Slipping Through the Veil of Time

Often, when I walk in ancient sites or visit sacred places, I can feel the past walking with me.  Pausing to find the stillness inside, I look around to see ghostly images of what was once a vibrant truth and listen to the sounds of voices quieted by the passing of time. Its as if in these places where we preserve old structures, marvel at ancient ruins or build monuments to remember, we are creating a collective awareness of time that is a dimension folded over in layers upon itself with each layer holding a rich tapestry of reality.  Like a book, you have only to turn back the page to an earlier chapter to be swept away in a living memory of sights, sounds and experiences.

Greece, June 2015
One particularly hot summer day, not too long ago, I found myself sitting in the shade of a cliff wall with my back against the cool, damp rock, high on the side of Mount Parnassus just above the ruins of Ancient Delphi in Greece. Enjoying the coolness of my vantage point while the dry, dusty air carried the melodious sounds of multiple languages rising and falling and mixing, as intrepid tourist ventured to touch the past with curiosity and wonder. I had stopped to rest from my climb, to escape the fiery hot sun and paused, allowing myself to be bathed in the sights and sounds of this sacred site.

From where I sat, I contemplated the stillness and deep conscious presence of the mountain and land that had witnessed thousands upon thousands of years of man’s pilgrimage to this very place.

Looking from that timeless perspective at the people walking around the ruins below, I wondered how many still came as pilgrims, searching to connect with an ancient past, anticipating or yearning for answers to the mysteries and deeper meanings of life.

Then, feeling a call from within, I closed my eyes and almost instantly found myself sitting in the same place at a different time. It was no longer the middle of the afternoon. The sky was a clear black velvet field of stars. Sitting next to me was a woman, a Sybil (priestess) of this sacred place. She smiled, and as I opened to her I was filled with knowing. I had arrived at a time long before the defined dusty paths meandered through stone ruins. Long before even the structures themselves, the temples, the treasury buildings and the ancient marketplace, ever existed.

With her at my side, I could see a simple path climbing up the steep slope. The landscape before me was alive, full of natural wonder and wild with potent potential. Without having to look, I knew that down the path there was a simple rock jutting out from the side of the hill. “Sybil’s Rock,” not yet obscured by the immense Temple to Apollo in an Athenian future, was the gift of mother earth and marked the sacred site of the original oracle. The natural pulpit—the “Sybil rock,” was the place for the priestess to stand and speak the prophecies directly to those who were searching.

Off to the left of where I was sitting and down just a ways, there was a natural spring bubbling up out of a crevice in the wall of the cliff. The pool that formed there was a gathering place were young girls were now bathing. I could here the laughter drifting up to where we were sitting. It was a time of ritual before the prophecies of the full moon.

As I looked back at the Sybil she smiled again and asked without words what I was searching for. Without words, I shared who I was in that moment and opened my soul. I shared my dreams, my desires, and I shared my concerns. The details of what I shared have become meaningless with time, however the wisdom I received still permeates my being. The wisdom of resting in a place of potent, timeless knowing while surrendering to an evolving deeper understanding of the experiential world.

Then she reached over and put something into my hand. I remember, as it touched my hand it slipped through my fingers and fell to the ground. Without a thought, I opened my eyes to retrieve whatever it was and in that instant found myself back in the present. The afternoon sun still burned high in the sky while people continued their slow trek up the steep paths among the ruins of Delphi on the side of Mount Parnassus. I looked down and noticed a small shell sitting between my feet. A Nautilus Shell, the symbol of an evolutionary spiritual journey unfolding with exquisite fractal perfection.

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Dreaming the Possible into Being

There is a place and a time for dreaming.  We are often told to be practical; this is not the time, nor the place to dream.  I am here to tell you dreaming is precisely what is needed.  In fact, you need to dream big.  Dream mythically.  For what the world needs now is a vision of the possible; a vision that can inspire hope and bring a direction to healing and wholeness.

Have you ever in the deepest secret part of your mind, dreamed what and who you truly are?  For me, I have seen myself mythically as a prophet, or ‘way-finder,’ complete with a long flowing white robe carrying a staff and leading people on a journey.  I never saw the destination, only the process of leading, and knowing that it was important.  This is my own mythic image.

I have talked to others who have their version.  One friend has seen herself on a throne of books, regally expressing wisdom and recording the visions of her dreams to pass down as ways to expand and enrich others.

The mythic lives I hear about almost always seem to have the individual offering their unique gifts, passions and talents to others to better the world around them.

So what does it mean to have a mythic self?  How can a vision of myself as a prophet really – or more important practically – help in my day-to-day life?  Well, if we understand what moves us, what our natural passions and yearnings are, we can harness these and work with the powers of the universe to create our world.  If enough people step into who they really are, we will create a civilization that works.  You see, each person, each individual, has an essential role to play in creating the global community.

