Tis the Season

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

Sugar Plum Fairies:

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

Yuletide by the Fireside:

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

Season’s Blessing:                

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

Deck the Halls:

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

Blue Christmas:

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

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

Holiday Past:

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

Holiday Present:

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

Holiday Future:

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

Spirit of the Season:

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

The Greatest Gift:

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

“We need to give to truly live.”

The Ass and The Elephant

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

Us and Them:

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

The Illusion of Choice:

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

The Frequency of Fear:

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

Wings of the Same Bird Part One:

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

Wings of the Same Bird Part Two:

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

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

The Master Race:

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

Arsenal of Authority:                   

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

The Great Pyramid of the Elite:

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

Candidate Carousel:

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

Fever Pitch:

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

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

The Power We Yield:

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

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?”

http://www.zengardner.com/now-zen-may-concern/

Human Traits that Are Slowly Killing Us

* Our unchecked anger to which we are not present.
* Our judgement and self-righteousness (yes we all have it!)
* Our negative reactions to events in our lives and the world.
* Our past experiences of which we have not let go.
* Not accepting people for who they are and who they aren’t.
* Allowing ourselves to be influenced by fear.
* Choosing to do anything but love.

Eye of the Beholder

“The way we see the world is not how it is.
Who we choose to be in the world is what it becomes.”

Shades of Perception:

The bell is tolling in the broken down, forgotten cathedral of truth.  Its ring echoes down the streets and corridors through the cities, suburbs, projects and underbellies of the world.  We have become disinterested, desensitized and dismissive to its crucial, earnest and awakening call.  Once there was a time in the not so distant past when its chime would gather together all who were in earshot of its sincere signal.  Now, its beckon has droned off into the white noise of our insatiable desires for amusement, competition, intelligence, profit, vanity, self-righteousness and inauthentic security.

Our society has invented a disposable marketplace of compliance, censure, conquest, distraction, disassociation, disease, hatred and fear.  This has engineered such a distortion of reality and its perception that confusion, collusion and illusion reign.  Education, religion, politics, media sources and entertainment manipulate perspective into opinion further deluding common understanding.  The eyes and minds of the world are blinded by agenda, arrogance, belief, pride and judgment.  All that we have conceded to be our contemporary experience of life is simply a dream within a dream, within a dream…

What we have been led to believe is true are all lies.  Common and popular points of view have gradually alienated us from the truth.  The imposition of an artificial reality shapes, influences, overwhelms and ultimately annihilates any possibility of divergence.  Our perceptions are altered and distorted in our everyday lives.  Yet, they are even more so in our minds.  We are besieged by the onslaught of visual and audible stimulus and the energetic impacts of lethal, electromagnetic emissions.  As many thoughts we have are as many instances our perceptions of life are hijacked.

A Slight of View:

We surrender the potential and power of our perception as easily and frequently as we give our life force over to people, things and circumstances that are of little to no benefit.  We are shadows of the human beings we were born, inspired and empowered to be.  Instead of creating our lives as the expression of our truth, we predominantly emulate fantasies that prevent us from achieving our intentions.  We adopt layers upon layers of perceptual filters that inevitably obstruct our ability to see the world as it is, let alone ourselves as we truly could become.

We do not establish our own true perception.  We accept, adapt and adopt our point of view based on our external attractions, influences, relations and situations.  Creating our own perspective requires us to claim the power of our choice, purpose, life and destiny.  Our society does not support this lifestyle.  It discourages, punishes and condemns creativity and diversity.  It is counterproductive to the network of control the few enforce upon the many.  We all choose, or rather don’t choose to claim our true vision.  We resign ourselves to be enslaved by our own fear.

Our lives unfurl beneath a vast umbrella of human deception.  The world enables this grand swindle with its apprehension, attention, energy and unconscious consumerism.  Eventually, we all become vital components in this insatiable and insidious machine.  Our apathy, cynicism, indifference and resignation are the building blocks of our simulated perspectives.  Our perception doesn’t produce or influence reality.  Reality invents our perception.  It enforces an interpretive barrier in our observation of and interaction with how we understand reality and ultimately how we create our truth.

