Monday, July 26, 2021

The Spartan Warrior in Me

I must have been a Spartan warrior in a former life. It is a lifestyle and mindset that suits me, and maybe always has. Being a Spartan involves enormous amounts of grit, determination, and perseverance. Spartans are resilient and passionate, but they are not soft. Their outstanding characteristic is that they overcome and prevail.

I awaken early in the morning, usually between three and four; it is when the angels stir me, when I am at my mental best and ready to begin the day. This morning I was up right before three. After some ritualistic stretching and sharpening, I was out the door by four. Temps were 73 degrees and balmy. Recovering from some tendonitis in my left knee, I started easy and stuck to the roads for nine miles under the light of a nearly full moon. I live by a wonderful large lake, so my early runs usually find me stopping to rinse off and pause to enjoy the light of stars reflecting on the still water. This morning I stripped down after five o'clock and enjoyed a wonderful dip in the perfectly calm waters of the lake under the moon's screaming white array. Laying back quietly and looking up into the eternal night sky I became the lake, I became moon, I became the whip-or-will calling in the distance, and all of eternity in between. It was a moment outside of time. Emerging to air-dry naked in the full moonlight, I donned my shoes and felt like a kid again as I began to quick-step my way back home.

Life is good. I look forward to every moment of every day and never seem to have enough time to take it all in. I appreciate that it is attitude, not aptitude, that determines altitude. However, I have been gifted with both. Every day is a miracle, and every meal is a feast. Every moment is an opportunity for giving and being grateful. I came here to learn, and I came here to grow, and cannot afford to waste a moment. I am called to live heroically and to tell a good story. 

I'll soon begin my seventh decade this time around, but still have much to learn. Growth comes only through suffering, so I seek challenge and opportunity that is not comfortable, but risky. I grow more by doing hard things and attempting things that others fear to do.  If I'm not tired, I'm sleeping too much. If I'm not hungry, I'm eating too much. Growth and fulfillment come when we embrace discomfort and adversity and struggle to overcome the tough stuff. I have a pull-up bar above my office door that keeps the Marine in me young and fit most times I come and go. If something is easy, if I always succeed at doing it, then I need to try something harder. If I'm not covered in perspiration, there is no inspiration.

After my morning exercise, what I put into my body for nourishment is what I am made of. While I do break some of the rules, I treat the edifice of my body as the holy sanctuary that it is. I drink the juice of one lemon in water upon rising. I juice one bunch of celery every day to cleanse and nourish every cell throughout my body. Then, seasonally, I liquefy a combination of apples, bananas, peaches, strawberries, spinach, blueberries and cherries to wash down a variety of toning supplements that hopefully optimize and extend my interaction with the world.

If there is one Spartan characteristic that I personally desire to hone further it would be to demonstrate a greater clarity in my words and actions – to become more laconic by cultivating the habit of speaking more concisely without wasted words or gestures. This blog is an exercise in mental acuity and concise communication. Now if I can just get my mouth to come in line with my thinking, I would make a fine Spartan warrior.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Twenty Mule Team Health

The mineral Boron is an essential natural substance that plays an important role in several biological processes. Boron is absolutely essential for growth in all plants, animals, and humans. According to the National Institute for Health, there is increasing evidence of this nutrient showing a variety of beneficial effects, ranging from anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects to the modulation of different body systems. Studies have shown that low levels of boron are associated with poor immune function, increased risk of mortality, osteoporosis, and cognitive deterioration. High boron levels, on the other hand, may be toxic for some animals and humans. Some studies have shown some benefits of higher levels of boron, but findings have been generally mixed, which perhaps accentuates the fact that dietary intake will benefit only if the supplemental amount is appropriate. The health benefits of boron are numerous in animals and humans; the central nervous system shows improvement and immune organs exhibit enhanced immunity with boron supplementation. Hepatic metabolism also shows positive changes in response to dietary boron intake. Furthermore, animals and human fed diets supplemented with boron reveal improved bone density and other benefits including embryonic development, wound healing, and cancer therapy. It has also been reported that boron affects the metabolism of several enzymes and minerals.

Boron is one of those supplements that is a super detoxifier of the pineal gland, and it cleans the body of fluorides which in turn reduces unwanted calcification of vital tissues. Generally speaking, it seems to affect the way the body handles other minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Evidence indicates that it naturally increases the level of estrogen in older women, as well as in men, which is a good thing. Estrogen is essential for maintaining good bone health and acute mental function. And in its common form of boric acid can be used as a douche to kill yeast that cause vaginal infections.

I grew up watching western movies sponsored by Twenty Mule Team Borax, still an effective laundry detergent today. Because borax has an alkaline pH of 9.3, it can be added to the washing machine to soften the water. Hard water is hard on clothes and makes it more challenging to get them clean. Other practical uses include using it for pest control. It is an effective agent for ridding mange from pets and will kill parasites in humans, whether internal as worms or externally as mites or lice. As a replacement for shampoo, borax (one cup of powder to one gallon of water) may be used to wash the scalp and hair, restoring the pH to more natural alkaline levels, and rebalancing all manner of scalp conditions.

To bring the internal environment back into balance with recommended levels of boron for optimal health benefit, follow the recommendations for consumption in the short YouTube video below to see steady improvement of compromised conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, osteoporosis, bone spurs, calcium deposits, fungal infections, lupus, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, hormone imbalances, candida, ringworm, insomnia, and impotence. 

Can you get enough boron from what you eat? Sure, if you eat a lot of nuts, in particular. It is also commonly found in micro amounts in legumes, beans, and tubers. It comes from plants. It is hard to know if you are getting enough of this micro-nutrient in your diet, even if you eat a healthful plant diet, given the nature of depleted soils in this day and age. Supplementation may be advised.

Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, etc. are all necessary for the body to work well. Remove any one of them, even the least of them, and all kinds of body processes are affected. Many diseases found in the world today are related to simple nutritional deficiencies. Restoring a lacking nutrient can make a huge difference in your overall health.

If you are wondering how just a daily pinch of some white soap powder could help such a variety of illnesses, consider a tower made of blocks. Removing one of them, especially a foundation block, compromises the stability of the entire building. Thus is it with the body. The human body exercises countless processes in many of the body's systems. These processes are dependent upon “building blocks.” Perhaps it is the missing block in your health profile, and perhaps simple supplementation will make a world of difference.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Ark of the Covenant

What is the Ark of the Covenant and why were the Nazis so desperate to find it in the Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark movie? What happened to it after Moses and the Israelites wandered around with it for many years in the desert? What is the rest of the story?

