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Week CW18: The Great MKMMA Adventure – The Dance of Shiva

 

shiva-fireIn the Dance of Shiva, Shiva, the Supreme Hindu God of Creation and Destruction, simultaneously destroys and creates reality.

Guess what?  WE can do likewise. As Joseph Campbell said, “We’re not on a journey to save the world, but to save ourselves. But in doing so, you save the world. The influence of a vital person     vitalizes. We save ourselves, vitalize ourselves, and inspire others when we hear and follow the compass within our heart always directing us     towards our bliss.”

Last year, when I began this journey, my imagination was ruled by my ego, continually informing me that I must be good, do good, satisfy the wants and desires of everyone on the planet, and ignore the whisperings of my heart. I had forgotten how to dream.

The Hero’s Journey I undertook in the Master Key Experience changed all of that. It truly was, and continues to be, a journey of http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-open-book-image23651818Mythic Proportions!

My ego continually attempts to entrap me into believing that I must                 aspire  after that which is already my birthright, my divine inheritance, my essence. I dared to harken to the     Herald’s Call, and my life now arises from the applied knowledge gleaned from the Master Key Master Mind Alliance.

Today, I had the delightful experience of viewing Jim Carrey giving a commencement speech to the Class of 2014 at Maharish University. As I watched the commencement speech, I wept. I am so grateful to God for bringing me to this journey, for blessing me with sages along the path of the unknown whose knowledge and http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-reset-your-brain-human-button-image31357862experience and         wisdom imbued me with the tools to break out of the multiplex of the mind, hit the RESET button, and be the light that shines through the distractions created by the ego to illumine the path for others, that their lights may shine forth from happy hearts.

You can fail at what you do not like, so why not try what you love? It’s a great question. Let us be not only those young men who have visions and those old men who dream dreams, but those who engage the universe in Shiva’s dance, destroying that which destroys us and creating that which IS life, and love, and light.

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Week Twenty-Four: The Great MKMMA Adventure – DARE to Live!

 

Nouvelle_JerusalemWhat is the purpose of the Hero’s Journey other than to retrieve your very soul from the pits of hell to which you, your family, your community, your beliefs, and the limitations of conforming to societal expectations have condemned it?

During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived – everyone except the Zen master. Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn’t treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger. “You fool,” he shouted as he reached for his sword, “don’t you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!” But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. “And do you realize,” the master replied calmly, samurai-monk“that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?”

The Law of Least Effort: Defenselessness: “I relinquish the need to defend my point of view….to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view.  I remain open to all points of view and am not rigidly attached to any one of them.

I AM not the body.
The Body is just a subtle instrument of the Soul.
I AM not the emotion.
Emotion is just a subtle instrument of the Soul.
I AM not the thought.
Thought is just a subtle instrument of the Soul.
I AM not the mind.
The Mind is just a subtle instrument of the Soul.
    I AM the Soul.
I AM THAT, I AM.
                         I AM a Spiritual Being
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Divine Intelligence, Divine Love, Divine Power.
                   I AM One with my Higher Soul.
       I AM One with the Divine Spark within me.
I AM a Child of God,
Connected with God, ONE with God, ONE with ALL.
         I AM THAT, I AM.

 

This is the life giving treasure, the fountain of youth and vitality, the secret of eternal life that is revealed within universal-mind-quantum-power-1000x500the heart of the one who harkens to the herald and dares to walk into the darkness of the abyss. What is it worth?  It is priceless. This truth is the treasure the Hero brings back to the tribe, and the truth that the tribe often rejects in spite of their love of the story. This is why the Hero’s Journey is the only story worth telling. Perhaps the telling of it opens the hearing of another who then has the courage to answer his own herald’s call.

 

I invite all of you to tell your stories. What a gift of eternal proportion!  Your life is your gift. It’s the only gift you give, so give it!

Dare to live.

 

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Week Twenty-Two A: The Great MKMMA Adventure – Footnotes in Eternity

 

in-the-stillness-of-the-mind-saw-myself-sri-nisargadatta-maharajThe cacophony of monkey-mindedness ceased.  The rhythm of sleeping, waking, praying, meditating, food preparation, caring for the fuzzies , all to the accompaniment of stillness and silence, worked its way deeply into my soul. 

Stillness:  The Priceless Gift of five days preceded with a day wherein I only had to engage the world once, and followed by two more days of relative silence.  I rediscovered that Stillness is a requirement for my mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being.  At its close, I was filled with gratitude for that time apart, and rested my head on my pillow with happy thoughts of re-engaging the world. Upon awakening, immediately began The Hero’s Second Journey….and that path had many obstacles and adversaries who would not have me return.

My world transformed from round to flat.  Everything was FLAT, Meaningless, Empty.

In The Hero with A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell tells us that many heroes refuse the return to the tribe. Frodo never wasElvesattheGreyHavens able to integrate back into The Shire. Four years after his Great Adventure began, he, together with his Guides, Bilbo and Gandalf, having been granted special dispensation to join the last ship of the Elves, bade farewell to his friends, boarded that vessel and sailed into the West.

Thus began my own edition of Conversations with God. 

Chapter One:  “Thanks, God…….We had over a week to sort these out, and You waited until NOW to change up everything?”

OOOPS!!!!  Use the tools. Turn that anger into focused energy. When you choose leadership, you take on the mantle of Mentor and Guide to others traversing their own Hero’s Journey.  Their paths and your path intertwine, intersect, and connect, as well as diverge.  