“We cannot see nor do we choose to perceive the world as it is because we deny our active role in its current dilemma.”

The Tao of Now:

Whosoever controls perception controls the world.  Much of society is ruled by opinion.  The facts, realities and truth of humanity are most often abandoned in the global, sacrificial ceremony we call “life.”  Perception is exploited into a vortex of greed, vanity and status.  This distortion of perspective separates us from each other and ourselves.  It inspires us to doubt our relatives, condemn the accused, hate our opponents and fear all who are distinct from the contrived norm.  It is this common fear that has become the superficial belonging we all cling to for importance, worth, orientation and relativity.

We are multi-dimensional beings with a four-dimensional consciousness existing in a three-dimensional reality having a predominantly two-dimensional experience.  This is our true nature when we are born into this world.  As we “grow up,” we are programmed by and conditioned to the three-dimensional reality and imprisoned in the two-dimensional experience.  We eventually surrender the eclecticism of our essence.  The piranha of contemporary culture maniacally and methodically takes it from us.  Yet, it is not simply a conditioning of the mind.  It is a manipulation of perception.

Linear time is the greatest weapon used in three-dimensional reality.  Our perception is consistently and relentlessly attuned to an ominous, possible future, yet most often focused on an incomplete and regrettable past.  Our lives are restricted by the uncertainty of what may be and the discontent of what was.  This is the mirage of common reality. The only experience that is true in our lives is this moment.  Everything else is an illusion.  Even the future is a fantasy in relation to the now.  Who we are being in the present is the only practice that will transform our life.

Eye of the Observer:

All of us are enamored within our personal hypnosis.  We invent fantasies to present our lives to others as being of great value, meaning and purpose.  We become so attached to what happens around us that we are not present to the extraordinary within.  Most of us live from our peripheral.  We rely upon external sources for direction, influence and motivation to make our choices, accomplish our routine tasks and endure.  This is the three-dimensional perception of our two-dimensional experience.  Yet, we rarely identify, consult and apply our own clarity, leadership, strength and wisdom.

The most overlooked and undervalued facet of our being is our “observing eye.”  This is our “third eye.”  It sources our epiphanies, insights, consciousness, transformation, creativity and enlightenment.  With this unique perception we are able to live from our intuition.  Our inner observer is not a locality within us.  It is an essential expression of our being.  This is our true personality.  It was who we were as children and who we are destined to be.  Our commitment to stand in and experience ourselves with the eye of the observer grants us the freedom to transform ourselves and ultimately reality.

We are not our perceptions.  No matter how much power we may give to them, they are merely echoes of our intellect.  We are almost entirely run by our positions due to our lack of commitment to consciousness.  Awareness for most is merely optional.  The less we create for ourselves, the more likely we become victims of our perceptions.  It may seem extremely daunting to reclaim our power from the imposition of this virtual reality.  Yet, our choice to transcend the tides of social influence and obligation is the distinction between simply surviving reality and truly thriving in our truth.

“The true power of experience is not in how it is seen, it is in how it is felt.”

http://www.zengardner.com/eye-of-the-beholder-2/

Trump This and Bern That!

Elective Bargaining:

It is a presidential election year and the masses are emerging from their political slumber.  Every four years the nation becomes encumbered and ensnared within the duality that is the American voting process.  Like a college sports rivalry, politics divides couples, families, friends, business associates and communities.  As always, the powers that be are ratcheting up the politico machine to amuse, deceive, distract, enrage, hypnotize, intrigue and stupefy society.  The establishment plays us all like a maestro their instrument.  Every time, we take the bait, note for dissonant note.