History records that God made a special covenant with the children of Israel through His servant Moses. He promised good to them and their children for generations if they obeyed Him and His laws; but He always warned of despair, punishment, and dispersion if they were to disobey. As a sign of His covenant He had the Israelites make a box according to His own design, in which to place the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. This box, or chest, was called an “ark” and was made of acacia wood overlaid with gold. The Ark was to be housed in the inner sanctum of the tabernacle in the desert and eventually in the Temple when it was built in Jerusalem. This chest is known as the Ark of the Covenant.

What happened to the Ark of the Covenant is a question that has fascinated theologians, Bible students, and archeologists for centuries. In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah of Judah ordered the caretakers of the Ark of the Covenant to return it to the temple in Jerusalem. That is the last time the ark’s location is mentioned in the Scriptures. Forty years later, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon captured Jerusalem and raided the temple. Less than ten years after that, he returned, took what was left in the temple, and then burnt it and the city to the ground. So what happened to the ark? Was it taken by Nebuchadnezzar? Was it destroyed with the city? Or was it removed and hidden safely away, as evidently happened when Pharaoh Shishak of Egypt raided the temple during the reign of Solomon’s son Rehoboam? If Shishak had managed to take the Ark, then why did Josiah ask the Levites to return it? If the Ark was in Egypt - as the storyline of Raiders of the Lost Ark would have us believe - the Levites would not have possessed it and therefore could not have returned it. It's location remains unknown to this day.

The story of Moses parting the waters of the Red Sea as he escaped Egypt has always held a certain fascination for me. I take most Biblical stories as being based in facts. What really happened there as Moses fled Egypt with the Israelites carrying the Ark?

The Israelites had been quite happy living in Egypt under the benevolent rule of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, even voluntarily helping him build a new capital city. Egypt was at its spiritual zenith in this brief time. But the traditional war-loving Egyptian military and controlling priesthood saw to the premature demise of his kingdom as well as the subsequent rule of his son Tutankhamen before rolling things back to the way they were under the militaristic rule of Pharaoh Ramses who moved quickly to enslave any Hebrews living in Egypt.

The Ark of the Covenant was gift to humanity used for sacred warfare to broadcast thoughts of harmony and peace. In the right hands the Ark could be used for good, but in the wrong hands it could be used to cause chaos and destruction. Hitler was aware of this historical fact. When the Hebrews decided that the hijacked Egyptian rulership could no longer be trusted to use the Ark for good, they decided to remove it from Egypt, using it for their own safe passage back to their homeland, otherwise saving it for some future time.

Moses was one of God's sacred warriors. He was a high-level initiate of the Egyptian mystery schools and a gifted intuitive, skilled at using the Ark for peaceful purposes. With Moses in the lead, a procession of Hebrew, Cretan, and Egyptian refugees fled the rule of Ramses and the city of Heliopolis where the Ark had been stored. The earth was under severe stress at this time due to a periodic cosmic event, so it was very unclear as to how the Israelites were going to travel in a time of horrendous weather and earthquakes. The group confidently let the Ark show them the way through the intuition of Moses, though the course seemed extremely doubtful from the outset.

It was the profound faith in the direction of Moses that saved the day. When they reached where the Red Sea should have been, it was not there. A planetary body, which we call Planet X today, was making a close enough pass to earth that, not only was it wrecking havoc with the planet's weather, but its gravitational pull lifted the Red Sea temporarily out of its basin. With the Ark aglow to show the way, the refugees scurried across the empty basin just in time before the chariots of Ramses' army, in hot pursuit, caught up to them.

Ramses wanted the Ark back more than he wanted to capture the escaping refugees, knowing that without it his dominance in Egypt would be in dire jeopardy. Closing quickly on the Israelites, Ramses in his lead chariot, hesitated before crossing the emptied seabed, then along with his great army was drowned by a great wall of water as the Red Sea's basin refilled at just the last moment to save the Israelites and escaping Egyptians. Was it by the powerful intention of Moses and the Ark that such a profound miracle occurred?

Moses continued to lead this group through the desert for several years. Because of the turbulence in the weather and earthquakes caused by Planet X, it was unsafe to build structures for quite some time. The Ark would be used for good many centuries after the Hebrew tribes finally resettled in their homeland, including by Joshua at the Battle of Jericho. It would be captured for one seven-month period by the Philistines before they returned it, for they did not understand its power and suffered great negative afflictions because of it. Misuse of the ark's energetic forces could have disastrous consequences for someone with bad intentions. The Indiana Jones movie made this very clear. Because of its power, the Ark has been secreted away for more than two thousand years until such time as it can again be used for sacred warfare by the good intentions of God's own warriors. I sense that time is coming soon.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Idomeneo

 

At the age of 35, most men of any accomplishment are just finding their stride and beginning to build their empires. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 to 5 December 1791), left the world an enormous legacy before ever reaching the age of 36. In his Wikipedia biography, history remembers him as a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, showing remarkable prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons. Mozart learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound; Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years...”

When Mozart was an up and coming musician, he was commissioned by the elector-prince of Bavaria, Charles Theodore, to write what would be his first mature opera, premiering on January 29, 1781, called Idomeneo. Still regularly performed today, Mozart claimed that of all his work, Idomeneo was his favorite operatic piece. It is an account of Idomeneo, the king of Crete, on his return from the Trojan War. To gain a safe return to shore during a violent storm at sea, Idomeneo vowed to the god of the sea, Poseidon, that he would sacrifice the first living thing he encountered upon reaching dry land. As Idomeneo is successfully able to reach shore and survive, the first person he meets is, unfortunately, his own son Idamante, who had been searching for his father. Shocked at the sight of his son, Idomeneo is dumbfounded and runs away from him without a greeting.

