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Natural Hypnosis: Accepting Desired New Beliefs.
To be posted Thursday Jan. 8.
The Power of Suggestion: An Aspect of Natural Hypnosis. and
Exercise One: Natural Hypnosis: You Are Your Own Hypnotist.
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NATURAL HYPNOSIS: “YOU ARE YOUR OWN HYPNOTIST”
The following exercise will show you how you can utilize natural hypnosis in your daily life to better your experience. At the end of this summary you will find a separate worksheet that you can copy and work with if you are serious about making positive changes.
“In those areas in which you are dissatisfied, you feel that you are powerless, or that your will is paralyzed, or that conditions continue despite what you think of as your intent. Yet, if you pay attention to your own quite conscious thoughts, you will find that you are concentrating upon precisely those negative aspects that so appall you. You are hypnotizing yourself quite effectively and so reinforcing the situation.
You may say horrified, “What can I do? I am hypnotizing myself into my overweight condition (or my loneliness, or my poor health).” Yet in other facets of your life you may be hypnotizing yourself into wealth, accomplishment, satisfaction – and here you do not complain. The same issues are involved. The same principles are operating. In those positive life situations you are certain of your initiative. There is no doubt. Your beliefs become reality.
In the unsatisfactory aspects, you must understand this: There is also no doubt. You are utterly convinced that you are sick, or poor, or lonely, or spiritually opaque, or unhappy.
The results then, as easily and effortlessly follow. Natural hypnosis, in the terms given here, operates as well in one case as the other. What should you do then?
First, you must realize that you are your own hypnotist, inducing natural hypnosis. You must seize the initiative here as you have in other positive aspects of your life. Whatever the superficial reasons for your beliefs, you must say:
· For a certain amount of time I will momentarily suspend what I believe in this area, and willfully accept the belief I want, I will pretend that I am under hypnosis, with myself as hypnotist and subject. For that time desire and belief will be one. There will be no conflict because I do this willingly. For this period I will completely alter my old beliefs. Even though I sit quietly, in my mind I will act as if the belief I want were mine completely.
Ø If you feel that you are overweight, insert the weight that you think is ideal for you while you are following this exercise.
Ø Imagine that you are healthy if you have the belief that you are not.
Ø If you are lonely, believe that you are filled with the feeling of companionship instead.
Ø If you are feeling poor, imagine that all of your financial needs are being met.
Ø At this point do not think of the future, but only of the present.
Ø Realize that you are exerting your initiative to imagine such situations. Here there can be no comparisons with your normal situation. Do not compare the normal situation with that desired vision you hold. Use visual data, and/or words – whatever is most natural and comfortable for you as being as you desire. Only about 10 minutes is required at a time, once per day.
· If you do this faithfully, within a month you will find the new conditions materializing in your experience. Your neurological structures will respond automatically. The unconscious will be aroused, bringing its greater powers to bear, bringing you the new results.
· Do not obsess constantly over this exercise. Do not try to overdo this, to go through the entire day worrying about beliefs, for example. This can only cause you to contrast what you have with what you want. Forget the exercise when it is completed.
· You will find yourself with impulses that arrive in line with these newly inserted beliefs, and then it is up to you to act on these and not ignore them. The initiative must be yours. You will never know unless you try the exercise.
Now, if you are in poor health, and have a physician, you had better continue going to them, because you still rely on that system of belief – but use these exercises as supplements to build up your own sense of inner health, and to protect you against any negative suggestions given by your doctor. Utilize the belief in physicians since you have it.
The point of power is in the present. You must thoroughly understand that, and then you can take hold of your life and begin to use natural hypnosis for your benefit in all areas. It works advantageously for each of you now in those portions of your lives with which you are pleased.
In all situations, it is highly important that you do not concentrate your main attention in that area of experience with which you are least satisfied. This acts as a deepening of hypnotic suggestion. Just reminding yourself of your other accomplishments will by itself operate in a constructive fashion, even if nothing else is done. Such focus of attention on positive aspects automatically pulls your energy away from the problem. It also builds up your own sense of worth and power as you are reminded of adequate performance at other levels of experience.
Whenever you are trying to rid yourself of a dilemma, make sure that you do not concentrate your attention upon it instead - concentrating your attention on your dilemma acts to cut out other data, and to further intensify your focus upon your difficulty. When you break that focus, the problem is solved.
In any area, great clues can be received simply through paying more attention to the conscious thoughts that you have during the day, for each of them serve as minute suggestions, modifying your behavioral patterns and affecting bodily mechanisms and other perceived “facts” about your life.”
Ideas, quotes, and steps for this exercise were taken from The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Robert, Sessions 659-660. Dream Awareness Network, Aug. 22, 2014 www.DreamAwarenessNetwork.org
NATURAL HYPNOSIS EXERCISE One: “YOU ARE YOUR OWN HYPNOTIST”
You must realize that you are your own hypnotist, inducing natural hypnosis. You must seize the initiative here as you have in other positive aspects of your life. Whatever the superficial reasons for your beliefs, you must say:
“For a certain amount of time I will momentarily suspend what I believe in this area, and willfully accept the belief I want, I will pretend that I am under hypnosis, with myself as hypnotist and subject. For that time desire and belief will be one. There will be no conflict because I do this willingly. For this period I will completely alter my old beliefs. Even though I sit quietly, in my mind I will act as if the belief I want were mine completely.”
Ø If you feel that you are overweight, insert, and imagine the weight that you think is ideal for you while you are following this exercise.
Ø Imagine that you are healthy if you have the belief that you are not.
Ø If you are lonely, believe &imagine that you are filled with the feeling of companionship instead.
Ø If you are feeling poor, imagine that all of you financial needs are being met.
Ø Select the condition you desire to create and write it here in present tense: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Ø At this point do not think of the future, but only of the present.
· Realize that you are exerting your initiative to image such situations. Here there can be no comparisons with your normal situation. Do not compare the normal situation with that desired vision you hold. Use visual data, and/or words – whatever is most natural and comfortable for you as being as you desire.
· Only about 10 minutes is required at a time, once per day.
· If you do this faithfully, within a month you will find the new conditions materializing in your experience. Your neurological structures will respond automatically. The unconscious will be aroused, bring its greater powers to bear, bringing you the new results.
· Do not obsess constantly over this exercise. Do not try to overdo this, to go through the entire day worrying about beliefs, for example. This can only cause you to contrast what you have with what you want.
· Forget the exercise when it is completed.
· You will find yourself receiving impulses at the conscious level, that arrive in line with these newly inserted beliefs, and then it is up to you to act on these and not ignore them. The initiative must be yours. You will never know unless you try the exercise.
Dream Awareness Network, Aug. 22, 2014 www.DreamAwarenessNetwork.org
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The Death Experience – A Celebration of Life
“In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, and then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, and you play. You have no responsibilities; you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!” – Woody Allen
If that quote from Woody Allen does not get your attention, then maybe you aren’t ready for this lesson in the series of lessons “Creating and Living a Magical Life”; and that’s okay. I just ask that you hang in there with me, suspend disbelief and let me try to express what this discussion was to be about as it expanded in my mind.
I know it is difficult for some to arrive at an attitude that the death experience should be a celebration of life. I know this because it was extremely difficult for me to cement this idea into my belief structure. I certainly did not have it when my mother was killed by a gun someone else was holding. I was only 19 at the time and was looking forward to my mother taking a vacation from her home in Atlanta and visiting my sister and me in Florida. On the night she was packing to leave for that vacation, she was killed by a bullet from a 22 caliber rifle. One that the police file report described as being “accidently” discharged, as her husband held it while it was pointed toward the kitchen where she was standing, preparing something for dinner.
When I got the call and learned of this incident I was working. I was immediately overcome with grief that I previously thought was not possible. That grief and a mental climate of disbelief stayed with me as my sister and I prepared to make the drive overnight to Atlanta and meet up with my brother who was flying in from Germany where he was stationed at an Army nuclear missile base. The trip to Atlanta was filled with rolling cycles of emotional turmoil and rational thoughts of what’s next in my life. Prior to that fatal day, as an adult 19 year old, I was looking forward to getting to know my mother. To maybe gain new insight into who she was as a person struggling with her own life.
