“Spiritualized” The Ego of Spirituality

“Ego is the destroyer of the soul.”

Dysfunction Junction:

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

Observational Hazards:

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

Best of Intentions:

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

Identity of Importance:

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

“Vulnerability is the greatest strength we can express.”

Trail of Tears:

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

Self Alone:

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

Power Play:

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

Divisive Intentions:

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

Spiritualized”:

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

For the Benefit of All:

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

Believer Beware:

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

“Unity is the soul of community.”

“Transforming the Listening” Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of “The New Agora” on “The New Now.”

“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

What Will It Take?

“Reality is a virus.”

Gone Viral:

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.   

Digital Infamy:

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.

Awareness Rising:

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!

Higher Ground:

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.”

On a Personal Note

“Why would we want it the way it was, it wasn’t working anyway.”

Social Shakedown:

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.”

Electoral Fire:

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…”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breathing In Courage with Iam Saums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Much Love, Lorenzo

Big thanks to Iam for Joining us here Today.

Center of Attention

“Energy flows where attention goes.”

Self as Center:

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

Common Illusion:

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

Social Vacancy:

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

Democracy Trumps Narcissism:

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

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

Burden to Bear:

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

Focal Point:

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

Origin of Being:

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

Center as Self:

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

“Enlightenment is being sourced by our soul.”

Assembly Required

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

Prelude to a Vision:

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are.

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

We aren’t.

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

It will.

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

They won’t.

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

They won’t.

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

We can’t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

Era of Awareness

“When mania becomes reality, society is lost.”

Conscious Origins:

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

Social Circus:

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

Minority Blues:

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

Majority Rules:

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

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

Goodwill Calling:

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

Heart of Hearing:

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

Eyewitness:

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

Era of Awareness:

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

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

Universality

“Who we are being is the life we are living.”

Lethal Earth:
We live in a gigantic bubble. The earth’s atmosphere is its boundary. Our world is rife with toxicity. Be it chemtrails laced with heavy metal concoctions, electromagnetic antennas posing as cell phone towers, chemically-riddled food and soda or fluoridated water, we are constantly being dosed. We live in hostile environments both contaminated and fatal. It is not just the impacts to our body. Social pollution distorts and manipulates our mind, heart and our relationship with our soul. Humanity’s way of life has become lethal to itself and nature.

Biological Fallout:
We are anesthetized, desensitized and mesmerized through our participation in a noxious society. Reality is engineered to stimulate a consistent diet of physical, mental and emotional “dis” ease. It disrupts and distorts our innate ability to establish and maintain a relation with our intuition, separating ourselves from our soul. Simply living a relatively healthy life is a constant battle. We are besieged with an onslaught of anxiety, confusion, delusion and fear. Our social dynamic is one of criticism, judgement and self-righteousness. Human nature has been altered into a desire to receive instead of a need to give.

Psychological Warfare:
Two-dimensional reality exists entirely in the mind. Our global culture is primarily lost to the labyrinth of our unconscious thoughts, unrealized dreams and untended fears. The mental life we accept and adopt imprisons us. We fight against ourselves in vicious cycles of self-cynicism, denial and indifference. We bring our internal battle to the external world, projecting our contempt and uncertainty upon others. Our mind is poisoned by our ego. We exhibit customs of a narcissistic society. We contest, debate and outwit ourselves and each other in a vain attempt to win a game we are destined to lose.

Emotional Exploitation:
We are trapped in a paradox of our own arrogance and vulnerability. Our thoughts gradually dominate our feelings. The wires of our mind and heart become crossed. We think to feel and feel to think. We construct fortresses around ourselves to defend the greatest qualities of our humanity. Imaginary threats fashion the false impressions of our intelligence and invincibility. We exercise malevolent, social strategies and behaviors to gain inauthentic power over others. Our relationships are consciously or obliviously compromised in a cunning attempt to discredit or manipulate others to conceal our fear of compassion.

Spiritual Conflict:
Our soul is the greatest victim of our human experience. We exile the essence of our being when we are seduced by the carnal desires of our body and the vicious cycles of our mind. The power of our heart becomes distorted and diminished in the trenches of an alienated society. Eventually, we begin to fight against the transcendent nature of our spirit. The familiarity of our thoughts and instincts turn us against our feelings and intuition. We take up arms against our soul in defense of our ego. The dark night of our soul ends when we embrace our divine nature in the grimmest of times and choose to become an expression of the universe.

“To become our light, we must transform our darkness.”

All That Is Unseen:
We are ruled by our oblivion. Our agendas, indifference and self-righteousness blinds us with what we want to see instead of enlightening us with what we need to see. We exist in a society that is contrary to life, sense and nature. The unknown of ourselves and our unheeded possibility is the opposing force constantly working against us. Our personal barriers are our own invention. It is all we don’t know that we don’t know about ourselves that inhibits our evolution. Therefore, we unconsciously live against ourselves, perpetuating the very madness from which we seek freedom.

Epiphany of Vision:
There are instances of insight occurring every day of our lives, more than we can possibly imagine. Epiphanies are multi-dimensional encounters that provide us with an opportunity to transcend the mundane and experience the extraordinary. For us to shift into a different reality of our life, we must first be willing to let go of the comfortable and familiar. Insights happen when we are open to possibility without the limitations of our ego, fear, routine and perspective. Our vision is our introduction to our purpose. When we intend our vision as our expression of being, we become present to the greatest potentialities of our existence.

On Purpose:
All of us are destined to make a difference. There are few things in life that empower and enlighten us more than fulfilling our personal calling. Our purpose is our spirit in action. Regardless of its definition, our universal life force expands and quickens within us. The extraordinary is imaginable and its realization natural. The influence of social reality diminishes as we release what is and embrace what is possible. Our commitment to transcend all that is inherent and known of ourselves is the key to our personal freedom. The optimal outcome of our experience is caused by our willingness to discover and embody all we can be.

The Diversity of Being:
Who we are is well beyond our imagination. By design, our instinct and intellect confine us to ordinary lifestyles of existence. The mind and body are only instruments to represent our spirit in the terrestrial world. We invest in an illusion of conformity for a fleeting sense of belonging, vanity and worth. We are eternal beings of energy, ever evolving and expanding as an emanation of creation. We are an infinite soul expressing our essence through our intuition. Our heart is the core of our human being. It transforms multi-dimensional energy into an all sustaining life force.

Universality:
All we are is energy. The synergy between our soul, heart, mind and body transforms our energy to its greatest potential. The equilibrium of our being is at the source of our soul’s expression. We are not victims of our circumstances. We are creators of our experiences, destined to inspire and personify life. Each of us has an extraordinary opportunity to empower social reality with our universal presence. Our personal power is the sustenance of our life force. Who we are being in the present defines its quality. When we express our energy, we transcend our humanity and become our universality.

“Our lives are as infinite as our way of being.”