Flash Thoughts: Musings around what if …

Flash Thoughts: things that pop into our heads for rapid and relevant consideration; differing from thoughts in general by their ability to shift consciousness into expanded awareness.

What if attaining affluence actually requires us to rethink bargains and ‘saving a buck’? What if bargain was actually two words (bar: a thing that blocks the way or prevents further movement;gain: an increase in wealth, earnings advantage; improvement = bargain), meaning that every time we let a bargain dictate where or what we spend money on, we actually turn off the flow of abundance?

What if ‘not caring’ was actually a powerful form of surrender, when we trust that this is a compassionate universe willing to support our true hearts’ desires?

What if ‘why’ (concerning a problem) is seldom a helpful question to ask, one that tends to keep us in the problem? What if we answered the question ‘why’ with ‘because,’ and then dropped the whole dilemma? Or, what if we asked instead: ‘How else can this be viewed?’ ‘What else is possible?’ Or, ‘Who told me this was the way it had to be?’

What if, instead of asking, ‘What’s wrong with this (situation, person, etc.)?’ we asked, ‘What’s right with this …?’ In doing so, we’re choosing to gravitate toward the positive. (See Principle of Polarity).

What if some of our readers have comments on this posting? What if some of our readers have some of their own flash thoughts to share? Actually, that’s exactly what SRi is looking for ……. so, please click here and let us hear from you!

A Tale of Three Kitties: The Disappearing Cat – The Karma Cat – The Highflying Cat

(And how they illustrate the changes toward expanded consciousness in ways that make the transition amusing, enjoyable and possible.)

It is the best of times … we are all shifting into wakefulness. It is the worst of times … so many things just don’t make sense and are simply unexplainable.

I have kitties … two Siamese: Alexander (the Great) pushing sixteen years old, and a somewhat immature three-year-old, Rupert (The Reckless). Before Rupert’s arrival via air transport, there was sweet Anastasia. She was too elegant for a descriptive title (although I used to whisper Annie Bananie in her ear whenever we played). These are the cast of furry characters that have been illustrating the energy shifts that so many of us are experiencing and, speaking for myself, often do not trust.

THE DISAPPEARING CAT

I first began to mentally chronicle major energy shifts by watching Anastasia. She was part Siamese and part White Rabbit (at least she looked and felt like bunny fur). Annie had an amazing ability to illustrate points in time when conditions were ripe for ‘extra ordinary experiences.’ At first it was just an interesting awareness … Annie was here a moment ago but now, was nowhere to be found. This went on for a couple of years before I realized there was a pattern forming. Annie would vanish most often after spending time with me in the morning when I meditated. It was her routine to meditate, have breakfast, then settle into her kitty bed on top of the bookcase at the window. My desk was at the entrance of the room .. the only way in or out. One morning, my husband Sam popped into the office to ask me something. He looked over at Annie and spoke to her. I watched her as she lifted her head with half-opened eyes as an insouciant acknowledgement. Sam left after a brief discussion and I turned to look at Annie ………….. her bed was empty. I looked around for her. I knew she couldn’t have left the room unnoticed. My space is not cluttered and there are no nooks where she could be hiding; she wasn’t there. I called to Sam to ask if he had seen her … he hadn’t. I stepped into the hall and looked up and down for her (my back was to the window for less than thirty seconds). She was not to be seen. I turned to my desk, glancing over to the window out of habit, and there she was, curled up in her bed. She was breathing rhythmically, deep asleep. I went over and stroked her … dreamy eyes opened. She stretched, got up and, as she started to walk out of the room, stopped and looked back at me. It seemed to me that, if it were possible, there would have been a huge Cheshire Cat grin beneath her pretty pink nose.

Anastasia continued to appear and disappear at various times as I watched and learned and got a sense about the ‘conditions’ which seemed to have a timing of their own. It helped that there had been quiet time prior to her vanishing but there was also some other vaguely identifiable thing … something energetic in the atmosphere that felt like a wave, discernible only because I was attentive to Annie’s predisposition to disappear. I would not have given the feeling much notice if Annie hadn’t emphasized it by vanishing in ways that could not be ignored.

