The Gray Heart of Humanity

by Christopher Lovejoy on August 17, 2019

when the human ego senses even the slightest hint of negativity,
it reacts, inwardly or outwardly, with some measure of indignation,
however small, reacting righteously to any ignorance or arrogance,
to any insecurity or immaturity, to being treated unfairly or unjustly;
it simply cannot bear to have its status quo brought into question,
to have its dignity, authority, or reputation diminished in any way

The human ego is a complex phenomenon with a light side and a dark side.

The human ego can be healthy or unhealthy, confident or diffident, vulnerable by nature or invincible in appearance when it deigns to fake its nature, depending on the interaction or situation at hand, coming across by turns as robust or fragile and doing so in no uncertain terms.

At its very best, the human ego is a strong, healthy, vital, and mature entity, ever willing and able to say and do whatever it takes to pay deep respect to having and keeping a clear, coherent, consistent sense of reality in support of sanity, with honesty, and with great integrity.

At its very worst, the human ego is a subtle, savvy, malignant, malevolent beast, not unlike a social chameleon by turns feigning and fawning, ever willful and able to say and do what would cause you, at least momentarily, to question your reality, your sanity, and your integrity.

Between best and worst lies the gray heart of humanity, with its many and various shades. At its best, the human heart is dis-tinguished as angelic. At its worst, the human heart is ex-tinguished as demonic.

In other words, no longer human on both counts.

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In my recent post, Remote Influence, Anyone?, I presented a gold standard for bringing dark material to light, addressing this material, where possible, with a sense of play or a friendly curiosity:

always do your best
make no assumptions
stay true to your word
take nothing personally

In the wake of sharing these pithy guidelines, I elaborated as follows:

Always do your best to keep your feelings from being fused or confused with your thinking. Make no assumptions about what the material is telling you, keeping an open active mind about learning more. If or when you feel the time has come to express and share, do your best to stay true to your word, sincerely and honestly, while taking nothing personally in the backwash of bringing the dark to light.

Take these guidelines (well known in the spiritual literature as the four agreements), in light of what I shared above, as your gold standard for bringing dark material to light for the benefit of others, disclosing the material, where possible, with a sense of play or a friendly curiosity.

In the ultimate sense, you yourself are the remote influencer, in keeping with “what you put out is what you get back,” transmitting messages into the universe and having them return lighter or stronger than before, in a feedback loop that circulates from birth to so-called death.

Peace, love, joy, bliss, grace, ease not only pay dividends, they are the dividends.

Finally, please understand, there’s no need to challenge, oppose, threaten, or rebel against the existing order. That’s old school. Your saving grace is found in bringing dark to light by following your bliss, expanding awareness of the light with a neutral respect for the material.

This general advice will make more sense in light of what is to follow.

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We are presently living through a time when drama and dharma are exposing trauma and karma, respectively. In case you haven’t noticed, many are feeling (or at least sensing) an inexplicable compulsion to move, directly or indirectly, through dark troughs in consciousness.

These dark troughs in subjective and collective consciousness are synonymous with the countless wounds of abuse and neglect that were inflicted upon ourselves and others, which are only now being exposed by a rise in energy, being illuminated by a rise in consciousness.

This ascension process is not unique to our time. Sacred writings from around the world have already documented what occurs in what has come to be known as “the end times,” a period that precedes a solar event that resets consciousness, changing the course of history.

The sun of God will indeed return; we just don’t know when.

In light of this context, we can now understand, at least a little, why so many among us are so preoccupied, subjectively and collectively, with the phenomena of energy and consciousness, prompting such questions as: who I am now? where am I now? where do I see myself?

Like a constant refrain, these questions keep coming up for processing.

Before I plumb the depths of grayness at the heart of humanity, I’d like to share with you a tool of contemplation, a tool of ascension if you will, that I created to help me process these questions for myself. This tool will help to anchor you as I bring you down into the very depths.

But of course, only with your informed, express, enlightened permission.

Let’s start with the vertical dimension, representing the path of ascension in consciousness, subjective or collective. Position 1 depicts the pinnacle of consciousness, the impossible ideal of being unified in harmony, where I Am One (subjectively) and We are One (collectively).

At position 1, the heart of consciousness is wholly illuminated, and therefore angelic.

Position 2 depicts the darkest depths of consciousness, where separation from the light of love is virtually total. At position 2, the heart of consciousness is virtually blackened, and therefore demonic, although not eliminated as some love of self is likely required to endure.