The only time I had experienced some degree of real grief before that, as I remember, was when I was about 3 years old or younger. I hold a vision of myself as a toddler, on my tiptoes peering into the player of a stereo cabinet at about eye level. As the record played the song, I was feeling sad and feeling that something was very wrong. I was bawling my eyes out as I cried out that “I want my mommy”. Even though I was miserable, I just wanted to keep crying, and pleaded with my grandmother to play the song over and over as I held onto the stereo cabinet and watched the record go around. I am thankful that my grandmother allowed me to release that emotion, only ceasing when I probably collapsed from exhaustion and was put in bed. She allowed me to experience that emotion. What was so strange about this experience was that the actual words to the song were:
“Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful,
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so good.
No one could be, so gentle and so lovable
Oh, my pa-pa, he always understood.
Gone are the days when he would take me on his knee,
And with a smile he'd change my tears to laughter.
Oh, my pa-pa, so funny, so adorable,
Always the clown so funny in his way.
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful
Deep in my heart I miss him so today...
I could not accept the words ”pa-pa” in my sadness, so I internalized the song as being about my mother who was gone. My mother had left the family over an incident I only have bits of information about.
Later in life, my father blamed the troubles that resulted in divorce, on my grandmother. In a different version my brother, shortly before he died, blamed father for the trouble and for mother leaving. However the drama unfolded, I was a small child with an empty feeling and an awareness that I no longer had my mother around to comfort me. This portion of my life experience had an impact on me for several years to come.\
I have friends and have met others who may have experienced even deeper grief when they lost a son or daughter for various reasons to natural or tragic deaths. Some have shared with me how they coped and got on with life. My brother lost a son, so I know from personal experience, how one’s life can be torn apart in an instant after the worse of all possible death experiences; the loss of a beloved child’s life. As for my brother, I don’t think he ever fully healed from the loss of his eldest son due to some residual guilt feelings for not being beside him at a time of need, after long suffering with a progressing illness. My brother had only gone to the store to get something for them to eat. They both, being single at the time, shared a house.
I know how the question can come to mind – what more could I have done? I had that nagging thought after my brother made his transition a little over two years ago after struggling with advancing cancer. I had spent the previous 3 months driving my brother to radiation and chemo treatment, but was not with him the night he needed to make an emergency trip to the hospital. I had helped him get into bed, kissed him on the forehead and said a prayer for him, and then went home to get some rest myself.
Well, by now, I am sure I have triggered some memories and emotion in some of you, and you are wondering just how I am going to pull the rabbit out of the proverbial hat and turn this story around to one of celebration. A few moments ago, I was wondering about that myself, in the time allotted to hold your attention. But I did grow and learn that death is a part of life as many teachers have said. That we can at times, find in the death experience, a reason to live and a reason to celebrate. We can learn that death is not finality, but just a transition to another stage and focus of consciousness.
We can learn that our night life and our dream productions can be a stage to share with our departed loved ones or to receive communications from teachers and guides that may just be departed loved ones in costume. Or, as Seth explains, during the dream dramas and adventures that we co-create, we can be teachers and guides for others.
The experiences of the dream time can be even more varied with possibilities than our waking state. That we can in both states, communicate with ourselves in a past life or vision ourselves in a future life. As some physicists have said, time is just a construct to make it appear that everything is not just happening at the same time. The possibilities seem truly unlimited. Likewise, the possibilities in our physical life can be unlimited as we explore and expand our consciousness while dealing with the normal life process we call death. Only our consciously accepted beliefs make this seem unlikely.
The exercises we take part in during this class will hopefully bring these ideas into focus. For now, I will share some of the key questions brought up by Seth in his first book, “Seth Speaks” by Jane Roberts, first published in 1972. These are questions that we need to honestly answer so that we can make changes to our life if we are not happy with the answers.
Some Key Life Questions:
·Are you content with your physical reality; your existence and experiences within it?
·Do you wish to discover greater significance, beauty, and meaning in your life as you now live it?
·Do you feel that you are experiencing the fullest enjoyment possible in your life each day, week, month, or year?
·Do you spend some time each week on relaxation and personal development?
·Are you using all of your abilities that you now possess to bring you joy and satisfaction to your mind and heart?
·Do you constantly wish you could escape the hectic existence you are living?
·Or, do you feel like you have a handle on life and the “universe” is supporting
·Do you hold on to preconceptions and limiting beliefs about life and death that create barriers to understanding why you may not be experiencing the existence you desire?
Even though I put this list together over a week ago, I still say “WOW” – after typing them, knowing the change in attitudes, world views, and beliefs that they can lead to if honestly answered. We are talking about living one’s “dream life” during this present life, not just fantasizing and daydreaming about something we never expect to live. We are talking about maybe turning our life upside down and following our true intuitions and impulses that come from deep within our soul or psyche. We are talking about surprises when we really learn to pay attention to those intuitions and impulses; to follow our personal blueprint that is designed to give us guidance in this life journey.
It’s instructive to remember the words of one of the world’s greatest motivational speakers.
“I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles, and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames”- Les Brown.
I have been accustomed for a long time now, when I am preparing for a class, to rely on my intuitions - the messages from my subconscious to guide me. When I sat down in the living room this morning to enjoy a cup of coffee, quiet my mind, and be open to ideas, the process unfolded.
I sat in a chair I don’t normally sit in at the end of the couch, by a lamp table. I glanced down and noticed the books in the rack under the table top. I would not have been able to tell you which books I left there some time ago since it had been a long time since I had sat there to read. I thought “maybe I will pick up one of those books and just browse while I am waiting for ideas.”
I open the book Courageous Dreaming by Alberto Villoldo to a section that right away I could tell, was the beginning of a meaning coincidence. According to the page header, I was in the middle of chapter nine – Be ready to Die at Any Moment - I turned to the first page of the chapter and there was a quote by Cato The Censor - “He who fears death has already lost the life he covets” . I thought: “Wow, that’s bold!” In the chapter, Alberto shared many ideas that I already hold:
· Many of us have lived in a “flat” world, with ideas and opinions that serve us well but limit our experience of reality.
·Some in our culture have become oblivious to the death of the spirit because we’re terrified of the death of the body.
·A quote by Socrates – “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
We need to learn to identify with the soul that transcends death.
·Have the courage to dream means following your calling today, in some way, despite the facts in your life that seem to be unmovable obstacles.
·If your canvas is unfinished at the moment you die, at least you’ll have died an artist instead of a daydreamer or dabbler who talks about how you would have liked to live.
The last point reminds me of a quote from Seth I used in the class on beliefs –
“Generally speaking, we are here to: Discover, learn, and understand how we create our own reality….According to our beliefs….Using our beliefs as an artist uses colors!” …And, to experience Joy and have Fun!”
That sums up my intent for these lessons: learning, experiencing joy, and having fun – while “Creating and Living a Magical Life.”
Are you adding color to your canvas each day?
Each night we get a glimpse of “the valley of the shadow of death”. It is that sleeping and dreaming period when our consciousness changes focus while the soul, the true us, with the help of our inner self creates dream dramas for us to enjoy and to learn from; if only we pay attention and discover their language. Just as the 23 Psalm says, we should not be fearful of the shadow of death, nor death itself. As a soul, we have eternal validity. We are spirit in “chemical clothes” as Seth affirms.
On another posting, I will share some dreams I have had, or that have been shared with me, that relate to the passing of others appearing in our dreams. The messages from all those who have made the transition to a non physical reality can be summed up similar to this:
“Celebrate life! That is what you are here for. You have the power to change what you do not like. But the change must first take place within you. Love and compassion are to be your guiding emotions and attitude. The Golden Rule is truly golden – Live your life in that posture. If you don’t figure it out this time around, you may choose to return to physical reality to learn the remaining lessons. To learn that Love is the source of being; that all are connected through universal mind and consciousness – through All That Is. You have all the energy and power that is needed available to you from the Source. Trust your intuitions and impulses to help guide you; they arise from a source within you. Celebrate life and fear not death”
Are you adding color to your canvas each day?
© Dream Awareness network,
John W. Robinson, June 2014
For additional reading on the subject, I reccomend reading The Boy Who Died and Came Back by Robert Moss.
