Here are some contemplations for a world of us peoples who have gone sideways with our Identity issues; disconnected from Nature and Spirit as we humans have become.
1) “The plain fact is that the world does not need more successful people, but it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage.” David Orr
2) “Ring the bells that can still ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. It’s how the Light gets in.” Leonard Cohen
3) The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
Crestone and Beyond
At this time of year people often make New Year’s Resolutions. Instant gratification doesn’t happen, people get impatient and then the resolutions don’t evolve, stick, or pan out.
Resolutions work well if they are formulated around one’s Primary Motivators, or, Passionate Motivators. Then it is easy to live them daily. It is just what one becomes and does in following one’s Bliss.
As Joseph Campbell once said:
“Follow your bliss. If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
One of my offerings is to help people identify 7 Primary Motivators through a Heart based exercise. It is good to know these Motivators. Happy New Year Motivators becomes grist for the mill.
Most people are uncomfortable talking about death and dying. There are as many reasons why people carry a “fear of death” as there are people, I suppose.
I don’t think the word “death” is used accurately or appropriately by most people. It is my sense that many view death as a finality. I have spoken with enough people who believe that with death comes…nothing…it’s all over…void…no consciousness. These same people also seem very disconnected from their own self, and they seem to be living in fear.
Back in June, 2009 I wrote 3 Journal entries which looked at Study Categories on the subject of Life after Life, Parts I, II, and III. These entries perused the current world literature, individual experiences and insights, and various perspectives on the grand mystery of how we journey on into Life after Life.
There is much ongoing experience and research into our dimensionality and our eternity.
My favorite of these earlier Life after Life writings is revealed in the June 16, 2009 Journal, which is Part III. This Journal looks at the writing and teaching of my friend Mark Macy. I recommend his work, and his email writings. You can see his most recent Macy Afterlife: The Beacon posting “The Carnal Line Between Noble and Savage,” posted on January 5, 2013. This particular posting reveals most valuable insights and, potentially, wonderful new Resolutions for you to consider; a good life journey map, if you will. You can view it here.
As the Dalai Lama quote above reveals, people don’t really live because they are so afraid of dying.
The subconscious tapes most people are running is about fear: the fear of separation leads to the fear of scarcity or lack. This fear leads to the fear of not being good enough. This fear leads to the fear of rejection. This fear leads to the fear of loss of control. These fears all then lead to the fear of death. We never fully live our precious life.
We have so much of our human energy tied up in our mental and emotional baggage, that we have little left over to devote to our spiritual identity. A life is frittered away pursuing the kinds of mundane desires that people believe exist as desirable realities, such as is seen in Hollywood films and TV advertisements and slick magazines. These industries could offer much good, but they would require a makeover first.
Two Journal entries back, on the Winter Solstice, I offered a link to some “transition” oriented films. You can go back a couple of entries and have a perusal of some good trailers. The Journal is entitled “On the Eve of Transition.”
In reconnecting to Nature and Spirit, we can forge our own rites of passage and discover what motivates us to be present, and secure, and happy.
Signing off from Crestone and Beyond.
Follow your Bliss.