When Things Go Wrong

Yes, we all have them—those times in our life when the normal doings of daily living go suddenly awry: the lawnmower blows a gasket mid yard, the water softener decides to whenthingsgowrongquote67.jpgregurgitate all over the basement floor, a beloved tree blows over in the wind, you are late for work and start to get in the car then notice you have a flat tire, …you get the picture.  It feels like the world is suddenly conspiring against you—and your bank account. 

You could get paranoid about it and start looking over your shoulder like someone or something has it in for you, or you can shrug it off as just some of life’s challenges that suddenly aligned together—all during the same strange week.

Well it does happen that way occasionally, but the other possibility is that there is something you may need to pay more attention to that you’ve been previously ignoring.  What might that be?

Where have you been focusing your energy? That would be the first thing I’d ask myself and I did ask myself that very thing since I’ve just had a week like that.  I’m still trying to make some sense of it.

Personal challenges for us are breaks in status quo—they are often wake-up calls to our consciousness to stay alert and pay more attention to what is transpiring around us because we might be missing something important happening to us or to our current situation.  And what have I determined?

For one thing, these collective energies at present are truly awful. I spend much of the day refocusing myself to be more simply observant and less reactive to people, situations and particularly to the news.  And it doesn’t surprise me that older appliances and machines are revolting now from years of excessive use because stuff doesn’t last forever. But when the overall energies are this chaotically bad—and lower frequency—you can usually expect more things to go wrong around you because conditions are so ripe for them to occur.

My advice for others, as well as for myself: Try not to take it personally—instead just take it in stride as examples of ‘stuff that happens,’ and move through the difficulties one by one until the ‘gone wrongs’ have been rectified.  Don’t fuss, don’t fret, just deal with them one by one until those problems no longer exist.

And know that you are not alone if you’re feeling the tenseness of the collective or the potential for explosive emotions in public settings.  It is simply a part of the energies of this moment in time.

Another suggestion: When you are in social settings, be prepared to be more patient and be more of a listener than a reactive respondent.  Hold your own energies as high as possible for you, and know that ‘THIS TOO SHALL PASS’ though not nearly fast enough for most of us.

Sometimes all you can say to yourself is, “Hang in there. You’ll get through it.”

And then really believe that it’s true.

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The World Is Our Mind’s Reflection

Just listened to a short excerpt of Hota Kotb hodadeepaktoday.jpgon Today Show doing an interview with Deepak Chopra pertaining to his new book: METAHUMAN, and thought I’d share a few quotes that caught my ear.

( https://www.facebook.com/today/videos/796183174171239/ )

Deepak:  “The best advice I can give…is don’t take yourself seriously.  You’re here today and gone tomorrow.”

“If you are taking yourself seriously you will be offended by others for the rest of your life.”

“The whole purpose of our existence is to find our own joy, to experience and maximize the experience of love, and to then find some meaning and purpose to our existence, and to be healthy.  And that is all.”

“Everyone is doing the best that they can from their present state of awareness.  Everybody is doing the best that they can from their own (behavioral) conditioning, which goes back to their childhood—what they heard from their parents.”

“Anytime you look at the world, you are actually looking at a reflection of yourself.  So when people criticize you, they are actually reflecting what they think of themselves.”

(She asks him: ‘In this moment where are you?’)

Deepak:  “I am at peace…I am totally at peace.  It’s easy.”

She responds with, ‘You’re right though—that’s all there is. What are we sweating?’

“Yes, take it easy. (Don’t automatically react to negativity or criticism around you)….We become biological robots constantly being triggered by people and circumstances, into predictable outcomes.  That’s a terrible way to live. You’re at the mercy of every stranger on the street.   They say something nice; you are flattered for the rest of your life.  They say something nasty; and you’re offended for the rest of your life.  What a way to live.”

To which she repeats: ‘What a way to live.  You’re right.’

 

The Force Beneath Our Feet and Behind Our Voices

There is no denying it is a strange time that we live in, but honestly, throughout civilization’s history it has been far worse and could easily go that way again.  When I listen to the ‘doings’ of the world now, I’m always alert to anomalies—the unusual incidents that seem to imply a shift is occurring in our world culture and society’s calcified attitudes and behaviors.

Right now during our extreme social turbulence, I’m feeling the volcanoblowinh.jpgdeep rumblings of a long-dormant, cultural volcano building pressure below the populace surface—nearly ready to explode at weak points in our social structure, spewing plumes of toxic incendiary rhetoric into the social airwaves—spreading boiling rivers of all-consuming rage over everything in its path.  And I wonder how that inevitable eruption will help us or hurt us.

There is little doubt that there will be a historic eruption in our world society—one that appears already underway (Hong Kong and Venezuela).