Chapter Two: “God, If I had passage on that last ship into the West, I, too, would board her.” 

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OOOPS!!!  Use the tools.  Scroll Six:  I am the master of my emotions.   Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.  Today, I master my moods through positive action.

Chapter Three:  “OK, God. Your Word tells us that you give us the desires of our hearts. That means that You place those desires in our hearts, and then, if we choose to use them, You open the way for their fulfillment.  You imbued me with a heart for leadership and legacy. Right now, they are like unto the One Ring bourn by the Ring Bearer.  [The Ring, being inherently evil, destroyed all who touched it, even Frodo. In and of his own strength, he could not release that great power which had slowly consumed his soul.]  Is THAT my path?”

OOOPS!!  Use the tools. The Law of Dual Thought.  I can attach any feeling to a thought. Pick a different emotion.

Chapter Four: “Ok, Lord. I choose Happiness! Where next? …….. What?  ……. Go Where?…… Do What?” 

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Chapter Five: “Got it!  Thanks!”

My heart is a footnote in eternity.

That footnote is the seat of God in me, as me, and through me.

Peace be the Journey.  Let’s go Dance in the Rain!

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Week Twenty Two: The GREAT MKMMA Adventure – Be Still and Know

 

Monkey%20MindDo you have a Monkey Mind?  I do!  And the electronic age in which we live is designed to promote Monkey Mindedness, activating that part of our brain which causes us to be unconscious.

And I am not talking about unconscious competence, wherein you operate at such a high level that the Universe, that God Himself, is expressing through you.

No. I’m talking about ZOMBIES…..Or a Ghost Army, such as was seen in Lord of theArmy_of_the_dead Rings.  Could it be that those in control of our education system want it that way?  [That’s a political hot potato! And my Opinionator is not permitted to make a statement concerning it!]

Have you ever heard of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction?  You got it……electronic conveniences and amusements are now recognized as so addicting that entire treatment centers and programs have been designed to support people in disconnecting from ‘connection’ and reconnecting to life.

 

The stakes are very high.

What is my life worth?  What is your life worth? 

EVERYTHING.

And so, beginning tomorrow, I am disconnecting. Completely. No phone. No computers. No Internet. No music from electronic sources. No texting. No email. No Facebook. No Twitter. No talking.

All those NOs add up to stillness…….eventually.

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in theOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  1 Kings 19:11-13

Who will I meet in the stillness? After the Monkey Mind stops panicking, after all those Peptides have been starved, after the earthquake, and the wind, and the tempest, and the fire, then God’s voice can be heard.

And my voice as well…my true voice, the voice of my soul.

Five days.

Closer than my breath.

Another on this path told me that my last entry in my journal will be “I can’t take it anymore!”, and that the newspapers will report that my body was never found.  Who knows!!! I may be like Enoch, and taken up unto God.  I believe that actually will take place in spirit. 

awaken-my-spirit1See you on the other side of the Abyss.

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WEEK TWENTY-ONE: The GREAT MKMMA Adventure – Transubstantiation

 

eucharistFor the Western faithful in Christ, Transubstantiation [in Latin, transubstantiation, In Greek, μετουσίωσις, metousiosis] is that point in the Holy Eucharist wherein the bread and wine used in the sacrament of the Eucharist become the body and blood of Christ. This is not a symbolic change, but also a change in reality. It IS the body and blood of Christ even if the outward appearances remain unchanged.

This is one of the great mysteries of faith, surpassing human understanding. The Orthodox Churches beautifully express this as a Divine Mystery.

For the past two weeks, we have been asked to ponder this very thing.  How can Fear, Anger, Unworthiness, Guilt, and Hurt Feelings become tools? How can something ‘common’ become sacred?  How can that which pins us to the mat of destructive habits, become a tool for ascension, catapulting us forward, transfiguring our self-imposed baseness into the image, likeness, and nature of the magnificent beings God foresaw when we were still being knit together in the womb? It has been a fortnight of JacobJacob Wrestling with the Angel, Eugene Delacroix c. 1861 wrestling with the Angel, to be sure!

And wrestling with BIG questions imbues a treasure-trove of wisdom for those who choose to join the fray! This IS the Hero’s Journey!! We do not want to destroy these dragons. We want to love them, to integrate them into our very beings so that the treasure they guard becomes our own.

This is the treasure my dragons gave to me. Acceptance of self and others shows me where I am on the map so I can proceed to where I want to go.

Fear gives the gift of courage and triumph, and the joy of overcoming.

Anger gives the gift of compassion and understanding, and the ability to be of service.

Unworthiness holds within it the gift of the power to see clearly, to consciously choose to step back into my God-given perfection and magnificence.

Guilt gifts me with honesty, owning my actions and thoughts, and then moves me into courage to make it right.

Hurt Feelings bestow upon me insight, perspective, and then laughter!  Do I really think I am the target of malice? I get to change my story about ‘it’ and restore harmony and love to my life.

mount_doomAll of these grant the opportunity to consciously choose the direction of my life, to choose disharmony or maxfield_parrish01harmony, to live the Hero’s Journey or to die, to see clearly or to rub Vaseline on my sun glasses, to live in the miracle of creation powered by Love, or to cut myself off from God, wither, and die. It is truly a musical dance of the spheres. I must go through the disharmony, embrace it, accept it, and then move to the exquisite harmonic resolution wherein harmony is restored.

I either open the spicket of Love in me and as me, freeing it to powerfully flow through me, or I turn the spicket off, stopping the flow.

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It’s up to me to choose transubstantiation.

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