A Being of Power

“Who we are being is the origin of our power.”

As It Seems:
Social reality is an intricate tapestry of chaos, duality and oblivion. It is a human invention we enable and sustain into existence with our participation. A paradigm imposed upon us to provide a societal orientation, standard and structure. We live it into being with our apathy, dependence, doubt and indifference. Yet, it doesn’t benefit or serve us. It only maintains a routine status quo to give the impression of empowering opportunity, though delivering a fraction of the potential it promises. Reality is a slight-of-perception con that preoccupies us with perpetual distraction. It is a security blanket we use to avoid our purpose.

So It Is:
We are all captive to linear existence. Duality reigns with a strong arm of constant opposition. The burden of surviving far overshadows the freedom of thriving. Our pursuit to carve out a paltry role for ourselves within society diminishes our vision and passion to create and fulfill our destiny. Social regulation and restriction stymy our ability to transcend all we know of life to embrace all that is possible. Familiarity and predictability are anchors that tether us to our artificial comfort, security and understanding. Our lives are only as abundant and expansive as we choose to live.

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Innocence Lost:
Social reality is pulled over our eyes from an early age. The ruse is more apparent to us in our youth. Our curious observation allows us to see things as they truly are before we are methodically indoctrinated into its deception. As we grow accustomed to the illusion, we invest our lives into it. Eventually, we divert our energy and focus away from our awareness, creativity, destiny and truth. We replace our purpose with desire, chasing a life that is not our own. As we mature into adulthood, our intent becomes one of satisfying the desires of our ego instead of cultivating the fulfillment of our soul.

Against the Grain:
We must disengage from our personal dramas, judgements, opinions and vices to escape the enslavement of reality. What makes our freedom seemingly impossible is our addiction and oblivion to our behaviors, habits and thoughts. Our pursuit for advantage, control and self-righteousness diminishes our ability to express our personal power. We lose it only when we surrender it to others or our circumstances. Our fear of claiming and living our power prevents our potential to become it. Far too often we obstruct our own way and negate our possibilities well before they appear.

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Paradigm Shift:
When things in our life are not working or as well as they could, we have an opportunity to transform them in ways that transcend our expectations. What we need most is a necessity for centering, grounding and living. Breathing instantly shifts our awareness. Focusing on our breath as we inhale and exhale gives us the ability to become present to much more than ourselves and our environments. It allows us to shift from an existence of doing to an experience of being. When we are conscious of our breath, we reclaim our balance, expression and power. Our breath is our fountain of youth.

“Our power is in the stillness beyond its strength.”

The Journey Within:
The greatest dilemma humanity will ever encounter is seeking outside of itself for what can only be found within. Social reality is teeming with billions of actions and thoughts all ricocheting off our collective cognizance. The universe within is far more beneficial than the one around us. Simply closing our eyes to the visual world and becoming an observer of society and our self transforms our experience. We awaken to all that is possible by synching our body, mind and heart with our soul. When we free ourselves from the encompassing imposition of reality, we begin to embrace our true power.

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Present in the Present:
When we disengage from the reality around us through our breath and observation, our being shifts into a multi-dimensional experience. Everything that preoccupied our instincts, thoughts and feelings disappears. All we are aware of is now. How we are present in the present establishes the relationship we have with our essence. The moment in which we are conscious expands into eternity. We become a universal expression through which we empower ourselves and others. We coexist with all that was, is and ever will be. Every imaginable possibility is available for us to intend and embody.

Universal Voice:
We are creators. Whether we are artists, musicians or writers in any form of medium, we all have the capacity to envision and manifest our spirit into our reality. This is the foundation of who we become and how we exist. The purpose of our creativity defines the power we personify. It is up to us to choose how, why and who we are in our life. Our intuition conveys the energy and purpose of our soul to inspire our imagination. Our heart feels and our mind articulates the insights we encounter. We are all messengers of the universe, destined to be an expression of the source.

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The Power of Purpose:
Power is not a force we impose on others to gain an advantage or supplement our fear and insecurity. Nor is it a means to an end. It is the pathway that guides our destiny. The focus of our intent is what manifests all we imagine. Our purpose is what inspires our vision and mission. Our daily practice of it fulfills our calling. Though everything that is not our destiny will arise to challenge our intention, all we encounter further defines and strengthens our commitment. All we become originates and empowers our intent. Our personal power is the manifestation of our purpose.

The Art of Being:
We are not the sum of our ability, belief, education or wisdom. These are all reflective features that merely complement our identity. Our instinct, thought, emotion and intuition define our experience. The balance between the four dimensions of our being sustains our relationship with our spirit. Our commitment to express our soul into reality is who we are in the present. This is the key that opens us to everything beyond what our body can perform, our mind can think, our heart can feel and our intuition can envision. Our ability to create our life is a blessing beyond our imagination. Who we are being is our power to transform ourselves and the world.

“The only power that will ever fulfill us is our own.”

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In the Shadow of Brilliance

“To follow is human, to lead is divine.”

Human Nature:
We are born into a reality designed to condition us into submission. Our daily lifestyle is rooted in a default pattern of blind servitude. We are enslaved by an artificial realism so ingenious it exploits our belief to sustain its existence. Our human virtues are used against us in a merciless and relentless social control system. Once we become engaged in a two-dimensional perception within the three-dimensional reality, we forfeit our connection with our intuition and soul. Our vision narrows, our intention is repressed and our experience is transmuted from one of action to reaction.

Social Programming:
Our dependence begins before we are born. Social standards foster our reliance upon others. Though we have the freedom and opportunity to enlighten ourselves with our experience, we are conditioned through education, environment, heredity and religion. Therefore, many never fulfill their personal development of individuation. Society alters, diminishes and distorts our creativity, insight and originality into an everyday routine of intellect, desire and instinct. Adolescence is our last stand before we inevitably abandon our choice to make a difference in our lives and the world.

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Boundaries of Being:
We are not encouraged to thrive on our destined path. We merely survive the constant imposition of authoritarian social agendas to dehumanize and desensitize us into ordinary thoughts, behaviors and actions. The balance between positive and negative in the critical mass of humanity trends grossly toward the latter. Human negativity has woven its chaotic and dense frequencies into the roots of our existence. Social reality isolates us in numerous ways to stimulate our animosity, envy and opposition. It uses our own anger, doubt, fear and resignation to condemn us into a dualistic state of being.

Design of Dependence:
Our social conditioning is stimulated by an inauthentic obligation to coexist. Most relationships are compromised by conflict, culpability and dysfunction. We are socially obligated to be reliant upon others. This false necessity provides a fruitless experience that ultimately leads to separation. It is not the alienation between us and the people in our lives that causes our loneliness. It is the dissociation we have with our self that leads to this widespread societal disorder. Our apathy, doubt, fear and futility produce delusions of bravery, certainty, fortitude and grandeur. We are programmed to be dependent upon others at the cost of our soul.

