How I Became an Energy Healer

Are you ready to reduce stress, illness and suffering? Are you ready to get the support you need? Ready to be heard and feel the whole universe is listening?

I am an energy healer and each week these are the kinds of things people come to me for help with. I can’t promise results, but I and my clients have had amazing experiences, most of them just connecting over the phone.

I am often asked how I became an energy healer. I’ll tell you as best I can.

 

“Well, they thought Galileo was crazy…”

When I told my family I intended to go to energy healing school my father tried to talk some sense into me.

I had already met an energy healer and had my first energy healing session. It was short – 30 minutes – but in that time we’d moved more energy than most people would in several sessions. I couldn’t explain how she had done what she did, just breathing and moving her hands over my body. It wasn’t shamanic – there were no idols, crystals or prayers. Afterward I felt more grounded and present than ever in my life.

I had taken two Reiki classes. The master who was to ‘attune’ me to Reiki said I was already open. I had felt my hands heat up and my mind clear. I had been drawn to places on the receivers’ body where there were acute and long term injuries and illnesses. I had felt the effects of energy being sent by someone in the next room.

I simply couldn’t make sense out of it anymore. This was 1998.

We went to a panel discussion at the American Academy for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. As I recall, there was a materials scientist, a physicist, a doctor and a public health specialist present, some of whom my father was very interested in seeing and meeting.

“According to our biological model of health it is impossible for cancer to go into spontaneous remission. Yet it happens. It has been well documented. Therefore our model is not just missing something, its wrong,” said the materials scientist.

The physicist gave a demonstration: If you take a simple, solid, pendulum on a single pivot and suspend it vertically, you have a 50/50 chance of predicting which way it will fall. If you add a second pendulum which pivots on the end of the first and suspend the new double-pendulum vertically it is impossible to predict the exact nature of its fall.

“To do so you would have to take into account the number and distribution of the people in the room, the temperature of the air, the time of day, the thickness of the walls, the presence and motion of cars outside the building, the location of the moon… the entire universe is acting on this pendulum,” said the physicist.

The doctor described how Chinese Medicine’s Five Element Theory of health had bested Western doctors and pharmaceuticals on various occasions. The public health specialist quietly cautioned, “Let’s just not do anything too hasty.”

After that my parents helped me pay for the four-year program at the Wakepoint School of Energy Healing. My father looked over my first and second year textbook and found something in it he could respect.

“Well,” he said, “they thought Galileo was crazy…”

 

Anyone Can Do This…

…and already do. Without thinking about it you put your hand on an injury. You can connect deeply with someone you love over the phone at great distances. You have synchronicities happen in your life all the time. If you told the story of how you ran into so-and-so right during such-and-such people might not believe you, it all just sounds too crazy to be true. But its true.

My whole life I’ve been set up to do this. I’ve preferred the woods to the city. People tell me their secret struggles after only a few minutes of conversation. I am rarely sick for more than 24 hours. The most horrible things that have happened in my life have turned into gifts of grace. I fear living more than dying. Once, meditating in the mountains, I was physically felled by a love that erased all question, worry, doubt, and fear.  I know there is such a thing as God. Descriptions will forever fall short.

After finishing energy healing school I became a professional performing songwriter because I wasn’t ready to be responsible to clients. Since then I’ve been exhausted by the road. I’ve been silenced and affirmed by the everyday energetic miracle audiences experience together. I’ve seen the limit to what a song can achieve. The unbridled, infinite and beautiful creative source of songs is the essence of healing.

I’ve since been disciplined by my devotion to my family, and my client load has been growing. I am the obvious son of my parents. My mother is an empathic counselor who trains other healers and loves the countryside. My father is a deep-thinking academic and lawyer who loves music. I am an energy healer.

If you want to get into this further for yourself, contact me for a session. Each one of us is in a unique place with something unique to learn or experience. I’ll help you find the unique tools you need, lift all the blocks we can and open up to greater health, clarity and possibilities.

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The Truth about the Elephant – What is Energy Healing?

