Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Birds of Worry

"That the birds of worry and care fly above your head, this you cannot change.
But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent."       Chinese Proverb

This Chinese proverb reminds us that we can choose whether or not to engage in thoughts that create fear and worry. A seemingly harmless thought might pass through our minds and within minutes send us on an internal tail spin of "what ifs" and "oh nos" which are usually based in future thinking realities that may or may not happen. Or in reverse, we may become stuck in thinking about the past, going over and over minute details of events that have already occurred. When we become mired in the hamster wheel of endless thought, then we are not fully present in the moment which is the point of power.

Developing the ability to not entertain thoughts that are self defeating requires awareness and a certain degree of discipline, ignoring the temptation to indulge in random thoughts which are not in the present moment. This doesn't mean we can't dream per se, but rather that even positive thoughts for the future could be held lightly, or they can easily trap us in expectations which root in fear. Continually bringing ourselves back to this moment, right now, this day, allows us to experience life fully.  Namaste.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Michael Teachings Basics

Michael Basics

What is Always true
*You will continue to reincarnate until you have completed all the lessons of the physical plane. In between lives your soul or essence resides on the astral plane.

*We each have one essence twin and one task companion. We have many other “friends” with whom we share our lifetimes. We have the same role and casting order in each lifetime, as they never change.

*Love is stronger than fear

What you Choose before you are born
*Where you will be born and to whom, agreements, a “life plan”, mode/goal/attitude, body type, karmas to be repaid by you or to you.

What you choose during your lifetime
Centering and chief features (chosen at 2nd and 3rd monads) whether you will complete your chosen agreements, how you respond in any given circumstance. How you do your life task.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Blue Moon

BLUE MOON on December 31 
From: Sandra Ingerman

"On December 31 throughout the day and evening I invite you to join with me to drop into a deep place of unconditional love. This means opening your heart with absolutely no expectations of what will come from this event.

Place your hands on your heart and breathe deeply into your heart feeling the love for the earth, life, and all that is precious to you. Take some time and get into a true place of love that goes beyond your thinking mind.

Start by experiencing love for yourself and all you have been through to get you to this point in life. And when you feel ready expand your heart and allow your love to flow out to our circle throughout the world. Let's create a strong focused energy of love just simply pulsating throughout our global community.

Remember that you are part of life and that you cannot give love without receiving love. So as you breathe through your heart allowing love to flow through you remember to breathe in the love so that our circle is complete. The earth, our circle, and the rest of life will not receive your love if you cannot receive the love yourself.

And as you feel yourself part of that pulsation of love allow yourself to experience that flow of love going out to the earth and touching every living being. This includes the elements earth, air, water, and fire and all of life that lives in these elements - the spirit that lives in all things.

We do this to be in service to the planet in the same way we have been guided to for thousands of years. Allow yourself to sink into the true power of love that comes from beyond the thinking mind. Allow it to flow from the depths of your soul. This is true service!!

And when you feel the circle is complete and the unconditional love is flowing come back and continue to breathe deeply allowing the flow of love to continue and the flow of love to be received by you. Continue this throughout the day into your New Year's celebrations.

We give thanks for this circle, we give thanks to all of life, and we give thanks for our life!"

excerpted from Sandra Ingerman's message for Dec. 31st, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009


"Nothing Can bring you Peace but Yourself"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Your Daily Donne: All Mankind is a Volume

"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated. God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and His hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to another."

John Donne (1562-1631, London)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

New Year Resolutions

My New Year's Resolutions

I will not throw the cat out the window
Or put a frog in my sister's bed
I will not tie my brother's shoelaces together
Nor jump from the roof of Dad's shed
I shall remember my aunt's next birthday
And tidy my room once a week
I'll not moan at Mum's cooking (Ugh! fish fingers again!)
Nor give her any more of my cheek.
I will not pick my nose if I can help it
I shall fold up my clothes, comb my hair,
I will say please and thank you (even when I don't mean it)
And never spit or shout or even swear.
I shall write each day in my diary
Try my hardest to be helpful at school
I shall help old ladies cross roads (even if they don't want to)
And when others are rude I'll stay cool.
I'll go to bed with the owls and be up with the larks
And close every door behind me
I shall squeeze from the bottom of every toothpaste tube
And stay where trouble can't find me.
I shall start again, turn over a new leaf,
leave my bad old ways forever
shall I start them this year, or next year
shall I sometime, or .....?