And just as the people of Puerto Rico are now amassing, uniting, and reclaiming their democracy and their island, the unheard masses of the US mainland are building their forces of dissent and further airing vocal disgust over contemptuous money-politics and divisive self-interested governance that uses ‘fear of otherness’ as a rallying cry.

There will be world change.  Of that I’m sure.  But what that change entails, I’m not certain.

Just know in your own heart that in this overall situation there is NO savior hereno ONE person makeadoff342.jpgexists to take away all the bad and make everything good again, because that job belongs to all of us. We can’t sit back and play dumb in this situation or let apathy subvert our higher ambition for creating a loving, caring society that values everyone and welcomes the diversity that they might offer the rest of us.

The people of Puerto Rico whose very lives have been torn apart by hurricanes, government  mismanagement and corruption—those very people who have been rendered nearly non-existent and inconsequential for our mainland government’s  concern or compassion, even though they ARE American citizens; they, the people of Puerto Rico, have nothing left to lose so they now say “ENOUGH!”

And they are actively choosing another way of living by standing strongly together and by valuing themselves and the strength of their combined voices. They have united in the streets as a mass of humanity that can no longer be ignored by their own government. Change is unitedwestandpic23.pngcoming to their lives, whether those presently in power like it or not.

That is often what it takes to force major change—a united effort to demand change for untenable situations.

It simply takes caring, courageous people who are willing to stand up and speak out against corruption and wrong-doing—and even more willing to speak up for themselves!

I hope all of us have the courage to stand up and speak out whenever it is necessary to do so. You likely won’t get a medal or even recognition for being that active power for positive change, but you will likely build a better world because of doing it, and that should be reward enough for any of us.

 

Brigit Anna McNeill’s Prose on “Winter”

“We are approaching the threshold of winter.

Life is being drawn into the earth, painlessly descending down into the very heart of herself.

And we as natural human animaljessicaboehmanearthpic.jpgs are being called to do the same, the pull to descend into our bodies, into sleep, darkness and the depths of our own inner caves continually tugging at our marrow.

But many find the descent into their own body a scary thing indeed, fearing the unmet emotions and past events that they have stored in the dark caves inside themselves, not wanting to face what they have so carefully and unkindly avoided.

This winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this period of descent into our own darkness was so necessary in order to find our light. That true freedom comes from accepting with forgiveness and love what we have been through and vanquishing the hold it has on us, bringing the golden treasure back from the cave of our darker depths.

This is a time of rest and deep reflection, a time to wipe the slate clean as it were and clear out the old so you can walk into spring feeling ready to grow and skip without a dusty mountain on your back & chains around your ankles tied to the caves in your soul.

A time for the medicine of story, of fire, of nourishment and love.

A period of reconnecting, relearning & reclaiming of what this time means brings winter back to a time of kindness, love, rebirth, peace and unburdening instead of a time of dread, fear, depression and avoidance.

This modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, over spending, bad food and consumerism.

And yet the natural tug to go inwards as nearly all creatures are doing is strong and people are left feeling as if there is something wrong with them, that winter is cruel and leaves them feeling abandoned and afraid. Whereas in actual fact winter is so kind, yes she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards the darkness and potential death of what we were, but this journey if held with care is essential.

She is like a strong teacher that asks you to awaken your inner loving elder or therapist, holding yourself with awareness of forgiveness and allowing yourself to grieve, to cry, rage, laugh, & face what we need to face in order to be freed from the jagged bonds we wrapped around our hearts, in order to reach a place of healing & light without going into overwhelm.

Winter takes away the distractions, the noise and presents us with the perfect time to rest and withdraw into a womb like love, bringing fire & light to our hearth.”

  • illustration by Jessica Boehman
  • words Brigit Anna McNeill

Just Watching It All Play Out

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I would have commented on the midterm election results sooner, but I, like the rest of the country, am still awaiting the final tallies.

Clearly changes were made across the nation, with other changes still in the making.

And one thing remains the same for the time being: the insanity presently occupying the White House. The only difference is in how amped up it has lately become. Someone is definitely not happy there.

For the country and democracy in general, I think major progress was pushed forward, or let me rephrase that, major progress was retrieved from the garbage heap where it had been so flagrantly tossed 2 years ago when Obama left.

While we are nowhere near being out of the constitutional danger zone as a nation yet, I do think that some folks who were banking on voter apathy and inciting racial fears, were a bit disappointed in the election results. I also think those same folks will be even more disappointed when Mueller indictments start falling in the near future.furorpres18.jpg

You don’t have to like the guy in charge. You don’t even have to tolerate his tantrums and embarrassing displays of juvenile behavior around the globe. You only have to expect him to do his job in a conscientious and lawful manner. He is the President, after all.

