IMAGINE


Written 11/2/2020

Imagine that when a person in our community committed an offense, small or large, that instead of punishment and shame as our collective approach to resolution, that we gathered around the individual and only focused on the qualities of being within them that made them known, whole, lovable and loved. What if, as a rule, we only focused on the truth of their being, their essence that vibrates with Love and while it may be buried beneath a pile of woundedness, it must be excavated. The truth of Love must be resurrected so we all may be reminded of our wholeness. What if justice was not a system of revenge, but a system of restoration that restored both the ‘victim’ and ‘villain’ to wholeness.

What if our justice system was based on the premise that each person was essential to our whole and that if one displayed the symptoms of being fractured or broken, that the answer is not to extricate but to illuminate, re-member by reminding them of who they really are. Is it not our hope that all our members of society be whole? How can we reach deeper to see the beauty beneath the pain which initiates one to act out in ways that are painful to others?

As I sat in meditation and contemplation this morning, I remembered an article I read about a tribe in Africa and another indigenous culture of the Native Americans that inspired this train of thought. When someone in their tribe committed an offense, they would bring the person to the center of the town, and the community would surround them and tell stories about this person, reminding them of who they are, the truth of their origins, their goodness, and beauty, the lineage of love. They would re-member them.

Sometimes we drown in the hole of forgetfulness, as we navigate a world that is immersed in the illusion of separation. This isolation from each other, from life, and from the very essence of Self can be deeply detrimental to the mind and heart of anyone. We have been encultured to judge and blame and shame another for behaviors that do not fit our acceptable code of ethics. It is a radical act of self-discipline and unconditional love to respond to abhorrent behaviors with Love and forgiveness. It is literally anti-culture.

Are we not all redeemable? Are we not all born innocent and lovable? I believe that we are born in original virtue and that it is the living of life that teaches us otherwise. I believe it is our life wounds that inform our most unsavory behaviors. I believe that when one lashes out, kills, rapes, steals, cheats, lies, that this is a symptom of a profoundly sick person screaming in pain for help.

We have become a culture that treats only the symptom instead of the cause. When we do this we often suppress the symptom leaving the cause untreated. Yet, the symptom is the red flag, the warning signal to alert you to the fact that something is out of balance. If we suppress or ignore the symptom it must and will find another way to get our attention. For life is resilient and unrelenting in its desire to live and it will keep nudging, prodding and eventually screaming to get our attention so that we tend to the deeper cause of imbalance, dis-ease within the body or mind.

This is not just true of individuals, but also this can be a clear indication of collective disease and unconsciousness when a ‘symptom’ is revealed through the actions of members of our community. This is seen in acts of violence that reflect a collective consciousness like racism, sexism, homophobia. The acts of police brutality particularly displayed against African-Americans is a good example of a symptom of a malignancy within our culture that continues to threaten the moral and physical wellbeing of our collective.

We become mesmerized by the symptom, cutting out the tumor, eradicating or vilifying the perpetrator, and in our conditioned impulse to judge, we fail to discover the root cause so that true healing is possible. We get temporary relief from the symptom as the villain is incarcerated, isolated, and removed from the whole. We feel vindicated as this person serves as an example to the rest of the would-be despots in the hope to deter such intolerable behaviors, only to turn around next week to see a new tumor rear its ugly head to be reckoned with.

The symptom, the tumor, the bad behavior is not our enemy. It comes to wake us up, individually and collectively to the deeper malaise that must be tended to. It is the indicator, and I would even dare to say, it is the gift, the blessing in disguise. Yes, the despot, the disease, the dictator, the deranged, all are symptoms. Could it be that our approach to healing the symptoms has not been very healing, but has only perpetuated the true sickness? Could it be that the very way we handle the convicted, with shame, blame and judgment, is the very energy that triggered the criminal behavior in the first place?