Poem by Robert Fisher

Photo El Granada Harbor Dec. 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Karmic Tale

"Karma is not incurred when you take someone's parking space or miss a date for lunch".     - Michael

Karma. That pesky thing that happens when we take someone elses choice away in in such a way as to prevent them from completing their life plan.  According to the Michaels, there are 4 Major karmas: Murder, false imprisonment, “mind-fuck”, and abandonment. 

A nun convinces her young charges, 2 brothers, that they are worthless and can't survive on their own. She later casts them out onto the street where they both die and a karmic ribbon is incurred.  Several hundred years later all 3 decide that in the next life she will attempt to repay the debt and the two brothers, now mother and son, will allow it. Or try to. They meet, this time the nun is a psychologist who offers to help with the son's migraine headaches. Her first plan is to send him for extensive and invasive medical tests, disregarding the suggestion that nutrition and sodas might be the culprit. 

After one MRI, the three meet again and immediately afterwards the 12 year old son, in anger, emphatically states he will NEVER see this "shrink" again and, in what is an unusual response, the mother agrees without much comment. The debt is not repaid.....

Michael later says that it was likely that another debt would have been incurred had the three continued meeting.  Ouch.  

This is a true story- I know because it happened to me. The interaction was compelling, focused, and at times fearful. I have since wondered if I would have allowed the repayment if it was just me at stake and not my son's mind which she was keen on tampering with, again.  And, another twist is that about a year later I learned that she moved to the small town where we live. 

I suppose karma is inescapable and will be repaid. This time, however, we get to choose.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Light is Returning

Light is returning 
Even though this is the darkest hour 
No one can hold back the dawn 

Let's keep it burning 
Let's keep the light of hope alive 
Make safe our journey through the storm 

One planet is turning 
Circles on her path around the Sun 
Earth Mother is calling her children home 

from Canticles of Light by Charlie Murphy, originally recorded in 1984

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Celebrating the Winter Solstice: Lots of Ideas!

Celebrating Winter Solstice
by Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary

excerpted with permission

Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. This start of the solar year is a celebration of Light and the rebirth of the Sun. In old Europe, it was known as Yule, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel.

Today, many people in Western-based cultures refer to this holiday as "Christmas." Yet a look into its origins of Christmas reveals its Pagan roots. Emperor Aurelian established December 25 as the birthday of the "Invincible Sun" in the third century as part of the Roman Winter Solstice celebrations. Shortly thereafter, in 273, the Christian church selected this day to represent the birthday of Jesus, and by 336, this Roman solar feast day was Christianized. January 6, celebrated as Epiphany in Christendom and linked with the visit of the Magi, was originally an Egyptian date for the Winter Solstice.

Most of the customs, lore, symbols, and rituals associated with "Christmas" actually are linked to Winter Solstice celebrations of ancient Pagan cultures. While Christian mythology is interwoven with contemporary observances of this holiday time, its Pagan nature is still strong and apparent. Pagans today can readily re-Paganize Christmastime and the secular New Year by giving a Pagan spiritual focus to existing holiday customs and by creating new traditions that draw on ancient ways. Here are some ways to do this:

  • Celebrate Yule with a series of rituals, feasts, and other activities. In most ancient cultures, the celebration lasted more than a day. The ancient Roman Saturnalia festival sometimes went on for a week. Have Winter Solstice Eve and Day be the central focus for your household, and conceptualize other holiday festivities, including New Year's office parties and Christmas visits with Christian relatives, as part of your Solstice celebration. By adopting this perspective, Pagan parents can help their children develop an understanding of the multicultural and interfaith aspects of this holiday time and view "Christmas" as just another form of Solstice. Have gift exchanges and feasts over the course of several days and nights as was done of old. Party hearty on New Year's Eve not just to welcome in the new calendar year, but also to welcome the new solar year.

  •  Adorn the home with sacred herbs and colors. Decorate your home in Druidic holiday colors red, green, and white. Place holly, ivy, evergreen boughs, and pine cones around your home, especially in areas where socializing takes place. Hang a sprig of mistletoe above a major threshold and leave it there until next Yule as a charm for good luck throughout the year. Have family/household members join together to make or purchase an evergreen wreath. Include holiday herbs in it and then place it on your front door to symbolize the continuity of life and the wheel of the year. If you choose to have a living or a harvested evergreen tree as part of your holiday decorations, call it a Solstice tree and decorate it with personal symbols.

