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THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE LAND

I used to live at the Findhorn Foundation from 1977-1984 and it was great to see this blog post about the community.

CLIMATE CHANGE & CONSCIOUSNESS

THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE LAND: How Nature Teaches Us to Be Resilient Leaders

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines, Ph.D.

It is more than fifty years since Eileen and Peter Caddy together with Dorothy MacLean enjoyed the mythical giant vegetables they first grew at Findhorn. Yet, the abundance of their simple wisdom continues to be harvested. The soil they found where they pitched their caravan was barren, sandy and rocky and they knew little of gardening. However, growing their own food was a practical necessity, surviving as they were on Peter’s unemployment benefit of £8 per week. How were they to do it in sterile soil with little knowledge or experience? It was Dorothy who first received guidance from within about how to garden co-creatively with the ‘intelligence of Nature.’ Her awakening to direct communication with the unseen beings of the natural world, which she called ‘devas,’ not only resulted in many wonderful…

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What On Earth is Going On?

In our journey through the ages from being particles of stardust to our current selves, we have come to a place now where we are being pushed to take a leap into a new and different way of being human. Through many past generations we have developed the incredible gift of intellect and have begun to understand and control the world within us and around us. We have learned to express our intellectual power, building a world that would have been completely unimaginable only one thousand years ago. Yet we cannot rest comfortably here, for the world we have built now presents us with challenges which cannot be solved at the level we utilized to build it. We are pressed to evolve again in order to survive this new situation.

In the process of developing this capacity, our intellect has overshadowed any sense of who we are beyond itself. Intellect frames who we are in terms of ideas, temporarily blinding us to the reality behind those ideas. We have been caught in a golden trap where our lives are for the most part confined within a web of thinking, unable to escape from relating to everyone and everything through our ideas about them.

Yet in each generation, some small percentage of our ancestors have pursued various contemplative traditions, building an ongoing connection with what lies beyond intellect, a golden thread if you will — a human capacity which portends our possible escape from the trap our minds have us caught in, shining a light on our collective passageway ahead. We have planted for ourselves the seed of our next stage of development and it is growing. It is the capacity to open up to what is, to experience the fullness of life without filtering and limiting everything through our preconceived ideas about it. Because of the nature of the challenges we are presented with at this time in history, it is time now for this seed to grow from isolation into the mainstream of human life – from the cloister into the marketplace.

All around the world, the fruits of this seed are beginning to develop and ripen. People are beginning to wake up as if from a long sleep. Contact with those pioneers stimulates the same capacities in others and a new and wonderful contagion spreads. New possibilities become visible that could not be seen before. The felt-sense is that of having a new door of perception has opened. Life is radiant with vitality, people are seen as unique expressions of divine grace, the answers to the previously intractable world issues are already in the room.

Intellect is no longer is in charge of having to figure everything out and can assume a new, more do-able role as servant of something beyond itself and is less subject to initiating self-defense type activities and more prone to just exploring what is possible. The thought-based operational self which the intellect created to try to run everything and survive, is no longer in change. We find ourselves a part of something larger and much more stable and secure. Intellect becomes the most amazing tool.

To be alive now, at this critical juncture between the potential for humans to meet the challenges of our time or self-destruct is both a privilege and an opportunity. Many people are thriving as pioneers here in the midst of the pain of the dying of the old order. This is truly a renaissance of human nature arising at a time when the old world’s forms, organizations and thought processes are beginning to fail us. Many people are already beginning to build on the new possibilities, even as they are dwarfed by the weight of what is failing all around them. New structures spring up like weeds.

Because this is just beginning, these pioneers often can feel isolated and overwhelmed. Yet I would argue that these far-flung pioneers of a new humanity are in fact already all parts of one movement stretching across the globe. I would also argue that it is the work of this time to begin to make connections between ourselves, forming a network which transcends all the differences once separating us from each other and solidifies our true unity in the oneness of all life in a way that we can palpably feel and be supported by. We have the technology to form this network, and all around us humanity is beginning to awaken.

Writing Again At Last

RussianRidgeApril2013Sorry its been so long everyone.  Now there is a series of books that have been trying to come through for a while  but I’ve been overly busy at work and not able to focus on it. The series is “Opening the Way” and the books are the various ways as I see it. The first volume is “Opening the Way Through Connection”, something I have been learning a lot about during this hiatus from writing.

