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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Living in New Earth Wisdom

Love openly and deeply;

Invite and say "yes" to the experiences of co-creating new earth;

Value yourself, human life, earth and the natural world, treading lightly on the planet;

Initiate into deeper understanding as you share and help others to heal and grow;

Live humbly as No One in true joy and compassion;

Listen and realize your Godself within as you move through your day;

Play and have fun!

from Matrix Magic Playbook

Matrix Magic Playbook Tip - Cherish Yourself

To cherish someone or something is to protect and care for them lovingly.  If you cannot cherish yourself, it is impossible to fully cherish another.  The value of your life needs to be cherished and protected.  This means that you do not abuse yourself, nor do you allow abuse from others.  When you can truly treat yourself with loving kindness you will know you have integrated the new earth energy of pure self-love.

ACTION TIP #1  - Play with Matrix #49 following the usual instructions.  Then add the following questions :

1.  How have I been wounded by the masculine?
2.  How have I been wounded by the feminine?
3.  Gaze at the matrix as you ask your own inner masculine to reveal himself.
4.  Gaze at the matrix as you ask your own inner feminine to reveal herself.

Balance between these two aspects of yourself is imperative if you are to truly be able to cherish yourself.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Human 21st Century Lessons in Ethics and Reverence for Life

Noah's Ark Stock Photo - 9398152

A Prayer for Animals

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion 
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals, 
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

Attributed to Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer's quest was to discover a universal ethical philosophy, anchored in a universal reality and make it available to all of humanity.   "A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help."  I would add all of the kingdoms in the natural world are sacred and should be treated as such.  Schweitzer was ahead of his time in this remark.  I think he was seeing into the future or sensing the lessons ahead.

In every century there is a collective lesson to be learned.  In the 20th century, I believe that lesson was about power.  In the 21st century, I believe the lesson will be about ethics.  The lessons of power naturally transitioned into the lessons of ethics.

His definition of ethics is summarized in this statement.  "It is good to maintain and further life; it is bad to damage and destroy life. And this ethic, profound, universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion."   

 In a flash of mystic illumination in September, 1915, as he was steaming up the Ogooue River in Africa, Schweitzer was on deck, thinking and writing.  "At the very moment when at sunset we were making our way through a herd of hippopotamuses, there flashed upon my mind, unforeseen and unsought the phrase Reverence for Life."

Reverence means to regard or treat with deep respect.  It  is ethical and it is an alive quality of the new earth human, who intrinsically lives from the consciousness of reverence, rather than from the destructive force of survival consciousness.  We have taken Darwin's theory of natural selection, which he intended to mean "better adapted for the immediate, local environment"  and morphed it into "survival of the fittest."

"Survival of the fittest" places us in competition for resources, creates winners and losers, and is directly contributing to the decline of our culture.  Our choice is to continue on this path until life no longer can be sustained or we can choose to catch  a whiff of the uplifting quality that comes from choosing reverence for life.  If we turn our heads around now and wake up to the truth of how we treat each other and how we treat the natural world, we may still have a chance to create something great.  If we are unwilling to bend, we will face the outcome of that choice.

We all must start today to transform our biases, prejudices, judgments, insecurities and the myriad of our separating, destructive thoughts. It is not easy to take personal responsibility to do so.  It is very easy to say that everyone else needs to clean up their act.  The act you need to clean up is your own.  No more excuses.  Fire up your reverence for life.  Include reverence for your own life too.

In the meantime, pray for the animals.

Play with matrices #10, #17, #22, #40.

If you are enjoying the blog posts, I am glad.  Pass them along to others who might enjoy them.  Even better, take out your playbook and begin to clean up your act.  Encourage others to do the same.  Together, let's create the best possible outcome for the 21st century and beyond.  We can do this.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Matrix Magic Playbook Tip - Personal Transformation

Exploring consciousness through Matrix Magic Playbook is not just fun, it is a powerful tool for  transformation.

A brilliant, conscious future is possible for all humanity, but we all have to take action to get there.

ACTION TIP 1:  Select one matrix from the Playbook.  Imagine the matrix as a pie and focus on one piece of the pie at a time as you select the keywords and answer the questions.

