Blue Water ~ Minding Emotional Pain

blue water“We cannot change anything unless we accept it.”
― C.G. JungModern Man in Search of a Soul

There are times in life’s journey when we simply feel blue.  We sense something is ‘missing’ and emotionally fall into feeling the absence of something stronger than its Presence.  Hidden in these moments is an opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth as the universe is opening a doorway to transcendence.  It’s our choice whether or not to walk through it.  Emotional and spiritual time are not ‘linear’ which is why  we may find ourselves emotionally triggered at anytime in life regardless of ‘timing’.  

What happens when we’re having a hard time processing our emotions?  Most likely, the ‘programmed’ mind will begin to lead us astray in resistance to finding and retrieving these pieces.  The ego tends to create familiar or repetitive stories around the emotion because the mind has its own way of interpreting information.  It draws from the past and our patterns of behavior in order to interpret and filter our reality. The mind has a hard time letting go of “what’s next?” so the tendency is to go back because it’s familiar.  It may obsess on past or future events in order to prevent the true origin of the emotion to surface.  We may perceive anger as pain, bargaining as OCD, material worth as self-worth or loss as obsession; the vastness of our emotional expression is as diverse as the human condition.

Questioning how we’re feeling and why doesn’t bode well for keeping the ‘status quo’ and we expend a great deal of our energy trying to sustain said ‘status quo’.  Many societal expectations tell us that feeling and expressing emotion is weak or unnecessary. When we have a belief system around this idea, it leads to emotional resistance which is why we have a mental and emotional health epidemic on our hands where the ‘quick fixes’ being prescribed are as dangerous as the cause.  Denying emotion can lead to adverse mental effects and psychological complexities that chronically deteriorate our well-being on every level  We become depleted and find it  increasingly difficult to function in a healthy capacity.  The pressure to release these emotions encourages us to find an acceptable way to emotional and spiritual balance as we learn to navigate the paradox of the deep below, the subconscious and unconscious mind.

The Paradox of the Mental Universe

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“The law of polarity states that: Everything is dual, everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree. It is also the first of the mutable or transcendable Universal Laws. It means that there are two sides to everything. Things that appear as opposites are in fact only two extremes of the same thing. ” ~ Tania Kotsos – Mind Your Reality

It’s normal for the mind to resist new ideas and experiences as it prefers consistency and patterns.  However, the more we try not to focus on something, the more we deny its existence, the more fiercely it will get our attention.  For instance, we may have a fundamental trauma around the emotion of abandonment so we focus on feeling connected by filling our lives with casual relationships to jobs or friends instead. But, we don’t let anyone get too close because we haven’t addressed the underlying, root issue.  Deep inside we’re also afraid of intimacy and acceptance.  We subconsciously keep distance in relationships which causes us to feel the abandonment on a deeper level; by trying not to focus on it, we’re still re-creating it rather than confronting it.  Fear of intimacy, acceptance and abandonment are all varying degrees of the same primal wound – the internal root grows many saplings.

Whether we look at emotional release as healthy or detrimental is all in the perspective.  The fact remains that it’s our responsibility to take care of ourselves by listening and responding.  The hardest thing is making peace with our own turbulence but we truly can’t have it any other way.  Life is moving, it’s not waiting for us to decide but it’s encouraging us to lighten our emotional baggage as we go.  When it’s confronted it ultimately leads to spiritual en-lighten-ment but as it goes unchecked it brings a great deal of ‘stress’.  When we finally stop running, we literally pass through the ‘mental’ realm of our own loveless projections; what we know as ‘judgement’ of self and others.  We have to love our ‘karma’ because it’s the universal reflection of our deepest wounds and greatest gifts all at once.  

This is when we see that 2 opposite extremes can both be true at the same time. The child of ‘abuse’ becomes a loving parent but finds themselves triggered later in life by the dichotomy of self as parent and child.  The wound is still there but our perspective is always changing so we can heal on a deeper level.  In spirit, all is One and “as it should be”.  We are human beings processing information and sometimes we have a hard time finding acceptance. The big hairy monster in the closet is typically our very own resistance to something we already know inside.

