A Being of Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Band Beyond Description

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Grateful Dead Summer Tour 1990

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Ceiling of the Chicago Theater

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

 

 

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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.”

Tis the Season

“Giving is the greatest gift we will ever receive.”

Sugar Plum Fairies:

As children, many of us were captivated and mystified by the glitz, glow and glitter of the holiday season.  The prospect of all the gifts we would receive carried us through the most difficult days of the year.  Every time the holidays arrived, we would miraculously transform our behavior in a last-ditch effort to prove we were indeed more nice than naughty.  We dreamed of the moments when we would leap from our beds and tear open the presents littered around the tree.  We were consumed within the fantasy of our own wants.  For those brief and long awaited moments we were adrift in the blissful oblivion of all we received.

Yuletide by the Fireside:

The enchantment of the season is both authentic and undeniable.  There is a brilliant energy of giving, good will and tidings to empower and inspire our experience of life.  Yet, we become ensnared in the vicious cycle of consumerism, negating the possibility we have to become an expression of its truest meaning.  Eventually, we get “wrapped up” in the social obligations of purchasing gifts for others to compensate for the lack of interest, presence and relatedness we have with them throughout the year.  We are what our family members and friends wish to receive.  All it requires of us is to open the gift we are.

Season’s Blessing:                

From the time we are born, we are programmed to receive.  We grow helplessly dependent upon this lifestyle and even enable it with our own tendency for selfishness.  We reluctantly perform the exchange of giving and receiving gifts because we make it a part of our holiday experience.  Though deep down we feel awkward and uncomfortable accepting gifts from others, even if it is from those closest to us.  When the presents have all been opened, the excitement passes and we are left with the true meaning of the season.  Our ability to allow ourselves to revel in the glow of family, friends and the present moment.  It is up to us to choose to receive this blessing.

Deck the Halls:

All good things are subject to exploitation and manipulation.  Even so with the most wonderful time of the year.  Soon after the holidays begin, the busyness of the bustle shifts us from the space of authentic cheer to outright mania in the quest for the perfect present at the ideal cost.  We spread ourselves so thin, we find that we don’t even appreciate the happiness we once felt.  An emptiness replaces our yuletide bliss occupied most often with a great abundance of food, sweets and drink in a desperate attempt to recapture our forsaken glow.  When the final embers of our holiday glow fade, our artificial fulfillment is soon to follow.

Blue Christmas:

Our social custom is to give for the sake of receiving, instead of giving for the purpose of giving.  This is analogous to most of the conversations we have.  We listen for the chance to speak instead of acknowledging and appreciating others and allowing their sentiments to enrich our lives.  The holidays are often difficult because we are confronted by the people with who we have the most history yet see the least in our life.  We are strangers more to our families then we are to casual acquaintances, yet we are far most distant from ourselves.  This is most evident during the holiday season.

“We are the greatest present we will ever open.”

Holiday Past:

The holidays are an often condensed and overwhelming roller coaster ride down memory lane.  At no other time are we faced with the experiences of our past, except perhaps our own birthday.  It seems no matter how much we may prepare for the onslaught of activity, errands, family, festivities, preparation and shopping, we are hanging on for our lives.  Lives for which most would not ordinarily choose to live.  In many ways, the ghosts of our holiday past haunt us much like Scrooge.  The faults and failures of our history resurface in mysteriously profound ways. These experiences give us the opportunity to recognize our shortcomings and make a difference.

Holiday Present:

There is no other time of the year when we are given the greatest gift of all.  One not wrapped in a box or a bow, yet in our hearts and souls.  The true meaning of the holidays is not about giving and receiving, family, friends or merriment.  It is about being present in the present.  We live our lives in the shadow of the past or the impending doom of a probable future.  The dynamics of our daily reality prohibit us from living fully in the present.  Activities, calendars, clocks, dates, events and occupations constantly alienate us from the present.  The blessing of the holidays grants us the opportunity to be.

Holiday Future:

During the holiday season, our experiences seem naturally remarkable.  We become present to the extraordinary in ourselves and others and our honesty and willingness supersedes all we encounter that may compromise our festive revelry.  In our moments of celebration, we are energized by bright memories of yesteryear, the exhilaration of the present and the excitement of what is to come.  The holidays give us the unique opportunity to exist beyond the boundaries of our everyday life.  The manifestation of our love for ourselves and each other is the true meaning of the season.  We become the people we have always yearned to be.

