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The Pruning Tree & The Stone ~ Healing the Hijacked Brain

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The hijacking of the fear-based brain is the foundation for many of our rooted beliefs and perceptions.  We have to remember that we are spiritual beings having a human experience so psychology and biology play a compelling part in our behavior and reactions to certain stimulation.  By having an awareness of how the hijacked brain works and learning how to heal and recover these sensitive “fear based” areas we deepen our awareness of our own evolution.

There is an area of the brain known as the Amygdala(e) which can be described as the “kidneys” or emotional filtering center in the brain.  Indeed, part of the healing process is an awareness of how we filter emotion and emotional information.  Our society is inherently based on producing fear, stress, addiction, and trauma via our manufactured systems of energy, governance, healthcare, agriculture, education, religion and finance (just to name a few).  There is also a term used in psychology known as an “Amygdala hijacking” which is described as “emotional responses from people which are immediate and overwhelming, and out of measure with the actual stimulus because it has triggered a much more significant emotional threat”[i].  In this case, I want to talk about what happens when the hijacking becomes a permanent situation and how we can begin to heal from our own worst fears and nightmares.  Much of this has to do with biology and our “fight or flight” reactions but we also need to understand how our environment plays a role in stimulating the fear-based brain.  Once we begin to make peace with our own fear triggers we can begin to clear and purify the damage, or clean the filter of the brain that reacts to this stimulation.  The clogged “fear filter” of the brain can cause biological build-up; which may result in depression, anxiety, addiction, substance abuse, anger, tension, guilt, shame and apathy (just to name a few).

The problem with the cold and heavy emotion of fear is that fear itself also has “consciousness” depending on how we filter it through our psyche and our bodies, including the physical body.  We subconsciously hold onto fear and use it to fuel our addictions, anxiety, depression, and tension in general, especially as we hold tension in our physical (cellular) body.  We have to learn to “objectify” our fears by understanding that fear has its use to warn us of impending danger – such as fire or walking out in front of a moving vehicle.  It’s important to recognize that we’ve learned to live with an elevation of this natural emotion due to outside manipulations.

When we go against Natural Law, intentionally or otherwise, we create emotional imbalances which are consequences of the individual and collective “fear hijacking”.  We were never meant to (really) live in such “dark” (imbalanced) energy and as it consumes us, it also consumes our planet; our Mother.  We live in an electromagnetic universe and our imbalanced emotions are a huge part of the chaos we see all around us.  In short, it’s our responsibility to clean up our own “energetic” mess!

If we look at the biology of our unresolved “fight or flight” dilemma and call it “consequences” then we can count the emotional clearing as cleaning up our own energetic mess.  It’s a confronting process and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly but we all have this responsibility to ourSelf, each other, and Planet Earth.  It doesn’t matter why we have this fear or whom is responsible, only that we go about cleaning it up for our own well-being, happiness, and the embodiment of our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical journey.

The Pet Stone

663ecc158795bf300a7005c6ed26946bBeneath the resentment, anger, bargaining, apathy, cynicism and shame is where you will find the stone of fear.  The stone is the piece of us that only knows one thing and it’s a piece of us that is inherent in our biology, the biology that we can’t take with us in our evolution.  The stone of fear comes from what we call “survivor mode” or the “fight or flight” reaction releasing hormones that cause us to feel frozen, panicky, depressed, anxious and overwhelmed (eventually) if they are not released the proper way.  We have created all kinds of rooted patterns based on the presence of the stone of fear.  The stone is hardened and calcified, it hides, it doesn’t play well with others, and would rather not be seen, heard, or noticed – unless it’s enraged that is.  The stone of fear is like the child who was told to “be seen and not heard” and who was taught to stand rigid in “time out” – the child who is always afraid of getting hurt so it stops participating in life, playing it safe so as not to find what its soul is truly looking for.

It doesn’t want to leave or let go so it’s a process of gently nurturing and massaging it until it gives way from a grossly distorted and unyielding object to a childlike innocence and wonder bringing gifts of magical proportions.  Just because we confront our fear of being alone or death or (insert your brand of poison here), doesn’t mean that we’re going to have to walk in that experience!  It only means that we’ve faced the root of the fear at its source instead of band-aiding our traumatic and unreleased, imbalanced experiences.

Our trauma and shadowy experiences tend to hold on for a reason so it’s a profound and healing journey to get to the root of our actions and reactions.  We know that fear holds consciousness in the form of our “ego” or lower mind but Love holds consciousness too.  Love holds Light and connects us to the unified field of consciousness or the consciousness of “God”.  Love transcends time, dimension, space and gravity.  Love shines Light on the stone of fear and it’s our greatest weapon in taming it.

 The Pruning Tree

1424218016_5c9cThe Tree of Life is a universal library of information and connects us to the “unified field of Consciousness”.  Known throughout time, culture, and religion; it’s also been known as The Book of Life, The Akashic Record, The Cosmic Mind, or the Unified Field of Consciousness.  For all intents and purposes, we all have access to our own Tree of Life and its library.  Our bodies are an intricate design of brilliant architecture and nothing is by accident.  When we think of our psyche, experiences and “traumas” as being the very bottom of the proverbial iceberg, we can also begin to imagine that we (and our human body) are the key to reaching these depths (with caution).  What’s chronically hidden beneath the roots of our own tree is a deeply motivating force beneath our experiences, including dis-ease of the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical “bodies”.  If we can build an understanding of fear in its many faces we can begin to undo the cellular damage caused by our subconscious, biological reactions to fear.  It’s something that we have to look for in order to find but when we do we can begin to change the turbulence in our ocean and at the tip of the iceberg; the “tip of the iceberg” being the personas we embody in the “real world” depending on who we are interacting with and the ocean being our experiences.

We cannot Love ourselves truly if we are in judgment or conflict with Self.  The Universe is a giant mirror so when we find ourselves “at odds” with others, chances are it’s also profoundly reflecting something back that requires our attention for healing.  Our inner voice is always there if we choose to listen but listening is also learning to quiet the blocks created by the unprocessed fear that needs clearing in the first place.  The “catch” is also the chase.  When we (finally) emotionally connect with the stone, there will be a clash of energy and the base emotions of grief until we find a place of fearless Acceptance.  When energy moves, we need a replacement or we tend to go back to our fearful patterns.  The Earth will heal us if we let her and we need an outlet for each of our “bodies”.  A Gratitude practice, meditation, or journal (or a combination thereof) is a great way to begin to appreciate the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical “bodies”.  We are, in truth, growing our own Garden of Eden from withIN.  Where we find resistance is where we need to nurture ourselves and our perspectives with more loving intention.  However, inside our DNA is all of the genetic knowledge that has accumulated over all of our respective lifetimes, both individually and as a collective.

