Posts Tagged ‘Joanna Macy’

Denial, Boundaries, Dams and Emotions

Today’s post offers a collection of other posts with commentary based on what I’ve observed in recent sessions and in the larger world. It doesn’t take much intuition to recognize how polarized, projecting and intense emotions have become, especially in recent weeks. What surprises me (somewhat) is the degree to which even non-political people are empathing and experiencing the massive energies swirling around. So many people tell me about huge arguments in their microcosm, which exactly mirror huge arguments in the macrocosm. Or about feeling a need to suppress emotions and opinions in order to keep the peace, but then having physical symptoms arise that demand attention.

As within, so without. As without, so within. Add to this dynamic the struggle between the current energy pushing towards revelation and awakening — including rude awakening — fighting against the desire to shove unpleasant truths back under the rug, and we’ve got a roiling, boiling collective threatening to break the dam. Coincidentally, we also have a crisis at Oroville Dam — whose inadequate/defective spillways demanded (but did not receive) attention 12 years ago. Regardless of whether or not that dam creates a 100-foot tsunami of water through Continue reading

Volunteer Community vs. Collectivist Tyranny

This is one of the best articles I’ve ever read illustrating the extremely important differences between volunteer communities that naturally coalesce around shared interests and goals, in direct contrast to forced collectivism. Please familiarize yourself with how volunteer community supports freedom, whereas forced collectivism supports tyranny. I think it’s a fabulous piece, but I do have a three five paragraph add on of my own in response to Brandon’s final paragraph, along with a Joanna Macy video, which I believe adds some important context and additional ways of empowering and healing ourselves and our planet.

Methods For Fighting Back Against Collectivist Tyranny

By Brandon Smith

(First published on Activist Post, which encourages sharing with attribution.)

In any examination of historical precedence, it is easy to see that the sheer number of collectivist and tyrannical systems have far outweighed any experiments in individual liberty. I have explored the reasons for this in numerous articles, including recent pieces such as “How To Stamp Out Cultural Marxism In A Single Generation” and “The Tools Collectivists Use To Gain Power.” To summarize, there is a driving desire among weaker-minded people to seek control over other people in the name of arbitrary standards of safety as well as arbitrary standards of “civil” conformity. While such people proclaim publicly that they do what they do for the “greater good,” in reality they seek only to satiate a private lust for power.

In the darkest corners of their souls, many people have personal aspirations to attain godhood in their own little worlds. And if they cannot achieve such godhood outright on their own, then they will join a mob with similar aspirations so that they can at least feel omnipotent through vicarious tyranny.

This is why collectivism and individualism are mutually exclusive. A collectivist uses force or manipulation to compel the masses to accept a society that follows his personal ideology. An individualist adheres only to the tenets of natural law and the non-aggression principle. He believes force is justified only when the personal liberties of an individual are threatened by others. And he demands that if he participates in any society, it be voluntary. Collectivism is society through coercion. Individualism promotes society through voluntary cooperation. The two philosophies cannot coexist.

I’ll say it again because there are some people out there with severe reading comprehension issues; the definition of collectivism requires the prioritization of the group over the rights of the individual.  Collectivism by its very nature denies or destroys individualism and individual choice in this prioritization.  Collectivism therefore requires the engineered organization of individuals predicated by COERCION, or force.  Period.  If a group organizes voluntarily, then it is NOT collectivist.  If a group is organized through force and manipulation, then it IS collectivist. Period.  Bananas are yellow.  Oranges are orange.  The sky is blue.  Two plus two equals four.  And, collectivism compels participation by force, while voluntary community does not.

There is no rational debate to be made against this clear dichotomy.  It is truly amazing how some folks cannot seem to grasp the very obvious difference between collectivism and voluntary community; the same people that will likely still attempt to argue that collectivism and individualism are “not mutually exclusive” after reading this very article.

I certainly would never make the claim that most collectivists are intelligent…

The collectivist threat is not merely due to environmental factors alone. As the psychologist Carl Jung outlined in his collected papers titled “The Undiscovered Self,” at any given point in history at least 10% of the human population has inherent (but often latent) psychopathic tendencies. Less than 1% of these people will actually act out their full psychopathy under stable social conditions. However, in times of great distress or political and economic upheaval, the psychopathic 10% are given a kind of playground in which to let the devil out; Jung called this the “collective shadow.”

As I have explained in the past, these are the “useful idiots” within any society. They are the reason why there will never be a time now or in the future in which collectivist oppression will not be a potential threat, and why individualists will have to remain forever on guard. That said, they are only a part of the bigger problem. In almost every instance of mass tragedy or despotic government, an elitist minority pulls the strings of the useful idiots, aiming them like a shotgun at individualists in order to clear a path for total centralization. The elites are another horror altogether.

These are the men and women who EMBRACE their psychopathy. It is not latent or subconscious; it is a fully integrated and accepted part of their psychological life. They have found that psychopathy can be an effective tool for gaining power and influence when average people around them are less vigilant or less confrontational due to fear or apathy. And contrary to popular belief, psychopaths CONSTANTLY organize into effective working groups, some of them vast and global in scope, as long as there is the promise of mutual benefit involved.

This is not to say that they organize around “gain” alone. Elitists have their own pervasive ideology and their own rationalizations for seeking control of others.

They see themselves as “philosopher kings” as described in Plato’s Republic, exemplary and “special” people who are born with the inherent genetic capacity to rule over the masses with the utmost clarity. They believe they know what is best not only for you, but for the human experiment in total. Their goal is to construct a sociopolitical apparatus that will allow them to have complete overreaching influence over every aspect of every individual life, up to and including the erasure of that life if they think it serves their ends.

“…You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character and industry enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner…” — George Bernard Shaw, Fabian socialist, from The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism

“My conclusion is that a scientific society can be stable given certain conditions. The first of these is a single government of the whole world, possessing a monopoly of armed force and therefore able to enforce peace. The second condition is a general diffusion of prosperity, so that there is no occasion for envy of one part of the world by another. The third condition (which supposes the second fulfilled) is a low birth rate everywhere, so that the population of the world becomes stationary, or nearly so. The fourth condition is the provision for individual initiative both in work and in play, and the greatest diffusion of power compatible with maintaining the necessary political and economic framework.” Bertrand Russell, member of the Fabian Society, from The Impact Of Science On Society (Note: Russell believed that individuals should be given at least the illusion of choice within minor aspects of society in order to maintain their willing participation.)

