by Isaac George
September 21st, 2013
Excerpt from recent session with a male client…
“Funny how you never hear the word ‘misandry’ anymore. It’s the opposite of misogyny. I consider myself pretty educated, but I’d never heard of it before. To me, that just shows how lopsided the psychology [of men and women’s issues] has become. You see it [misogyny] in movies, social media, everywhere, and I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, but there’s a whole other side of the coin, and that couldn’t be going on unless there was somebody else hitting the ball back…you know, like a tennis match, right? That’s kind of crazy. I look at Facebook, social media and things like that and I have yet to see in all this New Age hyperbole flying around everywhere, any man taking a picture and posting it online and being referred to as a ‘god’. Not every woman who rolls out of bed with bedhead and does a 'selfie' in the mirror is a goddess, but there’s no guy out there who can stand up there on that platform with her.”
Over the past five months I’ve been going through a huge metamorphosis about women and relationships. It feels like every wound, every insecurity and every mistake or wrong thought, word or deed that related to the opposite gender was coming up in a grinding and relentless way. Grit and grace, as they say, but you don’t get the grace till the grit is through. When I published the blog “The Shame Virus” in mid-April, that should have been a tipoff. However, that wouldn’t have prepared my personality for what has transpired later on, from just before my birthday in late June until a few days ago. In the past four or five weeks, I have had a considerable number of clients, friends reflect that they too were under these same pressures. And ever since September 11th-12th, an upwelling of anger, rage and frustration seems to have erupted through many women.
The main themes of these times are about power, autonomy, the feminine, the masculine, the physical, the spiritual, trust and withholding, fear and love. For my own journey, many of my former relationships began showing up like the ghosts of Christmas past…only the were represented in the present by other real people in the environment. The memories were there too…raw and uncomfortable. Being strongly attracted to women, and putting them on pedestals for their beauty and perfection. Not being ‘good enough’ for this or that woman. Being rejected and betrayed by women, or in some cases, attacked (by women, and sometimes men) for what was perceived as part of me being ‘inappropriate’ (guess which part?). Not always sure whether I could entrust my partner with my secrets, which I thought were probably too weird or shameful to disclose…like being attracted to other women whilst in the relationship, and not accepting that I just love women in general, and that I am naturally and instinctively more attuned to the feminine. I wasn't even sure if I could trust women…sensing that at any moment I would become old news.
In my late teens and beyond, girls and women came to me with their problems, confiding in me, telling me truths that they were afraid to share with their partners. I felt honoured to be there to support and comfort, and whatever I offered in the way of friendly advice was always appreciated. However, some of the stories I heard didn’t do much to soften my opinions about how my own gender (for the most part) treated the feminine pretty badly.
As a child, I just didn’t like competitive sports or the bullying and bravado that my male classmates were into. I loved to be in nature and spent most of my free time in solitude within its bosom, and so my love for the feminine grew very strong from my earliest memory. When I was older, I was a perfect gentleman, and opened the doors and paid for the dates. I respected and desired the feminine. I trusted in it implicitly. The only male energy I could really be around were the oddballs and outcasts – mostly comrades who were into music, drugs, Tibetan Buddhism, spiritualism and science fiction books. They were also questioning reality and looking for answers of either a spiritual or existential variety. The women I was attracted to were also artists or a bit outside ‘normal’ society. To live on the borderlands was preferable to normal society. After all, Nixon was in office, and the Vietnam War raged on.
Over the next two and half decades, I searched for myself, my career path, and the ideal partner for the ideal marriage, or if not that, at least a superb live-in partner. Part of my idealism around women was that I felt strongly that once I found ‘the One’, then we would change the world together. Now here, on the other side of so many more changes and the dropping away of outworn patterns of belief, I see that who I was looking for was there inside of me. Ever since the kundalini awakening in 1994, we’re still getting acquainted! That profound and momentous spiritual emergence was partially precipitated by a powerful female, and when I looked backwards at my life path, I saw how pivotal the presence of women and the Divine Feminine was in my journey! After that turning point, I re-membered my Tantric and Goddess connections from other lifetimes and embraced some of the New Age philosophies rampant at the time about the men should now serving to bring the Divine Feminine back into the world. The message was that it was this movement that would change the course of humanity and the Planet after the turn of the Millennium in 2000.
So, here we are, fully thirteen years later, and what a bumpy ride it’s been since the beginning of this century. I don’t need to provide a list of all that has transpired since then, but I do encourage you to look at yourself, and look around at this world, and ask yourself some very important questions…
Are happy with yourself?
Are you happy about men/women?
Are you happy about your own gender?
Are you happy in your relationship(s) / partnership(s)?
Are you fulfilled creatively?
Are you fulfilled sexually?
Do you see that the world has become fundamentally a better place since the advent of New Age/Neo-Tantric and New Thought philosophies?
Are you friendly with all of your emotions, or do you label some emotions as ‘bad’ or ‘dangerous’?
Is your spiritual path working for you?
Are you worried about the future?
Do you feel helpless or powerless to change any of the above?
