In the Shadow of Brilliance

“To follow is human, to lead is divine.”

Human Nature:
We are born into a reality designed to condition us into submission. Our daily lifestyle is rooted in a default pattern of blind servitude. We are enslaved by an artificial realism so ingenious it exploits our belief to sustain its existence. Our human virtues are used against us in a merciless and relentless social control system. Once we become engaged in a two-dimensional perception within the three-dimensional reality, we forfeit our connection with our intuition and soul. Our vision narrows, our intention is repressed and our experience is transmuted from one of action to reaction.

Social Programming:
Our dependence begins before we are born. Social standards foster our reliance upon others. Though we have the freedom and opportunity to enlighten ourselves with our experience, we are conditioned through education, environment, heredity and religion. Therefore, many never fulfill their personal development of individuation. Society alters, diminishes and distorts our creativity, insight and originality into an everyday routine of intellect, desire and instinct. Adolescence is our last stand before we inevitably abandon our choice to make a difference in our lives and the world.

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Boundaries of Being:
We are not encouraged to thrive on our destined path. We merely survive the constant imposition of authoritarian social agendas to dehumanize and desensitize us into ordinary thoughts, behaviors and actions. The balance between positive and negative in the critical mass of humanity trends grossly toward the latter. Human negativity has woven its chaotic and dense frequencies into the roots of our existence. Social reality isolates us in numerous ways to stimulate our animosity, envy and opposition. It uses our own anger, doubt, fear and resignation to condemn us into a dualistic state of being.

Design of Dependence:
Our social conditioning is stimulated by an inauthentic obligation to coexist. Most relationships are compromised by conflict, culpability and dysfunction. We are socially obligated to be reliant upon others. This false necessity provides a fruitless experience that ultimately leads to separation. It is not the alienation between us and the people in our lives that causes our loneliness. It is the dissociation we have with our self that leads to this widespread societal disorder. Our apathy, doubt, fear and futility produce delusions of bravery, certainty, fortitude and grandeur. We are programmed to be dependent upon others at the cost of our soul.

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Into Shadow:
We are raised to follow. Once we are institutionally indoctrinated into the captivity of reality, we instinctively settle into lifestyles of social opposition. Our lack of commitment, confidence and practice in our lives prevents their fulfillment. The visions of others appear more credible to us than clarifying, expressing and manifesting our own. We emulate them out of desperation to conform instead of creating our own with the intention of belonging. In the moment we decide to follow in another’s footsteps, we sacrifice our vision, personal power and purpose. Inevitably, we resign our leadership and become a shadow of our self.

“Truth to one is a lie for another.”

A Dime a Dozen:
There are millions of charismatic, overconfident people who line up to take a swing at our curious sensibilities. Those who possess just enough arrogance, ego and knowledge to believe their perception of how our life is best lived. It is easy for them to assume this role when we become enchanted by their alluring presence, eloquent expression and magnetic personality. Yet, when the rubber of their wisdom meets the road of our daily experience, it fails to deliver fulfillment. We inhibit our soul when we give them our enthusiasm, energy, interest and trust. Our personal power is abandoned for an illusion of being.

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The Forest for the Trees:
Everything we have ever felt, thought, said, done or been resides in the oblivion of our memory. We cling to our triumphs and downfalls of the past and the promise and anxiety of our future. Who we were yesterday or who we are to become does not serve us in the present. All of us yearn for belonging, importance, meaning and transformation. Yet, we often fail to create a life that inspires us due to our fear of failure and ridicule. Our true path is one we must walk alone amid great adversity, opposition and uncertainty. Our greatest challenge is being conscious in the moment.

Inner Compass:
We were never meant to follow. Our best opportunity in life is to disengage from the mainframe of social reality and relate exclusively with our soul and the universe. Manifesting our true self, fulfilling our unique purpose and supporting others in theirs is our mutual calling. This is the most challenging path we will ever walk. There are few instructions and fewer signs to guide us. Only the universal force that compels and inspires our creativity, insight and transformation. Every option we choose contrary to our destiny takes us further away from who we are meant to be.

