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(Satan Sowing Tares–Félicien Joseph Victor Rops 1833-1898)

Sometimes I look at other people and think, it must be easier for them than it is for me, they’re always so happy. I’m really picky. I only like certain things, at certain times, in certain colors, and they have to smell good. When things go off and get a different color, or maybe they were softer yesterday, or maybe they weren’t smart enough to dazzle me, or they biffed whatever fine point of perfection I was looking for at that moment, I get disappointed. Then I act like a fool. I throw little fits that are blanketed in clouds of judgement and disappointment and blame. Because as long as it is somebody else’s fault, I don’t have to change.

I recently attended a life changing conference with Marianne Williamson, called Enchanted Love. I got really clear on what I need to do to change my life with my partner. Take 100% responsibility for my experiences and my perceptions, stop pointing fingers, stop being a crackpot. Then I came home from the conference and I was great for about 48 hours…and then I threw a doozy of a blame fest. I won’t get into the details, but it wasn’t pretty…”poor little me,” mixed up with “you’re so mean,” mixed up with “why do I bother?” I took a late night drive and relaxed for a few hours on the couch, letting how much un-fun I was having settle in.

We have repeatedly emphasized that the barrier of grievances is easily passed, and cannot stand between you and your salvation. The reason is very simple. Do you really want to be in hell? Do you really want to weep and suffer and die? (A Course in Miracles–lesson 73)

Being mean is not fun. Being angry and defensive isn’t either. I give up all three, starting yesterday. Satan, Get Thee Behind Me. Thank you God.

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(Carl Jung, 1909 in Zurich-photo from the Library of Congress Prints and Photos division)

I’m presently reading a book called The Shadow Effect, written by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson. It is a book all about the dark side of humanity, the dark little secrets about ourselves that we try to banish from our reality. Unfortunately, says The Shadow Effect, banishing “the shadow” only serves to make it stronger in the long run. An excerpt from Deepak Chopra:

The first step in defeating the shadow is to abandon all notions of defeating it. The dark side of human nature thrives on war, struggle, and conflict. As soon as you talk about “winning,” you have lost already. You have been dragged into the duality of good and evil. Once that happens, nothing can end the duality. Good has no power to defeat its opposite once and for all…There’s a shocking conclusion hidden in this: you can’t have a universe if you don’t have darkness contending with the light (The Shadow Effect, p. 14 and 22)

The Shadow is, according to Carl Jung, the part of us (all of us) that causes us to commit unconscious acts of violence or hate against others, ourselves, or the earth. The Shadow doesn’t want you to know it’s there, it wants you to think that it is you, so that it can remain intact. Once you know it’s there, the power of the Shadow immediately decreases. Once you begin to give yourself permission to have darkness in you the darkness looses its iron grip. Here’s another quote from Deepak Chopra:

The shadow, then, is a shared project. Anyone can have a hand in building it. All you need is the ability to remain unconscious. Countless fear-mongers believe they are doing good. Every defender of the homeland expects to be honored and praised. Tribes warring against other tribes deeply believe that they must struggle in order to survive. We resist our shadow and deny its existence because of past indoctrination and the hypothesis of social conditioning. Childhood experiences can cause unending later reminders that “this is good, this is bad; this is divine, this is diabolical.” Such indoctrination is the way all societies are structured. What we over look is that we are creating a shared self at the time. If children were taught to become aware of their shadow, sharing even dark feelings, forgiving themselves for not being “good” all the time, learning how to release shadow impulses through healthy outlets, then there would be much less damage to society and the ecosystem (p 26).

Of course, for children to be taught that the shadow exists and can be tended to in a healthy way, the adults of the world need to first tend their own shadow, which is very hard to do on your own. Chopra gives four steps: 1. Stop projecting 2. Detach and let go 3. Give up self judgement 4. Rebuild your emotional body. It all sounds so easy doesn’t it?

I suggest therapy. Everyone needs a therapist. It’s an interesting phenomenon that so few people use this amazing tool. Many people would rather pop pills (herbal or conventional) to try to feel better, happier, healthier. The only thing that can truly begin to allow you lasting eternal health, is to face your shadow, a shadow that was created in your childhood and has continued to leach your conscious moments more and more assiduously as you let it go unchecked. I love my therapist. Anyway. I end this blog post with a poem.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~Rumi

(Click here for the story of this amazing nebula)

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(Robert Fludd)

This is a follow up to the posting about my smart cells. (If you haven’t read it yet, read it now and then return to this page to complete your process. It’s required.)

I haven’t read the new-ish Dan Brown book yet, because I fell off the self help book bandwagon (I have a deeply entrenched addiction to self-help books). Today I read this in the book called The Gift of Change, by Marianne Williamson.

Remember, every thought we think takes us and others around us either straight to heaven (an awareness of our oneness) or straight to hell (the ego’s state of separation). If we think good about the world, then we’re liable to see it. And if we think bad, we’re liable to see that too. We achieve so little because we have undisciplined minds.* We allow ourselves to wander far too easily into negative thoughts and negative word. And from both come negative experience.

