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Archive for August, 2010

Dangers of Distortion

What is becoming increasingly evident to me that distortion is the norm. How can this be? Isn’t distortion a twisting of reality and truth – a corruption of what’s real? Precisely.

It seems to dovetail perfectly into the understanding that this reality is illusion.

Personal Distortion

Illusion or not, this reality is under constant assault through distortion.

Distortion by whom? You-m, and me, and who knows what other aspects of consciousness are perpetuating this misalignment. I’m not so sure it really matters other than to begin to awaken to the myriad of ways we contribute to it, as well as to recognize its many forms, in order to step back, label it, and seek the clarity that it hides.

What do I mean by distortion?

Distort: 1. to explain or report information in a way that is incorrect or untrue or that makes something seem different from what it really is; 2. a sound, shape, characteristic or frequency that distorts or changes (something) so that it is strange, unclear, or difficult to recognize

That doesn’t sound that dangerous or pervasive, does it? Well if you really think about it, consider the different names and forms we have for perpetrating distortion: lies, half-truths, creative license, politics, spin, influence, personal perspective, fantasy, cultural norm, selling, marketing, business as usual, nationalism, religion, science, statistics, theory, art, framing, memory, comparison…

Distortion of Reality

Where do we draw the line? Is there a line?

When we recognize that the distortion we perpetuate twists Truth, which affects all of Consciousness, I believe whatever line there may be moves.

Perhaps what is occurring is that I am becoming more and more aware of this “line” and where it “is.” For a long time now I have made a conscious effort to be as clear as possible, both within my own being, as well as communicating with others. During this process I have become increasingly sensitive to lack of clarity.

I might define clarity as coming into the purist possible focus. [Think, analog to high def – an external reflection of how our consciousness is moving. ;)] So as Consciousness moves in the direction of high def/Clarity, with a capital “C,” the distortion that we’ve been so accustom to becomes more and more glaring, and more and more jarring.

For those who are so entrenched in the old “analog” way of perceiving reality, there is little effort or awareness of anything but the distortion that is their norm. Yet, likewise for those of us who are seeking a High Definition, high frequency, crystalline clarity perspective. We need to be vigilant of the old ways that have been the “norm,” and recognize them for what they are: distortion.

Ramifications of continuing to partake in distortion???

Do we really want to go there?

Or should I say, stay there???

It's up to us.

Change, Change, Change: Experiencing the Possibilities

There is something I want more than anything else. Until I want something completely different…than I did a minute ago.

To say I don’t know my own mind and heart is the furthest from the truth, yet its absolutely true! I know what’s in my mind and heart absolutely, but then something changes. And changes again, and again, and again! I’ve come to the conclusion that at least for now, its a good thing I am not creating what I want immediately, as it won’t “be right” 5 minutes from now.

I suspect it’s the increasingly high vibrational frequencies we are downloading. The sense I have is that it’s like what has been described before another exquisite transition, death–having your life flash before your eyes, only in reverse–the possibilities flash before your eyes, and heart and mind.

But it’s exhausting! I remind myself over and over to stay in the present moment. But present moment is stale and decaying, and at the same time contains these ever-flashing possibilities! So I tend to focus on them.

Infinite Possibility

What I am coming to realize is that I need to take each possibility and thoroughly revel in it. Have it be absolutely real for however long it lasts, until the next one shows up and I do the same with that. Slowly, it’s ceasing to be about manifesting it in this third dimensional reality, and just experiencing the possibility fully and completely. Isn’t that the definition of manifesting it anyway?

FOOTNOTE: When I went to publish this post something very unusual happened.  I received a message that the connection with the server failed while I was attempting to load the page, and then a video popped open of the last 15 seconds of Susan Boyle’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent: all that was shown and heard was “….I dreamed,” and applause accompanied by stunned silence and a standing ovation. I’m still shaking my head in awe…

Go Google Yourself!

Do you ever Google yourself? It’s a good idea to do from time-to-time. Today I actually discovered 1 other woman with my name, the only other woman with my (married) name actually, who happens to also be from this area, and is a holistic health adviser and yoga instructor. Now, I’m neither of those, however both these arenas are very much akin to my worldview and resonate with who I am. Coincidence? Vibrations within a name? … I digress.

So in Googling myself this morning I came upon an article I wrote back in 1998 for The Avatar Journal. I read it with interest as I knew where it was going, however I had forgotten some of the insights I gleaned from the experience I wrote about. Finding this was a small gift unto itself, as I caught a glimpse of a former, yet very familiar self, appreciating the self-awareness and growth that takes place when you are paying attention…

Spring 1998

What Do You Think Feel About Semantics?

Many years ago, I held the position of Personnel and Office Manager for a mid-sized importing business. I reported directly to the controller, who, by the way, considered his title a summarized job description. Despite this fact, we got along because he treated me with respect and turned to me for input. I remember him fondly.