Poseidon is furious over being cheated and sends a sea monster to destroy the entire Cretan fleet. Idomeneo presents himself as a sacrifice to appease Poseidon, but to no avail. To end the destruction brought upon Cretans, Idomeneo finally gives in and agrees to sacrifice Idamante who in the meantime has set off to find and kill the monster... which he succeeds in doing before the time and place are set for his sacrifice by his father. On the fatal day, just as Idomeneo is about to strike his son, Ilia, the captured daughter of the king of Troy who Idamante has fallen in love with, gallantly jumps in front of him out of love. Such courage moved Poseidon enough that he agreed to be appeased if Idomeneo would pass his crown to Idamante, with the Trojan princess Ilia as his queen, to which Idomeneo agreed.

As beautiful as the opera may be, the story is a fabrication.  While it is true that the Cretan fleet was lost at sea for a long period of time due to cosmic events creating earthly storms, and that King Idomeneo was tossed overboard in high seas and nearly drowned, the bargain struck with the god of the sea was subsequently made up to further glorify the heroes of the Trojan War. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Stepping Stones to Greater Awareness

Is there any greater achievement than to gain understanding of that which we wonder about? Greater awareness with the ultimate goal of enlightenment has always been humankind's most noble and spiritually worthy pursuit. There is a characteristic pattern of orientation in pursuing greater and greater understanding – a pattern of archetypes that humans may be said to fit into along the pathway to enlightenment... models of personality or behavior that mark a person's progress in spiritual awakening.

One's current archetype reveals precisely where you are in the ascension process in your life. Each is a stepping stone to higher spiritual consciousness, awareness, and intuition. They also reveal where others are along their journey. Being aware of others' journeys inspires compassion for others who share our path of opportunity to grow and challenge to learn. Whatever archetype one embodies, it is helpful to be aware of the succession of archetypal motives to show just what the next step is. Below are the six archetypes on the path to enlightenment, from least to most aware.

EDEN – the primordial archetype, where everything is absolutely whole and perfect. You are considered innocent until you leave to explore whatever else there is.

ORPHAN – where you experience pain and feel wounded after the separation from Eden. Out of a sense of that pain, you seek to know the truth. Once you discover a truth that you believe in, you become a warrior to protect and defend that truth.

WARRIOR – but the truth you believe in may not be absolute; often the truth that wounded and motivated you to become a warrior may at the same time motivate those that oppose your belief. This may move you to become a healer.

HEALER – those embodying this archetype often get stuck attempting to heal that which they believe is opposite to their beliefs, making them little more than warrior healers. When you come to realize that which you don't believe in and stand against is but a reflection of that which has always been within, you become a healer. Only when the warrior can abandon judgement can he bring about healing of the divide between beliefs.

ALCHEMIST - at this stage, one begins to consciously alter the surrounding world by subtly accessing the very fabric of reality. All division disappears and the rejuvenation process may begin.

SAGE – by this stage one is genuinely able to move the consciousness of others as a communicator of wisdom and truth of spiritual ascension.

During the transition from one archetype to another, at some point we leave behind essential parts of ourselves to embrace new ways of thinking and new ways of interacting with the world. We are born again and renewed. As with the cycle of death and rebirth, this process of letting go and embracing something new seems to be unremitting.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Sacred Warfare

Five thousand years ago in ancient Egypt, especially under the rule of the Pharaoh Menes, a form of sacred warfare was waged to vastly expand the Egyptian Empire through what were subsequently referred to as the unification wars. Unlike traditional warfare in which violence and destruction were used to reduce an enemy into submission, the pharaoh's army was able to expand the empire by winning the hearts and minds of those they conquered, doing so by bringing about a change in consciousness among peoples that had gone astray or drifted into negativity.

The idea was not to conquer, but to change the vibratory resonance of those they wished to bring under the rule of the pharaoh through drumming, trumpeting, and singing while laying siege to a city. Those playing musical instruments or singing and chanting would march around a city's outer walls to increase the vibratory resonance inside. One of the gates would be left open, so that as people's consciousness was raised, one by one they could leave the city freely. Warriors stayed away from the gate so that people would not be afraid to leave. In effect, they were calling people to a higher state of consciousness exemplified by their actions.

Only in the final stage would an actual ceremonial battle ensue, pitting warrior against warrior, removing the remaining corrupt leadership, military commanders, priests and merchants, who would then be retrained if found guilty of corruption and manipulation. The city itself would be deconstructed and rebuilt after cleansing. Anything that reflected old negative patterns was removed and replaced with structures that would provide genuine empowerment to the people. Populations were not conquered so much as their vibration was raised so that they could be integrated into a more positive empowered way of life.

Fast forward to today where we have a corrupt world leadership that has ruled by usury and manipulation for thousands of years, now in its final desperate death throes, surrounded by energies that are gradually restoring power to the people. Once again we find ourselves in sacred combat with forces of negativity. Could we send in our warriors to capture and arrest all the “bad guys”? Absolutely. Military forces around the world stand at the ready to go in and clean out what remains of corrupt leadership and power brokers who have thrived at an extreme cost to the people. Some wonder what the “good guys” are waiting for. Why do we seem to be unnecessarily extending their abusive rule when a quick resolution is readily at hand?

It is because this is sacred warfare. The powers that be along with a growing contingent of peace-loving people have surrounded those whose hearts need won over with the aim of the raising collective consciousness enough to draw as many into the fold as possible before the military goes in to clean up. How is this accomplished? Think back to Gandhi bringing the entire British Empire to its knees with his non-violent approach to passive resistance. The frequency of the collective vibration of humanity is raised each time someone begins to live and let live, stops pointing the finger, ceases judgment over differences, ends arguments by disengaging from any sense of right or wrong. By understanding that which we do not like in others is that which we do not like in ourselves, we can more easily project love, forgiveness, and compassion, in the process raising our own individual virbrational frequency, which in turn elevates the collective. The sinking ship in which we all ride rises over the waves as we individually grow in awareness that we are all in the same boat together. The truth inspires those who are lost or have been misguided. The collective grows in strength until it overcomes that which has been holding it back. That is where we are today.