Eventually, much to the sorrow of us all, she decided it was alright to leave in a more permanent fashion. But she had flagged energy shifts in a tangible way and illustrated physically and clearly the possibilities available to us as the energies step up and frequencies become more refined. An added interesting thing about sweet Annie is that Sam and I both have had glimpses of her in the house since her death. Sam is an engineer and has tolerance, but not faith in things beyond the physical senses. But even he has had to admit he has ‘seen’ her appearing and disappearing. The Disappearing Cat is still teaching us it seems …. reminding us that perhaps death as we think of it is subject to its own appearing act.

THE KARMA CAT

Alexander (The Great) is the Karma Cat and, as such, perhaps could be redubbed (is that allowed?) Alexander (The Once Great). What made Alexander ‘the great’ was entirely his self-image. He saw himself as the center of all existence and accepted nothing less. Anastasia was the older; she came to us three months before Alex. From the moment Alex entered our lives, he maneuvered, harangued, and demanded the most attention, most food, most desirable position in the sun. Annie was stoic and would defer to him. He was very small for his age, being the runt of the litter, and we were a bit protective of him because he was so tiny – five ounces at seven weeks old. Anastasia’s life had radically changed with the addition of Alex to the household. It wasn’t just that he demanded and received most of the attention, so much as Annie was blamed for attacking Alex. Many times we would hear blood curdling screams coming from Alex and expected to see his wee body bloodied, or at least furless, from an act of vexation by Annie. This never happened, but often she would be removed to another room in the house or verbally admonished.

However, one day, all was made clear; small or not, Alexander the Great was a devil in fur dressing. Sam and I heard the kitties running through the house; Alex came bounding into the room and under the bed, Annie close behind at a playful pace. But before she could follow him under the bed, he began the blood-chilling screeching. Annie was nowhere near him; yet he was sounding like a tortured kitty. Annie just sat there, waiting to be scolded or removed while Alex continued his death shrieks from under the bed. He actually wailed until he lost his voice, apparently incredulous that no one came to scoop him up and offer unrequired protection.

Once we began to pay attention to Alex and Annie together, it was clear that Alex’s role in Annie’s life was one of badgerer, annoyer, and bedeviler. Annie became an even more patient and tolerant being, displaying great allowance. Alex grew into a handsome normal-sized cat, pushing Annie out of chairs, laps, corners of the bed at will, demanding she play when she’d rather sleep, and taking center stage in the company of guests.

After Annie died, Alex fell into depression, as did Sam and I, and we decided to get a kitten a few months later. Thus comes the true example of karma: “As you sow, so shall you reap.”

Rupert arrived wired for action, unstoppable, never taking offence no matter how he was treated by Alex. Amusingly, Rupert is treating Alex pretty much as Alex had treated Annie. Karmic backlash for Alex, thirteen years later; only there is a difference. Rupert is a comedian, guileless and completely forgiving. The result of Rupert on the scene has instigated two very interesting changes in Alex. First, he is much more playful and youthful than he had been in the last five years, even when Annie was around. Second, he has become almost as stoic as Annie was. His tolerance level has increased and his patience too. He has met his ‘karma’ and has both paid and learned from it. Not bad for teaching an old cat new tactics for transformation … and offering an example, too. If Alexander can shift gracefully, I imagine so can we. After all, we can engage so many aspects of self to help us shift … without having to be bedeviled, annoyed or badgered.

The Highflying Cat

Rupert (the Reckless) arrived in Boston from Atlanta via a Continental Airlines flight in their special space designed for shipping animals. He was one of four other animal passengers: one puppy yipping loudly; one medium-sized dog barking nonstop; one full-grown cat being verbally abusive to all around; and one non-furry, but quiet, ‘something’ I never got a look at. I picked him up at the cargo hangar on a cold rainy September night, expecting to find a frightened traumatized kitten. Instead, I was greeted by a beige bundle of purring fur, too young yet to have the dark, distinctive points of a grown Siamese. He stretched his paws out to be picked up then settled into the car seat next to me for the drive home. I think that flight experience somehow created a desire in him to fly rather than walk.

