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Occupy Wall Street – A Thousand Thanks

Occupy Wall Street – A Thousand Thanks

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A thousand thanks to the people in Liberty Plaza and places like it who are giving voice to much that is destructive and painful about our social structures and what lies beyond them. Your presence and courage and commitment are water to the great tree of awareness and freedom that will grow if it is tended carefully. Fortunately, each of us is responsible for tending it. Freedom from fear is the only freedom that now unlocks the prisons of hatred, violence, prejudice, and greed. The kindness of some police officers in NYC is on display to the world and so is the brutality of others. The greed of banks that engorge themselves on the losses of millions of people are on display around the world, and so also are the alternative social structures that will replace them. A thousand thanks are not enough for the glimpses of these emerging structures you are giving us.

You are showing us new forms of cocreation that are built on harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life and contrasting them with old forms that are built on manipulation and control. These new social structures are taking root in Liberty Plaza and places like it and in millions of us as we watch and hold the vision of a new world, a world without victims and without villains, a world where heinous policies are relentlessly uprooted and destroyed and where the people who create and execute them are not hated but constrained appropriately (think of handcuffs and bars). In short, a world of love, growing out of awareness and responsibility, consciously constructed with intentions of love, a world with the courage to experience fear fully such as anger, vengefulness, and righteousness challenge it by not acting on it, and cultivate love instead.

This new world will emerge strong and healthy from the decay of the old world not because the dying world is supported by a wealthy few while billions of us are eager for the new world. It will replace the old world because billions of us will tend the tree daily, even in difficult times, challenging hatred, anger, greed, and revenge in ourselves by choosing awareness and love instead. In short, the new world will grow strong and healthy while the old world dies because the old world is based on fear and the new world is built on love, clear, conscious, responsible, courageous, and capable.

Love.
Linda & Gary
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RIVER OF LOVE

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I am so grateful for the many sharings I have received in celebration of my 70th birthday. They arrive daily from North America and around the world – Europe, South America, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, from young, middle-age, and elderly people, male and female. The flow of emails, video recordings, audio recordings, images, and poems is a river of love. It thrills me, and I love sharing it with you. (https://seatofthesoul.com/events-and-programs/garyis70). Sharing a river of love, swimming in a river of love, and shaping your life into a river of love are experiences of authentic power and creating it. The gifts of the heart that are flowing to me reflect the gifts of love that flow to each of us daily, moment by moment, lifetime by lifetime. In the new and unprecedented phase of our evolution that we have entered, love stands at stage center. Previously that position was occupied by survival. Our evolution now requires more than survival. Our fulfillment also now requires more. They both require love.

Love is abundant, but our experiences of it are sometimes scarce. In some cases, there is very little experience of it, but love is always there, like the sun shining above an overcast sky. Under the overcast, we see only gray. Above it, all is vibrant and colorful, clean and clear, unlimited and inviting. Creating authentic power is distinguishing between love and fear and choosing love, no matter what is happening inside you or around you. It is the purpose of your life, the path of your fulfillment, and the source of your joy, all in one. Fear is the overcast. Love is the unlimited and vibrant sky. Creating authentic power is recognizing when you are under an overcast and using your knowledge of clouds, sky, and sun to remember the sun and where it is. You do that when you are consumed with anger, jealousy, or resentment, and decide NOT to act on it. You do it when you are in the grip of an obsession (such as holding a grudge), a compulsion (such as workaholism), or an addiction (such overeating, smoking, gambling, or sex) and decide NOT to act on it.

When you deliberately choose to act instead from the healthiest part of your personality that you can, a part that is grateful, for example, or appreciative, patient, or content, the overcast no longer shapes your experiences. You reach for the sun, and the sun reaches back to you. You invoke healing, and the Universe responds. Even if the part of you reaches for health is very small, that is the part the Universe backs.

Sending your gifts of love to me is a choice of love. Sending your gifts of love to any one is a choice of love. Choosing to receive the love of others is also a choice of love. Choices of love are the only choices that can change your life, and only you can make them. I am grateful for your choices of love. I strive to make them also. Each time I do, I become a cocreator of a world based on the intentions of the soul – harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life – instead of a cocreator of a world based on fear – discord, competition, hoarding, and exploitation.

You can see your sharing on https://seatofthesoul.com/events-and-programs/garyis70. You can also go there to enjoy being immersed in love. If you have not already sent a sharing, you can email it to garyis70@seatofthesoul.com. Please give us a week or so to post it.

