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  1. MMW - August 19, 2017 - Making Peace With This Life Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We can begin. We have been asked to speak on the concept of "making peace with your life." First, we might offer a translation of this to be said as "how to like your life." Many of our students have great capacity for loving life, and loving their own life, but fall short in their capacity to actually LIKE their lives. They can be in awe of life and experience the wonder and joy of it, and then go back to work and find it quite unlikable. When one does not like something about life, one can do one of three things: A - ignore it. B - learn to like it. C - learn to love it. To ignore what you do not like is to carry the weight of it. It can even amplify the weight of it because you will forget that you are carrying it, yet it will remain and it will tend to make other challenges in your life seem even more problematic because you will tend to think that the pressures come from those sources instead of from what you are ignoring. Ignoring can be a short-term solution, but does not work for the long-term. To learn to like something means to be willing to understand it. It means enduring the challenges of blows and distractions of what you do not like, but remaining present and making an effort to understand. This is something similar to an "acquired taste." In simplistic terms, an acquired taste can come after the initial rejection and distrust and dislike once one has actually opened to the experience. To understand something that you do not like means to look beyond that which you do not like. For example, you may not like going to work every day, but you do like the stability, security, freedom, and material well-being that it may give you. You may not like visiting your elderly parents or grandparents, but you know how much joy it brings them. You do not like cooking and/or considering inconvenient dietary changes, but you know how much it can improve your health. This effort to like that which you do not like is not appropriate for all things. When you do not like something because of inconvenience, lack of understanding, or challenge to your expectations, then it is worth considering the effort to learn to like it. When you do not like someone or something that is legitimately harming you or harming others or seeking to do such harm, it is unnecessary to learn to like this. This is true in terms of the self, as well, e.g. you do not have to learn to like your addiction. That is how you differentiate between what may simply require more conscious effort and what does not. Because in either case you are bringing understanding. For those things in life that you do not like and have determined unnecessary to like, then you can move on to learning to love it. This may sound counterintuitive, but it is not. Loving someone or something that harms you does not mean you like the harm, but that you acknowledge the greater existence from which that source of harm arises. For example, you may not like your addiction, and you do not have to like that addiction, but you can bring love to the dynamic because it will help you tremendously to love yourself. Love can hold the contradiction without confusion. You may love your abuser and not like the abuse. You may love the world and not like its wars. When you can bring love to the greater existence of a thing or person, it helps you to honor the validity of your dislike while honoring the greater truth of your understanding. Love helps you to bypass the necessity for rationality as your basis for understanding and turns to perception as your basis. Perception does not rely on rationality or logic, but is something deep within you that is ancient and already knows the truth. It does not need to be explained or delineated. It just is. You just Love. This is why you can love your life and still not like it. This is why you can love people and still find you dislike them. This is why you can love yourself, and still struggle every day to like yourself. The ancient part of you already knows how to love and knows the truth of your existence and knows that it is okay not to like that which is harmful. Learning to love what you do not like can also come when you have little or no control over what you do not like. This is why we see so many students call out for love when faced with catastrophic and disturbing world events. Even if they do not understand why they are calling out, it is because that is the only thing they may have control over in that moment: to Love. For many it is not a complacent distraction, but a very real acceptance of the truth that one cannot immediately control world events, and that a reminder to Love is that expression of understanding that which they do not and cannot like. Bringing Peace to your life, or liking your life, tends to be a practice that is up against that which you cannot change and that is why there are only those three options: Ignore it, Learn to Like It, or Learn to Love It. Beyond that is the option to CHANGE IT. But if you can change it, you need not be concerned with making peace or liking your life because when you CAN change what you do not like AND you make the effort to change what you do not like, you are already acting from a state of wholeness that is a statement of peace, like, and love for yourself and life. ***WORKSHOP*** First we will pose to each of you the question: do you recognize this dance within yourself and your own life in terms of how you have been navigating likes, dislikes, and loving? Bobby: Yes. It seems "weird" to love something but not like it but I understand that better now. ClaireC: Yes, past and present. PeterK: Yes, I recognize this dance within myself. What especially resonates is differentiating what I can change from what I cannot as well as dealing with my addictions. DianeHB: Yes Maureen: I recognize this and I'm OK with it. It's just the way life works. Maybe being a Realist helps to see it that way. MichaelE: Yes. I started by first loving, then moved to liking, and recently started understanding change. When you are doing the work of sustaining peace in your life, it can often be undermined by your lack of understanding. So our next question is: Do you sense a relief, and kind of permission to peace, when you look at your life and