“Let us remind you that love is always the answer in any situation for whenever you are in a dark space love is the light that lights your way, love is the lantern that will guide your way. Whenever there is conflict in your life observe the conflict, don’t enter into the conflict see it for what it is, more emotional upheaval. Don’t engage in the conflict for the conflict is the inner child playing its games, uttering its utterances, doing what it has to do to be seen, that is all. The inner child is doing what is does so that it can be seen; it has to create its reality so that you know it is there, so you can heal it.”
A message from Kryon channeled by David Brown
I spent a deeply stirring week at the Ojai Foundation this past October with Joanna Macy, trainers from the Pachamama Alliance and a gang of beautiful, conscious folks who have dedicated their lives to a creating sustainable and just future for all. I’m still in the midst of integrating what I experienced and deciding how I wish share the blessings I received. One bit I can share right now is the Beauty Way.
The Ojai Foundation adopted the practice and shares it with all those who visit. Having the chance to live it for a week had a tacit yet significant influence on me, helping to shift my priorities to include the “how” as well as the “what”. Another way to say it might be a greater emphasis on being in addition to doing. I have since been endeavoring to bring The Beauty Way more fully into my life. Here it is:
The beauty way is the practice of mindfulness.
The beauty way is an awareness of the effect I leave on community, space, people and land.
The beauty way is the freedom to voice choice.
The beauty way is encouraging these practices.
The beauty way is encouraging these relationships.
The beauty way is a feeling of being resolved upon entering and leaving a space.
The beauty way is present in actions.
The beauty way is the effect of space on people.
The beauty way is an awareness of cause and effect.
The beauty way is a holistic, energetic point of view, beyond neat and meticulous placement of objects.
The beauty way is bringing consciousness to details.
The beauty way is awareness.
The beauty way is engaging with, rather than traveling through, space.
The beauty way is modeling, rather than teaching, the beauty way.
Living the beauty way is in some ways equivalent to living Council.
The beauty way is being energetically clean.
The beauty way is being relationally clean.
The beauty way is actively engaging in psychological, emotional and spiritual process.
From the Ojai Foundation
The day after new years, in a moment of receptive consciousness I had an interesting affirmation emerge in my mind. To understand it as I do, requires elaborating on the idea of edges from permaculture. The saying that is commonly tossed around in permaculture circles is: “the edge is where the action is”. Edges in permaculture are transitions between systems. They exist in both the natural and built environment. The edge between a pond and land, the edge between a forest and a field, the edge between inside and outside of a building, etc.
Continue reading “New Years Insight”
I decided to move to OUR Ecovillage for the winter to rejuvenate after a long year of finishing my MBA and being present with the passing of my father Chris in the summer. I’ve come here because something very special about this place has lived in my heart/mind since I was first here in 2008 for a permaculture design course. In a nutshell, what I think it comes down to is that people here are striving to create alternative ways of being and living that establish mutually beneficial relationships between each other AND the natural world. The end result is a loving, supportive culture that thrives on diversity and is deeply integrated with the land, soil and water. People feel seen, included and are supported to show up fully, share their gifts and develop new ones. The land is developed with an aim to protect and enhance diversity, fertility and resilience while directly providing for peoples’ nutritional and housing needs. It is such a wonderfully positive story compared to the perpetual din of negativity evident almost everywhere from living without such a principled stance.
Continue reading “What I Want For Christmas”
Last weekend was my first intensive of the year at BGI. I decided to join the Social Web for Social Change class with the intent to become more skillful at using the web to influence people to toward consciously living in harmony with others and the planet.
A considerable portion of our class discussion was dedicated to online privacy and the implications of sharing ourselves via social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. It became evident that we have yet to see the implications on careers and life paths with so many peoples’ lives publicly recorded for all to see. With the majority of social networking sites’ default behaviour set to show most of your information unless you intentionally disable or limit access, your life and connections are available to anyone with a web browser. Is this a good thing? Continue reading “Reflections on Intensive I: The Social Web and Privacy”
David Wilcock has become a strong voice of inquiry and hope in my own personal quest for truth and insight. He has had a remarkable life and is now sharing what he has synthesized through the immediacy of Google Video in a lecture called The 2012 Enigma. I love the transparency that the modern web is creating. Everything and anything anyone could possibly want to know is available with next to no effort and cost. Soon no secrets will be safe and old systems of power over and exploitation will cease to exist. Bilderburg and friends – fasten your seat belts.
