Love - the Keyword for 2018?


"There is a 'love tribe with a love vibe' that is a network of conscious people from all faiths, religions, and spiritual journeys that are opening up to even more awareness, more spiritual growth, and more love at this time. There is no one centralized organization or belief system with love. It's just happening now. Can you feel it ?"
- David Lawrence Brown



The Source 
What is the source of love? If you believe or acknowledge that there is a Divine Spirit within the universe, a creator of all things, an intelligence that is also the source of love, then Divine love can be seen as infinite, powerful, and present within and around us at all times. We are one with this source. Imagine being in a meditation, and suddenly, unexpectedly you are immersed and one with a brilliant white living light, so full of Divine love that your only experience is that your soul and spirit are one with it. Imagine that this is happening all the time, and that you don't need to be in meditation to experience it or know it. 

The Journey
The keyword "Journey" is used frequently as a personal journey referring to what we may experience individually in our spiritual practice, our goals, and our life. There is also a collective journey, where we have the sense that we are on a similar journey with a smaller or larger group, or tribe, or close friends or family, or all of them simultaneously. In fact we are most likely on several overlapping journeys within ourselves and with others. Is love the journey, or a part of the journey, or empowering the journey? If love is a keyword for your journey or our collective journey in 2018, what does that mean to you?

An Invitation
The invitation of this blog post is to embrace the keyword "Love" as a collective journey that we are on individually and together, however we are connected, and to amplify it this year - 2018 - as a powerful focus to neutralize and dissolve fear and to open hearts for healing and joy. If there is one keyword that can be embraced for this year 2018, could it be love? If so, why? If not, why not?

Love Dissolves Fear
It has been said that love is one of the most powerful words and emotions in human language and experience. For what it represents on many levels, it is not hard to see why. One of the most powerful emotions on the planet is also fear. It has also been said that love dissolves fear. This is why the title of this blog is in form of a question - "Is Love the Keyword for 2018?" and why I answer and affirm that yes it is. There is so much fear out there, fear of world changes, world leaders, the future. Fear as food that is fed to millions every day, every hour by the media. You are invited to live in the question and experience your own answer to whether love is an important keyword for you this year.



Love Heals 
The healing power of love is well known and documented throughout history in stories and sacred texts. Love can heal the past through forgiveness in love. Love can heal relationships, illnesses, broken hearts, fears, and melt away resistance, addictions, violent acts and thoughts. It seems that there is nothing that cannot be transformed by love. It is that powerful. 


Is the Vibe Shifting in 2018?
Last year I chose inspiration as a theme and published a blog post about it  - Inspiration - the Keyword for 2017 - as it seemed to be needed with all of the divisiveness and negative vibes going on around politics. This year that vibe may be changing, even if only a small amount. I think many people are realizing, especially those involved in personal growth and spiritual practices that love disables fear, can heal it, and dissolve it. Much of the hysteria out there seems to be based on fear. Much of the media seems to be serving up fear on a daily platter of negative news. If love dissolves or neutralizes fear, as the most powerful keyword and emotion on the planet, then what if love were amplified dramatically this year? This year in particular may witness even more fear than the prior two years, and love is needed now more than ever before. Are you ready for the journey?

There is a 'love tribe with a love vibe' that is a network of conscious people from all faiths, religions, and spiritual perspectives that are opening up to even more awareness, more spiritual growth, and more love at this time. There is no one centralized organization or belief system with love. 
It's just happening now. Can you feel it ?

Imagine Love as oneness with the Divine Spirit, our bodies and hearts like crystals, and love shining through our hearts and being amplified in ways that we cannot imagine as the quantum physics of the "love vibe"  transforms us, and transforms the world. 


The Tribe Vibe

The quote to the left has an anonymous author, yet when you read it you are also invited to participate in it, to be around others in person, on social media, or in whatever ways work for you to open up to a tribe vibe. It has subtle levels as well as obvious ones. For example, if millions of people did prayers and meditations at the same time around the world with love it would be a powerful vibe for positive change. We may see more of this happening in 2018-2020, and beyond. 