see that you have been doing the work of loving and liking all along? DianeHB: I think so ClaireC: It seems to be a series of waves that come, I try to understand and then accept what is, being mindful of not resigning but accepting. PeterK: I don't feel like I've been doing a very good job of loving and liking. There are times, however, when I've reached a sense of peace about where my life is right now and to be open to enjoying what I actually have instead of what I think I wanted. Bobby: Same, I think I have Maureen: Yes, I do. Maureen: (sounds like wedding vows) MichaelE: Yes, though the process is not always easy. It is true. It is not easy. NEXT QUESTION: After understanding how to differentiate between what is valid to try to like vs what is unnecessary to like, is there anything in your life that you think you should like, but cannot? DianeHB: Cleaning and doing chores. LOL MichaelE: I can agree with that one. Maureen: Trump ClaireC: Exercise PeterK: What I have been discovering over the last six years is that almost everything in my life that I don't like has some room for me to change and improve. The problem is with me: I have to put in the effort if I want to make changes. Bobby: I would have to say issues around Acceptance or the lack thereof. We will begin our responses to each of these: Cleaning, doing chores, and exercise are practices in loving mundanity. You cannot change the sheer force of mundanity. Mundanity is rooted in routines. If it were not, then mundanity would be very difficult to sustain shared realities of any nature. There has to be a wide base of familiar patterns and ones that can be most easily processed by the common brain. You may never like Mundanity, but you can learn to love it. However, there are countless parts of Mundanity that you can learn to like. You probably do not even realize that you like that the ground does not disappear beneath your feet when you walk outside, or that a chair does not disappear as you sit down, or that you can go back home to the same address as it was when you left. Whether you realize it, or not, you like this and you learned to like it. The same is true of the routines that benefit you in other ways in your life, but that are not upheld by forces beyond you. We are designed in ways that allow us to co-participate in the beautiful forces of Mundanity. We may not have to actively consider how to keep our home address from changing while we are out, or maneuver our bodies in ways that are just right so that a chair does not disappear, but while we are incarnating within this Mundanity, we get to be the force that keeps our bodies as healthy as they can be and we get to be the force that dances with entropy so that it reflects our psychic hygiene. We speak in terms that include ourselves because we remember. So when you learn to like the routines that benefit you, it is an act of alignment with a force that is far more creative than it may appear to be. However, when you learn to like a routine, it does not have to be on terms that are already set by others. DianeHB: That helps to think of it that way. They learned to like routines in ways that they could like them. You may have other ways. For example, rather than the dread of house cleaning after building up, it can be made into a game that is part of every other day, even a playfully competitive game if done with others involved. It can be a task that you set up with rewards that honor your efforts. Or it can simply be made more fun by adding music or dance and a recognition that it is a practice in self-care. Exercise does not have to be routine in terms of place and time and practice, but a decision to simply get out and do more and to do it more often, such as a walk three times a week, or a private dance party twice a week. Or change your mindset from dread to one of meditation and/or treat it as a gift of kindness that you may not understand, but that your body deeply loves. Our point being that even amid the Mundanity and routine, there is creation. There is creativity. They are not mutually exclusive states. As for the fragment known as "Trump," there is nothing to like if you are not within close proximity and significance to this fragment, and even then there are challenges. But this does not matter to Love. It is okay to love this fragment without ever liking him or liking what he does. Keep in mind that to Love this fragment may never include loving or liking the man. There are those who have opted into the positions to Love this man without condition. Everyone has these fragments in life or we could not exist or incarnate for long. So you can give yourself permission to Love this fragment because the truth of his existence as Essence is already known and understood and it will not do you any favors to deny that truth. But you can also give yourself permission to never like this man. In the same way that a screwdriver to the eye is fairly universally unlikable, so are some individuals. Maureen: LOL! As for recognizing the reflection of oneself in what one does not like, this is invaluable. It is Good Work. It is a deeper process of differentiation that helps one to see what is unlikable, what is likable, and what one can actually change. As for the process of acceptance, whether accepting or being accepted, this brings with it an obstacle course like no other. There will be many valid things to dislike and many valid things to learn to like, but you can help the process by learning to like that you are doing it at all. Because when you learn to like AND learn to love at the same time, you are in Agape. You do not have to like everything, and you do not have to love everything, but you can love and like that you are taking on this challenge in life at all. This simple differentiation can help you to keep your wits, your strength, your heart, and your sanity because you know the truth on all levels that this is evolution. This is truer than any other challenge in life: the messy practice in accepting others and the self. Love that you are trying. Like that you are trying. That is where the peace is. Each of you can change every day toward peace when you understand how much you are already doing, and gently remember that it is worth it. It matters. You knew that from your first breath. We will conclude here for today. And for the record, we like you. We love you. And it is easy.
