“Spiritualized” The Ego of Spirituality

“Ego is the destroyer of the soul.”

Dysfunction Junction:

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

Observational Hazards:

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

Best of Intentions:

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

Identity of Importance:

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

“Vulnerability is the greatest strength we can express.”

Trail of Tears:

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

Self Alone:

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

Power Play:

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

Divisive Intentions:

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

Spiritualized”:

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

For the Benefit of All:

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

Believer Beware:

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

“Unity is the soul of community.”

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

“Listening is offering others the experience of being heard.” – Iam Saums

Video Interview with Lorenzo Malowane of “The New Agora” presented by “The New Now” inspired by my new article, “An Ear to Hear.”

To Transform Listening

“Changing how we hear things. Maybe a clearer way of understanding this is simply ‘learning to listen’. One of the hardest skills I’ve ever had to master is the skill of listening to others, striving to listen, to truly hear what’s being shared with me beyond my own thoughts.

As I recapitulate my time here in this life, from my childhood schooling to my adulthood, I can see, in all honesty, that I was barely ever really listening to others in a conversation.

Mostly I was thinking of my ‘agenda’, whatever that was at the time, and wondering how to get what I wanted. It started with ‘candy and toys’ as a little boy, and grew towards, well I guess you could say, adult versions of ‘candy’ and ‘toys’.

Having an agenda in a conversation, I feel, is perhaps one of the rudest things anyone can take into such interactions. If you are thinking of an outcome, no matter how loving or sweet you may feel it is, you are probably not hearing what is being shared. I was instead seeking to maneuver the moment towards what I wanted it to be, or what I wanted to get out of it, sometimes just wanting to get out of the conversation itself.

How utterly selfish and egotistical I was. if I’m not very careful in my communications I can still fall into any number of bad habits.  It seems obvious now that if you are not ‘hearing’ what the other is attempting to communicate, you are not really being ‘loving’ and present in that moment. And by loving, I mean taking the other into consideration. Obvious, now, and yet it still takes a constant effort and attention, caring if you will

Not with just words, either. We all communicate in many different ways on many different levels, many we remain unaware of throughout. Body language, hidden emotions or feelings, unknown tendencies all come into play, whether we are conscious of them or not, during our day to day interactions with others.

Even alone in a room, it has become important to me to be clear with my hearing and listening. Enhancing my communication skills has been one of the best gifts I have ever given myself.  Hard to beat self-knowledge.

In fact, it’s taken me years and years to determine the differences between my heart’s communication and my ‘head born’ fears. Emotions, beliefs, shadows, desires and old habits all influenced my attempts to share clearly with myself and with others. Figuring my way through these ‘traps of clarity’ have made me a much better person.

Much more to explore here.  Attention and consciousness are interlinked.

In the following video, Iam Saums and I, go deeply into this topic. Perhaps it comes down to feeling something in your life that requires transformation, changing, and your instincts tell you some that parts of your life are crying out for attention, healing, change; well, a perfect place to begin would be to examine how you communicate, with yourself, with others, keeping a close ‘ear’ on your listening skills, or lack thereof.

After all, who doesn’t wish for love, abundance and happy relationships and such. Maybe if you feel any of these are somewhat lacking, an effort to ‘transform your listening’ may help you out. Couldn’t hurt. I’ve found that to honestly hear what the other is sharing can transform worlds. No matter the circumstances, becoming a better listener, for me anyways, has made me a better person.”

Hark! Heed! Hear! Attention. Be aware.

With much Love, Lorenzo

An Ear to Hear

“The greatest expression of presence is listening.”

On Deaf Ears:

We listen primarily to articulate our response.  This is essential to acknowledge.  Our social conditioning does not inspire an awareness for quality relativity.  Our impatience and intolerance are reflective of the dysfunctional personas we conceal from others in our quest to present an image of sanity in a sociopathic society.  The expanding vortex of contemporary reality consumes our consciousness, creativity, evolution, imagination and sensibility, rendering us unable to empower and sustain our listening.  When we are not present to this, our ego takes advantage of our imbalanced being.  Ignorance is bliss, until we pay the price for our selective interpretation and self-righteousness with personal and social oblivion.

Reality-Colored Vision:

Our perspective is inundated with perceptual filters.  We see the world as it seems, rarely as it is.  Throughout the course of our life experiences, we adopt, adapt, embrace and express inherent personal and social, static lenses, hindering our enlightenment.  Over time, we enable our selective viewpoints, casting ourselves into a narrow awareness of experience.  Eventually, we impose our limited perceptions upon others to defend our self-induced coma of anxiety, fear, insecurity and prejudice.  These personal rackets award us the arrogance to claim artificial power and flex it whenever our fixed perspectives are challenged.  This compounds the illusions we weave, eventually becoming our reality.

Barely Audible:

Our relatedness is distorted and manipulated as much as our reality.  We cannot relate when our language is as lethargic as our listening.  The fullest potential of conscious listening is the equilibrium between our instincts, intellect, feelings and intuition.  However, social reality is rife with toxic impulses, thoughts and emotions.  These have become the avenues of our agendas, at the cost of our hearts and souls.  We are desensitized to how we sacrifice our experience, building our bank accounts, establishing our status and bolstering our egos.  Superficiality destroys the possibility of transforming our social conversations from individual greed to community need.  Every day we disempower ourselves deeper into denial.

