Communication is key to everything in life, I would say. Especially the communications we have with ourselves. It does one no good to lie to themselves about anything for any reason. Unless or course your intent is to live in delusion, in which case, by all means, you should continue to exist in a fug of lies. Going within, though, to discover what Freedom means for you would be essential to finding your ‘Life’s Lost Purpose’. – Lorenzo Malowane
“Society is a reflection of how far we are from ourselves.”
Social Stimulus Experiment:
The current virus spoke volumes about us and our relatedness with society. One thing most evident is our social reaction when the world was turned upside down and inside out over an influenza strain. Liberals turned conservative and vice versa. Society ground to a halt. Businesses dried up, many lost their jobs or companies. Billions of people retreated to the confines of their homes to tune into the mounting numbers flashing across their computer and television screens. Lockdowns were enforced as if war was eminent. In many ways it was and still is.
The optimistic angle to all of this? The natural world was primarily relieved of humanity. Pollution was down. Traffic was nonexistent. The animal kingdom was thriving. The world was almost peaceful. Personally, I felt it was an extraordinary opportunity for humanity to remove itself from the vicious cycles and rampant triggers of society and go within. It was a chance for us to become related with ourselves and the universe, transcend and transform our social conditioning and programming, and empower and express our unique destiny.
Perhaps this occurred or was happening for some. Yet, like a computer program that encounters a virus, (be with this!) our social system was shut down and rebooted into a default mode. Once again, we are essentially where we were in our collective evolution prior to the pandemic madness. Society hit the ground running, rushing back to the way things were, armed with arrogance, consumerism, delusion, egocentricity, entitlement, greed, superiority, self-righteousness and violence. The ideal cocktail for social distraction, disruption and destruction.
As mentioned in several of the articles I have published over the last few years, a universal energetic shift is occurring, giving us the opportunity to transcend the dualistic lunacy we have identified with as society. Our ability to align with the universe by balancing our body and mind with our heart, intuition and soul is ever present. However, this experience does not exist in the simulation of social reality. Nor is it observed in a world enslaved by the institutions of its own amusement, education, media, politics and religion.
Surviving society is a self-centered endeavor. This is how it is designed, so this is how it exists. Thriving in society is a transcendent lifestyle, empowering us to experience evolution, fulfillment, transformation and understanding. Unfortunately, our social conditioning is so all-encompassing and extreme, we opt to merely survive in the presence of all possibility. In our teens and into our twenties, most of us face scarcity. This is far more influential than we choose to acknowledge. All of us encounter a social shift that forces us into the oblivion of adulthood.
Recently, I was shopping in my home village and noticed a woman I would see frequently at the fitness center years ago. She had been attractive and trim with a cheery attitude. When I saw her recently, it was evident she had undergone her social shift into career, marriage and motherhood. It suddenly occurred to me at that time, she had been primping herself into good health to attract a husband, which would lead to having children and arriving to where she is now. When I saw her, she wore a scowl reflecting the watermark of her unfulfilled experience.
“Our lives are only as fulfilled as we live them.”
Settle for Self
For most, personal and social life is all about compromise. I observe and feel this in many people, family, friends, associates and strangers alike. It is hard to witness, and even more difficult to feel. In my youth, I recall the empowerment and inspiration many people I had known experienced. In their unique time, these passions were wagered for social conformity, familial and peer pressure and personal survival. Though these are seemingly justifiable reasons for social compliance, it is the “white flag” we raise every day we engage in the matrix of society.
Nightmares are not what we encounter when we sleep. They exist for us within the comfortable codependence of familial, professional and social obligation and responsibility. Every day we live against the flow of our destiny, experience and purpose. Our investment in life becomes a practice of negotiating and settling on a life of least resistance. We emulate our forebears as they eventually did theirs. Regardless of whatever fantasized self we choose to proliferate into society, it is as much of an illusion as reality. Our settlement in life is our death sentence.
A Soul to See
Most of society does not want to see the clarity nor hear the symphony of the truth. Most have been conditioned and programmed for decades and more into the narrow paradigms of sensual and intellectual insanity, set on a mission to draw meaning and reason from the mass chaos of society. Billions of lifetimes cast in the mold of the “known” reality, in a vain attempt to glean the slightest glimmer of wisdom from the smoke and mirrors of the day to day. Fortifying their defenses and reassuring their self-righteousness, while they sacrifice their soul.