War is not the answer. War has only been the answer for those who wish to continue control over us. We are all of one collective: “bad guys” as well as “good guys”. There is no “us” and “them”. Let us pull our sisters and brothers out of the mire by raising our own vibration. The greatest empire Egypt ever achieved was built in just such a manner by an army of sacred warrior-priests who did not win wars through the mastery of combat and weaponry but through a respect for those they sought to win over and the mastery of restoring a natural balance in all the world. The war we fight today shall not be won by arrests and military destruction as many are waiting for, but by compassion and forgiveness for those that have gone astray or drifted into negativity, and only by a higher awareness of the oneness of all of humanity.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Catching Up with the Ancients

 

I am amused with enthusiastic reports by the media for the recent space travel developments and exploits of the likes of Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson... as if we as a civilization are making some grand stride forward in expanding beyond our planet for the first time!!! Those who continue to follow the latest and greatest “news” seem to be overlooking the increasing amount of disclosure about our planet's Secret Space Program, which has been populating other planetary bodies of our own solar system with remarkable technology since the 1940's.

Space travel is not anything new. Even the clandestine advancements of the most recent eighty years are built upon the findings of our ancestors from thousands, if not tens of thousands of years ago and more. I recall the stories of Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita within the ancient Indian Mahabharata manuscripts in which vimanas (flying space craft like the one above) were used to win the Kurukshetra War in which nearly four million combatants lost their lives in a mere eighteen days. Ancient lore or real event??

Consider that not far from India in the Euphrates Valley, a Jewish ethnologist, Yonah ibn Aharon, a man who is conversant in all the basic dialects upon which most languages in eastern Eurasia are founded and who produced the first and only Basrai-Aramaic dictionary, discovered two remarkable documents. The oldest one of them is Babylonian and believed to be 7000 years old; it forms a part of the Hakaltha or “holy laws”. Consider his translation of this passage: “The privilege of operating a flying machine is great. The knowledge of flight is among the most ancient of our heritages, a gift from Those Upon High. We received it from them as a means of saving many lives.”

And consider that only a little more than ten years ago, the Chinese discovered some documents written in Sanskrit, hidden away all these years in Lhasa, Tibet, the ancestral home of the Dalai Lama. They sent them to Punjab in India to be translated. Under the direction of Dr. Ruth Reyna, it was discovered that the documents provided specific directions for building interstellar space craft using anti-gravitational propulsion. According to the documents, these space ships were called astras and were capable of safely delivering ancient Indians to any planet in the solar system thousands of years ago. The manuscripts also revealed the technology behind invisibility and levitation. Ancient lore or longstanding technology???

Consider that the Chinese made public announcements about the fact they were implementing discoveries from these manuscripts in their own space program, making it perhaps the first official governmental admission of research into the use of anti-gravitic technology. The Chinese have successfully sent astronauts into space and safely brought them back. They are very close to sending astronauts to the moon for the recovery of valuable Helium3 (see my blog from December 24, 2020). Have they been utilizing some of the ancient information in their rapid deployment into space????

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Is the Bible a Credible or Authoritative Reference?

Whenever engaging in conversation with someone with orthodox Christian beliefs, I seem always confronted with their being stuck on the unquestioned idea that the Bible is the final word on spiritual understanding. My countering argument is always the same: There were no eye-witnesses living, remembering and passing along the Biblical stories and parables, allegorical stories that were much later collected and codified by the church, actually, hundreds of years later, and stories got changed, embellished, and edited all the time while being passed down from generation to generation. The Bible was based on information no one personally experienced or remembered. Time has a way of blurring history. Add to that the fact that the Roman Emperor Constantine, a non-believer, was the one who decided what stories would and would not be included in the Bible through the Councils of Nicaea 325 years after the time of Jesus for very political reasons, my instincts advise me not to extend the written Bible the credibility and authority that others give it.

The Inevitable Cycle of Rebirth

 

 Rebirth is an affirmation that must be counted among the primordial affirmations of mankind. Carl Gustav Jung

The Dalai Lama turned 86 years this month. Born as Lhamo Thondup in 1935, Tenzin Gyatso (his spiritual name) is known in Tibet as Gyalwa Rinpoche, leader of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered a living Bodhisattva. He is the fourteenth recognized reincarnation of the same soul which began with Gendum Drup, the first Dalai Lama from 1391 to 1474. Herein lies a fascinating story of reincarnation that has lasted for over 600 years.

Reincarnation is not a foreign topic to me, as I have come to understand that I have lived many lives, some of which the memories have washed over me in one way or another throughout my life. Still, among most people in the culture in which I was raised, it is a strange claim to relate that I have lived two lives as a Lakota Sioux native American, a life as an English seaman named Robert Damson, a life as a prominant Roman military leader, a life as a "scientist-explorer" on Atlantis, an antediluvian life in Asia, and perhaps most interesting, I've had it confirmed independently three times that I share the same soul with the late actor James Dean.

Bleed-throughs in awareness from other places and times have often seeped through into my conscious focus, making it abundantly clear that I am more than the singular identity the world wishes me to believe, but the sum of many hearts, actions, and dreams. If anyone denies that most of us are born again and again and again, it is only because time has not been taken to collect the evidence. Great minds throughout history have acknowledged reincarnation, including leaders from all three of the Abrahamic religions.

Josephus, the best known Jewish historian in the time of Jesus said “all pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies.” In the Pistis Sophia, which is part of the Gnostic Gospels, Jesus is quoted as saying that “souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of the world.” The prophet Muhammad received messages from the Archangel Gabriel that we find as verse in the Holy Qur'an: “God generates beings and sends them back over and over again, till they return to Him.”

There is abundant scientific proof for reincarnation, demonstrating that minds like Plato, Socrates, St. Augustine, Rumi, Siddhartha Gautama, the Egyptians, ancient Vedic texts, Oliver Wendall Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and more recent persons like General George Patton and Henry Ford may have held a genuine understanding of the way things really work. All a person has to do is explore and discover.

Edgar Cayce wrote: “In time, we who are trapped in the cycle of birth and rebirth can once again come to know our original state and purpose, and regain our celestial birthright as a companion to God. In time, we can again come to realize that the conditions in our current life are the result of our free actions and choices from past lives.”

In his later years, the Dalai Lama has begun to meditate on his next incarnation and begin to give the upper echelon of the Gelugpa monks clues as to what he sees through the eyes of his next incarnated self as a young child. Upon his death the monks will begin their own meditation on the location of the Dalai Lama's next incarnation. Then they will faithfully search to find him. Just as Tenzin Gyatso was identified with such an exhaustive search as a young child, the monks will narrow down potential children through a defined process of tests to find the true successor.

