2.26.16 Shifting Our World History of Oppression to Forgiveness, Healing and Resilience

In honor of African- American History Month, it feels really timely to address the shadow of oppression that has woven into our collective histories and to also recognize the treasured gifts of learning to forgive, working to heal, and becoming resilient – learning to rise up in hope despite it all.

This World Peace Hologram will be combined with a Resonance Practitioner Skills day where your contributions here will be a part of a group session conducted by certified and student practitioners. These groups sessions are amazing and quite powerful with so many practitioners who know this work collaborating together to shift deep collective patterns!

Inspiration for the day:
When I think of oppression, I think of its roots as our own natural tendency to not love and accept ourselves and each other exactly how we are. The video below offers a beautiful poem from Climbing PoeTree describes this tendency so joyfully. Yes, oppression is also about larger economic systems that encourage grasping and taking from other peoples (or future generations), but my feeling is that as we learn to authentically love and value ourselves (realizing that we are a part of this earth and everything on it), we naturally disengage from these systems and live in more earth and people-honoring ways.


How to participate

Please fill out the survey below. Your answers will be used as part of a group repatterning session on February 26th!

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[MP3 Recording] 1.9.16 – Growing through Grief: Last Stage – Acceptance

Over the last few months we have had a wonderful journey exploring the many ways grief affects world and personal peace. I have learned so much and thank everyone who participated in this project! One of the sweetest takeaways actually came in the form of the repatterning that was selected for the last two stages – for depression and acceptance. This was the life-cycle repatterning and it is part of the chakra’s book. The fact that this repatterning came up for both of our final stages really highlights the ultimate issue we face when looking at our grief over the world situation. We can often get frozen into a sense of disempowerment, or a lack of inspiration or even go the opposite direction and get too worked up into action that isn’t effective. What I have learned over the past few months is that when we come to an issue that causes grief in our hearts, this is a sign to deeply listen to what is trying to be communicated and what we may need to accept in order to be in right relationship with the problem, so we can take more authentic and positive action. This would be action that transcends judgments or preconceived notions of how life “should” be, but rather comes from a place of accepting what is, but also nurturing that little spark in us that glows with the “what could be for me.”

This kind of acceptance/authentic action is what world leaders like Gandhi embodied. Their concepts of “being the change you wish to see in the world” goes much deeper than adopting certain characteristics of a “good person”. They were really talking about doing the self-work that supports a much deeper connection to All That Is and allowing action to come from that place. This is the work that excites me and fuels my life. If that resonates with you, I’d love to support you on your journey through this kind of transformation, too! Learn more about my work at www.wlotusliving.com.

I hope you enjoy the recording of our final session:

Audio Recording

If you would like to participate, you still can by filling out the session survey. By doing so, you will be proxied into the session.

I leave you with a poem that speaks to our letting go of our “should’s” and opening into a relationship of readiness for larger guidance in our lives. To me, this is the true embodiment of the kind of acceptance which will support peace for all:

Control

Control of life
Control of death
a wanting that can and never will be satisfied.
We live in hope
a trust in the unseen as much as the seen
to live otherwise is the truest death
one which we witness each day
even in ourselves
but thankfully there is new life waiting each moment
an opportunity to choose again.
Can you see this wheel turning?
Spinning, spinning, so we might find our center
so that the tumbling clay of our being
might be shaped by defter hands than ours

Saturday 1.9.16 – Growing through Grief – Last stage: Acceptance

Grief is a winding road. It takes us to places that are unexpected, sometimes difficult, but which also hold a potential which is sometimes hard to see, which always walks beside us. As we reach the final stage of our Growing through Grief series, I have to smile at the paradox of working through Resonance Repatterning to change things in the name of acceptance. This perhaps points to one of my deepest questions on the spiritual path – what is ours to change and what is ours to accept? For me, changing ourselves in order to find a greater level of acceptance is one of the greatest efforts we can make not only for ourselves, but for this world.

And part of this is developing the ability to see more deeply into the potential each moment brings – what walks beside us, or even carries us, along the way. We must become seers, but not just any seers, but True Seers, ones who see the heart of the divine in all that is.

To inspire us along this path, I have written a poem which can be found here.

And I hope you will join me in the final stage of the Growing through Grief series to weave a little more acceptance into the world, so that ALL should find peace.