The Fragility of Consciousness:

Our instinctual, intellectual and emotional reactivity overpowers our awareness.  We allow other people, social circumstances and environments to compromise our consciousness before it has the opportunity to evolve.  Whether the fate of our transcendence is accidental or intentional, it all begins with the quality of our listening.  If we were aware of the insight, transformation and wisdom available when we and those we speak with felt heard, we would chase after experiences to cultivate conscious listening.  The frailty of our listening reflects the fragility of our consciousness.  All we may become is sacrificed for all we may control.  As we abandon our awareness, we diminish our ability to hear and be heard.

“Listening is the currency of being.”

Acute Observation:

When we choose to see how communication and listening does or does not exist in contemporary society, we need only turn to the internet, radio and television.  Understanding 90% of what we observe in the media is corporate, political and religious editorial gives us insight into how we can choose to draw vital distinctions.  Personal truth will never be found in the annals of education, heredity, politics, religion and alternative, mainstream and social media.  No matter how true broadcasts may seem when pandered to our platform and position, they are dangerous transmissions resulting in historically catastrophic outcomes.  Keen observation is the primary practice in distinguishing distorted facts from intuitive vision.

Distant Avenues:

We are not related.  We believe we are.  Yet, vast distances exist between us through social concoctions of fear, insecurity, selective interpretation, and deficiencies in acceptance, authenticity, empathy, trust and understanding.  We consciously and obliviously sustain societal separation.  All of this is simply a facet of our personal isolation.  The deepest impact is the well being of our relationship with ourselves and ultimately our soul.  We have an active connection with our instinct and intellect, though our relatedness with our heart and intuition is abandoned by our conditioned addiction to sense reality.  When we are not related with others or even ourselves, we are not aligned with our soul and the universe.    

Heart Resonance:

As we listen with our egos, we miss so much of what exists for others, and what occurs for us in theirs.  We rarely, if ever, venture outside of our own experience of listening.  Our narcissistic tendencies narrow our frequency of being, much as our mind can diminish our perception.  Every conversation we have has potential for multidimensionality.  The gateway to universal relativity is acceptance, empathy, support and understanding.  In expressing this, we also benefit from the experience.  We all emanate an energetic signature.  When we maintain the equilibrium of our instinct, intellect, emotion and intuition, the resonance between us expands, expressing universality.

Universal Relativity:

Our being is multidimensional.  All which cannot be perceived by most is easily dismissed into non-existence.  Hence the oblivion we all inevitably adopt.  Understanding we are a soul with intuitive, emotional, intellectual and instinctual expressions helps us to embrace the necessity of our personal equilibrium.  Without it, we will never fulfill relativity with the universe, ourselves or others.  We may believe we have decent relations with our family and friends, yet beyond the social bubbles we tolerate, we do not experience ourselves.  Therefore, we do not relate with our soul and the universe.  Universal relativity transpires when we chose to express authentic listening as our primary intention with all our relations.

Between the Lines:

I am a musical artist in addition to an author of articles.  My creative process is an experiential, multidimensional environment, a sacred space the universe holds for me as a representative for all possibility in being my expression.  The moment I intend to bring universality into three-dimensional reality, the eternal and infinite energy of the universe is inevitably diminished from its ever-expansive nature to a singular, static medium.  Society’s perceptual tendency toward duality furthers the waning impression of creativity.  For me, it is not the musical notes or words I choose.  It is the universal energy inspiring them to empower their expression.         

Relations of Power:

There is a vital distinction to be made when listening.  For many, expressing it is an act of tolerance, “allowing” another to speak, all the while collecting notes to curry our response.  Authentic listening gives people with whom we relate the experience of being heard, empowering their relatedness with acknowledgment, appreciation and acceptance.  We may not agree with the viewpoints of others, though it does not mean we need to devalue, diminish and dismiss their voice when it is in contrast with ours.  Being heard is a power we can share with all.  When we give others our listening with the empowerment of being heard, we are extending equal courtesy to ourselves, thus becoming an expression of universal relativity. 

“Listening is offering others the experience of being heard.”

The Center of All

“At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit.

And that center is everywhere.

It is within each of us.”

– Black Elk

Societal Drift:

Where we are trending in society is evident.  We are preoccupied with self-centered beliefs, desires, interpretations, perceptions and realities, as we are in their defense.  Most of us enable our daily deprivation by acquiescing our personal power to a legion of social stimuli.  Our instincts, thoughts and behaviors are indicative of our constant, collective conditioning.  Society is an omnipresent undercurrent, diminishing and distorting our common sense, equilibrium, rationale and humanity.  The disparity between our soul and heart in relation to our mind and body is beyond measure. This rift exists between the threshold of our reality and universality, condemning us to a life sentence of obsolescence and oblivion.

