Time to return to our Nation’s will. The will to be better, to act better, to manifest better ideas than the ones that have torn us apart these past four years. Get out of your mind people. Run to that heart that lays truth upon you without bias. We are all in it together and cannot succeed without the many acting as one. Now that the Thanksgiving weekend has come to a close we must never forget how it all began and do our best to make our future better.

This is the proclamation that set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving. 

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.”

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale’s request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a national thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln’s.

The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln’s secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.

Have you noticed that this election has produced a sentiment, not of extremes, but of moderation? Both parties made strides in bringing the center closer. Those who want either end of the political extreme may have to wait or just come to understand that most citizens just want to live a life of peace and prosperity in some way that meets their family’s needs. Sanity is neither left nor right, it’s balanced. It’s reasonable. It compromises. It finds a space where nerves are neither highly strung or wobbly. Of course, the intelligent approach creates better results than the gut wrench. And then, somewhere between the mind and the gut, lies the heart. The seat of kindness and compassion, reason, and understanding. This is the friend we should turn to now for advice. This friend never lets us down and always makes us feel balanced. Here’s hoping we hear its cry.

When I was in my twenties I joined a community in Queens, New York, headed by an Indian guru. I spent only five years there, but the impression it left would be the foundation for the life that followed. Much of the experience with the guru is more than meditation and selfless service. If you think peace, light and bliss are constant in this environment you are mistaken. The constant battle over ego and ego’s best friends; jealousy, doubt, insecurity, pride and depression, is mind boggling. It releases these friends in big doses and breaks you down like never before. 

Yet, in spite of this, there is still the searching for peace, light and the all elusive bliss. With the practice of meditation – and opening of the awareness centers that meditation activates – there is a touching of these esoteric essences that comes to visit every so often. Peace and Light are visible to the inner eye through clarity that imbues the inner being. You can see the wave form in front of you during meditation and feel its presence as it enters your body from the other realms. 

Bliss is not visible. Bliss is resonance at the most subtle level. There are times when you think you’ve caught it, but it’s just the emotional body responding to the Peace and Light that comes through the meditation. You are even set upon by tears of joy which masquerade as bliss, playing on the third chakra, and sending messages to the heart producing bouts of unstoppable weeping. This is the kundalini energy moving up to the third chakra, the emotional center; and when it gets there it is suddenly blocked and the energy stops moving further up to the heart center where the real experience of bliss occurs. 

So what is bliss? Bliss comes in a wave, like a soft breeze against the skin. It moves gracefully. It never announces itself and you can’t meditate to it. It comes when least expected because the human mind cannot intend it or even cry for its presence. No, Bliss sneaks in when you’re off guard and guard is the key word here. We always guard ourselves from external and internal occurrences, or so we think. We are constantly watching out for ourselves and this creates the barrier to keep bliss away. Bliss is always present. It resonates around us all the time. It is part of the cosmic makeup and it laughs like hell when it feels someone searching high and low for it. It’s just not going to show up. Don’t even try.

What you must do is pack your mental bags, put them into storage, and move into the palace of the heart. The home of the heart is a beautiful place. It is always clean and scented with delight. It sees you always as a dear one and will never tell you anything but the truth. And once you accept the truth that the heart offers you, you will see a change in yourself. Immediately you will notice a grace about your Self that was not apparent before. You will see all things as good and all beings as loved ones. The noticing of this is subtle but it will tap you on the shoulder and let you know it’s here. Once your mind no longer directs the symphony of your life, once you hand the baton over to your heart, you will be free. And Bliss will become your best friend. You will laugh with joy when it arrives. It shows up at the most unimagined moments. You could be strolling down a road or listening to a piece of music. Suddenly the wave arrives. It caresses you and you feel your heart swell and tears roll out. These tears aren’t thunderous, they are expressions of recognition. And this recognition bolsters the experience to levels of the greatest delight. I’m sure there are those that will read this post that have had their own bliss experiences, for each one is personal and I would hope you will share these experiences with us. Oh yes, one more thing, when we all discover simplicity in our lives we will open the door wide for our friend to arrive.

Is it our ignorance that seduces us, to always be unwavering about what we believe to be the truth? Isn’t it possible to be led down the thorny garden path of deception, and feel so right about our acceptance of this path that nothing, not even the naked truth about its deception, will move us to stop our dying loyalty to its voice? It seems that we are mired in delusion. We are ready and willing to jump on any bandwagon that resonates with our self-serving ways. This is the way of the unenlightened. But, Unenlightened Action is the New Cool… 

 

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvellous day today”! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: “The water is very nice, let’s take a bath together!” The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbours no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.

The world famous painting- “The Truth coming out of the well” Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896.

 

Is this our world? The herd mentality that will follow even to its death.

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WAKE UP!

 

 

 

Letter Seven – Ego’s Great Gift

 

“Excuse me, but I don’t believe it. It sounds so glib. I just can’t believe human beings are going to end like that. Call it my distrust rising again, but I find it impossible to accept that all of my kind could be wiped out that swiftly and completely. Nor can I believe that the Earth could ever be rid of violence, hatred, aggression, ever. There is so much of it in the world today. Where could all that malevolence go? Even animals and plants can be violent and selfish from what I’ve seen in nature. How could billions of people be converted into something they are not? Getting from my world to the world you’re describing seems just too far to go—in 500 years or even in five million.”