Spirit of the Season:

The holiday season is a magical time of year because our perception of reality is transformed.  We shrug off the doldrums of burdens, concerns, errands, obligations and responsibilities to embrace the extraordinary with an unbridled passion.  Our vision of ourselves and the world is infinitely expanded and possibility becomes our life expression.  There is no limit to our charity, happiness, good will and fulfillment.  The challenges we encounter invigorate us to rise to the occasion of community, purpose and service.  We are not solely inspired by the spirit of the holiday season.  We are empowered by the natural expression of our soul.

The Greatest Gift:

The energy of the holidays bring visions of awareness, charity, community, festivity and illumination.  It is an opportunity for all of us to revel in the possibility of love, joy and peace.  Yet it is also an occasion to give and share all that we are and all that we can with all, both in our lives and beyond.  The contributions we make to others is the realization of our true purpose.  The greatest gift we can give ourselves is consciousness.  It is what relates us with ourselves, each other, humanity and the universe.  We are the greatest gift we will ever receive.  We are the creators of our destiny.  We are the reason for the season.  We are the light of the world.

“We need to give to truly live.”

The Ass and The Elephant

“There is no choice.  There never was nor ever will be.”

Us and Them:

Every day in every way we are played against each other.  The nature of our reality has been distorted and transmuted into one of premeditated opposition.  We are at odds with society to the degree that we are most hostile with ourselves.  Be it ethics, politics, religion or sports, our criticism, judgement and prejudice of others are planted in our sub-consciousness long before we are aware of ourselves.  We become mired in a lose-lose competition that best serves the few at the cost of the many.  Oblivious to the dynamics and rules of this vicious, social cycle, we enable it with our apathy, denial, indifference and obedience.

The Illusion of Choice:

We are conditioned to believe we have a choice when it comes to those who lead us.  We are not given a choice.  We are given options.  This is an important distinction rarely made and often mistaken.  The individuals we elect as our representatives are an elite group of strategically selected and privileged marionettes programmed to execute a prearranged agenda.  One that is designed for control, power, profit and secrecy.  Our system of democracy enables the antithesis of all it appears to embody.  Reality is a fairy tale that lulls us into acquiescence, futility and oblivion.  Our “choice” is a false power enabled by a superficial society.

The Frequency of Fear:

The foundation of reality is a devious tapestry of fear.  It permeates every facet of our existence.  The commercial, entertainment, media, political and religious industries threaten our senses with heavy doses of manufactured fear.  This produces chaotic and distorted frequencies to suspend us in a perpetual state of apprehension.  Most of us fail to possess an awareness of them and the impacts they have on us.  Yet, they are evident, omnipresent and undeniable.  Their influence effects every aspect of our life.  These frequencies of fear are weapons of mass destruction, distraction and diversion to manipulate our experience of choice.

Wings of the Same Bird Part One:

The left wing symbolizes the liberal party or “Demo-cons.”  “Democrat,” derives its origin from the term, “democracy,” and denotes equality, justice and liberty.  The right wing represents the conservative party or “Neo-cons.”  “Republican” originates from the term, “republic,” and represents loyalty, observance and obedience to it.  The two-party system is an exhibition of duality.  Its sole function is to confuse and deceive its unwitting populace into perceptions and positions of competition, division and all out social war.  We are pitted against each other in an endless conflict of ego, intolerance, judgement and self-righteousness.

Wings of the Same Bird Part Two:

Believe it or not, both the liberal and conservative parties work together best when they work against the people.  They are not our representatives.  They are figureheads for the authoritarian, corporate and financial establishments.  The political left and right are the “fronts” of a global racket to conquer, imprison and enslave the people with their very own nationalism, partisanship and terror.  They are not the bitter rivals the media or political institutions portray.  Their strings all originate from the same source.  A handful of elite organizations who con the people with the greatest deception.  The belief that their vote has power and purpose.

“If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” – Mark Twain

The Master Race:

Since the dawn of civilization, there have always been the few who have exploited the many.  Whether it is based on knowledge, religion, science or technology, the oppression of human evolution has been a conquest for control, power and profit.  A secret network of bloodline families rules the people of the world with their influence, ingenuity, rituals and wealth.  The expansion and preservation of their dominion is essential to the manifestation of their agenda.  The bloodline families have produced order from their chaos and chaos from their order as a practice to further its totalitarian supremacy.

