Rosemary’s Exploration: LIVING BEYOND

Let’s start examining Life on Planet Earth as it REALLY is, not as it appears to be. Living BEYOND the 3 Dimensions we think of as ‘reality’ gives us a much bigger picture in which to operate. Can you grasp that concept? Do these words resonate with you?

In a series of newsletters I will be teaching about the Dimensions and how to live Beyond 3-D. My guess is that you already know a lot of this but there has been no way (or no where) to discuss your experiences. In the coming days, I hope you’ll join our Community to share and to explore.

Here is an introduction to the concept of Living Beyond:

“The Levels of Consciousness are accessible to those who are willing to move beyond 3-Dimensional thinking and expand their awareness. The process of expanded awareness is simple and yet no one is taught this as a child young enough to embrace the practice as habit, although some children come into the world with a remembrance.

Why would anyone want to experience expanded awareness? The simple answer is that solutions to problems lie beyond the circumstances that created them.

For example, if a person is having an issue with another person’s behavior, they can choose to judge that behavior based on previous exposure to that behavior or they can reach beyond their own experience to allow for the possibility that the other person has a different set of past experiences at play in the situation. For example, when a couple gets to start a life together, they may have different family traditions that clash – one person’s family always opened birthday presents in the morning and the other’s after dinner. Is one way ‘right’ and the other ‘wrong’? No, they are both neutral options. But it might never have occurred to each partner that there was another way to do it until they stepped out of their own experience and saw another possibility.

If someone in the workplace seems to be slowing down on the job it might look as if they are being lazy. The truth might be that they have a sick child who is keeping them up all night and they are merely tired.

These may seem like trivial examples but they illustrate the point that a narrow focus does not always provide the full information about what is going on.

Now let’s step further beyond 3-Dimensional Consciousness.

Do you believe that there are more than 3 Dimensions or do you think ‘this is it’?

What if Time were the 4th Dimension?

Maybe this linear thing we humans call ‘Time’ isn’t really the total picture?

The truth is that all Time exists in this present moment.

I’ll say that again.

All Time exists in this present moment.

There is the history of remembrance and the energy of creating the future. But it is all in this present moment.

If Time is a Dimension that encompasses the 3-Dimensions we are familiar with, then we are really always ‘In Time.’ (This is not the same as being always ‘ON time,’ as in meeting a friend for lunch at precisely noon. We use clocks and 3-D time so that we can agree on a time to be at the restaurant together.) We are constantly creating the future by our choices in the present moment. We can recreate the choices we have made in the past (our history) or we can choose to do things differently.

Thinking of Time in this way shifts our Consciousness into an expanded awareness of how powerful a creative force we can be in every moment of our lives. And when we realize how powerful we have been in creating the circumstances of this moment, we can channel that power into creating the expanded life of our dreams.”

This is only the beginning of understanding the Levels of Consciousness. Stay tuned for more teachings about this!

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Know Thyself – Tools for Self-Knowledge – Richard’s Commentary

As I was writing my “morning pages” today I realized after a couple of paragraphs that I was writing today’s post and commentary on Rosemary’s Exploration article. I began my pages, as I often do, writing about the passage of time; here’s my entry:

We are running out of Leo fast; and then August. Everyone seems to be noting how fast time is now passing.

Of course it is all perception – as everything is. One effect on our perception is the amount of information we are bombarded with moment to moment. 24-hour news, FaceBook, email, the never ending stream of websites and blogs is literally overwhelming. When we are overwhelmed we can go into a spin, a dive that seems endless, frightening and high-speed. Time melts away in the dive – it almost feels like a death-defying dive!

And it is all perception! The only reality is of our own making, our own perceiving. To change our reality all we need to do is change our perspective. And this is a matter of intention and attention.

It begins with intention: what is going on inside. If we feel we are in free-fall, take a breath, maybe two, deep cleansing breaths, and then put the brakes on. Stop the fall. Sink into the dantien (the lower abdomen area) and breathe there. It is possible to float here. And as we float we can get a sense of flow, of going with the flow. The current doesn’t have to be a raging rapids; it can be a slow, lazy summer river taking its time in search of the sea. It can take on any speed we give it because this is our reality. We can imagine it to be any rate of flow we desire!

