Posted in End of the World Prophecies, shadow work, world changes

Not Surprising in the Least!

Responding to the events of January 6, 2021

 

Second only, perhaps, to the effects of 9/11, our nation sat in rapt collective horror over the events that unfolded in our Capitol as our congresspeople attempted to make the final pronouncement on the outcome of the presidential election.  I don’t need to explain what happened.  We all saw it with our own two eyes. To quote the 90’s sitcom Seinfeld, “It was loathsome and hideous yet we could not look away.”

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/01/politics/us-capitol-siege/

Thanks to yesterday’s events, the shadow of American has been seen.  While some claimed shock and surprise, this terroristic act was not the least bit surprising to me.  In fact, I have been seeing and predicting this very thing FOR MONTHS!  The United States has become a ticking time bomb and yesterday was simply another example of a nation about to go off.  You know, like those tiny earthquakes that happen before THE BIG ONE?  Yeah….like that.  What that likely means is that “THE BIG ONE” is yet to come.

Death of a Nation by Lauri Ann Lumby

I am at once saddened and disgusted by yesterday’s events.  Saddened that it has come to this.  Disgusted that it has come to this.  The shadow(s) of our nation have been increasingly showing themselves and yet, we continue to do nothing about them.  As a collective, we continue to sweep the sad realities of the so-called “American Dream” under the rug. Racism shows itself and we look the other way. People of color gather in protest and we call them violent and ungrateful. The poor reach out a hand for support and it is slapped away. People are dying by the thousands and we whine about having to wear a mask (grow the fuck up!). We claim our liberties are being infringed upon when we don’t even know what freedom means.  Freedom doesn’t mean getting to do whatever you want simply because you want to.  Freedom is a privilege that has a price and a HUGE part of that price is personal responsibility and self-restraint.

I could go on and on and on, but I won’t.  If you are reading this post, it is likely we are of a similar mind anyway. My point is that none of us should be surprised when the shadows of our nation come forth to be seen.  And we should not be surprised when we start seeing more of this.  We are a nation that is broken and disabled by our own narcissism, self-centeredness and rugged individualism.  Until we address the injustices that are inherent in late-stage Capitalism, we will only see more of the same.  https://www.thedailybeast.com/local-maga-mobs-take-cue-from-dc-try-to-storm-state-capitols  The rich getting richer.  The poor getting poorer.  A growing chasm of division.  And those on the fringe finding ways to violently exercise their frustration.

While it will take years, perhaps lifetimes to heal our broken nation (if it even can be healed), the first step is simple:  BE KIND and start thinking of someone other than just our own damn selves.

Posted in New World, non-violence, world changes

Voting and Hoping for a Savior?

Sisters and brothers,

Why all the divisive language?  Why, as we are getting closer to the day of the presidential election, are we continuing the “us vs. them” rhetoric?  Rhetoric which is casting “the other” in the role of villain and our own favored candidate in the role of savior?  Are we voting and hoping for a savior?

If we are looking for Trump or Biden or any of the other presidential candidates to save our nation, we are looking and hoping in the wrong direction.  The salvation we are all looking for WILL NOT come from outside of us.  It can only come from within.

I know, to many that may seem like “whoo whoo talk” or sounds a little religiously familiar; but the truth of the matter is that the mess we have gotten ourselves into as a nation started with ourselves.  In other words, we have no one else to blame, and it is only our own actions that will bring forth any change.

You want to change the world?  Then change yourself!

The ills of our nation began in the desire to have power and control in worlds where we felt powerless.  Whether it was religious persecution or the longing for a better life that brought us here, or if we were dragged here in chains for the purpose of servitude, it was fear that brought us here.  Fear compels us to seek separation (if for no other reason than to paint ourselves as heroes and the other as the villain) and separation is exactly what has defined this nation even before those men signed the Declaration of Independence.

  • Male and female.
  • Black and white.
  • Civilized and barbarous.
  • Rich and poor.
  • Catholic and Protestant.
  • Educated and Ignorant.
  • Gay and Straight.
  • Republican and Democrat.

