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Finding Your Truth

I could have easily titled this blog “Finding MY Truth” but that’s not what this written effort is about.  This blog’s focus is to help others in finding their own truth.

In reality, your TRUTH might not be the same as MY truth; but what I’d like others to know is that I compassionately encourage you in your explorations to find your personal truth because I know how arduous that search can be—how rocky the terrain that lies ahead—how tedious the extended journey awaiting you, simply to uncover those deeply-hidden secrets of YOU. 

And I also know how life can change in an instant when the winding, mountainous path that you were so confidently traveling suddenly crumbles beneath your feet—tossing you screaming off the cliff and out into space.

Having faced some of that unexpected “air time” myself, I know how shocking it can be when your life suddenly falls apart, forcing you to see how quickly you either learn to fly, or how well you can bounce once you do hit the canyon floor.  

Also from my own experiences in personal TRUTH finding (as well as surviving LIFE’s challenges), I know how rare it is to find others willing to offer emotional support or encouragement to get you back on your feet again without a ‘profit motive’ involved.  True, we all have to make a living, but there are times when you should compassionately look to help others without first considering what they can offer you in return.   

So up front here: I don’t want your money—in fact I don’t want anything from you other than some deep soul-searching to determine what you really expect from LIFE and what LIFE expects from you in return.

If you can answer those two key questions to your own satisfaction, then that’s plenty reciprocal reward for me.

Remember, MY truth may not be YOUR truth, but I know MY truth better than I know yours, so that is likely what I will write about the most and hope you can see parallels or divergences by which to gauge your own truth. 

Life is an adventure—one we may never truly understand in this plane of existence—but one we have to navigate all the same.  So good luck!  As you journey ever forward, stay alert to avoid sudden pitfalls and just watch where you step in general, because it’s one big ‘cow pasture’ out there.*   

* (I’m from Iowa: If you think dogs leave an unappreciated ‘pile’ behind in walkways, imagine what a bunch of cows might leave behind during your pastoral wandering.)

Seeing Through the Pretense Facade

“Enlightenment is a destructive process.
It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.

Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth.

It’s seeing through the facade of pretense.

It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”  

– Adyashanti

While we tend to think of ENLIGHTENMENT as the ultimate consciousness attainment level, it isn’t necessarily a fun thing to experience firsthand. It might be a level of awareness and understanding beyond any recognized intelligence known to humankind, but achieving that level isn’t something to push too hard for nor to take too lightly.

When your personal perception shifts to a different way of viewing LIFE in general, or when you develop an alternative perspective on the events that transpire around you, then the context of how you view your own life can drastically shift as well.

That was a somewhat clumsy way of saying that once you cut through societal smokescreens and social norms, then you start seeing things—people, processes, events, situations, as they really are—not as others want you to see them.  And when that ‘au naturel’ LIFE REVEAL suddenly occurs for you, it can be shocking or even disheartening, because many things that you once considered to be ‘unquestionable TRUTHs’ now become the subject of your mind’s numerous NEW questions.  

This ‘TRUTH unveiling’ process can even be psychologically destabilizing because you are instantly realizing that some of the most basic foundations of your earliest comprehension were built either on the unintentional ignorance of others, or on their intentionally-misdirecting propaganda—which to me is far worse than simple ignorance because the intention is to manipulate others toward a goal of some sort. 

So with Enlightenment, TRUTH will always be TRUTH, but fully recognizing this NEW perspective on it and not losing your mental faculties in the process, becomes the ultimate trick.  That is the destructive power of Enlightenment as described above.

It’s a bit like that Paul Coelho quote listed a few posts ago— “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”     ~ Paul Coelho

Sometimes it’s not so much about what you learn of LIFE, as it is about what you unlearn of LIFE to be able to recognize TRUTH when it finally does reveal itself to you.  