How To Participate:

Please fill out the survey below to proxy in and to provide your insight into how acceptance can contribute to world peace.

Learn more about me and the work I do at www.wlotusliving.com

[Transcript] 12.10.15 – Growing through Grief: Stage 4 – Depression

Repatterning for the 4th Stage: Depression

I apologize for the delay in getting to the 4th stage of the growing through grief series. Originally this stage was planned for November, but it seems that we needed some extra time processing the “bargaining” stage as life and world events pushed this next stage out to December. I thank all of you who have continued to follow this series and who submitted responses. I have tried to honor them the best I could while capturing some of the “collective” heart of what was created together when I put all of your thoughts together.

Below is the summary of the session that I conducted on December 10th. Those who indicated they wished to be proxied in were. I did the session slightly different than the previous sessions and actually used the life cycle repatterning from the chakras book (rather than problems into opportunities) selected by muscle checking.

All positive statements were originally “off” on resonance and negative statements were “on” and all shifted after the modality.

Session Summary:

I used our collectively brainstormed answers for our “problem statements”:

A specific way I see how depression relates to global peace is:
There is a conflict between a strong healthy impulse to be of service and a feeling of futility, apathy, helplessness, passivity, frustration, no way out, who cares, I just don’t want to look at it and defeat.
People become stuck and cannot act to realize global peace and stop environmental destruction. People loose hope and lack discernment. They cling to the past, outdated beliefs and harmful habits and addictions
Judgment and avoidance of depression actually causes our society to be overly focused on abundance and privilege or to try to escape with addictive behaviors. We do not know how to hold the density of emotion that arises when we look clearly at the world situation
People burn out because they take on too much and then they can’t take on anything
A specific way I see depression disturbing my personal peace is:
There is deep regret about all the years lost and opportunities missed while still living from the impact of all the early life trauma, resulting patterns of addiction.
Whatever I do this feeling of sadness, apathy, hopelessness, powerlesseness is still present – a low grade feeling, that is always there. If I try to ignore my depression or fight my depression, it just grows bigger.
I have a low self-esteem and a negative view of life – I do not believe that the good of God exists in my life. I pine for the relationships, people, opportunities that I have lost over the years or regret the tragic situations that happened
My cognitive function is decreased and I make mistakes and poor decisions. My life is not life-giving and incoherent. I feel trapped in cycles of suffering.
I do not feel gratitude for my life or for others

A specific area of life relating to life cycle issues was identified: cycle issues: a time of transition

I wrote the following statement which was “on” for resonance (and then shifted)

“We are in a time of transition on this planet and each one of us feels this in a very personal and collective way. We have inherited generations of trauma and systems of dysfunction, some of which make it difficult to do good self-care resulting in poor coping mechanisms and cognitive capacity. We become depressed and feel powerless, falsely clinging to comforts that result in perpetuating the problems or lead to addiction and isolation. “

I identified the chakra being avoided: air/heart (ideas and inspiration)

Statement related to this: “It is impossible to achieve the ideal, so I give up”

I identified the chakra being prematurely activated – Ether, throat (beginnings)

Statement related to this: “I keep moving into new beginnings as a way to avoid long-term commitment”

I identified the associate vertebrae – Cervical 4

Statement related to this: “I suppress my tears”
*Note: I feel this really speaks to our need to grieve and really feel our sadness rather than suppress or deny it.

We needed to identify an earlier experience underlying our problems
Because I was doing this on behalf of the collective, I clarified that what was needed was a specific time in human history.

I had just written a letter to a spiritual friend about the spiritual and social issues related to te time period when we as humans entered into land cultivation, so I checked to see if this was the period needed and it was. So I wrote the following statement:

“As humans begin to gain control over earth’s fertility through agricultural practices, they change their relationship to the earth into one of resource and control rather than respecting and honoring the abundance with gratitude and the humility of our reliance on the gifts and challenges of nature. Our societies become structured around how much we can control to create our own personal abundance through extractive and polluting practices and war and competition. We become increasingly isolated from each other in the social dysfunction that is created.”

