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  1. NWM - Feb 20, 2016 - Accepting Death Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We can begin. Today we are asked to speak on the acceptance of death. We will speak to this from both the approach toward your own death and the deaths of others. For most, the experience of death is associated with loss. There is validity to this, but today we will point to some greater truths about death that allow loss to be a PART of death, and not the definition of death. Before we begin, we would pose a question to each of you. With as much honesty and as much stripping of romantic notions as possible, would you consider yourself afraid of, confused by, unaffected by, welcoming, or curious about death? (choose one closest to your usual feelings/thoughts about it) Janet: Curious Bobby: Same, curious PeterK: Confused DianeHB: Curious and a little afraid Maureen: Curious and Afraid (of others dying - not me). Colleen: Sometimes afraid of it such as worried about waking up in my coffin. Maureen: If that is a question ...cremation is the answer. :) Colleen: No, I don't want to be burned up. Maureen: I'm changing my answer to welcoming rather than curious. That was not a test question, but a prompt for a baseline in exploring with us. What we will do is speak to the acceptance of your own death, first, and then the acceptance of death of others can be extrapolated from there. First: you will die. Death is a universal experience, a universal Truth. It is universal in the sense that Death = Transformation, and transformation is a result of evolution, and evolution is a momentum throughout the entire universe and beyond. Death can come in many forms across the universe, but death cannot be escaped. Death exists as a part of the dynamic of the universe and beyond, so that even universes "die." From the perspective of Personality, this can look like loss and "the end." That is because the Body is designed to avoid death. It is designed to extend the experience of living in a body for as long as it can. It is an unconscious design because it is anatomic, or put another way, it is an inherent choice that need not be made on a daily basis because the fact of having a body means that you already chose to be alive. Once the choice is made to incarnate, the choice is made to live in a body. This need not be a conscious choice made every single day or moment, so the body takes on the task to navigate toward life and away from death. This is the negative pole of the Instinctive Center, and a part of all living beings in physical form. This is the most-basic of choices made by all creatures. Most creatures are driven instinctively, or anatomically. The positive pole of the Instinctive Center is Atomic. This is when you learn to make choices that can go beyond programming and "instinct." This is why humans can commit suicide or willingly make choices that override the instinct that would normally keep the body alive. This is not to say that all suicides are conscious choices, but that many are. Whether suicide is a choice or a result of other factors, it is always a matter of overriding the instinct to live. Our point being that death is seen as the opposite of life because of this anatomic dynamic. Death must be understood as the opposite of life until the true nature of life and the universe is understood. If death is ignored and approached with no concern, the quality of life can diminish greatly. This has happened in various cycles of history on Earth. From genocides to witch hunts to manufactured poverty to war, etc. When death is ignored or regarded without concern, it is used as a means of destruction or self-destruction. This is why most fear death, are confused by it, or apathetic to it. If this anatomic sensitivity to death is ignored before there is an understanding of the true nature of life and the universe, the results can be worse than death, itself. We share this with you to help you understand that you fear death, are confused by it, or unaffected by it because you live in a world that has not yet comprehended the true nature of life and the universe. Even as Old Souls, you may have a great sense of the true nature of life and the universe, but when submerged in a world that does not comprehend this, you are bombarded by imprinting that confuses you and has a long way to go toward that understanding. This does not undo your understanding as Essence, but it undoes your understanding as Personality. As an Old Soul you are born with this understanding, but your Personality is inculcated back toward the dependence upon anatomic navigation. You are taught quickly to mourn death, to be sorry for it, to reach out in sympathy and your experiences of death are quickly shown to be painful and deeply horrifying. It is easy to quickly take this stance as your own and remain with it. Even as you Manifest Essence, this is such a deep and instinctive dependency that even the wisest of souls with the greatest number of deaths under her belt can still find death perplexing and upsetting. So today we speak directly to the forgotten core of you who truly comprehends the nature of life and the universe. Maureen: That is making me cry. Understanding