It’s good to take time out of a busy life to slow the pace. There really is no place to go. There’s nothing to do. Oh, OK, there are chores of life, tasks we set for ourselves, responsibilities we sign up for and lessons to learn. But we can be and breathe through all of these.

The “being part” is the witness who rides above all of the rapid pace, the wild passage of time, the endless stream of information. Rise up to that level and watch it all. How serious does it all appear to be – how real? How important?

From that vantage the passage of time seems almost irrelevant. Yes, we have our lessons to work out, our karmic Lesson Plan. Here’s where attention comes in. There are external influences that come to play in our lives. We have other people’s perceptions to take into account and to process. When we pay attention we can see and learn the lessons these interactions hold for us. This is a matter of shifting our perspective from “encounter” to “classroom.” We shift from “other” to “mirror” – how is this person mirroring me, my interactions and my behavior?

Inner perspective, intention, and outer perspective, attention, are always relative, which means they are adaptable, transmutable. The simple technique of using breath to do the adapting is all that’s needed. One breath can stop the fall, gain a fresh perspective and shift reality.

I have moved now well into my birthday month, working on my 70th year! To many, and sometimes me, this sounds old! And from this perspective that time is speeding up, I may not have much time left! So, I take a breath and try this on: “70 is the new 50”! Ah, that’s better and about how I feel! And soon enough 100 will be the new 70!

Rosemary asks: Have you explored tools to help you understand where you are coming from? What about where others are coming from? Do you value the differences in how people approach learning, or life, or do you expect everyone to see things as you see them? To listen and to hear exactly what you hear? To feel the way you feel?

My answer, as it is for many things these days, is “I practice Qigong.” Breathe deeply and gain a new perspective on your “reality.”

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The Karma of Time – Richard’s Commentary

I have had a life-long struggle with Time. No, not the news magazine! I am emphasizing the word to indicate the importance of this phenomenon in modern life, at least this modern life.

Do you have enough time? Do you “spend time” like coinage? Do you catch yourself wasting time? Or even worse, do you “kill time” when you are waiting for something to happen? How many ways do you look at time? It sometimes seems almost alive. Often it seems like a commodity. Sometimes it’s the rarest of possessions. Other times it slips through our fingers like sand.

My struggle with time is I don’t seem to have enough of it. And knowing that time is nothing but a state of mind doesn’t necessarily help me reconcile the need for “more time.” I have had many teachers help me with this concept of time and my sense of it as a commodity that I need more of. I’ll get to Rosemary’s article in a moment but first I want to examine time from an indigenous world-view.

One of my teachers about time is Martín Prechtel. Growing up in an indigenous culture and then working and healing as a shaman in Mayan society in Guatemala, Martín has a very different understanding of time. And he works very hard to impart this indigenous understanding to his students. There are many native (Martín would say “natural”) languages that aren’t based on the verb “to be.” Entire languages developed without this sense of past, present, future as a central theme, understanding, and therefore, world-view. For me this has been a concept I’ve wrestled with. Martín suggests the best way to grasp it is to learn a language which has no “to be” verbs. I have, as yet, not taken on this assignment. And maybe that needs to be my next step to better understand, and more importantly, to let go of my obsession with time.

For Martín and his indigenous family time is more like ripples in a pond, echoes on the breeze, a spiral dance of moments that swirl and evolve gently. It is most definitely not linear. Past and future both are echoes of now. It’s a beautiful way to look at time. And it is certainly more relaxing than never having enough, running out, spending it foolishly!

My other teacher about time is Rosemary. We have always had a different take on time and I have always both wondered about this and admired her understanding. She always seems to have enough time, just enough. She seems able to take the time she has, all of it. She doesn’t waste it or spend it foolishly. And she doesn’t seem to hold on to it or grasp for more. Rosemary’s NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Psychology) teachers, whom I studied with as well, described two types of people: “in-timers” and “through-timers.” The in-timers are people who seem to float along as if they have plenty of it; this describes Rosemary. I am a through-timer who seems to be constantly running to catch up, to be on-time, to maximize the use of time.

I am learning to let go of this constant obsession with time. Rosemary’s view certainly helps; her article helps. But I think there is more to my “learning” about her concept of time, of the indigenous concept of time than an intellectual pursuit. Time, after all, is nothing more than a human invention, a concept. So we can imbue this concept with attributes that are more to our liking. But we also have to experience it with those attributes we would choose. Experience must support the change, the learning, the growth.