The horizontal dimension represents the path of orientation in consciousness, subjective or collective. Position 3 depicts the left-hand path of consciousness, where the light of love is absorbed to cultivate, calibrate, and consolidate a pure love of self, a pure selfishness. This service to self attains harvestability after the self has served itself with love most of the time, polarizing away from serving anyone but itself.

At position 3, the heart of consciousness has reached a point of balance in service to self.

Position 5 depicts the right-hand path of consciousness, where the light of love expands in harmony with the One to cultivate, calibrate, and consolidate a pure love of other, a pure selflessness. This service to other attains harvestability after the self has served the other with love more often than not, polarizing away from serving the self to the exclusion of the other, having thereby consolidated a position of balance.

At position 5, the heart of consciousness has reached a point of balance in service to other.

At this point, it is interesting to note what happens when a soul enters the afterlife and approaches the Light at the end of the tunnel. A soul in service to self will stably absorb the light from the Light, whereas a soul in service to other will stably expand with light in view of the Light.

Harvest-ability is the ability of a soul to be taken to the next level of consciousness, from a level where souls train and test themselves to (a) evolve and ascend in consciousness and (b) orient and polarize themselves towards a position of stability that attains harvestability.

The next level of consciousness is one of relative peace and harmony, either in a world where everyone is more or less stable in service to self or in a world where everyone is relatively stable in service to other.

Position 4 is a default position for choosing consciously whether to ascend or descend in consciousness while doing the work of absorbing the light or expanding with the light, i.e., while choosing consciously whether to move to the left (in service to self) or right (in service to other).

It is at position 4 that we all get to witness and wield the contractions and restrictions of reactive consciousness, as well as the ensuing implosions and explosions of reactive energy. Without them, the heart of humanity simply could not learn and grow, evolve and ascend.

As I already mentioned, we are presently and collectively living through troubled times as drama and dharma continue to expose trauma and karma, respectively. Where there is trauma, there is drama, even if said trauma is not immediately apparent, and where there is karma to be processed, there is dharma to be processed, even if said karma is not immediately apparent. Allow me now to clarify and elaborate.

The connections between trauma and drama are fairly straightforward: any childhood trauma is ripe for drama later in life and any adulthood trauma usually arises as a result of drama born of childhood trauma. Directly or indirectly, we have been set up to heal and deal with both.

During infancy or childhood, psychological trauma can be quite subtle: a baby left alone in a bed or a carriage for too long can feel abandoned, a feeling that can haunt the soul of this baby for life. Or obvious: a child savagely beaten by a caretaker for an apparent wrongdoing can all too easily acquire a particular vow for life (or worse, a generalized vow for life) to avenge this act in one way or another.

Trauma and drama involve intense moments of fear, anger, and grief. Fear attracts trauma, anger reacts to trauma with drama, and any grief that ensues adds to the drama. In this all-too-brief analysis, anger is anger at loss, central to stoking fear and grief in the wake of trauma.

Anger arises directly or indirectly from perceived loss and/or wrongdoing. The soul in anger can generally and more easily agree to lose the loss if no wrongdoing is evident in causing the loss, but not so easily agree to forgive and forget any wrongdoing that causes such loss.

With respect to trauma and drama, here are two relevant questions to ponder:

trauma and drama

1) how does one deal with a vengeful, vindictive person or group of persons?
2) how does one deal with said persons in view of social or political tyranny?

Where coming to terms with trauma and drama in these taxing, troubled times is concerned, Question 1 cuts to the chase. Question 2 reminds us in no uncertain terms that the matter exposed by Question 1 is not being addressed and resolved in any meaningful and satisfactory way.

The connections between karma and dharma are not so straightforward.

Subjectively speaking, anything I say or do, in action or reaction, generates consequence, which may not ever be perceived and/or received, as such a consequence might be too slight, subtle, or delayed to perceive or too heavy, obvious, and immediate to receive right away.

These potentially very complex and/or complicating connections also apply to collective karma generated by all manner of couples, groups, families, fellowships, associations, organizations, corporations, institutions, societies, nations, and groups of nations formed in alliance.

Where subjective dharma is concerned, I can only ever deliberately and purposely deal with whatever comes up in my life (with my karma) should I even decide to deal with it. The same holds true for collective dharma. Two or more people in a direct or indirect relationship can only deliberately and purposefully ever deal with whatever comes up for them, should they even decide to deal with it.