the nature of life and the universe does not mean that you will override your efforts to stay alive, but to include that effort as a CHOICE, not a reaction or fearful response to threat. When you function from the positive pole of your Instinctive Center you do not ignore the negative pole, you simply repurpose it. When in the Positive Pole, overriding your Instinct to live simply means that you not only trust your body to navigate away from threat, but that you choose to live. And choosing to live is one of the greatest paths toward accepting death. This may seem ironic, but not when you understand the nature of life and the universe. To clarify what we mean by the "nature of life and the universe:" The nature of life and the universe is change, evolution, transformation. Everything you do aims for these things. Everything. Even your resistance to these. Nothing in existence truly avoids change, evolution, and transformation. Nothing. This means that to understand this means to understand the necessity of death as a version of these very aims. Some say that you begin dying as soon as you are born. This is true, but not in the sense that the life is then rendered meaningless. Quite the opposite. If you exchange the term "dying" with "evolving" you can see why your life is immediately aiming for death upon birth. Understanding the nature of life and the universe is to put death into the same category as a beautiful sunset, a blooming flower, a cocoon-to-butterfly, a great night of sleep, a profound trust in existence. However horrific and painful the death, we are speaking of the death, itself. The path toward death is a separate discussion. Every life has its sunset. Every life blooms and then drops its petals. Cocoons into release and transformation. Requires a great rest/review. It is fair to grieve your lack of access to the Person and Personality who you loved in your life. This is natural. This is separate from understanding and accepting death. If you have experienced a break up of a relationship or a divorce or a failed friendship, you know this same grief. You know that this grief is separate from your acceptance of the truth of the change. You must grieve. Grief is not an indication of lack of understanding. Chronic grief may indicate a rejection of the truth of death, but even this is not indicative of a lack of understanding. Things that are understood can be rejected. We must make it clear that you are not obligated to understand or accept death. You will die anyway. Others will die anyway. And you will continue to cycle through remembering and forgetting. If you choose to understand and accept death, here are some key elements to consider: DEATH IS A PART OF LIFE, NOT THE OPPOSITE OF LIFE. Death is normal. It is not a surprise. You know very early in life that it will come. This does not mean you will not be sad or upset when it comes to others or even to yourself, but one of the primary foundations for accepting death is to stop pretending that it is a surprise element of life. DEATH ADDS MEANING, IT DOES NOT NEGATE MEANING. The fact that you will die does not negate the effects of a life lived. There may have been so much more you wanted to do, or that you know someone could have done, but they will do it. You will do it. The ideas survive. The body is recycled. The fact that death will come to all and even to this universe in billions of years does not make that time meaningless. It makes everything on the other side of death and every life beyond that ever more meaningful. This life means more to you than any life has ever meant before this. And future lives will mean even more. This is not because early lives are meaningless, but that death helps comprehend that meaning of every single day of that life lived. You carry this forward into the next life, and the next. LIVE YOUR LIFE SO THAT YOUR DEATH IS A PART OF IT, NOT AN INTERRUPTION OF IT. One of the more comforting ways to accept death is to live life. To truly live it. To make the choices you mean to make. To say the things you wish to say. To reach out to those you wish to reach. To allow room for others to not be what you expect of them. To allow room for you to fail. To allow room for you to succeed. To play, to experiment, to lay around and do nothing, to be irresponsible and upset and annoyed. To be filled with bliss and love and affection. All of this is life. There is nothing that is not life. To live this means to aim for what you prefer, to navigate through that which you do not prefer, and to embrace all of it as yours. GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION ARE FUELS FOR ENTHUSIASM AND KINDNESS, and these build the greatest bridges between life and death. Expressing and acknowledging all that you appreciate and for which you are grateful helps to fuel your enthusiasm and helps to increase the radius of your kindness. This cannot be stressed enough. The practice of this awareness is quite easy to ignore, and in some cases we know it nearly impossible to extract from a difficult life, but even in the darkest of lives there are moments that can be considered. One need not start a gratitude journal or some other ritual that might reduce the effects of appreciation by