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Language, Words and Thoughts;
A Journey from Beliefs to Action:
What it means to be liberal
By John W. Robinson
© July 18, 2004
Revised September 2012, and
Oct. 31 2014.
I owe the evolution of the ideas presented in this article to a seed that was planted in my mind back in the late 70's when I first read the book Language In Thought & Action by S. I. Hayakawa. I heartily recommend reading this book to anyone who desires to understand their self and the language they use and the "news" they accept.
The current motivating force that overcomes mental inertia and compels me to write this now is the open abuse of language, as it pertains to the negative propaganda, in the subjective media, trying to re-define the meaning of the word liberal.
To anyone with an open mind, the evidence is in-your-face every day on network and cable "news" as it tries to redefine political candidates specifically and anyone who supports them in general and en mass. They do it using short sound bites, 24 hours a day with planned, spaced repetition; one of the most important tools in promoting propaganda. As you will probably see in this paper, more than short "sound-bites" is needed to communicate.
The pundits attempt to associate the word liberal as a label that means un-American, unpatriotic, supporting terrorism, pro-Communist, socialist, traitor and many other negative connotations. The National Republican Political party and their pundits including the “religious right” have become experts in propagandizing their "message" with disregard for truth. It appears that their supporters accept these opinions without critical thinking applied before the acceptance of such ideas into their core beliefs.
In researching the implied meaning of the word liberal, I will cite definitions as recorded in 3 different dictionaries published during different time periods. This is important to consider, as you will see.
Webster's New World Dictionary - The Everyday Encyclopedic Edition, (Published & copyright by the Southwestern Company, 1965 Edition.)
Liberal is from the Latin root liberalis, free - liber, free.
1. Suitable for a freeman: not restricted
2. Giving freely: generous
3. Ample: abundant
4. Not restricted to the literal meaning
6. Favoring reform or progress; not conservative
Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary - Published & copyright 1984.
(Berkley edition published by arrangements with Houghton Miffin Co., 1984)
2. Abundant & ample
3. Not literal; loose
4. Pertaining to the Liberal Arts
5. Respectful of the ideas or behavior of others; tolerant
6. Favoring democratic reform and the use of governmental resources to effect social progress.
7. Of or belonging to a political party that advocates liberal views.
Note the first reference to "government"
Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary
(Copyrighted and published 1991 by Merriam - Webster Inc.)
From the Latin root liberalis; suitable for a freeman, generous; liber; free.
Akin to Old English leaden; to grow
From the Greek root leathers; free
1. a). Relating to or based on the Liberal Arts
b). Of or befitting a man of free birth
2. Generous, open handed, giver
3. Obs* - lacking moral restraint, Licentious (Note: The temporal label obs is for "obsolete" and means that there is no evidence of use since 1755).
4. Not literal or strict, loose
5. Broad-Minded; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy or tradition
6. a.) Of favoring or based upon the principles of liberalism
b.) Of or constituting a political party advocating or associating with the principles of liberalism; esp of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with the ideals of individual economic freedom and greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives.
*Note: The reference to government was more detailed and the first negative connotation mentioned, albeit obsolete.
I think it is interesting and maybe not a coincidence that the changes taking place from the research period of 1983 to 1990 are a reflection or correlation of the political ideology that was evident during the Reagan-Bush I era. It is also the period of the Republican Party and the Christian-Right's emphasis on the take over of Government and the educational processes and curriculum in this country. Some of the current pundits' talking points are continuing to give the idea of liberal an even more negative association in an attempt to redefine the meaning.
In looking at the word liberalism, the first source (1965) simply defines it as "the quality or state of being liberal as in politics or religion or as holding liberal principles and ideals.” The second source (1984) does not give a specific separate definition.
The third source (1991) defines liberalism as:
b). A theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market and the gold standard.
c). A political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of man and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties.
d). The principles and policies of a Liberal Party
In the same source (1991), a Democrat is defined as an adherent of democracy or one who practices social equality (as in how rules are applied or opportunities are available). The 2 source (1984) defines democrat as one who advocates Democracy or one who belongs to the Democratic Party. The first source (1965) defines democrat as:
1. A person who believes in and upholds government by the people
2. A person who believes in and practices the principle of the equality of rights, opportunity, etc.
3. A member of the Democratic Party.
There are some significant definitions that I will point out that are repulsive to the current Republican Conservative Right, and are I think, the basis of their constant attacking the ideal of the historical meaning of being liberal. I also refer you to the end of this article and footnote , which discusses how words are given their meaning.
I am going to digress for a moment to talk about the Two-Valued Orientation in Politics. For reference, the idea of Good versus Evil is a Two-Valued way of thinking and believing. Everything that follows and in quotes is taken from Language In Thought & Action by S. I. Hayakawa.
"Under a two-party political system such as we have in the United States, there is abundant occasion for uttering two-valued pronouncements. Fortunately, most voters regard this two-valuedness of political debate as "part of the game," especially around election time, so that it does not appear to have uniformly harmful consequences. Overstatements on either side are at least partially canceled out by overstatements on the other."
"Nevertheless, there remains a portion of the electorate - and this portion is by no means confined to the uneducated - who take the two-valued orientation seriously. These are the people (including the TV & newspaper journalist) who speak of their opponents as if they were enemies of the nation rather than fellow-Americans with differing views and ideals as to what is good for the nation."
"On the whole, however, a two-valued orientation in politics is difficult to maintain in a two party system of government. The parties have to cooperate with each other between elections and therefore have to assume that members of the opposition are something short of fiends in human form. ( Note added by me: The congress under President Obama, is the first in my life time to show such juvenile behavior in the form of obstructionism, in the hope that the nation will suffer and the voters will blame the President. I do think that most rational thinking people will see through this, and vote with a compassionate heart next week.)
The public, too, in a two-party system, sees that the dire predictions of Republicans regarding the probable “tragic” results of Democrat rule, and the equally dire predictions of the Democrats regarding Republican rule, are never more that partially fulfilled. Furthermore, criticism of the administration is not only possible, it is energetically encouraged by the opposition. Hence the majority of people can never quite be convinced that one party is "wholly good" and the other "wholly bad."
"But when a nation's traditions (or its lack of tradition) permit a political party to feel that it is… so good for the country that no other party has any business existing - and such a party gets control- there is immediate silencing of opposition. In such a case the party declares its philosophy to be the official philosophy of the nation and its interest to be the interest of the people as a whole.
"Whoever is an enemy of the National Socialist Party." As the Nazis said, "is an enemy of Germany," Even if you loved Germany greatly, but still did not agree with the National Socialist as to what was good for Germany, you were liquidated." (From Language In Thought & Action by S. I. Hayakawa).
We also have the below from the Nazi Germany era:
"Anyone who dares to question the rightness of the National Socialist outlook will be branded as a traitor," Herr Sauckel, Nazi Governor of Thuringia, June 20, 1933.
" The official national Socialist orientation never permitted a relaxation of the two-valued conviction that nothing was too good for the "good" and nothing was too bad for the "bad," and the idea that there is no middle ground,
"Whoever is not for us is against us!"
This isthe cry of intolerance armed with certainty."…
Does this sound familiar? This was the mantra of the Republican administration after the events of September 11. 2001. It was used to justify an invasion of Iraq based on false accusations.
In the movie Outfoxed (www.outfoxed.org), there are numerous examples of the subject I am addressing. Fox News Network and the pundits who "speak the news" are clearly illustrated to be "experts" in this arena of pushing RNC propaganda. I urge everyone to see it and make up your own mind. You don't have to take my word for it. Fox News as a source proclaims to report "fair & balanced" news. There are many who believe it to be a voice of the political extreme right.
If you look at the 3 definition from the third source, you can see a clear example of how "labeling" from the Conservative Religious Right during the eighties and their effort to greatly influence the educational system in this country resulted in a negative connotation being entered into a dictionary.
If you are aware what was happening during that period, you will know that the political agenda of the Christian Coalition led by Ralph Reed was to infuse government with Ultra Conservative Fundamental Right Wing people ("true believers") and their beliefs. This was well documented. They have made it clear that they want to force their doctrine and dogma onto society, by law, as soon as they can take over all branches of the government.
