Category: Overcoming adversity

reincarnationWhile considering our greater existence and how our life experiences may fit into other aspects of our being, I have seen some possibilities that deserve further explanation.

At our core [in non-physical reality] is an entity, or higher self if you will, that projects aspects of itself down through the personality into these bodies and the egos by which we know ourselves.

These lives are not its only experience of physical existence; rather, that entity also projects itself into other bodies in other dimensions (times and places), some of which may not even be upon the earth. For that matter, it may also project itself into other non-physical realities as well, but that is something beyond my understanding for now.

This is a time when many aspects of those other, multi-dimensional lives (prior, future, other worlds, etc.) are being pulled into this moment, integrated into what we are now.

Shifting Perspectives

The key to getting the full experience of a physical reality is a complete immersion within it. That’s because life is meant to be savored in the here and now.

But from within that immersion, the suggestion that some part of us exists beyond it is usually pretty hard to swallow. To think that we are anything more than we know can rob us of the full benefit of what each moment offers.

Nevertheless, the looming Ascension is opening the door that keeps us apart from our other lives, raising a possibility that may not only divert our attention elsewhere but also change the very way we go about our lives within this world around us now.

The wider it opens, the more we can see the experiences we are going through now from a perspective greater than that of the ego of this life. For it allows us to glimpse the entirety of our being as we assemble the pieces of other lives that seep into our awareness, like archaeologists trying to assemble a distant past from a few scattered fossils

As these pieces are examined, we begin to see patterns that don’t fit neatly into a single life, and very well may recognize the continuity of our experiences across multiple lifetimes.

One thread may begin in this life; another may end. Moreover, the remaining experiences of those life-threads may very well play out in one or more of our other, multi-dimensional “lives.”

I know some find it hard to consider reincarnation as a serious possibility. For them I’m sure it’s even harder to fathom the idea that we may be just a minuscule aspect of a greater entity that uses many lives to gather the experiences it sets out to get.

Those who do, however, may find such an expanded perspective might help them to understand some things that happen that just don’t seem to fit within their carefully-scripted life plans.

For as we draw into us these aspects of other lives, we may find we don’t even recognize who we are or understand what we’re doing. It can even cause us to feel disjointed at times, unable to make choices or even see possibilities to work through the situations that present themselves to us.

Sure, we can try to explain it from a rational view. But then, it can test our ability to justify to ourselves why we now have interests or abilities we never had before, or lose those upon which we once heavily relied.

Of course there may be other ways to explain it. But then, why shouldn’t this one be given as much credence as the others, at least until “proven” otherwise?

The proof may be in the pudding.

After all, how else can one explain why otherwise intelligent people who go through life competent in one field be unable to apply what they’ve learned into success in another?

What might cause them to be able to roll along without a care, and then one day the wheels fall off and they suddenly are unable to accomplish even the simplest of tasks that used to come with ease?

This is often the fate of the awakening server. Here we are, working so hard to make a difference while living a life that works, and nothing that we do seems to go right.

How could this be?

Perhaps the answer is that the greater entity sets the course for our lives (and not the ego that thinks it consciously chooses its path), and it does not want the “problem” to be solved. Rather, it wants to experience what it’s like to be within it, and thereby frustrates our egoic efforts to escape.

Moreover, the intention of this “higher self” may very well be to experience this frustration, knowing it is a preliminary step to the integration of abilities from other lives that would better enable us to meet such a challenge.

If so, then it may be that our job (at an egoic level) is just to ride out the experience while we assimilate into a single embodied whole aspects from our alter-egos in other realities.

Perhaps, though, the cause is an energetic change within us triggered by our being readied for multi-dimensional integration that disrupts our ability to function within the world, in effect “short-circuiting” our ability to function adequately in one area of life or another.

This might explain why a person’s ability to function in the world can be so severely affected that even the simplest things become major obstacles, like losing the ability to relate to mainstream ideas or communicate in language the average person can understand.