Unfortunately, in the interests of dharma, of choosing to act and live deliberately and purposefully, the hard lesson of karma is that it’s not always obvious to the generator or generators of karma. Said generator or generators can be responsive, but can they be responsible?

This question leads us back to something I said earlier.

What do I mean when I say “where there is karma to be processed, there is dharma to be processed, even if said karma is not immediately apparent?” By way of response, it really helps to know that karma and dharma can be subjective or collective in their nature and scope.

Picture yourself with your eyes closed, sitting calmly in meditation on a cushion, on a bare level floor facing a tiny domino. Opening your eyes, you see that this domino is the first in a series of increasingly large dominos that curve around from where you are presently seated.

What you don’t know (yet) is that these dominos form a circle that can be traced around to your back. Up to now, your faith in this world has been solid, and so, with delight, you spontaneously give the tiny domino a nudge forward, setting off a chain reaction that … that what?

Hits you from behind? Fails to run its course? Misses you completely because you had a sudden urge to get up and move just before the last domino had a chance to crush you? Maybe the last domino hit someone else? Maybe the last domino caused some serious damage?

Maybe the chain reaction ran its course and nothing happened at all. What a blessing. Where there is no subjective karma to be processed, there is no subjective dharma to be processed. But then, we all know that there is yet another tiny domino waiting for us to push, yes?

We are all faced with many such tiny dominos every day, which is why it pays to be responsive and response-able to whatever comes up for processing in experience, but what if you have a backlog of karma to process? All of those tiny dominos might not seem so significant.

Not so significant, that is, until you get walloped in the back, generating even more backlog.

There’s a popular proverb that goes something like this: when life gives you lemons, turn them into lemonade. Sounds good, yes? But what if you have more lemons than you know what to do with? Is it really fair to assume that life is all about taking lemons and making lemonade?

Now imagine many hundreds of thousands of people grouped together by race, sex, age, class, or gender, all with their own collective karma and dharma to process. In your coming into contact with just one of these groupings, just imagine how many tiny dominos you can push!

I mean, just how many lemons can an enlightened individual, like you, take?

Consider …

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours ~ Wayne Dyer

No one can dispute this potent wisdom. By itself, however, it’s missing a vital piece of the puzzle. In view of an obviously troubled world, and with so much subjective and collective karma to process, this temptation is strong: just limit the scope of your dharma to a tiny bubble.

That is to say, a tiny circle of concern surrounded by a tiny circle of influence.

Like this …

Eyes straight ahead, glancing periodically at smartphone, tell yourself: “whatever I do, do not think. Obey all official orders. Maintain pleasant outward appearance lest I be approached for questioning. Do not, under any circumstances, question authority. If I should accidentally encounter information that points to a crime committed by someone in power, do not, I repeat do not, try to figure out where on the political spectrum this someone resides. Instead, move along, forget what I’ve experienced, and keep my mouth shut. Play dumb. Better yet, become dumb. Ahh, there’s the ticket” (to tyranny by way of conformity).

karma and dharma

is humanity a species of cowards, given to all manner of moral cowardice?
is humanity hiding behind presumptions of authority, superiority, hierarchy?

Here’s another way of posing these questions: is humanity accumulating a backlog of karma so bloated that it can no longer process it? Is this growing backlog of karma threatening to become so overwhelming that it is no longer useful or meaningful to apply any sort of dharma?

To be honest, I don’t know the answers to these questions. I don’t think anyone on Earth knows the answers to these questions. Are these questions presumptuous? Perhaps. If nothing else, they tend to bring the complexities of coping with karma and dharma into sharp focus.

What I do know: at the core of my being, these questions make sense to me at this time.

How? By drawing a light to the many all-too-human responses that would arise in an end-times-madness scenario or in the wake of a major disclosure that would send humanity reeling forwards and backwards. I offer glimpses into these not-so-divine, earthbound responses:

Stoically, one could state: just do the best you can with what you have and let the world take care of itself. Skeptically, one could doubt: as long as we remain skeptical, we’re fine. Cynically, one could rejoin: I’ve always known humanity could not be trusted. Pessimistically, one could take this cynical response one step further and say: I’ve always known humanity was headed for a fall. Fatalistically, one could respond with an air of resignation: it’s just a matter of time before we all go under. Nihilistically, one could add this coup de grace: what does any of this matter?

