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Join me for the Spring 2017 Conscious Aging Workshops!  This series of 5 workshops can change your life!  This program has given me a new outlook for aging, taken away my fears of aging and most of all I discovered how unique this last third of my life is.  Last spring I offered this course and it had amazing results for the participants who were willing to reflect on their lives and to open to new ideas and practices that they can use as they age.  Best of all are the conversation circles where we share our experiences and gather the wisdom of others. We all experienced some insights into aging that we had not considered to make our lives more meaningful and vibrant.  The workshops are offered in Meaford, Ontario this spring. They are part of the Municipality of Meaford Lifestyles Programs.  Visit my Conscious Aging site for detailed information about this program and its benefits.  Registration info is on the flyer below.

Looking forward to sharing these workshops with you!    Jane Brown Robertson

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It is beautiful to be up at sunrise and to mediate along the shores of Georgian Bay on a cold winter morning.  There was a stillness and calm all around me on the morning of this photo. It felt magical as I looked out to the frozen water with the rising sun shining rays of pinks and oranges across the distant clouds. I felt a deep connection to nature and to spirit.

People often ask me what to expect from meditating.  Some say they cannot do it. Learning to meditate does take concentration and a willingness to sit quietly, to learn to breathe to relax your body and to move out of our mind’s busy thoughts and move into our heart’s consciousness of love and compassion.

I meditate to relax  and to calm myself as the world spins around and presents itself in ways that I am not sure what the outcome will be.  The US election and all the happenings this week with Trump as President can be unnerving.   So my meditation time takes me within my consciousness to a place where I can reflect and feel a sense of peace, a sense of connection with my loved ones, with spirit and with all life. I take time to send them love and to feel grateful for their presence in my life. I send love to all the people in the world who need healing and support and pray they receive what they need.  I visualize the world changing into a place of compassion and freedom for all. These thoughts and prayers brings me comfort and peace. They give me a vision of the future I desire and can help to create in my daily life.  I always feel that I have a guiding presence and that I am loved, always.  So meditation eases my fears and anxiety and brings me back into my daily life where I can face the challenges and do my best to create peace in my outer world.

As we are all unique, yet deeply connected, we view life in our own way so every meditation will be unique and for you only.  No one can know what we are thinking.  In the same way, no one can really understand you meditative experiences.  But there seems to be some commonalities that my groups share after meditating. They all feel a sense of relaxation and peace.  They feel a connection to spirit that brings them comfort. This connection to something spiritual leads them to feel connected to all life.  Some have visualizations of peaceful places or people or colours.  Some hear a guiding voice that shares love and peace. Many write after their meditations so they will remember the images or thoughts from the meditations. They begin to meditate daily, if only for a few minutes in the morning or evening.  Some do walking meditations in nature. Others meditate at their yoga or art classes…tapping into the beauty and love around them during their day…so the energy and peace of their meditations is carried outwards…

Here is a prose I wrote after a meditation about ‘I thought I knew who I was’…but my meditations showed me a new way to feel and understand who I am…

“I thought I knew who I was

Until I entered into the space within

There I met a different image of myself

I found a person I that I loved

No masks or veils in this space

The truth revealed in simplicity

Revealing me as a being of light,

As a being of life, as a being of ages

With a human purpose of awakening…”

The prose goes on and is quite long, but you can hopefully see that as I meditate I have a greater sense of my self, my being, who is here to awaken to love, to be more conscious of how I am living.  My life has been full of awakenings and I hope it always will be.  It is the unknown that makes life exciting and keeps us creative and vibrant.  So life is a mystery…yes!  Meditation brings me some clarity by revealing peace, love and unity within each of us. What a gift!  Remember you have all the strength and creative power to live a peaceful life, in spite of what is happening in the world.  We are awakening together to greater love and caring for all life.  It is the only way forward…

Peacefully, Jane

 

 

 

 

