“Empower Yourself” Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of The New Agora

Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of The New Agora from May 27th, 2021 discussing the necessity of balance and empowerment.

“Whenever there are global events that shake up reality, it is an opportunity for us to take the initiative to create something extraordinary.  A vital element of this shift is defining and establishing a “new balance” within ourselves in alignment not just with the current dynamic of society, yet also with the universe.  This balance begins with acknowledging and sustaining the masculine and feminine natures each of us embody.   Opening ourselves to the possibilities both qualities provide allows us to transcend their duality and embrace our universality.  These are the cornerstones of our being, what we manifest and who we become.  It is in the present we are able to empower ourselves progressively and ultimately the world.” – Iam

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“Empower Yourself” Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of The New Agora

“Breathing In Courage” Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of The New Agora

Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of The New Agora from May 6th, 2021 discussing my new article, An Essential Choice | Iam Saums and its relation to current events.

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“Breathing in Courage” Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of The New Agora.

Breathing In Courage with Iam Saums

Courage is an interesting concept. What does it mean? The desire to act, or not, I would say, in relation to whatever your ‘higher interests’ are. The best for you and for your family, friends, community and especially the entirety of the ‘all of us’. All with an eye on one’s integrity.

So, who decides the answers to these questions? Who chooses what is right and wrong? I see that as a simple answer. You do! I do! We all do for ourselves. Or we don’t and allow others to dictate, rule, coerces. How sad, and unheroic, I would say, to let others tells us what we can and cannot do.

Perhaps courage is simply the willingness, no matter the consequences, perceived or real, to do what we feel is right. Big Question. How do we decide that?

So again, I ask myself what is courage? Do we even know? I would say all of us need to see that for ourselves. Find the answers. Not from movies or that idiot box called a T.V. Certainly not from others, especially those we call Politicians. A fool is a fool who is soon fooled.

For sure, many may inspire us, but a ‘cage master’ by any other name, will still keep you locked away. I want to gag when I see any ‘so-called’ expert in a suit trying to tell me what is or is not so. I suspect any, and all of those ‘voices’ on a tv screen to be acting. Certainly not working my best interest. How could they? The don’t even know me.

So, Courage. How do we get ours? Where would such a concept be found? I was lucky enough to have an interesting conversation on this very topic, and many others besides, with Iam Saums. A visionary, author, poet, musician, but most of all, if I dare so say, an honest man in an honest life trying to dig deep inside himself to find the best answers for him and his life.

A deep breath can do wonders for our health and mental state of being. We are made of breaths and we will die very quickly, if we have none. To limit our breath is to limit our lives.  Wisdom comes on the winds, at times for me. And deep breathing, or so I’ve found, is a key to longer life and conscious choice.

Breathing in Courage can ignite and cool at the same time. Ignite inspirations and Cool down Stress. I invite you all to listen and enjoy.

Further explorations of Iam’s wisdom may be found on his website. And maybe, you may see for yourself how to develop the courage to become the best you, you’ve always felt was possible.

With Much Love, Lorenzo

Big thanks to Iam for Joining us here Today.

Center of Attention

“Energy flows where attention goes.”

Self as Center:

We cannot blame ourselves.  It happens to us before we even understand what awareness is, let alone how it is best practiced.  As children, we are programmed by our parents, family, teachers, ministers and society before we can draw distinctions of what is and is not social conditioning.  We are told it is for our own good, so we learn to cling to it as a lifeline.  Our individual reality is our center of importance.  Selfishness becomes our way of life.  It cuts us off from society, nature, experience, relativity, each other and ourselves.  Yet the perceptual filter of egoism never provides a healthy vision of who we are beyond who we see in the mirror.  We are merely a phantom of ourselves.

Common Illusion:

Our focus is our power.  The measure of its existence is defined by how it is expressed.  No matter how much attention we may intend, it exists within the vacuum of social reality.  The intricate design of human experience is riddled with amusements and mirages to constantly seize whatever focus we may muster in any given moment.  Our engagement is what sustains the delusion.  Therefore, the war on perception for our interest wages forward, intensifying with every view.  Consciousness is sacrificed upon the altar of social media for a superficial sense of belonging, purpose and worth.  The image becomes more present and powerful than its source.  We inevitably become an illusion of ourselves.