I identified the underlying need:

Under the category of “the need for security, nurturance and love”

The statement needed was: “I am protected”

I next identified the chakra needed to reestablish the flow: Air heart and we needed to identify our aim or intention, which was answered with our collective answers below:

How would you like this depression to be transformed? How would this look in the world and in your life?
I feel held, welcomed and loved and can cleanly grieve the past and celebrate with gratitude the greater freedom, clarity, ease and joy I now experience. I have more energy freed up to go into coherent action now so my old story is transformed into art, creativity and the empowerment to respond with love at all times.
All of humanity have a truly fulfilling life where fairness, opportunities, peace, possibility are equal to all and all have a sense of joy and love
We can authentically hold the reality of our world and our personal situations, but through courage and integrity and faith are still motivated to redouble our efforts to create lasting peace and a healthy environment. People become discerning and are galvanized into positive and immediate action.
People believe in themselves and each other, recognizing our creative power together and acting from our innate abilities to create change that results in successful peace.
We find joy and gratitude in the gift of life
We take time to nourish our bodies, minds and spirits with recharging down time like walks in the outdoors or warm baths, we take in good food, fresh air, nature, do exercise and build community all of which supports our cognitive functions so we can take right action in our lives.
I feel into what it means to be held, even in the darkness, and the knowing that creation is present in every moment gives me a sense of hope, acceptance, and gratitude

I identified the coherent air quality needed: “Ideas flow easily”

I added our “positive action statements” to round out the session:

What is one action you personally can take to make one step towards creating what you envision for the world?
I Stay free of addictive substances
I learn to make peace with my problems and maneuver different vibrations in and around me so I can respond with authenticity and appropriate action to what ever arises
I learn more about Resonance Repatterning.
I participate in joy-filled activities that connect me to others
I provide a safe place for people to learn to be with their personal darkness and their sense of the darkness around them, but also start to see that the root of their pain is actually their deep love.
I slow down and allow myself to observe the rhythms of life around me, appreciating creation and knowing that I am part of a complex web that works diligently towards self-regulation.
I speak out against our obsession with abundance and privilege and advocate for authentic appreciation and connection

Our spiral up tool was the “Purifying breath”

Again, all statements shifted!

Thank you all for your participation and I look forward to the final installment in January where we move fully into acceptance for our grief over world!

Grief and Gratitude

It seems a bit strange to be thinking about grief on such a joyous holiday, but Thanksgiving’s emphasis on what we are grateful for actually ties in quite well to our grief series. I recently started reading a book by Martin Prechtel called “The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise.” It is a poetic book that describes how our deep grief for something is actually a reflection of our values and praise – our gratitude – for that very same thing.

In his book, Martin shares beautiful practices for expressing grief as modeled by the indigenous community he lived with in Guatemala. From his vantage point, our western stoicism is actually counterproductive. We need to grieve and grieve loudly. We also need community who will surround us and support us in our grieving and make it safe enough to really dive into emotions we usually suppress.

So this Thanksgiving weekend, give thanks for your tears. Not only do they tell you what you love and what you are grateful for, they also are a wonderful expression of that love.

And don’t forget to join me for the next installment of the “Growing through Grief” series, which can be found here.

Thursday 12.10.15 – Growing through Grief – Fourth stage – Depression

The depression stage of grief can sometimes be the most challenging. This is where you meet the reality that nothing you have done in the previous stages to try and change the loss could erase it. Depression may feel pointless, but it does serve a purpose in preparing you for a more wholesome acceptance. This is where we learn to hold the pain of the loss, which means that when we move on to a more active acceptance, we are not just trying to cover that pain up.

In this forth session of a 5 part series we will explore how depression that stems from loss and grief shows up in the world and in our own personal lives. It might be our sense of hopelessness about climate change or our political situation. Or maybe it is looking at how our sense of “nothing is ever going to change” leads us to addictive behaviors or apathy. What ever it might be for you, please do share as your experience helps us shift these patterns for the greater whole in a positive way.

The full schedule for the “growing through grief sessions” is:

  • August 14th – Denial – COMPLETED.
    You can still participate by filling out this survey and by listening to the podcast
  • September 13th – Anger – COMPLETED.
    You can still participate by filling out this survey and by listening to the podcast
  • October 13th – Bargaining – COMPLETED
    You can still participate by filling out this survey and by listening to the podcast
  • December 11th – Depression
  • January 9th – We’ll make a final push to move through the stages of grief to acceptance and the positive outcomes we see coming out of this

How To Participate:

Please fill out the survey below to proxy in and to provide your insight into how bargaining is affecting world peace.

