What Has Been Stolen is not Wealth: It is Our Joy of Living

The world we face today is one of anguish, suffering, and a whole lot of sadness. We all feel things are not right, but we cannot quite express what is happening. We know the world of economic hope is missing on a global basis. We know that politics and economies are rigged against us, but we have no idea what to do about it. In fact, we are resigned to a degree as to the current state of affairs.

However, if we really can understand what we could do “about it”, we most certainly would do so collectively.  We contend that what has really been systematically stolen from us is JOY!

Joy, defined as, a feeling or state of well-being and contentment <the inexpressible joy that the couple are feeling upon the birth of their first child> Synonyms beatitude, blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, felicity, gladness, happiness, warm fuzzies

Related Words elatedness, elation, exhilaration, exultation, high, intoxication; ecstasy, euphoria, glory, heaven, nirvana, paradise, rapture, rapturousness, ravishment, seventh heaven, transport; delectation, delight, enjoyment, pleasure; cheer, cheerfulness, comfort, exuberance, gaiety, gladsomeness, glee, gleefulness, jocundity, jollity, joyfulness, joyousness, jubilance, jubilation, lightheartedness, merriness, mirth; content, contentedness, gratification, satisfaction, triumph

Look up any of these related words. In fact, look them all up. We need to re-enforce what it is that we need to understand; what that “thing” is that has been stolen from our lives, from our consciousness. When we look at how we currently feel the Near Antonyms agony, anguish, desolation, joylessness, sorrow, sufferance, woe, woefulness; blues, cheerlessness, dejection, depression, desolateness, despondency, disheartenment, dispiritedness, doldrums, downheartedness, gloom, gloominess, melancholy, mournfulness, plaintiveness; Gehenna, hell, purgatory of joy go a long way in expressing how we, on a global basis, are feeling.

Ask yourself a quiet reflective question. When was the last time you really experienced joy?  Sad huh? It is time we again found joy in our lives. Then ponder why it is that joy is so elusive being that it is after all just a state of mind. If we approach this in a scientific manner, then consider a study of true science is a study of God. Angels are organizations natural in accordance with God’s laws. They appear superhuman, because of our ignorance concerning the higher natural forces. They exist in exact accordance with the laws that govern the universe; but as yet the attraction between clay and clay-bound spirit is so great as to prevent the enthralled soul of man from communicating with them. The faith of the religionist is an example of the unquenchable feeling that creates a belief as well as a hope that there is a self-existence separate from earthy substances. The scoffing scientific agnostic, working for other objects, will yet astonish himself by elaborating a method that will practically demonstrate these facts, and then empirical religion, as exemplified by the unquestioning faithful believer, and systematic science, as typified in the experimental materialist, will meet on common ground.

The next several weeks and months will be fraught with much anxiety and bring great revelations that will astonish us all. Information that will makes us angry and create within us a state of disbelief. Every thing we thought we knew will be undone. It has already started. As these incredible events unfold, remember it is simply a sudden and dramatic expansion of our understanding of how the universe is really organized. Therefore, accept this knowledge with joy, knowing it is now time to understand truths that are universal and timeless. It is now time to open our eyes and for all of us a time to truly wake up!

Awakening to the Laws of the Universe

The masses of people are carried along, obedient to their environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; the effects of inherited tendencies; the suggestions of those about them; and other outward causes; which tend to move them about on the chess-board of life like mere pawns. By rising above these influencing causes, the awakened individual seeks a higher plane of mental action, and by dominating their moods, emotions, impulses and feelings, they create for themselves new characters, qualities and powers, by which they overcome their ordinary environment, and thus become practically players instead of mere Pawns. Such people help to play the game of life understandingly, instead of being moved about this way and that way by stronger influences and powers and wills. They use the Principle of Cause and Effect, instead of being used by it. Of course, even the highest are subject to the Principle as it manifests on the higher planes, but on the lower planes of activity, they are Masters instead of Slaves.

Understanding exactly how the universe works in the most empirical manner is one of the so-called “secrets’ guarded by the mystery societies and the ritualistic elite. It is knowledge that has been passed down through secret initiations and rituals. The rationale given that these truths remain secret is that the majority of people would misuse the power attained from this understanding. It is true that understanding these truths CAN raise an adept to a higher plane and it is also true that this attained power CAN be used for good or evil. However, it is now time that we, as individuals, realize the new age which we are about to ascend. It is time we all spent some time understanding the TRUE nature and reality of how our universe operates.

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In doing so, we can elevate our lives, our planet, and our general surroundings to new levels of ascension. We can create a society that is enlightened, evolving, and progressive. Indeed, the entire universe is focused here and now to insure exactly that happens in our immediate now. There is a most ancient Hermetic axiom from the Kybalion that states:

“The wise ones serve on the higher, but rule on the lower. They obey the laws coming from above them, but on their own plane, and those below them, they rule and give orders. And, yet, in so doing, they form a part of the Principle, instead of opposing it. The wise man falls in with the Law, and by understanding its movements he operates it instead of being its blind slave. Just as does the skilled swimmer turn this way and that way, going and coming as he will, instead of being as the log which is carried here and there — so is the wise man as compared to the ordinary man — and yet both swimmer and log; wise man and fool, are subject to Law. He who understands this is well on the road to Mastery.”

In the above axiom, the Hermetists teach that the great work of influencing one’s environment is accomplished by Mental Power. The Universe being wholly mental, it follows that it may be ruled only by Mentality. And in this truth is to be found an explanation of all the phenomena and manifestations of the various mental powers which are attracting so much attention and study in these earlier years of the Twentieth First Century. Back of and under the teachings of the various cults and schools, remains ever constant the principle of the Mental Substance of the Universe. If the Universe be Mental in its substantial nature, then it follows that Mental Transmutation must change the conditions and phenomena of the Universe. If the Universe is Mental, then Mind must be the highest power affecting its phenomena. If this be understood then all the so-called “miracles” and “wonder-workings” are seen plainly for what they are.

In this Just Now and by the phenomena of extraordinary emanations of energy we are each given the opportunity to extend our powers of creation by understanding the absolute truths of the laws of the universe in which we all exist.