The Intricate Design of LIFE

From Facebook: Tao & Zen

“The basic laws of the Universe are simple, but because our senses are limited, we can’t grasp them. There is a pattern in creation.” ~Albert Einstein

“See simplicity in the complicated. Seek greatness in small things. In the Universe, the difficult things are done as if they were easy.” ~Lao Tsu

Just admiring the apparently intentional design of LIFE—when you look more closely at the world around us, it’s hard not to notice it.

Yesterday I was busy mowing off all of those beautiful, white dandelion heads, so it’s probably a good thing I didn’t see this picture prior or it might have been harder to cut them down.

“What a beautiful array of amazingly-intricate, geometric designs…” is not what you are normally thinking when encountering thousands of dandelions poking up in your yard.

At least those weren’t my thoughts while mowing.

Alberto Villoldo’s Guided “Journey to the Upper World”

Just passing this option along to anyone interested in experiencing the standard Shamanic guided journey—this one being to the Upper World for specific purposes or for asking key questions.

These shamanic journeying experiences are fairly subjective, and usually you will travel to the Lower World prior to going above, so when he talks about acquiring another Power Animal during your journey, he means that you will have acquired one from the Lower World journey as well.  And they aren’t usually the same animal spirit (or think of it like an archetypal/behavioral energy pattern that this particular ‘animal’ often represents for you).  

As he suggests in the blog post, this will work best for you if you record the instructions to play back as you close your eyes and meditate while listening to the recording. (Suggestion: Read slowly into the recorder and allow yourself plenty of observation time between setting changes during the journey instructions.)

Alberto Villoldo—   “In this blog post you’ll learn how to journey to the Upper World, where you’ll meet your celestial parents and ask them to reveal your original soul agreement. For your first journey, keep your questions simple (there will be time on later journeys for broader questions) and be open to the possibilities of your destiny, whatever it might be.

Before you leave the Upper World, you’ll call out for a power animal whose instinct and qualities will guide you to your destiny. Even though it will serve a similar function to the one you received in the Lower World, the spirit animal that you’re gifted from the Upper World is almost always a winged creature, such as a hawk, dove, or eagle. It will teach you vision and the ability to put your life into perspective. …”

The rest is for you to record for meditative playback.  Hope you enjoy it.

The Comfort of ‘BELIEFS’

Beliefs, like relationships, are very complicated things.

Many people experience a degree of comfort in ‘shared beliefs.’  Some may even feel a sense of belonging to a recognized and accepted group norm often found in religious or cultural beliefs—where they may feel the welcoming support of their fellow members—welcoming, that is, as long as they abide by the rules of membership to be in the group.

As we are all aware, the world is full of numerous organized religions with specific belief systems of “do’s” and “don’t” for being considered a true believer of that group. The ruling structure of the unified group may even determine that group members should focus on trying to convert non-believers to their group’s particular belief system. Some group ‘converters’ might consider that task their ‘purpose in life,’ or some may simply call it their job to ‘spread the word,’ whatever that group’s particular WORD might be.

Being too numerous to even list here, each known religious group has their own particular perspective on life in general and on the “WHY” of everything in existence: past, present and future.  Some groups are similar in basic beliefs and some are quite different.  (Check out that fantastic graph about The Evolutionary Tree of Religion from my post “Searching for Life’s Meaning” – December 22, 2019)

But even among those who adhere to some form of shared communal-beliefs, whether religious or cultural, every individual still maintains their own personal beliefs that may vary slightly from their neighbor’s beliefs, or even from their other family member’s beliefs, because when it comes down to what drives our individual being forward from day to day, it depends on what we personally believe about the world around us and believe about how we do or should function within that world that we share.  

And what I most want to convey here is that our BELIEFS naturally evolve as WE evolve in awareness and understanding of the complexity of the world in which we reside.

