[ ri-spon-suh-bil-i-tee ]
noun, plural re·spon·si·bil·i·ties.the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management.
As a species we have a tremendous misunderstanding of what we are and can be responsible for. Self responsibility is a state of being that is not encouraged or supported by most of our societies. We are told, and we see messages everywhere that fault for our problems (personal and societal) lie with someone else…outside of us. These messages form belief systems that keep running within us, long after the message has stopped playing. The message says that someone else is responsible for the current state of the world and our lives, and someone or something has to change for things to get better. This leaves everyone standing firmly outside of positions of power, and in the position of having to wait for change to appear. This is the epitome of powerlessness...... Change is impossible in this version of the story.......
We imagine that if only……
Not one of those or the many other stories of powerless is the root cause of the stress or sadness (which can present itself as anger) related to but not limited to, things like……
I had feedback from one client that said….”The biggest change I have seen in myself since working with you is how I've been able to deal with some massive events in my life. Things that would have previously broken me completely to my core. Instead, I am able to step back from my personal experience and see the situation from a much broader perspective.”
The root cause is addressed in the shifting of perspective. None of the solutions to those things are outside of ourselves. We are the only thing we can change. The feeling that is shared by so many….the feeling of powerlessness is rooted in the incorrect and misaligned belief that all solutions are found outside of ourselves. None of the solutions are found outside of ourselves. The only true solutions….and the only GOOD solutions are found within each of us. Each contributing our own unique genius, to solve these and other problems in our lives and world. WE can change the world one point of inspiration at a time.
This is one of my favourite comics......it speaks volumes.
Creating YOU as a solid foundation, will not only support you to be stronger through life’s ups and downs, but also have the courage and clarity to be a leader of change. Becoming a leader of change means starting from the only place real change can happen. With you, from the inside out. Whole Human ~ Whole YOU.
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There are cycles in all layers of all of creation. This time of year, every year is a deep learning cycle on Earth. It lasts from approximately early September to midish November. It can be quite intense. It is important time to go within and see what you can evolve, as the process of each person counts and adds to a very important potentiality that will be put into "play" by the end of the year. It matters!!
I am going through FB this morning and there is a continuing thread I am seeing in a very different light.....the animal / equine welfare issue. It is absolutely atrocious what happens within the standard practice of animal care, keeping and use, as well as the laws for protection and the use and guidelines of what we call livestock. In Canada at least, horses fall between the cracks being neither livestock nor pets for the most part. Although, the wild horses in Alberta are considered feral and therefore have the same rights as stray dogs.
Our laws and practices of care are defined by the level of consciousness in the collective. The level of consciousness in the collective is defined by the emotional sustainability of the collective. Emotional sustainability is defined by (most generally speaking at this time) the amount of fear (or freedom) each individual in the collective holds. The amount of fear (freedom) each person holds defines the amount of integrity and quality of ethical behaviour they can express. Active expression of fear, or active protection of the fears within each of us (meaning whether or not we actively believe in our fears and are hiding because of them(unconsciously)) is the key piece to enacting or perpetuating all harm, disconnection, poor behaviour, negative thought. It is what fuels the quality of the world we are living in now. It is what causes all of us distress when we look around.
I have been sitting with this for a few days now and the more time I sit with it the more I realise that yes, fear is the underpinning emotion, but learned helplessness (resulting from the fear) is the reason all of this continues. Few of us are actively causing harm to ourselves, others or animals. Learned helplessness is when a person or animal believes fight or flight (both appropriate responses to fear) is futile, so paralysis sets in. Consider this....how do you become paralysed, ineffective, passive in your life and in creating things that are important to you? How do you stop yourself from making true change or living your passion...or even knowing your true passion for that matter? Is your contribution overt or covert? To give this context I will add that one of the things I love about Trump, is that he is exposing much collective shadow by giving covert negativity, a format to expose itself. Without that it can not be healed.
The reason we live in the world we do is because, for the most part we exist within a linear spectrum. Those who enact harm and those who allow it. They are different sides of the same coin. This might seem upsetting to some. But, have you ever watched a homeless person struggle to keep themselves warm and done nothing? Or eaten meat without having looked a cow in the eye, or held a chicken in your arms so you are fully informed about what being a meat eater truly is?
Why am I pointing out and going through such a detailed description of a very negative situation?.....well, we each need to be aware of the points at which we allow ourselves to get caught up, or stuck in this game. It really is just a game or like a puzzle,…collecting pieces, creating a bigger picture,….and then keep moving to discover more.... It is a game of discovery really. Discovering who we TRULY are rather than believing in any limitation we might think is true. Discovery of a benevolent universe, galaxy and planetary system. Discovery of a benevolent earth...and the love for her children. Discovery that Goodness is a foundational principle here, and playing the game to find it is what allows each of us to uncover it in this reality as well as give others an opportunity to find it and experience it. Beauty is the essence behind all creation...harmonious and loving. Truth is an essential right in all of creation. And LOVE is the fabric of our reality and the substance our being and all other beings are made of. Those are the things that are uncovered and integrated in this journey.
