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DON’T LET THE ELECTION DISTRACT YOU

DON’T LET THE ELECTION DISTRACT YOU

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Don’t let the election in the United States be a distraction. Two political parties each pursuing external power have produced a destructive and predictable consequence. The pursuit of external power – the ability to manipulate and control – is now counterproductive to our evolution. It is toxic. This means that attempting to change circumstances in any way with external power will not produce the world that we desire – a world of harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. It will only contribute more to the world of what the world is currently made of – fear.

The only remedy to fear is love. The only place where you can choose between the intention of love and the intention of fear is in yourself. This is the contribution that you can make. It may seem a small contribution, but that is from the perspective of the five senses. From a multisensory perspective it is the strongest and most powerful contribution that you can make to our common collective. It is the most powerful and constructive contribution that you can make to Life. And it is the contribution that you were born to make.

To create with love requires you to identify fear in yourself and challenge it by not acting on it and instead act from the most loving part of your personality that you can. The frightened parts of your personality are those that you experience as anger, jealousy, resentment, terror, depression, humiliation, happiness at getting what you want, etc. The loving parts of your personality are those that you experience as gratitudeappreciationcaring, and patience, among others.

From a five-sensory perspective, it may appear impossible to be grateful or appreciative of an occurrence that you do not want to happen. From a multisensory perspective, it is an opportunity to grow spiritually, and opportunities to grow spiritually are always being offered to us in the intimacy of our own experiences, no matter what is happening outside of us such as a 911 type event or a macro event such as the election of an American president that was created by the same energy, the energy of fear.

Now is the time to come to terms with the energy of fear in you, to use your courage to experience fear fully emotionally in terms of physical sensations in your body and to challenge it by choosing consciously to act with an intention of love. Look for what you can find to be grateful for in the world around you. See what you can find about yourself and change in yourself for the better. Create authentic power.
This is our opportunity. This is always our opportunity.
Everything else is a distraction.
Love.
Linda & Gary
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AFTER THE ELECTION – THE NEXT STEP

AFTER THE ELECTION – THE NEXT STEP

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The great American president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, said at the beginning of World War II, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” That was a brave statement made from a five-sensory perspective to a five-sensory country in a five-sensory world. Human perception was limited to what we could see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. Now our perception is expanding beyond these limitations. We sense ourselves as souls as well as than minds and bodies, the world as meaningful rather than random, and the Universe as wise and compassionate. This expanded perception, multisensory perception, is emerging in each of us, and as it does it is revealing new things about fear that are very relevant and helpful. Here is one of them: “When fear ceases to scare you, it cannot stay.”

Fear will continue to scare you until you have the courage to turn inward and face it – the painful physical sensations of it, the judgmental, destructive, and violent thoughts of it – and challenge them by acting with an intention of harmony, cooperationsharing, or reverence for Life while you are experiencing fear. This creates a new type of power in you – authentic power, the alignment of your personality with your soul. Authentic power is now necessary for your evolution and the evolution of our species

Can you do this? Yes, you can. And we can support one another. This is what we were born to do.

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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WARRIOR OF THE HEART

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My adopted Lakota brother, Phil Lane, Jr., told me a story at a gathering of young Native Americans I have never forgotten, and I feel certain that I never will. A rancher on the plains often saw a sweat lodge near his range. A sweat lodge is a low dome-shaped tent made of bent young trees. In the old days they were covered with buffalo skins. Now they are covered with tarps that are covered with old blankets. The lodge cannot be entered except through a small door that makes people crawl to enter. It is difficult not to be humble while crawling into a sacred space to pray.
It is hot in the lodge. Water is thrown onto red-hot rocks from a fire outside, and the steam makes the lodge feel like a sauna. Between each round of prayer, people go outside to lie on the ground or walk and breath the fresh air. Then they go back into the lodge to pray some more.