Finally now I’m developing a steady early morning writing practice and the words are flowing.  I have noticed this before, that half the effort in writing books is setting up times within which to write. Its as if once the container is in place, the words can flow.  Below is an excerpt from what is flowing…

“The possibility that the seemingly imperfect separate self might be perfect as it is and have what it takes to be a very important link between heaven and earth, is part of the information that flows from that deep source within me.  It feels like it calls to me from the field of possibility in my core identity. Then the human Alice responds to that call by arranging my outer life in whatever limited way is possible to accommodate what is coming from that source. I arrange my life as best I can to honor and express the knowing that comes from my center. I set my alarm clock extra early, I try not to let my busy schedule squeeze out the openness.  I write.
?What flows from you will be different from what flows from me, and your response to it will be different, because we are each so incredibly unique.  This does not mean one of us is right and the other wrong or misguided.   I give my own experience, my perspective, my expression not as as Truth with a capital T.  It may be my truth, but that doesn’t make it yours and that doesn’t make your differing viewpoint wrong.  When we hold our knowing in this respectful way, as one piece of a larger puzzle we are assembling together, we are inviting an openness to be in the space between us.  We allow each other to be different and count it as a blessing, not a curse.”

Life As It Is

Neither disappointment or judgement
could ever really frame
the improbable enormity
of the world as it is…
With its iridescent sunsets
and its terrible tsunamis…
It’s hopeless misery,  heartless violence,
radiant glories and trembling first loves.

This life in the world shines forth
through all its various garments,
beyond all of its passing acts
— something quite beyond
their sum combined.

Put together good and evil
love and hate, rich and poor,
violence and compassion
and the fertile mixture
just springs forth with new life
to embrace, in new depth
the expanse of stars
— the miracle and glory of itself.

No more will I insist on
a world without refugees or hunger,
without hate, or divisiveness, pain or suffering.
Those things do not deserve
my judgements or disappointment, thinking
that life has somehow not met my expectations.

I simply open my heart
and let that exact part of the world
that is my part — that is me
fly free and join with the rest,
in this dance of ever-continuing creation.
No more to judge the dance
but simply to dance it.

Establishing a New Base of Operations (part 1)

As we meditate and otherwise explore our inner dimensions, we become increasingly familiar with the contours of that inner territory.  We feel into who we are on so many different levels.  We get to know the feel of our bones, our muscles, our emotions, our conceptual capabilities, our ideas about ourselves, our noisy monkey-mind, our direct knowing and we stretch into what higher realms are also within our reach.

We  may explore the downward stretch into connection with Earth and with the whole human experience we are at one with in our roots.  Our ancestors and our relatives the plants and animals and all of life meet us there in Oneness, giving us a base, an unshakable foundation on which to build a life for ourselves that is a natural outgrowth of that natural line of development, of evolutionary progress and of belonging to something quite beyond the self of our past.

The old isolated self, the old base of operations (the one that was built from our thinking) is no longer capable of leading us forward.image

We find we can begin to reach upwards into a newly opening dimension of human consciousness right now.  Something new is seeming to be available to us here, something almost like another dimension, an internal one.  We are able to make an upward stretch into territory that was not there before. A new capability is coming alive in us.    It seems to hold all of our future possibilities and call us forward individually and collectively – to enter into our evolutionary next step. and to invite the future possibilities that wish to unfold within it.

Absorption in the Current

We have all been conditioned to look at ourselves and each other and notice that we are human beings, separate from other human beings, having been given particular tasks to work on. Our differences have been accentuated. Each of us has different challenges, different strengths, different personalities and a different path to the divine. We see ourselves as unique expressions of the human experience, as unique flows within a greater flow – the one which animates all life. These flows might together be called a “current”, because of its energetic similarity to how electricity flows through our houses, streets and towns, splitting and coming together as it enters our homes to be utilized by all of our personal needs, in all of our individual, unique and personal spaces.

“Current” can be another way of talking about the electric-like energy which animates life – which moves through all of us to lesser or greater degrees depending on how open we are to it. If we are open to it (if our circuits are not blocked with unintegrated material) it can provide us with physical energy, with perspective, information, creative ideas, and with knowing what to do and what to say in the flow of the present moment.

This current flows into our human bodies’ electrical networks through our connectedness with the larger system of which we are a part. Yet through hologram-like structures in our seemingly separate human organisms, we actually are not just connected to the larger system but contain and are the larger system. Defying linear logic, we contain the larger system and the larger system contains us equally.

Neither do we leave our human selves behind in order to connect with the larger energetic system, current or field. Instead we discover access to the larger current through embracing the fullness of being individual humans. As the self-rejection and making-wrong patterns so long embedded in the human psyche let go and the fragmented parts of our humanity begin to be gathered and embraced, then the energy is able to flow through the circuits of the human system as the larger current itself.

Thoughts, actions, words, feelings, sensations appear in our human experience as unique expressions of the larger energy, the current itself. The human is not moving along in a current not his/her own, it is instead what we actually are most deeply. Neither are we surrendering to the current as if to an external force or deity. The experience is one of actually being the current, the animating force of life, as one ventures into the world participating with creative input that blossoms when our personal histories and our unique perspectives join with the greater flow of life.