This is just a short list, and you could probably add to it. The point of this is to develop a profound and honest practice of self-disclosure. We are all susceptible to the self-delusory tendency to see ourselves and the world as we want them to be, not as it really is. I guarantee that in the beginning, you will not like what you find.
So today, after a five month long ‘dark night of the Soul’ we are emerging into a new space. For me personally, it is a space filled with a new awareness about the genders and the gender wars. As the title of this essay suggests, the longest war on Earth has been between male and female. The fires of purification around the issues of power in the realm of human relationships, whether they be male-female, female-female, or male to male, are now burning brightly. This brightness is lighting the way for the emergence of the true sacred masculine.
Men everywhere are under pressure, and yet our focus seems to be continuously drawn to the sanctity and safety of women. The recent conviction and sentencing to death of four men in India for the brutal rape and killing of a young woman there is held up as ‘doing something’ about men’s disregard for respecting women and guaranteeing their safety. There is only retribution, and no time spent trying to understand how and where these tragedies are birthed from.
Men are committing suicide in greater numbers than ever before every day, whether they be poor farmers in India or Africa, or U.S. and U.K. veterans from the ‘War on Terror’ being waged globally…not just in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, other men who run the banks and corporations, or lead from positions of political power, do nothing to stem the rise of environmental and financial terrorism against both men and women. My partner is a Tantric therapist, and reports that many of her male clients mirror the feelings that my client expressed at the beginning of this essay. These men suffer from erectile dysfunction, low self-esteem, worry that they cannot please their wives, partners or lovers, drink too much, eat too much, smoke too much, and are chronic workaholics. And yet, when they want simple acknowledgment, pleasure and a reflection of compassion from women, they are given the impression that there still has not been enough atonement for all the crimes that their gender has perpetrated against women over the centuries. The guilt is killing men, and women’s shame around their sexual and emotional power is distorting their natural balance.
We portray our genders as either victim or victimizer. We completely mis-remember that we are both without gender when we are not ‘here’ in this human experience. I am not saying that being gendered is unspiritual. That is of the domain of religions and power-mad gurus that tell you that sex and the human condition aren’t quite clean and perfect enough. Our power to project our insecurities and judgments on each other should be a signal to us to examine what we are doing to harm each other, rather than to help each other…to deeply question what it is that causes this to happen over and over again…for thousands of years. How did it ever come to this?
I cannot answer that question in a single essay. I only intend to bring awareness to how important it is to welcome the Sacred Masculine into the equation of Life. There is an agenda to disempower and suppress the power of the fully-healed and emancipated man. Men are expected to be as rich as Donald Trump, as good looking as George Clooney or Thor, be as smart and as witty as Jon Stewart, be a lovable clown like Steve Carell, and also be the perfect Tantric lover who has unlimited stamina while remaining emotionally present and gentle. Expectations are running a bit high, and are a bit lacking in reciprocity. Somehow, we all are looking to get something from each other, and have a damned difficult time in allowing ourselves to receive from each other. Unconditional Love is not something we ‘do’…it is the allowing of receiving to happen, as much as the giving to be welcomed. There is no opposite to Love without Conditions…or else it isn’t Love at all.
Yes, the masculine is under pressure in many other ways. Sperm counts are falling like rocks out of the sky while prostate cancer, heart disease, and sexual dysfunction are on the rise. Most men are addicted to sports events as an acceptable outlet for male aggression, while fuelling it with unhealthy foods and alcohol. Numbed out by 200 channels of television, endless false image brainwashing through media, trainloads of testosterone – destroying chemicals in the food, food packaging and water, and the male hormone disruption brought about by the growing and increasingly intense EMF radiation threat, they either willingly or unwittingly have come to believe that they don’t have any right or ability to stand up for themselves, or to challenge the corrupt power structures masquerading as legitimate authority that seeks to confound and disempower both genders. We are told repeatedly, even by our New Age ‘masters’, “accept things as they are…no use getting your knickers in a twist. Be calm, meditate, don’t give in to anger…that leads to the Dark Side!” This is the covert suppression of the sacred masculine. We must become the ‘safe’ sex.
Unless women are willing to sincerely look deeply into their own dark feminine recesses, they will continue projecting their sense of powerlessness onto the masculine, and stay ignorant of their own inner masculine strength. Unless men fully accept their own dark unhealed masculine, they cannot share space or power with their inner feminine, or with external women. We are here to realize our inherent equality, beyond the labels of male and female. To cooperate with each other is the only sane way forward out of the corruption that is so evident all around us. The Divine Feminine without the Divine Masculine will not be effectual in responding to and acting on the behalf of planetary and human survival. Speaking truth is one thing. Living it is the only thing that makes a real difference.
It may be time to stop the search for Divine Union as some idealistic ‘spiritual’ state of affairs, and even drop the projective labels of ‘god-goddess’ or ‘Shiva-Shakti’. Perhaps we have all been manipulated by false dreams and many misunderstood myths, with predictable programmed results ensuring that men and women remain estranged from each other. An example of how similar we may actually be on many levels, is recounted in a recent book that overturns many assumptions about human female sexuality. Entitled “What Do Women Want”, it in many ways upends and contradicts our cherished pets about how different the two genders are in the sexual arena. When it was released, feminists trashed it immediately, just because the person who compiled the case studies was a man. No wonder the poison of mistrust clouds our perceptions, and dulls our ears from really hearing each other’s pain and desires.