My teacher, Deborah Kerbow, once looked at our class and said something to the effect of, “I won’t lie, I’m a little jealous of you guys.  When I started doing healing work in the 70’s I had to be careful who I told.  Some people were cruel.  But you guys can basically tell anybody!  Even if they don’t get it at least they won’t spit on you!”
 
Thankfully, she’s right.  We live in a unique time when spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle did a weeklong series of interviews on Oprah and tough talking medical intuitive Carolyn Myss has had multiple bestselling books. As an energy worker the Google ad bar alongside my inbox is a solid list of people advertising different forms of energy work.  But are they really all that different?  And what are they all doing?  What is energy healing?
 
I’m not supposed to say this, but the truth is I don’t do anything in energy work that you don’t do in your daily life.  You hug someone you love (probably not enough) and are transformed by your embrace, you connect with people over great distances via phone and email, you have access to vast amounts of information through the internet and you experience the ‘vibe’ of places you go.  At times you may  know who’s calling on the phone before you pick it up, you’ve had intuitive and coincidental experiences you can’t explain, you’ve had good days where everything seems to line up right, you know how someone’s feeling when they walk in the house, you’ve prayed or ‘sent’ well-wishes to someone in need and more.  These and dozens of other examples are energetic connections at work every day.  They’re normal enough that most people know what I’m talking about, yet odd enough that we recognize something special is at work.
 
I’ve made it my life’s work to notice and think about these things.  When I hear about doctors having insightful dreams about patients something in me perks up.  When I was studying psychology in college I saw how strong the placebo effect was compared to psychoactive medications and realized there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye.  When I hear stories of cancer that spontaneously disappears before surgery I take notes.  Two of my teachers were involved in exactly this kind of incident. 

More than a decade ago I was getting ready to enroll at Wakepoint School for Energy Healing in Colorado.  I had already had a life changing experience at the hands of a healer, Talia and was pouring over Barbara Brennan’s groundbreaking work, Hands of Light.  My father, ever the open-minded skeptic, took me to a heavy-hitting policy conference at The American Academy for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.  Hoping, I think, to talk some sense into me we attended a panel discussion on Alternative and Complementary medicines.  Each panelist in turn had a chance to present their perspective and by the end all of them, had basically agreed: there is a raft of documented cases of healings, cures and spontaneous remissions that are quite simply impossible according to the Western medical worldview.  ‘Alternative’ practices have something that western medicine is missing and should be brought to the fore and studied.  The only naysayer respectfully suggested we not do anything too rash.  My father summed it with the comment, “Well, they thought Galileo was crazy.”
 
Energy healing at its simplest is akin to passive meditation.  This is very much the state of mind I go into during an energy session.  In a similar way, those of you familiar with Thai massage know it is sometimes compared to passive yoga.  The therapist moves around the recipient and physically stretches their body to release their stored tensions.  At energy work’s most basic level I connect to the energy in your field and allow you to get a recharge through me.  Most clients experience this as their mind and body relaxing.  They begin to notice more of their inner world and their thoughts have a chance to process themselves more fluidly. 

Visually sensitive people see colors, physically sensitive people feel warm or electric sensations, others may hear music and some will have ‘a ha’ moments or flashes of insight.  If this is how your session is going I’ll work my way through a series of charge points on your body and you’ll leave feeling relaxed, energized, recentered and grounded, or perhaps lighter on your feet and more peaceful.  Each session is very individual, but you will get exactly what YOU need.
 
Many clients have specific issues they’re dealing with and know from experience that energy work is an effective way to address them.  Others aren’t having much luck with other treatments and are willing to try something new.  In this case our work goes deeper.  Places that need extra attention show up as unusual heat or cold under my hands, discomfort in your body, troubled thoughts or painful emotions rising almost out of nowhere.  I follow my intuition and we’ll both follow your internal process.  We’ll take extra time and directly focus energy at these places and help them release.  Releases are often accompanied by sighs, deep exhales, or tears. 

If you’ve been through something traumatic at any point in your life and you’ve been storing unprocessed pain there may be anger, fear or rage that still needs to be felt and we’ll give you the time to feel it.  It’s miraculous what you may be carrying around.  There are many different healing styles out there but few are trained to work with energies in this way.  I feel lucky to be able to offer you this chance through energy work.
 