Shades of Grey:

We are captive to the matrix of our mind.  Though we do not acknowledge or observe it, we deny and defend ourselves from this truth.  Our neurological pathways are a maze of information, knowledge and thought, imposing logic on our being as a virus spreads infection.  The smoke and mirrors of mentality obscure our perception and understanding.  Instinct and intellect are vulnerable to deception and distortion in a social reality designed for the mind.  However, the more we invest our personal power in thoughts and actions, the less likely we enlighten our emotional and intuitive awareness and expression to relate with our soul and the universe.           

Spiritual Compass:

True north is charted a few degrees from its given direction.  This variance is symbolic of the personal destiny we may choose on our unique path.  It is our way of becoming who we are meant to be.  Unfortunately, most concede this opportunity, dismissing it as fantasy, pastime or even egotistical.  The choice to experience and express our truth is ever present and universal.  It can be said faith is frivolous.  Like the mind, it has its place at certain moments.  Yet, not as a habitual practice of dependence to sacrifice our personal power upon the altar of theology.  Our experience is more profound than our interpretation or perception.  Extraordinary events will never be understood with ordinary vision.  

University of Reality:

All of us enroll and engage in the authoritarian institutions of society.  They are inevitable.  Social reality encompasses, influences and permeates us in more ways than we can imagine.  As universal beings existing in a three-dimensional paradigm, adopting a two-dimensional experience, we submit ourselves to societal slavery.  We are offered many forms of social oppression to which we eagerly adopt and apply. All under the guise of personal “freedom” and “individuality,” imposing artificial belonging within a devious, hierarchical system to coerce all life.  Once we allow ourselves to be indoctrinated and integrated into enslavement, we feign our freedom in vain, giving the false impression we are awakened.

“Conscious breath is our choice to be in the center of our experience.”

East of Eden:

Where we direct our attention is where we focus our energy.  Being conscious to this universal truth is essential in observing and shifting our experience.  We are conditioned to be spectators in life.  Our dependence on external opinion is the primary form of conceding our personal power.  Deep down, many of us deny, diminish and resist our exceptionality.  We do not acknowledge, apply or understand it.  If our personal power is akin to a flashlight at night, many of us would rather stumble around in the darkness to avoid being accountable for who we are as universal beings.  When we deviate from our original vision, even by an inch, we end up arriving at our destination lightyears from our destiny.

Eye in the Storm:

Society will always be a cacophony of amusement, chaos, distraction, ego, manipulation, politics and violence.  These are the prominent traits of humanity.  Social storms rage around and within us.  We allow our inner experience to be defined and impacted by external circumstances. Who we are is often established by the people and circumstances influencing us through our energetic reactions to them. Chaos within begets chaos without.  It is our calling as multidimensional beings to transform our personal anarchy, enabled by our carnal instincts, thoughts and feelings.  We behold and occupy the center of our experience when we transcend the psychosis of self.      

The Source of the Soul:

There is a center in each of us, yet it is not exclusive to the body, mind or heart.  We are multidimensional beings of energy, expanding and evolving in a sacred dance with the universe.  When we establish equilibrium between our body, mind, heart and intuition, we synergize with our soul.  We become one with all, empowered by our vision, focus, intention, purpose, expression and the manifestations we embody.  Our balance is ever fluctuating, compromised by the constant, violent contest of social reality.  We are authors of our universal potentiality, able to observe, adapt, shift and transform any energy, environment and experience.  Being this empowers our soul with the source.

The Center:

There are infinite centers in the universe, yet only one for which we are destined.  Being in the center of our experience is our true calling.  Yet, our connection and relation with it is always leaving us.  No matter how intent we are in sustaining our equilibrium to empower our universal relativity, we will always be losing it until we depart this earth.  Realizing the fulfillment of our experience amidst the chaos of social reality is our essential purpose.  When we are focused, grounded, centered, balanced and aligned with the universe, we become its expression.  Being in the center of our experience empowers us to transform social greed into universal need. 

“Our center is the compass of our soul.”

The Greatest Conspiracy

“Social reality is the exploitation of life.”

Anatomy of Realism:

I am not a conspiracy theorist, at least I do not consider myself one.  Though I find it interesting how the common theorem behind its existence is scientific and critically psychological in contemporary society.  Decades ago, the term “conspiracy theory” was concocted by the very authoritarian organizations attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of the world for the sake of maintaining advantage, control, power and profit.  Be they in the domains of banking, business, defense, entertainment, government, finance, media, politics or religion.  Those who choose not to acknowledge relativity between these social control structures and current controversial events are simply not paying attention or are afraid and unwilling to accept the truth.

Selective Reality:

Unbeknownst to us, the institutions of parental guidance, education, media, peers, politics, religion and society program us from infancy to adopt, believe, engage, promote and execute a sinister global agenda.  Suppressing, discrediting and abolishing our creativity, consciousness, evolution, imagination, power, transcendence and transformation.  We are desensitized by our contribution to this devious, hostile and vicious social stratagem.  Our condemnation, defamation, fear, hate, judgement, prejudice and shaming of others with alternate viewpoints has intensified in the last few years.  It is the artificial power we flex at the world when our selective reality is compromised.