Learn more about me and the work I do at www.wlotusliving.com

[MP3 Recording] 10.13.15 – Growing through Grief: Stage 3 – Bargaining

Thank you to all who participated in this World Peace Hologram to look through the veils of bargaining in the world and our lives and address the grief that lies behind those expressions.

If you did not have an opportunity to participate, you can listen in below and retroactively add your energy to the seeds we planted.audio

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WzqFftrK

 

Do join me for the next stage of grief – depression – on November 12th!

Tuesday 10.13.15 – Growing through Grief – Third stage – Bargaining

When faced with a significant loss – the loss of a loved one, an ideal or dream, or even the loss of safety or one’s home, one of our most basic instincts is to try almost anything to get the thing we cherished back into our lives. In some ways, this stage is very much linked with denial in that we can’t see that all of our efforts are not going to return life back to “normal” – that there will be no “normal” in the old sense…we must create a new “normal”.

In this third session of a 5 part series we will explore how bargaining that stems from loss and grief shows up in the world and in our own personal lives. From the company that “green stamps” their products while secretly dumping toxins into local water supplies to terrorist regimes that use violence as a way to retain control when they know they do not have it, we can all see how bargaining affects World Peace. But what about our own personal peace? Maybe it is the voice that says “maybe if I was more agreeable, my relationship which has recently soured won’t end” or maybe it is about facing how you may be taking steps to make positive changes in one area of your life, so you can ignore another area in your life that really needs attention.  What ever it might be for you, please do share as your experience helps us shift these patterns for the greater whole in a positive way.

The full schedule for the “growing through grief sessions” is:

  • August 14th – Denial – COMPLETED.
    You can still participate by filling out this survey and by listening to the podcast
  • September 13th – Anger – COMPLETED.
    You can still participate by filling out this survey and by listening to the podcast
  • October 13th – Bargaining
  • December 10th – Depression
  • January 9th – We’ll make a final push to move through the stages of grief to acceptance and the positive outcomes we see coming out of this

How To Participate:

Please fill out the survey below to proxy in and to provide your insight into how bargaining is affecting world peace.

Learn more about me and the work I do at www.wlotusliving.com

[MP3 Recording and Transcript] 9.13.15 – Growing through Grief: Stage 2 – Anger

Thank you to all who participated in this World Peace Hologram to look through the veils of anger in the world and our lives and address the grief that lies behind those expressions.

If you did not have an opportunity to participate, you can listen in below or read the transcript and retroactively add your energy to the seeds we planted.

Do join me for the next stage of grief – bargaining – on October 13th!

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Sunday 9.13.15 – Growing through Grief – Second stage – Anger

In our “don’t worry be happy” world, we sometimes skip over the necessary and difficult work of truly being able to hold our and each other’s emotional responses to what is happening in the world today. The “don’t worry be happy” philosophy is partially right in that we have so much creative potential – we do live in a gifted and joyous time in many ways! But it is also a time filled with challenges that also need to be rightly recognized and held with wisdom, acceptance, compassion and understanding.

Delving into the stages of grief is a powerful tool for developing this wisdom, acceptance, compassion and understanding and I invite you to explore this with me through this World Peace Hologram project. The idea is that even if a small part of the collective starts to bring consciousness to this that we can shift the greater whole in a positive way.

In this second of a 5 part series we will explore how anger over loss and grief shows up in the world and in our own personal lives. It is easy to see how our wars, gang violence and even suicide or other violence to self can stem from this kind of anger over loss. But perhaps what is not so clear is that our frustration over the clutter of our lives, or our anger towards our boss in our dead-end job, or our lack of patience with a spouse or friend, can also be viewed as a symptom of grief over the loss of our ideals about how life “should be”. Lot’s to explore there.

The full schedule for the “growing through grief sessions” is:

  • August 14th – Denial – COMPLETED.
    You can still participate by filling out this survey and by listening to the podcast
  • September 13th – Anger
  • October 13th – Bargaining
  • December 10th – Depression
  • January 9th – We’ll make a final push to move through the stages of grief to acceptance and the positive outcomes we see coming out of this

How To Participate:

Please fill out the survey below to proxy in and to provide your insight into how denial is affecting world peace or join me on the conference call:
Sunday, September 13th at 3pm PDT
Number: (712) 775-7031
Access code: 532-070

Learn more about me and the work I do at www.wlotusliving.com