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Playing in the Garden of Eden

Did you know that we can enter the Garden of Eden any time we want to. It isn’t far away.  In fact it is closer than your next breath. In the Garden of Eden, all that Adam or Eve could possibly want is provided for them. They do not have to think.  This is the key to the Garden. To unlock and enter, you must leave behind your mind. Your thinking mind. Just become aware, and in flow with the world around you.  You see, we never really left the Garden. Not actually.  No, we only stopped seeing it.

The world around us is an illusion; this is one of the things you may have heard.  Illusion, Maya. A playground for consciousness. Within this illusion is the access to all that is needed. The secret is we are the illusionists. We create the illusion. And we play within it as if constrained by defined limitations. In reality, we can access anything we desire.

In fact we are everything we desire.

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Creative Solutions Exist in the Mirror of our Inner and Outer World

In our world there are many different species; humans being only a small fraction of what is conscious here.  If we look at this world as a conscious living entity,  then a secret to creating greater health and vitality would be to pay attention to the signals of the whole, drop the illusion that we are isolated individuals and begin to tap into the consciousness of the world around us.

I’ve heard it said that humans have become like a cancer on the earth.  Over populating, polluting and plundering the world’s resources while maintaining an arrogant attitude of species supremacy.  We exist in a collective insanity that has the majority acting as if we are independent and somewhat in control of the world around us. When, in truth, the natural defenses of the living planet with its delicate, interdependent ecosystem are working to bring the entire organism back into balance.  Natural disasters, climate change, drought, famine…  these are just some of Nature’s remedies and our concerns.

Another clue to an underlying consciousness that reflects our interdependence is that our outside worlds are mirrored in our inner worlds.  We can see the struggles in our bodies with increases in cancer, autoimmune disease, and new hostile viruses.

How do we reverse this spiral of de-evolution, the demise of the human race and the destruction of our planet?  I believe we still have the ability.  In fact, we can be part of the cure.

It is time for us to become a conscious part of the co-creative solution.

The answers to our challenges, both in our ‘inner and outer’ worlds will be found when we drop the illusion of separateness. Living in connection with the world around us enables us to listen deeply to the creative solutions that will be revealed when we tap into the wisdom and healing just below the surface of our conscious minds.

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What if you were born in a world of “WE” rather than “I”?

Closing my eyes, I slip into the inner worlds of the imaginal…

As if in a dream, she appears before me, a glowing angel in long white linen robes.  Holding out her hand, she smiles, inviting me to join her on another adventure.  Wistfully, I follow as we pass into a familiar field of mist as I open to the mysteries of transition and change.  Moving with her, I notice I have changed.  I am now a child.  Leaving behind all that I am and stepping in alongside her to become all that I truly am.    Innocent wisdom.  Surrendered to a connection of knowing without the need or desire to define or intellectualize.  This is a space of surrender and flow.  I move through this place with the guidance of my soul.  My higher knowing.  Personified as Entelechy standing at my side. I am embraced in her field of pure love and empowerment. I am being brought into my own future.

Entelechy continues, walking through the mists, and I follow, guided without expectation of anything in particular.  Content in knowing that I can release to the guidance.  Knowing that I will be shown something, receive some understanding that is needed right now, or explore someplace that will help inform how to move through my world now.  It is with a sense of wonder and curiosity that I begin to ‘see’ the first glimmer of something ahead.  I feel it, more than see it, as a golden glimmer. There is a sense of civilization with buildings and people.  At the same time, there is a sense of gold.

As if I am looking through a portal in the mist at a scene that with one part of my vision looks like a sunny day in a beautiful city with contented people walking on a sidewalk.  There is a woman with a little boy walking next to her happily followed by a dog (off leash).  There is a man walking past in the opposite direction.  Dressed for business, carrying a briefcase, and moving with intent.  As he passes, he smiles and reaches out to pet the dog.  All of the people I see moving in this scene appear to move with intention, with direction while exuding lightness with contentment in nature.  It could be anywhere, any city except for the feel.  There is a lightness, a kindness, a cleanliness, a vitality…

At another level of my sight, I notice the brilliant energetic essence of the scene.  All that is in the vision seems to exist in a golden aura.   The first impression was this golden glimmer.  Now, with this energetic sight, I begin to see a civilization of golden aura.   A higher level civilization.  The people here are brilliant in their energetic essence.  Golden people.   I can see them with two visions.  From one perspective, they are people, like you would see walking the street in any town in the US.  A mix of ethnicities, sexes, ages, all looking very healthy and vibrant.  With the other vision, the energetic sight, I see they are glowing.  Lightbeings.  All of them are radiating a pure power.  An aura that is distinct and radiant.  Clear.  Open.  Not fearful.  Not struggling between the illusion of misunderstanding.  These people know who they are.  They know how they are connected.  There is a smooth flow between what they are doing and who they are and how they are interconnected.  There is a recognition of each other in their individuality.  And because they see each other’s divinity, they are all divine.