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Into Shadow:
We are raised to follow. Once we are institutionally indoctrinated into the captivity of reality, we instinctively settle into lifestyles of social opposition. Our lack of commitment, confidence and practice in our lives prevents their fulfillment. The visions of others appear more credible to us than clarifying, expressing and manifesting our own. We emulate them out of desperation to conform instead of creating our own with the intention of belonging. In the moment we decide to follow in another’s footsteps, we sacrifice our vision, personal power and purpose. Inevitably, we resign our leadership and become a shadow of our self.

“Truth to one is a lie for another.”

A Dime a Dozen:
There are millions of charismatic, overconfident people who line up to take a swing at our curious sensibilities. Those who possess just enough arrogance, ego and knowledge to believe their perception of how our life is best lived. It is easy for them to assume this role when we become enchanted by their alluring presence, eloquent expression and magnetic personality. Yet, when the rubber of their wisdom meets the road of our daily experience, it fails to deliver fulfillment. We inhibit our soul when we give them our enthusiasm, energy, interest and trust. Our personal power is abandoned for an illusion of being.

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The Forest for the Trees:
Everything we have ever felt, thought, said, done or been resides in the oblivion of our memory. We cling to our triumphs and downfalls of the past and the promise and anxiety of our future. Who we were yesterday or who we are to become does not serve us in the present. All of us yearn for belonging, importance, meaning and transformation. Yet, we often fail to create a life that inspires us due to our fear of failure and ridicule. Our true path is one we must walk alone amid great adversity, opposition and uncertainty. Our greatest challenge is being conscious in the moment.

Inner Compass:
We were never meant to follow. Our best opportunity in life is to disengage from the mainframe of social reality and relate exclusively with our soul and the universe. Manifesting our true self, fulfilling our unique purpose and supporting others in theirs is our mutual calling. This is the most challenging path we will ever walk. There are few instructions and fewer signs to guide us. Only the universal force that compels and inspires our creativity, insight and transformation. Every option we choose contrary to our destiny takes us further away from who we are meant to be.

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Quest for Fire:
Our lives are burdened with social obligation at the cost of our purpose. The sole shadow we are captive to is our own. We are the only ones who can claim our power. However daunting a task it may be, the utmost form of personal failure is choosing not to embrace and express it. Each of us receive an infinite amount of energy from the universe. This is the multi-dimensional essence that connects our soul with our heart, mind and body. It is the source of our power. How we embody, cultivate and emanate it defines who we become. We are the soul creators of our experience.

Source of Empowerment:
Our life has infinite possibilities. Our choices, intentions, passions and willingness define how it exists in society. It is one thing to emulate an ordinary life based upon our perception, what we know and how we survive. It is another thing entirely to create an extraordinary life based upon our intuition, who we are and how we thrive. We are superconductors who empower, inspire and navigate our way through the chaos, confusion and gravity of social reality. Our choice to manifest our purpose is the only power that will transform our experience.

“Creativity is the expression to our brilliance.”

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Eye of the Storm

“We are the wind that defines our weather.”

Approaching Front:
If we don’t see it, we certainly feel the oncoming social tempest looming over the horizon. Centuries of inequality, injustice and oppression bearing down on our human experience with the gravity only reality can impose. Few stand upon its threshold, defiant against the increasing winds of chaos, competition, confusion and fear. Most head for the proverbial hills seeking an illusion of solace. Amid the melee, personal creativity, freedom and truth are exchanged for the societal standard of escapism, in whatever medium available. Yet, the steady train of exploitation, hypocrisy and survival lumbers down the track without pause.

Darkening Skies:
Our long-forgotten, personal baggage is emerging from the murky depths of our subconscious. Decades of our life’s incomplete experiences are rising to the surface of our awareness to be acknowledged, processed and fulfilled. No matter the force of resistance we present to stymie the revelation of our truth, it wells up within us to be transformed. The greater our opposition to our contemporary evolution, the more painful the experience will be. Our inner mental and emotional tides ebb and flow like a tumultuous sea, reminding us of our repressed potentialities we bury along with our fear, failure and vulnerability.

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First Rain:
Unbridled thoughts and feelings push us beyond the edge of our knowledge, reason and understanding, shaking our sanity to its very core. What made perfect sense the day before now flies in the face of logic. Life is a game designed to change as quickly as our fleeting mood. Reality digs its heels into the foundations of our experience, perception and existence. Our balance in life is cast to the social elements that keep us in a perpetual state of anxiety, dis-ease and dysfunction. We captivate and incarcerate ourselves with the very societal structures from which we so desperately seek freedom.

Increasing Winds:
Our experience of social reality is becoming progressively intense. The diminishing quality of life, environmental toxicity, opinion-driven media blitzes, political duality, population swells, and religious and spiritual propaganda whips us into a relentless frenzy. Profit-driven, dietary strategies foster our ill health and disease physically. Mental programming stimulates patterns of manmade madness. Inequality and injustice triggers our emotional instability. While the overall impact of daily life dismantles our intuition, exiling us from our soul. This social storm mercilessly pummels us into a dissociated state of oblivion.

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Downpour:
Living who we truly are in the chaos of social reality takes tremendous intention, intuition, vision and will power. Characteristics we all must personally identify, develop and manifest into our experience. We live not just against the powerful deceptions of society, yet also the gravity of our own apathy, denial, failure and fear. Everything that transpires outside of us begins within, from the greatest highs to the deepest lows. We are the designers of our lives, for better or worse. Though it seems most often that our fate is the latter due to the archaic, artificial and contrary dynamics of reality. Our existence is an invention in an environment of negative space.

“Our lives are an expression of our consciousness.”

Hail Stones and Head Winds:
In the zenith of our struggle with reality, our lives seem to be falling apart and the world is against us. Even with the greatest of our inspiration and intention, our ideas, expressions and purpose often falls on the deaf ears of a disinterested and preoccupied society. We must endure through merciless social elements for our souls to thrive, our hearts to be fulfilled, our voices to be heard and our actions to be merited. It is during extreme darkness that our light makes the greatest difference. As the social storms crescendo into a fever pitch of chaos, confusion and opposition, our opportunity arises to become our destiny.

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A Break in the Clouds:
Possibility is the glimmer of hope that begins to transform the gravest of circumstances. It is what allows us to shift our experience from what is to what we choose it to be. The simple insight of understanding that the most challenging situations will pass, no matter how intense they may seem, grants us the ability to shift our perception and embrace our personal power. Our vision, commitment and intention is what breaks our trail and guides us to the eventual outcome we create in the moments we choose to live fully in the present. When we are being in the moment, we begin to calm our inner storm.

