Are We Experienced?

“Perception is the deceiver of experience.”

A Fleeting Glimpse

We believe, hear and see only what we desire.  It is human entitlement to gratify our wants instead of satisfy our needs.  Life is perceived through a filter of our selective reality.  Therefore, we are merely surviving instead of thriving.  It is impossible to fulfill our experience when we build a personal fortress of imaginary interpretation, perception and understanding around us.  We rarely “experience” life, we simply surrender to the constant oppression of social reality.  For example, we react with oblivion instead of proact with creation.  The distinction between perception and experience is consciousness.      

The Perception Deception

The proverbial wool is pulled over our eyes well before we begin to develop our personal acumen for diverse and transcendent understanding.  Institutional “intelligence” via education, media, politics and religion processes our experience into perceptual duality.  Entertainment, economics, information, social media, sports and world events enable the common illusion we all accept and apply.  Our minds are preoccupied with authoritarian programming, while we congratulate ourselves for our social mimicry and reiteration.  We deceive ourselves with virtuality to avoid being with the truth.  We allow ourselves to be conditioned as projections of artificial intelligence.    

Once Upon a Time

Social reality is a fairy tale written by royalty and sustained by peasants.  This is an excruciating observation and realization.  When I became aware of its actors, storyline and endgame, I was angry, apathetic, hopeless and resigned.  As I awakened, I became empowered and inspired by the possibility reality’s antiquated plot could be transformed.  However, I realized the greatest obstruction to this transformation was my own social conditioning and programmed perception.  There are billions of emulations of interpretation enslaving humanity into the digital matrix of reality.  Within its paradigm, we are captive to our ego, oblivion and self-righteousness.

The Silent Surrender

Perception is developed when what is without becomes who is within.  This is the imposition of social reality.  Most of us inevitably acquiesce to dysfunctional behaviors, habits, impulses and thoughts because we are not empowered or inspired to fulfill our personal destiny.  Well before adolescence, we are lured away from who we truly are and may become.  We submit to and establish our ego as the core of our identity.  As we engage and integrate with the simulation of society, we give all our possibility and power to our ego. This severs our relations with our soul and the universe. 

“Perception is what we adopt.  Experience is how we create.”

Origin of Experience

One of my most innovative introductions into experience was when I took hallucinogens in High School.  It expanded my vision, creativity, expression, perception and understanding in ways I would have never imagined.  I remember returning from these extraordinary journeys wondering why so many people chose to define and perceive themselves within the narrow parameters of reality.  It opened a doorway to my experience with “universality;” the multidimensionality of being relating us with everything that ever was, is and will be.  Though I have not partaken since, I acknowledge and appreciate the benefits they inspired in my awareness, creativity, expression, imagination and relativity.   

Beyond the Rainbow

When I was 18, I had an encounter that transformed my vision from perception to experience. (Ref. the article “A History of Mystery.”)  For over 30 years, I have continued to have these extraordinary, multidimensional journeys.  Some are amazing and enlightening, some dangerous and terrifying, while others are cryptic and profound.  These experiences gradually shifted my perception, eventually empowering my existence, insight and understanding.  The intention and practice of personal observation allows us to transcend our enslavement to duality.  Beyond our reflection is the focal point of our awareness and the origin of our consciousness.

From Empowerment to Energy

Social reality does not empower or inspire us.  It takes all we are willing to give, refining it into a dense energy to sustain the artificiality of society.  We are eager to accept this as “reality” because we dismiss and neglect our common destiny of creative expression.  When we choose to observe, envision, focus and intend our unique purpose, we receive an abundance of energy from the universe.  As we exercise our legacy of being, we connect and relate with its flow.  Eventually, we occupy this space within ourselves, becoming the expression of our soul.   

Symmetry of Experience

Occasionally, we have epiphanies and insights to kindle our authenticity, creativity, possibility and transformation.  It is not our perceptions; it is our experiences that inspire us to relate and resonate with our being.  The universe empowers vision upon our soul, expressing it through our intuition and heart center, into our mind and body.  This exchange happens more often than we consciously acknowledge.  However, the primal desires of our thoughts and senses distort and manipulate them into perceptions.  Experiencing them to the fullest involves the alignment and balance of our body, mind and heart with our intuition, soul and the universe.

The Dawn of Being

For centuries, we have exalted and prided ourselves on human doing instead of human being.  The daily watermark of our worth is valued by monetary prosperity.  Being has become “spiritualized.” (Ref. the article “Spiritualized: The Ego of Spirituality.”)  It intrigues us.  Yet, when it comes to fulfilling a daily intention, we often preoccupy ourselves with mindless and heartless endeavors.  We are in an extraordinary era of enlightenment, evolution and transcendence. One humanity has never encountered.  This dawn of being is an opportunity to transform our focus from the perceptions we emulate to the experiences we become.

“Experience is our relativity with being.”