Rupert is a different generation feline being. As a kitten, he was odd-looking in a most amusing fashion. He had huge ears, which we assumed he would grow into, but actually they are still a bit big for the rest of him. He also had an extremely long tail. Again, we think he’ll grow into it, but it is still a few inches longer than any cat’s tail I have ever seen. When Rupert enters a room his long serpentine tail draws designs in the air almost as if it’s a kind of sign language … he’s very graceful and social. He is also very large; at three years old he is slender, 15 pounds in weight, very long (not including his tail) and of course agile. All of this is lovely except … he prefers to travel off the ground rather than on it. Each time Rupert takes to the air, it is always a surprise to him that he must, at some point land … somewhere. His size, coupled with enormous kitten energy makes his airborne moments calamitous, extremely funny, and also expensive. I won’t catalogue the damages in lamps, vases, dishes, and the occasional glass of wine … but Sam and I agree it is more entertaining than distressing.

It may sound like Sam and I are indulgent cat owners; yet, there is an element about this highflying cat that is unlike any we have ever had. He exudes humor and joie de vive. Most cat owners know that introducing a new kitten to an older cat is not an easy transition for all concerned. Not so with this little comedian. It didn’t matter how Alex behaved toward him – mean, scary, indifferent – Rupert just waited, only moments, before he would approach Alex again. It was as if Rupert had a viewpoint of family which was different than the archetypal bred-in expectations of past kitty generations. It was more that Rupert accepted Alex without conditions, without having to be accepted in return. He simply loved his way into Alex’s life and heart without fur flying or angry growls or the posturing that one would expect. Alex’s objections lasted less than 36 hours. They are now good buddies, walking, eating, playing and sleeping together. It appears a much more companionable relationship for Alex than he had with Annie, except for one thing … karmic backlash for Alex.

Rupert’s kitty energy, playfulness and constant curiosity has kept Alex from quiet dotage. Hopefully that is not what Alex had in mind for himself, since what he has now is constant stimulation, separated by deep, intense naps. The naps are a precursor to wild races around the house looking for good runways … then … the moment of flight … then … the major crash landing (some of course being actually on top of Alex). But all is forgiven and forgotten in a short time.

Having Rupert in our lives is a constant reminder to keep things light; to find joy and amusement in our everyday events; to practice an easy, open and forgiving nature for no other reason than … it is more natural than not.

Rupert exemplifies that all of creation is stepping up its frequencies to expand into a more loving, allowing and playful energy. Watching him with Alex illustrates that one is never too old or too set or too in-bred with beliefs to be unable to recognize and respond when love and acceptance is offered unconditionally.

I see Rupert as tangible proof that the planet is indeed approaching a spiritual ‘critical mass’; we are raising our awareness to such a point that our animals are beginning to embody the greater possibilities available to us all.

Emotions and Feelings

Life, purpose, what it all means … I certainly would like to figure it all out, or at least get a grip on how things work. Wouldn’t you? The ‘Knowledge-Wisdom‘ post was clean, made sense, and gave cognitive clues on the navigation process of the evolving human. It occurred to me that emotions and feelings are also tools, which help us move towards deeper understanding, broader viewpoints and a vertical movement toward spiritual wakefulness.

I wish this viewpoint on emotions and feelings could be presented in the same format as ‘Knowledge–Wisdom.’ After some serious introspection, it became clear that a table won’t work; emotions and feelings are not clearly delineated. They are more of a foggy landscape than a linear table, yet there is an outline in that haze that is making sense to me. Emotions and feelings mingle together and complement each other when they are understood to be two different frequencies of a similar energetic. Each has specific networks designed to help us receive and activate our inner guidance with accuracy. Viewed separately, then conjoined, they become components of understanding and utilization, assets and tools for transformation.

That being said, here’s the way I understand the differences, when viewed separately:

Emotions are reactions emanating from our mental and/or instinctual self as well as from the world around us. They love history and arrange themselves energetically according to our past. Emotions are energy frequencies that get our attention differently than feelings. Emotions work on instinct and gut responses. Think of emotion as Energy-in-motion. Emotions do not so much bring us information as they impel us into action or reaction. We often define these actions/reactions with words: angry, happy, frightened, flattered, etc. We can develop a deeper understanding of our emotions by appreciating and experiencing them AND identifying the energy that activated the action/reaction response.

