Life on Earth was designed to evolve. That’s why we’re here,,,for the ever-changing opportunities to experience life and grow in our humanness. Yet as we move through daily life, we seem to have forgotten the fundamental principle that makes growth possible.
I think it’s fair to say that most of us, me included, fall into the trap of wanting things to remain the same. That’s not surprising, because no-change feels like security. Life seems easier when we know what to expect and how to navigate it. Continue reading →
Consciousness is my theme at the moment. Well, actually, It has been for many years. That’s how it ended up in the title of my book, Conscious Spending, Conscious Life, which grew out of my teaching college students to be conscious consumers.
In the time that has passed, I’ve become ever-more aware of the urgent need for increasing our consciousness on all fronts. We must, if we are to resolve the world-scale chaos around us.
That phrase—the more beautiful world our hearts know as possible—is borrowed from author and essayist, Charles Eisenstein. It’s the title of one of his books, and is completely relevant to this time where we must find ways to increase our consciousness.
As I wrote last week, there are many definitions of consciousness, depending on the viewpoint of the person creating the definition. Each definition is based on limited information, and the interpretations are all true…but partial.
When wethink about our friends, it’s usually flesh-and-blood people or furry friends that come to mind. But let’s not forget our invisible friends…the ones we knew as children, and gave up when adults told us we were just imagining things.
In truth, our unseen friends were real—invisible, yes, but nonetheless real inhabitants of the energy fields we’re immersed in.
So what is it with these energy fields?
The world and everything in it is made of vibrating energy. The slower the vibration, the more solid something is, and that’s the world we can see.
When vibration increases, it reaches a point where it’s beyond our visual capacity. That doesn’t mean it’s not real, just that our eyes are incapable of seeing what exists at that vibration. That’s why invisible energy fields are often described as subtle energy. Continue reading →
Last week I featured a poem with a surprise ending. Itdemonstrates how the energy field of words and their arrangement has more impact than we might think.
But there’s more to it than that…
Worst Day Ever? also illustrates another aspect of energy—not in the words but in the process, the way the poem got out into the world.
Most of the news reports simplify the story to something like this: Chani Gorkin wrote a poem as a school assignment, someone pinned a copy of it on the wall of an English pub, someone else saw it there and posted a photo on his Twitter account, and it flew around the world.
How did safety become our prime directive, the thing we value above all else?
Safety is a primal instinct, centred in the primitive part of our brain where its job is to be alert for danger and trigger fear so we’ll take suitable action. This served a useful purpose for human survival in the days when fight, flight, or freeze were our options.
As humans evolved, so did our brains. We became more conscious, developed a sense of values, andexpanded our capacity to view our lives from a larger perspective.
Now, facing the chaos and uncertainty that confronts us every day, we are retreating to our base instincts. And so “stay safe” has become the mantra of the culture.
I say… Enough!
We need to regain our sense of perspective and balance. As is often the case, we can find a new way of looking at things from the children in our lives. Continue reading →
Benefit of the doubt is an old-fashioned expression. My mom used it when I got on my high horse about what someone else should or shouldn’t be doing. That happened fairly often because I had strong opinions about how things ought to be done.
When I was about 12, I overheard Mom telling Grandma that I didn’t suffer fools gladly. She was right. And it couldn’t have been otherwise because, back then, I had a very limited perspective of life and why we’re here.
Now that I’m 75…
As I get older, life seems less simple, less black-and-white. There are nuances. There are unknowns. There are unknowables. There’s a bigger picture. Continue reading →