Blue Water

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Pain is a natural occurrence of the human experience and emotional pain is no different. Unlike physical pain, emotional pain can be avoided and denied until we have gone from pain to suffering.  Additionally, we sometimes go through tough and transitional moments in life such as a loss, endangerment or even a natural shift in perspective that causes doubt or insecurity to arise.  When we learn to sit in stillness with our emotions, we learn to reach a meditative state as the observer.    Sometimes we can mistake base mentality thinking or listening to the ego’s rhetoric as being ‘mindful’ of our emotions.      

In spirit, we learn to connect with the vastness of Love in the Universe but we all have an inner antagonist.  A purposeful response is protecting our own dignity and self-worth by finding out what it is and what it wants.  We can’t make this connection with our mind rather we must make an emotional and spiritual connection through our heart.  It requires a part of us to step aside and this is where we need to find patience.  It can be difficult to quiet the mind.  If it weren’t, we wouldn’t notice that everyone seems to be talking while, at the same time, no one seems to be listening.  We all want to be heard but we have to also learn to listen; listen to Self, the Earth, the Art, the Music, the Yoga, the Breath, the Wisdom of our Sage and timeless Spirit; the infinite withIN.  The universe speaks in a quiet whisper, the ‘ego’ speaks quite differently.

We are all healers.  By healing self, we open the prison doors to emotional freedom and expression.  It’s okay to contemplate and question.  Ultimately, it’s our ability to find sanity in an insane world that is natural and organic.  It’s in our nature to be curious about the universe and, when we play the universal scavenger hunt, we become demystified…our own mystic.  When we look to nature and natural creation to soothe our wounds, we detach from the deafening rhetoric and find a place to plant new roots.  We must rely on the truth of our eternal spirit to grow free from our primal wounds and the distractions of society’s limiting institutions.  When we decompress from our pain, we heal the individual and collective psyche.  Letting go lifts the burden of tension and brings clarity helping us better manage what’s on our proverbial plate.  Clarity returns as spirit takes over lighting the path to a more peaceful way of being.  

We can’t have both worlds – to be true to self we must honor our inner world and our emotional wounds.  Blue water sometimes feels more like fire water.  The fire burns off the dense energy that creates the patterns and programs of insanely doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.  As we leave the insanity and face the ‘wake of damage’ it left behind, the water soothes the burn of ‘regret’ .  Remember, honest emotional expression is Beautiful.   It’s every color of the rainbow.  Blue is the color of our truth and our divinity.  It’s a Gift, even though it may not feel that way in the moment.  It’s what we create with it that matters.  Something Blue, maybe?

Music to drive it Home: Rascal Flatts ~ Feels Like Today

Jennifer Deisher is the writer of the Moon Hippie Mystic blog and has been published on several Consciousness and Healing websites including Wake up World and OM Times Magazine.

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The Medicine Wheel of Time and Karma

The only reason for time is that everything doesn’t happen all at once ~ Albert Einstein

There’s a tool in our toolbox that we all came “here” with and we all have access to.  There’s a ladder lying around somewhere inside the labyrinth of boxes, squares, patterns, emotional addictions and the insanity of doing the same thing over and over even though it doesn’t work.  Once we find the ladder it’s a timely process of patience, persistence, and (most importantly) a Heartfelt Intention to make the climb.

There’s no such thing as zero other than in the binary code of the “matrix” or the universal law of duality.  Time in the spiritual world doesn’t exist as we perceive it on the earthly plane.  Spiritual “time” is  relative to our karmic experiences and whether or not we choose to transcend and learn the lessons the universe brings to our attention, the “karmic wheel” if you will.   There is no concept in the universe that includes a zero outcome yet we find ourselves, intentionally or otherwise, spending our time going round and round in the cause and effect of duality but the wheel of time never stops turning.  We perpetuate our patterns and run from the only person who can provide any kind of white knight rescue… Self.  Wherever we go, there we are.  In that, we can consider  a different perspective in regards to time and the shift in consciousness by saying that “time” is a form of karmic responsibility.  This karmic responsibility is there for all of us which is why it’s true that what comes round goes around or why it’s important to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  The karmic wheel is a gift for us to rise above energies and emotion that is hampering our spirit so that we may reach a higher state of grace and abundance withIN.  With a little currency, a dose of how the roles work in the human drama, a new perspective on time, and our ladder of transcendence we’re prepared to heal our “karma”.