We can begin to change that. We all want to be loved and accepted. It will require courage, tact and a willingness to communicate. It will demand that all of us discover the truth of our ancient enmity, and what caused it in the first place. It will require action, not just reflection and ritual. It will require that men and women to first seek to make peace with their inner masculine and feminine, while choosing to listen to each other with compassion. In this will the true Sacred Marriage come into being.
War is over…if you want it. (John Lennon)
Acknowledgments and resources:
Thanks to my client for granting permission to use the above quote from his session.
To read an excerpt and brief review of the book from the Guardian UK website on “What Do Women Want?” by Daniel Bergner, just click here.
Also recommend “Sex at Dawn” (I’ve not received my copy yet, so you’re on your own as to whether it appeals to you.)
My deepest gratitude to my partner Lynn Paterson for her reflections and input for this essay, and for her patience and steadfast love.
And my sincerest gratitude to all of my teachers…the female friends, lovers and partners I’ve known in the past and the present…and those I’ve yet to meet (again).
"You cannot be in trust because you are safe, but because you are invincible…because you are the self that exists beyond the mortal lie." – Juliet CarterLucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) from the film "The Dark Knight".
By Isaac George
July 14th, 2013
Bastille Day – French Independence Day
As I started to write this on July 4th, the anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence from the British monarchy in 1776, it has become evident that the revelations about the worldwide spying of the NSA by whistle-blower Edward Snowden represents a very definitive moment in the unfolding of human consciousness. This is a very big deal – possibly a divine fulcrum upon which the human species may redefine its way of living on this Planet. The alternative is unthinkable – an entropic spiral downwards, directed by the dictates of fear and an ever-constricted sense of being.
The NSA scandal dispels all remaining illusions about ‘free societies’, revealing a shadowy power behind the facade of normalcy. In the wake of these revelations, what I feel has been overlooked is the impact that this is having on the human psyche at subtler levels. Basically, the PRISM programs (among others) are an electronically engineered incursion into the global consciousness. It is, in essence, a covert war against Consciousness. Hitherto, other such ‘wars’ have been identified and researched – ‘The War on Terror’, genetically modified seeds, food additives, television, electromagnetic pollution, chemtrails, HAARP and other forms of social, political or biological manipulation have all been cited as part of the war on human consciousness.
There are no longer any borders or boundaries, and although a global awakening is well underway, the forces that resist change are becoming more visible and intransigent. As we continue imagining and experimenting with creating concepts that foster saner relationships with each other, the Earth and the Cosmos, it will be also become increasingly necessary to address the power that a relatively few individuals now hold over the lives of billions. Yes, there have been magnificent breakthroughs and revelations that demonstrate the futility of continuing under the old paradigm. However, it will be what we do during the times we now find ourselves in which will determine what life on Earth will look like in the near and far future. In the meantime, the ‘end times’ are upon us, and Armageddon is happening at this moment. We are all in it, and our choice is before us now.
I will not cite this or that fact or legal position about spying, security or whistle-blowing, for that plays into the energy of trying to debate this in the political or legalistic way, which is predicated on a formula to score points and [hopefully] to win an argument. Debating is useless, when the game is already rigged. What I mean to say is that up until recent times most of the population has been blissfully unaware of the pathology of pure political power, and the psychopathic element that has thoroughly infected most of the planetary structures (and has done so for centuries).
Right now we need to become aware of the toxicity of the Security State Mindset, hereafter referred to as ‘SSM’. The SSM is based on a default stance that all persons are potential suspects and criminals, and therefore they are possible political opponents that need monitoring and control. History is rife with examples of how indiscriminate use of information gathered in a secretive manner is used to manipulate individuals for political ends. Hegemonic power over others is a heady temptation.
In America, one of the worst modern examples was the McCarthy era in the middle years of the Eisenhower presidency. Journalist Edward R. Murrow’s scathing editorials about those abuses were probably the only antidote that broke the spell McCarthy had woven about the Communist ‘menace’ in the United States. It was a witch hunt, pure and simple. Since the 1950’s the power and reach of the intelligence agencies has grown exponentially, and along with it there has been a coordinated effort to reduce the amount of knowledge available about their activities to their political masters and the civilian populations. There are strategic reasons for this, not the least of which is monetary (black ops budgets could probably feed and provide shelter for most of the world’s hungry and homeless). Their rationale for redacting information about their actions are always for ‘reasons of national security’. This dodge is always rolled out to deflect the merely curious or any over-zealous libertarian campaigners for more governmental transparency. We are treated as children, or serfs, and cannot question our ‘betters’.