Clearing Skies:
Our experience of life is how we react to any given outcome. It is easy to live in the moment and feel fulfilled when things are occurring the way we believe they should. Yet, as soon as struggle arises, we often overlook our intuitive vision, emotional balance, peace of mind and basic instinct to act. When we find ourselves confronted and overwhelmed by our personal storms, it is the opportunity to transform our experience. It takes those difficult moments to awaken us from the regimen of our waking slumber. Personal empowerment, insight and manifestation occurs when we release our attachments and embrace our possibility.

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The Calm at the Core:
Though our bodies endure disease, fatigue and pain, our minds constantly run and our hearts ebb and flow with the tides of our emotionality, our soul is the tranquility of our being. Our tendency is to surrender our personal authority over to others via our lack of self confidence, intention, understanding and trust. We are the problem and the solution. Whatever we give our attention to becomes our life. We have the power to create our experience based upon who, how and why we choose to be. Even amid personal and social chaos, dysfunction, fear and injustice, we have a choice to either reflect our circumstances or become an expression of our soul.

The Eye of the Storm:
Personal transformation is the opportunity for us to shift our experience from frenzied to fulfilled. Though we are constantly tempted by social reality to surrender our personal power with our reactions to daily circumstances, we are solely accountable for our experience. Only we can transform ourselves to identify, embrace and exercise our vision, mission and purpose. As our consciousness expands, our soul’s expression calms the fiercest storms. Being present in the moment inspires us to transcend our daily challenges, allowing us to bring the tranquility of our soul to all aspects of our life.

“At the heart of every storm there is stillness.”

A Universal Being

We live a fraction of who we are.”

The Sum of the Self:
We are spirits held hostage by the linear lifestyle of an enforced reality. Our existence is based upon our pursuits for security, success and survival. Our lives are figments of a forgotten fantasy, invented by ancient civilizations for authoritarian ways and means. As human beings, we tend to perform fruitless roles, oblivious to the infinite possibilities of multi-dimensional experience. We are mere shadows of who we can be. We allow our egos and instincts to govern our lives. We are distracted, diverted and mystified by the amusements of opinion, politics, sports and an excess of inequality, injustice and tyranny.

Ghost in the Machine:
The perceptions we choose to adopt of our lives are inaccurate and incomplete. We are emulators of beliefs, careers, habits and environments. We condition ourselves with the conventional knowledge of education, history and religion in a vain quest to acclimate to linear, social reality. No matter how much we seek to know about the world in which we live, we are still devoid of the essence of life. The more we attempt to satisfy our desire and vanity, the emptier we become. We are phantoms wandering through a virtual maze, denying ourselves the very fulfillment we yearn.

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Hollow Pursuits:
Everyday reality keeps us on the run. We sprint down the pathways and turn each corner with the hope and promise of making a great escape from our social enslavement. We tether ourselves to the known in a desperate attempt to win a race designed for us to lose. The patterns never change and the carrot dangles just out of our reach no matter how fast we run, how high we jump or how much we sacrifice. Yet, we still push ahead into the embrace of an inevitable and predictable future as we carry the baggage of our past and the trepidation of our present always expecting a favorable future.

The Space Between:
All that was, is and ever will be is defined by our personal perception. Our anxiety, confusion and oblivion impel us to adopt self-defensive, societal filters. The state of perpetual shock we weather overwhelms us with harsh inevitable outcomes, coercing us into the whirlwind of reality’s vortex. It prohibits our desire for adventure, enrichment, excitement, and fulfillment. The social invention of impending threat and tragedy condition and oppress us with an intensity unrivaled or exceeded by the intention of our own purpose. Our lives become an empty space between the moments of our birth and our death.

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The Art of Projection:
Our experiences are akin to animated images on a movie screen. We are deeply engaged in the dramatic narratives and linear sequences of our lives, mystified by our blind obligation to a common reality. Our disassociation with destiny anesthetizes us to the true expression of our soul. We live separately from our essence, a mere reflection of who we truly are. We wager every possibility of purpose for fleeting encounters of inauthentic enlightenment. The simulated life we experience echoes deep in the caverns of our vacant hearts and souls. We are spectators watching our imaginary existence projected onto the screen of reality.

“What is real beyond what is real.”

Use Your Illusion:
There are very few things in social reality that are real. Our subjective perception of it adds another degree of deception. We have been conditioned to believe, experience and live in contemporary kingdoms of fantasy. Not because reality is difficult, hostile or unbearable. Nor is it that our selective perspective deems it so. Reality has, is and will always be distorted and manipulated. The temptations of profit, power and supremacy are too great for those who seek to conceal their personal fears and insecurities with control, influence and wealth. Reality was invented to distract us from our destiny.

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The Truth of Reality:
When we understand that nothing is real, we begin to accept what is true. Our instincts, thoughts and feelings are nothing more than physical, mental and emotional expressions. Everything we sense in life are effects of all our experiences coinciding and transpiring in linear reality. It is a global deception designed to preoccupy us with the comedy, drama, horror and tragedy of everyday life. Our quest for amusement becomes our experience. Reality is a prison of conformity. It is a social paradigm that has diminished our infinite possibility to an ordinary pastime.

The Reality of Truth:
No two individual truths are the same. Though billions around the world use the cultural and social filters of politics, religion and tradition to define their truth, this rite of passage is distinct to one’s personal experience. Therefore, these common avenues will never cultivate our expression of being. Authorities of social reality would have us believe our truth is only real if it is commonly accepted by a popular consensus of our peers. Our truth is neither qualified, quantified or relative. It is claimed and expressed not just with our body or mind, yet also with our heart and soul.

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The Art of Being:
We are not our body, mind, heart or soul. We are all these elements of our existence and more, beyond our imagination. Our life expression is one best embodied by who we are being in the present. This experience begins and ends with accepting, empowering, listening and supporting others in our lives. The balance of our actions, thoughts, feelings and insights sustain our true nature to envision and manifest possibilities for ourselves to enrich our awareness, experience and understanding. When we are in the flow of the universal rhythm of being, our perception of life is transformed. We are free.

A Universal Being:
We are everything and nothing. We are an eternal expression of being consigned to a reality of restriction and rule. Who we are is far beyond our comprehension, imagination and vision. It is not what we know, the position we hold or the gifts we possess that make us extraordinary. It is everything we may become that is most remarkable. Our infinite potential exists when we embrace and express our multi-dimensional experience of being. Our possibility manifests our purpose. We are a universal being emanating creativity, consciousness, community and love to transform ourselves and embody our truth.

“We are only as universal as we live ourselves to be.”