  • Convey love to family, friends, and associates. At the heart of Saturnalia was the custom of family and friends feasting together and exchanging presents. Continue this custom by visiting, entertaining, giving gifts, and sending greetings by mail and/or phone. Consider those who are and/or have been important in your life and share appreciation.

  • Honor the new solar year with light. Do a Solstice Eve ritual in which you meditate in darkness and then welcome the birth of the sun by lighting candles and singing chants and Pagan carols. If you have a indoor fireplace or an outdoor fire circle, burn an oak log as a Yule log and save a bit to start next year's fire. Decorate the inside and/or outside of your home with electric colored lights. 

  • Contribute to the manifestation of more wellness on Planet Earth. Donate food and clothing to poor in your area. Volunteer time at a social service agency. 
  • Thursday, December 17, 2009

    Lao Tzu Chapter 37

    The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu
    Chapter 37

    Eternal Tao doesn't do anything
    yet it leaves nothing undone.
    If you abide by it, everything in existence will transform itself.

    When, in the process of self-transformation,
    desires are aroused, calm them with nameless simplicity.

    When desires are dissolved in the primal presence,
    peace and harmony naturally occur,
    and the world orders itself.

    For JS

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    The Michael Teachings: A Lens Through Which to View

    A Lens Through which to View 
    The Basic Principles

    *You are free to choose in each and every moment.

    There are 7 roles in essence and you are always the same one: Slave, Artisan, Warrior, Scholar, Sage, Priest, King.

    Truth is the greatest good and love is the highest truth”.

    *There are 3 Levels of Truth: Personal, World, and Universal.

    *There are appr. 1000 fragments (individual souls) in an entity, 7 entities in a cadre.

    *There are 5 souls ages (infant/baby/young/mature/old) and 7 levels within each.

    *Your overleaves are your basic personality chosen in each lifetime, the overleaves support your life task. There are positive poles of the overleaves which are an expression of your true personality through love, and negative poles which are your false personality expressed through fear. 

    * The Michael entity is a reunited group of 1050 souls who teach from the Causal Plane.

    compiled from Messages from Michael by Quinn Yarbro

    Monday, December 14, 2009

    Your Daily Einstein

    "A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical illusion of  his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

     Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions, 1954

    Saturday, December 12, 2009

    The Enneagram: Health and Stress

    The Enneagram:  Health and Stress
    from The Enneagram Blogspot online

    "One of the wonderful things the Enneagram personality theory does is to analyze nine different levels of healthiness for each personality type. It is amazing how people of the same personality type can be so different when one is functioning on a healthy level and the other is functioning on an unhealthy level. That is why this personality study is just as applicable to, lets say, criminals, as it is to models of society.

    The nature of healthiness levels is generally the same over time. A person may fluctuate during the day between healthy, average, and unhealthy levels, but generally they "live" in one state. This state can change only over long periods of time. For instance, a person who is depressed most of the time may have an hour's worth of reborn hope and excitement about the world, only to return after that brief moment to the state in which she normally operates. It is only over long periods of time that she can actually move from functioning at an unhealthy level to functioning at an average level."

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    Direction of Integration (Growth)
    Direction of Disintegration (Stress)

    "An interesting way the Ennegram analyzes stages of health is in the Directions of Integration, when a personality type is experiencing growth to a healthier level, and the Direction of Disintegration, which is the opposite. These directions are the reason for the enneagram shape. A type 4, for instance, behaves like an healthy 1, objective and principled, when she is improving in her level of psychological health. But she becomes like an average 2, over-involved and clinging, when she is under stress, decreasing in her level of psychological health. These directions are indicated by the arrows.

    Besides the Direction of Integration and Disintegration, there is an in-between level of movement known as a "Security" point. When a type 4, for instance, feels secure with her situation, but she is not actually undergoing a period of growth in her psychological health, she still becomes more like a type 1, but not on a healthy level; she instead becomes like an average type 1, critical and demanding. The descriptions on Udit Patel's page describe the process for each personality well."

    Question: What is my Enneagram type and what point does it move to under stress and in health?

    Thursday, December 10, 2009

    Wearing the World like a Loose Garment

    Letting Go of Attachments

    St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226 ce) is credited with the saying “Wear the world like a loose garment." 