It is your right not to believe. Though I am not asking for your belief. That is not the purpose of these letters. It matters little whether you put this information into your mind in the form of a belief. The mind is not where my message is directed. I seek to touch your consciousness, beyond the mind, and certainly beyond belief. There the information will stimulate a shifting of your being, toward the evolutionary step that is next for you. It can greatly aid in making your shift a more peaceful one. It can also facilitate the future well-being of all other creatures on the planet. This is all about how consciousness itself engages with evolution.

“As much as I agree with your premise that ego is the biggest problem humanity has, it seems an absolute necessity to me. How could we have become a creative and inventive species without it? How would we ever have developed genius?” (more…)

 

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“We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”

“Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.”

 

As we watch our nation’s frustration turn on itself we must realize that ignorance exists at every level of participation. There are those whose convictions are sincere and will express that sincerity through resisting the ugly that festers in our ranks. There are those whose convictions are cancerous and will express that cancer through vile means, climbing over the body of justice to facilitate ignominious behavior, with no regard for the other. For the lover of truth, this moment in our tortured history will stain the pages of history forever, and tears will supplant the righteous call that should be this moment-in-motion.

 

O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

 

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It’s not about the me, it’s about the we. 

 

 

 

Lord, save us from the Twitter feed,
Save us from its dysfunction.
Save us from the Twitter feed,
Give intelligence renewed production.
Make those silly comments fade,
Like soot into the sea.
Make smart remarks the healing ground,
From idiocy make us free.
The following was sent to me from Robert, yesterday, 04.22.20:
The article from the Atlantic, attached in the link below, puts words to the feelings many of us have had for some years; it is also an example of outstanding reporting and insight by staff writer, George Packer. His writing describes a situation of life and death that we’re all deeply involved in—both personally and culturally. As much as we may not survive this pandemic—as individuals—our nation itself may not survive—as the republican democracy we have known and loved.

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The problem with social media is many things, but the one most dangerous is the loss of our ability to listen. In its heyday, it was a source of fun and togetherness and entertainment. Now, the demon that lies within has raised its ugly head and manifested a HATE system that is tearing the very fabric of civil debate apart. It has brought the ego to participate in the world of opinion, even when the knowledge needed to form an opinion is lacking in strength. We have allowed propaganda to seep into our lives, and without any further investigation, we take this propaganda to be the truth. Our emotional bodies, in cahoots with the ego, form a formidable army against the truth that lies in actual facts about a person or subject matter. In short, we’re lost in the jungle of angry beasts.

Most of us can’t keep our mouths shut. We are the purveyors of information. We rely on tidbits we’ve heard from here or there, and even worse, from propaganda mongers that saturate the airwaves. We’ve lost the ability to listen with unbiased ears. The action of righteous thought is lost in the cavern of ego-play. We’ve become cult-like. Remember the infamous Jim Jones and his cyanide-laced punch. They certainly did drink the Kool-Aid, with dire consequences. Are we?

Now we are caught in a Made-For-TV movie of catastrophic proportions. When the global response should be for the betterment of humankind, instead it is one of continued political divisiveness and dystopic personal opinion running rampant. Our goals are skewed, and if we continue on this path of self-righteous arrogance our outcome is bleak.

I’ve tried to bring to this blog ideas that are centered in a place of Soulful attentiveness, and with that, a mix of ideas that will inspire us, to help broaden our views and enhance our lives. Bruce Lipton is one person I feel can bring us some of that light. He is an American developmental biologist who supported the theory that gene expression could be influenced by environmental factors, i.e. environmental factors have a greater impact on health than genetic research has previously determined. If you like what you hear in this YouTube clip you might want to check out more of Dr. Lipton at his website. https://www.brucelipton.com/

And before you jump to conclusions I hope you will start listening.

 

I’m in Hunker Mode. Hunkered down for the remainder of this life chapter until the powers that be let me know it’s safe again to go back into the water, or the streets, and the stores and the restaurants. Watching the news you’d think that your favorite apocalypse movie had become like a flash-mob suddenly breaking in on our every-day.

How many conspiracies have you read about, or heard about over the past week? It seems everyone has one or is fast to pass on someone else’s. Depending upon your level of cynicism, or not, you are led to believe there is something sinister in the wings. The noise is deafening and the brain reacts by absorbing it all, confused and dazed by the onslaught of opinions and delusions. When will it end? What is real, or  What IS real?

Perhaps the illusion of this Earth Consciousness is such an overwhelming concept that to understand it we must pierce the subtle veil that covers our physical form. We approach this life with our personal perception of what is real. That perception is individuated to each soul and our experience here works through the veil of that perception. Those who have pierced the veil, through intense meditation practices or other esoteric modalities understand the illusion and are not directed by it. Rather, they sit in the larger cosmic consciousness and are one with all that is. Conspiracies have been the engine of change for millennia. [Who knows the truth] is a thought, an idea, dictated through the mind, a mind veiled in the illusion of this realm of consciousness. Perhaps we should trust nothing but the true barometer that lies deep inside our divine heart, where the soul connection is made and the animation of our being begins. The silence that resides deep there holds the truth beyond the veil, and once sensed will make this life a matter of conscious evolution, not a matter of fact. Of course, there is always the idea that the Law of Karma has reacted to this dark period of self-serving greed and the apathetic lack of empathy, and is our ever-loving reboot.

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Time for visionaries to rise above the bobble-heads. Start the thinking process with clear minds, untainted by mesmerized beliefs. The fools that think they know the world are now finding themselves lost in it. It’s time for the best of the best to take charge. It’s time for change!