We don the spectacles of reality’s kaleidoscope, believing what we encounter is “real.” Creation and destruction, above and below, good and evil, life and death, the entirety of duality imposes its influence and inhibits our universal experience. All these elements, however grandiose they seem, are only two-dimensional. Transcending the prison of our inherent social perceptions frees us from the dominance of our mind and body. Our heart is the gateway, our intuition is the path, and our soul is the origin of our empowerment, vision, expression and being.
All About Us
From the moment we are born, our existence is only about us. For many, this is personal identity, purpose and stability. Yet, it is also egotism, sociopathy and vanity. Every day, billions of people con themselves, justifying their social atrocities and crimes against humanity to preserve the status quo of their beliefs, bank accounts, defenses, opinions and self-righteousness. To many, this supersedes acceptance, authenticity, equality, honesty, justice, kindness, love and wellbeing. Eventually, the virtues of humanity become as degrative as its sins.
Continuing to do what we have always done ensures we will only encounter more of what we already have. We are rigid programs in the digital matrix of society, tethered to a formulaic mainframe of reactivity to constant social stimuli. The engagement of our reaction defines our enslavement. Therefore, our being, destiny and experience will remain forever unfulfilled. Shifting the focus away from ourselves is a remarkable opportunity to transcend the incessant inclinations of the body and mind. And also, be present in our heart, intuition and soul.
“To become one with our soul is to become one with the universe.”
“I don’t write articles, they write me.”
All the Words Combine
I have been publishing articles on this and other websites for over ten years. It was brought to my attention years ago many of the articles I post are translated into different languages. This is the greatest compliment. I have even had opportunities to be interviewed by akin-spirited people intending to make a difference. I am empowered by the expanding community I discover and encounter with every article I write. Yet, there is something missing in my experience, and perhaps those of others. A transcendent relativity to equal the articles’ purpose.
Truth into Illusion
One observation I have made is the limited understanding, dialogue and application of the social awareness and listening into which I write. I will be the first to acknowledge the complexities and intricacies of the subject matter and vernacular I often choose, and the arrogance and pretentious tones my expression may convey. Perhaps I have lost the attention and interest of readers in the process. It is what it is, in a social reality rife with predominately negative images and information broadcast like advertisements for oblivious consumption. Perhaps what I write about may occur as offensive to many, as much as the mainstream media is to me.
Against the Grain
All who intend to express the truth they resonate with, into an artificial, callous and immoral society always face the greatest adversity, criticism, judgement and ridicule. Humanity is and perhaps has always been inverted and regressive in nature. The masses tend to lash out at those who stand for the truth and praise those who manipulate perception. At no time in my fifty years of life have I felt this to the gravest degree than over the last few years. When I offered an alternative or diverse perspective on what has been happening in contemporary society, I encountered social anger, blame, condemnation, shame and vitriol, losing acquaintances and friends along the way.
I am grateful to be a part of communities who accept and understand me for who I am and who I am not. When the gravity of society imposes its weight upon us, we usually dance and laugh our way through with conscious abandon. This is essential in a chaotic and challenging age. The window to awareness seems to be narrowing for many. Being an expression of the universe in an artificial world is a daunting endeavor. When the tides of humanity are ebbing toward madness and mayhem, our purpose is to flow with acceptance, balance, compassion, consciousness, equality, love and transformation.
“For the energy of the universe.”
Over the last decade, I have observed the declining state of journalism spiral into dis-, mis- and no information, social exploitation and partisan opinion. Authors, bloggers and columnists spar for expanded readership at the cost of their personal and professional authenticity, integrity and veracity. Even to the extent of arguing over nuance in a blind quest to be first, renown and right. The impacts to their audiences have been devastating. It is one thing to bend reality to benefit one’s career or company. Something entirely different to abuse the attention, reliance and trust readers have in an author or publication for the purposes of prestige and profit.