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If we polarize ourselves at the Positive Pole of our Being — the “I Am” pole rather than the pole of personality, and by “refusing” and “denying” the operation of Rhythm, raise ourselves above its plane of consciousness, and standing firm in our Statement of Being we allow the pendulum to swing back on the Lower Plane without changing our Polarity. This is accomplished by all individuals who have attained any degree of self-mastery, whether they understand the law or not. Such persons simply “refuse” to allow themselves to be swung back by the pendulum of mood and emotion, and by steadfastly affirming the superiority, they remain polarized on the Positive pole. The Master, of course, attains a far greater degree of proficiency, because he understands the law which he is overcoming by a higher law, and by the use of his Will he attains a degree of Poise and Mental Steadfastness almost impossible of belief on the part of those who allow themselves to be swung backward and forward by the mental pendulum of moods and feelings.

It is most important to understand these principles as more and more information is being revealed. This is one of the “golden keys” to creating the “new heaven and the new earth”. We DO affect reality by our mood and emotions. We DO affect our future and those around us by our state of mind. We DO decide how we feel at any moment, we are always in control.

Given this understanding, try practicing it in real time. See how many days you can stay calm, peaceful, and loving. Note the changes in your life that occurs as a result of that effort. We suspect they will be profoundly positive.

How To Help Others Spiritually Awaken During A Life Crisis

How To Help Others Spiritually Awaken During A Life Crisis

Being awake and aware is a wonderful thing. Watching others awaken is a rewarding experience. However, trying to wake someone up is NOT a great idea. This process is the most personal of all experiences. We each must awake on our own, through our own efforts, and for our own reasons. We will all wake up now, of that there is no doubt. It simply is in the cosmic cards. It is frustrating, we know, to see our families and friends in their deep slumber, especially when we know the freedom and dignity that comes with being awake. However, it is not a good idea to force the issue. First, they won’t understand and secondly, you will come off as a wacko or a snob. So when is a good time to “help”? Nanice Ellis really has the best advice. You can follow Nanice at http://wakeup-world.com.

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Ask Permission:

Whatever you do, don’t spew your well-meaning help or advice on someone because they seem to need it – always ask first. How can I help you? Or, may I help you? Also, identify what type of help is being requested, and respect boundaries.

Feeling Sorry Ain’t the Way: 

Be careful not to feel sorry for your friend or relation. When we feel sorry for someone, we are actually judging them and/or their situation, and we are seeing them as powerless. You can never be of service to another as long as you believe he/she is powerless. Feeling sorry for someone might also indicate that you believe that you are “better than,” and you are looking down on this person. You cannot help another from a position of superiority.

Try Compassion:

When we experience sympathy for another, it is just another way of feeling sorry for them. Empathy is a step up, but many empaths take on the energy of the one they are empathizing with, which isn’t helpful to anyone. Compassion, on the other hand, is unconditional love without judgment, and without taking on the energy of another.

Create Safe Space: 

Sometimes, the most you can provide is a safe space for expression. When people feel warmly welcomed by you, and they are sure that you will not judge them, in any manner, they allow themselves to open up, and share. In your non-judgmental space, they have the opportunity to unburden themselves of shame, guilt and despair. The more a person can release stored emotions, the easier he/she can awaken. In order to hold safe space, do not undermine, downplay, contradict, give your opinion or try to convince anyone of anything. Maybe from your awake perspective, loss of a loved one might just seem like energy passing from one realm to another, but if you try to tell a grieving person that she/he shouldn’t be upset because their beloved is “just energy,” you won’t get too far.

Shoulder to Cry On? 

Your friend or relation may just need a safe shoulder to cry on. Don’t underestimate the importance of being that shoulder. Crisis is cathartic, and it may bring up all sorts of old wounds that are ready to be released. Sometimes just having a safe space to cry and open up allows a person to approach new ideas and possibilities. Having said this, if your friend or relation continues to cry over the same things without healing, a professional may be necessary to help him/her break the emotional cycle.

No Advice is Good Advice: 

As an awakening coach and mentor, I rarely give advice. The truth is, people don’t need advice, as much as, they need guidance in finding their own answers. In the asleep state, we regularly seek answers outside ourselves and we follow the rules, morals, ethics and advice of family, culture, religion, society and even current trends. You don’t awaken by taking more advice or instructions from others – even if it is well-intentioned good advice. You awaken as you let go of external input and you go within to find the answers for yourself. In most cases, offering advice to an awakening person is counter-productive, as it supports slumber. Instead of giving advice, the best you can offer is intuitive questions that direct that person inward, and you can support that person to trust himself and the answers he discovers.

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Find the Right Questions: 

Until we awaken, most people are accustomed to addictive patterns of thought, using the same old thoughts to address all issues. This, of course, reinforces negative patterns in our lives. If you can “offer a question” that elicits a new perspective or a higher standpoint of awareness, you have given the greatest gift possible.

Offering the right questions is, much like, providing a map for a lost and buried treasure. The best questions to ask are ones that inspire new ways of thinking. Open ended questions literally open the space for unknown or hidden possibility.

The best question asking approach is what I call the “back door approach.” The key is to ask a question, in such a way, that the mind seeks the answer without the usual restraints. Questions that begin with, “What if…?” are usually gems in disguise.

  • What if you had a magic wand and could manifest anything that you desire, what would it be?
  • What would happen if you let go, or forgave yourself?
  • What would change if you gave yourself love and kindness?
  • What if success was guaranteed, what would you do?

Some of the best questions are ones where you both address and disarm the objections that have kept your friend/relation from exploring new possibilities. Let’s say that she/he recently lost a job in a “left brained” field that wasn’t very exciting, and her/his objection to finding a new and interesting career path is the fear of not making enough money. Your question might be:

  • If you could do anything that you desire, and money was no issue, what would that be?

Once you address, and disarm the objections, the mind is free to imagine possibilities without constraints or limitations. The point is to invite the person to explore ideas outside his/her self-made box (because you don’t wake up in the box). I’ve seen it, time and time again, when someone begins to dream of a new and exciting life, that dream has the potential of generating so much positive energy that the previous objections are dim in comparison.

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Identify Limiting Beliefs:

The one thing that keeps us most asleep is our disempowering beliefs about unworthiness, powerlessness and victimhood. You don’t get through the proverbial gate of awakening carrying any one of these false beliefs. Often, chaotic challenges arise in our lives as direct proof of our beliefs. This does not mean that the belief is true, as all three of these beliefs are inherently false, but rather the manifestation of the belief(s) is an indicator that we have the belief. In other words, we believe the belief. If you don’t know that you have a belief about unworthiness, for example, that hidden belief will keep you from awakening, and you won’t have a clue. The purpose of life is to demonstrate your beliefs so that you can identify disempowering beliefs and ultimately release them; so that you can, in fact, awaken. In this way, crisis and all challenges are actually conspiring for your awakening.