“All time is in this present moment.” Do you get this? Is this easy for you to understand? I’m working on it because I think there is a vital key here to unlock a very precious piece of knowledge. And all I need to do is fit that key to the lock and turn it!

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ROSEMARY’S EXPLORATION: The Karma of Time

When you understand the concept that ‘All time is in this present moment,’ then you start to get an appreciation for the ‘karma’ of your present life.

Time is not really the linear construct that we use to schedule what we will be doing tomorrow or next week. We THINK it is, but time is a human construction so that we know when to meet a friend for lunch. Time is really a dimension, the Fourth Dimension, and we live within this dimension always.

All time is in this present moment. Your Past, your Future – all lives right here, right now, with you in this present moment.

We usually speak of karma as some seed that we sowed in the past that is coming to fruition now to haunt or uplift us. In actuality, we are constantly putting out into the Universe the energies that attract like energies into the sphere of our life. What we think in this moment creates our next moment and the one after that. We live with the decisions, beliefs and thoughts of all of the moments of our life. And we create what we call ‘the Future’ with the energies we attract in this present moment.

As you move forward during your day today, notice how your thoughts jump from one idea to another. Notice the connections between thoughts. Now notice if one thought that uplifts you leads to another uplifting thought and then another. Also notice if a disturbing thought leads to another disturbing thought and then another.

It is very easy to get drawn into a spiral because the energy of one thought attracts like energy. This is why it is so important to live a conscious life wherein you are catching yourself thinking the thoughts you have and choosing what to think next.

For example, have you had the experience of seeing someone you admire and then finding yourself moving into envy? That leads to listing all the things that are ‘wrong’ with you and why you don’t measure up to that standard. Then you might start finding someone/thing to blame for that. It becomes a downward spiral.

You have a choice. When you see someone you admire, you can admire them and choose to bless them with your thoughts and then think about someone else you admire. You can bring to consciousness things about yourself that you admire, too. You have a choice to catch yourself thinking ‘good thoughts’ about yourself!

Life is about being conscious of the energies you are transmitting to the Universe. Take charge of what you think and do in this moment so that you are transmitting what you want more of in your life. BE the person you want to be in your Future. BE that person in this present moment.

There is no ‘there.’ Just BE. It is all ‘HERE’!

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ROSEMARY’S INSPIRATION: All Time is Now

My “Two-Minute” video for the week: All Time is Now

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EXPLORATION: Where Are You Headed?

Are you headed in the direction of your dreams or do you feel as if you are spinning your wheels and staying in one place?  Or are you marching forward but NOT in the direction of your dreams, hoping to change course eventually and get back on track?

One thing I know about the 21st Century is that Time is speeding up.  The clock still ticks away 24 hours every day but they seem to be passing more quickly than those same 24 hours used to pass.  There is a sense of urgency about doing our work in the World, living our Purpose.  Do you feel it, too?

I think this is why so many people are feeling frustrated with jobs, with situations, with politics, with anything that seems to be stuck in old patterns that are not moving forward.  We are all feeling a drive to manifest our dreams NOW.

This isn’t to advocate impatience but to urge you to examine yourself and your life and to be brutally honest with yourself.  Are you on the path to the realization of your heart’s desires?  Or are you waiting for something to happen to push you along?  Sweet One, the ‘something’ has happened!  It’s time to move!

Some people have pooh-poohed the Big Shift of 2012 because the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012.  Others believe there was a shift of something but they aren’t sure what that ‘something’ is.  Still others are waiting for something else to happen that might take several years to complete.

There’s a bit of truth in each of these beliefs, but here is what’s going on.  The Shift wasn’t about a comet hitting Planet Earth and causing the demise of our physical world and it also wasn’t about some chosen group [everyone thinks that they are in the chosen group and all others are outsiders] didn’t get swept away into some kind of heaven or nirvana.  The Big Shift was a shift in Consciousness, a part of the evolution of human awareness, and it really is a BIG Shift.

As each individual is given the choice of expanding or contracting, of participating in the evolution of Consciousness or ignoring it, then each individual also has a responsibility to move into living their own Life Purpose, the very reason that their Soul incarnated in this lifetime on this planet.  No more excuses.  No more delays.  No more waiting.  The Time is NOW.

Do you know your Purpose?  Are you poised and ready to live it but unsure of the direction you must take?

