Saturday, April 29, 2006

Living in the Highest Light

I've discovered one of the keys to manifesting desires and conscious creation. And as I explained to my friends at dinner last night, that key is none other than "happiness". I know that the Buddha taught that one of the greatest paths to enlightenment was happiness. Not that happiness itself is enlightenment, but if we can somehow train our minds or create the conditions in our world that brings us happiness, then we are poised to open up the way to living our lives more to our liking. Indeed through happiness we can achieve our desires and bring the highest possibilities to us. This 'higher' emotional state draws energy and people towards us, creates notice from others and blesses us with more abundance. I've been one of the worst, to tell the truth, in getting stuck in some distressed mind-state, worried and repulsed by some unwanted experience or condition in my life. The worrying and pushing away only brings the unwanted experience back to us again. But as I have learned, it is imperative that we lift ourselves from the gross or dark emotional state, finding gratitude, hope and happiness in our experience. We have to insist on it every day, even if it means drastically changing our world as we know it. In fact, I am fearlessly and courageously moving forward, being willing to sacrifice great loss or whatever it takes to feel the peace, joy and happiness of life each day.

Dying to the old is part of the process, part of the process of life. For example I started to sell my book collection recently. I have some books I've held onto since college, having graduated with a degree in Philosophy in 1987. I figure having saved these books for this long, and I still haven't read them, I think I can safely get rid of them. So, I've listed a number of books on sale on I've made a little bit of money. But in the mean-time the act of giving up this old part of my life has created something new. The experience has brought new hope of doing more internet sales, as this experience is opening up to new opportunities. There are hidden opportunities everywhere I believe. If only we are willing to move, change and offer up our old selves to the past. If we do this do this with joy, love, happiness and/or gratitude then we are operating in the world at our highest vibration. We become like a creative wizard, manifesting our world.

I was stuck recently feeling really unhappy with a situation that I thought I could never change. Living in an apartment with an upstairs neighbor who mercilessly would pace, pound, walk about at all hours of the day and night, I was in complete misery. My world had become a nightmare that I couldn't see an escape. Since I am a highly sensitive person, this situation really bothered me, . The only affirmation in this emotionally dark time was I now have mastery over my world. I believe this affirmation brought me to Barnes & Noble one evening to develop a new and even more powerful affirmation or mantra. At the new age section, I was immediately drawn to Esther and Jerry Hick's book Ask and It is Given. This book drove the point home to me that the reason we are not creating what we want is because we are not centered in our joy. The book also listed an emotional scale, advising even if we are feeling the lowest of emotions, such as depression, we might benefit by shifting to anger, as being a bit higher on the scale. Only we could know if that was the case. Many techniques are offered in the book for raising our emotional state, or raising our vibrational level. One such technique is having an appreciation bonanza. Basically looking everywhere for anything to appreciate, to be grateful. But for me, leaving B&N that evening seemed to have left me with the mantra to chant Living in the Highest Vibration. This I sang in the car on the way home. This I sang again the next time the upstairs neighbor began pacing above me again. Miraculously, she left the apartment the next day and didn't return for several nights. Since then she has been away a lot more often and I've been able to sleep much better at night.. There has truly been a shift in conditions as well as a shift in my thoughts and feelings.

I truly believe we must give attention and focus to our emotional and spiritual selves each day and each moment to succeed in this creative source centered mastery. We must work to raise our vibration in relationship to every experience. This is an excellent point for those working to shift from the old matrix world that we have been living in to open up to a life sustained by the new energies of the emerging new world. As we evolve to what is referred to as the Hopi's fifth world, a new dimension of spiritual reality sets in. For some of us we drop from our old methods of support, the matrix, which has never worked well for us anyway, to the support of creative source-centered mastery. In this way we come to fuller integration of our being which has been kept from us for much too long. I no longer place limits on my happiness. I affirm I am living in the highest vibration, the highest light.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Cutting Edge New Age

I can't help to notice where my spiritual path has taken me in that past few years. Spirituality has always been a big part of who I am. I am a thinker, a kind of philosopher and what has excited me most recently is what would be called 'new age'. New age is an ironic term because it actually invokes ancient wisdom and ancient history, bringing ancient knowledge to the forefront of modern thinking and practice. In this light we honor the Native American tradition, traditions of the east such as Buddhism and Hinduism, and what can be referred to as the Hermetic tradition encomposing ancient Egyptian beliefs, Druids and Celtic tradition. The new age seems to be all about discovering what has been lost to modern humanity. Indeed it is a perspective that beckons to awaken our current society and world from its materialism and ignorance of a greater reality. New Age spirituality is not a science, though much of what is being discovered by modern science (especially physics i.e. What the Bleep Do We Know) is used to support new age thought, such as in the example of quantum mysticism. New agers tend to want to discover for themselves the mysteries and powers of life within. From this perspective it can unfortunately be a narcissistic spirituality, as the forms of service and humility in traditional religions is a bit thwarted, although not entirely, by the self-empowered New Ager. In addition the hidden worlds of our government and speculations about aliens weave there way into this body of thought. And at the crux of the new age phenomenon right at this moment is a newly interpreted 'end times' as the date 2012 has cropped up time and time again. It is not an end of the world, but the beginning of a whole new world. A real sense of permeating change as happening right now, more so than ever before, is well defined and discussed throughout the new age community.

Indeed, I attended a conference called Earth Changes in Sedona, AZ, the Sunday after the spring equinox. Jose Aguelles was the main speaker and, of course, spoke about 2012, which is a code he said. He repeated that several times. In fact, almost every time he gently reminded us of 2012 he would say, "[it] is a code". We are past the point of no return he says. "Are we practicing our telepathy?" he asked as another curious invitation to speculate on what the future earth changes hold. From the galactic perspective, we are just nanoseconds away from the shift of one epoch to the next. No forecasts of great destructions were stated, except a suggestion that the internet won't be around that long. Perhaps this will be due to the increased sunspot activities scientists are predicting. And when do scientist predict the peak sunspots? The historically validated computer models are predicting 2012 for peak sunspot activity or coronal mass ejections. This will disrupt communications and electrical systems as have happened in the past. But from the new age perspective this is not a time of disaster, but an opportunity to awaken to expanded consciousness and a new dimension.

Numerology has 2012 adding up to be a "five”: 2 + 0 + 1 + 2 = 5. Five is a number some say corresponds to love. (The year 2003 was also a year of love. I know it was for me personally as I felt a lot of love that year and a lot of happiness.) The next year 2004 also brought us an astronomical event that I was for some reason very aware of: the Venus transit of the sun. It was a rare event sometimes occurring over intervals of hundreds of years. New age chatter hailed it as an opportunity to bring goddess energy to the earth. I was keenly aware of it. I anticipated the event and knew the exact time of its happening that June morning. I looked for it, but it could not be seen except with special equipment. The very day or next day of the Venus transit did mark a change for me. As a journal writer for years I had always used my journals as a type of therapy to complain about my life and just report on things as there were. But the Venus transit brought a change in that for the first time I took my writing to the visionary level. I decided that I no longer had to just write what was, I could begin to write about what I wanted to be. And to my surprise the visionary writings uplifted my days as I wrote and envisioned more happiness in my life and a better job. The happier days were immediate and the better job came in three months! Related this to the Venus transit I wondered when the next rare Venus transit would occur. I looked it up and what do you know, the next one is due in 2012 a "five" year of love.

I also want to give mention to Terrence McKenna, a leading thinker who devised a mathematical schema for demonstrating cycles in history using concepts of novelty, repetition and the I Ching. This model, as I understand it, shows history as repeating itself, or perhaps as a spiraling phenomenon. McKenna was aware of the work of Jose Arguelles. But the interesting thing is that McKenna sought a number of dates for the end date of his model. No date fit the graphical up and down cycles of history until he tried the date 2012. I honor McKenna, his intellect and boldness of experimenting with altered states of consciousness. He was a pioneer thinker. Although some of his ideas are radical they are convincing enough to receive mention. Also, Zacharia Sitchin is a pioneer thinker. As the previous post mentions his radical ideas of intelligent design from an ancient extraterrestrial race, I know this goes way to far for some people. But the evidence and scholarly work is compelling enough to also deserve a mention. It should not be dismissed just because it is too "far out" to believe. Before reading Sitchin's work I never thought I would consider the possibility of intelligent design. Now I do.

Awakening to our ancient past in Sumer is new age. As well as finding our connection through a greater dimension is new age. Finding an explanation for the rapidly accelerating world that we live in all comes together in a new age philosophy. So too, hope of awakening, transcendence and ascendance right here, right now to the next dimension is the new age.