I Just Woke Up

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I found this picture on Facebook so I am not sure who created it, but it did stimulate me to reflect on the meaning of the words, “I didn’t change. I just woke up.”  When I awaken to a new thought, vision or perception, it is an exciting moment.  It’s an ‘aha’ moment.  I have discovered something new that can change my life or encourage me to try something new. I think to awaken my consciousness, my feelings and emotions change as I see a broader picture of our life.  Sometimes, I feel a deeper connection to others, my spouse, children, friends.  I may awaken to how to solve a problem.  I may awaken to words for a poem or a blog article that flow easily out onto the paper.  I may awaken to a deeper connection with nature and its beauty.  I may awaken spiritually and feel a greater connection with God or the universe.  I may awaken to my inner being, my soul self and all the wonders that come with that awakening.

Our consciousness is in a constant state of awakening to new ideas.  We can shut new ideas out or we can say ‘aha’ to a new thought…”I just woke up to…”  This constant creative consciousness is what keeps us moving forward, seeking new adventures, being grateful for each day, embracing the unknown mystery we call life.  By allowing ourselves to wake up a little each day, our lives become enriched with new energy.  Life always has hope and newness!  We don’t have to do anything spectacular but some of us may.  We do have to be willing to awaken and unglue old fixed ideas so more vibrant, healthy and creative ideas can flow.

How are you awakening each day?  You do not have to change but awaken your mind, open your heart,  breathe…the change will come naturally as your heart and mind open to greater love and peace.

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, Jane Rosalea Booth (author name)

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Stay in Love

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Here we are at the beginning of a New Year with lots of people promoting programs to change us, to help us create the life we want by encouraging us to live fully and to make affirmations or intentions about how we would like to be and how we can be our authentic Self. I am in this group of people with Conscious Aging that starts in April.

Now all these ‘intentions’ and programs can be good for us. Positive energies bring positive results in our lives.  Affirmations keep us focused on our visions or dreams. Self- reflection and meditation takes us within and helps our to calm and feel connected spiritually.  But sometimes we can feel bombarded by all these suggestions no matter how well-meaning these practices may be.

However, I am going to offer my Jane’s Peaceful Path tip. For today, stop trying to be something different.  Everything in this moment is what is best for you…even though it may not appear that way.  For today, simply stay in love…all day…every moment…with everyone you meet, with nature, with all life but most of all, with you.  For today, observe how your life is unfolding as you stay in love…magical things happen when we stay in love.

Here is a lovely video that I have played at my retreats…just what we need to stay in love! Enjoy

“Love, Peace, Wisdom” by Bliss

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Bliss – Love Peace and Wisdom lyrics

“If Love were a bird, I would stroke her bright feathers

Then I’d watch her fly free, cross the still of the dawn

And if Peace were a mountain, we’d gather around her

To bathe in her silence, her power, her call

If Wisdom could sing or whisper his secrets Eternity teaching the ways of the free

In my mind I can see them, I hear them and I feel them

For Love, Peace and Wisdom are all part of me

If Love has her freedom, and Peace her expression,

Surely Wisdom will grow like a flower in bloom

The seed has been planted, and tended and watered

By the prayers of the hopeful and the tears of the brave

We long to return to that place of still waters

And sit on the banks under some shady tree

In my mind I can see it, I hear it and I feel it

And Love, Peace and Wisdom are all that we need

Some call me a dreamer, some will call me a seeker

One who follows her stars on a quest for the truth

But every believer holds a deep hidden memory

Of a time when the earth was a flower in bloom

We long to return to that place of still waters

And sit on the banks under some shady tree

In my mind I can see it, I hear it and I believe it

And Love, Peace and Wisdom are the three golden keys”

Stay in love so peace and wisdom will flow.

