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The Power of Transition

October 28th, 2011

By Elizabeth Christine

Humanity has entered a period of transition such as it has never before experienced. It’s important to name it, understand its significance and listen to what the transition is asking of us. A period of transition—as birthing women know—is the most intense and challenging in the process of bringing new life into the world. In the fires of transition the maiden dies and the mother is born.

Humankind’s transition is similiarly a birth process. The way of life grounded in the paradigm of industrial civilization is dying so that a new consciousness, a new way of living can be born. Do not underestimate the intensity and depth of transformation this time demands. Throughout this transition we will experience an increasing sense of loss. It feels like impending doom. The feeling of doom is reinforced by our experience of global warming, peak oil, collapsing institutions, species loss and of course the loss of our homes and jobs.

Recognizing that we are in transition allows us to understand these outer phenomena as the energies that are forcing an inner transformation we are all called to make. Only through the intense effort of meeting these challenges will we be transformed from individuals of the Industrial Age into collaborators capable at last of equality and democracy. Transition is requiring us to reach beyond all known abilities to make it through the birth canal.

In the face of our threatened existence let us dig deep for the truth of our humanity. Let us focus on building community resilience. Resilience is our ability to care for each other when the shit hits the fan. We must awaken our collective genius. We must create sustainable ways to care for our needs here, on this land, now and into the future.gear cogs

Patriarchy has come to fruition on Wall Street and plutocracy has taken over our government. Our power lies in our ability to live outside this foul, dying system. Mental health diagnoses from Harvard Medical School show plainly that corporations, when viewed as persons match the criteria for the personality disorder called psychopathic.

The World Health Organization lists six qualities that define a psychopath. (1) callous unconcern for the feelings of others, (2) inability to have enduring relationships, (3) reckless disregard for the safety of others, (4) deceitfulness—repeated lying and conning for profit, (5) inability to experience guilt, and (6) failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behavior.

CEOs are the heads of corporations that embody psychopathic personhood. What we the 99 % are witnessing in the 1% is empowered psychopathic behavior. We cannot reach the 1% through reason. If we become victims in the face of their illness, we compromise our own health. And we are called to recognize our own psychopathic tendencies and not succumb to psychopathic behavior in response to gross injustices.

To make it through this transition we must step into true power— nothing less will save us. In the face of empowered psychopaths we are asked to live the behaviors that will return us to health. (1) to feel compassion for others, (2) to build lasting relationships, (3) to have regard for the safety of others, (4) to be honest, asking for what we need and sharing what we have, (5) to recognize how we participate in injustice and to feel due remorse, and (6) to conform to the law as it is defined through equality and social justice for all.

As Naomi Klein said, “Let’s treat each other as if we plan to work side by side in struggle for many, many years to come. The task before us demands nothing less.” Let us dig deep for the truth of our humanity.

(Voiced at Occupy Santa Fe, October 2011 and published in the New Mexico Broadside.)

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Be Neither Attracted Nor Replused

October 27th, 2011

An Excerpt from “From Money to Love—Journey to a New Paradigm”

A Course by Leslie Temple-Thurston and Brad Laughlin

cairnThe third-dimensional ego (personality) is defined by polarization. Polarization is an endless dance, ever fluctuating between desire and fear, loss and gain, attraction and aversion, and all the other pairs of opposites. By finding the center point between the two sides of a polarity, we find the neutral witness, or neutral observer. By being neither attracted nor repulsed to either the positive or negative sides, and by identifying with the witness/neutral observer, our awareness rests in The Middle Way. It is there that we find the doorway to the great treasure. This treasure is the “space” between the two sides of the polarity. It is the still point, the center of existence, the deeper eternal Self, our real Self and the state of oneness or unity. The lack of understanding of this principle leads to corruption.

In this chapter we will explore how people who believe in their limitations feel the only way they can get their needs met is by trying to beat the system. If they knew the secret of The Middle Way, and could learn to manifest from Source in easefulness and purity, they would not need to scheme, wheel and deal, be dishonest and create bad karma. Purity of manifestation lies in holding to The Middle Way.

There is a significant amount of information in our book, The Marriage of Spirit—Enlightened Living in Today’s World, about being neither attracted nor repulsed, and for those who would like more information, we invite you to read several chapters of the book.

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Seek Ye First the Kingdom of Heaven, and All Else Shall Be Added unto You

October 15th, 2011

An Excerpt from “From Money to Love—Journey to a New Paradigm”

A Course by Leslie Temple-Thurston and Brad Laughlin

close up of peach colored roseJesus’ directive (Matthew 6:33) presents the simplest, most basic and profound truth and gives us a very special message about the way things work within creation: If our first priority in life is our connection to Source, we will receive inner and outer fulfillment on every level, including full expression in the world.

However, this teaching is often misunderstood and feared because of the perceived separation between the ego and the higher self. The instruction appears to ask the ego to surrender its power to “The Kingdom of Heaven”, and the truth is that the ego doesn’t want to surrender. It wants to stay separate and retain control because it fears losing its authority and being annihilated. Like the character Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, the ego would rather die than give up the ring of power and the promise of control which it proffers and from which it takes its identity.

In more contemporary terms Jesus’ teaching is about the union of ego and Self, the union of the small self and the “higher self.” As we identify and clear the limited belief systems that keep us locked into the ego (or personality), we expand into a greater awareness of who we truly are, our soul essence. It is a journey of discovering that actually we are not the ego, and that the small self’s promise of power and control is a dead end and does not bring us the things and the fulfillment we are ultimately looking for.

As the small self slowly and incrementally releases its grip of power and control over our lives, we gradually develop a greater trust in the power of the divine Self to provide for all of our needs. It is the unfathomable intelligence of the universe that sees and knows what we truly need, not necessarily what we want, and delivers it.

When we understand that we are the Creator in the connected state of Oneness, then we are capable of having access to everything in creation. We can realize ourselves as the Creator by gently processing and transmuting the ego.

There are many methods, many paths and many teachings in our contemporary world to assist us on this quest for unifying ego and Self. It is known as the journey from dual consciousness to unity consciousness.

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