turning it into repetitiveness. Simply take a moment as you remember, as you feel it, and hold it for a moment in your consciousness. Let this float from you like energetic spores to share in the world. Many of you make it a common practice to complain, to notice what you do not want, to notice what you do not like, to fight against that which is unfair and ugly, and we can say that this easily becomes 45% to 75% of our students' conscious dynamic. This is not a bad thing. We are merely saying that it is a choice. And that you have other choices. You do not have to stop your good fights, your noticing of injustices, your navigation of preferences and repulsions, but you can lay down alongside all of this the truth of wonder and joy and love of this life. Noticing "the bad" in life fuels your self-karmic dance through life, while a focus on "the good" fuels your enthusiasm, vitality, and kindness. Both are necessary elements, but one tends to be easier to ignore. When the emphasis is primarily on your disappointments, losses, struggles, and on "the bad," then death comes as an interruption that seems to come before you got a chance to live. Allowing room for the enthusiasm, kindness, and vitality lets you fully live so that death comes as a part of life. LIVE FOR MORE THAN LIFE. Live for Joy. Live for Happiness. Live for Love. Live for Meaning. Live for You. Live for Animals. Live for Curiosity. Live for People. Live for more than life. This makes death come as a comma in your existence rather than as a traumatic halt. UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD, YOU ARE ALIVE. Living with a fear of death or a rejection of it can drain you of life force long before death will. So live as if you are alive until you are not. And finally: CONTINUE TO LEARN NEW THINGS LEARNING can sometimes become a passive element in a life that reduces the meaning and quality of life so that death comes looming as an interruption. When you consciously make the effort and choice to continue learning, you are choosing to live not only until you die, but far beyond death. LEARNING is as constant as Change. To hook into the momentum of Learning is to hook into your persistence of existence. You cannot change the fact that change exists. You cannot change the fact that existence exists. You cannot NOT learn. To consciously embrace any of these truths is beneficial, but to embrace and nurture Learning is to embrace all of it. We have spoken to you about the process of death in other exchanges, and we can tell you over and over about the nature of life after death, but today we remind you to live as a path of acceptance of death. You will die. You will live. You will do both. If you die tomorrow, you will want to have known that you lived today. We will open the floor for a few questions: QUEUE IS NOW OPEN Yes, Maureen. Maureen: Michael, is this session today with you, and what we have learned, reference what Troy and I were talking about on January 16th: Maureen: I feel like I'm having to come to terms with death in a way that is "new". Troy: Same here. A new level. Not intentionally, Maureen. But in a year where death will be prominently featured, it is helpful to look at the concept in new ways and meaningful ways that help to bring understanding. Many of our students are finding the necessity to perceive, understand, and accept death in a new way this year. Next, Colleen. Colleen: Could you speak more about exit points? How are these determined? How does a person skip an exit point? How does one recognize that an exit point was avoided? Exit Points are managed by Essence. There have to be Exit Points considered upon creation of a life. This is because death will come. Since this is a fact of life, Essence anticipates various factors that might contribute to "the best deaths" and the timing of those deaths. There tend to be an average of 3 Exit Points set up, and up to 12. These are not hidden from Personality, but Personality does not have the capacity for access to that information or the capacity for processing it. Comprehending Exit Points is the equivalent of "try to think of no color." Every thought of no color is a color. Every effort to consider an Exit Point is redirected toward living, toward life, toward existence. This is because the body is designed to hold its form in matter. YOU may continue to exist, but the matter that forms your physical body returns to the Physical Plane. To consider this is counter to its design to live, to survive. So Essence sets these up and they are coded into the body in various ways that look exactly like life to the body. For lack of a better word, these are fragile threads and dissolve over time. Or they are reinforced, depending upon parameters set by Essence. If the threads are reinforced, they are because the life is collecting the experiences relative to making that Exit Point relevant. If they are dissolving, then that Exit Point is passed. Sometimes one can sense when an Exit Point was passed. These are usually marked by a sharp dive into grief 'for no reason" and then a burst of vitality and focus on moving forward. These are symptoms that can indicate many things, so they are not easy to differentiate from just having a bad day, but