Kaleidoscope

“Manipulation is our common mode of expression.”

Perception Deception:
How we perceive our experience of life becomes our reality. How we transform our experience of life becomes our truth. This is an essential distinction often buried beneath the cavalcade of complexity with which we occupy our lives. Most of us focus our daily intent on surviving rather than thriving. Society indoctrinates us into this mind-driven lifestyle to disassociate and distract us from our true purpose. Infinite facets of perception and tangents of thought overstimulate our senses. We allow ourselves to be confused and deceived by our self-induced psychosis, primarily influenced by the turbulent tides of our social environment.

The Truth of Reality:
Reality is not “real.” No matter how foreign or obscure this may seem, reality is our inevitable human captivity. It is the ultimate form of slavery. Reality is an engineered projection imposed upon us by authoritarian, hierarchal, secret societal, sociopathic people hellbent on control, greed, manipulation and power. It is a human invention to confine and suppress our consciousness, empathy and spirituality. Inevitably, all of us concede to this omnipresent force in fear of failure, prejudice, ridicule and segregation. Reality is a vortex invented to consume everything distinct from its intended design. It is an illusion to distort what is real.

Spin Factor:
The most influential element of perception is how it is spun. We each have a unique perspective on our lives and society. Yet, we allow our viewpoints to be distorted and manipulated by mass media broadcasting agenda-laden information by and for exclusive ways and means. It is not the rare, drastic and massive shifts in our perception that make the greatest impact. It is the daily, mechanical and subtle swings to which we have been desensitized. Perception is spun every day and way to sustain benefit for the few at the cost of the many. In a society desperate to believe in “reality,” perspective is easily altered, biased and invented.

Exaltation:
We are born and bred to idolize and praise. Most of us become inferior because we are socially conditioned to give away our personal power as a necessity to succeed in reality. Our foundation of existence is built upon an unstable ground of ego, emulation, greed and self-righteousness. We occupy our lives with physical desires, intellectual debate and elementary emotion. Our soul is a desert devoid of the life we have long sacrificed to accumulate, conform and consume. We have made it more attractive and convenient to celebrate and imitate the lives of others at the cost of our own. Like our power, we eagerly give away the onus of our perception.

We Are What We See:
Our lives are defined by how we view them. Though we have various senses, our sight greatly impacts our experience. Most of what we become is a culmination of what we perceive. Our vision dominates our existence. We are entirely reliant upon what we see. Our eyes deceive us as much as our reality. What we “want” to see often overpowers what we “need” to see. Every day we adopt a common reality based upon how and what we observe. Society is designed to imprison us into duality. Linear perception and the simulated dynamics of “reality” prohibit our ability to manifest our personal vision.

“It doesn’t matter what happens around us, it only matters what happens within.”

Dreamworld:
Everything distinct from our individual being is an illusion. It is a projection of rudimentary cause and effect in which we adopt and invest based upon our circumstances, decisions and energy. We have been conditioned to believe that the external world is all that is real. That what lies within us is devoid of intention, meaning, purpose and value. We have sacrificed our personal power for artificial belonging, intelligence, status and wealth. We have allowed our perceptions to be manipulated to the utmost degree. In so doing, we have surrendered our heart and soul. Society and reality are systems designed specifically to divert us from ourselves.

A Hand in the Act:
Our perceptions have been programmed to serve an authoritarian agenda. They sustain a socially engineered reality at the cost of our creativity and purpose. We are anesthetized to the effects of this conditioning due to our daily, self-prescribed dose of synthetically mindless amusement and entertainment. We are stimulated by an addictive dependence on fear and fantasy to escape the dire perceptions we adopt of reality. This preoccupies us from becoming the greatest expression of ourselves and fulfilling our destiny. We allow this constant and peripheral anxiety to alter our outlook on life and propagate its eventual downfall.

Diamond in the Rough:
Humanity is a multi-faceted diamond of perception. There are over six billion viewpoints, each one as essential as the next. The diversity of our vision is measured not by the strength of our own, yet by the willingness to see beyond the borders of conventional perception. Our desire to discover, experience and illuminate the mysteries of ourselves transforms all we may encounter. The perception we choose is the bridge to manifest what is possible in our life. Our vision is inspired by the personal commitment and empowerment for which we live. We are the saviors for whom we have been waiting.

Epiphany of Insight:
The truth of what is cannot be found in contemporary forms of media, whether they are social, printed, forums, lectures, videos or even sacred texts. Individual truth is conceived in a vision, realized in one’s being and manifested as a lifestyle. Our personal revelations are multi-dimensional experiences always occurring within us. When we are present to these opportunities, our consciousness of, commitment to and engagement with them establishes our existence. Our insights are the sparks that illuminate and inspire our perceptions and lives. We are the sole creators of our evolution and transformation.

A Call for Consciousness:
Reality is a kaleidoscope of virtual stimuli to divert us from our true path. Our emergence from the shadows of society is vital to our becoming. It is our choice how we view, experience and create the world within and without. We are either victims of the greatest vicious cycle ever invented through our compliance and participation. Or we are our own saviors who cause our freedom, intention and personal power. It is our calling to envision and manifest all that our heart and soul embodies. We are the only person who will ever prevent ourselves from becoming all we may imagine. We are the source of our purpose.

“Our vision is the gateway to our consciousness.”

The Reality of Us

We are the problem that leads to the solution.”

Sole Superiority:

Nobody owes us, nor are we entitled to anything in this world.  Though it is an inconvenient truth, we are not of benefit to this earth.  We are a biological epidemic, consuming vital resources at the expense of our own equality, freedom, justice and purpose.  Our personal perceptions are processed through a virtually institutionalized marketplace of subjective reality.  Society prepares us for an artificially sheltered life. We are bred to be terrified of everyone and everything distinct from ourselves.  Our pride, prejudice and self-righteousness are imposed necessities for our social survival.

