ONGOING OPENING LETTER
IT’S TIME TO RECOGNIZE A NEW REALITY AND A WORLD COLLABORATIVE OF GOOD
What kind of world do you see us living in by 2025? How did we get there?
From the most visible billionaires and world leaders to the person in the street, people are re-thinking and re-imagining the future, the kind of world we live in and the kind of world we want to live in. We see an urgency in this re-imagining and in new efforts and calls to move humanity forward, address world needs and solve world crises.
But if we don’t recognize an emerging new reality and the fact that a world collaborative of good exists, these noble efforts and calls will be incomplete and ineffective in the long run because they do not ultimately and fully realize or address the true root sources and causes of the effects and world happenings that we are living today.
WHAT IS THIS NEW REALITY?
It is a reality based on the fact that we are one shared humanity and one shared planet with one shared purpose of evolving together.
It is a reality based on the fact that we have called this reality into emerging at this moment ourselves through our individual and collective acts of goodness and our individual and collective responses to points of tension.
It is a reality based on the fact that we and the world are more than what meets the eye and more than just minds, emotions and physical bodies.
It is a reality based on the fact that we are greater and better than materialism, power struggles, selfish interests, the collecting of things, accomplishments and territory, and destruction in the name of nations and ideologies.
It is a reality based on the fact that a world plan of good exists and wise world teachers down through the ages have shared the substance of this plan as a force of love and illumination at key points in our shared progress to guide humanity and the planet moving forward.
So what is this reality?
IT IS THE REALITY THAT WE ARE ALL LIVING ENERGY, EVOLVING TOGETHER THROUGH THE WORLD OF ENERGY, FOR THE GOOD OF ALL.
This world of energy has always existed, operating behind and beyond the physical scenes, producing effects and happenings in response to humanity’s actions down through the ages that continue impacting us and shaping our experiences today and into the future – individually and collectively.
Even though a vast majority of the world is not yet awake to this world of energy, interplays of energies impact every one of us and every aspect of our lives every day.
But people are waking up. In the global divide between coming together and standing apart, we sense a shift, a stirring, a crossroads. Yoga is everywhere. Meditation is the new (ancient) wisdom of the moment. Namaste is normal. Mindfulness is medicine. And the Pope is the Dude who abides in voicing much of what the world needs to hear. (If the “Dude who abides” reference is unfamiliar, search “The Big Lebowski”).
Our shared humanity has been at moments like this before, but this one is different because more people – no matter what they believe or how they believe – are striving for good. The definitions of what is good and the ways of achieving good may clash – sometimes violently – but the underlying world intent, world aspiration, world impulse and even world pressure is the attempt to bring what is believed to be good and right for happy, healthy, abundant living. More people are sensing and responding to this impulse, and we are inevitably moving forward, even as the individual, organizational, national, international, religious, spiritual and secular experiments and execution of this living are often imperfect.
Because we have achieved so many life-changing advances in one short century, our moving forward together has accelerated, and the window to the world of energy and the interplays of energies is opening because we are ready to be responsive and responsible for how they are wielded. The purpose, prayers and pains of all peoples’ and all nations’ efforts to achieve, share and sometimes impose their visions for right living have called, the massed voice of the call has sounded a rippling note into the interplaying energies, and the waiting wise collaborative body of world teachers stewarding the underlying world plan of good is readied to respond to the call right on schedule as we approach 2025.
SO WHAT KIND OF WORLD WILL WE BE LIVING IN BY 2025?
How would life be different if we truly realized the reality – not just the idea – that every thought, every word, every action, every sound bite, every social media post, every piece of news, every belief and every experience we ingest and put out is a concrete energy set in motion that we are responsible for and that forms a diet that nourishes us or toxifies us?
How would life be different if we truly knew that each of us in our individual and collective choices can influence the ocean of interplaying energies that impacts us and others, and that these energy-informed choices can shift the tides very quickly – more quickly than anything we’ve ever seen before?
What kind of world could we create in the seven short years before we arrive at 2025 if we started living the realities that all is living energy, that we are citizens of the world of energy behind and beyond the physical world that we think we know, that we are all souls using minds, emotions and bodies as vehicles to experience and relate in the world, that a world plan of good exists as a force of love stewarded by a wise and available collaborative of world teachers, and that this world plan and these world teachers are externalizing as they have at other key moments in our shared history?
We are World Helpers and Stewards of Good who call on you to be part of this window for this new world and living. How?
> By having a conversation with us to learn more about the emerging reality that you already sense if you have read through this letter.
> By funding works of the world of energy that we are stewarding to help move humanity and the planet forward, together. Lives with resources are urgently needed to fund these world works as a station and reservoir of good to help offset the forces of division, to create the conditions for unity, and especially to prepare the way for the externalizing world teachers and their forerunners who are already here stewarding and sharing the world plan of good as forces of love in this window of moving forward through 2025.
> By being a Volunteer for World Good sharing your time, talent, experience, energy and love for humanity with the world of energy works and causes to harness the power of the Volunteer Heart as a world force of good.
Hope for an astoundingly bright and united world for all stands before us. It is not impossible. It is closer and more possible than we think. It just takes one step over the threshold into the world of energy and energies that already exist all around us. One open heart, one open mind, one living soul can make a world of difference. Many open hearts, many open minds, many living souls coming together as kindred spirits in energy can change the world.
Will you join us, together in heart, hand, mind and spirit, as a light and force of energy for good in action for this bright world?
Humanity, through its progress, has sounded a call, and an expanded reality is magically coming to life in response. It is a beautiful reality that has always existed back of all world and human happenings, waiting for that time when humanity as the one unified body that it is can wake up to this reality and share it with all life and lives for the good of all.
Humanity at its heart is an adventurous life and force. It is a seeker and collector of experience. It is a voice sounding out the harmony in variety.
Humanity at its heart is a curious life and force. It seeks to know and reveal. It is a source of light and understanding.
Humanity at its heart is a wondrous life and force. It seeks and responds to what is magical and new. It is a source of evolving truths revealed.
Humanity at its heart is a youthful life and force. It seeks to play and share. It is a source of abundant flow.
Humanity at its heart is a creative life and force. It seeks to build and manifest the electricity of ideas into form. It is a constructor and appreciator of beauty.
Humanity at its heart is a loving life and force. It seeks to help and aid. It is a steward of the good in all.
Humanity at its heart is a ceremonial and rhythmic life and force. It is a coalescer into community. It is a source of networked connection and consciousness through the force and majesty of organizing ritual.
Humanity is part of the magic it seeks. It is part of the magic it senses. It is part of the magic that in its heart, it already knows. Humanity is a wondrous and unique meeting ground of the magical and the known. It is a meeting ground of the kingdoms of nature and the kingdom of souls. It is a meeting ground of the multiplicity of the many and the unity of the one.
Humanity holds within itself a unique capacity for self-awareness and consciousness that makes it a stewarding bridge between the subatomic, atomic, mineral, plant and animal lives of earthly form and the expanded reality that is being revealed. This is the reality that all is energy, evolving together through energy.
Humanity is designed to wield energies and stimulating forces. It is designed to flow these energies and forces for the benefit of all as a steward of good. Humanity is designed to know the purpose of the lives we co-exist with on this planet, and help these lives express this purpose into life. Humanity is designed to be a cooperating and harmonizing life, whose full power of cooperation is engaged when it is stewarding other lives through discovery, interaction and the pursuit of understanding. Humanity has revealed through application the power of atoms and minerals. It has nurtured through appreciation the beauty and substance of plants. It has evoked through love the devotion, cooperation and consciousness of animals. This is part of what it is here to do.
As an evolving wielder of energies and stimulating forces, humanity is an impressionable life. As a wielder of energies and stimulating forces, humanity is a receptive and distributive life. As a wielder of energies and stimulating forces in training, humanity has an impulse to become one with what it is experiencing and a capacity to merge with what is revealed. As an apprentice wielder of energies and stimulating forces, humanity is being stimulated with a continuum of different energies to be able to recognize and distinguish them and where they are coming from, and flow what is good.
In the emerging reality that all is energy, evolving together through energy, the fact of 7 major living and creative streaming energies of good will be known by many when there is enough will-to-good, service and harmlessness that this fact can be handled and directed for good. These 7 streams are:
- Good through will and power
- Good through love and wisdom
- Good through creative active intelligence
- Good through beauty and harmony through contrast
- Good through concrete knowledge and science
- Good through idealism and devoted dedication
- Good through ceremonial order and organization
It is the eventual path of all lives, even those in the other kingdoms of nature that are not yet human – mineral, plant, animal – to embody and playfully wield all 7 of these streams of good for the benefit and betterment of all.
And playfulness is humanity’s superpower. Humanity as a collective whole most embodies and brings to life the 4th stream of good – good through beauty and harmony through contrast. Because this is humanity’s line, and through this line, it is impressionable and receptive, creative and experiential, humanity “tastes the waters” of the fullness of existence. It currently seeks and learns, realizes and grows through the “good” and the “bad”, the “light” and the “dark”, the “beautiful” and the “ugly”, the “joy” and the “pain” – all to create an orchestrated unified and unifying beauty of harmony through contrast. At its heart, humanity has the power to bring from the many, the one, and then it knows itself and experiences the oneness of its sourcing life. It brings “heaven to earth”, “spirit to matter”, “life to form”, and then the sourcing life knows itself at every level of its creation. Through the circuit of this shared and reciprocal experience, the spirit and reality of abundant exchange are brought to life.
This is the beautiful, magical path of humanity. Through the “bad”, it steps into the ever-growing light of good. Through the “dark”, it steps into the ever-growing light of truth. Through the “ugly”, it steps into the ever-growing light of beauty. Through the “pain”, it steps into the ever-growing light of joy. And then it liberates itself and all life from the binding prison of the unreal into the unbounded truth of the real.