    In order to be truly free, it is beneficial to cultivate a relationship to external events where clinging does not occur, and to see that anything outside of the self which is seen as providing security is temporal at best. This approach to life doesn't imply ambivelance or lack of participation, but rather suggests that it is when we become attached that we suffer as attachment lends itself to disappointment due to failed expectations.

    The first step is becoming willing to let go of anything: people, objects, and expectations. We begin to let go of looking outside of ourselves for satisfaction and pleasure, understanding that our true sense of joy is within. And, contrary to what at first may seem as negative or indifference, letting go of our attachments creates the chance to experience life without imposing our hopes, needs, dreams, wants, desires, and expectations on others which then creates freedom all around. The freedom to choose, both for ourselves and for others.

    Byron Katie wisely says "As long as we continue to resist reality we will suffer". When we wear the world like a loose garment we are accepting reality without the need to change it and this is where suffering ends and freedom begins.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009

    Expanding Our Perceptions

    What if we wake up one day and think that maybe many of our Perceptions while true may in fact be limited?

    Our perceptions are colored by our personal experiences as well as social and cultural lenses, all of which help us over time to create our world view. Beginning when we are young, we look and listen to see what others think and create our own opinions, holding them as true for us at the time which of course they are. As we mature, we may begin to become more open to the possibility that what we have thought all along may be in need of some reconsideration followed by adjustments and in this way, we continue to grow.

    For those of us who are students of spiritual teachings whether Eastern, Western, or somewhere in between, we also develop a spiritual viewpoint in our dedication to understanding the vastness of the Universe and how "things really work". It's not unusual for students of the Michael teachings for example to say "this is the way it is" after being introduced to the system, finding comfort in knowing a truth about themselves through the overleaves and life task information, both extremely valuable if accurate. But what if these teachings are really just a beginning rather than an end? Perhaps they provide us with a foundation upon which to build our viewpoint as well as a lens through which to understand others and their choices. All good. A place to start.

    The Michael Teachings are a focused aperture through which to view the Universe.

    What if you were to open that aperture? Let in more light, more love, more openness. We are each a grain of sand in the Infinitely Creative Universe. Sounds a bit simplistic or even hokey?  Maybe so. But worth a try.

    Photo from NASA Carina Nebula

    Monday, December 7, 2009


    The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen 
    or even touched, they must be felt with the heart .
    Helen Keller

    Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, 
    we must carry it with us or we find it not.
     Ralph Waldo Emerson 

    Beauty is not in the face; 
    beauty is a light in the heart.  

    Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see
     George W. Russell

    Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it . -

    By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
    -Rabindrath Tagore

    Saturday, December 5, 2009

    The Enneagram: Groups

    The Enneagram

    Coping Styles or Harmonic Groups (how we defend against loss and disappointment)

    Positive Outlook Group:
    2: I am caring and loving. Avoids seeing their own neediness, disappointment, anger. Overemphasizes needs of others.
    7. Enjoys excitement and fun. Avoids seeing their pain and emptiness. Cant see how they create suffering. Overemphasizes their own needs.
    9. Idealize their own world. Avoids seeing problems in loved ones. Feel overwhelmed by all needs and avoid dealing with them.
    Competency Group
    1. I am organized and sensible, know the rules. Feelings are channeled
    into activity and held in the body. Try to be “good” and work in systems.
    3. I am efficient and capable. Goal focused. Manages feelings through activities also and achievement. Bend the rules. Find shortcuts                       
     5. I am the expert and have information. Split off from feelings and stay in thinking. Reject the system and isolate.
    Reactive Group
    4. Seeks a rescuer, want to be seen and cared for. Fears abandonment. Keep others at bay by playing games and limiting access.
    6. Seeks independence and support. Want to be strong. Fear being without support and dependence. Try to be committed AND independent.
    8. Seeks independence and no need of others. Fears being controlled by others. Keep their guard up, remaining tough and unapproachable.

    Question: How do I respond in stressful situations?

    Friday, December 4, 2009


    "When the serenity of the mind and the purity of the heart work together, nothing can stand against their immediate success."
    Sri Chinmoy

    Question: How can I return to serenity today?

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    The Enneagram: Basic Principles

    The Enneagram  Basic Principles
    This is the first part of a series on the Enneagram

    The Enneagram is a complex system dating back some 10,000 years. It has most recently been explored through the work of Helen Palmer who brought it into the mainstream, making these teachings available to many. The types are essentially our chief feature reactions to external events, our response under stress but the system also denotes how we can move away from our fears toward more joy. For example a "one" would tend to respond to the world through maintaining perfectionism and control, would "dissentegrate" to "four" when under stress, becoming withdrawn and melocholy, but when feeling safe and secure would move to "seven", becoming more outgoing and social. 