In perusing the responses, we can note the many presumptions (and the presumptuousness). Clearly, all of them are coping mechanisms in a world of overwhelm, and so it pays to be acutely aware of them in ourselves just as much as it pays to be acutely aware of them in others.

While not buying wholeheartedly (if at all) into any one of them.

In the meantime, maybe all we can do is fall back on our tiny selves with our tiny dominos, hoping and praying that if/when we take delight in carelessly giving one of them a push, it doesn’t end up coming back to haunt us, or worse, coming back to crush the life or love out of us.

when the human ego senses even the slightest hint of negativity,
it reacts, inwardly or outwardly, with some measure of indignation,
however small, reacting righteously to any ignorance or arrogance,
to any insecurity or immaturity, to being treated unfairly or unjustly;
it simply cannot bear to have its status quo brought into question,
to have its dignity, authority, or reputation diminished in any way

If the deeper mind is not unlike a lamp and if the higher mind is not unlike a lighthouse, then the mind in between is not unlike a flashlight, best wielded with awareness, attention to detail, and discipline.

In a world gone mad, coordinating all three would be ideal.

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It has been said many times (perhaps too many) that “the only way out is through.”

On one side of the coin, we have an image of someone or some group who would strangle the life out of life and love for the sake of law and order; on the other side, we have an image of someone or some group who would let loose and go wild, regardless of the ensuing chaos.

In these troubled times, those inclined to judgment are jumping onto one bandwagon, while those inclined to merriment are jumping onto the other. Needless to say, these two inclinations are ripe for conflict. Call it what you will ~ fascism v. communism ~ the effect is the same.

The divisive, polarizing nature of this overall conflict can only add to the growing mayhem and madness. Either way, there’s no real attempt or effort at serving either the self or the other; the thrust of consciousness leans more towards serving the collective that best serves “us.”

Unless the individual is prepared for the worst with a witnessing perspective and a toolbox of tips, tricks, and techniques by which to navigate the split, the unfortunate outcome for this individual is inevitable: getting lost in a conflict of ideologies or getting caught in the crossfire.

The overseers of this world have saw fit to control both sides of the equation, but this oversight, fortunately or unfortunately, is breaking down in view of a deeper, higher consciousness that would support the evolution and ascension of those ready and willing to evolve and ascend.

This deeper, higher consciousness is informed and inspired by …

a sense of agency (a voice to speak love and truth to power)
a sense of meaning (a feeling that life counts beyond mere survival)
a sense of connection (by which to feel a sense of belonging in community)

These healthy, vital insights are basic to humanity and quite necessary to cultivate, calibrate, and consolidate any real sense of community beyond mere ideology. In the absence of any real sense of community, how can ideology not reign supreme in favor of order or chaos?

The outgoing, ongoing social, economic, and political split between the ideologies of left and right, chaos and order, merriment and judgment, reinforced by a mass addiction to social media that revels in conflict, is a social, economic, and political disaster waiting to happen.

Without a sense of agency, meaning, and connection beyond the digital, virtual world of mere bits and bites, what are individuals to do, other than retreat feebly into worlds of their own making, leaving behind the meet/meat world and letting it be drained of its character and color?

In the midst of this ideological split, another dangerous condition is swelling and rising among us ~ the ages-old social, economic, political divide between the haves and have-nots. The growing numbers of those getting swept aside is a sure indicator of bad collective karma.

It is also clear to those with eyes to see and ears to hear that this world is growing increasingly blind and mute (with all due respect to the blind and mute), increasingly subdued into silence and submission, speaking up or speaking out only as and when it feels safe or necessary.

The very essence of life itself will not tolerate any of this, and so we continue to be confronted, directly or indirectly, by a quickening of drama spouting heavy desperate acts of projection, displacement, and transference, blurring the boundaries between I and thou, us and them.

The dark primitive human ego cannot help but be exposed by this quickening as it …

1

blames
connives
controls
deceives
dominates
exploits
manipulates
seduces
shames
spites

2

belittles
demeans
denigrates
disdains
dismisses
humiliates
ignores
prejudges
presumes
scapegoats

3

counters
denies
diverts
domineers
forgets
gaslights
obfuscates
pretends
trivializes
withholds

These laundry lists of dark egoic lust are pitiful confessions of a world conditioned and consumed by its own constipated contrivances. If they persist without intervention, the world as we know it will likely collapse under the weight of its own karma in the midst of its own inertia.