Lords of Illusion:

For centuries, governments have distorted, withheld and revised historical events under the guise of “national security” in the “best interest of the people.”  Again, this should not come as a surprise to anyone, dependent on how one chooses to perceive the daily onslaught of propaganda and rhetoric we all receive from mainstream and social media.  The potential for truth wanes when most are eagerly willing to sacrifice their exceptionality and personal power under the gravity of peer pressure and ridicule when expressing indifference with the “official narratives.”  Yet, these structures of control persist as we enable, engage and sustain it with our blind and obedient loyalty to social slavery glorified as freedom.

Web of Deception:

Wealthy global families use Centralized Banks, who in turn use International Banks, who use National Banks (see a theme?), who operate in the global marketplace as Corporate Banks funding Global Corporations to invest in lobbyists, to buy politicians, to introduce laws and protect their enterprises, futures and profits.  They use the armed and special forces to protect themselves from the people.  The caveat for these families is the necessity for the people they are attempting to enslave to adopt and invest in this global pyramid scheme for its optimal success.  What purpose does it serve to know all of this?  The rate of our social consumption enables this system to benefit the few at the cost of the many.

“Just because we do not believe in something, does not mean it does not exist.”

Mind Games:

How we interpret events and people is inherently biased.  The many filters we adopt and enable make it impossible to see things as they truly are.  Our individual realities are predominately instinctual and intellectual.  This is the design of society.  We receive and process information with our instincts and thoughts, establishing our perception and understanding with a fraction of our being.  This is how we surrender our personal power.  In the process, we suppress our feeling and insight, thus distorting and weakening the alignment of our intuition with our soul and the universe.  We become so invested in social reality, we defend and promote it more than we empower and manifest our soul’s unique purpose and destiny. 

The Psychosis of Debunking:

Discrediting alternative viewpoints has become an artform for many. Millions go online to debunk just about anything with a surplus of “sources” to defend their beliefs and perspectives.  Yet, this practice is not an expression of our instinctual and intellectual prowess.  It is more an imposition of our rampant egos and our voracious appetites for self-righteousness.  Given most of us have harsh opinions of ourselves, it feeds the socially charged, instinctual, intellectual and emotional vicious cycles to which we subscribe.  The profound reasoning for our quest to disprove truth is really our fears and insecurities emerging when our adopted lifestyle and perception is challenged.  For most of us, our egos dominate our being in our desire to feign artificial power.

Revisionist Perception:

We see only what we want, rarely what we need.  Our internal and environmental dynamics are riddled with acquiescence, cowardice, doubt and fear.  We are not born this way.  We are conditioned to emulate society’s impression and influence.  Our capacity for consciousness diminishes while we mature into adulthood.  As we are assimilated, our personal power is syphoned from us through our reactivity to social events.  The greatest hurdles in the “human race” are our anxiety, denial, resistance, self-righteousness and skepticism.  We believe only what we think is best for us, all while abandoning our personal power at every opportunity.  We adapt our perception to appease our fear.

Bursting the Bubble:

Social reality segregates us into limited domains of existence.  Our family, friends and colleagues occasionally occupy this obligatory relation we maintain. Yet even this relativity engenders exclusivity.  Beyond this familial bubble we build with our actions, decisions and fears, we have little to no awareness, connection, empathy or understanding.  We honestly do not care about the world outside of our self-induced borders.  We say we do, and at times we are inclined to become instinctually, intellectually or emotionally triggered into engagement, though our moments of epiphany and empathy pass.  Authentic relatedness is not about personal advantage, comfort, convenience or tolerance.  It is an opportunity to emerge from history to discover and embrace mystery.

The Art of Listening:

Recently, I participated in The New Agora’s “The New Now” online round table, moderated by Lorenzo Malowane, discussing men’s roles in contemporary times.  One of the many insights I experienced from the conversation is the foundation of possibility listening provides.  There was an energetic flow as everyone expressed their perspective and vision.  This is one of many key insights absent in society.  I have observed in either fluent or intense environments, once I offer listening without agenda, attachment and control, it instantly shifts the dynamic.  There are occasions to speak, yet many more opportunities to listen.  This vital practice empowers our transcendence beyond the duality of right and wrong, transforming our experience.

The Greatest Conspiracy:

The truth about conspiracy is we secretly believe because we feel the resonance of truth, we simply fear the social impact, ridicule and scrutiny.  We are a conspiracy theory of ourselves, chasing artificial power by focusing our attention on the peripheral and overlooking the true reality.  Our life, in relation to who we truly are, is a living delusion.  It is the con we run on ourselves.  We project a deceptive image to sustain our greatest conspiracy.  We are a lie we tell ourselves and others to escape our truth.  Every time we feel motivated to expose someone or something because it challenges the illusion we have designed to defend our belief, ego and fear, we should begin by observing ourselves as the only conspiracy theory worth debunking.

“In every conspiracy there is a seed of truth.”

Who Is Iam Saums?

