Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Judas Choice, Duality and Sacred Agreements

We live in a world based on separation. The Bible tells us the first thing God did when he created this world was to separate the darkness from the light. We have learned to identify ourselves with one role or another--good/bad, Democrat/Republican, straight/gay, Christian/Moslem/Jew/Hindu, ad infinitum. As we take on these various identities, we use these distinctions to bond to certain groups and alienate ourselves from certain others. Separation can be a useful learning tool, but is it really the end game? Why is separation important? Does belonging to a certain group make us better or worse than others, and should our goal be "righteousness"?
The Biblical story of Judas comes to the forefront of my Christian upbringing. Judas was the ultimate betrayer because he was paid off by the authorities to identify Jesus to the soldiers who would arrest him. The traditional Bible (the one that Christians believe to be the word of God) portrays Judas as the ultimate "bad" guy. Various texts in the New Testament talk about how Jesus recognized his betrayer in advance, how the devil prompted Judas to sell out Jesus for gold, and how Judas was so filled with guilt after the deed was done that he committed suicide--a fitting end for such an evil person, or was it?

The Gospel of Judas says some very different things about Judas. What is the Gospel of Judas? It is a translation of some coptic language papyrus writings which surfaced in the 1970's and was carbon dated back to A.D. 280. Although the actual text is literally fragmented, what remains is an intriguing account of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. The text claims that Jesus and Judas were extremely good friends and that Jesus did indeed know Judas would betray him and even planned with him because this was the sacred role Judas had agreed to portray. In the Bible's context, betraying Jesus is a horrendous sin, and yet even the Bible acknowledges Jesus had to be betrayed and killed so the prophecies could be fulfilled. Consider this: if the plan of salvation required the sacrifice of Jesus, someone had to be the betrayer. Nobody likes the "bad" guy. In fact, we are all taught to hate and despise the "bad" guy and to separate ourselves from him. Why would anyone in their right mind choose to play the "bad" guy?

If life is the learning process I believe it to be, choosing to be "evil" is a difficult choice to make. Even though we are taught it is selfish and wrong to harm others, it is those acts that cause harm which usually teach us the most. Making the choice to play the "bad" guy role takes strength and courage because such a choice puts us in the center of controversy and punishment--the ultimate place of separation. It is so much easier to make the choice to be "good" and fit in. It is my belief that Judas entered into a sacred agreement when he agreed to play the bad guy role--an agreement to make himself a target so that others could learn and grow.

To all those who have made the Judas choice, I give you my unconditional love and appreciation. Thank you for your willingness to play the "bad" guy role so that my understanding and compassion could be increased. Thank you for helping me feel the depths so I could also feel the heights. Thank you for allowing me to use my gift of unconditional love to heal the planet. Your service has had tremendous benefit for the One, and I am truly grateful you made the choice to be my teacher. Namaste, my friends.

What Does It Mean To Move From 3D to 4D?

I have a confession to make. Most of the topics people discuss when they talk about "ascension" do not resonate with me. I don't get what they consider vital differences between dimensions. I can't stand it when they seem to rate "higher" dimensions as so much better and the people in them (or the people who communicate with those dimensions) are so much wiser and more evolved. (After all, aren't there versions of our own selves in those "higher" dimensions as well?) To me, this view comes from ego-based thought, and I am trying to rid myself of that. However, a Facebook friend posted a video the other day that gave me some real food for thought. It related dimensions to chakras in our move from 3D to 4D. This thought truly does resonate with me!

What does this mean? Well, the 3rd chakra is the Solar Plexus chakra, or the chakra that deals with power--particularly personal power. Problems with the chakra come from both extremes. One extreme is not taking responsibility for your own power and delegating it to others. The other extreme involves taking the power of others and using it to control them. Neither stance is in balance or harmony. These are also the two problems I believe dominate our world today. We have the relatively few who want to control everything, and we have the masses who don't care as long as they have their football and beer.

The 4th chakra is the heart chakra. This chakra is the one we are able to connect to Oneness with. With a functional heart chakra, you are able to fully interact with others in positive ways because you know who everyone is and understand how it all fits together into one glorious whole. 

It is the transition from powerful/powerless to living in Oneness and taking responsibility for our lives that we are presently undergoing. Power-centered to heart-centered. 3D to 4D. It requires a new way of thinking--a new way of BEing. It requires balancing your own personal power in such a way that you allow yourself to be you while at the same time allowing others to be who they are. The world of my dreams! Join me?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

You Will Reap What You Sow

I believe big changes are getting ready to take place on planet Earth. While I am optimistic the changes will be by and large positive, a word of warning and caution comes to me this morning. "You will reap what you sow."

While most of us believe this is true, it behooves us to think about how things are verses how we wish them to transpire in the very near future. More importantly, are we the sort of people that can function well in a society that is peaceful, loving and free? Our first response is, "Of course we can!", but take a good hard look at what that really means.