Short of bypassing the matrix of control under which we labor to craft lives of simplicity, what sort of intervention might be sought? What might serve to alter or hinder the dark human ego from destroying this world with its insecurity and immaturity, ignorance and arrogance, malice and malevolence? In posing these questions, I wonder: maybe I’m asking the wrong questions, or at least questions unworthy of response. Maybe the conundrum currently facing humanity isn’t about intervention at all.

In light of this concession, here’s what I see happening to humanity on Earth: a longstanding bifurcation between the haves and have-nots is coming into focus, growing thicker by the day: the terrible and (for many) terrifying truth is that those who have the means by which to evolve and ascend are bypassing those who no longer have the means, not because they no longer care, but because they no longer can care. Earlier in this post, in reference to my tool of ascension, I wrote (and I quote):

It is at position 4 that we all get to witness and wield the contractions and restrictions of reactive consciousness, as well as the ensuing implosions and explosions of reactive energy. Without them, the heart of humanity simply could not learn and grow, evolve and ascend.

The intensification of this evolutionary process of ascension is not only drawing more light to the nature and scope of spiritual evolution and ascension themselves, it is also casting light on the many and various subjective and collective shadows of human consciousness.

Put simply, the hard lessons of divinity, vis à vis humanity, in becoming ever more apparent, are showing the outlines of a curriculum for the Earth School. These lessons, in being both subjective and collective in nature and scope, require separate maps of consciousness.

Let’s start with a quick survey of the collective map of consciousness.

In moving from third density consciousness (where a choice of service orientation can be made: Is it mostly about me? Or is it as much if not more about us than it is about me?) to fourth density consciousness (where the choice of service orientation can be more clearly refined), certain evolutionary requirements must be satisfied before ascension in consciousness can occur in a stable, balanced manner.

Four stages of spiritual evolution and ascension were identified in the 1980s by Michael Beckwith, author and founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, and I introduce them here so as to lend them some structure for the sake of clarity and greater ease of comprehension:

Stage 1: to me

> the challenge of 3D

Stage 2: by me

> the challenge of 4D

Stage 3: through me

> the challenge of 5D

Stage 4: as me

To make sense of these stages, here are 4 premises to get us started:

Premise 1: life is a series of events, relationships, and circumstances.

Premise 2: most everyone has a choice in how to process this series.

Premise 3: a highly resistant gap lies between each of these 4 stages.

Premise 4: to evolve and ascend, we must be willing to cross the gaps.

What are the gaps? Let us now fill in the gaps, even as we elaborate on the stages …

Stage 1: life is a series of events, relationships, and circumstances that happen to me.

I must claim responsibility for my life: I must be willing to relinquish the energy of blame

Stage 2: I now have the ability to manifest my life and to influence the course of my life.

I must now connect in trust with benevolent forces: I must be willing to relinquish control

Stage 3: I can now be an instrument and a conduit for life to move and flow through me.

I must now embody unity by way of harmony: I must be willing to relinquish separation

Stage 4: I am One with the infinite forces of the universe as I am now One with all of life.

I like to view these stages as stacked, one on top of the other, with Stage 4 at the highest level, with increasingly dark gaps to be negotiated and navigated in a linear upward fashion ~ with gaps that are increasingly dark both from within each gap and from gap to higher gap.

I also like to view these stages as being theatrical in nature and scope.

If I can tolerate the darkness in the gaps between the stages, I can pay brief visits to each of the stages, catching glimpses of each, but if on any given stage I begin to feel the darkness looming in me and around me, I can always step down with relative ease to the stage below.

The challenge is to evolve through each gap, ascending in a stable and balanced manner.

The spiritual evolution and ascension of {to me / by me / through me / as me} need not always be a long, excruciatingly slow process through a countless number of incarnations. Once the map is clear, as it is here, so too can the process of evolution and ascension be accelerated, subjectively and collectively. This is why the current intensification of light and dark can feel like such a blessing and a burden, a cure and a curse. How best to accelerate the process, subjectively and collectively? By bringing each of the gaps to light in a stable, balanced manner, but especially the first gap as it is the most relevant at this time.

Let’s bring this whole process down to Earth with a close look at consciousness, for I have found striking parallels between the four stages (and their gaps) and the four levels of consciousness (and their gaps).

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We all like to think we’re in control of ourselves and our lives, at least some of the time. Even when we harbour the pretense of surrendering control to a higher power, we’re still in control in the act of surrendering control. And it is an act; let’s not make any mistake about that.