The list goes on and on and one.  It is separation that has defined our nation and this separation was brought about by our own hand.  As such, if we truly want to save our nation (it’s a good start in the direction of saving the world), then we have to put an end to separation.  But separation doesn’t end because we want it to.  Separation ends when we heal the wound that created separation in the first place.  Which brings me back to my original point:

If we are voting and hoping for a savior, we are looking in the wrong direction.

Saving our nation begins with saving ourselves and that is an inside job.  When we heal what is separate within us, only then are we able to be a vehicle through which the separation that plagues our world can be healed.  It starts with ourselves and it starts within.

The process is woefully simple, but I have found that few have the courage or tenacity to do this great work.  The great work of which I speak is simply this:

Learning how to love.

Learning how to love begins by learning how to love ourselves.  Loving ourselves is the natural consequence of healing all that is separate within us:  our fears, our past traumas and our fear-based conditioning.  Loving ourselves includes learning to love the parts of ourselves we have been conditioned to believe are unlovable – our vulnerabilities and imperfections; and most importantly – our shadow.  Our shadow is the accumulation of what we have rejected/suppressed or repressed inside of us along with all the parts of ourselves that remain unlived.

As we learn to love ourselves, we find that the walls of separation we have build around ourselves and others, begin to fall away.  Suddenly we have empathy for another’s pain.  We have understanding of another’s challenges.  We can see the world through the eyes of those whose experiences have differed from our own.  And we learn compassion. When we learn compassion we discover that there is beauty in diversity and that every single human being has needs that are worthy.

Most importantly, we learn what the ancients knew full-well, a species which is divided will destroy itself.  A species that can come together in cooperation and collaboration in support of the common good will thrive.

The only true savior is that which we can find within ourselves. Isn’t time we stop looking outside of ourselves for a savior and start looking within?

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Freedom

Fear Begets Fear – Thoughts on the Upcoming Presidential Election

If there is one thing I have learned in 20 years of supporting women and men in becoming their most authentic, self-actualized self, it is that fear begets fear.  Most specifically, when we make decisions based in fear, we get more fear.  Our lives become smaller, more constricted, we suffer from unhappiness and a deep sense of being unfulfilled.  When we make decisions, instead, from a place of love, peace, contentment and truth….or when we wait for the decision to arrive that reflects these qualities, our experiences of love, peace, contentment and joy increase.  Our life takes on a sense of meaning and we feel fulfilled.

 

Fear + Fear = More fear.

Love + Truth = Contentment and peace

 

As this mathematical equation is true on an individual basis, so it is on the collective. It would be helpful to bear this in mind as we approach the 2016 presidential elections.

election 2016

When we choose a candidate who capitalizes on our fears, who paints a picture of fear, who attempts to create separation or capitalize on existing or growing systems of separation, then this is exactly what we will get – a country that is more polarized than it already was before, stepping out into a world creating more separation.

If, on, the other hand, we patiently wait for the candidate to step forth who will speak to us of truth, who seeks to bring us together instead of attempting to separate, who desires to support a political system and a world that works to build rather than tear down, who speaks about practical means of healing the separations in our country and in our world….then this is what we will get – a country that is able to come together as one, working together for the common good, and then doing the same as it goes out into the world.

As for myself, I haven’t yet decided who I want to vote for. Quite frankly, I’m not thrilled with any of our current options.  What I do know is that I will be making my decision based on love and truth, not on fear, because love and truth is what I want to see in our world, not more of the fear that has ruled for the past 5000 years.

(PS What holds true in electing a president, holds true for all elected officials.  Fear begets fear!  What kind of world do you want to live in – one that tears us apart through fear or one that brings us together as love?)

Eyes of the Prophet

The eyes of a prophet discerning Spirit.

Seeing beyond the veil that seems to masks the eyes of others.

Seeing the truth that stands not behind, not beside, not within,

But that which stands in front of the illusion,

“Here I am, this is who I am really, not the one she sees or that everyone else sees, this is my truth.”

Clear, radiant, glowing, joyful, at peace and content,

Though on her cheek, a tear of sadness

for the ones who dare not see, acknowledge or live in this truth.

She waits in patience for the vessel to be ready to let that light shine.