During one of the times between rounds, the rancher rode up to the people on the ground and asked, in a rough voice because he was frightened, “What are you doin’ in there?” The short conversation between him and the Lodge Master went like this: “We are prayin’. What are you prayin’ for? We are prayin’ for you.” I knew the story was true because that is what the people in my sweat lodges did, also. They prayed for everyone, not only themselves.

Phil Lane, Jr., is a hereditary Chief, and he received much criticism and anger from other Native Americans of many different tribes for his gatherings that included white people. “How can you do such a thing!” they demanded. “How can you give white people our sacred rituals? They have taken everything from us. They have taken our land. They have taken our homes. And now you want to give them the only thing we have left – our culture!”

Phil patiently explained again and again, “Now is the time of the coming of the prophecies. The Great Spring has arrived. Now is coming the Day That Will Not Be Followed By Night. We must share our wisdom with our Brothers and Sisters.” The elders agreed with Phil, and they taught him and supported him

This was almost thirty years ago. Now we are blessed to hear these healthy, grounded, life-affirming teachings of a shared Humanity, of one family of Life, and of our Responsibilities to it and to one another from many voices, young as well as elder. You can hear these voices at Standing Rock. They are sharing with us what Native American elders taught them and their ancestors for thousands of years. They are showing us what we need to do to heal the damage that we have caused, and how to soften a self-created climate disruption that now threatens all life.

Native wisdom around the world can teach us more about how to relate to Mother Earth than even the most heart-felt scientists. We have ignored this wisdom, disdained it, and killed those who carry it for five hundred years.

Now is a good time to listen, and to pray with our Native American sons and daughters and brothers and sisters – for water protectors and police, for people we agree with and people we don’t, for the one family of Life that we are and all our relatives in it.

Here is a link to a delightful modern expression of this wisdom from a young Native American. I recommend her videos and words for your consideration.

https://youtu.be/PqeKe7u9iwM

Love.
Linda & Gary
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DON’T LOSE YOUR COMPASSION

DON’T LOSE YOUR COMPASSION

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When I first arrived on Okinawa more than fifty years ago almost everyone told me that I would not want to leave at the end of my tour of duty. They were right. Okinawa’s white sand beaches and turquoise waters were breathtakingly beautiful. Lush green covered the island, and I slowly discovered how much I liked it. I was mostly surrounded by Americans. I saw only Americans where I lived, ate, and shopped. Even the beaches were filled with Americans.

The largest Air Force base abutted the downtown area of the largest city. It was busy and noisy, as was the other Air Base. Okinawans disliked all the American installations on their island. They disliked the Japanese, also, for putting them there.
I was in our barracks when an order came for personnel to participate in “crowd control.” A large protest had begun outside the downtown Air Base. All my enlisted men were conscripted. They had no training for this – we were guerrilla warfare experts – but they did their best to follow their orders. I discovered later that most of them generally felt neither hostility nor sympathy for the demonstrators. They merely did the best they could without preparation, experience, or knowledge of the situation.
The North Dakota highway patrolmen, small town police officers, sheriffs, and their counterparts from neighboring rural states are in the same position. Most have little, if any, experience of this type. They are dressed for battle, and they are prepared to do battle on the frozen plains of North Dakota, but with whom? Shivering, defenseless, non-violent people?
This is inherently confusing. The nobility of their profession has been betrayed. Frightened parts of every personality refuse to accept possibilities such as this, much less allow emotional experiences of them. It took me decades to realize that the nobility I assumed my Green Beret would give me never existed, except in the distorted perceptions of the parts of my personality that originate in fear, not in love.

The courageous law enforcement officers who risked their jobs and reputations by refusing to return to Standing Rock are much more aware of themselves, their values, and the world than I was on Okinawa. How can we judge their colleagues who are less aware without expecting others to judge us when we also do the best we can? (Jesus asked us this question).

We can instead hold everyone at Standing Rock in our hearts and pray for their health and safety – police officers, pipeline workers, water protectors, veterans, reporters, and guests. We can be compassionate with all of them. Compassion is the medicine that we give to ourselves at the same time that we give it to others. When we become compassionate with others, we become compassionate with ourselves too. The Standing Rock gathering, like every experience in the Earth school, offers us opportunities to give and receive this medicine.