Arsenal of Authority:                   

For the first time in human history, we are seeing the deliberate and widespread proliferation of martial authority.  It is the privatization of the armed forces, the militarization of local, county and state police, the use of former special operations personnel at demonstrations, protests and rallies and the data-mining and surveillance of the global population.  We are manipulated and preyed upon by the bloodlines in every conceivable way to the greatest degree.  Authoritarian rule, institutional conditioning, media programming, social engineering and political and religious indignity distorts our experience and perception.

The Great Pyramid of the Elite:

The structure of society’s reality is a global pyramid scheme.  We the people inhabit the base of the pyramid, along with all other living things.  Above us are the people we elect into positions of government.  Governments are lobbied and supervised by corporations, otherwise known as “The Corporatacracy.”  They in turn are funded by their lenders, the major banking institutions.  “The Big Banks” are administrated by the National Central Banks, who are controlled by the International Central Banks.  The Central Banks of Central Banks oversee all the banking institutions.  The elite bloodlines occupy the apex, existing beyond censure, law and justice.

Candidate Carousel:

Every four years the vicious cycle of political selection resumes.  Families divide, friends collide, neighbors clash and reason and sanity are wagered for the empty promises the candidates pledge to make a difference.  One after the other, privileged people with suits, ties and smiles enchant us with their premeditated appeal, charisma, opinions and savvy to pander for the most precious commodity of their political position, our vote.  Society condenses all of our personal possibility, potential and power as human beings into one insignificant expression of obligation.  Our selection between two corrupt candidates endorsed by a secret assembly of elitists.

Fever Pitch:

The fervent flames of human ire, opinion, position and self-righteousness are once again being fanned to their extreme.  Lines of demarcation boldly and violently divide the left from the right.  One side spews its venom in a classic movement of defamation, while the other retaliates with a counter punch of character assassination.  Each constituency rises to cheer on their selected leader with the fury and scorn of a forsaken army devoid of an earnest war.  At the heart it all is our reluctance and refusal to claim our own leadership and manifest it into our daily life.  When we cast our vote, we give away our power to avoid being accountable for our own.

“Voting provides an illusion of power to deceive us into believing we are making a difference.”   

The Power We Yield:

We are born into a society of ignorance, oppression and superficiality.  The evolution and fulfillment of our personal power is rarely if ever encouraged, exercised or supported.  We syphon it away with our emotional attachments, drama, fear and self-righteousness.  The division around us simply reflects our conflict within.  Our power is not found in negating the positions of others.  It is in our acceptance and respect for their diversity.  Transformation begins with the quality of our listening and the space we hold for others to choose.  This is our truest expression. Our personal power becomes real only when we live it as our way of being.

Cult of Spirituality

“Spirituality is an expression of our ego.”

To Wake…Per Chance to Awaken:

Humanity may be “awake,” but has it awakened?  And to what?  Spirituality is the new religion. Its enchantment places the power of enlightenment in the hands of gurus, shamans and teachers.  Droves of willing initiates emerge from the shadows of contemporary knowledge, perception, reality and understanding to enroll in classes, healings, lectures, readings and weekend workshops.  Most of us seek destiny, meaning, power and vision.  Yet, deep down we are terrified to accept and apply these qualities to our daily lives.  It is an idealistic dance with elusive partners at the cost of our ambition, awareness, energy, intention and well-being.

Soul Distinction:

Since the dawn of the human race, authentic faith has been, is and will always be a solitary engagement.  No other person(s) could or should direct, guide, influence or mediate another’s spiritual experience.  Doing so would be the antithesis of personal illumination for all parties.  Vital elements of one’s evolution are found in the creation, discovery, distinction, expression and purpose of one’s chosen path.  There is no greater empowerment or inspiration one may have then choosing, claiming and walking their destiny.  However challenging, impossible or intimidating this may seem, it is the only true way to fulfillment.

The Divided Self:

The most powerful force in our contemporary society is the ego.  The more we believe we have control of our ego, the more dominion it has over us.  We do not express the essential awareness, commitment, focus and intention to successfully manage its incessantly diabolical tendencies.  As our “spirituality” grows, so does our ego.  Left to its own covert devices, our “divided self” coils around our virtues like a weed to a flower.  It feeds upon the energy of our discoveries, insights, opportunities, possibilities and transformation.  Our divided self is as a neglected child.  It craves our attention, control, importance and power.