Often we don’t realize that difficulties in our sleep, health, work, finances or relationships today stem directly from past experiences.  This just isn’t how we’re programmed to think, but this is exactly how we are.  If the hidden trauma is significant you will eventually experience a more significant emotional or nervous breakdown, an acute illness or even an accident or injury.  This is all to give you another opportunity to process the pain.  Many of my clients are seeking relief from emotional and physical abuse from family members, rape and sexual abuse, old or recent injuries and surgeries, ongoing or acute illnesses, unfinished business in finished relationships and even traumatic birth experiences.  Like seeing a counselor it can be wonderful to just get things out in the open in a session, but unlike a counselor, energy work can help to clear damage and restore your energies to health.  This sometimes takes multiple sessions over a period of time.  Other times I recommend that clients continue to see a therapist or get regular bodywork to help the process. 
 
I get more questions about distance (or remote) energy healing than anything else I do.  Believe me, early on it took me a couple of sessions to really feel confident, but I have no doubts anymore.  I use your full name, the sound of your voice (not always necessary) and a picture of you to get connected, the same as when you talk to a friend or loved one on the phone.  Then it’s all about the energy.  I look at it like this: only the physical body is in 3-dimensions, subject to the limitations of distance and time.  Physicists point out that on the subatomic level even matter is continually popping in and out of existence.  Have you seen the movie “What the *Bleep* Do We Know?”  It was made right here in Portland and it has some great explanations.  Healing energy – much of the energy in our daily experiences, in fact – comes from outside our little 3-dimensional bubble.  Near or far, there you are.
 
There’s another thing I’m not supposed to say in an article where I should be blowing my own horn: All health and healing professions are working on the same elephant.  It’s from an old story I run into a lot, it goes something like this:  five blind monks are gathered around an elephant.  Each touches the enormous beast with his hands and arrives at a different conclusion.  “It’s like a snake,” proclaims the one at its trunk.  “No, it’s like a tree trunk,” observes the one at its leg.  “Nonsense, it’s like a sheet of paper,” argues the one by an ear.  “Amazing, it’s like a wall!”  shouts the one at the elephant’s side.  “You’re all wrong,” concludes the monk at the animal’s rear, “an elephant is like a rope.”  Human health is exactly the same thing.  All roads lead to Rome and everyone must follow their own path.
 
I grew up in a house saturated with theoretical physics, abstract mathematics, music and therapeutic psychology, so my career as a musician and an energy worker was almost unavoidable.  Believe me, I tried!  In some ways my full-time music career, though successful, was an attempt to make use of my skills and sensitivities in a more ‘normal’ way.  Meanwhile my appetite for understanding persisted.  Over the past twenty years I have studied or received more than two dozen different treatment and therapeutic styles that improve people’s health including eastern and western medicines, homeopathy, naturopathy, physical therapy, chiropractic, art therapy, talk therapy, Reiki and much more.  Each new experience solidifies my conviction that we are all walking around the same elephant.
 
So where does energy work fit in to all this?  Energy healing is at the extreme fringe, and rightfully so.  By my own admission, what I have experienced in my training and what happens with clients on a daily basis borders on unbelievable.  If there’s one thing I know it’s this: energy work can change your energy, change your health and change your life.
 
Ultimately your healing is in your hands.  Your life is guiding you through circumstances and choices to learn, heal, give, receive and grow.  Every setback is an opportunity, every wound is a gift.  Things are working in your favor just like reading these words at exactly this time.  I believe it because I know it’s true. 
 
Resources
Hands of Light by Barbara Brennan
Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Pronoia by Rob Brezsny

Why Love Hurts

Why is love SO compelling and yet often SO painful?!  Why is it that something as wonderful as LOVE can also bring us to our knees?  Falling into love, falling out of love, hurting or being hurt by the people we love, or longing for love – what is it that can hurt so much?  Over the next two weekly healing updates we’re going to get a grasp on a new insight into these questions.  We’re going to up our love IQ.

The first thing you have to do is learn.

