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longing for belonging?

butterfly on stalkHave you been ‘longing for belonging’, to feel ‘at home’, ‘accepted’? Your search is over; it’s already happened. You’ve (been) Chosen to Belong.

So why don’t you feel any different? As with any change, it can take a while for your awareness to catch up, accept and perceive the reality of it.

In the meanwhile (not that there is a meanwhile, past and future being illusory, but anyway…), beware of making ‘Real’ any typical behaviours /perceptions you’ve used as distractions. If they show up, tell them you love them, but kiss them goodbye. They’re obsessions you’ve entertained to distract you from moving forward in life; somewhere to direct your loving intentions, but that don’t go anywhere.

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Death Changes Your Mind

death5Our physical self is great matter for our spirit. It connects you to your experience in ways that your presupposed thoughts alone can’t. For the majority of us (not having a conscious appreciation of having experienced it before), death causes us to surrender to sensation, apart even from how our thoughts rationalize or interpret those sensations.

‘The’ truly personal journey, the expiration of our physical bodies, death inspires us to an appreciation of aspects of life we’re otherwise inclined to deny. Whether your own appears imminent, or is a long way off, ultimately, there’s no ‘thinking’ our way through it. It’s the one education that our minds can’t ‘solve’ for us, and as such, it grounds us in visceral experience.

It sets the appeal that you trust your intuition and throw the net of your awareness out into the world around you, pulling in truths that may defy your intellect, your rational mind, and what your conditioning might wish to (superficially) espouse.

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Litterbug medicine: eat, sh!t, and die

"don't litter", by Shenghung Lin on Flickr
“don’t litter”, by Shenghung Lin on Flickr

I took a shamanic earthwalk the other day (~ a walkabout vision quest in nature), and afterwards, as part of ‘being the change I want to see in the world’, I was guided to ask, “Why do people litter?”

(Although I realize the better question might be, “Why does it bother me so much?”)

Symbolically, tossing litter is motivated by an unconscious impulse to clear one’s mind. Funny enough, nature can help us with that, but many of us don’t know how to take advantage of what She offers.

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Draw Me: what do your spirit guides and angels want you to see?

learn_psychic_drawingRemember talent tests like the ‘Draw Me’ ads in comic books? Many people consider that they were a scam. After all, anyone and everyone that made the effort to draw whatever character was displayed passed, whether it was of a pirate, a house, a donkey, or Bob Hope. Essentially, it was a clever ploy, devised as a means of selling an art course, and it served the advertisers more than it did most of the hopeful artists who drew and sent in a likeness.

Depending on where entrants lived, a salesman might even have been dispatched to show up at the door, unannounced, with the intention of selling a company’s instructional art program. Even back in the Depression, one firm’s version cost $170, rose to $300 by 1950, and is around $3,500 now, as a distance education course.

That said, it’s how Charles M. Schulz – creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comics strip – started. Seriously. He answered a “Do you like to draw?” ad, passed Art Instruction Inc.’s ‘talent test’, and started developing his abilities (he even became an instructor there later). Regrettably, not everyone answering an ad came out feeling as successful by their efforts as was Charles.

Why was he that successful, when others weren’t?

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