Again from my journal, and there were some additional sentences just before this one with which I shall begin this writing – personal and not necessary for what I’m trying to express.

Ego is like that, the need to “be right” = survival (ultimately) and everything that changes is a threat to “survival”.  And the Nature of Life IS change.  Talk about living in a paradox!  We humans are programmed to fear and thus resist change – no matter how much we say we want and deeply long for same – our unconscious programming will resist at any cost – including our death.  Now that’s scary!

Perhaps that’s the real source of my (low level) ‘holiday depression’ (any and all holidays, not just like those rapidly approaching).  Holidays create  an overall ‘change’, something constantly ‘going on’, not our normal ‘hum’ that allows us to suppress everything so we can remain undisturbed in whatever our ‘normal’ routine.  I think it might be what causes me to feel a little ‘not ok’ the week or so before a show – the impending disruption of my ‘routine’ = mostly doing nothing. :(  Once again where I am and kinda struggling to DO “other”.  To do some of the things I have constantly poking at me.  Even working on my quilt has become a way of ‘hiding out’ (with justification) and avoiding taking care of myself and my home.  And even tho I know what’s going on, I am struggling to stay out of its control.

Some “spiritual” folks are talking about it, and some of us are doing our best to hear and apply.  Seems very difficult, and I suspect even that thought is part of it.  Perhaps that’s a good place to start – staying conscious of my resistance to change and notice how it shows up.  All the myriad of little, subtle ways it influences my actions each moment.  All my “I don’t wanna” moments.  I can choose to listen to that voice and live with what it provides – a kind of “living death” and then death by inertia as the brain slows and the muscles atrophy with ‘lack of use’ – and soon you really are a ‘walking dead’ (have no idea what that show is about) ^_^

OR, I can adopt the attitude required to ‘eat an elephant’ – one bite/step at a time.  That is what I’ve been doing my best to do these days. Clean and clear even a small space.  Cut more squares for the boys’ quilts.  etc etc  Yes, truly ‘baby steps’ – still better than nothing, I say.  That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!  ^_^

From there the journal ventured into the world scene – but that’s “a whole other story” and one I will tell in the next blog – today or tomorrow???

Yesterday was a very difficult day for me.  The FB posts I read triggered all sorts of negative reactions of fear and dismay.  And all day there were waves of sadness and fear that would just suddenly wash over me, triggering tears and fearful gut feelings.  Not too surprising to have the following words pouring out onto those pages again.  A little surprising that I am being urged to once again share.  Even if no one reads, I have at least added some positive energy to the huge cloud of negativity engulfing our country now – maybe even the World??  So, here goes:

There were some very disturbing posts on FB – people of color being told to “go to the back of the bus” by punks.  Black women being called n____ bitch. etc

  This too shall pass – angry people are prone to nasty ‘knee jerk’ reactions.  Decent folks will step forward and prevail.  In fact – the now much more real and obvious possibility will actually spark an outpouring of Love – more people, more aware of the words and actions of others – and their own automatic/unconscious thoughts, feelings and reactions.  The ugliness of a few will make the majority of us kinder and gentler.  And we will be more mindful of the words and actions of others.  Perhaps now keeping an eye on the young black woman alone ‘over there’; notice any “bully like” activity, any men approaching in an aggressive manner.  We will be looking out for each other and ‘we’ will escort the “inappropriate young men” off the bus!  There are more kind and caring people than “angry” and “WE” will make America kind again.  There is no ‘greatness’ in fear and anger and cruelty.  God Is Great and God Is Love 

And if you feel the need to “protest” – do a ‘sit down’, maybe with a candle, and meditate on Love!  An angry protest only escalates the anger and no one ‘wins’.  Everyone is ‘unsafe’. Very unwise and dangerous.  Hold hands and sing one of those Beatles songs!  Form circles within circles.  Form a line across the whole country!  Imagine!!  I wonder if you can? ^_^  It is time to come together, to truly ‘Love thy neighbor as thy self’.  See no skin coloring.  Ignore clothing or headgear.  No matter language or accents – heart to heart requires no words.  (I got it, God) – those angry young men are fulfilling their life purpose and it is painful to their own souls.  And they are the very catalyst that will spark the flame of Love and Kindness in the rest of us; will awaken our hearts and stir our very souls.  Yes, it is time for those songs to be sung again – maybe now, we can hear??  Imagine!  I wonder if you can.  Imagine – your young daughter is safe – any time of day and anywhere.  Imagine – your elderly parent will be automatically ‘helped’ whenever, where ever and however needed in the moment.  Imagine – your child will be accepted no matter any “disability”!  (And could that end our “need” for ‘disability?)

