Shape Shifting in 2019

Are you a shape-shifter? Do you know any ?

Something new to think about. 

When we hear the expression "shape shifting" it may remind us of a supernatural being in a horror movie that changes and morphs into something different, maybe even more terrifying. Werewolves and vampires are a common type of shape-shifting. 

Yet shape-shifting, while most commonly used for malevolent purposes, goes beyond the horror genre and has been a theme for thousands of years in folklore, mythology, fairy tales, shamanism, and tribal traditions. The concept is deeply embedded in our collective subconscious, ancient cultural memories, and genetic blueprints. 

The concept of shape-shifting can apply to a larger theme, such as world politics, the collective mindset, or a personal theme of how we are changing within our own life, and the dynamics of relationships. 

This year in particular - 2019 - seems to have the perfect storm for shape shifting. 

First, politicians, political organizations and the media all seem to be masters of shape-shifting. Take your pick on whose shape you are focusing on, and how they shift. Vampires and werewolves may be included.

Second, consider the shape-shifting of the world through technology. A huge paradigm shift is taking place with biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and information technology. Companies that started in a garage or a college campus dorm room such as Apple, Google, and Facebook are the leviathan shape-shifters of today's tech world. Soon there will be an app for shape-shifting. Then that app will shift into something else.


Third, when you really think about it, everything that is living is shape-shifting all of the time in one way or another. And the natural world also shifts and changes. Volcanoes, wildfires, earthquakes, dramatic weather events, tsunamis, hurricanes, and deep freezes are all on the list. Records are being broken in dramatic weather patterns. The world as we know it is shape-shifting.

Fourth, there is an astrological configuration going on in 2019 that is not well known yet may be having an effect on the concept of shape shifting being the new normal this year. Jupiter square Neptune, if it has any indications of cycles of collective experience as a possibility, can be the perfect storm for deceptive optimism being presented by wolves in sheep's clothing as the metaphor is known. Transparency might be difficult or illusory. Yet if there are two sides to this configuration then it can also be a time for inspiration, positive vibes for transformation, and awareness of what is below the surface of things (information, behaviors, news, statements, media).

Shape-shifting can be magical, mysterious, hidden, revealed, unknown, prevalent, insidious, and empowering. It is happening all around us on subtle levels and in day to day experiences. 

How are we perceiving the world?
Are we focusing on shape-shifting vampires and werewolves? Or are we embracing the shapes and shifts that are empowering, positive, healing, and  good for all of humanity?   Just saying. We choose how we perceive shapes and shifts.

When we view the world from a shape-shifting perspective, it can take on a whole different vibe, a different acceptance of change, and the freedom to create new shifts and shapes in our own life, our relationships, and how we share our gifts with the world. 

And we can become even more aware of the type of shape-shifting that is insidious, hidden, and akin to the concept of resistance as described by Steven Pressfield in his book The War of Art. 

“Resistance obstructs movement only from a lower sphere to a higher. It kicks in when we seek to pursue a calling in the arts, launch an innovative enterprise, or evolve to a high station morally, ethically, or spiritually.” 
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Let's be aware of any type of shape-shifting or resistance that seeks to prevent us from seeing things clearly, pursuing a higher calling, evolve our consciousness, or expand our artistic creativity in 2019 and beyond.

Then let's become shape-shifters of inspiration, positive change, creativity, and transformation. 




The Sugar Cube of 2019



The Sugar Cube of 2019 

Imagine if all the population of the world could fit into a sugar cube, and that cube was placed into your morning cup of coffee, and as you sipped it, with each sip you affirmed that there is a oneness between you and everyone else in the world, that we really are connected, in ways that we cannot see or understand, and on levels that are beyond our comprehension.

Imagine that in 2019, when the world keeps changing and events keep happening, and the media keeps billions of people focused on negative events, that you still keep sipping that cup of coffee every morning with that cube of sugar and have sweet thoughts about humanity, the world, art, music, love, peace, gratitude, or whatever comes to your mind that you feel is empowering and enriching to your heart and soul. 

According to quantum physics, there is enough empty space between all atoms that if the space was removed, the entire population of the Earth would fit into a sugar cube. The universe is composed of energy. The "solid" world as we think we know it is really an illusion based on quantum physics. Every thought and feeling that we have can also be seen as energy combining with the energies of our bodies, others, our surroundings, the universe. - from 
Reality Unveiled: The Hidden Keys of Existence That Will Transform Your Life (and the World) by Ziad Mosri

I happen to enjoy my coffee black, fresh ground, recently roasted, and grown in Mexico in either the Veracruz or Chiapas mountains. My sugar cube needs to be a virtual one, although I have been known to add stevia on occasion. Regardless of how I choose to enjoy my coffee, I know that in 2019 I will be more mindful about every sip, and the possibilities of quantum physics happening in every moment, even though I may not be conscious of it. 




