“Nobody Said It Would Be Easy”

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Has anyone noticed the strength and force of the energies the last few weeks?

Or perhaps you might have noticed a change in interactions and the intensity of world events. Those changes are often easier to spot.

The astrology folks attribute it to something “squaring this or that planet” that will stay in place for a very long time. (As an Energy Worker, I tend to care more about the general reason for the energies that I’m feeling at the time, than the details of what may be creating it.)

ocean waveIn essence what most astrologers are saying is that our little boat can expect choppy waters ahead for the next year or two as we seem to be navigating through an ocean of strong, energy cross-currents more so than riding a single-direction river flowing from upstream to down.

Time to stock up on Dramamine!

In fact, the best way to plan for this extended aquatic journey is to put your life-jacket on now, secure the supplies so they don’t wash away, and learn how to bail out the boat whenever it starts getting too water-logged. Expect to be challenged in all possible ways. Learn how to handle adverse situations beforehand.divine light

Preparation is the key to success, and a good plan starts with maintaining a good attitude. Keep your energies high-frequency (love- and light-based) and power-up frequently (involves recharging yourself with Divine White Light in meditations and guided journeys).

Stay focused on positive changes in your personal life, no matter the situation that you actually find yourself in; and refuse to be deterred by those who try to weigh you down with their defeatist diatribes.

There is only ONE point you need to keep foremost in your mind now:

You are capable of doing whatever you set your mind to do—so just do it!   (This was my actual mantra slogan for many previous challenging years.)

Just lettough your own light shine through any darkness you may encounter ahead. That’s why you came—to bring light to the darkness. 

That’s why we are ALL here now—to hold our own light as high-frequency and as strongly as we can for as long as we need to do so.

You can do it.

“Tough times don’t last—tough people do.”

The POINT

After a difficult night’s sleep, who hasn’t raised a drooping head to look bleary-eyed into the bathroom mirror and said, “What’s the point?”

“The point” could mean the point of going to work, or the point of a troubled relationship, orpoint watts even the point of life itself. No matter what subject we are referring to, there often comes a time during the course of our lives when we have asked those simple words: “What’s the point?”

So to this existential question I say: “YOU are the point!”

Your soul’s continuing evolution required that YOU incarnate upon this earth-plane to expand your limited consciousness and awareness of oprahyour interconnectedness with all other beings. Your work and relationships and life itself all fall into line with that same premise. The point is that YOU are here for YOU, and for your soul’s expansion and progress.

In Spirit World prior to your incarnation on earth, you heard the theories of what love, fear, anger, envy, excitement, and heart-felt connectedness meant, but you have to be a physical presence on some type of testing grounds to actually experience those feelings for yourself.

THAT’S the entire point of why you are here: for 1st-hand experiencing of all that you are capable of handling: emotionally, psychologically, and physically.

So when you check out your disheveled self in the morning mirror and shake your head at the sight, please keep in mind that you chose to be here to see what this whole “living” thing was about, and it’s up to you to make the life experience a good one (happiness) or a bad one (unhappiness).

You can do the “victim” thing if you want—it is your choice—but in truth only YOU can determine ythour attitude and activity during the time you are here, so choose wisely—choose love-based activities—and make your time on earth the best possible experience for yourself.

That morning mirror only reveals what you expect to see in it. If you are so busy living your life, who needs the mirror?

CSV or What Makes Real Character?

I ran across this list on Facebook and because these individual character traits are all subjects that I love to explore in my blog, I thought I’d just put the entire list on here with reference to where you can find additional information about this movement toward creating a better life for everyone and how to “grow” a better person to live that life. There are two key points I want to make on this posting before I simply provide the info that I found below:

1) This is a major change in any standard psychologist’s perspective: from what is wrong with you to what is right with you. It is called Positive Psychology. And…

2) by focusing on how to develop and “grow” those positive human traits defined below, it can actually help people live happier and more fulfilling lives.

csv handbook“CSV is based on the book Character Strengths and Virtues by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman (2004), and is an attempt to present a measure of humanist ideals of virtue in an empirical, rigorously scientific manner.

In the same way that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is used to assess and facilitate research on mental disorders, CSV is intended to provide a theoretical framework to assist in developing practical applications for positive psychology.[1] [quote taken from Wikipedia.]

“VIA Description of 24 Character Strengths for living a happy and fulfilling Life: VIA website     (VIA means “Value In Action”.)

http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths#nav )

Strengths of Wisdom and Knowledge: Cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and skillful use of knowledge.
1. Creativity & Imagination [originality, ingenuity]: Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things.
2. Curiosity [interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience]: Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; exploring and discovering.
3. Open-mindedness [holistic judgment, critical thinking]: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; weighing all evidence fairly.
4. Love of learning: Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally.
5. Holistic perspective [wisdom]: Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people.