A Band Beyond Description

“The bus came by and I got on, that’s when it all began…” – Garcia, Weir, Kreutzmann

Wake of the Flood:
When I was sixteen years old I was walking down the hallway to my bedroom and I heard what sounded like an old blues singer belting out a song and picking on a guitar. I remember walking up to my brother Mark’s open bedroom door and saying, “what is this garbage?” Half joking and half genuinely interested. He responded, “it’s the Dead man.” in a tone as if I should have known. At the time I was headlong into the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and Van Morrison, among others. I later found out the singer was Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, the song “Katie Mae” from “Bear’s Choice.”

The Golden Road:
I don’t remember when, where or how it happened, but I would quickly become a Dead Head. My first Grateful Dead shows were fresh out of high school in the Summer of my eighteenth birthday. I caught the last two shows of the 1990 Summer Tour in Chicago. It just so happened to be the last two shows of who would become my favorite Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland. There is nothing I could have done to prepare myself for this extraordinary, enlightening and revolutionary time in my life. The experience of the music, sense of belonging, camaraderie and feeling of euphoria would transform me forever. I was home.

“Inch your way through dead dreams to another land…” – Hunter

The Music Never Stopped:
The Grateful Dead personifies imagination. It is so much more than the music. I found the more I listened, the greater the benefit to my creativity, happiness and understanding. A world for which I had always yearned became possible. Beyond the music, it was the experience of family and community. I had always been into music and musically inclined since childhood. Soon after I picked up the guitar in my teens, it wasn’t long before I became mystified by the exploratory, improvisational and traditional styles of the Dead. It was then I first realized the band doesn’t play the music, the music plays the band.

 

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Grateful Dead Summer Tour 1990

 

Death Don’t Have No Mercy:
After Jerry Garcia died in August of 1995, I suddenly felt dissociated from the Grateful Dead. Though I had been drifting from going to shows due to his declining health, the impact of his passing was undeniable. I will always remember the first time I heard the music as much as I will recall the day of his passing. At the time I didn’t know if I would ever see them play again. The years sped by as I invested my listening into many other diverse genres of music. I explored Bluegrass to Traditional Irish, Latin and Afro Cuban to Jazz, Delta Blues to early Country. No matter how many styles I encountered, I always found my way back to The Dead.

“Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own.” – Hunter

Cryptical Envelopment:
While I was going to Dead shows in the early 1990’s, something amazing happened in my life. Their music empowered me to join a couple of bands that covered their songs. During this time, I began writing my own songs. There is something unique about the energy and experience of the Grateful Dead’s music that encourages creativity unlike any other musical group I have heard. In the advent of my own musical expression, I began to hear their music in an entirely different way. Beyond the notes, chord structures, vocal harmonies, jams and rhythms, there was a massive energetic presence, like the soul of a sun.

Sunshine Daydream:
The Grateful Dead’s music is experimentally, multi-dimensional opening gateways on an intuitive and emotional level very difficult to describe to someone who hasn’t heard the music. The personal experience is interpretive like an abstract painting continually, organically and seamlessly morphing from one note into another enchanting the listener audibly so absolutely, the sound is almost visual. There are distinctive streams of consciousness conveyed by the energetic vibrations of the music transforming the very dynamic of the environment. Imagination blooms like a red rose in the bosom of Spring.

“Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from their axis…” – Hunter

Dark Star:
There has always been an enigmatic movement of mystery woven into every Grateful Dead concert. A controlled chaos of anarchic notes and rhythms playing off each other in an obscure symphony of pioneering discovery akin to a space exploration. Thought, sense, emotion and spirit-invoking free-form jams guide the listener through “dead” dreams to another land. The mirror of contemporary reality shatters in formless reflections of matter. Where outside observers may see an elaborately concocted escape from everyday life, the “Deadicated” experience a personal and communal expansion of awareness, belonging and being.

Saint of Circumstance:
It had been several years since I had seen any current assembly of surviving Grateful Dead members perform together. With options a plenty, I found myself passing on them as they arose. Until I heard rhythm guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir and bass guitarist Phil Lesh were doing six limited, theater engagements in New York, Boston and Chicago. I was ecstatic at the prospect, until I found out both shows in Chicago were sold out. Accepting defeat, I resigned myself to the cold rain and snow. My friend Miko suggested submitting our names through a community connection. If notified via email, we would have the opportunity to purchase tickets. We were both selected!

“In the secret space of dreams, where I dreaming lay amazed.” – Hunter

Attics of My Life:
The days between purchasing the tickets and the shows flew by. Soon Miko and I were truckin’ down to Chicago for a couple of dates with destiny. Every mile we travelled intensified the excitement of once again being in the energy of musical fellowship. Eventually, like many other Deadheads, we began tossing out possible songs Bob and Phil may dust off and perform. Upon arrival, the marquee of the Chicago Theater illuminated N. State Street with “Bob and Phil Duo. SOLD OUT.” A growing collection of the faithful braved the chilly winds that blew through the city corridors. Several crashing the scene with fingers in the air looking for a miracle.

 

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Ceiling of the Chicago Theater

 

Playing in the Band:
Crossing the threshold of a venue at a Grateful Dead show is uniquely special. The excitement of simply being there is unparalleled. The 97-year-old theater offered the perfect atmosphere for history to be made. An antiquated red curtain hung at the front of the stage holding back the eager crowd’s anticipation. The sound of a distant bass and random notes from an acoustic guitar signaled the curtain to rise revealing Bob, Phil and Wally Ingram on percussion. “Box of Rain” met our adulation. It was the first song I had seen the Grateful Dead perform in Chicago at my first show almost 28 years ago.

“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”    – Hunter

Birdsong:
The first night held many hallowed treasures. Intimate acoustic renditions of “Cosmic Charlie,” “Looks Like Rain,” “Estimated Prophet,” and “Operator,” among others with the trio of Bob, Phil and Wally. The second set yielded classics such as stripped-down versions of “Playing in the Band,” “Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain,” “Dark Star>St. Stephen,” Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” and “Sugar Magnolia” with Bob, Phil, Wally, Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. “U.S. Blues” closed the night as the 3,600-strong spilled onto N. State St. reveling in the afterglow of a momentous evening.

Crazy Fingers:
The red curtain rose on the second night to the familiar rhythms of “Cumberland Blues.” Bob, Phil and Wally served up acoustic selections of “Tennessee Jed,” “Alabama Getaway,” “Loose Lucy,” “Lazy River Road,” “Cassidy” and other rarities. The full group guided the second set with a beautiful rendering of “Crazy Fingers.” They played classics such as “New Speedway Boogie,” “Mountains of the Moon,” “Cryptical Envelopment>Let It Grow>The Other One” then back into the last verse of “Cryptical.” A stunning and emotional “Days Between” ended the seamless second set as the train pulled away from the last station on the tour.