A great place to start is with The Beatles.  Their story illuminates a couple of key conditions important to this week’s quest.  Part of what made The Beatles such a huge hit early on was that they were distanced from their audience.  To this day you can experience a lot of John, Paul, George and Ringo in pictures, recordings, and movies, but you’re extremely unlikely to meet them as a normal person.  Part of what made them so famous was that at the time there was a tide of people who just wanted to gush love and adoration.  These fans – mostly young women – could idealize, idolize and fantasize, literally ‘to their hearts content.’   There was no threat of rejection, no danger of ever meeting and being disappointed by the objects of their affection, only the profound hope in their hearts that love could be so perfect.  This is the first condition I want to point out: fans wanted to experience a perfect love they innately knew was possible.

Where did this tide of love the Fab Four tapped into come from?  Why weren’t listeners so satisfied with the love in their own homes and communities that these party animals with instruments had little impact?  Well that’s just it, something was lacking.  A significant number of people were ready to explode.  One clue comes from how they grow up.  Psychologists notice that the bonds created during childhood – the love bonds of early childhood especially – shape not just how we love the people that raise us but how we experience love for the rest of our lives.  This early programming becomes tacit, like sunglasses we forget we’re wearing.  The more love, the thinner the glass, and vice versa.  It seems as though when the Beatles first hit it big in North America there were some thick shades ready to come off, like a reservoir of love dammed up and waiting for someone to release the gates.

THIS is why love hurts: because our hearts get dammed up or blocked.  We feel both the pain of the block or the longing for an unblocked state where we can experience love more easily and effortlessly.  Such blocks are exceedingly normal.  I work with almost all of my clients in every session to clear stagnant blocks big and small.  Their existence is involved in every illness and injury, and clearing them is one of the first things I learned in my energy healing training.

You need love to be healthy and happy, and without it your health and happiness falter.  Why would love ever be stymied?  Surely it should be flowing as freely as the Beatles’ fans hoped.  Well, as I established in the previous two updates, love hasn’t been a top priority in our culture, but it’s on its way up.  This rise is inevitable because just as the Beatlemaniacs pointed out, love is primal and innate.  It’s like we’re born with a crayon box, and over time learn to color only with some of the colors.  Inevitably, however, we will come in contact with someone or something ‘outside the box’.  It can be a neighbor, a lover, a song, a work of art, an incident, an asshole in traffic, etc., that reminds us of one or more of the ‘other’ colors.  For instance, if you’re painstakingly nice you may be reminded of your anger, or if you are stoic and cool you may be reminded of your vulnerability.  These experiences are alternately painfully uncomfortable and compellingly attractive.  What were the kids who came of age in 1960’s America responding to in their post-war, Baby Boomer parents?  They were at a point where they could no longer deny the existence of the other colors like love, no matter how hard they tried.  Sooner or later we all have to.

The most difficult thing is, if your heart blocks pain for a long time it gets comfortable that way.  This new comfort zone becomes a lens through which you view everything in your world.  We develop intricate personal habits to help us avoid opening up to the pain we hold in our hearts.  Entire families will skate around hidden pain.  These habits become so ingrained that in most cases they become who we think we are.  This makes it harder to love and be loved, to feel, find and recognize love.  We may go to great lengths to prove ourselves worthy of the love we want but don’t feel.  The fear of getting hurt again can be so great that we will turn away from our hearts to feel as little love as possible.  We’ll prefer it.  One especially glaring tragedy stands out here: the things that hurt us are usually part of our history and no longer happening right now – especially in this very moment – yet we continue to protect ourselves.  When the energy in your heart is blocked for long enough it starts to show up in your body as heart related illness and disease.  Anything from simple tightness in the chest all the way to heart attacks – yes, heart attacks, the leading cause of death in the United States – are rooted blocked heart energy.