We must learn to live and abide by Natural and Universal Law, as opposed to falling “victim” to the system that hijacked us in the first place.  The system will fail because it wasn’t created according to the Natural Laws of Creation.  But, we are also spiritual beings having a human experience which requires we face the effects of our “energetic mess”.  Everything in this journey is a process.  We have to give ourselves permission to be happy, prosperous, healthy, and whole.  Only by allowing ourselves permission to truly heal will we be able to interact with our own (energetic) “mess” in an objective way.  We all have everything we need withIN ~ all of the Love and all of the Wisdom.  The Earth is Ancient and our DNA is Ancient, filled with the knowledge of the Universe.  There is an answer to every question and a cure for every dis-ease when we connect with The Tree of Life and begin to care for it by learning to care for ourselves in deeper and deeper ways.  Listen to the wisdom and embrace the beautiful gift of being human in all its emotional complexities ~ from stone to rock to water.  We are Evergreen, after all!

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amygdala_hijack

About Blueprints for Butterflies:

We offer a variety of Healing sessions, Awakening sessions and Workshops based on your individual needs.  We are all amazingly beautiful and diverse in our awakening and healing process.  Our sessions are highly intimate and personal in the connections we make with you and, as such, are too tailored to the individual’s “energy signature” to list in such a generic way.  If you’re interested in a private session with us, please contact us at blueprintsforbutterflies@gmail.com or go to our Contact Us page.  References available upon request.  All sessions and workshops range in price from $50-$250 and will be fully discussed in transparency upon contact.

If you would like to support our work, we are always seeking others who resonate with our mission of awakening and healing.  Please contact us if you would like to explore working with us.

If you would like to support our work via donation, please click here.  We truly Appreciate (for more reasons than we can count) your loving support, energy and encouragement in its many forms!

Jennifer Deisher is an Emotional Healer, Empath, Intuitive, and Spiritual Transformation Artist. She is the writer of the Moon Hippie Mystic blog and a Contributing Writer for Wakeup-world.com.  She and Aaron founded Blueprints For Butterflies as a safe, loving space to assist and heal others who are Awakening and making a spiritual connection with their Higher Self.  This creates a spiritual, emotional, and creative blueprint that leads to greater peace, awareness, love, prosperity, and enlightenment that amplifies and resonates with an individual’s unique and divine energy signature. To book a private healing session, awakening session or individual workshop; please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com or contact us at Blueprintsforbutterflies@gmail.com.  References available upon request.

AaronAaron Deisher is a psychic medium, shaman, and medical & psychological intuitive.  Aaron specializes in behavioral and paranormal aspects of spirituality.  His unique ability to find and heal “stale” energy leaves one feeling “born again”.  He has the Gift of logic, compassion, and a true connection to Spirit.  To book a private Shamanic Healing Session with Aaron; please contact him at blackwingaaron@gmail.com.  To book a private healing session, awakening session or individual workshop; please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com or contact us at Blueprintsforbutterflies@gmail.com.  References available upon request.

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The Beast of Burden ~ Illusion and Deception on the Path of Enlightenment

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By Jennifer Deisher

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Where else would “God” be found but in the service of Creation itself?

The Earth is a living entity and an intricate, diverse web of all kinds of systems. As an invited guest, we are living and functioning within her ecosystem because she welcomes us and allows us to be here. We are made of her elements and we are occupants of her Body and Heart. She is, quite literally, the key to everything in our known universe. She is under our feet and in the air we breath.

Our planet is our Mother, our home, and our Life-force. It doesn’t matter how skilled we are at meditation or connecting with Spirit because we always come home — right where you are right now. Through our relationships to the Earth, we find the spiritual and energetic connection that is available to all of us when we leave our hearts and minds open. That energy – the flow of life – is a continuous cycle of growth and decay, chaos and order, and an ever evolving ecosystem (including humanity) that reflects the nature of our ever-evolving Universe.

But, in our illusory co-existence, we have come to put a “price tag” on Mother Earth and on ourselves by extension, all the while forgetting she is the divine giver of Life… and she can shake us off like a flea at any moment.

The Nature of the Beast

Every intellectual, artist, spiritual leader and scientist will tell you that their inspiration comes from studying the delicate and intelligent design of natural Creation. Its intricate intelligence is an overwhelmingly profound but consistent and logical interpretation of “God” — the expression of a universal consciousness. By the expression of this live-giving consciousness, the Earth herself shows a Loving intention; through her thriving beauty and nurturing abundance.

It’s an honestly wonderful and natural epiphany when we can finally come to terms with the fact that “God” has been right here all along, revealing intricate miracle after miracle, right before our eyes. The miracle of Life itself.

Just as intricate, however, is an ancient web of lies that has kept humanity from truly living its divine truth. As a species, we should feel honored and humbled to participate in the interactive evolutionary experience that is Earth. But today, something has gone terribly awry.

Steve Taylor Ph.D, author and senior lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, described this phenomenon in his recent article, Ecocide: The Psychology of Environmental Destruction:

…‘Climate change’ is just one of the environment-related problems we face. Others include the destruction and pollution of ecosystems, the disappearance of other species (both animal and plant), water shortage, over-population, and the rapacious consumption of resources…

Would a sane species abuse their own habitat so recklessly? And would they allow such dangerous trends to intensify without taking any serious measures against them?..

In my view, there are two main psychological factors. The first is what I call our “over-developed sense of ego,” or intensified sense of individuality… Our ego-separateness means that we don’t feel connected to the “web of creation,” the network of life on Earth. As a result, we don’t feel a responsibility to the rest of the network, or a duty to preserve its harmony. Instead, our separateness makes us feel entitled to dominate the rest of nature, which is why we feel entitled to own land and natural resources…

The second factor is our “de-sacralised” vision of nature, our inability to sense the “being-ness” of natural phenomena. As children, we perceive the world around us with intense and vivid perception, and the natural world does appear alive to us, but as adults, our vision of the world becomes de-sensitised and automatic. We “switch off” to the vivid “is-ness” which we experience as children. The phenomenal world becomes a shadowy, one-dimensional place.

Oh what a tangled web we weave!

This sickness in our collective psyche – this beast of illusion/delusion – is something we have learned to deny to ourselves at all costs, to our own detriment. We have come to compartmentalize our own existence, believing ourselves to be separate somehow from Mother Earth and the Universe at large.

Stranger Than Fiction

The deceptions that lead us to this false sense of separation go to our very foundations, distorting our sense of self and all that is sacred. So, when we first begin to see though the illusion, the unbearable emotions of betrayal and fear many of us experience can feel like too hard a burden to bear. It can chill our bones and stoke our innermost fears. Heartbreaking. Painful. And usually very lonely.

Sometimes the truth is hard and, more often than not, much stranger than fiction. Ultimately, however, the truth is unavoidable. It is also extremely empowering. By first understanding the nature of these deceptions and distortions, and the energy that brought us here, we can begin heal from them on a collective, vibrational level.