The New Currency

live-with-intention-mary-anne-radmacher-quotes-sayings-picturesHeartfelt Intention is the “new black” and an important enough concept that it should be considered as spiritual “currency”.  As we climb our ladder we can overcome any obstacle with our Free Will and Heartfelt Intention keeping in mind that wishing harm on another is never coming from the Heart.  We can still become awake and aware without losing ourselves in negative emotion.  This is prayer, the law of attraction, and emotional imagination playing to positive change and the best possible outcome – the orgasm of Life at its most fulfilling, enlightening, and loving experiences.  We cannot climb our ladder of transcendence without it.  But, let’s face it, words are words but intention is ALL about emotion.  If everything is energy (and it is), we don’t have to spend lifetime upon lifetime playing out the human drama through an unaware individual and collective mind.  We are all participating in the dream and we all have a karmic responsibility to each other to begin to dream a new one.

There are common threads throughout time, religion, and culture that suggest there is a shift that must occur at some point in our human history.  It’s a state of reaching a point of no return and a realization that we are collectively pressed against a ceiling that must break until we realize that there is no ceiling.   When we find the ability to observe the similar experiences that the universe brings to us for Healing we understand that the wheel keeps on turning, regardless of whether or not we’re actively participating.  What we resist in terms of karma will ultimately persist in such a way that we can no longer deny what the universe is trying to bring to our attention.  The medicine can be a little bitter going down but if we turn our receiver on we find the medicine Heals, it’s up to us what kind of energy we use to confront it .  We can decide to see the medicine wheel as a negative experience or as a beautifully expressive renaissance of the heart and spirit.  When we have the proper mindset and courage in facing our individual and collective karmic responsibility, we can also begin to see the gift.

The Human Drama

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We come into this world with preassigned roles that we’re expected to adapt to and participate in, even if it feels unnatural to our BEing.  Our roles are based on gender, social status, race, financial wealth, and goes on and on and on.  This has led to a state in society that speaks of judgment, fear, and apathy leaving us missing the entire point of our existence.  We tend to judge or deny the issues that we’re fearful of, been taught to avoid, or find distasteful in some way.  From there, we create emotional roles for ourselves to feed our “ignorance” (ignoring our own nuances and/or truth) which is just another way of saying we haven’t chosen to learn something yet.  The emotional roles in the human drama typically take on the character of either the victim/martyr, the oppressor/antagonist, or the savior/messiah all depending on the relationship.  When we take the time to realize that we’ve played all of these roles we can begin to see them for what they are and why we continue to play out our drama on an individual and collective level.  It’s like a game of musical chairs in which we deflect or deny the role of “victim” because none of us wants to be the star and victim in our own life story and being a martyr takes a lot of unnecessary energy.  The first step in re-writing the play is identifying and nurturing the aspects of ourselves that are wounded in the first place.  The key is not creating new roles but looking toward our unity and divinity.  In unity, we resonate with the vastness of Love without the need to assign roles, labels, and words to something we have to be open to receive, feel, and experience.

We are all capable of horrific things just as much as we are capable of beauty and love.  When we look into the mirror of our relationships and find ourselves unsatisfied we have to take what we find and apply it to Self.  For example, if we’ve had a turbulent childhood relationship with a parent and then, for lack of a better blueprint, become the parent you loved to “hate” in the first place.  We are taught on a most basic level that it’s unhealthy to express emotion, especially if learned we this in childhood.  We’re told to sit still, be quiet, and don’t speak unless spoken to so it becomes a negative experience if we find ourselves longing to express emotion.  If we’re taught that emotion is something to be guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed about then we find ourselves resisting our own healthy emotional expression.  From there, we begin to feel guilty, ashamed, and embarrassed for feeling our very own emotions.  But, we can transcend these roles from a healing place and the vastness of love which doesn’t assign roles and labels of limitation.  If we choose to face the fall-out and consequences of the lives and relationships we’ve created we find that mistakes are only that, mis-takes and not failures. We can learn to forgive, let go, and create a brand new blueprint with a foundation of unconditional love as its anchor.