Seeing with eyes that see beyond the veil

Of lies kept hidden, secrets kept, betrayals, deceit,

Eyes shifting, gazing downward, revealing discomfort.

Seeing with eyes that know the truth behind the lies, the fear, the guilt, the shame,

All nurtured to keep deceit alive.

The prophet sees and knows.

Seeing with eyes that see beyond the veil of denial.

There is a map, a timeline, a vision

Of things to come if what is now in place continues to choose the way that is familiar,

“It will not end here….this shall be next.”

And it is.

Endings. Doors are closed.  And death.

Seeing and knowing this is what would be

If fear is chosen over love.

And yet, there is a light. And the light is love.

Seeing with eyes that see beyond the veil of despair,

Knowing that even in death there is the promise of new life,

If we but open our eyes and see.

 copyright Lauri Ann Lumby

 

Posted in detachment, grief, Lessons, Surrender

Election Results

Made you look!  Today’s blog only has a little bit to do with the results of the presidential election and much more to do with how to maintain peace in the midst of what we might not want.

Obama Wins

As a bleeding-heart, liberal, democrat, I am pleased with the results of yesterday’s presidential election.  At least 40% of the US population and over 50% of the House of Representatives are not, however,  happy with these results.  With the make-up of Democrats vs. Republicans in the House and the Senate, President Obama will once again have his work cut out for him.  Posing an even bigger challenge will be the fact that many of our political leaders are no longer working with the best interests of the collective in mind, but instead work for the special interest groups and lobbyists that pad their pockets and fund their elections.  While Barack Obama has succeeded in winning this race, he might once again face a losing battle in accomplishing anything of meaning or value to the American people as policy change gets thwarted by bi-partisan politics.  Regardless of what may or may not happen in the forty-eight months ahead, today, there are many people who will be disappointed, frustrated and angry over the results of yesterday’s elections and even more who will be frustrated, angry and disappointed over the inability of our current form of government to affect positive change that is truly for the good of the people.  But, as I suggested in my August 12th blog, Elections and a Disturbance in the Force, the results of yesterday’s elections has nothing to bear on our ability to move forward with our lives enjoying peace, contentment, love and joy.

Timely Wisdom

I found confirmation of this truth while enjoying my morning meditation.  As usual, I begin by reading the daily scripture readings, then continue by listening to and sometimes singing sacred chant, ending in silence with maybe a little journaling to round things off.  In the first scripture reading, Paul had this to say to the Philippians:

Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.

Philippians 2

These words certainly apply to our response to yesterday’s election results – if we are not happy about the results, let’s not grumble about it, complain, throw stones, cast dispersions…instead….let’s move on and look toward how we can make the best of the situation.  For those happy with the results and who will become later frustrated by that battles that are sure to continue between parties and interest groups, again, let us not grumble, complain, throw stones, cast dispersions…instead….let’s move on and make the best of the situation.

Applying this to our everyday lives

The results of yesterday’s elections and the path ahead are but a drop of water in the pond of challenges that we face in our everyday lives.  What happens in Washington truly has little to bear on the day-to-day struggles that we face – death, job loss, illness, aging, unemployment, underemployment, divorce, heartbreak, children growing up and moving away, business failure, unfulfilling jobs and relationships, injuries, physical, emotional, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, assault, natural disasters, crop failures, etc. etc. etc.  No matter what happens in Washington, we will still face these challenges.  People we love will die.  We will find ourselves in unfulfilling and seemingly meaningless jobs.  We will age and experience illness.  Our businesses will fail.  Our hearts will be broken.  While it is appropriate and important to grieve these losses and disappointments, it is equally important to remember that the end result of healthy grief is ACCEPTANCE. It is in grieving the loss and finding acceptance that we once again know peace.  This peace is what Paul is inviting us to enjoy in the reading above.  Political races are lost. We don’t always get what we want.  We become frustrated when our efforts fall short.  Bad things happen to good people.  And…..in the midst of all of this is the promise of peace. As Paul says, this peace is found not in the grumbling, complaining or questioning, but is instead found in acceptance of what is and in trusting that this too is in the highest good, no matter what it might look like right now.

Lauri Lumby

http://yourspiritualtruth.com