Now and Zen: To Whom It May Concern

A Dime a Dozen:

I find it fascinating how people instinctually respond to events that don’t even happen to them.  We as human beings have a tendency to overreact to the choices, actions and lifestyles of others, while we underreact to those of our own.  We do so because of our lack of communication, experience and understanding about the circumstances of others.  Our interpretations are based upon inaccurate and incomplete perceptions.  We are quicker to criticize, judge, shame and dispose of people in our lives than we are to make a difference.  Some do this to take opportunity from the downfall and disgraces of others, while most subscribe to this sociopathic behavior to conceal their dependency, disappointment, embarrassment, hurt and pain.

Spiritual Elitism:

Yes, we all have it.  Get over it.  My friend Elva just recently wrote an article entitled, “The Writing on the Wall,” in which she acknowledges the awakening of the human race, then poses the question “what are we awakening to?”  This is a much greater concept to ponder in light of the accelerated era of decline in which we currently find ourselves.  We who have committed and practice a path of spirituality may not understand that with the expansion of our consciousness, so does our ego grow in equal or greater measure.  When we chase after the light we are not present to the darkness we overlook in ourselves.  Spirituality has become the new religion.  As a culture we fail to observe the pompous influence of our judgement and self-righteousness.

Experience teacheth Wisdom?

Each of us have our own experiences.  Though, we are more often preoccupied with those of others than our own.  We are swift to pounce upon the downfallen in society to bolster our own image and status in the world.  We manufacture false power through the negativity of demeaning, demonizing and disgracing others.  We present ourselves as aggressive, arrogant, cynical, disempowering and sanctimonious much to our oblivion even when we express ourselves with the greatest of intentions.  Our experiences teach us ways to break the patterns of society’s conditioning that ultimately transmutes humanity into a monstrosity.  We sacrifice the wisdom we may kindle in life to achieve, acquire, compete, dominate and exceed.

Where is the Love?

We all embody ourselves as being civilized, creative, educated, intelligent, kind, spiritual and transcendent.  Yet, when we find ourselves in challenging and overwhelming circumstances, we turn on ourselves and each other as fast as the speed of light.  Our greatest friends become our bitterest enemies.  What we believed, felt and thought yesterday is quickly discarded when we are confronted with conflicting beliefs or opinions distinct from our own.  We not only disagree, we respond with outright anger, disdain, frustration and vitriol.  Gradually we degrade and destroy all which we do not or are not willing to accept, consider or understand.  The love we once had for everyone evaporates.  Even our love for ourselves.

Idyllic Life:

None of us, no matter how clever, creative, smart or spiritual we believe we are, are the ideal human being.  Each of us has downfalls, flaws, negativity and weaknesses.  This is the nature of humanity.  It isn’t the people that present themselves with authenticity and integrity with who we have to be critical and suspicious.  It is all who chose to present themselves as the ideal expression of existence we should be wary.  These are the people who are manipulating reality to gain advantage, advancement, position and the conversion of the world to their own image, lifestyle and vision.  The more we fashion ourselves in the shadow of others, the more personal power we sacrifice upon the altar of self-importance.

Mirror Image:

Everyone and everything in our lives serves as an all-encompassing mirror.  How we respond to these elements of our experience determines how we think, feel, act and are.  The attention and energy we give them ultimately produces the events that will occur to us in our present and future.  How and who we choose to be in our everyday life defines who we become and who and what we attract into it.  We do not get how powerful we are as human beings.  If we did, we most certainly would not be jumping on the comment sections of website articles to take out our angst, drama, failures, fears, insecurities and disappointments about how our lives turned out due to our own lack of investment, involvement and fulfillment.

Ready, Aim…Fire!

Our proverbial guns are locked and loaded for bear in any circumstance we may find ourselves.  We are tinderboxes bouncing off of each other, who at any moment can spark, ignite and explode.  More often than not we do so with the gravest of consequences.  When our environment, experience and perception is challenged and/or compromised, we instantaneously react with a fervor that even shocks and terrifies us.  By the time we are present to the impacts of our thoughts, words and actions, the damage has already been done.  The scariest revelation is that we are not even conscious of the harm we willingly inflict upon others, when we believe we have been betrayed, deceived, manipulated and lead astray.