Say, “No” to Negative Energy: 

In my first days at the crisis center, I recall walking down the stairs, at the end of an intense shift. I was clearly aware that if I was to do this important work, I could not take on anyone’s energy, for any reason, at any time. In that moment, I made this commitment to myself and I kept it. In my article entitled Tired of Being a Negativity Sponge? 12 Ways to Prevent Energy Infiltration and Reclaim Your Energy, I share 12 ways to stay energetically clean and clear.

Don’t Judge the Sleepy Folks (even if they are judging you):

Every awake person has felt the judgment of those less awake folks. The knee-jerk reaction to being judged is returning judgment, but that just results in both of you acting and reacting from the asleep state. When people are asleep, they unconsciously judge “more awake people” because they just don’t understand; from the asleep state, it is easier to judge what we don’t understand than to accept it. Remember, judgment is the result of fear, and those who are being awakened through crisis often have a great deal of misunderstood fear. Once again, invoke compassion, and allow a person to be exactly where they are, and, keep in mind, it is not about you, so don’t take judgment personally.

Awakening Snob?

When you are awake, it is easy to identify other awake people, as well as, those who are still asleep, but being awake does not make you better than anyone else. When our tendency is to judge those who are still asleep, our snobbiness backfires on us, and we dose off. After all, you are only as awake as the thoughts you now think.

Encourage Letting Go: 

For years, I studied self-proclaimed awakened beings, and the one thing that preceded every single case of spiritual awakening was letting go. In some cases, letting go was a voluntary act prescribed by spiritual practice, but, in many cases, a crisis, of one nature or another, fostered surrender, which is exactly the divine scheme inherently hidden within crisis. The stress and pressure caused by a crisis situation is intended to persuade us to let go, as letting go is often the only path to relief. In the process of letting go, we release everything that kept us asleep, and like a cork naturally rising to the surface, we begin to awaken.

Don’t Think Everyone is Like You: 

Moving through a crisis (whether it results in awakening or not) is a completely different journey for each one of us, so be careful not to impose your experience on someone else.

Find a Bridge of Communication: 

I have discovered that finding a short video that speaks to a person, in their language, is of the utmost assistance. My son, Travis, was on the verge of awakening, and, as much as he wanted my help, we were speaking completely different languages. No matter how I tried, I just couldn’t communicate with him in the way that made sense to him. Then, one day, someone sent me a video series on creating our reality. Honestly, I thought it was terrible, but it occurred to me that the fellow in the video just might be speaking Travis’ language, and I was right. Travis was attracted to it like a moth to a flame. So, now I could speak to him in a slightly more advanced manner. Then, I discovered the metaphysical teacher, Charles Haanel, and I thought, “Hmm… I bet Travis would love Charles” — and again I was correct. We listened together and we had deep and powerful conversations that supported his awakening. I decided to share Abraham Hicks with him but he totally didn’t get it, so we went back to Charles. I shared Neville Goddard and Florence Schovel Shinn, but it wasn’t until he listened to Alan Watts for the first time, that he really got it.

Mom,” he said, “Now, I finally understand everything you have been teaching me all these years. Thanks for not giving up on me.”

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Silence is Saintly: 

If all this seems overwhelming, then let it go. It is not your obligation to be coach or counselor, even to those you love. You can make a profound difference without saying a word. Let’s not overlook the powerful act of Silence. All you need to do is remain in integrity with your true self – this means that from the awake state, you offer love and compassion, without trying to fix or heal anyone. The powerful and clear energy of an awake person can transmute emotional pain, while also transmitting a message of awakening to all those in proximity. If someone is not ready, they won’t receive your gift of energy, and that’s okay, but, if someone is ready and willing to heal and awaken, your open and loving presence may provide exactly the right medicine.

The most precious gift you can give to others is to see through their masks – seeing them fully awake, in their highest and most glorious expression of love and harmony.

You are love, you are light, and all is well.

It’s Time For A Spiritual Revolt

One of the reactions I hear the most is, “How can anyone of us fight the corrupt political systems or the power and greed controlled by the elite ¼%?” The very question is a demonstration of how effective the “slave mentality” has been ingrained in most of us.

However, something wonderful is happening and people are waking up to their own power and divine nature. To quote David Degraw from his new book Freedom in a Time of Mental Slavery: When you take bold and courageous action, your consciousness expands, doors open, doors that fear-based consciousness cannot see. Bold and passionate action, free of fear, driven by love, is a portal into another dimension of consciousness ~ a new paradigm.”

Excerpt from Freedom in a Time of Mental Slavery: I get the same question over and over again. People always say, “I know how corrupt the political and economic system is, but what should I do to help create change? Should I focus on getting money out of politics or breaking up the banks? Should I use alternative currencies? Should I focus on environmental issues? Should I support solar energy? Should I grow organic food? Should I vote for third parties?……. I always give the same advice to everyone. First and foremost, forget about politics and external forces of any kind. Forget about 10-point political plans and ideologies. Those are all byproducts… First and foremost, focus within, align with your inner spirit and everything else will take care of itself. What is it that you are most passionate about? What do you love most? Go do that, and do it boldly, without fear…..We live in a time of fear-based mental slavery. The corrupt political and economic system is a byproduct of the fear-based ego. The shortsighted greed that is enslaving humanity and destroying the planet is a byproduct of the fear-based ego….”

David also poses the question Do You want Freedom ~ genuine freedom?

And offers the correct answer ~  “Lose the fear, the fear of being judged, the fear of fitting in, the fear of failure, the fear of societal pressures upon you, the fear of outside pressure of any kind. Lose the fear….Your freedom, your happiness and evolution, your path to becoming a positive force for all the people around you, therefore, our freedom ~  The path to global revolution, global evolution, the path to an entirely new paradigm will open up when you focus on what you love, when you align with your inner passion and flow. When you vibrate from love, the multiverse opens up to you. That’s the secret. That’s the real revolution of consciousness that we need.

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This is what is happening. It isn’t about fighting or resisting the current global situation. It is about relegating the current situation to irrelevance in your consciousness. It is about asserting ourselves in a positive manner in a way we want things to be. This isn’t theory or belief; by the way, it is science. More specifically it is the Quantum Reality in which we truly exist. It is about understanding the Unified Field from which all forms of matter and energy arise in all of existence.