“I am no one, and I am everyone…”

Originality:

My given name is William Howard Post.  That’s what the birth certificate says.  I was named after my Paternal and Maternal Grandfathers William Post and Howard Saums.  When I first began studying in The Fourth Way School, my fellow students began calling me Iam, which is the last 3 letters of my first name.  I would later discover the name Iam has Celtic origins, in relation with my Paternal and Maternal Grandmother’s lineages, Francis O’Day and Ruth O’Laverty.  In honor of my Grandfather Howard Saums, an inspirational and remarkable man to many in his community, “Iam Saums” is the name I chose to publish articles.

The Spark:

More than a decade ago, I began to observe the covert, intricate and influential nuances occurring in global society, primarily in the banking, corporate, medical, political and religious arenas.  I became present to an elusive network of secret, authoritarian organizations imposing an agenda to control the nations of the world, which angered, frustrated and eventually empowered me to capture my personal insights and observations via writing.  I would send them to select friends who I felt may be open to reading them.  One of them was author Elva Thompson.  Her experienced observations, passion and understanding inspired me to clarify, focus and express my own.  Elva’s encouragement and her intent to make a difference in this world helped to empower the genesis of Iam Saums.

Source Archives:

Every day I meditate twice, once in the morning and again in the afternoon.  I have been meditating for over 20 years in the Jain Tradition, the same Mahatma Gandhi embraced.  I have also participated in Lakota Ceremony for almost 20 years.  Over the last 2 decades I have experienced how these practices have empowered my awareness, creativity, intuition and transformation. This balance creates a foundation of focus, centering and grounding of my being to become an expression of the universe.  I chose this opportunity through creativity to manifest this energy and transform myself and my experience.  The content I am inspired to write and the energy beyond the words is greatly sourced by the universe.  

Creative Dynamics:

We are all multidimensional beings composed of a body, mind, heart, intuition and soul.  Yet, humanity primarily exists in the duality of instinct and intellect.  This is how social reality is designed and imposed, thus preventing us from relating with our heart, soul and the universe.  Our collective universality was fractured and lost ages ago during a great energetic schism.  Identifying, establishing and sustaining our balance with the multi-dimensionalilty of our being inspires us to relate with our soul and be a creative expression of the universe.  For each of us, it is both unique and vital.  Not only for our destiny, yet also for how we make the greatest difference by empowering each other with who we are being.

“I am a declaration of being.”

Vision and Observation:

Everything in this world is created from energy, insight, intention and expression.  In this new era, we have an extraordinary opportunity to become balanced, present, related and aligned with the universe.  Our focus on creativity, consciousness, experience and transformation nurtures the possibility and manifestation of our purpose, beginning with our vision and observation.  We are conditioned to be solely invested in our individual lives, unable to transcend the rampant duality of social reality.  Inevitably, we succumb to its tides and give our power away to anyone and anything willing to take it from us.  It is in this vicious cycle we sacrifice our lives to chase the dangling carrot constantly luring us toward the proverbial cliff of ordinary existence.

In Transition:

Now more than ever, we are shifting progressively into the embrace of a powerful, personal and collective destiny, if we choose.  Many are racing to return to the way things were before the world went sideways, oblivious to the universal potentialities available to all.  In the Spring of 2020, I was empowered and inspired by the possibility of a global awakening to shift us into universal being.  Yet recently, I am confronted with the disappointing reality many are choosing to strengthen their familial bubble and the illusion of normalcy in this era of transcendence.  This was and is still heartbreaking for me to this day. Though I choose to focus on universal vision, energy and possibility, I am at times overwhelmed by our forsaken potential for collective ascension.

The Truth of Reality:

Social reality is a weapon used against humanity to control, divide, influence and gain profit and power.  No matter how intelligent or wise we believe ourselves to be, this is the truth of reality.  We can deny, debate, protest and refute all we want, it does not alter the programmed conditioning of society. For decades, I have observed reality as an engineered, authoritarian system to enslave humanity into an illusion of choice, democracy, enterprise and freedom.  Distorting and syphoning our attention, energy and power while using our own fear of personal accountability, authenticity, integrity and vulnerability against us.  Social reality is a vortex of oblivion consuming our awareness, life force and possibility.        

The Reality of Truth:

There are over seven billion truths in the world.  Of course, they all fail to exist in our oppressive and imposing environment.  The reality of truth cannot be established with congregational education, politics, religion or spirituality.  It requires each of us to envision, focus, create, intend, express and manifest our truth with every breath.  Our personal truth cannot live in others, as their individual truth will not exist in ours.  It is a very intimate and private experience we share with the universe.  A sacred covenant and union we consciously choose long before we are born.  It is an incredibly challenging and lonely path to walk.  Yet, the enlightenment, fulfillment and transformation we create and experience is momentous, eternal and infinite.

As It Shall Be:

To be honest, I have no clue who Iam Saums is.  As with the many facets of each of our personalities, one that is fixed is unable to evolve, progress or transform.  I choose to believe my literary endeavors are shared experiences between my personal expression and the universe. At least this is my vision.  Perhaps I am guided by something greater, to be simply a current of energy in the vast ocean of universal consciousness.  Then again, what I am inspired to write has become and is my personal truth.  One that may resonate with others, yet nonetheless, my unique dance with the universe.  Establishing our truth empowers us to listen, express and thrive.  I have never been attached to what I write and how it may be received when published.  Only the possibility the words I am guided to convey may illuminate and inspire our collective experience, so we all become who we are destined to be.