I understand and accept the design of social reality, even when it has no acknowledgement or regard for the truth. I do not need to accredit, compel or solidify what I experience for it to exist for others. That is up to them to choose to discover for themselves, or not. I understand humanity is primarily conditioned and programmed into authoritarian-driven narratives, engineered to provide a social environment of artificial belonging. In which people have the platform to defend their insecurities behind the institutions of education, lifestyle, politics and religion. To the majority, it often seems easier to abide in fear than embrace love.
Ceiling of Consciousness
When I wrote on topics like consciousness, creativity, imagination, multidimensionality, transformation and universality, I used to wonder why there was a lack of response from the world wide web. Why proactive and positive expressions were excluded into non-existence in a society addicted to vicious cycles of negative and regressive repetition. Even why there was a social dependence on toxicity. Then it occurred to me, emulation has highjacked our opportunity for creation. We are artificial beings enslaved in a digital simulation, reacting to social stimuli projected into our existence.
All in Resonance
Every article I compose is inspired by what resonates with me in the moment. The writing process is intuitively guided. Even the editing and revision methods are empowered by insight. When they are published, they are as universally expressed as humanly possible. One of the only unfortunate elements in the progression of an article is attempting to convey in words all that is beyond instinctual and intellectual understanding. Yet, the opportunity to hone my ability for universal expression supersedes the inevitability that most of the universality is lost once they are completed. The energy between the lines is essential.
What I choose to write about may not mean much to most if anything at all. If it did, there would be more of a watermark in the world when the tides of the articles recede. I have never had an intention for profit or recognition from what I publish. The website is free to all who choose to visit. I do not benefit, except for exposure from my articles being published on other websites or for interviews in which I participate. This is my commitment to the universe for sharing its creativity, empowerment, energy, insight and understanding with me. I am only an expression of its presence through my experience.
“Empowering and inspiring community through creativity.”
“Ego is the destroyer of the soul.”
We all have personal agendas, conflicts, crises, egos, faults and strategies. We all have afflictions and conditions which impair our perceptions, senses, instincts, thoughts and feelings. This is the daily reality we all accept, adopt and navigate in our experiences. Some of us nurture practices to keep ourselves balanced, conscious, present and transformed, while some of us front oblivion to deny, dismiss, deflect and project our inner challenges and deficiencies upon others. This happens in all communities. The ego transmits a dense, low-vibrational energy not only impacting the people engaging in deception, yet also the spiritual community with which they pray and relate.
For half of my life, I have participated in spiritual communities. I learned and earned a degree of focus, consciousness, effort, energy, intention and prayer to manage my own ego, agendas, challenges, deficiencies, instincts, thoughts and feelings detrimental to my experience. It is clear to all whom have chosen to walk a spiritual path, there is a necessity to practice observation, awareness, accountability, integrity and transformation. For me, it is a commitment of holding a space for all to have their experience, and the choice to make a positive difference in the lives of all their relations. Unfortunately for some, the “ego of spirituality” establishes a schism between perception and experience.
Best of Intentions:
When our experience begins, we are mystified by the energy and power of spirituality. As human beings, we are prone to heap our belief, hope, energy and lives onto the mystery. It seems much easier to fully sacrifice ourselves upon the altar of blind faith, than delve into the rotten soil of our personal challenges and deficiencies which brought us to it. As our awareness of our soul and the universe evolves, our ego grows in tandem. Most of us decide to abandon observation of our ego, giving it as much power over us than whatever spiritual relation we believe we are cultivating. We instinctively collapse the voice we interpret as spirit with our ego. We listen more to this inner voice than the universe because it tells us what we “want” to hear, never what we “need” to hear.
Identity of Importance:
When the ego takes root in our experience, a desire to be acknowledged and significant arises. As we deepen our spirituality, inevitably we crave importance. Our personal experiences often require the validation of others to exhibit them as being more meaningful and powerful. This is “artificial power,” which negates whatever sincere effort and energy we are investing. It is contrary to our evolution when we fall into virtual spirituality. All the focus, intention, energy, adversity, challenge and pain our experience may bring, offered intentionally and obliviously to our ego in pursuit of false power and importance. Therefore, our spirituality fails. However, it is not the tradition we practice which falters. It is our spiritual superiority which empowers our ego.
“Vulnerability is the greatest strength we can express.”