This is what’s happening when love hurts:  when we open our hearts to others in our relationships, everything – and I mean everything – that has been dammed up has a chance to flow out and be felt.  This can be sad, terrifying, depressing, destructive, and lonely but also liberating, empowering, exhilarating and life-affirming.  The truth is, as humans we’re not able to limit the stuff we don’t like and let loose the stuff we do.  When you tighten down on some of it, you clamp down on all of it.  When you open up the flow again whatever you were blocking will be right there waiting for you.  If you’re still hurting from a past intimate relationship of any kind, it’s going to come up in your next one, of any kind.  Did you have a rough time with your father growing up?  You’re going to have to address it all again as a dad, as a wife, or in your relationship with me.  Did you experience the death of a parent early on?  You can expect to be avoiding that threat of loss in all of your current relationships.  There are as many stories as there are people on earth, many much more and much less dramatic than these.  A large part of my work as an energy healer is working with the roots of these stories so that my clients’ energies can flow in a healthy way again.  This way they don’t have to continue to re-experience old pain in their life-circumstances.

The good news is that love hurts because your amazing heart is always trying to call up a great pain you couldn’t get past, so you can get past it.  I’ve seen it time and time again.  Your heart is a brilliant, mad genius.  It can be hard to find long buried pain, but the heart is attracted to exactly the people and situations you need to bring up and work out whatever baggage you’re carrying around until it’s not a burden anymore.  You will address your history over and over until you’re, literally, over it.  Trust your heart and learn to hear what it’s saying.  Love is a higher organizing principle than your thinking mind.  The mind can only observe love, but never control it, and all attempts to do so will be met with frustration and a lessening of love itself, in other words, more pain.  In the long run, we all have to grow in love.

Therefore the second thing you can do is heal.

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In next week’s email I’ll address your personal healing process and go in deep to give you some tools, ideas and practices you can use to open up to, unblock and enjoy the love in your life.

This post is from a weekly healing update email, aka Heal Schpeel, that Lincoln sent out on  11/29/2010.  Join the healing list now to hear about healing specials and promotions, email link@lincolncrockett.com, subject: Add to Healing List.  Thank you.

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Where We’re Heading Today- Part 2

We’re able to do more than what we’re doing now (roots, feelings & thoughts) and we know it.  The number one new thing we’re waking up to – more than anything else right now, and I’ll prove it – is… (Continued from Heal Schpeel #1)

Love.

The heart.  Love is a loaded word, but I’ve never found a better way to say it in English.  Roots, feelings and thoughts are clearly recognized priorities in our collective lives in a way that love isn’t.  Its simply not valued in the same way, yet.  It never enters serious political discussions for more than a passing mention, and isn’t even on the radar in education, government, policy, business or finance.  Arguments are not often won with, “Because I love it,” or, “it’s in my heart,” where everybody understands and case closed.

And how could we expect otherwise?  It’s clear that we are absolutely bumbling around in the dark when it comes to our hearts.  Love is deeply important to us in a way that transcends race, religion and culture, yet it’s only overtly recognized in the arts and entertainment.  More than half the top one hundred popular songs in the United States in the past one hundred years – the most popular songs on earth – are about falling into or out of love, a trend that continues in all genres of modern music.  It looks like we’re ready to love to the point of obsession but, well, it’s lacking.  What passes for love sounds like a toxic amalgam of addiction and co-dependence, just ask a teenager.

When hippie culture popped up the in the 60’s a deeply loving world might well have laughed at them for being overly simplistic, shooed them home and given them better clothes to wear.  Some folks did just that, but they were also shouted down and marginalized for the radical idea they were onto: that love is freely available everywhere and well, man, like, really, really important, man.  Like, it’s gonna change the whole world, man!

Well, love will, that part is inevitable.  We can’t help it.  It’s been growing for a long time.  The guy we call Jesus was an early adopter 2,000 years ago.  He’s reported to have put a lasting drop in the world love bucket saying things like (and I’m paraphrasing), “Love everyone all the time, cuz Jesus ya’ll,  can’t you see you’re swimming in it!?”  It seems like he thought it a universal and tangible sort of thing, and more important perhaps than even life itself.  But it sure was hard to describe.  After a long dry spell Shakespeare hit us again in the 16th century with his insurmountably romantic plays and linguistic gobbldigook.  Still, the widespread notion that everyone might fall in love and from their love choose their mate didn’t percolate seriously until the 18th century Romantic period, and still isn’t common elsewhere in the world.

