On a Personal Note

“Why would we want it the way it was, it wasn’t working anyway.”

Social Shakedown:

Beginning in March 2020 the world was shutdown.  Rolling lockdowns, restrictions, social distancing and masks littered society with the promise of protection, blended with heavy doses of fear and propaganda.  Even social perception was compromised; altered and manipulated toward an apparent intention for safety, yet rife with undeniable political and social agendas emerging from the unknown.  Years ago, I learned that whenever global events occur such as the pandemic, there is always more going on under the surface of reality than we choose to see or become informed.  Given the common attention span often struggles to sustain awareness, it always takes time for nefarious things to be revealed, even as they go widely unseen.    

Catch a Breath:

Upon reflection, my daily life did not change much over the last year and a half.  I still went to work, to the store, out of town for events and family visits, gathered with community, played music, wrote articles and stayed in touch with people in my life.  I did appreciate the lack of traffic on the roads and trails, at the shops and even in the streets.  There was a calm and peace in the world that happened overnight.  For those fleeting weeks, society was taking a breath, as was nature.  Something began to break the surface through the back and forth of the medical industry, mainstream media and the political arena.  In the wake of dis-, mis-, lack and no information, I felt a shift happening in the world.  Consciousness was growing within the madness of social reality.     

Stand and Create:

It became apparent to me global transformation was possible, and, to some extent, occurring.  The current events had captivated the collective attention of humanity.  This excited and inspired me.  The era some of us were envisioning, intending and expressing for years was happening.  Personal empowerment came to me as a rush of creativity, energy and imagination.  I started writing music again.  My writing style matured and shifted in a new direction.  My meditations and practices were all engaging, powerful and fulfilling, providing me with a new balance, experience, insight and perception into what is possible.  While much of the world was impacted and influenced by anxiety, fear, illness and uncertainty, I stood my conscious ground.     

Truth and Transmission:

As Spring turned into Summer, the energy in society grew more chaotic, intense and unstable.  The pensive calm and quiet turned into viral surges, gun violence, racial profiling and murder, social uprising and the US’s favorite pastime, politics.  Being aware of social conditioning in all forms, and having found the eye in humanity’s recent hurricane, I found myself remarkably balanced, centered, focused and grounded.  There were times when I observed and even engaged in the melee, yet soon found my breath, stepped out of the fracas and reset my connection with the universe.  This became a vital practice whenever my equilibrium was challenged.  It is in the stillness of the present we clarify and establish our truth.

“There are over seven billion truths in the world, and one gigantic lie.”

Electoral Fire:

The Summer passed and the US Election took center stage with all its pomp and circumstance. The ass and the elephant temporarily replaced the focus from the pandemic, setting the masses ablaze.  Suddenly, the flames of anxiety and fear from the virus shifted into politics. One side touted an arrogant and self-righteous attention monger.  The other side dusted off an aging, yet experienced politician who had a questionable backstory of his own.  I do not choose to engage in the political process simply because it is a racket.  A clever and deceptive system designed to disempower the masses, encouraging a timeless exorcism of the people’s power under the false pretense their choice in the political arena makes a difference. 

Ebb and Flow:

The election passed, apart from the childish tantrums of its loser.  The virus charts and numbers rose and receded like an inconvenient tide.  In many ways we were all separated from each other, though pre-virus comparisons would reveal we always had been.  I pressed onward through the melee of social reality, bearing my personal creativity, empowerment, meditation, prayer and transformation as a guiding light against the mounting, simulated darkness.  All the while enjoying the adventure, discovery and opportunity of my experience in an unparalleled, universal energetic shift.  Yet, for every powerful wave of enlightenment empowering our consciousness, the social undercurrents of anxiety and fear aimed to yank us back into reality.

Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back:

In my life, I have become accustomed to standing for my belief and truth with willful abandon.  This last year and a half have challenged my acceptance, tolerance and understanding of others in the wake of intensifying social criticism, judgement, opinion and prejudice.  Caught somewhere between self-defense and disbelief, I shook my head and smiled my way through it.  As often as possible, I express an immense empathy for humanity and society.  I choose to believe we all have the potential to observe ourselves from within and transform our way of being to the best of our ability in the spirit of making a difference.  Yet, fear is a social vortex devouring possibility at every turn. 