Trail of Tears:
All of us have personal woundedness. We have been hurt by circumstances and others, yet primarily by ourselves. Our suffering is self-inflicted, whether we choose to believe, observe or claim it. We conceal and covet our pain and insecurity because we believe our ego when it tells us it is weakness. We repress our deficiencies in desperation and present a “brave face” to our community, while we break down with every spiritual step we take. As we stumble down our path, our anger, anxiety, doubt and fear rise to be released from our experience. When this occurs, we have three options. 1. We continue to deny and repress its existence. 2. We project it upon others as their responsibility, thus deflecting our own. 3. We choose to be with and manage our own issues and eventually resolve them.
Spirituality is not about “our” experience. This is a selfish fantasy we devise to appease our ego and sustain our artificial power, ultimately limiting our conscious evolution. The cornerstone of our commitment to the traditions we walk is our service to the people in our communities and beyond. Occasionally, I have observed people step into spiritual experiences for the sole purpose of receiving something for themselves alone. This has been and is heartbreaking for me to witness, all their potential for making a difference, wagered for control, ego and importance. The most disturbing reality in this dynamic; most have little awareness of the impacts it has on them, and none it has on others.
Many who step into a spiritual experience often have deficiencies or lack personal power. When they see others who are developing and expressing their own, they too yearn to establish theirs. Yet, their ego emphasizes their neglected anger, anxiety, fear, insecurity, pain and woundedness. Out of their desire, desperation, entitlement and self-righteousness, they aim to steal power from others to fabricate their own. They use other people’s reactions to their behavior to distort and manipulate experience and perception. When they are exposed, they present themselves as victims of the circumstance they have caused, using their drama, trauma and tears as a weapon to divert the attention from themselves onto others to achieve their agenda.
One of the primary expressions of “artificial power” in spiritual communities happens when the “spiritualized” attempt to divide and conquer. They invent narratives about others, most often leaders, to distort and manipulate perception, compromising the image, role and trust leaders have earned with their communities. Once the seeds of speculation are planted, the provocateurs enroll others in their orchestrated plots, gathering numbers and imposing their agendas. They initiate division between members of the community to efficiently control information and outcomes. Essentially, it is a hostile takeover predicated by their belief they are better than the people who are given roles of responsibility.
For years, I have attempted to identify the behaviors of people who use spirituality as a strategy to bolster their ego, execute their agenda and obtain power. The term that best classifies this behavior is “spiritualized.” By definition, “someone who perceives themselves to be spiritually superior to others, using ageism, experience, history and self-righteousness to prove and impose their spiritual status and worth.” Being “spiritualized” is a social psychosis and metaphysical stigma running rampant throughout most if not all domains of spirituality. Yet it is not only the actions, words or behaviors of “spiritualized” individuals, it is the malicious intent in the name of spirituality which invokes the greatest harm, influence and devastation.
For the Benefit of All:
Some may be offended when reading this article. Some may believe what is written does not apply to them. Whether my observations about the ego of spirituality empowers, inspires, enrages, irritates or simply does not move the needle of recognition is telling. Whatever reaction we choose in response to these observations is a clarification of our willingness to acknowledge and accept we ALL have egos. Like it or not, its influence DOES impact our spiritual experience and those of others. Understanding this gives us all the opportunity to shift our focus and energy away from our ego and align with our soul. If we are going to give all of ourselves for our spiritual experience, it needs to be for the benefit of all.
Practicing tradition is a powerful experience. It is a humbling opportunity often mistaken as an attainment of individual advancement. When we charge into our spirituality with agenda, ego, entitlement and expectation, it will become destructive to us and others in ways we cannot begin to imagine. However, when we step into our experience with consciousness, humility and prayer, it empowers our lives and those of others. “Spiritualized” people do not like to be told what to do, and often tend to alter traditions, feign understanding or even make them up to suit their agenda. After all my experiences, one insight I would share with those at the crossroads of their soul; be present to your ego and its influence, or you will never have a spiritual experience.
“Unity is the soul of community.”
“Listening is offering others the experience of being heard.” – Iam Saums
Video Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of “The New Agora” presented by “The New Now” inspired by my new article, “An Ear to Hear.”