Imagine.... Compassion being amplified in your own life and collectively. Imagine the love vibe increasing the amount of compassion worldwide. Forgiveness happens. Imagine fear and anger dissolving on a large scale. The world shifts. Momentum builds. Love keeps expanding. The media starts to catch the vibe. Imagine Divine love shining more powerfully through millions of hearts worldwide. Imagine Love becoming the keyword for 2018 and beyond. Enjoy and love the journey. 






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Love is the Most Important of 333 Keywords

"The invitation of the keyword “Love” is to recognize it as one of the most important keywords in our life for fulfillment, happiness, joy, and spiritual growth. Loving ourselves is just as important as loving others. Loving our life as it is, as well as what it is becoming, can empower our days to be magnificent, amazing, and full of deeper experiences. Love is a journey in itself, and our journey can be filled with love. We can send love to strangers through our eyes or our smiles. We can also love the divine presence in our hearts, shine our love into the world with our minds and hearts, and share love with our families and significant others. Love is a deep expression and need of our soul to connect with others and with the divine."
- 333 KEYWORDS to Change Your Life


A Special Tribute to Mile Hi Church

Ministers at Mile Hi Church

This blog post is a tribute to the spiritual community at Mile Hi Church, which isn't a church at all in the traditional sense of the term, but an all-inclusive, positive spiritual community experience that welcomes all denominations, all religions and spiritual paths. Many have the experience of "Welcome Home" when they attend their first service that usually has over 1000 people attending at the 10am Sunday event.

I am so grateful for the inspiration from the Divine Spirit to have broken through the resistance to writing and to have the gift to share inspirational topics. Inspiration is the focus of the topics in this blog, and my experience with Mile Hi Church in the city of Lakewood in the Denver area has been one of the catalysts for inspiration in my life on many levels. The video below (at the end of this blog post) is from the Mile Hi Church YouTube channel, and provides an excellent overview of their mission and vision. They are the largest New Thought Community in the country, and the people there are an amazing diverse group committed to spiritual growth, healing, and prayer. The Works of Heart bookstore is a vortex of fascinating books and sacred art. I loved being a part of this community, and am still connected although not there physically. I enjoy watching the 10am service streaming live from their website.

Besides the weekly services, one source of inspiration for me was taking my first class "Beyond Limits" with Rev Barry Ebert in Oct 2016. I had originally planned to just get the book and self study it in the summer, but then thought that a group experience would be a more rewarding form of study as I had enough solitude in my life as it is. In addition to many insights and enjoying the sharing of others, I had a breakthrough in my desire to meditate twice a day. Everything else always seemed to get in the way. The breakthrough was the insight that "well who is the one letting everything else get in the way?"! It may sound simple, but it changed my life in that I have meditated twice a day ever since with a few exceptions.

Another source of inspiration for these blogs was a Mile Hi Church class entitled The Power of Your Word that I took with Reverend Shannon O'Hurley in Feb 2017. I had started this blog just before the class started, and it provided me with some powerful tools and insights that contributed to the flow of writing that has happened.

I also want to give a huge shout-out to the Mile Hi Church choir, and the amazing choir director Stacey Landes, M.M. Choral Conducting. I sang with this amazing choir in 2016 and through December of 2017. It has been such an inspiration to sing with this group of souls who are like a family, and together offering their voices as one voice to the Mile Hi Church community. Singing in the  Christmas Candlelight services in particular has been one of the special times in my life and if I do not return for another season, then it is a cherished memory that I will never forget. I miss the choir family and am glad to be still connected to many of them in Facebook. View one of the choir videos below "Read My Name"....beautiful lyrics.

Thank you Mile Hi Church, the ministers, Music Ministry and choir for the inspiration, insights, community, classes, and great people!  Even though I have moved out of the state on December 30th, I am still connected to this amazing community, through live streaming of services, friends, Facebook, and on all levels.

And so it is !