  • As children we were likely told certain things to help us adapt into the belief systems of our parents or of our religious community (or of our society in general).
  • As adolescents we may have begun questioning some of those beliefs because they either didn’t make sense to our growing comprehension abilities or they may have countered what we felt in our own hearts.
  • As adults we may have come into full-scale rebellion on attempts to restrict us to the beliefs of childhood because as we matured, the world didn’t appear quite so ‘one-sided’ as we were earlier led to believe.  We learned that the world wasn’t so much the extreme polarity of black to white or right to wrong, but that it encompassed an entire spectrum of gray variations with nuances of rightness and wrongness to most every aspect that we encountered.  Even religious institutions that frequently advocated LOVE and COMPASSION, at times demonstrated the opposite of it, spewing hate language and condemnation of others.  How could that be?

But even when that BELIEF rebellion first began within us, we felt that we still needed to believe in something, but we just didn’t know what that something might be.  This was likely when you first began trying to find your own truth.  

This was when you first recognized that from your own perspective, the ‘truth for you’ didn’t necessarily feel like the same truth you were once told from your parent’s viewpoint or from the earlier religious-group perspective.   

You may have even noticed feeling prickly when around others who tried to tell you what to think or do because you knew deep inside that this ‘BELIEF-thing’ was something that you had to define for yourself.

And considering the larger composition of our lives, I think we can acknowledge that ‘believing something specific’ about LIFE in general is comforting to us psychologically, because if you don’t believe in anything, then how do you frame your world? How do you view your life? What is the purpose for doing much of anything?

That’s why we relentlessly search for something to believe in, because when we don’t have something specific that assures us that we are here for a reason, then it makes it that much harder to make any sense of our lives.

Beliefs keep us from feeling pointless.

I think we all have a deep psychological need to BELIEVE in some type of system of existence and purpose for our being here—for doing whatever it is that we are doing with our lives.  And as long as we recognize that our NEED for BELIEF is often what defines our life perspective, then I think we maintain a healthy view of our existence in general because we know that we tend to feel better about ourselves if we believe in SOMETHING, rather than having a deep, dark hole inside where the ‘meaning of our lives’ should instead be sitting.

My own beliefs have certainly evolved over the years. At present what I believe has more to do with what I personally experience and perceive about the world around me rather than what anyone else “tells me” is the truth about our shared life experience.  I’ve read a bunch of comparative religions, philosophy, and psychology books. I’ve studied Hinduism, Buddhism, Animism, Shamanism, and had various meditative and spiritual-journeying personal experiences, along with having slowly developed a few psychic-perception skills over the years; and what I know for certain is that what we think that we know of this world that we all share is minuscule compared to what may actually be occurring to us on all levels of our being, because we exist beyond this plane/dimension of existence—that has been proven to me many times. I have seen it for myself.

But these are the some of the core issues that you need to determine for yourselves.  You need to define your own beliefs—which means, you need to find your own truths.

You certainly don’t have to buy into any beliefs that I may share here in this blog—no matter how hard I’ve fought to make sense of all the personal experiences that I’ve had to date.

Just be willing to fight for your own beliefs—to see life as only YOU can see it. Then share your discoveries with the rest of us to help ALL of us see that LIFE is far more than we often give it credit for being. 

So by all means, do your own thing.  But do it with intention! Then at least you’ll be aware of what it is that you are continually searching for—which is your own truth.  

The Wounded-Child Within

Love that picture above.  

It expresses so clearly our inner need for closeness without all these additional words that I will soon add here. It shows our need to reach out to others and to be recognized and ACCEPTED by others—to truly be seen as a ‘being of substance’ within the structural framework of who we pretend to be when we isolate ourselves and try to protect ourselves from future social rejection or from the devastating pain of heartache.

No matter how large we become or how old that we grow, somewhere deep inside us is that small, vulnerable being who once needed parental love and nurturing—who craved acceptance and support from those closest to us, especially from those people who were meant to protect us from harm and to keep us safe and secure while we were growing up as children—parental figures who should have provided us with plenty to eat and a warm place to sleep—where fear and worries were something unimaginable to us.

But what was just described may not have been your earliest memories.  Unfortunately there are a lot of wounded children within many of us who are still craving the love and acceptance of others, but are instead feeling trapped by their own defensive adult structure that grew up protectively around them. 