“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.” ~ Micheal Ellner

Deception is not necessarily natural to our being rather it’s something we learn to live with at a young age. As a society, we have learned to adapt to a near impossible situation; a false dichotomy of separation, imposed and implanted by deceit. An unnatural consciousness has pervaded our collective mind, and its effects have permeate our shared existence in a multitude of ways; through paternalistic governments that presume to dictate our rights, not protect them; through divisive religions that teach separation from god, and from other faiths; through illusory media, which deliberately sells fiction as fact; through manipulated economies, founded on a presumption of inherent debt; through poisonous “health” practices; through the suppression of history; through spiritual misinformation; and through educating our kids in a way that steers, not expands, their natural way of thinking.

All of these distortions serve to manipulate the collective conscious into submission perpetuating an imbalance that provides power and sustenance to those in energetic control. But today, we have reached a breaking point. The cycle of consensual abuse is breaking down. We are realizing en masse that we have lived out of balance for too long. We are questioning our existence at a fundamental level, and re-discovering the divine power we have in our lives; power that we have unknowingly given up for so long. And so, realizing we are a conscious part of the Earth’s eco-system and energy-system, we are being compelled to take responsibility for co-creating a more authentic future, restoring the balance and harmony to Earth – with and for one another.

Finding Order in the Chaos

We can no longer stand quietly in a corner in fear of making the necessary and emotionally uncomfortable changes. If we don’t turn our fear into courage, our fears will either consume us or they will become manifest. It’s a beast of a journey, but there is a clear path just ahead.

The collective identity crisis we are going through is an opportunity for humanity to find order in the chaos we have allowed to overtake our existence. It doesn’t matter if we call it archons, satan, or an opposing consciousness. It doesn’t matter whether you see its effect in government or religion, banks or media; it is all part of the same illusion. Unseen forces have deceived humanity into a state of confusion and disconnection, and we now have the opportunity to reclaim our spiritual center and create a culture that leads us home, not astray.

There is nothing wrong or out of place with this kind of identity crisis, rather it’s a natural process of evolution as we adapt to seemingly overwhelming situations. But it is vital we realize these situations are the creation and perpetuation of a blatantly unnecessary struggle. We have spent eons chasing our collective tails and our “leaders” could end it all with the stroke of a pen. They know it and we know it. We have both the resources and the will to support peace, prosperity, health, respect, connection and co-operation, but our institutions have become twisted into machines of war, competition, imposed poverty, illness, and control. How? Because we tasked someone else to do it for us. We became comfortable separating ourselves from ourselves. As it turns out, we were our own worst enemy; our very nature carefully manipulated against us.

There are many ways we can begin to find order in the chaos.

Start by looking in the mirror. Ask questions of yourSelf, and open your perspective.

Connect with the Earth. Our intuition is clearest within the realms of nature.

Know your ‘enemies’, both seen and unseen. Know that only light can eliminate darkness.

Transparency ensures Truth. Understand that, if it operates in secret you can be sure it is not operating in your favor.

If in doubt, follow the ‘money trail’. It’s a sure way to know what path someone is truly walking.

Most importantly, come to know your infinite power. Recognize where you give your power away, and where you can reclaim it. That’s where your new path becomes most clear.

The Path of Knowledge

It is true, we have been moulded with deliberately altered perspectives and values into a society dependent on the undependable. But that doesn’t make us victims; Most of us have unknowingly enabled the power structure that has manipulated our collective consciousness, working for and even defending the status quo, following orders and “bringing home the bacon” in a sleepy state of unquestioning compliance. What it does make us is responsible for contributing to the solution, through conscious action.

Simply speaking, we either consent to the deception, or we stand up together and change it, each contributing in whatever unique way the universe provides us individually.

Trust the path of knowledge that you are walking down. As we share our truth, we test our own knowledge and knowing, and cultivate a healthy relationship with our truth. We realize our new awareness is not “all in our head”. We begin to remove the emotional blocks (humiliation, self-doubt, fear) that stop us from speaking our own truth more freely, and we more easily find others to share our path. We learn to live as spiritually sovereign “masters of our domain”. We begin to forge healthier relationships with our Self and others. And by living in our Truth, we find sustenance, guidance and inspiration in new and surprising ways. We re-establish our unobstructed connection to the divine. And we create a blueprint of purpose that benefits us on a vibrational level, as well as Mother Earth. (We’re all interconnected, yeah?)

It’s not always easy to burden a deeper level of awareness but it’s no longer an excuse to “let someone else handle it” either. We have reached a choice point in our human history and we have to decide whether we’re going to stand tall in our humanness and, to find a strategy to turn this energy around, we have to truly understand our position and our part in getting here, and bravely be the change our most authentic self wants to see in the world.

It can feel isolating and chaotic, but in the big picture, we’re right where we need to be on the path of our evolution. These are exciting times! We know what it’s like to destroy together, but do we truly know the power of what we can create together if we’re on the same page? Remember your light and your own power. Our potential is infinite.

Home is Where the Heart Is

“God” is found in the service of Creation itself. She is in the air we breathe and the Earth beneath our feet, the fire that burns the cobwebs away and the spiritual river that cleanses our hearts; not a paternalistic figure in the sky but the divine Mother of Life from whom we are born and sustained, and to whom we finally return. We are a part of her and she is a inextricably part of us. The history we share with her is important. We must learn to recognize her (and ourselves) as the manifestation of divine intelligence, and honor her in our words and deeds.

As we each adopt the common philosophy of “home is where the heart is”, we can begin to heal and re-build our planet and our societies in a grassroots way (literally), supporting and co-creating in our physical communities, online and otherwise.

There is no way to truly live authentically from inside an illusion. As we move into our new awareness, our inner truth and our outer world can become increasingly incompatible. We find ourselves dissatisfied with small changes, feeling compelled to take the leap and re-shape our lives at a fundamental level. This takes trust. Just know that when we begin to walk a different path, new roads will always be waiting for us up ahead. The path of true enlightenment has no dead ends.

So, if you’re in the process of questioning that toxic relationship in your life or the job that makes you feel less than honorable, stop and consider if this article is the ‘nudge’ you’ve been waiting for. At some point, we each have to begin to trust in the process of disconnecting from illusions of the world around us, and all its trappings, and let go of external factors and emotional attachments that speak of our consent and support of this distorted state of existence.

It’s so important right now, as things are surfacing so quickly, to stay in our hearts. On this path of awakening, our “self-work” is never, ever done… because we are infinite and we never stop creating. Creation is, and always has been, all around us. We are a part of creation, and it is a part of us. Co-creating is our purpose for being here together. It is time we take our power back from alphabet agencies and secret agendas. Sharing our unique insights and gifts, we can shine light into the shadows and create a future of enlightenment, not illusion.