New Book Focuses on Inspiration, Mystical Oneness, Celebrating Life

A new book titled The Ancient Redwoods Spoke to Me is a collection of inspirational blog posts that published in 2017-2018.

The blogs received an award from Feedspot for the top thirty inspirational blogs on the internet. It was nice to see that, however, it was also a marketing idea to encourage a paid subscription to their website.  I didn't turn it down.


from the Amazon book description :
What does it mean to live in the question?

How does an ancient redwood tree have a natural formation of the profile of a Native American face embedded in the trunk?

What is it like to have a mystical experience?

How important is inspiration in your life?

In this series of inspirational writings David Lawrence Brown combines personal experiences with themes of inspiration, oneness, mystical depth, insights, wisdom and the love of life. 


Preview the "Look inside" feature for the full text of the Ancient Redwoods Spoke to Me story, including the amazing photo taken on-site in the Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern California. 

Read about a dog named Shaman that communicated in a unique way from the other side. Take a journey in an oasis meditation that evokes a powerful mystical experience. Learn why there can be magic in owning your own story. 

These are examples of individual writings inspired by the mysteries of life lived deeply, with inspiration being a keyword for living in a world of challenges and negative vibes. 

If you want to have more inspiration, share in the wisdom of deep spiritual experiences, have a taste of the mystical in narrative prose, and experience a 'sanctuary of words', then enjoy the writings of David Lawrence Brown.

The book has a "Free Look Inside" feature that allows reading of approximately five pages to have a taste of the content and see the chapter titles that include the following titles below and then some.

The book is only published in Kindle format but can be read with the free Kindle app that can be downloaded on any device.

To view the book listing on Amazon and see the "Look Inside" feature click here > 




 


You Are Your Own Sanctuary


When we think of a sanctuary we usually think of some place away from where we are, that we need to travel to, or make a pilgrimage to. These may include churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, monasteries, retreats, and other sacred places such as an ancient Mayan site.

Sanctuaries may also be created in Nature, naturally or to protect species such as wildlife sanctuaries.

"We have a sanctuary deep within us, an oasis of the living waters of Spirit, that we can retreat to in meditation, prayer, and visualization." - 333 Keywords to Change Your Life

We may already know this, yet how much time are we spending in this sanctuary within? Our lives can be so busy, driven by the fast pace of technology, demands of work, cultural or artistic pursuits, that we may ignore or only give moments to that deep and profound inner sanctuary that is the source of our being, the spirit connected to a Divine Spirit, or higher power, and, like an iceberg, allows us to go beyond the surface of life to the depths of life.

Meditation may not be the only way to do this. However, it is a very effective way to journey into our inner sanctuary, and as a result, enrich our daily experience of life on different levels.

In a prior blog, Why Meditation is Amazing, I describe various benefits of meditation as well as different types or methods of meditation.

"Meditation is a perfect practice for everyone,
especially seniors and baby boomers, as life can
become one of reflection in middle age, and going deep might work for some folks. For others, maybe not. We each have our own choices as to what we enjoy........Why can meditation be amazing? Deep, Silent, Relaxing, Subtle, Opening, Insights, Breath, Awareness, Releasing, Joyful, Peaceful, Stillness, Being, Health benefits, Spiritual inspiration, Consciousness growth, and Creative ideas to name a few." -

In Lady Gaga's quote above, "I can be reborn as many times as I choose throughout my life" is her affirmation that she has created and continues to create her life as a sanctuary, a sacred space from which she lives, creates, and experiences life. Her reference to being reborn is is most likely not a religious reference, but rather a reference to an experience of initiation, or transcendence. Although this type of experience is described and experienced in various religions, it also occurs outside of religion. Religions do not have an exclusive on the mysteries of how a Divine Spirit or Higher Power connects with our spirit, and causes us to be reborn or renewed in spirit.