“Loving Through Challenging Times” Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of “The New Agora” on “The New Now.”

Video Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of “The New Agora” presented by “The New Now.”

“Love is an experience of being related.”

Being the Love We Are

We all need to be loved, even when we are not being loving to ourselves or others.  One of the most challenging aspects in practicing love is our ability to see how often we are not loving ourselves.  When we neglect to grant ourselves this necessity, we cannot express it towards others.  Our self-loathing compromises our genuine ability to share love with all.  My experience with loving is accepting others for who they are and who they are not.  Authentic relativity is observing the uniqueness each of us offer and understanding the blessing it brings to the world. 

The Universality of Love

Most often in society, love is as an instinctual desire.  It is often misinterpreted and misrepresented as sexual attraction.  Once this itch is scratched, many move on to satiate the next one.  This is the lowest level of relativity.  If a connection is made between the individuals, an intellectual encounter occurs.  Though, this experience is one steeped in duality where many reside here to relate primarily with their minds and bodies. 

When we allow ourselves to open and be vulnerable, we enter the emotionality of relationships.  For many this takes years of relation for it to begin, and even this may be an instinctual form of feeling.  However, some do choose to connect on an emotional level and develop and nurture their heart center.  This is where the magic begins.  Given the heart is the gateway to the soul, when two people choose this experience, their intuitions guide them to the universality of love.

Acceptance and Understanding

The two most absent qualities in the last couple of years has been acceptance and understanding.  In a society where communication, relativity and workability have broken down, it is plain to see how detrimental their absence has been in regard to our collective evolution.  Acceptance is a cornerstone of love and understanding its foundation.  In these times of isolation in the interest of health and well-being (someone explain that one to me!), it isn’t the distance we have with others, it is the separation from ourselves and more accurately our souls.     

The Freedom Within

We are separated from ourselves.  Most are not able to accept let alone understand this reality.  Being in the experience of love calls us to be related and in love with ourselves so we may share it with others.  Each of our journeys is unique.  We will not find love for ourselves when we seek it in those around us.  We can only experience it within.  Given that most of us do not know who we are, this makes being in love impossible.  We may believe we are, yet belief and being are very different things.  Creating and becoming love empowers us to share in its experience.        

“Love is being in the moment so much that nothing else matters.”

Down to Earth

“We are present only when we are grounded.”

Social Influence

We are not taught how to have the greatest experience of life, or even how to optimally live.  We are conditioned through the institutions of education, entertainment, genetics, politics, religion and society.  Engagement in social reality overshadows the empowerment of the universe.  Spirituality, intuition and enlightened emotion and intelligence are all extracurricular activities, chosen by the few yet abandoned by the many. 

Within the egocentric, social parameters of accumulation, achievement, advancement, security and status, all things universal are forsaken, even our very souls.  All of us have infinite opportunities throughout the course of our lives to create our unique path.  When the direction of our course in life drifts one degree from its center, we eventually find ourselves arriving many miles removed from our intended destination. This is when social reality hacks our experience. 

The Bane of Banality

For those who have read the articles I post, it is evident I am not a fan of social reality.  I am mainly inspired by creativity, community, consciousness, empowerment, evolution, imagination, multidimensionality and transformation.  In my observation, these are the foundations of universal experience.  I choose my words wisely when representing the universality I aspire to embody. However, they pale in comparison to the essence I attempt to articulate. 

It is not just the phrases and terms assembled to express what it is I experience.  It is the energy between the lines that encourage diverse levels of understanding.  One that has taken me decades of personal evolution, observation and transformation.  I do not perceive myself as “enlightened.”  When we interpret ourselves in this light, we often wager our vision, intention, purpose and destiny for artificial power, recognition, self-righteousness, significance and vanity. 

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Binary Being

Transposing the universal into the terrestrial for the sake of application, manifestation and transformation is my intention in translating the omnidimensional into the literal.  This is my purpose.  It is evident we live in a three-dimensional construct, existing as two-dimensional beings.  What does this mean?  Our reality is a domain with three dimensions, length, width and depth.  This is how animate and inanimate objects appear to us as “real.” 

As human beings we experience our lives through two dimensions of interpretation, our instincts and intellect.  Yes, we all have emotions, and occasionally we have intuitive epiphanies and insights.  However, our mind and body hold the reigns of our being.  As we experience our lives through these filters, we are enslaved into duality.  Therefore, conflict and division rages between us.  Yet, the battle and distance within us is far more hostile and vast.      

Eye of the Beholder

Our experiences are defined by our perception.  However simplistic this may seem; we make it more complex.  Our perspective often lacks three essentials: discernment, evolution and observation.  When we observe our experience, it is an expression of consciousness.  When we practice distinction, we create a transcendent vision, progression and understanding.  This elevates our perception and empowers the evolution of our being. 