And that is an expectation that is backed by the laws of the United States Constitution.

This isn’t a personality/popularity issue.  It isn’t a political hit job. It is simply a question of legalities that were violated and obliterated in some instances.

It isn’t even a morality issue because if that had ever been in play, he’d have been gone before he even started.

This is about violating laws. This is about trading influence for future rewards. This is about greed and corruption in the highest offices of the land.

meachumbooksoul.jpgThis is about taking back the soul of America—what we stand for—who we are.

This is about you and your family, and the kind of world you want your children to inherit.

This is about looking in the mirror across the entirety of the nation and liking what you see again—a diverse populace.

This is about getting real and serious on social change and helping others to make the best of their own lives. They don’t need handouts–they need hand ups. They need respect and acknowledgement of their basic right to personal dignity as human beings. This is who we are–this is what we do. We respect each other as human beings with shared goals for a better life for ourselves and for those we love.

This is the NEW America, we hope.

And this is our new agenda for moving forward with our lives.

For Christmas, get your new ballcap with the letters on it for “MAAA!”

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That’s what this midterm election just tried to do.

 

 

 

Sunday Chuckles

I am a fan of NASA’s Facebook page because they post such amazing images of our solar system and beyond.  So this morning, they posted this fantastic image of Jupiter up close and personal; and it got personal to a few folks out there which made for some much needed laughter.

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 “Inkblot test!    What do you see in this image by NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter? We keep finding new shapes hidden in Jupiter’s swirling clouds. Look closer: https://go.nasa.gov/2qMt8ih

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To which the viewership responded in hilarious fashion:

  • Scott Dew I see our lord and savior Cthulu
    • ( according to Urban Dictionary: “A character in Lovecraft’s tale ‘The Call of Cthulhu’. Cthulhu is a monstrous entity who lies “dead but dreaming” in the city of R’lyeh, a place of non-Euclidean madness presently (and mercifully) sunken below the depths of the Pacific Ocean.Cthulhu appears in various monstrous and demonic forms in early myths of the human race.”)
  • Марио Колев Here come the religious people, even if their god is fictional….
  • Daniel Harden It’s a lady giving a Velociraptor the Heimlich.
  • Liz Gaffney Air quality in Los Angeles right about now due to fires. (So sorry California.)
  • David Jobling I’m not religious but I can see the full nativity here, which is a bit of a head trip.
  • Arun Krishnarayan A Bird of prey on the right and Gandalf with a bad cold.
    And at the bottom is a shark with a wide open mouth & woman lying face down in the middle.
  • Saranda Tessera The only true god is Zeus.  Scripture tells us so. Anyway the picture of Jupiter (Latin for Zeus) is breathtaking. What a chaotic creation.
  • Steve Parkinson Keep your sky pixie nonsense off scientific fact pages please.

At least the comments made me chuckle. 🙂

Our minds constantly associate familiar memories to objects and items that we are unfamiliar with in an attempt to identify the threat or safety of them before we proceed further in encountering them. And likewise, if you want to see something that others may not see in a burnt piece of toast, you will do so mainly because you are looking for it no matter where you look.

Unimaginatively I see an amazing image of Jupiter’s atmosphere with wild weather interactions.  (But I totally concur about the lady giving a Velociraptor the Heimlich–it’s clear as day.)

The Morality of Consciousness

“Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception…” ~ Helena Blavatsky

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Morality is one of those words that mean different things to different people. As Helena Blavatsky (of the Theosophical Society fame) stated above: We, as do all other things, have our own kind of consciousness, and that consciousness is based on our personal plane of perception.

So to some people, morality may mean nothing at all because it would be counter to that person’s self-interest. You needn’t look farther than the news shows to see that demonstrated daily.

But for mutual understanding, what exactly is MORALITY?

I’ll list Wikipedia’s more expansive version of what morality means:

“Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with “goodness” or “rightness”.”

Talk about subjective interpretations of morality in those personal planes of perception.

Perhaps my concepts of ‘goodness’ and ‘rightness’ are quite different than others. I know as I listen to Evangelical preachers on television harping on Christian morals and righteousness that I often wonder how their own stated hypocrisy over supporting such corrupt and vile government leadership can so easily skew their personal sense of righteousness and godliness.

To me, that seems very strange indeed.  Morality clarkquotemorality67.jpgfor them must be more transitive and dependent on their personal desires that coincide with standing before large groups of gullible people willing to be led in the preacher’s desired direction.  Isn’t that called manipulation rather than salvation?

I personally like Einstein’s concept of religious morality: “My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance—but for us, not for God.”

Morality?  Universal standards of rightness and goodness?  How does this compare to our present state of national affairs?

Seems a little off to me but then, who am I to judge?

I’m just an American voter.