There are three basic tenets concerning the Unified Field. They are as follows:

Tenet One

The basic underlying force of the universe is a psychic energy field of universal love, within which gravitational and electromagnetic fields, the strong and weak forces in the atom, and all other forces of nature, including time and space, are merely conditions of state. Within this psychic realm of love, paranormal events such as clairvoyance, telepathy, precognition and near-death experiences are also conditions of state. The principal property of this field of love is its propensity to unite, complete and fulfill all living beings within a constantly evolving loving plan. This field of love is the absolute constant of the universe in that within it, time and space do not exist. Thus, we are instantly joined with the past, present and future of a universe which is in the process of uniting, completing and fulfilling itself.

Tenet Two

The consciousness of the observer is the determining factor in being able to perceive the Unified Field, and the depth of one’s sensory experience is what determines this consciousness. In that regard, our most profound sensory experience is the total surrender to what is deepest within ourselves, that is, the surrender to love and a joyful state of soul consciousness – which is the awareness of an evolving loving plan and the taking of responsibility for one’s function within that plan. The Unified Field is therefore a state of soul consciousness. That state which limits or denies our perception of the Unified Field is ego consciousness.

Tenet Three

It would appear that the pain of not feeling loved for oneself and being seemingly separated from our original state of soul consciousness and the Unified Field is of such deep psychic proportions that, early in childhood, processes are triggered in the hypothalamus which result in a left brain imbalance and dominance as well as the denial, mistrust and forgetting of our connection to the Unified Field and the love and joy and a state of soul consciousness deepest within us. It is from this dark tunnel of pain, aloneness, despair and apparent death that the ego and ego consciousness is born – for survival and protection purposes only. As such, death or the idea of death, is an illusion measured by the limits of our consciousness.

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The Unified Field can be visualized as a grid of great luminosity joining all living beings within its energy field of love. This is scientific fact. Within the Unified Field lies every probability of reality and our consciousness calls forth one of those potentials through our thoughts which is the basic form in which our reality is actually created. Knowing and understanding this creative power we all possess, you then begin to understand it brings about the end of any fear whatsoever and replaces it with a sense of joy, gratitude, and abundance. When we all see this collectively, we will understand how to create our future together.

Again, remember, this is the actual science behind our reality. Just think about for awhile and the smile will begin to form.

It is Time for Real Truth to Begin

Those who are beginning to wake up realize that we are constantly being manipulated by all forms of “authority”. What we are taught in school. What we are taught in most organized religions. What we are told by our media outlets. What we are told by our governments. Ironically, we never seem to have that individual thought of “is that the truth?” It is time to question everything we are taught and told. This is the ACTION we can take as awakening individuals. Let’s look at something very fundamental and what we were ALL taught in school.

Who was the first president of the United States? Ask any school child and they will readily tell you “George Washington.” And of course, they would be wrong—at least technically. Washington was not inaugurated until April 30, 1789. And yet, the United States continually had functioning governments from as early as September 5, 1774 and operated as a confederated nation from as early as July 4, 1776. During that nearly fifteen year interval, Congress—first the Continental Congress and then later the Confederation Congress—was always moderated by a duly elected president. As the chief executive officer of the government of the United States, the president was recognized as the head of state. Washington was thus the fifteenth in a long line of distinguished presidents—and he led the seventeenth administration—he just happened to be the first under the current constitution. So who were the luminaries who preceded him? The following brief biographies profile these “forgotten presidents.”

Peyton Randolph of Virginia (1723-1775)
When delegates gathered in Philadelphia for the first Continental Congress, they promptly elected the former King’s Attorney of Virginia as the moderator and president of their convocation. He was a propitious choice. He was a legal prodigy—having studied at the Inner Temple in London, served as his native colony’s Attorney General, and tutored many of the most able men of the South at William and Mary College—including the young Patrick Henry. His home in Williamsburg was the gathering place for Virginia’s legal and political gentry—and it remains a popular attraction in the restored colonial capital. He had served as a delegate in the Virginia House of Burgesses, and had been a commander under William Byrd in the colonial militia. He was a scholar of some renown—having begun a self-guided reading of the classics when he was thirteen. Despite suffering poor health served the Continental Congress as president twice, in 1774 from September 5 to October 21, and then again for a few days in 1775 from May 10 to May 23. He never lived to see independence, yet was numbered among the nation’s most revered founders.

Henry Middleton (1717-1784)
America’s second elected president was one of the wealthiest planters in the South, the patriarch of the most powerful families anywhere in the nation. His public spirit was evident from an early age. He was a member of his state’s Common House from 1744-1747. During the last two years he served as the Speaker. During 1755 he was the King’s Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He was a member of the South Carolina Council from 1755-1770. His valor in the War with the Cherokees during 1760-1761 earned him wide recognition throughout the colonies—and demonstrated his cool leadership abilities while under pressure. He was elected as a delegate to the first session of the Continental Congress and when Peyton Randolph was forced to resign the presidency, his peers immediately turned to Middleton to complete the term. He served as the fledgling coalition’s president from October 22, 1774 until Randolph was able to resume his duties briefly beginning on May 10, 1775. Afterward, he was a member of the Congressional Council of Safety and helped to establish the young nation’s policy toward the encouragement and support of education. In February 1776 he resigned his political involvements in order to prepare his family and lands for what he believed was inevitable war—but he was replaced by his son Arthur who eventually became a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, served time as an English prisoner of war, and was twice elected Governor of his state.

John Hancock (1737-1793)
The third president was a patriot, rebel leader, merchant who signed his name into immortality in giant strokes on the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The boldness of his signature has made it live in American minds as a perfect expression of the strength and freedom—and defiance—of the individual in the face of British tyranny. As President of the Continental Congress during two widely spaced terms—the first from May 24 1775 to October 30 1777 and the second from November 23 1885 to June 5, 1786—Hancock was the presiding officer when the members approved the Declaration of Independence. Because of his position, it was his official duty to sign the document first—but not necessarily as dramatically as he did. Hancock figured prominently in another historic event—the battle at Lexington: British troops who fought there April 10, 1775, had known Hancock and Samuel Adams were in Lexington and had come there to capture these rebel leaders. And the two would have been captured, if they had not been warned by Paul Revere. As early as 1768, Hancock defied the British by refusing to pay customs charges on the cargo of one of his ships. One of Boston’s wealthiest merchants, he was recognized by the citizens, as well as by the British, as a rebel leader—and was elected President of the first Massachusetts Provincial Congress. After he was chosen President of the Continental Congress in 1775, Hancock became known beyond the borders of Massachusetts, and, having served as colonel of the Massachusetts Governor’s Guards he hoped to be named commander of the American forces—until John Adams nominated George Washington. In 1778 Hancock was commissioned Major General and took part in an unsuccessful campaign in Rhode Island. But it was as a political leader that his real distinction was earned—as the first Governor of Massachusetts, as President of Congress, and as President of the Massachusetts constitutional ratification convention. He helped win ratification in Massachusetts, gaining enough popular recognition to make him a contender for the newly created Presidency of the United States, but again he saw Washington gain the prize. Like his rival, George Washington, Hancock was a wealthy man who risked much for the cause of independence. He was the wealthiest New Englander supporting the patriotic cause, and, although he lacked the brilliance of John Adams or the capacity to inspire of Samuel Adams, he became one of the foremost leaders of the new nation—perhaps, in part, because he was willing to commit so much at such risk to the cause of freedom.