The explosion of computer and wireless technologies in the 1980’s and 1990’s has been the main reason for the SSM’s ability to do what no totalitarian regime in humanity’s past could ever dream about...the ability to covertly create policy, influence and manipulate information, and exercise extra-legal powers over virtually everyone. Instead of having to obtain a court order for tapping a phone line, or following a suspect into a dark alley, the spy clubbers can merely do it digitally, without any risk of detection that would attract an objection or a court-issued restraining order. Data protection laws and constitutional guarantees are now meaningless to the digital spy. What is appalling is that the very rationale of spying and subterfuge for the ‘common good’ undermines our inherent mutual respect for feel for other human beings. There is an attempt to program into human consciousness the possibility that no one can be trusted.
When we meet someone else in a bar or cafe, on the street, on a social networking site or in social setting, we expect a certain respect for our personal space and privacy…or at least we used to. When our trust has been violated by another, whether true or only perceived, we object to that person’s crossing the line without permission. Depending on an individual’s sensitivity, one recognizes when our psychic space has been compromised. We instinctively move away, or verbally object. Conversely, when we share our authenticity and trust in another, we are assuming that this will be returned in kind. The SSM now does this with impunity, and with your implicit consent, using the argument of ‘your safety and security’ to justify its invasion into your psychic space. Legal arguments are deflected by the passing of new laws and regulations that continually dilute previous protections.
To continue to ignore this will not solve anything. You and I possess what are called ‘unalienable rights’ that are not conferred to us by any other human being. Some of these rights have been expressed in various documents like the Magna Carta and the U.S. Bill of Rights. They stand as truths that are ‘self-evident’, and require no adjudication or legal debate to validate their authentic source, which is beyond human activity and resides solely in our divine Source. No matter what religion or ethnic background you may identify with, we are all children of One Benevolent Source.
We do ourselves a great disrespect by ignoring or succumbing to the seemingly endless problems and crises parading across our awareness, and the underlying fear that is being deliberately created to promulgate the constant tension. We are diminished by the avalanche of laws and regulations that we have allowed to be heaped upon our shoulders. We are first and foremost individually responsible for our own liberation, our own quest for inner peace and reconciliation, and in doing so we demonstrate to others what being a real and whole human being looks like. However, part of this responsibility also demands us to demonstrate our consciousness for the freedom of all our fellow human beings. That requires trusting our own wisdom source, and the courage to speak the truth to those who abuse power and/or the public trust, and who also invariably become reluctant to relinquishing it.
The first step is to no longer allow ourselves to feel victimized. If the world is reflecting our thoughts 24/7, then how do we actually change the world into a reflection of our inner vision of true peace? Is this even appropriate, given that each soul’s free will is part of their divine sovereignty? Even as we are an infinite expression of Consciousness we are also simultaneously individuals, capable of what appears to be independent action – even actions that another might consider to be wrong or dangerous. Embodying harmlessness is the way of the Heart. To choose harmlessness does not remove us from the playing field of life, and it does not ask us to be silent or compliant. All abuse is self-abuse, as all betrayal is self-betrayal. This dynamic is easily understood when studying the nature of co-dependent relationships. We choose to avoid confrontation, out of fear of rejection or judgment, which stems from an erroneous self-image. Then, when we are treated badly, we project our inner judge on to the other. What we blame others for we are unconscious of in ourselves. When applied to the larger picture, we may feel as if we have limited options or range of actions. However, if we can remind ourselves of our inherent value, then as Frodo Baggins was told in the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’, any one of us may change the course of the future. If that is so, are we not obliged to call upon the greatest within us? Or, shall we seek safety - the temporary and false safety of the SSM over the human/divine spirit? When we see ourselves differently, then the mirror must reflect that image.
The SSM seeks to create an artificial unity and safety blanket through coercion and force. This will ultimately fail, as it is a distorted copy of the freedom already inherent within the Unity of all things. If we are to realize the liberation of the human spirit from the past we will need to renounce the false gift offered, for it carries a cost that is too great to bear…our own Soul Essence. Every person who selects this false gift delays their own liberation, and may create or extend the suffering of others (“Lo, troubles will come. But woe to them through whom the troubles come” – Jesus of Nazareth). This is the choice I mentioned at the end of third paragraph. There is no neutrality in this dimension, and all the great spiritual sages have been aware of this and have been at odds with the power structures of their times.
Love is not neutral. We cannot profess to love and not demonstrate that Love. We can no longer seek safety in the things of this world, no matter how attractive, for by doing so we enslave ourselves to the past. Our safety is in remembering that we are Infinite Life and Consciousness. If we trade that inalienable spiritual knowledge for temporal safety, we choose death before we have died. There is a quote from Meg Cabot’s book ‘The Princess Diaries’ worth repeating here: “The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”
We are Love incarnate. We are the Light of the World. Each soul is here to fulfil a role, a place in these times that no one else could occupy so perfectly. We can come together and create a unity of purpose that chooses sanity and compassion over separation and mistrust. You are here to be free and live your joy. This means that it is an error to be viewed as a potential threat, when you know better. Part of our maturing spirituality is to recognize that we have the power to say no as well as yes.
Saying no to external authority is saying yes to your own power to honor the inner authority of your Consciousness. When enough of us do that, then we will have discovered how safe we’ve been all along.