The Winter Solstice, Tree Symbolism and Sacred Inspiration


During the season of the winter solstice, evergreen trees have special significance, symbolism, and provide sacred inspiration.

Oregon Evergreens
When I first moved to Oregon, I could not help but notice that the State remained very green even through the winter years. Of course this was because evergreens are densely populated throughout the state.

Driving on each of the three highways between Portland, Salem, and Eugene to the Oregon coast was like driving through a sea of green on the way to the ocean of blue.

My Denver Evergreen NeighborsThe photo to the left are two very large silver tip evergreens next to where I live in Denver, about 20 feet from my front door next to Bear Creek trail. They are majestic, thriving, and an inspiration every time I walk past them.

They remind me of the symbolism of the holiday tree during this season that has ancient roots that predates Christianity. The image of a tree of life or world tree  occurs in many mythologies and traditions.  J.R.R. Tolkien developed tree symbolism in his writings, drawing from ancient traditions and myths. These trees are living and stand year round in their majesty and beauty.


Our Modern Culture Holiday Tree

For some, the traditional Christmas tree name has been replaced by the name Holiday Tree. Another name could be Sacred Tree. Whatever name you choose freely to call it, the evergreen tree as known in our modern culture can be very inspiring, without even knowing the ancient roots. The warmth of a lighted tree decorated with ornaments, special items, small gift cards, and an assortment of things that are meaningful to us and our families can be a centerpiece in the living room for all to enjoy. Gifts are placed under the tree, so it represents a very special place of giving and love between family and friends. It is like an altar for the sacred season, and can be like an object of worship for what it represents. Almost everyone loves having a evergreen Tree in the living room.

However, just as holiday trees are cut and separated from their roots to be placed in a living room, has our culture been cut off from the ancient symbols of the evergreen tree? Have we been cut off from a connection to the roots and the living energy of the Earth?

Ancient Roots of Tree Symbolism
Pre-Christian roots of tree symbolism, especially at the start of winter are connected with the Winter Solstice celebrations and traditions that are thousands of years old. These roots are still active in the astronomical and astrological significance of the Winter Solstice date, on December 21-22. . In the Southern hemisphere the Winter Solstice is exactly the opposite and occurs on June 21-22. The Summer Solstice in the Southern hemisphere occurs on December 21-22. The Earth has both going on at the same time, as opposites, similar to the balance of the circular Yin-Yang symbol. Just like a full moon, the solstices represent a powerful shift in astronomical energy, the darkest or lightest day of the year depending on which hemisphere you are in.

When we connect with ancient traditions and symbolism of anything sacred, it can empower us to feel inspired that we are connected with the stories, the myths, the metaphors, and the archetypes of ancient tree wisdom in our DNA, our bones, our collective memory, and our souls.

What is the symbolism of evergreen trees during the Winter Solstice season that can provide us with reflection and inspiration?

> The evergreens represent eternal life, that goes on even in the midst of winter when all the other trees seem "dead". Egyptians viewed evergreens as a sign of victory over death and brought greens into their homes during the Winter Solstice.

> The evergreen trees also are connected to the Green Man mythology and archetype, which honors the Earth, especially the plant kingdom.

> Trees in general and evergreens during the Winter Solstice season not only are symbols, but contain their own spirit connected to the Divine Spirit within all things.

> Holly and mistletoe are also evergreens that thrive in Winter, have their own traditions, and are associated with using evergreen trees during the season.

Beyond symbolism, evergreen pines have been used as sacred medicine for thousands of years by indigenous tribes. In an article titled "A Winter Shrine to the Sacred Pine", different parts of the tree are described as having medicinal properties and provides some basic recipes such as pine needle tea. http://www.thesacredscience.com/a-winter-shrine-to-the-sacred-pine/ 

In this sacred season, I am paying more attention to my evergreen neighbors, knowing that they are living trees that have deep symbolism, and when I touch their branches, and silver-tip pine needles, I am connected to the Earth in a different way. They remind me to celebrate life, with love and gratitude within this season and all seasons.

