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When we say an event is “so close to home” because we appear to be proximate to it in space or time (or any other identity association), we’ve entered an illusion of the mind. In terms of frequency, a burglary in the neighboring house is no closer than one on the other side of the world! Similarly, in terms of frequency, an accident at an intersection that we crossed 5 minutes ago, is as far away in time as if it happened a year or a decade ago! If something happened with another member of “our community,” again, it is as far (or near) to us as it is if it happened with just about any human being.  (more…)

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A beloved saathi (co-traveler) recently wished to explore with me, how she might best hold space for a group of people in intense pain  – a group with factions stuck in a stalemate, divided by discrimination history and its longstanding pain, blame and shame. (This endeavor is presently both her calling and her role in her job.) She acknowledged that all outward mediation and facilitation efforts tend to fail; everything has been attempted, only putting everyone squarely back in the stalemate, with increasing animosity. Yet, she must fulfill her role, with all her heart.

From our exploration emerged this possible way of “holding space” – to become the void into which pain ends.

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There’s never a problem. Only an experience. So, there’s never a solution. Only an experience.

When we’re self-identified with a problem, then our solution is a soon-to-be new problem. And we live life busily from problem to problem.

(But that’s no problem, that too is an experience!)

When we have an experience, then the experience just is. And we live life wholly within the experience (without becoming identified with it), where true life – aliveness – happens.

In such aliveness we are fully awake, and are, organically, instruments for Love, light and conscious creation.

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In our inability / unwillingness to truly, wholeheartedly receive everything that is freely, unconditionally and abundantly given, we (our egos!) have invented the concepts of deserving, earning, paying our dues, “no free lunch,” “working our way up to the top,” give-and-take, reciprocity, equity, privilege, charity…!

(And as a side-effect, the same egos have also become entitled, because we now believe we have “worked hard” to “deserve” it all. That which is freely already ours. Hehe. Or, on the other side of the same coin, the egos believe we are “giving” others, after having earned it ourselves, or now that we are fortunate to “have,” or now that we’re “privileged”! That which is freely already theirs! Hehe.)   (more…)

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Silence is a way of speaking up.

When a lot of attention is directed toward negative / harmful events and people who say and do egregious things, this massive collective attention energizes the very phenomenon. Fear (and its close relative, reactive anger) is a powerful creator. Where attention goes, energy flows, and where energy flows, things grow! (more…)

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My resistance to the Now is also a part of the Now. When it appears that I have no choice (or I have only one choice), I can still choose that choice, or my choicelessness. When I experience terrible unrest, I can still be at peace with the unrest. Moving a dimension up puts me, paradoxically, smack in the middle, into the heart and center of it all. And always makes it fun(ny) and inspired!

**This is the complement to yesterday’s post on being/expressing/serving in my true nature: darkness and light are *both* inspiration when accepted and integrated!

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How do I know when I am expressing / serving (in) my true nature? When I’m compelled by inspiration (and inspiration alone), when I’m out of my head and in my whole body (centered in my heart), when it is organic, easy and effortless (even as I extend and exert myself), when I’m staying light (even if the subject is “heavy”), when I’m completely focused on possibility (instead of “the problem”), when I jump out of bed, when I completely lose track of time (and money), when I expand my imagination and soul. (Oh, and when there is not the slightest chip on my shoulder.) In these moments I am expressing / serving (in) my true nature. And in all others I should just be deeply resting!

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