If you could take practical action that is in alignment with your personal philosophy and spiritual understanding, what would that look like? Writing letters to your political representatives may get you a nice form letter, but not usually not much else.
I would like to invite your ideas and perspectives for creating new responses to challenge the current mindset of fear. Gandhi’s methods of non-compliance were employed with great effect by Rev. Martin Luther King. However, with the imposition of ‘free speech zones’ and the myriad maze of permit applications and bureaucratic red tape required to just organize a demonstration, we are now challenged to invent new and creative methods that will achieve similar if not better results. For an example of how protest has been marginalized in western nations, watch this interview with Naomi Wolf on Fake Activism - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urh4GA6JmPg
I thought of a ‘stare-in’, whereby a large group of individuals…maybe a huge group of individuals, comes together via texting or instant messaging and just stands in front of the home or office of any politician, NSA official, or whomever, and just stares in silence in their general direction. I call it organic surveillance. No placards, no banners, no talk. Just…silence.
If you have any clever ideas, just post them in the comments section on this blog, or email them to me at email@example.com. Thanks for your participation.
By Isaac George
Apr 28th, 2013
As I started my meditation the other morning I was having difficulty in focusing on my breath and moving past the inner noise of thoughts and the general haze of having just woken up. As I slowly deepened my breathing I became aware of the tensions in my body, especially in my shoulders and neck. Noticing my burdens, and suddenly feeling a sense of responsibility for so much that I needed to do, wanted to do or hadn’t done, I realized that I had lately become quite strongly identified with not only my own personal processes, but also with the undercurrent of feelings of millions of other people on this planet at this time. Suddenly I was in overwhelm… trapped and fearful. Breathe again…more deeply this time. I started to pray.
In my prayers I only asked to experience more wisdom, more guidance, deeper peace. I wanted more clarity about why I was here, and what I could do to serve. Still, the feeling of overwhelm persisted. Breathing again deeply, I just stopped verbalizing and waited. Finally, I found I could follow my breaths and relax a bit more. Sensing some kind of pressure growing inside, I remained with my breath. Then, I had a remembrance of an affirmation that I’d read a long time ago in a book by Florence Scovel Shinn. Softly I mouthed the words…”I now release all of my burdens to the Christ within me, and I walk away unencumbered and free.” Instantly I felt the presence of Love from within and without, filling me with a profound reassurance and acceptance. I then sensed more than heard a quiet voice say “It’s okay to ask for what you need Isaac.” A few tears escaped as I realized how much I am cared for by this profound and loving Presence. I had to give up my defensive position and demands for guidance and wisdom before I could receive a larger blessing. A few moments later the quiet voice reminded me to forgive myself for all of my perceptions of failures, mistakes or missed opportunties in my past. This was a bit more difficult, but I eventually surrendered the judgments and regrets I’d been holding on to or felt shame about. The rest of that morning was transformed by Grace into more energy, more enthusiasm, and a willingness to share more from my heart. For a time, my worries, concerns and preoccupations were quieted.
Only a few days have elapsed since this gentle reminder, and already I am noticing how I am returning to some of most basic wisdoms and practices that I embraced in the years following my spiritual wake-up call in 1994. I’ve complicated my life in too many ways, especially in the spiritual sense. Just a few days before this epiphany happened, I had been with my chiropractor. I went seeking relief from a locked-up muscle underneath the right shoulder. What I ended up going through were some core issues around fear, anxiety, insecurities and grief that was the ulterior cause for the pain and constriction. My chiropractor is a multi-faceted guy, very intuitive and also an energy healer. The session revealed to me how much I am impacted by the world’s dramas, as well as the various electromagnetic and geopathic stresses the planet is undergoing. This wasn’t news to me.
Ever since the years 1999-2000, I’ve been extremely sensitive to Solar storms, major astrological transits and geomagnetic activity, and I’ve also become very aware of tuning in to the emotional content of events before they happen. I feel like a tuning fork, resonating to sounds I don’t hear physically. Once, while I was staying at an eco-lodge on the slopes of Mt. Shasta in northern California I woke up in the middle of the night to discover I’d been crying in my sleep…and didn’t understand why. This happened at 3am both times. Two days later September 11th, 2001 happened. Similar emotional-energetic episodes have preceded every major event since then, especially the ones caused by humans. Prior to the bombings in Boston this past April 15th I also felt anxiety and deep cathartic grief and tension in my body from an unknown cause. All of this only serves as a reminder to me that as we move more and more into universal awareness; it all becomes more personal as well. My chiropractor kindly reminded me that there is an epidemic of fear, grief and anxiety rippling through the collective consciousness of humanity, and that no one is immune to this. He reminded me to balance my sensitivity with a solid set of practices and intentions that are simple and effective. Taking walks and having sea salt baths, engaging in simple meditation and grounding or ‘earthing’. Good food, rest and staying open to my experience. Cuddles…lots of cuddles and snuggles with humans and pets. Simple…so simple.