Yes, we are indeed on the path to/of ‘greatness’ – no guns or maybe even man-written laws will be required.  The only “concealed” is an open heart beating in each chest.  You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one!!  Just imagine – I wonder if you can.

Amen

Once again, I am sharing the words that poured out onto the pages of my journal as I attempt to make some sense of what appears so insanely bizarre.

As for Trump, I think he will fulfill on his campaign slogan and NOT by or of himself as his ego thinks.  We the people will gather ourselves – much as is happening for and with the Indians trying to protect their sacred lands!  We will come together in cooperation and love.  As I said months ago – he is the perfect mirror for us to see all the ways we unconsciously act toward each other.  And we will join together and self-correct.  Our ugly underbelly and scary shadow side now stand clearly in front of us, fully exposed – can no longer be denied, and thus can now be authentically healed! 

So, I say, yes – celebrate and let’s join hands and “git er done”!  We have always been the Country with a huge Heart – here are the words we speak to the world, as inscribed on Lady Liberty:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

It is time to once again live by those words – and now we can even look a little closer to home, in our own neighborhoods and towns and cities – there are weary and oppressed right here!  We have allowed our freedom to become about money and possessions.  About more and more for ‘me’ and to hell with you.  Think about the upcoming events – those insane “Black Friday” sales – we will literally trample on those in front of us to be first in the door. :(  And we seal ourselves up in our big metal vehicles to move from place to place and become enraged when someone dares to move into a space on the highway that we consider to be ours. :(  And it becomes  FB worthy when a young man assists and older woman navigate an escalator.:(  Our National Heart has been in great pain for a long time.  We have now shined the light on it and fully exposed what we have been denying for a very long time.  Thank you Trump for showing us so clearly that, yes, the time has come to make America great again – WE are the Heart of the Nation and we are finally on the path of healing – thru Love, Cooperation, Inclusion and Regard.  Time to start humming/singing John’s song “Imagine all the people…..” (I wonder if you can?)

Amen

Once again, after I had finished my morning journaling and reading – there came this thought train rollin thru.  And I was moved to sit down here and begin writing and see what shows up beyond the initial musings/thoughts.

It seems to me that what we call ‘life’ and free will are like (in reverse order) – a magic wand and an infinite space in which to create ‘magic/magical things’.  And then we are left on our own to figure it all out!

First we must discover we even have such a thing – the ‘magic wand’ of free will.  And for most of us, that never really happens.  We climb aboard the victim train and ride it to our death/final destination.  Good things are ‘gifts/rewards’ from whatever our definition/sense of God may be and only if we have been good little boys and girls and have prayed ‘rightly’ and followed all the rules, etc.  Bad things are never anything we had anything to do with – unless we choose to believe we have done something bad for which we are being punished – yes, by that same “judging” god.  Who forever keeps track of our transgressions – for which we will also likely have to pay at the end of our journey.  And in the extreme may send the train to a very hot and awful place!!

Yes, we hear those words many times and from a very early age – Free Will.  We then accept whatever the current popular definition may be and have no idea how powerful we actually are.  Just because we don’t know we have a magic wand does not mean that it is not ‘working’!!  And thus, we continue to wreak havoc in our own lives and wonder “why is this happening to me?!”  We spend hours, days, months and years thinking about everything we DO NOT want and then are shocked and dismayed that it keeps showing up!!  Exactly what I didn’t want!!  God, are you not listening????  And the wand plays on.

And the first time we hear the word “responsible/responsibility” all we hear is ‘fault’.  How can you say that – that it’s all my fault??  And so we wrestle with all of that concept for awhile and slowly begin to realize we just might have something to do with the ‘stuff’ of our life – the situations and conditions, etc.  And, yes, outcomes.  And as nearly everyone I know has experienced, we begin with baby steps – you know, the familiar ‘creating a parking space’ thing.   And the whole ‘power of attraction’ processes.  And yet, we still don’t quite get it.  You see, you don’t get to tell that magic wand when and when not to do its thing!  It does whatever it is told – whatever you think, believe and/or speak!  No, probably not some vague transient thought that floats thru your mind.  Yes, all the permanent residents that have become totally unconscious and in control of your very life.