We then find that we are a unique and irreplaceable part of something quite beyond our small and separate selves. We see that we have a contribution to make that is unlike anyone else’s. We may be one intelligent being together, but as individuals we also each carry a unique and important thread very much needed by life. We are each needed for the strength of the whole and our impact enhances its effectiveness in expressing the new possibilities for humanity’s future now emerging.

Check out the new pages of the Evolutionary Collective’s website

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http://evolutionarycollective.com/new-to-evolutionary-collective/

Are you ready to awaken to a new level of consciousness, beyond mindfulness and contemplation?

A consciousness that doesn’t require that you sit alone?
A consciousness that is multi-dimensional, fluid, spontaneous, and radically free?
IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE EVOLUTIONARY COLLECTIVE AND NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT ATTRACTED YOU HERE…
You’re being called to a new world that is just beginning to emerge, like many of us.
Yet you can’t quite put your finger on what “it” is.

You’re not as inspired by the spiritual work you’ve been doing. You’re longing for love and creativity with others that’s more powerful and profound. You aren’t sure how to find your true tribe – people who are ready to create something new together.

People at the leading edge of a new paradigm always find themselves “groping” – a term used by Teilhard de Chardin. Like seekers who head to the Himalayas to find their guru or Buddha – you may feel a discontent. You have been longing for something that is out of reach, and may have an inkling of what is calling to you.

If you hold on and listen to what’s coming through, you’ll discover that the longing is not personal. What you hear is evolutionary consciousness itself wanting to come into the world, in and through us.

A higher order of human relating or Unity consciousness is calling to you, and to many of us. The Evolutionary Collective is committed to gathering those of us who are ready to move to the next stage of human evolution. We are deep practitioners of personal and spiritual development. And being so guided, we recognize that our current path of individual development will not take us to the next stage of Unity consciousness or yield the significant results that are required of us now.

http://evolutionarycollective.com/new-to-evolutionary-collective/

One Mind Arising

MercedSouthFork3.29“At present, people create barriers between each other by their fragmentary thought. Each one operates separately. When these barriers have dissolved, then there arises one mind, where they are all one unit, but each person also retains his or her own individual awareness.

That one mind will still exist even when they separate, and when they come together, it will be as if they hadn’t separated. It’s actually a single intelligence that works with people who are moving in relationship with one another. . . .

If you had a number of people who really pulled together and worked together in this way, it would be remarkable. They would stand out so much that everyone would know they were different.“

~David Bohm (physicist, philosopher, & mystic)

from: http://evolutionarycollective.com/blog/all-together-now/

Recent Learnings on Stress — Thank you David Hawkins

My busy and sometimes extremely stressful job has been taking overly much of my attention in 2014.  I’m learning to look at this as a generous teaching on the part of life instead of only just something I need to fix.  I am being taught about the nature of stress and anxiety (its more subtle but equally dangerous cousin) including how I create it, where it comes from, and so on.

This quote from David Hawkins’ book Surrender says it so well.

Thank you David.

“The real source of “stress” is actually internal; it is not external, as people would like to believe. The readiness to react with fear, for instance, depends on how much fear is already present within to be triggered by a stimulus. The more fear we have on the inside, the more our perception of the world is changed to a fearful, guarded expectancy. To the fearful person, this world is a terrifying place. To the angry person, this world is a chaos of frustration and vexation. To the guilty person, it is a world of temptation and sin, which they see everywhere.

“What we are holding inside colors our world. If we let go of guilt, we will see innocence; however, a guilt-ridden person will see only evil. The basic rule is that we focus on what we have repressed. Stress results from the accumulated pressure of our repressed and suppressed feelings. The pressure seeks relief, and so external events only trigger what we have been holding down, both consciously and unconsciously. The energy of our blocked-off feelings re-emerges through our autonomic nervous system and causes pathological changes leading to disease processes. A negative feeling instantly causes a loss of 50% of the body’s muscle strength and also narrows our vision both physically and mentally. Stress is our emotional reaction to a precipitating factor or stimulus.

“Stress is determined by our belief systems and their associated emotional pressures. It is not the external stimulus, then, that is the cause of stress, but our degree of reactivity. The more surrendered we are, the less prone we are to stress. The damage caused by stress is merely the result of our own emotions.”

This post is from Andrew Venezia’s thesis on “we-space”.

Originally posted on newwaysofhumanbeing:

This post represents the heart of my thesis– after doing ten in-depth interviews with people skilled and experienced in facilitating We Space, I coded the interviews to come up with a list of themes that were present throughout the interviews. (A more in-depth methodology is presented in the thesis itself, starting on page 7).

This is what I came up with. The themes are presented here without elaboration– obviously there is a great deal of elaboration in the paper itself, and I will continue to be posting regularly about the contents of the thesis in the coming months.

Appendix H: List of Themes from In-Depth Interviews

1) We Space is a distinct and newly emergent intersubjective state with great potential for addressing our human crises at this moment in time.

2) We Spaces differ based on who is participating in a We Space, what the intent, goal, or object…

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