Have a beautiful, loving day,

Peacefully, Jane

 

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, Jane Rosalea Booth (author name)

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I am going to share a poem I wrote about Depression.  No one really wants to discuss depression, not even people who are dealing with it.  But it is a topic that needs some understanding as it is part of all our lives.  I have gone through periods that I call my ‘dark night of my soul’, where all I wanted to do was pull my blanket over me and sleep.  But those periods did not last long.  My inner spirit always called out to me in my meditations to wake up and face the world.  I have been able to rise up and face the world.  But for those who have greater challenges, deeper hurts, illnesses, this is not easy.  They need deep compassion, love and understanding of the feelings of depression.

So as I was thinking about depression and trying to discover a deeper understanding of it, these words flowed out.

Depression

Dark days that no one understands

Filled with disappearing hours

Empty like a dried up well

All alone, yet surround by those who care

Kind words help for a moment

Then they drift far away

Only the dog’s whine arouses me

My heart stirs feeling loved

 

But what is there to love now?

A cold shell surrounds me

My protective armour

Designer house, Designer clothes, Designer life

False images, emptiness, unworthiness

Today the pills arrived to lift me

From this depressed and lonely state

I long to smile a true smile

To laugh at life’s joker

Who pokes his twisted smile at me

Ah ha! Gotcha!

 

I want courage to step out into the world

Fearlessly, to enjoy life

Like I am in my hazy memories

Fading…fading away

My body trembles, wanting to sleep

So tired…so tired

 

But no rest, just taunting questions

Can I reach inward to find my soul?

Can I open my vulnerable heart to love?

Will I be well and healthy?

I want to answer “Yes”

Yes, tomorrow will be better

Yes, I will be strong

Yes, I am alive and well

But for now my ‘yes’ remains silent

 

Only my warm blanket comforts me

Like an old friend’s embrace

Bringing some needed assurance

Hope that I will awaken

To remember who I truly am

To love myself once more

To embrace a new way to be

To heal my body, mind and soul

Somehow…sometime…

Perhaps today

 Dedicated to those who suffer from depression, Jane Rosalea Brown, Dec.30, 2016

 

So how do we lift ourselves out of depression and into love of our true self?  We can begin by nurturing ourselves in a new way.  To move out of depression and to move into love with our Self, our inner self, spend a few minutes each day meditating.

Begin your meditations by focusing on your breathing…breathing in…breathing out…breathing in…breathing out.  This practice will begin to relax your body…allow your mind to calm, allow all your muscles to relax their tension…breathing in and breathing out…then take your awareness to your heart…and simply have a quiet moment.

Taking your thoughts out of your mind (where depression dwells) and into your heart brings a shift in our consciousness.   Begin gently to think of one thing. It can be a person/place/animal/plant/stars or cosmos or a poem or art work, music…that you like and concentrate on that ‘one thing’…feel it, sense it, love it…even if you have to fake the feeling of love.  Remember your true essence, our heart and soul, is love…this is who you are.  Imagine this ‘one thing’ is loving you and you are returning love to it. “Yes, I love you.” Stay for a few minutes in this feeling of love.  As you practice each day increase this time.  The time will expand naturally as your heart begins to open to receive love and to give love.

To change we must let go of our fears.  In your meditation, release a fear…just say…take this fear of…..whatever your fear is….away…”I release my fear of……”  These meditative practices take effort but slowly you will notice a difference.  I had a huge fear of failing and for years had to work at releasing this fear.  My ‘what ifs’ stopped me from going to university for years.  I was 40 years old before I had the courage to go to University.  I was terrified I would fail…but guess what…I didn’t.  I had 2 wonderful years of studies.

Daily meditations will ease your depression and bring comfort and perhaps some new insights.   Meditation is not in place of medications but will assist you if you are on medications. Talk to your doctor about meditation and seek out a person or group near you that practice meditation.  There are many ways to meditate.  You can combine exercise, yoga, dance, music, drumming, chanting to your meditation time. I walk each morning and connect with nature and people whom I see on my walks. On my walks I feel gratitude for the beautiful forests and water where we live. I smile at the birds, squirrels and trees and plants…”Yes, I love you”…this is my walking meditation.  It leaves me feeling connected to life, to spirit and to my soul.