ACTION TIP 2:  Think of a concern or issue you are experiencing right now and write it down.  Select a matrix, and do the process.  Go through three rounds with word combinations.  If your answer hasn't yet come after three rounds, ask "what is my block?" Do the rounds again.  The answers will arise.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Three Blind Mice or Your Intuitive Compass


Three blind mice. Three blind  mice,
See how they run. See how they run,
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tail with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?

Remember singing this rhyme as a kid?  The music and a version of this rhyme was published in Deuteromelia or The Seconde part of Musicks Melodia in 1609 by Thomas Ravenscroft, an English musician, theorist, and editor.  He was notable as a composer of rounds and catches, and especially notable for compiling collections of British folk music.  He was a teenager when he wrote Three Blind Mice.

The original lyrics are:

Three Blinde Mice,
Three Blinde Mice,
Dame lulian,
Dame lulian,
the Miller and his merry olde Wife,
she scrapte her tripe licke thou the knife.

I always thought this was a rhyme about  three poor mice who got in the way of some crazy lady with a big knife who had it out for rodents.  The origin of  words to the rhyme are actually based in English history.  The farmer's wife refers Queen Mary I, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.  Mary was a staunch Catholic and her violent persecution of Protestants led to the nickname 'Bloody Mary.'  The reference to 'farmer's wife' apparently refers to the massive estates which she and her husband King Philip of Spain owned.  The three blind mice were three noblemen who adhered to the Protestant faith and were convicted on plotting against the queen.  Mary did not have them dismembered and blinded as referred to in the rhyme, rather she had them burned at the stake, along with 280 others over the course of her five-year reign from 1553 until 1558.  A chip off of her father's block.

The course of human history is fraught with stories about the persecution and death of those who rebelled against the rulers and ruling paradigms.  These stories are encoded in our cultural memory through story telling and, I believe, are encoded in our DNA.

We have within us both the drive to speak out, even rebel.  We also have within us the fear of the consequences.   The drive moves us forward, the fear slows us down.  We feel guilt if we don't move forward and shame if we do.  We have been living within this dynamic at least since the time of Jesus and probably before.

If you do not believe this dynamic applies to you, ask yourself the question, "How many times have I wanted to do something I knew was right for me but did something different because I was influenced by the opinion of others? More simply, "Do I care what other's think?

By Mayan calendar timeline, spiritual prophesy and because we say so, the new era was birthed on December 21, 2012.  The shift was very subtle, imperceptible by most.   Like raising a child we must carefully care take our new earth into deeper manifestation.  This cannot be done if we continue to be influenced in our decisions using the compass of what other's think about us. We must allow the stories of the past to fade away and develop the courage to roll shame and guilt over the cliff.  In taking the brakes off our voice the truth spoken will set us free.

Our new compass is our own inner voice.  It is that still, small voice within speaking to us in every moment that will guide the way.  There will be times when our inner guidance is to move in a direction that opposes popular opinion.  And it will be at these times that we must breathe deeply and go forward.  We can't rely on the Internet, our mother or father, our friends, our boss, etc. to provide accurate information for our choices and path.  Ultimately it is our own inner voice and spiritual compass that will show us the way.

If we behave like three blind mice, we will get our tails cut off.

Play with Matrices #42 and #23.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Spiritual Awakening Out of the Straightjacket of Self-Sabotage

Fortunately,  most of us will never know what it is like to be locked inside a real straightjacket.  I am sure it is not a comfortable experience.   However, we are locked inside another kind of straightjacket.  The straightjacket of our own self-sabotaging thoughts.

Day in and day out our mind chatter plays.  "I feel guilty about.... I feel shame about.... I'm no good at..... I'm too.... I just can't....Nobody really cares about me because....I'm unlovable because...  I'm such a failure around...."  We drive ourselves crazy with the incessant rambling.

The straitjacket was once a treatment for mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders.  The straitjacket, also known as the camisole, was invented in France in 1790 by an upholsterer. At the height of its use, it was considered more humane than traditional restraints made of ropes or chains.

Up until Freud began to unlock the doors into better understanding of the human psyche, doctors did not understand what caused patient behavior.  They cited possible causes of mental illness as  "religious excitement," "sunstroke", "reading novels."  They believed that the patient had lost control over their morals and that strict discipline was needed.  They used straitjackets to control and restrain patients in a variety of ways.

