Category: Courage

The Heart and Mind of Pilgrimage

Heart and Mind of Pilfgrimage

The Heart and Mind of Pilgrimage

We are weeks away from physically starting our pilgrimage in England. However, the pilgrimage has begun.  We are already shedding some old ways of being because we have committed to step on those ancient trails.

Even though these old ways of thinking and acting have clearly exhausted their value, it’s surprising to notice our curious attachment to keeping them. On the other side of these attachments, fresh new life is emerging.

There are seeds of newness in all of us, just itching to bloom and grow themselves into the necessary aliveness we need to feel a sense of thriving. There is a great joy in thriving that’s very different from plain old fashioned good habits that can keep us locked into ways of being that cramp our lives.

All of us can commit to the heart and mind of pilgrimage in the midst of our everyday lives. It all depends on allowing the seeds of truth, of change, of greater knowing within us blooming and pushing away the embedded old habits our lives can become as they grow

What would it be like to go to the grocery store as a pilgrim?
— as one who is open to a journey where the sacred is revealed in surprising ways.

There is a longing deep within each of us that wants to walk away from what shrinks us into the sacred air of what grows us and gives us joy. 

We are discovering that the commitment to a pilgrimage is what initiates surprising sweet revelations and allows for the casting away of the old comforts that insulate us from the rich Life we really are.

What part of your life today might you approach as a pilgrim?

We’d love hear your answer.  Please share your response below.

Love David and Susan

Our Pilgrimage Has Already Begun

Our Pilgrimage Has Already Begun

Some would say heading off on a pilgrimage and shutting down for a period of time is a little bit crazy. However, we’ll be doing just that. We are leaving behind our connection to clients, home, all the momentum and trappings of our lives in order to stay honest to the soulful truth that we each are.

The bells of San Miguel are joyously clanging in the background filling the air with their reminder of the comfort and beauty of where we live. And yet, their bell song reminds us to stop, drop and pray so that a greater presence of love and grace can prevail in each of our lives.

Our pilgrimage has already begun.

We and our dear friend Dwight Konrad who will be journeying with us, are each stepping toward the rich pathway of what’s next in each of our lives.

The perfect truth is, we do not know who we will be, or what will follow after having walked the sacred pathways of England and Scotland. All we know is that it’s time to cast away the old molds, no matter how beautifully created, that hold us in ancient limitation.

Each of you, and happily most of you, are aware that every one of us is on a pilgrimage of our own creation. So, perhaps you’ll dance with us in these rich questions.

No matter how beautiful, no matter how comfortable, no matter how much investment, is the creation of my life truly serving the song of my heart?

Or as we heard someone say recently, “If I really followed my heart then my life would change, so would my family, my marriage, maybe even my career.  I’m too scared to change even though I really want to, so I’ll just stay the same.”

If the song in your heart is on loud and the comfort you’ve felt is no longer satisfying, what might you lay down so that you can step into the calling of your life?

To be continued…..

Love, David, Susan and Dwight

 

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Disassembling Fear

Disassembling Fear

Disassembling Fear

Have you noticed that there is a lot of fear in the air?

Yes, we all keep living our lives. We live the best lives we know how to live, creating goodness wherever we can and still… there is an atmosphere charged with fear that we live within.

Uncertainty has become something we all fear at times. Here are some things we’re learning from those we are working with.

 

There is a great intelligence inside the root of fear that we have confused with how we experience uncertainty.

 

It’s time for all of us to put into slow motion the pervasive sensation of fear, sometimes called anxiety, that can result in a depressed sense of vitality and possibility.

There are some straightforward tools we’d like to offer so you can reprogram what is fear to you.

 

Take a moment just now and ask yourself this question;

Am I under threat, am I safe where I am?

 

Don’t just think this question check out the environment by looking around, and feeling around yourself. Ask yourself, “Am I under threat?” after you have investigated your environment.

Hopefully there is no threat and you can begin to put into slow motion the free-wheeling sense of fear that you’ve been experiencing. **

 

Another question;

If your environment presents as safe, ask yourself whose fear might I be experiencing?

 

Because we are all interconnected, sometimes we can be feeling the physical sensation of fear that actually originates in another person or sometimes within a family.

At this time in the world it is very important that we learn this to distinguish between atmospheric fear versus real threat.

** If when you originally felt your environment there was something or someone to be afraid of, take the appropriate steps you need to relieve that fear-  change your location, ask for help, trust your instinct that say leave.

If you are genuinely afraid act, move, leave.

 

The root intelligence behind pure fear is one of the gifts of being a human that has helped the species we are survive. As the environmental threats lessened in the human condition, our imaginations began to connect to fantasy fears, that confused our mind’s ability to separate fact from fiction

 

 Ask yourself throughout the day:    Am I safe or am I experiencing fear?