Others that I have interacted with, or from stories that filter through to me, are mirroring many of the same types of experiences. Many people are responding to the stresses in different ways. Some can’t stand to be on a computer very long, or suddenly detest their cell phone. It’s as if the chaotic emotions from all over the world are collected and amplified through the Internet and artificial electronic grid. Ours mind don’t come equipped with firewalls, and we immersed into the morphogenetic field of consensus reality like never before in human history. The internet is the ‘innernet’ of our minds and our physical neurological network externalized. This is the basis of telepathy and human empathic awareness. Some easy reminders for disengaging from our beloved gadgets is to take breaks from them, little and often, and do some stretches, spray yourself with an aromatherapy spray, get your feet out on to the lawn or in some sand. Obtain some kind of EMF protection for your cell or mobile phone, laptop, WIFI router, etc. , and reduce or eliminate watching television network news and mainstream entertainment programming. We are all responsible for our own energy and attitudes, but we are irresponsible when we think we have to attempt to do this all alone.
Have we become so suspicious of authentic surrender in the spiritual sense, that we have equated it as a giving away of power to an outside authority? Only if we still are still hypnotized by our habituated belief of a Divinity that only resides ‘out there’ somewhere. It is essential to remember that fear or mistrust cuts us off from others. There is a growing awareness of our inherent ‘oneness’. Therefore, we must act in that manner, and reach out to others – to give and receive mutual support, intimacy, closeness, sharing and encouragement. When we are vulnerable and emotionally open with others, we feel ‘seen’ and we really see others with new eyes. Instead of reinforcing our wounds and recycling our stories, our mutuality creates a ground of safety where we can touch each other in a space of sacred intimacy.
Therefore, allow for Life (God, Source, Spirit, Love) to provide for you. Asking for what we need or desire is not a sign of weakness or disempowering. It is the gateway to allowing the Universal Mind assist us in the highest way possible.
When we are able to surrender our strategies, our agendas, our fears and hopes to the Teacher within, then we enter into Grace. To become impatient is to be grasping. To open your hand in gratitude, and receive that which is freely given empowers us to give freely to others. Life orders our journey again…doors can open, hearts can heal. Trust is not easy in a world preoccupied with a desire for gain, and the fear of loss. To trust in the highest within us is the beginning of joy and peace. No matter what is going on in the world right now, you have a choice – control or surrender. Choose wisely. Choose Life. Choose to let go into trust.
By Isaac George
April 14th, 2013
Since Easter weekend I have had an unexpected interest in investigating the sources and manifestations of one of the most debilitating of all human experiences - shame. All such queries usually start for me when I spot some news article online, or catch some behavior in another human being. However, this time the trigger was a book I was impelled to pick up and reread. The book in question is not important at the moment, but I will list the title and author’s name at the end of this blog. It was the power of how it agitated me to look deeply inside of myself which was quite amazing and cathartic.
There are many themes or ‘a-ha’s!’ cropping up within and around me these days, like the facts around heart-based awareness, and how a reawakened focus within the heart can reconnect us deeply into the Earth Consciousness and our Soul awareness, and through that portal we can access any point in ourselves and Creation. As the author Niamh Clune stated in her book ‘The Coming of the Feminine Christ’, “Only the awakened heart can avert the apocalypse.”
My personal revelations on this issue is the quality of personal courage (heart), and how it seems that most modern Western men are seemingly far removed from their warrior aspect. This results in an epidemic increase in the opposite quality – unquestioning compliance with external authorities or structures. When I mean ‘warrior’, I am not referring to soldiers or mercenaries. I am instead referring to an aspect of the Divine Masculine, which possesses the attributes of one who courageously confronts injustice. Part of this quality is includes the roles of protector and sustainer, as well as standing deeply within one’s own integrity in order to be fully responsible and responsive. With all the emphasis on the return of the Divine Feminine, it is becoming increasingly important to recognize that a balance must be struck between the two genders as our species and the planet transition out of the old order, an order that survives through the use of shame, guilt and worse to maintain power.
For there to be an authentic return to innocence, men will have to reclaim their true maleness, and embrace courage with compassion, strength with sensitivity, and protectiveness that doesn’t smother the feminine…but exalts it. Action combined with vision and heart can avert the apocalypse. Speaking truth to power that has been corrupted will not come from a monkish or emasculated consciousness. As Osho wrote in “Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously” we may be the last generations of humanity that is able to rebel. The symbols of covert oppression are everywhere. Take the simple necktie for instance, that symbol of the business world that has become the almost universally identified with the corporate uniform. This simple piece of cloth is a symbol of slavery, or subjugation that has its origins in ancient times when conquering armies led captives back to their homelands. The iron or wood collar was the unmistakable brand of the slave, and was usually found at the end of a length of rope or chain. The shame of slavery, especially if the captive was a warrior, was a powerful and oppressive tool to keep the larger populations in line. The necktie simply says “we own you…don’t step out of line.”
The temptation of compliance is to relinquish self-autonomy, while being hypnotized into believing that you still have free choice. When you comply, you allow others to decide for you, to be responsible for your choices and experience. This is a conditioned pattern within the human psyche, and has lead to all manner of cruelty, violence, coercion, lack of empathy and compassion, and pure indifference to the suffering of others. Courage never looks for the easy way out of something. Compliance always ends up in the slippery slope to oblivion. “I was only following orders” has become the historical excuse for untold numbers of murders, massacres and injustice.