Could it be that this worldwide pandemic is a symptom of a pathology of consciousness that would pollute the air, water and soil to such a damaging extent as to initiate the extinction of not only thousands of species but threaten the very viability of human life on earth? As we clamor to deal with the symptoms of Covid-19 by pouring copious amount of resources into the creation of a vaccine that could potentially introduce more noxious substances into our bodies, we are ignoring, neglecting and suppressing the wisdom of those offering more holistic approaches to disease that strive to treat the inner terrain that may make one more susceptible to adverse reactions to this potentially perilous condition. Doctors, healers, visionaries, scientists, philosophers, activists, parents, ordinary citizens are waking up and being shut up as they question the status quo and the efficacy of our symptom-suppressing approach to addressing life’s challenges.

This theology of treating symptoms and not addressing the cause is deeply rooted in our culture and incredibly complex. It is more than a notion to consider what it might mean to dismantle such an entrenched ideology. I am inspired by the passion, intelligence, and commitment of many who are courageously standing up and sharing their truth as they question the many facets of our society too archaic to mend. Rather, they call forth a vision of a whole new paradigm and begin to weave a new tapestry of reality. Perhaps this new paradigm is both new and ancient, incorporating the wisdom of our indigenous cultures that instinctually knew how to live in harmony with nature, and honoring the soul of each member of their community as a member of their family, worthy of love no matter their offense. A paradigm that harnesses the advancements of modern technologies and evolved wisdom for the betterment of society as a whole. Innovation and creativity abound!

Imagine a world where we remember that we are lovable, loved and that we are Love. A world where we remember the truth of Beauty and Love in ourselves and in each other. A world where our societies are committed to healing the causes of dis-ease in our bodies, minds, and souls, and the society itself. Imagine a world where war and punishment make no sense because we realize that when we war against anything outside of ourselves we are warring against the self. For in this new paradigm of reality we realize that we are all ONE and that your wellbeing, wealth, and health, are also mine.

Therefore to love and forgive another is also an act of self-love, radical self-love. Imagine a world where we are encouraged to practice Unconditional Love, embodying Love regardless of the conditions that show up in our experience. This is a paradigm shift that would enable us to effortlessly remember the other as Love, lovable, and redeemable no matter what the offense. For when I am embodying Love that is unconditional I cannot be offended. For the offense is the condition that reflects the pain of the other, and only if I am offended is it reflecting a pain within me that is being revealed to be healed.

Yes, I know, this is a radical perspective. It renders us all empowered and removes the paradigm of victim and villain. In a time of profound social unrest and division, it can be an unpopular perspective that may trigger defensiveness and justification. I am not trying to take away anyone’s ‘religion’ (way of life or believing). If it serves you then by all means stay where you are. I only pose the possibility and offer a nudge for you to imagine and see how it feels for you to consider a new way.

For me, there is no other way but to imagine a new way and to practice embodying the Love that transforms. I cannot breathe in this old paradigm of separation that demonizes the other and lives in fear of the natural world that surrounds us. I cannot fathom another day of fighting for life. I would rather die so that I can live free of fear, beyond this dimension of form. For I know that we are eternal beings, unlimited Souls of great beauty aligned to a Love that is beyond human cognition. It is my choice to embody this soulful perspective and to imagine into reality a new way, a new day in which I re-member all members of this human family, so they may remember the Truth of their own beauty and the essence of their being.

You, dear ones, are exquisitely beautiful, unique, and magnificent. You are powerful and whole, strong and resilient. You are deeply loved, lovable, and worthy. Indeed, you are LOVE Itself. Know this Truth and the Truth will set you free.

More on TRUTH (Part 2)

5/8/2020

Beki:

I need some more clarity about Truth please. How am I to honor and celebrate the truth of another even if it seems very harmful to another or myself? For instance, the two men that claimed they were policing their own neighborhood in Brunswick, Ga, driving in a pickup truck with a shotgun, attacked a 25 year old black man, Amaud Arbery, who was simply jogging, because they said he looked like a man who was allegedly breaking into homes. They shot and killed him! Today they finally were charged for murder, but it took 2 months before they even arrested them! I am appalled and absolutely hurt and saddened by this, as yet another assault against black men in America. It makes me feel hopeless. It makes me feel disgusted with humanity. Of course this is a time when I am wading through all kinds of deeply disturbing information regarding human behaviors in regard to the state of affairs within our world during the COVID crisis. I feel a deep distaste for the behaviors of humanity right now. How can I honor and celebrate the truth of these humans? 