Social Vacancy:

Recent events with the virus have not only crippled and compromised the confidence, immunity, tolerance and understanding of the world.  It has also isolated, separated and terrified humanity en masse, breaking the foundations of community, compassion and good will.  Given time, most things of this nature will ultimately pit us against each other in a race for entitled, self-righteous supremacy over our fellow human beings to defend and protect our anxiety and fear with our own egotistical projections of animosity, contempt and envy.  We are clever like that.  Able to exploit and strategize with the best of them to uphold our social standing in a decaying society hellbent on measuring success with money and power instead of belonging and love.  

Democracy Trumps Narcissism:

Survival of the fittest, such as it is in the US, especially now, is why sociopathic egomaniacs have highjacked and manipulated what we experience and perceive as democracy.  Its very nature does not sustain the intricate systems of control, power and profit established and maintained in the business, educational, political and religious arenas.  Yet, for the first time in 12 years, we saw democracy in the US come alive, gain momentum, express its power and thrive in the midst of a global pandemic.  As remarkable as the last few weeks have been, it is only the advent of a momentous shift in human evolution, community, consciousness and transformation.  The real work of manifesting new possibilities begins now. 

“It is in dire times when we discover who we truly are.”

Burden to Bear:

There is no doubt that 2020 has been one of the most challenging years.  A perfect storm of disease, delusion, misinformation, social civil war and tragedy most of us have never experienced.  Though our probable future looks as bleak as the last nine months, there is an evident, stark symbolism.  In many ways, we are being birthed into a new era of existence.  It may be difficult to see amidst the chaos and trauma that wreaks havoc upon our senses.  The structures of social reality are transforming with the momentum of the current universal shift.  We all have the unique opportunity to go with the flow of this movement.  Now is the time to rise to the occasion and empower our global destiny.          

Focal Point:

To where, who and what we guide our attention sets the course of our existence.  Our focus determines the realization of our being, energy and intention.  When we are impelled to react to circumstances and people, we become a product of the reality to which we subscribe.  When we are inspired to be proactive, we become creators of our reality.  Our personal power begins with the intention of our focus, the expression of our energy and the unique purpose we manifest.  All of us have, are and will always be centers of possibility for transforming any experience we may choose to empower.  Collectively, we can revolutionize social reality by being the source of our transformation.          

Origin of Being:

Recently, we have witnessed multiple examples of what, how and who not to be.  When we turn on our devices, radios or televisions the archaically corrupt models of leadership let alone civility are well represented.  In fact, social reality holds little space for authenticity, humility and honesty.  The birthplace of being is in our breath.  Seems simple.  Yet it is always leaving us far more often than consciously taken.  In the heat of the moment, when we cross the threshold of inner peace, patience and tolerance, breathing is the best practice we can choose.  It brings awareness, being, focus, observation and serenity.  Whether it is the life-sustaining oxygen, the vital reprieve from reality or shifting our experience, it is the source of our personal power.               

Center as Self:

Whether we choose to acknowledge it, we are inclined to make ourselves the center of attention.  It is a default, fixed way of emulation motivated by societal structures to enforce acquiescence, conflict, division and oblivion.  Shifting our intention away from our individual experience to serve others in the spirit of community empowers us to transform our focus, way of being and ultimately social reality.  The most powerful expression of transformation occurs when we transcend living self-centered by being a centered self.  We establish our center by aligning with the universe through our intuition.  This inspires us to be centered in our soul.  True being thrives when it is experienced by all.   

“Enlightenment is being sourced by our soul.”

Assembly Required

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

Prelude to a Vision:

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are.

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

We aren’t.

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

It will.

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

They won’t.

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

They won’t.

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

We can’t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

Era of Awareness

“When mania becomes reality, society is lost.”