Strengths of Courage: Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external and internal.good character traits
6. Bravery [valor]: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; acting on convictions even if unpopular.
7. Persistence [perseverance, industriousness]: Finishing what one starts; persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles.
8. Integrity [authenticity, honesty]: Presenting oneself in a genuine way; taking responsibility for one’s feeling and actions.
9. Vitality [zest, enthusiasm, vigor, energy]: Approaching life with optimism and energy; feeling alive and motivated.

Strengths of Humanity: interpersonal strengths that involve supporting and befriending others.
flute playing boy with waterbuffalo10. Love & Compassion: Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. Empathic connections with all beings.
11. Kindness [generosity, nurturance, care, compassion, altruistic love, “niceness”]: Doing favors and good deeds for others.
12. Social intelligence [emotional intelligence, personal intelligence]: Being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself.

Strengths of Justice:  strengths that underlie healthy and harmonious community life.
13. Citizenship [social responsibility, loyalty, teamwork]: Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group.
14. Fairness: Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others.
15. Leadership: Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same maintain time good relations within the group.

Strengths of Temperance: strengths that protect against unhealthy excess and egotism.
16. Forgiveness and mercy: Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting the shortcomings of others; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful.CSV book
17. Humility / Modesty: Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
18. Prudence: Being careful about one’s choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
19. Self-regulation [self-control]: Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined; controlling one’s appetites and emotions (equanimity).

Strengths of Transcendence: strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning in life.
20. Appreciation of beauty and excellence [awe, wonder, elevation]: Appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life.
21. Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful of the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
22Being Happy. Hope [optimism, future-mindedness, future orientation]: Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it.
23. Humor [playfulness]: Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side.
24. Spirituality [religiousness, faith, purpose]: Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose, the meaning of life, and the meaning of the universe.”

What are your thoughts on the focus of Positive Psychology and these categories and definitions established at VIA?

Solar Flares Create Undesirable Sizzle

flares in spaceSince it’s been raining here for about two weeks (probably related), it’s harder to notice the intensity of the sun, but when the clouds do part for a time we get glimpses of the awesome white-hot power blazing above us created by the solar storms this past month or so.

Even folks in the middle of Iowa this week are noticing the northern lights, and like Scott Kelly mentioned from the space station a few days ago: they were Kelly's northern lightsred—unreal!

So what is happening up there? Why so much hyper-magnetic, solar storm activity on the sun?

I can’t even begin to know that answer. But I do know what I’ve been feeling here on earth because of all that extra energy and electrical charge—I’m absolutely sizzling inside. I’ve even had to use some black tourmaline stones to pull the excess energy out of me over the last two nights just to get some sleep.

Here’s my advice for those who are presently suffering through tremendous tests of patience and personal demeanor:

If you want to save your relationships during these major solar storms affecting the earth over this week aclenched teethnd in the future, you better Super-glue your mouth shut now or be on guard that uncontainable nastiness will explode from between your pursed lips or clenched teeth at the slightest provocation, because everyone is feeling the power and strength of these high-charged particles around us.

Keep in mind that sometimes silence is golden.

But right now, it is absolutely necessary for your health and well-being.

Making Meaning

If there were a recipe for living successfully and there were willing cooks to concoct it, how many fragrant loaves of “meaningful lives” would there be?breads

(It’s a trick question really.)

In essence I’m asking does living successfully equate to living a meaningful life?

Perhaps the answer might vary and lie more in the eye, mind, and body of the perceiver.

ordinaryI mention this here because I discovered long ago that I could write about any topic that flitted between my ears, and that each one would be EQUALLY important to me since every aspect of our existence on this earth is ripe with miracles and meaning. It’s just that some of the more mundane things that we experience daily are simply too familiar for us to recognize their genuine significance.

To me, meaning is something that shouts “IMPORTANT” to us in some way; but meaning by its very nature also implies that it might be more of an aesthetic/spiritual importance than a material one.

So the next question might be: Does living successfully imply a spiritual or a material standard of success?

Again for that answer, I think it would be up to the perceiver who would consider what “success” means to him or her.

Personally, time has shown me that material success and monetary pursuits are enticing challenges that can indeed offer greater opportunities for experiencing a variety of “things” that money makes possible.meaningful life quotes

But creating a meaningful life has little to do with material/financial success. In fact, a money-based focus usually obstructs feeling genuine meaning in our lives and often pits our higher intentions against egoic pleasure.

To a deeply-spiritual person (and I’m not saying deeply-religious as it’s not the same thing), spirituality is a connection to a source of energy and inner nourishment far greater than earthly confines can provide us. Material items and possessions simply cannot rival that depth of inner satisfaction.