We, as the one humanity, have brought ourselves to this threshold of ever-growing light through the invocative force of our exploration, experimentation and expression and our essential goodwill. We have brought ourselves to this threshold through the magnetic pulse of a spark of good that exists in the heart of every life. Through this continuous spark whose light is forged to emerge and expand through experience, we have progressed ourselves towards the truth of our beauty, the fact of our unity and the fullness of the reality that is the world of energy – all is energy, evolving together through energy. It is ever the light and lightness within that humanity is seeking and striving to bring out through all the shades and layers of existence.
So playfulness is humanity’s superpower. It is a solvent that dissolves all that binds. It is a truth that deconstructs the matrix of the unreal. It is a force that diffuses all that separates. It is a space of flow and play with the 7 energies of good that we are here to steward and wield. It is a house of living, loving, wondrous love that opens us to trek the great adventure and ultimate expedition of evolution through energy together that is the magic that humanity seeks and senses.
Through loving playfulness lies the path to a real everlasting livingness and truth – that energy and life do not end; that the reality of life is the unbounded abundance of love, beauty and good, which is discovered on this planet in the body of the one humanity through contrast; that youthfulness is eternal; and that what seems to be many, is one.
Humanity’s essential goodness and superpower of playfulness are awakening, and they must be fueled, recognized, valued and encouraged to grow and be known. The emerging reality of the world of energy brings stimulating energies and forces that have not yet been known, and playfulness is a necessary key that will enable and ensure that humanity can meet and greet these new and unfamiliar energies and forces with goodness, steadiness, stability, resilience and levity to step into its bright future as a skillful energy-wielding steward of good for all.
As we think about what the future looks like and get bombarded with news of apparent chaos every day, it’s easy for people of goodwill to fade out of hope and into withdrawal, to question where humanity’s goodness is, to wonder why there is so much division and discourteous discourse and how we can possibly all move forward together from here.
But there are “4 Facts for Hope” that are now emerging in new ways in response. Seekers of wisdom down through the ages have found and guarded these 4 Facts for Hope through their personal quests for more knowledge, understanding and spiritual illumination. But now these 4 Facts for Hope need to be shared. They need to be known. They need to be incorporated and applied in practical ways into the world population’s approaches to politics, inventing, business, education, health, science, collaboration, arts, philanthropy, spirituality, doing good…
THE 4 FACTS FOR HOPE
A world plan of good exists for our planet.
This world plan, operating through all world happenings, can be seen and sensed. The planet and all of its inhabitants are evolving and progressing together. The world events that we experience and participate in – points of cooperation, points of opportunity and points of tension – are a working out of this world plan of good as part of our shared purpose and path of evolution at this unique point in time. Some might point to the many fields of tension we are experiencing today as evidence that there is no plan of good, but in fact, these tensions reveal that the world plan of good is more present and emerging faster than ever into society’s consciousness because they are produced when – during great thresholds of change – forces of emerging new modes of living (progression) and forces of what has come before (preservation) make contact.
In today’s world, progression and preservation are often seen as diametrically opposed with those on the side of progress and those on the side of preservation each thinking they are right and the other is wrong. The forces of progression and the forces of preservation are both needed. They are checks and balances on each other, working in tandem and in cooperation in a highly balanced, orchestrated, calibrated and elegant dance through the activity of the world plan of good. Progression that happens too fast leaves many people and segments of society behind; preservation that over-preserves for the sake of tradition or because “it’s how things have always been done” creates crystallized institutions, forms, beliefs and approaches that block evolving together as all life is meant to. These over-preserved forms inevitably crumble.
Over and over again throughout history, when “before” has met “incoming”, dissonance has happened, but the result has always been an expanding of humanity and the world into new realizations, new knowledge, new inventions and better living. Adjustment to new modes always takes time and requires what has come before to adapt or fade away, and this is where a realization that there is a world plan of good can help bring compassion to the processes of our unfolding evolution together with those stewarding what is incoming and those stewarding what has come before working together with understanding to support transitions.
Humanity has a long way to go before the full extent of the world plan of good is realized and present on earth, but we are getting closer all the time, and never have we moved so fast and so collectively towards this brighter living. The working out of the world plan of good is inevitable and unstoppable; the timing of its emergence and working out is in humanity’s hands.
A world collaborative of lives stewarding this world plan of good exists.
This collaborative exists and is stewarding this world plan of good on behalf of all, for the benefit of all. It has been present for thousands of years and at its core, is a council of guiding illuminated lives who embody the accumulated wisdom of the ages. This world collaborative is composed of many different networks of lives: the core of living souls who have come before as great world teachers; lives who are currently living on earth as spiritual agents and embodiments of wisdom in different fields of human endeavor, actively and consciously stewarding the world plan and bringing public awareness that it exists; a body of lives who identify as world servers and dedicate themselves in service to humanity and the planet for the good of all; and all people of all ages everywhere who are working towards good. The lives who are consciously stewarding the world plan are either already living in or aspiring towards what is known as the “5th Kingdom of Souls”. The 1st Kingdom is the mineral life. The 2nd Kingdom is the plant life. The 3rd Kingdom is the animal life. The 4th Kingdom is humanity. And the 5th Kingdom is those lives who are aware that they are souls and spirits, embody universal spiritual values and truths, have achieved a certain liberation from the past and self-generated limitations, love humanity and all life, recognize the soul and goodness in all, and are dedicated to serving all lives for the good of all.
The world collaborative is a force of love in the world, and there is an opportunity as part of the working out of the world plan of good for representatives of the world collaborative to emerge and make themselves present and available to humanity’s consciousness and cooperation from 2025 onwards. Now until 2025 represents an important window of preparation. Plans have been in the works for eons for the world collaborative, and its main emissary of love (who has been known throughout history by many names), to externalize, but an intensive window of preparation was set in motion in 1925 to present humanity with the opportunity to respond and help create the conditions needed for this externalization.
It is during the apparently darkest moments and deepest suffering that humanity’s nature reaches out with a shared and universal call for help and for love – through wondering, through thinking, through problem-solving, through envisioning, through pained hearts, through service, through prayer, through invocation. This massed call is always heard by the world collaborative and always invokes the world plan of good into greater presence and revelation. When these calls have been sounded and heard, great world-changing ideas have arrived and their stewards have emerged as “golden threads of good” moving us forward together. From now through 2025, we are in one of the most significant of these moments to have ever occurred.
We are all trekking a shared path of evolving together through energy.
We are all, and have always been, not only citizens of the physical world, but also citizens of a world of energy formed of and forming ecosystems of interacting energies. The world of energy has always existed, shaping and influencing world affairs and personal lives behind the scenes until the moment when humanity reaches its point in evolution and progress together for the world of energy to become externally present through humanity’s awareness of it. That moment has arrived.
We are connected, networked, spiritually seeking, creatively inventive, emotionally attuned and physically developed in ways not seen and not possible before. We are moving collectively towards waking up to the life of the soul and the reality that we are all trekking a path of progression towards this life together.
The growing evidence of energy is everywhere – from science to technology to film to spirituality. What has been speculation will increasingly become fact as it becomes more acceptable and common for those many lives who have experienced energy and flashes of soul contact to be able to share their experiences. The already-evident strong sense of stewardship amongst our youth and the very young lives who are very visibly and vocally standing for unity and equality are forerunners and responses to the reality that all is energy, unified, interconnected and evolving together through energy.
A collaborative approach to world stewardship is emerging.
A collaborative approach of world good and world stewardship is emerging as a culture and way to help lives discover that our purpose and path as citizens of the world of energy is to be wielders and stewards of energy for good and for the good of all. Realizing and sharing the energies we are here to play with and steward is one of our most important jobs, paths and shared adventures in life.
Goodness and love are potent forces in the world. They are not signs of weakness. They are not naive. But they do need to be active. They need to be practical. And they need to be applied. They are the inherent fueling fire of life and the expectant flame to be sparked within every human heart. For this to happen in this moment in time, they need structures for collaboration that do not yet exist. They need approaches that source from outside current modes of thinking and doing. They need adequate forms that cannot be conceived without awareness of the world of energy and application of its operating laws and principles. They need people to not only hope, but to know.
There are lives and endeavors that know, and they are here and present to help. But they need lives to respond, to wake up, to heed the call and participate in the vision and proposed actions of the growing body of open letters sounding out in the world today.
Together and awake to the 4 Facts for Hope, humanity can move mountains and experience the worlds of beauty and wonder on earth that it longs for.
Phew! It’s been quite the rollercoaster of a week – from North Korea getting busy with their submarines, to the mouth of “The Mooch” talking his way out of the White House in just 10 days, to beloved individual spiritual and serving lives struggling in the “in between” of the daily life of what many are experiencing as an unstable earthly existence and the steady space of the soul.
In this “in between” space this week, important questions and themes were heard:
“Why is this being asked of me? Why, when I feel I’ve given so much, am I being called to give more?”
“What does it mean to ‘be the soul’, to ‘stand in the light of the soul’, and how do I do that?”
“The thing I could always count on was nature and God in nature, but nature is no longer reliable. How do you navigate that sense of despair for the earth and the loss of being able to experience God in nature with faith?”
These are the types questions we need to be asking, not just the spiritually-oriented among us. Tech is trying to address the question of how you navigate life in changing nature, and what can be done to prevent the loss of nature’s commons. Governments are trying to find the right balances of power that support progress and cooperation while keeping life healthy, secure and prosperous. Many religions are seeking their most needed forms to be relevant and fulfill their purpose in today’s times. It’s a reason we find so many churches currently focusing their congregational missions on environmental stewardship.