Since all minds are joined, conflict between any two of us contributes to war, and reconciliation between any two of us takes us closer to world peace. Our smallest judgement adds to war, and our smallest forgiveness adds to peace. Miracles affect situations we will never even know about.* Thoughts of true peace in Idaho affect plans for peace in Palestine. What an extraordinary opportunity as well as responsibility we have, to try and get it right. (asterisked sentences are from Course in Miracles Workbook)

Definition of microcosm from thefreedictionary.com:

A small, representative system having analogies to a larger system in constitution, configuration, or development: “He sees the auto industry as a microcosm of the U.S. itself” (William J. Hampton).

etymology–Middle English microcosmeman as a little world, from Old French, from Late Latin microcosmus, from Greek mikros kosmosmikrossmallkosmosworld, order.]

In Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton says that every cell is like a “miniature human.”

Each eukaryote (nucleus-containing cell) possesses the functional equivalent of our nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, excretory system, endocrine system, muscle and skeletal systems, circulatory system, integument (skin), reproductive system and even a primitive immune system.

Inside our body are 50 trillion cells. More than 10 times the human population on the earth. And as the Swami pointed out so eloquently in yesterday’s blog, all the cells in the community inside our skins get along just fine.

We each have 50 trillion “miniature humans” inside our skin. (Don’t be grossed out, its cool!) These are microcosms, tiny communities within larger communities, within larger communities…and it goes on and on forever. Infinitely forever. Furthermore, if something funky is happening on one level…it’s happening on the other levels too. In both directions.

What an extraordinary opportunity as well as responsibility we have, to try and get it right.

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I watched this video (in its entirety) in college. Not in the lederhosen class. In a different class, with a different professor. This class was taught by a really lovely professor who told us a story about getting a severe injury when paint spattered into his eye. He told us how he made up a ritual which included a handmade styrofoam boat with mascara on it that he sent out to sea in order to save his eye. (It worked.)

The metaphor of the aghori is lovely. He is an acetic who lives in the cremation grounds. He rubs his face with the ashes of the dead, drinks and eats from a bowl made from a skull, smokes copious amounts of marijuana, and eats flesh fresh off the funeral pyre. I can’t say it better than Jones:

Aghora (literally, “non-terrifying”) is the spiritual path that seeks to negate all that is ghora (“terrible, terrifying”) in life. The ghoraencompasses all those experiences that most people find intolerable, for almost everyone is as ready to enjoy life’s pleasures as they are to avoid misery. Most spiritual advisers admonish their devotees to shy away from the ghora, but aghoris (practitioners of Aghora) embrace the ghora fervidly, for what most terrifies an aghori is the prospect of becoming mired in duality. Aghoris go so far into the ghora that the ghora becomes tolerable to them; diving deeply into darkness, an aghori finally surfaces into light. No means to awakening is too disgusting or frightening for an aghori, for Aghora is the Path of the Shadow of Death, the path that forcibly separates an individual from attachment to every ordinary self-descriptor. (http://jonesthought.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/sadhus-indias-holy-menliving-with-the-dead/)

I used to be afraid to dance. I was terrified of looking foolish. So terrified that I would stand with my hands in my pockets, head bobbing to the music, while my friends let loose and boogied all around me. That sucked. I wanted desperately to be able to let loose too. But I knew that if I did, people would surely think to themselves, what is this lady thinking? She is not cool enough to dance like us! They knew. And I couldn’t prove them right. In hindsight, I remember the feeling: I was mortified with the idea of being vulnerable.

mortify

late 14c., “to kill,” from O.Fr. mortifier, from L.L. mortificare “cause death,” from mortificus “producing death.”). Religious sense of “to subdue the flesh by abstinence and discipline” first attested early 15c. Sense of “humiliate” first recorded 1640s (in mortification).

Sometimes it’s that which shatters us that liberates us. (recent twitter by Marianne Williamson)


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This is a bit of a simplification, but…

In 1978 John Archibald Wheeler presented a variation on the double slit experiment. What if the experiment was modified so that a person could decide whether or not to observe the electron after it had already passed through the double slit? The electron should have already passed through as a wave, because it wasn’t being observed (collapsed). Therefore, intuitively it should appear as a wave interference, even though it was being observed.

Alas, tis not so. The observation of the electron collapses the electron retroactively. In other words, even observing the electron after it has already passed through the slits causes the electrons to collapse and behave as particles. The experiment was verified in the laboratory in 1986.

Its hard not to get excited. Here is a posting by Marianne Williamson on facebook the other day:

“Miracles work retroactively. Give your mistake to God, with a spirit of true humility and atonement, and the situation will right itself.”

And a quote from Dr. Amit Goswami in The Visionary Window:

“The same principle of delayed choice applies even if the object to be seen is the entire cosmos. There is no manifest cosmos-only possibilities, possible pathways of development-until a sentient being observes the Universe. And with that ‘first’ observation the entire pathway in possibility leading to the event manifests retroactively, going backward in time.”

“Consciousness is the chooser.”–Amit Goswami.

Webster’s pocket dictionary defines consciousness as: 1. Aware. 2. Able to feel and think; Awake. 3. Intentional.

This makes me really stop and think…what am I bringing with my consciousness?

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