Love.
Linda & Gary
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TOTAL ECLIPSE

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Every eclipse of the sun represents symbolically the activation of a frightened part of your personality. While that part is active, it obstructs the experience of your love, which is represented symbolically by the sun. Yet in the midst of that obstruction there is a great deal of power and beauty that is visible physically in a total eclipse of the sun.
While the darkness obstructs the sun’s light, the great power of the sun can be seen around the perimeter of the darkness as bursts of energy, as brilliant displays of light. These are reminders of the cause of the darkness. It is an experience of a frightened part of your personality that is active. That part of your personality eclipses your love, and yet it is in consciously going into that experience of darkness that you develop the ability to move beyond its control. That is represented by the brilliance and power that is visible around the perimeter of the darkness when the eclipse is total.
When love is obstructed totally, there is still the power of love surrounding that obstruction. It is the reason for that obstruction – so that you can experience the obstruction, get to know it fully, and challenge it as it occurs and when it reoccurs – so that when it comes you recognize it for what it is, a temporary eclipse of your love.
Love.
Linda & Gary
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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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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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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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Coronavirus – Opportunity Or Obstacle

Coronavirus – Opportunity Or Obstacle

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Corona usually refers to an aura (visible appearance) of plasma (ionized gas) around the sun. The coronavirus that is infecting humans for the first time (which is why we have no immunity) is covid-19. It is a type of coronavirus, just as “rose” is a type of flower. Yet covid-19 is a bloodless, lifeless term with no emotional relevance to human experience. That is why, in my opinion, we continue to call the virus that has infected us the coronavirus. We sense that it is intimately related to us humans.

As we become multisensory – able to perceive beyond the limitations of the five senses – we begin to see that everything around us is symbolic. The world is no longer random and meaningless. It is filled with meaning, and we can learn about ourselves from it. What can we learn about ourselves from the coronavirus?

The corona of the sun extends millions of miles into space and is hugely hotter than the visible surface of the sun. It is not detectable without instruments, except during a solar eclipse, but it is real and its effects upon the Earth are real. Is there an invisible part of us that extends far beyond what our five senses can detect and whose effects upon us are large and real? Yes. There are many, and we call one of them our collective consciousness.

We can detect the surface, so to speak, of our collective consciousness just as we can detect the visible surface of the sun (with dark sunglasses). For example, we say that the origins of our mythologies, religions, and cultures are contained in our collective consciousness. Everything about humanity is contained in it. The corona of our collective consciousness, so to speak, is that part of our collective consciousness that extends far beyond its surface, which means beyond what we can see in it (our mythologies, religions, and cultures) and is hugely more impactful. This is our love and our fear. They are huge parts of our collective consciousness, and they impact us greatly moment by moment. They are, metaphorically speaking, the corona of our collective consciousness.

The coronavirus is showing how large are the fear and love in our collective consciousness. We are beginning to recognize the fear in our collective consciousness as our fear. I am beginning to recognize it as my fear, and you are beginning to recognize it as your fear. At the same time, we are beginning to recognize the love in our collective consciousness as our love. I am beginning to recognize it as my love, and you are beginning to recognize it as your love.

The coronavirus is showing how large are the fear and love in our collective consciousness. We are beginning to recognize the fear in our collective consciousness as our fear. I am beginning to recognize it as my fear, and you are beginning to recognize it as your fear. At the same time, we are beginning to recognize the love in our collective consciousness as our love. I am beginning to recognize it as my love, and you are beginning to recognize it as your love.

Let your experiences of the coronavirus show you the intense, unbearable pain of your fear (and the fear in our collective consciousness) and the ineffable bliss of your love (and the love in our collective consciousness). We have so much to learn from the coronavirus, if we are open to learning.
And this is the beginning.
Love,
Linda & Gary