As archaic as these ideas and treatments seem, our addiction to mind chatter is as archaic.  The new era of higher principle in human development into which we are moving, leaves behind the heavy, self-sabotaging thoughts as a mechanism for advancement.  This dualistic thinking is outmoded and you cannot spiritually advance unless you make radical changes towards lighter thinking.

Now is the time to break your habit and begin to anchor positive thought.  Here is a link to some helpful suggestions:

Ways to Stop Negative Self Talk

Spiritual awakening cannot happen unless you change the way you talk and think about yourself.  We no longer have the luxury of indulging limiting beliefs of any kind.   Unbuckle, step out, and burn your straightjacket!  You might just find your wings of light.

Play with Matrices #22, #17, #27

Monday, January 21, 2013

Proof of Heaven

A friend recently recommended the book "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander, M.D.  An easy read with short chapters.  My kind of book.

Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon who spent a week in a coma, miraculously recovered, and tells his story of his near death experience.  He is telling his story within his own scientific community, apparently without censorship.  I don't know what it really takes to blow scientific perspective into next Sunday, but Alexander is giving it a go.   Good for him.

The energy of heaven comes shining through his gripping story.  The message he received is simple.  "You are loved, deeply cherished, forever. There is nothing you have to fear. You will always be loved, and there's nothing that you can do wrong."   I was stopped in my tracks by the jewels I found within the book's pages.   For those of you who are energy sensitive, you will enjoy the book's energy as well.  I sat and contemplated it all over a steaming cup of chai.  It was a delicious reading experience.  Not taxing on the brain, but opening of the heart.

Critics will always be critics.  Naysayers will always be naysayers.  Let them have their say.  In the meantime,  I suggest you give the book a read and see what you experience.    Here is the link to his interview with Oprah.

Proof of Heaven Oprah interview

$8.00 on Amazon

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Silver Lining of Authenticity

Journey down the road of life and remember every cloud has a silver lining

 'Silver lining' was a phrase coined by John Milton in Comus:  A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle in 1634.
I see ye visibly, and now believe
That he, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill
Are but as slavish officers of vengeance,
Would send a glistering guardian, if need were
To keep my life and honour unassailed.
Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
I did not err; there does a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night,
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.
Yeah, whatever.  I think it has something to do with chastity.  I guess I flunked that course in college.

From 1634 onward, usually citing Milton and referring to them as Milton's clouds, 'clouds' and 'silver linings' were often referred to in literature.  The language of Victoria's England changed the expression to the one  with which we are familiar - 'every cloud has a silver lining,' which I believe has become an archetypal expression.

Carl Gustav Jung developed an understanding of archetypes as being "ancient or archaic images that derive from the collective unconscious."   Archetypes are influencers to our psyche's.  They are universal in their application.   Some Archetypal examples are "the stepmother," "the hero," "the caregiver," "the explorer," "the sage" "the wounded healer."

Archetypes endure and contribute to cultural  function and dysfunction.  They move us, pull us, influence us and provide measures of motivational patterns that drive human behavior.  Powerful and when applied to current culture, the phrase 'every cloud has a silver lining' serves as an archetypal influencer, which is demonstrated in the the academy-award nominated movie Silver Linings Playbook.

 A surprise to me, this sleeper earned eight Oscar nominations.   Embedded in this edgy dramedy (comedy/drama) is the portrayal of human suffering and overcoming.  A story of two mentally disturbed, appealing young people who fight past their demons, following the roller coaster of their feelings, to find their silver linings.  The author of the book upon which the movie is based, Matthew Quick, has his own silver-lining story.  Quick was an English teacher in New Jersey and followed his own gut to quit his job and write a novel.

Within all of us is a desire to find that silver lining.  We dance and celebrate when we find it, we despair when we don't.  How exactly does one find the silver lining?   We begin by assessing our "silver lining attitude."   Ask yourself:

l.   Do I believe my clouds have a silver lining?  If not, why not?
2.  How does this archetype play out in my life?
3.  Do I feel I deserve success and happiness?
4.  How have I handled the failures in my life?  How do I bounce back from the curve balls?
5.  How do I judge myself?
6.  What would happen if were truly successful?  How do I self-sabotage?
7.  What is my general attitude about life?
8.  Do I live with an open-eyed, realistic life view or do I prefer fantasy?

