I Think We’ve Misplaced Our Manual

I’ve been a fan of R. Buckminster Fuller since my bachelors degree (long, long ago). Such a great man—such a great mind. In 1968, Fuller wrote one of the first inspiring booklets on ecological awareness called: Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth.

There is a free PDF of the book to read if you look online. Not exactly a sedating bedtime tale, but interesting in its own right for the philosophy he shared back then on how to better maintain our “spaceship” as we travel these thousands of miles per hour circling our vehicle’s sole power source—the sun.

You might know of R. Buckminster Fuller for his geodesic dome theory that gave rise to many architectural structures still bearing resemblance to the largest beachballs one could ever imagine dotting epcothillsides and topping other standard structures. (Think Epcot Center-Disneyworld.) He made geometric discussions of the tetrahedron and the dodecahedron common cocktail fodder during his prime influence.

And if you’ve ever read Fuller, you know how challenging it can be to follow his mental gymnastics, as he filled every info-packed sentence with “thought qualifiers” that quickly turned a single sentence into a paragraph, and that paragraph then into a page. It’s amazing how the scope of his mind could consider every possible concept angle in one breath—if you could only exhale for 5 minutes straight.

By far his easiest book: I Seem to Be a Verb, was required reading for one of my early art classes. I assume the book, which was introduced at this time of our budding adulthoods, was to be helpful in shifting our naturally-narcissistic perspectives on life to focus on something other than ourselves.

From Fuller’s viewpoint, for the most part we tended to think that we are nouns or the objects of importance in the world, but he assured us it was only by our actions that we truly functioned and made a difference to our time of existence—particularly in the positive effects that we had on others, and on improving the quality of their lives

He believed that it is in making things change and evolve for humanity’s betterment, that we find our true purpose. Referring to himself as the trim-tab on the sailboat, he said that by making just a slight underwater adjustment in the boat’s navigation direction, the boat automatically changes course. And that was his chief intention.

That was his primary purpose for originally publishing the Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth. He tried to shift our perspectives, to shift our thinking about how we operated this vehicle on which we live; this hugely-interactive, geodesic dome hurtling through space as it circles tBucky and domehe sun that supports our very lives in every possible way.

For many of us, he successfully shifted our self-focused perspectives, and subsequently changed the course direction of our future lives. His vision, I’m sure, was that all those individual, navigational changes would positively affect the entire world—making it a better place for all.

I hope he will eventually be proven right, but it looks like we have a ways to go to make that positive change happen for many.

Hmmm, ….maybe we should recheck our manual to see what needs to change.

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Strange Stuff Indeed

Describing these wild energies engulfing us lately, including cosmic, terrestrial, and all this world-wide human-insanity; keeps me shaking my head looking for just the right words, until I find myself simply muttering under my breath, “….Strange stuff.”

Yes, that IS what these overall energies feel like to me: Intensely annoying, teeth-grating, strange stuff, for certain. Not the sort of thing you enjoy, unless you’re into electro-shock treatments. As an energy-worker who is used to the kinesthetic feel of energies moving through me, these energies lately feel extremely powerful (like the light from a 150watt lamp as opposed to a standard 25watt lamp power), and they are definitely patience-testing because they have everyone on edge.

At times I feel like I’m being connected into a low-grade electrical current that makes my hair stand on end. Then other times, it’s like I’m mentally enduring that fingernails-scratching-blackboard, inner-irritation feeling that makes keeping my temper under control such a challenge, especially when dealing with people who are feeling the same things that I am. I keep asking myself: What IS this? Why do I feel like this? There’s no reason for it that I can tell…..unless it is simply the energies in general at present.

So then I wondered if this “strange-energy stuff” is what is really happening out in the world. Is all that chaotic, nightmarish, craziness a world-wide energy shakeout to surface the deeply-hidden darkness for release?

Is this simply a time of world-wide cleansing and purification of hidden intentions; a time of reexamination and realignment of unified efforts toward establishing basic human rights and humane treatment for all; and a time of reassessing direction for a higher-consciousness course correction? I don’t know, but it is so broad-based that it almost seems higher-intention driven.

So what can pagoda lakewe do to maintain our own sanity and to help stabilize the world as it moves through this collective-consciousness cleansing phase?

We can pray for peace. We can meditate on compassion and forgiveness, and focus on simply allowing love to spread throughout the land. We can BE peace, to spread peace.