“Fare you well, fare you well, I love you more than words can tell.” – Hunter

That’s It for The Other One:
We emerged from the Chicago Theater onto N. State Street, found our way to the car and were heading home from two unforgettable nights with Bob, Phil and friends. The Grateful Dead Channel on Sirius Radio carried us into the early morning as we drove through the night with the melodies and memories still ringing in our ears and hearts. Seeing the music in a historical theater with a modest audience was truly special. I was flooded with emotional reminiscence of my 32-year experience with the Dead. Reflections of adoration and gratitude sustained my bliss till the morning came.

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What I may remember most fondly about the Grateful Dead is the community and goodwill shared with family, friends and others who experienced the inspiration and passion of excellent music and extraordinary company. Any musical group can bring people together. Few can keep them together for decades singing sweet songs to rock our souls. It has been almost 23 years since Jerry Garcia passed from this world. The music he made and influence he had upon millions of people continues to grow with each new generation. We will always hear your voice come through the music and we will always hold it dear as it were our own.

“If I knew the way, I would take you home.”

 

 

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Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Chicago Theater 3/11/18

 

 

 

From Now to Eternity

“Energy flows where attention goes.” – Anonymous

Social Psychosis:
Every day, the gravity of reality intensifies. The aftershocks of society’s contrived trauma and tragedy imposes its energetic influence upon us. Our experience of life is one of anxiety, threat and fear. We are so anesthetized to our terror that it has become the foundation of human nature. It governs us with the mere possibility of peril. Our unconscious fear is the silent, invisible assassin of our destiny, purpose and transformation. We adopt a filter of oblivion as a defense mechanism to escape the harsh realisms of contemporary life. Even the force of our resistance to reality is used against us to ensure our captivity.

Broken by Reality:
Before we even choose a path that empowers, inspires or fulfills us, we are socially discouraged, indoctrinated and restricted. Social reality is a rigid structure of rules and regulations designed to prohibit everything diverse from ordinary existence. We are all housebroken by the boundaries of an imposed, linear practicality. It suppresses our individual desire, innovation and purpose. Creativity and imagination is the enemy of authority, industry and reality. Originality is the best impression we can share with the world that makes the greatest difference. In an enslaved society, self-expression is the only thing that offers true freedom.

Lords of Illusion:
We all become masters of deception and deflection. Our personal accountability and integrity is wagered in our narrow pursuit to gain advantage in an ultra-competitive society driven by accumulation, power and status. We grow accustomed to distorting and manipulating our and other’s perception of reality to maintain our image and influence as a lifestyle of self-defense. When given the choice between preserving a lie and living our truth, we often succumb to the former. The subjective nature of reality is such that it can be altered suitably to the agendas of all whom seek to deceive for the sake of authority and dominion.

“Living an illusion for this fantasy.”

Imaginary Life:
What we perceive as reality is an illusion. There are over six billion different perceptions of life unique to each human being. It is impossible for one commonly accepted reality to be considered “real” to all. We may believe, hope or even want it to be genuine, yet it is not. Social reality is a delusion invented to impose an elementary standard of existence. It provides a simulated experience of fulfillment, meaning and security. The distinct measure of our personal truth often slips through the cracks of our broken consciousness. Our personal power is the greatest price we pay for the artificial comfort of a common, predictable fantasy.

Enabled in Numbers:
Social reality exists predominantly as it does because it is empowered en masse by the oblivion of its captives. We are all enslaved by and dependent upon our compliance, denial, indifference and resignation. We find a shallow sense of solace in the notion that our struggle is collective. When we observe the deficiencies of others, it somehow eases the sting of our own. Inauthentic empathy is the illusion of unity. Society is built upon a foundation of mutual failure. Humanity’s momentum is a regressive force of retroactive existence. Our lives are doomed to repeat themselves when we enable vicious cycles of self-centered survival.

“Our vision is our compass…”

An Insight of Vision:
Living an extraordinary life is possible when we release our personal and social conditioning and embrace the mystery of who we may become. If we are the same person we were yesterday, we are forfeiting our potential. Who, how and why we are is vital to clarifying and creating our vision. It is what defines our mission and purpose in life. Whatever it is that both inspires and terrifies us is the very role we were destined to personify. When we are being someone who is dedicated, empowered and intentional, we naturally make a difference every day in every way. Our vision is the origin and expression of our being.

The Pulse of Empowerment:
We are the sole creators and sustainers of our inspiration. It is our responsibility to generate the energy necessary to discover, engender and embody our lives. Our individual empowerment is as vital as our breath. The quality of our experience is caused by our commitment to proactively progress. Our intentionality is the manifestation of our personal power. It is what stimulates our ambition, confidence and desire. It encourages, enlightens and transforms us. When we exercise our inherent ability to shift into new paradigms of being, we become our personal power. Empowerment is the pulse of our existence.

Creativity of Being:
In a virtual society driven by thought, words and action, creativity is an expression of rebellion. It flies in the face of relativity, transcending and transforming the linear construct of reality. Our imagination is the gateway to our freedom from the ordinary boundaries of what is socially accepted and adopted. Creativity is the only aspect of life that can revolutionize our experience, destiny and vision. Before we can shift anything in our lives, we must first begin with ourselves. Who we are in our everyday life is a manifestation of what we envision, feel, think, say and do. The truest expression of our creativity is who we choose to be.

“…our purpose is our life.”

In the Moment:
Our lives are governed by the shadows of our past and a predictable future. We exist somewhere between memory, fantasy and reality. Our destiny becomes an arduous and wayward journey. The only moment that truly matters is the present. There is an eternity of possibility in every instant. Our experience in the moment is how we embody our soul. Our purpose is not what we think we should do or say, it is who we choose to be. Who we are is an expression of our vision, intention and mission. Our destiny is obtained when we release our obsession with the past and create our future by who we are being in the present.

Manifest Destiny:
Destiny is not a linear path. It is a multi-dimensional experience that ebbs and flows with the energy of our empowerment, intention and purpose. Our ordained path is a personal endeavor. It is carved by our discovery, willingness and transformation. Our destiny is a manifestation of the vision of our soul, the passion of our heart and the insight of our mind. It is not the destination we are living towards that defines our fulfillment. Our personal revelations are the stepping stones that create the course of our existence. Who we choose to be in the present transforms our everyday reality into a lifetime of eternity.

“Eternity is our soul’s expression.”

Signs of Life

“Experience is infinite.”