  2. KurtisM

    Warriors and Warfare

    [Extracted from: Warriors and Warfare] GeraldineB: ... I'm grappling with the concept of Warriors and warfare. In cultures that do not have organized warfare, i.e., standing armies, what role does the "role of Warrior" play? I would like a brief overview of the expansion of warfare in human history. Expansion from inter-tribal conflicts or refugee movements due to crop failures or climate changes, etc., to outright "empire-building," such as was exhibited by Alexander "the Great." MEntity: First, our choice of the term "Warrior" was chosen from how we learned the term, rather than how the term has come to be fractured. Much like "Slave," the "Warrior" is often mistaken for its cultural and historic stereotype, which is a fraction of the range that is the Role. This is true of all of the Roles, of course, to some extent. Warrior, in our system, refers to those who, at their core, can rally for a cause, bring energy to a direction, encourage loyalty and compassion, invoke courage as a platform for change, etc. All of this can be used in war, but that is not the goal of the Warrior. It just happens that war requires this same kind of energy and loyalty to a cause. So in a culture where there is no war or standing armies, there are always causes, loyalties, need for protection, encouragement of courage, strength, anchoring, grounding, etc, that are needed and provided. GeraldineB: thank you for the clarification MEntity: Warriors, ironically, are often of the most passive and peaceful of Roles, but will burst forth without question or concern if there is necessity for protection, loyalty to an accepted cause, or defense of an underdog. In earlier Soul Ages, the Warrior is much easier to provoke in this regard, and therefore has come to be synonymous with fighting and warring, but it is the Priests who often exploited this in the Warriors. Most wars are are generated by the invocations of Priests. GeraldineB: ISIS . . .shit, I hadn't thought of that MEntity: In earlier Soul Ages, the Priest Roles are regarded as rather superior in access to vision and long-term causes, so the younger Soul Ages will leave the instruction up to the Priests to give. This is one of the reasons there is an inherent distrust between many Warriors and Priests as the Mature Soul Age comes around for them, and these Roles will often keep each other at a distance. Though that distance is kept in place as often as possible, the Karma generated between these Roles compels them to find one another and burn the Ribbons.
  3. KurtisM

    Core Values of Server

    [This material was originally posted by NickG as a private session transcript on May 18, 2016. Permission was granted for placement in the Study Library.] Nicholas33: Hello to you too Michael. When we had the session on manifesting essence you stated something along the lines of the role having core values as a foundation to build upon. You gave me some examples for the Sage but I was wondering if I can have the core values of the other roles as well. MEntity: Yes ... SERVERS - Caring, Inspiration, Peace, Intuition, Permission, Vulnerability, and being living examples of Interdependence. Keep in mind that these Core Values will be upheld in some way, even if they are upheld in desperate and unhealthy ways. These can be upheld in ways that serve only the self, serve only others, or serve a balance between the two. ### end of transcript ### Note: You may comment on the original post. See Core Values of the Roles.
