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LAS VEGAS – CLOSE TO HOME

LAS VEGAS – CLOSE TO HOME

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A spiritual partner in Las Vegas who knows how to create authentic power – who understands about emotional pain and the destructive consequences that follow from acting on it – was quiet and solemn. The terrible, senseless deaths, the deranged murderer, the grieving of those still alive, the shock of an impending nightmare become real and then gone, leaving a stunned silence filled with disbelief, then anger, rage, depression – all the experiences of frightened parts of the personality.
Our spiritual partner has helped many people develop emotional awareness and make responsible choices in difficult times. These are exactly the times when creating authentic power is most needed and most fruitful. A time when conscious choices to love, reach out, replace vengeance with compassion, and forgive are most difficult, and the rewards for doing these things while the emotional pain is greatest are the most freeing, unimaginable, and liberating.
All this presented itself to our spiritual partner in Las Vegas, and it presents itself to everyone day after day – when a death leaves us altered in ways we do not yet understand, when violence imposes itself. These things were close to her home because it was her neighbors, among others, who died and a neighbor who killed them.
Everyday millions of people suffer brutality and death – in sinking island nations, former colonies in worn-ravaged Africa, and megacities around the world. Their suffering is also close to home – our home. As our consciousness expands beyond the limitations of the five senses, our home becomes very large and the people in it become very close. Fear and death, love and blessing, self-service and selfless service are close to home for all of us. Every suffering and every joy is close to home.
The Lakota people say, “The joy of one is the joy of all, and the suffering of one is the suffering of all.” Everything that you do is close to home for everyone. Everything that I do is close to home for everyone.
What shall we do with this understanding?
Love.
Linda & Gary
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YOUR BUCKET LIST

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Do you have a bucket list? Five-sensory humans think of physical experiences they want before they die, for example, parachuting, mountain climbing, or going to Paris. The parts of their personalities that originate in fear need experiences like these to make themselves feel valuable. Multisensory humans think of the contributions they can make to others and the world before their souls return to nonphysical reality, for example, tenderness, compassion, patience, and gratitude. The parts of their personalities that originate in love contribute these things continually, and contributing them brings meaning, purpose, and fulfillment to the personality.

As a personality ponders its limited time on the Earth, it is able to compare more clearly the experiences that it longs for from love and the experiences it desires from fear. Five-sensory bucket lists cannot satisfy multisensory humans, and multisensory bucket lists cannot satisfy five-sensory humans. Their perceptions, aspirations, and intentions are different.
A trip to Paris or sailing on an ocean are not always distractions from your fulfillment. But sometimes they are. Let meaning be your guide. Review your bucket list if you have one, or experiment with writing one. Then consider whether the goals on it are worthy of your remaining time in the Earth school.
Love.
Linda & Gary
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THANKS AND GIVING

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Folklore depicts Thanks Gving as a happy gathering of grateful white settlers (immigrants) and friendly Native Americans who helped them survive the winter. These immigrants were not “Pilgrims” – that name was added to the narrative later. Not all were looking for religious freedom. Some came to make money. Even the famous Plymouth Rock was a creation of local folklore. Native Americans showed the immigrants where to fish and how to plant corn (they were kinder to immigrants than we are), but probably no turkeys were eaten and certainly no pies.

oday only about four hundred Native American tribes have survived the massive, ongoing, and brutal genocide unleashed by these immigrants and their descendants. All of them were forcibly relocated (think Japanese internment camps, but worse) onto lands least desirable to white people. The Lakota Pine Ridge reservation is the most impoverished county in the United States. Few who understand all of this are thankful for it.

Now that we are becoming multisensory, we can look anew at the sentimental fabrications, such as Thanks Giving (and the Commercial Christmas), that perpetuate the self-delusions that we share. We can consciously create in our own lives real experiences of kindness, caring, and support. We can recognize “immigrants” (including ourselves) as powerful and creative, compassionate and loving spirits temporarily incarnate in the Earth school. We can learn about ourselves from our experiences and use what we learn to change ourselves for the better. This is creating authentic power.

As our family gathered for Thanks Giving (cooking a turkey and baking pies), one of our granddaughters sat at a table in the kitchen drawing a poster for all of us. It read, “Let our lives be filled with THANKS and GIVING.”
May you also choose to fill your life with THANKS and GIVING
Love.
Linda & Gary
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SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND SEXUAL ABUSE

SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND SEXUAL ABUSE

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A new kind of power – authentic power – is replacing the old kind of power – external power. Authentic power is the ability to distinguish love from fear within yourself and choose love no matter what is happening inside you or what is happening outside you. External power is the ability to manipulate and control.
From the perspective of external power villains are powerful and victims are powerless. From the perspective of authentic power, the callous lust of one who abuses others to satisfy his (or her) destructive desires and the rage of those who are abused are both experiences of powerlessness. There is no power in abuse or revenge.
It is appropriate to protect abused people from people who abuse them (think cells and rehab), but we do not know enough to judge abusers or abused. We do not know what roles they have played in other places and times. If we judge them, we create painful consequences for ourselves.

Long standing abuses (think centuries) are now coming into view, and long standing rage (think centuries) is rising to meet them. All of our experiences offer us opportunities to learn about ourselves (not others or the world). What can you learn about yourself from your experiences of these things? Ask yourself, “What do I intend to contribute to Life in this moment?” — harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life (authentic power) or violence and destruction (external power)? This is the most important question.