Music to drive it home…Michael Jackson ~ Earth Song

About Blueprints for Butterflies:

We offer a variety of Healing sessions, Awakening sessions and Workshops based on your individual needs.  We are all amazingly beautiful and diverse in our awakening and healing process.  Our sessions are highly intimate and personal in the connections we make with you and, as such, are too tailored to the individual’s “energy signature” to list in such a generic way.  If you’re interested in a private session with us, please contact us at blueprintsforbutterflies@gmail.com or go to our Contact Us page.  References available upon request.  All sessions and workshops range in price from $50-$250 and will be fully discussed in transparency upon contact.

If you would like to support our work, we are always seeking others who resonate with our mission of awakening and healing.  Please contact us if you would like to explore working with us.

If you would like to support our work via donation, please click here.  We truly Appreciate (for more reasons than we can count) your loving support, energy and encouragement in its many forms!

Jennifer Deisher is an Emotional Healer, Empath, Intuitive, and Spiritual Transformation Artist. She is the writer of the Moon Hippie Mystic blog and a Contributing Writer for Wakeup-world.com.  She and Aaron founded Blueprints For Butterflies as a safe, loving space to assist and heal others who are Awakening and making a spiritual connection with their Higher Self.  This creates a spiritual, emotional, and creative blueprint that leads to greater peace, awareness, love, prosperity, and enlightenment that amplifies and resonates with an individual’s unique and divine energy signature. To book a private healing session, awakening session or individual workshop; please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com or contact us at Blueprintsforbutterflies@gmail.com.  References available upon request.

AaronAaron Deisher is a psychic medium, shaman, and medical & psychological intuitive.  Aaron specializes in behavioral and paranormal aspects of spirituality.  His unique ability to find and heal “stale” energy leaves one feeling “born again”.  He has the Gift of logic, compassion, and a true connection to Spirit.  To book a private Shamanic Healing Session with Aaron; please contact him at blackwingaaron@gmail.com.  To book a private healing session, awakening session or individual workshop; please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com or contact us at Blueprintsforbutterflies@gmail.com.  References available upon request.

Thank you for stopping by Blueprints for Butterflies!

This article © The Moon Hippie Mystic. Revised and edited for Wake Up World by Andy Whiteley.

The Art of Life ~ Creating through Chaos

Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt that I had a beehive within my heart, and the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from all of my bitter disappointments.
~ Antonio Machado

There is an Art to Life and living if we Learn how to Live it the right way, from the inside out instead of from the outside in.  It requires the willingness to open our mind and heart to our own unique, Creative Gifts.  But, more importantly, it allows us the Freedom to detach ourselves from the matrix of boxes and squares and find that the Gift of Creation is actually Beautifully chaotic.  We become attached to all kinds of unhealthy ideas of what we think we need to be happy but if we look deep withIN we find that what we think we need is mostly of a material, addictive, and external nature.  Everything is upside down in the Beautifully chaotic rabbit hole and we often perceive this chaos as our Lives “falling apart”.

The Rabbit Hole

download (1)There’s terms for this state of being and several come to mind – rock bottom, identity crisis, coming of age, depression, and/or finding the Spirit withIN (which will crack you wide open but that’s another article).  What we learn about Love is backwards in most cases which is ironic because we ARE Love, in its purest form.  The catch, the experiment if you will, was and is to truly find out what it means to be separate and opposite of our true nature which is Love.  The polarity is that Love and hate (fear) are like oil and water so when they interact on an energetic and emotional level we find the chaos, the allergic reaction if you will.  This the dark place, the inky black energy of the Aether, and the rock bottom.  But, it’s also the biggest Gift and our greatest opportunity to find a Creative “spark”…the way “out”.

Even in our darkest and most painful hour, we always have a choice.  It’s just harder to make that choice when we are in an emotional state of change because change can feel like we’re losing something.  To take it a step further, this dying off of the old to make room for the new can sometimes give us the perception of feeling like we can’t go on but it’s really the stale and toxic energy dying, not our Life Force!  But, it so happens that we all have fears and when we go into fear we become less clear on what it is we’re looking for.  From there….well, pack your bag because it’s time to take a trip and this trip is no vacation rather a tumultuous and bumpy ride ultimately leading you to the very same destination!  So, we have to ask ourselves, do we want to take the private jet or pull the rickshaw with all its baggage to get where we need to go?

Emotions don’t make sense all the time.  It doesn’t matter “why?” because we all have our own unique and creative way of processing, perceiving, and evaluating our own experiences.  The best recipe for emotional chaos is to simplify which ultimately brings us to our own objectivity.  We can simplify our emotions into 2 categories, Love or fear.  If you’re not feeling well this will simply tell you everything you need to know.  It means it’s time to clear out the suitcase and make room for something new, something Good – even if it feels upside down (you’re in the rabbit hole, remember?).

The Big Move

Article-4-Hoarding-The-Art-Of-Letting-Go-Photo-1First, it helps to know that we’ve done this before even if we forgot how.  But, when we’re Creating we’re also changing, morphing, evolving, and moving energy – the emotional kind of energy that comes with great weight which is why it’s called EnLightenment.  We’re Lightening our emotional load and unpacking our emotional baggage in order to replace it with more of what our Heart and Soul essence is searching for…. the longing for change and the fear that comes with it.  My son used to say “it’s bark” when he was little instead of voicing the dark but it exists and we have to not only face it but go through it.  Don’t be scared, though, because the darkness is also the Aether which is the spiritual energy of Creation.  The Aehter is the “place” where Miracles are born, Lives are forever changed, and something can come from “nothing”.  The nothingness is still energy because there is no such thing as nothing.  For example, if we make a decision to wait or stand still it’s still a decision, even if it’s temporary.  In the Heartfelt stillness we find the Creative spark we need to set our Universe Afire giving permission for those around us to do the same.  To make the big move we have to realize that it’s a 2 step process.  First, we find the fearful energy looking to be released, and most of us have an awareness of our fears even if we’re unsure how to process them and/or persuade then to move out.  The key is realizing that we need something to replace the fear with and this is the process that we don’t necessarily like so much because it’s uncomfortable at best.

The reason it’s so hard to move is because we don’t always support the Universe in supporting us by focusing on the “what if’s” instead of the Miracles.  Due to societal, familial, and/or religious perceptions we tend to focus on what we can’t do instead of what we can, what can go wrong instead of what can go right, and what other people think instead of listening to the beat of our own Heart.  If we stand still we think we’re doing something “wrong” but it takes great Courage, discipline, and a unique kind of “energy” to be patient and wait for the answers to come instead of fearfully grasping at straws just to make a decision, even if it’s the wrong decision.  We’re creatures of habit and instant gratification forgetting often that we are Infinite BEings.  This is where we get “stuck” going round and round trying to solve fearful problems with the same mentality that created them…more fear.  Solving fear with fear is the proverbial insanity of banging our heads against the wall until we have a “concussion” and can’t think straight at all anymore.