Jab and Weave:

Through Winter and into Spring, I rode the social waves of ease and malaise.  After a while, the pangs of emergency and urgency of the pandemic began to dull.  The social focus was instinctively turning to the old-world pastimes of amusement, entertainment, politics and sports.  Those beating the drum of anxiety were still thumping away on the nerve strings of society in a last-ditch effort to captivate all with their antiquated spell.  The heated debate between the vaxxed and the unvaxxed expired.  All who took the jab appeared to move on with their lives and all who declined followed suit.  Inevitably, most are eager to forget this last agonizing year and a half, replacing its bitter memory with the pastime of their fancy.

Beyond the Choice:

Now, we move into Summer with earnest hopes to leave it all behind, anxiety, chaos, fear, illness, inequality, isolation, lockdowns, loss, lunacy and uncertainty.  What remains are the ashes and embers of the world before everything went sideways.  An extraordinary, universal energetic shift continues, regardless of the mundane, social regression ebbing in tandem with the flow of our ever-evolving consciousness.  These last 18 months have been an affirmation of the power of our choice to either be taken under by the receding tide of social reality or ride the waves of enlightenment and transcendence into the embrace of our destiny.  Beyond this choice is our opportunity to manifest our universal being.  Seems quite simple to me.

“There is no way back, only forward…”

Assembly Required

“Until we discover who we are, we can never be who we need.”

Prelude to a Vision:

After 49 years on this earth, 25 I consider intentionally conscious, I felt inspired to envision what I would express to all the “usual suspects” of the assembly in a State of the Union scenario.  Fully understanding the classist, elitist, superiority filters to which most of them desperately cling, my expectations, though justified, are as low as their apparent ethics, impartiality and unconditional service to the people they pledge to represent. Perhaps it is the inner child in me who looks beyond the impossibility of transforming the self-righteous instincts, thoughts and ideologies of the representatives we elect.  If anything, I am certain the following address will be therapeutic in the least.  Enjoy!

Members of Congress and Senate, Executive, Judicial and Legislative Branches, State and Local Representatives, honored guests of this assembly and most importantly fellow citizens.  I would first like to express my appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to observe how things are and share a vision of how things can and in time will be.  I am aware of the gravity of this great privilege and the liberty I choose to express in these moments with each of you.

The intention of this address is not to dictate with unreasonable expectation, rather to share the empowerment and inspiration of what is possible considering the dire circumstances of our time.  Though our beliefs, ideologies, neighborhoods, bank accounts, positions and social standings may be diverse, it is important to acknowledge the powerful similarities of our humanity.

At any moment in our life we face multiple opportunities and outcomes granting us the ability to choose to make a difference in our lives and those of others.  We have all been conditioned through institutions of education, religion, heredity, reality and society.  Though all of these may offer their own benefit, they do not define who we are or who we may become.

Becoming who we are meant to be is a personal path.  One rife with vital challenges through which we all must navigate to establish our unique way of being.  It is only as difficult as we choose to make it.  And now, we are all making it nearly impossible for future generations to survive let alone thrive.

We may believe we are not a part of the existing problems causing the evident obstacles of crime, disease, hate, illness, poverty, social inequality, injustice and unrest, the genocide of cultures, the annihilation of nature and the exploitation and manipulation of humanity.

We are.

We may believe we are making a great contribution to the world as we harbor selfish lifestyles of greed, gossip, self-righteousness and vanity.

We aren’t.

We may believe the society we enable with our participation won’t devolve into further decline, destruction and mayhem.

It will.

We may believe our intelligence, faith, heredity and the personal empires we build will somehow transform the world.

They won’t.

We may believe the solutions to society’s greatest problems we have invented will eventually correct humanity’s course.

They won’t.

We may even believe we can place the weight of the world’s future upon those who have not yet been born.

We can’t.

Our daily reality is rife with busy-ness; distraction, diversion, manipulation and perversion that give us little to no time to live, let alone breathe.  I believe life is not a battle, rather an experience to enrich our soul, expand our hearts, inspire our minds and empower our instincts.  Yet our daily social structures are honed upon the common vicious cycles of acquiescence, amusement, criticism, consumption, debate, evasion and judgement.

A sociopath is one with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience, otherwise termed as a maniac, psychotic, lunatic, you get the picture.  It is my belief that we are a desensitized, self-centered, sociopathic society.  What is most terrifying about this observation is most are either oblivious to the notion or would flat out deny it given our current climate.

