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Happily Ever Now

Happily Ever Now

For as she thinketh in her heart, so is she.

Proverbs 23:7, Bible, King James Version

Since my youth, I have sought spiritual knowledge—and to understand the BIG questions. Today, I study spiritual works daily. This week, I’ve returned to the book The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles, by Marianne Williamson.
In the The Law of Divine Compensation, Marianne interprets the Cinderella fairytale from a spiritual perspective: Cinderella manifested beauty and love in her life because she thought loving thoughts—her heart and mind were pure (“as a woman thinketh in her heart, so is she”).

  • Happily Ever Now: Cinderella’s pure and loving thoughts in the present led to her…
  • Happily Ever After: The abundance that she manifested on the physical plane to experience in the future.

I like to envision the story based on levels of consciousness (see David Hawkins’ Map of Consciousness). Reality is multi-dimensional. We experience reality based on our frequency of vibration:

  • On the lower plane of vibration of fear and scarcity, Cinderella wore ugly rags. The wicked stepmother and stepsisters remained on the lower vibration—the realm of the ego.
  • On the higher plane of vibration of love and abundance, Cinderella wore a beautiful gown. Cinderella naturally resonated on the higher vibration of love—purity of heart—the Spirit. The Fairy Godmother helped Cinderella to receive the abundance that she deserved.
  • Cinderella = Soul: practicing free will—we choose what we think and feel.
  • Wicked Stepmother = Ego: the critic that obstructs our good.
  • Fairy Godmother = Holy Spirit: working miracles to fulfill our heart’s desire whenever we raise our vibrations enough to connect with it.
Here’s the wonderful excerpt from Chapter 15: Creating Wealth Through Purity of Heart:

Whatever Cinderella needed, the universe took care of it. Cinderella’s purity of heart called forth the Fairy Godmother—that is, the spirit within—and the Fairy Godmother called forth everything she needed.

  • The Fairy Godmother’s wand? True, loving thought.
  • The light her wand casts onto things? True understanding.
  • The magic she works? The miracles that result.

The Fairy Godmother didn’t have to order a dress or call out for a car because the universe miraculously transformed existing material. That’s how the universe operates: whatever already is, is the platform for what could be. Cinderella, despite her circumstances as a servant, had the mind-set of the miraculous. And so miracles came to her.

Our souls are Cinderella, the ego is the wicked stepmother, and the Holy Spirit is our Fairy Godmother. Each of us has a “wicked stepmother”, i.e., ego mind, seeing to obstruct our good. And each of us has a “Fairy Godmother,” i.e. Holy Spirit, working miracles to fulfill our heart’s desire whenever our attitudes are pure.

Wealth does not come from ‘somewhere else’. It doesn’t come from outside us, but rather manifests according to our thoughts….

When we realize the universe itself is the source of our good, we simply allow it to fill our needs in whatever way it chooses….

Purity of heart, then, is the miracle-worker’s greatest engine of wealth creation.

Marianne Williamson

The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles

The Map of Consciousness

Dr. David Hawkins
1927 – 2012
Explained in his book: Power vs Force

Gravitational Waves of Inspiration

Gravitational Waves of Inspiration

Did you know, today is an auspicious day? It marks the 1st year anniversary of the historic gravitational wave detection! Never heard of it?

Here’s a Replay:

On September 14th, 2015, nearly 100 years after Einstein predicted their existence in his theory of general relativity, the first gravitational waves were observed from Earth. Gravitational waves are “ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the Universe”. The source of the waves was a collision between two black holes that took place 1.3 billion light years ago.

Why does it matter?

It matters to me personally for 2 reasons:

  1. In addition to Life By Fire, I’m writing another book called Genevieve’s Worlds. Genevieve eventually grows up and earns a Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering a source of non-resistance energy (energy that does not require earth’s resources). From what I’ve read, such a source of energy may well exist in the 4th dimension—the dimension of time rather than space. The gravitational waves discovered and discussed in the article below are ripples in the fabric of space-time…is there a connection? I have no idea, but Genevieve would.
  2. Einstein theorized the existence of these gravitational waves in 1916. But, this group of scientists worked for almost a DECADE to try to detect these waves with no results! How many people would give up after almost 10 years of work without success. But, they didn’t give up. And, as a result, they have finally succeeded in detecting something that could change the course of humanity’s future. Now that is PERSEVERANCE!!!

From LIGO: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory:

“There is little doubt that September 14, 2015 will go down in scientific history. It was the day that one of the most intriguing predictions of Einstein’s General Relativity morphed from theory into reality. It was the day on which an entirely new field of scientific inquiry, gravitational wave astronomy, was born. And it was the day that human beings acquired a new sense, a completely new way of observing and learning about the universe unlike anything that has existed before.”

Many “firsts” occurred on that day:

  • The first detection of gravitational waves.
  • The first direct observation of black holes.
  • The first confirmation that binary black holes exist in the universe.

https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/news/ligo20160914

Reflections on the Tragically Hip Concert, Aug 20, 2016

Last night, from our “big screen” in the comfort of our livingroom, we watched Gord Downie perform majestically with his Tragically Hip comrades in their hometown of Kingston, to an emotional crowd that included our Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The “Grand Finale” of their 2016 Summer Tour.