Grab a Pallette

Our rock bottom, uncomfortable,  rage of discontentment is ultimately telling us everything we need to know about what’s not “working” in our Lives.  We may not like what we see when we look in the mirror at some of the fearful, desperate decisions we’ve made but to undo the “damage” we have to go through the darkness in order to see the Light.  The pain of our discontent and anger is the perfect indicator that we are settling for less than what our Heart is telling us we are Worthy of, withIN and without.  We may not like the landscape or the paint we’ve thrown on the canvas but we can change it, move it, enhance it, and color it in.  When we survive our “mistakes” we find we long for a more Joyful, meaningful, enriching, experiential kind of Life that is almost impossible to find as long as we’re thinking that what we want for ourselves is out of our reach.  And, let’s be honest, our demons aren’t very easy to look at which is why they like to lurk just beyond the periphery of our vision.  The ego operates like a secret agent in stealth mode invoking the turbulence of our fear.  But, we have something the “ego” doesn’t – we have our Light.  Darkness is only a blank canvass and the absence of color.  Our Light contains every color imaginable, every possible outcome, and every Loving relationship we ever hope to attract.

Creating something *NEW* is the best way to release emotional baggage and re-color our Lives into something we can’t wait to look at in the mirror.  Life is supposed to be FUN and rewarding, especially when we make the choice to embody our Art of Life and all its endless, beautifully chaotic possibilities.  When we release our fears and Listen to our Heart we find our Gifts withIN – the color, the magic, the eye of the photographer, the voice of an angel, the dancer in all her Grace and Beauty, the yogi who knows stillness is a feat, the words to uplift and empower, the essence of our very BEing.  The Dreamer’s dream comes to Life before our very eyes and it mirrors back to us all that we truly are.  Beautiful Beings of Light and Love who have the power to transcend every dark and fearful thing with our unique and colorful Creator spark in the darkness of the Aether.

Music to drive it Home: Keep Your Head Up ~ Andy Grammer

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About Blueprints for Butterflies:

Jennifer Deisher is an Emotional Healer, Empath, Intuitive, and Spiritual Transformation Artist. She is the writer of theMoon Hippie Mystic blog and a Contributing Writer forWakeup-world.com.  She and Aaron founded Blueprints For Butterflies as a safe, loving space to assist and heal others who are Awakening and making a spiritual connection with their Higher Self.  This creates a spiritual, emotional, and creative blueprint that leads to greater peace, awareness, love, prosperity, and enlightenment that amplifies and resonates with an individual’s unique and divine energy signature. To book a Soul Balancing Session with Reading, please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com.

AaronAaron Deisher is a psychic medium, shaman, and medical & psychological intuitive.  Aaron specializes in behavioral and paranormal aspects of spirituality.  His unique ability to find and heal “stale” energy leaves one feeling “born again”.  He has the Gift of logic, compassion, and a true connection to Spirit.  To book a Shamanic Healing Session with Aaron, please visit The Demon Stop.  To book a  Soul Balancing Session with Reading, please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com.

Soul Balancing Session with Written Reading

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In these swiftly changing waters of Awakening, sometimes we find our head just above water and need a little guidance from “above”.  The reading includes a skype session followed by a written reading and a shamanic energy clearing.  Following the 1-hour skype/phone session, we will give individual and unique soul guidance into answering those pressing questions in the form of a Healing plan.  This allows insight into emotional and/or spiritual “blocks” that may be keeping you from your most Creative, energetic Self.  Once we connect with these blocks it changes how we interact with them and allows us to heal more effectively.  The session will provide you with a divine soul reading and blueprint to restore balance, help you connect more effectively with Source (creative) energy, and energetically clear the physical/emotional/spiritual “blocks” looking for release and Transcendence.   The readings also include insights pertaining to spiritual energy in your auric field, animal totems, power colors, numerology and spiritual guides.  We also work with people who are experiencing the “dark night of the soul”, paranormal activity, and paranormal aspects of psychology.

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Jennifer Deisher is an Emotional Healer, Empath, Intuitive, and Spiritual Transformation Artist. She is the writer of the Moon Hippie Mystic blog and a Contributing Writer for Wakeup-world.com.  She and Aaron founded Blueprints For Butterflies as a safe, loving space to assist and heal others who are Awakening and making a spiritual connection with their Higher Self.  This creates a spiritual, emotional, and creative blueprint that leads to greater peace, awareness, love, prosperity, and enlightenment that amplifies and resonates with an individual’s unique and divine energy signature. To book a Soul Balancing Session with Reading, please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com.

AaronAaron Deisher is a psychic medium, shaman, and medical & psychological intuitive.  Aaron specializes in behavioral and paranormal aspects of spirituality.  His unique ability to find and heal “stale” energy leaves one feeling “born again”.  He has the Gift of logic, compassion, and a true connection to Spirit.  To book a Shamanic Healing Session with Aaron, please visit The Demon Stop.  To book a  Soul Balancing Session with Reading, please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com.

Life as an Empath ~ Creative Workshop

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Empaths or empathic people are wonderfully unique and much more highly sensitive than most.  Being an empath can be a difficult journey, especially when one is just learning that they have this Gift or haven’t quite figured out how to navigate it.  As empaths, we tend to take other people’s emotions on as our own and if we haven’t gained an understanding of how to really come to terms with the myriad of emotions that bombard our emotional field on a daily basis, it can actually make us physically ill or energetically inefficient.  Empathy can be a great Gift but there are side-effects and empaths need a great deal of Self-Care, without it the Gift can quickly become a “curse”.  Empaths tend to suffer from bouts of depression, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, headaches, substance “abuse” and a general malaise or weariness with Life and their (otherwise Loving) relationships.

As empaths, we tend to shut down the emotional “body” but this takes creative and intelligent energy to deflect the emotional “bullets”.  We’ve also been patterned through society, family, and sometimes even religion to feel guilty, ashamed,or in judgment of our own emotions without an understanding that not all of them come from the “empath”.  Founder of Blueprints for Butterflies, writer of The Moon Hippie Mystic blog, and fellow empath, Jennifer Deisher, has created a life changing 3 week workshop designed to use a Creative outlet in order to assist in embodying the empathy gene in a safe emotional space.  We will gently catch and release the emotions that are unhealthy and tiring using your artistic creativity as a tool.  We all experience “negative” emotions, it’s what we do with them that matters.  Blueprints for Butterflies will teach you to use the emotional “poison” as medicine to Heal oneself and others by extension.  We will keep track of your emotional epiphanies and milestones through Art and journaling all while  turning pain and trauma into Creativity and Emotional Intelligence.  From here, you will learn to safely navigate being an empath and learn to use this Gift as one of benevolence for emotional transcendence of Self and others.  There is a reason we are here and if you’re looking to walk withIN and find your purpose and blueprint as an empath while having tangible art, music, poetry, writings, and videos to show for it, we hope to connect with you today.  To register for the Life as an Empath Creative Workshop please contact us at blueprintsforbutterflies@gmail.com or go to our Contact Us page.  Pricing is as follows:

Pricing for the 3 week workshop is $250.  Please click below for payment or e-mail us at blueprintsforbutterflies@gmail.com to discuss payment options or if you would like us to send you an invoice for the Workshop.