Whether these in fact result from the integration of multi-dimensional aspects I cannot say. For it is entirely possible they occur for many other reasons as well, not the least of which might be sensitivity to the forces blowing through our world.

All I do know is that we are changing in myriad ways that affect us both energetically and in our capacity to function in the “real world,” transforming us into beings quite different than we were.

Recreating Humans in a New Image

If I didn’t know better (and I don’t), I might think that God was designing a new human to function within the 5th dimensional energies predicted to be coming down the road.

Like Pablo Picasso’s paintings that took a piece from here and put another piece there, it’s hard to tell what the final product will look like.

But from what I can see, it doesn’t resemble a human being as we know it, much less equip us with what is needed to live in the world around us today. Rather, it’s more like he’s turning us into Galactic Humans as the Galactic Council suggests we’re becoming.

However it is seen, our task is to figure out how to deal with it and get on with the business at hand.

I suggest that way is to consider these changes as indicative of a work in process that has not integrated all the necessary parts. There is nothing to fix and nothing to heal.

The disjointed and disconnected energies of our lives are simply indicators that we have farther to go to complete our identification with the whole. Whether that includes absorbing aspects from other lives is something we’ll have to discover along the way.

My recommendation is therefore to stay focused on our efforts to know ourselves and what we’re all about, and evaluating all that happens in our outer world for the value it offers us to see the inner conditions that cause it.

This knowing will allow us to move through the transition with greater ease while we shift from what we were into something else that we are not yet, learning new skills, gaining new perspectives, and integrating new practices along the way.

And that in order to function, we need to learn to live in a world of dislocation, because what once was an accepted way of doing things may not now work the way it used to.

How Can We Adjust?

It’s not enough that our world is in an uproar, or that so many are struggling with health, money or other issues. Sure, those alone should be enough to motivate us to try new approaches to replace old ones that no longer serve us.

But for our own peace of mind and relations with the world, I suggest that peace may be more easily had by understanding the implications of our multi-dimensional preparations for Ascension.

Rather than thinking of our lives as a haphazard series of events that gradually brings about changes in consciousness, by pulling back our perspective we can recognize that any one point in time is merely a snapshot of a transitional process carefully choreographed by our inner self.

And when we do, that allows us to realize the things turning our lives upside down are being manifested to help us move through a construction process that will be completed in due time.

Anyone who’s home has been ripped apart for remodeling knows how disconcerting such circumstances can be. It seems as if the work will never end, and our emotions can be stretched to the limit as we try to cope.

It is much the same with what is going on in many lives right now. We are in this transitional state, facing challenges of monumental proportions that we are powerless to end or even speed along.

We can fight the process and struggle within it, but then our best efforts to right the ship probably won’t even make a dent in changing our lives into what we’d like them to be.

Or we can allow it to go forward as it will, doing what we can to ride them out in a better way.

The energies of struggle anchored in life’s challenges are not ends in themselves. Rather, they are simply responses built upon ignorance of our awakening and its relationship to the unification of our whole.

For these dramas are not fixed points or the ultimate objective, but rather snapshots of a fluid process that most of the time we aren’t even aware of. As was written in the Bible, “This, too, shall pass,” so will they.

And the more we see and understand the greater picture that is being constructed, the more we can detach from those dramas and recapture the energies we need to move smoothly into the future.

That movement is so much easier when we look beyond our immersion in the now to keep one “eye” on the greater entity and the multi-dimensional aspects it’s pulling into us, even when we don’t quite know what they are or where to find them.

This shift in perspective will in turn empower us to see the illusions of separation that keep us apart from that higher self and other lives, and impair our ability to see ourselves as whole.

What to Look For

How can we recognize these barriers that keep us locked in illusion?

Look for variations in the normal patterns of your life or areas of continual struggle that never seems to be resolved.