Advent of the Storm:
The moment we are born, we are forever altered by our introduction into reality. The connection we have with the universe and our dependence, safety and sustenance are shattered. We are not even conscious enough to comprehend let alone navigate the dilemmas of life. Social reality is a whirlwind of activity. From order to chaos, clarity to confusion, love to fear, pleasure to pain and everything in between, we are constantly overstimulated and overwhelmed with the intensity and scope of earthly existence. We are pushed, pulled, poked and prodded by the extreme elements of a cruel and insensitive society.

Finding our Bearing:
Most of our childhood and adolescent lives are spent in an oblivious haze of cause and effect. Our experience is generally one or two-dimensional with brief, accidental occurrences of genuine epiphany, insight and transformation. Physically, mentally and emotionally we are in a state of constant flux. We grow into our body and mind, and if inclined, our heart and soul. We focus our development on our instinct and intellect while we choose to deny and repress our emotions and intuition. When we are young, we are ever changing, enquiring, growing and thriving in life. Until we hit the wall of adulthood.

Reality vs. Destiny:
In the adventure, innocence and wonder of youth, everything is possible. Fatigue and hunger are the only limitations to which we acquiesce. Through the social structures of education, profession and religion, we are gradually conditioned to turn our backs on the vision of our life. We are seduced by the deception of reality. In our desperate desire to belong, we adjust and conform to a meaningless lifestyle. We cease being creators of our personal lives and become emulators of society. We imitate the behavior of the people around us and their experiences. Eventually, we sacrifice who we truly are to become someone we were never meant to be.

“Reality is a bait-and-switch racket.”

Sleight of Hand:
Contemporary society is a virtual diversion. Countless events have, are and will occur to constantly confuse, disturb and preoccupy us from inequality and injustice. Society is a magic trick that converts our energy, focus and intention from love to fear. We are desensitized and programmed to accept and adopt a lifestyle of complicity, denial and survival. We buy into an illusion of existence. Every day we numb our hearts and sell our souls for a meager way of life. We are hypnotized by an onslaught of extravagant social attractions. Our own perception is used against us to sustain a global con.

The Threat of Truth:
Reality is a human delusion. It is a deception adamantly imposed for the preservation of an authoritarian social system. Truth is the greatest threat to the control structure. Its existence compromises the social reality we enable with our own acceptance and compliance. A paradox occurs when the two coexist with devastating effects. Personal truth is not empowered or promoted by or for the people. Those whom stand for it endure the greatest adversity, hostility and scrutiny. Truth in the face of reality has, is and will continue to claim millions of lives throughout the course of human history.

“Life is not a sentence, it is an opportunity.”

Life Sacrifice:
Our life force is always leaving us. Every day we expend an immense amount of energy without revitalizing ourselves. We give away more energy than we can possibly imagine with very little return. The intensity of reality impacts us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Society is a massive vortex that efficiently and absolutely consumes our energy. It is a one-way exchange relentlessly devouring everything we can muster. No one is exempt from the cost of reality. Throughout our experience of life, the true watermark of our sacrifice is how we live, age and die.

Against the Grain:
We live contrary to life. Society is a deliberate inversion. This provides more influence to those whom seek to distort and manipulate it for profit and power. Mankind has and is scorching and poisoning the earth and its inhabitants in its intent to attain an artificial conquest and supremacy. Humanity’s existence on the planet is the antithesis of nature. It’s egocentricity methodically converts all life to death. We are indoctrinated into a lifeless reality. Our linear perception of existence diminishes our personal possibility and power. We choose to believe in the illusion of death rather than the truth of life.

“Seeing is deceiving.”

Selective Reality:
What we want to see most often supersedes what we need to see. Reality is a subjective illusion. It is a malleable social structure designed to benefit a few at the cost of the many. The few with the acumen to master it possess remarkable wealth, status and power in the world. All oblivious to its matrix wallow in its deception. We are conditioned by our experience of society. We invent fantasies to escape the social oppression of our daily circumstances. Our own perspective is the greatest obstacle in bringing our vision to our reality. How we choose to perceive reality often becomes our eventual captivity.

A Pulse of Life:
Our lives are much more than we live. We are beings of universal energy simultaneously existing in multiple dimensions. It is the limitation of our awareness, expression and understanding that suppresses our destined experience. Our soul is an infinite source of energy. It transforms and conveys life force through our intuition. Our heart is an electromagnetic superconductor that emanates and sustains our energy. The mind and the body are simply devices we utilize to interact with our chosen reality. The alchemy of our being and its energetic signature is the pulse of our life.

The Good Fight:
All of us have a unique purpose. We are born to make a difference. Human nature personifies and empowers an essential need to exist and relate with authenticity, generosity and harmony. When we resist the impulse to surrender to the social tides of the captivity, conformity and familiarity of reality, we manifest the greatest expression of our power, purpose and possibility. Every day we have an opportunity to claim and become our greatest potential. It is our most significant choice. When we transform our life from a burden to a blessing, our vision becomes our reality.

“We must claim our lives to truly live.”

Universality

“Who we are being is the life we are living.”

Lethal Earth:
We live in a gigantic bubble. The earth’s atmosphere is its boundary. Our world is rife with toxicity. Be it chemtrails laced with heavy metal concoctions, electromagnetic antennas posing as cell phone towers, chemically-riddled food and soda or fluoridated water, we are constantly being dosed. We live in hostile environments both contaminated and fatal. It is not just the impacts to our body. Social pollution distorts and manipulates our mind, heart and our relationship with our soul. Humanity’s way of life has become lethal to itself and nature.

Biological Fallout:
We are anesthetized, desensitized and mesmerized through our participation in a noxious society. Reality is engineered to stimulate a consistent diet of physical, mental and emotional “dis” ease. It disrupts and distorts our innate ability to establish and maintain a relation with our intuition, separating ourselves from our soul. Simply living a relatively healthy life is a constant battle. We are besieged with an onslaught of anxiety, confusion, delusion and fear. Our social dynamic is one of criticism, judgement and self-righteousness. Human nature has been altered into a desire to receive instead of a need to give.

Psychological Warfare:
Two-dimensional reality exists entirely in the mind. Our global culture is primarily lost to the labyrinth of our unconscious thoughts, unrealized dreams and untended fears. The mental life we accept and adopt imprisons us. We fight against ourselves in vicious cycles of self-cynicism, denial and indifference. We bring our internal battle to the external world, projecting our contempt and uncertainty upon others. Our mind is poisoned by our ego. We exhibit customs of a narcissistic society. We contest, debate and outwit ourselves and each other in a vain attempt to win a game we are destined to lose.

Emotional Exploitation:
We are trapped in a paradox of our own arrogance and vulnerability. Our thoughts gradually dominate our feelings. The wires of our mind and heart become crossed. We think to feel and feel to think. We construct fortresses around ourselves to defend the greatest qualities of our humanity. Imaginary threats fashion the false impressions of our intelligence and invincibility. We exercise malevolent, social strategies and behaviors to gain inauthentic power over others. Our relationships are consciously or obliviously compromised in a cunning attempt to discredit or manipulate others to conceal our fear of compassion.