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Quest for Fire:
Our lives are burdened with social obligation at the cost of our purpose. The sole shadow we are captive to is our own. We are the only ones who can claim our power. However daunting a task it may be, the utmost form of personal failure is choosing not to embrace and express it. Each of us receive an infinite amount of energy from the universe. This is the multi-dimensional essence that connects our soul with our heart, mind and body. It is the source of our power. How we embody, cultivate and emanate it defines who we become. We are the soul creators of our experience.

Source of Empowerment:
Our life has infinite possibilities. Our choices, intentions, passions and willingness define how it exists in society. It is one thing to emulate an ordinary life based upon our perception, what we know and how we survive. It is another thing entirely to create an extraordinary life based upon our intuition, who we are and how we thrive. We are superconductors who empower, inspire and navigate our way through the chaos, confusion and gravity of social reality. Our choice to manifest our purpose is the only power that will transform our experience.

“Creativity is the expression to our brilliance.”

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A Universal Being

We live a fraction of who we are.”

The Sum of the Self:
We are spirits held hostage by the linear lifestyle of an enforced reality. Our existence is based upon our pursuits for security, success and survival. Our lives are figments of a forgotten fantasy, invented by ancient civilizations for authoritarian ways and means. As human beings, we tend to perform fruitless roles, oblivious to the infinite possibilities of multi-dimensional experience. We are mere shadows of who we can be. We allow our egos and instincts to govern our lives. We are distracted, diverted and mystified by the amusements of opinion, politics, sports and an excess of inequality, injustice and tyranny.

Ghost in the Machine:
The perceptions we choose to adopt of our lives are inaccurate and incomplete. We are emulators of beliefs, careers, habits and environments. We condition ourselves with the conventional knowledge of education, history and religion in a vain quest to acclimate to linear, social reality. No matter how much we seek to know about the world in which we live, we are still devoid of the essence of life. The more we attempt to satisfy our desire and vanity, the emptier we become. We are phantoms wandering through a virtual maze, denying ourselves the very fulfillment we yearn.

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Hollow Pursuits:
Everyday reality keeps us on the run. We sprint down the pathways and turn each corner with the hope and promise of making a great escape from our social enslavement. We tether ourselves to the known in a desperate attempt to win a race designed for us to lose. The patterns never change and the carrot dangles just out of our reach no matter how fast we run, how high we jump or how much we sacrifice. Yet, we still push ahead into the embrace of an inevitable and predictable future as we carry the baggage of our past and the trepidation of our present always expecting a favorable future.

The Space Between:
All that was, is and ever will be is defined by our personal perception. Our anxiety, confusion and oblivion impel us to adopt self-defensive, societal filters. The state of perpetual shock we weather overwhelms us with harsh inevitable outcomes, coercing us into the whirlwind of reality’s vortex. It prohibits our desire for adventure, enrichment, excitement, and fulfillment. The social invention of impending threat and tragedy condition and oppress us with an intensity unrivaled or exceeded by the intention of our own purpose. Our lives become an empty space between the moments of our birth and our death.

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The Art of Projection:
Our experiences are akin to animated images on a movie screen. We are deeply engaged in the dramatic narratives and linear sequences of our lives, mystified by our blind obligation to a common reality. Our disassociation with destiny anesthetizes us to the true expression of our soul. We live separately from our essence, a mere reflection of who we truly are. We wager every possibility of purpose for fleeting encounters of inauthentic enlightenment. The simulated life we experience echoes deep in the caverns of our vacant hearts and souls. We are spectators watching our imaginary existence projected onto the screen of reality.

“What is real beyond what is real.”

Use Your Illusion:
There are very few things in social reality that are real. Our subjective perception of it adds another degree of deception. We have been conditioned to believe, experience and live in contemporary kingdoms of fantasy. Not because reality is difficult, hostile or unbearable. Nor is it that our selective perspective deems it so. Reality has, is and will always be distorted and manipulated. The temptations of profit, power and supremacy are too great for those who seek to conceal their personal fears and insecurities with control, influence and wealth. Reality was invented to distract us from our destiny.