Conscious Origins:

In my teens, I became present to an elusive power that seemed to hide in the shadows of civilization.  Ever curious, I felt drawn to pull at the loose threads of social reality to reveal a contrarian authority preventing the evolution of humanity’s awareness, destiny, freedom and personal power.  Something was undeniably off about society.  My ambition to understand outweighed my willingness to live an ordinary life.  During this time, I was introduced to the practice of meditation by one of my high school teachers. My experience and perception of reality exploded like a supernova spreading stellar seeds of creativity, empowerment and inspiration into every facet of my being. 

Social Circus:

What a grand show reality is!  It is a far cry to imagine people enjoying current events.  Viruses, racial and social inequalities and injustices, media-induced debates, extreme weather patterns, continued loss of freedoms and rights, mounting restrictions and accelerating tensions between classes. Soon, the 2020 US Presidential Election will take center ring.  Yet, during one of the most opportune times in humanity’s history for transcendence and transformation, the fervor of political and social polarity roars stronger than ever from the grand stands.  Ego, entitlement and self-righteousness replaces acceptance, consciousness and insight. The agenda must be fulfilled. The show must go on!   

Minority Blues:

I have never felt so confronted and targeted for my diverse thoughts and perspectives regarding current events.  Who I choose to be and expressing my unique perceptions has made me more exposed and uncomfortable in ways I have yet to experience.  The most stunning realization is fielding the greatest of this intolerance, resistance and ridicule from family members and close friends.  The great enigma is most of them are open-minded people.  Now, I am presented with the timeless dilemma of suppressing my personal freedom and passion for sharing my viewpoints to honor the beliefs, perspectives and sensitivities of all who have adopted the daily widespread propaganda.      

Majority Rules:

The ebbs and flows of popular social commentary are destroying alternative ideology, lifestyle and any individual who dares challenge or question the official narrative. Engineered reality offers no mercy and stands relentless against diverse perception.  As always, the imposition of totalitarian opinion pushes its fear-laden agenda against the present uprising of universal consciousness, possibility and love.  Social mania runs rampant through the streets, homes, phones and devices of civilization.  Agreement replaces awareness as the fires of frenzy wreak havoc upon humanity.  Across the great divide of nations, society is breaking under the vanity of its self-righteousness.   

“The greatest gift we give another is the experience of being heard.”

Goodwill Calling:

Regardless of our belief, opinion or perspective, it is all worthless if we deny or refute acceptance, experience, listening and understanding of our fellow human.  We certainly do not have to acquiesce, as we always have the choice to agree to disagree.  Yet, even in that, there is unity.  Consideration, comprehension, decency and empathy are all human essentials in our acknowledgement and tolerance of others.  The value of these practices offer an amity that goes beyond imagination and realization.  Points are not proven by popular accord, rather by the spirit of curiosity, encouragement and sincerity.  Transcending duality empowers us to see not just the extraordinary in others, yet also in ourselves.

Heart of Hearing:

As much as we do not listen to each other, we do not listen to ourselves let alone a spiritual power.  Whether it is our social conditioning, institutional programming or the selfishness of survival, we build social bubbles with our anxiety, fear and insecurity.  We listen just enough to respond as we fend off the chaotic instincts, thoughts and emotions constantly emerging and receding within us.  We tend to hear with our ears, yet rarely with our hearts.  When we authentically listen, this act of being instantly transforms the experience of the speaker as well as the listener.  It elevates the environment in which we exist, creating an extraordinary space for all to have the empowerment of being heard and related. 

Eyewitness:

The impacts and influence of our current social circumstances continue to intensify.  The daily norm most people are either counting on or hoping to return is as unlikely as any of us getting younger.  The very notion of having things be as they were is delusional.  When the question is posed, “how was that working?” the answer is an emphatic, “it wasn’t!”  Things are more transparent than they have ever been. The social obscurity to which we desperately cling to avoid accepting the bitter reality we sponsor is clearing.  If we do not see the social mania we enable, we are simply in denial.  This indifference is what has allowed humanity to become such a cruel, destructive and toxic society.       