Only you can answer it.
Love.
Linda & Gary
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A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE OF CHRISTMAS

A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE OF CHRISTMAS

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The commercial christmas is the season of obligatory giving, unrestrained consumerism, family differences disguised as gatherings of the heart, and piles of wrapping trash. The celebration of love and joy that was born in the barren desert of Palestine is very different.

Love lifts us all. Even above the weight of forced familiarity, the spirit of giving soars. Linda and I are connected in ways we do not understand to a small island in the middle of the Pacific called “Maui.” We have returned to it every whale season for nearly thirty years. Our bond is that powerful. New shopping centers and asphalt have covered much of Maui since we first came, but they do not interfere with the spirit of Aloha there.

The commercial christmas is like the tons of asphalt that cover more of Maui each year, but the spirit of Aloha radiates through it like the spirit of Love radiates through the mountains of wrapping paper and trash that propel our economy from one selling season of to another, one season of consumption to another.
Christmas calls us to contribute. The commercial christmas calls us to consume. The spirit of Love, like the energy of Aloha, transforms us from consumers into contributors, from taking to giving, from expecting love from others to sharing it with others. For most people, this transformation is seasonal (temporary), but it doesn’t need to be. It can be a glimpse of your new life, your boundless compassion, and your fathomless love.
Happy Holi (Holy) Days,.
Linda & Gary

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SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE

SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE

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Mother Teresa said, “We cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” In my experience, the smallest things require the greatest love. The smallest things we do are the intimate and personal choices we make each moment before we act. These choices are always between the intention of love and the intention of fear – between gratitude, caring, and patience, among others, and anger, jealousy, righteousness, among others.

These choices appear to us as as the smallest of small things, as interior experiences that we alone can enter and alter. Yet with our choices of love or fear we create the consequences of our lives and the contributions we make to the world. These choices are the origins of all things, great and small, they alone animate the one who chooses. You are the one who chooses.

When you do these “small things” with great love, your great love manifests in the Universe. When you do them with great fear, your great fear manifests. We cannot do great things with great love – only the small things that always create constructive consequences. Do you smile with joy (love), or to manipulate (fear)? Are you tender in order to nurture (love) or to create an image of a tender person?
Do you do make your choices with great love, or do you distract yourself with thoughts about “great things” and “small things”?
Love.
Linda & Gary

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SYMPHONY OF PEACE PRAYERS

SYMPHONY OF PEACE PRAYERS

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Peace + Prayer + Someone Else’s Country provided me a powerful experience that continues to shape me today. It happened two years ago in Japan at the base of Mt. Fuji. Twelve thousand (12,000!) people come every year to celebrate peace and pray for peace regardless of weather. Every country’s flag is brought to the center of a natural outdoor stage with Mt. Fuji in the background, and all the people pray for peace for the country of their choice and also for the optimal potential of that country to manifest. Everyone is given a laminated plastic flag of their choosing to use during the ceremony. When the flag of their country is brought out, they hold the image over their heads. It was wonderful to see the colors of so many countries held up again and again throughout the ceremony. I wanted to hold up all of them.

Linda and I returned the next year, and I had the same surprising, wonderful experience. I had expected to celebrate my own country’s flag and pray for the peace and potential of my own country, but I had not expected to be thrilled by praying for every country’s flag! They were all so important to me, so rich and so full of promise and potential. The sea of colors in front of us filled me with awe and wonder – at the uniqueness of us, the beauty of us, and the love of us. We were all “us.” I knew that in my thoughts and in my heart, but I felt it and I saw it those days.

Now those days remind me to cultivate my experiences at the base of Mt. Fuji every day. This year Linda and I will attend the ceremony, which is called the Symphony of Peace Prayers, by watching it stream live on the internet. (It is part of the “Fuji Declaration” anniversary celebration). We invite you to join us and our colleagues and the twelve thousand fellow students in the Earth school who will gather again at Mt. Fuji to pray for us and celebrate us – all of us. We will join you there in our hearts.

Love.
Linda & Gary
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SPIRITUAL PARTNERSHIPS AND FRIENDSHIPS

SPIRITUAL PARTNERSHIPS AND FRIENDSHIPS

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Spiritual partnerships are partnerships between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth. They are for intimate couples and anyone who intends to become emotionally aware, self-responsible, and inwardly secure.

Spiritual partners help one another recognize parts of their personalities that come from love – such as gratitude, patience, and caring – and cultivate them by acting on them consciously. They also help one another recognize parts of their personalities that come from fear -such as anger, jealousy, and righteousness -and challenge them by acting from loving parts of their personalities (such as patience) when frightened parts (such as impatience) are active.

Spiritual partners say to one another, “If you think you see something in me (a frightened or loving part of my personality), and you think I might not see it, and you think I would benefit from seeing it, will you tell me?” This is the last thing friends want to say to one another or hear from one another They say things like, “Everything will be OK. This will work out fine.”
Friendships are parts of an old human consciousness that is dying. Spiritual partnerships are parts of a new human consciousness that is being born. Friends try not to stir the water. Spiritual partners stir the water with love. They intend to support one another in seeing what in the water prevents their joy and what creates it

Your Spiritual Partner,.

Linda & Gary