For each individual wishing to do this, I would suggest that you hold your own frequencies high, stay centered, and stay focused on peaceful resolutions to any personal encounter, as there will likely be numerous opportunities to practice that suggestion.

And just breathe deeply—slowly and deeply from the abdomen, and keep blowing out those old energies and old memories which seem to be surfacing now for release. That is the intention of the world-wide energy shakeup….to release that which has been kept hidden and guarded for too long—bringing our shadows up to the light—personal issues as well as collective consciousness issues. They can’t hide any longer because light is now penetrating all the cracks and crevices in search of them.

Here is a general suggestion that I make to my clients:

When a strong emotion rises up in your face and you want to react in some way to it, instead, say this statement out loud as you do that strong exhalation—blowing those emotionally-charged energies forcefully out of your lungs, “I release the energies of (anger, resentment, fear, victimization, sadness, etc…..whatever emotion you are feeling at the time) over this issue/memory of _______________ (can be a person or a situation, or a group thing). I release it completely NOW. ….I let it go. …It is gone for good NOW!”

Then keep blowing those emotional energies out with each exhalation, until you feel the actual emotional release, and feel the memory’s intensity lightening for you. For every issue/memory that flashes up in your mind for view, just keep doing the same things—blowing them out—until all of the pent-up energy has been released from those old memories or the old conflicts. It works for me. Hopefully it will for you.

Please keep in mind also that for most of us, the world situation is out of our hands. All we can work on at present is our own attitudes and our own energies. Being angry about things wherever they are occurring only makes it worse energetically, not better, so turn it all over to a powegold white dove in flightr greater than yourself, and focus solely on controlling your own stuff, rather than fretting over the world’s woes.

Better handling our own problems is a big enough battle for most of us anyway. We actually have to BE at peace, to spread that peace to others. That’s a hard enough thing to do right now.

Judgments

Good thing I’m not in charge of the world.

I’d have a really hard time assessing the changes to be made. It would be very hard NOT to judge all others by my own standards of concern and conduct. I mean, if that person over there didn’t match my mirror-reflection, how could I ever trust him?

For me, it would be hard to look at someone’s outer appearance: their swagger, their flashiness, while listening to their motor-mouth spewing trash-talk strong enough to gag a skunk, and NOT make judgments about that person’s home life, or relationships, or her attitude about life in general—even if I’d never spent actual time with the person.

Even in knowing that being judgmental and critical are perceptual faults, how could I ever be truly objective about a situation when I’m actually viewing it subjectively and interpreting what I’m experiencing through all of my own life-long filters of interpretation, before making a decision?

I really don’t think I could; so I’m glad I’m not in charge of the world.

It would be hard for me not to express the belief that we ALL share universal wants and needs at the core of our being:

  • We all want to be happy—however we personally define that.
  • We all want to live free, be productive to our world, and feel safe within it; to be well-rewarded for our efforts and well-protected from harm.
  • We want to feel like we matter to others and to the world around us.
  • We want to be appreciated and adored for simply being ourselves.
  • We want to know that we have friends who genuinely care about us, and
  • we want to feel like we are trustworthy people who others can also rely on and depend on as well.

That’s probably why that I’m glad I’m NOT in charge of the world.goldenwhite swan

When there are so many people whose basic needs and wants are not being met at present, it would be hard to imagine a future outcome other than one of total chaos and wide-spread discontent; and I’m not sure there is a wall high enough to keep that discontent at bay for long.

So perhaps another solution is in order that doesn’t involve killing and destruction, and making people even more miserable than they already are. Is anyone willing to consider that solution?

That’s probably WHY I’m NOT in charge of the world. Or even want to be.

Making Sense from Senselessness

The world is a very strange place right now, and perhaps it always was. Perhaps we just weren’t as aware of the ambiguities and the twisted allegiances, or the behind-the-scenes machinations that determined the stage-play that most of us willingly sat through prior.

We now yell, “Who’s directing this show?!!” as we squirm uncomfortably in our seats. “Why is this happening, Director? It isn’t supposed to happen this way….We can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys in this stupid play. Who are we supposed to root for? Who are we supposed to identify with?

All around us people are clamoring for more certainties and assurances, and instead we are getting “I don’t know what happened….It’s a surprise to me.” And that just isn’t setting well no matter the political affiliation, or the belief system.