The “I” Syndrome:

We are culturally programmed to design our lives around ourselves.  Our justification for this self-centered strategy is the dire and inevitable personal, professional and social consequences should we refuse.  The focus of our ambition, attention and intention is entirely dictated by our ego.  Eventually, we become enslaved by the vicious cycle of our desire, want and vanity at the cost of our happiness, love and truth.  When faced with an opportunity to give and share, we often decide to thoughtlessly receive and accumulate.  Our survival becomes a comfortable euphemism for our egocentricity.

Human Obsolescence:

As much as our contemporary society invents ways to accelerate a market place of planned obsolescence for profit, so too has it become for human beings.  Awareness and practice in personal health is of meager priority.  Benevolence, ethics and virtues have been replaced by personal achievement, competition and wealth.  Apathy, denial and evasion compromises our sense of adventure, fulfillment and purpose.  Humanity has become a disposable life form, engineered, manipulated and prohibited to reach its true destiny.  Our shelf life declines as our appetite increases.

Enter the Void:

How we choose to live determines whether we are a creator or a destroyer.  There is no middle ground.  Who and how we are being is either an expression of our life or death.  We are seduced by society to be entertained and mystified by human decline, disgrace and destruction.  In many ways, it may make us feel better about the status of our own life when we see the downfalls and failures of others.  We live in the shadows of our superficiality and become inhabitants of a surreal reality.  Our choice or lack thereof condemns us to the adoption of our own oblivion.

The Illusion of Time:

If reality is the ball, time is the chain of our personal enslavement.  Time, like most things in this world, is only as influential as our perception empowers.  We have allowed our personal power to be inverted into a private prison.  The seemingly overwhelming effort and price of achieving our individual destiny, purpose and vision often outweighs its manifestation.  Time is an illusion of perception invented to distort and modify our multi-dimensionality into a linear duality.  The more we perceive our lives in the measurement of time, the more we give them away to this linear deception.

We live our lives through the eyes of others.”

Persuasion of Perception:

Perception is the most influential force in society.  In a civilization lacking creativity, faith and intuition, the social engineering and manipulation of observation is a business model for the industries we enable.  Power is not fame, politics, possession and wealth.  It is the ability to alter and control the way society perceives itself.  Every day in every way financial institutions, corporations, politicians and a myriad of agencies seek ways to implant and impose their agendas and motivations upon humanity.  Perception creates reality.  How we see the world is more powerful than anything in it.

Artificial Reality:

The reality we commonly experience in life is a complex simulation.  It is the greatest deception ever created.  As ingenious as its existence, is our engagement, faith and trust in it.  Reality is a projection that all of us accept and adopt as “real.”  However, it is anything but authentic.  The dynamic of reality is one that gives the impression of possibility and security, yet in truth is exclusive and perilous.  Those who understand its mechanics and probabilities often alter, distort and manipulate its design for advantage, position and profit.  The life we live is not at all as it seems.  It is an illusion.

Life Sentence:

Our lives are a dream.  They are a fabrication of social engineering designed to distract, entertain and preoccupy.  The common experience we all have isn’t really “life.”  It is a staged sequence of virtual events to disillusion, intimidate and manipulate our instincts, thoughts and emotions.  We are programmed to become disassociated from our souls since the time we are born.  Our lives are dictated more by external forces than those from within.  We are rats in a three-dimensional maze, ever searching for an exit that doesn’t exist.  The bars of our social prison are as pervasive as they are absolute.

Appeal of Testimony:

Before we can break free from the bonds of our adopted conditioning, we must first acknowledge our role in the vicious cycle of contemporary society.  Each one of us is responsible for the destructive nature of reality.  We allow our egos to transmit our anger, competition, envy, frustration and intolerance.  Even if we decide to cop an innocent plea of ignorance, it does not exonerate us from our contribution to a culture of selfishness.  No matter how much we attempt to mystify ourselves, our freedom is found in our commitment to accountability, integrity and transformation.

Awakening:

Awareness is a lonely path.  It is an intimate venture we all must discover, empower, practice and fulfill.  No other person has the insight, inspiration, passion and right to achieve what only we can for ourselves.  When we establish our true vision of who we are and how we create our life, we distinguish ourselves from the mass imposition of reality.  We see it for what it is and what it is not; a prison for the heart and soul.  Awakening to the artificial dynamics of reality creates the possibility for our soul to thrive in our life.  Our consciousness is the measure of its manifestation.

Our vision is the truest expression of our soul.”

A Stirring in the Soul

“If we choose to see who we truly are, we would never yield our power.”

Common Ground:

Each of us is a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual phenomenon. We are not three-dimensional life forms with two-dimensional perceptions living one-dimensional lives.  We are creative, multi-dimensional beings with infinite potential, destined to make a difference and transform our experience of life.  Yet, our indoctrination into adulthood conditions us to surrender our personal power to authority, competition, consumerism and reality.  Inevitably, we abandon our vision and purpose to conform and survive within the archaic paradigm of modern society.

A Matter of Being:

Human beings share the same beginning, middle and end. We are all born, live and pass from this earth.  There is no escaping this all-encompassing truth.  Our only personal distinction is whom we may choose to be.  Billions of people have dreamed, thought and fulfilled more than most may care to comprehend.  Before any of these achievements, measures, outcomes or realizations are made manifest, it requires our focused intention and expression of being.  To bring anything into our reality, we must first become an avenue for that which we intend.

Signs of Life:

Death is a part of life, yet life is also a part of death. It is undeniable the impression and influence dying has upon us all.  Human perception tends to focus on the tremendous stress of one day not existing instead of the extraordinary and essential experience of becoming something beyond imagination.  Though the structure of our everyday reality imposes the prospect of pending doom and nothingness, it is our choice to define the quality of our life.  The measure of our lives is not determined by our desperation to survive.  It is expressed in our commitment and willingness to thrive.