To a deeply spiritual person who feels that intense connection to a power far greater than his earthly presence—who feels his spirit’s transcendence far beyond the body it inhabits—to THAT person, a meaningful life will be viewed as a successfully lived life, and vice versa—a successfully lived life will be a meaningful life.

To all others who do not feel that amazing higher connection to something far greater than themselves, I do not know whcartoon on meaning-Calvin and Hobbsat their answers would be, but I am thankful that mine would be considered one and the same.

So if all of life is considered a miracle, then all aspects of our lives are mini-miracles, and they should be considered as such—all are equal in value and equal of consideration.

All are fair game for meaning exposition. The quest is to simply uncover it.

Social Animals

Dalai-LamaFacebook post today (5.25.15) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

“We are social animals who need friends. We need a community to survive. Friends are made on the basis of trust, which only grows if you are kind to people. Exploiting, cheating and bullying others will win you no friends. Kindness and compassion gives rise to self confidence, which in turn empowers you to be honest, truthful and transparent. This self-confidence brings peace of mind, which also favors good health.”

Synchronicity is one of those things that we once referred to as “coincidences” until deciding that there really were no coincidences—that everything in our lives is intentional rather than accidental.

Personally, I viewed seeing this Facebook posting from the Dalai Lama right after I had just written a follow-up to Jean-Jacque’s comment about my previous posting, as a synchronous affirmation that indeed, what I should focus on in writing was perhaps more along the lines of helping to define what “community” means, and how to help others to become caring and compassionate community members who support each other along life’s journey.

HTH III covPerhaps this also applies to re-introducing the third book in my HONORING THE HERMIT series, called: HONORING THE HERMIT III: Building a NEW World (2005), where I actually DID once define it and elaborated on what options might help to create a better living environment for everyone.

I once had the ebook available free on my website at www.lightfoundations.com, but when the original site died last August, I never replaced the pages where it was shown in PDF form. Maybe I can just post sections from it occasionally to make my point on how you actually do go about building that NEW (and better) WORLD.

OR….. maybe I simply start another blog just about that subject: BUILDING A NEW WORLD which defines successful social and cultural customs and practices, and others can participate in defining it and discussing working examples of supportive practices. That might be better for posting because Lord knows I’d have a hard time making that subject (or anything else) my sole focus on this blog. 🙂

So I think that’s what I’ll do. When I have it up and running I’ll mention it again here and direct readers there for that blog.  (Okay, here’s the new site address:  https://hth3buildinganewworld.wordpress.com/ )

Basically what Jean-Jacques and I were discussing earlier was how so many small communities everywhere have lost that societal glue that once held them closely knit—providing all community members the safety and security of knowing that your neighbors “had your back” no matter what disastrous thing occurred, and likewise, you had theirs.Building-Community

We both feel it is essential to reestablish that cohesive framework of solid community-building where members are encouraged to create caring and compassionate societies, because as the Dalai Lama so aptly describes above: “We are social animals who need friends. We need a community to survive….”

So, let’s build one on-line first and see how that goes.

When Good Things Happen to Bad People, …. Or Was It Vice-Versa?

Whoa…that’s not supposed to happen is it? Good things happening to bad people?

The largest problem that I see with the statement, let alone the actual happenstance, is with the judgment calls in both directions, and in determining who sits in the decision-making seat on any of it.

It can be so tempting to plop ourselves into that weighty chair and swing that resounding gavel for “Justice and The American Way,” but, “alas poor Yorick,” I’m certain I did not know any of them well enough for that, no matter who the person might be.

People are simply people, with challenges and reactions to whatever each may face in life, from birth onwards.

Some may come into this plane with generous talents and ripe opportunities to express them.

Others may struggle from that first breath onwards—trying to survive, trying to stay alive, trying to make sense of a continued life of senselessness at every life stage. And the most amazing thing about some of those folks is that a few of them actually do survive, do stay alive, and do make a type of sense of any predicament in which they may find themselves.

But it’s also likely that a few other folks will not agree with the conclusion drawn from that life of senselessness, unless it involves overcoming the perceived life-difficulty and attaining a greater sense of higher purpose and collective benefit from it.

Hence we throw around the good vs. bad labels when it comes to people and what they do with their time and their lives.

A society functions under a recognized set of rules for order and sustainability. We have law makers, law enforcers, and law arbitrators. We have judges, prosecutors and defenders, and place to put away those who don’t live within the established rules.

But which ones are good and which ones are bad in any of those categories?hang that chad

Gosh, if you listened to political ads this time of year, it’s a wonder any of us are still alive to think about it because the entire rule-making and enforcing establishment is bad, …or is it good that the other bad choices for governance are less bad, which makes them more good?

I don’t know. I’m so confused. I just know that Election Day can’t come soon enough to end this non-stop nonsense before I wear out the mute button on my TV’s remote control.

Is that a good thing?