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Jennifer Deisher is an Emotional Healer, Empath, Intuitive, and Spiritual Transformation Artist. She is the writer of the Moon Hippie Mystic blog and a Contributing Writer for Wakeup-world.com.  She founded Blueprints For Butterflies as a safe, loving space to assist and heal others who are Awakening and making a spiritual connection with their Higher Self.  This creates a spiritual, emotional, and creative blueprint that leads to greater peace, awareness, love, prosperity, and enlightenment that amplifies and resonates with an individual’s unique and divine energy signature. To book a Soul Balancing Session with Written Soul Reading, please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com.

Empathy and Ubuntu ~ a Philosophy for a New Humanity

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23rd October 2014

By Jennifer Deisher

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Here we are on our beautiful blue green planet, travelling through time and space, hurtling toward infinity. Whether we realize it or not, we are united by our humanity.

As we each begin to flow into our spiritual journey, we become aware of a consciousness beyond our rational 3D comprehension. We begin to question everything we think we know about life and reality. We de-construct the illusions around us, and come to a new understanding of our place in the universe and beyond. And this new awareness is both liberating and extremely confronting, all at the same time.

Perhaps things are not quite what they seem.

The Hierarchy of Needs

We can understand our most basic human needs, and also our higher spiritual needs, through the psychological tool known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs [i]. The bottom of the triangle represents our most basic physiological needs and the top represents our own Self-actualization or Self-awareness (which, not surprisingly, is represented by the “all-seeing eye” at the top of the proverbial pyramid.

A common belief is that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and that our full potential is realized through the practices of love and empathy, and the Ubuntu philosophy. And that’s true! But we can’t ever forget that we are also human too. We have simple biological and emotional needs – such as food, water, and a sense of safety – that must be met in order for our very survival, and although there are a handful of spiritual ‘leaders’ in history who were synonymous with fasting and poverty, for most of us, we can’t even begin to understand our potential for Self-actualization or Ascension until those basic needs are met.

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So as messengers of a new paradigm, our challenge is not just to focus on the development of ‘higher’ personal aspects such as creativity, self-esteem and self-love, but to embrace and support those whose basic (and therefore spiritual) needs are not fulfilled, and help them create the sense of security and belonging they need as stepping stones to self-actualization.

Rainbow Day of Love

My friend, Deb Augenbaugh, decided to do just that when she recently started the non-profit organization Rainbow Day of Love to help feed the homeless population in her home town of Denver, Colorado. My husband, Aaron, and I had the honor of volunteering with her start-up organization this summer, and what we learned was a real lesson on our spiritual journey.

We came out on a Sunday morning to serve breakfast and as soon as breakfast was finished the group immediately formed another line for the next meal. Lesson #1: The sense of insecurity associated with unfulfilled physiological needs is ever-present, and does not go away with just one full belly. The tragedy of this situation is that these peoples’ lives are being spent trying to provide for their most basic physiological needs – quite symbolically, at the very bottom of the pyramid. In other words, they spend the whole day meeting the physiological needs of food, water, and shelter, while the rest of us take such necessities for granted and, as a society, waste the very resources these people so desperately need access to.

That Sunday morning, we struck up a chat with some people after breakfast and heard so many personal stories – war veterans, parents, college graduates – all who have experienced great hardship but are still living to tell their stories. Lesson #2: Survival instincts are hard-wired into our biology, including own need for safety. We each share the same primal instinct to live, and it’s a most natural response to do what we need to do in challenging circumstances in order to meet our most basic physiological needs. And although we may at one time be surrounded by friendship, safety and self-confidence in our lives, our physiological and safety needs that begin to go unfulfilled (whatever the circumstances) directly impact our sense of self and belonging.

Lesson #3: When we let people know that they are valued with something as simple as as smile or a hug or a question, the uplifting affect that loving connection has on their life-force (and yours) is both visible and immediate, sending ripples out into conscious universe.

A Collective Problem

As spiritual messengers and spiritual beings, we cannot speak of empathy if we are seemingly at a level of Self-actualization looking “down” at the reality of others, and dismissing their difficult experience as “creating their own reality”. But in truth, this limited perception is not based on reason or actual experience. We are ALL creating our own reality – and that creation includes a social hierarchy which is competitive by design, and therefore exclusive (to some) by result. If we – humanity – are to ascend to a new way of living, the only way to do that is TOGETHER. And yet our collective tendency is ignore their situation, and in big cities, even step over them in the street. We look to governments to “solve the unemployment problem”, which is an inherent part of our economic structure, and moan about the takers from the “welfare state”.

Not exactly conducive to a sense of safety and belonging, is it?

In reality, the majority of people living in poverty are – like the rest of us – incredibly intelligent, talented, creative and often educated people who have contributed to society, and who today are forced to use their talents and creativity just to sustain life; to survive. And that’s part of the “tragedy” – with basic needs met, their intelligence and creativity could be an amazing asset to our society! But while our society’s focus remains competitive not communal, a sense of belonging and self-realization takes a back-seat to the necessities of life for many people, and our spiritual life-force continues to vibrate on “survival” mode. While people are held by poverty at this base level of awareness, there is little room in their reality for other forms of safety, love, esteem, or self-actualization.

As enlightened beings, we have to be willing to see through the rationalizations of “the homeless problem” and our fears and misconceptions of “the homeless”, and begin to see that they too are spiritual beings who are desperately in need of our love, understanding and support.

The Empathy Card

Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Science is finally beginning to understand what many of us have always known; that we humans are soft wired with empathy [ii]. It’s in our genetics. When we say “soft wired” it means that it isn’t a reflex like a knee jerk or a flight-fight response, rather it’s up to us to consciously exercise and utilize our empathy ‘muscle’ so we can gain a better understanding of our collective journey.

The second of the Seven Universal Laws, the immutable Law of Correspondence, tells us “As above, so below; as below, so above”. [iii] This means that we have an individual journey and a collective journey, and they are interconnected and correspond with one another in infinite synchronicity; that our outer world reflects to us our inner world; that what we choose within, we choose without.

Will you choose empathy and compassion? Or judgment and inaction?

We cannot consider ourselves a compassionate, intelligent, creative race of people until we change our relationship with homelessness and poverty in our society, and on our planet. There is certainly plenty to go around. According to http://www.worldhunger.org [iv]

The world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day  according to the most recent estimate that we could find (FAO 2002, p.9). The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food.