These practices cultivate our transformation.  However, experience is greater than perception.  Our perspective is simply a filter.  Our senses have been socially distorted, highjacked and manipulated for the purpose of diversion, preoccupation and oppression.  The triviality of society is in stark contrast to the embodiment of our soul.  It is the social beast we feed with our fear and engagement. If this is not evident in current events, then we are in conflict, denial or oblivion.

“Evading our soul is a crime against humanity.”

Know Thyself

We exist in the vacuum of a virtual reality transpiring as a tragic fantasy.  We are more engaged in interacting superficially in our relations with others, we have neglected our relativity with ourselves.  Most of us don’t even know ourselves.  Who we believe ourselves to be is almost entirely dependent on how we are perceived by others.  Our inner criticism, judgement and reticence traumatizes us to the point of non-existence.

We are shadows of who we are destined to be.  The truth is, we are the cause of our unfulfilled experiences.  Our obsession with amusement, distraction and information is our avoidance of being present to our personal dilemmas and social crises.  Whether it is our career, family, politics, religion or social life, we often evade authentic belonging to sustain artificial, conditional relations.  This is most evident in how we conceal and defend our personal deficiencies.   

Up on the Downstroke

We are all now challenged in ways we have never experienced.  We have been driven well beyond the boundaries of our conditioned tolerance.  Most of us are overwhelmed with despair, depression, isolation and sadness.  It is one thing to be aware of the impacts these social elements impose. It is another matter entirely to observe their effects, focus our attention, shift our intention and expression and transform our experience. 

We must transition from programmed causality to create something new amidst the antiquated patterns of our personal captivity.  The common design of reality is one of enslavement, no matter what the nature of our engagement.  In essence, we are anesthetized, desensitized and traumatized into the quandary of human existence, it is as water to the fish.  In essence, we are unable to see the personal prison to which we sentence ourselves. Our social conditioning has condemned us to a life of death.

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Circle of Life

We tend to believe the burden of personal and social transformation is solely on our shoulders.  Yet, the more we stand to hold a space for others to evolve and transcend, the greater energy we generate to empower the circle of life.  Breaking the chains of our conditions, entitlement, expectations, judgement, insecurities and self-righteousness inspires the awareness and freedom necessary to manifest our personal and mutual destiny.

We are all related.  What happens to one of us impacts all.  Not being our true self inhibits our unique expression. Our greatest opportunity is to create, empower and transform how experience exists for all.  This shifts our social inclination from personal greed to community need. Understanding and practicing acceptance, empathy, encouragement, listening and sponsorship is our collective rite of passage.  It is a declaration of our commitment to make a difference.

Ground Zero

However spiritual we perceive ourselves to be, it is futile unless we apply, express, intend and manifest it into our experience.  As impossible as it may seem to transform reality with our chosen practice, the fullest expression of its empowerment is best established collectively.  Personally, I challenge the objectives of all who proclaim, wield and weaponize their spirituality in the wake of our present global circumstances. 

As difficult as it may seem to intimate with our personal and social encounters, grounding ourselves into our experience is the only way we will transform.  Beyond the fantasies we invent to escape the harsh reality in which we exist is our opportunity to inspire universality for all.  Our observation, focus, balance and intention empower our potential to relate with others and ourselves.  Experience becomes wisdom when we bring the universe down to earth. 

“Experience is the gravity of grounded existence.”

The Art of Equilibrium

“We are diamonds with infinite facets of existence.”

Mortal Metamorphosis:

At birth, our soul transitions from the source of all creation, embodying elemental and planetary properties before manifesting as an embryo.  What is occurring in the universe in these moments has significance to who, how, why and what we are to become.  The sequence of events leading to our arrival is unique on a soul level, as we choose the progression of our terrestrial evolution.  This metamorphosis is so powerful, we often fail to retain any recollection of our experience.  Our everyday collective conditioning further obscures our universal understanding, as does the absence of universality in social reality.  In essence, our being is diminished and enslaved energetically, intuitively and emotionally for assimilation into an instinctual and intellectual existence.    

Solar Origins:

For thirty years, I have had multidimensional experiences.  When I was younger, I participated in a ceremony that activated a powerful, soul memory.  I recalled moving through a glass corridor surrounded in light.  I realized I was on the surface of the Sun.  I observed its solar flares and winds dancing like waves on the ocean.  At the end of the passage, I crossed a threshold into an octangular-sided room.  It was darker than the corridor yet illuminated with flames moving through its wood walls like the blaze of a campfire.  On the far side, an upended tree’s roots flared out encompassing half the room.  I was guided to climb into the center of the tree and lay down on an altar.  Soon after, I returned to my body and realized this experience was a universal recall of my soul’s journey to earth.