In Meaford, I am offering Conscious Aging Workshops Series in April, 2017.  Join me for these workshops that are fun and insightful to assist you to live with greater ease and happiness as you age…by living consciously…living with more awareness and inner peace.

I also offer private Reiki sessions for relaxation and Meditation sessions for inner peace by appointment.

Remember light always outshines darkness.  Visualize light, sunshine, as you meditate. You are loved and protected always.

Blessings of well-being, love and inner peace.

Peacefully, Jane

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Visionary Artist Francene Hart http://www.francenehart.com

As I was making preparations for Christmas, baking, shopping, decorating, wrapping gifts, I took a few minutes this morning for quiet reflection and meditation.  As part of my spiritual practice, I write what I have heard in my meditations.  My inner voice continues to speak to me after my meditations and I am always lifted by what I hear.  Our inner voice is the voice of our soul, our essence, our inner wisdom. We all have come into this life as wisdom carriers (listen to a 3 year old, you will know this is true) with much to share with one another if we take time in our relationships to listen…to our self…to others.  Taking time and trusting your inner wisdom brings peace even in our most difficult moments.

I was thinking about ‘gifts’ this morning and what gifts in my life do I truly value and what has heart and meaning in my life.  This is a conscious aging practice that I use to bring me into my core and truth.  I opened my binder where I had recorded these words from a meditation in last Dec. 26, 2015.

“The gift of your presence

Fills me with joy

Lifts my heart to see

What I Am

Light within light

Creation upon creation

Waiting to unfold

A step into timelessness

A dance in the moonlight

A beginning, an ending

Endless revolutions

Stillness of space.” Jane Rosalea Brown

This time of the year brings up lots of emotions for many people as Christmas has transformed into a commercial circus.  Take some time to see who in your life is a ‘gift of your presence’.  Take some time to connect with your inner presence and realize that you are a ‘gift’ to all who know you.  Stay in love with all around you…soak up the beauty of nature…the kindness of neighbours and family…create your own dance even if it is just in your imagination…feel the loving presence, the stillness of our inner space, that is always supporting and guiding us.

Christmas is about the birth of a miracle…a baby who went on to teach about love.  Each of us is a miracle.  May we all pass on that Christmas miracle of love in each moment.  However, you celebrate or pass this holy time of the year, I send you…

Season’s greetings, Happy Solstice and wishing all many miracles, joy and peace,

Merry Christmas, Love and Peace, Jane

About artist: Francene Hart is a wonderful visionary artist who connects deeply with spirit through nature and sacred geometry.  Please visit her website to see her amazing works.  She lives in Hawaii.

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Guest Article -The Pulse of Spirit

Fresh Thinking, Inspiration, and Vision on the Process of Spiritual Transformation


The “I” Solution

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Our legacy is great. As Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés says, we come from a long line of survivors—and if we didn’t, we would not be here. So we come from strong roots, all of us. And while human history is full of terrible things, it’s also true of human history that there have been noble, honorable, inspired, awake human beings who stood in the face of the dysfunctional culture that surrounded them and knew something different. They brought a different opportunity into the world. That is our legacy, if we just claim it for ourselves.

When we claim that legacy, we’re also claiming our own presence as Creator-beings here and now. We are an individualized aspect of the Creator of all things. And when we claim that for ourselves and claim our legacy, we are also claiming a creative destiny for ourselves and for humankind.

It’s easy to see that humanity seems determined to go down a path of self-sabotage and self-destruction. But from the standpoint of the Creator that we are, we see a different opportunity to be known and lived into, and to be acted upon in our life.

The world around us is certainly beset with seemingly intractable problems. In 2012, Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler published a best-selling book on the future of humanity entitled Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. The authors claimed that the future of humanity is positive because of the escalating level of technology that’s being created. They cited Moore’s Law, which says that the amount of information contained on computer chips is doubling annually. They applied a similar theory to the rest of human technology.