Harmful economic systems are the principal cause of poverty and hunger… Essentially control over resources and income is based on military, political and economic power that typically ends up in the hands of a minority, who live well, while those at the bottom barely survive, if they do.

As we confront the reality of increasingly harmful economic systems and government priorities, the social and spiritual inequity embedded in our social systems can seem near-impossible to overcome.

But it isn’t.

Real, lasting social change begins as an impossible creative spark in our hearts and minds, and manifests in our society from the ground up.

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Don’t Believe It’s Possible?

For those who believe homelessness is an unsolvable inevitability, take note. Since 2005, Utah has reduced homelessness by 74 percent and is on-track to end homelessness by 2015. [v]

How did they do this? Simple. They gave homeless people homes.

Why? Because it makes good sense, even in our competitive economy-driven society.

The obvious benefit is that, by satisfying the physiological and safety needs of marginalized people, they can begin to focus on ‘higher’ needs and rebuild their sense of esteem and belonging. But from a purely economic standpoint, providing permanent housing for the homeless is not only more humane than our system of competition and criminalization – it’s cheaper. [vi]

Utah policy makers realized that the annual cost of hospital and prison stays for homeless people was around $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 annually to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So the state of Utah addressed the basis of homelessness by giving away apartments, and assigning case-workers, as part of the state’s new Housing First program. As a result, Utah is saving money overall, while allowing all residence access to shelter and safety, a place from which other needs can begin to be met.

So far, the program has proven so successful that other states are modelling future programs on Utah’s success… and all it took was some clear, creative and compassionate thinking.

The Essence of Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a philosophy originating in Southern African that means literally “human-ness” or “humanity”. The term is used to represent a humanist philosophy or ideology, known as Ubuntuism, which is based on the universal bond of sharing that connects all of humanity. In our society, which institutionalizes competition instead of co-operation, this idea can seem like quite a paradigm shift. But Ubuntu is more than just a lovely idea, it is the communal foundation on which many cultures are built, ensuring the base needs of all individuals are met and freeing them up to pursue ‘higher’ needs of creativity, problem solving and self-realization.

As consciously evolving beings, we understand that we lift ourselves by lifting others, and that we can’t begin to uplift our world and our planet if we are personally unwilling to empathize with and empower the people who are most marginalized, and whose connection to Self and Source is most hampered by circumstance. When we add the Ubuntu philosophy into the mix, along with our pyramid of needs, we see the much bigger picture. It is about more than just empathy from afar. Instead of just looking at our reality from our individual, albeit empathetic perspective, we must acknowledge our connectedness – that “I am because we are” – and be guided by that knowledge into actions that reflect it back to us. “As above, so below”.

I came across this quote from Shakespeare the other day which says it perfectly: “Fatigue makes cowards of us all”.

We have been riding this wave of ascension for some time now, shining light into the shadows… and many of us are tired. But now isn’t the time to rest. Our collective awareness is expanding, and momentum is gathering.

When you feel that fatigue, look for motivation to those living lives of poverty and uncertainty, whose entire being revolves around providing their most basic needs for survival – and consider the kind of fatigue that comes with that. When you feel that tired feeling that all “conscious warriors” feel at one time or another, remember that “I am because we are”… remember the power you have to generate positive ripples of change, starting with your immediate world… remember that the spiritual ascension of humanity is a collective process… and remember that we don’t just begin to heal others through altruism, we begin to heal our society as well as those pieces of our Self that are asking to be seen through our mirror of experience.

Then, from this compassionate and open place, we can begin to find new ways to fulfill, uplift, and inspire one another – to “enlighten” each other in the truest sense. We can begin to hear each other and meet each other’s gaze, get to know what makes each other tick. We can begin to fulfill each other’s most basic, fundamental, physiological needs, and ultimately overcome the unnecessary suffering of poverty and homelessness – without waiting for our failing, unprincipled governments to do it for us.

So, next time your paths cross with a brother or sister in need, it may be time to see if you can get to know them a little better, and see what makes them tick. Homeless people don’t need our advice on how to get a job; they need food and safety, and a connection to others – the very first steps toward self-realization. But more importantly, they (and we) need a new social system; one that reflects our human oneness and better serves and reflects our commUnity. And in creating that new social model, the perspective of those homeless and disenfranchised people who live on the edges of our current system is invaluable.

We all have a very significant role to play in the conscious evolution of our planet. We have the capacity to break the pattern of our “reality” as we know it, and leave a legacy of love and inclusion for our children, and their children. But first, we must change the way humanity feels about itself, and to do that, we must be able to look ourselves in the mirror and see our shared humanity reflected back at us.

References:

[i] ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ is a theory proposed by psychologist Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation“.

[ii] Ted Talks: “Jeremy Rifkin on the Empathic Civilization

[iii] Tania Kotsos: “The Seven Universal Laws Explained

[iv] http://www.worldhunger.org: “World Hunger Facts

[v] http://www.nationswell.com: “Utah Is on Track to End Homelessness by 2015 With This One Simple Idea

[vi] “Homes Not Handcuffs: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities” – a Report by The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and The National Coalition for the Homeless

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Jennifer DeisherJennifer Deisher believes the art of human connection has been conditioned into detachment from our True Self which consequently denies us the essential Blueprints of our evolution. Driven to share her perspective with the world, her writing has been published on numerous websites around the world. She founded BlueprintsForButterflies to help others connect with their Higher Self and create a spiritual foundation in line with their own individual energy signature.

Jennifer has been sharing her gift of emotional and spiritual Healing through an ability to connect with others via intuition, empathy, and emotional experience. A profound Spiritual awakening opened a creative writing channel that converted her traumas into artistic expression unlocking the authentic Blueprints of the Soul. Today, her unique insight and connectedness with Spirit allows her to guide others into their Higher Self where, our their unique and individual Blueprints await discovery.

For more information, to book a session, or to sign-up for Jennifer’s Life as an Empath ~ Creative Workshop, please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com or Facebook.com/BlueprintsForButterflies.

This article adapted for Wake Up World by Andy Whiteley.

 

Earth School ~ Finding Our Divinity

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Here we are on our beautiful blue/green planet, hurdling toward infinity, united by our Humanity.  As we travel through time and space, whether we realize it or not, we are also seeking our Divinity.  Buried deep inside our Humanity and our DNA we find our Divinity through how we connect and care for one another.  As we flow into our Spiritual journey it causes us to question everything we think we know about Life and urges us to become messengers of Light and Love within the collective of Humanity.  At the same time, we also have to be awake and aware of others, their specific brand of “hardship” and how we go about relating to them from a spiritual perspective.