I believe it was no coincidence that Ralph Reed stepped down from the presidency of the Christian Coalition when he became an adviser to President George W Bush and a paid consultant to Enron. I am not sure what skills he took to an oil / energy company that was the most corrupt and devious corporation in recent times. It may have been a reward for a job well done. And, it is not surprising that in 2012, Ralph Reed has resurfaced to support the effort to get Mitt Romney elected. The evangelical right now proclaim Mitt to be one of them. But, Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on every major element of the RNC policy platform since his time of running for Governor of Massachusetts in order to get the backing of corporate money and the religious right in this country.
And the latest continuing saga of Ralph Reed is highlighted below.
“The true surprise at the Tampa convention in 2012 was Ralph Reed’s resurrection. When the former head of the Christian Coalition was discovered to have raked in millions of dollars from the super lobbyist — and eventually convicted felon — Jack Abramoff, Reed wound up in political purgatory. But outraged by the election of Barack Obama, and responding to what he describes as God’s call (via Sean Hannity), Reed returned to start the Faith and Freedom Coalition with the aim of toppling Barack Obama from the White House. To succeed, Reed needs to win the allegiance of many of the trusting Christian followers he had duped and double-crossed while working with Abramoff.
While Romney, Ryan, Rubio, and Eastwood (talking to a chair) got the lion’s share of attention during the Republican Convention this week, three one-time college Republicans who are now the party’s real power-brokers — Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, and Grover Norquist — were busy doing what they do best: leveraging their political, "religious", and financial resources to back pro-corporate, anti-government objectives at the core of the conservative agenda.” They were producing and spreading their own brand of propaganda.”
It is very well advertised, that no Republican candidate for President of the USA can ever hope to be elected to office without pledging to do the bidding of Grover Norguist and the billionaire backers of his efforts to take over the US government. As usual, Karl Rove is one of the “point men” in this effort.
They only need someone smart enough to “hold a pen” as Grover Norguist put it, because they (their elected President) will only be doing “what he is told”.
I think we could say that as a Mormon, Mitt has “sold his soul to the devil”, to put it in the terms of the religious.
In a search of 18 separate sources on the web, all were similar to those already cited except one that really stood out, put forth by the Republican power brokers, indicating more revealing propaganda attempts in labeling their opposition party. The one standing out so blatantly is as follows.
A liberal is “One who denies some of the basic truths of Christianity”. (By a far right pundit)
This is the perfect example of trying to re-define the meaning of words. This idea is still shouted out in 2012 by the ones who belief that only their beliefs are truth and everybody else must be governed by them.
I have to ask, if the person who put this definition up was around 2000 years ago to witness and record what was "TRUTH"? Maybe the Roman Emperor Justinian who put the current form of the Bible together in about 535 AD, and decided, on his own, what would be recorded as TRUTH, was a friend of this persons. (See footnote 2. at the end regarding the current Bible's origin).
If I take the attack on "Liberals" as coming from a group who basically oppose the words officially used to define liberal then I may conclude that they oppose the concepts of:
·Giving freely, generously and in abundance…………a clear Biblical teaching.
· Being broad minded : they prefer narrow minded & limited thinking instead without critical judgment.
Making progress………they want stagnation, regression & rigidity to be the rule.
·Being respectful of others and tolerant…they believeothers don't have the right of a differing opinion.
·Democratic reform…it was real important when Caesar or Hitler had the power, but not if they get it. All though the "church" was not not strongly outspoken against Hitler.
·Using governmental resources for all……they believe only corporate and religious welfare should be allowed.
·Non literal acceptance……they want others to be ruled by their myths and non truths.
·Not giving in to all authority……..only “they” can define & be the authority for all others.
I think you get the point. I think you can see how words can be used. I have even done it myself. I also think the attempt to include the suggestion (3rd definition, 3rd source) that a liberal is lacking in moral restraint and disregarding of sexual restraint is a blanket, irresponsible, slanderous accusation of a group of people. Of course they may think I have committed the same "sin" by expressing my opinions. Its just that I favor progressive instead of regressive politics.
In modern media, news events there are reported numerous records of these so-called “religious ones” displaying a “lack of moral restraint” This seems to be the only method at which these people (ultra radical right wing conservatives) excel.
It will be their own behavior that defeats them, not an opposition party – in my opinion).
On a positive note, when I looked at four different dictionaries published that are on the shelf this week in 2012, there were no negative connotations defining liberal in any of them. Maybe fair & balanced defining does exist after all once again.
1. Language In thought & Action by S. I. Hayakawa, Fourth Edition. The book was first copyright in 1939 and updated in 1978 with new current examples. Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc. S. I. Hayakawa served as President of San Francisco State College from 1968-1973. In November of 1976 he was elected United States Senator from California
2. From these two sources: The Religions of Man by Houston Smith. Harper & Row, 1958 and, Edgar Cayce on Reincarnation by Noel Langley, Warner Books Edition, 1967.
As for the Bible, the current form came into being about 535 years after the death of the historical Jesus.
From all the various writings of the time that chronicled the Hebrew history & mythology and the reported Philosophy of Jesus, a Byzantine Roman Emperor Justinian held what was called the Fifth Ecumenical Congress of Constantinople in 535 AD.
"The purpose of this congress was to condemn the teachings of Origen (185-254 AD), that until then, had been held vital to preserve the "original gospels". Councils had been held before, but none had the impact on the future teachings that would be allowed. In the year 325 the Emperor Constantine had summoned the Council of Nicea (three hundred Bishops attended) to "settle" the question of Jesus' divinity or humanity.
Later in 380 AD, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. This fifth council/congress was more secular than religious. Many documents believed to be significant and containing truths that Justinian did not want to include were discarded.
Pope Virgilius, the Pope at the time, was excluded from the meeting as well as all but six western Bishops. There were 159 Eastern Bishops attending, the ones that apparently were Justinian supporters. The Church of Rome at the time was powerless against the military supremacy of the Byzantium. With only 6 western Bishops attending, the vote naturally went the way Justinian wanted, and the basic form of today's Bible was set.
All the early gospels (writings) were either in Latin or Greek, and were never allowed getting into the hands of laymen. Religion became a puppet of the state.
There was an effort to destroy all previous documents that were not aligned with the decisions of the Council and the desire of the Emperor Justinian. All documents that contained ideas contrary to the “official line of consciousness” were sought out and burned. Those who voiced opposition to what was happening and did not convert were killed.
For another 500 years, much disagreement continued between the early Eastern & Western Church, until 1054 AD when the Roman and Greek churches excommunicated each other. It became the Eastern Orthodox Church in the East and the Roman Catholic in the West.
The next great division took placed in the sixteenth century with the Protestant Reformation and the breaking away from the Western Roman Catholic Church."
Splits in the Church of course have continued until the present day. There are now more than 250 denominations in the United States alone, offering over 250 variations of the "Truth".
3. From: Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., 1991)
"Perhaps the first thing that we need to remind ourselves of is that when we speak of the meaning of a word we are employing an artificial, if highly useful, convention. Meaning does not truly reside within the word but in the minds of those hearing or reading it. This fact alone guarantees that meaning will be to a great degree amorphous: no two people have had exactly the same experience with what a word refers to and so the meaning of the word will be slightly or greatly different for each of us.
It is obvious, then, that a dictionary which set itself the task of defining the meaning of words in their entirety, will undertake foolhardy enterprise. Therefore, the dictionary editors invoke the traditional distinction between--
(1) Denotation-- the direct and specific part of meaning, which is sometimesindicated as the total of all the referents of a word and is shared by all or most people who use the word--and
(2) Connotation-- the more personal associations and shades of meaning that gather about a word as a result of individual experience and which may not be widely shared.
I don’t claim to know the Truth with capital “T”, but I do think this so called democratic civilization may not survive with the divisions and social inequalities that are prevalent in today’s society. Wealth is once again being concentrated via preferential laws, and it appears that to effort to give money voting power is at its greatest. The problems can only be solved by an attitude of compassion and cooperation - and a complete overhaul of our basic systems; political, religious, and educational.