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. … [I]t remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.” — Edward Bernays, father of modern propaganda, from Propaganda

Elitists are rarely as open about their true intentions as the men quoted above. They often entice the public with fantastical promises if collectivist systems are supported, including: equality of wealth and prosperity; reduction of labor and increases in leisure time; incredible technological advances; universal education; universal healthcare; the end of nationalism, resulting in the end of war, resulting in infinite global peace; etc.

When they are not able to sell the public on a particular aspect of collectivism, they will create artificial divisions and artificial crises in order to engineer chaos. As per the Hegelian dialectic, when we are thoroughly tenderized by fear and disaster, the elites return to the scene with a “solution” to their original crime, a solution that usually involves more collectivism.

So how do individualists fight back against collectivism, elitists and the useful idiots they exploit? Here are some practical strategies that anyone can employ in his daily life.

Stop Participating In False Paradigms

Yes, in the everyday world there are leftists and right wingers, liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats. People subscribe to particular ideologies and philosophies backed by fundamental differences in belief. These divisions between regular people are indeed real. However, it is important to realize that at the gatekeeper level in these systems, the leadership in both parties subscribe to the same goals. They are not divided. They are part of the elitist structure. And while their rhetoric differs cosmetically, in policy and in action they will always work to destroy individual liberty and promote collectivism, whether they claim to be on the right or the left.

This reality also applies to supposed conflicts between nations. If two nations appear to be at odds with each other, yet the leadership of each nation remains in league with the same international elitists (bankers, Fabians, globalists, etc.), then their conflict is a sham designed as theater for the masses.

Refuse to participate in false paradigms. Point out the inconsistencies of BOTH parties or sides and identify how each works against individualism and toward collectivism. Do not affiliate with any group or institution that has a demonstrated history of antagonism towards individual freedom or that partners with known collectivist (globalist) organizations and frontmen. If you are going to fight for any side, make sure it truly represents liberty through its actions and associations.  Rhetoric is meaningless.

Decouple From Dependency On Corrupt Systems

As our economic situation becomes more and more dire, people are much more apt to become dependent on the system for survival, and this is an intentional result. I would not expect, for example, that the 94 million people in the U.S. who have been unemployed for so long they are no longer counted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics should refrain from government aid or cut themselves off from welfare measures and become immediately self-reliant. They should, however, consider working toward that goal over time; and so should everyone else.

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This is not quite as impossible as it seems. Can you produce or repair items that act as survival necessities? Can you teach a necessary skill? If so, then you are already well on your way to independence. Once you have a necessary skill, trade is possible outside the controlled economic framework. The more individuals involved in an alternative economy, the more diversity of skill sets will be available and the more prosperous that voluntary community will become.

The ultimate achievement in my view would be similar in aspects to the American agrarian models of the past with the integration of helpful technology: completely voluntary communities in which free trade is the foundation; the existence of grid water and grid power is unnecessary; food production is local and ample rather than reliant on national or international freight systems and the artificial scarcity of corporate farming models; and security is provided by each individual for himself, as well as for the community, through voluntary neighborhood watches or militias.

All of this starts with each individual taking action to become a producer, rather than a wage slave or welfare slave.

Organize Locally With People Of Like Mind

Again, organizing voluntarily is counter to collectivism.  Collectivist systems cannot be defeated unless you are willing to establish a competing model that works better while maintaining freedom. This is not hard to do, considering collectivist models are failure-driven machines that devour people and use them as fuel to move society as a whole towards a “greater good” which is neither great nor good.

As outlined above, independent localism is the answer. It is a voluntary structure that encourages self-reliance and preparedness, while making production and innovation the mainstays of a healthy society. It rewards personal success and achievement, rather than punishing it. And, it helps a larger percentage of wealth to keep cycling locally, rather than being siphoned out of communities by governments or government-chartered and protected corporations.

Localism always starts small, with families, friends and neighbors. But as your organization continues to make life better for those involved, it will inevitably attract more participants.  The redundancy of localized economies would also protect people from economic collapse.  In fact, without the forced interdependency of centralized collectivist economic models, large scale financial crises would probably become a thing of the past.

Educate Children Privately

I’ve been saying it a lot lately, and I’ll say it again: Public schooling as it stands today is an apparatus for brainwashing, nothing more. With the dismal world ranking of U.S. students in math, science and reading, I hardly see what service public education is actually performing in America. The only service public schools do seem to excel at is indoctrination, with children now being immersed in collectivist lessons through Common Core and being conditioned into pacifism and fear through insane zero-tolerance policies.

The only working solutions available for parents today are to decouple from the federally dominated public school system and place their children in a well-vetted private school or to home-school. Any sacrifice, financial or otherwise, is worth it to save American children from a vicious system of propaganda and conditioning that could conceivably suppress their individualism and warp them into collectivist monsters.

Arm And Train For Self-Defense

I think it should be pretty obvious that there is a simple reason behind the collectivist habit of attempting to disarm common people: Armed people are harder to manage or control.  If an armed population was not a threat to collectivists then they would not keep trying to disarm everyone. Therefore, if you are not armed and trained in self-defense, then you are not a threat to collectivists.

You can be the most brilliant of thinkers with pristine logic and truth on your side; but without the means and ability to destroy an attacker or tyrant, you are nothing in the grand scheme. Intellectual warriors are not really warriors. And as a writer, I will say in all honesty that the threat of the pen is not mightier than the threat of the sword.

Keep in mind, though, that it is not enough to merely purchase a firearm or shoot at the range. Team tactics and training are essential for free people, which is why they are so admonished by collectivist elements in our society. Train with friends and family or with your Community Preparedness Team, as I do through Oath Keepers; but learn tactical methodologies and how to fight with others. Present a viable danger to collectivists, or be subsumed by them.

Remove The Elitist Hierarchy

Eventually, the fight between individualism and collectivism will become physical rather than informational. There is no way around it. The more individuals begin to decouple from the corrupt system and construct their own alternative framework, the more violent collectivists will turn in response. The virtue of self-defense requires that tyrants be cut off from their means to project violence onto others.

While it is impossible to stop the inherent nature of psychopathy other than to participate in communities where psychopaths are not welcome or encouraged, there is the matter of organized elitism to deal with.