So, you may ask, if they are totally unconscious, how can I find out what they are?  Take a closer look ‘out there’!  Everything you see is simply a mirror of your own thinking and believing.  Some of it is pretty simple and obvious to connect.  Some of it may take some deeper looking – it’s all stored right there in what we call our ‘ego’.  Which is essentially our operating system and for the most part was programmed during our first 7 years here in this lifetime – except there might also be a few carryovers from a previous one. ^_^ But, that’s a whole other story. ^_^  Anyway – in my own life as I experienced a level of dismay around a certain presidential candidate, I came to the realization – given it is all a mirror, or my projection of my thoughts and beliefs, then what I’m being shown is all my unhealed and unresolved issues – my deeply buried traces of racism etc, etc.  You cannot even see what you do not already ‘know’/is not at some level ‘true’ for you.  ugh!!!  Interestingly, I have begun to see articles from folks more knowledgeable than I that we are being shown our “shadow side” as a nation/people.  Funny how that works. ^_^

Anyway – what I’m thinkin is that if we had a better perspective on this whole ‘free will’ thing and even an inkling of it’s power – we would tend to be a bit more conscious of how we ‘wave it about’!!!  Remember Mickey with the Wizard’s wand – he created quite a mess and had no idea how to undo what he had done!!!  Nearly did himself in.  Sound familiar??  Just sayin’. . . . .

As written in my journal:

OK, going to close and just leave the World to God.  Remember, it must be brought to (the) Light to be transformed.  Obviously we as a Nation/people have been holding onto lots of darkness for a long, long time.  God Bless those brave souls who chose to come here and be the examples – show us all our deeply hidden (false) beliefs.  [God, keep us all safe as we make our way thru all the darkness. Thank You]  And this is how it looks – the healing of a Nation – to bring out into the open/Light all that is ready to be healed/released.

 Some of us have experienced “personal healing” – have gone thru the painful experience of recognizing/acknowledging our false beliefs in order to “heal” – to pull ourselves out of  the self-inflicted misery & suffering which is the result of false beliefs. 

I believe that is what is going on at a more “macro” level – is it the World?  Certainly this Nation!  The racism that simply went “underground” when slavery was abolished.  The feminism that has lived on despite the “equal pay, etc” progress on the surface.  The “sexual orientation paranoia” that clearly lives on.  All of this in “the land of the free”!  It is time to “walk our talk” and we are smack dab in the middle of what it looks like to get there, to BE the Land of the Free with every fiber of our Being.  Change requires letting go and change for Good requires letting go of what doesn’t work.  Prejudice and judgement do NOT work – neither f or the judging nor the judged.  Judgement is an act of ‘separateness’ – there is no judgement within the realization of Oneness.  Perhaps – in order to realize our Oneness, we must first expose/bring to (the) Light all of our false beliefs of separation.  All of our unspoken, even unconscious, judgements/beliefs – some of which we can not even admit to, to ourselves!  And yet – I say LOOK!  Look “out there” – it’s only a mirror!  There is NO ONE “out there”!!!  You are seeing yourself – so if you don’t like what you see – CHANGE YOUR OWN THINKING/BELIEVING/SPEAKING!  If there is something showing up in your world that you ‘don’t like’ – take a closer look at yourself.  It can sometimes feel painful – but the alternative is a ‘killer’ – literally.  Have you read/watched the news lately???

It started with the random thoughts about this year’s god-awful election debacle.  The whole “Greatest Country” stuff.  And the first thing I saw was what comes of that thinking – the concept of’ “greatest”.  That is judgemental thinking and must include the opposite – that which you are ‘greater than’.  And thinking you are the greatest also includes the need to remain the greatest – and that need puts you in the state of constant, even if only ‘low level’, fear.  The fear of losing your ‘status’ as ‘the greatest’, because if you are dwelling in the concept of opposites – there is always some ‘other’ whose goal it is to take over your position at ‘the top’.

So – what do you do?  You do whatever you deem necessary to protect and defend your position.  You create a “Department of Defense” and a military whose job it is to “defend” your status and “defeat” anyone who might challenge you – thus proving you really are ‘the greatest’.  And you get a little paranoid about it all – as humans are prone to do – and you begin attacking those who even look like they might be a threat.  And you continue to build your arsenal of weapons, and call it ‘protection’, even if the using of those so called “weapons of defense” could likely destroy even your home – the one called “Earth”!!  And you start putting people in charge who are truly committed to maintaining your ‘greatness’.  And you totally forget who you really are.

And then there is the other way superiority has manifested in this ‘greatest’ country – that white is superior to all – as in ‘white skin’.  WTF, my mind said – what is that about???  Ah – pretty simple – a very basic belief – light is better than dark.  A bright sunny day is good.  A dark, stormy night – not so much.  Dark is inherently scary, threatening – “the dark forces of evil”, etc.  I guess because our eyes aren’t as effective in the dark?  We are frightened by the fact that we can’t see what MIGHT be there because we have come to believe that our 5 senses are the only thing that we have, the only means of ‘survival’ in the physical world.  So it follows somehow in our human brain logic – dark is inherently at least scary and ‘untrustworthy’ and obviously less good than ‘light’/white.  This is all automatic, habitual, non-thinking!!  It is part of very old and outdated programming!  Handed down for generations and never even acknowledged, let alone questioned.  In many ways that old programming actually thinks us.  Our very lives are created by unconscious thinking, and then we wonder why and how come ___________.