However, compliance is only one of the possible behaviors that arise from the deeper disease, which is shame. When we feel shame, it is one of the lowest emotional and vibratory states we can know while in human embodiment. Shame can be self-generated and self-directed, or arrive from outside of ourselves via parents, teachers, friends, political or military authorities. At the top of the pyramid is the strongest source of shame, which originates from religions. However, religion only relates the possible causes for shame, and then violently reinforces it. “You were born into sin!” they crow, and with each repetition the nails are driven deeper into the hands and feet of the faithful.
Upon closer examination, each religion or ordered faith has its own version of the source of this condition, the reason we all need to blush and then grovel in the dirt. This sets up a process that is only to simple to spot in the known history of our species. If you do not conform, you will be cast out, exiled, or made to feel as if you have no value and don’t even deserve to exist. The pain of this and its power to break the human heart is incalculable, and it was designed to be so.
I don’t feel that shame is a part of our natural persona. Guilt is it’s sister, despair and despondence it’s cousins. Shame runs through so much of the human personality disorder that it is difficult to detect most of the time. The Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible (which is also in the Jewish Talmud) may offer some clues. I haven’t read the opening verses of The Koran to see if it has parallels to these books, but as Islam is also a descendent of the Abrahamic monotheism, I’d be surprised if it didn’t. I won’t reproduce the full text from Genesis, Chapter 3, but you can view it here.
Genesis, Chapter 3, verse 8:
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10. He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11. And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12. The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13. Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14. So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.”
In their book “Worldbridger”, Juliet and Jiva Carter describe the ‘Lord’ in this dialog as a genetic manipulator of alien origin, not the Source of Infinite Love and Grace that created us or the Earth. They postulate that since almost 97% of our genetic code is dormant it must have been altered or spliced at some distant point in our past that we’ve forgotten…or was it deliberately hidden? This take on the causes of shame goes a long way to explain the neurotic and schizophrenic tendencies in the human psyche. Our genetic software may be comprised by an alien code that is rooted in fear, survival, domination and enslavement of others. The best strategy in this case appears to be “give the slave race a complex surrounding its origins, and make the estrangement from it’s Divine Parentage seem to be real.” The curse at the end of Verse 14 is especially designed to evoke shame and guilt. After thousands of years of repetition and reinforcement, we have come to accept this insanity of a dual state of being as normal! The genius of it is, we have also swallowed the lie, cleverly implied in religious interpretation, that our identity as sexual beings is what caused the Lord’s wrath. This behavior is not representative of a loving Creator, but the ranting of a jealous and imperious overlord. It is now a well-recognised scientific fact that there is at least 6% of the human population that is missing a part of their genetic code that makes it possible to feel empathy. Could this be a clue to our genetic and behavioral distortion?
Other studies seem to indicate that of this 6%, most tend to gravitate towards attaining positions of power and authority in ruthless and subversive ways, while projecting an outward persona of normal, rational human behavior. This may be the face of the pyschopath that is ensconced in the 1% who are in running the planet. By relating this information I am not implying that everyone in positions of power in politics, business or religion are psychopaths. However, all one has to do is to observe the fruits of their actions when compared to their words and projected image to understand who is who. Since this branch of neuroscience is in its infancy, I would not necessarily preach it as gospel just yet.
[Sources: http://www.sott.net/article/246086-Is-the-Root-of-Evil-the-Psychopathic-Mind and http://human-nature.com/nibbs/01/psychopathy.html]
Shame, and the conformity and false humility that it engenders, may be one of the most important issues that we will have to deal with. Some might argue that shame is a necessary check that informs us when we have committed an offense against another. When we realize that we have done something that has harmed someone else, and we have even an ounce of empathy, we know that our words or actions have caused hurt or misunderstanding. In the movie “K-PAX” starring Kevin Spacey, the main character Prot said, “everyone in the Universe knows the difference between right and wrong.”
What is implied here is that we all know when we’ve crossed the line, and our internal nature informs us that we need to correct ourselves and utilize forgiveness as a tool to dissolve wounds between us and others. Regret for one’s unkind actions can open the heart and begin the healing process. When there is no healing process, or misunderstandings healed, then shame can turn into melancholy, rapidly followed by self-loathing and, in extreme cases, self-destruction. Sometimes people who have had terrible injustices happen to them, like rape or imprisonment and torture for their ethnicity, religion, gender, or political beliefs, can feel that somehow there must be something basically wrong with them to have had such experiences. Too often suicide seems to be the only way out of the pain of shame.
Recently, some societies have resorted to publicly naming and shaming individuals, like child molesters, hoping that this will correct unacceptable behaviors. Statistically, it does nothing to discourage other predators, and all that is accomplished is that a perpetrator is now turned into another victim, usually for the second time in their life. This is shame used as a weapon, with ‘good’ people standing in as the ultimate judge, jury and executioner. The person who was violated and also the person who committed the violation can only be healed through love, not be driving the traumas of both deeper into their psyches.