The way they do this is that they present ten artifacts from the previous Dalai Lama's life to each of the children along with items that are completely unrelated. Based upon the reaction of each child and any apparent unique memories and affinity for the artifacts, a choice is made. The monks ask the honored parents to raise the child as the new Dalai Lama. Because Tibet is no longer home to the Dalai Lama, the next leader of the Tibetan tradition may come from anywhere. The Dalai Lama even admitted that he may return as a girl, but with a smile he added, “but a beautiful one”.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Cease Waiting for an Event

 

MESSAGE FROM THE ARCTURIAN GROUP: It is easy to feel a sense of despair when you look out at a world that seems to be falling apart from it’s own weight and density.

Always remember that you chose to be on earth during these intense times of change, otherwise you would not be here. You knew before you came what was going to be taking place and were deemed strong enough to hold the Light in spite of it. You could have chosen to observe earth’s evolution in comfort from the other side.

You were evolved and knew that your higher-resonating consciousness would serve to add Light to the earth’s collective consciousness, a collective filled with error through mankind’s dominant belief in two powers and separation from God, people, and all other life forms. Only through the increasing presence of oneness and the true nature of life will the collective consciousness on earth be lifted beyond its present density, which is the work you came to do.

Cease waiting for an event or looking to evolved beings, special ceremonies, prayers, mantras, or anything outside of yourselves to do this work. We are not saying that you cannot participate in ceremonies or prayers but we are saying that in and of themselves they have no power other than what you give them and are meant to be tools guiding within. Yes, some words and ceremonies do carry energy endowed through years of belief, but the reality is that God alone is power ; [it is] never given to some special word or action.

Collective consciousness is the world consciousness of earth which for eons has been fed only false concepts based in separation. The collective evolves as mankind evolves. As more and more awaken and begin feeding this collective consciousness with truth it automatically dissolves and replaces the false. Because it is a collective, each new insight, awareness, and integration of truth adds more Light to it, making these truths available to everyone.

When Light becomes dominant in the collective, it will reach a tipping point, at which [time] the balance of true and false, Light and dark, will shift.

The human mind draws from the collective for information which is why looking to the human mind for deeper answers, higher solutions, and creative ideas is fruitless for these things do not exist in the human mind. Deeper truths and creative ideas can only be accessed from within where they have always existed unconditioned by false concepts and beliefs, just awaiting recognition.

The world is awakening. Each day more begin to question, seek answers, and look for better and higher ways of living. At first they seek from the only place they presently know which is the human mind, but because increasingly more truth is being added to collective consciousness these individuals will have access to it and many will begin their journey of awakening.

The chaos and struggle that you are seeing in the world at this time represents the dissolution of old energies that have been alive and well-established in human consciousness for many centuries. Those who still consciously embrace these dense and false energies are feeling emboldened to act out as they experience the presence of energies now surfacing in order to clear.

Many are experiencing a sense of panic as they observe the world’s chaos. Because there is only One, many will feel it even if they are not prone to emotions like panic. If or when you experience fear, anxiety, or panic that seems to come out of nowhere remember that it is never yours unless you claim it as being yours.

The only reality that is permanently yours is the fullness of Divine Source Consciousness. Do not resist if you experience these types of negative emotions, but rather rest in the realization of your true being knowing that God never formed ITself as them.

Be patient dear ones, for the energy is quickly changing even if it doesn’t seem that way and you will soon see results. Not in their fullness, but through the collapse of many old structures and beliefs as increasingly more become fed up with the status quo. This of course will create conflict between those who stand to benefit from the status quo and those who see the need for change. The Light will always win because it is the only reality, making anything else simply a conceptual image in the three-dimensional mind.

The human state of consciousness is conditioned to “do” because its sense of separation from good drives it to continually fix, heal, correct, invent, serve etc.. This has translated to spiritual living as well through the need of many for ceremonies, chants, rites and rituals etc.

You reading these messages have evolved beyond this state of consciousness and are ready to stop spiritually doing and be. Just BE. The belief that spirituality is doing this or doing that is separation. Your work is to simply be the Light in every moment, as you go to work, as you do the dishes, as you live your ordinary lives.

The higher frequencies of an evolved consciousness constitute a person’s energy field which automatically radiates outwardly wherever they go. Many feel it and may be attracted while others are repelled. How others react to your energy is not your problem, what matters is that you hold the Light by being the Light. This is how you are helping to lift the energy of a world that has for so long been stuck in the density and pain of believing itself to be separate from God and all others.

The 4th of July is [an American] holiday that celebrates the people of the USA declaring their independence from the oppression of another country. Make this idea personally yours, not as freedom from a country, but rather freedom from the false beliefs that have held you in bondage for so long.

This is what the evolutionary shift is offering personally and globally to those who will accept it–freedom from the oppression of others having power over you. Freedom from the belief that you are just a human body subject to everything ever dreamed up in minds ignorant of truth. Never doubt that you are Divine Beings who chose to live in the lower-resonating energies of a three-dimensional planet in order to spiritually grow and help others do the same.

Allowing is the ability to stand back and observe the ever-changing show while fully aware of reality. Allowing means trusting that your Higher Self knows what you need even if or when your life experiences do not seem to meet human standards. Allowing means trusting that the evolutionary process is unfolding both personally and globally without the need for you to personally fix, heal, or change it. Spiritual evolution is inevitable and cannot be stopped because it is the reality. How quickly it takes place is up to the people of earth.

The three-dimensional world is giving birth and as with all births, it can be painful and messy but your job as awakened souls is to know that this birth actually took place in the beginning and what seems to be the birth of a new world is simply a remembering.

Earth, the people on her, and all other planets, have never been less than the pure expression of Divine Consciousness. Everything must eventually manifest love, peace and harmony because in reality these things already are and always have been.

The world and all life in it is already perfect and whole, because expressions of Divine Consciousness are held permanently in place by Divine law. God expressing ITself as…can never be otherwise regardless of how many illusory perceptions are formed in sleeping human minds. Humans who have forgotten who they are are beginning to remember. Everything that is less than loving is being increasingly recognized as such and everyone is seeing the same thing because there is only ONE.

No one ever has been or could be separate from their true Divine nature, which is creative. No one has ever lacked and no one has ever died. In third-dimensional energy people see and experience duality and separation because as creators, they over time have ignorantly created and continue to create a world based in error. As many three-dimensional illusory structures begin to collapse there will be pain and suffering for those who have based their entire lives in illusion.