Keyboard Assassins:

It is so easy, too easy, to sit down in front of a computer and open fire on what we perceive to be attacks upon our intelligence, faith, lifestyle, morals and well-being.  The inadequacies and insecurities of our lives are on full display when we feverishly tap out our anger, disappointment, frustration and upset on our keyboards with a passion that is evidently lacking in our lives.  No matter how much we engage in virtual confrontations upon the comment streams of someone else’s article will never change what is happening around us.  We can only transform that which is occurring within us depending upon how we respond.  The difference we make in our lives and the lives of others begins with our ability to accept all for who they are and who they are not.

Zen and Bear It:

I have known Zen Gardner for a few years.  We email back and forth occasionally, share articles on www.zengardner.com and have similar interests.  Most of us on the site do, contributors and readers alike.  I read his article, “The Missing Years,” and was surprised at the vitriolic response it received.  As I was reading, I became present to a part of his life that was both difficult and revelationary, written with sincere authenticity.  We never know what we are into completely until we see “The Writing on the Wall.”  Zen made a choice to make a difference and attempt to transform injustices he became aware of about something in which he once believed.  When he realized he could not, he left it and moved on with his life.  The question we all must ask ourselves every day is, “do we choose to make an opinion or a difference?”

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Community

The “I” Gene:

As human beings, we inherit a trait we accept as a belief that is conditioned into us during our social development. Inevitably, it becomes our common reality. It is a system fashioned on the principles of compliance, reliance and oblivion. For the sake of distinction, let’s call this trait the “I” Gene. The “I” Gene is an internal “schism,” (division). It is a separation not only from our external surroundings and the people in our lives; it is a severance from our self.

Before we have the opportunity to be introduced to ourselves, we are bombarded by society’s imposition of who we are expected to be. This collective obligation goes greatly unchallenged and is globally obeyed by humanity. As a species, we have maintained this solitary lifestyle for thousands of years. The “I” Gene has repressed our relatedness with our family members, our friends, our communities and ourselves. It has inhibited our consciousness, relatedness and fulfillment.

The “I” Gene is more than just a thought form, a feeling or an instinctual desire for our personal space. This trait has embedded itself into every aspect of our being. Its impression has been influencing us on a genetic level our entire lives. The “I” Gene uses our ego against us to keep us distracted with our worries, conditions, expectations and fears. Where the proactive side of our ego creates our personal power, the “I” Gene surrenders it. It is an inner “slight-of-hand” that may be the cleverest racket we run on ourselves.

We are preoccupied by our personal survival, the distractions in our daily lives, the relentless influence of our ego and our emotional dramas, upsets and attachments. We become the “I” Gene and it eagerly embraces us. It is a collapse in our being between who we perceive ourselves to be (which isn’t who we really are) and how society’s aggressive nature programs us to maintain its standards. The “I” Gene is so clever in its strategy; it conditions us to believe that who society desires us to be is who we are meant to be, and how our lives must to be lived. We not only obey it, we worship and promote it with our achievements (most often individual), yet curse it for our shortcomings. This is how we give away our personal power.

As children, life itself was creative and adventurous. It was customary for us to gather with our friends and wield our imaginations, wills, passions, talents and heroism freely and fully. We believed that anything was possible, until the demands of life, family, reality, school, career, and society methodically began taking our virtues, abilities and destinies away right under our naïve and unconscious noses. When we were young, the very notion of being alone and separate from our friends or family was absurd. Now it has become our commonly adopted “reality.” We are tethered to it by our fear, failure and social intimidation.

The “We” Gene:

Deep within the recesses of our repressed human nature resides our pure potential and possibility. These qualities connect us with the human race, nature, the universe and our selves. The “We” Gene is ever-evolving, all-conscious and all-inclusive. The “I” Gene ceases to exist in the presence of the “We” Gene, much as the darkness in the presence of the light. The “We” Gene is the magnificence we were when we were born, and who we are to become when we pass from this earth. However, it need not be only in our birth and death we experience this communion. It is possible in every moment of our lives when we transform the focus of our purpose from ourselves to all our relations.

There is something uniquely extraordinary when we experience the feeling of belonging. It enlivens and inspires us. It bestows upon us the wisdom of value, purpose, confidence and sustenance. In the now of this synchronicity, we achieve transcendence from our daily, ordinary life and we reclaim the innocence, wonder and enthusiasm we lived as children. It is not an “action” or even a “knowing.” It is our connection with true being. The majesty of belonging happens when we choose to experience oneness with all. A network of energy unites all whom are resonating on this energetic frequency. “Reality” disappears in the presence of awareness and the truth of our existence as human beings emerges in the expression of our consciousness.

Unity:

“If we don’t live together, we’re going to die alone.”