Nothing underlines this shift towards love like the so-called ‘Recession’.  I call it ‘the Progression’.  Our faith in the bizarre financial arrangements we call an economy is what’s receding, and the space is being filled by something clearly more meaningful.  Why did interest in surfing double in a single year recently on the Oregon coast?  If you’re poor and you want to be happy, surfers are excellent role models.  Many people who’ve lost their jobs aren’t waiting for the next sugar-daddy to come along.  Instead they’re starting their own businesses in unprecedented numbers, doing stuff they love!  Is there any doubt that love is more important than your bank account?  How much money do you need?  Would you rather have a leather couch or more time having fun with your family and friends?  Is there a sane dying man who on his death bed ever said, “I wish I’d worked harder and loved my family less”?  It is, in fact, the failure of money and material possessions to answer our collective longing that underlies our current economic experiences: our hearts just aren’t in it.

Love is a persistent idea – and persistently mysterious – for one simple reason:  Love is superior to thought.  It is more complex, functions on its own non-linear logic and is therefore less well understood.  You can’t love with your head, you have to use your heart.  Descriptions are mental, love is experiential.  When the energies in our limbs, organs and life are full of love everything goes better, everything, and your mind takes a backseat. If it weren’t for the intellectual demands of modern life this might be everyone’s preferred mode of being.  Love is intuitive and beautiful.  If you are one of those lucky few people who have experienced a lot of it, you know how wonderful it is!

From what I’ve seen there is not one thing on this planet that makes a person feel healthy, safe, secure and able to face what’s on their plate like love.  Except maybe for power, but take it from a healer: when power is used to defend us from feeling pain in our hearts it eventually dissolves into agony and suffering.  When love dissolves it turns into peace or grief, the latter which returns to peace anyway.  The heart knows things that the mind can only observe and support, but not truly understand.  From the perspective of a full heart, life unfolds in a perfect harmony guided by an unseen hand.  Know that your heart is important.

Really, really important, man.

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Next week we’ll go deeper into some of the things going on in our hearts that make love so painful and what we can do about it.

This post is from a weekly healing update email, aka Heal Schpeel, that Lincoln sent out on  11/19/2010.  Join the healing list now to hear about healing specials and promotions, email link@lincolncrockett.com, subject: Add to Healing List.  Thank you.

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Taking the Leap into the Unknown

Why do we ‘take’ leaps?  Why don’t we ‘leave’ them?  Literally and figuratively.  Are we not leaving things behind when we move forward?  What are we leaping from and toward what?

Leaps seem somehow to be tangible opportunities as real as anything we can touch with our hands, yet they must begin as jumps from within.  In this way something enfolded becomes unfolded, like falling through the air into water far below – for a moment we are terrified and thrilled, saying inside, “I’m going to take a chance that I can get from here to there, even though I’m not sure how or if I’ll make it, and my own instincts scream opposition.”  The feeling of surviving is why leaps are so compelling that our lives eventually shape around them.  Ahhh, to have been afraid and come through alive, whole and exhilarated – courage rewarded with ecstasy.  {splash}

The moments I feel most transcendent ecstasy are when I feel like I see me in everyone, and often everything, else.  it’s a palpable recognition that I am, me: we.  One.  Can you make that leap?  Can I?  Don’t wait for some religious experience, just know that after enlightenment the world still looks like it does, light still behaves the same, and you are just as one with all that is as you were before.  This IS it. {splash}

Lately my internal verbal guidance comes with the voice of a man just like me, only wiser, who’s words wholly complete my experiences, brings me resolution, and organizes my disorganized reality enough to get me through another day still looking on the bright side.  Kind of like ‘Conversations With God’ but its for me and not Neil.  I’ll do an example right now while I write.

Me: “Do you have any suggestions of content that would further illuminate the subject heading for anyone reading?”

Me 2: “Sure.  Remind them how precious it is to watch a sunset or a baby coo and babble.  Let them know that that same ‘transcendance’ is available all the time as a way of life.”