If you haven't figured it out yet, attitude is everything. "Happily ever after" comes and goes and  is an archetypal bombshell perpetuated by those fairy tales we all heard as children.  Do you wish to live in a fairy tale existence or do you wish to live an authentic life?   Authenticity requires a realistic view and willingness to see what is.  The only way to come close to finding that silver lining is to live as your authentic self.  That necessitates your knowing yourself and living from your own agenda.  It also necessitates a willingness to be seen.  That alone scares the crap out of us.

In the movie, Pat, the male protagonist proclaims, "You have to stay positive and if you do you have a shot at a silver lining."  Lets' decide to  travel down life's road,  positive attitude in hand and reality in our pocket.  That's a good start towards creating a new world.

Here is a link to the movie trailer:

Enjoy the movie Silver Linings Playbook .

Play with Matrix Magic Playbook and begin down the road into self discovery.  Allow your own silver linings to emerge.

Ask yourself the questions above as you play with Matrix #38 and #48

Friday, January 11, 2013

Red Lips - The Kiss of Kindness Transforms our World

The red lips are haunting me.  Red lips will do that.  Here is the story.

I was at the gym.  Now, gyms can be very scary places.  They can be an assault on the sensory system.  Sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.  Whew.....Overload in all directions.  I have learned to filter out the extraneous smorgasbord of sensory input to focus on  the matter at hand.  Exercise.

Navigating my way through the minefield of equipment, I heard a snarly voice speak to me, "thanks a lot."  I turned around to check the source.  There in front of me were the biggest red painted lips I had ever seen.  You know the kind.  Bright red lipsticked lips, lined outside the lip line with even darker red lip pencil. The extreme paint on the lips congruent with the darkly dyed hair, and the angry demeanor made her statement.  I could have backed off, but I forged into the field.

The woman before me was struggling with the weight bar.  She was apparently irritated about my passing  her by without offering assistance.  Admittedly, I was singularly focused on my workout.

Poised to spit like a viper to meet her nasty tone, I determined I was not in harm's way.  I relaxed and made a conscious decision to meet her with kindness.   My viper melted into kind compassion.  "Do you need some help?  I am happy to help you."  She continued her struggle, and I reached for the cable.  "I will hold the cable while you attach the clip" I suggested.  She did not acknowledge my suggestion, instead seemed determined to prove she did not really want the help she passive/aggresively was seeking.  I imagined her inner landscape of belief creating her illusion of being all alone in the world.

I continued to hold the cable, all the while reaffirming that I was happy to help.  She finally made the connection, and muttered, "thank you."  "You are welcome," I replied.  I managed a prayer of blessing for her and back to the barbells I went.

Perhaps in that moment of our brief encounter her iceberg of belief melted just enough to allow kindness to soak in.  The gift for me was the reminder about the transformational power of kindness.

Next time you encounter red lips, I hope you will be kind. The kiss of kindness goes a long way towards creating a more peace filled co-existence.

Play with Matrix 20.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Apology to the Elephants

The BBC reported today that Kenya's Wildlife Service says it is pursuing a gang of poachers they suspect of killing an entire family of 11 elephants.  Apparently the elephant family was gunned down on Saturday in the single worst incident of ivory poaching recorded in that county.  Saturday's killing took place in Tsavo National Park, Kenya's largest single continuous ecosystem, home to 13,000 elephants.  Though ivory trade was banned in 1989 there has been a rise in the illegal practice in recent years. Poachers kill approximately 100 elephants each year in Kenya.  Around the world, thousands of elephants die each year so their tusks can be carved into religious objects.

I found myself reading the headline, "Kenya Elephant Family Slaughtered," and  I could feel my gut tense and my heart sink.   I wasn't about to let that feeling of utter disgust melting into deep despair take hold.  Thus the quick click of the key moved me to the next article about lasers being used to shoot down drones.  Now that was a civil topic.

All day,  I felt the flight of denial, and the image of the bullet-shattered elephant family crept back into my awareness.  I screwed up my courage, found and read the story.   It was shocking and heartbreaking.

All I can do at this point is to apologize to the elephants on behalf of the human species.  I am so sorry for our violence born from ignorance, disrespect, and disconnection.

We might ask ourselves, " how we will ever graduate to new earth consciousness?"  It seems so far from our reach.   One answer lies in how well we rally our spiritual muscle to accept the reality of the cruel and inhumane treatment that occurs towards elephant families, little children, innocent bystanders, or the enemy across battle lines.