Spiritual Conflict:
Our soul is the greatest victim of our human experience. We exile the essence of our being when we are seduced by the carnal desires of our body and the vicious cycles of our mind. The power of our heart becomes distorted and diminished in the trenches of an alienated society. Eventually, we begin to fight against the transcendent nature of our spirit. The familiarity of our thoughts and instincts turn us against our feelings and intuition. We take up arms against our soul in defense of our ego. The dark night of our soul ends when we embrace our divine nature in the grimmest of times and choose to become an expression of the universe.

“To become our light, we must transform our darkness.”

All That Is Unseen:
We are ruled by our oblivion. Our agendas, indifference and self-righteousness blinds us with what we want to see instead of enlightening us with what we need to see. We exist in a society that is contrary to life, sense and nature. The unknown of ourselves and our unheeded possibility is the opposing force constantly working against us. Our personal barriers are our own invention. It is all we don’t know that we don’t know about ourselves that inhibits our evolution. Therefore, we unconsciously live against ourselves, perpetuating the very madness from which we seek freedom.

Epiphany of Vision:
There are instances of insight occurring every day of our lives, more than we can possibly imagine. Epiphanies are multi-dimensional encounters that provide us with an opportunity to transcend the mundane and experience the extraordinary. For us to shift into a different reality of our life, we must first be willing to let go of the comfortable and familiar. Insights happen when we are open to possibility without the limitations of our ego, fear, routine and perspective. Our vision is our introduction to our purpose. When we intend our vision as our expression of being, we become present to the greatest potentialities of our existence.

On Purpose:
All of us are destined to make a difference. There are few things in life that empower and enlighten us more than fulfilling our personal calling. Our purpose is our spirit in action. Regardless of its definition, our universal life force expands and quickens within us. The extraordinary is imaginable and its realization natural. The influence of social reality diminishes as we release what is and embrace what is possible. Our commitment to transcend all that is inherent and known of ourselves is the key to our personal freedom. The optimal outcome of our experience is caused by our willingness to discover and embody all we can be.

The Diversity of Being:
Who we are is well beyond our imagination. By design, our instinct and intellect confine us to ordinary lifestyles of existence. The mind and body are only instruments to represent our spirit in the terrestrial world. We invest in an illusion of conformity for a fleeting sense of belonging, vanity and worth. We are eternal beings of energy, ever evolving and expanding as an emanation of creation. We are an infinite soul expressing our essence through our intuition. Our heart is the core of our human being. It transforms multi-dimensional energy into an all sustaining life force.

Universality:
All we are is energy. The synergy between our soul, heart, mind and body transforms our energy to its greatest potential. The equilibrium of our being is at the source of our soul’s expression. We are not victims of our circumstances. We are creators of our experiences, destined to inspire and personify life. Each of us has an extraordinary opportunity to empower social reality with our universal presence. Our personal power is the sustenance of our life force. Who we are being in the present defines its quality. When we express our energy, we transcend our humanity and become our universality.

“Our lives are as infinite as our way of being.”

Infinite Sea

“Experience is only as limited as we live it.”

Power of Perception:
Our perspective defines our reality. As human beings, we personify this power. Why and what we set our focus on determines the nature of our experience. We concede to a lifestyle of duality in an artificial society. We are seduced by a singular pursuit of survival within a diverse existence of all possibility. Eventually we learn how to alter and manipulate perception to disguise the absence of our accountability, commitment and integrity. We often choose to observe things as we desire, not as they are. The perceptual filters we invent are a defense mechanism to enable our insecurities and proliferate an illusion of life.

The Illusion of Relativity:
We are defined by relativity. The known is much more appealing than the infinite mysteries comprising the universe. Relativity preoccupies us with a superficial sense of well-being, purpose and security. Social reality conditions us to be dependent upon all we know. It is our reference point when we venture from the safe haven of the ordinary. Our pursuit to protect ourselves with all we are accustomed establishes our self-imposed captivity. Relativity is one of the greatest illusions humanity has ever invented. Our reliance upon it negates our personal power and diminishes our possibility.

Mayhem and Malice:
All the violence surrounding us both obvious and obscured reflects the energetic turmoil that resides within. Most lack an awareness of and relationship with the multi-dimensional elements of energy. The tumultuous ebb and flow of contemporary reality wreaks havoc upon the unconscious many. An energetic battle rages on within and between us. It is a vortex that seizes our personal power, purpose and destiny. Our weaknesses are often used against us to induce our indifference, obedience and prejudice. Our oblivion to this conflict renders us victims of our own cynicism, fear and judgement.

Energy Virus:
A viral “dis-ease” is spreading at an epidemic proportion. It is diminishing the energetic consciousness of humanity. It flourishes in our physical, mental and emotional attachments through our reactions to conditions and outcomes beyond our control. When we are triggered by another or a circumstance, we energetically attach ourselves to them or it with our aggravation, anger, upset and vengeance. Our thoughts, words and actions become contaminated with the toxicity of our rage. It is a vicious cycle that burdens and stymies us with a dense and distorted energy. Most of us never even acknowledge the energy virus’ to which we are afflicted.

Environmental Distortion:
Everything in our lives begins and ends with energy. Its nature determines the quality of our experience. Each day we are bombarded by an excess of negatively charged energy. The energetic currents we encounter either empower or weaken the elements of our existence. It is not what we are aware of that takes the greatest toll. It is all to which we are oblivious that gradually distorts and destroys the very fabric of our being. Social reality is teeming with synthetic, electromagnetic energy. It breaks down the essence of our being on a subatomic level which leads to the conditions of our premature demise.

“The mind is a house of mirrors.”

Mind Games:
We live in a mind-based reality that appeals almost exclusively to our intelligence and instinct. Our society is deficient of intuition and emotion. Humanity is dependent upon its thought and desire as a method of survival. Our hearts and souls are held hostage by the authority we give to our minds and bodies. We are easily ensnared by the vicious cycles of our logic and habits in a fleeting quest to achieve instant yet fleeting gratification. Our mind has stolen the key to our possibility. We invent fantasies of how we think we need to survive, instead of creating and living into realities in which we are empowered to thrive.

Line in the Sand:
We are in a massive energetic shift. It is an era of powerful transition. For some it has brought a flow of inspiration, yet for many an experience of great challenge. Reality has been turned upside down by a few for the suppression of the many. Modern society is driven by accumulation, competition, fear and manipulation. In the interest of conscious evolution, it is vital we establish personal energetic boundaries to maintain and protect the longevity and quality of our existence. It is our destiny to embody our soul in our lives. Our personal power can only be claimed and fulfilled when we are accountable for our energy.