And included in our fear – of losing our status as ‘the greatest’, or our ‘white superiority’ – is the concept of ‘infiltration’ and resulting ‘dilution’ and/or an ‘internal’ attack.  Do you remember when a bi-racial child had little chance of a ‘normal’ life???  And these days – wearing a ‘funny’ head gear could be reason enough to be ‘feared’, or if your skin is anything other than ‘snowy white’.  So now we are actually planning to build a wall to help maintain our self-proclaimed ‘superiority and greatness’.  [Pardon me while I puke.]  (Sorry, just a little personal opinion thrown in here)

I think it’s time for all of us to take an authentic look at what may be lurking in our mind closet of ‘false beliefs’ and bring them out into the light to be transformed.  Remember, you cannot even see what is not already ‘known’ to you, what you don’t ‘believe’, even if it isn’t an acknowledged belief.  All of what is currently happening in the World, and more specifically, in our “great” (cough, cough) country is simply an out-picturing of our beliefs – however deeply hidden, denied and unacknowledged!!  I for one, have been ‘hard at it’ since early this year when I first realized that I actually did have something to do with all the ‘shit’ showing up in my world.  Consider this an invitation to join me in a quest for “A World that works for everyone”.

And I am now stepping down from my soap box – feel free to step onto yours in response.  My skin is much tougher than it used to be ^_^

Yesterday I was texting with a friend and fellow vendor and she was setting up at a show.  She arrived to discover her booth was in a small room with two other vendors, one of them “the icky _________ ladies”.  The blank being the name of their ‘country of origin’, a detail not necessary for this writing/pondering of mine.  My knee-jerk reaction was the impulse to write words of total agreement.  While I resisted writing the words, I did send ‘appropriate’ emoji’s.    And then began my pondering –

Why are those two women like ‘finger nails on a blackboard’ to me??  Why do I appear ‘ok’ with some accents and others seem to annoy me?    While I do well enough hiding my feelings from the others (out there), I cannot hide them from myself – and I do not understand!  I know we humans tend to fear anything ‘different’ from what we know and how we ‘are’.

It is also upsetting to me when I can’t understand what someone is saying because they can’t pronounce the word(s) the way I do (ie: properly).  Does, at that level, “fear of the unknown” get ‘converted’ to dislike and is dislike the lowest energy form of ‘anger’?  We know that anger is the energy of fear converted into “self-defense”.  Anger is our way of expressing fear defensively.  Is then, feeling annoyed or “disliking” actually the experience and resulting expression of very low level ‘fear of the unknown’??  Could it actually have nothing to do with me personally and is simply one of the carry overs from our beginnings as “cave dwellers” when that kind of fear was needed/necessary for survival?

If I were to accept that concept, could I not then simply observe my internal ‘knee-jerk’ reactions and not ‘attach’ myself?  Could I let them arise and pass with no guilt or shame OR outward/physical reaction.  Recognize, acknowledge and let it pass.  Has nothing  to do with me personally – OR the other person(s).  Part of “fight or flight” animal instincts and I have a much more ‘advanced’ mechanism/brain with which to ensure my ‘survival’. ^_^

The other, more complicated part of it is – the need to be right.  I think also part of the survival stuff – for included in being right is the need for everyone else to agree with and be/think/act like you = nothing ‘unknown’ to fear???  And in the extreme, that fear can lead to the need to “eliminate” anyone who does not agree with you or fit your pictures of what is “right”.  Add to that, in the case of what we call “acts of terrorism”, those committing the “killing” have been convinced that the ‘right’ thing they are doing will win them a special place in the “after life”.

So – all of that gives my logical brain a kind of ‘answer’ to my ongoing question of “WHY???”  But leaves me with –  where are we heading??  Looks like we are headed for self-destruction.  So then my question becomes – how do we turn it around??  Love!  As always and for every question – Love is the only answer.  Moment by moment each day – stay present and practice Love.  Smile at people for no reason.  Lend a hand when you can.  Do our best to cultivate a feeling and way of being ‘in Love’; coming from the Earth as our sacred home and all of humanity as our family.  Do what we can, when we can, to spread Love.  Pay attention when the early programmed false beliefs come forth and take over our conscious thinking and acting.  Sometimes the best we can do is ‘nothing’ – remember those 3 little monkeys – the “no evil” ones. ^_^