Any fight for freedom from collectivists will require the removal of command and control. This is the only way that humanity can be given breathing room to rebuild without remaining under constant preplanned threat. There are, in fact, many organizations that openly work toward collectivist oligarchy, from central banks (this means central bankers in ALL nations, not just in the West), to the Council On Foreign Relations, to Tavistock, to the Rand Corporation, to the International Monetary Fund or the Bank for International Settlements, to Bilderberg, to the Fabian Society, etc. These institutions need to be dismantled by any means necessary and the participants removed from positions of control. Make no mistake; it will take a war before such people give up the reins of power. This is the inevitable cost of individualism and the inevitable cost of freedom.

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Laura here again: I found myself agreeing with this entire article until the final paragraph, which speaks to the “inevitability” of a coming war. Anyone who has become aware of the TPP, TTIP, geo-engineering, weather warfare, false flag psyops, GMO poisons and thuggery, rigged elections, Common Core, the push for mandatory vaccination, reduced working conditions, forced large scale illegal immigration, calls for depopulation, brainwashing through music and television, CPS kidnapping children for globalist pedophile rings, destruction of our environment from every angle, the transhumanist agenda, dual citizenship in Congress, Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the White House and US military, CIA creation of the New Age Movement that waters down and neutralizes any real traditional Wisdom teachings, not to mention the aggressive 2,000 year push to destroy the Divine Feminine and indigenous societies — anyone who has become aware of some or all of these situations knows we are already at war. And not a war that we began.

I don’t argue the war part, but rather the kind of war we could actually win. I’m not a Bible thumper in any way, shape or form, but I always come back to the verse, “Become wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Most people focus on the dove part of that expression. Based on years of successfully freeing myself and helping many clients free themselves from individual narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths, I focus far more strongly on the “wise as serpents” part. If you know what’s happening in our world and you don’t have it in you to play shoot ’em up, then you still have a responsibility to defend our Earth Mother, Her people, and the very principles of Life.

I understand why people feel that you don’t protect life by causing death. You don’t invite peace through war. I get that in the sense of not starting a new and violent war. But we are already at war, and there are many other weapons than guns and grenades. Despite the physical manifestations of war, this war began in the mind with perversions of perspective that have allowed and encouraged all manner of atrocities to flow from those distortions. Those of us who refuse to contribute to violence do not just get a hypocrite’s free pass to let others do our fighting for us. Rather, we have a responsibility to fight in ways that do support our commitments and to dedicate ourselves to seeking for and finding ways that work.

For some people that involves physically standing in front of bulldozers, attending political meetings, and/or rallying against whatever military/industrial psychopath poses the greatest threat. For some people that might mean educating, protecting and empowering the children — becoming fierce Mama Bears in care of cubs. For some people, it involves educating, protecting and empowering ourselves and others with the very old, suppressed ways of living on and with the Earth — including ritual, song, and magic(k). For some, it means “who cannot hex, cannot heal.” For each of us, it means not being afraid to be and do what we came here to do.

At the very least, we have a responsibility to delve into our own Shadow so that we’re not adding to the Collectivist Beast attempting to devour our world. The more conscious we become, the more effective warriors we become. Consciousness does not simply mean “awareness of the real issues,” passing along a Facebook or Twitter post and calling it a day. True consciousness also involves the creation of a new reality, because true consciousness embraces the tools, wisdom and skills which support that process. I leave you with one of my favorite Joanna Macy videos:

Blessed Be … and be the blessing!

Joanna Macy ~ Shambhala Warrior Prophecy

Time for this one to go up again! Story time with Joanna Macy:

The Great Turning Film: Joanna Macy on Uncertainty

Another message from my she-ro, Joanna Macy:

For those with more time, there’s also this talk, posted by Naropa University last year … Joanna Macy speaking about “The Courage to See, the Power to Choose”:

Joanna Macy’s “The Work That Reconnects”

On Saturday, I mentioned attending a Joanna Macy inspired ritual in Elkhart as part of my friend Nicole’s birthday celebration. David and I had the pleasure of hearing Joanna speak in 2012 when we lived in Madison, but we had not ever attended any of her workshops. This ritual was based on her concept of the Work That Reconnects:

“The activist’s inner journey appears to me like a spiral, interconnecting four successive stages or movements that feed into each other. These four are:

  1. opening to gratitude,
  2. owning our pain for the world,
  3. seeing with new eyes,
  4. going forth.”

We really didn’t know what to expect, but we love Nicole and what she and her friends at Prairie Wolf Collective bring to life, so we went with open minds and hearts. We found there an intimate group of mostly strangers (to us), which oddly made the Work That Reconnects feel even more reassuring and powerful. Respecting the privacy and sacredness of the group experience, I’ll just share some of my own observations and takeaways.

First of all, as I’ve mentioned before, Joanna Macy is up there as one of my most admired people on this planet. I love that she has created a process that communities can repeat for themselves, helping people to tune deeply into both ecology and the people around them. Nicole’s community actively facilitated the entire process, dramatizing the destruction of our ecosystem, and leading various exercises, group sharing, songs and rituals.

I have to agree that “gratitude grounds us.” After watching the interpretive Dance of the Waters — from their original freedom to pollution and corporate control to their healing through love and effort of individuals, I was afraid I might start bawling and not be able to stop. The gratitude exercises, circling through the group with why we’re glad to be alive at this time (The Great Turning), memories of a sacred childhood place, someone who made us believe in ourselves and something we appreciate about ourselves really did anchor me back into a position of strength, despite reeling from the magnitude of our task to heal this planet and return to a culture of life.

Next, we moved to the Element of Fire — outside — building a bonfire with bones and sticks, each of us speaking to the group before adding our piece. This was the “honoring our pain” portion, and for me, living in Northern Indiana, I am never far from the pain of what we have done to this planet. It hurts. I have lived in many of the most beautiful, pristine places of North America, and until moving here, I always chose my locale for its proximity to some gorgeous, large natural feature. From Seattle to Santa Fe to Sedona to Lake Tahoe to Monterey to the shores of Lake Michigan … on and on through 43 addresses, I’ve always made sure to live and breathe the beauty. The landscape has always been a part of who I am.

It took six months of recurring dreams in 2009 telling me to move from Sonoma County California to Northern Indiana, and even then, I did so by way of daily walks by Lake Michigan and then Madison, WI and the nearby woods and lakes, only moving here because my true love needed to care for his parents here. He asked, and I agreed, because six months of such bizarre dreams is no small thing.

But it hurts to live here.