Do you believe that our technology is going to save us? Our civilization has shown a remarkable ability to use an enlightened understanding of Creation for the worst possible purposes. Technological genius alone doesn’t guarantee anything positive if the way we are using technology is born from a culture of hate and fear. Let’s see, atomic power in the hands of angry, fearful people. Something else has to happen for humanity to solve the problems that it is busy creating for itself. If technological innovation is not accompanied by radical transformation of the mental, emotional and spiritual state of humanity, we have a recipe for disaster.

How did the problems we currently face as humanity originate? I would think that should be an important question to ask because, depending on the accuracy of our understanding of how we get into the messes we get ourselves into, so will be our ability to get out of them. If we don’t understand what’s causing the problems, then our solution to the problems that we’re in will be half-baked at best, and possibly our “solutions” will only bring us more of the same.

From the individual standpoint or from the global standpoint, the problems we face are so often seen in terms of what other people have done. The problem is seen in terms of what has happened to us. It may stem from out of our past; it may stem from parents or teachers in our own upbringing; it may stem from powerful forces that are at work in the world—cigar-smoking characters in back rooms who are manipulating the financial systems of the world, a media that is distorting what’s happening, and people of power in multinational corporations—all can be blamed. All of those entities have done plenty to deserve some blame. But nonetheless, if we are seeing our problems, as humanity, as having to do with somebody else or something else, we make ourselves victims. We put ourselves in the position of not understanding the problem and being incapable of solving it.

I propose that the original cause of all human problems is experienced in the first person. It’s true for us individually, and it’s true for all humanity. And that as long as we see the problem we are facing as humanity exclusively in the second person or the third person, we’re not understanding it. And because we’re not understanding it, we’re not in position to solve it. The problem is not a “you” problem. It’s not a “them” problem. The problem is an “I” problem and a “we” problem.

All our problems start as “I” problems. When I say that, what I’m saying is that problems start when someone or some ones accept an identity for themselves that is not accurate. The truth is that you and I are creators. We’re here to create. We’re given amazing creative power, amazing inventiveness, amazing wisdom—wisdom with which we can build bridges and create symphonies; wisdom with which we can write poetry and create social systems. We can create magnificent works of art. We are not only imbued with creative spirit, but the truth of us is the Creator in living form.

Are you thinking as the Creator? When you wake up in the morning and you start to think about what’s going on in your life and what’s next, when you pass through your day, are you thinking with the thoughts of the Creator? “What do I have to create here? How shall my creative spirit work in this instance?” Of course, if you do that, you have to face, and in some way endure, all the negative things that may be going on in your field.

Take this hypothetical morning. You may put on the morning news and find out who just got elected president. You might find out about an oil pipeline going through the Missouri River and through sacred ground for Native Americans. You may find mean-spirited words somebody just sent you in an e-mail or posted on Facebook. You may hear from somebody close to you something you didn’t want to hear. Identifying as the Creator, you nonetheless have to endure whatever is happening in the manifest world around you and what is happening for the people around you. It is hugely tempting, in those moments, to abandon your identity as a Creator and become a disillusioned, frustrated, angry, fearful person who is reactive to what is happening. And thus the trouble begins.

That’s on a small scale. But what I’m saying here is that the global problem we are facing is an “I” problem, and all the things that go wrong in our world started with an “I” problem. And that the only way through them is an “I” solution, because in our identification with the Creator, as the Creator, as an individualized aspect of that creative spirit that’s within all things and within all people, there is a way through. There is something to do in the face of that news that you just heard, in the face of that Facebook post or what you just heard from somebody else. There is a creative act, always. And there is the power of Creation to bring as an individual.