Elusive Leadership:

We are all born leaders, yet we are not educated, empowered, encouraged, raised or supported in our leadership.  For most of us, this lifestyle is not an option.  Not because we don’t choose this path or aren’t adept in its practice.  It is mostly because we are discouraged, distracted and suppressed by the arrogant and bold sociopathic few that were born into the right family.  We are bewildered, enchanted, envious and ultimately subservient to politicians because of their charisma, celebrity and popularity.  We acquiesce to their inauthentic guidance and importance for fear or lack of our own.

Slight of View:  

Education, media, religion and parental influence prepare us for our inevitable servitude.  Numerous distractions are invented everyday by political authorities, news networks, social media, editorial commentary, advertising, sports events and entertainment outlets.  We are bombarded by a plethora of drama that triggers our contempt, outrage, upset and eventually our resignation.  While we are preoccupied by the multitude of diversions, our freedoms and rights are gradually and systematically distorted and taken away from us.  The spell is cast, the trick is set and the illusion is performed.

Bait and Switch:

Every time it begins with a new collection of president-elects who roll out of their respective parties like a cluster of clowns from a compact car in the traveling circus.  They talk the talk, show up at appearances, kiss babies and invent new rhetoric to be noticed more than the next person in line.  At first, the public isn’t interested, nor is it prepared for the measure of their eventual exaltation or fanaticism of the candidate-elects.  A sequence of events, statements, propaganda or posturing occurs that whips their voter base’s adrenalin and ire into a fever pitch.  Game on.

Feel the Fear:

Politics is a sport of fear.  It has nothing to do with leadership.  If it truly did, politicians would be inspiring the people to lead themselves.  Instead, they find new and clever ways to discourage the voting populous by preying upon their anxieties, distress and ignorance with the implication of defeat, veiled threats and dire consequences.  The worst is not in what we know about what is going on, it is in what we don’t know and don’t witness.  Everything that is repressed from the populous is used against it for the purpose of furthering a concealed agenda that most often is to the detriment of the general public.

Contest of Conquest:

One of the greatest spectacles of political theater during an election year is personified in the debate.  It is the age-old practice of attempting to prove to the constituency the validity of one’s candidacy.  It begins with the initial intention of commitment, goodwill, honesty, information and the declaration of oaths.  Yet, it usually devolves into an exchange that can be seen on any elementary playground during recess.  The aim is no longer a presentation of the candidate’s character, experience and purpose.  It becomes an opportunity to debunk, discredit and defrock the opponent.

Ways and Means:

Politics is an elite club from which the people are excluded.  Their only participation is how much money they can donate to their candidate, how much tax they pay and the casting of their vote.  There is no other requirement of the public.  It is a systemic convenience that has cost us our economy, freedom, rights, future and citizenry.  There is an implied expectation of entitlement from candidates and incumbents that the people simply hand over their personal power.  A pledge millions in this country are more than willing to give for the sake of an artificial belonging, security, happiness and peace.

Heads or Tails:

We believe that we have a choice as to who is elected.  We don’t.  Since the dawn of democracy, the people never had a choice and perhaps never will.  Our “choice” is based upon the decision of a few influential individuals whom select the candidates they believe will best further their agenda.  When these candidate-elects are chosen, they are then funded, initiated, lobbied, promoted and programmed by political officials on what to say, how to act and react and motivate their voter base to the polls.  If given the choice, most if not all of us would choose a candidate not listed on the ballot.

Pyramid Scheme:

Our world is run by a small collection of elite wealthy families perpetuating a bloodline that has existed since before history was recorded.  They thrive in the shadows of our apathy, compliance, cynicism, ignorance and fear.  Their network maintains and manipulates a system of international central banks that fund national central banks.  These national banking institutions in turn administrate commercial banks that finance corporations.  This “Corporatocracy” exploits, lobbies and utilizes governments to draft legislation and pass laws to protect their investments, profits, power and status.

Return on Investment:

Millions of dollars are spent by corporations, donors, lobbyists and financial institutions to ensure the election outcome that benefits their interests most.  Yet, billions of dollars are generated, secured and disseminated through covert legislation, corporate tax cuts, no-bid contracts, “defense” spending and subjective scientific research.  In other words, the value we believe our vote has is merely a raindrop in an ocean of financial and corporate exploitation.  As has been stated before, if our vote really made a difference, the banks and corporations would never grant us this liberty.

