The Old Ways Are Crumbling

Sistine trunk posterI know we all got up this morning and went about our responsibilities, like getting ready for work and/or the kids off to school, with all that these morning rituals entail. We have a lot on our minds, especially those of us who didn’t get ready for work because we don’t have jobs to go to. It’s important to remember that we’re all in this life together, with our home, Mother Earth; and that we are all God’s children, playing a role in a great Cosmic Story.

We humans are due. We need to expand our awareness of that which is beyond our own minds and lives, of how we were created, and of all that we can see through the eyes of the Hubble telescope and beyond. We need to see the filaments of light that connect our souls to God, to each other and to Mother Earth and all life residing on her.

I was thinking of trees and all they do for us, beyond fiercely pedaling to clean the air; providing wood for our homes, furniture and other needs; and providing shade from the heat. They are like older siblings who protect us. We sit under them to read and write and enjoy a picnic. There is less crime where trees are planted together. They are our strong and sure earth-angels, beings of Love anchored into the earth, their roots connecting all around the world, helping to hold Love here. I hope someday that we can all see the light that emanates from them.

We live in a time when the old ways are dying out and new ways are born. We’re accustomed to small-mindedness and competition and greed gone mad, and to the degradation of Mother Earth and of us—but this madness is a deception, a distortion of God’s plan for us and our world and, as it has no foundation in what is real, it is crumbling. Change is hard for almost everyone, but when these corrupt systems collapse, what is born will take our breath away. We will fall to our knees, trembling in awe that we are children of a loving God.

Restoring Balance and Harmony Benefits Women and Men, A Guest Post by Michael Brine

A Guest Post from Michael Brine:

woman and childWhat is “God?”

What God is can best be described as the collectiveness of mankind, whether seen or unseen, and in the virtue of mankind’s existence, God, through that description, is unconditional and open-ended Love – because in the realisation of what God is is the realisation of what we are – that we are God and we always have been. That we are not evil or corrupt in our souls, as we have been taught. That we are really divine in our souls and with that learning – that profoundness of learning – it allows us the vision, the hope, the desire to become all that we can be, which is unlimited probability. That gets us out of the harshness of our own creations and gives us hope.

It teaches us how to love!

~Author unknown

Quoted from Servers of the Divine Plan on Male/Female Imbalance:

“It is evident that there has been an extreme patriarchal imbalance upon Earth for a very long time. The innate creative and intuitive qualities of the feminine spirit have been long-feared by distorted male perception, and as a result women have been repressed, dominated and persecuted throughout history. In order to bring equilibrium in a world that has known so much control by the male force, the majority of Server-souls upon Earth at this time have chosen to incarnate in female bodies. As agents of change, these valiant envoys of the New Spirit bring to the planet a very high concentration of feminine power that will presently resolve the  patriarchal problem upon Earth once and for all, restoring much needed balance and harmony that will benefit everyone in the New World, both women AND men. During the time leading up to the Great Transition, however, and since male authority is still presently the controlling power, female Servers will continue to experience something of the anguish of the collective persecution endured by so many women over the ages. Nonetheless, they are assured that their long awaited time of liberation and victory is today at hand.”

From Michael Brine:

I fully realise that some of the material I present in my columns may cause some readers to feel uncomfortable – even annoyed. It is not done to annoy but to suggest that perhaps there are other ways to view life. The world is passing through very disturbing times and much of this disturbance is being caused by severe religious differences. These differences are mostly caused by some of the more extreme followers of the three Abraham based religions – Islam, Judaism and Christianity. I imagine that the persons who originally gave of their wisdom those many years ago must be shaking their collective heads in great sadness when they witness how men have so corrupted their simple teachings such as, “Love ye one another,” and “Judge not.” Sadly, judgment would seem to have become a constant in all three.

Let me leave it at that – but I ask you to think about it.

Be well,

Michael Brine

If you wish to comment my e-mail address is: wild.brine621@gmail com.  Other writings of mine may be accessed at: www.missionignition.net/btb.

The End of the World or A Rebirth?

I’ve been thinking about all the end-of-the-world and/or new-world stuff. How can I not? I asked to understand what’s happening and have been inundated with information from many sources, some of which I’ve shared here. Much of it is encouraging: That with some percentage of us living from loving hearts and actions, the world and we will shift in that direction—all of us. Some of it is corrective: Be still, go within; listen to God/Universe/Higher Self, and always, no matter what, practice kindness.

I haven’t kept any of the ‘wrath of God/Armageddon’ materials. I always run away from the wrathful, fearsome God. I’m not drawn there, and if the only God is the God of payback, I guess I’ll find out soon enough on the other side. We are responsible for our thoughts and actions–I guess it’s going to come down to HOW responsible are we?

We have been shook up some. Even if we haven’t lost our own loved ones, jobs, homes or possessions due to the economy, insanity or disastrous Mother Nature events, we’re not blind. We can see the pain on the faces of people we know or those in the news. I was wondering recently: Will Mother Nature shake so hard, almost all of us are gone? (And what does it mean to be ‘gone’ from earth?) Will we suffer through three days of darkness? Will our homes and businesses be ransacked, our stored food and water, stolen? I suppose all of these things could happen, but what if all those possibilities aren’t the point? What if each of us is supposed to be shook up enough that we awaken one day and say, “Oh, my God! I have totally misunderstood why I’m here, why we’re all here. I see! I see!”

