betrayal. You’ve lived a lot of hell and want to experience great joy. You are probably afraid of loneliness, isolation, or an inability to take care of yourself and those you love. You may be fearful of the future, of the present, or of reliving your past! You are worried. And, all of your concerns are to be expected. “Normal” people have them. I did. My patients do. Why not you too? Having been around this bend many times, I want to reassure you. I believe in you. I trust in your ability to create a fabulous future for yourself.”

I believe in you. I trust in your ability to create a fabulous future for yourself.

Currently, this Priestess does not believe that fully. I should. I read the words, and they bring tears to my eyes. Those words were in fact the purpose of The Shake. Those are MY WORDS. And I don’t believe them.

authenticitypledgetreewebBut, a part of me does. A part of me knows this is true. And that part of me is going to grow bigger and stronger every day. So the Shaking continues…

And so it is.

Shaking in the Shadow

JoeHiscottYesterday I participated in a newly conceptualized version of Tent Shaking. Joe Hiscott was the facilitator. Often, Aboriginal people criticize the non-aboriginal population for taking over their ceremonies and spiritual practices and bastardizing them (often replicating practices without the spiritual elements of the practice). Many are offended by white people who study and practice as shamans. At one level, I think it is valuable to consider the intent in following such a practice. On the other hand, I have been embraced and invited into practice by many Aboriginal healers. The Dalai Lama promotes the principles and practices of Buddhism regardless of race and creed. Joe was very good about integrating the experiences he had with bushmen into an experience for Westerners. Was it a pure and traditional tent shake? No, but it was a powerful and intense opportunity to be with the Divine, with the wisdom of our bodies and to experience spiritual Oneness with the divine spirit of love in each other.

The Shake looks like a group hug, from the outside. It is people becoming aware of the flow of Spirit in their bodies and letting themselves be moved to heal and be healed through touch. For a Westerner, it requires breaking through a lot of ego defenses. But that is what healing is anyway.

Like most experiences of energy work and ritual, my unfolding often comes after the event. At times in the shake, I was aware of my shadow emotions emerging. I felt rejection, aloneness, abandonment, jealousy, rage and of course, anxiety. My anxiety at going to this event was so great I needed support to make it past the door, including medication. You can imagine then, how intense the need for the shadow elements to emerge was if they made it past the Calm Pill.

William Lee Rand, a noted leader in Reiki, says “It is not just the conscious mind that is creating our reality, but our unconscious mind as well. The unconscious mind has a powerfulembrace_shadow_self490 influence on our decisions, our communication with others and especially on our body language. It also expresses directly through our energy field and by working in combination with the previously mentioned influences has a major effect on our total life experience. The unconscious mind can have both healthy and unhealthy aspects and it is the unhealthy aspects that are often called the Shadow Self. By working through the power of the unconscious mind, the Shadow Self is responsible for creating our unwanted experiences. Therefore, the only meaningful way to prevent unwanted experiences from taking place is by getting to know the Shadow Self and then to help it heal.” (And all I can hear is my True Self laughing, reminding me I said I was committed to enlightenment and higher levels of Consciousness so here you go!)

In conflict resolution, we often draw on the work of Carl Jung, who is credited with developing the idea of the Shadow Self. We know that it is usually the person who seems most opposite to us that triggers our conflict issues. Rand also says “If we want to get to know our Shadow Self, all we need to do is look at the condition of our life. Unwanted experiences are actually a reflection of our own Shadow Self. This means that if there is someone in your personal life that you have strong negative feelings about and wish would go away, it is your Shadow Self that has attracted them to you and caused you to feel the way you do toward them. And in fact, it is likely that the characteristics of this unwanted person that you dislike the most are characteristics of your Shadow Self. In other words, you have these same or similar traits within you.”