These are the questions humanity and nations need to be asking, and so much of what is happening in the world are orchestrated events to get individual lives and humanity and nations asking.
So what is a key to contemplating, addressing and living through these big questions and the events that are prompting them and other questions like them?
STABILIZING STEADINESS AND RESILIENCE
Many of the world’s helping, quietly nurturing and caring lives are sensitive. They often care and want to help because they are sensitive, feeling what others are feeling and placing themselves in others’ shoes by nature and instinct. The child who is squeamish about seeing blood or surgery or injections in fictitious stories on TV or in movies may not be a wimp or fearful; they may so relate to what they are seeing that they feel the pain of the blood or knife or injection. If they are so sensitive that they cannot be out in the world interacting with others too much, their natural capacity and impulse to help and care becomes unexpressed, and this usually turns into pent-up resentments that may be known or unknown.
Many of the world’s highly active, powerful, visible and producing lives have strong and confident ideas and opinions. They are often active, powerful and externally productive because they seek knowledge and expertise and solutions. This seeking brings power, but if the power is over-identified with or seen as superior to other modes of being, it can perceive other ideas, opinions and approaches as a threat, as an undermining and destabilizing force, and the active, producing person will double-down on the ideas that bring a sense of power, worth and identity. This usually creates polarizing power struggles that devolve into black-and white battles of thought and word and sometimes fist (or its modern-day equivalent of weaponizing).
Both lines need to seek and build stabilizing steadiness and resilience within themselves and within the communities they are part of and then across communities.
The nurturing helpers often do have a stabilizing presence and force for others – just think of the teacher you remember most – but it frequently comes at the price of personal steadiness and resilience. They can often tend to take on everyone else’s “stuff”, celebrating the joys and suffering through the pains. They may be able to go 12 hours straight with a gaggle of inquisitive 3-year-olds, which is a stamina all its own, but their bodies are falling apart in the process.
When spiritual service is added to the nurturing helper life, it can be even more challenging. The past 3,000 years (and many thousands of years before that in the east) were a cycle of evolution through abstraction and paths for discovery of more universal truths. Philosophy, religion, mathematics, astronomy, music, art, poetry, exploration of uncharted lands, medicine, healing, meditation, the building of monuments and cultivated spaces… All developed and refined the emotional life and responsiveness of humanity and put lives in contact with “Big Truths” and “Big Ideals”, often through the feeling and sensing apparatus of the emotions. This created in humanity a capacity and readiness to be “impressed by” (or to perceive) ideas through love and the faculties of the heart. Some of the greatest lovers alive are the business lives who purely love turning an idea into a physicality that in many cases generates a great deal of money, improves life and creates abundance of opportunities, growth and resources for those collaborating around the idea (which includes the leaders, the investors, the workers, the suppliers, the users or purchasers, the local community and the hosting government where the business operates).
Very spiritually-oriented helper lives and servers have very definitely developed abstraction and love, but today’s challenge is presented by the shift into a new phase of evolution through grounded, organized activity and ordered, rhythmic, practical application. The abstraction has done its work. It has been turned inward and upward long enough. The world and humanity are urgently voicing out for effective solutions to very urgent challenges. This requires spiritual helper lives and servers to hear and heed the call by turning their love and care and inward power of abstraction – which is a power to vision the future – outward to the sharing with all lives of the “Big Truths” and “Big Realities” they live, sharing the money they have and sharing the clarity borne of meditation that they bring, with a special focus on the active power-oriented lives who are wired to turn the new ideas, ideals and realities into applicable frameworks and solutions that can reach creatively into every corner of the world.
For many nurturing helper and spiritual lives, their sensitivity can make it especially challenging to interface with people who are different than they are, people who wield a strong outward and ambitious power and who often value the currencies of data and dollars to perceive, receive or reject an idea or approach. For many nurturing helper and spiritual lives, there can be hesitation to voice out what they know, sense or have experienced to be true through not wanting to make others uncomfortable, not wanting to seem like they are imposing, not having the words to describe an “abstract” experience, or not wanting to be rejected for sharing “soft”, “intangible”, “non-objective” or “unmeasurable” ideas. But the world’s need is currently so great, the hesitating helper just has to get over it. Who else but those who have dedicated themselves to the nurturing of life and the cultivating of wisdom can help guide humanity and the planet together as we face our shared evolutionary thresholds? This requires resilience. It requires stabilizing steadiness. The nurturers of the world must value and work towards being steady, strong, centered, stable, healthy and vital and dynamic at every level (especially in their physical bodies), not easily swayed and able to objectively understand and explain the future truths and realities they are living today. In this new world of evolution through objective manifestation, the nurturing helper who does not speak will congest through their unexpressed impulse, capacity and resources to help, and problems can ensue – from the existential to the physical.
For the nurturing helper and spiritual life, their stabilizing steadiness and resilience can come from attention and direction focused into a high degree of outward activity of sharing nurturing and spiritual realities, values and principles in organized, concise, clear and applicable ways. Life and the world are moving onward inexorably from the time of meditating for the sake of meditating, reading for the sake of having a new idea that is put away inside an internal box, asking questions for the sake of just collecting new insight for oneself, having expansive spiritual experiences for the sake of achieving a personal nirvana. Stabilizing steadiness and resilience will come from sharing, intelligently crafting new frameworks and approaches for living and serving others soulfully wherever one can. And it will come from moving the bodies. The transfer of spiritual and nurturing power into a fiery furnace of magnetic and high-impact transformation can happen more quickly through conscientious physical movement than ever before.
WHEN STRONG IS BRITTLE
On the other hand, the actively outward-facing, production-oriented lives are strong in many ways, but can be made ultimately brittle by crystallized adherence to the church of their strongly-held ideas, expertise and opinions. In a high wind, the rigid tree falls. And much of the polarizing atmosphere we are experiencing today and the heightened “saber-rattling” among the world’s self-styled strongmen are manifestations of rigidities. Crusaders of business, government, science and tech ideas are very little different from the conquering Crusaders of the Medieval era if they are not open to new and radical ideas – not just radical according to their own definitions that spring from within their own communities, but truly radical because they come from a future, from a reality, from an underlying world plan that most brilliant minds do not yet know. A life that has a publicly declared mission of helping humanity thrive or moving humanity forward who is unwilling or unresponsive to having a conversation about the emerging reality that all is energy, operating through the elegant operating system that is the world of energy impulsing all outer events and forms and about what this means for every aspect of life is not serving their mission.
For the outward-facing life who helps through production and objective manifestation, stabilizing steadiness and resilience can come from openness and structured flow and, yes, even from meditation or other practices that help bring their brilliant minds to the next threshold of their evolution – the “buddhic” consciousness or what is sometimes called “pure reason”. This is a plane of perception that exists beyond the mind, beyond words, beyond thought, beyond categorizing, packaging and labeling. For the outward-facing, action-oriented life, pliability of consciousness brings stabilizing steadiness and resilience to recognize that even the best ideas are meant to be placed in service to higher truths and broader collaborations that exist beyond the mind.
These active “trekkers on the path of living” are an immeasurable force for good when they bring the light of their soul (which is not a specifically religious thing but is an objective, highly engineered and high-viscosity component of our makeup) to the brilliance of their minds and actively engage their hearts, fueled by strong and active physical bodies. This is like nuclear fusion. But this cannot happen if the mind rules, and there is not openness or awareness towards ideas and approaches that source from beyond the mind. If bright minds only sponsor and collaborate around what they have already perceived, they will always be referencing the past, and no amount of effort will truly move humanity and the world forward.
A great world teacher quietly shared new insights with the world for future living through a series of books released during the World War I and World War II period. One of the most wise and profound insights into the swings and unsteadiness many lives are sensing and experiencing today can be found in one of them, published in 1934:
“‘The soul’s meditation is rhythmic and cyclic in its nature as is all else in the cosmos. The soul breathes and its form lives thereby’. The rhythmic nature of the soul’s meditation must not be overlooked in the life of the aspirant. There is an ebb and flow in all nature, and in the tides of the ocean we have a wonderful picturing of an eternal law. As the aspirant adjusts [them]self to the tides of the soul life [they] begin to realise that there is ever a flowing in, a vitalising and a stimulating which is followed by a flowing out as sure and as inevitable as the immutable laws of force. This ebb and flow can be seen functioning in the processes of death and incarnation… This should be remembered by all of you who are workers when you are seeking to help others to live rightly. Are they on the ebb or are they being subjected to the flow of the soul energy? Are they passing through a period of temporary quiescence, preparatory to greater impulse and effort, so that the work to be done must be that of strengthening and stabilising in order to enable them to ‘stand in spiritual being’, or are they being subjected to a cyclic inflow of forces? In this case the worker must seek to aid in the direction and utilisation of the energy which (if misdirected) will eventuate in wrecked lives but which when wisely utilised will produce a full and fruitful service.
The above thoughts can also be applied by the student of humanity to the great racial cycles and much of interest will be discovered. Again, and of more vital importance to us, these cyclic impulses in the life of the disciplined and aspiring life are of a greater frequency and speed and forcefulness than in the life of the average [person]. They alternate with a distressing rapidity. The hill and valley experience of the mystic is but one way of expressing this ebb and flow. Sometimes the disciplined and aspiring life is walking in the sunlight and at other times in the dark; sometimes [they] know the joy of full communion and again all seems dull and sterile; [their] service is on occasion a fruitful and satisfying experience and [they] seem to be able to really aid; at other times [they] feel that [they] have naught to offer and [their] service is arid and apparently without results. All is clear to [them] some days and [they] seem to stand on the mountain top looking out over a sunlit landscape, where all is clear to [their] vision. [They] know and feel [them]self to be a son of God. Later, however, the clouds seem to descend and [they are] sure of nothing, and seem to know nothing. [They] walk in the sunlight and are almost overpowered by the brilliance and heat of the solar rays, and wonder how long this uneven experience and the violent alternation of these opposites is to go on.