Think about the language you use and the meaning you place on words; they reflect you thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. Change will come. Will you be on the progressive side of conscious evolution? Or will you be stuck in the dogmatic doctrine of dis-empowering beliefs?
© John W. Robinson October 31, 2014
Conclusion for this Op Ed - October 31, 2014:
Although I first wrote this treatise 10 year ago, I have reflected on the significance of the subject as another election cycle comes upon us. This is the first time it has been publicly published.
What got me thinking again about how I felt in the period 2000 - 2004, was the desire to write some comparisons of various contrasting world views that still guide groups of people, including me of course. My world views have changed over the years and I think have been moving in a direction of greater understanding, love tolerance, and compassion for all people. My focus currently is in spreading the "good news" as I see today. That being: We all create our own personal reality, using our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and intents; as an artist uses colors to create a picture on canvas. We are the producers, directors, actors, casting agents, and critic of our own lives.We are here to learn that we contain a powerful creative force that can be used for good, constructive purposes (for all), or for destructive, purposes.
It seems that nothing has really changed in the efforts of a certain political group that really avoids an evolution of consciousness and progressive change that benefits all humanity. This is a group that will find themselves in the minority, within a couple of decades at the most. They recognize this fact and fear the coming changes. This fear will most likely lead to more irrational behavior, even more than in the past, because fear is debilitating.
Little do they realize that their incessant focus on this fear will only give the positive changes more power and help bring them about! Even in the
Old Testament you find the caution – I believe it was Job who is quoted as saying “the thing I feared the most has come upon me”. Even back then they understood the Law of Attraction and the process of personal reality creation.
If you read all of this , I say Namaste" to you.
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The Law of Attraction through the Ages
(The Rules for Reality Creation)
From just the introduction and the first chapter of The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts (a Seth book- 1974), we get a pretty good idea what is meant when we hear “The Law of Attraction” mentioned. It really means that we attract events, circumstances and people to us as a result of our directed beliefs, thoughts, emotions, desires, and expectations, or intentions.
The action of attracting takes place in a psychological realm Seth calls Framework 2. Some religions call it heaven. Scientists of old originally referred to something similar as the “ether”, but not the philosophical “ether” of Theosophy. It has been called “The Divine Presence”, “The Thought Ocean”, “Infinite Intelligence” and “The Universal Creative Medium” by Ernest Holmes in The Science of Mind.
I think the Seth material gives modern society the best explanation I have found for the mechanics of this metaphysical Law of Creation in the realm of physical reality. It does not describe the realm with one of two lofty phrases, but with many detailed analogies and explanations for various life circumstances. This is a companion paper to the writing explaining Seth’s Framework 2.
Here are some of the ways it is expressed in those few pages of the Introduction and Chapter 1 of TheNature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts:
· “You can change your experience by altering your beliefs about yourself and physical existence.”
· “We create our personal reality through our conscious beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world.”
“The conscious mind directs unconscious activity and has at its command all of the powers of the inner self. These powers are activated according to our ideas about reality.”
·“We are gods crouched in creature-hood, given the ability to form our experience as our thoughts and feelings become actualized.”
· “Each of you, regardless of your position, status, circumstances or physical condition, is in control of your own personal experience.”
· “Whether or not you realize it, you have pursued your present course with determination, using many resources, for ends or reasons that at one time made sense to you.”
· “You see and feel what you expect to see and feel. The world as you know it is a picture of your expectations. The world as the race of humanity knows it is the materialization en mass of your individual expectations.”
· “You can change your personal world. You have only to use your ability consciously, to examine the nature of your thoughts and feelings, and project those with which you basically agree.”
·“Matter is formed by those inner qualities that give it vitality, that structure follows expectation, that matter at any time can be completely changed by the activation of the creative faculties inherent in all consciousness.”
·“There is no effect in the exterior world that does not spring from an inner source. There is no motion that does not first occur within the mind.”
·“You project your thoughts, feelings, and expectations outward, and then you perceive them as the outside reality. When it seems to you that others are observing you, you are observing yourself from the standpoint of your own projections.”
· “You are the living picture of yourself. You project what you think you are outward into flesh. Your feelings, your conscious and unconscious thoughts, all alter and form your physical image.”
·“Your feelings and thoughts form your exterior experience and the events that appear to happen to you, are initiated by you, within your mental or psychic inner environment.”
·“Exterior events, circumstances and conditions are meant as a kind of living feedback. Altering the state of the psyche automatically alters the physical circumstances.”
·“The mass conditions of the world and the situation of each individual in it, is the materialization of humanity’s progress as it forms the world.”
·“Your thoughts, feelings and mental pictures can be called incipient exterior events, for in one way or another each of these is materialized into physical reality.”
·“There is nothing in your exterior experience that did not originate with you.”
·“Interactions with others occur, yet there are none that you do not accept or draw to you by your thoughts, attitudes, or emotions. This applies in each area of life. It applies both before life and after it. In the most miraculous fashion you are given the gift of creating your experience.”
·“Your feelings have electromagnetic realities that rise outward, affecting the atmosphere itself. They group throughattraction, building up areas of events and circumstances that finally coalesce, either in matter as objects – or as events in time. Some feelings and thoughts are translated into structures that you call objects; these exist in a medium you call space. Others are translated instead into psychological structures called events that seem to exist in a medium called time. You react therefore not only to what is visible to your physical eyes in space, or to what is directly in front of you in time, but also to objects and events whose reality is still with you, though they may seem to have disappeared.”
·“Basically, you create your experience through your beliefs about yourself and the nature of reality. Another way to understand this is to realize that you create your experiences through your expectations.”
·“You make your own reality. There is no other rule.Knowing this is the secret of creativity.”
The Law of Attraction is not a new concept by any means. Over 2,600 years ago the idea was held in mind by many, as the book of Proverbs reports – “As a man thinks, so he becomes.” I am sure the idea was not new to the author who recorded it then, just as it is not new to those who have written about it since. It’s just that it is newly rediscovered each time.
Each person whose life has been changed by accepting the concept as a reality and truth has wanted to share it with others with varying personal twist sometimes added to it, with different metaphors and examples used to explain it. I can add my name to that long list.
In 1906, William Walker Atkinson published a book called Thought Vibrations. It is reported he discovered “The Secret” in the late 1880’s and validated it in his personal life experiences. Atkinson shared with the world then, in his book as follows:
· “There is no study that will so well repay the student for his time and trouble as the study of the workings of this mighty law of the world of Thought – the Law of Attraction. The Law applies to good habits as well as bad.”
· “When we think, we send out vibrations of a fine ethereal substance, which are as real as the vibrations manifesting light, heat, electricity, or magnetism. That these vibrations are not evident to our five senses is no proof that they do not exist. A powerful magnet will send out vibrations and exert a force sufficient to attract to itself a piece of steel weighing a hundred pounds, but we can neither see, taste, smell, hear nor feel the mighty force.…The Law applies to good habits as well as bad.”
“Strong expectancy is a powerful magnet. A person with a strong confident desire attracts to themselves the things best calculated to aid them- whether persons, things, circumstances, or surroundings; if they are desired hopefully, trustfully, confidently, and calmly.
And, equally true, the person who FEARS a thing generally manages to start into operation, forces which will cause the thing feared to come upon them. “
· “Your thoughts are either faithful servants or tyrannical masters – just as you allow them to be. Let your thoughts take form in action, and in turn your actions will influence your thoughts.”
· “If you scatter your thought-force, the subconscious mind will not know just how to please you and the result is that you are apt to be put off from this source of aid and assistance.”
· “The Law of Thought Attraction is one name for the law, or rather for one manifestation of it. Your thoughts are real things. They go forth from you in all directions, combining with the thoughts of like kind - opposing thoughts of a different character - forming combinations - going where they are attracted - flying away from thought centers opposing them.”
· “Your mind attracts the thoughts of others, which have been sent out by them conscious or unconsciously. But it attracts only those thoughts which are in harmony with its own.”
· “Your thoughts will mingle with those of others of like nature and mind. And you will be attracted toward each other, and will surely come together with a common purpose sooner or later, unless one of you should change the current of your thoughts.”