Despite these fond memories and despite working closely with him for seven years, one incident stands out. It came to mind the other day as I was re-reading something in Section II of The Avatar Course.

For his review, I had given the Controller a key letter I had written. Everything was acceptable to him except for my choice of one word. I had concluded the letter with my recommendation: “In light of…I feel…” My boss told me that feel did not sound professional. According to him it should be replaced with think.

I made the change but was disturbed by a sense that it was apparently unacceptable to be perceived as feeling. From then on each time I wrote something in my business woman identity, I had to stop when I naturally would have written feel and replace it (reluctantly) with think. It felt like I was out of integrity with myself, somehow telling myself that it was not okay to feel in the office. I had been given a picture, of what I should be to carry around when I was at work. I continued to use the word think so as not to create waves in what appeared to be an accepted attitude in business.

Several years later I took The Avatar Course. Upon returning to the business world after the course, now in a position with another firm, I faced the word feel from an even deeper, experiential perspective which one discovers during The Avatar Course. Again working within the parameters of the editorial edict to write as a professional, I felt the misalignment between my inclination to feel and the prescribed think stance. Then a realization hit: I believe.

Initially I would write I believe with some hesitation. Would this be acceptable in the business realm? Later it flowed from my pen naturally without any sense of creating a conflict between my professional self vs. me. I don’t know whether I discreated this dichotomy of selves, the idea that professionals prickle at the notion of feeling, or just created that believing was open to the reader’s interpretation.

Of course, the entire question was my creation in the first place. While it may seem a small matter that one statement from a former boss led me on an expedition in experiencing a separate artificial identity, one that never felt (there’s that word again) true to me. Avatar helped me to bring these separate selves together, in harmony. I no longer had to be anything but me. What a relief!

So I am left wondering: is it just a case of semantics, or is it more? What do you believe?

Changing Money: The Giving Pledge

Those of us who are aware of the esoteric changes happening in this third dimensional world are acutely aware of changes occurring in the institutions and global systems that have been in place for eons. We have witnessed the erosion of many markets and industries, some on the brink of collapse–this in preparation for establishing systems that sustain a far higher vibrational frequency.

There is a great deal of focus on these collapsing paradigms. I actively seek out evidence of the coming shift into 5th dimensional frequencies — it helps me maintain balance in this time where we walk with one foot in each world.

An enormous shift that gives me such a sense of the 5th dimensional frequencies visibly manifesting in our “everyday” world is “The Giving Pledge,” a cause initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. The pledge is a moral (not legal) commitment to give away a minimum of 50% of their wealth to charities of their choice, either during their lifetime or upon their death.

The Gates are Open to All for the Buffett that Lies Beyond

Not only have they personally pledged to give a way far more than 50% of their personal wealth, they are actively challenging other super wealthy to do the same. Recently it was reported that 40 other billionaires had made the pledge, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, CNN founder Ted Turner, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Hollywood director George Lucas, as well as Buffett and Gates–and they were just getting started!

I am awestruck by all this! I don’t know about you but my heart just open so much wider when I initially read about this, and clearly the movement is taking root. The focus is not on any particular charities, or the morality of rich vs poor. It is simply a recognition that their is no need for massive accumulation of wealth.

Here’s a short piece from the pledge by Warren Buffett:

“My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest. Both my children and I won what I call the ovarian lottery. (For starters, the odds against my 1930 birth taking place in the U.S. were at least 30 to 1. My being male and white also removed huge obstacles that a majority of Americans then faced.) My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate’s distribution of long straws is wildly capricious.

The reaction of my family and me to our extraordinary good fortune is not guilt, but rather gratitude. Were we to use more than 1% of my claim checks on ourselves, neither our happiness nor our well-being would be enhanced. In contrast, that remaining 99% can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others. That reality sets an obvious course for me and my family: Keep all we can conceivably need and distribute the rest to society, for its needs. My pledge starts us down that course.”

and this excerpt from Bill and Melinda Gates:

“Both of us were fortunate to grow up with parents who taught us some tremendously important values. Work hard. Show respect. Have a sense of humor. And if life happens to bless you with talent or treasure, you have a responsibility to use those gifts as well and as wisely as you possibly can. Now we hope to pass this example on to our own children.

We feel very lucky to have the chance to work together in giving back the resources we are stewards of.  By joining the Giving Pledge effort, we’re certain our giving will be more effective because of the time we will spend with this group. We look forward to sharing what a wonderful experience this has been for us and learning from the experience of others.

Best Wishes,

Bill and Melinda Gates”

To read the full letters, as well as the pledges of others who are pledging their wealth, go to http://givingpledge.org/#enter. I applaud the realization by these folks and in particular Bill Gates and Warren Buffett for spearheading this change in money paradigm of the western world! The gifts these men have given and received over their lifetimes pale by comparison to the shift in consciousness they are put forth now! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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