For another blog post on trees, see "The Ancient Redwoods Spoke to Me".


 

The Green Man and the Sacred Masculine

A Profile of a Native American as a Symbol of the Green Man Naturally Formed at the Base of a Redwood Tree
photo taken by David Lawrence Brown, Jedediah Smith State Park, Boy Scout Trail, 2013
And Technology Was ...
In the recent years we have experienced technology becoming more dominant with cell phones and other devices as an extension of our bodies, minds, and emotions. More communications are becoming digital. The pace of life seems to have accelerated, in part due to technology and speeds of information processing. Has the Internet taken over our lives?

What Does Nature Say if We Can or Cannot Hear the Message ?
Yet Nature also has her say in all of this. Since the total eclipse of the sun on August 21st 2017 , we have seen numerous disasters in Nature, including fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, record sized solar flares, and changing weather. Some or all may be attributed to global warming, and some may be the result of the eclipse, or other natural and unpredictable happenings of the Earth and Nature. Whatever the causes, Nature speaks with weather, storms, hurricanes, Full Moons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis, and fires. Some call them acts of God. The Earth is what it is.

The Hidden Spirituality of Men and the Green Man
A book came into my life recently as a gift from a friend. The Hidden Spirituality of Men - Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine. The author is Matthew Fox, who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years and the founder of the creation spirituality which was considered heretical by the Catholic hierarchy and he was expelled from the Dominican Order and the Catholic college where he was teaching. This book focuses on ten archetypes or metaphors of authentic masculinity, a sacred masculine that is not always openly acknowledged in our modern culture.  The Green Man is one of those archetypes.

Yin-Yang in Balance
In the circular symbol of  the Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) in Taoist philosophy, the two halves of the circle - the Yin and Yang - are in perfect balance, which is a message in itself ; the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine need to be in balance to fully reflect the divine metaphor of the unity of two as one. In theory this is inspiring. In reality we have a different experience.

The sacred masculine is connected to the Yang energy of the circle, and yet how is this Yang energy channeled, or used? It is more than obvious that in our history and culture it has been channeled as the "profane" masculine rather than the sacred masculine, as a general rule with exceptions. Fox describes how we need a "relationship of equality between the Yang and Yin powers within ourselves and within our cultural institutions". We are still a long way from that in our individual and collective experience. Yet we also know that things are changing in ways that may increase this relationship of equality.

Metaphors, Myths and Archetypes
Metaphors, myths and archetypes are still there deep within our instinctive memories, both individually and collectively. They are covered up by our busy lives, technology, cell phones, computers and the frenetic pace of modern culture. "Ultimately men are not 'problems to be solved', but deep, impenetrable mysteries. Each one carries many stories, many ancestors, many metaphors, and many archetypes in often hidden places." Do we need to discover more of the mystery of the sacred masculine in our lives?

The Green Man Archetype
The Green Man is one archetype that has come to the forefront recently with the dramatic natural disasters of 2017. Fox refers to another book that is a classic on this topic - "The Green Man: The Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth" by Clive Hicks and the poet William Anderson. The Green Man is all about oneness with Nature, relationship to Nature, as opposed to the archetype of the modern era of "mastering Nature". What is the wisdom that we received from the natural disasters in terms of the Green Man archetype?

The Green Man is about wisdom in our relationship to the Earth, and a prime example is from Native American traditions that celebrated and respected the plants and trees that are the "green" life of the Earth. It is interesting to note that in the stories and traditions of many cultures as well as religious traditions, plants and trees have been used as metaphors to describe the sacredness of life. The tree of life, branches, seeds, vines, forest, fruits, and roots all strike a deep resonance within us if we are open to the wisdom of the Green Man and the sacred masculine.  It is no coincidence that the modern green movement uses the same color as the archetype. It shows a more conscious integration of the wisdom of honoring the Earth with recycling, preservation, and justice for protecting the Earth, oceans, and forests.