The callous society we all enable with our participation has become a great beast fed by our addictions, anxieties, confusion, emptiness, fears, oblivion and rivalry.  Whatever position of power we may hold within it does not diminish the truth that we all fall victim to its deceptive seductions.  In this vast sea of humanity, there is always a bigger fish that may challenge our belief, ideology, understanding and truth.

There are times when we find agreement with others.  There is a vital balance between establishing and sustaining relations and empowering and evolving our truth.  Acknowledging and accepting the fundamental diversities that exist between us allows us to encourage others as well as ourselves.  Supporting others in envisioning and manifesting their identity and purpose inspires us to express our own.

Democracy is defined as “an assembly in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.” As I gaze around this room, I see congress people, senators, justices and executives, yet I do not see the people who elected each of you into these positions.  I do not hear the visions, dreams, passions and needs of the people.  Their voices are silent in this historic hall of democracy.

Equality is abolished by social evasion.  Justice is blinded by judicial jargon.  Liberty is shackled by contemporary law.  Freedom is pawned for patriotic fantasy.  War is waged for control and greed.  Unity is sacrificed on the altar of conditioned social division.  Consciousness is deliberately debunked as conspiracy.  Health and wellbeing are forfeit for profit. And goodwill is criminalized to desensitize and segregate.

This is not a society we would be a part of even in our nightmares.  This is not a reality we would have accepted when we were young and evolving, when making a difference still meant something.  Ours is not a life we would have chosen to live with our truest self.  This is not a world we would have committed to with our soul, heart, mind and person for the benefit of all.

The definition of insanity is “doing the same things and being the same person over and over again expecting different outcomes.”  Yet, we continue to gravitate into social malaises of compliance, denial, desperation, indifference and futility.  All the while presenting an inauthentic brave face to covet our egos, fears, insecurities, malevolence and above all truth.  Even at the cost of our lives.

All is not lost.  There is still time to awaken to the stark realities we have enabled.  There is still time to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off.  There is still time to accept the opportunity that has always been there for each of us since the moment we were born.  There is still time to rise to the occasion of our personal vision, mission and purpose.  Both the creation of our own and the empowerment of others.

It begins by letting go.  Of everything and everyone that and who no longer empower or inspire us.  It begins by taking a breath and encouraging ourselves to be present in the present to the best of our ability.  It begins by being with the silence that comes and extending that into our listening of others, especially if they do not share our beliefs, ideology, understanding and truth.  It begins by being the greatest expression of a human being.

No matter what may come, good, bad or indifferent, it is not only our responsibility, yet our opportunity to personally participate in the ever evolving expression of human consciousness, equality, freedom, health, justice, liberty and unity for all.  Only we can be all we are destined.  Only we can express all that empowers us.  Only we can cause the difference we inspire.  Only we can transform our life and in so being, society, reality and the world.

It is with the greatest appreciation I thank you for your interest, listening and presence all of you have given as I have shared my vision of what is and what is possible in the days to come.  I earnestly believe and have faith in the vision and spirit of amity, democracy, purpose, realization and unity.  And until my final breath it is my intention to become who I am to make a difference for one and all.

Thank you!

Quantum Destiny

“Truth thrives in the absence of reality.”

Edging God Out:

Humanity is smart.  At least we think we are.  The collective intelligence of society is debatable.  How we measure our perception, understanding and wisdom of the world usually requires a sacrifice of our creativity, consciousness, intuition and soul.  In our constant quest to belong and relate with civilization and social reality, we exchange our possibility for programmed intellect and reactionary instinct.  Anyone at any time can surf the internet to debunk, discredit, dismiss and falsify any article of information being transmitted.  When we do, we tend to pat ourselves on the back and go about our lives rarely considering there may be truth between the lines.  Society is an analytical, judgmental and suspicious machine afraid of its own shadow.

Security Blanket:

Oftentimes we buy into the “official narrative” promoted by corporations, the mainstream media, politicians, religious leaders and other notable figures.  We do so with blind devotion and righteous opinion to conceal and defend our fear and insecurities at the cost of our awareness, evolution and freedom.  We voluntarily tether ourselves to the peripheral world, isolating ourselves from our heart and soul.  Our emotions and intuition are the very elements of our being that provide us with insight, fulfillment, transcendence and transformation.  The institutional conditioning of education, peer pressure, religion, reality and society spurs us toward corruption, desensitization, exploitation and oblivion.

Modern Keyboard With Colored Social Network Buttons.

