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‘You’re going to burn in hell’………meeting our ultimate fear

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” YOU’RE GOING TO BURN IN HELL! “

……Those damning words floated into the sleepy sanctity of our condo this morning. The condemnation, uttered with such conviction, was part of a longer ‘sermon’  delivered as the speaker made his way down the street outside our window apparently warning invisible parishioners of the perils of sinful living. This fiery delivery was received in our domain with a wry and humorous comment about the glory of living downtown where all manner of humanity intermingles and shares their particular view of this existence.   But it did get me thinking about the conviction of truth from which those words were uttered and it did get me remembering what it felt like to hear those same sentiments as a young child growing up Catholic and wide-eyed with terror at the prospect of being consumed by flames because I did not obey and God was not pleased. Then, it was my first introduction to fear and the concept of Divine retribution. Today,  as a rational adult who has reconciled with logic, I realize that a punishing God is an oxymoron. Yet I am still amazed that  sentiments like the ones which arrived uninvited in our bedroom this morning are still afoot in our supposedly sophisticated culture. Do we really believe in ‘hell’? Really? Still?

As I pondered the question, I considered how much of our existence is centered around our cellular fear of dying and ‘burning in hell for all eternity’ because we are flawed and at our core, reprehensible.  So our fear of  annihilation sends us seeking safe harbor from death in any way we can.  At the heart of our individual, national and global conflicts is fear in some form.  Continue reading

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In the midst of Noise — Silence

I have been hyper-aware of noise lately, especially the noise of my own chatter.  What escapes into verbal conversation is often an overflow of what goes on inside my head.  There, interior to the walls of the physical, resides the ever-present background white noise of my thoughts….constantly directing, editing, worrying, criticizing, judging, inquiring and generally filling any available nook and cranny with some form of molecular activity. It is exhausting. It infringes on my ability to meditate, to be clear and to find the open, free space of silence.

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Not unrelated to the internal cacophony, the external world of just plain living is clearly as loud and distracting. In our physical lives, we are bombarded with the constant sensory overload – from the demand to hold conversation with family, friends, students, co-workers, society in general,  to the invasive clamor of televisions, telephones, music, aircraft overhead, the laboring rumble of truck and bus engines, the familiar sounds of construction as we build, fix, maintain our cities and roads, the cries and questions of our children.  This external stimulus of every waking moment rarely stops.  Within this ubiquitous din resides all the enfolded messages that shape our behavior so that we can conform to a societal model of perfection. It creates the frenzied internal and external babble in which we are immersed and it causes unnecessary struggle and stress. It  becomes internalized as the low-level hum of inner chatter we unconsciously adapt to and  saps our energy and focus.

Terry and I have recently begun using a series of  guided meditations designed to support the taking back of the power of our minds from this frenzy. The CD’s series entitled Inner Talk use both subliminal (they list all the messages) messages and binaural beat technology. It was shortly after beginning to use these CDs that I noticed a deep, empty, delicious peace and quiet in my head that was very unfamiliar yet very welcome. That it was noticeable in the midst of a normal night of TV and other activity was even more remarkable and it has stayed with me. I am clearly aware of the quiet that has replaced the sensory overload of my thinking. So what does one do with silence?  Besides listening and actually getting in touch with intuitive messages, the most miraculous part of this rests in the loss of struggle I notice as I progress through a day. The someone looking  over my shoulder grading and measuring the perfection of everything I do no longer exists.  In the silence of this new space,  a sense of trust and confidence has emerged. This new pattern of transformed doubt has landed me solidly in the flow of all things and normalized the exhaustive struggle that had plagued my every move.

It is a definitive feeling of coming home to silence – a place I left behind long ago – a place that evokes  the ‘aaahhhh’ fall-into-grandma’s featherbed’ experience and a place that is consciously present in the midst of all the noise.  As I balance it with the activities of living and prosperity, I find the most profound gratitude for this discovery. Thank you, Terry for being the consummate explorer and adventurer, for being a living truth compass that I trust. As much as it is part of our mutual and individual progression of expansion, it is also a deep expression of universal love and regard….that is a gift I treasure and fully accept.