Divine Guidance:

Let’s be very clear what we mean by Truth. Each of you hold a relative truth that leads you down a path to the ultimate Truth of Divine Love. Sometimes this relative truth is not a pretty, loving or respectful expression of life. Yet, it is still the truths that eventually awaken them to who they really are. It may be a longer, more winding and perilous path, but it will, all the same, lead them home. You cannot know the perfection of their journey from where you stand, because it is not meant for you to know. Each of you are navigating the human dimension in your own way. 

How can you know that there is not a greater role that the most sinister and deranged of you play to awaken the collective to the Ultimate Truth of Love? How can you know that the young man who was killed was not a willing player in that drama, at the soul level, to awaken the collective to Love? How can you know that the people who are power hungry, dispossessed, possessed, scorned, indignant, self-absorbed, narcissistic and so on, are not a part of this unraveling drama that offers a texture and value to the drama that you all collectively are creating? 

Look at these people who are capturing your attention, that trigger you deeply, that make you cling more intensely to your beliefs and identities. How do they live in you? How do these beings reflect a part of your own psyche? How do they incite passion, purpose and desire within you? What is born from your awareness of them in your experience?  

Do not believe that anything that shows up in your world, in your experience, is not living in your own inner world first. Everything OUT there is a projection of what is in HERE- inside your mind. When you practice honoring and celebrating the truths that others hold, you are no longer opposing, fighting, thrashing. You bow to the world that lives in you, and shows up outside of you. And as you do this, anything that is not TRUE, dissolves, dissipates and is absolved. It falls away like the illusion it is. 

All that is not LOVE is not real. It is not True, even if it is true to the human believing in it. It is not Ultimate Truth.  

Do you remember in the movie, The Matrix, when Neo finally became one with the Truth of who he really was, that he was able to ‘fight’ off the illusion, Mr. Smith, without any effort. It was as though he was no longer fighting. Within the awakening that was happening in that moment, for a short time he continued the motions of the fight and then the form that he was ‘fighting’ dissolved. The apparent form that was a projection of the collective consciousness that really could be more accurately described as ‘un-consciousness’, could no longer abide within the light of awareness —not the awareness of what ‘Mr. Smith‘ was, which they already knew was a projection of the program within the matrix, but the Awareness of the Truth of who he, himself was. 

This is what we want to inspire in you! To remember the Truth of who you are. To tune in deeply to your own relative inner truth so that it may guide you to the Ultimate Truth of Love where all of you will meet up in the end. The end of this illusive drama is going to be timed differently for each of you, and yet All of Life will be present when you get there. All of humanity will be whole and vibrantly alive when you reach this awakened state of Being. You will be reunited with All, and you do not need to wait till you die to do this. Yet, for all of you, it will indeed be the outcome of your death to form. The question is, will you die to form before your form dies? Form lives only within the matrix, the illusion, the projected reality. YOU are that which LIVES. You are that with LOVES. You are the eternal, unlimited, consciousness of Being. You are that which both creates the form and forgets the Ultimate Truth, so that you may journey on the path of your relative truth in concert and collaboration with the other brilliant and bold, brave parts of the Infinite Source who came here for this adventure you call LIFE!

Stay in your prospective lanes. Let your journey take you, like the current of a fast moving stream. Do not resist this natural current, for it carries the momentum of all that you are, all that you have been and all that you are becoming. It knows you intimately and Loves you infinitely. It is You! Follow You. Trust your Soul. 