The Green Man archetype is also connected to the silence of Nature, as in silent seeds that contain the potential to become active in creation with a certain catalyst, or in the deep forest such as the redwoods where silence has its own language. The green man represents the yang in balance with yin in Nature. The sacred masculine in balance with the sacred feminine. The oneness of the two as shown in the circular symbol with a curving line between both.

There is a connection also of the Green Man archetype to Father Christmas, and ancient portrayals of him wearing a green suit, and with the tradition and symbolism of the Christmas Tree and the Winter Solstice celebrations.

How is a man's wisdom in relationship to the Earth an important part of spiritual practice, mindfulness, and daily conscious focus? Is it to celebrate the oneness of Nature and ourselves as a sacred and holy part of the creation? Is it to become one with the Green Man archetype in which we can love, support, enjoy, and respect the Divine Spirit in Nature, especially the "green" life of the Earth? Is it to acknowledge the balance of the sacred feminine or Yin within Nature, the Earth, and also as a part of ourselves? In a prior blog - The Ancient Redwoods Spoke to Me - I describe a profound experience of discovering a profile of a Native American naturally formed at the base of a redwood tree and the experience of silence in the redwood forest. It is the photo at the top of this blog. It also is a perfect example of the Green Man not only as a metaphor, but as a "living symbol" of the sacred masculine.

The Green Man is just one of ten archetypes or metaphors described in the book  The Hidden Spirituality of Men - Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine. The others are Father Sky, Icarus and Daedalus, Hunter-Gatherers, Spiritual Warriors, Masculine Sexuality - Numinous Sexuality, Our Cosmic and Animal Bodies, The Blue Man, Earth Father: The Fatherly Heart, Grandfather Sky: The Grandfather Heart. Maybe some or all are calling to us now in new ways, waiting for us to listen, respond, and become more aware of their presence in our lives.

On some level we already know the messages being sent from the sacred archetypes, since we carry the stories, the DNA of our ancestors, and the metaphors of life hidden within our sacred masculinity, our individual and collective memory, our sacred rituals, and our souls.






 




Towards the One - Henosis


"The invitation of the keyword “Oneness” is to explore the concept of unity and “find the reality of oneness.” In the classical ancient Greek language, “Henosis” is the word for mystical oneness, union, or unity. The concept has been applied to the unity that we have in spirit with the Divine Spirit, or God, that has been experienced by mystics and sages throughout the ages. There are many theories and paths towards oneness – as an isolated experience or as a permanent shift in consciousness. As Einstein so brilliantly stated, and as the ancient teachings in many traditions describe, we are already in a reality of Oneness. We just need to break through from our perceived duality and separateness from all of creation. We can have compassion to honor this process in ourselves and others."  ~ 333 Keywords to Change Your Life

The concept of oneness or the unity of all things and within all things is more than a concept when it is either experienced or celebrated on various levels and lived as a vision, an intent, a realization, or a joyful moment.

All of our life we are engaged in so many distractions, and rarely do we have time or create time to go within, deeply, to commune with Spirit and experience, even for a moment, a taste of eternity, of a divine moment, or of the oneness in all things. And yet it can happen in any given moment, when singing, listening to music, being in nature, making love, seeing hubble telescope images of the universe, dancing, doing yoga, or being inspired by wisdom, stories, and the resilience of the human spirit.

If there is a past behind us and a future ahead of us where are we going in Spirit? Towards the One?
What does that mean? It must be different for everyone, even if the same keywords are used.

What if the One is already here and now and there is no where to go? Yet we know where we have been and we are definitely not there anymore in our consciousness, our experience, our knowledge, and our world. We are here now, and in this moment, if we are mindful and conscious of our experience, then there may seem to be movement or progress towards something. Maybe that something is elusive, as we don't really know what it is or how it will manifest. Maybe we have a specific vision, idea, or intent of where we want to be.

It would seem that to move towards the One in time could also mean moving towards the One within the present moment. Like layers of an onion that are peeled off, we may experience the underlying Oneness beneath everything else piled on top of it.