Many children had to learn early on how to protect themselves. Some may have repeatedly tried to do that, but were beaten back into submission through their life situations until they simply stopped trying to defend themselves and merely learned what was most necessary to do to survive their ordeal at the time.

If that picture above really resonates with you or if it makes you feel uncomfortable, then there is something in that personal feeling of discomfort that should be explored—by yourself through journaling, or by a therapist or a certified counselor, or explored through some type of therapeutic process that allows you to safely review those earliest remembered reasons for why you first learned to withdraw socially or hide from others, or learned to keep your inner-most feelings stuffed deep down inside so they wouldn’t make you vulnerable to others who had complete control of your life long before you were capable of protecting yourself. 

Please recognize that there are many people who can currently help you to better support your once-wounded inner child; and one of the most important people who can lead that intentional rescue is YOU.  

Please be willing to open a new, safer space for your inner child to breathe freely again—let it know that there are others who truly DO care about it—others who DO care about YOU.  

Let that inner child know that there are people in your life who can appreciate you just as you are, even if you currently feel defective or wounded in some way—others who can support you—others who can help you to grow stronger and be better able to handle life’s challenges again.  

But first and foremost, YOU have to be the one who leads the charge for a life change. This is what personal transformation is all about—recognizing a need to change some aspect of your life—to make it better—to make your life more desirable to live—to find your true JOY in life. It’s not too late to find it!

Have the courage of those two little inner-beings in that picture above who are reaching out to each other.  

In the essence of our life experience, that is WHY we are here.  

Explaining the Five Planes of the Upper World

I had recently read Alberto Villoldo’s blog posts on the five planes of the Upper World, and thought I could recognize some aspects that I personally had witnessed during my own Shamanic Journeying or had unexpectedly “seen” for myself during sudden glimpses of planes of existence beyond on our own.

Villoldo’s 1st and 2nd plane explanations are here: https://thefourwinds.com/blog/shamanism/first-second-planes-upper-world/

Here is the page for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th plane:  https://thefourwinds.com/blog/shamanism/third-fourth-fifth-planes-upper-world/

After reading his explanations, I would correlate what I personally call “Spirit World” to Villoldo’s 4th plane of the Upper World, but I’m pretty sure I’ve witnessed bits of the lower three planes as well.  While I’m not as psychically gifted as many of my friends are, I have had shocking moments of sudden visuals or audials that could align to Villoldo’s written description of those planes. 

The dark 1st plane must be where I’ve seen the wandering souls who appeared to me to look like 3-D photographic negatives moving about against a dark, gray-scale world.  There’s a very heavy energy there and not one you want to linger in for long.  During my brief exposures to that realm, I tried to help those I’ve found there to move higher into the light toward their true Spirit Home, but I’m not sure that I was successful in doing so, and perhaps as Villoldo claims, they have to reach that awareness for themselves.  

To me it was not a place you’d want to visit, let alone reside in—that I know for certain. I’m guessing that many of the folks there are recent deaths or ones who aren’t aware that they have died—they only know that they can’t seem to communicate with anyone any longer and they seemed angry, frustrated, or frightened.

That 2nd plane of plant world seems vaguely familiar—like in a dream-like world where you are wandering in a jungle until the overwhelming beauty of a particular plant comes into sudden display before you—and it’s almost like you can share thoughts with them—which was also quite bizarre.  I know that I gained a much greater awareness and appreciation for our houseplants after that brief excursion.  I now do believe that plants possess a form of consciousness, but it’s somewhat different from our own.

In fact what I weirdly experienced once in a physical-world outdoor setting was that plants, rather than referring to us as “humans”, may call us “the two-leggeds”, which may also be different in their life-form assessment from the “four-legged” roamers of the earth.  I suppose if you lead a fairly stationary existence, the mobility of the other earth-forms around you is a key recognition point—especially when you are often the recipient of their behaviors.