Seasonal Selection:

As an electorate, we often tend to engage in the political process once every four years, cast our vote and then return to the “reality” of our standard and subliminal servitude.  Our vote is merely an inauthentic expression of artificial power.  By no means do I intend to discourage anyone from fulfilling upon their civic rights.  True freedoms in this world must be claimed and exercised.  We as citizens need be present to where our attention, energy and money flow.  These are the essentials of our lives that determine the prevalence of our liberty or the degree of our captivity.

Power to the People:

We are at the bottom of the pyramid.  We are no longer identified as citizens.  The elite perceives us as consumers.  We enable our enslavement by unconsciously purchasing their products and services and denying and refuting their existence.  We the many significantly outnumber the influential few.  We the people can transform the maniacal network of centralized banks and trans-national corporations.  We can choose to become aware of where our money is going by simply exploring where it leads.  All it requires of us is our dedicated focus, inquiry, practice, purpose and willingness.

Evening the Odds:

We have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in our lives and in the world.  It begins everyday with our choice of who we want to be, how and why we want to live and what we want to manifest.  Our destiny does not live and die when we cast our vote.  It is declared in our intention and action to be an expression and stand for all that enlightens and inspires us.  We need to vote first for ourselves and claim our leadership then encourage others to do the same.  Only then will we truly be the consciousness, love, possibility and transformation we yearn to see in the world.

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Awaken

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

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

The Viral Man:

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

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

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

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

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

Society of Illusions:

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

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

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

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

Turning the Tide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awaken:

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

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

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By Design

“Nothing is ever as it seems.”

Soul Sacrifice:

Life as we live it is an elaborate illusion devised by the few for the devout acquiescence of the many.  Most, if not all of us, don’t want to truly live.  We just act like we do.  We exist in a vacuum of being, conditioned to fear life as much or more than death.  The synthetic comfort of the common median separates us from the power of our choice, focus, purpose and destiny.  We allow “life” to tear our heart out of our chest while our spirit languishes in the purgatory of our reluctance and the custody of our self-righteousness.  We wager our present moments for the promise of our future to escape the torment of our past.

Smoke and Mirrors:

Nothing we experience in the three dimensional domain is real.  The authoritarian imposition of reality we are programed to accept and adopt or our staunch belief in it does not make it genuine.  It is a contemporary fairy tale controlled and manipulated to amuse, bewilder, distract, distort, entertain, and ultimately imprison us.  It is a colossal, elegant complex network of stimuli strategically timed and articulated to evoke emotional, mental and instinctual reactions.  We measure our lives not by our actions, creations or intentions, yet by our responses to totalitarian motivations in the global laboratory of society.

On Purpose:

There never were, are or ever will be accidents in reality.  Only circumstances and occurrences that string us along enough to ensure our engagement, investment and participation.  Where once we sustained social pandemonium with our attention, intelligence and money, now we intravenously enable it with our emotion, energy and soul.  We are desperately and hopelessly addicted to the casual rush of our inherently unique drama, lifestyle, opinion, perception and significance.  This is the formula that keeps us attached, engrossed and obsessed with the perpetual illusion of ordinary life.

The Human Schism:

Our learned fanaticism with all people and things shiny and bright has become a common psychosis of devotion and vicarious existence.  We are mere shadows of the human beings we were destined to be.  Before we have the opportunity to identify, develop and experience our personal power and purpose, it is slowly siphoned away from us by a myriad of energetic, social, institutional and professional entities.  Our lives were taken from us long before they even began, replaced with the American Dream of “someday, some one, someplace, somehow…”  It is a fantasy that isolates us from everything from the universe to ourselves.