Jung wrote, “To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle” (Jung, 1959, p. 872).

shadow twoThere is a saying among energy workers: That which I resist, persists. On one hand, it speaks to the energy we put into resisting something, which in effect feeds it and attracts it to us. On the other hand, when it is our Shadow Self, it means we are deliberately suppressing a part of our ego, a part of us that can be a sign post to where we need to go next to live more fully in our spiritual magnificence. Deborah Eidson says “The shadow self is what sabotages our relationships, jobs, it denies our spirit, keeps us from realizing our destiny and dreams. It is what we sweep under the rug. It gets buried and repressed into our deep unconscious self. The shadow is what we don’t want to be. It seems so horrible and grotesque feeding into our greatest fear that someone might discover our dark shameful secret — further repressing it. Hiding what’s inside gives it power, because we don’t have the power to choose — we just react. It is the voice that says we are unloved, undeserving, unworthy, keeping us from what we want or desire. It shows itself through our projection of judgements on others. What we don’t own about ourselves we project onto other people. It is the only way to get our attention. terrified of discover the ego disowns it and uses the tool of judgement to protect itself — but only prevents self-realization. When you don’t own an aspect of your life — it runs your life.”

So, now what? I am crawling out of my skin from these aspects of myself, and want to rage and yell and run from them. But the part of me that is wise, and aware, and loving, is staying resolute in the need to move into the Shadow.

In “The Mindfulness Solution,” Siegel provides a simple exercise to begin to identify your shadow self:

  • Make a list of 5 positive qualities that you see yourself as having (e.g., compassionate, generous, witty, etc.)
  • Look at each positive quality that you wrote down – describe its opposite (e.g., unfeeling, stingy, dull, etc.)
  • Picture a person who embodies these negative qualities vividly in your mind. Roughly, this is your shadow.

And then what? Sit with it. Love it. Accept it. The soul and the ego are not the same thing. The soul has the capacity to see this aspect of ego as a story. The same way we are attractedshadowself to the struggle of the hero who has a fatal flaw looking for redemption in books and movies (e.g. vampires, Seven Years in Tibet, even James Bond!), we have that capacity to look at the Shadow Self as a sign post for where the healing has to go next. It was always there. Just now you are ready to gaze into its eyes.

The Present

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“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
― Lao Tzu

It dawned on me that my anxiety is triggered by the future, by things that have not happened and in fact may never happen. The insanity of that is not lost on me.

I recognize how it happened. Some of it is historical, in that codependency is about predicting and controlling as much as possible. And in a leadership position, you build the image of a vision of the future, then try to get people to see themselves in that future too.

But there is a fine line between building a vision for the purposes of consciously creating, and not living in the now.

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and
not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much
past, and not enough presence.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

I find myself having moments of old thinking invading my now. How will I achieve the financial future I want? How will I deal with technology problems when Bhikku moves out? What if the Magus moves away? How will all of this affect my daughter as she grows up? And this is just a fraction of the thoughts that can take over if I am not mindful.

I have had the perception of time come up a few times this week. People have ideas about being 45 and having a kindergarten age child. They think I will run out of energy or time to be with her in her life. People love reminding you to relish every minute with your child because they grow up so fast. My father sent me an email warning about facing the winter of your life and looking backwards with regret.

I don’t buy these limitations. My daughter is older but the soul that looked out at me the minute she was born is still there, timelessly. She just expresses more of it now. I often forget that I’m at the mid point of my life. I don’t see time as running out. I am more concerned with how I’m evolving spiritually and emotionally.

Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Tolle’s point is one I’ve read many times but don’t always master. But more and more, I realize my problems are in moving out of the Now into some future that is not real. I even use one of the premises of psychology to justify my angst – “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.” Let me first tell you that our ability at predicting any human behavior is pretty weak. And that is hopefully because we learn and heal and grow into our True Self instead of being trapped in old patterns of the ego.

Osho says “To experience timelessness is to experience deathlessness. To experience timelessness is to experience that which really is. It is neither past nor present nor future; it simply is. It cannot be confined into any compartment, into any category; it cannot be categorized. You simply experience each moment with tremendous peace and silence and joy.”

I think that is one of the reasons gratitude is a powerful practice. When we are grateful, we are in the Now. If I stop and simply Be in this moment, it’s all good. I am free, I am loved. If I take time to connect with Consciousness, my awareness of perfection in the Now magnifies and expands me.

Healing the past is useful for bringing better awareness to conscious creation, as the past may give us insight into unconscious ego beliefs that are at work. Creating a vision of the future allows us to experience our divinity as co-creators with the Divine. But the Now is eternal.

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