some who are sensitive enough and know their dynamic of emotional landscape well, they can sense the Exit Point was passed. DianeHB: What do you mean they are "coded" into the body? in DNA? Diane, the "coding" is subtle energy that is "threaded" in various ways throughout the body. Depending on this placement of threading there is an event triggered. If this is based in illness and aging, then it is in the DNA. If it is relative to a combination of external factors such as disaster, murder, accident, etc. then that thread is part of a network among all involved. DianeHB: wow We will add that while Essence designs Exit Points into the life before birth, Alternate Exit Points are developed through cumulative actions and choices of the Personality outside of that original set. We will conclude with Claire's question. Next, Claire. Claire: "This is not to say that all suicides are conscious choices, but that many are. Whether suicide is a choice or a result of other factors..." Can you elaborate on this statement, in view of the fact that you always stress the importance of Choice in everything? In what way is suicide not a Choice? Suicide will always be a choice, but not a conscious choice. When suicide is seen as the only choice, it is usually not a conscious choice. That is because when awareness is involved, then the range of choice is much clearer. When there is little awareness, or little consciousness, then it may seem that it is the only choice. Claire: Wouldn't that be true of most suicides then? We are speaking here of those who suicide from despair, not from the choice to end a life in a body that is dying. Claire: Yes, those are different. Claire, no. Many make the choice to end their life even as they know there are other solutions. They still make the choice to end the life. When it is thought or felt that there is no other option, then it is not a conscious choice. When it is chosen even as other options are clear, then it is a conscious choice. When suicide is a conscious choice, it is usually not from despair. Consider this analogy: The difference between a sky diver who plummets to the ground and a person who leaps from a bridge is not different in the end, but it is very different in the choice to jump and most of the fall toward death. Both who die on impact will reach the same point, but how and why they got there makes a difference. We must conclude here for today. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now. We are as alive as any of you. We are just not as dense. And the humor is intended. Goodbye, for now.
  2. Paulyboy

    So, Pneumonia

    So, Pneumonia. And some gratitude. After a week of triple-digit fevers, shortness of breath, tons of “goo” and related congestion, I bit the scary dollar-bullet and went to the doctor. I had already lost several days of working with the junior high and high school choirs on our music for our upcoming concert (I accompany on piano.) I had already lost a week’s worth of clients where I work as a massage therapist. I had to cancel a weekend gig, find a sub for my Sunday gig, and I have another big gig coming up on Saturday. So, if I could be mended fast for some money, the trade would be worth it at this point with all the work I’ve lost. While that’s the bargain I made with myself, apparently it had little bearing on my actual state of my body. A bunch of chest x-rays and related diagnostics later, I’m to be on another week of rest, no work, don’t infect anyone, take all these drugs, and here’s an inhaler so you have less chance of dying. As I was making the rounds of letting people know what was going on, I thought, “Well, damn, I’m kind of flattened, here.” Like, I can’t just “push through” some discomfort to “get things done,” I am instead in a position where I have to not do anything I’d normally be doing because I have pneumonia and that’s contagious. I work with lots of seniors, especially, and that’s a great crowd to be hacking-up-a-lung around. Because I’ve had to reschedule/cancel/find-subs for so many things, I am using this opportunity to first examine what I am doing with my day to day, and second to express my gratitude. Sunday morning, make the hour’ish drive to church. Rehearse with the choir and soloists. Play for Sunday service. Depending on timing, I can have lunch with one of my parents before I drive to the theatre to work in the box office selling tickets for whatever we’re performing. Evening off. Monday morning, bike an hour or so into town, play piano for the high school for an hour. Bike across town to the spa for 4 hours. See 3-4 clients. Bike to the local junior college. Sing in a community choir from around 7-10. Go home and sleep. Tuesday morning, get up extra early to bike to the junior high school, play piano for an hour, bike to the high school, play for an hour, practice two hours, play another hour, bike home. Wednesday morning bike an hour into town, play for the high school, bike to the spa, see 3-4 clients, bike to the local junior college for wind ensemble and happy French horn times from 7-10. Go home for sleep. Thursday is another extra early day, bike to the junior high, play, bike to the high school, play practice play, bike home, grab the car, drive up north for