Do you believe it? I’m not asking you to believe in Jesus Christ, Mohammed, or Allah or Buddha or anybody else. I’m asking whether you accept for yourself that the truest thing about you is that you are an individualized aspect of the Creator, and any other identity that you’ve assumed for yourself has got to be at least subservient to that highest level of who you are. And actually, while believing it could be a start, belief alone doesn’t quite get you there.

I have to not only believe in the “I” solution for it to be effective. I have to be it and act on it. And, in the face of the morning news or whatever it is, I have to endure all the manifest world—“to endure” meaning to face it without submitting to it, reacting to it, or accepting the prevailing culture as reality. No, I’m going to accommodate the culture of Creation. I’m going to accommodate the culture of the power of the Creator that I am—and the power of Creation is love. I have love to bring in this. I have prayer to bring to this; the powerful connection with the inner reality of the Creator that we are. And then it is the expression of the creative power that’s within us into the world.

Did you notice this world wasn’t made for wimps? It doesn’t work very well to walk through life as a weak, submissive kind of person who lives their life as a victim of all the bad things that happen to them. Those things have to be met with power and with strength. Ultimately, that power and strength come from prayer. I’m not speaking just about the kind of prayer that has us folding our hands and closing our eyes. I’m talking about the kind of prayer that is a deep inner communion with the creative power that’s in us. I’m talking about living a life that endures, in the sense that it is nonreactive to what’s happening around. Witnessing it, yes; experiencing it, yes; feeling it, yes. But my love response has to be turned to the Creator.

Sometimes I see something so awful and repugnant that it turns my stomach. It’s awful to see such things on the evening news, or to read about them in social media or someplace else. But it’s even more awful when someone close to you does something that you can’t understand; you can’t fathom why a person would make that choice. So it feels awful but, in the face of that, I make a conscious decision to live a life of prayer, to live a life of inner communion, where I’m accessing the power of the love that I am. I am living a life of the expression of that love.

Some years ago, we had spiritual theologian Matthew Fox speak at Sunrise Ranch. He led a workshop in which he had us write “I” poems. Try writing a poem in the first person, in which you are the essence within Creation. It is very powerful.

I am the sacred presence
Which lives at the heart of all Creation.

At first, you might think, Who, little old me? How often do we say that about ourselves, in effect: Oh, little old me? Yes, there is a little old me, just like there’s a little old you. This is the sense of self based in the outer dimensions of our being. We play small in so many ways when our sense of self doesn’t go beyond that.

And yet we can speak for the Creator that we are. You might feel a little guilty about it, or like you are being a little arrogant. You might feel that you are putting on something that’s not true of you. What I say is that the largeness of who you are is more true than all the small ways that you and I can tend to play in our lives. It is more true than any of the victimhood we might buy into, and any of the ways in which we might struggle with things that are beneath our dignity. No, I am the voice of Being, incarnate in this human body, and incarnate in this human personality with all these very human experiences. I am the voice of the Creator, the sacred presence of the One Who Dwells here.

This world in which we are living today certainly needs that presence. I’ve been thinking of those who are up at Standing Rock in North Dakota to express themselves regarding the pipeline. I know that for many of them it is an act of prayer. You might think of it as an act of protest, and maybe it’s that too. But for many it is an act of prayer.

Years ago, when I was actively involved in the protest movement in the United States, we used to talk about consciousness raising, and we used to talk about acts of protest as being opportunities to raise consciousness. For the most part, we had no idea of the larger implications of what we were talking about at the time. But a public act does have the potential of raising consciousness. That is the significance of it, actually. But of course, we could do that right here and now, wherever we are. We could rise to a new level of consciousness and inspire others to do the same. The most central aspect of consciousness is selfhood.

The origin of our problem, personally and globally, is an “I” problem, and therefore the solution is an “I” solution. You might ask, “How would that work? How can I get all the other people in my family to act the way I want them to act?” Been working on that for a while? How’s the progress going? For those who live at Sunrise Ranch, we might say, “Let’s see… Maybe if I could get all the people at Sunrise Ranch to act in this certain way and do what they’re supposed to do, this would all go well.” Well, we’ve been here since 1945 and I can report our attempts in that regard have been thus far unsuccessful—happily so. No, the solution for Sunrise Ranch, the solution for any family, the solution for the world is an “I” solution because it is an answer to an “I” problem.