You have done the work and are prepared to live beyond the illusions of sense. Know that we and all evolved beings on the other side are with you, cheering you on at all times. You knew it would not be easy when you volunteered, but you and your guidance knew you were capable of doing what you came to do. All is proceeding according to plan.

The highest form of spirituality is to simply know, rest in, and be the Light, which is consciousness of Oneness.

July 6, 2021, Era of Light.com

Monday, July 5, 2021

Keep on Singin' the Blues

 

If I was a mountain

or a flower on a tree

Would I be runnin'

from the future that I see?

Would I be cryin'

from the horror that lay before me?

You've got to keep on runnin'

You've got to keep on lovin'

You've got to sing the blues


I look in the mirror

and I wonder who I see

I see a person who tries to be all he can be

And for this person there is no tomorrow

And this person is singing the blues


Deep in my heart down in my soul

I can feel the pain as it slowly grows

But I can shine the light

I can blow away the pain

and the evil face I will never see again

You've got to keep on fightin'

You've got to live like the lightnin'

You've got to sing the blues


And I remember the future

through my childhood eyes

The people were smiling

and banished from all tempting lies

And I catch myself

wishin' that I was a child again

Help me make them understand

You've got to sing the blues


Gonna have some good times

Gonna have some bad times

You've got to keep on singin' the blues

You've got to recognize the truth from the lies

You've got to keep on singin' the blues

Chris Stills

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Probably.....

In attempting to draw a meaningful conclusion to this question, there is no cause and effect as commonly understood – only probabilities. What we think of as cause and effect is merely a condition of our perception and a manipulation of our physical reality... and of our beliefs. In actuality, cause and effect does not exist. Probabilities, on the other hand, permit infinite possibilities within any given time continuum.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Transcen-dance

It is said that we must not venture into inner reality until we feel secure in physical reality because we cannot live in two worlds until we are secure in one. We must be thoroughly spiritually and psychically grounded - established, in physical reality before opening the door, so to speak, to the non-physical world of inner reality... for here, our beliefs will be our touchstones for navigating inner reality; of course, we wish to attract the best possible journey that is rewarding, uplifting and mind-expanding possible. What we do in inner reality is reflected in our physical reality creation.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Vibrant Child Inside Every Genius

Many characteristics that we witness in children seem to have unfortunately been lost in many, if not most adults - like curiosity, openness to new ideas, and unrestrained creativity. Perhaps high IQ people are like children who never lost these characteristics.

High IQ people, like children, are highly curious and ask far more questions than those around them. They are less likely to simply accept facts that are given to them and often question the answers they find. Asking the primal question “WHY?” is a very important part of being a normal human.

Indeed, it is when children stop asking questions that the true loss of innocence begins. Think about a three or four-year-old. The question WHY often dominates their exploration of the world around them and their conversations with others. Unfortunately, the answers that they receive are often not conducive to learning. Sometimes the answers are polite “Daddy’s busy right now. Ask me again later”… or the answer can be harsh “I’m busy. Don’t bother me.” or worst “You’re too young. You wouldn’t understand”. The answers they receive may be nice or rude, but after receiving responses like this twenty or thirty times, the children finally do learn something that is life altering. They learn NOT to ask questions anymore. Eventually, they learn and believe that they are too stupid and accept and internalize that fact. Then after enforcing this belief for a few more years, we send them off to kindergarten and wonder why they have problems learning.

It is because we may have inadvertently taught them to stop questioning and trying to learn about the world and people around them.

Perhaps high IQ people are those who as children received different types of answers. Perhaps High IQ people are those that remain curious, because they were never taught that they were too stupid to understand. Perhaps High IQ people think outside of the box because they were never placed in one and told to stay there. Perhaps High IQ people were children who were invited to play with ideas as earnestly as they played with their toys and they never lost their intellectual innocence, or had it beaten into submission or taken from them.

Perhaps all children are born with much higher IQ than we suspect and that, unfortunately, most children are taught not to ask “WHY” and not to bother mommy and daddy with such stupid questions. Children learn what they have been taught and when you encounter adults who are narrow-minded (or close-minded), unthinking, and incurious, consider what they must have been taught when they were young and how well they learned those lessons.

High IQ people may be more child-like in some ways, simply because they never had those curious, marvelous, insightful, unrestrained characteristics taken away. They may have simply never lost them… and that is part of what makes them different from others, or special.

Monday, June 28, 2021

TK: Being Present in the Moment

 

America's Social Order is Unraveling

The unraveling of America's social order is accelerating, and denial will not save us from the consequences of the plundering of the social contract.

What kind of nation boasts a record-high stock market and an unraveling social order? Answer: a failed nation, a nation that has substituted artifice for realism for far too long, a nation that now depends on illusory phantoms of capital, prosperity and democracy to prop up a crumbling facade of "wealth" that the populace now understands is largely in the hands of a few families and corporations, most of which pay little to support the citizenry they dominate politically and financially.

The social order sounds abstract, but it is all too real. The social order has two primary components: social cohesion, the glue of common purpose and shared sacrifice binding the social order, and the social contract, the implicit contract between the ruling elite, the state (government) and commoners (the middle class, the working poor and state dependents) that their labor, taxes and sacrifices will nourish a society with a level playing field, broad-based opportunity and security.

America's social cohesion has been lost, ground under the heel of soaring inequality, a two-tiered economic/political order, systemic unfairness and the elite's divide-and-conquer manipulation of the political and cultural orders.

Historian Peter Turchin characterized this social unraveling as disintegrative: people no longer find reasons to cooperate and share sacrifices to work towards a common national purpose. Rather, they find a multitude of reasons to offload sacrifices onto others, hoard their own wealth and seek to expand their power by accelerating the disintegrative forces.

There is no debate about the collapse of America's social contract, there are only varying levels of self-serving denial. Commoners have awakened to the emptiness of the conventional promise to get a college degree, work hard and you'll be rewarded with security and prosperity. Huge swaths of America are a ransacked, decaying shell of a society reminiscent of developing nations suffering under the jackboot of kleptocrats.

America's fast-expanding class of billionaires are doing their best to mimic the clueless French nobility just before France's convulsive revolution in 1789: America's billionaires bleat that they should pay more taxes while their lobbying bulldozes gigantic loopholes in the tax code, enabling Apple and other global giants to escape U.S. taxes.