“I am who the universe expresses.”

What Will It Take?

“Reality is a virus.”

Gone Viral:

When the pandemic began, one of my relatives asked me if I was surprised at how many were affected.  I responded, “not at all.”  After their further inquiry, I made the comment, “most people’s financial wealth is a greater priority for them than their personal health.”  Sad but true.  I have realized we are collectively conditioned, exploited and integrated into social reality.  Inevitably, we are diverted away from important experiences like our consciousness, creativity, personal destiny, empathy, love, listening and relatedness.  Social reality is a deception of perception.  I would claim most of society is caught in its simulation, never to be freed.

Living in Oblivion:

Billions of people around the world eagerly accept, adopt and indoctrinate themselves into numerous popular social systems designed for congregational enslavement.  Empty structures for belonging and relating deliver fruitless and tiresome experiences, with little to no personal or communal enlightenment or empowerment.  Institutional consumption, education, politics and religion have made us heartless and soulless, condemning us to a virtual reality.  We are inundated with constant stimuli to preoccupy our instincts, minds and base senses at the cost of our emotional, intuitive and spiritual fulfillment.  Human oblivion has annihilated our capacity and possibility for awareness, intention, expression and transformation.   

Digital Infamy:

Our ego’s appetite for attention, control, influence, power and wealth has enabled the artificial reality in which we exist.  Damned be the animal, mineral and natural worlds in the wake of our contemporary, technological revolutions.  Our addiction to the spotlight has far exceeded the watermarks of our predecessors, flooding the mainstream with a reckless abandon for social media.  Fame is measured by the viral nature of humanity’s selfish and superficial promotion and propaganda.  It is not a coincidence that an infectious virus has spread like wildfire over the masses, while we eagerly impose our individual agendas to climb the ladder of social exposure and popularity. 

Reversal of Power:

Our viral behaviors, inclinations and actions have altered reality.  Within the three-dimensional dynamic of the positive, negative and neutral forces of nature and the universe, we have inadvertently accentuated our darkest tendencies.  As a civilization, we have been manipulated into believing generating personal power is a competition in the pursuit of individual success at the devastating cost of rampant, social failure.  Orthodox conditioning programs us to sustain selfish survival as our ultimate achievement.  This adopted lifestyle and perception is a collective psychosis, consuming all potential for creativity, community, empowerment, enlightenment and transformation. 

“Personal power is an intimate, solitary and unique experience.”

The Best of Intentions:

Few of us would choose to be the villain in society’s antiquated story.  Yet, most of us have played the role many times over.  What is most dangerous to the balance of social dynamics is our denial or oblivion to the part we perform.  We are not a conscious race, let alone courteous, empathetic or encouraging.  Like it or not, we are cruel, egocentric fiends hellbent on destruction far more often than creation.  No matter how hard we attempt to express ourselves with the best intentions, our contrarian outcomes speak for themselves.  Whatever sense of achievement we can glean from our chaotic experiences is as empty as our hearts have become.  Now, something new and remarkable is transforming within us.

Awareness Rising:

Collective community and consciousness is growing.  Whether the focus is on positive or negative events, it is happening.  More people are awakening from the slumber of social reality, becoming present beyond what they see, hear, feel and sense.  An energetic shift is transpiring on a multi-dimensional level of being, providing us with an extraordinary opportunity to transcend social reality and align with our heart, soul and the universe.  My question is, “what other option is there?”  Continue down the apparent path of least resistance, tethering ourselves to archaic, social enslavement for superficial achievement, belonging, and wealth?  This is it! The era we have been eagerly awaiting has come!

Higher Ground:

For centuries, people have sought clarity, insight, transformation and vision by journeying below the earth’s surface or on hills and mountains.  These experiences are an exodus from all things reality to connect with something transcendent from self.  Most fast from food and water, placing themselves at the mercy of nature.  This kind of experience has been and is available to us since March 2020 when humanity took a left turn, giving us the opportunity to step out of our personalities and connect with our heart, soul and the universe.  Yet, social reality is a clever con, always inventing effective ways to distort and distract our attention (energy) from our potential enlightenment and transcendence.  This era of illumination and inspiration empowers us with possibility.  We simply must choose it.

What Will It Take?

All of us, yes all of us are universal beings.  This is our birthright as souls living a human experience.  Our life force has been highjacked by authoritarian entities to manipulate us into believing and engaging in the simulation of reality.  We acquiesce our power and direct our energy toward organizations enslaving us with our own fear and conditioned desire for amusement, consumerism and evasion.  What will it take to shift our focus from the social negatives into the universal positives?  What will it take for us to reject the social reality imposed upon us and embrace the truth of our universal selves?  What will it take for us to awaken, focus, intend, express and manifest? Perhaps our very lives…   

“We must be willing to give everything to receive everything.”