To Transform Listening
“Changing how we hear things. Maybe a clearer way of understanding this is simply ‘learning to listen’. One of the hardest skills I’ve ever had to master is the skill of listening to others, striving to listen, to truly hear what’s being shared with me beyond my own thoughts.
As I recapitulate my time here in this life, from my childhood schooling to my adulthood, I can see, in all honesty, that I was barely ever really listening to others in a conversation.
Mostly I was thinking of my ‘agenda’, whatever that was at the time, and wondering how to get what I wanted. It started with ‘candy and toys’ as a little boy, and grew towards, well I guess you could say, adult versions of ‘candy’ and ‘toys’.
Having an agenda in a conversation, I feel, is perhaps one of the rudest things anyone can take into such interactions. If you are thinking of an outcome, no matter how loving or sweet you may feel it is, you are probably not hearing what is being shared. I was instead seeking to maneuver the moment towards what I wanted it to be, or what I wanted to get out of it, sometimes just wanting to get out of the conversation itself.
How utterly selfish and egotistical I was. if I’m not very careful in my communications I can still fall into any number of bad habits. It seems obvious now that if you are not ‘hearing’ what the other is attempting to communicate, you are not really being ‘loving’ and present in that moment. And by loving, I mean taking the other into consideration. Obvious, now, and yet it still takes a constant effort and attention, caring if you will
Not with just words, either. We all communicate in many different ways on many different levels, many we remain unaware of throughout. Body language, hidden emotions or feelings, unknown tendencies all come into play, whether we are conscious of them or not, during our day to day interactions with others.
Even alone in a room, it has become important to me to be clear with my hearing and listening. Enhancing my communication skills has been one of the best gifts I have ever given myself. Hard to beat self-knowledge.
In fact, it’s taken me years and years to determine the differences between my heart’s communication and my ‘head born’ fears. Emotions, beliefs, shadows, desires and old habits all influenced my attempts to share clearly with myself and with others. Figuring my way through these ‘traps of clarity’ have made me a much better person.
Much more to explore here. Attention and consciousness are interlinked.
In the following video, Iam Saums and I, go deeply into this topic. Perhaps it comes down to feeling something in your life that requires transformation, changing, and your instincts tell you some that parts of your life are crying out for attention, healing, change; well, a perfect place to begin would be to examine how you communicate, with yourself, with others, keeping a close ‘ear’ on your listening skills, or lack thereof.
After all, who doesn’t wish for love, abundance and happy relationships and such. Maybe if you feel any of these are somewhat lacking, an effort to ‘transform your listening’ may help you out. Couldn’t hurt. I’ve found that to honestly hear what the other is sharing can transform worlds. No matter the circumstances, becoming a better listener, for me anyways, has made me a better person.”
Hark! Heed! Hear! Attention. Be aware.
With much Love, Lorenzo
“Reality is a virus.”
When the pandemic began, one of my relatives asked me if I was surprised at how many were affected. I responded, “not at all.” After their further inquiry, I made the comment, “most people’s financial wealth is a greater priority for them than their personal health.” Sad but true. I have realized we are collectively conditioned, exploited and integrated into social reality. Inevitably, we are diverted away from important experiences like our consciousness, creativity, personal destiny, empathy, love, listening and relatedness. Social reality is a deception of perception. I would claim most of society is caught in its simulation, never to be freed.
Living in Oblivion:
Billions of people around the world eagerly accept, adopt and indoctrinate themselves into numerous popular social systems designed for congregational enslavement. Empty structures for belonging and relating deliver fruitless and tiresome experiences, with little to no personal or communal enlightenment or empowerment. Institutional consumption, education, politics and religion have made us heartless and soulless, condemning us to a virtual reality. We are inundated with constant stimuli to preoccupy our instincts, minds and base senses at the cost of our emotional, intuitive and spiritual fulfillment. Human oblivion has annihilated our capacity and possibility for awareness, intention, expression and transformation.
Our ego’s appetite for attention, control, influence, power and wealth has enabled the artificial reality in which we exist. Damned be the animal, mineral and natural worlds in the wake of our contemporary, technological revolutions. Our addiction to the spotlight has far exceeded the watermarks of our predecessors, flooding the mainstream with a reckless abandon for social media. Fame is measured by the viral nature of humanity’s selfish and superficial promotion and propaganda. It is not a coincidence that an infectious virus has spread like wildfire over the masses, while we eagerly impose our individual agendas to climb the ladder of social exposure and popularity.
