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Us/Them, Left/Right, and Upside Down

1 Dec

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Us/Them, Left/Right, and Upside Down

By Kathy Custren

Maybe it is not odd at all that one of the most popular entertainment shows today is “Stranger Things.” Once upon a time, we found affinity with “The Twilight Zone.” Either title seems appropriate when describing current affairs. American society finds itself in a morass of dystopic proportions, with a narcissistic, self-proclaimed p****y-grabber in the Oval Office and a government quite literally hell-bent on funneling greater funds and freedom to those who are already well-to-do.

Directionality in an Haphazard Space and Time

It is said to be helpful to have a fair sense of place and personhood to know where one is going. While this may be important to get through our everyday lives, how do we maneuver amid chaos? Relax; we’ve got this.

So, to the many on the ‘left’ side of the aisle, who believe in the greater good and the brotherhood of humanity, the outlook of the future appears bleak, if not grim. “Inevitable” is the word as we await ‘official notice’ of the latest round of tax cuts. The writing, as they say, is on the wall.

This is the picture “they” want us to see: one of defeat, struggle, and “winners and losers” (with ‘them’ being the ‘winners,’ of course). Are we going to just let them have their way? Now? In this time of enlightenment and apocalypse, when abuse is finally being discussed out in the open (on the morning and nightly news!) and ‘attacked back’ with legal ramifications? Eyes on the prize, friends….

Hope from the Hopi Tribe

We have a long road ahead, and if the image left us by the ancestors of our Hopi brethren is any indication, there is an uphill climb involved as ‘we the people’ rise to the occasion. Snort with disdain if you will; the Hopi are quite clear that we need not fear an ‘inevitable’ future. They show us how the lines will continue in separate places, as different ways. How many heed the philosophies? The image* shows we must rise above our struggles. That we are better together, even when the road ahead looks more than a little bumpy.

Consider the Inverted Perceptions 

And there are more reminders out there to rediscover. It was not all that long ago that many of us latched on to the “hope and change” ideal. It carried us through the last few years, even though we did not get very far. For every little advancement in the change category we seem to go a few steps backward. We cannot compare our ‘now’ to then, because it really was quite another time, was it not? Our inverted perceptions are part and parcel of this special time, so we may as well embrace them for what they are. Forward, ever forward…do not let the setback or the bumps in the road impede our progress.

Put on another pot of coffee, grab another cup of tea, sharpen the pencils, and light the candle. As Julian of Norwich said, “All will be well.” We just have a lot of work to do; as usual. ~ Blessings!

*Image courtesy of Google Images via source: https://kachina2012.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/swastika-and-hopi-prophecy-re-the-pahana-a-k-a-great-white-brother/

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Seeking New Energies with Clarity and Alignment

29 Oct

Seeking New Energies with Clarity and Alignment

by Kathy Custren

 

A Longtime Problem with Poor Vision

As a person who wears glasses, it is evident to me constantly that my ability to see is not clear without, as it happens, a great deal of external assistance. Once upon a time, I masked my faulty eyesight with contact lenses. These days, I rely on one pair of glasses and it is more than time for new ones. I am forever grateful for the ability to see, and those who help folks like me with vision problems to see clearly.

Glasses are everywhere these days, in a wide variety of designer frames and lenses that can handle multiple focal points and prescriptions. Even those who do not meet with an optometrist can go to the nearest dollar store and find a pair of glasses or sunglasses that will help boost reading or protect eyes from sun glare. So, we might consider glasses an easy fix to a difficult problem many of us face.

I find it is like this in many other areas of life as well. We are fortunate to be able to correct inadequate or fuzzy eyesight with some lenses that take the blurriness away and bring clarity and the world into better focus and safety. One may say that I ‘take advantage’ of lens technology to fit in with everyone else, or that I borrow the energies of all the people who toil in the vision industry to restore my own sight. This can be a sobering contemplation.

Illness and the Misalignment of Energy

When thinking about the ways energy works in our lives, so many of us fail to consider some of the most basic or intrinsic ways energy is exchanged in our vast plane of existence. Many of us choose to operate in our own little bubble of “I-ness,” or “illness,” when we come right down to it. And the poor alignment of energies takes its toll on us in many ways.