Being Present to Our Presence:
It is excruciating to witness all the inequalities, injustices and intolerance that exist in the world. Let alone the energetic impressions we feel to which we are oblivious. Humanity is suffocated by its own self-righteousness and silent violence. We have become the monsters of which we were always afraid. It is not enough for us to occasionally observe and forgive ourselves of our venomous thoughts, words, behavior and actions. We must be present to the impacts our expressions have and transform who, how and why we are being. Our presence either takes or makes a difference. Whatsoever the outcome we manifest is our choice.

A Force of Energy:
We are not at all what we seem. Society pulls a common reality over our vision to manipulate the perception and experience we have of ourselves. We are an expression of multi-dimensional energy both extraordinary and infinite. Our energy can either free or enslave us, others and our environment in ways far exceeding our perception. Its impression goes well beyond our awareness, imagination and understanding. Our personal power is sourced and sustained by the nature of our energy. It is the essence of who we are. Everything we envision and become is a creation from who we are being.

Energy of Being:
We are at the crossroads of our energetic experience. We cannot truly alter, control or impact the illusion of social reality. Yet, it is our destiny to transcend the influence we allow it to have over our lives. We are powerful transformers of energy. Being is the manifestation of our soul. Who we are being is the only distinction that truly makes a difference for ourselves and others. In each moment we have an opportunity to be present to the quality of our energy, transform our experience and become an expression of the universe. Our life is an infinite sea of possibility. Our soul is the compass of our experience.

“It’s much easier being a master of illusion than a servant of truth.”

The Truth We Are

“Truth has all be stigmatized a societal syndrome.”

Us and Them:
Our social reality is built upon a foundation of competition, egocentricity and survival. We accept and adopt this as the standard of life. Yet, it is never advantageous to all. With a calculated precision, we have been conditioned to believe what we receive is a measure of our identity, purpose and value. We reach for superficial happiness in a holographic oblivion. We are habituated to depend on everyone and everything distinct of ourselves. The contentment we seek cannot be found in the paradigm of social reality. It will always be an elusive pursuit posing more as a daydream than our truth.

Spectator Sport:
We are raised to be bystanders. Our success in society is dependent upon our conformity to its parameters. We tend to bear envy and judgement for the lives of others as we sacrifice the potential of our own. Our amusement, criticism and exaltation of others distracts and diverts us from our passion and purpose. We are spectators of our life. We run around and over each other in our pursuit to reach an artificial pleasure we are programmed to desire. Our perception of existence is manipulated by a global simulation to control and distort our experience. Life is a game we are required to watch yet restricted to play.

Divide and Conquer:
Fixed social dynamics pit us against each other. Business, opinion, politics, religion, sports and nationalism are all common elements of our dependent bondage in societal competition. We have accepted a cutthroat reality as custom and have invested our lives in its marketplace. Our exposure to this reality has condemned us to contrived, solitary victories in a society rife with impending defeat. We see others as the enemy to be thwarted and destroyed amidst the engineered chaos of authoritarian supremacy. Violence both internalized and expressed has compromised and diminished our relatedness with ourselves and each other.

Fear Factor:
We assume fear instead of choosing freedom. Fear is the greatest silent killer in the history of humanity. We make it the destroyer of our personal health, intuition, possibility, power and vision. There is an emotional payoff we all receive when we surrender to our fear. It has become the voluntary custom of our human indifference. The perfect excuse that exonerates us from all accountability. Fear is the weapon of mass destruction used willfully in many ways. We even wield it against ourselves when we resist our personal moments of truth. Fear is the power we concede to our ego.

Reckoning:
We have been conditioned to accept and adopt a social reality that is systematically being dismantled. The relativity to which we have all grown accustomed has been altered beyond perceptual familiarity innumerable times. Cultural, political, social and racial tensions are being accelerated and intensified. They are broadcast by the mainstream media in a biased and erroneous portrayal. Inequality, injustice and intolerance are the roots of our societal programming. They have distorted our experience of life. Whomsoever manipulates humanity’s perception of reality controls the world.

“Live alive, stand for the wisdom to see…Live alive, stand for the freedom to be.”

The War Within:
The battle that surrounds us reflects one raging within. Our willful refusal to acknowledge and account for our inner violence enables it to exist. The doubt and distress we present when faced with our own wisdom and destiny sustains our struggle. Our procrastination is our loss of power. We are prisoners of our own duality. Our fear and pride tend to deceive us into believing our linear engagement with reality is an earnest fight. Freedom is not found in our ability to succeed and survive in a simulated reality. We transcend it when we claim and exercise our personal power to create our life.

Awaken:
Social reality is an illusion. We sacrifice our ability to distinguish ourselves from “the program.” Our arrogance negates our opportunity to become our greatest expression. The gravity of virtual reality has burdened us with false honor, obligation and responsibility. We allow ourselves to be deceived by what we believe is real. Reality is as subjective as opinion. Yet, we have been socially accustomed to hold it synonymous with truth. It is not enough to be conscious of society’s inequities. We must also be present of how our personal lifestyles contribute to the decline of human civility and sensibility.

A Destiny with Consciousness:
Our quality of life is determined by our being-ness. Who we are being is the manifestation of our truth. When we are present to who we are being, it transforms our experience. It is our life’s creation. Our awareness determines the relatedness we have with ourselves and others. It is the heart of our existence. Consciousness is the language through which we relate with our soul. It is the source of our being. All possibility for ourselves and our lives manifests through our consciousness. The universe is an infinite abundance of energy. Our common destiny is to become its expression.

Soul Inheritance:
We are multi-dimensional beings. Our soul is one with the energy of the universe. It conveys and transmutes life force through our intuition to our heart center. Our heart emanates a powerful, spherical field of electromagnetic energy that invigorates every cell in our mind and body. It transforms the molecular dynamic of the air and water of which we primarily consist. Every human being has this living legacy. Whether we choose to become and express this birthright is uniquely up to us. The fulfillment of our destiny is dependent upon our willingness to be an expression of the universe.

A Beacon of Truth:
How and why we choose to live is who we become. Living a reality of how society perceives us to be is a sentence of spiritual slavery. The life we are destined to live is a manifestation of our insights, thoughts, words and actions. We are who we inspire ourselves to be. Our opportunity to be for others as we would ourselves is a vital expression of being. Personal freedom is found in our intention and willingness to live with the universe, ourselves and each other. We are more powerful than we can possibly imagine. When all has been said and done, only the watermark of our truth will remain.

“Being is the only way to transcend social chaos and embrace personal truth.”