Like so many Canadians, I received the news back in May of Gord’s illness with sadness. But, as time passed and momentum built toward their final concert in Kingston, my emotions changed. Frustration has replaced my sadness. Let me tell you why….

Like so many Canadians, I nostalgically reflected on the Hip’s influence on my life. My dear friend, Andrea, attended university in Kingston. In our university days, The Hip provided the backdrop for many a party (not in person, unfortunately but they were there in spirit, articulating our lives as young Canadians—fully and completely). I want to hear Andrea relate her “stocking Gord” story for me again—about hanging out on the lawn of his family home in Kingston and her conversation with his wife “who was so nice when she didn’t have to be”. I read poetic posts on Facebook from friends reflecting their countless concert attendances. I only ever saw the Hip perform live once. Not because I appreciated them less—I just haven’t attended 20 concerts in my lifetime.

Here’s where my frustration comes in….

May 27, 2016, CBC News headline: “Gord Downie, Tragically Hip singer, has terminal cancer”, from within the article “Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer, his neuro-oncologist confirmed Tuesday.” The news states that his cancer is “terminal”. His oncologist confirms that it is “incurable”. And the whole world accepts it as fact and begins mourning. Why?

Why do we choose such words?

Words have power.

Terminal?! First, life, not cancer, is terminal. We’re all leaving this body at some point—and IMHO nobody should have the right to decree for anyone else when, why or how.

Incurable?! After we’ve been bombarded ad nausea with media messages about “the war on cancer” and “together we’ll find a cure”, we still choose to use a word as profoundly definitive as “incurable”. Why not “historically difficult-to-cure cancer” or “not-yet-documented-as-cured cancer”? Too long?

Many alternative cures for cancer already exist—cures that work outside of the slash-and-burn methods touted as the only choices by pharmaceutical-based Western medicine. Never mind the miraculous spontaneous healings that have taken place typically unreported since the beginning of history. Yet the Powers-That-Be have decreed this cancer, in this person’s head, as “terminal” and “incurable”.

Why do we accept these pronouncements on our collective and individual fates so passively, so unquestioningly?

Why do we accept these prognoses without any healthy skepticism? Without any rebellion at all? Instead we sit, powerless, accepting his and our fates. And yet, the group described on their website: “What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.” So, we as fans connect in a special way with the group through a flow of positive energy. If that’s true, rather than focusing on a tragic good-bye, couldn’t we focus on the power of this energy to heal? Couldn’t prayer and positive will come into it? Seems to me that Gord could use that now more than ever—now that the excitement of the tour has ended and everyone has gone home.

In movies, we love superheroes and the promise of new beginnings. In real life, why do we prefer heroic tragedy?

The iconic Canadian image of young Terry Fox limping down the highway in the rain has been too deeply engrained in our psyches. We’ve come to believe that dying the young martyr trumps living to a ripe old age. Have fans everywhere really assumed the curtain has already closed? Bucket List Item #30 See Gord Downie’s last concert: Checkmark. What’s the expectation now? That Gord should quietly fade away?

Well, I say NO. I reject that reality. I don’t believe it has to play out that way. Call me naïve, I don’t care. (I would like it to be one of the 41 things we share….) I’m sending Gord positive, healing vibes. And I’m looking forward to Gord’s 2017 concert with The Heroically Hip.

I defy reason. I rebel against negative pronouncements. And I’ll take my perspective over that of the news any day.

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

From The Poems of Dylan Thomas, published by New Directions. Copyright © 1952, 1953 Dylan Thomas. Copyright © 1937, 1945, 1955, 1962, 1966, 1967 the Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas. Copyright © 1938, 1939, 1943, 1946, 1971 New Directions Publishing Corp. Used with permission.
Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

Based on lessons repeated again and again and still only partially learned the hard way.

Always

  1. Remember that people are doing the best they can at the time—we all fail occasionally and lament it longer.
  2. Assume that people know what they’re doing—your trust heightens others’ performance.
  3. Assume that the other person’s logic is valid from their perspective—everyone “has a point” worth considering.
  4. Ask the questions necessary to attempt to understand the other person’s perspective—everyone has a story worth hearing.
  5. Take the time to investigate fully—a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
  6. Withhold criticism before you understand the other person’s reasoning—it’s never “black or white”.
  7. Withhold criticism after you understand the other person’s reasoning—insight and example open doors, criticism slams them shut.
  8. Feel gratitude for the effort the person has made to engage with you—“no man is an island”.
  9. Feel gratitude for the person who has engaged with you—teachers come in many disguises.
  10. Express gratitude for the effort the person has made to engage with you—they deserve to feel worthy of your time and their effort.
  11. Offer insight when asked—there are many doors, but you only have two feet.
  12. Assume that others’ viewpoints have evolved as much as mine have—we are all on a spiritual path.
  13. Be gentle—people will remember what they felt more than what you said.
  14. Lead by example—argument may speak the loudest but action speaks the clearest.

Notes:

  • I’ve been contemplating my own history of human interaction and have come to some conclusions too discomforting to discuss here. Suffice to say, I’m hereby decreeing my new rules of engagement—14 of them, it’s an auspicious number.
  • The phrase “no man is an island” in #8 above refers to a section of a work by John Donne, which I also used to lead off the Death By Water part of my Life By Fire novel. On the novel website, you can read the section at the top of the Death By Water Table of Contents page.