How big can that pile be? Could it include some memories that we cannot seem to shake off as they had a deep impact on us? Could it include memories of people who wronged us or the wrongs that we did to others (imagined or real?). Could it include the changes in families, relationships, lost loved ones, births, marriages, and the blood that has been spilled in wars and violence in the history of the  world that we may carry in our collective consciousness, our DNA memory, our souls? If we watch television we feed ourselves a daily diet of this type of news and though we may think we are immune to it maybe there are subtle effects beyond our comprehension. It may seem to be a distraction of moving towards the One, if that is something that we care about.

There are many layers of the onion and maybe they will never all be peeled off and we will really see so much more about what reality is really like from the other side. What if we already are on the "other side" at the same time we are on "this side"? What if there are no "sides"?

The other side...imagine the possibilities of many different worlds and communities of spirit beings that are working together to help each other and those still here on the Earth plane, and who are still learning and evolving towards the One on the other side. In these places the colors and sounds and music and food and experiences are much more profound and rich than on the Earth. It could be as if the Divine Spirit reveals even more of the immense beauty of Creation at various levels of spiritual awakening on the other side. The concept of heaven and hell as a two story building just doesn't fit into the reality here. There are possibilities beyond our imagination of many mansions, millions of communities, all dedicated to the One, and all experiencing the Oneness in various ways and levels, beyond our Earthly experience.

If this possibility exists, and there are many sources that describe it, then we are on an eternal journey, and the Earth is only a part of the story. This journey towards Oneness could be an eternal one, as we experience Oneness in a million ways, and levels, and realize that the levels never end.

So when we are engaged in mindfulness and affirmations and prayers and thoughts about oneness and moving towards the One, let's remember to honor those who may be helping us from the other side, who are also still moving towards the One, and experiencing the One in ways that we may have not yet. Let's honor those who do not care or know about oneness, as they are also one with us on many levels. And with this reminder, maybe we can think of life as a dance with the One as well as moving towards the One, while at the same time being in the oneness of life every moment.

Written on July 13 2017 and just now updated November 18 2017, these are only a few thoughts that are streaming through on this Thursday summer night (July), and early morning (November). My hope and intent if you have read this far is that you will be blessed on your journey, and share those special moments of the journey with others who are also seeking oneness and deeper spiritual awakening in whatever ways works best for them.

Namaste
David Brown


 

Healthy and Inspiring Treats Before Sleep? Yes!


These treats are so delicious, so inspiring, and so nourishing, that I just had to write about them to share the experience. They have no calories, cause no heartburn, and are easy to swallow.

When I turned age 60 I had an epiphany. I realized that if we sleep an average of eight hours a night, or one third of the 24 hour day that I have been sleeping about one third of my life or twenty years! Like Rip Van Winkle. Then I thought about how I could empower or maximize my sleep time, and enhance one third of my life experience. This is just one of many ideas, and one that I love.


What Happens Right Before Sleep ?
Research or common knowledge has shown that the things that are focused on right before sleep can have a stronger impact on our minds, our subconscious, and our life. In a recent article "Ten Things That Successful People Do Before They Go to Sleep", the way the day ends is just as important as how it begins. 
"The first thing you do before you go to sleep has a tendency to significantly affect your mindset and energy level the following day, as it regularly decides how well and the amount, you rest. Successful individuals understand that their prosperity begins and finishes with their mental and physical well-being, which is totally dependent upon their getting enough rest. That is the reason great sleep time schedules are a key custom for a significant number of them.This is what numerous successful individuals do just before they go to sleep" - full story > 


The Secret Meaning of "Treats" Revealed
What I am referring to as "treats" are not food at all, unless you consider them food for the soul. This is my abbreviated name for "spiritual mind treatments" as taught in the Science of Mind books and courses. A spiritual mind treatment is a form of affirmative prayer in which several things are affirmed within the prayer, allowing the mind to focus on the specific purpose of the prayer, and acknowledge the Divine Spirit as the co-creator of what we say, and desire to create.A spiritual mind treatment begins with a purpose.  The first part of the purpose is to identify the need or intention. This could be anything from I need a job, to wanting a relationship, or prosperity. That statement is re-worded to express the experience that will happen or is happening as a result of the affirmative prayer or spiritual mind treatment. An example would be that "this new job is happening now in my life and is amazing in the compensation, the manager, the people, and the opportunity".