F.E.A.R. = Fantasy, Expectations, Appearing, Real.

 

To reclaim your birthright of creativity, of natural healing and personal strength, it is important to disentangle yourself from fantasy fear. Then your natural talents can inform your mind and you can make decisions from a mindset fueled by your soul level wisdom.

In Love,

David and Susan
Wisdom Rx

 

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The Well- An Intuitive Story

the Well- When the AUthority Lost thier Grip

THE WELL

When The Authority Lost Its Grip

Some time ago, people were told they were dying of thirst. They were told this by the authorities. The authorities had always been trusted, after all they were the source of all truth. They had been given the power to tell the truth to be trusted as the truth tellers because the people recognized in the leaders in the beginning Wisdom that cared for all.

That was a long time ago. The leaders became convinced that their wisdom was vast and that they always knew best what the people needed to know and to do but most importantly to think.

When some people heard the announcement that there was no water, that there was a scarcity of the resources needed to live they were surprised because they didn’t feel they were missing anything.

They didn’t know what to do because after all the authority told them what to do and had always seemed that they were telling the truth before.

There was a woman named Glenda. She lived a little distance from the center of town. She was kind, trusted and many knew her as a wise woman. After the announcement of the shortages, she looked around and she saw that her garden was thriving and her well was the fullest it had ever been and that her goats were yielding the greatest amount of milk they ever had. Glenda became curious.

Curiosity had never been dangerous before. Because there was such a vast difference between what the authorities said and her reality for the first time she felt her curiosity may take her somewhere that could change everything.

Everyone knew that the authority wasn’t perfect. But they were accustomed to having their lives managed and their reality guided, shaped even by the people whom they trusted. It wasn’t even that the trust was earned. They were just used to trusting the authority.

Glenda met one of her neighbors and asked “How’s your water? How are your crops and how are your chickens?”

Plentiful GardenThe neighbor leaned in a little closer and said, “Just fine, how are yours?”

Glenda replied, “just fine”.

A look passed between them. A look of knowing that could not be denied. There was a greater truth than the one they were being told. Without saying a word to each other they decided each in their own way to investigate. Was there really this vast lack the authority said there was?

Why was this so important? When the lack was described everyone was told they would have to shrink their lives and not go about their ordinary day. They would have to shrink themselves and live tightened. This was because in the midst of the scarcity sacrifices and limitation would become the letter of the law.

The authority had a knack for getting people to think in certain ways and then to act as if by command to do the bidding of what seemed to be for the highest good of all concerned. After all this was a democracy.

Glenda casually, with gentle curiosity, asked more of her friends “How’s your water?” And everyone said, “I have enough!”

As the afternoon became the evening tremors of uncertainty spread out across the town. Perhaps the authority had just made a mistake.

The next day with even greater force of message, the authorities said there is not enough. We will tell you how to act and what to do and most importantly how to think. This is not a time for freedom. This is a time for you to do what we say. Your lives may depend on following instructions.

Days went by, more and more people became afraid. They started to live in the smallness they were told was required to survive. But Glenda and some of her friends felt they were seeing a greater and greater lie. What were they to do?

The very essence of what had been freedom, the essence of the song in their hearts was being erased by a story they knew wasn’t true.

Glenda decided to risk going to one of the leaders of the town. She said with great respect and politeness, “Could there be an error?”

The leader became angry that she could possibly question the truth that the authority was presenting. Suddenly she felt afraid.

The community had a large well. Glenda knew she must show people there was no shortage even though she knew it would challenge the power of the authority.

The Well when the authority lost its grip

Early one morning she started going to every person she knew and she knew a lot of people. She told them something is wrong. Our freedom is being taken away for reasons that are not true.

People of course were curious, outraged and just wondered what could be happening. She led a large group up to the well, the well of life for the community. When they got there, it was surrounded by guards. This had never happened before. This was their well.

The guards were part of the community, people like them. Glenda asked the head guard, “Have you looked?” He said no of course not. I am fulfilling my duty and protecting this valuable resource.

She looked at him and loved him. There was no threat. She placed a hand on his shoulder and said, “Let us look together. Everyone walked up to the mouth of the well. The covering was rolled back and the sweet smell of fresh water greeted them all. On further examination, it was discovered the well was as abundant as it had ever been.

Can you imagine how everyone felt? There was more than enough water and everything was secure. There was no lack.

Can you imagine how you would feel if you had been told that the most precious parts of your life, the waters of life itself, were suddenly in short supply and that unless you followed the rules you would surely die? Not just rules about saving water, rules about what might seem possible or not. Rules that would take your natural creative life force and cut away so much of it that it would just be a memory from your childhood.

What were they to do? They were questioning now with faithful truth the basis of how the authority had ruled them. When the authorities heard of the truth getting out they became angry and they said that none of it was true. They showed charts and graphs and maps that substantiated everything they said.