America's billionaires are busy building $500 million private yachts and private spaceships while proclaiming their globally distributed sweatshops are raising all boats in a tide of money conjured out of thin air by the billionaires' central bankers.

America's ruling elite has rewritten the social contract to benefit itself at the expense of the bottom 99.9%. Studies have confirmed that the bottom 99.9% hold virtually no political power, and the bottom 90% collect a pitiful 3% of all income generated by capital and hold an inconsequentially thin slice of the nation's wealth.

Actions have consequences and cultural revolutions result from the suppression of legitimate political expression and the failure of the regime to meet its lofty idealistic goals.

When there is no relief valve in a collapsing social order, the explosive pressure is eventually released in a Cultural Revolution that unleashes all the bottled-up frustrations on elites. These frustrations have no outlet politically because they're threatening to the status quo and therefore suppressed at every turn.

Put another way, if the pendulum is pushed to an extreme of exploitation, suppression and inequality, when it's released, it will reach an equivalent extreme (minus a bit of friction) at the opposite end. That could be an unexpected but entirely foreseeable Cultural Revolution.

Those who claim that can't happen in America are safely outside the pressure cooker, protected by a delusional confidence that since I'm doing great, everyone is doing great. Since real political agency is no longer allowed, the pressure will find release outside the political system. The lobbyists will still be haunting the hallways of governance, but no one will care, for The falcon will no longer hear the falconer.

By Charles Hugh Smith, June 25, 2021

Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Soul in the Flesh

"There is no difference between the energy that shapes your ideas and the energy that grows a flower, or that heals your finger if you burn it. The soul does not exist apart from nature. It is not thrust into nature. Nature is the soul in flesh, in whatever its materializations. The flesh is as spiritual as the soul, and the soul is as natural as the flesh. In your terms the body is the living soul. Now the soul can live, and does, in many forms — some physical and some not, but while you are material, the body is the living soul. The body constantly heals itself, which means that the soul in the flesh heals itself. The body is often closer to the soul than the mind is because it automatically grows as a flower does, trusting its nature."

Seth, The Nature of Personal Reality, Chapter 7: Session 630, December 11, 1972

Body Art Painting idea by Ram Prongs

Friday, June 4, 2021

Running from Lions

Today I have time to write. It is a day of rest, the unplanned result of sustaining an overuse injury to the tendons of my left calf muscles – gastrocnemius tendonitis, specifically. It is my own fault; I'm too old to be so ambitious and run as fast as I do. As I begin my recovery, I already am setting a plan of avoidance through adjusting my physical aspirations and maybe placing added emphasis upon stretching more in the future. With rest on the horizon for the foreseeable future, I stop to look carefully at the aging image staring back at me in the mirror and consider a re-examination of my current path.

I wonder how I would deal with this tendon injury if I was one of my ancestors on the savanna of eastern Africa. While the young hunters follow the herds in hopes of running down an exhausted animal for the tribe's dinner, I wonder if I would be able to keep up with the trailing troupe of women, children, and other older veterans of the hunt as they follow behind. Could I still rise up to hobble the distance and advance with the tribe to share dinner and survive with them another day?

Sitting down to rest and recover was not an option then any more than it is today. One either kept up with the tribe in its daily movements, or became lion bait. While lions no longer present a threat in my modern world (most days), the insidious predator of aging ever lies in wait to pounce if I slow down or stop hobbling.

We all belong to the same tribe from those times of antiquity, whether we consider it or not. My survival has always depended upon keeping up with my tribe, no less today than before I became so “evolutionarily advanced”. So, as I look in the mirror, that is the question that confronts me in my immediate crisis: Can I still keep up or will I become food for the lion?

I have committed my life to a pursuit of freedom and cannot allow something as distracting as an injury to trip me up in my dance toward infinity. If I stop now, then what was the point of all the hard work? The trick is to continue whatever it is that got me here... which for me has been a life of exertion and risk-taking. Injury is not an excuse for laying down.

Old age is the final adversary I face before I spin off into infinity. It is the cruelest of all the enemies I have faced. It presents a constant reminder that I am but one step away from being swept away in defeat. I fight the good fight, without fears; I keep a clarity of mind despite a lingering desire to just rest. If I give into the desire and yield to the soothing thought of taking a break, the predator who is always waiting in the wings will cut me down in my final battle. There can be no retreat.

The cult mind of the collective is not something I resonate to. I have pushed the boundaries relentlessly in every respect to escape the mold of what the average man has become. Through a cultured clarity early in my life and a chosen sobriety I figured out that I did not want to live the common life in the mold of most people. I look around me and see the majority of those I call friend being consumed by the predator during the past year or so. As I look in the mirror, the seer looking back reaffirms that I will not yield for reasons of age or injury or infirmity. Now is no time to pull over to the sidelines and ease the fight. Infinity can wait. The lion can go hungry for awhile longer. I shall keep up with my tribe for as long as I have the resolve to hobble on, hobble on.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Running on the Edge

...you can experience no greater sense of freedom than what you feel when you run on a ridge that seems to hang in the air.  It's like running along the edge of a blade of a sword, taking care not to fall over one side as you accelerate with every step to leave the blade and the danger behind, though at the same time you don't want it to ever end.  There is danger, but you can think only of flying, of giving your legs the freedom to go faster and faster, letting your body dance as it keeps its balance.

Kilian Jornet, p. 86 in Run or Die

Friday, May 28, 2021

Fear of Falling

I'm not afraid of anything. I've said it many times. Sounds rather arrogant. Perhaps I overstep, but honestly, fear is an emotion I have largely learned to manage. It wasn't always that way. I grew up fearful of a lot of things – snakes under the bed at night, bears in the closet, bullies at school, intimidating teachers, public speaking, relations with girls, and so on. But sometime during my service in the the Marine Corps I chose to change my perspective and master my fear response. Since then I have been in many fearful situations, real and imaginary, and through experience and practice I have honed my reaction to the world around me and learned to hold steady at insecure times.

With fear seemingly rampant in the last year and a half during this pandemic contrivance, I have given fear more thought as it invades my space more and more by those around me. It is always an option, especially when I play in high places, but I have learned that it does not serve me well, so I gravitate to other mechanisms to deal with challenging circumstances.