Over time, we learn how to correct some of the problems we have in life. Much like the way my pair of glasses fixes my sight, each of us may use, or abuse, some form of energy. Discovering what those changes or energy discrepancies are can take some investigation. Once we know, we can do better, make better choices, get help or an aid, or choose to draw a new boundary of where “no” might be.

Attunement is a great word to describe the alignment or balance of energies that work well together, or that help a struggling energetic aspect gain some added strength. On both a physical and spiritual level, the need for finding attunement can become critical at times. When our “illness” turns extreme, our perception changes and we find ourselves in greater alignment with the negative aspects. Things happen “to” us instead of “with” us, for example.

Corrective Lenses for the Spirit and Other Energies

Seeing or envisioning our way out of illness and back toward balanced or a positive outlook can be daunting, especially without help. Many of us deny there is even a problem, unable to see just how fuzzy or out-of-balance our lives are. We operate in a realm of misperception, and this mode may be how many of our family and friends know us best, unfortunately—always complaining, always in pain, always down or playing catch up.

Or, we might use one type of energy to mask or deal with the illness. Many people turn to negative habits to hide just how much pain they have, or how ‘impossible’ their situation is, and because we get used to the notion that life does not always make sense. We can all use a new pair of glasses when our eyesight changes, as it does over time, but not everyone is able to get to the eye doctor or even the dollar store to get that ‘one little thing’ adjusted. The more valiant among us persevere with the problem until we get to the edge of breaking down completely.

Whether we are dealing with bullying in school, a co-worker who is on an ego trip, raising children who have difficulties, in-laws who are judgmental, not being able to afford groceries, the basement floods, our vehicle is on the recall list, our own physical pain or other disease, or well-meaning friends we haven’t seen in a while, we can feel pulled in multiple ways. Which problem takes priority when one lives such a full life? How are our triage skills? Honesty says we can use a bit of help in dealing with the daily energetic pressures.

Doing Without? There is Always More

When we see our life is “too full” for our own good, we tend to scale back. This can be helpful if we find our world is chock-full of ‘stuff,’ but if we find we need more people to help and they are not around, then what? There is a stigma attached to reaching out, because many of us do not want to give off the perception of being a burden to others. So, doing without becomes the skill we do best—seeing less of our family and friends, not participating in ‘energy draining’ activities, doing more of the denial or masking to keep some semblance of balance in our lives becomes the priority.

We become very good at saying no, which also happens to include many of the opportunities to turn things around. When we become insulated or isolated, whatever problem we have becomes that much larger. If I did not have my glasses, I would be lucky to be able to maneuver in my house, let alone make my way down the street. If I did not have the right amount of assistance, even knowing where things are can become a daily hazard. Keeping track of multiple problems would soon build into an even greater danger.

We may fail to contemplate this snowball effect and how it relates to problems in our life. We could have multiple snowballs growing and rolling on a continual basis. Understanding that there is always more, and that like tends to attract like, is a good indication that we might need to make a change or find a different kind of attunement.

Healing Illness and Discovering Wellness

I wrote in other instances describing that finding balance is much like a juggling act. Too often, the best and most entertaining jugglers manage to incorporate additional partners. Sure, it is a wonderful skill to know how to juggle alone, but it helps to be able to toss something over and relieve the pressure of “handling” for even a brief time.

Energetic pressure, such as gravity, can take its toll, as I was reminded recently in a class this week. Even the smallest weight can become unbearable if we never get the opportunity to put it down from time to time. So, the first step we can do to help find additional energies that lend themselves to our strength and wellness is to share the load a bit. We have the power to choose who and when, provided we can overcome the stumbling block of stigma.

As with my eyeglasses, I am fortunate to be part of some energetically supportive groups. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots organization that educates and supports individuals and families who are living with a variety of illnesses. Another is the National Council on Behavioral Health—through its Mental Health First Aid program. Any of us can turn to family, friend, faith, business, and other social groups for support.

In difficult times, sharing energies in support is the way so many of us find balance and ways to cope with the weights we juggle along our road of life. Let’s make a pact to stomp out stigma and do what we can to support each other. When it comes to healing illness, and finding balance and wellness, we are all in this together. ~ Blessings!