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Henry Laurens (1724-1792)
The only American president ever to be held as a prisoner of war by a foreign power, Laurens was heralded after he was released as “the father of our country,” by no less a personage than George Washington. He was of Huguenot extraction, his ancestors having come to America from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes made the Reformed faith illegal. Raised and educated for a life of mercantilism at his home in Charleston, he also had the opportunity to spend more than a year in continental travel. It was while in Europe that he began to write revolutionary pamphlets—gaining him renown as a patriot. He served as vice-president of South Carolina in1776. He was then elected to the Continental Congress. He succeeded John Hancock as President of the newly independent but war beleaguered United States on November 1, 1777. He served until December 9, 1778 at which time he was appointed Ambassador to the Netherlands. Unfortunately for the cause of the young nation, he was captured by an English warship during his cross-Atlantic voyage and was confined to the Tower of London until the end of the war. After the Battle of Yorktown, the American government regained his freedom in a dramatic prisoner exchange—President Laurens for Lord Cornwallis. Ever the patriot, Laurens continued to serve his nation as one of the three representatives selected to negotiate terms at the Paris Peace Conference in 1782.

John Jay (1745-1829)
America’s first Secretary of State, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, one of its first ambassadors, and author of some of the celebrated Federalist Papers, Jay was a Founding Father who, by a quirk of fate, missed signing the Declaration of Independence—at the time of the vote for independence and the signing, he had temporarily left the Continental Congress to serve in New York’s revolutionary legislature. Nevertheless, he was chosen by his peers to succeed Henry Laurens as President of the United States—serving a term from December 10, 1778 to September 27, 1779. A conservative New York lawyer who was at first against the idea of independence for the colonies, the aristocratic Jay in 1776 turned into a patriot who was willing to give the next twenty-five years of his life to help establish the new nation. During those years, he won the regard of his peers as a dedicated and accomplished statesman and a man of unwavering principle. In the Continental Congress Jay prepared addresses to the people of Canada and Great Britain. In New York he drafted the State constitution and served as Chief Justice during the war. He was President of the Continental Congress before he undertook the difficult assignment, as ambassador, of trying to gain support and funds from Spain. After helping Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, and Laurens complete peace negotiations in Paris in 1783, Jay returned to become the first Secretary of State, called “Secretary of Foreign Affairs” under the Articles of Confederation. He negotiated valuable commercial treaties with Russia and Morocco, and dealt with the continuing controversy with Britain and Spain over the southern and western boundaries of the United States. He proposed that America and Britain establish a joint commission to arbitrate disputes that remained after the war—a proposal which, though not adopted, influenced the government’s use of arbitration and diplomacy in settling later international problems. In this post Jay felt keenly the weakness of the Articles of Confederation and was one of the first to advocate a new governmental compact. He wrote five Federalist Papers supporting the Constitution, and he was a leader in the New York ratification convention. As first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Jay made the historic decision that a State could be sued by a citizen from another State, which led to the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution. On a special mission to London he concluded the “Jay Treaty,” which helped avert a renewal of hostilities with Britain but won little popular favor at home—and it is probably for this treaty that this Founding Father is best remembered.

Samuel Huntington (1732-1796)
An industrious youth who mastered his studies of the law without the advantage of a school, a tutor, or a master—borrowing books and snatching opportunities to read and research between odd jobs—he was one of the greatest self-made men among the Founders. He was also one of the greatest legal minds of the age—all the more remarkable for his lack of advantage as a youth. In 1764, in recognition of his obvious abilities and initiative, he was elected to the General Assembly of Connecticut. The next year he was chosen to serve on the Executive Council. In 1774 he was appointed Associate Judge of the Superior Court and, as a delegate to the Continental Congress, was acknowledged to be a legal scholar of some respect. He served in Congress for five consecutive terms, during the last of which he was elected President. He served in that office from September 28, 1779 until ill health forced him to resign on July 9, 1781. He returned to his home in Connecticut—and as he recuperated, he accepted more Councilor and Bench duties. He again took his seat in Congress in 1783, but left it to become Chief Justice of his state’s Superior Court. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1785 and Governor in 1786. According to John Jay, he was “the most precisely trained Christian jurists ever to serve his country.”

Thomas McKean (1734-1817)
During his astonishingly varied fifty-year career in public life he held almost every possible position—from deputy county attorney to President of the United States under the Confederation. Besides signing the Declaration of Independence, he contributed significantly to the development and establishment of constitutional government in both his home state of Delaware and the nation. At the Stamp Act Congress he proposed the voting procedure that Congress adopted: that each colony, regardless of size or population, have one vote—the practice adopted by the Continental Congress and the Congress of the Confederation, and the principle of state equality manifest in the composition of the Senate. And as county judge in 1765, he defied the British by ordering his court to work only with documents that did not bear the hated stamps. In June 1776, at the Continental Congress, McKean joined with Caesar Rodney to register Delaware’s approval of the Declaration of Independence, over the negative vote of the third Delaware delegate, George Read—permitting it to be “The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States.” And at a special Delaware convention, he drafted the constitution for that State. McKean also helped draft—and signed—the Articles of Confederation. It was during his tenure of service as President—from July 10, 1781 to November 4, 1782—when news arrived from General Washington in October 1781 that the British had surrendered following the Battle of Yorktown. As Chief Justice of the supreme court of Pennsylvania, he contributed to the establishment of the legal system in that State, and, in 1787, he strongly supported the Constitution at the Pennsylvania Ratification Convention, declaring it “the best the world has yet seen.” At sixty-five, after over forty years of public service, McKean resigned from his post as Chief Justice. A candidate on the Democratic-Republican ticket in 1799, McKean was elected Governor of Pennsylvania. As Governor, he followed such a strict policy of appointing only fellow Republicans to office that he became the father of the spoils system in America. He served three tempestuous terms as Governor, completing one of the longest continuous careers of public service of any of the Founding Fathers.