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“Hurry Up and Wait” -the mantra of charter pilots and a metaphor for life

From Kellie:

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Years ago when I worked at a charter/scheduled airline in Canada, there was a phenomenon that occurred often with aircraft  charters.   Here is how it went – a customer would call up to charter an aircraft for a specific time; we would find air crew, arrange refreshments, get the aircraft ready to go at the appointed time – sometimes at great inconvenience and haste to be ‘on-time’… then we would begin the long wait for the customer to arrive so we could depart…thus the “Hurry Up and Wait” mantra came into being.  Like the  scenes in a movie that depict the passage of time by showing a character in a series of different positions in the same chair, we would wait and wait and wait and wait some more….refreshments would be returned to the refrigerator then more waiting ……suddenly, the doors of the waiting lounge would fly open, the customer would finally arrive and the chartered flight would begin…at long last, action and successful completion of the task at hand!

It seems that we often encounter a similar experience in pursuit of our personal goals – we start by doing  everything we think we need to do to act upon our focus. We take appropriate steps to get prepared and are full of purpose and direction. Then at some point when we have completed everything we know how to do,  we wait……………. Now what? Continue reading

Sureness, Belief and a Concrete Hope – The Bedrock of Change!

from Kellie:

In my Sunday reading of Crack in the Cosmic Egg by Joseph Chilton Pearce, I found a most astonishing story about a Chicago doctor who made a successful kidney transplant in the early days of such medical phenomena.  This doctor painstakingly recorded much data about the process and eventual recovery of the patient before declaring to the medical journals that he had indeed completed a successful kidney transplant. Based on his results, similar procedures were tried world-wide with huge margins of success. Interestingly, the Chicago doctor subsequently re-examined his findings and discovered that he had made mistakes in his data and the success was actually a failure.  No matter, the other kidney transplants were successful and  continue to this day to increasing success as a routine procedure. How can such a thing be possible? As Pearce noted “All that may have been needed was sureness, belief and a concrete hope”

I found this inspiring because it speaks so succinctly to the power that is our imaginations, ideas and (as William Blake put it) our divine genius. We are at our very core, creators and visionaries. If we bring awareness to what we create, imagine what might be the result? Focused, intentional creation — if it were up to you – what would that look like for yourself? for humanity? What change could be brought about through the power of our innate genius? Continue reading

Letting Go and Taking Action – The Issue of Free-Flight

from Kellie

from Kellie

When I was flying, I learned a lot about being in control – always being one step ahead of the aircraft -anticipating what could go wrong and being prepared in advance to respond. I learned that it was a life and death issue especially when I was flying my beloved WWII Warbird – Harvard (AT6 is its U.S. name) in formation…attention, focus, familiarity with the cockpit so that my hands went to the controls without my physical eyes even looking. My inner eyes had it memorized and could ‘see’ all the controls. The whole experience of flying and especially formation flying seemed to always be this incredible balancing act between control, anticipating all possibilities and letting go in order to truly be ‘one’ with the aircraft. It required the ultimate self-trust, trust in the laws of physics, confidence in acquired knowledge and allowing the synergy to flow.
It was a dance of letting go and taking action – two seemingly opposite behaviors. The resolution of the two landed squarely in the heady experience of both the satisfaction with the action and the pure joy of the flight itself ….the afterglow lasts! even to this day – it becomes a cellular peak experience…that teaches in every project undertaken. Ironically, action and letting go can live in every moment of experience. They are not mutually exclusive. In fact, to be a free-flying being requires both. As we prepare to present our “Path to Choice – Finding Perspective in Global Transition” at the Families in Global Transition conference (Mar 4-7) in Houston, the learning of the past replays and the well-worn path to free-flying is walked once more…this time, with greater trust, confidence and access to past wisdom.

~ To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed. ~

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