For me they come when I “hit the wall,” manifesting as a sort of zoning out that comes when I am searching for an answer I haven’t yet found or waiting to hear a voice that refuses to speak.

Normally such things would come instantaneously upon demand. But when I hit that wall, there is nothing I can do. It’s as if I’m looking into the darkness, trying to see what’s on the other side without any way to illuminate or peer into the shadows.

It’s as if my ego sets up a defense mechanism to keep me away from one of the illusory barriers, perhaps fearing that if I get too close something will bleed over to move me through the struggle and spoil my experience of this reality.

When that happens, I’m faced with one of three choices. I can keep beating my head against that wall. I can stay where I am and wait, hoping the situation will change and I’ll later find a way through. Or I can look for another way to do what I want to do.

You may have such moments in your life, too. Only you will be able to recognize them and to realize their significance. Only you know will know when to push through them, and when to try something else.

When you find such obstacles, their importance is not to cause you to sit around waiting for a multi-dimensional piece of your puzzle to appear. Looking won’t manifest it any quicker, and your awakening will continue whether you find it or not.

Instead, see it as a marker pointing to a part of you that you do not yet know, a realization that in and of itself will expand your consciousness and the knowing of that of All That Is.

When you can, this may help you to understand a little more of what is going on within your life so you can meet your struggles with a little more ease.

In closing, may your shifts be gentle, and your expanding knowing bring you ever-closer to all that you already are.

Go with love. I am

john

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challengesThese are challenging times. Our material foundations are crumbling. So are our moral, educational, and spiritual ones as well.

Sure, some are holding on for dear life, trying to keep afloat the old order. But it’s getting harder and harder for them to do that.

The situation is causing many to feel anxious about the future. In fact, that future is now for a lot of people.

Jobs are gone or at risk. They’re behind in their rent or house payments. Bank accounts are depleted. Credit is choking them and creditors are clamoring to be paid. Even those who still have assets are feeling the pinch as their retirement savings and other investments have gone in the tank, sometimes even threatening to disappear altogether.

And they left to wonder, “What will happen to us?”

Once upon a time I was good at coming up with solutions to problems like these. I could see the way out and suggest things that might get them there.

I still know and see these things. The problem is, they don’t seem to work any more.

A New Game

Things have changed. It’s harder and harder to make a buck. People are scared, and holding onto what little money they’ve got.

Starting a business may still be possible, but it’s more important than ever to pick your spots carefully. Because that road to break even may take a lot longer than before, and your ability to raise the funds necessary to carry you and grow could be impaired by the current climate.

It’s all because the rules in this game of life we’re playing have changed. Uncertainty reigns.

While prosperity may be the ultimate objective, survival is now the order of the day. The challenge for us all is to figure out what we have to get by, and learn to live as well as we can within whatever the situation brings.

So before we learn to walk or even run to escape the problems that are developing all around us, maybe we need to just sit down in the midst of it and take a breath.

Yes, that’s right. Just plop yourself down where you are and take stock.

Sure, the wolves are beating on the door. But that doesn’t mean we should get all riled up over the possibility they’ll break it down and we’ll be invited to supper — as the entre!

Heck, we can only die once. But the way things are, we’re dying a death of a thousand cuts, little by little every day. Is it really necessary to do that?

Is this what our lives are to be about, killing ourselves moment by moment thinking about all the negative consequences that could happen while clutching for straws to find a way out that never appears?

Yet, even if the worst we can image does come to pass, life will go on. Maybe not the way we want it to. But somehow we’ll find a way to survive, no matter what happens.

So why keep dying a thousand deaths waiting for whatever is going to happen?

What Can We Do?

All we can do is just keep doing our best to meet whatever each moment brings. Maybe it won’t turn out the way we want it to. But it will turn out the way we need it to for the evolution of our souls. Our job is to find the value, appreciate it, and then move on.

The question for us all is how will we do that? What is the quality of the experiences we’ll allow ourselves to have along the way?