    The first step is identifying your own primary point.

    * There are nine points on the Enneagram. We usually choose one of these points
    prior to incarnating, although they may not solidify until the third monad when
    the chief features fixate. (and stress points are chosen)
    * The Enneagram is a system of personal discovery that allows us to see beyond
    our fear based responses and to understand our truest essence.

    The types are divided into categories:

    Major Triads

    1. Body/Instinctive Triad Anger (8-9-1) concerned with maintaining resistance to reality
                “I must maintain a felt sense of self”
    Eights tend to act out rage, nines tend to deny rage, ones tend to repress rage.

    2. Heart/Feeling Triad : Shame (2-3-4) concerned with self image
                “I must maintain a personal identity”
    Twos are rescuers, fours are rescuees, and threes don’t need rescuing.

    3. Head/Thinking Triad  Fear (5-6-7)  concerned with anxiety, want more safety/security
                “I must find a sense of inner guidance and support”.
    Fives fear the outside world, sevens fear their inner world, sixes fear both (and pingpong)

    Monday, November 30, 2009

    Einstein on the Mysterious

    From: Albert Einstein  1930  “What I Believe”

    “The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science.  He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.  To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot gasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness.  In this sense, and in this sense only, I am a devoutly religious man.”

    Saturday, November 28, 2009


    Miracles by Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass)

    Why, who makes much of a miracle?
    As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
    Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
    Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
    Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
    Or stand under trees in the woods,
    Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night with any one I love,
    Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
    Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
    Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,
    Or animals feeding in the fields,
    Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
    Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
    Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
    These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
    The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.

    To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
    Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
    Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
    Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.
    To me the sea is a continual miracle,
    The fishes that swim--the rocks--the motion of the waves--the ships with men in them,
    What stranger miracles are there?

    Thursday, November 26, 2009


    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

    Thanksgiving.  Some native cultures honor gratitude by making a Gratitude Hoop which includes all that a person is thankful for in their lives. The hoop can be made of any material such as a willow branch which bends easily or a small stick from which objects are hung representing your friends, family, health, and all things that you honor in gratitude. 

    Another tradition is The Giveaway where one chooses items of personal significance which are then given to others as a symbol of gratitude. This can be an anonymous gift or to someone you know.

    Focusing on the positive aspects of Thanksgiving rather than what actually happened in our country (genocide and enculturation of American natives) is a good practice and one that I can appreciate and honor. Enjoy time with friends and family, or take a walk in nature. Appreciate all that you have been given in life. 

    Question: What are you grateful for?

    Michael on the 7 Levels of Choice: Resolution

    Michael: "The final level of choice at seven is Resolution with the positive of implementation and the negative of desertion. The resolution which occurs at this phase is not necessarily an external event, for choice is not determined solely by external action, although it is possible for a moving centered fragment to move before thinking, but then of course this is also choice. The positive pole here of implementation implies that the choice is made, whether it is internal without external representation, or followed by such. Desertion, which is the negative pole, is also a choice."

    © 2006 Victoria Marina-Tompkins
    all rights reserved

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Michael on the 7 Levels of Choice: Articulation and Unification

    Michael: "The fifth level of choice is articulation with the positive pole of precision and the negative of befuddlement. Here we find the expressive nature of the sage level both in the positive of accuracy of expression and the negative of confusion and misrepresentation. We would say that articulation could also be said to be definition.

    The sixth level of choice is Unification with the positive pole of homogenization and the negative of catastrophe. As is the case in any seven step process, the sixth phase must bring together disparate parts into harmony through the art of blending. The negative pole implies disaster but as noted, many fragments do not reach the 6th level in the negative pole for often times the process is abandoned in the earlier stages. All is chosen however, and sailors have been known to abandon their ships only when they sink and not before, which is of course the seventh level negative pole of desertion."

    c. 2006 All rights reserved

    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Michael on the 7 Levels of Choice: Deliberation and Analysis

    Michael "The third level of choice is deliberation with the positive pole of focus and the negative of misalignment. Fragments can become inert here as they weigh the various options of choice, landing in the negative of misalignment which refers to the relationship of one aspect to another. The act of deliberation can be concise or extended depending on the specifics of the situation.