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The Greatest Deception:

Nothing is as it seems.  Most of what we believe, know, think and do is perceived through our filters of instinct and intellect.  Therefore, we do not create, we merely react to recurring events, situations and outcomes.  Our existence is confiscated from us long before we have an awareness or comprehension of its universal potentiality.  In essence, we live in an artificial reality invented to serve an invisible authority with the sole purpose of enabling our enslavement.  Society prohibits and restricts emotion, intuition and spirituality.  It takes the greatest elements of our personal power and weaponizes it against us, making all that is sacred sacrilege and all that is profane revered.  We instinctually and intellectually engage and exist in a virtual program, tethering ourselves to social reality.  

Tapestry of Trauma:

Our lives are riddled with suffering.  We associate this with our conditions, leading us to apathy, despair and remorse.  We disempower ourselves with the mere threat of pain, building personal bubbles to defend our programmed beliefs, fears and insecurities.  This is our strategy to avoid the agony of experiencing our chronic negligence and resistance to evolve.  It seems much easier to sacrifice our personal power upon the digital altar of society. When we choose to exercise self-observation, the realization of our self-deception is infinitely more traumatizing.  We believe our survival from suffering is a badge of honor we carry with distinction and pride, perceiving ourselves as better, stronger and wiser than others.  This is the delusion we endorse to evade our pain.  We employ duplicity to conceal our deficiencies from the world and ourselves.  

“Our pain is a reminder of our purpose.”

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Opportunity for Awareness:

We are all programs integrated into a holographic projection, existing in the matrix of social reality.  We accept this paradigm because we neglect to sever our tether from its imposition and influence.  It is all we experience of life.  Our acquiescence is established, justified and satiated on a daily basis.  Every day, we awaken and accept a simulated dream enabled by our compliance, engagement and fear.  Every day, we relinquish our personal power to an external force, as we gather a meager existence within reality’s virtual parameters in our desire for self-gratification.  Again and again and again…ad infinitum.  This is the “dream” we live more often than we care to admit.  We are the key to the evolution and freedom we deny ourselves every time we pass on our opportunity for consciousness.   

The Forest for the Trees:

We are multidimensional beings of energy, yet we have achieved a fraction of our potentiality.  In the space of all possibility, we opt to exclusively personify ourselves in our mind and body.  Though we perceive this as attainment, our encounters with instinct and intellect are superficial.  We all have a choice to be proactive or reactive.  Proactive people create, empower and transform their experience to enrich their lives and those of others.  Reactive people often avoid, defer and procrastinate until their circumstances elicit rash decisions, leaving them disempowered and victimized.  Destiny is created by vision, focus, intention and purpose.  Fate occurs when we refuse to choose, wagering our transformation for our defenses, fears and self-righteousness.  Establishing and expressing our personal power is the vital distinction between surviving and thriving.    

Yin and Yang:

We are unbalanced.  Men are predominately male and women primarily female.  Yet, we have both masculine and feminine qualities.  Society conditions us to be one or the other.  This causes gender conflicts within us and ultimately in society.  Men may mistake their femininity as homosexuality, gravitating towards aggression, insensitivity and violence to compensate.  While women may embrace masculinity at the expense of their femininity to compete and excel in a patriarchal society.  We have been conditioned to repress the alternative virtues of our gender for fear of defamation, embarrassment and ridicule.  This has divided our being and our relations.  Gender equality begins within.  Observing and embracing our diverse natures offers us the opportunity to create our balance and transform how relativity exists for all. 

Consciousness Rising:

One of the greatest societal deceptions imposed upon us is the belief we are human beings.  We are all souls manifesting ourselves with our intuition, heart, mind and body.  How we exist in social reality is defined by who we choose to be.  Most dwell in the dense, energetic vibrations of instinct and intellect.  However, now more than ever, a rising tide of conscious beings are emerging from the simulation, whose sheer presence compromises its agenda, control and influence.  Many are caught in the social crossfire, taking up arms against their family members, friends and acquaintances to protect their duplicity.  For all who choose to experience universality by balancing their soul with their intuition, heart, mind and body, it is beyond the choice.  It is our realization of who we are destined to be.

The Boundary of Being:

Twenty-Five years ago, I was staying with family in Northern Michigan.  I drifted off and instantly found myself standing on a threshold.  It was a massive, vertical wall of living energy.  I was in between the realm of social reality and something beyond imagination.  Curiosity inspired me to move through the barrier, and I lost consciousness of this realm.  Years later, I received an insight.  There is a boundary of being related to the Earth’s electro magnetosphere.  When we cross it, everything of this world disappears.  When we return to this reality, we fail to recall who we become and where we travel.  We are omnidimensional beings existing in numerous realms.  Our ability to journey beyond the boundaries of existence is empowered and sustained by our personal equilibrium. 

The Art of Equilibrium:

We are in a new era of being.  One encouraging us to observe our vision, hone our focus, establish our balance, express our intention, embody our purpose and create our experience.  Our lives are a labor of love, inspired by our originality, relativity and truth.  Our exodus from the simulation of social reality into the progression of universal being is omnipresent.  We are in the shift of experiencing the synergy of our creation.  Everything familiar, known, thought or understood stands to negate this evolution.  The equilibrium we empower, enhance and establish expresses our universality.  It is our signature, the unique impression we inspire within ourselves and others.  When we are in the flow or our experience, the resonance of our energy is the declaration and manifestation of our being.