In the book Thought Power, originally published in 1903, by Annie Besant, she shares this:
“The mind is like a magnet, attracting and repelling, and the nature of its attractions and repulsion's can be determined by us. If we watch the thoughts which come into our minds, we shall find that they are of the same kind as those which we habitually encourage.
The mind attracts the thoughts which are congruous with its normal activities. If we, then, for a time, deliberately practice selection, the mind will soon do this selection for itself on the lines laid down for it, and so “negative” limiting thoughts will not penetrate into the mind, while the “positive” empowering will ever find an open door. We must think of that which we desire to receive, and refuse to think of that which we desire not to receive. Such a mind in the thought-ocean which surrounds it draws to itself the good.”
Fredrick Bailes wrote in the introduction to his book Hidden Power for Human Problems, published in 1957: “There is a creative law older than mankind, operating ceaselessly in everyone. It can furnish the dynamic needed to enable anyone to reach goals they have selected.
It operates inflexibly and without deviation. It is always creating something, with or without your consent. It creates bad things and it creates good things; happiness and unhappiness, success and failure. But – and here is the actual key to living – you can set the direction of its activity by cooperating with it. Let me say that again in another way: You can direct this law for your own betterment. The law exists to serve you. It is as certain, orderly, and unchangeable as are the laws of science.”
Jean Houston, a co-founder of the Foundation for Mind Research, and a pioneer and leader in the Human Potential Movement, writes in the forward for the 1998 edition of the book The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes:
“Consciously or unconsciously we direct the flow of Universal Mind into form. In Holmes’s terms, “the cosmic engine is started but man guides it in his own life”.
"This grants us tremendous power and with it the innate responsibility to make or break our world through the extraordinary working power of our minds. Thus - the practical emphasis in The Science of Mind on schooling in the power of trained thought.
"So much of our ordinary thinking lapses into habitual patterns, with little variation from one day to the next. Our lives mirror this and fall in to serial monotony interrupted by episodes of trouble, panic, and loss. We live then, as limited, crippled versions of who and what we are, suffering the continuance of emotional plagues and toxic thoughts, and the world reflects this tragically.”
Ernest Holmes, in his book The Science of Mind, wrote in 1938:
“Each person is drawing from Life what they think into it! To learn how to think is to learn how to live, for our thoughts go into a medium that is Infinite in Its ability to do and to be. Everyone, by thinking, can bring into their experience whatsoever they desire – if they think correctly, and become a living embodiment of their thoughts.
This is not by “holding thoughts”, but by knowing the Truth…We all use the creative power of the Universal Mind every time we use our mind…All thought iscreative, according to the nature, impulse, emotion or conviction, behind the thought.
Thought creates a mold in the Subjective, in which the idea is accepted and poured, and set power in motion in accordance with the thought. Ignorance of this excuses no one with whimsical fancy….Great as the subconscious is, its tendency is set in motion by the conscious thought, and in this possibility lies the pathway to freedom…Thoughts are things, they have the power to objectify themselves; thought lays hold of Causation and forms real Substance…One of the ancient sayings is that “to the man who can perfectly practice inaction, all things are possible.”
"This sounds like a contradiction until one penetrates its inner meaning, for it is only when one completely practices inaction that he arrives at the point of the true actor, for he then realizes that the act and the actor are one and the same; that cause and effect are the same; which is simply a different way of saying: “Know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” To reduce the whole thing to its simplest form, whatever one reflects into Mind tends to take form.”…… (Chapter 18 in the book is titled - The Law of Attraction.
I think by now you get the idea that the concept of The Law of Attraction has been around for a long time. As I said previously, “The Law of Attraction” is a catch phrase for a process that governs the creation of our personal reality. All that this entails is summarized in the Seth books by Jane Roberts, especially in The Nature of Personal Reality.
What most people miss is the fact that the process is grounded in our personal belief systems. The nature of our thinking, the nature of our thoughts and emotions, are grounded in our core beliefs and all the other beliefs that collect around the core beliefs.
The Seth material deals with this fact in great detail as related to all aspects of living a fulfilled life as we solve our problems that arise, in a practical way. For the “Law” to work, requires a concerted effort in examining our beliefs and dropping the limiting beliefs that build barriers around our hearts desires.
To those who are ready to do the work, and take complete responsibility for their lives, the wisdom and knowledge will be attracted to like steel to a magnet. I will close today with one more example.
For 20 years, Napoleon Hill studied the lives of hundreds of successful men in all walks of life in various personal endeavors. When he completed his study, he compiled volumes and published in 1928, The Laws of Success. Later in 1937, Hill published a summary of those volumes in the book Think and GrowRich.
In the introduction to Think and Grow Rich he writes: “I have never known anyone who was inspired to use the secret who did not achieve noteworthy success in his chosen calling. I have never known any person to distinguish themselves, or to accumulate riches of any consequence, without possession of the secret. From these two facts I draw the conclusion that the secret is more important, as a part of the knowledge essential for self determination, than any which one receives through what is properly known as “education”…
"When Henley wrote the prophetic lines, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul,” he should have informed us that we are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.
He should have told us that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and, by means with which no person is familiar, these “magnets” attract to us the forces, the people, and the circumstances of our life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.”
“Whatever THE MIND can CONCEIVE and BELIEVE it can ACHIEVE” – Napoleon Hill.
So it is, the key to unlock the secret is that word BELIEVE – All things we experience in our lives, are mirrors of our thoughts, emotions, imaginations, desires and expectations held in MIND and grounded in our BELIEFS.
So now, what is it you would like to attract into your life?
Are you holding any limiting beliefs that will prevent you from achieving the result?
Do have thoughts that reflect opposition to attaining what you desire?
Is the emotional intensity you feel supporting the scope of your desire?
Can you see yourself already having accomplished it?
Take time now to answer these questions for your life.
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Reflections on My Conversation with a Tree
I had completed the tale of my conversation with a tree which is told below, and it had been edited, but I hesitated to post it, feeling like a key element was missing. It was this morning that new intuitions surfaced. I think what was missing was my realization of the connections between my past and my present awareness, and a deeper understanding of those connections. This story shows how all of our experiences in life are linked together, moving us in a general direction according to some as yet undiscovered blueprint for our life, that is always a part of our psyche. I added this reflection as a prelude to my story about my conversation with a tree because I think it contains an example of how we all have fractal patterns of experiences, both psychological and physical as we go through life. We can learn more about ourselves if we can learn to recognize these patterns. This was also one of the topics covered in the Jean Houston class I reference below.
During my childhood and throughout my formative years, plants were significant in the lives of my father and grandmother who raised me until age 9. I remember the first house I lived in and one of the activities my father was engaged in the whole time we lived there – about 7 years. My father probably always planted a vegetable garden in the backyard. The garden seemed large to me when it came time to pull out weeds, even though I know it must have been small, maybe only about 10 X 20 feet in size.
When the bounty was ready to harvest, I would be sent to the garden at times, to harvest the rewards Nature and hard work had provided. I had sometimes even helped plant the seeds or seedlings and before that, clear the area of unwanted grass or weeds in preparation of the planting. Watering the plants was also one of my chores as a small child. After the harvest was piled in the kitchen, I remember helping my grandmother clean the various varieties of vegetables and prepare them for canning. At times there were enough to last until the next season.
Through this experience I learned to grow beans of different varieties, tomatoes, cucumbers, collards, spinach, okra, corn, onions, potatoes, lettuce, squash, bell peppers, and probably some items I have forgotten. During the early summer months, I also remember car trips out of town to pick wild blackberries, raspberries, and plums that would be growing alongside the country roads.
It was only upon reflection of that experience later in life, that I realized that my father had taught me valuable lessons about Nature, survival and life that he had learned growing up on a farm in Alabama during the depression years. I never heard him complain about any of those experiences. He always seemed to have a can-do attitude, and only lost that attitude in his late fifties when faced with the challenge of a body diseased with cancer – the cancer overcame that attitude. Even today, May 2014, there is a small patch of yard about 2 ft. X 10 ft. with tomatoes, beans and 3 colors of bell peppers growing. It’s not that I have to plant and sow, like my father did, but more that it is an example of what I learned from my father. I think it is also the wonder and enjoyment of watching the magic; how a tiny seed goes through all the transformations as it produces a new harvest of seeds; the source of propagation and survival of that species.