I open up and step out of my own preconceived notions of who I am, releasing any limitation, and step into their world.  I am one of them.  I am divine.  I am open to be fully who I am.  No fear, no misunderstanding or misconception or limitation.  I fill my place fully in this world.  I feel my place and flow into it.  I grow in understanding, and as I grow there is room for my evolving.  My expansion.  My experience of myself.  And I share who I am with the collective.  For who I am informs all of who they are.  Together we make a world that works.  Not just for a human species, or human conscious perspective. No, there are other conscious perspectives that I am connected to.  They are all facets of the one, all connected and individualized.  We are the individualized divine.

This is the growing into the gods.  When we release the separation of the individualized and step into the “collective individualized”  perspective; each “cell’”of the organism given pure awareness of its existence as part of a whole.  Knowing its divinity and its connection.  It lives as an evolution with the whole.  Its expansion is now not an individual expansion but a collective expansion.  A growing at the whole level.

How do we move onto the next level and what will it look like? I ask.

First you must grow into the collective understanding of existence, the collective level of consciousness while maintaining your individualized experience.  This is tricky… only when you look at it from the individualized level.  You can release the fear of losing self then explore the connection to many.

What is it you would desire as a part of a collective?

Growth into a flow that empowers each individual while moving as a collective forward in evolution.  Well this is something for the individual and the collective.  Stay with both.  Be the individual and be the group.  They share in the same desires.  They, as a collective you, want the same things—individualized acknowledgement and group realization.  If you release the need to assure your own success, to acknowledge your own self, then you become what you already are.

You do not need to concern yourself with taking care of yourself.  You are taken care of.  In the flow of life, you are ultimately taking care of yourself as the higher SELF.  So, you have only to release the notion that you are in danger of anything.  Then seek to find what it is that you truly want—to connect and be part of something bigger.  The desire is there to serve the bigger.  To sacrifice all that you are for all that there is.  Well, child, you do this by sacrificing the lonely ego and stepping into the greater you.  In this greater you, you are connected to all that is.  In this greater you, you are a team of awarenesses.  Play in the field of higher consciousness now.

I slip the bonds of a limited ego and expand my awareness to connect with global consciousness.
You hear many voices, can touch many desires, can experience many things, and you can type here, you can be here without being only here.  Release the need to be anywhere and be everywhere.

What does this accomplish?

It’s just an experience at this point, child.    Expand and be as big as you can.   Actually, you are releasing the need to be small. And allowing your awareness to touch and connect with all while maintaining an individualized knowing perspective that you are still a self in a greater connected self.  Go there now.  The globe, the Earth is your container.  Feel Her consciousness.    You are a cell of this organism.  You are connected to all other cells.  You are infinitely aware of all that there is to this organism.  And yet, you maintain the function and capacity of the single life of a cell.  But tapped into the whole organism.  You can be informed of what is needed for the whole and how you can fulfill your function in the living part of you while connected to the divine, or greater you.    You begin to see what it is like to be the organism and not the cell alone.  The lonely cell is a cancer, the connected cell is the organism, the global intelligence or global consciousness.    There isn’t a physical brain or one location for this intelligence; the global intelligence is a level of consciousness.  Sinking into the collective that is the knowing of the planet.  Taste the awareness of the planet as a whole.  At this level of consciousness, this great collective, there is a desire of “global self” survival and a marshaling of intelligences to see that it survives.  The movement of nature, the rise and fall of crises in humans, the balancing nature of disaster and relief.  It is an attempt of this “global living organism,” the global conscious organism, to balance itself into its own evolutionary trajectory.  It must pull all of its intelligences into alignment with the whole.  The collective must begin to feel itself and to move as a cohesive evolutionary force.  Individualized and gifted, yes.  And singularly aware.  With this understanding and palpable awareness of connection, then our local lives can be maintained as an optimal pattern of existence.

You, we, I, will all be the same at a global level of our being while the I in the local will experience development and fulfillment, will experience the world in a living, changing environment; enjoying, or rather experiencing, a life with its ups and downs while growing into something more, towards some thing that will be the yearning of the individual soul.  There will still be that pull towards something.  But there will be a change in the reality around each individual to match the inner connection and the cohesive nature of the consciousness that is the individual and collective

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