“Omnidimensionality is our universal destiny.”

“Universality” The Soul of Spirituality

“We are not as spiritual as we “believe.””

The Invisible All:

We are conditioned with an institutionalized interpretation of the universe.  To the indoctrinated, more than 99% of what exists in the universe does not.  Social reality averts our focus to the less than 1%, preoccupying us with the material and trivial affairs of duality.  Science has hypothesized itself into an academic coma concerning our relativity with the universe.  As most scientific fields employ instinct and intellect for analysis, examination and conclusion, this approach fosters ignorance in our quest to experience universal mystery.  All which does not fit into the proverbial box of knowledge is ultimately denounced and debated into irrelevance and nonexistence.  Human nature is to debunk rather than be.  Even the most “intelligent” people front arrogance in the face of enlightenment.   

Against the Grain:

The universe is the essence of our existence.  Given our society discredits and ridicules all unseen and unheard as fantasy and fiction, it is almost impossible for us to nurture an awareness of and relativity with the universe.  Its fundamental nature is energy, the essential element of our daily experience.  Everything begins with an energetic resonance.  However, many of us instinctively expend all the vitality we receive without a conscious practice of regeneration and sustenance.  Our longevity eventually wanes as we mature into adulthood.  Every aspect of our physical and mental existence eventually becomes antiquated.  For most, aging is a vicious cycle of energetic oblivion.  Empowerment is the presence of universal energy in our experience.  This manifests in who we are being. 

The Frequency of Flow:

We all emit an energetic signature.  Its frequency is a synthesis of our awareness, creativity and purpose.  When we align our centers, our energy resonance elevates and synergizes with the universe.  This relativity is always transforming, established by our equilibrium, environment and expression of being.  It is a multidimensional experience involving frequent shifts in our focus, consciousness and intention.  Often, we fail to preserve this balance to enrich our relativity with the universal stream.  Social reality further complicates our ability to connect and relate with the flow against the gravity of three-dimensional existence.  At any moment, we all have the potential to receive an abundance of energy.  Our energetic oblivion and recklessness inhibit our universal enlightenment and empowerment.    

All We Are:

We are souls.  At birth, we experience a schism in our being further amplified by the social reality we endure.  Our societal conditions are unfavorable in sustaining a fulfilling environment in which our souls can thrive.  Eventually, we become distant relatives to our spirit, diminishing our intuitive potential by repressing our emotionality and taking residence in our mind and body.  We are multidimensional beings personifying creativity, possibility and relativity beyond the periphery of our human experience.  Our soul expresses its universality through our intuition into our energy centers.  Our heart emanates a massive electromagnetic field which expands through us and into our environment.  We are universal energy expressing our soul into a holographic reality.

“Being is the manifestation of our soul.”

Soul Purpose:

Our soul is one with the universe.  This union sources our universality.  The only exclusions that exist are ones we allow or enable with an imbalance of our instincts, thoughts, feelings and intuition.  The body, mind and heart are all vital facets of our being.  However, they are not who we are.  They are mere tools birth provides us to experience life on earth.  Our intuition is the pathway through which our soul empowers our existence.  Our heart center receives, transforms and emanates universal energy. For us to receive, transpose and express it, we must cultivate equilibrium between the dimensions of our being.  Our purpose is establishing and sustaining this essential balance to manifest universality into reality.  By frequently transforming, we become an expression of the universe. 

Existential Enigma:

By nature, our everyday existence conflicts with our soul’s purpose.  Our experience in social reality is the ultimate irony, as it is the antithesis of universality.  As human beings, we are incapable of preserving the essential balance to be an expression of the universe.  All the energy we invest in our individual experience is primarily siphoned into a static, two-dimensional perception within a three-dimensional, virtual reality.  Our daily practice to relate with and embody universality is vital to align with the energy and expression of our soul.  We will never fully comprehend the multiplicity of our universal experience against the grain of terrestrial existence.  This is the existential enigma of spirituality.  However, our commitment to our soul and heart center with our prayer invokes universality.    

The Path of Prayer:

Beyond the social stigma prayer may receive when associated with religion, it is not just a recitation of ritualistic words and phrases. It is the nature of our intention which conveys its power.  The greatest manifestation of our being is our relativity with and expression of the universe.  When we send our prayer, it is a call for relation with all.  A universal stream of consciousness we align with to empower our awareness, focus, and energy.  Yet, it is not just its expression, it is how we hold our prayer in our daily experiences.  Occasionally, we become it, and in so being, it transforms us, our experience and our environment.  Prayer empowers our being.  It is the pathway which connects us with creation and kindles the relatedness between our soul and the universe.   