Although my grandmother did the work of preparing, canning, cooking and serving the nutritious garden items, it was her love of flowers that made a different kind of impact on me. Depending on the season, I was her little helper when her plants needed watering or covered up in the wintertime when a frost or freeze warning was made known. I think she had an intuition for when they needed covering since we had no television and I don’t remember her listening to the radio that much, even though she must have, unknown to me. She must have taught me how to propagate plants by cuttings as well, because it is something I have always done for the plants that are conducive to this method. Grandmother loved to keep Easter lilies, poinsettias, hydrangeas, and begonias in clay pots or old metal cooking pots setting around on the front porch to admire when we would sit out there on the swing or in the rocking chair taking in the scene as life flowed by. Outside my office window in the butterfly garden and around the yard are now poinsettias, hydrangeas, and lilies of various types, along with butterfly attractors as the fragrant varieties are labeled.
It all makes sense to me now that this morning when I was “guided” to pick up a book, open it, and began reading on page 253, that I had found what may have been the key element I felt was missing, that I needed to complete this blog. The book’s title is On Channeling Your Higher Self by Henry Reed. It is based on the teachings of Edgar Cayce, once called America’s greatest “sleeping prophet”. The passage I will share is in the chapter titled Being a Channel of Healing Forces, under the heading, The Secret of the Green Thumb. I have always been told by others that I “have a green thumb”, when they get to know a lot about me. So, I would like to share this passage with you and I think you will see the connection with my story below.
The Secret of the Green Thumb
“Luther Burbank, the famous American horticulturalist, knew the secret of the creative force active in the life of plants. In his Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, the influential Indian master called Burbank an American Saint. Yogananda visited with Burbank on his trips to America. He was delighted with Burbank’s spiritual orientation to his plants. The results he achieved through this orientation were evident in his experiments with plants. Burbank admitted to Yogananda that he talked with his plants. He developed thorn-less cacti, for example, by telling them that they had nothing to fear and thus no need for such protection. Although he knew that the will of the plant is much stronger than the will of a human being who might wish to bend the plant’s habits, Burbank learned the secret of blending new life patterns into the plants structure. “The secret of improved plant breeding” he told Yogananda, “apart from scientific knowledge, is love.” Burbank was a practiced meditator. It was by meditating with his plants, that he learned their secrets. He noted that sometimes during such communion, he felt close to what he called “the Infinite Power.” At such times, he admitted to Yogananda, he was able to heal the sick as well as the plants.”
Would it surprise you to know that after reading the passage above, I remembered reading the autobiographies of Luther Burbank and George Washington Carver at about age 11, to be used for elementary school book reports? And later, as a senior in high school, my senior term paper was on Dreams. There are indeed fractal patterns of experience through our lives we can discover if we take time to explore the deeper connections between the events we experience.
There are more lessons in the above passage from Henry Reed’s book, than there is space in this blog to include. They will be topics of other postings and of the classes I teach at Enchanted Spirits Metaphysical Shop (www.enchantedspiritsshop.com/ ) in Dunedin, FL.
If you would take the time to meditate on the truths and messages in the passage above, especially if you know of someone who needs help in healing, you will be amazed at the results you can achieve. Now, to the story my conscious mind thought I would be telling, before my subconscious, prompted by my higher self or inner self as Seth calls that part of us, directed me to a broader and deeper story.
My Conversation with a Tree (As revised May 2014)
Awakening to Your Life Purpose, taught by Jean Houston is the title of a class I took in Feb. 2012. My first exposure to Jean was about 1983 when I bought her book ThePossible Human: A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities, published in 1982. It was described as a comprehensive theory and program for conscious creativity. I immediately liked her writing and teaching style. I found the many exercises would deliver new insights as promised. It was my exposure to this book back then that led me to take her 7 week online class in early 2012. I was looking to validate in my mind the direction my life was taking, since I felt I had experienced a new awakening to my life purpose.
I enjoyed all of the learning exercises Jean led us through in that 7 week class; especially the ones about discovering our entelechy and having a conversation with a tree. Because I had become a student of the Seth material since 1982, both of these concepts and exercises were comfortable to me. I also had explored similar ideas via many other sources in the past. This blog is to finally share publicly what I shared with my group in Jean’s class. After telling the story of my conversation with a tree, I will share some of Seth’s comment on nature and consciousness. After all, in order to carry on a conversation with a tree, I would have to assume, at least temporally, that a tree has a consciousness. No, I am not crazy, nor have I ever been classified as such.
The assignment for one segment of Jean’s class was about communing with the Beautyand Majesty of Nature; to understand we are part of Nature with a capital ‘N”. We were to carry on a telepathic conversation with a tree by first asking a tree for some guidance. Communing with nature was certainly not new to me. Neither was the idea that trees and plants as well as animals might have a type of consciousness that was suitable to their environment. I had even superficially talked to the trees in the “The Green Cathedral” (Mill Creek Park) in Youngstown, OH while jogging in that beautiful environment. What was new was the concept that a tree might seemingly and telepathically respond to my inquiry. Even if it was my own subconscious that communicated the message, my goal at the time was fulfilled and I felt that I received a pertinent reply to my inquiry and had performed the task associated with the lesson.
So, one day I ventured outside my house to pick a tree to “talk to”. What follows is a report of that experience:
I looked around the house and at the bushes in the back that border the pool. There are several hibiscus bushes there. I would love to see them in full bloom, showing the beauty of their red and pink blossoms. I have not been happy with them lately; they are not blooming at all. I decided it would be best to find another tree or bush. I then had the message come back to me that maybe the problem was of my doing! I had not really been nurturing them for a few months and like ourselves or our loved ones, if we ignore them, there is a break in our connection. The message to me was to be conscious of taking action about extending my love more, instead of dwelling on things or people not living up to my expectations. I assessed that I needed to go out among the hibiscus; to prune, fertilize, and wash them in a soapy solution to rid them of aphids; to cut away the higher limbs of surrounding plants so they get more sunlight. Without enough sunlight they cannot carry out photosynthesis in the way they are designed. Without the proper nutrients, their immune systems would not function as Nature intended. It is not much different than the way we have to nourish our mind, spirit, and heart bodies.
I went looking for a tree to fulfill the assignment, determined to do my part for the health of the hibiscus. My heart led me to the water, where I have always found my peace when it has been clouded by worry. I have often meditated with the sound of the waves lapping the shoreline.
As I am doing my usual walking meditation along the beach, I look around at the bushes and trees. What stood out to me were the tall palm trees that lined the shore of both sides of the causeway leading to the island where I sometimes walk the undeveloped beach. As I sat on a bench underneath these enduring palms, I telepathically began to speak to them.
“Magnificent palm trees; I know that all things in the universe are connected. I know you are connected to all the rest of the many palms here; and even connected to me. I know this. Though I speak to one, I am speaking to all. I breathe in the oxygen you breathe out. You breathe in the carbon dioxide I breathe out. Our bodies exchange atoms and molecules. We are made of the same stuff. You don’t worry about being worthy of the rain, sun, nutrients and love you receive. You know you are loved. You are the subject of many photographs and paintings. People celebrate your being. They rest in your shade. You stand tall above all the other plants around. You have a higher perspective about things. You have weathered many storms and still you grow and spread your branches to shade those in need of shade. You stand tall and are grounded. You bend with the wind and are bathed by the rain. What feedback can you give magnificent tree?” Am I on the right track, the true course, the path to my higher purpose?” Am I on the “Yellow Brick Road"?
I listened, but got distracted by the water, the wind and the birds and started a conversation with them. After an hour, not receiving a clear cut answer from the trees, I decided to return the next day and try again.
Arriving at the beach the next day I walked along the shore until I came to an isolated spot and sat on a bench to meditate while listening to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore; something I have done hundreds of times before when I needed to talk to Nature. I sat quietly with my eyes closed and listened. What came first was some unexpected reflection on the story of my wounds and resulting grief I felt I had experienced in life; the next assignment to complete. Even though I thought I had worked completely through that past, I felt emotion, energy flowing through me, as I reflected on the experience. Tears gently flowed down my cheeks. It was a good thing I had my sunglasses on and there were hardly any people walking the beach that morning. The ones that did occasionally strolled by, walked with their heads down looking for shells, hardly concerned about me.