Look into your heart.  FEEL your heart’s desires.  Learn the direction of your dreams.

Most of our lives are spent answering to others’ expectations of us.  Most of us have not been taught to listen to our inner voice and determine our heart’s desires.  How, then, do we do this?

The first step is to give yourself permission to live your dreams.  You might think that this is easy but there seems to be a little voice that will pop up and undermine your determination to live your dreams.  Have you ever heard it?  ‘Who do you think you are to dream that big?’  ‘You’re not good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, slim enough, strong enough, etc. to accomplish that.’  ‘Nobody in the family has ever _________ so what makes you think you can do it?’  And on and on.

Do the work to still this voice.  You do have permission to live your dreams.  Your heart’s desires are the messages from your Soul about the direction this lifetime is to take.  Fulfilling your Life Purpose should feel like the realization of a nagging desire to move in a certain direction.  Allow yourself to pursue it.

The second step is to identify your dreams.  Figure it out.  Energize the vision of you stepping into those dreams.

Next, create a plan.  Notice what works to support you and what doesn’t and then adjust your life circumstances to allow the possibility of realizing the dreams you identify.

Take these steps and you’ll have the compass pointed in the right direction.  Let your heart’s desire be True North for your compass and set your course.  Then enjoy the ride!

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“Your Empowered Future Self” – Richard’s Commentary

You may have noticed the last few posts here have been about “time” – especially about the future! Last Friday I posted my recording from Rosemary’s Conversation with The Other Side this month during which three Floating Heads appeared to her with a message for me from the future. And in a second message an elegant Native American woman from the past came to me with advice on the nature of body and spirit. (If you missed this recording you can get it here.)

You can bet I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about the nature of time during these last days of 2012! And here, for your entertainment and consideration are some of those thoughts:

1)    This from the Floating Heads – yes, I am now listening to them and writing what they have to tell me as they directed in their message to me. Wrapping my head around all of this has been both fun and provoking. After listening again to the recording, I wrote: “I need to listen to the recording again because it is deep. The part about creating form for the future, which is formless, out of the present, bringing the vision for that future into the present is no simple exercise in understanding. I think it is a parallel to indigenous understanding of past/present/future, especially in cultures with no ‘to be’ verbs. So I know that the present is an echo of both the past and the future. The future comes into the present to shape both from nothingness. We, right now in this moment, are a reflection of some future that is coming “back” to us. We are the mirror image of that future. And I think this is part of what the Floating Heads are “here” to tell me. This certainly seems to align well with what Martín Prechtel is teaching.

“So, the future and present are in one sense, one thing, one time. They are two ends of a vibration. And so is the past. Or maybe past and future are the two ends and the wave crest is the present. If I draw it, it might look like a wave:
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but that wave is also a particle of time, a pinpoint with all nodes joined in an extra-dimensional way. My Floating Heads are asking me to bring their messages out into the world so there is form that can materialize for them 500 years hence.

“One thing I am curious about is the dependency. If they are from a distant system how are we connected and what significance does our existence, survival, have for them?

“As I recall the message I am to bring their messages from the future into our present so their future can take form; their very existence in their present seems to depend on this!”

2)   Later I wrote: “I wish I could get the true sense that time is a particle and encapsulating past, present, future all right here in each moment. Perhaps then I would be less time-conscious and content to live in each moment letting the particle dance as it will across the field.

“Time is like an echo-chamber with the present right in the center and the past and future each equally reverberating back from the walls. And each present event ripples through the currents affecting both the past and future. There is a resonance set up where the interacting waves of time both interfere with and amplify other ripples. My actions, thoughts, energy ripple out from now to reach back and have a causal effect on what happened yesterday. And the ripple reaches forward to have a causal effect on what happens tomorrow.

“This is why lessons and forgiveness are so important. This is the impact of changing curses to blessings (as Martín would have us do). It is never too late to take action because we can affect the past. And it is never too early to take action now because we modify the future with each of those actions.”

Enough for now. It is essential to get this concept of time, to think like the indigenous peoples who live natural lives within a much greater context of what life, time, the present really mean.

Does any of this make sense? I did tell you things were going to take a different turn in this blog once I posted the recording!

Reach out to your future self who you visualize as an extraordinary and empowered human being; bring back that power and embed it firmly in your solar plexus. And then consider the nature of time and the nature of duality and union.