When we first found this property, I felt the pain of neglected land that had had its trees clear cut in preparation for the gut rehab of the house. I saw the dry, cracked earth, full of scraggly weeds and dead tree stumps — and I knew that if we did not take this rental, that it would take hundreds of gallons of toxic RoundUp, imported topsoil and sod to make this yard “acceptable.” I could feel the Nature Spirits traumatized, the animals bereft of shelter, and even though the neighbors all swore this was such “an improvement” over the way it was, every fiber of my being recoiled at the trauma.

Beyond our yard, we have a factory across the street, a caved in garage roof two doors down, and some of the most impoverished, tiny neighborhoods I have ever driven through, let alone lived near. Our rivers are filled with so many chemicals that a local scientist tells me the fish are hermaphrodites, and Monsanto rules the roost with GMO corn and soy fields all across this flat expanse. I learned on Saturday that for a hundred years, Indiana had 10 square miles of trees cleared per day. Diana is the Goddess of the Woodlands, making the name In-Diana as ironic as naming a state after the indigenous people forcibly marched out on the Trail of Death. Along with the real Indians and the Goddess of the Woodlands, straight streets, flat plowed fields and extremely patriarchal, stark religions have managed to squash almost every remaining vestige of the Sacred Feminine.

Ninety trains per day shriek their brakes and toot their horns, while transporting car after car of RoundUp-sprayed GMO high fructose corn syrup. Huge trucks rattle right through Main Street, and illegal immigrants inhale toxic fumes and dust particles in RV and other factories. When the economy crashed here in 2007 — before the rest of the nation — some neighborhoods experienced 80% unemployment, and with such high illegal populations that few could collect any benefits. With such challenges, maintaining yards, sidewalks or caved in garages were hardly priorities.

All of this and more I see, hear, smell, taste and feel. Daily.

This is why I garden. This is why I have hauled over 25,000 pounds of wood mulch, over 10,000 pounds of compost, coffee, potting soil, and manure to heal the soil. This is why I plant ornamental fruit trees and fruiting shrubs, why I obsess over an eight foot tall grape vine trellis, sunflowers, scarlet runner bean tee-pees, and morning glories. This is why I just ordered a Sweet Mock Orange to create a fragrant hedge on the north edge of the front yard, why I’ve got five profusely blooming, tough-as-nails Robinhood Rose bushes to form a hedge out front, and why I choose ornamental varieties for all my vegetable crops. This is why the inside of our home has become a different universe, one that welcomes faeries, the Goddess, and sacred rituals celebrating the Wheel of the Year. This is why I continue to paint portals towards a better future, why I keep interfacing with locals who look at me like I have three heads or don’t belong, why I offered two Reiki certification classes at a Mennonite church last year, and why when people compliment my garden, I admit to receiving faery help.

Confession and perhaps not a surprising one: during the winters in Elkhart County, Indiana, I fantasize about living elsewhere. Without my garden or mature evergreens to clean the air and remind me why I’m here, I cocoon deep inside our faery cottage. Except after the quiet, magical snows that temporarily beautify everything, in winter, I often go weeks without leaving the house, looking at nothing besides my paintings, indoor plants, tarot cards and books. Piles and piles of books about gardening, food forests, and the Faery Realm. Whenever people visit, they immediately notice the “other realm” nature of our home. The energy sparkles inside, and until things start pushing their way back to life outside, my heart can’t stand the brutality of what humanity has done to Northern Indiana.

I didn’t say all of this on Saturday as I picked up a bone to place on the fire, but raw emotion flooded through what I did manage to share. I felt the tears, hot, like lava in my stomach, exploding from my heart, and cracking through my voice, and then it hit me: I’m not just feeling Northern Indiana in contrast to Monterey or Lake Tahoe. I am feeling Gaia Herself, weeping for the way Her children have used Her, beaten, raped and overpowered Her. Everywhere. Elkhart County just forces me to recognize and feel that pain, to own it instead of blissfully pretending it doesn’t exist as I look at waters filled with invisible radiation or land parched by geo-engineered drought. There is one Earth, and all of Her is sacred. Some parts need more help than others, but all of this planet needs healing. As much as I would love to run away, to distract myself from this visceral pain, truly, where would I go?  If I don’t heal this land, my little spot in Goshen, then, tell me, who will? 

Who else would have looked at hundreds of tree stumps, tens of thousands of dandelions, quack grass clumps, a creeping field of garlic mustard, sorrel and poison ivy and thought, “Permaculture Paradise”? Who else, right here, right now, would have spent the hours and money to heal, regenerate and harmonize this land?

On Saturday, I remembered my place — not just via remembered recurring dreams, but in my body and in my soul. In the gratitude section, I realized that what I’ve done with this land is no different than what I do with discarded doors — purifying them, cleaning them, sealing them, and painting them into portals that lead to preferred destinations. This time on Earth — what Joanna Macy calls “The Great Turning,” in which everything falls apart with unknown outcome but enormous potential for healing — is really no different than individual coaching sessions in which I help people move through their worst nightmares into a magical, healed, and preferred life. It’s not easy, but I love it. I love showing up at these moments of incredible odds and almost unimaginable creation.

The next part of the spiral had us back inside, literally walking backwards, around and around the circle, metaphorically moving back through time to all the challenges our ancestors have faced. This portion was the least new to me, since I spend so much time doing past life readings. I’m quite familiar with perennial challenges facing humanity, as well as my own soul’s history, even though I don’t know my family history much beyond my grandparents. I still enjoyed the exercise, appreciating how fortunate I am to experience such a vast temporal perspective on a daily basis. “Seeing with new eyes” for me meant recognizing how blessed I am to live so far out of ordinary life.

The final part of the spiral was “going forth,” and it involved wandering aimlessly around the room until we were told to stop. Then, we paired up with the closest person to us, holding hands, gazing into each others’ eyes and silently participating in whatever exercise the facilitators read. I ended up taking the opportunity to offer a huge surge of Reiki and Runic healing to whomever I paired off with. The energies just surged through me, and I realized another key difference between my regular life and that of most people’s “ordinary life”: Presence. I spend my days in sessions, deeply honoring the being of each client, and David and I have a strong, soulful connection with each other. I had given up on most other people here being able to connect anywhere near that level. I always feel the walls of culture, religion, repression or distraction. So many walls wherever I go here, but in this exercise, for those brief moments, I realized, “Wow! This capacity has not been completely bred out of people in this area. Some are capable of this level of presence. Good to know.”