Once however that [they] grasp the fact [they] are watching the effect of the cyclic impulses and the effect of the soul’s meditation upon its form nature, the meaning becomes clearer and [they] realise that it is that form aspect which is failing in its response, and re-acting to energy with unevenness. [They] then learn that once they can live in the soul consciousness and attain that ‘high altitude’ (if I might so express it) at will, the fluctuations of the form life will not touch [them]. [They] then perceive the narrow-edged razor path which leads from the plane of physical life to the soul realm, and find that when [they] can tread it with steadiness it leads [them] out of the ever changing world of the senses into the clear light of day and into the world of reality.
The form side of life then becomes to [them] simply a field for service and not a field of sensuous perception. Let the student ponder upon this last sentence. Let [them] aim to live as a soul.”
Let us be stabilizingly steady. Let us be resilient. Let us turn our high truths into practical frameworks. And let our brilliant minds be as open and pliable as the wildflowers and grasses of a mountain meadow to the sunlight of the soul.
Dear Citizens of the World,
All is energy…living, moving and being through energy. All lives – from the home galaxy we call the Milky Way and the billions of stars that inhabit it, to the sun that powers our solar system and its planets, to the whole human family and its billions of members, to the lives we call plants, animals and minerals, to the energies we call atoms, and to the places and spaces we call nature, countries and cities – all are living citizens of the world of energy created by the interplays of energies.
Imagine for a moment that you are strands of energy – that every physical sensation, every emotion, every thought, every contact with another life form is a line of light and energy. Imagine that when you extend yourself in outward contact, you create a line of energy and light to the life or environment you are contacting, and when you receive contact, you are connected with another life’s lines of light. Now imagine that every other living thing in existence is also strands of energies of physical sensation, emotion, thought (where a mind is active) and contact. And then imagine that all the stars in space through their orbits and trajectories and travels have built up networks of billions of lines that have produced the brilliant bodies of light we see. Now imagine that your physical body has dropped away and what is left is the lines of light. This is a reality. When sunlight strikes moisture in a certain way, we see 7 colors come to view. Those colors always exist, but it takes a certain combination of light and moisture for them to be revealed to the physical eye. Our lines of energy light always exist, but it takes a certain combination of awareness and consciousness for them to be revealed.
Each citizen of the world of energy moving through the ecosystems and atmospheres of interplaying energies is a spark of living energy that is Life, representing a universal and unique light in existence, growing through a shared path of experiences, stewarding energies for good and playing an important part in a wondrous world collaborative trekking through the world of energy together.
> You are living energy > you are unique and universal in the world > you are expanding your reality and consciousness on a shared path of experience > you are a steward of energies for good > you’ve incarnated to play and sound a beautiful purpose and mission into expression in cooperation with a cosmic unifying shared purpose and world collaborative of living energies.
So all is energy… You and all lives – incarnated and not incarnated – are citizens of the world of energy… What does that mean for you and for life?
It means our understandings and ways of being and relating in the world are vastly enriched and expanded. When all is energy, all is connected, diverse, continuous and one. When all is energy, our paths in life, relationships and resources are abundant. When all is energy, world ideas, thoughts, words, beliefs, feelings, money are CREATED LIVES, energies in motion. They have substance. When all is energy, we are co-creating in continuous collaboration, even if we think we are creating on our own. When we speak a word of goodness or formulate a thought and share it with others, an unseen (to the naked eye) community of energetic forces and lives respond to collaborate and make real the purpose, intent and tone of the thought or word. When we ask a question like, what is our purpose in the world?, a collective of energies is set in motion to clarify and illuminate our consciousness with an answer. When all is energy, the ecosystem around us is much more than the physical world we see with our currently recognized senses and can study under a microscope; it’s an inter-related network of existences, magnetic forces and fields of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and cosmic energies. When all is energy, there is no death of Life; there is continuity of living, moving, being and evolving through many states and worlds of energy.
As citizens in a world where all is energy, the definition of being a citizen expands and brings different implications, opportunities, responsibilities and capacities. Citizens of the world of energy understand that how they move through the world shapes and impacts its physical, etheric, emotional, mental and spiritual ecosystem and our experience of it.
Because of these recognized realities, citizens of the world of energy orient themselves and their works to being stewards of good and agents of evolution. As stewards of good, they are tuned in to seeing the good in all and create opportunities for that good to express. As stewards of good, they strive to do no harm and build beauty, motivated by and expressing themselves through pure thought, pure speech and pure action that diminishes no life and seeks good for all. As aspiring agents of evolution, they recognize the inherent impulse to growth and purpose and fuller expression in every life and direct their energies and expertise to seeing that expression fulfilled. As aspiring agents of evolution, they see all nations, all peoples, all movements, all religions, all cultures, all forms of governance, all inventions, all fields of endeavor, all world challenges and all world needs as expressions and experiments of the impulse to evolve, and they salute that impulse within every effort.
Citizens of the world of energy recognize and value the life within every life. The rock of the mountain, the wind that moves the trees, the song of a bird, the love infused into a child’s beloved stuffed animal, the waves of an ocean, the vibration of an atom, the growth of a city, the spirit of a nation, the light of the sun… For the citizen of the world of energy, every corner of existence thrums with life.
So, dear citizens of the world of energy, how are you called and inspired to bring good and evolution to life for all?
Three events happened over this past week that all prompted leaders and commentators to announce publicly that “words matter”.
The first was the President of the United States throwing down a verbal gauntlet to the leader of North Korea in response to North Korea’s purported miniaturization of a nuclear warhead: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The second was the storm of controversy around a Google software engineer’s leaked internally-posted 10-page paper – “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” – making a (highly-researched and cited) biological/genetic case for the gender gap at Google and in the tech industry and claiming that an environment at Google of purported bias towards forced diversity had, for the author, created a bubble where conservative views were unable to be expressed.
The third was rioting at a white supremacist protest of the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a 20-year-old with alleged Nazi sympathies rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others.
In the case of the “fire and fury” kerfuffle, the multiple major news outlets of The Atlantic, Forbes and The Diplomat all made the statement that “words matter”.
In the case of Google, CEO Sundar Pichai responded to the software engineer’s paper with a memo reportedly entitled, “Our Words Matter”.
And in the case of the Charlottesville riots and car-ramming, at a march in Sacramento, California to stand with Charlottesville, Sacramento Mayor, Darrell Steinberg, said, “Words matter. What a leader of a country does and does not say – matter[s].”
These three situations are all complex and involve subtleties and the balancing of impacts and interests of multiple stakeholders that need to be acknowledged and accounted for wisely regardless of what one believes ideologically, politically or morally. They prompt questions and a need/opportunity for deep and rigorous thinking about complexities of “rights”, speech, ethical conduct and how we as societies create safe, healthy and right conditions for all lives to thrive and express many diverse views in environments that can harmonize the views for the good of all.
With regard to the first situation, the US President is dealing with a culture that regularly uses forceful words and hyperbolic threats and now may have seriously violated international agreements. With regard to the second situation, Google is dealing with a paper that many scientists have publicly affirmed is based on sound and accurate science (even though some of them note that how it was presented not surprisingly and understandably created tensions), and while some of the positioning of the science may be seriously distasteful to vast portions of the population, were the inaccurate media portrayal of the “Echo Chamber” paper as a “rant” and the mob mentality that reared its head in the aftermath responsible and constructive responses? With regard to the third situation in Charlottesville, the white supremacists were engaged in hate speech and were using symbols that are banned in Germany, but both the white supremacists and the counterprotesters were reported to be using physical blows, bottles and chemical irritants on each other. There is no doubt that ramming a car into a crowd is wrong – period. There is no doubt that what the white supremacists were saying was ugly and dangerous to many ears, but where is the line of free speech, and have we arrived at a place where we might need to come together to consider moving that line? These are not easy questions to answer, especially with knee-jerk, ideologically-based, black-and-white responses.
So can we navigate all this?
THIS IS WHERE HOW WORDS REALLY MATTER COMES IN.
They really do matter for a most simple and profound reason – words are energy. When words are uttered, they have passed through a creation process of manifestation that sets a whole chain of energies in motion and builds an “energy ecosystem” that shapes and colors interactions between the utterer(s) of the words and the target(s) and impacts the many lives in the ecosystem.
The reality that all words are energy set loose into the environment and shaping the environment is a significant enough truth on its own, but when positions of power and leadership are added into the mix, the words are even more impacting and potent – not just for the normally-cited reasons that people listen more and are affected more by the words of leaders – but also because the words of leaders that are heard by many people whose destinies may depend all or in part on the actions of those leaders are actually more loaded energetically than the same words said by someone else.
The leader of the world’s most armed nation saying to a much smaller, isolated potentially newly-nuclear nation, “fire and fury like the world has never seen”, sets something completely different in motion energetically and ecosystemically than a 5-year-old on a playground saying to a playmate that they will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen”. On the playground, the utterer and listener may get into fisticuffs, and the utterer may become hyperactive, agitated and spring-loaded to act out through tapping into the energy and manifested intention of “fire and fury”. But on the world stage, between two new and unseasoned leaders of an unsettled superpower and an unsettled upstart power – both potentially with access to nuclear arms – the utterer, the listener and every other country in the world and their populations may get stimulated into a vortex of energetically-fueled brinksmanship that can get further fueled by people’s fears and uncertainties.