Era of Awareness:

From my adolescence until now, I have experienced countless social epiphanies and revelations that have led me to my present observation of society.  I have gone from raging teenage angst, to disturbed adulthood contempt, to inquisitive mature investigation and now distinctive middle age understanding of humanity.  Beyond deception, delusion, fantasy and social reality resides our true expression of awareness we all must empower.  It is a solitary path of creation, exploration, self-discovery and purpose only we can inspire for ourselves.  We are only as aware as we create ourselves to be, with our instinct, thought, emotion and intuition.  Our consciousness is our soul’s destiny.  Everything else is illusion.      

“Knowledge may give us the world, awareness gives us the universe.”

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.”

Spirit of the Season

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

Sugar Plum Fairies:

As children, we were captivated and mystified by the glitz, glow and glitter of the holiday season.  The prospect of 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 dreamt of the moments when we would leap from our beds and tear open the presents littered around the tree.  We were consumed with the fantasy of our own desires.  For those brief and long-awaited moments we were adrift in the blissful oblivion of all we would receive.

Yuletide by the Fireside:

The enchantment of the season is both authentic and evident.  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.

Fireside

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 busy-ness 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 don’t even appreciate the happiness we once felt.  An emptiness replaces our yuletide bliss replaced most often with a great abundance of food, sweets and drink in a desperate attempt to recapture it.  When the final embers of our holiday glow fade, our artificial fulfillment soon follows.

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Blue Christmas:

Our social custom is to give for the purpose of receiving, instead of giving for the sake 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 obligated to relate with the people whom we have the most history yet see the least.  We are strangers more to our families then we are to casual acquaintances, yet we are far more 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, besides perhaps our 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 of us would not ordinarily choose.  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.

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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 only about family, friends, merriment or giving and receiving.  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, dates, events, occupations and time 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.  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.

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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 excitement.  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 with all we can, both in our social circles 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 spirit of the world.

“Giving is truly living.”

AVOL

 

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.

A True Life

“Life is a lie in a society of illusion.”

Superficial Sentience:

We live a false life.  Whether or not we choose to acknowledge or implement this unique insight, it is inherently the truth.  Not because we ourselves are fundamentally superficial, though we undoubtedly are.  It is that we inhabit a holographic, three-dimensional paradigm of existence.  Since we do, we cannot be true, neither can we be real.  This is an unimaginable reality to accept.  One of which the greater resistance we present, the more difficult the ability to break free from its all-encompassing captivity.  We are not true beings simply because we cannot comprehend what truth is living an existence of multi-faceted illusion.

Soul Sacrifice:

Every breath of everyday we dig our personal roots deeper into the soil of a fabricated society.  Most of us cannot see this, nor can we believe it.  Yet in our silent moments, we feel it as clearly as any of our senses could ever envision.  We live in a culture that has demonized the expressions of the heart and the transcendence of the soul.  Society operates primarily on the insatiable appetites of our desires and the manipulation of our intellect.  This common lifestyle has sequestered us into a two-dimensional experience, leaving us oblivious to our multiplicity.  We commit the greatest crime against ourselves when we sacrifice our soul for the lie of life.

Intelligence is Ignorance:

All of us have been and are being institutionally programmed in one way or another.  Whether it is educational, mass media, political, religious or even spiritual in nature, we have all committed ourselves to one or many forms of conditioning.  Our awareness is measured by facts and figures that tether us into the technical slavery of our left brain.  In a society that is cruel, destructive, ominous and perilous, we engage only in what we believe is best for our own personal survival.  We modify our vision in a desperate attempt to safeguard ourselves from everything and everyone we perceive as a threat.  We never realize the greatest threat is ourselves.

The Game:

Our lives are designed for amusement, competition, diversion, escape and survival.  Whether by authoritarian stratagem or our own agenda, reality is engineered to keep us alienated from ourselves and living against each other.  We are mystified by our desperate flights of fantasy.  We grow accustomed to an insensitive lifestyle of abuse, acquisition and the suspicion of everyone and everything we encounter.  When there are no more opponents to confront on the battlefield of illusion, we invent new ones to supplement our false contentment and conquests.  Our ravenous aggression drives us deeper into the hungry, yawning chasm of our own decline.