John Hanson (1715-1783)
He was the heir of one of the greatest family traditions in the colonies and became the patriarch of a long line of American patriots—his great grandfather died at Lutzen beside the great King Gustavus Aldophus of Sweden; his grandfather was one of the founders of New Sweden along the Delaware River in Maryland; one of his nephews was the military secretary to George Washington; another was a signer of the Declaration; still another was a signer of the Constitution; yet another was Governor of Maryland during the Revolution; and still another was a member of the first Congress; two sons were killed in action with the Continental Army; a grandson served as a member of Congress under the new Constitution; and another grandson was a Maryland Senator. Thus, even if Hanson had not served as President himself, he would have greatly contributed to the life of the nation through his ancestry and progeny. As a youngster he began a self-guided reading of classics and rather quickly became an acknowledged expert in the juridicalism of Anselm and the practical philosophy of Seneca—both of which were influential in the development of the political philosophy of the great leaders of the Reformation. It was based upon these legal and theological studies that the young planter—his farm, Mulberry Grove was just across the Potomac from Mount Vernon—began to espouse the cause of the patriots. In 1775 he was elected to the Provincial Legislature of Maryland. Then in 1777, he became a member of Congress where he distinguished himself as a brilliant administrator. Thus, he was elected President in 1781. He served in that office from November 5, 1781 until November 3, 1782. He was the first President to serve a full term after the full ratification of the Articles of Confederation—and like so many of the Southern and New England Founders, he was strongly opposed to the Constitution when it was first discussed. He remained a confirmed anti-federalist until his untimely death.

Elias Boudinot (1741-1802)
He did not sign the Declaration, the Articles, or the Constitution. He did not serve in the Continental Army with distinction. He was not renowned for his legal mind or his political skills. He was instead a man who spent his entire career in foreign diplomacy. He earned the respect of his fellow patriots during the dangerous days following the traitorous action of Benedict Arnold. His deft handling of relations with Canada also earned him great praise. After being elected to the Congress from his home state of New Jersey, he served as the new nation’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs—managing the influx of aid from France, Spain, and Holland. The in 1783 he was elected to the Presidency. He served in that office from November 4, 1782 until November 2, 1783. Like so many of the other early presidents, he was a classically trained scholar, of the Reformed faith, and an anti-federalist in political matters. He was the father and grandfather of frontiersmen—and one of his grandchildren and namesakes eventually became a leader of the Cherokee nation in its bid for independence from the sprawling expansion of the United States.

Thomas Mifflin (1744-1800)
By an ironic sort of providence, Thomas Mifflin served as George Washington’s first aide-de-camp at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and, when the war was over, he was the man, as President of the United States, who accepted Washington’s resignation of his commission. In the years between, Mifflin greatly served the cause of freedom—and, apparently, his own cause—while serving as the first Quartermaster General of the Continental Army. He obtained desperately needed supplies for the new army—and was suspected of making excessive profit himself. Although experienced in business and successful in obtaining supplies for the war, Mifflin preferred the front lines, and he distinguished himself in military actions on Long Island and near Philadelphia. Born and reared a Quaker, he was excluded from their meetings for his military activities. A controversial figure, Mifflin lost favor with Washington and was part of the Conway Cabal—a rather notorious plan to replace Washington with General Horatio Gates. And Mifflin narrowly missed court-martial action over his handling of funds by resigning his commission in 1778. In spite of these problems—and of repeated charges that he was a drunkard—Mifflin continued to be elected to positions of responsibility—as President and Governor of Pennsylvania, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, as well as the highest office in the land—where he served from November 3, 1783 to November 29, 1784. Most of Mifflin’s significant contributions occurred in his earlier years—in the First and Second Continental Congresses he was firm in his stand for independence and for fighting for it, and he helped obtain both men and supplies for Washington’s army in the early critical period. In 1784, as President, he signed the treaty with Great Britain which ended the war. Although a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, he did not make a significant contribution—beyond signing the document. As Governor of Pennsylvania, although he was accused of negligence, he supported improvements of roads, and reformed the State penal and judicial systems. He had gradually become sympathetic to Jefferson’s principles regarding State’s rights, even so, he directed the Pennsylvania militia to support the Federal tax collectors in the Whiskey Rebellion. In spite of charges of corruption, the affable Mifflin remained a popular figure. A magnetic personality and an effective speaker, he managed to hold a variety of elective offices for almost thirty years of the critical Revolutionary period.

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Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794)
His resolution “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States,” approved by the Continental Congress July 2, 1776, was the first official act of the United Colonies that set them irrevocably on the road to independence. It was not surprising that it came from Lee’s pen—as early as 1768 he proposed the idea of committees of correspondence among the colonies, and in 1774 he proposed that the colonies meet in what became the Continental Congress. From the first, his eye was on independence. A wealthy Virginia planter whose ancestors had been granted extensive lands by King Charles II, Lee disdained the traditional aristocratic role and the aristocratic view. In the House of Burgesses he flatly denounced the practice of slavery. He saw independent America as “an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repose.” In 1764, when news of the proposed Stamp Act reached Virginia, Lee was a member of the committee of the House of Burgesses that drew up an address to the King, an official protest against such a tax. After the tax was established, Lee organized the citizens of his county into the Westmoreland Association, a group pledged to buy no British goods until the Stamp Act was repealed. At the First Continental Congress, Lee persuaded representatives from all the colonies to adopt this non-importation idea, leading to the formation of the Continental Association, which was one of the first steps toward union of the colonies. Lee also proposed to the First Continental Congress that a militia be organized and armed—the year before the first shots were fired at Lexington; but this and other proposals of his were considered too radical—at the time. Three days after Lee introduced his resolution, in June of 1776, he was appointed by Congress to the committee responsible for drafting a declaration of independence, but he was called home when his wife fell ill, and his place was taken by his young protégé, Thomas Jefferson. Thus Lee missed the chance to draft the document—though his influence greatly shaped it and he was able to return in time to sign it. He was elected President—serving from November 30, 1784 to November 22, 1785 when he was succeeded by the second administration of John Hancock. Elected to the Constitutional Convention, Lee refused to attend, but as a member of the Congress of the Confederation, he contributed to another great document, the Northwest Ordinance, which provided for the formation of new States from the Northwest Territory. When the completed Constitution was sent to the States for ratification, Lee opposed it as anti-democratic and anti-Christian. However, as one of Virginia’s first Senators, he helped assure passage of the amendments that, he felt, corrected many of the document’s gravest faults—the Bill of Rights. He was the great uncle of Robert E. Lee and the scion of a great family tradition.

Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796)
Another self-made man, Gorham was one of the many successful Boston merchants who risked all he had for the cause of freedom. He was first elected to the Massachusetts General Court in 1771. His honesty and integrity won his acclaim and was thus among the first delegates chose to serve in the Continental Congress. He remained in public service throughout the war and into the Constitutional period, though his greatest contribution was his call for a stronger central government. But even though he was an avid federalist, he did not believe that the union could—or even should—be maintained peaceably for more than a hundred years. He was convinced that eventually, in order to avoid civil or cultural war, smaller regional interests should pursue an independent course. His support of a new constitution was rooted more in pragmatism than ideology. When John Hancock was unable to complete his second term as President, Gorham was elected to succeed him—serving from June 6, 1786 to February 1, 1787. It was during this time that the Congress actually entertained the idea of asking Prince Henry—the brother of Frederick II of Prussia—and Bonnie Prince Charlie—the leader of the ill-fated Scottish Jacobite Rising and heir of the Stuart royal line—to consider the possibility of establishing a constitutional monarch in America. It was a plan that had much to recommend it but eventually the advocates of republicanism held the day. During the final years of his life, Gorham was concerned with several speculative land deals which nearly cost him his entire fortune.

Arthur St. Clair (1734-1818)
Born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland during the tumultuous days of the final Jacobite Rising and the Tartan Suppression, St. Clair was the only president of the United States born and bred on foreign soil. Though most of his family and friends abandoned their devastated homeland in the years following the Battle of Culloden—after which nearly a third of the land was depopulated through emigration to America—he stayed behind to learn the ways of the hated Hanoverian English in the Royal Navy. His plan was to learn of the enemy’s military might in order to fight another day. During the global conflict of the Seven Years War—generally known as the French and Indian War—he was stationed in the American theater. Afterward, he decided to settle in Pennsylvania where many of his kin had established themselves. His civic-mindedness quickly became apparent: he helped to organize both the New Jersey and the Pennsylvania militias, led the Continental Army’s Canadian expedition, and was elected Congress. His long years of training in the enemy camp was finally paying off. He was elected President in 1787—and he served from February 2 of that year until January 21 of the next. Following his term of duty in the highest office in the land, he became the first Governor of the Northwest Territory and the founder of Cincinnati. Though he briefly supported the idea of creating a constitutional monarchy under the Stuart’s Bonnie Prince Charlie, he was a strident Anti-Federalist—believing that the proposed federal constitution would eventually allow for the intrusion of government into virtually every sphere and aspect of life. He even predicted that under the vastly expanded centralized power of the state the taxing powers of bureaucrats and other unelected officials would eventually confiscate as much as a quarter of the income of the citizens—a notion that seemed laughable at the time but that has proven to be ominously modest in light of our current governmental leviathan. St. Clair lived to see the hated English tyrants who destroyed his homeland defeated. But he despaired that his adopted home might actually create similar tyrannies and impose them upon themselves.

Cyrus Griffin (1736-1796)
Like Peyton Randolph, he was trained in London’s Inner Temple to be a lawyer—and thus was counted among his nation’s legal elite. Like so many other Virginians, he was an anti-federalist, though he eventually accepted the new Constitution with the promise of the Bill of Rights as a hedge against the establishment of an American monarchy—which still had a good deal of currency. The Articles of Confederation afforded such freedoms that he had become convinced that even with the incumbent loss of liberty, some new form of government would be required. A protégé of George Washington—having worked with him on several speculative land deals in the West—he was a reluctant supporter of the Constitutional ratifying process. It was during his term in the office of the Presidency—the last before the new national compact went into effect—that ratification was formalized and finalized. He served as the nation’s chief executive from January 22, 1788 until George Washington’s inauguration on April 30, 1789.

Now that you know the whole truth, does it bother you that you were not taught any of this in school? What else do you not know, and more importantly why is the truth hidden from us? It is time to question everything and all authority. It is time to take the personal responsibility to confirm or reject everything we have been taught. The truth is really far more interesting and exciting than the garbage we have been fed. Truth surely does set us free.

Adjusting to the Rapidly Changing Realities

There is no doubt that the world is in the midst of rapid change. Change is nothing new. Change is constant. When we look from a historical perspective, our world has changed technologically in the blink of an eye. whether it is transportation, communication, or information and how we access it and manage it, more has occurred in the last 100 years than in all of the previous history of mankind. However, as these technological changes have occurred, we have assimilated those changes rather effortlessly. Think of just computers and their impacts on our daily lives as an example.

However, the changes occurring now are shaking the very core of our societies from a political, economic, and spiritual basis. These changes are shaking the very essence of how we are ruled and how we survive and have for hundreds of years. Those in power are trying their damnedest to tighten their control through economic and political means by using wars and conflicts, by manipulating the economy and yet these tried and true methods of old are beginning to have the opposite effect and response by us collectively. We simply are not “buying in” by having the “predicted response”. We are growing intolerant and indifferent to war, and the political rhetoric that should stir “our nationalism” and “patriotism”.  We are beginning to understand things like we are 9 times more likely to be killed by our local police than by any terrorist. We are beginning to question why our police need to look like paramilitary units, as the recent events in Ferguson Missouri are demonstrating.

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So what is going on? What are these changes we are experiencing? Many of us have been consciously aware that there is a fundamental evolution occurring within us as evolving souls or spiritual beings, but we are ALL aware these changes are occurring. So here are some thoughts or “tools”, if you will, to help you grasp and deal with these changes as they unfold. We think they can help both the “awakened” and the “awakening” equally well.

1). Have the realization that you are not simply human, but are an evolving soul. The changes that occurring are opening up avenues of truth and disclosure to allow you once again to be “in touch” with your higher self.

2). Remember it is always NOW. It is of no matter when you awake, because when you do, it will be now.

3). The love of the Creator has no clock. There really is only the illusion of time. The infinite nature of our Creator and us has no need for time.

4). We must and we know we must develop tolerance for one another. Slowly, but surely we are beginning to understand that no matter our race, religion, or what region of the world we come from, we all care for our families and we all are seeking the same things. To allow those who wish to control us to divide us only continues our bondage.

5).  On a personal basis, understand from the perspective of our bodies and our health, we are evolving from a neural awareness to a quantum awareness. What that means is we have the ability to communicate to every cell in our body, and we can be aware of every cell in our bodies. Even medical science is beginning to understand how we can affect our own healing from diseases such as cancer.