church choir practice in the evening, go home and sleep. Friday is bike into town, play for the high school, bike to the spa, see clients, bike to the theatre, work box office or play gigs. Saturday is either theatre work, music gigs, or the rare day off. It was exhausting just typing that up and trying to keep it all in the right order. So to actually get sick, really sick, means I have to talk to people involved with The spa The high school The junior high The church The church choir The community choir The community wind band The theatre So my phone is a cornucopia of texts and emails and “absence creation forms.” And here’s where some of the gratitude comes in. I am incredibly lucky to have the jobs I have. I am using both of my degrees (music and bodywork) in actual, real, I-got-paid-for-that kind of work. I have a “sweet! How did you get that job?” position working for a local performing arts space where I can duck in and watch the actual show for free if I want. I get really interesting gigs like The Follies and end up in interesting variety shows and such. On top of that, all of my employers have been super-chill and like, “Rest up and recover; don’t push yourself,” with this illness, with no push of, “Can’t you just take a bunch of drugs and mask the symptoms?” sort of thing. Thirdly, everything that needed a sub got a sub. People have been really compassionate and all sorts of “good luck” has shown up to “make things work.” We may even get the ghost story festival covered by another local storyteller. So, despite the publicity, I’m pretty sure I’ll just be trying to breath on Saturday, much less be telling ghost stories. https://pasoroblesdailynews.com/haunted-adobe-returns-san-miguel-weekend/76448/ Fourthly, my personal support circle has been just stellar. I expect it to be stellar, but I don’t want to take it for granted. From my fiancé driving me around and feeding me, to parental units offering to help cover some of the medical costs (all my parents are still alive and in relatively good health. Woo!) to friends bringing me ice packs and sending the random text of assurance, it reminds me of how lucky I am, and how grateful I am. But, I still haven’t slept in 6 days. If I start to drift off I choke and gag and that wakes me up. Also, the triple-digit constant fevers make for some interesting hallucinations. And the cat pee’d on the floor again instead of in her box. Gonna go take care of that.
  3. Ingun

    GRATITUDE

    Quote link Embracing and accepting where you are with yourself, with your body, with your life, and with your relationships is not a conclusive embrace, but a kind return to your own terms, an ownership of your own choices, and an encouragement of trust for yourself. As you embrace what IS your life, it becomes easier and more delightful to aim toward your ideals because then you have a stability, a healthy pace, and you are able to extract what it is that is serving you in your current patterns. This, then, is Gratitude, the antidote to complaining, unnecessary suffering, and a most powerful tool for returning you to the driver’s seat of your life, so to speak. Gratitude is an active process of regaining your wits, your footing, and your presence by embracing what you normally take for granted, judge, or dismiss, which frees up a tremendous amount of energy that could be used for creating more to your liking. Link To help simplify the aim away from cancer and toward a true fulfillment of Expansion is to aim toward True Prosperity and Gratitude. True Prosperity is a management of resources in a way that does not dismiss them simply because you could have more or that you need more. Gratitude is the means by which one sustains fuel for enthusiasm and effort. For the older soul, Expansion is the Need to BE HERE. It is that simple. Link Nostalgia is an Emotional Intelligence that can extract the most meaningful and core values from any event, person, or time period. Nostalgia is not sentimental. Sentimentality is attachment. Nostalgia is gratitude. Nostalgia is appreciation. Link GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION ARE FUELS FOR ENTHUSIASM AND KINDNESS, and these build the greatest bridges between life and death. Expressing and acknowledging all that you appreciate and for which you are grateful helps to fuel your enthusiasm and helps to increase the radius of your kindness. This cannot be stressed enough. Link: [MEntity] The Server using Power that is regenerative and from within will tend to have Nuture show up as GRATITUDE. [MEntity] This is an acknowledgment of the collected gifts, rewards, and meaning of the life, rather than a distraction with the promises and anticipations for other rewards, meaning, and gifts. [MEntity] This Power of Nurture as Gratitude is a feeding of the roots as a means to help sustain the leaves, if you will, rather than a constant distraction with only the strife toward sunlight. I had only links to old TLE sites to these: It is almost always of benefit to share what one is thinking and feeling when gratitude, intimacy, and resonance are involved. Appreciation is active gratitude. It is not just a realization that one is grateful, but an effort to see and find what one has gratitude for.