Case in point:  Our shaman group was in a wooded meadow one day, all doing our own separate awareness-exercises, and I was meditating in front of a small, freshly-wounded tree (lower limb was damaged; busted back at an odd angle like something large had plowed through the area too close to it). 

As was directed by our instructor, I was sitting there, eyes closed in a meditative state asking for personal healing for myself, when from out of the total silence I heard an angry voice as clear as day, say: “These two-leggeds think they are SO smart.  They know NOTHING!  NOTHING!”  

I bolted upright, looking all around me for who had made that fairly angry statement, but there was no one anywhere near me—no person, no animal,…just that wounded-looking little tree I was sitting directly in front of.  And there I was in all my hubris asking that small damaged tree to take my burdens into the earth.  The tree was right—we truly ARE ignorant. (But it did guilt me into giving it REIKI in trade while I sat there.)

That 3rd plane must be where I saw my deceased parents who were in a denser-energy, more natural environment. They seemed to be working in a garden-type setting with a semi-twilight background—but there were visible muted colors in the scene so it wasn’t the photo-negative, gray-scale world.  I had the feeling that they were ‘stuck’ there—or were not where they needed to be, so I tried to communicate with them both to help them move on, but got little response. This would correlate to Villoldo’s explanation of that plane as well.

The 4th plane I am more familiar with as it must represent the Spirit World that my clients and I have visited after the death of a previous life experience. Very bright place of intense light—lots of activity—lots of spirits moving around doing whatever it is that they do there.  This is definitely the place you want to go after death. This is the plane that feels the most comfortable and most familiar to us after our earthly excursions away from Spirit HOME.

Just saying, if by chance after death you find yourself in one of the lower planes of Upper World, hold to the memory that there IS a TRUE SPIRIT HOME of love and light, and THAT is where you want to go.  Ask to be taken there—remember it exists—think about it—what it looks like—ALL light and brightness, a feeling of being loved and accepted—a true feeling of coming HOME again. That is the goal after death—to go to your TRUE Spirit Home.  

That 5th plane, I haven’t seen directly, but I’ve seen some of the BEINGS who supposedly reside there and I’ve felt the loving energy that they exude when near me—it is unmistakable—very high frequency energy.  This level is the highest frequency of the planes of the after world, or of the Upper World as Alberto calls it. Supposedly your High Self also resides in that plane—the High Self is the composite database of all your earthly Spirit experiences, and it is to the client’s High Self that I make the request to guide a hypnosis client to a previous life that would further explore an issue still plaguing the client in the present life. The High Self never fails to deliver the results. — You are connected into the 5th plane through your High Self.

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So at least for me, Alberto’s explanation of the five planes of the Upper World helped me better understand some of the very strange experiences I’d previously had when my visual/auditory psychic-awareness unexpectedly peaked and produced seemingly nonsensical situations for me to try to make sense of in some way.  

Hopefully Alberto’s explanation of the five planes of the Upper World is a viable possibility toward better understanding the overall mystery of the LIFE/DEATH experience that we all must face—over and over again.  It definitely helped me to clarify many previous odd and random personal psychic experiences that just wouldn’t jive with what I knew of ‘Spirit World’ from my own hypnosis practice.

And as I’ve said many times, we ALL are trying to make sense of our current life experience. Sometimes that attempt to ‘make sense’ seems a hopeless task that refuses to align to what we think that we already know; and sometimes it merely opens our limited awareness to the fact that there is LITTLE that we actually DO KNOW for certain about this LIFE.  

All I know is that LIFE isn’t what it seems to be on the surface.  You can believe whatever it is that you wish to believe.  But when you start to rack up experiences that simply won’t correlate with those beliefs, then maybe your beliefs are what you should question.  And maybe it’s time to consider some NEW beliefs or to simply NOT NEED to believe anything in particular—to just observe, experience, and keep an open mind about it all, recognizing that knowledge comes in stages and steps when the recipient is capable of assimilating it.