The Quickening:

Energetic shifts are accelerating and expanding the progression of human consciousness. A global awakening has and is spreading like a windswept wildfire.  It is illuminating all it inspires.  The human race is beginning to wake up to the harsh, simulated reality in which we have all been cast.  The intensity of our experience is our resistance to the social conditioning we have all been forced to endure.  The apprehension we may feel and interpret as anxiety is the transformation of our fear into awareness, intention and love.  These are the growing pains of our becoming.

The Source of our Power:

The universe is a nexus of multi-dimensional energy experienced in its truest nature with our soul consciousness. It cannot be seen, heard or touched.  The only sense we exhibit that allows us to relate to the supernal realms is our ability to feel.  Our heart is the center of our being.  It is our personal electromagnetic transformer.  Our soul conducts the movements of the universe through our intuition.  Our heart receives and conveys this energy through our way of being and creative expression.  The more we are an embodiment of the universe; the more we transform our reality.

“There is nothing more powerful than creating our life.”

A Soul for Creation:

Each one of us is a natural expression of creativity. Whether or not we choose to participate in its realization depends on us.  Our social environment does not promote or support our destined purpose.  It is designed to impose mimicry in place of creativity.  Our personal power is sourced from our imagination.  Intuition is the pathway through which the extraordinary is possible.  Our soul is the source of our being.  When we relate with it, our potential for creativity is present.  All it requires of us is our commitment to be the pathway for its manifestation.

Realization of Vision:

Society imposes fears of exposure, failure, intimacy, lack and vulnerability. We give our power over to others and rely upon them to provide us our vision.  Our inspiration to be begins with our choice to define our intention.  We are the authors of our experience when we create our reality.  Each of us has the opportunity to manifest our destiny and express it into the world through how we are being.  Our vision is the gateway to who we truly are.  It is the embodiment of our soul.  The realization of our vision is the emergence of our spirit into our life.

Commitment to Cause:

Commitment is not a part of our daily experience. We often reserve this privilege for people other than our selves.  We are socially influenced to seek validation from our acquaintances, employers, family, friends and officials of authority.  Society programs us to be more dependent upon the external world and less on our selves.  We are central to the cause of our life.  Our experience is established by our choice and intention.  Our commitment creates our fulfillment.  The vow we make with our selves is the declaration of our vision.

On Purpose:

Our lives are typically accidental. It is not that we lack investment in them.  We are simply not individually or socially empowered or prepared for the personal focus or intention to live them with purpose.  Reality is riddled with distractions and diversions to sustain our compliance, confusion, indifference and resignation.  Our destiny is distorted by a super-imposed obligation to society.  When we discover, declare and practice our soul purpose, we replace what we inherit with what we create.  All we envision intends ourselves into being.

In Service for All:

The greatest expression of our being-ness and its manifestation in society is the charitable service we perform in our communities. Any effort we choose to offer that encourages enrichment, fulfillment, progression and transformation is our soul’s intention in action.  It is what defines our vision, commitment, purpose and destiny.  When we heed our call of opportunity and possibility, it activates the multi-dimensional dynamic of our being.  We transcend the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary.  We become our greatest potential.  The expression and inspiration of our service is an invitation to all.

“Our only truth is of our soul.”

A Vision of Being:

Everything begins and ends on the soul level. We are everything and nothing all at once.  We all carry the infinite energy of the universe.  It is entirely up to us how we choose to manifest this energy into our reality.  Our life is our opportunity to manifest all that empowers and inspires us.  Personal enlightenment is not the only fulfillment of the soul.  The transcendence of the human race and the transformation of reality into truth is our common purpose.  Creativity is the key that opens the door to our universal possibility.  When we choose to be an expression of the source, we become our vision.

Rise and Shine

“Fear is what happens to us when we deny our love.”

Social Distortion:

Humanity is afflicted with an inexorable disease.  It is a widespread epidemic that compromises our authenticity, ethics, integrity and sensibilities.  One of which we as a global culture have been suffering from since the dawn of our existence.  Its roots originate in our chaotic, obscure and unconscious lifestyle.  This social virus is an emotional instability, a mental phobia and inevitably becomes a physical disease.  All of us are infected.  No matter how we attempt to avoid, distract or escape ourselves, it is always there.  It thrives on our personal apathy, attachment, conflict, denial and dependence.  We are prisoners of our own fear.

Broken Foundation:

The decline of our society has accelerated. No matter what our belief, education, perception, politics or understanding, it is undeniable.  Humanity is in a perpetual state of fear.  Most of us are not aware of its full measure and impact.  We have been socially conditioned into a custom of dis-ease, disillusionment, distrust and indifference.  Cultural confusion influences all avenues of our daily experience.  From our early exposure to authority, education and religion, to the contemporary exploitation of the media, our peers and society, we are constantly overwhelmed by a blitz of aggravated anxiety.  Our fear is like water to the fish.

Feigned Obscurity:

Reality, as presented and perceived, has been distorted and manipulated to the nth degree. Its dynamics have been strategically altered beyond common understanding.  Those who pull the strings of the global puppet show make sure the design is complicated enough to prevent the majority from transforming it.  It is the energy of our own fear that sustains the reality in which we are confined.  We are not taught nor do we choose to learn ways to transcend this social prison.  Therefore, we sequester ourselves within the boundaries of our personal fear.  Reality is an artificial security that prohibits the fulfillment of our possibility.

Tapestry of Terror:

Terror sells, perhaps even more than fear or sex. It is a controversial terminology wielded by adolescent adults for the purposes of agenda, control and profit.  The impact of its implication provokes anxiety, hate, ignorance and oppression.  It is a contrived power that has altered history, law, perception and understanding.  Those who define it are often the guiltiest of practicing it.  It is a commercial, corporate, financial and political exercise to exploit the fear of nations for the manipulation of the global marketplace.  The true purpose of contemporary terror is to bewilder, distress, enrage and terrify humanity.