Will it be more struggle and suffering in the midst of the outer chaos? Or will we look for ways to remain at peace in spite of all the ruckus going on out there, even when it threatens to huff and puff and blow our houses down?

I don’t pretend it will easy. Nor that it will be very comfortable. But I suspect you’ve been through hard times before. They’ve passed. And with time, these will, too.

Like any loss, it will hurt as the life you’ve worked so hard to build is ripped apart. In fact, your insides may feel like they’re being torn out by the roots.

But once you’ve been in it a while, you’ll realize that those emotional upsets don’t do a darn thing to make the situation any better. In fact, they make it considerably worse, causing you to act in ways that really don’t reflect who you are at your core.

Understanding uncertainty can help, particularly knowing that these situations are allowing you to see deep-seated fears of losing things you can’t take with you anyway when you leave this world. These fears are based on attachments to things and beliefs that don’t necessarily serve you so well.

So while you’re sitting there, just realize your fear is triggering these responses. That fear is the reason they’re happening. So you can see it and let it go.

How? Look for the attachments it’s wanting you to see. Try to cut their emotional strings.

You don’t have to be a monk or live in the street, but be prepared to be as fluid as you can. Don’t crash up against the obstacles in your life. Begin trying to flow like water around them.

The only way to do this is to find your peace. Go to the place of silence inside. Listen. Ask to be shown the way. And you will be.

Living in peace is the ultimate act of love for yourself. And love is the key to moving forward into a new world for yourself and for us all.

Once you find your peace, new possibilities will begin to reveal themselves, empowering you to set off on a new course to build a life that truly serves you — and the world.

The life you save will be your own. Try it today.

Go with love. I am

john

 

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obstaclesMany of us are experiencing obstacles or adversity in one form or another.

Often it comes when we set our intention to go in a particular direction (or get a particular result, like health or money). We move forward a bit. Then hit the wall.

So we regroup and try again. Then we hit that wall. Maybe we try another approach. Bang. Or even set off in another direction. Oops, there it is again. No matter what we do, we aren’t breaking through these obstacles (though the way they manifest may change).

For other things, though, our way is paved with ease and simplicity. It’s as if reality is inviting us to give up whatever we were trying to do and go do something else. Giving us an out from the path we’ve chosen for our lives.

What’s going on?

Our callings — I call them missions — often take us into this wall. And though there are pleasurable aspects of life where we don’t have those barriers, they come more as diversions to round out life, rather than places to take up full time residence.

For instance, I enjoy my morning walks. But they don’t really serve anyone other than me. And if I were walking all day, they probably wouldn’t serve me for very long, either. My body would rebel, not to mention my mind.

Our missions are the expression of an inner voice that leads us to contribute something to the world. But it sure seems that the contribution we try to make is far less important than the experiences it brings us along the way.

When we hit that wall trying to perform our mission, it’s allowing us to see things in us we’d rather not. Like perhaps some seed fear that we’ve built up over many lifetimes and implanted within ourselves to keep us from going down that road of pain once again.

Perhaps the road we’re on will bring that pain once again; maybe, though, it will finally allow us to have the impact we want to make.

These walls we hit are manifestations of those inner conditions. We’ve created them so we’ll have to stop and address the underlying condition.

Maybe that means breaking through the wall by force of will. Then again, for me at least, when I those barriers, the more I try to force it, the bigger that wall gets.

Perhaps life is trying to tell me to deal with it now so it won’t crop up even bigger somewhere down the line.

What are the walls you’re hitting, and what are they telling you about you?

 

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jd-rehab-photo_optStruggle and suffering are everywhere in our world. So don’t be surprised if you find a little in your life, too.

Don’t think that because you’re having some troubles in your life that you’re the only one struggling right now. Many are going through it in various ways.

The question is, how do you struggle? What are you going to do with it?

After all, you created this situation for the experience it’s bringing you. What are you getting from it?