The remarkable Aquarian Age is rapidly approaching and I’m so grateful to be having closure in my day job so I can fully commit my energy to my conscious growth and service to the divine. Enjoy the video.
David Wilcock: The 2012 Enigma
I’ve recently been inspired by David Wilcock’s work that has come through in both audio and video on the web. My friend Ivan Rados, sent me the following links of David on Google Video:
- Project Camelot: David Wilcock – Part One
- Project Camelot: David Wilcock – Part Two
- Project Camelot: David Wilcock – Part Three
- Project Camelot: David Wilcock – Part Four
David’s message is both timeless and timely. He shares much wisdom and a hope-inspiring vision which has been a welcome blessing in my life during these tumultuous times. He has much more information as well as the Science of Peace series on his website at http://divinecosmos.com if you would like to hear more of what he has to say and support his work.
Sharif came and spoke in my social justice class in January. He articulated a vision of a world that works for all with the profound clarity of someone who has weathered many wars and come out wiser and committed to a higher path based on inclusivity and understanding.
You can see him on Quantum Shift here:
- Catalyzing a Common Society with Sharif Abdullah (part 1)
- Catalyzing a Common Society with Sharif Abdullah (part 2)
- Catalyzing a Common Society with Sharif Abdullah (part 3)
- Catalyzing a Common Society with Sharif Abdullah (part 4)
Last night as I was wheeling to a restaurant to meet my wife after a long day at work and school I had one of the closest calls of my life. I was crossing Pine St. in westerly direction at the corner of Pine & Fir around 8:30 pm. I was wheeling through the intersection on the south side of 4th Ave. Having just passed in front of an idling dark blue minivan, I began to enter the other half of the lane. A fraction of a second later a huge, armored bank truck heading west turns South off of 4th Ave, onto Pine. I just noticed this hulking steel beast in my periphery and stopped in my tracks. A nanosecond later, I realized that he was not seeing me nor was he slowing down. I was too short – invisible under his high bumper and hood. Time as I perceived it slowed to a crawl. I began to back up as quickly as I could as I watched the truck get closer and closer to me. My laptop, in its aluminum case slid off my lap as the truck’s bumper and then huge front tire passed within an inch of the front of my chair while its rear wheels narrowly missed my laptop. The driver of the vehicle didn’t even see me and carried on his way unaware of his carelessness. The minivan driver jumped out with eyes wide and asked me if I was ok. Stunned yes, but nevertheless ok. My uber laptop case had done it’s job well. Everything was intact!
Almost getting squished provided a rather concentrated opportunity to reflect on the progress of my life. I’ve been feeling like the time is ripe to be moving on from Elastic Path. I don’t feel that it is a responsible use of my life energy to keep subjecting myself to work that I am not passionate about and feel increasingly conflicted about. I have such a strong longing to go much deeper into my spiritual life balanced with creating solutions that alleviate suffering and unconsciousness on the planet. I think I must cut the golden handcuffs and free myself of the perceived security that my job provides if I am going to make any progress in the areas of my life that really matter to me.
Caroline Myss talks in Advanced Energy Anatomy about how our attachments to the past and the familiar can slow down the manifestation of our hopes and dreams. I am feeling the pressure of the pull of my destiny and the seductive pull of complacency, as I struggle to trust that I will be ok as I let go of the familiar. My good friend an astrologer has suggested that April is ideal time to move on – stay tuned.
peace be with you
I completed the Myers-Briggs type indicator for homework in my Management I: People & Teams class tonight. It was fast to complete and produced interesting results. For those who are interested, my type is INFJ (33, 25, 12, 22).
The description of INFJ here seems pretty accurate. My empathic and psychic abilities do not feel as evolved and is described at the above link. Hopefully they will develop in time. A couple more technical descriptions of INFJ are available here.
Any thoughts from those who know me?