    The fourth level of choice is analysis with the positive pole of clarification and the negative of interpolation. This phase or level can be ongoing such as with scholar fragments or those with scholar overleaves, as analysis is far more comfortable than action, even those on an internal basis. In the positive pole a fragment is then able to understand the nature of the proposed choice, and prepares for the expression of such either to him/herself or to others. The negative inserts unnecessary details which are distracting or what might be called irrelevant data."

    c. 2006 All Rights reserved

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    Life and Death: In Memory of Dear Janna

    Janna was a seeker of truth.

    The first time I met Janna I noticed that she could type faster than anyone I had ever seen and with her eyes closed no less!  She was filled with light, an earnest and dedicated spiritual seeker who struggled with her own demons yet always listened to others.

    Through the years Janna and I along with a small group of students continued to gather for monthly channeling sessions, asking the Michaels for "suggestions" and insight to help us make some sense of life in all respects and Janna sought to understand her deepest lows and highest highs and to find some balance. She was always present, a compassionate spirit who easily gave others guidance yet could not easily find her own way.

    It's hard for those of us who knew Janna to make real sense of why she would choose to take her own life on November 16th. Just 2 weeks earlier I had written to her, asking if she was ok after reading a post on facebook that was troubling to me. She replied:

    "Victoria, thank you. You are not the first person to ask that -- those of you who know the depths of my depression and the heights of my mania. I'm pretty sure I'm OK. Time will tell. My fondest hope is that here in post-chiron, the mania and depression have wed and morphed into a foundation that I can stand on and love -- a foundation that is worthy of all the gyrations. Time will tell."

    Her pain was palpable, her hope just as strong.

    I know I will miss her and find some comfort in the knowledge that if we so choose, we can meet again, whether on the astral plane where we can share a cup of tea and talk about the good times, or in the future when we will have the opportunity to start afresh. 

    Many blessings to you dear sister priestess Janna. Love and light.

    photo courtesy of facebook

    Einstein on God

    From Einstein Interview with George Sylveseter Viereck, at the age of 50

    Do you believe in God?

    “I’m not an atheist.  The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds.  We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages.   The child knows someone must have written those books.  It does not know how.  It does not understand the languages in which they are written.  The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is.  That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.  We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.”

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Michael on the 7 Levels of Choice: Composition

    Michael: "The second level of choice is composition with the positive pole of preference and the negative of concealment. It is at this level that a fragment becomes aware of the components of the choice to be made, the structure of the "issues" and essentially constructs the basis upon which the future choice will be made, and this of course can include desertion (level 7) which is also a choice. We might call this phase a prelude to the consideration of phase 3. The negative pole often times distorts facts which then conceals the validity of truth of a personal nature. In other words, the fragment is unable to perceive the legitimacy of the structural components and therefore discards and or hides the "facts" in lieu of false perceptions. The positive pole allows the fragment to entertain what the tendencies might be without taking the necessary steps toward the finalization of choice."

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    Knowing with Certainty, or Not

    How can we truly know with any degree of certainty that we what hold as true is in fact true?

    Our thoughts, attitudes, perceptions, affections, and relationship to the world and others are often based on feelings of surety, that what we are experiencing is truth. But what is a personal truth ("I like chocolate") cannot always be translated into a world truth ("Everyone likes chocolate") or certainly a Universal truth because it's unlikely that as much as we like or love chocolate that it exists in every corner of the Universe :)

    Take another example: The roles in essence.  Many of us reading this blog know about The Michael entity and what they have to say about the 7 roles in essence, (slave, artisan, warrior, scholar, sage, priest, and king) that our world is composed of millions of people who are all one of these 7 roles for each and every incarnation, a choice they made at the beginning of ensoulment. We read about this, and then apply it to the world- can you validate the 7 roles by looking around you? Do you see slaves serving the common good, artisans creating? Yes.

    Here is the intersection of a personal truth with a Universal truth.

    So we adopt this truth as our own and begin to apply it to our personal world view.

    Then, a question might occur to us which goes something like "How can I with absolute certainty know that this is true?".

    We can't. But we can look to see if there is evidence to support our beliefs (which in the case of the roles in essence there is enough supporting evidence for me to validate it) and decide whether to adopt it as a probable truth. We can allow for the possibility that some of what we have come to believe as true could not be (think The Matrix) and some could be. Here we have the opportunity to hold our thoughts lightly which then allows for us to be open, receptive, and joyful without the need to be right, or to know. We can allow for different perceptions without the need to change others for in truth how do we really know what is true?