Is it triggering fears? Making you despondent or depressed? Is it causing you to judge yourself for failing to do one thing or another that you might have done to lead you down a different path?

Most of the time we try to buck ourselves up and push through whatever’s welling up at the moment. But that’s the last thing we should do. Rather, we created it to be experienced.

So go ahead. Be depressed. Or afraid. Or judgmental. You have my permission.

But realize that you are more than the personality that is experiencing these feelings. You are the self at your core, where your soul looks on in dispassionate observation, always loving, always connected, and always offering light to guide you through the darkness.

It is here that you are connected to your source, the place of knowing where the silence bears all that is and can be. It is here that your inner voice speaks to tell you how you might better use these experiences and move through them to the ones to come.

You are more than the mind that experiences these emotions and generates the thoughts that trigger them. You are the love and light within that never gets upset, that never suffers, and never struggles in any aspect of its existence.

Perhaps from such a perspective you might see that in now doing so, you are giving yourself a great gift. For what greater gift can one give to the source of all that is than the experience of separation from it and then the joy of remembering that connection and drawing upon it to move through the darkness of life’s difficulties?

Yes, these can be challenging times. No doubt about it. But you didn’t create them alone. We all came to create them together, to experience them together, to use and move through them together to discover something more about who we are and what we’re all about.

If you think you are only the encapsulated ego caught in the throes of a life turned upside down, then you may find it difficult to find the value of what you have created for yourself.

Moreover, you may have denied others the gift of how you might use it for their benefit, to ease their way and help them connect more closely to their source as well.

But if you see your life as does your soul from its perch on high, periodically diving into the depths of darkness to find the light that exists even there and how it can be used to illuminate the path for you and those whose lives you touch, then perhaps you can take solace from the temporality of the moment’s struggles.

“This too shall pass,” a wise man once said.

But the self at your core never can. It will not die if your body does. It will not bear pain if you are beaten or oppressed. It will not carry with it fear or hardship if you lose your home and are forced to start over, some how and some way.

Your soul will use those experiences as only it knows how, always expanding in its awareness that it is never separated from its source. Just like you are never separated from it. You are it all. You are one.

Your life is an illusion of separation in which you immerse yourself. When you realize you are not separate, then you will draw from that soul the love and light you have inside to pierce the darkness in your life and lead you through it in the way it needs to go. Without struggle. Without suffering. And always with peace.

Be the peace that you are, my friend. It starts by finding the silence within.

If you need help doing so, don’t hesitate to ask for help. That’s what we’re here for.

 

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mummy1These can be dark and difficult times.Obstacles abound. Adversity is everywhere.

What will we do with them? What CAN we do with them?

Each of us must decide this for ourselves.

We can immerse ourselves in the tremendous energies that flow through us, especially the emotions they elicit as they cause our inner conditions to vibrate. When we do, though, we risk getting swept away by our own dramas and succumbing to the fears and desires that set them in motion.

Or we can look at them as opportunities to address the junk we’ve built up inside and clean our inner houses once and for all. Then, once free of its hold, to consider new ways to see and go about our lives without all the conflict and turmoil that now swirls about.

This choice is one we must make for ourselves each and every day. It would be nice if we could make it once and be done with it, but it doesn’t happen like that. For the old ways don’t just go away with a snap of our fingers. We have to work at it to recreate ourselves as well as the reality in which we live these lives.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither will be the better tomorrow we seek.

Make your choice how you will meet today. Learn and grow from it. Know yourself a little better, as well as what’s going on inside that is reflected in your outer world and how you react to it.

Then, tomorrow when you get up, make another choice. And do the best you can to execute it. That’s all you can do.

Adversity doesn’t have to stop you. Neither do problems. Or dramas. Or any of the other challenges that can arise along the way.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I assure you it isn’t an oncoming train. But just because it’s there doesn’t mean you won’t have to step off the tracks now and then to let one pass.

If I can help with your journey, please ask. God bless you indeed.

john

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