Vicious Cycle:

We are helplessly and hopelessly ensnared in a global spider web of deception, delusion, duality, fear and manipulation.  Each one of us enables this insidious network of control, power, status and wealth with our participation.  The more we are willing to sacrifice our accountability, integrity and sensibility, the more we capitulate and empower this grand paradigm of illusion.  Our obsession for significance becomes our most common and obstructive human addiction.  In spite of the money, power and possessions we achieve in a vain attempt to hide our inadequacies and insecurities, we are still a puppet upon an imaginary stage living a simulated life.

“The only truth about the truth is that there is no truth.”

Axiom of Assimilation:

All we think, know, sense and feel is built upon a foundation of illusion.  We ourselves are a reflection of social invention.  Our human nature and the reality in which we exist is a galactic projection from an unknown origin in the universe.  This compromises our soul’s relatedness with terrestrial existence.  The multi-dimensional dynamic of our spirit cannot thrive within the restricted parameters of three-dimensional reality.  Our physical and mental features instinctively dominate the multiplicity of our being.  The society in which we live imposes this indoctrination with constant conditioning and stimuli to diminish, distort and destroy our truest expression.

Against the Current:

Society is a surging springtime river swollen with arrogance, deception, entitlement, fear and ruin.  Its watermark has exceeded the breadth of its measure.  Most who are empowered and inspired enough to rise and stand against it are eventually swallowed by its sheer, omnipresent force and inexorable undercurrent.  All of us have had our dance with youthful rebellion, intellectual and intuitive discovery and the desire to make a difference.  Yet, the further we walk down the path of our creative, insightful and radical mutiny against society, the more we witness how lonely the revolution can be.  Reality is the silent and lethal assassin of all possibility.

Paradise Lost:

Sometime in our early to mid-twenties, a human tragedy occurs to us all.  With a totalitarian tip-toe efficiency and precision, the deceptive dynamics of reality and society seize our authenticity, creativity, imagination, inspiration, integrity, passion, possibility and purpose.  We sacrifice our unique individuality and originality in a vain quest to maintain a false sense of belonging, status and worth in society.  We join the ranks of millions of self-subscribed victims of unconscious circumstance to perform a collective role of emulation and obedience.  All that once empowered us with the energy of life is replaced with all that gradually takes it away.

The Politics of Consciousness:

The consciousness movement is bursting at the seams of contemporary society.  Religion is segueing into spirituality, which has progressed into consciousness and is now identified as an expression of one’s truth.  Yet, with most things in reality, even truth is inevitably susceptible to distortion and exploitation under the agendas of advantage, fame, power and profit.  In this world, truth is not “truth.”  It is a fabrication of something that best serves a few at the deception and manipulation of the many.  Those who exude or profess consciousness, insight or wisdom are usually the ones altering the perception and understanding of the public for their own gain.

Creative Vitology:

All we are is energy.  However existential or unbelievable this concept may be.  Without energy, we would cease to exist.  Each one of us is comprised of distinct waveform patterns that are expressions of our intuition, feelings and thoughts.  The nature and quality of our energy is defined by how we choose to interpret and interact with our environment.  These essentials ultimately inspire our actions.  Who we choose to be in our daily life attracts into it all which we intend.  Our intention is the focus that creates the vision of how our experience transpires.  Our creativity is the essential energy to manifest our destiny.

“We are not a creation.  We are the creators of a creation.”

A New Vision:

We are nothing we are programmed to believe.  We are not our body, mind, heart or soul.  These are simply facets of our being that our energy inhabits and utilizes for the sake of our human life.  We are not our senses, history, experiences or even our truth.  We are an embodiment of energy that emanates the possibility of consciousness.  Whether or not we become conscious depends upon how our energy is realized in our life.  We live in a reality of perpetual illusion.  We need to continually transform how we exist in reality to personify our conscious energy.  When we do, we ultimately transform the nature of our reality and become the expression of our truth.

Now and Zen: To Whom It May Concern

A Dime a Dozen:

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

Spiritual Elitism:

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

Experience teacheth Wisdom?

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

Where is the Love?

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

Idyllic Life:

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

Mirror Image:

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

Ready, Aim…Fire!

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

Keyboard Assassins:

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

Zen and Bear It:

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

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