On a Personal Note

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

Social Shakedown:

Beginning in March 2020 the world was shutdown.  Rolling lockdowns, restrictions, social distancing and masks littered society with the promise of protection, blended with heavy doses of fear and propaganda.  Even social perception was compromised; altered and manipulated toward an apparent intention for safety, yet rife with undeniable political and social agendas emerging from the unknown.  Years ago, I learned that whenever global events occur such as the pandemic, there is always more going on under the surface of reality than we choose to see or become informed.  Given the common attention span often struggles to sustain awareness, it always takes time for nefarious things to be revealed, even as they go widely unseen.    

Catch a Breath:

Upon reflection, my daily life did not change much over the last year and a half.  I still went to work, to the store, out of town for events and family visits, gathered with community, played music, wrote articles and stayed in touch with people in my life.  I did appreciate the lack of traffic on the roads and trails, at the shops and even in the streets.  There was a calm and peace in the world that happened overnight.  For those fleeting weeks, society was taking a breath, as was nature.  Something began to break the surface through the back and forth of the medical industry, mainstream media and the political arena.  In the wake of dis-, mis-, lack and no information, I felt a shift happening in the world.  Consciousness was growing within the madness of social reality.     

Stand and Create:

It became apparent to me global transformation was possible, and, to some extent, occurring.  The current events had captivated the collective attention of humanity.  This excited and inspired me.  The era some of us were envisioning, intending and expressing for years was happening.  Personal empowerment came to me as a rush of creativity, energy and imagination.  I started writing music again.  My writing style matured and shifted in a new direction.  My meditations and practices were all engaging, powerful and fulfilling, providing me with a new balance, experience, insight and perception into what is possible.  While much of the world was impacted and influenced by anxiety, fear, illness and uncertainty, I stood my conscious ground.     

Truth and Transmission:

As Spring turned into Summer, the energy in society grew more chaotic, intense and unstable.  The pensive calm and quiet turned into viral surges, gun violence, racial profiling and murder, social uprising and the US’s favorite pastime, politics.  Being aware of social conditioning in all forms, and having found the eye in humanity’s recent hurricane, I found myself remarkably balanced, centered, focused and grounded.  There were times when I observed and even engaged in the melee, yet soon found my breath, stepped out of the fracas and reset my connection with the universe.  This became a vital practice whenever my equilibrium was challenged.  It is in the stillness of the present we clarify and establish our truth.

“There are over seven billion truths in the world, and one gigantic lie.”

Electoral Fire:

The Summer passed and the US Election took center stage with all its pomp and circumstance. The ass and the elephant temporarily replaced the focus from the pandemic, setting the masses ablaze.  Suddenly, the flames of anxiety and fear from the virus shifted into politics. One side touted an arrogant and self-righteous attention monger.  The other side dusted off an aging, yet experienced politician who had a questionable backstory of his own.  I do not choose to engage in the political process simply because it is a racket.  A clever and deceptive system designed to disempower the masses, encouraging a timeless exorcism of the people’s power under the false pretense their choice in the political arena makes a difference. 

Ebb and Flow:

The election passed, apart from the childish tantrums of its loser.  The virus charts and numbers rose and receded like an inconvenient tide.  In many ways we were all separated from each other, though pre-virus comparisons would reveal we always had been.  I pressed onward through the melee of social reality, bearing my personal creativity, empowerment, meditation, prayer and transformation as a guiding light against the mounting, simulated darkness.  All the while enjoying the adventure, discovery and opportunity of my experience in an unparalleled, universal energetic shift.  Yet, for every powerful wave of enlightenment empowering our consciousness, the social undercurrents of anxiety and fear aimed to yank us back into reality.

Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back:

In my life, I have become accustomed to standing for my belief and truth with willful abandon.  This last year and a half have challenged my acceptance, tolerance and understanding of others in the wake of intensifying social criticism, judgement, opinion and prejudice.  Caught somewhere between self-defense and disbelief, I shook my head and smiled my way through it.  As often as possible, I express an immense empathy for humanity and society.  I choose to believe we all have the potential to observe ourselves from within and transform our way of being to the best of our ability in the spirit of making a difference.  Yet, fear is a social vortex devouring possibility at every turn. 

Jab and Weave:

Through Winter and into Spring, I rode the social waves of ease and malaise.  After a while, the pangs of emergency and urgency of the pandemic began to dull.  The social focus was instinctively turning to the old-world pastimes of amusement, entertainment, politics and sports.  Those beating the drum of anxiety were still thumping away on the nerve strings of society in a last-ditch effort to captivate all with their antiquated spell.  The heated debate between the vaxxed and the unvaxxed expired.  All who took the jab appeared to move on with their lives and all who declined followed suit.  Inevitably, most are eager to forget this last agonizing year and a half, replacing its bitter memory with the pastime of their fancy.

Beyond the Choice:

Now, we move into Summer with earnest hopes to leave it all behind, anxiety, chaos, fear, illness, inequality, isolation, lockdowns, loss, lunacy and uncertainty.  What remains are the ashes and embers of the world before everything went sideways.  An extraordinary, universal energetic shift continues, regardless of the mundane, social regression ebbing in tandem with the flow of our ever-evolving consciousness.  These last 18 months have been an affirmation of the power of our choice to either be taken under by the receding tide of social reality or ride the waves of enlightenment and transcendence into the embrace of our destiny.  Beyond this choice is our opportunity to manifest our universal being.  Seems quite simple to me.

