Joy Rising

Well, this is a trip. So many of you have looked at my blog in the last few days. So many of you have commented and emailed me. Thank you, you are inspiring me. 

The most amazing thing is happening; as the contemplation that Heaven Is Here is initiated the proof comes flooding toward me. Today on Oprah I saw video of a flash mob dancing to Black Eyed Peas, maybe you’ve seen it. It is fantastic check it out here:

As one participant on Oprah’s show said, “It was passion unleashed, unity revealed and joy rising”. He began this by saying if he were to imagine what Heaven would be like that was it.

This is our job right now. It is our joy rising to envision and enact Heaven. Bravo to all those who participated in that flash mob and to the Black Eyed Peas for the joyful music they create, they are showing the way.

It’s All New.

In Vedic tradition it is said that whatever you do in the beginning of any new venture will set the tone for that whole event. I have to say that I totally believe it and last year was proof because I started the year traveling and then traveled somewhere exotic every month for the entire year except the summer months when I love to be in Connecticut. So here we are starting not only a new year but also a new decade. Right now we have the opportunity to set a tone for years to come. It is our choice to make that future great so how do we do so?

I have been playing a lot of Scrabble lately, I love it. Interestingly yesterday Scrabble spawned contemplation for me while I was shoveling snow out of my driveway. I was thinking of connections, I often contemplate the idea of connections between us all as humans. The way we interact is the way we create sublime life or tortured life, so why do we choose either of these?  Back to Scrabble and what I think I learned from it. I marvel that you can have a good hand with good letters but might only find a 12 or so point word using most of your letters; however other times you can place 1 or 2 letters and get a stunning score by connecting words and increasing their value. The more each letter is used to connect or create other words the greater the potential for value with or without the double, triple letter and word bonuses. Think of this in relation to life and interactions. Unfortunately today pretty much all of our focus is on monetary value of everything; New York City even put a value on each tree planted within the city limits. Reducing the stuff of life and its multiple interactions to a monetary value seems to me to be a very linear and confining structure. Wouldn’t it be better to stretch our understanding of value in interactions? We can dimensionalize the richness of life if we cherish and celebrate our interactions, connections in many more ways.

In honor of this new beginning a year and a decade in which I dream to see a shift in consciousness toward mutual respect and celebration of each other and of our various contributions to the fabric of our shared lives I invite you to check out two websites working to make a difference. This morning on CBS Sunday morning I heard about Dafna Michaelson and her mission to interview people making a difference in their communities nationwide.  Bravo Dafna, her inspiring video blogs remind us of the pioneer spirit that made the USA. That pioneer spirit of connecting people and communities to accomplish the inspirational is needed again so that we can fabricate a magnificent new decade. Another website is Kiva lending provides people to people micro loans to alleviate poverty and yes, connects people across the globe. These are websites that exemplify that multi-stacked value connection like a single Scrabble s that triples words in two directions. The value is not counted in dollars but in hearts.

As my offering to this new decade I want to share with you a new peace sign created because of the inspiration of my dear friend Robyn. It means I (the straight line) enter wOrld (the circle) and greet You (the y) with loVe ( the V or a tilted L) whichever you prefer. I prefer to think of it as a v because v is close to the heart of the word love.

This sign is rich with meaning: first it is upright reaching toward the sky and welcoming active peace. This makes it a contract or a commitment to live by peace.  This symbol represents not just a passive alignment with the idea of peace. It appears like the tree of life affirming life and celebration. The I which is you or me is partly out of the world acknowledging that we are of a greater reality and merely playing in this world. I is enveloped by you before world showing that all of our interactions are with conscious presence in other forms whether it is people, animals, trees or even Mother Earth herself; we cannot be separated.  And love represented by the V is the connecting force between You and I. Currently I have not settled on a name for the symbol though I have a couple of ideas. Any suggestions?

Happy New Year all.

Sacred Mundane

Imagine my delight to know that several people read my first blog yesterday. Thank you.

So on with the mission to tease out the Heaven in this life, not the afterlife or someone else’s life, the Heaven in my life and in your life. One day a spiritual teacher reminded me that I was living in God’s back yard. What a beautiful thought, it struck me and I agreed. Of course, where else would we be living? Let me clarify what I mean by God, I mean you, your highest most sacred, holy self, that part of you that is also me, that conscious being that created us both in bliss. This is our birthright.  Everyday in this shift of ages more and more people are becoming aware of this inner connection. It is an awakening to the true nature of self and Self and inspires a different relationship with the world. But the awakening needs nurturing and cultivating.

A superb sign that Heaven is Here now is the explosion of spiritual teachers and magnificent tools. I think my favorite book in recent years is Eckhart Tolle’s, THE POWER OF NOW.  It is perhaps one of the cleanest most direct and inspiring of texts to lead you to your Self. His next book, A NEW EARTH is equally compelling and speaks profoundly on the shifts we are going through now. Don’t wait any longer to read these books if you haven’t read them yet.