The Wheel of Fortune

Another way of looking at universal “time” would be the karmic wheel of fortune.  The medicine wheel, as it’s known in Native American Indian culture, represents a karmic, peaceful balance with the Earth and each other.  When we think of “zero point time” we can relate it to transcendence or a graduation of sorts because we’ve worked through a stale, energetic pattern and we have an unwritten, clean slate in which to Create.  This doesn’t mean we’re not going to have ups and downs in life rather it means that we can get the difficult times much easier knowing that we will get to the other side as a more complete and happy person.

We tend to look at time as linear with events happening one after the other and this is true.  But, time is also a wheel and a cycle.  We may not find the exact same events or opportunities because change is constant in the Universe.  But, we will find similar opportunities are presented to us so that we may release neuroplastistic forms of behavior which is our patterns and emotional triggers.  We tend to get lost thinking we missed this boat or that train leading to feeling like we missed a  plethora of other golden opportunities that most surely will never pass this way again.  It’s true that our thoughts create things, at first.  The very first step is changing the neuropathways in the brain from a negative to a more positive approach about life and all its infinite possibilities.  But, the true key to creating and manifesting is through our spiritual and emotional “body”, our energy signature.  If we perceive our karmic lessons as punishment we’re completely missing the gift of transcendence.

Jacob’s Ladder

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 We can use our ladder to climb our way out of the underworld.  The karmic wheel takes us down into the deep so that we can shed our skin and begin to let the light of love shine through our BEing.  When we use the wheel to create rather than destroy we find our greater purpose for being here.  We can’t be or do great things if we’re still dancing around in the “underworld” expecting our lives to get better with negative emotion which leads to negative experiences.  The truth is, the more we have a problem with something or someone, the more we have an opportunity to heal and reach a state of grace.

Letting go of negative emotion is the gift of enlightenment.  It doesn’t mean that we won’t have down times or feel negativity.  It doesn’t mean we get to escape the pain or the grieving process either, but it does mean that we get through it.  We have to understand that when times get tough it’s against universal law for them to stay tough.  It’s in the raw, honest emotional truth that we get to the root cause of our pain and trauma.  Letting go is hard to describe in words as it’s an emotional unpacking of energy that isn’t in alignment with our higher self and purpose.  But, we can decide to release it through a new focus, forgiveness, or (my personal favorite) the healing technique of ho’oponopono.  We can make a conscious choice to heal others through the healing of Self as everything starts from withIN and radiates outwards through an energetic expansion.  We can decide that we’re sovereign from the pain and negativity of others, even if the energy is specifically directed at your BEing from another.  What we find distasteful gives us our greatest opportunity to reach an understanding.  We are all on our own path and came here to have different experiences.  We can never walk in the shoes of another or expect to have the same reaction to the same circumstances as everyone else.  Our diversity and uniqueness is our gift if we can transcend the energy of lack, judgment, hate, abandonment, betrayal, resentment, jealousy, fear and apathy.  These emotions open the door to the “underworld” from where our inner demons are birthed and take root.  Furthermore, they are ill equipped companions to have on the road to Shambhala.  When we release these emotions, we also release our shadow side enabling us to embody more Light, Love, Happiness, Peace, Balance and Abundance.   As we climb the ladder out of the underworld we find golden tickets of opportunity lighting our path to a newer, better way.  It’s our “time”, moral responsibility, and of the utmost importance to engage in the Gift of Life!

Music to Drive it Home ~ Take Me To Church

Jennifer Deisher is the writer of the Moon Hippie Mystic blog and has been published on several Consciousness and Healing websites including Wake up World and OM Times Magazine.

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Empathy and Ubuntu ~ a Philosophy for a New Humanity

Ubuntu-Empathy-the-New-Paradigm-for-HumanityBy 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.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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

 

This article adapted for Wake Up World by Andy Whiteley.