    Lots to think about.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    Speaking the Truth without Blame

    Following the initial steps of showing up and listening to what has heart and meaning is the Shamanic practice of the East, Speaking the Truth without Blame. 

    When we are fully present in the moment and have taken the time, a "pause", to look within our hearts to see what is of meaning to us personally, then we can speak what we have come to understand as true. This practice is about us, and not about the other person in that this sacred communication is not predicated on casting the blame outside of ourselves which in most cases leads to the creation of more fear but is instead focused on clearly communicating how we feel and what we think following self reflection.

    In most cases speaking the truth based on our own perceptions without the need to manipulate the other person through guilt, anger, or blame creates an environment where we can feel safe to be heard and to hear others, which together nurtures our relationships in a positive and benefical manner.

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Michael on the 7 Levels of Choice

    This is the first of a series outlining the 7 levels of Choice.

    What are the different levels of understanding choice by people on the physical plane, from the lowest level of understanding to the highest?

    Michael: "We will first outline the seven levels of the choice making process, and this is specifically related to fragments choosing based on their own personal truths, which is of course the criteria which fragments utilize when making such decisions. We do understand that your inquiry here has to do specifically with the progression of understanding related to choice as a Universal truth, but we do think that the understanding of such larger concepts also relates to the processes through which a fragment traverses in order to reach the culmination of such efforts ie decisive understanding.

    The first level of choice is Identification with the positive pole of prognosis and the negative lethargy. At this phase of the process a fragment identifies that a choice may be "in order" and sees either the possibility of an outcome in the positive pole, or the inertia which is a result of no action at all, the negative pole. We would suggest that many, many fragments find themselves in the first 3 stages of choice, with a full 48-52% of that total in level one. It is very common for fragments to simply persuade themselves into believing that there are at the hands of "fate" and that it simply is beyond their control to change anything, or to make an internal adjustment in response to a given stimuli. In the positive pole of prognosis it is possible to comprehend the validity or necessity of change and or choice, and it is from this position that fragments then choose to proceed to level two. If a fragment is in the negative pole, it is more likely that the following steps will be taken without due course, with trepidation and certainly with doubt, suspicion and disbelief."

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    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Abode of the Beloved

    Oh Companion That Abode Is Unmatched,
    Where My Complete Beloved Is.

    In that Place There Is No Happiness or Unhappiness,
    No Truth or Untruth
    Neither Sin Nor Virtue.
    There Is No Day or Night, No Moon or Sun,
    There Is Radiance Without Light.

    There Is No Knowledge or Meditation
    No Repetition of Mantra or Austerities,
    Neither Speech Coming From Vedas or Books.
    Doing, Not-Doing, Holding, Leaving
    All These Are All Lost Too In This Place.

    No Home, No Homeless, Neither Outside or Inside,
    Micro and Macrocosm Are Non-Existent.
    Five Elemental Constituents and the Trinity Are Both Not There
    Witnessing Un-struck Shabad Sound is Also Not There.

    No Root or Flower, Neither Branch or Seed,
    Without a Tree Fruits are Adorning,
    Primordial Om Sound, Breath-Synchronized Soham,
    This and That - All Are Absent, The Breath Too Unknown

    Where the Beloved Is There is Utterly Nothing
    Says Kabir I Have Come To Realize.
    Whoever Sees My Indicative Sign
    Will Accomplish the Goal of Liberation.


    Friday, November 13, 2009

    What Has Heart and Meaning

    Listening to what has Heart and Meaning

    A Shamanic Practice

    The Shamanic practice of listening to what has "Heart and Meaning" follows the first practice of Showing up. Once you have become focused totally in the moment and are present, then turning your attention inward to your heart is the next step in the process of creating intention and right action in your life.

    It is easy to be swept off course by the opinions of others, from what your family and friends think to the larger social opinions "du jour" which change almost daily. If we continue to look outside of ourselves for validation of our own perceptions, then we will continue to be influenced by others. This is not to say that paying attention to what others have to say isn't useful or valid; Rather it means that it is most beneficial to first look inside your own heart to see how YOU feel. Once you have more clearly understood your personal feelings and perceptions, then you will be ready to take the next step which has to with speaking what is true for you.