Reversal of Power:
Our viral behaviors, inclinations and actions have altered reality. Within the three-dimensional dynamic of the positive, negative and neutral forces of nature and the universe, we have inadvertently accentuated our darkest tendencies. As a civilization, we have been manipulated into believing generating personal power is a competition in the pursuit of individual success at the devastating cost of rampant, social failure. Orthodox conditioning programs us to sustain selfish survival as our ultimate achievement. This adopted lifestyle and perception is a collective psychosis, consuming all potential for creativity, community, empowerment, enlightenment and transformation.
“Personal power is an intimate, solitary and unique experience.”
The Best of Intentions:
Few of us would choose to be the villain in society’s antiquated story. Yet, most of us have played the role many times over. What is most dangerous to the balance of social dynamics is our denial or oblivion to the part we perform. We are not a conscious race, let alone courteous, empathetic or encouraging. Like it or not, we are cruel, egocentric fiends hellbent on destruction far more often than creation. No matter how hard we attempt to express ourselves with the best intentions, our contrarian outcomes speak for themselves. Whatever sense of achievement we can glean from our chaotic experiences is as empty as our hearts have become. Now, something new and remarkable is transforming within us.
Collective community and consciousness is growing. Whether the focus is on positive or negative events, it is happening. More people are awakening from the slumber of social reality, becoming present beyond what they see, hear, feel and sense. An energetic shift is transpiring on a multi-dimensional level of being, providing us with an extraordinary opportunity to transcend social reality and align with our heart, soul and the universe. My question is, “what other option is there?” Continue down the apparent path of least resistance, tethering ourselves to archaic, social enslavement for superficial achievement, belonging, and wealth? This is it! The era we have been eagerly awaiting has come!
For centuries, people have sought clarity, insight, transformation and vision by journeying below the earth’s surface or on hills and mountains. These experiences are an exodus from all things reality to connect with something transcendent from self. Most fast from food and water, placing themselves at the mercy of nature. This kind of experience has been and is available to us since March 2020 when humanity took a left turn, giving us the opportunity to step out of our personalities and connect with our heart, soul and the universe. Yet, social reality is a clever con, always inventing effective ways to distort and distract our attention (energy) from our potential enlightenment and transcendence. This era of illumination and inspiration empowers us with possibility. We simply must choose it.
What Will It Take?
All of us, yes all of us are universal beings. This is our birthright as souls living a human experience. Our life force has been highjacked by authoritarian entities to manipulate us into believing and engaging in the simulation of reality. We acquiesce our power and direct our energy toward organizations enslaving us with our own fear and conditioned desire for amusement, consumerism and evasion. What will it take to shift our focus from the social negatives into the universal positives? What will it take for us to reject the social reality imposed upon us and embrace the truth of our universal selves? What will it take for us to awaken, focus, intend, express and manifest? Perhaps our very lives…
“We must be willing to give everything to receive everything.”
“Why would we want it the way it was, it wasn’t working anyway.”
Beginning in March 2020 the world was shutdown. Rolling lockdowns, restrictions, social distancing and masks littered society with the promise of protection, blended with heavy doses of fear and propaganda. Even social perception was compromised; altered and manipulated toward an apparent intention for safety, yet rife with undeniable political and social agendas emerging from the unknown. Years ago, I learned that whenever global events occur such as the pandemic, there is always more going on under the surface of reality than we choose to see or become informed. Given the common attention span often struggles to sustain awareness, it always takes time for nefarious things to be revealed, even as they go widely unseen.
Catch a Breath:
Upon reflection, my daily life did not change much over the last year and a half. I still went to work, to the store, out of town for events and family visits, gathered with community, played music, wrote articles and stayed in touch with people in my life. I did appreciate the lack of traffic on the roads and trails, at the shops and even in the streets. There was a calm and peace in the world that happened overnight. For those fleeting weeks, society was taking a breath, as was nature. Something began to break the surface through the back and forth of the medical industry, mainstream media and the political arena. In the wake of dis-, mis-, lack and no information, I felt a shift happening in the world. Consciousness was growing within the madness of social reality.