Can we really love our fellow man, or will we look at each one with judgment and say, "She is a good person so she can stay," or "He should be banned from society because of what he has done." I look at the all present political rhetoric and think, "People are going to go out and lynch other people when the truth comes out about what they've done." If we as a people carry that much anger in our hearts, we will continue to carry that anger over into a more "just" society. Personally, I don't enjoy living in anger, and the society I want to live in does not contain it.

Think about the energy you carry as a person. Do you see your fellow man with compassion or anger? Do you view the triumphs of others with excitement or jealousy? Do you feel using your gifts and talents is a blessing or a burden? We all carry and radiate out certain energies. Are the energies you carry compatible with the world you desire to live in?

You will reap what you sow. Make sure the seed you're sowing will blossom into the fruit you enjoy eating.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The World Gone Mad

It's the second month of 2013, and the world seems to have gone completely insane! The Los Angeles Police Department is busy shooting up different make and color and trucks in an attempt to kill alleged serial killer/fired cop Christopher Dorner. (My question is, what does he know they are willing to allow innocent bystanders to get in the way in order to take him down?) Then there's the resignation of the Catholic Pope. For the past 600 years, sitting popes have died in office. As I recall, the last pope was pretty decrepit before he passed away. The current pope is resigning because of "health concerns"? Really?!!! This is actually the second high-powered resignation in the past couple of weeks. The first one was Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who is going to abdicate in favor of her son. What in the world is happening? Has the world gone mad?

The simple answer is, "Yes!" The world is falling apart even as I write this, and it will probably get worse before it gets better. The thing is, it often takes a great deal of pain before people are willing to take notice and make changes. We live in a world where most of us are content to let responsibility go and allow others to handle the burdens. Unfortunately, most of the people we have given the responsibility of running our world have let us down in big ways. We are suffering. The earth is suffering. The world seems to be going crazy because we have let things get so far out of control they are breaking down. The world is broken and no bandaid, quick-fix can repair it.

So what happens now? How do we fix a world gone bad? It is time to take a much closer look at the institutions that are breaking down: the financial systems, the kings and queens, the prolonged fighting/wars, etc. Although we are used to such institutions, they continue to destroy us. Change is difficult for most people, but if we allow things to continue on as they are our demise is inevitable. I, for one, am no longer willing to accept societal norms because all they do is lull us into a false sense of security. Ultimately, we must acknowledge that what has been done in the past is no longer working and develop new paradigms which focus on restoring order and rebuilding community.
Sometimes institutions need to break down in order for people to rebuild something much more substantial and wholesome. Yes, the world has gone mad. May we rise above the madness to create a much more abundant, beautiful world!

The Paradigms That Keep Us Trapped

These are just a few of the accepted paradigms in society today. Read over each one, and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Is it healthy?
  3. Can it change?
  4. What can I do to make it change?

Here are some of the commonly held paradigms held in America:
  1. Worldwide financial institutions (aka banks) are too big to fail.
  2. Bankers and corporate executives are too powerful to go to prison for their crimes.
  3. If our corporations were allowed to fall apart and go bankrupt, our whole world would erupt in chaos.
  4. We need an infinite number of rules and laws so we don't harm others.
  5. American medicine is the most advanced in the world.
  6. We need to find cures for cancer.
  7. Quality healthcare is expensive.
  8. It takes a lot of time and costs a lot of money to eat healthy in America.
  9. It is important to earn a living, even if it means working a menial job that does not use my talents and abilities.
  10. Paying taxes is a necessary evil.
  11. Those we elect to office have the power to improve society.
  12. We are free so we have the duty to make sure the rest of the world is also free.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. It is designed to get the ball rolling, so to speak, and make you ask questions about many of the norms we accept as truth. I don't believe anything is absolute. The process of growth and expansion relies on asking new questions because questions have the ability to wake us up to new and unique perspectives. When we begin to question our everyday paradigms, we have the ability to expand our worlds past the world we presently find ourselves in. It is time for change. Are you ready to shift?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Music To Overcome the Anklebiters

I feel so much that our world is on the edge of a very powerful breakthrough. The past few days have weighed very heavily on me as I find my lack of patience frustrating. When I contemplate these feelings, one thought penetrates: the anklebiters are attacking!
What are the anklebiters, you ask? They are those lower vibrating energies that attack you, trying to get you to resonate at that same frequency. The anklebiters are not particularly powerful but they are persistent and it is often their persistence that overpowers you.  This is where the feelings of powerlessness and frustration come into play. Anklebiters are not hard to overcome. You just have to be aware they are attacking and bring yourself into higher vibration by focusing your attention on something with a higher frequency.

A Facebook friend posted this lovely video this morning. As I listening to the very soothing sounds of Kitaro playing the Theme From Silk Road, I felt myself pulling away from the anklebiters and rising to a much more soothing, loving frequency. Thought I would share this video with you in the hopes that you are also comforted! With love!