You know, there aren’t many 3-year-old ‘Molecular Biology’ PhD candidates; and there is a good reason for that.

Surface Tension

A water droplet maintains its spherical containment area due to something called “surface tension,” which roughly means that the elastic quality of the outer membrane-like surface of the droplet is dependent on external pressure inward versus internal pressure outward, plus the tendency of water molecules to prefer each other’s company over the company of the air molecules surrounding them—sort of a familiarity bias.

The true physics explanation of why a water droplet forms in the manner that it does is well beyond me, but that’s not why I mentioned it in the first place. I am fascinated with water droplet images because to me they represent a holographic depiction of the macrocosm within the microcosm—the wholeness is represented within the minute component of that wholeness.

All that makes water “WATER” is visible within the individual droplet. But the truth is that without surface tension, there would be NO visible droplet separate from the wholeness of WATER.

As difficult as it might be to grasp, it is a similar concept to how our individual energetic-bodies remain separated from each other and from the world of energy at large. We maintain our own individual energy containers because of some type of outer surface tension that defines us as separate energetic units.

You can say that our physical bodies define our perimeters, and that would be true were it not that upon death our energy bodies rise out of the physical body and continue back to from where they came.  We don’t just dissipate into the ethers never to be considered as individual units of consciousness again.  Consciousness continues, and we, the units of our recently accumulated consciousness through each life that we live, continue as well.

If we didn’t continue after death, you couldn’t request to explore a previous existence through hypnosis Past-Life Exploration, and get a complete story-line package of time-specific visuals and emotions to accompany them—all while sitting in the safety of a recliner in an office setting.

We ourselves are like that water droplet—a containment of conscious energy—a small part (microcosm) of the whole (macrocosm) of greater Consciousness in general, but yet we are a part that still represents the wholeness (macrocosm) of Consciousness within our own individual container (microcosm).

 As a representative water droplet, all that is WATER is within us.

Likewise for us on a human scale, as an individual vessel of conscious awareness, all that is Consciousness is represented within us.

Un-Becoming, Just To Be YOU

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”       ~ Paul Coelho

Had I not just heard this same thing a day ago during a phone call with a close friend, I might have nodded at the quote when I saw it, but not lingered on it.

My friend mentioned that she had recently realized the point at which she, as a young child, had stopped being who she really was with all of her natural abilities, and had become instead who her religion-focused parents had wanted her to be—by stifling her fluid creativity and bending herself to their demands to be a ‘proper daughter’.  When the suddenness of that recent realization hit her, she was startled by it and maybe even a bit angry over how the suppressing of her true-self as a child had all come about—the point when she stopped being who she once had the potential to be.

It’s true and we all know it, how parents often had that coercive ‘redirection’ affect on us, especially when we were very young.  Sometimes if we were exploring dangerous situations, that redirection might have been for our betterment, but when it involved us being simply WHO we were at the core of our being, then it was wrong for parents to have stopped our natural inner development, which made it that much more difficult for us to overcome the still malingering effects of that previous parental wronging in our present lives.  

And while it’s often easy to blame our parents for ALL of our LIFE problems, wide-spread blaming is likely inaccurate, and besides, that BLAMING aspect won’t help us move beyond where we currently reside.  Anyone can be momentarily angry over something that happened in their past—especially when experienced as a vulnerable child, but at some point we all have to ‘let it go’—let go of the anger that we’ve stuffed down inside for so long, and we need to stop blaming others for our current life difficulties. Yes, cause can have an effect, that’s true, but when the cause changes, so should the effect change as well.

Once we become adults, we must take responsibility for our own actions—there is no other choice in the matter. So if we are still being affected by childhood wronging, then it’s up to us to find a way to move beyond it through therapy or counseling or simply in-depth self-examination in our journals.   

Our current life is now our responsibility and ours alone. We may even need to forgive our parents for their perhaps misaligned or even inept attempts at guiding our young lives, and to take whatever we’ve learned from our overall experiences with them and use those revised understandings to choose our new path forward toward greater self-realization.