  4. I just wanted to start our annual Great Gratitude thread by giving thanks to all of you for what you make this community. TLE is one of the best communities of people I've ever had the honor of knowing online and in person. The worst of my days are made better because of you, and I can't express how deeply I appreciate the kindness and patience you hold for me during my ups and downs and struggles as a person and as a business person. During this time of uncertainty and shocking blows to our collective psyche, this community and this teaching are the guard rails of my sanity and heart. Thank you for being my acquaintances, my friends, my family. Look back over your 2016 and share your gratitude. Even if you have to squint to find something, there is always something for which we can be grateful. Love you guys!
  5. Hello to each of you. We are here, now. Today we are asked to speak on the subject of cancer. We will begin by clarifying that our perception is not one of a practical and local doctor, and our information shared here is to be considered along with any acute perceptions within the Physical Plane that may prove helpful in navigating and understanding cancer. What we will address today is the broader phenomenon of cancer, and not the variations of named cancers. The types of cancers known are usually indicative of starting points, but all cancer is fairly similar in dynamic. Cancer is considered a disease because of its impact on the body and its seeming effect of turning against the host in a way that is lethal. However, cancer is grossly misunderstood as being only a disease, when it is, in fact, a defense. Cancer is understood as shortening the life or causing the death, and this is true to some extent, but it is the body's overcompensatory method of extending life. It may seem contradictory because of the prognosis for many cancers, but the cancer, ironically, does more to extend the life than it does to end it. Cancer is a response to extreme trauma in the body. This trauma comes in 3 primary forms: practical carcinogens, stress, and diet. Practical carcinogens are those known (and unknown) environmental elements that cause trauma in the body in a way that prompts cancerous growth. This would include such things as certain chemicals, pollutions, radiation, etc. These are causes in many cases, but more often than not they are triggers for activation of cancer that was long in the works before that trigger. This is why one smoker can develop cancer while another does not. In cases where the carcinogen is a "true cause," then the ratio of activation of cancer is fairly predictable. In other cases these carcinogens are merely triggers for activation of cancer more directly caused by the other two forms of trauma. Though it could be said that stress and diet fall under the umbrella of "carcinogen" in many ways, we differentiate these from the practical carcinogens because they are often far more insidious and accepted, though there is an argument that could say the same for pollutions and toxins in the environment. However one might navigate the world of toxic waste and pollution, it is much more difficult to note the degree of trauma one is causing from stress and diet. In other words, you can live as healthy as you can, live in the best of environments and close to nature, but if your diet and stress is not addressed, you are at risk for cancer. Along with higher exposure to practical carcinogens, the higher and more chronic the stress, and the more empty of nutrition the diet, the ratio for cancers increase in that population. Chronic stress and chronic intake of unhealthy foods traumatize the body in ways that are only very minimally understood. We know there is information that speaks to these concepts in terms of choice for health, but they are far more serious than that. They are at the core of what, eventually, kicks the body into an instinctive survival mode that resorts to cancer as its last effort to survive. By "chronic stress" we include self-condemnation , worry, anxiety, self-loathing, hatred, distrust, resentment, denial, delusion, depression, etc. By "chronic stress" we mean that these and similar states are upheld for more than half of your waking state, consciously or subconsciously. This kind of stress destroys the defenses of the bodies. We include the emotional, intellectual, and physical bodies here. We wish to make it very clear that one is not to blame for one's cancer if one has developed it. There is no relevance to blame. If a person were so upset that as he walked he tripped into traffic and was hit by a car, it would be useless to blame him or the car. It is the intersection of two completely separate trajectories that simply must now be dealt with. It is the same with cancer. The trajectory of stress meets with the trajectory of survival. The body wants to live. It is designed to survive. All auto-immune deficiencies, in fact, are efforts to survive, not to turn on the body. There is nothing that body does in any biological sense that is not for the intention to survive. Even aging is included in this, and worth considering discussing at some point as a topic. Stress as a cumulative trauma to the body destroys the defenses over time and cancer can develop as a final effort to survive without those defenses. Diet is the brother to stress, so to speak, and both go hand-in-hand in many ways. The