At some time in our lives, we were misled to believe that we alone are the sole sustainers of our lives. This is not true. We have all been corralled into institutionalized education, established religion, political viewpoints and social hierarchies. We have allowed ourselves to be placed into positions contributing more to our society’s problems than its solutions. We see the wisdom and strength of community only when our lives are severe and challenging. Only when our experiences humble our egos are we able to witness the faults in our social paradigm. The question we should ask ourselves is why has it become so natural for us to retreat back into the co-dependent security of ourselves?

We have been conditioned both within by our ego and without by society to not listen to others, therefore we don’t listen to ourselves. When we don’t allow ourselves the freedom and power of trusting others, we don’t trust ourselves. When we don’t convey confidence in others, we fail to establish our own. When we struggle with offering compassion and kindness to others, we aren’t able to be empathetic with ourselves. When we condemn the character of others, we denounce our own. When we are unwilling to express unconditional love and support to others, we will never be able to embrace the pure joy it is to love and be loved.

There is only one way to experience community. It is in the expression of our service to others. Not the service we provide to society for which we are compensated. It is the unconditional service we choose to give for the sake of giving. There is no greater fulfillment we will experience than the relation and belonging genuine service to others inspires. It is the essential foundation of our present and ultimately our future. When we as a society view community as an option, we will merely survive. When we as a society choose to experience community as a necessity, we will always thrive.

Community is our living truth as human beings.

It is our destiny.

It is the only thing besides love that will transform our world.

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Fool’s Gold

Into the Mystic:

Before the era of mainstream spirituality and experiential ontology, religion ruled the kingdom of belief.  Billions of congregational followers flocked to their chosen church, temple, synagogue, mosque, shrine or sacred monument to seek answers only their Priest, Minister, Rabbi, Imam or Guru could provide.  Then, the spiritual revolution occurred and suddenly many seekers woke up to the realization they alone were responsible for their salvation.

Suddenly, the western world was awash with books, lectures, seminars, weekend retreats, weekly classes and You Tube videos selling shamanism as an applicable profession in the “real” world.  For hundreds or thousands of dollars one could become a shaman and almost instantly open a practice and facilitate ceremonies to heal and teach others to become one as well.  Eventually, common spiritualists came out in droves to answer this inauthentic, materialistic calling of the “new age.”

The shaman movement attracted curious, newly awakened, spirit-starved romantics seeking instant enlightenment through the repackaging of the oldest practices in the world.  Enter the opportunist that would reinvent the role of the intercessor to guide the re-born masses to Shambhala.  Now, more than anytime in the history of humanity, we see such a buzz and hullabaloo around the spiritual title “shaman,” and the broad range of modalities in which they may perform.

All That Glitters is not Gold:

In the midst of the excitement and fervor, these ancient ways were “modernized” into a form easier to understand, attain and practice.  The very essence of these sacred traditions and the experience required to properly practice them were sacrificed upon the altar of spiritual egotism and personal profit.  The rituals that had taken decades of time or longer to traditionally learn and perform would take only a matter of months, weeks or even days to the contemporary shaman.

The more this spiritual wildfire spread, the more the traditions were altered and/or re-invented to gratify a popular want in modern society.  Millions of people have been introduced to ways aged in the hundreds and thousands of years.  Yet, their teachers are not all wise and learned elders whose bloodlines had carried the cultural customs for generations.  The majority of the intercessors are merely actors most often playing a role that is far beyond their comprehension, ability, humility and commitment.

Now, it has become a trend to be a shaman.  Many mystify the masses with charisma, confidence, a little bit of knowledge and presentation ceremonies that may even harm the patients or participants more than they heal.  They have shifted the focus of the practice more upon themselves than on the spirits sourcing the medicine or the people requesting healing.  In many ways, the contemporary shaman has stigmatized and discredited the medicine way and caused challenges for the traditional ceremonial healers and their tribes.  The spiritualization and glamorization of these ancient, sacred paths have altered them forever.

The Heart of the Tribe:

There is a vital distinction between one who labels oneself a shaman and one who is a traditional ceremonial healer.   The ceremonial healer most often has grown up and lives in or around the community the medicine tradition has been kept.  The shaman most often has/does not.  The healer is willing to conduct a ceremony for very little financial return.  The contemporary shaman most often may not.  Most people whom practice ceremonial medicine do not call themselves shaman and some do not even know what that is.