When we offer the “I” solution, the door is open for something wonderful, because it could become an “I” solution for the person next to you if they see you living the “I” solution. And if it did, we’d have something else that we need, still in the first person, but the first person plural—a “we” solution.

People sometimes go looking for the “we” solution without an “I” solution: “Come on, everybody, let’s do it!” How well does that work? Usually, in my experience, it ends with a lot of discouragement, disillusionment and frustration. “Why doesn’t everybody want to come along and do this thing?” If you try to create a “we” solution without an “I” solution, it doesn’t work.

The “I” solution has to catch on, and then you really have something. If you have a company of people who are all implementing the “I” solution, then we have a real “we” solution. The real “we” solution is no small thing. It’s something to be reckoned with. It carries power, and it is formidable in the world. There is strength in the real “we” solution.

Sometimes that’s been known, to some degree anyway, down through history. It’s come out in political movements. It came out as the Solidarity movement in Poland. Behind that, and behind what happened in Eastern Europe, were the freeing ideas that the Pope at the time brought to Poland. He brought the “I” solution, and it caught on like wildfire. People realized that they were free, that the chains that they’d known in their lives, seemingly imposed by Soviet Russia, were in their minds more than they were in actual reality. When their minds became free, there was an “I” solution and there was a “we” solution.

I don’t think you could have rallied the Solidarity movement in the streets with only tanks and guns. It wasn’t first of all a labor movement, a political movement or a military movement. It was, at its core, a spiritual movement, just like the civil rights movement in this country was first of all a spiritual movement: “We shall overcome.” And in the words of that old spiritual, you could feel the power of the “I” solution and then the “we” solution. We shall overcome, we do overcome.

We are formidable when there truly is a “we.” Not just a “we” of maligned victims who are protesting their victimhood; a “we” of Creator-beings who are creating together, who are truly free. When we are together, we are formidable as Creator-beings. We do great things. Through the things that we do, there is the power of love that is unleashed in the world, and the world changes.

As long as a people can be distracted in their protest, they will lack the power to create a new world. The individual has to accept the “I” solution for himself or herself and feel the empowerment of that, and then inspire others to do likewise.

In doing so, we find that while we are surrounded by a culture that so often resorts to hate and meanness, domination and fear, even closer to us is a different culture. It’s present in our spiritual DNA. Our heredity isn’t just physical. There is a field of energy that is controlling our lives and affecting our physical DNA. Within that field of energy, there is the culture of love, there is the culture of Creation, even closer to us than the culture of hate and the culture of fear. This is our spiritual DNA, inherited from awake people down through the ages. It’s so close we can overlook it and relate to a culture out beyond it. But when we come to an “I” solution, we find that right at hand there is the culture of love that is present. It’s the most innate and natural thing to us as human beings. It’s the most innate and natural thing between us as human beings. We are designed to create together in the culture of love.

I mean to include affectionate love, romantic love, and even erotic love. But I’m talking about a love that’s so much bigger than those things, even though it includes them. I’m talking about Universal Love, the power of Creation, and the power of the Creator that you and I are and that we are together. The culture of that love is present to be evoked by us in the expression of the Creator that we are.

We’ve spoken of this as primal spirituality. Our primal spirituality is our first spirituality. It’s our innate spirituality. It is our birthright as human beings to know our primal spirituality. Our primal spirituality has to become our now spirituality. And not only our now spirituality but for us, as human beings and for humankind, it has to become our final spirituality. We have to come back to the original, to the primal spirituality, and let it be the final spirituality—finally known by us as a race. If we don’t let it be our final spirituality, we’ll have a different kind of finality. That’s true for us individually and it’s true for us as humanity. I can’t imagine how we’re going to survive this era of humankind on Planet Earth without coming back to our primal spirituality and knowing it as our final spirituality, the spirituality that puts an end to the craziness of the world in which we’re living.