And remember as you honor and celebrate the other as they find resonance with their own path of truth, you are allowing the many infinite parts of yourself, that appear in the other, to find their way back to True Love. When you honor and celebrate, you no longer are judging, fighting, thrashing and raging. Only then can you feel the flowing current of your own Divine stream. Only then can you feel the sweetness of True Love that glows and emanates from the core of your being. And when you do, sweet Soul of the Universe, all that is not LOVE will dissolve right before your very eyes. 

TRUTH

4/2/2020

This is a message I received from my Divine Guidance:

Any belief that is perceived from within the physical dimension and human mind is relative truth. It is a truth that takes you on the path to the Divine Truth, or Ultimate Truth, that cannot be described in human language, but can be sensed, felt and known in a visceral and ineffable way. 

Right now there is a plethora of truths flying around, in regards to the COVID-19 Pandemic. There is always a myriad of truths circulating humanity, but right now is a particularly polarized time because of the centralized focus by the majority of humanity on the same subject. Everyone is being affected by this pandemic and therefore our attention is, in a sense, singular. However, our individual experience, approach and beliefs regarding this collective condition is far from singular. So, the truths experienced are relative to the perceiver. 

As we navigate these times we are becoming more aware of our Oneness and at the very same time triggered by our differences. Our Oneness is enhanced and felt in a very tangible way when we recognize how we are all in this together and how essential each part of the whole is to the whole being whole. Simultaneously, the differences in the beliefs we hold true are highlighted because we are all reacting and processing the same crisis/condition in our own unique way.

All that being said, it is crucial at this time for each of us to stand in our own truth with confidence and clarity, unapologetically. At the same time it is equally important that we honor and respect the truths that others hold, even if it is not in alignment with what we know as true for ourself. This can be challenging at times, especially when you believe that the other’s truth will be a threat to you in some way. 

For example, you may believe the information that encourages the public to use masks to hinder the spread of the disease. Whereas a family member that you live with may believe that this is ridiculous and totes his own experts that offer conflicting evidence disputing that there is any value in this approach. This can cause a war right in your home. So, while it is challenging, the Divine wants us to know that the opportunity here is for both to stand tall and clear in their truth while simultaneously honoring the other who believes something different.

Truth is not dependent on it being true for all for it to be true at all.

Each being has a unique path that will lead you to the Unified Truth of Love. By honoring our sovereignty and that of another, we can utilize our own personal road map that offers the guidance to live the life our Souls came to live. When we feel pulled and prodded to believe in something that does not resonate with our own Soul, we get lost in the fray and find ourselves wandering in foreign land. The Soul’s path is familiar ground that always feels like home. 

So celebrate your truth and by all means celebrate another when they speak and live their own truth. This is something to truly celebrate! For when another finds the home of their Soul, they are at home in themselves and they embody the Beauty of their Being in a way that benefits us all. When each of us is truly aligned with our Soul, we feel loved, lovable, worthy, beautiful, connected, tuned in. We live from this place of Love embodied, and emanate joy, peace, creativity, wisdom, and a reverence for all life. We are no longer in competition with each other, but are inspired to collaborate with one another to experience and share the beauty we recognize in the self and the other.  

So right now I keep hearing my Divine Guidance nudging me to look at this idea of relative and ultimate truth and how important it is to really own our individual truth. Live from it. Walk your talk. As you do this you will truly feel and know your power. As long as you stay in a place of reverence for the truth of others and the path it takes them on, you will be able to create and experience the world you desire to live in. 

I hope I have been able to express clearly here what I am coming to understand. It feels incredibly profound to me. For so long I think I felt like I needed those I love to understand me, agree with me, join me in my story and experience of life. Somehow I am coming to understand that this is not necessary and in fact the expectation for this becomes a form of bondage. This new way of perceiving things feels incredibly exciting and liberating. It also feels empowering. It really gives me permission to trust my own Inner Authority, without needing someone else to validate it to make it true! As long as we respect others as having their own authority as well and even supporting them in aligning with that, we will see a proliferation of beings who feel worthy, seen, honored and therefore we inspire the best in them to be revealed for us all to behold. ~beki