In indigenous communities, those whom have understood plants, roots and our relation to the natural world have always held a vital role in the health and well being of their tribe.  Even to this day, when conventional doctors and the medical industry cannot treat the direst of situations, many traditional ceremonial healers are consulted and willing to help.  More often than not, they are severely under-compensated in comparison to modern-day physicians.  Yet, the commitment they made upon first entering their lifetime service far outweighs any concerns of comfort, convenience or status.

For many traditional ceremonial healers their experience began from the time they were adolescents, some from the time of childhood and some even from the time they were born.  It was a way of life for them for decades before the elders of their tribe acknowledged them as a leader on the medicine path.  To this day, it is a custom and a lifestyle that helps to sustain the strength, wisdom, history and ritual of their culture.  It is a tradition that preceded them long before they were born and will succeed them long after they have passed.

Few are called, Even Fewer are Chosen:

With the steady stream of spiritual practices and their accessibility over the last century, a decisive and detrimental shift has occurred.  There has been a gradual disassociation between the roots of these ancient ways and how they are conveyed and exist in the modern world.  To a great degree, the commercialization and popularization of these traditions has diminished their power and altered the expression of their energy.  The contemporary spin of these ancient practices has also provided inaccurate depictions and unrealistic perceptions to the unaware and unsuspecting novice.

The traditional medicine way is not something one may choose to become; it is something that chooses the ceremonial healer.  When this sacred exchange is established between the person who vows to help others and the spirits who bring the medicine, it is as natural as the progression of life.  They exhibit an awareness, intent and humility rarely beheld or experienced in our modern society.  Their commitment and dedication is beyond comfort, convenience, reason, sense and imagination.

As with many ceremonial practices, it is not about service to the self for financial, social or personal, spiritual benefit.  It is not about the number of patients/followers or how many referrals one may gather.  Rarely, if ever, does an authentic traditional healer consider ceremonial medicine an occupation or primary source of income.  It is about service to all without attachment.  It is the understanding and practice that the health and well being of a person in need far exceeds maintaining an image of importance or a lucrative practice.

The path of the traditional healer is one of the most difficult ones to walk.  There are very few, if any, reference points and it requires an extraordinary level of consciousness, compassion, purpose and dedication.  An authentic ceremonial lifestyle requires everything of the traditional healer.  There are no shortcuts and no concessions.  The ceremonial path may be one of the most amazing lifestyles we as human beings may experience.

If the shaman represents the branch of the ceremonial tree, the traditional healer is its root.

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Versus

All the world’s a…game:
Our society is built upon a foundation of competition.  When we are born, we inherit generations of history lived habitually through cultural integration, relativity, co-dependence and survival.  These are the driving forces that ultimately impose the course of our lives even before we are conscious and present to their gravity and influence.  The more we live our lives, the more we are conditioned and assimilated onto the terrestrial chessboard.  Most of us remain oblivious to the fact that we are incorporated into it, let alone understand the elusive and variable rules of the game.

We are livestock in a global farm.  We are raised and programmed to compete with each other in the grand game of “life.”  Everyday we go through the motions of playing a role to which we adopt and comply.  Our experience upon this earth has and is massively manipulated.  It pits us against our fellow human being in a commonly accepted and dysfunctional community called “society.”  This distracts and amuses us away from obtaining the vision, intention and purpose to establish our calling and create our destiny.

Competition is everywhere, in everyone and in everything.  It begins for most of us at an early age in the mandatory educational system.  We are integrated into classes that signify the degree of our assimilation, comprehension and social programming.  It is then we encounter one of the greatest and most effective stimuli of opposition, sports.  This influence impacts the many facets of our lives.  Through them, we are introduced to dependency, aggression, involvement, and contention.  Spectator sports provide the vicarious thrill of victory and the inevitable agony of defeat.

“War is the ultimate expression of competition…someone wins and someone loses.  We even pray to God to favor our side for “victory.” – Laura Saums

Choosing Sides:
Our participation in the game begins when we enroll and engage by taking a side.  It may be in our selection of a political candidate or party, a spiritual leader or religion, an athlete or sports team or a product or its corporation.  This false choice ushers us into a realm of vicious cycles and endless sparring.  We become conditioned into believing this cutthroat custom is the meaning of life.  We develop an attachment and addiction to this lifestyle.  The fix to the craving is that someone must win while many others must lose.  This approach to life sacrifices our creativity, potential, individuality and spirit.