Spinning Wheel:

All that we sense in the three dimensional reality is an inversion of perception.  Common sense, reason, belief, history, intelligence and meaning in society has been exploited and transposed into a deception of experience.  Reality has been spun and projected millions of times and ways over the course of human existence.  It is as mutable as public opinion, yet always intended for one sole purpose.  To blind the human race from its oblivious enablement and involvement in a relentlessly secret and insidious agenda.  For multi-national corporate, executive and financial organizations to accomplish a silent global takeover in the name of elitist conquest.

All the World’s a….

Our involvement in society is a performance.  When we are young, we are graded by a system of standardized examinations.  It is not to determine our potential from our intelligence and proficiency, but to prepare us for a lifetime of servitude.  We are institutionalized to be left-brain dominant drones to best serve the mental matrix. (Please see my article “The Heart of It All.”)  As we mature, our grading system is measured in monetary and status criteria as well as our rate of conformity.  We are a puppet upon the stage of reality.  We perform our part on the bottom of the pyramid never realizing if we walked away, the system of enslavement would fall.

The Grand Illusion:

Reality is not life and life is not reality.  These are two very distinct experiences.  Yet, they have been collapsed into one for the purpose of generating a more convenient and lucrative mainframe of human existence for the handful of organizations by whom it is controlled.  Everything in our experience of reality is altered and manipulated to further the agenda of the few at the cost of the many.  The world we see and accept as real is the dark side of the proverbial mirror of life.  It is not the truth that has become the greatest threat to humanity, it is reality.

Business as Usual:

Reality is a 24-hour business.  It is always open and selling illusion at a tantalizing price most can’t afford.  Reality is not bought and sold by us.  We become indebted to it with our apathy, compliance, indifference and resignation.  We willingly hand over our creativity, intention, love, passion, personal power and trust multiple times a day every day of our lives.  This is our true currency we exchange for artificial belonging, comfort, meaning and security.  Human reality is enabled with the investment of our attention, energy, fear and obedience.  The business of reality is to charm us with an illusion of life to restrict us from our truth.

Remote Control:

Every aspect of reality is controlled and manipulated.  Our air, water and food are riddled with chemicals to contaminate us and suppress our consciousness.  News networks use fear as a weapon to modify public perception.  Social media and the sports and entertainment industries are designed to distract us from and desensitize us to the atrocities, inequalities and tragedies their sponsors commit every day in their quest for profit.  Weather patterns are engineered to produce massive storms with an alarming frequency of devastation.  Scientists are now discovering that reality is a holographic projection from a distant, unknown origin in the universe.

The Architects:

There has always been a veiled network of elitist individuals whom have held sovereignty over the world for centuries.  They have hindered the progression of the automotive, energy, health, medical and technological industries all for the sake of reaping high yields from low investments for global domination.  They invented and manipulate the financial marketplace to ensnare their consumers into the slavery of debt.  Yet their most devious practice is preying upon human emotion and thought with fear using the media, politics, sports, religion and war to enslave the human race into two-dimensional reality.

Hacking the Ego:

Human control begins and ends in the complexity of the ego.  Our programming in this world is inevitable.  It is only a question of the degree of our indoctrination.  All of us have lived through years of imposed, intense conditioning.  As human doings we are defined by the boundaries, circumstances, environments, ethics, laws and standards set by the authoritarian organizations our egos enable.  Our false personality receives and sends distorted energetic frequencies to disrupt our intuitive and emotional potential.  We are first slaves to our own design well before we become victims to the villains of the world.

Courting Consciousness:

The acceptance and application of our consciousness is critical to the transformation of our present experience.  There is no place for apathy, cynicism, deception, fear, greed and self-righteousness in our enlightenment.  We either allow ourselves to be crippled by the iniquities of our human design or we choose to transcend them and express our true power.  It is up to each and every one of us to become the manifestation of our truth, love, purpose and destiny.  We are the emanation of all creation.  We are the personification of all possibility.  Each one of us is the only solution we will ever need.

“I never knew who I could become until I freed myself from who I am.”

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