 

“Genuflection”

25 Sep

It is September 24, 2017, and many people online today are taking various sides on the “take the knee” controversy. Alternatively known as “tebowing,” the action seems to take on its own flavor palette in the National Football League. Growing up in the Roman Catholic faith, taking a knee genuflecting has its own traditional and deeper meaning of submissive respect:

“In the old days, when you came in front of your social superiors, you were expected to genuflect: that is, bend your knee and bow submissively. You did it before kings and nobles, and everyone did it in church before God. [emphasis added] In our more egalitarian age, genuflecting has taken on a rather insincere and servile meaning.” –Vocabulary.com

One could add, ‘…unless you plan to make an effective marriage proposal, in which case it had better be sincere.’ –But I digress; there is more on Wikipedia if you want to look it up.

So, seeing someone ‘take a knee’ at any point has a much less controversial slant to it than much of what is out there to read today. In not fully standing for the ‘pledge’ by genuflecting, Colin Kaepernick took a ‘respectful stance’ in asserting his right to express himself. The difference between the actions of Kaepernick and Tebow is like night and day, in certain respects.

Had Kaepernick stood with a fist raised in defiance, as others have before, I could understand where his action might be misconstrued. [“Power to the people?”] In explaining why he knelt, I read his words to be just that—a personal reason for not participating in pledging allegiance to the flag. If someone feels that strongly against a pledge, prayer, or some other oath, they can find a suitable and respectful way through it.

The meaning of Kaepernick’s action in ‘taking a knee’ is being twisted throughout the media as a sign of disrespect. This is different than the reverence we saw for tebowing, and can only imagine the mixed message this sends to women whose husbands proposed marriage to them on bended knee. Do we consider genuflection a sign of respect, or does it depend on who is doing it?

People take up mantle of redefining what Kaepernick did, all in the guise of controlling the narrative to one of disrespect—for the pledge, the flag, the military and those who serve the country—rather than wade into the stated intent or the actual waters of racism and oppression which mire the lives of many people of color. Some may say there is little sport in that.

We find it expedient to support a national symbol or a pledge penned in 1892, than to deal with the real words and sentiment expressed in present-day 2017. It is this very side-stepping that fans the embers of the racism and oppression that continue to burn. To indicate a prayerful stance in the face of that oppression brings out a shared sense of indignity. The tragic disagreement is that so many of us fail to acknowledge the shadows of privilege and righteousness in which that indignation exists.

The Message for 2017 is Balance and Harmony

27 Dec

Consciousness Live…for the Attuned

 

By Kathy Custren

 

Balance and Harmony Take Center Stage in the Year Ahead

The message of cosmic consciousness intercepted is strong and focused when it comes to both balance and harmony for the year ahead. We are encouraged to keep this greater sense, this larger view, of balance and harmony at the forefront of everything we say and do. As we wonder why, the old Police song intones, “Every breath you take, every move you make, [we’ll] be watching you.”

To clarify, we do not have to start right on the first day of January. We can begin putting this alignment of balance and harmony into action “now,” as we read this. It is our greatest learning curve for the time being. In our now, we face many challenges; the year of 2016 has not been a particularly kind one. As many beloved members of our earthly family depart to rejoin the celestial realms: their ‘star’ energies are now returned to spirit.

 

Is This “Year of Great Return” Over?

The troubling, overarching sense of imbalance, unfairness, and fear of a ‘police state’ that so many of us feel in many places on our planet manifests because we tend to forget our part in the larger scheme of things. We lose sight of our spiritual connection to the greater good. The health of all and our earthly home resonates as a string in the greater tapestry. When focus narrows to our own physical discord, this disturbance carries into the spiritual/cosmic realms, too.

But is this ‘year of great return’ over, we want to know. It is not about cosmetics or looking good. The many people, plants, and animals that are no longer with us is staggering, and the loss touches us deep in our souls, as we see the water protectors come into prominence. All of us are part of the great return if we open ourselves to the concept. Once more, the cosmic message related to balance and harmony is clear—there are few promises, and many possibilities.

 

Practice and Action Carry Different Energy Signatures

Many of our departed beloveds are ones who performed remarkably in their time with us. They remind us that practice and action are two different things. The spiritual message is clear that we are not to “work on” balance and harmony to achieve the promise of “world peace” or some nebulous future goal such as that. Our lives are not some ‘dress rehearsal,’ where we ‘practice’ being something we are not.