On the first stage of life, the spotlight is on those who act subconsciously, relying on memories through the directions, corrections, and instructions of others, including parents, caregivers, teachers, and peers. On this stage, consciousness is mostly asleep at the wheel. I say “mostly” because when it’s awakened to its own lack of response-ivity or response-ability, it cannot help but put out the energy of blame.

Eventually, such a consciousness is awakened to those who have the response-ability to manifest lives for themselves, who can influence the courses of their own lives, exclaiming: “wow, what a concept, maybe I can do that, too!” Maybe. That is, if they can begin to take responsibility for their own lives to the extent to which they can relax the tendency to blame and shame others for their own perceived shortcomings.

gap 1

blames
connives
controls
deceives
dominates
exploits
manipulates
seduces
shames
spites

The first gap is highly resistant because assuming a posture of responsibility for a self or a life is rarely if ever easy. On the one hand, one must persist in resisting the tendency to blame and shame anyone or anything for a lack or loss of quality and vitality in their own selves and lives. On the other, one must persist in assuming a posture of responsibility that seeks to secure freedom and fulfillment on one’s own terms in a world that seems to undercut this posture at every turn. This juggling act of resisting and assuming, if done well, is worthy of ascension.

On the second stage of life, the spotlight turns to those who can act consciously in the knowledge that “I can now orchestrate my life, for the most part, as a series of events, relationships, and circumstances.” At this stage, with consciousness mostly awake, it can now draw on the inspiration and guidance of a higher, wiser power, however this consciousness wishes to construe the nature and scope of this higher, wiser power, but to do so, it must be willing to release some of its control, to open up and connect in trust with benevolent forces beyond it.

If it can do this, and do this well, it will soon learn that it can be an instrument and a conduit for life to move and flow through it with a certain grace and ease. The more it does this, the more the spotlight can turn to the comings and goings and doings of a superconsciousness.

gap 2

belittles
demeans
denigrates
disdains
dismisses
humiliates
ignores
prejudges
presumes
scapegoats

The second gap is highly resistant because the tribal emotions of humanity can seem difficult if not impossible to negotiate and navigate. Superconsciousness can be reliably accessed only to the degree to which the tribal tendencies among manifestors can be transmuted.

At this stage (on stage 3), a superconsciousness is confronted by its own sense of separation in view of an even deeper, broader, higher consciousness (a universal consciousness with access to infinite forces). To the extent to which a superconsciousness can relinquish its sense of separation is the extent to which it can declare: “I am One with the infinite forces of the universe as I am now One with all of life.”

gap 3

counters
denies
diverts
domineers
forgets
gaslights
obfuscates
pretends
trivializes
withholds

The third gap is highly resistant to crossing because releasing any remaining sense of separation feels like oblivion (a state of mind more profound than a fear of death). Universal consciousness can be reliably accessed and assumed only to the extent to which one can integrate and merge with its benevolence and beneficience in the midst of a darkness that can feel irrevocable as well as interminable.

Here’s a snapshot of the various stages and gaps at every level of consciousness:

on stage 1, the spotlight is on subconsciousness (to me)
“life is a series of events, relationships, and circumstances that happen to me”

gap 1 (the 3D challenge)
I must claim responsibility for my life: I must be willing to relinquish the energy of blame

on stage 2, the spotlight is on consciousness (by me)
“I now have the ability to manifest my life and to influence the course of my life”

gap 2 (the 4D challenge)
I must now connect in trust with benevolent forces: I must be willing to relinquish control

on stage 3, the spotlight is on superconsciousness (through me)
“I can now be an instrument and a conduit for life to move and flow through me”

gap 3 (the 5D challenge)
I must now embody unity by way of harmony: I must be willing to relinquish separation

on stage 4, the spotlight is on universal consciousness (as me)
“I am One with the infinite forces of the universe as I am now One with all of life”

In view of this template, let us be quick to make this distinction: there are those among us who have performed on all of these stages prior to incarnating on this planet. For them, this template is holistic because they are free (if they can remember) to dance on all four stages.

And then there are those among us who can only go so far as to perform on one of these stages. For them, this template can only be viewed and treated as linear in nature and scope simply because they have yet to stand (sit, speak, play, sing, dance) on the stages above.