Reality of Duality:

Humanity lives primarily in the mind and body.  Impulse and knowledge are the main components of our common, dualistic reality.  These fundamentals keep us confined in a narrow experience, perception and understanding.  It is easy for authoritarian entities to gain and maintain control and power over the masses, especially when we are more than willing to give our personal power over to them.  We are born, live and die in a three-dimensional bubble perceiving life through two-dimensional lenses.  A universe of possibilities exists beyond the boundaries of our engineered social existence.  In every moment we have an opportunity to shed our linear skin and become multidimensional beings.

World of Words:

Perception is altered and influenced every day in multiple ways to push agendas, establish control, pass laws, manufacture outcomes, gain profits and manage power.  The use of language and its verbalization is the common tool to invent and destroy realities.  Those who know this often exercise the ability to use and abuse it by whatever means necessary to further their objective and strategy.  The words we choose possess a power greater than nature.  We need to acknowledge they are an expression of our mentality and are prone to the persuasion of our bias and ego.  They represent our mind, not our heart and soul.  Words are a way for us to relate with each other, yet there are many other extraordinary ways to connect.

OFA

“Silence is the gateway to the universe.”

Beyond the Veil:

Every year my wife and I head west to visit people who have become our family.  We are not blood relatives, yet the extraordinary nature of our relatedness transcends origin.  The place we visit is one steeped in centuries of powerful tradition.  Humility, perseverance, sacrifice and truth are just some of the virtues born there.  It is a long journey, yet one that always yields awareness, insight, modesty and understanding.  There is no anger, criticism, judgement or politics, only acceptance, belonging, humor and prayer.  We do not seek to escape from the mania of contemporary reality and society, we simply intend to experience and relate with something far beyond the personalities we portray to remember who we truly are.

Tryst with Transcendence:

The chaotic and intense busyness of social reality distorts and disrupts our ability to align with the universe.  In time, we focus our engagement on honing our instincts and intellect while neglecting our emotions and intuition.  We sacrifice our heart and soul to conform to and engage in the linear mechanics of society.  Yet through it all, extraordinary and mysterious events occasionally occur to stir us from our self-induced slumber.  Epiphanies, insights, revelations and visions bring clarity, guidance, transcendence and transformation.  We begin to experience ourselves beyond the known parameters of human existence.  A natural shift transpires elevating and expanding our focus, intention and perception.

QD VII

Era of Empowerment:

If there was ever a greater opportunity to shift our experience, energy and existence, it is now.  Reality and society are as ripe for transformation as they have ever been.  Social consciousness, curiosity, observance and willingness are peaking at great heights.  New and diverse concepts, insights and modalities are being discovered, explored and embraced.  Our current circumstances are encouraging and inspiring us to see beyond the real into the great mystery.  Life as we have known it will never be the same.  This is not a terrnifying moment in history.  It is an amazing era of empowerment to envision, create and express all our imaginations content.  The first step is to leave behind all that tethers and enslaves us to social reality.

Quantum Destiny:

Humanity has bided its time with a plethora of amusement, desire, intellect, instinct and fear.  Every moment of every day we have the choice to step out of the drama in which we engage.  Now is the time to take a breath, or as many as necessary to observe that our circumstances are not our experience and our personalities are not who we are in our heart and soul.  The social hurricanes raging around us are illusions designed to diminish our true selves and divert us from our universal purpose to become an expression of its infinite energy.  Our quantum destiny is to be in the present, focus our intent, ground into the earth, center into our intuition, align with the universe and share our unique creativity with all.

“Transformation is the expression of creation.”

QD IV

 

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.

ABOP III

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.

ABOP VI

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.

ABOP VII

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.

ABOP VIII

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.”

ABOP

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.

 

GD III

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.

 

Chicago Theater Ceiling

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.

Brokedown Palace:
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.”

 

 

Bob and Phil Chicago II

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

 

 

 

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.”

The Reality of Us

We are the problem that leads to the solution.”

Sole Superiority:

Nobody owes us, nor are we entitled to anything in this world.  Though it is an inconvenient truth, we are not of benefit to this earth.  We are a biological epidemic, consuming vital resources at the expense of our own equality, freedom, justice and purpose.  Our personal perceptions are processed through a virtually institutionalized marketplace of subjective reality.  Society prepares us for an artificially sheltered life. We are bred to be terrified of everyone and everything distinct from ourselves.  Our pride, prejudice and self-righteousness are imposed necessities for our social survival.