I felt my own energy expand in a way I rarely allow it to here, out of respect for the extreme Anabaptist infiltration of everyday life. Mystical it is not! In those moments of feeling the Reiki and Runes surging through me and having an unknown other actually trying to connect instead of running from that level of soul communion, I let my energy relax even more, not caring if magic happened around me, as it usually does when my energy moves — freaking out bookstore clerks, baffling salespeople or other shoppers when books or objects I need appear out of nowhere. Here, in the course of “going forth,” I thought, “Ahhh, yes, I will continue to go forth, and maybe there are receptors for what I have to offer in Elkhart County.” I looked forward to conversing afterwards with those I’d connected with in silence.

The ritual ended, and poof! Presto, change-o, I felt all the walls re-erect themselves, and I smiled to myself. Patience, grasshopper. The first three people I connected with seemed to pointedly and awkwardly avoid me for the rest of our time there, but the last one spent hours talking with David and me. We connected with others, as well, not to the degree we are capable of connecting with others, but more deeply than usual in this reserved area. I left the gathering recognizing just how much this community (and probably many communities) need(s) The Work That Reconnects, and I felt grateful that we have people willing to show up. I feel grateful for Nicole and her dozens of friends who took the time on a Saturday afternoon to drum, to cry, to share, and to build — to recognize the pain of our planet and to commit to doing our own part as individuals and as a community to heal ourselves and our Mother. I feel grateful and humbled to heal this yard and to teach and live in this county, in this state, which people on either coast usually dismiss as backwards, redneck and ugly.

In many ways, they would not be wrong, but to dismiss Elkhart County whole cloth is to miss the subtle beauties of regenerating land, economy and soul. I, of course, went home and ordered a bunch more plants, because you always need more flowers, ground cover and nuts. Can’t forget the hazel nuts! In the process of determining which hedges to put where, I heard from a local gardening friend about the Arbor Day Foundation, an organization devoted to growing more trees all over the US. They want to encourage people to plant more trees, so they sell them to you for very low cost, enabling more people to afford more trees. Even if you live in a less obviously hurt spot of Mother Earth, I encourage you to check out the Arbor Day Foundation to see what trees grow well in your zone and area of the country. You can even leave a will of trees, gifts that last a lifetime.

I will leave you with the words of Chief Seattle, quoted recently by Ann Kreilkamp, a friend and fellow InDiana resident from fellow Transition Town, Bloomington:

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people.

Every shining pine needle,

every sandy shore,

every mist in the dark woods,

every meadow,

every humming insect.

All are holy in the memory and experience

of my people.

This we know.

We belong to the Earth.

The Earth does not belong to us.

Chief Seattle, from his Letter to All the People

Ten of Swords

Sometimes I dream of Tarot Cards, and this past week as far as Tarot Dreams go, I’ve seen nothing but the Ten of Swords. This card represents one of the most ambivalent messages in the deck, quite appropriate for our times. Tarot artist Robin Wood’s glossary entry for the Ten of Swords reads:

TEN –No, it is that bad!
Misfortune, ruin, defeat, loss, failure, pain, desolation beyond tears. Alternatively, evils or misfortunes which are over.

Reversed
Evil overthrown, courage, success, recovery, turning toward higher sources.”

For the record, I keep seeing the card upright, not reversed. Since Robin Wood’s cards are copyrighted, here’s a Rider-Waite-Smith version of the card:

Ten of Swords from the Rider-Waite deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

Ten of Swords from the Rider-Waite deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

We determine the meaning of this paradoxical card by exploring the context in which it appears. In terms of world events, we’ve got “A Tale of Two Cities” playing out all over the place: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …”. We’ve also got enormous amounts of Cognitive Dissonance plaguing a species — especially in the US — who has mostly lost the ability to discern anything beyond the projected screen. Even the rare people who see beyond one or two screens usually stop there, patting themselves on the back for their intelligence and insight. For some bizarre reason, it doesn’t occur to people who’ve busted through one reality that the “opposite” they’ve embraced may be exactly the same in a mirror image, or even more restrictive and insidious. Once people burst through a reality, instead of having the presence of screens confirmed, they simply assume that the screens they’ve seen beyond are the only two screens in existence. No amount of pointing out screens and projectors/projections seems to convince them that they’ve only just begun the journey.

I write a lot about the Middle Way, a path that recognizes good within bad, light within dark, positive within negative, because the temptation to label things black and white traps so many people into the same old, same old with a different mask. People see a good side of someone they want to believe in and use that photograph or speech as “proof” that all their detractors have zero merit; this is the new sacrificial lamb so s/he must be telling the truth; no animal or baby would respond to an “evil” person this way; look, so and so loves his children, ergo, he must be on our side. Any information to the contrary — especially if it comes from a news outlet or government people have been told lies (hint: they all do at some point) — is met with Cognitive Dissonance. It does not compute, because these conflicting “facts” can’t possibly go together.

Oh, no? How many of you have ever dated a narcissist or psychopath? How many of you have simply had some bad luck in love in which you can’t really say the person was crazy, but he or she did break your heart with false promises s/he failed to deliver? If that person had zero attractive qualities and no love in their heart, then why did you ever fall in love with them in the first place? You might wonder in retrospect, but at the time, you saw the good without the bad. Or, maybe you saw the good and the bad, but chose to ignore your Spidey Senses, because you really, really wanted to believe the good.

Guess what? That happens on the political stage, as well. People fall in love with the leaders projected on various screens, just as much as they fall in love with characters in romantic comedies or television shows. Projections don’t equal off screen or behind the scenes reality. We live in a world with layers and layers of obfuscation, projection, and Glamour (as in the magickal term for creating a false, glittering “reality”). We live in a genetically and socially engineered world that does everything in its power to keep people so busy, so distracted, so ashamed, so poisoned, narcissistic, addicted and befuddled that they will never move beyond the first few screens.

Inbred narcissism, moral relativism (intentional confusion of one’s inner compass) and one-dimensional or at most two-dimensional awareness ensures that even those who move beyond those first few screens will be marginalized, attacked by those who worship the State, religion or status-quo, and/or deemed insane. Because the programming runs so deep, if people notice an “alternative” news source or politician getting “persecuted” or “maligned,” they automatically accept this as “proof” that this “alternative” really is “different,” not even realizing how thoroughly costumed, cast and plotted this mini series is. Many of the characters don’t even realize they’re actors, which allows them to project “sincerity” even if they’re playing a role. In a world of Reality TV, Facebook, Twitter, and online avatars, few people would recognize reality if it slapped them in the face.