The Medicine of Mystery:

Healing is the primary focus of any spiritual path.  We cannot seek to hold a space for people to have their experience when we are overcome with our personal histories of drama, trauma and woundedness.  When we attempt to quantify universality so our mind can understand, we diminish our energy and experience.  Our spiritual encounters are multidimensional.  Their vision and insight happen in the moments they are meant.  When we force their manifestation, we will never receive their optimal benefit.  The preservation of the mystery present in our experiences is the medicine.  Holding a space for the universe to exist in our reality empowers us to transcend the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary.  This is our purpose.  It is who we are.

The Soul of Spirituality:

There is a space within us beyond time and place and all we believe we know.  It is who we are before we are born.  In essence, we are universal energy resonating beyond imagination.  Our creative expression brings us closest to acknowledging, embracing and becoming universality.  Merely living as a human being only segregates us from our soul’s expression.  There is an energetic frequency present in every moment of our experience.  Every breath brings an opportunity for us to balance our being and align with the flow of the universe.  It empowers, inspires and transforms who we are as a sacred space of being.  The soul of spirituality is enlightening our instincts, intellect, emotions and intuition to embody our essence and be an expression of the universe.        

Solstice Shift:

Since before the Winter Solstice 2020, a remarkable energetic shift has been occurring in the universe.  Being unified with its flow amidst the chaos, conflict and intensity of social reality is our collective purpose.  It is an opportunity to establish our equilibrium, align with our soul and express universality.  This shift is available to all who choose to resonate with the universe.  We are being empowered beyond the boundaries of ordinary existence to embrace evolution, transformation and transcendence.  As we progress toward this Winter Solstice, all the feelings, thoughts, behaviors and realities no longer beneficial to us and others are emerging to be released.  Freedom is letting go of everything.  This is the essential distinction between pursuing “artificial power” and “being” empowered. It is our destiny to transform social reality with universality.       

“Universality is the energy of being.”

“Spiritualized” The Ego of Spirituality

“Ego is the destroyer of the soul.”

Dysfunction Junction:

We all have personal agendas, conflicts, crises, egos, faults and strategies.  We all have afflictions and conditions which impair our perceptions, senses, instincts, thoughts and feelings.  This is the daily reality we all accept, adopt and navigate in our experiences.  Some of us nurture practices to keep ourselves balanced, conscious, present and transformed, while some of us front oblivion to deny, dismiss, deflect and project our inner challenges and deficiencies upon others.  This happens in all communities.  The ego transmits a dense, low-vibrational energy not only impacting the people engaging in deception, yet also the spiritual community with which they pray and relate. 

Observational Hazards:

For half of my life, I have participated in spiritual communities.  I learned and earned a degree of focus, consciousness, effort, energy, intention and prayer to manage my own ego, agendas, challenges, deficiencies, instincts, thoughts and feelings detrimental to my experience.  It is clear to all whom have chosen to walk a spiritual path, there is a necessity to practice observation, awareness, accountability, integrity and transformation.  For me, it is a commitment of holding a space for all to have their experience, and the choice to make a positive difference in the lives of all their relations.  Unfortunately for some, the “ego of spirituality” establishes a schism between perception and experience. 

Best of Intentions:

When our experience begins, we are mystified by the energy and power of spirituality.  As human beings, we are prone to heap our belief, hope, energy and lives onto the mystery.  It seems much easier to fully sacrifice ourselves upon the altar of blind faith, than delve into the rotten soil of our personal challenges and deficiencies which brought us to it.  As our awareness of our soul and the universe evolves, our ego grows in tandem.  Most of us decide to abandon observation of our ego, giving it as much power over us than whatever spiritual relation we believe we are cultivating.  We instinctively collapse the voice we interpret as spirit with our ego.  We listen more to this inner voice than the universe because it tells us what we “want” to hear, never what we “need” to hear. 

Identity of Importance:

When the ego takes root in our experience, a desire to be acknowledged and significant arises.  As we deepen our spirituality, inevitably we crave importance.  Our personal experiences often require the validation of others to exhibit them as being more meaningful and powerful.  This is “artificial power,” which negates whatever sincere effort and energy we are investing.  It is contrary to our evolution when we fall into virtual spirituality.  All the focus, intention, energy, adversity, challenge and pain our experience may bring, offered intentionally and obliviously to our ego in pursuit of false power and importance.  Therefore, our spirituality fails.  However, it is not the tradition we practice which falters.  It is our spiritual superiority which empowers our ego. 

“Vulnerability is the greatest strength we can express.”

Trail of Tears:

All of us have personal woundedness.  We have been hurt by circumstances and others, yet primarily by ourselves.  Our suffering is self-inflicted, whether we choose to believe, observe or claim it.  We conceal and covet our pain and insecurity because we believe our ego when it tells us it is weakness.  We repress our deficiencies in desperation and present a “brave face” to our community, while we break down with every spiritual step we take.  As we stumble down our path, our anger, anxiety, doubt and fear rise to be released from our experience.  When this occurs, we have three options.  1. We continue to deny and repress its existence.  2. We project it upon others as their responsibility, thus deflecting our own.  3. We choose to be with and manage our own issues and eventually resolve them. 

Self Alone:

Spirituality is not about “our” experience.  This is a selfish fantasy we devise to appease our ego and sustain our artificial power, ultimately limiting our conscious evolution.  The cornerstone of our commitment to the traditions we walk is our service to the people in our communities and beyond.  Occasionally, I have observed people step into spiritual experiences for the sole purpose of receiving something for themselves alone.  This has been and is heartbreaking for me to witness, all their potential for making a difference, wagered for control, ego and importance.  The most disturbing reality in this dynamic; most have little awareness of the impacts it has on them, and none it has on others.      

Power Play:

Many who step into a spiritual experience often have deficiencies or lack personal power.  When they see others who are developing and expressing their own, they too yearn to establish theirs.  Yet, their ego emphasizes their neglected anger, anxiety, fear, insecurity, pain and woundedness.  Out of their desire, desperation, entitlement and self-righteousness, they aim to steal power from others to fabricate their own.  They use other people’s reactions to their behavior to distort and manipulate experience and perception.  When they are exposed, they present themselves as victims of the circumstance they have caused, using their drama, trauma and tears as a weapon to divert the attention from themselves onto others to achieve their agenda.   

Divisive Intentions:

One of the primary expressions of “artificial power” in spiritual communities happens when the “spiritualized” attempt to divide and conquer.  They invent narratives about others, most often leaders, to distort and manipulate perception, compromising the image, role and trust leaders have earned with their communities.  Once the seeds of speculation are planted, the provocateurs enroll others in their orchestrated plots, gathering numbers and imposing their agendas.  They initiate division between members of the community to efficiently control information and outcomes.  Essentially, it is a hostile takeover predicated by their belief they are better than the people who are given roles of responsibility.   

Spiritualized”:

For years, I have attempted to identify the behaviors of people who use spirituality as a strategy to bolster their ego, execute their agenda and obtain power.  The term that best classifies this behavior is “spiritualized.”  By definition, “someone who perceives themselves to be spiritually superior to others, using ageism, experience, history and self-righteousness to prove and impose their spiritual status and worth.”  Being “spiritualized” is a social psychosis and metaphysical stigma running rampant throughout most if not all domains of spirituality.  Yet it is not only the actions, words or behaviors of “spiritualized” individuals, it is the malicious intent in the name of spirituality which invokes the greatest harm, influence and devastation.

For the Benefit of All:

Some may be offended when reading this article.  Some may believe what is written does not apply to them.  Whether my observations about the ego of spirituality empowers, inspires, enrages, irritates or simply does not move the needle of recognition is telling.  Whatever reaction we choose in response to these observations is a clarification of our willingness to acknowledge and accept we ALL have egos.  Like it or not, its influence DOES impact our spiritual experience and those of others.  Understanding this gives us all the opportunity to shift our focus and energy away from our ego and align with our soul.  If we are going to give all of ourselves for our spiritual experience, it needs to be for the benefit of all.   

Believer Beware:

Practicing tradition is a powerful experience.  It is a humbling opportunity often mistaken as an attainment of individual advancement.  When we charge into our spirituality with agenda, ego, entitlement and expectation, it will become destructive to us and others in ways we cannot begin to imagine.  However, when we step into our experience with consciousness, humility and prayer, it empowers our lives and those of others.  “Spiritualized” people do not like to be told what to do, and often tend to alter traditions, feign understanding or even make them up to suit their agenda.  After all my experiences, one insight I would share with those at the crossroads of their soul; be present to your ego and its influence, or you will never have a spiritual experience.                   

“Unity is the soul of community.”

An Ear to Hear

“The greatest expression of presence is listening.”

On Deaf Ears:

We listen primarily to articulate our response.  This is essential to acknowledge.  Our social conditioning does not inspire an awareness for quality relativity.  Our impatience and intolerance are reflective of the dysfunctional personas we conceal from others in our quest to present an image of sanity in a sociopathic society.  The expanding vortex of contemporary reality consumes our consciousness, creativity, evolution, imagination and sensibility, rendering us unable to empower and sustain our listening.  When we are not present to this, our ego takes advantage of our imbalanced being.  Ignorance is bliss, until we pay the price for our selective interpretation and self-righteousness with personal and social oblivion.

Reality-Colored Vision:

Our perspective is inundated with perceptual filters.  We see the world as it seems, rarely as it is.  Throughout the course of our life experiences, we adopt, adapt, embrace and express inherent personal and social, static lenses, hindering our enlightenment.  Over time, we enable our selective viewpoints, casting ourselves into a narrow awareness of experience.  Eventually, we impose our limited perceptions upon others to defend our self-induced coma of anxiety, fear, insecurity and prejudice.  These personal rackets award us the arrogance to claim artificial power and flex it whenever our fixed perspectives are challenged.  This compounds the illusions we weave, eventually becoming our reality.

Barely Audible:

Our relatedness is distorted and manipulated as much as our reality.  We cannot relate when our language is as lethargic as our listening.  The fullest potential of conscious listening is the equilibrium between our instincts, intellect, feelings and intuition.  However, social reality is rife with toxic impulses, thoughts and emotions.  These have become the avenues of our agendas, at the cost of our hearts and souls.  We are desensitized to how we sacrifice our experience, building our bank accounts, establishing our status and bolstering our egos.  Superficiality destroys the possibility of transforming our social conversations from individual greed to community need.  Every day we disempower ourselves deeper into denial.

The Fragility of Consciousness:

Our instinctual, intellectual and emotional reactivity overpowers our awareness.  We allow other people, social circumstances and environments to compromise our consciousness before it has the opportunity to evolve.  Whether the fate of our transcendence is accidental or intentional, it all begins with the quality of our listening.  If we were aware of the insight, transformation and wisdom available when we and those we speak with felt heard, we would chase after experiences to cultivate conscious listening.  The frailty of our listening reflects the fragility of our consciousness.  All we may become is sacrificed for all we may control.  As we abandon our awareness, we diminish our ability to hear and be heard.

“Listening is the currency of being.”

Acute Observation:

When we choose to see how communication and listening does or does not exist in contemporary society, we need only turn to the internet, radio and television.  Understanding 90% of what we observe in the media is corporate, political and religious editorial gives us insight into how we can choose to draw vital distinctions.  Personal truth will never be found in the annals of education, heredity, politics, religion and alternative, mainstream and social media.  No matter how true broadcasts may seem when pandered to our platform and position, they are dangerous transmissions resulting in historically catastrophic outcomes.  Keen observation is the primary practice in distinguishing distorted facts from intuitive vision.

Distant Avenues:

We are not related.  We believe we are.  Yet, vast distances exist between us through social concoctions of fear, insecurity, selective interpretation, and deficiencies in acceptance, authenticity, empathy, trust and understanding.  We consciously and obliviously sustain societal separation.  All of this is simply a facet of our personal isolation.  The deepest impact is the well being of our relationship with ourselves and ultimately our soul.  We have an active connection with our instinct and intellect, though our relatedness with our heart and intuition is abandoned by our conditioned addiction to sense reality.  When we are not related with others or even ourselves, we are not aligned with our soul and the universe.    

Heart Resonance:

As we listen with our egos, we miss so much of what exists for others, and what occurs for us in theirs.  We rarely, if ever, venture outside of our own experience of listening.  Our narcissistic tendencies narrow our frequency of being, much as our mind can diminish our perception.  Every conversation we have has potential for multidimensionality.  The gateway to universal relativity is acceptance, empathy, support and understanding.  In expressing this, we also benefit from the experience.  We all emanate an energetic signature.  When we maintain the equilibrium of our instinct, intellect, emotion and intuition, the resonance between us expands, expressing universality.

Universal Relativity:

Our being is multidimensional.  All which cannot be perceived by most is easily dismissed into non-existence.  Hence the oblivion we all inevitably adopt.  Understanding we are a soul with intuitive, emotional, intellectual and instinctual expressions helps us to embrace the necessity of our personal equilibrium.  Without it, we will never fulfill relativity with the universe, ourselves or others.  We may believe we have decent relations with our family and friends, yet beyond the social bubbles we tolerate, we do not experience ourselves.  Therefore, we do not relate with our soul and the universe.  Universal relativity transpires when we chose to express authentic listening as our primary intention with all our relations.

Between the Lines:

I am a musical artist in addition to an author of articles.  My creative process is an experiential, multidimensional environment, a sacred space the universe holds for me as a representative for all possibility in being my expression.  The moment I intend to bring universality into three-dimensional reality, the eternal and infinite energy of the universe is inevitably diminished from its ever-expansive nature to a singular, static medium.  Society’s perceptual tendency toward duality furthers the waning impression of creativity.  For me, it is not the musical notes or words I choose.  It is the universal energy inspiring them to empower their expression.         

Relations of Power:

There is a vital distinction to be made when listening.  For many, expressing it is an act of tolerance, “allowing” another to speak, all the while collecting notes to curry our response.  Authentic listening gives people with whom we relate the experience of being heard, empowering their relatedness with acknowledgment, appreciation and acceptance.  We may not agree with the viewpoints of others, though it does not mean we need to devalue, diminish and dismiss their voice when it is in contrast with ours.  Being heard is a power we can share with all.  When we give others our listening with the empowerment of being heard, we are extending equal courtesy to ourselves, thus becoming an expression of universal relativity. 

“Listening is offering others the experience of being heard.”