The “I” Syndrome:

We are culturally programmed to design our lives around ourselves.  Our justification for this self-centered strategy is the dire and inevitable personal, professional and social consequences should we refuse.  The focus of our ambition, attention and intention is entirely dictated by our ego.  Eventually, we become enslaved by the vicious cycle of our desire, want and vanity at the cost of our happiness, love and truth.  When faced with an opportunity to give and share, we often decide to thoughtlessly receive and accumulate.  Our survival becomes a comfortable euphemism for our egocentricity.

Human Obsolescence:

As much as our contemporary society invents ways to accelerate a market place of planned obsolescence for profit, so too has it become for human beings.  Awareness and practice in personal health is of meager priority.  Benevolence, ethics and virtues have been replaced by personal achievement, competition and wealth.  Apathy, denial and evasion compromises our sense of adventure, fulfillment and purpose.  Humanity has become a disposable life form, engineered, manipulated and prohibited to reach its true destiny.  Our shelf life declines as our appetite increases.

Enter the Void:

How we choose to live determines whether we are a creator or a destroyer.  There is no middle ground.  Who and how we are being is either an expression of our life or death.  We are seduced by society to be entertained and mystified by human decline, disgrace and destruction.  In many ways, it may make us feel better about the status of our own life when we see the downfalls and failures of others.  We live in the shadows of our superficiality and become inhabitants of a surreal reality.  Our choice or lack thereof condemns us to the adoption of our own oblivion.

The Illusion of Time:

If reality is the ball, time is the chain of our personal enslavement.  Time, like most things in this world, is only as influential as our perception empowers.  We have allowed our personal power to be inverted into a private prison.  The seemingly overwhelming effort and price of achieving our individual destiny, purpose and vision often outweighs its manifestation.  Time is an illusion of perception invented to distort and modify our multi-dimensionality into a linear duality.  The more we perceive our lives in the measurement of time, the more we give them away to this linear deception.

We live our lives through the eyes of others.”

Persuasion of Perception:

Perception is the most influential force in society.  In a civilization lacking creativity, faith and intuition, the social engineering and manipulation of observation is a business model for the industries we enable.  Power is not fame, politics, possession and wealth.  It is the ability to alter and control the way society perceives itself.  Every day in every way financial institutions, corporations, politicians and a myriad of agencies seek ways to implant and impose their agendas and motivations upon humanity.  Perception creates reality.  How we see the world is more powerful than anything in it.

Artificial Reality:

The reality we commonly experience in life is a complex simulation.  It is the greatest deception ever created.  As ingenious as its existence, is our engagement, faith and trust in it.  Reality is a projection that all of us accept and adopt as “real.”  However, it is anything but authentic.  The dynamic of reality is one that gives the impression of possibility and security, yet in truth is exclusive and perilous.  Those who understand its mechanics and probabilities often alter, distort and manipulate its design for advantage, position and profit.  The life we live is not at all as it seems.  It is an illusion.

Life Sentence:

Our lives are a dream.  They are a fabrication of social engineering designed to distract, entertain and preoccupy.  The common experience we all have isn’t really “life.”  It is a staged sequence of virtual events to disillusion, intimidate and manipulate our instincts, thoughts and emotions.  We are programmed to become disassociated from our souls since the time we are born.  Our lives are dictated more by external forces than those from within.  We are rats in a three-dimensional maze, ever searching for an exit that doesn’t exist.  The bars of our social prison are as pervasive as they are absolute.

Appeal of Testimony:

Before we can break free from the bonds of our adopted conditioning, we must first acknowledge our role in the vicious cycle of contemporary society.  Each one of us is responsible for the destructive nature of reality.  We allow our egos to transmit our anger, competition, envy, frustration and intolerance.  Even if we decide to cop an innocent plea of ignorance, it does not exonerate us from our contribution to a culture of selfishness.  No matter how much we attempt to mystify ourselves, our freedom is found in our commitment to accountability, integrity and transformation.

Awakening:

Awareness is a lonely path.  It is an intimate venture we all must discover, empower, practice and fulfill.  No other person has the insight, inspiration, passion and right to achieve what only we can for ourselves.  When we establish our true vision of who we are and how we create our life, we distinguish ourselves from the mass imposition of reality.  We see it for what it is and what it is not; a prison for the heart and soul.  Awakening to the artificial dynamics of reality creates the possibility for our soul to thrive in our life.  Our consciousness is the measure of its manifestation.

Our vision is the truest expression of our soul.”