“There is no way back, only forward…”

The Birth of Power

“It is a crime against our humanity to segregate ourselves from our personal power.”

In Transition:

Since early last year, we have had an extraordinary opportunity to become related with ourselves, find the ever-evolving balance between our body, mind and heart, relate with our intuition and align with our soul and the universe.  It seems a lot to fathom, let alone apply to our daily lives.  Yet, it is vital to the sustenance of our multidimensional being.  However, anxiety, indifference, ignorance, fear, opinion and self-righteousness are potent obstacles when navigating social reality.  Establishing and maintaining our balance in intense environments is ever more challenging. Going within ourselves and our experience offers us insight to identify and transform the societally conditioned narcissism of humanity.

Spectacle to Behold:

Removing our focal point from the external world and shifting into our inner observer is the key to transforming our experience.  Reality is the grandest of illusions, an enigma of existence, designed for the sole purpose of confusing, diverting and enslaving all in its seductive web of desire and temptation.  It is a brilliant diamond, faceted with mirrors to befuddle the wisest of explorers, leaving us with empty lives and afflicted with social psychoses.  The best way to trick people into believing they are awakened is to saturate perception and reality with propaganda and rhetoric to enable and promote “official” narratives as truth.  Social reality is a racket of deception, devised and enforced by the few to disempower the many.

The Human Schism:

It is astonishing how people are eagerly willing to acquiesce their personal power to the authoritarian organizations of society.  Yet, the instant they are asked to contribute their money, even to the worthiest of causes, they turn to stone.  Where and to what we place our value is symbolic of our experience.  There are essential moments in our lives when we are not present to the gravity of the choices we either do or don’t make.  Often, it is in these instances when we blindly set a course for personal obscurity.  Observation empowers us to draw pivotal distinctions, preventing us from falling prey to social pressures and enabling the schism between our soul and the universe.  Left to our societal devices, oblivion is inevitable.

To Covet and Defend:

There is one thing apparent since the pandemic began.  All our personal weaknesses we seek to hide from our family, friends and colleagues are now even more difficult to conceal.  As human beings, we have an innate tendency to avoid and escape our fears and insecurities.  When the scales of reality are upended, our desire to bolster our inner defenses fails within these current, declining social dynamics.  The psychological impact to us is devastating, sending us reeling and spiraling into our deepest darkness.  For some, it is an opportunity to shift into authenticity and transformation.  For most, a trigger to strengthen their defenses, raise their weapon of self-righteousness and bury the truth of themselves. 

“We have to face our darkness if we seek to become light.”

In Theory:

We engage and enable a dualistic society within a three-dimensional domain.  This paradigm is rarely challenged, as it is commonly accepted reality.  Yet, science neglects the validity of universality since the parameters of its own hypotheses deal primarily with intellectually proven fact instead of universally experienced insight.  Logic fails to understand multidimensionality as there are over seven billion perceptions in the world and the universe is ever transforming.  Regardless, it is apparent to most there is something extraordinary beyond what we can sense.  No matter how we choose to discover and explore universal being, when we are present to our experience, the conclusion is always the same.  Reality is an illusion. 

Against the Current:

We all make mountains of mole hills.  The human psyche tends to devise and embellish events and circumstances well before awareness, common sense and understanding intervene.  This is a characteristic many adopt, given its seeds are planted long before our consciousness is established.  Without daily practices of observation, meditation and transformation, the demons and tragedies we invent and enable grow in tandem with our ego, fear and oblivion.  Eventually, we produce perverse schemes in our reactions to social stimuli, exonerating ourselves from personal accountability.  This results in a loss of power and most importantly energy.  Yet, if we can destroy our power, we can also create it.  

Birth of Power:

Pure energy is the experience of true power.  Most of us do not practice a daily awareness of energy.  It exists much like a dream; abstract, elusive, foreign and even threatening.  When it flows through us, it can inspire an abundance of creativity, empowerment and insight.  It can also cause vortices of destruction, fear and oblivion.  The origin of our power is how we choose to experience and express our energy.  Its containment, conversion and expression define the quality of our existence.  Energy + focus + intention = power.  The universe is the eternal, expansive and infinite source of our vitality.  We exist primarily as finite beings.  Therefore, we experience only a fraction of our universal potential. 

A Claim to Be:

Social reality is the proverbial wool pulled over our eyes to supplement our deficiency of being.  When we seek to become and live awakened, it is essential for us to stake our claim.  The foundation of our being is energy.  The nature of its expression and manifestation is defined by our focus, purpose and willpower.  As multidimensional beings, it is our birthright to transcend our enslavements to duality, ego, fear and opinion.  When we hold a space for ourselves to transition from ordinary existence to extraordinary experience, we reclaim and shift our energy from gratifying our individual ambitions to inspiring collective transformation.  This is our personal power, best expressed when we embody universality to empower all.

“The death of self is the birth of power.”

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

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

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

Link to Iam’s Music Page:

Official Iam Music Home Page (iamsmusic.com)

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