6). We must realize that we cannot know what we do not know, but we can prepare ourselves to deal with what we do not know as it reveals itself. This is especially important in the next few years as truths long hidden are going to be revealed. We must have a calm and calibrated response, not driven by anger or revenge.

7). Things are already being revealed that are shocking to us, such as truths about our leaders involvement in such things like pedophilia or 9/11 or corruption. We can not “unknow” the truth, no matter how appalling it may seem.

8). We must be patient as the new reality unfolds. There are millions of us now that are “awake”, but this reality is unfolding in a very orderly and thoughtful manner. Do not want it “forced” into existence.

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9). We all need to constantly adjust our attitudes. some of us are old souls who have been caught in the “old paradigm” for several cycles. Some of us are “new souls”. We all are facing adjustments associated with these rapid changes in reality. We must be able to rapidly adapt and adjust how we see the things as they unfold.

10). Understand the explosion of “social networking” is really everyone talking to everyone. When everyone is talking to everyone, there are no secrets or borders, so this is a very good thing and an important tool for us all to expand our understanding of the nature of oneness.

11). There is a recalibration of our physical bodies in the light of the new energies around us, and there are stresses associated with these changes. Embrace them.

12). Finally, expect the unexpected and celebrate it. Celebrate Yourselves!

We hope these thoughts can both stimulate and help us all awaken and create the reality we know as humans we can build. Love Ya!

 

 

What Does “Enlightenment” Really Mean?

The more we know and understand who we really are and why we are alive, the more peaceful and wonderful our world can become. We hear and read a lot about “enlightenment” and “empowerment”, but somehow it still eludes us collectively. We think there are a few reasons that this is so.

First, the truth of it is very simple, but so simple it is not intuitively understood in the context of our experience, and therefore eludes us. This is complicated by the religious dogma that is so ingrained in our experience, whether we are religious or not. The truth is very simple; we are not humans having spiritual experiences, we are spiritual entities having a human experience.

Secondly, a significant portion of humans that do manage to achieve some level of enlightenment seem to have a sense of uniqueness or elitism and therefore do not properly “emote” the positive energy gained for themselves to those around themselves. Enlightenment does not mean we are blind to the troubles or ugliness around us. It means we see it clearly and find no reason to be personally upset by it. For many of us, this seems an impossibility, to see darkness and suffering and not suffer ourselves, or be “taken down” by it. But how can we help others to raise themselves out of a hole in the ground if we jump in with them? How will we teach patience, wisdom and harmony if we are impatient and frustrated? No matter how logical or “reality based” our thinking might be, it is important to consider this fact.

It is the state of peace, inside and out, which is required for us to raise our vibrations. There can be no worry or fear, no doubt or resentment to cloud our sights, no feelings of self-doubt or unworthiness, inferiority or superiority. No single group will be singled out for success, other than those who have learned to live at peace with themselves and with those around them. Any impulse toward aggressiveness or revenge will mask our beacon of Light and hold us back. We hope this understanding helps to learn what elevating our vibrations really means.

To be human is what we might call a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we are told we are made in the image of The Creator, which we are, but there are facets to this phenomenon which we may not see completely. The soul that is our essence, is made in the image of The Creator, and we all go on eternally, experiencing various lifetimes, adventures, and exploits, together with our soul mates and fellow travelers of the Cosmos. One of those adventures, a favorite among Masters who wish to evolve along their own soul path and who wish to help others do the same, is to incarnate on Earth in a human form. The human form is especially treasured because it is an amalgam of the DNA of many races, and is the cooperative attempt to create a form – a relatively solid receptacle through which we can all experience life in lower dimensions.

This special form which is humankind is truly the closest form which is capable of expressing our etheric soul qualities. Now, this is not to say that anger and fear, for instance, is a reflection of how we feel in higher dimensions, not at all. As we work our way up the spiritual ladder above the 5th dimension, where we all came from before this life, to our destiny which is unity with Creator, we experience only the various shades of love. However, as we move dimensionally higher, the color and depth of Light and Love becomes more and more intense.

And so, we come to practice here in the lower dimensions in this 3-dimensional version of a human body for the most difficult challenges of all – the experience of duality. Here we feel the struggle between Light and Dark, good and evil, we might call it, which is only possible in the lower dimensions where there is also the illusion of separation from The Creator. Our challenge here is to find our way back to Unity, to see that evil is only a construct we designed to create the house of mirrors filled with ghouls and monsters which are here to push us to the limit. We have been given the free will choice to give up, turn to the darkness, or return in Faith and Love to The Creator who has never abandoned us, but has stood by allowing us the opportunity to feel our own strength.

Each soul came here with this difficult project in mind. It is the bottom line. Will we choose to see the darkness for what it is – the holographic illusion we came here to play out? Or will we curse the darkness, blame The Creator, or Fate, or someone else for the losing game we feel trapped within? It is a tricky balancing act, to see the illusion for what it is, and still do our best to stay in the game while we help others to awaken all around us. This is the challenge a Master takes on, courageously daring to plunge into the deep and murky waters without a life raft, firm in the faith that all is well, even when the sensations and physical evidence seem the opposite.

We are here first and foremost to learn, to teach and to grow. By meeting the challenges we encounter with humor, goodwill and faith in our fellow humans and the Guides and angels who are with us, we rise above the illusion, shake off the fear and anxiety, and restore ourselves to the seat of honor which is our due. The Creator is there, our loving supporter, our cheering section and our greatest fan.

So we see, this is the gradual awakening we are taking part in now. First, we began to read and listen to the messages which can help us to feel connected while we were still behind the thick Veil. Then gradually we began to learn that we manifest what we think about – the Universal Law of Attraction, and then we began to feel the hint of understanding that this entire project, which we have called the Lucifer project, for he was the one who volunteered to lead in the creation of the world of duality and illusion we are now experiencing.

We see, the duality was an illusion, but Mother Earth herself, and we in our human bodies are real. We did not wish to see all of us and our precious Mother destroyed. Many seers and spiritual leaders have told us “it is all an illusion.” This is not true. Only the internal rules of the game are the illusory creation. Each time we are challenged and we manage to keep our balance, hold on to our integrity and maintain our loving attitude it is a mark of our character and our growing strength. We understand there may be missteps, confusion and strong feelings that sometimes “get us down.” When we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and go on, that is a triumph.

We hope these words, inspired by many before us, including Raphael, and others, will help you see more clearly and lighten your load along the road. An old Arapaho proverb says: “If you wonder often, the gift of understanding will come.”