Rather, we are asked to “do” it; to “be” in alignment with balance and harmony with each breath and action we take going forward. We are given stern warning that while many of us may be concerned about ‘big brother’ watching our physical moves on video, there is an even larger surveillance in place spiritually, as well. We must put our unique gifts into everything we do (every breath, every step) with balance and harmony as our guide.

 

What Does this Cosmic Message Mean for Us?

Our challenge is twofold: we know finding balance and harmony is important in what we do. What many of us may not recognize is its importance in our inactivity as well. Is our ‘downtime’ something that also serves the greater good? Many of us may see a parallel between late-night debauchery on Saturday if we go to church on Sunday. One ‘good’ does not always cancel the other ‘bad’ out, as those ‘sins’ can still come back to haunt us later.

The second aspect is the disharmony that goes unchecked. It is more than simply singing out-of-tune. The harmonics are areas of our lives that must be kept in check, in much the way we might tune a musical instrument. Various weather or circumstantial conditions may cause us to lose the essence of our vibration. Systems that go unchecked fall into discord, which is where we find things today.

 

What Lies Ahead, and for How Long?

The challenge found in this message of harmony and balance is not different than any other. The challenge is in applying it in our lives. Many sensitive people feel/know “something is up.” They keenly intercept the cosmic ‘warning shot’ that changes lie ahead in our path. Some have already moved house, changed jobs, cut back, or otherwise recognize the signs of this greater ‘shuffling’ taking place.

As with most messes, the greater cleansing lies ahead. How we tackle this comes with keeping balance and harmony as a vanguard, remembering that cosmic or ‘God time’ is different than the way we track it here. We may find balance and harmony in doing work alone; others may need to unite/find harmony and balance to get something accomplished. Could we find greater attunement and fruition in working together for the greater good? As always, our spiritual counterparts in the cosmic realms are watching.

 

Remembering the Basics of Balance and Harmony

Putting balance and harmony into practice should not be difficult. As young babies, we toddle our way to balance and refined movement. As we learn to use our voices, we learn to use the words that work best for what we need and want. In both instances, we learn to act and speak in ways that do not bring harm to ourselves and others.

With these simple basics, we go forth. The changes we undergo force many of us to adapt to very difficult circumstances. There are times when we are social and life goes well, and there are times when we do not play well with others. Finding that right or positive kind of balance and harmony can be tricky. Hence, it helps to have family and good friends to get through life together.

 

Remembering Alchemy and the Elements

There may be entities playing in the sandbox who are greedy and manipulative. If we feed into the greed, we may unwittingly enable their sense of power. Our own sense of being used leaves us feeling hurt. Rather than wallow as victims and enablers, we are encouraged to cut off that which does not serve us well and set new boundaries.

Therefore, nature has its seasons; its alchemical phases of change: Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, Conjunction, Fermentation, Distillation, Coagulation. Where we are in these stages are up to us to determine, and there may be aspects of our lives that also in flux. Having a keen relationship with our most basic elements and how they correspond in our everyday life is important, as water reminds us.

 

Heed the Message of Balance and Harmony

Sharing in a loving and positive way is key to finding balance and harmony. Parents may talk with their children. Friends do their friends a favor and have the honest talk. Sit together over a warm drink and talk about what balance and harmony in the greater good means to each of us. Find agreement and work to achieve it. It is the way our ancestors kept us all connected.

What does it mean, to be attuned? When it comes to consciousness, one finds a sense of knowing; when there is no angst or anxiety over how one fits into the overall scheme of things. We are part of the whole, connected, finding our way as only we can, with a watchful eye on living The Conundrum–of being cautious and bold; striving to improve while bringing our ancestry forward; listening with our heart and to our spiritual selves, even if it means going on a different path, with no harm intended. 

We have greater connection than ever before with the internet. Let us use technological gifts to help, rather than hurt, each other.

The cosmic realms have us in sight,

if we strive to get it right,

if we do align with light,

we will reach the greater height.

 

 

About the Author

Kathy Custren, is Senior Editor of  OMTimes Magazine, content writer for websites, and a mother of four, who strives for balance and has a deep respect for all. Interests include education, elements, nature, humanity’s cosmic origins, philosophy, spirituality, and wellness. Also connect with the “Consciousness Live” community page on Facebook. Read more at Mindblogger: http://kathyc-mindblogger.blogspot.com