It takes a high degree of spiritual consciousness to work with the topic of cruelty.  We need to be able to witness the cruelty and bring the full force of our feelings to bear.  We must melt the icebergs of our denial and come to grips with the cruel actions being perpetrated daily.  We must call upon our spiritual mastery  and pray for the victim as well as the perpetrator.  Our prayer and forgiveness will manifest higher-consciousness and new earth behavior over time. Cruelty cannot exist in new earth frequency.  This is a fact. For now, we must have faith that this is true.

When you hear a horrific story, I suggest you don't hit the skip button, but rather stay  fully with the story, your emotions and your reaction.  Then find your courage to pray and hold the circumstance in love.

Work with matrix #7.

P.S. Ditto prayers for the Rhinos

My Stroke of Insight

Several years ago, I read a book by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor entitled "My Stroke of Insight."  Dr. Taylor is a neuroscientist, who at a ripe young age,experienced a serious stroke.  She lost her brain, and her story is riveting reading.

One of the Matrix Magic Playbook blog followers e mailed the link to Dr. Taylor's Ted Talks speech.  I recommend you take 19 minutes to view her presentation.  Wise counsel for us all.

And thanks to C for sending in the link.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Freedom in the Discipline

I was recently watching the news and saw a report on a young Scandinavian man who could really kick a football.  I mean, he could REALLY kick that ball.  His distance and accuracy were astounding.   Apparently he has never actually played the game, but his precision has captured NFL attention.

Never being very able with anything that has to do with a ball, I wondered how many hours he had spent practicing.  I imagined him practicing kicking that ball, over and over again, until his technique was flawless. 

I did some research about how to learn to kick a football, and I found that the mastering the art of the perfect kick requires learning technique and developing great mental strength.  It takes discipline.  Yuk!  How we resist that word and that practice.  However, there is freedom in discipline.  (you will just have to take my word for that)

The discipline of spiritual practice and mental strength is necessary to master living in the joy and delight of life even in difficult times and circumstances. I can't sugar coat this. Discipline takes work.  Why are people more or less successful at discipline?   

When I was in elementary school, the less-assertive kids were called "sissies." The word "sissy" is derived from the word "sister," and is normally applied to boys or men defined as "timid" and "cowardly."   The more aggressive kids were called "bullies." The word "bully" was first used in the 1530's meaning "sweetheart" and applied to men or women and came from the Dutch word for "lover brother."  The meaning deteriorated through the 17th century and became "harasser of the weak."

As kids, we developed beliefs about ourselves based upon identifying with either the "sissies" or the "bullies" and we rooted our early experiences into life patterns of wounding and beliefs about ourselves.  We developed negative "self talk" that chipped away our self esteem.  Lack of self esteem and self-discipline are corollaries. When one is low or high, so is the other.

If we are to benefit from the freedom that comes from discipline, we have to heal the "sissy" and "bully" within ourselves.  I think we will find both within.  After all they are sister and brother.

Kindly and gently begin a dialogue with them.  Kindness towards self goes a long way.

Let's kick a field goal on this one!

Play with Matrix #20.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year - Dance Your Way Into New Earth

Happy New Year!

Listening to Johnny Cash "I Cross the Line," as I write, I nostalgically am reminded about the many nights in days gone by I spent gliding across the wooden dance floor of the local country western bar.  There is nothing like the feeling of pulling on those boots, stuffing oneself into blue jeans,  donning the hat and heading out for a night on the town.

The music begins, the dance floor fills, couples find the beat and there is a magic that happens as the dancers twirl and turn, slide and 1,2, 3.  A freedom feeling overtakes, and life outside goes away.

Admittedly I haven't stepped out like that for about 25 years, but the memories are stored in my cells.  I can still twirl and my feet can find the steps, but the dance floor has changed to my den, my boots to slippers, and the dance band to Pandora.  Forget the tight  blue jeans.  But the heart opens still,  and the soul-filled  feeling arrives as Pandora belts out Ian Tyson.

I hope your year is filled with open-hearted  laughing, dancing, twirling, and finding your step in an adventurous 2013 and beyond.

Let's swing into the new year country western style!  Cheers!

Play with Matrix #10