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The Truth of Reality:
When we understand that nothing is real, we begin to accept what is true. Our instincts, thoughts and feelings are nothing more than physical, mental and emotional expressions. Everything we sense in life are effects of all our experiences coinciding and transpiring in linear reality. It is a global deception designed to preoccupy us with the comedy, drama, horror and tragedy of everyday life. Our quest for amusement becomes our experience. Reality is a prison of conformity. It is a social paradigm that has diminished our infinite possibility to an ordinary pastime.

The Reality of Truth:
No two individual truths are the same. Though billions around the world use the cultural and social filters of politics, religion and tradition to define their truth, this rite of passage is distinct to one’s personal experience. Therefore, these common avenues will never cultivate our expression of being. Authorities of social reality would have us believe our truth is only real if it is commonly accepted by a popular consensus of our peers. Our truth is neither qualified, quantified or relative. It is claimed and expressed not just with our body or mind, yet also with our heart and soul.

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The Art of Being:
We are not our body, mind, heart or soul. We are all these elements of our existence and more, beyond our imagination. Our life expression is one best embodied by who we are being in the present. This experience begins and ends with accepting, empowering, listening and supporting others in our lives. The balance of our actions, thoughts, feelings and insights sustain our true nature to envision and manifest possibilities for ourselves to enrich our awareness, experience and understanding. When we are in the flow of the universal rhythm of being, our perception of life is transformed. We are free.

A Universal Being:
We are everything and nothing. We are an eternal expression of being consigned to a reality of restriction and rule. Who we are is far beyond our comprehension, imagination and vision. It is not what we know, the position we hold or the gifts we possess that make us extraordinary. It is everything we may become that is most remarkable. Our infinite potential exists when we embrace and express our multi-dimensional experience of being. Our possibility manifests our purpose. We are a universal being emanating creativity, consciousness, community and love to transform ourselves and embody our truth.

“We are only as universal as we live ourselves to be.”

From Now to Eternity

“Energy flows where attention goes.” – Anonymous

Social Psychosis:
Every day, the gravity of reality intensifies. The aftershocks of society’s contrived trauma and tragedy imposes its energetic influence upon us. Our experience of life is one of anxiety, threat and fear. We are so anesthetized to our terror that it has become the foundation of human nature. It governs us with the mere possibility of peril. Our unconscious fear is the silent, invisible assassin of our destiny, purpose and transformation. We adopt a filter of oblivion as a defense mechanism to escape the harsh realisms of contemporary life. Even the force of our resistance to reality is used against us to ensure our captivity.

Broken by Reality:
Before we even choose a path that empowers, inspires or fulfills us, we are socially discouraged, indoctrinated and restricted. Social reality is a rigid structure of rules and regulations designed to prohibit everything diverse from ordinary existence. We are all housebroken by the boundaries of an imposed, linear practicality. It suppresses our individual desire, innovation and purpose. Creativity and imagination is the enemy of authority, industry and reality. Originality is the best impression we can share with the world that makes the greatest difference. In an enslaved society, self-expression is the only thing that offers true freedom.

Lords of Illusion:
We all become masters of deception and deflection. Our personal accountability and integrity is wagered in our narrow pursuit to gain advantage in an ultra-competitive society driven by accumulation, power and status. We grow accustomed to distorting and manipulating our and other’s perception of reality to maintain our image and influence as a lifestyle of self-defense. When given the choice between preserving a lie and living our truth, we often succumb to the former. The subjective nature of reality is such that it can be altered suitably to the agendas of all whom seek to deceive for the sake of authority and dominion.

“Living an illusion for this fantasy.”

Imaginary Life:
What we perceive as reality is an illusion. There are over six billion different perceptions of life unique to each human being. It is impossible for one commonly accepted reality to be considered “real” to all. We may believe, hope or even want it to be genuine, yet it is not. Social reality is a delusion invented to impose an elementary standard of existence. It provides a simulated experience of fulfillment, meaning and security. The distinct measure of our personal truth often slips through the cracks of our broken consciousness. Our personal power is the greatest price we pay for the artificial comfort of a common, predictable fantasy.