Steps During the Affirmative Prayer / Meditation / Visualization
The first step is a recognition that there is an infinite Divine Spirit that is within all things and yet beyond all things, that transcendent Divine intelligence that is a reality, a blessing, full of Divine love and a peace that passes all understanding.

The next step is a statement of unification in which we affirm that we are one with this Divine Spirit, that there is no separation, and that the expression I am that I Am describes our oneness. We affirm and know and feel that we are already in union with this infinite love, and open to the deepening of 
this realization.

Then the next step is the realization where we accept and affirm the spiritual truth of our purpose. As an example, "this new job is happening now in my life now and is amazing in the compensation, the manager, the people, and the opportunity. This deep feeling of acceptance is felt at the very core of my being. It is happening now as I visualize it, feel it, and love the feeling that it is already done as the Divine Spirit within me and through me is creating it now." 

Gratitude and thanksgiving is the fourth step in the spiritual mind treatment and affirmative prayer. We feel deep gratitude for the awareness of the Divine Spirit being present in our life. This outpouring of  thankfulness is felt with an open heart, not just our mind. A spiritual mind treatment is also a spiritual heart treatment, and we let our hearts open and deepen in sincere gratitude with love.

The final step is a release, where we affirm that our purpose and intention is co-created and integrated into the action of the laws of the universe. We let go, trust, and surrender to the process and to the infinite intelligence that knows our intention and purpose. "And so it is" is a closing statement that affirms it as already happening.

These treatments can be done spontaneously, created in the moment, or recorded on a CD in your own voice, or listened to on a pre-recorded CD by an expert in spiritual mind treatments.  I happen to enjoy listening to CD (or the same files uploaded to my Icloud) that has several spiritual mind treatments on it, and I consider them a powerful part of my daily spiritual practice. This includes listening to one or more just before sleep, in the middle of the night if I wake up and cannot go back to sleep, and sometimes in the morning to start the day.

The CD that I use is by Dr Roger Teel, senior minister at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver. The recordings are beautifully worded and include soothing piano music. These are so inspiring as they acknowledge the oneness of my spirit with the Divine Spirit, and within the specific topic of the treatment. It is one of the most inspiring CD's I have ever listened to in my life.
The treatments, or "treats" as I refer to them are on specific topics. These include prosperity, spiritual growth, relationships, guidance, and health. One of the most powerful aspects of these are the affirmation of oneness, and the keywords used to describe this both intellectually and emotionally as a devotional prayer. If I was going to write a full review of this CD, it would get 5 stars and a rave review. It is available at the Works of Heart Bookstore at Mile Hi Church.

If we are going to be sleeping for one third of the rest of our life, then healthy, powerful "treats" are just one idea that can empower our sleep, infuse our subconscious with deep truths, and inspire us as we are listening to words of wisdom with love and gratitude. 

The Healing of Politics - A New Vision and a New "Vibe"

Really? The healing of politics? Impossible? Hard to believe? So was the election. Read on.


I think it needs to be put out there so I decided to write this from a perspective of inspiration and healing, not any particular political position.

What if we witnessed the greatest breakthrough in political history?
What Would Mark Twain Say?




This is actually not an authentic quote from Mark Twain. However let's use this quote anyway and apply it to the politics of today. Mark Twain had quotes about politics. Mainly humor and satire. Those have their place.

Obviously, politics may never be healed in the sense that everyone agrees on everything exactly the same way. However, what the vision is for the purpose of this blog is that everyone who is a decision maker agrees to work together with compromise and negotiation with a goal to create one of the most surprising and amazing moments in our political history. Yes. Imagine that.

Imagine what would happen when it becomes "cool" for both sides (Congress, Executive branch) to start working together. The news and media focus starts to shift from what's wrong to "look at what is being done to make things right". The public consensus starts to warm up to the idea. Hard to believe? So was the election. 