This difference in energetic potency of the same words among different utterers and listeners is related to the energy Law of Magnitude, which is similar to the economic principle of economies of scale. The bigger the scope of the field of the utterer’s influence, the greater the magnitude of potential energetic and ecosystemic impact. Potent words thrown about – with calculation or off-the-cuff – by leaders without knowing the energetic science of language and words persist as created things, gathering more and more energy to them as they circulate and “land” in the energy bodies and ecosystems of many, many lives. As they circulate and build up substance – for example through fear-stoking media reports – they can become massively distorted and massively fed by fear. In isolation from the thinking and purpose behind them, they are likely to be interpreted through many lenses, which may be inaccurate due to incomplete information or personal biases. This is one of the ways certain world situations have become apparently intractable. The energies of words uttered with potent force by leaders hundreds or thousands of years ago and the ecosystems built up around them have become like juggernauts quite literally backing lives into a corner where ways forward cannot be seen or perceived.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
We do not need to agree. But as a world, and an increasingly interconnected one at that, the wielding of words must evolve into being guided by a consciousness and attempt to do no harm and to diminish no life. The energy of words must be recognized as a reality. The uttering of words must be realized as an energetic science. And learning the “energy of language” and the “language of energy” must become a priority.
Doing no harm and diminishing no life does not mean “going soft”. It does not mean “not being firm”. It does not mean allowing another to diminish someone else. The protesters in Charlottesville may have a legal right to say the things they did, but they diminished not only the energies of the populations they were targeting through their words (and the energy and ecosystem of Charlottesville), but they also diminished the energies of themselves through the act of diminishing others. This is the energy Law of Reciprocity in action – whatever someone puts out comes back to them in one form or another and at one time or another. It is an expression of the law that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” and the pure physics that just about anyone who practices martial arts or tai chi knows: When you extend physically in one direction, there is a natural anatomical counterbalancing that will seek to occur.
So what do we do with this? An important step is to know that diminishing words we have set in motion can and should be de-commissioned. They will roam around and continue impacting us and others until they run out of steam, which – depending on the will, purpose and power of the utterer – can take years to happen. There are concrete ways to do this through energetic science.
Another important step is to start making contact with the effects of different word energies on our bodies and ecosystems to inform how we communicate and conduct ourselves. This requires waking up to the existence and constitution of our various bodies and their centers for responding, receiving, stationing and distributing flows of energy like that of words. There are safe ways to experience this through energetic science.
When the accurate perception of energy impacts is developed through experience, technical understanding and practice, lives will be equipped to better assess what causes diminishment or harm and will be able to calibrate how much, when and what to speak accordingly. Scenarios will be assessed according not only to individual impact or need to express, but increasingly according to group impacts and needs to express and eventually whole-world impacts and needs to express. The ability to perceive what is actual diminishment and harm and what may look like diminishment and harm to a loving heart but is actually a loving quick cut to lance a deadly situation for the long-term health of the greatest whole will grow and refine.
As more lives get exposed to de-commissioning the word energies they have set in motion; get to know their energy bodies, centers and ecosystems; become familiar with the energy of language and the language of energy; and start speaking truly responsibly with a more full awareness of energy impacts, humanity will be poised to become the builder of beauty that it is meant to be.
We can each start today, and our world will start to change. So how will we make our words really matter today and every day?
Seekers and explorers of truths and meanings – spiritual and scientific truths and meanings, intellectual and physical truths and meanings, subjectively sensed and objectively studied truths and meanings – constantly search for new territory and the unifying underlying structure and rhythms of progressive movement that many seekers sense. It can be said that it is largely this sense that impulses explorers to seek. New territory is rapidly unfolding, and it is important for seekers and explorers in every field to be aware of this unfoldment and the opportunities and necessities it brings for flexible and limber seeking that incorporates the new on the solid relevant foundations of what has come before.
Throughout human history, we have progressed through evolutions of thought and frameworks, the fact and trend of which seekers ever magnetically gravitate towards. It was written in two major sets of texts during the World War I and II years that an approximately 2000-year period of humanity learning, realizing and expressing the principle and reality that “God is Love” (an expression of the heart of evolution and spiritual unfoldment) would be followed and amplified by humanity learning, realizing and expressing the principle and reality that “All is Energy” (an expression of the synthesized will and purpose impulsing evolution and spiritual unfoldment that encompasses the “God is Love” principle and reality).
As a world teacher communicated in writings from 1950,
“Through the effort of a group of seekers, such as the scientific investigators in every country, who together are searching for light on the problems of manifestation or for some means to alleviate human suffering, a revelation comes. The effort of such a group often lifts upon the wings of its unrealised aspiration some one [person] who can then penetrate into the world of divine Ideas and there find the longed for cure or key and thus [he or she] intuitively discovers a long sought secret. The discovery…is as much a revelation as the truths presented by the World Teachers. Who shall say that the statement God is Love is of more value than the statement that All is Energy?”
Preceding the commencement of the modern AD western calendar and the “God is Love” learning and realization phase for humanity, an approximately 2000-year period saw humanity stimulated through learning, realizing and expressing the principle of “the Word of God” or the “Logos” (from the Greek, meaning ‘word’ or ‘reason’). This phase was greatly experienced and stewarded by the Judaic line, with the manifesting and deep study of texts and symbolic significances of letters, numbers and their various arrangements and combinations. While the “Biblical era” of the past 2000 years activated the love capacity in humanity, and the incoming 2000 years are designed to activate the synthetic will and purpose capacity in humanity, the “Word of God” era activated the intelligence-reason-intellect capacity in humanity. The reason of this era reached a pinnacle with the realizations and teachings of the Buddha, whose seeking led him to perceive a blueprint for “right living” and alleviation of suffering through the wisdom of diverse experience, intelligent discernment, unmediated direct contact with divinity and illumination through the concept of “God Immanent” (divinity pervading all of existence and the natural world) and compassion for all things. The blending of rigorous and intelligent Judaic study as a path to divine understanding with Buddhist wisdom as a path to illumination prepared the way for Christ’s universal message, power and example of love as a path to divine union and oneness.
Visually, we can see these cycles of unfoldment as follows:
These 3 cycles of unfoldment could be called “3 Cycles of Divine Aspect”. One does not have to be religious or even “spiritual” to recognize the presence, valuing and expressions of 1) will/purpose 2) love/heart and 3) intelligence/mind in human nature. Proceeding around the wheel of unfoldment, starting with the development of intelligence/mind/”the Word of God”, we have progressed through development of love/heart/”God is Love” and are emerging into the cycle of developing will/purpose/”All is Energy”.
Each cycle of unfolding realization builds on and incorporates the substance, ideas and realizations of the one that came before in a cumulative process of moving forward and evolving. As we move into a next cycle of development, we do not leave behind what has been learned, experienced, assimilated and expressed as civilization and culture in the preceding cycle, and there are often overlaps of development from cycle to cycle. This is true for humanity as a whole as we move forward together as one human family, and it is true within the lives of individual human beings as we go through different phases of life that activate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development, identification and interrelations.
We can see this concurrent and cumulative nature of the evolution of consciousness and unfolding realization in human history visually as follows:
Humanity has yet to fully demonstrate the “love aspect” expressed and experienced as “God is Love” and embodied by the life of Christ for us all, not just for Christians or for the religious. (The first three progressions of the Christ experience – birth, baptism, transfiguration – have been described in many other texts, cultures and traditions, including the mythology of Hercules and the Arjuna experience in the Bhagavad Gita). But the concepts of “God is Love” and “the heart is more powerful than the head” are commonly and pervasively believed and valued in our modern times. While it is not necessarily fully accurate that the “heart is more powerful than the head”, as a human interpretation of a universal seed truth, it is positive evidence that humanity realizes and values the “God is Love” concept and resonates profoundly with the aspect of love and the power of the heart.
Every age with its civilization and culture has given birth to new dawnings of understanding and ways of living. And with every new dawning, change is necessary. Today’s divisive world happenings and equally unifying world happenings are clear evidence that we are in a meeting point of two major evolutionary cycles.
Seekers and explorers of truth and meaning are the “early adopters” and forerunners who pick up on the incoming new seed ideas for new living and new ever more inclusive culture, which is the inevitable progression of evolution. In this time of meeting cycles and the emerging potent effects of the stream of will and purpose, the keen minds and loving hearts of seekers and explorers are needed to recognize and respond to the impacts and interplays of the energies of will and purpose and the world of energy emerging as part of this cycle with its underlying reality that “All is Energy”.
For many sensitive seeking and exploring lives, these impacts of will and purpose may feel foreign, different, disorienting and maybe even strange or overwhelming. Will and purpose stimulate direction, focus, clarity, forward thinking, momentum, organization, resilience, discipline; rigorous, precise and accurate planning, study and interpretation; and practical action and implementation of new vision, principles and plans in the world. If this is understood and anticipated, it will be realized that these qualities when added to the foundation of the keen, discerning mind and the tender, loving heart render seekers, explorers and servers of goodwill everywhere potently magnetic and radiatory centers of good.
But resistance to the incoming cycle, the well-meaning (and sometimes not well-meaning) over-preservation and non-questioning of what has come before (“tradition”, dogma, spiritual decrees from thousands of years ago when conditions were different, “history”) and many people’s general tendency to live looking back to the past rather than looking towards and living in the brighter future which can be known if it is sought creates strain, and if we only recognize or value that “God is Love” without recognizing and valuing that God is also Intelligence and God is Will and Purpose, we may not see the more complete evolving picture or catch the incoming wave. We may, in fact, participate in delaying it and missing the magnificent unfolding opportunities this emerging era creates for humanity to realize and fulfill more of its purpose and destiny.