Feelings are information emanating from the heart. (Think of the heart as it is used here as the sacred center of wisdom.) Feelings get our attention as high frequency energy and intuition. They are not language as such, but more like bundles of electromagnetic waves (think radio/TV waves) using our spiritual antennae to decode and then broadcast them on the screen of our awareness. I see the heart as the center of spiritual intelligence, using feelings as one of its forms of communication. When we get feeling information, the heart is telling us something the spirit would like us to be aware of. When a feeling does capture our attention, most of us translate this information into language IF it is recognized as a feeling. Feelings coming from our High Self lead us toward our integrity, our inner spiritual resources and the inspiration for change. Feelings work on trust. And we develop our ability to decipher feelings through expanding our trust. If we mistake feelings for emotions, we act or react without decoding the message being offered by our spirit.

This is as close as I can get to a simple definition of these often misunderstood and closely related terms. So how does that help to make our transformational navigation any smoother or easier? Let’s look at a situation:

We meet someone for the first time. We ‘hit it off.’ There is a ‘chemistry’ that expresses itself as: so much to talk about, so many things in common. This person is strong in areas where we feel less confident and vice versa. Time spent together is stimulating and satisfying; eventually we commit to each other (could be love commitment/business commitment/friendship).

Time passes and what we saw as strength now feels like suppression; what was chemistry now is lack of air to breathe. We find ourselves wondering how did this happen?

As we think back to the first few meetings, we remember how we ‘felt.’ We felt (emoted may be more accurate) excitement, impelled into conversation and explorations, alive in the possibilities for a growing relationship/ partnership. But there were also other feelings, like something isn’t quite ‘right,’ something about this person isn’t comfortable. We remember a number of nagging moments, when we would actually choose not to ‘be our selves’ with this person. In retrospect, we begin to see that from the beginning, we were getting information, but that information was being lost in the energy of emotion.

This situation is about a relationship, but it could easily be applied to any interaction or undertaking, such as buying a new house, taking a trip, choosing a landscaper, even choosing where to park. The point is, we are constantly being offered information (in the form of feelings) and often miss the guidance by going directly to action or emotion. Of course there are times when action is all that’s needed – jumping out the way of an oncoming vehicle, for example. However, choosing a new vehicle will offer both emotional data and feeling data.

How do emotions and feelings fit in the tool box of the evolving human? They are symbiotic partners for change. The feelings we get as information often need the impelling power of emotion to bring the feelings into actuality. ‘I feel there must be more to life than what my five senses are telling me’ is a statement of feeling/information. Our inner reaction to that statement (emotion) is what impels us on a journey of discovery. Without that emotional impetus, evolution would be slow or nonexistent.

Of course this is a simplistic example of the way these elements work in our lives, but as you practice discerning the feeling/information and identifying the emotion, both will become instantaneous responses which allow clearer choices, deeper integrity of action, and insight into patterns of and for growth.

Body Wise – Are you IN or are you OUT?

Have you ever:

  • stopped at a red light one minute and suddenly realize horns are blaring at you? Light’s green ………… been green for a bit.
  • walked into a room and can’t remember what you came for?
  • ‘forgotten’ that your knee is throbbing with pain?
  • experienced mind scatter – thoughts darting here, there, everywhere?
  • heard someone talking to you, you know the meaning of each word, but you can’t string them together to make sense?

The list could go on and on. No doubt a large number of the population would put these and other symptoms down to aging (it actually begins at birth and you’re too young to be old), to pre-Alzheimer’s (but you’re only 30), to a possible brain tumor (guess that’s a possibility). Actually, there is a far less dire explanation and one that is certainly more plausible for most people on the planet at this time. That is, we are not fully occupying our bodies. Is that even possible? Indeed it is, and as the going gets tough energetically, many of us actually leave our bodies by withdrawing energetic awareness from it and going to dwell in other frequencies. How does that work?