The Vibe Shifts to a New Paradigm
The vision is that the "vibe" shifts and everyone who represents us (Congress, White House) starts working together through compromise to create positive changes for our country. The voice of the American people who they represent start encouraging it. This starts happening now, not four years from now. As Mark Twain reminds us, "life is short, break the rules". The vision for this is the realization that the "same old same old" style of polarization and opposition (rules) will not work for getting things done for those represented.  "Life is short". Who wants to wait four years? Let's break those "rules" now! Again, in the December 2012 Huffington Post article "Healing America's Political Divide", the ideas were put forth for this. That was four years ago and here we are today, with the same challenge. Is it time to be open minded about a shift? A new paradigm? A breakthrough?

"It’s going to be difficult, but not impossible. Instead of demonizing each other, Haidt’s view is that we need to make the effort to understand and respect each other’s views even if we disagree. That doesn’t mean capitulating. It’s called being open-minded." - Huffington Post 2012.

"Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly, and Love Truly"
Then we have the next part of the "quote" from Mark Twain that when applied to politics may be the most healing of all. The vision of "forgive quickly, kiss slowly, and love truly" is when the past is forgiven, freeing up a huge amount of energy to create positive changes together through compromise. Then the metaphor of "kiss slowly and love truly" applies to the what the healing of the politics would look like metaphorically as it shifts from division and stalemate to working together for positive change. Imagine that. Working together for positive change.

The process becomes something that once started, takes on a life of its own, and everyone (well almost) in the process loves the new dynamic, and the new vibe. The release of positive energy into the process of compromise and getting things done is amazing. The whole country gets excited over the "new vibe". Songs are written about it. History is made. Everyone wins. The world changes.

The Big Changes Coming May Take a Few Years

"What this means is that the current global frustration, cynicism, and despondency over current conditions is likely to remain present until real innovation, novelty, and the pursuit of unity associated with newness and a new era get markedly underway at the start of the next decade. However, that doesn't mean that the awareness and demand of necessary changes to be made cannot start before then." - Ray Merriman, 2017 Astrological Forecast

However the stars line up, there is always great resistance to change, and that may continue to grow until a point where the demands for change outweighs the resistance and a major reset starts to take place. For example, if nothing is done to make positive changes in our country for the next three years due to a stalemate in Congress, and the media's negative focus, the forces for change may create the opportunity for new leaders, new systems, new styles of government, and new economic models, not just in the U.S. but worldwide. Holding a positive vision for positive change for three years is the challenge if needed, even if we want it to happen now.  Imagine the media focusing on positive changes that are happening. For three years. 


The Unspoken Keyword for 2017
The vision is that inspiration becomes the unspoken keyword for politics in 2017 and beyond. Just like innovation in business creates new openings and solutions, inspiration and innovation in politics creates a new opening for positive negotiation and a compromised and fair results-driven agenda.

Imagine that if this kind of paradigm shift started to happen, what the results would be. Imagine one of the most amazing positive moments in political history happening and everyone getting credit for it, not just one person or party.

This is just a vision. An idea. What is your vision? What do you want to see happen? Maybe we can all collectively create something that would not only happen here in the U.S. but have ripples across the world with other countries.

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" - John Lennon , Imagine

For similar perspectives, see the blogs:

Sacred Activism - Why I Stand in the Eye of the Hurricane

Inspiration - The Keyword for 2017 


notes/ resources etc
In December 2012 the Huffington Post published an article "Healing America's Political Divide". That was five years ago and here we are today...are they discussing it now?

Yes, sort of...after the election...11/21/16 Three Ways to Heal a Divided Trump America
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-singh/3-ways-to-heal-a-divided-_b_13069740.html

March 14 2017 - Changing How We Heal Political Divisions Just Might Help Us Heal Them
- Our Democracy may Depend on It
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/political-science-research-michael-neblo_us_58c1d1e1e4b0ed71826b5854