Kingdom Come:

Contemporary spirituality has become a mutation of human invention.  The fusion of religion with spirituality has produced a myriad of dogmas, practices and wisdoms all promising the keys to illumination, yet never delivering.  Thousands of articles, books, lectures, online events and workshops seek to entice the masses toward commercialized enlightenment.  Those of us who have not established a relationship with our soul eagerly dive headfirst into the sea of manufactured mystery.  We rarely see how truly shallow it can be.  The human race has been deceived into searching without for what can only be found within.

A Pocketful of Gurus:

Spirituality is rife with gurus.  Most adopt the title with very little commitment, understanding and even less experience.  When we are empowered, excited and inspired by new insights, opportunities and possibilities, our initial response is to share our vision.  Yet, this is not the best way to nurture the manifestation of our true expression.  Our sub-conscious reaction is to pride ourselves with our innovative epiphanies by proselytizing our personal wisdom.  We allow our ego to suppress our spirit.  This diminishes the experiences of others.  We overlook the essential truth that our insights are meant for us alone and have little or no value to others.

“Superiority walks hand-in-hand with Spirituality.”

Hierarchy of the Soul:

Society is built upon a foundation of pyramid schemes.  Whether commercial, educational, financial, political, religious or scientific, there are far fewer people at the top than there are at the bottom.  In the modern age of spirituality, it is no different.  Regardless of the modality one may practice, there is always one or a small group of people that hold dominion over the many.  We enable patterns of sanctimonious conviction with the attention and energy we sacrifice to find our soul in a forest of human perception.  We willingly give away our own personal power to avoid the fear of claiming it for ourselves.

The Mind’s Eye:

Our interpretation of spirituality has a tendency to compromise our authenticity, empathy and integrity.  Our possibility for transformation vanishes in an attempt to funnel a multi-dimensional experience into a two-dimensional perception.  Words are the language of the ego.  When we attempt to communicate what we encounter as an expression of being, we instantly sever the relationship we have with our soul.  We abolish our personal power when we endorse our own authority and significance.  Once we break our connection with eternity, we inevitably diminish our empathy, intuition, perspective and vision.

Spiritual High:

Our multi-dimensional experiences produce a remarkable rush of energy that flows through every element of our being.  In these moments we are present to and related with all.  Our soul craves these experiences.  It is the electromagnetic synthesis between our body, mind, heart and spirit.  We become the embodiment of life.  Our ego hacks this beautiful tapestry of being and manipulates it into an illusion of grandeur.  It siphons it through a filter of instinct and intellect for the purposes of vanity and supremacy.  As human beings, we become addicted to this mystical buzz in a doomed quest to satisfy our soul with the language of our ego.

Custom Consciousness:

The only true power we have is our consciousness.  This extraordinary expression of our being transcends the ego.  Where our ego attempts to prove itself and impose its influence, our spirit emanates consciousness to transform our experience.  When the lines between truth and reality are blurred, our deficient awareness falls prey to the violent desire and desperation of our ego.  Many of us wear a mask to conceal our inadequacies, insecurities and vulnerabilities.  Yet, it is our self-delusion of these apparent weaknesses that hinders our ability to observe them as our greatest strengths.  Only in our consciousness will we experience our truth.

Alone Together:

Each one of us has our own crucial and unique purpose to fulfill.  We must walk this path alone.  We cannot realize our calling when we are focused on the experiences of others.  This is simply a clever way for us to avoid being authentically present to and interactive with our own in a vain pursuit to present ourselves as important and superior.  Instead of assuming the role of a guru, shaman or teacher, we can support each other in the manifestation of our purpose.  It is possible for us to be true to our own experience as a community without sacrificing our own destiny.  When we all live the lives we were destined, we become this together.

“Spirituality is an illusion of being.”

The Art of Being:

Spirituality has mystified us into a matrix of history, knowledge, narcissism, ritual and tradition.  It is a cult to which we subscribe due to our lack of faith in ourselves.  Our freedom is found in our commitment to be and how we personify it in our daily lives.  Spirituality is a compass of how we choose to live our lives.  Yet, it is simply a stepping stone on the path toward fulfillment.  When we become present to our ego’s agenda and its manipulation of what enlightenment may be, we transform our experience from one of emulation to one of being.  Our destiny is defined only by our courage, passion and willingness to become all our soul can imagine.