Consider that each major energy frequency has a corresponding vehicle or form. The physical frequency uses the physical body; the emotional frequency has it is own ‘form’ or body, as does the mental and spiritual. (Take a look at the Unified Chakra Meditation and explanation.) As you can imagine, each of these body frequencies has its own comfort zone. Perhaps the easiest way to illustrate this is ‘daydreaming.’ That’s a comfort zone for the mental body. Haven’t most of us escaped into daydreams at various times in our lives? Have you ever had a painful limb, throbbing headache or annoying itchy rash? Ever notice that there can be blocks of time (granted maybe only seconds or minutes) when you are not aware of the discomfort because you are thinking about something else? You see a poster for Italy and just for a moment you are there. You see yourself watching as the Arno ambles under the Ponte Vecchio, the scent of fresh bread, basil and pungent olive oil filling your nostrils, and the musical sounds of Italian in your ears. There are no physical body awarenesses disturbing your ‘trip.’ Where did the limb pain, the headache, the annoying itch go? Perhaps a few questions would be in order: Where did you go? Are you coming back soon? Did you even know that you were gone? Oh, and what happens when you are gone?

Let’s see:

Where did you go? Not entirely out of your physical body, but far enough to be considered MIA – missing in action in that you are not present in the act of your life as a physical being.

Are you coming back soon? Most of us do come back … sooner or later. Many of those who don’t come back are often institutionalized and labeled schizophrenic, or insane. These are terms that history (maybe even Webster) will redefine as: ‘Those beings who choose a reality out of the consensus; often highly imaginative and extremely sensitive to the higher, finer energy frequencies; large numbers of these beings are far above the average intelligence of the human race.’

Did you even know that you were gone? Many, maybe most of us don’t realize when we have gone missing from our bodies. In fact, those who spend the major part of their lives in intellectual pursuits, analytical thought, areas where emotional and physical activity are at a minimum, don’t consider the body until it intrudes with annoying needs like food or water, or a toothache demanding attention. This group lives almost entirely in the mental body.

Those who spend time in the emotional dramas of daily living – being ‘up’ one minute and ‘down’ the next, living from one emotional stimulation to the next – spend most of their lives in the emotional body, not the physical. When challenged with physical concerns, i.e. illness, the attention moves to the emotional component of the disease. The emotions become the star of one’s life, using the physical condition as its backdrop. In other words, one’s awareness is transferred almost entirely to the emotions, leaving the physical body only vaguely occupied.

What happens when you are gone? Simply put, it is like leaving your home with the door wide open. The physical body is ‘home’ to your consciousness while you are on Earth. Where would you live if you didn’t have a body to occupy? The physical body is a multifamily-plus-visitors dwelling. It is your body, but it also houses, among other things, ancestral energies such as inherited traits, genetic encoding, conditions, expectations and belief systems (many or most of which are not examined), cultural beliefs, misinformation, religious and peer beliefs, myths and unexamined non-truths. These are just a sampling … does it seem a bit crowded in your home? It is your home, you make the choices, the decisions. Or do you?

If you do not occupy your body, all these live-in relatives and visitors have the run of the house. What happens when you return home? You may find new aches and pains, annoying fixations and patterns of thought that keep circulating and interfering with your inner peace. You may even find yourself moving toward behaviors and/or choices you would prefer not to.

There was a time in the 20th century (and even though it was only a decade in counting time, it was eons ago in energy changes) when not occupying one’s body was desirable. Meditation, chanting, incense-burning, dancing and drumming, and of course drugs were methods to help one leave the body to experience finer/higher dimensions. Many did have experiences of spiritual opening under these conditions. But always, one had to return to the body and face life as a human being. It seems to me that things have shifted upward for humanity and we are now being asked to meditate, chant, dance and drum in order to shift the atoms of our physical bodies into the levels of awareness that cannot be reached by leaving it. In other words, we must be in the present in order to move into wakefulness. If that is so, we must first be aware of when we are not in our physical bodies and not integrated with our emotional, mental and spiritual selves. How to do that is to be alert for those moments when we become aware that we are not ‘here.’ When we begin to catalog those moments (and see how often we are MIA), we can then begin to consciously change that pattern.

Consider using one or all of the Body Wise Techniques to help you stay present when you realize you have been out of touch with your physical self. And remember, it’s your body, don’t leave home without it.

June Gates of Change

Since this month is the debut of www.spiritualresources.info, I guess you could say we ARE What’s New, as well as What’s Happening.

There seems to be a compelling need to reach out to one another these days. Many people want to share experiences, seeking comfort for their pain and, perhaps, validation for their courage. Cyberspace has given us a vehicle to connect with one another, to open our hearts and lives to family, friends and strangers, in a way not possible before. I don’t know about you, but I have been amazed at the Facebook, Twitter phenomena. The Internet has become a highway of companionship, relationship and networking, illustrating the power of ‘find a need and fill it.’