Enabled in Numbers:
Social reality exists predominantly as it does because it is empowered en masse by the oblivion of its captives. We are all enslaved by and dependent upon our compliance, denial, indifference and resignation. We find a shallow sense of solace in the notion that our struggle is collective. When we observe the deficiencies of others, it somehow eases the sting of our own. Inauthentic empathy is the illusion of unity. Society is built upon a foundation of mutual failure. Humanity’s momentum is a regressive force of retroactive existence. Our lives are doomed to repeat themselves when we enable vicious cycles of self-centered survival.

“Our vision is our compass…”

An Insight of Vision:
Living an extraordinary life is possible when we release our personal and social conditioning and embrace the mystery of who we may become. If we are the same person we were yesterday, we are forfeiting our potential. Who, how and why we are is vital to clarifying and creating our vision. It is what defines our mission and purpose in life. Whatever it is that both inspires and terrifies us is the very role we were destined to personify. When we are being someone who is dedicated, empowered and intentional, we naturally make a difference every day in every way. Our vision is the origin and expression of our being.

The Pulse of Empowerment:
We are the sole creators and sustainers of our inspiration. It is our responsibility to generate the energy necessary to discover, engender and embody our lives. Our individual empowerment is as vital as our breath. The quality of our experience is caused by our commitment to proactively progress. Our intentionality is the manifestation of our personal power. It is what stimulates our ambition, confidence and desire. It encourages, enlightens and transforms us. When we exercise our inherent ability to shift into new paradigms of being, we become our personal power. Empowerment is the pulse of our existence.

Creativity of Being:
In a virtual society driven by thought, words and action, creativity is an expression of rebellion. It flies in the face of relativity, transcending and transforming the linear construct of reality. Our imagination is the gateway to our freedom from the ordinary boundaries of what is socially accepted and adopted. Creativity is the only aspect of life that can revolutionize our experience, destiny and vision. Before we can shift anything in our lives, we must first begin with ourselves. Who we are in our everyday life is a manifestation of what we envision, feel, think, say and do. The truest expression of our creativity is who we choose to be.

“…our purpose is our life.”

In the Moment:
Our lives are governed by the shadows of our past and a predictable future. We exist somewhere between memory, fantasy and reality. Our destiny becomes an arduous and wayward journey. The only moment that truly matters is the present. There is an eternity of possibility in every instant. Our experience in the moment is how we embody our soul. Our purpose is not what we think we should do or say, it is who we choose to be. Who we are is an expression of our vision, intention and mission. Our destiny is obtained when we release our obsession with the past and create our future by who we are being in the present.

Manifest Destiny:
Destiny is not a linear path. It is a multi-dimensional experience that ebbs and flows with the energy of our empowerment, intention and purpose. Our ordained path is a personal endeavor. It is carved by our discovery, willingness and transformation. Our destiny is a manifestation of the vision of our soul, the passion of our heart and the insight of our mind. It is not the destination we are living towards that defines our fulfillment. Our personal revelations are the stepping stones that create the course of our existence. Who we choose to be in the present transforms our everyday reality into a lifetime of eternity.

“Eternity is our soul’s expression.”

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.

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

A True Life

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

Superficial Sentience:

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

Soul Sacrifice:

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

Intelligence is Ignorance:

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

The Game:

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

Vicious Cycle:

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

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

Axiom of Assimilation:

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

Against the Current:

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

Paradise Lost:

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

The Politics of Consciousness:

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

Creative Vitology:

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

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

A New Vision:

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

Transformation

“The greatest challenge in life isn’t that we survive, it is our choice to thrive.”

Who We Are:
We are eternal beings existing in infinite experiences beyond the perception of our imagination.  Our body, mind and heart are connected to our spirit and the universe through the multi-dimensional conduit of our intuition.  We are related with all possibility all the time with everyone and everything that was, is and will ever be.  We are an expansive illustration of all creation.  Our potential and resiliency is emulated and sustained by the nature that embodies us.  The power of our consciousness, inspiration, listening and presence is our common birthright.  Our personal transformation is the essential expression of our creativity.