This distinction is important to keep in mind because it’s fair to say that the bulk of humanity is struggling to rise and make it through the first gap, from stage 1 to stage 2, by realizing the choice to polarize in one direction or the other, either in service to self or in service to other.

In view of the current accelerating intensification of light and dark, multiple battles are being waged on several different fronts: those in service to self are now being confronted by the intolerance of those in service to other; those in service to other are now being confronted by the indifference of those in service to self; and those in service neither to self nor other are now being confronted by their own indifference.

Again, …

“It is at position 4 that we all get to witness and wield the contractions and restrictions of reactive consciousness, as well as the ensuing implosions and explosions of reactive energy. Without them, the heart of humanity simply could not learn and grow, evolve and ascend.”

This world is no longer a stage; it’s an ever ascending series of stages.

Whether we like it or not, the gray heart of humanity is coming to light; in word and deed, it has no choice but to come to light, so as to be en-lightened, to be awakened to the en-lightenment of its own heart. In resisting the play of light, one is resisting the opportunity to move beyond trauma and drama. Or else, one is resisting the opportunity to burn off any longstanding karma with dharma that is suitable to the task.

Ideally, a true friend of humanity at this time is one who can join forces with others on stage 2, bring a warm, soft spotlight into the first gap above stage 1, and be an example of what it means to assume responsibility for forging a life free of blame while serving profoundly.

Those who prefer to sing and dance on stages 3 and 4 are welcome to do so, but they’re missing out on where most of the action is taking place on this planet at this time: in the gap between stage 1 and stage 2, a gap full of bratty children and adolescent bullies. For humanity to ascend, we must be willing to help them claim responsibility for their own lives, to help them be willing to relinquish the energy of blame.

Was this not the reason why the wanderers among us chose to come here in the first place?

The gray heart of humanity would never admit this openly, but it is starved for encouragement and enlightenment in an increasingly gray world; truth be told, it is starved for any rise in consciousness that would edge it ever closer towards the lighter side of the gray scale.

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Words of En(courage)ment

in blessing this present moment,
by trusting myself along the Way,
I expect the best is yes to come

that is to say, bless the present;
trust yourself and expect the best;
this way, you embrace the Way

This personal, essential affirmation of the Huna Way can be applied in light of the following snapshot of the Infinite Self inspired by the late Stuart Wilde. Embody and express these 33 degrees of mastery like a master mason, regardless of race, age, sex, class, or gender …

01 assume a causal point of you
02 expand your awareness beyond the senses
03 let be, let go: summon the courage to be vulnerable, and to go beyond
04 move beyond logic and allow spirit to be your guide
05 accept apparent negativity or misfortune as a learning experience
06 dare to move beyond tribal belief systems and patterns
07 be secure (without care) in the knowledge that you need not always know
08 tap into your knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration to be the master
09 exercise discipline to tap into your knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration
10 make it a daily practice to meditate and contemplate
11 understand that you already have access to the power of love
12 never forget: your word is your wand; stay true to your word
13 release resistance, embrace acceptance: the way it is … is the way it is
14 evaluate and select, observe and comment; discern more than you define
15 take ownership of your capacity to experience life in all of its splendor
16 no need to explain yourself, no need to apologize, no need to defend yourself
17 purify yourself constantly to conserve and protect and channel your mana
18 observe the beauty of life and cultivate a sense of reverence for life
19 keep tapping, tuning, and tasting the mana that arises from within …
20 … while embracing and expressing the wonder of wu wei with a light touch
21 dedicate your life to meeting and greeting life in a sacred way
22 understand that, ultimately, inspiration and creativity come from within
23 follow the example of nature to stay alive and fresh to promise and possibility
24 fear not death, fear not life, fear not love: befriend death to affirm life to embrace love
25 avoid the lure of becoming a blameless, shameless god(dess) or guru
26 exercise physical discipline vis a vis diet, nutrition, exercise, and fasting
27 exercise emotional discipline: stand tall, silent, and majestic in your feelings
28 exercise mental discipline: when in doubt, do nowt; don’t know? don’t go
29 exercise philosophical discipline: keep it light, breezy, flowing, and forgiving
30 exercise spiritual discipline: learn to be as empty and invisible as possible on occasion
31 the quest is the journey of joining humanity with divinity, divinity with humanity
32 the fusion is a consolidation of trust and power exercised without doubt and hesitation
33 the spiritual initiate moves beyond the world of tick-tock into a beautiful nothingness

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward ~ Spanish proverb

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