 

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

hierarchy-of-needsThe symbolism of the triangle and all-seeing eye is something we see over and over again in our society.  It’s used in church, state, and finance but what does it really mean?  In terms of psychology, we have a good idea of how to interpret the triangle through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs[i].  From the picture we can get an idea of what the triangle represents when it comes to our most basic human needs and how it also represents our spiritual evolution or ascension.  The bottom of the triangle represents our most basic physiological needs and the top represents our own Self-actualization or Self-Awareness which is equivalent to the “all-seeing eye” at the top of the proverbial pyramid.   A common theme in spiritual circles is that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and that’s the truth but we can’t ever forget that we are also human too.  We have biological and emotional needs that must be met in order for our very survival and until those needs are met we can’t even begin to understand our potential for Self-actualization.  We can get a great idea in times such as meditation or being of service to others but our full potential comes in style as the “new black” through the practice of empathy and Ubuntu.

My friend, Deb Augenbaugh, decided to do just that when she started the organization Rainbow Day of Love to assist in feeding the homeless.  My husband, Aaron, and I had the honor of volunteering with her organization one day over the summer.  What we found was quite interesting and very relevant to our awakening and/or spiritual journey.  We came out on a Sunday morning to serve breakfast and as soon as breakfast was finished the group immediately formed another line for the next meal.  We struck up a chat with a few people after breakfast and found so many stories, real people including veterans and college graduates who have had great hardship but are still living to tell their story.  The tragedy of this situation is that their lives in this “homeless” moment are being spent having their most basic physiological needs met at the very bottom of the pyramid.  In other words, they spend the whole day meeting the physiological needs of food, water, and shelter.  On the spiritual side, we speak about the law of attraction and that we create our own reality but this doesn’t speak of empathy if we are seemingly at a level of Self-actualization looking “down”.  To take it a step deeper we can say that it’s even its own form of prejudice which is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.  In short, we are all creating our own reality based on our level of Awareness and for some people that level of Awareness revolves around staying alive in the first place.  In this reality, there is no room for other forms of safety, love, esteem, or self-actualization yet it’s society’s tendency to chastise them for their situation.  We have to be willing to see where we have learned to reject and rationalize situations that we have been taught to avoid, make us uncomfortable, or we are fearful of.

The Empathy Card

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Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. 

Scientists are beginning to understand that humans are soft wired with the empathy gene[ii].  When we say “soft wired” it means that it’s up to us to exercise and utilize the empathy muscle so we can gain a better understanding of our collective journey.  The Law of Correspondence (Immutable): The second of the seven Universal Laws tells us “As above, so below; as below, so above” ~ Tania Kotsos[iii] which means we have an individual journey and a collective journey and they are interconnected and correspond with one another in “duality”.  But, we can also transcend duality with our empathy both as conscious and sub-conscious awareness.  Our empathy teaches us Acceptance and benevolence which is when we choose to act in Kindness as opposed to judgment or “prejudice” due to a misunderstanding in our perception.

We cannot be Intelligent without our Creativity and this shows when we look at the homeless “experiment” mentioned above.  We have incredibly intelligent, talented, educated, and creative people who are doing the best they can with the reality in which they find themselves.  All of the Gifts they have are being used to find an intelligent and creative way to survive.  And, that’s the “tragedy” because this intelligence and creativity could be an amazing asset to our society!  It also helps to understand that survival is hard-wired into our biology and it’s a most natural response to do what we need to do in order to have our most basic physiological needs met, including our own safety.  There is nothing wrong in that and it’s true that given the proper circumstances we would all act accordingly in order to Live.

The Essence of Ubuntu

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In truth, it doesn’t matter how we got here or there, it’s what we do with what we learned from the experience and whether or not we choose to let it define us that matters.  This goes towards any aspect of Life whether it be poverty, mental illness, addiction, and/or lack of education just to name a few.  We can’t begin to uplift our world and our planet if we are unwilling to empathize with and empower the people who are experiencing their own forms of hardship, no matter the circumstance.  When we add Ubuntu into the mix with our pyramid and empathy we see the much bigger picture.  We see “I am because we are” instead of just looking at our reality from our individual perspective.

I came across this quote from Shakespeare the other day which says it perfectly, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all”.  And, when our day revolves around a most basic need for survival we have to also understand the kind of fatigue that comes with it.  From this compassionate place, free from judgment, we can begin to find new ways of “enlightenment” and ways to fulfill, uplift, and inspire one another.  We can hear each other and begin to meet each other’s most basic, fundamental, physiological needs if we emotional grasp the “stupid simple” idea that if just one of us is suffering we aren’t as Well as we could be and should be!  If we look into the empathy mirror with the practice of Ubuntu, we can transcend the “duality” of poverty, illness, and suffering that comes from an incapacitated way of doing things.  When we practice altruism we begin to Heal those pieces of Self that were asking to be seen in said mirror.  There is more than enough Abundance, food, water, energy, and money to go around if we pay it forward in the moments our paths cross a brother or sister who needs something it is in our capacity to Give.

So, next time you cross paths with someone who makes you “uncomfortable” it may be time to see if you can get to know them a little better, see what makes them tick, and ask them what they need instead of assuming.  In other words, homeless people don’t need our advice as to how to get a job.  Instead, they need food and safety as well as someone to invest in letting them know they have a future.  We can let people know that they are seen and alive and important with a simple smile or a polite conversation.  We all have a very significant role in the evolution of our planet and we all play a role in embracing our diversity into ONEness.  We have the capacity to leave a Legacy of Hope and Love behind for our children and our children’s children.  Especially if we stop looking to our government “programs”, which aren’t working, and begin to “take matters into our own hands”.  When we finally reach this state of Christ Consciousness it changes and breaks the pattern of our “reality” as we know it.  We can change the way the entire world looks and thinks with random, simple acts of Kindness.  We can look in the Mirror….

Music to Drive it Home ~ Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror

My friend, Munesh, is of service in the most profound way!  He works with “street kids” in India providing food and education.  Part of their daily practice is Sanjeevani (positive aura) through meditation and consciousness projects.  Please check out his website: http://www.parampranyog.org/

[i] Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.[2]

[ii] https://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_rifkin_on_the_empathic_civilization

[iii] http://www.mind-your-reality.com/seven_universal_laws.html#Part_2

About the Writer:

Jennifer Deisher is an Emotional Healer, Empath, Intuitive, and Spiritual Transformation Artist. She is the writer of the Moon Hippie Mystic blog and a Contributing Writer for Wakeup-world.com.  She founded Blueprints For Butterflies as a safe, loving space to assist and heal others who are Awakening and making a spiritual connection with their Higher Self.  This creates a spiritual, emotional, and creative blueprint that leads to greater peace, awareness, love, prosperity, and enlightenment that amplifies and resonates with an individual’s unique and divine energy signature. To book a Soul Balancing Session with Written Soul Reading, please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com.

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