So a call goes out to all seekers and explorers of truths and meanings: Take note when coming across the concept that “All is Energy”, and recognize that this concept is an expression of divinity and spiritual reality (as well as a proven physical fact) and a unified progression and continuum of God is Intelligence and God is Love. It is a manifesting and completing into living expression on Earth of the sacred trinities and triplicities at the core of many religions, philosophies and sciences. Initiatives and lives with a declared mission of bringing the reality that All is Energy to life are part of the continuum across millennia of the unfolding divinity of humanity and the planet, and you are needed to bring an open, discerning mind; a ready, loving heart and a resilient, steady will-to-serve and grow into this collaborative one world work of realizing and enacting this next phase of divine unfoldment through the emerging divine attribute and reality that “All is Energy”. You are needed to recognize that the emerging world of energy is the emerging “Kingdom of God”, the emerging “community of souls” and the emerging “heaven on Earth” that so many seekers and explorers have been searching for and expectantly anticipating down through the ages.
The nature of evolution and progressive change is cyclic, and every once in a while, we get to see movement that creates the points of pressure and tension needed for evolution on a planetary scale.
It started on August 21, 2017 with a total solar eclipse across the United States. Seen by many as a welcome opportunity for unification around something beyond the realm of national politics and human intervention, few people probably anticipated the chain of massive movements of the Earth elements that would follow just four days later.
On August 25, Hurricane Harvey landed in Texas. As Harvey was making its way up the Texas coast, bringing an almost unprecedented storm surge of flood waters along with it, Hurricanes Katia and Jose were lined up with Harvey in row from Mexico to Texas to the Caribbean, and an 8.1 earthquake rocked Mexico hours before Katia made landfall there.
While the world started seeing images of Harvey’s flood and learned of fatalities in the double digits, less media attention was paid in the Western Hemisphere to the massive monsoon that struck India, Bangladesh and Nepal on exactly the same day, with 1200 souls discarnated in its wake.
At an individual human level, such destruction at the hands of the natural elements can be hard to process. While people were still trying to make sense of the volumes of water and images out of Rockport, Houston and Port Arthur, it’s likely that the visuals of destruction from Barbuda on September 6, only to be followed by the far-less reported news and footage coming out of St. John and St. Thomas a day or two later, could have resulted in en masse numbing or a virtual withdrawal among lives whose concepts of reality were just being too burdened by weather unpredictability layered atop political and cultural unpredictability to compute.
One unexpectedly positive turn during Hurricane Harvey in Houston was that cell phone service never went down for many people, and so it was possible to stay in touch and provide a lifeline of encouragement and support throughout the aftermath unlike Hurricane Ike back in 2008 where high winds in Houston knocked out much cell service almost instantly. With many friends still in Houston, we started a group text chat with 8 of them on the day Hurricane Harvey landed there, and we have continued the conversation to date.
All of these friends have varying degrees of world views and experience involving spirituality, the world of energy and/or service to others, and the perspective afforded by these views and experiences proved to serve them well. What was striking about what they all shared, both about what they experienced personally and what they witnessed happening in the community, was the community-wide positivity and unifying helping spirit that blossomed in Harvey’s wake. Houston and much of Texas have always had a welcoming spirit, but Texas has also lately been some of the swampiest ground of least inclusive and most exclusionary anti-humanitarian policymaking and sentiment around.
Houston has pulled together before through big weather events, but the sense coming out of our community of friends seemed to be that this time was different. As we shared energy perspectives on what was happening in Houston and why it was so important that spiritually-oriented lives of goodwill and service like them were there, one of our friends concluded, “Hardship can be a force of good”. That is about as wise a realization of the cyclic nature of planetary evolution as can be, and it inspired us to share excerpts of the Hurricane Harvey text conversation thread to illustrate and tell the story from the ground that hardship, especially of a sudden and community-wide nature, can indeed be a force of good.
“Hello, Houston loved ones… I received photos and a report about an hour ago from one of our current co-workers there that show the substantial amounts of flooding that were in the forecast. Checking in to see if you are all okay, and if there is any help needed that I can supply from a distance (in addition to the energy ecosystem support we have been actively doing since Thursday night). I hope you have all been able to get to high ground and safely ride out this big wakeup call to the US and this initiatory moment for Houston and its people and the servers of good on the ground that you all are to help the US express more of the spirit it truly is and the light it is meant to be for the world. Your presence there as a spiritually-aware and energetically-attuned person of goodwill and active service is significant.
Response from K:
“House flooded. We were evacuated by boat. At a friend’s.”
Response from A:
“Here with hungry neighbors. Need to get cooking for them. Stay safe, y’all.”
Response from S:
“It’s amazing to see so many people and dogs out taking a breaking, walking in the drizzle and saying hi to strangers. Unifying.”
Response from C:
“Thank you for reminding us that hardship can be a force for good.”
Response from us:
“We get to see again and again that humans are wired to rise to their best selves and community in crisis. Glad to hear dogs and their humans are out unifying. A photo meme was circulating this morning of a dog walking down the street with a big bag of dog food in his/her mouth!”
Response from A:
“Many people getting the opportunity to reach out and help one another. It has been great to experience that here at our apartment complex.”
Response from C:
“Many parts of Kingwood are being evacuated. My son was just picked up by boat… He is at a church in Kingwood. They have food and mattresses for everyone at least.”
Follow-up response from C the next day:
“My son was visited by an angel who came into the shelter and took him into their home tonight!… Send them some love.”
Response from K:
“Love the idea of a renaissance in Houston.”
Response from us:
“There is no doubt that Houston and Houstonians will emerge into a fresh, rejuvenating, more unified, creative and wiser next chapter much as Galveston did after [Hurricane] Rita and then Ike. As a family member in the Houston area shared as an observation with us, ‘This is a spiritual awakening.'”
Response from A:
“Hi, y’all. Just want to let you know I am going back to work tomorrow. I will be carpooling with a co-worker. Folks are getting back in the saddle here!”
Response from K:
“Agreed. Definitely a spiritual awakening.”
Response from C:
“We are getting back to normal here, yet in a more grateful state of mind.”
Response from St:
“Agreed. More ‘back to normal’, but with more interaction/connectedness/togetherness.”
Response from A:
“Folks are being friendly to each other… My co-worker has been driving me around and has opened her home to me. The folks from Bethel Church were at our complex this AM with packing supplies and helping folks move their stuff. Houston is like a beehive today!”
Response from K (whose house was flooded):
“We have our work cut out for us. We have to help people during those very heavy moments to press forward! I’ve had some very heavy moments these last few days. The very good news is I’ve shifted to starting to accumulate more love and less stuff. News Flash, Harvey: This experience has brought me more love and less stuff.”
Response from us:
“That is a marvelous and liberating evolution. More love! More love! More love!”
Response from St:
“We spent the day yesterday working at my sister’s. Her whole block was under water, and now the cleanup begins. It was devastating to see. And – there was so much love flooding in. Complete strangers dropping off cases of water, packing/cleaning supplies, dinner, snacks. There was very little parking because so many people were there helping demo other people’s houses. There was no big organized group spearheading the efforts. It was just individuals doing what they felt called to do and it ended up being so perfectly orchestrated. That’s what made it so beautiful.”
Response from us:
“A vision and taste of the future society of sharing and good…”
Response from St:
“Yes. It’s a real thing.”
Response from us:
“It’s so important that spiritual servers and people of goodwill like all of you are having this tangible experience of this future reality today that community of love, helping, sharing and goodwill is real. This is an externalization of a plan of world good and the forces of love. It has been said that a primary work of the Christ, which is not only a Christian life but a living embodiment and force of love for all, is to make real ‘life more abundantly’ through the ‘hearts of the people’. It is truly beautiful to see.”
Response from St the following day:
“We’re spending the day in Galveston today. It is exceptionally peaceful and pristine at the beach. We came to refresh and refuel. When we got down to the beach, a man that works for the city came over to thank us for coming today. He asked us to help spread the word that while Galveston is usually the city most affected by storms, and the recipient of goodwill, during this time when they had been spared, they were wanting to be of service to Houston and the surrounding area. He said that what they had to offer was a place to come and heal, to relax, to be joyful. They’re not charging for parking on the beaches, many attractions are free and they want to host the weary while they rest. Another beautiful example of each person/place offering what is uniquely them. It’s staggering – this is happening everywhere I look.”
Unusual, unexpected and unprecedented circumstances are often one of the only magnitudes of force in this modern day and age able to pull us out of the routine of “normal”. Humanity is such a potent builder of magnetic and rhythmic culture – which is part of its purpose to do – that moving out of the “way things are done” or the “way things are” or the “things I have to do” is almost inconceivable on a community-level or nation-level scale. Human beings show over and over again that all of their best qualities – our shared divine qualities as one humanity – rise to the surface when we are placed into extreme circumstances. This is the major path of evolution and spiritual progression on this planet Earth.
Human beings and humanity are unique crossroads and meeting grounds of contrasting qualities, forces, energies and experiences. In a natural state before stepping onto a conscious path of evolving and progressing, we generally exist as two major potentials and expressions: from the heart up lives the potential of “divine stuff” and the life of the soul. From the solar plexus down lives the manifested physical stuff and the material life of the personality, also known as “the incarnated soul”. It is this heart up part of us that gets stimulated on a community-wide and humanity-wide scale when “normal” is flipped on its head by hurricanes and earthquakes. When “normal” and material life get too entrenched and dominant, a sort of instinctual, basic autopilot existence of the solar plexus down forms a rail that is difficult to dismount. It is not coincidence that in several conversations just prior to the eclipse, hurricanes, monsoon and earthquake, the theme of “survival”, “just surviving” and “how to survive” came up. When the life below the solar plexus is not actively, consistently, consciously, conscientiously and rhythmically informed by the higher purpose conferred by “the divine stuff” and the life of the soul, then life pretty much is only and all about survival, even among people of goodwill and good intent. The pressures of material existence assume disproportionate importance, and it can be hard to access the reality of abundance.