Once we have drawn the line in our proverbial sand, we further entrench our heels in deeper with our egotistical projections.  Our arrogance, self-righteousness, defensiveness, blind faith and fear constructs the wall around us.  We are eventually isolated from the way society and the world really is.  We become seduced and ensnared within our personal fantasies, simulated security, hollow professional accomplishments and imitated existence.  With every anxious and oblivious breath we take we give away our personal power, possibility, purpose and destiny.

“Competition only leads to destruction.  Whereas amity leads to creation.”

Inner Contest:
In order for us to identify, understand and transcend the competition that motivates, influences and imprisons us, we need to discover its origin.  As it is with every element in our experience of life, it must first exist within us before it is brought into our lives.  We are blinded by the drama of social reaction.  We fail to see our possibility, claim our intention, establish our truth, and express our purpose when we are drawn into the elaborate, two-dimensional web of opposition.  We become so enamored with the game, we relinquish our reason, sensibilities, enlightened emotions and intuitive potential.

It is extremely difficult to create the necessary energetic containment, balance and expression within to transcend reality.  We are constantly provoked, stimulated and influenced by the illusory life of yes and no, up and down, right and left, back and forth, day and night and dark and light.  The more we engage in the energetic vortex of competition, the less likely we are to experience not just the truth of our lives, yet also the truth of ourselves.  When we are immersed in the chaos, drama and synthetic excitement of contest, we sentence ourselves to a life of division and defeat.

This begins and ends within each of us.  As aggressive as we are in our daily lives is as much or even more of how we are with ourselves.  All of us are our most bitter rivals.  When we are sparring with others it is a reflection of how we are relating to ourselves.  What is ultimately both challenging and intimidating is observing and accepting how unconscious we are of the competition we hold with ourselves.   We are always at war within.  When we are oblivious to our inner dysfunction, we surrender our attention, focus, awareness and energy.

Transcending the Game:
For many, life is simply a game.  The design of this game is always the same.  There is engagement, participation, drama, trends, successes, failures and outcomes.  We deceive ourselves into believing that there is nothing more important or worthy of our time.  It becomes our sole purpose of existence.  How we participate often determines our personal, professional and social worth.  We are so driven and obsessed by it we become slaves to its strategy and agenda.  The thrill of the game far outweighs the essential need for an intentional, empowering and fulfilling life.

We are all addicts of the game.  We compete against ourselves with unrealistic ideals, unreasonable expectations and impossible aspirations.  We are distracted from the possibilities, purpose and destiny that originally inspired our engagement in our lives.  There is always a steep price to be paid when we play a game that readily devours our vision, confidence, imagination and inspiration.  We willingly sacrifice the greatest aspects of our lives and ourselves to contend for the mirage of our heart and soul’s desire.  When we “win” the game, the victory is fleeting, lonesome and artificial.

It is virtually impossible to compete with others.  Every person is different based upon his or her social environment, upbringing, family dynamic, inspiration and quality of life.  Yet, we are constantly provoked and conditioned into vying for achievements, assets and greed instead of creativity, illumination and community.  Competing against our selves within the confines of reality is just another artificial endeavor.  It is a simulated lifestyle of civilizing ourselves at the cost of our consciousness, unity, love and destiny.  Freedom, wisdom and enlightenment are experienced when we refuse to comply.  The game is not only fixed, it is an illusion.  Transcending it is the only way we all truly win.

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Awaken

“Don’t you get tired?  Aren’t you fed up?  Pushing the agenda for the higher ups.

Could you be wise?  Won’t you be free?  Living an illusion for this fantasy…”

The Viral Man:

Since the first footprint left by the earliest civilizations, mankind has always sought, fought, built and destroyed to leave its signature.  Its very existence has become an antithesis of nature.  Its mind has made it such that the natural world is something to be conquered to measure its success, progress and worth.  Generation after generation has sparred with everything it has perceived to be a threat and challenge to its survival.  Monuments have been crafted to represent the artificial power, might and wisdom mankind has stolen from nature and manipulated with its timeless arrogant desires.

The natural world and all of its mysteries, wonders, majesty and life is simply not enough in its true, raw and rugged expression to satisfy mankind’s desires.  It had to remove, dissect, deconstruct, diminish and destroy nature in order to examine and exploit it.  Nature’s resources were extracted, altered, manipulated, boiled, burned and exhausted at an astronomical rate.  Whole ecosystems were sacrificed upon the altar of mankind’s progress, convenience, industry and wealth.  It gradually placed itself in the center of the cycle of life as it imprisoned the world with its greed, selfishness and insatiable hunger.