  4. http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/27/495522306/guess-what-as-of-today-the-western-hemisphere-has-no-wars Colombians in the capital, Bogota, hold up the letters for "peace" in Spanish on Monday. The Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a peace agreement, marking an end to the last war in the Western Hemisphere. Colombia's civil war lasted more than 50 years and Latin America has had civil wars for the past six decades. Jennifer Alarcon/AP Fidel Castro and his rag-tag band of fighters assembled on the shores of Mexico, stealthily navigated their overcrowded boat to southeastern Cuba, and unleashed a 1956 insurgency that rocked all of Latin America. That temblor lasted 60 years and ended, more or less, on Monday. Castro seized power in 1959, and his brother Raul still rules Cuba today. The revolution washed over the entire region, inspiring leftist insurgencies throughout Latin America for decades until the final one effectively came to a close as the Colombian government and the FARC rebels signed a peace deal in the Colombian coastal city of Cartagena. "Long live Colombia, long live peace," the crowd chanted as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and rebel leader Rodrigo Londono, both dressed in all white, shook hands on Monday evening. The deal brings peace to a country that has endured more than a half-century of civil war. Yet widely overlooked is the far more sweeping notion that it brings down the curtain on six decades of nonstop conflicts in Latin America. To take an even broader view, there's no longer a single war in the Western Hemisphere, a collection of more than 30 countries stretching from the Canadian Arctic to Tierra del Fuego at the bottom of South America. Of course, the absence of war isn't necessarily full-fledged peace. Mexico still suffers chronic drug violence, as do several other countries. The Central American nations of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are riven with gangs responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world. Venezuela is wracked by political turbulence. And even as Colombia's main guerrilla group agreed to lay down arms, a separate, much smaller rebel faction carries out the occasional attack. Still, Latin America, long plagued by autocrats, coups and endless civil wars, now has a moment worth savoring. Elections and peaceful transfers of power have steadily become the norm. "The region has made tremendous progress from 20, 40 years ago," said Richard Feinberg, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, who closely follows Latin America. "On almost every front — politics, economics, social programs — we've seen vast improvements." Fidel Castro, shown here in 1957, led his rebel movement from the mountains of eastern Cuba. His 1959 revolution ignited leftist insurgencies throughout Latin America that lasted for six decades. AP Here's a condensed look at 60 years of war and peace: Castro Fires The First Shot: The Cuban revolution wasn't the first uprising in an unstable region, but it did mark the dawn of a new era that had major ramifications all across Latin America. Castro inspired countless imitators who adopted his leftist politics and sought to oust authoritarian rulers, many of them generals who seized power through coups. These rulers tended to represent the military and the tiny elites who dominated politics and business. Cold War politics drove the U.S. to support pro-American rulers, even outright dictators, while the Soviets looked for additional opportunities to expand their influence. In this bipolar world, there was little, if any middle ground. Genuine democracy and competitive elections simply weren't part of the equation. "The U.S., the Cubans, and sometimes the Soviets would be feeding these conflicts with ideology, money and weapons," said Feinberg, author of the recently publishedOpen For Business: Building The New Cuban Economy. "All these international actors were polarizing, and you didn't see any change in their behavior until years later, when the Cold War was over." Sandinista rebels ride an armored vehicle through Managua, the Nicaraguan capital, on July 19, 1979, after ousting dictator Anastasio Somoza. Latin America has endured civil wars for the past six decades, but only two groups, the Sandinistas and Fidel Castro's rebels, ousted leaders by force. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive A Region Aflame: At the peak in the 1970s and '80s, nearly every country in Latin America had a guerrilla movement, and some had more than one. (Special mention goes to Costa Rica, the only Latin American country that doesn't have an army and is generally regarded as the only one that hasn't had an insurgency in the past 60 years.) During the 1980s, in particular, the U.S. was deeply involved in Latin American conflicts. The U.S. removed the leaders of Panama and Grenada during brief invasions. Washington backed the right-wing government in El Salvador in a vicious fight with left-wing guerrillas. The U.S. funneled arms to pro-American rebels in Nicaragua battling the left-wing Sandinista rulers. Most Latin American civil wars were waged at a relatively low level, with bands of rebel fighters using small arms to wage hit-and-run attacks from rural hideouts. Yet the collective impact on these impoverished nations was often devastating. Latin American governments poured limited resources into the security forces. The fighting ravaged rural areas in countries heavily dependent on agriculture. Right-wing and left-wing ideologies dominated, drowning out moderate voices. These civil wars had the nasty habit of dragging on indecisively for years, often decades. Colombia's civil war offers an extreme example. It erupted in 1964, has involved multiple rebel groups, and claimed more than 200,000 lives. The weakened country was also vulnerable to the emergence of drug cartels, which in the 1980s and '90s arguably posed a greater threat than the civil war. Yet in all these years of Latin American warfare, only two rebel groups ousted rulers by force: Castro's fighters toppled Fulgencio Batista in Cuba and the Sandinistas brought down Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua in 1979. "Revolutions are extremely hard to pull off," said Feinberg. "Most attempted revolutions fail miserably at tremendous cost to everyone involved. Conditions are rarely there for violent overthrows. For starters, you need to be facing a very decrepit regime." Brazil's former president, Dilma Rousseff, attends a political rally in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 21. Rousseff, who was jailed for three years in the 1970s as a member of a guerrilla group, was twice elected president in Brazil. She was impeached last month. Mauro Pimentel/AP The Cold War's End Eases Tensions: The end of the Cold War rapidly reduced regional tensions, led to peace treaties and elections, and helped create the space for Latin American countries to work out protracted feuds. Nicaragua held an election in 1990, which the Sandinistas lost. El Salvador made peace in 1992. Guatemala followed in 1996. One-by-one, the generals faded away and in many countries, former rebels did better at the ballot box than they had on the battlefield. In Uruguay, El Salvador and elsewhere, former rebels won elections. Brazil's Dilma Rousseff, who was jailed for three years and tortured as a member of a guerrilla group in the 1970s, was elected president twice, once in 2010 and again in 2014. She was, however, impeached last month on corruption charges, a move her supporters called a "coup." Politics in Latin America is still a rough business. But these days, it's no longer waged with guns. Greg Myre is the international editor of NPR.org. Follow him @gregmyre1.
  5. ENERGY REPORT April 2015 2015 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Scholar (emphasized all year) CENTER: H. Moving (default to Moving) (emphasized all year) GOAL: Submission (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Caution (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Stoic (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Stubbornness/Greed (emphasized Oct - Dec) APRIL brings a shift of emphasis from the Goal of Submission to the Mode of Caution. All Overleaves are in effect all year, of course, but the emphasis does shift. From April through June the emphasis shifts away from the initiation and setting of context and motivation for the year and shifts toward the evaluation of relationships and the nature and state of your relating. In a “season” of Caution, relationships will tend to be evaluated in terms of DELIBERATION and PHOBIA. Deliberation is the careful, conscious consideration of how one relates to something or someone. Phobia is an irrational fear and aversion to something or someone. As you can see, Caution already exemplified itself in the first week of April in the world in several ways, most notably characterized by the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act in the United States and the negotiations with Iran over nuclear facilities. Caution is key this year in terms of moving forward toward greater peace, or toward another great war. This is a pivotal year in that regard, in all levels of relating, from interpersonal to communal to national to global. April through June is a serious look at how consciously you navigate your relationships, how deliberately relationships are secured, nurtured, maintained, and understood or how phobically relationships are rejected, destroyed, undermined, and distorted. As is often the case, the emphasis came first on the Negative Pole of Phobia, but quickly shifted to Deliberation in the above examples. Phobia will not go away, nor will it be necessary for it to go away, but Phobia without Deliberation is incredibly destructive. Deliberation will always take Phobia into consideration and navigate with fears and concerns in mind, but consciously and carefully, instead of through outright rejection, reaction, fear, and distortions. We mentioned in our previous report through Troy that this “entrance” into the Mode would likely come with a rise of emphasis on Phobia, and it would appear that the collective conscious is “right on