When a computer is infected with a virus, we employ a specialist or install a specially-designed program that hunts down and quarantines the troublesome bug, and then delete it later. When a human body contracts a virus, we ride it out while attempting to make our biology an inhospitable environment for the virus to exist in. We can eat chicken soup, or take vitamin C and other folk or traditional remedies to combat the invader that makes us feel so rotten. What do you do to remove a psychic and subconscious virus? Sometimes, the diagnosis is tricky, but the solutions can sometimes be quite simple. In the case of shame, however, it takes a bit more than what is typically offered through psychological methods, or with energy healing.
The realm of quantum mechanics can go quite deeply into how things work with consciousness and matter, but so far has been unable to explain the why of how it all works. Since there is a unified field, and since DNA is the common denominator within our biological makeup, then there very well may be a ‘virtual’ DNA as well, that exists in our subtle bodies and transcends any genetic damage done either through mutations from natural causes, or from deliberate manipulation. Accessing and reactivating our multidimensional codes may simply be down to the right combination of light, geometry and sound. The increasing interest in sound healing, especially non-specific forms like improvisational music created through toning and the use of crystal or metal singing bowls, can invoke specific resonances that help us remember our true natures beyond language. Music is a bridge between the Cosmos and the Earth, and the shamans have known it for millennia. Likewise there is a growing interest in sacred geometry, both as an art form and also as a map of creation and consciousness. Grounding into the Earth is also a route to re-orienting our biological electro-magnetic resonance.
The shame virus can be temporarily negated through the power of deliberate language. Affirmations consciously directed are quite powerful in a variety of situations. It is important to recognize that the power of the spoken word also may awaken the subconscious conditioned pattern of ‘not good enough’. Simply saying ‘I deserve this or that…’ may evoke a counter-response of through the ‘voice in my head’ of “No, you don’t.” This can set up an inner conflict that has no clear winner. Affirmations alone are usually not very effective in the long run.
Here are a few suggestions to identify, reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the ‘shame virus’ -
This is a very broad topic with many paths and systems. Shamanic traditions are much stronger in this regard, and perhaps explains the increasing interest in plant pharmacology and indigenous ceremonial methods to release false personas, embrace and integrate shadow aspects, and recall projections of the psyche, otherwise known as ‘soul retrieval.’ One excellent book on the subject is “Embrace of the Daimon” by Sandra Lee Dennis.
I’ve just begun to explore this as a method for getting in touch with those parts of ourselves that we consider to be unacceptable, and how and why we judge those parts so. Try thinking back to when someone said ‘shame on you’ for touching yourself (and enjoying it), or for doing what you wanted to do with your life, rather than pleasing someone else. If you decide to dump the shame stigma you’ve ‘eaten’ and made a part of yourself, then you might feel pretty angry. This requires creative approaches, but punching a pillow while screaming, or using a plastic baseball bat on a dead tree stump might just be your cup of tea. Gestalt therapy and primal screaming might be something to explore. Drumming circles?
Dancing is one way to move and express trapped energy. Explore experimental dance styles, like 5 Rhythms Dance by Gabriele Roth.
Loads of choices here. Deep breathing will usually bring up many repressed feelings. Choose from Holotropic, Shamanic, or yogic techniques like the Cobra or Fire Breath. Please do these with proper supervision and support.
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One thing that I strongly recommend is to drop all perceptions of the experience of shame, or any other negative emotional state, as being part of another body or psychic state, thereby placing it outside of yourself. Even though shame is a form of false humility, and is by its very nature an illusion that is incompatible with your true and original innocence, it is not something you are carting around like a piece of luggage that you are trying to get rid of. In order to take full responsibility for your being, and your experience, it will be more helpful to abandon the notions of separateness and cultivate wholeness in yourself. Cultivating sovereignty is an on-going process and discipline, not a switch that the Universe flips on or off for you. Allowing yourself to take risks with the full knowledge that you will also make mistakes removes a tremendous amount of self-induced pressure on you to be perfect so that you can avoid the experience of shame.
Which brings this sharing to the ultimate shame bubble…the programmed belief in almost all human beings that we wouldn’t be here, would not be ‘trapped’ in matter and physicality, if we had only behaved right and not upset God, Creator, or whomever. In spite of all the spiritual books and workshops that illumine us to the possibility that Source Consciousness is benevolent and has created infinite beings out of Itself in order to experience Itself, the power of the old lie to occasionally set us back into the old fears and subconscious language of ‘just not good enough’, or ‘there isn’t enough…love, light, abundance, or Life ‘ is still there in the human condition. We no longer have to kneel in shame any longer. We are children of the Benevolent Heart of Creation, and innocence is our natural state of consciousness. Love is who you are. There is only one Love, one Truth, and it is your Love, your Truth.
When you extend your love, your truth to others, and employ forgiveness and understanding, their shame is converted into healing, and even the blind will be able to see again, and the lame will rise up and walk.
When we stand up from the impulse of love and take action on the behalf of a better world, we truly announce who we are without shame. We return to our authenticity, and we are sane again.
“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.” – Courtney Allison Moulton
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