And it does. Those creating the dystopia on this planet need our consent to continue. We live in a Free Will Universe. The reason it doesn’t feel that way is because those running the projections operate according to the letter of that law rather than the spirit of the law. They manufacture consent by controlling not just the mainstream media, but also the education systems, the medical system, and religions, infiltrating the “opposites” of these, as well.

As Vladimir Lenin said, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” Self proclaimed “awakened” people assume that because they see through one layer of reality and find some good qualities in the opposite of that reality, that they have now seen “the new solution” or “the real truth,” but they’re really just trying to find something, someone, anything, anyone who will take away their personal power again. Personal power’s like a hot potato. It requires responsibility for choices, and few people feel comfortable accepting that responsibility moment by moment for the rest of eternity. They’d rather make one more choice — the “right choice” — and outsource the tedious process of discernment, choosing and responsibility.

In private correspondence with a friend the other day, I described it thus:

…this desire to worship a guru instead of have them as more of a teacher and activator runs very strong with so many people. It’s really not that different from any pedestal situation — almost like our culture has a combo of collective borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. To not have those disorders (and the borderline IS that whole no boundaries, merging, I don’t know where you end or I begin paradigm) makes you a freak in their eyes. Or a stick in the mud. Or just … out of place.

Fortunately, more and more people are stepping out of that whole “take my power, please take my power, ohhh, my power’s too heavy for me, please take it from me, along with all responsibility for my choices and my energy, ahhh, we’re all one, now!” vibe that at least some people truly are looking for and capable of having a real relationship. When you find one of those, you will just relax into the relationship and that oneness will happen in a healthy way … where you blend but also maintain individuation.

So what does all this have to do with the Ten of Swords?

I will use America as an example, but if you live elsewhere, check your own locale, government and/or relationships for similar patterns:

(from correspondence with the same friend, regarding the suspicious disarming of American border patrol agents):

My friend: “I don’t get it, they’re buying AR-15’s for the USDA agent’s but may disarm the border patrol, easier for ISIS (Mosad) terrorists to get accross and make a lovely curtain call of 9/11?”

Me: Well, if it’s not obvious yet, then I don’t know when people are going to get it. As you said, AR-15’s to USDA, plus IRS, Social Security Administration, etc. Wide open border. Fast and Furious gun smuggling. Disarming border patrol. Disarming all registered gun holders, but not checking the gangs coming across the border. Amnesty for everyone, including the tens of thousands of convicted rapists and murderers they released from jail. Top 5 Islamic terrorists who’ve vocalized a desire to destroy the US traded for a traitor soldier who converted to Islam and possibly committed to Jihad. Sending our police departments for training in Israel “we will destroy Gaza” and “it’s OK to murder non-Jews.” Hundreds of generals discharged. Vets labeled with PTSD so they can’t hold guns. The Muslim Brotherhood are not considered terrorists anymore, but the Founding Fathers, people who organic garden, believe in the Constitution, and want to make the world a better place are….

Seriously, do we need blood in the streets for people to get it? Or even then will they think it’s something else? The cognitive dissonance in this country is deafening. At least you can’t confiscate magick. Pesky thing, those skills.

And then there is THIS….

http://viewsandpreviews.com/sacking-of-commanding-generals-prelude-to-surrender-or-armageddon/

My Friend: well researched, btw, this is by far the most senior commander’s ever to be sacked in US history, it’s not even close.

http://redefininggod.com
On that note, Ken outdid himself, pull up a chair as I believe this is his longest post ever on how the illuminati picked, then systematically groomed China to be the driver in a NWO takeover, got a say, fascinating reading, good ol Rockefeller and Kissinger, kissing luciferain cousins! Besides us putting the brakes on the BRICS takeover, there is one wild card that can and will derail this plan, civil unrest in China, it’s already happening and simmering into a potential powderkeg, sooooo, why is Obama in China on Veterans day? hmmmm, http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president, the NY Times front page article was how there Chinese leader’s are reverting back to their 60-80’s the US is evil with the populace, trying to whip them into patriotic fervor, always the go to way to subvert internal unrest.

[Back to our regularly scheduled Ten of Swords article]

Seriously, what does this have to do with the Ten of Swords?

The answer is “No, it is that bad,” and people need to wake up if they want to get to the sunny dawn/rebirth on the other side of the death by swords. Recognizing the ugliness of a situation allows you to beautify it. Recognizing danger encourages you to implement protections — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, magickal — and the more the better. Recognizing that those running the show have not dumbed themselves down as they have the majority of the population should result in a bit of humble pie to realize, “Oh, oh, oh, oh. Well, crap! What do I do?!” That question is extremely overwhelming and uncomfortable, hence all the Cognitive Dissonance and truncated rabbit hole dives: “Nope, no more tunnels here. Uh-Uh. I’ve uncovered this here wascally wabbit, and I’ve got no need to look any deeper or wider or, gasp, multi-dimensionally. Nope, I got it covered. Why ya gotta be such a hater? You’re so 3D.”

Here’s the good news: remember that Law of Free Will? Well, it does come with the annoying need to accept responsibility for our creations, but it also frees us to reject creations we do not want. Permission DENIED. But Nature abhors a vacuum, so denial will only get you so far. We live in an endlessly creative universe. In order to claim that second meaning of the Ten of Swords (“Alternatively, evils and misfortunes which are over”), we need to fill that vacuum with the new, preferred paradigm.

And that takes work. Here in America, we’ve been taught for at least three generations that hard work isn’t necessary, wise or evolved. Get rich quick. Play the markets. Work the system. Only, just as with those projector screens mentioned earlier, people stop once they see through on or two systems. “The Secret” did not reveal all the secrets. It garbled and diluted them for mass consumption. Manifestation can occur through working systems of reality, but that process requires discipline, discernment and yes, occasionally showing up in the 3D implementation of your vision.

I can use our yard as an example. Despite what a friend tried to tell me last spring while I was weed whacking dandelions gone to puffballs with exponential abandon, “No, it really is that bad.” This yard, when we took it, made me cry. Yes, I saw the potential, and yes, I have spent hours per day figuring out how to create beauty, abundance and fertility in an otherwise destroyed, hideously ugly, forgotten and disharmonious place. But … and here’s the key part: I have also personally hauled over 20,000 pounds of wood mulch, thousands of pounds of compost, volcanic ash, used coffee grounds and rock dust. I’ve invested my own time, money and energy in seeds, trees, used my own diluted urine as a foliar spray when plants were dying from not enough nitrogen, moved plants, sourced plants, weed whacked, hauled concrete, artistically arranged plant groupings, and created wildlife habitats. Yes, I had a vision and help from faeries with whom I took the time to communicate, but I also implemented that vision.