schedule.” It is important to note, though, that Phobias are often not known or understood to be in effect until they are, and often only when very loud and clear. There are many instances in life that one may be phobic, but you do not have to contend with the triggers for that phobia, so you have no idea just how irrational and fearful you may be in reaction to a trigger. In a year of Caution, you may find that your phobias may suddenly come to light regarding intimacy, responsibility, sharing, caring, enthusiasm, contribution, value, or any other seemingly understood quality of life to which you relate. These often show up as surprising because you either thought you were beyond those fears now, or you did not know they existed, either in the form they now exist, or at all. Your first reaction may be Phobia. You may react with irrationality and aversion that seeks only to push away the trigger. This would likely be clearly seen in your world from the most personal to global in terms of surprising phobias being brought to light with which to contend. If the Mode remains in Phobia, efforts aim only to destroy or distance oneself from the trigger. This can show up in ways from blame to full-scale war. If the Mode shifts into Deliberation, then this is similar to taking a deep breath, gathering one’s wits, and discerning between the truth of the matter and the unwarranted fears of the matter. Imagine walking through the woods and seeing a giant bear standing tall in the path ahead. Your initial reaction is going to be panic and possible overreaction. Phobia triggers the fight or flight extremes. However, Deliberation is the moment you take to adjust your eyes to see that the “bear” is a giant log leaning against a fallen tree across your path. Deliberation takes a moment, just a moment, and assesses if what is triggering your panic is real or imagined. In most cases, one will find that the threats are imagined. Imagining threats is helpful for understanding and navigating threats, but Phobia does not differentiate between imagination and actuality. Deliberation does not ignore threats, but only deals with them as real when they are real. The recent events on a national and global scale we mentioned above exemplify precisely how Caution works from the Negative to the Positive. This is how it may work for you in your personal life, as well. You may have your “freak out” and your panic, with extremes that call for fight or flight, but if you pause for a moment, take a deep breath, and sort through the differences between imagined threat vs real threat, you will likely realize you were never in danger. As April continues into May, Caution will likely be pointing you to any areas in your life, and in the world, that are ready for Deliberation, and no longer willing to endure states of Phobia. DATES OF INTEREST: Apr 04 - 06 -- ENERGY SHIFT - WAKING UP - There appears to be a wave of vitality and energy amplification among our student over these days that may feel as if you are shaking off a sleep, waking up, and feeling like you must get back to focus on things that matter. No matter how busy or how much downtime you may have had in the past 2 weeks to 4 weeks, there was likely a sense of fog about the days. That fog appears to have been the overlapping of Submission and Caution causing some to shrink and recoil at the implications. This Energy Shift seems to clear the air, the heart, and the mind in a way that says, “okay, I’m back.” Apr 18 - 20 -- NEXUS - CONVERGENCE - a reunion of parallels that had branched around 2002 regarding overreactions and phobias that took the world in a far more precarious direction toward full-scale war. Those parallels managed to bring the focus back toward peace, and whether you would like to think so, or not, toward “this” parallel where peace is far more secure than many parallels. The emphasis in “this” parallel continues to move toward greater and greater peace, even as there are clear growing pains. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER APRIL: A TRIGGER INVITES YOU TO BE BIGGER - When you find yourself triggered into Phobic reaction, or irrational thoughts, or feelings of aversion, you are likely being invited to grow, to be bigger and more inclusive than you thought you could be, or thought you were. In some cases, you may not have even thought about it before. But now you are invited to do so. Allow room for the reaction, but be Deliberate in your action. PEACE IS NOT PERFECT OR ALWAYS PRETTY - Peace will never be about agreeing, complying, ensuring like-mindedness, or removal of challenge. Peace is the embrace of evolution. Peace is inviting challenges. Peace is allowing for differences. This is true in global and internal terms. Peace is not fought for or imposed. It is negotiated and realized. It is remembered. It is Deliberate. Remember this as you worry about your life and the world. Peace can be sustained even though the most turbulent of times because that turbulence is embraced as part of the growing pains of evolution. Peace is not fantastical. It is practical.
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