Love.
Linda & Gary
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CLARITY AND SHARING

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What you share is not as important as why you share it. For example, sharing with the intention to impress people with your generosity, intelligence, or good nature is not the same as sharing with the intention to support another with no strings attached, or sharing because sharing with love is healing and natural to us, or consciously sharing with love your presence with others. Your intention for sharing determines the consequences of your sharing and your experiences of sharing.

Clarity allows you to identify your intentions, distinguish among them, and to understand their effects. When you share to change someone so that you will feel better about yourself or safe, you strive to manipulate and control. You pursue external power. This creates painful and destructive consequences. When you share to contribute to Life without thought of self-benefit, or share from your heart without second agendas that benefit you first and others second, or share the compassion, wisdom, and love that you were born to share, your frequency increases, you shine brighter, and your choices contribute constructively to the collective consciousness.

You are a micro of a macro. Your soul is a micro of the soul of humankind. This is sometimes called the collective unconscious of humanity, but it is not that. It is the soul of humanity. You cannot change the macro without first changing the micro. You cannot diminish exploitation in the macro while that same energy exists in you. As you change the micro, you simultaneously change the macro of which you are part and to which you are intimately bound. You create the world that you want to see, choice by choice, with the force of your own will applied in the only way that can produce permanent and constructive results – to the conscious and constructive transformation of yourself.

This is the creation of authentic power. The transformation that you create in yourself simultaneously contributes to the transformation of humanity. Clarity enables you to make and understand these transformations in yourself and to contribute them to the world. Ultimately, these are the contributions you were born to make.

Love.
Linda & Gary
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Paris – What Can I Do?

Paris – What Can I Do?

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The first thing you can do is look inside yourself. Look at the emotions you feel. Were you shocked, overwhelmed, angered, righteous, grieved, humiliated, or despondent when you heard the news? Did you feel superior to the suicide bombers? Did you judge them contemptible? Did you want to go to war with them? Are you already at war with them in your mind? Did you want to eliminate them so that you can be safe again at home with your beliefs and those who share them?
We all have experiences such as these, even if we think that could not be possible. The more you explore your personality with courage and integrity, the more of them you will discover. These parts of your personality originate in fear, in the pain of powerlessness that they can not be safe and feel valuable until everyone sees the world as they see it. They are rigid, closed, and disdainful. They exclude. In Paris, they killed.

When you experience all the parts of your personality, you give yourself the ability to choose among them – to change the parts of yourself that disdain and would kill or to act on them. The people who killed in Paris chose to act on them. They did not change the world. They contributed more to the world of what the world is already built on – fear. They worshiped at the alter of power as ability to manipulate and control, to detonate the bomb, pull the trigger. Everyone who wants to change others, impose a belief, and inflict harm worships at the same alter whether in the name of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, or science.

Now the choice is ours. We can disdain and kill, or we can create harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. We can contribute a new power (authentic power) to a new world, power as alignment of the personality with the soul.

We cannot make this choice if we do not realize that we have it. That is why looking inside yourself is the first thing you can do when you read about the attacks in Paris or you think about them. These deeds, and all deeds like them, are reminders to us that we have a choice.

Love.
Linda & Gary
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THE NEW ARENA

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This is a moment in the history of America and the history of the world in which we are beginning to experience in intimately personal terms the extent to which fear controls our activities. We are realizing for the first time as a species that personal growth is not a shallow or inconsequential activity. It is necessary and powerful. We are also appreciating for the first time as a species that challenging fear in ourselves and cultivating love in ourselves is the only way that we can change the world

All of this is entirely new. We are in completely new evolutionary terrain. There are no maps. All that we learned before – that our perception is limited to five senses, that power is the ability to manipulate and control, that individuals who do not possess it are insignificant – is now counterproductive. None of the old ways works any longer. New ways are calling to us.
They require commitmentcouragecompassion, and conscious communication and actions

Each choice of love is conscious participation in the evolution of your soul, in the evolution of all the collectives in which you participate, in the evolution of the Earth school, and in the evolution of Life itself. Each of us is responsible for what we create. The world reflects what we create. It shows us what we need to change in ourselves to create a reflection of harmonycooperationsharing, and reverence for Life.

We can learn this lesson from our experiences of this election, if we are open to learning it. This lesson is now coming into focus for millions as we evolve in an entirely different way, with an entirely different consciousness, and with an entirely different understanding of power – the alignment of the personality with the soul.

We have entered a startling new arena of human experience – the domain of nonphysical reality, Teachers, wisdom, and compassion. And our responsibilities in it are becoming unmistakable.

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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