Floods literally wash all that away. Yes, basic survival were front and center – immediately and for entire cities and islands. But what this massive “disruption of normal” through the submersion of all the “solid”, “tangible” things we take for granted as just being there did was create space for the recognition of an abundance and currencies far more important, far more unlimited, far more omnipresent and far more accessible than money and things – love, compassion, caring, sharing, helping, generosity, unity. Humans are wired to help. It is in this that we are divine. It is in this that we are Christ-like (no matter what faith we profess or don’t profess). All the other stuff is what gets stimulated when there is an over-focus on material life and the dulling effect of “normal”. When the solar plexus does not remember the heart, when the navel does not remember the brow, when the base does not remember the crown, the purpose is veiled and forgotten, and an instinctual, individualistic or tribal existence of appetites, desires, ambitions, worries, territoriality and limitation due to lack of funds or due to protecting one’s funds takes over.
A definition of the spiritual path is waking up to the co-existence of the two potentials/expressions of the divine life of the soul and the material life of the personality and bringing them into union, mutual awareness and mutual cooperation. When this is done, an outcome is the “ensouling” or spiritualizing of the manifested material life. This creates a different reality, usually first individually and then within groups and communities. The recent weather events created an intense window to witness and experience a taste of this different reality – “life more abundantly” – both individually and at group, community and even humanity scale. Once a human being has experienced something, the reality of that is etched, and while some may go back to certain habits when life becomes “normal”, many lives are left no longer wanting the normal. The taste of the new reality is just too good, too real, too much of a remembering of our divinity to go back to the way things were.
OCTOBER 05, 2017
AN OPEN LETTER ON HOW WE RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE(S) AND GUNS
Our last Open Letter addressed hardship as a force of good. But hardship can also be a force for exposing and hardening attitudes and apparent gaps in common sense that impede goodness in the world.
While a certain leader of a certain western hemisphere country baited a certain leader of a certain eastern hemisphere country in a speeach at the United Nations, the leader of the tiny Caribbean island country of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, forcefully called to a half-full General Assembly for the urgent and responsible action of the world’s leaders – especially big-power perpetrators of actions thought by scientists to be contributing to increasing greenhouse gases – to address climate change and take responsibility for the disproportionately unfair impacts of northern nation consumption and lifestyle actions on island nation survival. (You can read an article on the Prime Minister’s address HERE.)
Part of the problem faced by the field of climate change is the human (western?) tendency to politicize what can be politicized and to fix terms that have entered into the public lexicon until they have become immovable and inflexibly rigid boulders and wedges. Climate change has become so deeply politicized that even our society’s modern religion of science and the modern priests and oracles – the scientists – are being dismissed and even excoriated by those who usually worship at their altar because they think they can’t afford to pay attention to what the scientists are saying when “Old Energy” and other old-school industries are paying so much to influence politics and politicians in order to maintain the status quo.
It can be argued to the ends of the earth whether climate change exists and whether humans have created or accelerated it, but this seems to be the wrong debate and one destined to be a dead end cul-de-sac given how politicized the term “climate change” has become.
What can’t be argued in the aftermath of the August-September 2017 spate of hurricanes, cyclones, wildfires and earthquakes with their attendant loss of life and infrastructure is that climate changes and earth changes are happening. In a significant way that could potentially unlock the climate change logjam (largely created by one stubborn holdout super-power with powerful lobbying groups), it really doesn’t matter whether these changes have been created by humans or not when we consider that they ARE happening, and humanity and the world’s nations CAN do something to alleviate, prevent and potentially reverse the impacts. Common sense and basic humanity tell us that it is not generally good in practical terms for the world or for the world’s economies for entire islands to be washed away. From a world of energy perspective, as we discussed in the last Open Letter on hardship as a force of good, these events can be major catalysts in creating the will and resourcefulness of the people and communities to call for and enact change from the ground up. The people of the impacted island nations are demonstrating this already in “man-on-the-street” interviews where everyday people are calling for greener, more sustainable rebuilding, but the world’s inventors, producers, businesses and political leaders need to respond, and they need to call up the will to respond with the new approaches lives in post-natural disaster areas are wisely calling for. (You can see some these interviews and the extent of physical damage, resourcefulness and community initiative on Virgin Gorda as filmed by Sam Branson HERE.)
Related to how we respond to climate changes, the situation the United States faces – yet again – in the aftermath of the latest mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas also reveals deep questions about common sense and basic humanity. As these shooting events keep happening, they beg the question – no matter what our political worldview is – where is the common sense in making it easier for those with mental illnesses to buy guns? Where is the common sense in making it easier to buy silencers? Gun advocates say that people who want to enact mass shootings like this will always be able to get around any laws, so we actually need more guns and easier access to protect ourselves from the mass shooters. Is this really the kind of society we want to live in? Is this the kind of society we agree to live in? Is this a political worldview question, or is this a human question?
It’s hard to imagine that the Christ of the Bible would be a proponent of this logic. The Bible’s Isaiah 11:6 says, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” It seems unlikely that this is to be accomplished through fear, an eye-for-an-eye cycle of killing and defending and a little child toting an assault weapon.
How we respond to hurricanes, how we respond to territories we are responsible for in their calls for help in a critical moment of survival independent of debt they owe, how we respond to mass shooting after mass shooting, is a question of RIGHT HUMAN RELATIONS. It is a question of the wisdom of humility and world cooperation. The United States does not own the world. Democracy is not meant to be the only form of government and living. Putting money ahead of basic human decency is not wise. It is not sustainable. It is not right.
This planet and its nations are a great experiment in evolution and a field for humanity and the comity of nations to realize their place in the world. The United Nations, for all its failings and bureaucratic inertia, is a purposefully designed vehicle for the establishing of right human relations according to the world plan of good that is guiding our evolution together. The United Nations is not an enemy of democracy. It is not a conspiracy to take over the world by nefarious forces. It is a living force of love and a physicalized lab for learning and building right human relations and right relations among nations in the ways that will be common and common sense in future civilization. Future humanity will look back and marvel at how certain countries and populations thought the United Nations was “trying to steal our rights” and “take over the world”. The current United Nations is imperfect only because of humanity’s and nations’ imperfections in understanding and distortions of interpretation due to their point in their evolution path, not because the UN is a wrong idea or a wrongly-motivated idea. The full beauty of its purpose, design and potential will become apparent when humanity and nations have realized more of their own beauty, purpose, design and potential in right relation with the planetary life and beyond.
It is time for the world’s leaders, and especially the leaders of the United States with a big dose of humility, to take a good look at how a country of rural gun owners like Australia was able to summon the will to pass gun legislation that has undeniably completely shifted the landscape of shooting deaths in that country. It is time for the world’s leaders to evolve into a focus on the planet as a global resource under our care and on all nations as a world resource group to steward the planetary resource and its lives together. In a world and culture of right human relations, all nations are respected as equally viable and valid individual experiments in living suitable to different lines of culture within the context of a world community that agrees on a basic set of values, goals and future directions built upon the core principle of good, abundance and opportunity for all at the expense of none. The United Nations was designed to be such a world community, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was designed to be such a basic set of guiding values. A new incoming “Universal Charter” shared with the world by a new world collaborative will be a guiding instrument for shared culture, goals and future directions.
It is time to stand for humanity, to stand for good for all, to stand for right relations independent of money, profit and patriotism, and for common sense informed by spiritual values to guide leaders on a better course. The inherently wise heart, principled will and enlightened intelligence of the people that is coming into ever-greater expression will eventually stand for nothing less.
OCTOBER 24, 2017
AN OPEN LETTER ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CURRENT 100-YEAR CYCLE
In trying to navigate and make intelligent sense of the events we see happening in the world today, there is a clear force afoot that no one in the public eye is really talking about – most likely because the connection hasn’t been made.
What is the clear force afoot, producing so many developments in national and international affairs that have essentially taken much of the world by surprise?
It is this: We are in the midst of a 100-year cycle from the window of the World Wars I and II years (1914-1945) to a current window of 2014-2045. If we look at the forces, attitudes, contrasting ideologies and events present on the world stage leading up to 1914 and through to 1945, what we are seeing today should look very familiar and should come as no surprise. This is a re-cycling of impulsing energies and forces “on a higher turn of the spiral” and an opportunity to more definitely address and resolve what was not fully addressed and resolved in 1914-1945.
CYCLE SPIRAL OF WORLD AFFAIRS
Rhythmic cycles are a reality of existence. The earth passes through night and day, which we measure by our experience of the sun “rising” and “setting”. The waves of the ocean move in and out. Stars are birthed and die. The moon waxes and wanes. Humans grow up and grow old. Plants bloom and fade out from season to season. Empires, nations and civilizations blaze and then dim. Species flourish and then go extinct to make way for the next evolutions in species and forms. The planet warms and cools. The heart expands and contracts. The breath inhales and exhales.
The cyclic nature of life is inescapable. But just realizing this is not enough. The cycles are both formed and used by the evolutionary intelligence and blueprint of existence itself to produce world-scale shifts and progressions. It is the ultimate in hubris to think that world-scale events, even wars, are created by man in isolation.
The physically-visible cycles in life and the natural world are easy to accept and believe. Harder for most to accept and believe is the not-(yet)-visible cycles produced by “the hand of the world plan of good and its custodians”, or what is sometimes called the “Inner Government”. This Inner Government comes together every 25 years to “take stock” of human-planetary progress and to adjust the plans supporting 100-year progressions. Modern very high-impact 25-year gatherings include 1875, 1925, 1975, 2000 and 2025.