The world seems completely messed up everywhere, and appears to be getting worse by the day. I think we’re all pretty confused on how to put everything back in order the way it should be, because it’s getting harder to tell how it should be.

In the midst of such wide-spread chaos, people’s anxiety disorders are amping to the max, and they start screaming, “What are we going to do?” snow flakes on blue

 

Well, …let’s just chill here for a minute……… 

 

You know, I could be wrong, …but I think a complete shake-up is the whole point of this world-wide chaotic phase that we are in. And I am certain that it is a PHASE—a delusionshattering phase for furthering the evolution of the collective consciousness that we all share. (Please keep in mind that our teenage years were a growth phase between childhood and adulthood, and most of us managed to survive that, …although, some better than others.)

I see this present state of wide-spread disarray as a time for concentrated reexamining of our values and our beliefs about who we are personally and as a nation, and even as a global community.

I also know that the most prevalent question in my mind right now is what is the difference between the good guys and the bad guys throughout this world when they all seem to be doing the same thing—which is killing people, just for different reasons?

It seems to be a time for questioning any authoritarian rule; as well as witnessing such governing deconstruction in all branches of federal government, that it’s like watching a bad re-run of “Lord of the Flies.” We’re all left wondering, “Are there any adults left in charge here, or did they all go down with the plane?”

Yet, ….yes, there is a YET, …there is a feeling of higher intention behind such world-wide chaos, which always makes me pay sharper attention to any noticeable collective behavioral-pattern changes and energy shifts, because those usually precede a collective consciousness shift upward. And upward means for the better, folks!

I’m NOT a doom-and-gloom person, so I don’t see this as the end-of-the-world sort of thing. But I do consider it as a wake-up call to pay a little closer attention to what values we align to that justify viewing some people as being more expendable than others and some people as having greater value than the rest. Who makes those decisions? And more importantly, who do you WANT making those decisions?

These are important questions we all need to ask ourselves.

Personally, I think there’s a common theme in this horrendous world-wide mess. Just watch the world news at present and count how many times the word “borders” comes up in all world conflicts; …someone crossing someone else’s borders or firing across someone else’s borders.

Then ask yourself what does “border” mean?

How do you separate your problems out from your neighbor’s problems? Is it by the border of your property? The border of your home? The border of your own space? What makes up YOUR border? Where does your border begin and end?

Is it all about BORDERS everywhere—the perceived separation between US and THEM? Or is it about standards of human welfare and humane treatment; and who makes the decisions on either one?

Yes, these are difficult times forcing reexamination of complex issues; and all I know is that “Seeing through the Illusion of Separateness” is the subtitle of my first book published back in the year 2000, when I gave hard-thought to concepts of unified consciousness and feelings of Oneness with all—which basically means being “borderless.”

So I think reexamining BORDERS, both established and imaginary, is what this chaotic phase in the world is really about right now, for all of us.

Perhaps the whole point of this chaotic time is that we are to reexamine our concepts of what really separates us from each other. Is it just a random line drawn somewhere in the sand, or is it a defensive mirrored-wall that allows us to see only ourselves when times are tough?

What are we really so afraid of?    Is it them? ….Or is it seeing ourselves in them?

imaginary borders picImaginary borders Art Print by Elisabeth Fredriksson

Telling the Story….

This probably isn’t the story you think I’m going to tell, because that phrase is used in other contexts; and yet it is a story worth telling—a story that might provide others with a greater feeling of hope for improving their lives in some way.

When even the people who have known me for years ask this question of “What is it that you do, again?” and I tell them HYPNOSIS and REIKI, I usually get that same blank stare or a scrunchy-nose, near-scowl as a response; and that reaction does puzzle me a bit.

Why are they dcolored waterdropletsoing that?

What is it that they think they know (or don’t know) that creates such a strange reaction to the words: Hypnosis and Reiki?

Perhaps, when originally asked what it is that I do maybe I should have simply said, “I help people.”

It would have been an honest response. That IS what I do. That is my focus—to help people in whatever way I can help them, using the techniques that I’ve been trained in for helping them.

“So, how is it that you HELP people?” would be their next question.

To which, I could simply reply, “By helping them better realize how amazingly powerful and restorative their own bodies and minds can be.”

Then I could provide examples of helping others….