“The easier it is to look away, the harder it is to live with ourselves.”

The Bliss of Oblivion:

We have made it our inalienable right to be consciously unconscious. Selective reality is our common misperception.  We desensitize and acclimate ourselves to the horrors of inequality, injustice, prejudice and violence.  Social chaos, deception, destruction and trepidation have chased us into our proverbial rabbit holes.  We defend and hide ourselves from the mere threat of danger.  We settle for mere survival in the shadow of life.  Our motivation is socially distorted from fulfillment, purpose and service to amusement, escape and possession.  We savor the bliss of our self-conditioned oblivion, tethered to the vicious cycle of a virtual reality.

Imaginary Life:

We are all in a waking slumber. The monotony of society’s arduous routine has pulled reality over our eyes.  Our sedation is sustained by the multiplicity of our amusement, distraction, entitlement, obligation and responsibility.  We are culled into pedestrian roles as slaves to a complex matrix of indoctrinated education, elementary entertainment, divisive politics and idealistic religion.  Our attachment, consumerism, fear and obedience enable a ravenous social system of competition, exploitation, manipulation and obsolescence.  Everyday we voluntarily justify our part in defending and enabling an imaginary life at the cost of our freedom.

The Spark:

It happens to all of us in our own unique way. Our perception and experience shifts from our immersion in to our transcendence from social reality.  We see the illusion for what it is and become acquainted with our personal vision.  The quickening of our empowerment and enlightenment propels us into the embrace of the extraordinary.  Linear perception transforms into multi-dimensional experience.  We are thrust into expansive, new streams of consciousness.  All we have encountered and understood in our past and present is superseded by the illumination and inspiration of all possibility and purpose.  We are awakened.

Soul Signature:

Each of us has a personal power that extends beyond our experience, imagination, perception and understanding. Whether or not we are aware of this, it exists.  Our body may be a biological marvel and our mind a neurological phenomenon.  Yet, our heart is an electromagnetic force of multi-dimensionality symbiotic with our intuition and connected with our soul.  It is in our creativity that our spirit is able to manifest through our heart, mind and body.  Every person has the ability to be an expression of the universe.  Our unique vision is a vital element in the fulfillment of our purpose and the collective destiny of humanity.

“Only when we live our vision will we become our soul purpose.”

Keeping the Vision:

No matter how powerful our experience of awakening may be, seeing and knowing it is only the beginning. Enlightenment is established with our commitment to exercise a conscious lifestyle whenever an opportunity is presented.  The personal vision we receive is manifested with our creativity, devotion and intention.  In order for us to truly become this we must live it everyday, especially in the midst of great adversity.  Our vision is all that is real.  Having a vision is the birth of our possibility.  Living it transforms us and the reality in which we exist.  This is the true expression of human being.

In the Field:

The fate of the future depends on us all. There is no escape from this essential, universal truth.  The greater our resistance in claiming and embracing our personal destiny, the more grave the impact it will have on the fate of all living beings.  We are not spectators in the arena of life.  We are participants in an extraordinary experience that transcends our fear, perception and reality.  The expression of our personal engagement is the embodiment of our soul purpose.  Our commitment to the fulfillment of our life is our only true destiny.  Our personal power is realized when we choose to envision, embrace and walk our path.

Rise and Shine:

The only moment in which we will ever make a difference is now. Each of us has a dream that can become vision, intention, expression and purpose.  There is one true destiny for which we are all empowered into being.  It simply requires us to break through the boundaries of the fear we have enabled with our own anger, apathy, denial, hate and indifference.  The more we live an experience that inspires us; the more it becomes our lifestyle.  Transforming reality is not moving mountains or altering the course of the future.  It is our birthright as multi-dimensional beings.  It is our nature.  We must rise to the opportunity of our life and shine.

“The only life worth living is our own.”

Enlightenment

“Entitlement is the shadow of enlightenment.”

Entitlement:

Privilege is at the root of human nature. It is as accepted, endorsed and practiced as our instinct, thought and feeling.  We all don a badge of self-expressed elitism.  It is not just to compete, excel and survive in a cutthroat society.  It is a defense mechanism we all inherit and adopt to protect our personal egos, issues and vulnerabilities.  Our fear of being exposed before our peers for the divine transgressions of our empathy and kindness build the walls of our personal prisons.  We cling to this security blanket with all the empty intention and social obligation we can muster.  Eventually this prevalent lifestyle establishes the expression of our entitlement.

Vision of Oblivion:

The institutionalized propaganda of education, media, politics and religion has instinctively, psychologically, emotionally and intuitively rendered our culture oblivious. Whether it is our personal apathy, contempt, denial, fear or self-righteousness, we have become disassociated and desensitized to the bleak and bitter realities that consume us.  In the face of our endless possibility and potential, we have wagered our destinies for a synthetically comfortable and convenient existence of anxiety, debt, emptiness, opposition and survival.  We protect ourselves with the shield of our oblivion to avoid becoming who we truly are.

Divine Comedy:

Society is rife with a who’s who list of inauthentic “spiritual” leaders who present and promote their doctrines to the unconscious masses. Many are motivated to expand their fellowships in quantity at the cost of quality empowerment.  Most choose to represent the very antithesis of the principles their initial awakening inspired in them for personal benefit and profit.  The measure of their enlightenment is often notoriety, position, possession and wealth.  They exploit and manipulate ancient teachings and wisdom to engineer their initiate’s illumination at the cost of the relationship they have with their own soul.  It is a divine comedy of fantasy and ignorance.

The Veil of Reality:

“Reality” is a construct that distracts us from ourselves and our destiny. It is a three-dimensional structure with boundaries, dynamics and laws to confine us into a matrix of control, deception and manipulation.  Reality is an artificial projection administered by an authoritarian network to confuse, distort, divert, preoccupy and repress us with our own fear.  We become helplessly and hopelessly dependent upon the intoxication of our fruitless, intellectual prowess and the drama of our irrational emotional attachments.  Reality is the perfect machine designed to separate us from our heart and soul.  It alters our multi-dimensional being-ness into the captivity of duality.

Ghost in the Machine:

Reality is a methodical tapestry designed to enslave us into an impasse of instinct, intellect and negative emotion. Society’s machine is absolutely effective in its exploitation of our anxiety, cynicism, denial, fear, indifference and oblivion for the sustenance of its survival.  It is the perfect symbol of our culture’s insatiable desire to serve itself at the cost of its own humanity.  Reality consumes all our authenticity, creativity, empathy, individuality, integrity and possibility. Our greatest qualities are replaced with anger, frustration, futility, obedience and resignation.  Everyday we condemn our lives to the very oppression we despise.

“Enlightenment is an illusion of being.”

The Mind’s Eye:

We are all slaves of our own egos. The oblivion we entertain and enable with our pride, prejudice and partisan viewpoints tightens the proverbial nooses around our heart and soul.  We are mystified by our own social conditioning to the extent that we all vie for a superior position in the simulated hierarchy of human existence.  Our words weave complicated webs of academically infused concepts and philosophies to supplement the absence of our personal consciousness, intention, kindness, love and purpose.  We sacrifice ourselves upon the altar of information, knowledge and wisdom at the expense of our relation with our soul.

Spiritual Deception:

There is one common element that has been ever-present throughout the history of human faith. Many may believe it is communal prayer.  Yet, beyond it is the lie that may inspire or sustain it.  Congregational belief is the greatest diversion ever envisioned.  It is a strategic credence that distorts and destroys our universal connection.  Anything and everything that is conceived from or devised by a dualistic society bound to its instinct and intellect is only as proficient as its intended potential.  In other words, that which is created or exists within the three-dimensional paradigm cannot exceed or transcend its nature.  It is a paradox of human existence.

Archaic Soul:

Enlightenment has become an ideology established on the distinct vision of a few at the behest of the many. Therefore, it cannot fulfill mainstream well-being given the egocentricity of its origins.  The guidance, illumination and wisdom of a guru, minister, shaman or priest simply does not apply to the unique spiritual needs of the individual human being.  Where it’s intent may be to provide understanding, it only serves to distract and dismay the many into the obscurity of cynicism, futility and oblivion.  Religion and spirituality are profound testimonies to the commercialization and distortion of contemporary enlightenment.

Universal Calling:

We have all been conditioned to be dependent upon the superficial expertise and insights of authoritarian influences. We have sacrificed who we are, why we are here, our fulfillment and personal power for anonymity, ease and oblivion.  We have allowed ourselves to surrender to the currents of social acceptance, belonging and status.  Our culture personifies our fear and reluctance to rise and stand for the vision and wisdom we are destined to become.  There is no other individual meant to empower or occupy our experience.  The truth we are born to live can only be established by our choices and the manifestation of our purpose.

A Path Unbroken:

Enlightenment isn’t about seeing reality or the world as we would hope or like it to be. It is about experiencing it as it is.  The fantasy or ideology we may attempt to impose on ourselves and others only prevents us from being present to its existence and possibility.  Personal illumination is reliant only upon the initiate’s creation and commitment.  No other person(s) have the expertise or right to source the manifestation of individual destiny.  Enlightenment, in its true expression, cannot exist within the three-dimensional realm.  It can only thrive beyond the domains of our social and terrestrial experience.

“Love is the greatest expression of enlightenment.”

Enlightenment:

There are infinite pathways to enlightenment within the multi-dimensional experience of being. The path we choose to walk is a manifestation of our creation, declaration and expression.  Though there may be times during the course of our lives when each of our paths may cross and relate, they are individual expressions with personal meaning and purpose.  Only the boundaries of our fear, perception, thought and understanding inhibits our embrace with eternity.  Our authenticity, creativity, integrity and intention are the foundations for the transformation that shifts the duality of everyday reality.  Enlightenment is emerging from the oblivion of our ordinary fear and expressing the extraordinary power of our love.

Tis the Season

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

Sugar Plum Fairies:

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

Yuletide by the Fireside:

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

Season’s Blessing:                

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

Deck the Halls:

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

Blue Christmas:

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

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

Holiday Past:

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

Holiday Present:

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

Holiday Future:

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

Spirit of the Season:

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

The Greatest Gift:

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

“We need to give to truly live.”

An Unlikely Champion

“The world has changed.  I feel it in the water.  I feel it in the earth.  I smell it in the air.  Much that once was, is lost…”  – Galadriel of Lothlórien

Into Shadow:

Early in the second week of November, 2016, there was a massive shift in the world.  Many believe that this may have something to do with the American presidential election.  This was a cover event to distract and divert our attention away from a deeper shift.  One that has nothing to do with politics, but our perception and understanding of contemporary reality.  Our vision of our lives and our relationship with the world have been altered and distorted.  Clarity, intention and purpose has been replaced with chaos, confusion and cynicism.  We are victims of a grand deception.  One that has fallen upon our senses like a dense, energetic haze.

One Ring to Rule Them All…:

An ancient energy of fear permeates the very nature of the world.  Its omnipresent force moves through all living beings and things.  Even our vision and experience of our lives are stigmatized by the relentless projection of its chaotic, disruptive and elusive power.  We are conditioned to be energetic receivers and transmitters of fear.  Our internal, biorhythms are manipulated and suppressed into inferior energetic frequencies.  We are conditioned to use our fear as a weapon of survival in our daily lives with our families, friends and peers.  We are oblivious to how much this energy influences our choices, experiences, existence and perceptions.

The Shire:

We live our lives in the comfortable illusion of “reality.”  It is a common, human mechanism that disassociates us from our apprehensive and skeptical perceptions of society and the world.  We safeguard ourselves from the horrors we invent with our very own fear.  We build invisible walls around ourselves to give us a false sense of power, purpose, security and worth.  Most, if not all of us, have never experienced a “true” life.  It is only as true as we create it to be.  We are not indigenous to living.  Our quest is not of destiny, but of survival.  Our pursuits to find new and clever ways to exonerate ourselves from our personal power consumes our potential.

A Stirring in the Darkness:

What terrifies us most is not what stands before us, it is all that is unseen, unheard and unknown.  The potent undercurrent we all feel pulling upon the deepest strands of our conscience, instincts, thoughts and feelings is unavoidable, undeniable and inevitable.  A social shift has occurred, awakening something from the long-forgotten hibernation of our collective oblivion.  A darkness so sinister the mere memory of its existence strikes a terror like none other in the strongest of souls.  For good or ill, our social circumstances are empowering us into action, awareness, being and purpose.  We are being called to rise and stand at a most desperate hour.

“What is to be my quest?”:

There are instances in our lives when we are presented with the opportunity to claim our destiny.  We are only required to accept, embrace and live into its fulfillment.  However daunting, difficult or impossible its manifestation may seem, it is our only way to express our true nature.  The horror of an unfulfilled and unlived life is far greater than the initial terror we may face when we are confronted with the epiphany of our destiny.  The path we walk with our innate sense of adventure, courage, curiosity and inspiration shall always lead us to who we are meant to be.  It is our genuine willingness and wonder that leads to our freedom.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf the Grey

“The Mirror Shows Many Things”:

We sell ourselves short every day in almost every way.  We are the bane of our own existence.  The confidence we place in others far exceeds that which we hold for ourselves.  We negate our personal power to avoid our accountability, authenticity, charity, integrity and responsibility.  Most of us know little of the existence of such merits let alone express them in our daily lives. Our tendency to make our human virtues our social sins becomes the comfortable euphemism of our false power and self-enslavement.  All that we avoid, curse, deflect, deny and judge causes our inevitable eventuality.  All that we fear becomes who we are.

The Eye of Sauron:

For as many differences we all have, there are as many or more similarities.  Besides the obvious, the expressions we exhibit that matter most are our thought, feeling and intuition.  Yet, our egos covertly assume the utmost influence and power.  It is the silent partner that binds us in the darkness of our apathy, cynicism, denial, judgement, superiority and self-righteousness.  All our untended anger, contempt, hate and pain is seized in stealth by our egos, manipulated into a projection of our malevolent and willful vengeance.  At the heart of our inevitable immorality is the fear we harbor.  Fear is the power we give away.

The Fellowship is Broken:

We do not have community in the way that it is envisioned.  Our inability to relate with ourselves is the most effective and startling evidence.  It is an epidemic dichotomy of global proportions.  We are, have always been and perhaps will always be alienated from each other by our beliefs, egos, individuality and perceptions.  Distinction and independence is a double-edged sword that has been used most often for destruction instead of creation.  The watermark of social evolution has erased the notable achievements of humanity.  It has long been replaced with a mountain of archaic knowledge, selfish obsolescence and superficial worth.

Our Most Beloved Star:

Our vision is the genesis of who we ultimately become.  We are each empowered with a unique insight of possibility.  It is what inspires and terrifies us in the same breath.  Our potentiality is ever emerging, expanding and fluctuating into our reality with or without our commitment to it.  The consciousness we express is the measure for which we manifest it into our personal reality.  When we are present to the opportunity and realization of our enlightenment, our experience of life transcends our fears and the social limitations of our environment.  This is the true power of our soul’s illumination that transforms our being, perception and understanding.

The Turning of the Tide:           

We are beings of extraordinary potential, power and vision.  We possess all that we need to create and manifest everything our imaginations may express.  Our energy, focus and intent proactively shifts our experience.  Our opportunity to fulfill on our destiny is as vital as the air we breathe.  When something is missing in our lives, it simply requires us to provide that which is absent.  Society is aggressive, cruel, incomplete and vicious because we are.  We must first transform ourselves from who we have become and trust this will make the difference we long to see in the world.  Only we can become the champions of our own epic tale.

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” – Galadriel of Lothlórien

Lakshmi

“Wake from reality. Wake from your dream.

Wake from the fear, that is tearing at the seams of the world.”

 – (From the song, “Wake.”)

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The Essence of Lakshmi:

On Friday, November 11th, 2016, I will be releasing my most recent album entitled, “Lakshmi.”  It is twelve original musical pieces I composed and arranged.  The album features fifteen different genres including Funk, Latin, Ragtime, Country Swing, Reggae, Progressive Jazz, Classical Tone Poem, Jazz Instrumental, Native American Folk Anthem, Spiritual Mantra, Motown Soul, Traditional Bluegrass and Folk Ballad.  There are seventeen different instruments, fifteen of which I performed for this recording including Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Grand Piano, Drum Kit, Congas, Bongos, Shakers, Cajon (box drum), Lakota Drum, Timbale, Clave, Maracas, Washboard, Hand Jive, Vibra-Slap and Whistle.  The Saxophone was performed by Michael Teager.  The Pedal Steel Guitar was performed by David Feeny.

Music in 444 Hertz:     

The “Lakshmi” album was recorded in 444-hertz frequency.  The tuning for most contemporary music is 440-hertz.  In the 20th century, the standard tuning was altered from 432 to 440-hertz during the World War Era.  This alteration manipulated the sound quality to a frequency that incites chaos, dis-ease, fear and mania.  444-hertz is less than a half-a-step sharper than 440-hertz in tonality.  It has a naturally bright, etheric, multi-tonal, organic and resonant sound quality.  In my experience, there are more under and overtones of the existing notes present using the 444-hertz tuning.  It is a frequency that is very easy to listen to and inspires creativity, empowerment and imagination.

Source:

All the songs on the “Lakshmi” album where inspired by and created through the practice of Mantra Meditation.  Mantra is a style of meditation in the Jain tradition using an ancient word or words that are associated with one of the seven chakras.  This practice allowed me to be present to the infinite possibilities of creativity during the composition, development, arrangement, performance, recording and production of the “Lakshmi” album.  In some of my experiences during meditation I intuitively heard parts and/or all the songs and their unique arrangements like I was listening to an internal radio.  Meditation also helped me to hear the many diverse instruments, their melodies and harmonies and how they were meant to be recorded and mixed. Meditation helped me learn to play most of the instruments in a matter of weeks!

Dedication:

During the renaissance era, it was customary for composers to be funded by nobility and royalty for the sustenance of their creative expression.  Many composers dedicated their pieces to those who sponsored their creative endeavors.  The “Lakshmi” album was funded by my wife Laura and I.  In honor of Laura’s commitment, support and the fact that she was the inspiration for many of the songs, the album is named “Lakshmi.” “Lakshmi” is the Spiritual Name given to her by Gurudev Shree Chitrubanuji.  “Lakshmi” is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, love, fortune, prosperity (both material and spiritual) and the embodiment of beauty.

The Music:

Wake:

“Wake” is a progressive Funk Latin piece.  It’s lyrical subject matter is about awakening to what is going on in our world.  It is about seeing it for what it is and not for how we would like it to be.  “Wake” is about claiming our personal power and making a difference.  It is the realization that we are the creators of our reality.  We are all divine.

Break the Spell:    

“Break the Spell” is a Ragtime Delta Stomp.  It is about freeing ourselves from the spell of reality that we have been conditioned to accept.  “Break the Spell” poses important questions as to where we are and where we are going.  The heart of its message is releasing all that we have grown accustomed to in our life and embracing all that truly empowers and inspires us.

The Heart of Town:

“The Heart of Town” is a Country Swing Memorial.  It was inspired by and written in honor of my Grandfather, Howard Saums.  The lyrics of the piece were taken from an interview he did with our family prior to his passing.  It is a family snapshot that immortalizes his life in one of his favorite musical genres.  “The Heart of Town” is a grandson’s testimony of his grandfather’s authenticity, charity, integrity and love.

Truth:

“Truth” is a Reggae song with Urban undertones.  “Truth” powerfully expresses an acknowledgement of the inequalities and injustices in the world.  It shines the spotlight on those who would choose to commit them as a warning that the “Truth” will find them in their time.  The chorus pleads for our trust in “Truth” and each other.

Lakshmi Part I: The Rhythm of Light:

“Lakshmi Part I: The Rhythm of Light” is a Progressive Vocal Jazz piece.  It is very eclectic in nature with contrary melodies and rhythms and tribal percussion.  It is the opening movement of the “Lakshmi Suite.”  The lyrical story line is the first encounter between the man and the woman.  It is the man’s courtship of his soul mate through his creative expression.

Lakshmi Part II: The Breath of Life:

“Lakshmi Part II: The Breath of Life” is a Classical Vocal arrangement.  The lone percussion is the unified heartbeat of the man and the woman and its melodies and harmonies swell as the ebb and flow of a tide.  It is the second movement of the “Lakshmi Suite.”  The lyrical story line is their intimate stroll in the moonlight and their declaration of love for each other.

Lakshmi Part III: Mandala:

“Lakshmi Part III: Mandala” is a Progressive Jazz Instrumental.  It begins soft and subtle on the heels of the preceding movement, “The Breath of Life,” and gradually develops into an upbeat and exuberant dance of union between the man and woman.  It is the final movement of the “Lakshmi Suite” and it symbolizes their shared journey through life experience.

Medicine Wheel:              

“Medicine Wheel” is a Native American inspired Folk Anthem.  The drums and rattles signify the heartbeat of Mother Earth.  The lyrical subject matter is honoring and respecting the Earth which provides all of what we as human beings need to thrive.  It is a call to action that inspires us to stand together to preserve and protect the planet we all call home.

All That I Am:

“All That I Am” is a Spiritual Vocal Mantra.  The smooth vocal arrangement and complimentary percussion gives it an authentic and endearing quality.  It is an autobiographical account of the strengths and weaknesses each one of us express in our lives.  The progressive vocal weaves a delicate tapestry of harmony that builds until the final voice captures the importance of the present moment.

Fly On Me:

“Fly On Me” is a Motown Soul song.  It is the tender plea of a man attempting to encourage a woman to stay.  The music expresses his emotional desire and clarifies the dynamics of his love for her.  The Saxophone is the embodiment of the possibility of his loneliness without her.  Yet, the lyrics symbolize a desperate confidence she will stay.

Nature’s Way:

“Nature’s Way” is a Traditional Bluegrass song fresh from the Appalachian Mountains and the green hills of Ireland.  With a driving, acoustic guitar rhythm and acoustic bass paired with foot stomp, hand jive and washboard, it is one person’s journey to the mountaintop of their spiritual experience.  It is an important and stirring lyrical expose on the state of our society.

Afterglow:

“Afterglow” is a Folk Groove Ballad about the completion of relationships.  It’s signature drum beat and pendulum style guitar and piano symbolizes the ebbs and flows of our life experiences.  The song is a moving and revealing testimony of heartbreak and possibility in the wake of separation.  It calls for us to prove the love we are to each other.

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The Ass and The Elephant

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

Us and Them:

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

The Illusion of Choice:

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

The Frequency of Fear:

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

Wings of the Same Bird Part One:

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

Wings of the Same Bird Part Two:

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

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

The Master Race:

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

Arsenal of Authority:                   

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

The Great Pyramid of the Elite:

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

Candidate Carousel:

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

Fever Pitch:

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

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

The Power We Yield:

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

Cult of Spirituality

“Spirituality is an expression of our ego.”

To Wake…Per Chance to Awaken:

Humanity may be “awake,” but has it awakened?  And to what?  Spirituality is the new religion. Its enchantment places the power of enlightenment in the hands of gurus, shamans and teachers.  Droves of willing initiates emerge from the shadows of contemporary knowledge, perception, reality and understanding to enroll in classes, healings, lectures, readings and weekend workshops.  Most of us seek destiny, meaning, power and vision.  Yet, deep down we are terrified to accept and apply these qualities to our daily lives.  It is an idealistic dance with elusive partners at the cost of our ambition, awareness, energy, intention and well-being.

Soul Distinction:

Since the dawn of the human race, authentic faith has been, is and will always be a solitary engagement.  No other person(s) could or should direct, guide, influence or mediate another’s spiritual experience.  Doing so would be the antithesis of personal illumination for all parties.  Vital elements of one’s evolution are found in the creation, discovery, distinction, expression and purpose of one’s chosen path.  There is no greater empowerment or inspiration one may have then choosing, claiming and walking their destiny.  However challenging, impossible or intimidating this may seem, it is the only true way to fulfillment.

The Divided Self:

The most powerful force in our contemporary society is the ego.  The more we believe we have control of our ego, the more dominion it has over us.  We do not express the essential awareness, commitment, focus and intention to successfully manage its incessantly diabolical tendencies.  As our “spirituality” grows, so does our ego.  Left to its own covert devices, our “divided self” coils around our virtues like a weed to a flower.  It feeds upon the energy of our discoveries, insights, opportunities, possibilities and transformation.  Our divided self is as a neglected child.  It craves our attention, control, importance and power.

Kingdom Come:

Contemporary spirituality has become a mutation of human invention.  The fusion of religion with spirituality has produced a myriad of dogmas, practices and wisdoms all promising the keys to illumination, yet never delivering.  Thousands of articles, books, lectures, online events and workshops seek to entice the masses toward commercialized enlightenment.  Those of us who have not established a relationship with our soul eagerly dive headfirst into the sea of manufactured mystery.  We rarely see how truly shallow it can be.  The human race has been deceived into searching without for what can only be found within.

A Pocketful of Gurus:

Spirituality is rife with gurus.  Most adopt the title with very little commitment, understanding and even less experience.  When we are empowered, excited and inspired by new insights, opportunities and possibilities, our initial response is to share our vision.  Yet, this is not the best way to nurture the manifestation of our true expression.  Our sub-conscious reaction is to pride ourselves with our innovative epiphanies by proselytizing our personal wisdom.  We allow our ego to suppress our spirit.  This diminishes the experiences of others.  We overlook the essential truth that our insights are meant for us alone and have little or no value to others.

“Superiority walks hand-in-hand with Spirituality.”

Hierarchy of the Soul:

Society is built upon a foundation of pyramid schemes.  Whether commercial, educational, financial, political, religious or scientific, there are far fewer people at the top than there are at the bottom.  In the modern age of spirituality, it is no different.  Regardless of the modality one may practice, there is always one or a small group of people that hold dominion over the many.  We enable patterns of sanctimonious conviction with the attention and energy we sacrifice to find our soul in a forest of human perception.  We willingly give away our own personal power to avoid the fear of claiming it for ourselves.

The Mind’s Eye:

Our interpretation of spirituality has a tendency to compromise our authenticity, empathy and integrity.  Our possibility for transformation vanishes in an attempt to funnel a multi-dimensional experience into a two-dimensional perception.  Words are the language of the ego.  When we attempt to communicate what we encounter as an expression of being, we instantly sever the relationship we have with our soul.  We abolish our personal power when we endorse our own authority and significance.  Once we break our connection with eternity, we inevitably diminish our empathy, intuition, perspective and vision.

Spiritual High:

Our multi-dimensional experiences produce a remarkable rush of energy that flows through every element of our being.  In these moments we are present to and related with all.  Our soul craves these experiences.  It is the electromagnetic synthesis between our body, mind, heart and spirit.  We become the embodiment of life.  Our ego hacks this beautiful tapestry of being and manipulates it into an illusion of grandeur.  It siphons it through a filter of instinct and intellect for the purposes of vanity and supremacy.  As human beings, we become addicted to this mystical buzz in a doomed quest to satisfy our soul with the language of our ego.

Custom Consciousness:

The only true power we have is our consciousness.  This extraordinary expression of our being transcends the ego.  Where our ego attempts to prove itself and impose its influence, our spirit emanates consciousness to transform our experience.  When the lines between truth and reality are blurred, our deficient awareness falls prey to the violent desire and desperation of our ego.  Many of us wear a mask to conceal our inadequacies, insecurities and vulnerabilities.  Yet, it is our self-delusion of these apparent weaknesses that hinders our ability to observe them as our greatest strengths.  Only in our consciousness will we experience our truth.

Alone Together:

Each one of us has our own crucial and unique purpose to fulfill.  We must walk this path alone.  We cannot realize our calling when we are focused on the experiences of others.  This is simply a clever way for us to avoid being authentically present to and interactive with our own in a vain pursuit to present ourselves as important and superior.  Instead of assuming the role of a guru, shaman or teacher, we can support each other in the manifestation of our purpose.  It is possible for us to be true to our own experience as a community without sacrificing our own destiny.  When we all live the lives we were destined, we become this together.

“Spirituality is an illusion of being.”

The Art of Being:

Spirituality has mystified us into a matrix of history, knowledge, narcissism, ritual and tradition.  It is a cult to which we subscribe due to our lack of faith in ourselves.  Our freedom is found in our commitment to be and how we personify it in our daily lives.  Spirituality is a compass of how we choose to live our lives.  Yet, it is simply a stepping stone on the path toward fulfillment.  When we become present to our ego’s agenda and its manipulation of what enlightenment may be, we transform our experience from one of emulation to one of being.  Our destiny is defined only by our courage, passion and willingness to become all our soul can imagine.