more nutritionally-void the diet, the more likely the consequences can be cancer. The more toxic the diet, the more likely the consequences can be cancer. There is validity to the phrase "eat to live, rather than live to eat." Most modern cultures are lacking in two vital forms of education: how to eat, and how to manage resources. In fact, most are inculcated with diametrically opposed education that diminishes the life force. When the diet is doing more harm than health over time, and there is chronic stress in some form, both of which can be upheld with a great smile and a happy life, can result in cancer. All of this ties back to the Need of Expansion. The relationship of a culture to the Need of Expansion can reveal how at risk a society is for cancer. For many, Expansion is superficially fulfilled. Stimulation, distraction, hoarding, territorialism, etc. These are not the problem. They are part of the spectrum of Expansion. The problem comes in when this Need is not fulfilled to any degree beyond the 3rd Degree. For review, the degrees of expansion are: 1) Physical Tumors/Cancer, 2) Accumulation, 3) Sprawl/Territorial, 4) Conceptual Challenge, 5) Emotional Growth/Maturity, 6) Transformation/Transmutation, and 7) True Prosperity/Gratitude. Every known "cause" of cancer comes from this effort to fulfill the Need of Expansion. From the practical carcinogens of waste and toxins to self-loathing to unconscious eating habits that have no concern for consequences. Expansion is a Need that is often neglected, ignored, shamed, or overcompensated for. Models for those who fulfill Expansion have rarely been of help for education and understanding of this Need. What tends to happen then is the cumulative effects of false Expansion until there is collapse under the weight. And cancer forms. We wish to point out that we speak in broad terms today. We cannot speak to the variations on cancer and the individual or culture and their specific patterns, but we think this overview can be useful. What we speak of today is not to encourage a rise of Expansion to the top of your list for consideration as priority, but that it be included in your spectrum of Needs that you will seek to fulfill, whether you realize it or not. To help simplify the aim away from cancer and toward a true fulfillment of Expansion is to aim toward True Prosperity and Gratitude. True Prosperity is a management of resources in a way that does not dismiss them simply because you could have more or that you need more. Gratitude is the means by which one sustains fuel for enthusiasm and effort. For the older soul, Expansion is the Need to BE HERE. It is that simple. Yes, it is also the Need to grow, expand, evolve, etc, but this is most easily understood in the most intimate of terms when described as your need to BE HERE. You want to be here. You are here. You Are. This Need need not be only fulfilled by reaching false standards set by marketing, or reached through the consuming of foods simply because you can, or through the constant berating of yourself for not being more. If you choose to do so, take the next step upward in the rung of Expansion and challenge your thinking, challenge your notions, challenge your patterns of perception, challenge your habits, challenge your ideas and concepts. Reach beyond those handed down to you and build your infrastructure from active and conscious choice. There will always be risks in the Physical Plane around scathing, harm, and health, no matter what you do, but what you do does matter. This is especially true if already diagnosed with cancer. It is not just a biological reaction to help extend the life. It is an effort to overhaul the entire spectrum of bodies. There are very few who are diagnosed with cancer who are not thrown into a completely new effort to climb the rungs of Expansion toward Gratitude. For most who are diagnosed and move into remission or complete elimination of cancer, it is rarely due to treatments and remedies and far more to do with that successful overhaul. Treatments and remedies support that process, but cannot replace it. Many forms can be "cut out" or "cut down," but the risk of return is much higher if that overhaul is not completed. Sometimes there is a point of no return, but that overhaul is still vital for how the life will transition into Review. This was a particularly uncomfortable topic for our channel and we will close the discussion today without questions and answers. If there is interest, we can continue our conversation with you on this topic in further exchanges. We must conclude here for today, however. Good evening to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