Little by little, Glenda brought everyone she knew to the well which was now becoming the well of truth, the well of free-flowing abundance that ran everywhere they lived.

No one desired to hurt anyone. The authority used its voice and power though to frighten people. But because of the slow consistent truth telling that Glenda and her friends spoke, there was momentum, a change. People began to remember that they were whole and had everything they needed. They began to remind themselves they were content and were not under threat.

Now as this movement grew, the authority and all those within it became frightened that their lie would be seen. The Authority knew they had been lying. They had been doing it for so long that they had forgotten for themselves what the taste of truth was like. They had fallen in love with the image of power being the authority seemed to have.

Months went by and little by little people turned away from how they had been governed and turned toward each other. They remembered the clear look of loving knowing that a friend’s eyes would have when they spoke the truth. Many began to remember how good a pregnant question really was and that without delicious uncertainty life became a flatland of tired predictable reruns.

Was there a revolution? Yes, in the kindest of ways.

By turning towards the truth of what the people knew in their hearts and away from the authority’s nagging voice of control and domestication, they experienced a renaissance of laughter and kindness, wild abundance.

The authority was abandoned for the great well of truth some called it even the holy water of truth that their well of life gave them.

Reflection in water

One by one people would sit by the well and see their reflections in the waters of life and they would know with clear and present certainty that the sacred waters of the well were alive in them that very instant. They were the walking testimony of the waters of life itself.

And what became of the authority? Little by little those people returned to the well of truth and step by step forgiveness prevailed as understanding grew.

They all learned that when the vast and glorious mystery of life itself is explained away, life takes a back seat to powers that seek to control and limit the very sacred fluids which are the holy water of life.

In Love, gratitude and blessings,

David and Susan

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Inventing God- A Mental Safety Net

inventing God

“The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha’s teachings. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.” From the Basics of Buddhism / PBS-org.

Inventing God- A Mental Safety Net

The world and often our personal lives present us with the ever-present currency of suffering. We are surrounded by various forms of anguish that even the most hardened hearts can’t help but notice.

Have you ever raised your arms in humbling outrage at a circumstance that reflects such suffering that your heart aches?

Sometimes this suffering we see and feel points to a question that we all carry regardless of the depth of our “faith”.

Why would a loving God allow his “children” to suffer in such great ways over and over again?

For many this honest question presents a great challenge. The Buddha and other spiritual teachers have provided beautiful and powerful teachings that if we engage in them change the way we understand what suffering is and how to live with great compassion and a sacredly broken heart.

We’re surrounded by lots of evidence that there is a sacred living container that holds us in a field of aliveness enabling a daily spectrum of miraculous events to occur even in the midst of the jello-like field of suffering that is thick around us.

But our minds sometimes need a mental solution to a spiritual inquiry. We’ve been experimenting with the idea that follows and have found that it has an oddly calming effect on the constant engine of measurement, comparison, doubt, certainty and uncertainty that our minds engage in.

Discovered in the nineteenth century in the first law of thermodynamics is the law of conservation of energy, which states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed. (Wikipedia)

Consider this, the energetic systems that enliven you right now cannot be destroyed but can only change form.

The voracity of the aliveness you are that moves your blood, processes your food and allows you to read this will by necessity change form but will not be lost.

To appease the kernel of doubt in your mind that wonders if God really exists,

What if as a vast loving gesture you decided to use the energy that you are to create a loving anchor point in all of life, for all of life to bring peace and heal the suffering of our fellows.

The part of our minds that has doubt can rest with greater assuredness that all the knowing we have and the suffering we’ve endured won’t be lost but it can be used as a transformative energy.

That engine of doubt can be converted through the benefit of physics into a creative force that can add to the presence of love and true transformative energy on the planet.

This is not about megalomania or creating a false God, this is about making peace from doubt by giving doubt something irrefutable to chew on.

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in Love,

David and Susan  – Wisdom RX

Not the Surrender You Think

Our blog last Sunday was about surrendering to the Divine, Source, Spirit first in order to inform us before we act. Some might refer to it as acting from “thy will not my will.”

We had one comment from a childhood friend who completely disagreed “No disrespect intended, but I could not possibly disagree more fundamentally. Especially now…”

We are not for one moment suggesting surrendering to injustice and ignorance. On the contrary the “surrender” we refer to enables the best kind of fuel to promote real evolution and revolution.

To promote genuine long-lasting change requires a radicalization of thinking. Bullies need to be overpowered with muscle and actions through intention fueled by energies beyond our personal “thinking” ability.

This is not a time to stand down but a time to stand up with strength, wisdom and the willingness to act.

We are in a time where we must draw on all the wisdom available to us. Especially now…

Please share with us your divinely inspired acts.