Or as Paul Coelho states above, “Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”       

Most of us may have a lot of still-festering bad-memories to work through—so maybe it’s time to decode those key childhood lesson points and recognize the intrinsic value hidden within them—maybe we should view our present lives more like we are finally unearthing a long-buried treasure chest simply awaiting our popping of the lid.  We now have the opportunity to look inside that exhumed cache of our once-suppressed possibilities to see who we really are, which means we now have a chance to finally BE who we were truly meant to BE.

Find the courage to take that chance.

Un-become who you aren’t, to become who you really are.

When Life Is Disrupted

This time we are in right now—this total disruption of our previous intentions and of our plans made for the current year and maybe even for the next—times when we were naively hiking up that rugged mountain path and it suddenly crumbled beneath our feet sending us into free-fall down toward the valley below; yes, times like these that have become all too familiar to us, that’s when we know that no matter how strongly we think that WE are in charge of our own lives, sometimes LIFE itself has something else in mind for us.

You can call it a ‘Sit down wayward child—it’s time for reflection’ moment or you can call it a ‘higher-intention’s collective course-correction,’ or even call it ‘a collective initiation’ per Dr. Joe’s description of it.  You can think of it in whatever way that best helps you shift your personal perspective on what is globally happening at present to all of us, but it feels a bit too familiar to me not to recognize its possible greater significance to all of us individually and as a group presence here.  

About a decade ago I was in a relatable situation where my intended life suddenly changed from planning a stable, goal-focused future into something I would have previously called unimaginable.  My predictable life excursion hit a sudden road-block that required an unexpected detour through the ‘Badlands Territory’ of survival-focused existence where it took all of my strength and endurance to simply ‘tough-it-out’ hour-by-hour, day-by-day,  for years, until the worst of my extended ordeal was over. 

So for me personally, at this stage of my life and due to my isolated mid-western location, this current life disruption has been far milder than most others are experiencing, but to those of you who have been personally affected by the Covid-19 virus or the side-effects of it on family and friends, I know that this pandemic has been quite devastating.

And to those of you who are just barely keeping your own and your family’s heads above the water, I empathize and offer words of encouragement and support, which actually mean little if you don’t have enough to eat or a warm place to lay your head, or worse—if someone that you loved has been taken by the virus.

But because of what I had personally experienced during the extent of my own ordeal, I can tell you with first-hand knowledge, how situations that test your levels of fortitude are the ones that most strengthen the ‘inner you’ because they build your character—they heighten your resolve—they help you discover those hidden reserves of patience and determination to survive the ordeal with some semblance of your sanity still intact. 

I could tell you that situations like these presently trying-times amp up your resourcefulness and inspire your creative instincts to meet whatever current or possible future challenges that you might face.

I could also tell you that there are advantages to being “tested” in this manner, but they certainly won’t feel like ‘advantages’ right now. Only time and dissipating pain allows for that perspective adjustment.  

I could tell you that there are those friends who will stick beside you no matter what you must face, and of course there those who won’t, but you’ll find that out quick enough for yourselves.

I could tell you that ALL of those onerous NEW experiences in the ‘baddest of the Badlands Territory’ are helping you to remap the presently inhospitable terrains that we all must share, in terms of rethinking your life in general; and how this arduous and exhausting journey that you’ve been suddenly redirected into, will strip away your once over-inflated ego until you are left with only the distilled essence of ‘humbleness’ as evidence of your TRUE being

It is from this stripped-down, reconstituted-self that you will then intentionally crawl around your desolate testing terrain, sifting through the gritty gravel and the dirt with raw and bloodied fingers, for anything—and I mean anything, to go right once again in your life.

And then one day you will find it—that one RIGHT thing—and that simple discovery will give you renewed hope for a better tomorrow—for a possible better life ahead, that you can just barely see on the distant horizon while praying to whatever you believe in, that it’s not a mirage.