""One of the more subtle and profound initiations is not conducted by people, but by a Divine Spirit in which we can be transformed, renewed, reborn, or energized into a new level of knowledge and experience. This can happen outside of any organized religion, as a mystical experience, to anyone at any time. Dogma and authoritative belief systems are not required."
Initiation - A Keyword for Sacred Experience



"The keyword “Sanctuary” invites us to acknowledge and reflect on the sacred or holy space that can be experienced within ourselves, as well as seeking spiritual peace and connection in churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, monasteries, retreats, and other sacred places. It also invites us to acknowledge the sanctuaries that we have created in nature for wildlife to be protected, so that these animals may enjoy their own sacred space where they will not be disturbed. We have a sanctuary deep within us, an oasis of the living waters of Spirit, that we can retreat to in meditation, prayer, and visualization. We can experience deep peace and increased spiritual awareness right where we are, even within a one-minute meditation."
- David Lawrence Brown, 333 Keywords to Change Your Life




The September Secret


“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” 
― Roald Dahl 


August 11 2018

If there was one September secret that had the effect of changing your life, or transforming the way that you viewed the world and universe, or inspired you beyond your comfort zone, would you be willing to receive it ?


We can easily get into patterns of thought, behavior, routines, habits, and the seeking of new ideas in a way that the seeking becomes just as or more important than the idea or information itself. And it's all good. 

Sometimes we may feel as if we are in a box, even if we try to "think outside of the box". Sometimes we may feel that there is no box at all. 

Yet deep inside us we also know that there are many mysteries yet to be revealed. These may be hidden, secret treasures. Secrets that are only revealed at a special time or place.

September is just around the corner. We don't know what may happen in our life unexpectedly.

Is there a possibility that in September 2018 a secret will be revealed to you?


"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine." - Ludwig van Beethoven

The Magic of Owning Your Story

 "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." - Brene Brown

Foreword and Introduction

Have you ever thought of your life being like a novel (or movie?) Those interesting 
characters, unexpected events, maybe just a bit of drama, some humor, and the full range of human experience that sometimes gave you the feeling that you may have lived many lifetimes in one? How about a Shakespeare play?  A Greek myth? The comedy, tragedy, depth of emotion and insight, love and betrayal, twists of fate, depth of feeling and reflections on life? To be or not to be? 

Imagine having an insight or "aha moment" about something that happened in your past that causes you to completely "own" or fully accept that experience on a whole new level, with love and joy.  Imagine having many of these insights and moments. What does it mean to you to "own your story"? How does our story define us if we deny parts of it? How can we write a "brave new ending"? How can we be empowered as a result of  "loving ourselves through the process" of owning our story? Not only is owning our story individually important, but collectively owning our story is also important.

How about this quote to add to the reflections of your life or how others view their life as a story?

"I did not witness the  most important parts of my life. My deepest story must be told by a blind man, a prisoner of sound. From behind a wall, from underground. From the corner of a small house on a small island that juts like a bone from the skin of sea."
~ Fugitive Pieces : A Novel

We know the parts of our story that we want to remember. What about those parts of our "deepest story" that we are blind to, or do not choose to see? By owning our story, is it possible to see them? And maybe have our sight restored as insights?

If we were telling our story to ourselves or others, what would it be like if it was told by a blind man or woman? What would they see from what they heard? What do we need to see in order to fully own our story? What is the next new chapter in your life, or are you already living in it now?



Chapter One and Beyond

I love the description of our life as a story, since I also love novels, and of course sometimes "truth is stranger than fiction". There is magic in owning our story. We own our story when we accept ourselves - our past, our present, our quirky personality traits as well as our gifts and talents.

Especially the past, where regrets can be seen as unexpected blessings in disguise, lessons learned from past failures and mistakes, karma burned, life lived deeply or on the surface, love, challenges, marriage, divorce, loss of loved ones, births, rites of passage, forgiveness, and the full range of experiencing life.

We also accept others whose stories have been or are a part of our story. We love, miss, regret, forgive, let go, embrace memories, shed tears, laugh or cry.

Loving ourselves while we are in the process of owning our story is a brave thing to do, since this process may be ongoing, and not become a "been there done that" mindset that may not allow further growth, change, and deeper experiences of life.

"Owning our stories is standing in our truth. It’s transformative in our personal and professional lives AND it’s also critical in our community lives. But we don’t think about history as our collective story."
- Brene Brown


What if that is already starting to happen now? Collectively owning the story of humanity. Imagine the potential for transformation on a larger scale. As John Lennon sang in the song Imagine, "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one".


Yet there is much sadness, tragedy, suffering and injustice in our collective story of humanity. How can we even began to fully acknowledge it much less "own" it?  We might have to think of the quantum physics of the process. The "butterfly effect". Where a small change can have an effect on larger ones. (See wikipedia definition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect )

Perhaps we can all become butterflies metaphorically, and flap our wings with thoughts of owning our collective story.