I like to think that this awakening is the truth—that things don’t have to escalate to the point of total destruction. I ask myself, ‘Why do I feel that way? I know there’s an afterlife, because I left my body once and was called back here. We’re all going to die sooner or later, so why do I care if everything is totally destroyed now?’ And the answer came: Because total destruction means we humans have failed miserably at understanding who we are and why we are born on earth. We are born to love and be loved, to share our lives with each other and to lend a hand to those who need it. We’ve become so attached to our own piles of gold, from mini-piles to maxi-piles, that we now believe we can’t share—that there is simply not enough. There is enough. There is more than enough if we’re all in this together.

Meet a neighbor today; give a hand up to someone who needs it. Feed someone with less than you. Look into the eyes of everyone you meet tomorrow and sense them. How are they doing? It’s not about us as individuals or individual families or protecting out stuff—it’s about all of us, in this world and life together. Perhaps all these troubles are an invitation to a better way to live and maybe that’s the point.

A Time for Fear or Peacemaking?

Do you wonder about the ‘end of the world’? Will it happen today or tomorrow, or is it the date implanted in our group consciousness, the generally accepted last day of the Mayan calendar, Friday, December 21, 2012? And what does ‘end’ mean? Does Earth herself die? That doesn’t seem likely. Would all life on Earth die? It would more likely be us, the troublemaking humans.

The thing is, those of us who arrive on Earth will assuredly leave on another day, whether we live for a week or ninety years. We’ve watched a great number of fellow humans cross over due to natural disasters in the last few years–so what are the real questions left for us? Are they, “When I die, what happens? Does my soul go somewhere, like to heaven or hell? Is God vengeful or loving? Do I have as yet unknown karmic debts?”

Is now a time for fear–or a new beginning and a time for compassion, peacemaking and celebration? I don’t know (and can any mortal really know?) but if you have traveled or seen news reports, you are aware of the terrible injustices and imbalances in our world. On the news recently, there was an inspiring story of a young American woman who lives in and serves children and families in a slum in Kenya. If there are any adjustments to be made by the Creator/God/Goddess/ Higher Power or our Earth Mother, it will be the end of these tragic realities, as care and balance are brought into the lives of all who despair, perhaps as the wealthy have their ‘Scrooge dreams,” and realize that caring and sharing generates love and good will and that accumulating generates fear of loss and a never-ending desire for more.

In this world, at this time, everything is severely out of balance. So many suffer due to corruption, greed, dictators, war, drought and poverty, while so few have so much that their ‘champagne and caviar dreams’ keep them isolated from the ‘ugly reality’ of the abused, the uneducated and the hungry. And while we’re at it—what escalates power and greed? What causes American businesses to dump toxic, chemical wastes in unregulated, impoverished countries? We need to make a commitment to acknowledging the terrible circumstances in which so many live. We need to make a shift in consciousness, to grow up and realize it’s not about you and me—it’s about every single human being on the planet, all of who are loved by God as if each of us were His/Her only child.

Is the end of time, or true compassionate change, coming? I have my vote in for a new world of sharing and connection. Let’s not give up. The answers to our worldwide problems are in surrendering to the Higher Power.

What if Mother Earth Healed?

Last night I clicked on many of the links here and was moved by the rising swell of caring and goodness in the world. No matter how wacky this sounds, ‘the times, they are a changin,’ far beyond anything we can currently imagine. There is a real sense that the old world of greed, separation and power-hunger is transforming into a new world of compassion, cooperation and unity. What if we humans stopped warring and corrupt officials resigned of their own volition? What if everyone’s creativity was unleashed and solutions to the problems of world hunger and thirst came to us? What if Mother Earth healed? What if we all healed, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically? Who would we be? Can you imagine the potential?

Can you envision a new world at peace? What harm can come from believing that Love created the universe and, after countless years of violence, the end of violence is in sight? What harm can come from realizing that we beings with souls are all the same and equally Loved beyond measure? It may seem harmful to our opinions and throwing our weight around, but that’s a good thing. Our small-mindedness has nearly destroyed our world. Today is a good day to climb aboard the Love Train. See you there!

Profits and Respect

I was thinking this morning about production and how proud I was of us Americans, especially through my twenties. We are an innovative people who tend toward rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. Our forebears left Europe and made the dangerous journey to improve their lives; in an uninhabited land they would establish communities with the right to worship as they chose, to speak and write freely, and to bear arms. But an important motive for settling the New World was leaving behind unreasonable taxation–to work, to produce and to keep the profits. That’s an instinct, I believe. Who wants to work hard and give a large portion of his earnings to a tyrant or government?

The first settlers sent back stories of the unending potential of the New World and more Europeans came, by the droves. The motivations of grabbing unclaimed land (the natives believed God/the Great Spirit owned the land) and silver and gold called them like a Siren beckons sailors onto the rocks. Noting the profit-orientation of our country’s foundation, our economic problems caused by unchecked, rampant greed should come as no surprise.

As I grew older, I learned more of the spiritual connection of the indigenous peoples of this bountiful land, to the Great Spirit and to Mother Nature. Their stories, of being murdered, tricked and pushed off the land from which they had earned their livelihoods, is a period of sobering shame in our history. That same profit motive/misusing thread is evident in our second great inhumanity: stealing indigenous peoples from another continent and forcing them into slave-labor in the colonies/first states.

Why not produce, produce, produce/profit, profit, profit? Without balance, profit becomes a dangerous, for others,  incentive. Production without benevolence swamps our connection to our Higher Purpose and to the people we misuse on our frenzied climbs. Our true purpose for being born on Earth is to try our hand at living, to have our intentions tested, to know ourselves and our connection to the Great Spirit. We have so far to go at times it seems any kind of loving change is impossible. Yet the energy of our times is to drop selfishness like a hot potato, to open our eyes to Light and Love and to find ways to live that do not destroy ourselves, others, other forms of life, or our world. We are designed for relationship—with all.