Our heart’s mind always displays greater wisdom that our rational minds. This period of meditation on the beach let me know I could again visit that story of grief from the past and share it with others. This would be the essence of the next exercise in the class.
It was after that experience, while sitting quietly in the sun, listening to the waves gently crash on the shore, I received a message from the trees.
“Yes, we are grounded. We stand tall and we don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring. We have weathered many storms and we still rejoice every day in what creation has provided us and we are filled with gratitude. We continue to grow and we shed old branches to make way for the new ones, letting the winds blow the old branches away to become part of the earth again; earth that nourishes all humankind. We love the sun, the rain, the wind and the storms. We accept things as they are. What caused it is the past. We live in the spacious present! Take heed of our existence.”…The message continued: … “Let your limiting beliefs fall away as our old branches do. Make room for new ideas, beliefs and joy to come into your life. The opportunity for you to grow and be a co-creator will never cease. Stand tall, grounded in your beliefs until you find personal evidence to change a belief that no longer serves you as you transition to a higher level of consciousness. Trust the true Nature of things, your impulses, and intuitions. What do you think moved civilization along and advanced consciousness, but your collective impulses and intuitions? They are the source of your inspirations, innovations and collective growth. Go in peace and be aware of the signs, synchronicities and choices you make. The power to choose from among possibilities is the greatest power you have to contribute to co-creation. The point of your power is always in the present moment. Stay on the path you are on for now. You will know when and if a change is needed. Be happy! Don’t worry!”
So it went that day with the trees. The tree was right! I stayed on the path I was on and my opportunities began to expand; not only opportunities for the expansion of my consciousness, but also opportunities to help others in their journey and growth. I was on a journey of value fulfillment for myself and at the same time, contributing to the value fulfillment of others.
“Since dreams are a by-product of any consciousness involved with matter, this leads us to the correct conclusion – that trees have their dreams, that all physical matter, being formed about individual units of consciousness of varying degrees, also participates in the involuntary construction of the dream universe.” – Early Sessions Book 3 Session- 97 by Jane Roberts.
For more insights into this topic, look for a soon to be posted blog titled: CONSCIOUSNESS: What is it? How does it work? Where does it come from?
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Oracle at the High Gate
Each of us possesses a magical place of imagination. We can travel to this place using our mind’s eye. Oh, I must tell you, this place is altogether real if you believe it is.
Imagine if you will, traveling down a path surrounded by scenic vistas that give you a feeling of inner peace as you take in the beauty. Continue on this path as it leads you up a gentle slope, enjoying the beautiful surroundings. You may even see a relaxing waterfall cascading down the terrain. Coming up ahead you can begin to see a large interesting building like a castle home at the top of this hill. As you get closer, you see a wall surrounding the house, with a gate that allows you passage beyond the wall.
As you approach the entrance you are greeted by an Oracle that guards the gate to this house on the high plateau. This is the Oracle at the High Gate ¹. All newcomers to this magical place are asked a question by the Oracle: “What is the correct time?” There is only one correct answer to the Oracle’s question: “The time is now! – The Present is the Point of Power.” If you answer correctly, the Oracle of the High Gate will allow you to enter the house which is a very magical place indeed and experience all that it has to offer. If the answer escapes you, you will be given other chances to learn.
Once inside the house you see that it is full of objects; some of which are familiar and some you may have only seen in your imagination or your dreams. You have entered the House of Time. The House of Time is a realm of unbelievable time travel. Just by touching any object in the house, you are transported to the past or to the future and you have the experience of being in either place you chose and seeing the connections associated with that particular object. It will be as if you are in a dream you created. You can move to a new experience at anytime you have the thought and touch a different object.
When you tire of all the time travel, if that is possible, you may choose to go through the large wooden doors with the ornate carvings. You notice above these doors, written in gilded letters, the words Library of All That Is. As you enter this library, the librarian tells you that it contains all the books of knowledge and wisdom that have ever been written or that will ever be written in the future. You may pull any of these books off the shelf and sit in quiet while your mind is absorbed with the wonder of it all. If you prefer to sit at a computer, you will be able to access it all in an electronic format simply by thinking about what it is you want to know; no key strokes necessary. This library is very high touch and high tech! Whatever method you choose, you will quickly be immersed in other worlds.
As you are taking in all this wisdom and knowledge, you hear the librarian announce that meetings with the Master Teachers will begin in 30 minutes; allowing you time to wrap up your time in the library and move to the next great experience. All the great past and future Master Teachers will be holding group and private sessions, so you will not have to worry about reserving a space. It always seems to work out in your favor. Only a limited number of people will be in this magical place at any one time it seems; something to do with knowing the correct answer to the question posed by the Oracle at the High Gate.
These Master Teachers are Oracles in their own right and can assist in providing you with specific information that will allow you to arrive at the best answer to any question concerning your own personal value fulfillment. By the way, the answers you arrive at in this place, by this process will always help others achieve their own personal value fulfillment. This is quite a magical place as I told you! There really is enough of everything for everybody. Your consciousness may seem to be exploding like a “big bang” the scientists talk about as you sense that it is time to move on to your next great adventure in this House of Time.
You leave the meeting with your Master Teacher and the librarian escorts you to your last adventure for this trip to the magical realm guarded by the Oracle. You find yourself standing at the entrance to another room in the House of Time. The sign above reads: The Hall of Records – The Books of Your Life. You think, “How could that be, I am still living my life?” You find the book just about your life and sit to read it, or you sit at a computer and use the high tech approach to observe your life being lived by you, past, including past lives, present and future. You are “feeling blown away” and sit in total amazement.
You soon realize that the future you are seeing is the result of the current course you are on, based on the way you are making decisions and the current beliefs you hold dear. You learn that the future is always a probable event based on current beliefs, thoughts, emotions, intents, desires and the actions you take. You learn that the actual event that you might experience in the future can change any time you change any of these mentioned steering currents. You control the set of your sail. And, you have unlimited energy and resources at your command! You learn, maybe for the first time, that you create your future reality.
Finally, at the end of your review of The Book of Your Life, you are told that if you want to return to the earth plane with a different blueprint and try it all again, you will be allowed and encouraged to do that. Of course, the Master Teachers will give you guidance in that pursuit. Maybe you have discovered flaws in the blueprint you have been living by in your current life. But, maybe everything has been a fantastic voyage filled with inner peace and joy, even in the midst of some sorrows and you feel you are ready to be a Teacher yourself. The possibilities are truly endless.
You finish your session in the Hall of Records and the review of your own Book of Life and return to the big room with the passageway back to physical reality. As you are preparing to leave this magical house, you know you can return as many times as you like. There is only one condition to you being allowed to return. As you leave and pass by the Oracle once again, you will be asked the same question as when you entered the House of Time. If you provide the correct answer you will be able to return as many times as you desire. You will just have to close you eyes and start walking down the path that leads to the Oracle at the High Gate that guards the entrance to the magical realm and the House of Time. You may even find yourself making the visit while your body sleeps and your inner self dreams. Be sure to write down your experience if you make the visit from dreamland as you may forget some of the important details.
Now that you have read the tale of the Oracle at the High Gate, you will always know the answer to the Oracle’s question “What is the correct time?”
Either way you travel to the House of Time, remember, when you return to physical reality, to be on the lookout for dreams, impulses, coincidences and synchronicities that will be your sign that you are on the right path or that you need to make corrections in order to fulfill the blueprint for your life that is your current master plan to Magical Living. Think of it as being an actor or actress in an unfolding lifelong play and you are also the one who wrote the script, produced and directed the play, and the one who writes the critical analysis of the adventure. As the one playing all the parts, you can change every act if necessary until the ending is just as you can imagine in your wildest dreams. Enjoy the show! Tickets go on sale every day. I hope you have a Magical Life!
© August 2012 by John W. Robinson
Dream Awareness Network
Note: Part of the story line used here is borrowed from an idea in the book the Three “Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence & Imagination by Robert Moss, my life experience, study of the Seth material and from reading about the legend of the Oracle at Delphi in ancient Greece.
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