Perhaps if we view the world as chaos, with ever increasing problems, and no end in sight for the collision course we have set, we can accept an invitation to either be a part of the problem or a part of the solution, beginning with our thoughts, our story, and the transformation that can happen.


Imagine the transformation that can happen, both individually and collectively. Let's start now to write our brave new ending as a legacy to those stories that will be written long after we are living our new stories on the other side.

We can write a brave new ending, and also a brave new beginning then.



---------------------References
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Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels 

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/357565-owning-our-story-can-be-hard-but-not-nearly-as

http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/brene-brown-are-you-hooked-on-the-story-of-your-struggle-video


The Book Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

https://www.amazon.com/Gifts-Imperfection-Think-Supposed-Embrace-ebook/dp/B00BS03LL6

http://ichooselove.com/owning-the-whole-truth-brene-brown/


Change Our Story About Our History
http://brenebrown.com/2015/06/18/own-our-history-change-the-story/
Magical, Mystical, Mexico Adventure - a blog by David Lawrence Brown

Nosso Lar - Life in the Spirit World
https://www.amazon.com/Nosso-Lar-Francisco-Candido-Xavier-ebook/dp/B0058JOQR6/ref=sr_1_1

"My life is like a book. I can write new chapters with new words and titles. I can evoke my own inspiration from writing affirmations, prayers, journal entries, blogs, articles, stories, and even my own book. I can write just for myself to journal my thoughts and feelings as a creative process. I can also do this as therapy, as a fun exercise, and as a way to chronicle my own journey through life."~ David Lawrence Brown. 333 Keywords to Change Your Life 



A Morning Stream of Consciousness

"“The Muse,” as I imagine her, is the collective identity of the nine goddesses, sisters, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory), whose charge it is to inspire artists. Other names for this mysterious force might be the Unconscious, the Self, the Quantum Soup. Whatever it is, it represents the unseen dimension of Potentiality that is either within us or beyond us. It’s where ideas come from." - Steven Pressfield, "You, as the Muse Sees You"

The morning is my favorite time of day, and I enjoy getting up early as a "morning person", doing meditation, and deciding what I am going to read, or write.

This blog post is an exercise in a stream of consciousness style of writing, as once I get started, I can just write whatever flows into my mind without editing, except for typos later, and allow the creative process to possibly open up to new ideas, feelings, insights, or questions about life, the universe, people, nature and whatever comes up. Maybe a muse is inspiring me. Who knows? It may be her words coming through ...

There is a book titled The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, my favorite author, in which the writing is one long paragraph with vivid descriptions in sentences that seem to go on and on, sometimes for an entire page and more, as if all the words were spontaneous and a stream of consciousness, mirroring life itself in some ways as it just keeps streaming and does not pause in time for anything, unless it is the transcendent part of life beyond time and this dimension, yet for all purposes in our experience, in a way we live in a stream of consciousness, not knowing what thought may come streaming in next, even if we try to control it, and not knowing the mystery of what life will reveal this day and in the coming days, and weeks, and years, and yet this mystery can also be refreshing, empowering, and a challenge as we are already a part of it and are "co-creating" it in every moment, even when asleep and not conscious in that there is a part of us still active, in dreams, deep sleep, and with unconscious functions controlled by our brain which is a mystery in itself with the billions of neural connections and firings going on almost simultaneously in nanoseconds, and that is its own stream of consciousness on that level, and when we reflect, ponder, contemplate, or wonder in awe at the amazing mystery and beauty of creation and the miraculous workings of our brain, heart, soul, nature, and all the subtle dimensions of Creation beyond comprehension we cannot help but want to just celebrate life today, and then the mud, the drudge, the "reality" of the shadow, the dark energy of negative vibes, the ego of separation, and the instability of the world may creep into our consciousness, wrap us up in its stuff, and distract us from who we really are, what life is really all about, including the presence of the Divine Spirit that is always with us as a possibility, as a reality, as a mystery, and as a blessing.

So I am writing this for my own exercise, and for you if you are still reading it, and I imagine that the words that flow so well in a book by Isabel Allende do so because she may have also used this same approach in writing, then edited it after, so that it still maintained the "stream of consciousness" type of energy that can keep a reader engaged in the flowing vivid descriptions, the metaphors, the allusions, and other literary techniques that either come naturally or with some creative editing are included in the streaming of words and thoughts, and story.

I just stopped. Paused. And so this ends. Yet life keeps streaming on. Carpe Diem. Namaste.