Aside from the instinctive fight-or-flight response, fear is essentially a thought or even an attitude. Since we each chose how we perceive the world, our thoughts and attitudes become the foundation for how we interpret what we perceive as reality. Ultimately, it is our thoughts, imagination, and attitudes which create the world we believe we perceive. Therefore, it behooves us to guard what we think about and what plays in our imagination at all times.

Consider that fear really only exists in our imagination. Without our ability to imagine our place in the future, to work out the consequences of a particular possible outcome in all its gruesome details, we would all be fearless. Those who survive serious car crashes, drownings, avalanches, and long falls from high places generally relate that it all happened so quickly that they did not have time to be afraid while the event was taking place. It's as if so much is happening to you, your mind is being bombarded with so much information that you have no time to imagine an outcome. Survivors tell of things seeming to happen in slow motion, as if the speed at which the mind is operating is affecting the actual perception of time.

However the future unfolds, it is simply a matter of fact, an emotionless reality. What will be will be. It is only what is happening at this very instant that should concern us. All any of us can do is experience the present moment, the now. Any extrapolation of the now into an unknown future is purely imaginary. Deprived of the ability to imagine the future, we would all be fearless. Suddenly, there would be nothing to be scared of. You wouldn't ponder the significance of death or what it might feel like or what happens to you.

In a cataclysmic accident of fall, when things happen so quickly, there is no time to project the imagination into the future. We lose the future, but we also lose the past. Losing all possible reasons for fear, you can't imagine what you might lose or what you might become. Time is frozen during such times of immediate crisis; there is no time to draw emotional conclusions. I'm falling fast. I'm about to die. This is it. That is the reality of the moment, one in which there is no time for the frivilous luxury of fear.

Fear, like balance, in not inherent; it is a learned response. Even the fight-or-flight response is not instinctive; it is a carefully learned response. Anything that can be learned can be unlearned. That is what I figured out during the time I was engaged in the challenges of military training.

Fear can be controlled, rationalized away, understood for what it is, and ignored. All of us do it to some degree, but some are better at it than others. Should you cross the intersection or will you let your impulsive imagination hold you back from action out of fear for what might happen?

Still, fear is a positive, helpful mechanism. It warns us all of the time – watch out here, look out there, slow down, don't do that, mind your step – without which you would likely soon be dead. In a world full of loud, conflicting information continually hammering our minds, it is good to have fear as a sentinel in our minds, always vigilant for the accident waiting to happen, alert for the slightest sign of danger.

The trick is to sample fear. Select the fear that you want or need to react to and get rid of the rest. Examine each fear as it presents itself, understand just what it is warning you about, and then act accordingly. As a mountain climber, one who chooses to play in a world of life and death choices, I operate continually in a state of controlled fear. Only when the level of fear becomes intolerable do I back off when I know I am reaching my limits. At any given moment while climbing I will do whatever action is necessary to avoid fear's alarm, whether it be lunge for a new handhold, retreat, or remain motionless. I will not do something if there is a fear there that I cannot control. Perhaps it is only my belief in control that keeps me moving forward. If a moment arises where I suspect I am losing control, then I know that fear is edging into that fragile balance between my sanity and insanity.

While most people have a fear of death, it is the archetypal forms of dying like drowning, falling, or burning that terrify us most, even though most people have absolutely no experience with coming close to dying these ways. Our imaginations take over and imagine the worst pain and terror during numbing events like crashing a car or plunging down a mountainside when in reality they happen so fast there is no time for emotion. If anything, a catastrophic experience like these is generally experienced as a deep calm resignation of utter helplessness and an emotionally bereft profound knowing that there is absolutely nothing at all we can do . At least that has been my experience with near death episodes of drowning, falling, and severe physical trauma.

Uncontrolled fear is very destructive, gnawing away at the fabric of sanity, screwing one into a frightful aching state of anxiety. Am I good enough? Will I hold up when things get tough? Will I crack under pressure? Will I disappoint? Am I good looking enough? Are my children safe? Am I a failure? Will I appear boring or foolish? Do people like me? Where will I get the money I need to pay the bills this month? There is nothing but sickness in this sort of worry and fear, a sickness of the mind that is nonconstructive and produces no answers or resolution, leaving you in a helpless anguishing limbo. At least with archetypal fears there is the fight-or-flight reaction where adrenaline moves you to act, confronting whatever the terror immediately.

In all that I do in life I chose my fear willingly. I embrace the future and everything it throws at me with open arms and a clear mind, confident that I can control my emotions and succeed. I no longer have parental anxiety, or doubts about business decisions, and no longer identify with the world of the lonely or heartsick. Indulging in these kinds of fears holds us prisoner. They are penance for thinking too much. I say I am not afraid of anything, but what I really mean to say is I am free and in control.

One of the reasons I enjoy climbing mountains is that I can leave behind the world of anxiety. When facing challenges moment to moment on a climb there is no time or room for such unproductive distraction. All that matters as you step forward or reach for another handhold is surviving. Anything other than focus on the moment erodes confidence and may compromise survival. It is a pure and simple way to engage the world.

Living for the moment, for nothing but the present, brings with it an unexpected bonus. It allows one to escape the need to know the future and frees one from the constraints of the past. An absolute freedom arises from living in the moment. Managing simply to exist affords one a greater freedom than one could possibly imagine otherwise. The moment is the only real world worth living in. Anything beyond that is deceptive – including hopes, dreams, ambitions, and expectations.

I attempt to bring the essence of living in the moment back from the mountains to experience in everyday life under every circumstance. I accept a high degree of risk in the mountains and in daily life and fully take responsibility for every outcome. I attempt to bring this into every action I take, knowing full well that I am in control, steering the boat, creating my own reality moment to moment.

There are special moments in the mountains, and in life, fragile transient times, when the borders between life and death seem to overlap, when the past and future cease to exist, and all that remains is freedom... when you seem able to spread your wings and fly to eternity without a care. Edging along the fragile connection between life and death, sometimes it is as if I am immortal, neither alive nor dead. I look upon such fearless moments as being heaven, Nirvana, enlightenment... magical. And so I return again and again to this very real world to taste the nectar of infinity. Fear is all that stands in the way of sharing all of this with more people.

The Spartan Warrior in Me

I must have been a Spartan warrior in a former life. It is a lifestyle and mindset that suits me, and maybe always has. Being a Spartan in...