Stand and Create:
It became apparent to me global transformation was possible, and, to some extent, occurring. The current events had captivated the collective attention of humanity. This excited and inspired me. The era some of us were envisioning, intending and expressing for years was happening. Personal empowerment came to me as a rush of creativity, energy and imagination. I started writing music again. My writing style matured and shifted in a new direction. My meditations and practices were all engaging, powerful and fulfilling, providing me with a new balance, experience, insight and perception into what is possible. While much of the world was impacted and influenced by anxiety, fear, illness and uncertainty, I stood my conscious ground.
Truth and Transmission:
As Spring turned into Summer, the energy in society grew more chaotic, intense and unstable. The pensive calm and quiet turned into viral surges, gun violence, racial profiling and murder, social uprising and the US’s favorite pastime, politics. Being aware of social conditioning in all forms, and having found the eye in humanity’s recent hurricane, I found myself remarkably balanced, centered, focused and grounded. There were times when I observed and even engaged in the melee, yet soon found my breath, stepped out of the fracas and reset my connection with the universe. This became a vital practice whenever my equilibrium was challenged. It is in the stillness of the present we clarify and establish our truth.
“There are over seven billion truths in the world, and one gigantic lie.”
The Summer passed and the US Election took center stage with all its pomp and circumstance. The ass and the elephant temporarily replaced the focus from the pandemic, setting the masses ablaze. Suddenly, the flames of anxiety and fear from the virus shifted into politics. One side touted an arrogant and self-righteous attention monger. The other side dusted off an aging, yet experienced politician who had a questionable backstory of his own. I do not choose to engage in the political process simply because it is a racket. A clever and deceptive system designed to disempower the masses, encouraging a timeless exorcism of the people’s power under the false pretense their choice in the political arena makes a difference.
Ebb and Flow:
The election passed, apart from the childish tantrums of its loser. The virus charts and numbers rose and receded like an inconvenient tide. In many ways we were all separated from each other, though pre-virus comparisons would reveal we always had been. I pressed onward through the melee of social reality, bearing my personal creativity, empowerment, meditation, prayer and transformation as a guiding light against the mounting, simulated darkness. All the while enjoying the adventure, discovery and opportunity of my experience in an unparalleled, universal energetic shift. Yet, for every powerful wave of enlightenment empowering our consciousness, the social undercurrents of anxiety and fear aimed to yank us back into reality.
Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back:
In my life, I have become accustomed to standing for my belief and truth with willful abandon. This last year and a half have challenged my acceptance, tolerance and understanding of others in the wake of intensifying social criticism, judgement, opinion and prejudice. Caught somewhere between self-defense and disbelief, I shook my head and smiled my way through it. As often as possible, I express an immense empathy for humanity and society. I choose to believe we all have the potential to observe ourselves from within and transform our way of being to the best of our ability in the spirit of making a difference. Yet, fear is a social vortex devouring possibility at every turn.
Jab and Weave:
Through Winter and into Spring, I rode the social waves of ease and malaise. After a while, the pangs of emergency and urgency of the pandemic began to dull. The social focus was instinctively turning to the old-world pastimes of amusement, entertainment, politics and sports. Those beating the drum of anxiety were still thumping away on the nerve strings of society in a last-ditch effort to captivate all with their antiquated spell. The heated debate between the vaxxed and the unvaxxed expired. All who took the jab appeared to move on with their lives and all who declined followed suit. Inevitably, most are eager to forget this last agonizing year and a half, replacing its bitter memory with the pastime of their fancy.
Beyond the Choice:
Now, we move into Summer with earnest hopes to leave it all behind, anxiety, chaos, fear, illness, inequality, isolation, lockdowns, loss, lunacy and uncertainty. What remains are the ashes and embers of the world before everything went sideways. An extraordinary, universal energetic shift continues, regardless of the mundane, social regression ebbing in tandem with the flow of our ever-evolving consciousness. These last 18 months have been an affirmation of the power of our choice to either be taken under by the receding tide of social reality or ride the waves of enlightenment and transcendence into the embrace of our destiny. Beyond this choice is our opportunity to manifest our universal being. Seems quite simple to me.
“There is no way back, only forward…”
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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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 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”