Since the devastating, world-wide pandemic of 1918—over the last one-hundred years of both human and inhuman behaviors—millions of people known and unknown have fared far worse than most of us have ever experienced during the current health crisis. For each of those previous victims or survivors, I offer my personal gratitude—with both compassion for their endured pain and appreciation for their resilience and tenacity to survive it, because those previous survivors, our ancestors, are the sole reason why WE are here now.

For both those who did survive their own ordeals, and even for those who didn’t, they demonstrated what it takes to be human in this sometimes harsh world: It takes love and compassion for others.  It takes determination and perseverance to keep fighting against insurmountable odds; and it often takes a true inner desire to rise above the coldest and darkest hours that LIFE can lay down upon us, to yearn for the warm sunshine on our faces once again which brings renewed and welcomed LIGHT back into our lives.

In truth there may be many reasons for the current situation we all are experiencing at present—some created by humans, and some not.

But the only option for how you handle whatever it is that you must face, is entirely your choice.

It’s up to you to make of this situation what you will—you can use it as evidence of a burden too great to bear and give up your efforts to resist it, or you can use it as the challenge that strengthens your resolve to overcome ALL obstacles that you must face, and make it the impetus to RISE AGAIN even stronger than you were previously.  

These are, in fact, the ‘testing grounds’ of our current LIFE detour, but only you can determine how you will meet whatever challenge that might lie ahead for you, and likewise, for ALL of us through our shared life experience.

Spirit Home: ‘The Upper World’ per Alberto V.

While I in my limited knowledge, proceed to explain subtle energies and the subtle realms co-existing with our own physical earthly realm, I find that Alberto Villoldo is at the same time also providing excellent references to what I’m trying to describe here about the energy body, so I will also offer his explanations here to help all better understand the HOW and WHY that energy therapies do work to help us heal our wounded spirits.

Alberto Villoldo, PhD., and shamans in general, refer to what I call Spirit World, as ‘The Upper World’.  This location is NOT a physical realm, but is instead a higher-frequency level of existence where your energetic spirit goes after departing your physical body.  It is also the location that ‘houses’ all Spirits between incarnations, so as I mentioned in an earlier post with the Emanuel  book quote, “The entrance and exit doors of LIFE are merely mislabeled.  Birth is the adventurous journey away from HOME and death is merely the guide back home.”

Here in this short excerpt from his blog post from April 21st, 2020, Alberto V. describes the Upper World and its domains or levels of attained consciousness within the Upper World:

2020 Apr 21 —NAVIGATING THE UPPER WORLD

by Dr. Alberto Villoldo

“…I want you to familiarize yourself with the Upper World, the invisible domain of our destiny and spirit—or what psychiatry refers to as the superconscious, a realm that’s greater than the limited ego sense we have in our everyday existence.

When we journey to the Upper World, we enter this collective superconscious with access to our personal destiny, along with the destiny of our family or village or the piece of the earth over which we have stewardship…

All traditional societies refer to the Upper World (as do many religions), and each has its own map to describe the terrain. There are the Christian depictions of purgatory and paradise, which delineate the levels of purification humans must undergo before entering into paradise. The ancient maps of Tibet illustrate the bardo planes, where a person’s soul atones for his mistakes and then returns to the light after much hardship and suffering. The Laika [Wisdom Keepers of Peru] tell of a multitiered landscape (similar to what the Tibetans believe), which is inhabited by the collective souls of minerals, plants, and animals, as well as the souls of our ancestors. Each of the five planes of this world exists in a different relationship to time, and this is the map that we’ll be following closely in the next few blogs.

The Laika, like many other religions, believe that after your death, you naturally gravitate toward one of these levels of the Upper World based upon how you’ve lived your life. If you arrive in an unhealed state, for instance, you’re consigned to the lower tiers, where you undergo a period of cleansing and purging. Yet if you live consciously, you can arrive at one of the higher tiers of the Upper World, where there’s no time or suffering—only joy….”

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