Where We Are:
Reality and our experience of it is a three-dimensional construct devised and maintained to amuse, distract and detain us into the parameters of duality.  Society is a vortex that insatiably devours our creativity, consciousness, energy, intention and possibility.  In our daily encounters we are given two options; yes or no, left or right, up or down, liberal or conservative, good or evil, etc.  We accept and apply this communal understanding because we do not identify and explore existential diversity.  We turn our backs on our own experiences, insights, lifestyles, perceptions and thoughts for a superficial sense of belonging, purpose and worth.

Selective Reality:
We have a natural desire to sense only what we want.  Our experience is primarily dependent upon our advantage, comfort, convenience, interest and willingness.  We often shy away or even criticize and discredit all that is distinct from our unique lifestyle, perception and understanding.  Our reality is fashioned not by our choice, but the frequent avoidance of our choice.  Our life becomes a decision of what we don’t want instead of what we truly need.  We have enabled reality with our mere existence.  Our attention and engagement sustains our attachment to and dependence on a subservient human survival.

“It is not our reality that is the most powerful influence of our life.  It is our oblivion.”

Buying in to Oblivion:
Human beings have an innate tendency to be enchanted by the artificial mysticism of obscurity.  It is an enigma of reality that consumes our attention, awareness, intention and enlightenment.  When our consciousness has been compromised by this insensible dimension of perception, our experience of life is severely diminished and inevitably manipulated.  Creativity, destiny, purpose and the possibility for transformation all cease to exist.  The investment of our energy, focus and involvement with the comfortable and common diversion of human oblivion concedes our aim, passion and will to thrive.  We become a shadow of all we were destined to be.

The Power We Yield:
We are an extraordinary and enormous expression of energy.  Yet, most of our potential is never acknowledged, embraced or fulfilled.  Simply being with our own empowerment terrifies us, let alone expressing or living it.  We convince ourselves that it is much easier to acquiesce our personal power instead of claiming its ownership.  We pass our personal empowerment onto authority figures and elected officials with an expectation they will achieve our desired outcome.  When they inevitably don’t, we demonize them as failures without realizing the absence of our own initiative and participation.

The Greatest Con on Earth:
We are too clever for our own good.  Every day we invent strategies to conceal and defend our agendas, deficiencies, downfalls, fears and insecurities.  Eventually these ploys become our rackets which enable our unhealthy lifestyles thus suspending us in our self-induced confusion.  Once we have been successfully captivated by our own artificial authority, we begin to impose our rackets upon others.  We deceive, distort and fabricate to proliferate our selfish desires and false power.  For us to break our patterns of manipulation, we must transcend our illusions and become present to who we truly are.

“Our salvation comes not from what we do, think or say.  It is in who we are being.”

An Act of Being:
Ontology is not a practice that is appreciated, emphasized, encouraged or required in our society.  It has been forgotten under the heaping pile of metaphysics somewhere between meditation and ritual.  Yet, it is one of the only practices that can empower and transform our life and the world.  For most of us to be present to our way of being, we must discover, experience and commit our lives to it every day.  Our oblivion to being as a culture inhibits our capacity to become the fulfillment of our possibility.  The history we carry into our present most certainly ensures the repetitive outcome of our future.  We allow our past to dictate our present.

An Epiphany of View:
For us to see what is unknown about ourselves and our lives, we must first distinguish our perspective from who we believe ourselves to be.  This takes a great deal of authenticity, dedication, honesty and integrity.  Yet before any of these qualities are exercised, we need to experience insights to define our greatest potential.  The intention of our vision and mission in life ultimately creates our purpose and destiny.  When we release everything we “think” we know about ourselves and create space for possibility, all we could only imagine becomes our experience.  Our way of being is the soul of our life’s expression.

The Dawn of Possibility:
Before we can manifest anything new in our lives, it requires us to become present to something we have yet to experience.  Within the three-dimensional structure of our everyday routine, our perception is conditioned to observe only what is relative.  There is a vast, unknown universe of ourselves to discover.  The expanse of our exploration is defined by our willingness to release the known and intentionally embrace the mystery.  We are born to be creators of our experience.  The expression of our creativity and intention originates from the possibility we choose to apply.  Our possibility is the spark that ignites the manifestation of our destiny.

“Enlightenment is possible in the experience of our transformation.”

Being Real:
We all have a wardrobe filled with personality guises we don to achieve, evade and survive.  Eventually we become so accustomed to the appearances we present we lose ourselves in the presence of our own collusion.  We perceive authenticity, objectivity and sincerity as being needless social expressions of charity and weakness.  Yet, these are the essential qualities of our being.  Authenticity allows us to become present to and relate with others in profound and powerful ways.  It empowers and inspires us to transcend the ordinary reality of doing and become an extraordinary expression of being.

All That We Are:
We don’t know who we are.  We live our lives stumbling through our experiences with an aimless wanderlust for consciousness, love, purpose and truth.  Yet, when it comes to extending the effort and energy to express and manifest a life that inspires us, we allow ourselves to become distracted, disengaged and disinterested.  Our lives will not be fulfilled until we reclaim the power we have long ago yielded to social authority.  Until we are real with ourselves and others, our destiny will continue to be a comfortable daydream.  When we are present to the truth of our lives, we become the source of our transformation.

“Transformation is becoming conscious to the creativity of human being.”

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Our Choice

What we perceive as fear, is not “fear.”

It is simply a natural, raw energy we encounter.

When we transmute this energy into love before we begin to interpret and embrace it as fear, we will transform ourselves and our lives.

This is how powerful we are as human beings.

When we personify our fear, we are being lazy with our consciousness and potential.

When we express our love, we are “being” our consciousness and potential.

Being Our Experience

“Until we choose our own experience of life, we will never truly live.”

Common Thread:

There are over six billion unique interpretations of life in the three-dimensional construct we experience as reality.  Although human beings have the popular inclination to gravitate toward a common one to which we are bound, our true vision and nature is remarkably multiplicit.  We inevitably subject ourselves to inner and peripheral conditioning to toe the line of reality.  We become social echoes for an engineered existence that is distorted, elusive, obscure and unconscious.  Our desire for social amusement, comfort, identity, purpose and security significantly outweighs our quest to fulfill our being, creativity, destiny, love and truth.

Foundation of Illusion:

We are programmed to believe that our intelligence is the sole benefactor of our survival.  Our insatiable fascination with ourselves and our place in the world distracts us from all that is sacred.  Eventually, we exchange our passion to live with an addiction to buy.  Our genuine experiences that empower and enrich us are superseded by virtual events recorded on a sales receipt.  The measure of our fulfillment is in the quantity of our entertainment instead of the quality of our experience.  Society turns on a worthless dime, promising a wealth of abundance, happiness and meaning, though rarely ever delivers.

Wired for Reason:

We are multi-dimensional beings with eternal possibilities and infinite potential.  Our indoctrination into the complex principles and structures of the standard reality conditions, hypnotizes and manipulates us into the human imprisonment of instinct, reaction and survival.  We are akin to a clipper ship with unfastened sails, bouncing upon the social seas of happenstance.  Our body and brain is our hardware and our software is a two-dimensional program of instinct and intellect.  We are dependent upon and obliviously tethered to knowledge and logic, conditioned to be simulations in a paradigm of thought, threat and fear.

Playing the Angles:

All of us are brainwashed and spellbound by the multi-faceted filters of our own perceptions.  We are frequently presented with opportunities to choose how we behold our experience of life.  Most of us view the world through an elaborate tapestry of our analysis, fears, judgements, and wants.  Rarely do we observe the world as it truly is.  We see it the way we would like it to be.  We live from these personal fantasies and push the agendas of our positions in the pursuit of making the common reality ever more comfortable, compliant or convenient to our own desires.  We engage with an illusion of what is instead of its authenticity.

The World We Enable:

Our personal power is in our creativity, compassion, consciousness, love and transformation.  Yet, we express it most often with our drama, judgement, opinion and outrage.  It isn’t that we are purely oblivious to our truth and purpose.  We are products of the societal ethics to which we eagerly acquiesce.  It seems easier to abandon our own unique experience, existence and perception as an inauthentic and noble sacrifice instead of claiming and living the life only we were meant.  We are so powerful as human beings.  Yet, we commit to killing our lives everyday with our denial, disinterest, doubt and obedience to the enslavement of reality.

“Lay down your right.  Lay down your wrong.  Lay down the lie.  To which you belong.”

The Human God:

The human invention of God we accept and are expected to believe is primarily one of judgement, vengeance and wrath.  It is the fear beyond the myth that captivates our allegiance.  The intoxication of this false power seduces us into emulation and imitation.  Though we often fail to see the most glaring truth of this “divine” influence.  The raw power of our unattended ego imposes an experience and perception of cynicism, resignation and ridicule for anything that is not of our own clever design.  We adopt a defense of disapproval, drama, opinion and rumor rather than be present to the possibilities of acceptance, compassion and understanding.

Vital Signs:

The medical field identifies the vitality of our existence by taking our pulse, analyzing our response to stimuli, observing our breath in different areas of our body and listening to our heart.  When we meet these basic criteria, we are given a label of heath and an acknowledgment of life.  Yet, the true measurement of living is found in our potential, expression and willingness to make a difference.  The true meaning of life is to serve others as much or more than ourselves for the sake of service.  When we choose to exercise this opportunity, we instantly transform our experience into one of community, purpose and possibility.

In Purpose:

Most of us live our lives in the absence of purpose.  We have a tendency to throw havoc to the wind and see what returns to us.  More often than not very little does, at least to our desire.  Unfortunately, purpose isn’t primarily exercised let alone existent in our society.  The very nature of reality does not support or sustain the extraordinary.  Our personal focus depends solely upon the what, how and why of our experience.  These are the crucial elements of our potential to empower our lives.  When we bring purpose to every facet of our experience, we express creativity, consciousness, enlightenment and transformation.

The Truth of False Power:

Each one of us has our own unique experience of life defined by our choices, the focus of our energy, the perception(s) we embrace and the destiny we fulfill.  There is no one else in this world that could or should degrade, discredit, judge or question the authenticity, intent, meaning, and worth of our experiences.  All who do simply endeavor to conceal or protect their own fears, inadequacies, insecurities and weaknesses.  We have been raised in a social environment of defense that is of great peril to the coincidental targets of our expression.  The force of the false power we project upon others ultimately diminishes the truth of our own.

Being Our Experience:

There is nothing more significant in our life than who we are being.  In a reality where being-ness has been swept under the proverbial rug of contemporary society, it is truly the only saving grace for the present and future of all.  Who we are being creates, expresses and sustains the quality of our commitment.  Our vision, empowerment, purpose and stand inspires how we truly live our lives.  Of us it requires our creativity, confidence, courage and trust to manifest our greatest experience.  Only through us will the power of our experience transcend the boundaries of reality and society and transform the world.

“The greatest experiences we will ever have are the ones we choose to create.”

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INeMe

We are our greatest ally and we are also our most bitter rival.  As much as we have the potential for boundless creation and life, we possess the possibility for devastating destruction and death.  We have the inherent ability to inspire and support our selves and others.  We also have the learned inclination to thwart and disempower.  The extent of our existence is the measure of our expression, with whatever nature we choose to live.

Before our ego rises with the passage of our innocence, we possess a natural yearning to support those around us to thrive and expand their consciousness, thus fulfilling upon and relating to our own.  Though it would appear that the pendulum swings to and fro between our spirit’s aspiration to express this sacred service and our ego’s agenda to recover the power it believes it has lost.  This human equilibrium eventually lulls us into a hypnotic state of duality, entrapping us into the eager embrace of two-dimensional existence. Eventually, our personal power soon follows.

Many of us are unaware of the negative elements of our personality and behavioral patterns that may lead to our decline and eventual demise, let alone the positive qualities that guide us into the domains of our transformation and destiny.  Even more of us are oblivious to the impacts and influences these characteristics may have on our lives and the lives of others.  Whatever choice we make to be the best of ourselves or the worst of ourselves determines whether or not we are the heroes of our lives, or the villains.

Ever wonder why it seems like we are working against ourselves?  As though an unseen force stands between us and the life we were born to live?  A presence that hides in the darkest recesses of our being, waiting, ever watchful, ever patient and ever-present for the perfect opportunity to impose its force and influence over us.  It is our “INeME” (inner enemy).  As soon as we become conscious to its existence within us, it retreats back into the shadows to await another opportunity to wreak havoc upon our lives.

Many of us mistake our INeME as our “dark side,” “our evil,” or even depict these parts of our being as our “inner demons.”  When confronted with the truth of ourselves, most of us would opt to point the finger at others, thus furthering the contrary agendas of our INeME.  Yet this is false and in most cases may prove to be as harmful as our unchecked imaginations running away with our energy and our lives.

We would probably be amazed at how often during the course of a day this happens and how much of our personal power we sacrifice.  It is astonishing when we reflect upon how the quality of our life is diminished by the meanderings of our own willful perceptions, agendas and dramas.

Our INeME hypnotizes us through the monotony and triviality of daily life.  The clouds of our own collusion and indifference begin to form with our constant, catatonic consent.  We become lost in a dark forest of ourselves, reaching out and clinging to anything we may find in the hopes of making sense of our self-endorsed confusion.  We even begin to believe that there is worth in our drama to the degree that we defend it with everything we believe we are.  Eventually, we submit to the adversity, opposition and anarchy of our INeME.  We fall prey to its trappings, triggers and stimuli, as we hand over the last remnants of our personal power.

It is only with consciousness we may discover who the real oppressor is in our lives.  It is only then we may realize who we are truly up against.  An adversary that is second to none.  Someone we will never evade, defeat or escape.  We give our power over to our INeME whenever we fail to acknowledge, claim and express it.  The INeME is the part of us we rarely see or know exists.  It has been pulling our strings in ways more clever than we could have ever envisioned.  It is the veil we pull over our eyes that hides us from the truth of ourselves.

There is an eternal force within us that is similar to the current of a river.  For most of us, this current runs one way for the majority of our life, from our ego to the rest of our being.  It does not flow “our” way, though we condition ourselves to believe it does.  It directs us from a place intertwined within the multi-faceted intricacies of our mind.  It is a perfect internal storm of our base animal instincts, our unbridled thoughts and our unhealthy emotions associated with attachment, expectation and entitlement.

Amidst this inner storm, we may feel victimized and repressed.  Not by our family members, friends, employers, communities, society or reality.  Yet by our very own patterns and behaviors we have enabled and sustained through our unconscious and selfish desires and lifestyles.  This is a self-imposed illusion.  It only seems this way because of the power we give to our external experiences.  Beyond the linear perception of life and reality, we cannot just be the victims.  We are also the antagonists.  Though it may be difficult to identify and accept, we are our only INeME.

Our contemporary society simply does not prepare us to exercise the integrity and intention it requires to fulfill on the accountability and purpose of being human.  Nor does it preserve, encourage or value our responsibility to evolve, expand and express our consciousness.  Our world is rampant with distractions to draw the focus of our awareness away from transcending and exceeding our selves.  Yet, the distractions we may encounter around us are merely a reflection of the disruptions we invent and sustain within us to discourage us from confronting and overcoming our INeMe.

Our INeME is only as powerful as we enable it to be with our unconsciousness and fear.  It can be befriended.  Our very perception that it is against us grants it even more influence over us.  It is what we create it to be.  When we choose to accept it for what it really is, it becomes a potent ally.  The INeME is simply the mirror image we reflect to the world.  The greatest gift we can receive from our INeME is claiming the opportunity to transform it from our inner villain to our inner hero.  Only then will we emancipate from the slavery of our self.  Only then will we become who we truly are.

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