  6. ENERGY REPORT November 2010 November continues the general exploration of Self-deprecation and Arrogance so that all issues of Self-esteem are coming to the surface for many, even if these issues are not usually yours. Issues of insecurity, exposure, judgement, appearance, vulnerability, adequacy, specialness, uniqueness, meaning, importance, etc. will most likely come up for examination, not only on individual levels, but in communities, companies, and countries. This appears to be manifesting as awkwardness, uncertainty, and some anxiety, especially in terms of commitments and long-term agendas and visions. For the next few weeks, it may seem as if all of your ideas and intentions have lost focus, or are in need or recalibrating, and it may seem a bit overwhelming. However, it is important to note that this time period is emphasizing your need and necessity for COMFORTING. Many of you move along in your life at a pace and a focus that presumes there is no time, space, or energy available to simply reassure you that “everything is going to be okay.” It is over the month of November that your recognition of that need can be shared, displayed, and mutually-exchanged with others in a way that may surprise you with great relief. You are not alone in this. Many of our students, and in fact, people in general, would find a tremendous weight lifted from their minds, hearts, and bodies when they open up to one another that it would be nice to be comforted, reassured, and that being scattered, overwhelmed, and awkward about life right now is “normal.” No one can guarantee your safety, and no one can guarantee that you are on “the right path,” or that you are making the “right choices,” but it will never be a lie to hear from yourself, or from another, that “everything WILL be okay.” For the Older Souls, it will not sound so absurd for us to point out that the “worst” that can happen to you in this life is that you suffer and/or die, but that even those are temporary, with “being okay” always beyond it. With that in mind, even we can assure you that everything will be okay. Keep in mind that many of you “suffer” only from your processes of comparison, which is at the heart of Self-deprecation and Arrogance. Comparing circumstances, body types, standards, goals, accomplishments, relationships, behaviors, etc., is intended to be a tool for helping one to see how and where to improve, change, or replace these things, if you choose to do so, but it is not intended to be used as a means to undermine your current circumstances, body type, standards, goals, etc. Unless you are being held against your will in captivity, then you are who you are, where you are, and how you are because it is serving you in some capacity, and if you wish to change these things, it takes time, space, and energy to do so. For most of you, if you were to look at your life with an honest assessment, there is actually very little to complain about, and you are in rather acceptable, if not great, conditions. This is not a discouragement against complaining, as to complain, or not, would be a choice you must make. We merely point out that many of you only have complaints because of comparisons, not conditions. Embracing and accepting where you are with yourself, with your body, with your life, and with your relationships is not a conclusive embrace, but a kind return to your own terms, an ownership of your own choices, and an encouragement of trust for yourself. As you embrace what IS your life, it becomes easier and more delightful to aim toward your ideals because then you have a stability, a healthy pace, and you are able to extract what it is that is serving you in your current patterns. This, then, is Gratitude, the antidote to complaining, unnecessary suffering, and a most powerful tool for returning you to the driver’s seat of your life, so to speak. Helpful thoughts over November might be: 1) COMPARISONS ARE TO HELP NAVIGATE, NOT UNDERMINE Comparing others to yourself, or yourself to others, and presuming a standard against which you or others must comply, is helpful for your choice-making, improvements, and navigation, but is not as helpful when used to impose suffering or complaining. 2) EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY Confusion, disappointment, disorientation, distraction, uncertainty, insecurity, ill health, loss, etc. can never stand in the way of your eventually “being okay.” You WILL eventually be okay, but the more you are on board with that truth, the more tangible, present, and participatory you are in creating or allowing yourself to be okay again. 3) GIVING AND RECEIVING COMFORT IS A NATURAL RIGHT It is never necessary to feel shame or resistance when desiring, asking for, giving, or accepting comfort. The Physical Body requires food, water, and air for its nutrition; the Emotional Body requires affection, nurturing, and intimacy for its nutrition; the Intellectual Body requires paradox, experience, and comprehension for its nutrition; and the Spiritual Body requires philosophy, intuition, and beauty for its nutrition. Of course, these words can be replaced, and the lists extended for each Body, but COMFORT can be given and received within any of these contexts, and in so doing, affects all of the Bodies. 4) GRATITUDE IS A STEP, NOT JUST A STATE Gratitude is an active process of regaining your wits, your footing, and your presence by embracing what you normally take for granted, judge, or dismiss, which frees up a tremendous amount of energy that could be used for creating more to your liking. DATES OF INTEREST The final week of November may find most of our students lurching into high activity, internally and externally, and the strange limbo of the first few weeks will have been lifted as focus returns, comfort is more readily available, and over-thinking/over-analyzing dissipates. There is no Nexus this month, but there is a convergence of energies among fragments as “the holidays” unfold, and prompts many of you toward Agreements, Karma, and social exchanges that can help to “get you out of yourself.”
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