Heaven is not cheap; the cost is more than a pound of flesh. We must discard stuff that is very dear to us; old attitudes, attachments, rigid concepts of self and others, judgments, expectations and fanciful dreams all crumble in the face of the brilliance of Heaven. So another sign that Heaven is Here is the unrelenting collapse of so much that we thought was absolute; our financial system, job security, health care systems, government protection and more. What is all this anyway? Another great spiritual teacher once said in response to my whining about a dispute with a former landlord that we were trying to, “define territory in the divine”. Think about it just because it always was this way, it always worked that way, doesn’t mean that it always will work that way or stay as it was. Change is going to happen no matter what and this is a time for mega-change. The facade of authority is crumbling, the curtain hiding the wizard is blowing open, rug is getting pulled away. That can be a terrifying thing if you think that rug is your everything, but we are not our rugs, we are the divine and we cannot be defined.

Watch for the new systems that are sprouting in hidden places right now. Look for vibrant, useful systems like micro financing lending systems that connect people to people. Two years ago I joined a local Community Share Farm Association and I love it. The vegetables are so delicious, I pick some myself. I know that they are fresh and not shipped for days across the world. It brings me back to my youth in England where farms were always nearby, all food was grown locally and there was a real connection to the Earth. There is something comforting to me about this change in my lifestyle. I plan to revel in the changes, I am excited about the future, the potential in Heaven is unimaginable and we are in for the ride of our lives.

Wake up world, we are not in Kansas anymore.

Yes, we are in Heaven and let me tell you why I know this. I have started this HEAVEN IS HERE blog today to watch for the signs of heaven and point them out to you.

Before I tell you some signs though, I would like to point out why I feel compelled to write this blog. These are crazy tumultuous times and you may be thinking all you see is destruction and terror, if you watch the news that will be all you see. However, if you watch carefully and if you read between the lines you will see miraculous things happening.

This is the time known as the “end of days”, the “shift of the ages”, the “ascension” whatever. But not to worry it is a fabulous time, it is a time for glory. There are many who talk about this time from various points of view and I love to read the esoteric wisdom of those visionary light workers but I have yet to discover anyone who is highlighting the evidence as it unfolds as we and our entire planet ascend. This is what I intend to do here.

We are currently in the middle of a transition of ages from Pisces to Aquarius. The shift is well documented astronomically as our earth moves through the sky on its long trajectory around our galaxy and its even longer trajectory around our universe. These trips take, for the galactic 26,000 years and for the universal over 300,000 years; a blink of an eye in the mind of God. But here we are separated out into the reality of duality enjoying the feasts of consciousness, where time can seem to stand still.

How does this Earth as space ship trip affect us? Well, we are about to move into a sea of powerful energies that will affect our sun, our earth and us in beautiful ways. You could say that our consciousness is about to be ramped up or rebooted. The evidence is all around us. Today I want to use the concept of connectedness to highlight evidence of this shift.

Last night I saw the film AVATAR, I love it. There is a great deal about the film that is mystical and spiritual but perhaps the most brilliantly envisioned was the idea of connections between the humanoids and the lives of all other beings in their mythical world Pandora. In this film the concept of connections through all beings and the planet itself did not merely manifest as interdepent but excelled to the level of mutual flourishing and celebration of life through connection. This basic concept was exquisitely displayed throughout the film with energies of interaction shown as flashes of light. A memorable line from the heroine of the story is, “Our energy is only borrowed.”

Now wouldn’t it be a lot easier for us all if we saw those interactions between us as a mystical light, something to take our breath away, something to delight us or to awe us in its mystical transition from me to you and from you to another. I hope that this blog will embody that light and impart the delicious borrowed energy from me to you while creating appreciation and love of life as it goes. This is the power of connection; it is the flavor and force of life. The film AVATAR is a sign of the ascension process it is a mainstream film with a highly esoteric message of oneness, of interdependence. It also contains the message like MATRIX did that we are not of this place but interlopers for a while. However, unlike MATRIX, AVATAR goes on to suggest that we must interact with our world with respect and with celebration.

At this time of year as we look back over the past year I usually get really depressed, all the bad news comes up in a flurry. But here instead I want establish a tradition of sharing inspiring events that show we are in heaven that we are moving into alignment with the vision of connection portrayed by the blue aboriginals of Pandora. Did you hear that in June Apes were afforded legal rights in Spain? That is one tiny step toward greater respect in our interactions with animals. Did you hear that just before Christmas Prince William spent a night sleeping under a bridge in London with a homeless man?  That is a grand gesture of humility and respect on behalf of the ruling class. Let us hope and pray that such a seed of consciousness will grow and flourish.

Heaven is ours for the taking. We are blessed to be here for the show of many millennia, we chose to be here, we contribute to this immense and miraculous event – the ascension of the earth and all on it and also of all the rest of the universe. This is our great adventure in Heaven.