It’s said, “I am alpha and omega.” That is the voice of the Creator through me and through you. I am alpha—I am the beginning. Before this human life was the life of the Creator who made this human life. I am alpha, and I am omega, the first and the last and the always. The voice of alpha and omega is being heard in this world because I am here.

We’re in the days of the ending. The ending of what? Are we talking about some kind of grand apocalypse, as it is usually thought of? I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the end of the ability to go forward as humanity out of our right minds. Because if we’re not in the mind of the Creator, we’re not in our right minds and we act crazy. If it’s just a little bit crazy we can get away with it, and people look at us as normal because everybody else is doing it. If it gets too extreme and you witness it, you may say, “That’s crazy.” You may even catch yourself in a moment where you say, “That was crazy of me! Why did I do that? Why did I say that? Let me come back to my right mind.” And the right mind is the mind of the Creator that we are.

We are in the end days in terms of our ability to go forward as dysfunctional human beings. We can’t play around with global warming and atom bombs and decimation of species, creating more and more powerful technology, and yet having a state of consciousness that doesn’t change. I’m all for the technology, but certainly there has to be a change of consciousness or we’re looking at a kind of finality that none of us want to see. It will be finality one way or another, but let’s let it be the kind of finality that lets the craziness end.

There is an “I” solution for all this. It’s not a “them” solution. It’s not a “you” solution. I’m not writing this to say, “You really ought to do this!” No, it’s an “I” solution. I am doing this. I’m letting this happen through me. You can feel how powerful that is, because nobody can stop me from letting there be an end to the old state of identity and all the crazy function that comes out of that, all the culture of hate and fear and domination that comes out of experiencing myself as somebody I’m not.

There’s power in that for the individual. When we together assume that power for ourselves and set ourselves free, we are free to create collectively. And when I say “create,” I mean all the outer things that we do in all the fields of human endeavor. But it’s also the culture we have the opportunity to create and share together. It is the culture of love. It’s the communion within that culture, because Creation is always a “we” activity. So yes, it’s the things that are created, but it’s also the culture and the energy that’s created in manifesting those things. It is the joy of Creation that we have to share together as truly free people—not free because some government set us free but because we set the power of love within us free.

That is the Christmas story—the story of this remarkable man who was free. Sometimes what he did was looked upon as a political act, and it did have political repercussions. The governing powers at the time were well aware that what he was doing spiritually had political implications. For him, it wasn’t a political act. For him, it was an act of declaring his freedom and living life as a free man, and saying to the people around him that they could do the same.

He said, “I and my Father are one.” The Creator that’s within me? That’s me. And I didn’t hear it followed by “Not for you, just for me.”

“Thy kingdom come,” the kingdom of the Creator within me and within all things. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” In the culture of love it’s already done. Let it be done in the manifest.

“Love one another as I have loved you.” There’s the “I” solution. This is not about a remote God, or about Jesus loving you. It was meaningful through Jesus because he was employing the “I” solution. “Love one another as I have loved you.” I love you. That’s the “I” solution. He was advocating the implementation of the “I” solution and stating clearly that if we do that we have a “we” solution.

I will use this Christmastime to implement the “I” solution more fully in my life. Will you?

David Karchere
dkarchere@emnet.org
December 14th, 2016

David Karchere is the Spiritual Director for Emissaries of Divine Light. He lives at Sunrise Ranch, a spiritual community and a leading Conference and Retreat Center in Loveland, Colorado. He is a friend to people across the globe who are creating a new, unified field of consciousness that is changing the world. With the other Trustees of Emissaries of Divine Light, he initiated The Creative Field project, which is a global experiment in consciousness.

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