This is a truth that cannot currently be “proven” according to today’s limited human conceptions of objectivity, but a deep study of history with the energy factor accounted for shows very obvious patterns of injections of new energies to stimulate the realization of new ideas that change our very reality, modes of living and values (e.g., the printing press, electricity, the telephone, the atomic bomb, the television, the personal computer, the Internet…). Amidst many great stimulating injections to prompt construction of the new or destruction of the old to make way for the new, the World War I and II period remains the most significant injection, crisis point and shift in human history to date, and that is what makes this particular 100-year cycle so profoundly significant. This is what makes its impacts so profoundly strong and polarizing. At the threshold of the 20th century, humanity had so progressed, so rapidly, through such great advances in mind, industry and technology, that it evoked a precipitation of purposeful will-to-create not encountered before. It is ever humanity’s free will in how it responds to and wields the interplaying energies we encounter, and the effects of these energies ever depend on how humanity’s meets them.
In the pre-World War era, prosperity borne of rapid industrialization and a colonialism colored with domination and cruelty had created a widening gap between those with technological power and those with natural resources. Materialism, greed, selfish interests, self-indulgence, exploitation, excesses and vice were how the majority of those with power wielded that power. Communism and socialism logically arose as the seeds of more inclusive living to offset these forces, but they were perceived incompletely and idealistically, implemented inexpertly and impractically, and co-opted by authoritarian figures whose breadth of cruelty and callousness matched the imperialists’ step for step. The political and money leaders of modern humanity (those with social power) generally met the new energies that created conditions for prosperity not with good for all at heart, but with power and profit for the few in mind.
This contributed to a culminating crisis in humanity’s existence and future. Both glorious goodness and careless cruelty are the fabric of humanity’s history, but when the newly-discovered electrical energy, radiation energy and atomic energy were mechanized into highly-effective instruments of mass destruction and met with economic discontent borne of disparity that was cleverly exploited, fanned and manipulated by highly charismatic populist political leaders, humanity reached a pinnacle of exploitable cruelty and truly stood on the brink of destruction. Does this sound familiar?
The parallels between events in 1914 and 2014 are striking:
The parallels continue between 1916 and 2016:
While the particular years of 1914 and 2014 and 1916 and 2016 are especially notable in their overlaps, the entire period of 1914-1945 must be taken into account today as a block of time and forces whose accumulated influence is impacting our current corresponding cycle from 2014 to 2045. That is to say, the ideologies and events that came about in 1918 or 1933 or 1942 as part of the World War I and II period are already present in influencing 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and so on. The “exhausts” of Nazism, Fascism, Communism, Socialism, imperialism, colonialism, revolution, isolationism, racism, anti-immigantism, white supremacy, etc. that came about or were heightened through a chronological sequence through the World Wars period are present simultaneously and concurrently throughout this 2014-2045 period because we have moved forward in time and the “unit” that is the World War I and II years from an energy standpoint is fully present as a unit of energy again.
The World Wars created a major shift in world values. These world values now seem to be under attack or in question. The relevance of the United Nations, one of the most significant comings-together by the world’s nations to ensure that the World Wars could never happen again, is being challenged, and it is being called by some leaders in powerful positions to be abolished. Things that were deemed self-evident and worth protecting in the aftermath of the World Wars are being declared by the world leader of a major super-power as destructive and antithetical to a nation “being first” and protecting its own interests. A Vietnam prisoner-of-war hero whose virtue was unassailable and who was held up as the best of what it is to be American is being scourged and ridiculed and called to retire from Congress for expressing views protecting the rights of Americans that are now being considered “un-American” by certain political figures.
Things change, and there is no doubt that what was considered “good” and “right” and “normal or noble” in one era becomes antiquated and obsolete and inhumane or barbaric in another. But while today’s hardening drift into “isms” that separate is completely predictable through a recognition of the reality and impacts of 100-year cycles in world affairs, failure to recognize that a paralleling force of unified will standing for what is perennially good and right – unity, cooperation, dignity for all lives – that was displayed by certain nations in the World War period is necessary again today creates the conditions for a re-opening of a door for the involutionary, regressive forces that were moving through the instrument of nations and charismatic leaders appealing to the lowest of human impulses to rise again.
Not realizing or accounting for the fact and significance of the 100-year cycle of World Wars I and II up to today is a clear example of what happens when we aren’t aware of the energy factor – the interplay of forces and energies – that has been shaping all of human history and is particularly in motion today. In 21st-century world affairs, being unaware or dismissive of this energy factor is shortsighted at best and “riding blind” at worst.
Just about everyone knows the old trope that “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. But learning from history without any sense or realization of the energy factor isn’t really learning much at all. In fact, it guarantees the conditions for repeating such history again and again and again until we finally wake up to the greater forces and sources that shape our existence and future.
NOVEMBER 07, 2017
AN OPEN LETTER ON 12 RED CHAIRS AND RESILIENCE
Last week, there was a big wind storm that took many people across the state by surprise – including the power company, which experienced an unprecedented outage in every single area and county they serve. People outside the region probably didn’t hear much about it, but having lived through Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike in Houston, it was a reality that THIS storm in a totally different part of the country was way harder to experience than those hurricanes. The winds whipped heavy rains around at a sustained 85 miles per hour all night without any break whatsoever – in contrast to Rita and Ike where there were quiet periods when the wind slackened, and which didn’t last as long overall as this storm. This storm was truly an assault on the senses that was tiring and devitalizing, not because of the lack of sleep, but because of the energy reality of what such turbulence for such a sustained period of time can do to the bodies, even when one knows how to manage the ecosystem impacts on the energies of the bodies.
Through the night, a persistent banging sounded more than a little ominous, but the door couldn’t be opened to check what was going on because the suction of the winds probably would have ripped it right off its hinges if opened. The car was parked outside near the tree line and close to an overhead power line because a big riding mower in the garage couldn’t be moved and takes up too much space to fit the car. The trees could be heard whipping around with such force and the rain was so heavily soaking the ground that it seemed likely that there would be many trees downed.
It was unknown what would be found in the light of day. But through those long hours of darkness and thunderous noise, every even bigger burst of wind amidst the constant freight train of wind and every even more pummeling burst of rain in the constant rattle of rain was met with a sense of certainty and optimism that everything would come through just fine.
By morning, the rains had stopped, but the winds were still quite strong. In the light of day, the first discovery was that 12 red plastic Adirondack chairs that were forgotten outside during the storm and were anticipated to be long gone and broken apart with the violent force of the wind were incredibly and improbably all still close to the house and were intact. One of them traveled a little farther and was a bit hidden behind a big blue spruce tree, but it didn’t take long to find it. It was ironic that that was the farthest traveler because it was already a little cracked prior to the storm, and it was amazing to find that in traveling far, it did not break any further and is still usable.
The next discovery was that the ominous persistent banging was just a shingle loosening throughout the night that finally tore away from the roof. But it landed right below in a very visible spot and was intact enough to tack right back up. It’s not even really possible to see which one it was without hunting around the roof carefully.
The final amazing discovery was that on a property surrounded by many big and old trees with plenty of dried-out branches, not a single one came down. The ground ended up thoroughly soaked down a couple of inches, so the fact that all the trees, especially the many white pines with their shallow and broad roots, remained standing was doubly unlikely. The only bit of debris was a small branch – more of a large stick really – that landed on the EDGE of the driveway, not even in it.
The broader significance of all these seemingly improbable outcomes distilled into the symbol of those 12 red chairs. How is it possible that 12 plastic chairs all stayed close to the house in 85 mile per hour winds that were whipping across acres of open lawn on the top of an exposed hill? How is it possible that these inexpensive common chairs did not break at all as they were tumbled around like marbles? How is it possible that the one chair that was already cracked and weakened before the storm did not end up cracked further or broken as it was blown across the farthest distance?
Those 12 humble red chairs bought from a local big box hardware store reminded that we are all of us, without exception, more resilient than we think. Incredible things happen when we know more fully the energy and spiritual reality of who and what we are.
It is important to recognize that there are many among us who may not feel or see themselves as strong but do not break in the gale-force winds of life’s pressures and points of tension. It is important to value that many among us who are not paid attention to or afforded much respect because they are not famous or wealthy or expensively educated weather the storms of life and do not break. It is important to realize that those among us who are weakened or fatigued by physical, emotional, mental or spiritual ailments or pains do not necessarily break further when subjected to more pressure or obstacles.
It is important to remember that humanity and individual human beings are living organisms and centers of progress designed to thrive and rise in resilience when faced with obstacles – the more insurmountable, the better in many cases. In the face of the psychological and existential fatigue many lives and people of goodwill are currently experiencing through current world events, conditions can be seen as daunting or they can be seen as evidence that great growth is afoot.
When the inexpensive plastic red chairs are blown and do not break, it is an opportunity to realize they are stronger and more valuable than we think. When entire cities are inundated with water, it is an opportunity for those in the cities to realize they are stronger and can come together in community more than they think. When entire nations are inundated by forces of hatred, it is an opportunity for their citizens to realize that unity and love are stronger and more valuable than they think.
In humanity, a “glue” that makes us strong is the resilience provided by the extent of certainty and optimism with which we face strong winds and turbulent waters. How we understand, interpret and respond to the experience of strong winds and turbulent waters – physical and existential – literally shapes our reality and our will, and our will largely shapes the extent to which we can access certainty and optimism. This power of will is developed and our deep reserves of strength and resilience are found under pressure, force and unpredictable circumstances that reveal what we are truly made of, what our purpose is and what is most important to value.
When the power of will is present and optimism and certainty are the norm, 12 red chairs become more than they seem. In all their red brightness, we can imagine them smiling into the night wind, saying, “Bring it on!” And in the dawn of the morning light, they remain – moved, but unbroken.
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