And neither of those things I/we mentioned are ‘unknown’ either!  but have you ‘leapt’ into one?  Given yourself fully to the experience?  Best times of your life?  or are you falling off the back of the heaping wagon of natural riches and need to go out and get your fix right now?  Regardless, everyone has seen a sunset or a baby, and given our attention each is a whole world of wonderment.  {splash}

In this way – leaping with full attention into the known (personal e.g., who I think I am, what I think a day should be) I am unraveling the organized me, in a sort of farewell tour of my ‘old’ life, that is, life in the old evolutionary perspective – ‘the way its always been’.  leaping to reach for a new state of evolution, another step in the relatively brief journey of homo sapiens into a higher level of complexity of awareness.  The brain as a sensory organ.  This level requires little active thought.  More consciously receptive thought and action are the name of the game.  Reflexive support for or agreement with fear has been conquered by eons of hunting, warfare, civilization and economy.  Its the 21st Century, for Christ’s sake, and we’ve come a long way!  The time spent by those that have gone before us has given me (and anyone) the chance for freedom from fear in one’s daily life.  Now you can stand your body up not for fight or flight, or to better anyone but yourself.

{leap}

The hitch (yo, Ann Rand?) is that falling from this angle, I am You.  I find the water to be land and the enemy to be in my own heart.  Harm that befalls you is harm that befalls me, even if it takes me a while to eventually notice it, understand it and organize it into a new way of living and being, thinking and acting.  But such a leap allows me to truly see that pure, unadulterated self-interest (i.e., greed, defensiveness, narcissism) is counterproductive to any hopes for happiness I or those in my heart might have.  “Pursuit of Happiness” indeed!  Those old coots didn’t know the word L-O-V-E.

In this way the whole world is rising.  Even myopically self-interested systems have lead to more interwoven cohesion (see sociology and economics), and the necessary recognition that working well together is the only viable option.  Fear and violence no longer flies the flag far.  The human being has seen and heard too much.  We can hear MLK’s voice.  We can see Gandhi walk on film with our own eyes.  These raw, you-tubeable experiences are very real and tangible, open to leaving a direct impression.  People, many people, have publicly walked into freedom in our lifetimes, and left strong impressions very near to us.  Black Americans and South Africans, Nelson Mandela and Eastern Block Communists, The Beatles, Bob Dylan.  You can buy tapes by Deepak Chopra and Carolyn Myss and go study with energy healer Barbara Brennan.  Each separated from us by a thin veil, barely perceptible, for we are so close to just wafting through it ourselves.  See the whole final premise of the Celestine Prophecy.

In this way too, sacrificing your very life itself to a higher order becomes the very key that opens the door to the higher level.  But this no longer a simple sacrifice of flesh and blood, like war or toil.  The pain of revenge or hate or pride or hedonistic blood-lust are trumped by the joy of the soul at the experience of surrender to a greater power (see Alcoholics Anonymous materials)!

So ask, if you should step forward with complete fuck-it-all passion, “Where is my deepest commitment?  Is it to stay safe from experiencing more fear or conquering and transcending fear itself?  Is it to experiencing more pain or rage or healing or transcending the sour pain of rage altogether?  Is it for pain you cannot even recognize?  Is it healing or transcending?  is there a diff?”

Besides, what do I do when I know the answer to these Q’s?

Forget them all and walk forward.  Let go of the stories altogether, say little, play lots, move on, jump again.

Spiritual Shopping List

Mountain sunset carolyn
Pic of Mt Adams By Carolyn Ganus www.luckyplanetphotography.com

Many months ago now a friend of ours came to visit with his new girlfriend.  Things ended up gettin’ pretty metaphysical (happens a lot around here…) and I thought it would be fun for us each to make our own spiritual shopping list, ya know, to help us know what to really look for along the supermarket isle of life.   At the end of the night only Athena had finished, but mostly cuz the list was so stark raving complete.   Haven’t seen her since…

Light
Experience
Wisdom
Trial
Sensitivity
Sense of Self
Open Mind
Curiosity
Motivation
Love
Relationships 

Anything else we need at the store, honey?

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