We face formidable challenges in America today and around the world: food insecurity; the poisoning of fresh and ocean water; air pollution; radiation; geo-engineered climate change and droughts; uncontrollable (out of human hands) climate change, volcanoes and floods; over consumption and growing landfills; Satanic ritual abuse and the practically normalized sexualization and abuse of children; a dumbed down population; huge swaths of people completely dependent on the State for food, subsidies and healthcare; weaponized vaccines; leaking nuclear reactors; globalist Kool-Aid drinkers unwittingly ushering others into their own slavery and suicide; actual laws on the books that permit slavery in the US, Ukraine and Greece; banks and a BigPharmafia completely protected from prosecution; corporations with more “personhood” than actual people; a public so brainwashed and overwhelmed by information, EMF’s and technology that they really don’t know if they’re coming or going, and if you try to tell them, they’ll ignore you, ridicule you, attack you or stare at you like you have four heads. There’s more, but I’ll stop now.

A three-fold solution exists:

1) Recognize the problems for what they are. You don’t need to get stuck here, but you won’t know how to address issues without falling into new traps if you adamantly refuse to see the layers of issues. You can choose one or two areas as your focus, but be honest with yourself. Pray for courage and clarity.

2) Remove consent. Literally express the fact in writing, aloud or in some other clearly definitive way that you do not consent to these plans and orchestrated problems. Nor do you consent to the “solutions” engineered for your “reaction.” If, instead of the predicted “reaction” to the “problems,” you simply remove your consent to both the preordained problem and solution, then you step onto your own path.

3) Do what is yours to do. Follow through on your vision, hopes and dreams of an alternative reality. Use whatever skills, tools, passion and calling you feel in whatever ways you can. You don’t need to become a politician, natural healer or organic farmer, but if you feel called in those directions, then start walking. If you feel called to start small, then start small. But start.

“Little by little, one travels far.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

“You do what is there that makes sense.” ~Joanna Macy

I’ve posted this video before, and I will continue to post it, because she’s right on:

Integration Lifetimes and the Splitting of the Worlds

I keep thinking about Inelia Benz’s recent post, “The Splitting of the Worlds –Coming to a planet near You!” , urging people to consider an option besides simple light or dark … positive or negative. According to Inelia — and I had previously written about this, too:

“The physical separation is really up on the human collective mind right now. I would say, for now, just observe it.

“As I observe it, and this is something that is coming out in the Interview with a Psychic Assassin book, there is a third option manifesting. It’s is so outside of our reality scale that it needs to be observed.

“Basically, light and dark can and do exist without the other. In fact, that’s the only way they can exist. We can see both because there is both existing separately from each other in our world. There is also a reality where neither exists.

“And something that is just appearing in our awareness, is a reality where they both exist as One. Not light and dark making grey, but making a color that is not in our spectrum. Not a reality where they neutralize or mesh, but where a new element emerges.”

This third option has the potential to transcend the duality and extremes currently thrashing collective consensus reality. It’s akin to what I’ve called an “Integration Lifetime,” in which the goal isn’t fixing a single relationship or issue, or succeeding at a particular career, or evening the score; no, it’s much more complicated and yet infinitely simpler than all that! Integration Lifetimes (and there are millions here living them right now in microcosm of larger processes on our planet) aim to reclaim all the disparate facets of our multi-dimensional beings and empower ourselves to live and be in the world but not of it. Even that phrase fails to reflect all the subtleties of an Integration Lifetime, because once you find that new set point and way of being, you can suddenly afford to be “of” the world, too. The weight of the world won’t weigh you down.

The integration process begins with dis-integration, which is why I encounter so many of you as Medical Intuitive clients! Life falls apart in ways that prohibit you from using bandaids, splints and crutches as permanent cures. After the dis-integration comes a period of the Void. You’ve lost everything you thought you knew and were, but you can’t see or feel or know what’s coming, because “it” remains so far off your radar that you miss “it,” even when “it” begins to permeate your being. The Void can last awhile. However long it lasts, it feels uncomfortable. The sooner you embrace that discomfort of uncertainty, the sooner you notice something massive, healing and deeply nourishing moving through your life. It seems murky at first, hidden in the shadows, and in fact, Shadow Work becomes an important part of moving from the Void into the New.

Shadow Work requires great courage and fortitude, but it offers great rewards, as well. You begin to recognize the eternal parts of yourself, even as you catch flickers of new versions of you that look and feel vaguely familiar, yet somehow more whole, grounded and vast. For some people who tend to live very multi-dimensionally, such integration can even include making peace with linear time and the rational mind. For most people, it requires exploring (and sometimes even mastering) the concepts, ideas and skills that you find scary and repulsive. It’s not about right/left or right/wrong. Nor is it just a blob of formless, mindless goo. Real integration is about options, choices and responsible co-creation.

Most teachings on the Law of Attraction suggest that we must only focus on that which we desire, so that we don’t send ourselves into the downward spiral of “miscreation.” Although it sounds good to focus only on the positive and that which we do want, it actually takes tremendous energy and mental gymnastics to attempt to ignore things we’d rather not experience. The tricky part is that not everyone’s living in the same type of incarnation. People on a “regular” lifetime can leave their Shadows for dealing with another time. People here on Integration Lifetimes, by contrast, find that when they ignore Shadows, the Shadows get bigger, more threatening, and scream for more and more attention.

As a Medical Intuitive, I see so much of this dynamic play out in complex, chronic health crises, especially Lyme Disease, brain injury, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, endocrine disruption, and various autoimmune conditions. These sorts of conditions can easily become a game of whack-a-mole, which so perfectly mirrors the larger world right now with its myriad crises and intertwining rabbit holes. Just when you think you’ve gotten a handle on one symptom or corrupt group, another three blindside you — screaming even louder for attention. Most days during the week, I speak with at least one, sometimes several people who confess that they are paralyzed by the fear of death. Sometimes it’s the fear of suffering. Sometimes the fear that this current symptom or situation “will never go away.” Not just mild anxiety. We’re talking paralyzing, white knuckled, raw FEAR.