Through vehicles like Facebook and other social networking sites, a broad spectrum of humanity is cultivating a growing global family. The pictures shared, the news exchanged and the camaraderie are not unlike a community, albeit a cyber one. And as in any community, finding and tapping into its resources is necessary in order to grow a healthy, balanced and honorable environment. The Internet has embraced and supported social networking and its diverse connections. SRi is a resource designed to offer people a way to expand those social connections into a spiritual one as well. It feels as though SRi and similar sites are an extended step in the social Internet evolution.

We are just getting started and welcome this evolving cyber community to grow with us and to develop a spiritual kinship with each other.

The Opportunity

How about that opportunity agreement we signed up for…..Remember? Anyone else out there feeling like you’re living in a disaster flick? Volcanoes erupting, tsunamis raging, regular people behaving in abnormal ways. And what’s with this greater than average disclosure energy? You know, companies, politicians, whole governments getting ‘found out’ … nothing can be hidden any more … all is exposed to the light of … well, it’s more powerful than the light of day … more like the light of transformation. What’s really happening here? Consider this …

If you were offered an opportunity to express your creativity across a wide spectrum of circumstance and loving exchange, an opportunity designed and maintained by the perfection of divine love, would you take it? (That sounds good, kind of fun, right?) To provide optimal variety for your creative experience, you are given one tool: CONTRAST … you know, good/bad; rich/poor; dark/ light. To a vast creative being like you, this is probably an opportunity too tempting to resist.

Actually, you … or I should say we … did not resist. We accepted this rare gift to express ourselves in a reality created through the mechanism of contrast. (Are we having fun yet?) Seems I forgot, as did most of us, to read the small print regarding this well-timed opportunity. It reads:

“Those accepting this once in an eternity opportunity must agree to submit to long-term amnesia until the opportunity has ‘played itself out.’ Opportunity not valid unless accompanied by said amnesia.”

Oops, try this, it might be easier: “Those accepting this once in an eternity opportunity must agree to submit to long-term amnesia until the opportunity has ‘played itself out.’ Opportunity not valid unless accompanied by said amnesia.” [Hmmm…'long-term' – 'played out'…not sure that sounds good.]

Here we are … all of us who joyfully, playfully, seriously and lovingly accepted the above agreement. Can you sense that this opportunity/agreement is approaching the ‘played out’ point? Are you beginning to feel the amnesia eroding away, leaving you with glimpses of a self vaguely familiar, strangely powerful, and slightly … maybe a little more than slightly … bewildered, bruised and dazed? Could be you are one of a large number of people beginning to remember. Remember what? That we are in the throes of a renaissance, remembering the delightful sense of great expectation and expansiveness of this opportunity. The sense of readiness is stirring us to move into the consciously active process of shaking off the amnesiac state and claiming ourselves AS our SELF.

What would that process look like? Without doubt each individual would have their own unique way of supporting this process of wakefulness. Keep in mind we have an infinite amount of possibilities to work with … no need for duplication. Yet, there is an interesting paradox around life on planet Earth. One way to describe this contradiction is: alone, we are a one-of-a-kind creation; no two of us are exactly alike [not even identical twins]. No two of us sparkle at the same brilliance. AND when we offer support, guidance, direction, loving arms, and listening attitudes to one another, our uniqueness expands into an increasing brightness, illuminating our Oneness.

With this paradox in mind, it seems that ‘pooling’ our love and spiritual resources is a sure and steady way to shed the shroud of amnesia draping us. SRi was conceived just for that purpose. Someone said, “Timing is everything.” Another sage mumbled: “If not now, when? If not here, where? If not you, who?”

Well ………

When? This now moment!
Where? There are lots of wheres, and you’re at one of them: spiritualresources.info.
Who? You, me, and everyone else who is willing to offer their time, experience, compassion and gifts.

Oh, almost forgot. Remember the small print in the opportunity agreement, the part about amnesia? There was yet another line in even smaller print … it was really hard to read, easy to miss. But here it is, now found and easy to read: “Opportunity open to all. The part about amnesia is optional and included here to make things more interesting for participants. To negate the amnesia clause, open your heart and have fun.”