  • to simply learn to relax and eliminate so much stress from their lives,
  • to turn down pain levels to something more tolerable,
  • to clarify confused states of mind,
  • to sleep better with a noticeable feeling of body/mind restoration in the night,
  • to build greater self-confidence and self-empowerment toward setting and achieving future goals,
  • to assist them in finding that TRUE aspect of themselves—their core spirit—the heart of their being that helps to guide them through their daily lives and give them greater connection to the immortal part of themselves.

Yes, …that sort of “help” is part of what I offer.

Sometimes, I simply help them to better help themselves do whatever it is that they wish to do:

  • to change a long-standing habit or a behavior
  • to develop a stronger resolution to make those desired changesdroplets on milkweed
  • to shift perspective on a situation that is blocking them so they can find the way-around-it that they couldn’t before see,
  • to eliminate a fear so deeply ingrained that they can’t imagine their life without it affecting them in some way,
  • to help them determine what might make their lives more enjoyable so they can define the steps it might take to reach that desired goal
  • to help them realize the magnificent BEING that they truly are and help them to see how change for the better is ALWAYS possible, if they truly desire to change.

Yes, those are ALL some of the things that I do, but I usually just say, “I do HYPNOSIS and REIKI” to them.

So perhaps I need to elaborate a bit more the details before answering the questions so simply. It isn’t that most folks don’t always understand the extent of the offering with HYPNOSIS or REIKI; it’s just that they don’t comprehend the possibilities and the options those two little words might include.

Sorry, my bad. I’ll explain it better in the future.

“Born on the 4th of July…”

Soon, rips of “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” and the John Philip Sousa march of “Stars and Stripes Forever” will blare out from loudspeakers everywhere, as children run wildly amuck searchinflag fireworksg ongoing parade routes for tossed candy. Grabbing, unwrapping and eagerly shoving the treats into open mouths with practiced precision—that same candy that they would probably never eat at home, now goes quickly in, while tiny feet scamper to gather more of it.

Intense colors explode one after another across the darkening sky—hazy, smoky residues drifting away from falling, yet still flickering, fingers of light, wafting down toward the crowds gathered below—with oooohhh’s and aaaaahhhs, following every burst.

Yes, here we are, willingly and jubilantly huddled together in sweltering heat and drunken revelers for a celebration so air-shattering that eardrums ring for days afterwards.

Welcome to the 4th of July in America—our own federally subsidized insanity to celebrate a loose band of rebels who stood unwaveringly strong for the right to rule their own destinies—thumbing their noses at the ruling monarchy an ocean away.

From the first musketed-shot on a bridge at Concord, Massachusetts, that downed a farmer defending his land and family from England’s rule, to the latest blasts wherever our military men and women still serve; freedom is something we defend, for ourselves and for others.

So this day becomes THE official day of celebration for freedom-loving people across the land. We celebrate those who were willing to sacrifice their lives so that freedom survived the many attempts at tyranny over almost two-and-a-half centuries.

We join together celebrating the birth of a nation built on freedom and personal liberties.

That’s what the 4th of July is all about: a celebration of our founders foresight and courage to forge a nation based on the principles of inalienable rights to decide our own fates—to be supported and encouraged to think, and talk, and act with unhindered restrictions as long as it was done lawfully and for the betterment of the society we supported.

They were good principles of equal justice and equal opportunity for all—not just for the elite ALL, but for ALL of us; not just for the ruling aristocracy, but for the farmer and the immigrant (because most of us were born to immigrants somewhere down the line); for the shopkeeper as well as the factory worker; for the banker as well as the street-sweeper. Those same principles apply to ALL of us; no matter the gender, no matter the race, no matter the political affiliation and no matter the religious inclinations or marital preferences—those same principles of equal justice and equal opportunity apply to ALL.

That’s why we celebrate.

And that’s what I will keep reminding myself the night of the 4th as the neighbors’ booming blast of firecrackers continues long into the night; those window-rattling booms vibrating against my closed windows making sleep impossible.

We celebrate because we have the right to celebrate: to celebrate our freedoms that didn’t come easily or cheaply at the expense of so many lives given willingly on its behalf throughout the years.

But most importantly, we celebrate because we CAN celebrate, and we’ve earned that hard-fought right to do so. That’s why we DO it.

So have a happy 4th—day and night! And ‘bring it’ neighbors with your annoying booms and bangs at midnight and beyond, because on this night, I’m willing to take it.