For people on an Integration Lifetime, positive affirmations rarely work, and — even more frustrating — these folks have usually done a lot of spiritual growth work, plus extensive study of natural and energetic healing, Law of Attraction, metaphysics, Ancient Traditions, science, art and more. They look around at people far less aware having far fewer and less intense issues, and they begin to judge themselves for “being a fraud” or “flaky” or “self-sabotaging.” Meanwhile, such judgment exponentially fortifies the blocks against healing and integration! Someone not on an Integration Lifetime reading a bunch of Hay House books might find that material life changing, because they’re encountering new material. But few things feel new to those on an Integration Lifetime. This sense of world weariness extends even into alternative spiritual and healing realms. These souls might feel initial resonance but then quickly return to feeling bored or disjointed — huge levels of awareness coupled with seemingly disproportionate 3D problems.

The worst thing you can do on an Integration Lifetime is try to make yourself conform to “normal” expectations and compare yourself to people not on an Integration Lifetime! Doing so will add to your confusion, because not everyone thriving on Hay House, yoga and Law of Attraction is on an Integration Lifetime! They might be great people with a lot to offer the world; they might be on a fast track to spiritual growth and development; but if they’re not on an Integration Lifetime, then don’t be surprised when their “sure fire” methods backfire for you.

This dynamic has implications for collective consensus reality and splitting timelines, too, bringing us back to Inelia’s comments: “And something that is just appearing in our awareness, is a reality where they both exist as One. Not light and dark making grey, but making a color that is not in our spectrum. Not a reality where they neutralize or mesh, but where a new element emerges.

“The urge to separate to different realities seems to be somehow related to the emergence of this new vibration. It is almost like if we don’t separate now, we will be all gobbled up into the new element and that is so unknown, so different, so ‘not human’ that we are pushing our choice hard now.”

The challenge for those on an Integration Lifetime is that “healed” does not mean “returning to the way things were.” No model exists for the new version of you, because you haven’t yet given birth to it. In the same way a child hides in the mother’s womb, this new version of you hasn’t yet seen the light of (any) day. It’s a new Creation, still nebulous in the realm of pure potential. We are in times of tremendous choice right now, and the type of lifetime you’re on largely influences what choices your soul will find most satisfying. The urge to split — although a strong one — also feels a bit “been there, done that” to those on Integration Lifetimes. To those younger souls just discovering things like the Law of Attraction and Reality Creation, splitting the worlds into light and dark, positive and negative seems like a fabulous opportunity. Even those on an Integration Lifetime might sometimes fantasize about living in the land of lollipops and gumdrops. Organic and sugar-free, of course! 😉 But ultimately, those on an Integration Lifetime would find themselves bored with that scenario, in the same way that people who’ve gone through a major life transition find old parts of their life feel too small or “flat.”

Healing for those on an Integration Lifetime is not so much about removal, as it is about conscious Creation. Sometimes Creation involves a carving away — like sculpting — but that carving away does not become an end in itself. Rather, the carving away exists as a step, perhaps many, many steps, in service to a greater vision, inspiration and spontaneous engagement with the material. Carving reveals Shadows, as greater depth encourages the play of light and dark, but the whole of Creation eventually reveals itself as far more than the sum of its individual cuts. An artist adds something with each taking away, infusing the Creation with life force energy until that Creation can hold its own.

I believe the third option of which Inelia speaks has begun to hint at its arrival, because enough people on Integration Lifetimes have come far enough on their individual journeys to open space for something beyond the Void. Old tugs to the familiar remain, but continued Shadow Work coupled with active, conscious Creation in both the imagination and in tangible ways — will continue to gestate this new option until the birthing time.

Different people engage Shadows in different ways. My dear friend and sweet faery twin, Tania Marie prefers not to work as an activist exposing wrongs or fighting for rights, but she’s got a body full of extremely potent, powerful, deliberate, beautiful and what some people have even called “scary” tattoos. She’s got a dragon, snakes, and jaguars, occult symbols, Moon goddesses, and ancient languages all in black, black, black ink all over her body. That’s a lot of intensity, money and pain, which she wears in indelible ink as an unapologetic reclamation of the power, Shadow projections, and often corrupted goodness attached to all these things. Embodying the Shadow literally on her body allows Tania to live her life with innocence and childlike wonder while still honoring the vastness and power of her being. Her book, Spiritual Skin, helps others to explore a similar path.

Tattoos are widely popular right now, but not for everyone. Some people invoke and integrate their Shadows by embracing whatever taboos have most defined their lives. Others move through various Archetypes and roles. Others attract life threatening illness or injury, which makes them reconcile with their own mortality. Since we all die at some point, this last version of Shadow Work opens itself to everyone — even those not on a full Integration Lifetime. Inelia has noted that “Gaia (Earth/Terra) has actively been pushing for a physical separation that is done through time, three generations, and is trauma free and gentle.” Those on Integration Lifetimes tend to feel deeply connected to Terra and tend to be the ones walking a fine line with awareness of this unsustainable civilization and way of life crumbling to its core (scary Shadow stuff!) and the joy, freedom and excitement of creating and welcoming the new.

As more and more Integration Lifetime folks move through their own process of dis-integration and learning to accept the Void, the human frequency on this planet continues to rise and offer encouragement for entirely new ways of being. We can reclaim the best of the old and the new, while consciously finding ways to integrate the pain, darkness and fear boiling to the surface of collective consensus reality. Energy adepts know that energy is energy, so we can mitigate the need for drastic physical events like pandemics and devastating tsunamis by exploring their energy signatures and finding different ways to rearrange and morph the energy. Kind of like radical feng shui!

Those who’ve already journeyed through the Void might find their skills and experiences increasingly welcomed as we redecorate and remodel reality, as the awakening masses begin to ask, “OK, we see it, but what the heck are we supposed to do with all this stuff????” The splitting of the worlds option gets rid of it, along with a whole lot of the material world. The integration option might involve some decluttering, but it doesn’t necessarily mean gutting. Think “re-purposing” or making art from junk, beauty from the discordant, healing from pain. The collective has not decided on a path yet, but individuals will each make their own choice. Collective consensus reality just means the tipping point of people with relatively aligned choices. If you suspect you’re on an Integration Lifetime and have been hammering the “positive” button, I’d simply encourage you to use this time delay to make sure you won’t be bored with your selection. Red pill, blue pill. Why take any pill? Or maybe you want a purple one. Maybe you want a world beyond pills.

Collectively, we’re in the Void right now, which means we wait. We can drive ourselves crazy with the waiting game, or we can use the extra linear time to explore and begin to create all sorts of worlds before we fully move into the new. You know what they say: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, but today’s a gift. That’s why they call it ‘the present.'” I’ll repost Joanna Macy’s wonderful talk on the gift of Uncertainty and wish you many blessings: