Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Power of Command

We are all great intellectuals. We are. We understand so much of what we hear, and we grasp concepts better than any species. Even with all the sheer stupidity in the world, you know what I’m talking about, we are still on average the smartest things around. As a result, we are masters at jumping to conclusions, really great at being know-it-alls, and awesome sources of other people’s quotes. Sometimes we utter things that are so profound we hope somebody quotes us! I know I do. Of course, I can never remember what I said, and neither can anyone else!

Still, we are good understanders, and we can abstract. We can be told about things that are not present and extrapolate results that would be hidden from less sophisticated minds. Much of what we do in our vast, powerful brains is simply amazing, and we should be proud.

Unfortunately, (like you didn’t know this was coming) we have the tendency to be all brain and no body. In other words, we tend to leap to conclusions about stuff, and then stay at the level of understanding intellectually and not bringing our knowledge down into the body. We don’t embody most of our knowledge.

We are extremely fortunate to have a new set of knowledge coming around, prosperity consciousness, the Law of Attraction, etc. And most of it is pretty simple, at least at first, but, and you know this is coming, too, we don’t bring the knowledge down onto our body. We don’t make it part of us, even thought we know we should. And, as you might guess, this is why there is so much talk lately about why the Law of Attraction doesn’t work for us.

We can see this Law working, because there is a definite cause-and-effect rule in place, and we can even see it bringing good and bad results. And we know intellectually that we are not in alignment, and we may even understand why, but, here it is again! we don’t go deep enough into our bodies to find the roots of our sabotage.

If you have been reading this series, you know that the roots of our being are in the realm of feeling. This is not emotion, but the more intrinsic parts of our being that define us as humans and with which we assign importance to our life particles. After all, WE decide what is important, We decide what we are here for, WE decide what to do with our lives.

We are lucky to find out about the Law of Attraction, and like the extremely wise folk we are, we immediately try to incorporate it into our lives. We notice it has some funny results, like the fact that seemingly evil people lead lives of apparent comfort, and don’t always get what we think they deserve, based on our religious upbringing. And we can understand that if they don’t really feel they deserve punishment, then there is no force outside of our civil justice that seems to deliver it, especially if they don’t possess enough guilt to call it to themselves. So we make sure all our young-uns are inculcated with enough guilt so they don’t get away with anything, either.

We can understand that we make our own reality. If I say the old phrase “We see the world as we are,” you can understand how our fears, desires and hidden or unconscious programming influences both how we see the world and what we call forth from the world.

Intrinsic to the Law of Attraction is the Power of Command. We use it all the time, but we don’t necessarily know we do. It is the active facet of the Law, the part that we use to actually make stuff happen. The Law has two parts, one is the unconscious calling forth through vibrational alignment, and the other is the intentional setting out to create new realities by actively stating out intent. One has conscious volition, the other unconscious manifestation.

It has been shown in the world of quantum physics that when observing the energetic field of the very small, simply looking at an experiment influences it. I mean, grok that for a second. the act of observation has power. Is it that much of a leap to suppose that Intent has power? You can try some experiments of your own, simply intend intently that say, someone is going to call you, or that you are going to know something ahead of time, and see how easy it is to influence using an unseen facet of our makeup. Of course, if you keep this in your head, as an intellectual understanding, and don’t feel it viscerally, it is much less likely to work, so try to intend from the gut.

In the next part of this series, I will go deeper into these aspects, so stay tuned, and please spread this blog around!  Thanks!


Light into Space

O.K., I admit I teased you a bit with the last piece, but my girlfriend insists I write shorter pieces, and she’s probably right.

So, we left off with you finding a feeling and diving into it and feeling all there is there to be felt. This event of feeling so deeply has several qualities, like the sheer rightness of finally taking care of yourself, perhaps for the first time in many lifetimes, perhaps for the first time ever.  Or the knowledge that here in this deep place is peace and healing.

When you actually feel down into a held place you also find out the piece I have been talking about all this time, that the subconscious programming that runs us speaks in feelings. Not emotions per se, but feelings. In case you are unclear, we could say that emotions are similar to feelings, but have the quality of being more of a reaction to events, people, or even objects. For instance, someone can piss you of, and that is an emotional reaction, it has an object, it has a time duration, it is less intrinsic to your makeup.

On the other hand, feelings are more a part of your actual makeup, they are a definer of who you are and how you feel alive. They can arise on their own, for instance, love is something that we can feel without an object being present. You could say they are more consistently present and pervasive, like a current beneath the surface.  As I have said before, how we feel determines what is important in this life. We all share some intrinsic feelings, need for safety, need for connection, yearning for communion with….well, God for lack of a better word.

Feelings drive us, and emotions color us. We get them confused, and that’s alright. Since our emotions come and go, we survive their advent, and we learn to pick and choose which ones are welcome, and which are not, according to how we feel, how we assign importance. Consequently, we can, being the powerful creatures we are, suppress them.

And, along with this remarkable talent, comes……..The Price.

The Price is that we have to eventually account for the feelings we have put off feeling. I am speaking of feelings and emotions, and trauma, belief, and other bits of our psychological makeup that we acquire but don’t necessarily admit to our front row. And further, these sent away and held prisoner feelings/emotions, can fester, making us sick, and they can color our world, causing us to act certain ways and draw certain corresponding vibrational events and things into our lives.

O.K.? Is it becoming clear that these held places are possibly worth investigating? The entire cosmology of theapy is based on this premise, but as I have described, going case-by-case might take a while, especially since most of us don’t get started until we are old enough, or tired enough to notice we are not quite as happy as we could be.

The Point is that we can, through honest looking, discover and clear these held places. This is accomplished by allowing one’s self to feel a held place completely, to the point where there is nothing left, and also to the point where we are completely un-resisting of what is present. Of course, it is difficult to do this by yourself, maybe not impossible, but as Arjuna Ardagh says: “You can’t guide yourself to awakening, it’s like doing surgery on yourself.” So a little help is in order, but it doesn’t have to take years, or even a year.

It’s all in your intention to awaken beyond the things you have thought you are, and allow the idea that you just might be a bit, well, bigger, than we are usually led to believe. In fact, you may discover power that you had no idea that you had, like the Power of Command, or the ability to call forth circumstances, people, and states of awareness that you used to think were thrust upon you.

So we can clear held feelings, and we can clear held emotional tendencies. In other words, we have feelings like love and fear that we have numbed or suppressed or otherwise not felt on a regular basis, and they can be liberated, and we have emotional tendencies, or patterns of reaction, and the habitual reactivity can be liberated. And by liberated, I mean that they “go back” to being what they were intended to be, useful tools in our complex and amazing toolbox.

And what happens when something gets cleared? (This is my favorite part.) One thing is that there is a sense of relief, a sense of peace, and a sense of inner knowing. This inner knowing occurs as the arrival of insights, we know things without thinking about them, pieces of knowledge show up from somewhere, the higher mind, the Source, wherever, and we realize things.

The other part is that where there was a held, blocked place in the body, there is now an empty space, a space that was numb or painful and is now available for occupation, if you will. For me, those spaces became filled with light. I could feel the light flow into me from somewhere, and I knew that the light had been patiently waiting for an opening, any opening, so that it could come and heal me and let me know who I am.

It’s pretty wonderful, and it really makes you feel as if everything is actually perfect, that the world is doing what it does, and people are the way they are, and you don’t have to be bothered by it all.

After one particular session, I had the distinct feeling I was floating near a great light, and I could either turn and contemplate that light, or I could use that light as it shines through me for whatever I wanted, as an expression of my particular incarnation. I call that light the Radiant Core of the Universe.

Maybe I could have reached that light in meditation, or in some other way, but getting there this way, especially as fast as this way works, was one of the facets of this work that attracted me so much.

There is more, since after a major clearing, the triggers that were present before tend to be gone, so the benefit is huge, but once that light flows in, you get the idea that this is something sooo valuable and needed for the world and for yourself, that it changes you in a fundamental manner. You turn toward the light and your life literally becomes you aligning with the light, and letting go of smaller, egoic concerns.

Next: The Power of Command

Diving into a Feeling

We have seen how the incessant muttering of the brainmind is both a source of comfort, and a real bother. It’s a comfort because our survival imprint is constantly reassuring us we are safe, and it’s a bother because of the constant nature of the thinking and  analyzing.

We have grown used to our brains, and having an active brain can be quite useful, especially if we want to be on Jeopardy! However, and isn’t there always a “however?” when we try to go deeper inside ourselves to see what is really there, this chatter can become a pain in the you-know-what. And its always telling you what to do, what to think, what to say. Imagine if you could simply let someone else drive you across town without ever feeling the need to suggest they change lanes or turn here. Imagine if you somehow didn’t have an opinion on every single thing. We have all these thoughts and opinions because we want to feel safe, but that urge is disguised as a myriad of behaviors which are a pain to everyone, and to our sense of peaceful existence. Maybe not always, but definitely sometimes, and we become aware in our studies that the people we consider great teachers or gurus or awakened ones, have dissolved their habitual tendencies so that the automatic reactivity that defines the average person is replaced by a fluid and graceful Presence. And if you are like me, we want to know how we can get there from here.

We all have various versions of active brain, and they are a symptom of our particular tendencies. We could call them a kind of flavoring to our unique existence, and they correlate to how safe and un-threatened we were as babies and children, and how stressful a life we have created.

It takes time and effort to even notice our tendencies, and to go further into knowing that they are learned, and not really part of us. The simple realization that our “style” is not real is tough enough, but finding out how little of the “me I think I am” is real is tougher. Understanding that we are a flotsam and jetsam of traits we absorbed early on is easy.  We can understand the concept intellectually, but to get it viscerally, in the gut, is a little more work.

But suppose you do find a piece of you that feels unwelcome. It may be a reaction to something you accidentally said, or how you felt at a particular time, or a memory of a feeling,  and you ask yourself where you feel it. This is an important distinction. We all feel things, and our feelings, being generally reactive, seem to happen to us. In this case, we are turning our habitual tendency around and actively feeling something specific on purpose.

If you do it this way, you will immediately find a physical location in the body where there is a charge. Now, tuning into this charge is easy but delicate, and while the charge itself is not a story, using a story to find the charge is quite useful. Once we have the charge, or the root feeling, we let go of the story and concentrate on the feeling itself. Feelings have a frequency or atmosphere, as in “Afraid” or “Angry.” This is different from “afraid of dogs” or “angry at my mother.” This is the feeling itself.

And this is not about expressing the feeling. We can feel anger, for instance, without having to be angry at someone or about something. So it is easy to see that we can home in on the charge of anger without necessarily getting mad, or venting or really expressing in any way.

Once we “locate” a feeling, we simply invite it to be felt. From understanding, it seems simple. The process is quite simple, but it can feel huge from a subjective standpoint, and until you experience it, it sounds like something we can understand and dismiss. But when you are in it, it is bbbiiiggg, or at least seems that way.

This is why a facilitator (like myself) is good to have around, because while I am describing a process to you, the process that we use as Living Essence Counselors, or as Awakening Coaches, doing it by yourself is difficult, especially at first. The tendency is to run away from the feeling because it feels so big and scary, and my job is to both help you stay in it, and to actually feel it with you. I feel the same vibration in my body you feel in yours, and it is not empathy or compassion, it is the actual sharing of a feeling.

As you dive into a feeling, you will likely notice several things, one being that the feeling has a few qualities, for instance, you will notice that it has been wanting to be felt for an extremely long time, that it wants to “come home.” You may also notice that while it seems really scary at first, it is just trapped energy, and that you indeed do have the ability feel it more than you thought you did.

There are several things that can happen, but let’s just say that if you manage to locate a feeling that has been held for a while and you learn how to dive into it, it will eventually release its hold, and become what it was originally designed to be: namely another tool in your toolbox. That’s all.

After a wave or two of this feeling coming home to be felt and acknowledged, the real magic happens. I have described how these held feelings send a busy signal into the cosmos, and this is why we don’t get what we say we want. (see some of the previous articles for this bit) But what happens when we stop sending busy signals? What happens when the sabotage of our desires ceases?

Stay tuned for the next story: Light into Space…….

Brainmind Accounting or, Safety First!

The Language of the Subconscious, continued……

As we have discussed, it is not easy to change beliefs and opinions about ourselves and the way we wish the world would be. I mean, try just being mindful for a while, even a short while, and notice all the little judgements and opinions you process through your brain; you like that color, that color looks bad on her, the car sounds funny, it’s cold out, it’s hard making money these days, and on and on. Actually paying attention to all of your thoughts could be considered a form of insanity, and if you listen closely, you may even notice that the brain on its own is a bit crazy.

I call the part of the brain that is doing all that talking, or muttering, the Accountant, because its function is to make us safe by accounting for every factor in our environment. Fortunately, we also have the faculty of lifting our attention above the incessant chatter and focusing on what we want. And we have meditation practices to help us bypass or transcend this entire area of the brain.

But her’s the thing, bypassing this chatter is a bit like having a schoolroom full of noisy, unhappy kids, and simply closing the door. Sure it’s quieter, but the kids don’t get happier through being ignored. And what happens when you ignore a child? If a child wants your attention, and comes over to you and pulls on your sleeve, and you ignore him, what happens? Does he go quietly away? Maybe, but it is more likely that he will get louder and louder, until he gets the attention he wants.

Similarly, if we notice the chatter in the brainmind, we may notice that although the specifics are useless, the overall volume is a key to noticing the stress level of the being. We might even notice that the brainmind is trying to tell us something. In fact, the chatter is always trying to tell us something. And the more we ignore, the louder it gets.

So we go off to a retreat or a vacation, and distract ourselves for a while, but where do our problems go while we are checked out?

It is more useful to understand the mechanisms of the brainmind communication system and do what it tells you. In other words, if we notice that we are stressed, we could just spackle words over the results of the stress, which are the negative ideas and thoughts that surface, or we could look beneath them to the feelings, the Language of the Subconscious, that are being blocked and numbed by our constant activity and distraction.

It works like this: We are already holding a series of opinions about how the world should be, and then the world comes along, not being as we want, and we feel put upon, so we have all these opinions about what is happening, and we are uncomfortable. But we don’t have time to be uncomfortable, so we try to edit the content of our view through thought and judgment. This doesn’t actually work that well, but does give us a sense of power.

We do this all the time but rarely take notice of the particulars because we simply don’t have the time, and the mechanism is too familiar. But what is going on is the storage of stress in the body, and simply changing the words we are thinking to so-called “positive ones,” while a good beginning, does little to change the belief systems that we are holding and are actually running the show.

It is the held feelings, which are noticed as opinion, judgment, desire and belief that need to be dealt with, the first one being that the world needs to be the way we wish it to be,  because we can’t feel safe until we adjust the world to fit our taste. This adjustment comes in the form of telling the kids what to do, what to wear, how to act, how to be. Only the kids are everyone., including ourselves.

Next: how to clear some of these feeling things…..