There is one term that best symbolizes what mankind’s reality has done to the Earth, “virus.”  It is interesting how viruses seem to originate and localize around human life.  It is vital to acknowledge and accept that viruses are a product and expression of the human race.  The very nature of a virus correlates so perfectly with mankind that the two have become synonymous with each other in life and in death.  Our toxicity as a species has reached a degree to which we have become a contagion.   This infection has wiped out civilizations, ecosystems and environments with war, disease, famine and human refuse.

“Cast your chaos to the rising tide.  Time to be present to the fear inside.

Kingdoms will rise.  Kingdoms will fall.  Truth is eternal when we heed the call…”

Society of Illusions:

There is nothing more devastating to a culture than the greed that corrupts it.  We can see it everywhere in our daily lives when we choose.  Advertisements, television programs, celebrities, professional athletes, politicians and even religious and spiritual organizations fall prey to it.  The mentality of excess has woven its way into the very roots of our society.  It has polluted our compassion, good will and need with vanity, self-righteousness and want.  It is much more than just a chosen way of life for those with the means.  It has become an entitlement that costs many the quality of life for the benefit of the few.

We were all born into a life of illusion.  Even before we breached the birth canal of our mothers, the wool was pulled over our eyes.  Our development through educational, religious and social institutions further indoctrinated and assimilated us into a reality of lies.  We were harnessed at an early age with a burdened inheritance of mere survival in a society designed to continually oppose us at every turn.  The machinery of reality persistently strips us of our free thought, emotion and creative expression, as we are bombarded with the many facets of conformity.  Ultimately, the harsh conditions of living in the contemporary world condition us into a lifestyle of apathy, denial, disinterest, cynicism and acquiescence.

“Will we pretend?  Are we asleep?  Hiding in the shadows from the fears we keep.

Will we arise?  Can we amend?  All that has fallen at the hand’s of men…”

Turning the Tide:

As diabolical as mankind’s global agenda may be, it is fragile and vulnerable to downfall.  Each one of us enables the chains of our daily slavery to society and its reality.  It is a vampire that takes everything we bring to it and provides little to nothing in return.  Yet we continue to feed this monster.  We crawl through the wreckage of our broken dreams, shattered imaginations and forgotten possibilities to prove our worth to a careless and clueless society.  As we weather the storms of our lives, we retreat to the false comfort and security of our abodes seeking fulfillment from entertainment and amusement.

There is a “breakthrough” point that occurs from either being enraged or inspired.  Many that are moved by anger tend to lash out in protest and become ensnared in the trappings of our totalitarian society. When we express ourselves negatively, we will always attract an equivalent outcome.  Authoritarian figures rely upon rebellion so that they may deal with dissidents with force, inequality and injustice.  It is used as a weapon to amend and enact laws and implement social regulations and restrictions to restrain and bury human creativity, consciousness and enlightenment.  Revolutions that were once loud, chaotic and unpredictable must now be silent, gradual and focused.

Contemporary society primarily continues to do the same thing in the same way over and over again expecting a different result.  The human life experience in many ways is a lifestyle of lunacy.  Our tendency as a society is to exist in a myriad of vicious cycles that keeps us in a perpetual state of drama, confusion, indifference, irresponsibility and duplicity.  When we blindly and defiantly defend our positions, we further entrench ourselves into our social captivity.  The human prison may be engineered and maintained by a select and secret few, yet it is we who allow ourselves to be enslaved daily with our participation and our choices or lack thereof.

“Cast your darkness to the rising sun.  Time to awaken for we are the ones

Nations will rise.  Nations will fall.  Life is eternal when we live for all.”

– Iam (lyrics from my original song “Awaken.”)

Awaken:

The human race as a whole has been asleep for a good portion of its existence.  The elements of our slumber have been our perceptions, opinions, intelligence, denial, self-righteousness and selfishness.  These are the bars of our personal imprisonment.  The accumulation and development of these qualities that “mature” our personalities are the very things that prevent us from becoming who we are truly meant to be.  In our attempt to belong to the society in which we exist, we automatically and willingly surrender our personal truth, power, purpose, consciousness and amity.  We turn our backs on ourselves.

Every day is an opportunity for us to choose to live a conscious life.  The more we create this possibility, the more we establish this reality, the more human beings will contribute to the communal awareness.  This is happening now.  We need to come together to be our fullest expression of being as a global family.  This is how it is in spirit.  No one else can create, establish or contribute our expression in this universal destiny.  When we choose to live our truth, creativity, imagination, ahimsa (non-violence) and kindness, we will transform ourselves and ultimately the world.

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