Since there is no "done" and since none of us are witnessing the world we truly want as we look around, how can you move to the next level within yourself and add to the work you have already done? How can you be even MORE of what and who you truly are? It is our interconnectedness that is the dynamic that allows our own personal work, commitment and courage to ripple out and benefit all. Can you commit to being even more courageous and fearless, to contribute and support yourself and others to bring about the benevolent world we all want to live in? A society that loves and cares for all of us. Where we understand the interconnectedness and that we can not cause harm, or act out of ignorance without also harming ourselves. In this world it will be impossible for us to treat animals as we currently do. It becomes impossible for us to act (or not act) in a way that causes/allows harm and suffering to others…..any others. No matter who or what they are. We will be awake and aware.
Something I have really been working with lately is both courage/bravery and fearlessness. It is easy to consider them the same thing, but they are not. Fear is such a deep program within our species, sometimes we begin to believe it is normal and even a necessary part of our lives. But, in the form most of us experience it, it is not.
Fear is normal when you are being chased by a lion, or about to slide off a cliff. It is normal if a horse rears or strikes. But, what happens when we experience fear in an inappropriate way. What happens when we choose to stop ourselves from doing things that are important to us, or even things we are passionate about, out of fear? What sort of fear is appropriate when we are talking about living our passion or doing something fun, but seems scary?
I recently saw a poster that said “Would it kill you to try something new?” Just about all of us can laugh about that and say, “of course not”. But, that is exactly the response that many of us have to trying something new, or being different than usual. Being outside the norm and taking on real and deep change. Sometimes even small change.
When I look at these two states of being my own personal definitions look like this………
Courage or bravery is the strength and focus to move through something that is fearful. It is about an inner state to stand solid within yourself no matter what comes. It is about TRUSTING yourself and the Universe.
Fearlessness is the commitment to the absence of fear. It is the commitment that even if fear is there, you will do the right thing anyway. It is the action of the state of being, that is bravery. It is the KNOWING that no matter what, you will be ok. True fearlessness is also deeply wise and connected in with higher information. It is the opposite of recklessness.
How can you apply these two concepts in your lives and become ever more fearless and act from courage? After all, most of the time it really won't kill us to try something new.
Lots of Love
I am finding these days that what I have been coming back to over and over is the need to shore up my courage so I can find the will to stand up, brush off and continue on. Life on planet earth can be pretty challenging some days and developing courage as an attribute can really help things along the way.
We are faced with so many challenges in our search for expanded consciousness, and the sometimes relentlessness in the cycles of these challenges can really wear a person down. Courage is a very important state of being to foster so that we can keep coming back to stand tall in the face of what feels like an endless barrage of….”opportunities” to become more masterful. And, opportunities they truly are. We incarnate on this planet each for our own purpose. But what we all have in common is the desire to transcend this current reality…..which can be pretty ugly at times...and create a new way of being. This new way of being integrates the courage we fostered along the way dragging ourselves through some pretty dark content. That courage allows us to invite in and fully express Love and Truth. You see, when we are truly courageous we can fully open up to Be and Express who and what we really are. We can let go of all the fear programing that is still held in place in this reality…..we can choose to disengage energetically from all the places that still allow us to feel and experience that program. We can release the mental focus we place on the symptoms and results of these programs. And, we can finally choose a new experience that is completely transcendent of this old reality and way of being.
When we choose this place of FREEDOM what we achieve is LOVE and TRUTH. You see, LOVE and TRUTH are a part of our being we can not separate from. It is part of the fabric of our reality. It is what we are made of. WE are LOVE. WE are TRUTH. We only need to understand and find this experience within ourselves. We only need to get to know ourselves as LOVE and as TRUTH by moving on, past all those things that hinder this process and cause us to believe otherwise. We only need to keep our focus on the goal and that focus will move us through all the other stuff, all the other distractions and get us to our final goal. It is the desire for and subsequent achievement of freedom from our own self imposted limitations that will allow us to BE and Express our Divine Formula.
“We can only create externally, a mirror image of what we are internally.”
There seems to be such a stigma about looking within or even being aware of feelings or emotions. We seem to feel they need to be controlled, managed or even suppressed. Most people feel as though they will have to admit they are bad or have done something wrong if they get even a little bit close to emotional awareness. Or even worse, that there is something wrong with them, so they avoid at all cost, looking honestly, and deeply at their Emotional Sustainability. This is the very foundation of non-unified thought and action and by its very nature, creates a world that is not sustainable.
I like to look at it like this. Looking at our emotional fitness is not about finding something wrong or bad about us, it is all about being better and more Whole Humans. It doesn’t mean we are mentally ill or “messed up”. When we unify within ourselves, we will naturally unify with others. This has a ripple effect. We build our relationship with ourselves, and that allows us to build a different type of relationship with others. This leads to collaboration with unified individuals, and the natural consequence of that is a creation that supports and perpetuates unity and sustainability. That collaboration becomes a prototype of unity and others are able to benefit from, and emulate it. And that is how the world is changed, one person at a time.
Many definitions of sustainable are actually from a negative view. Such as “not depleting”, “conserving balance by not depleting”. Conserving balance? What is that, and how are we supposed to find anything but struggle from a definition that feels so restricted? Do we have to scrape and do without to be sustainable? Is humanity a species of takers that will have to do without to be in balance to live sustainably? Or do we need a new perspective on all of this? There is unlimited energy available in the Universe. Science is doing a nice job of finding evidence of that now. But when we focus on fossil fuels, using them responsibly and consciously, is that even possible? What if there is no possibility of ever using fossil fuels in a sustainable way. What if we just need to think of something else? What if that something else would be an easy choice if we would just focus on it rather than focusing on how difficult it would be to extract ourselves from a world run on fossil fuels.
What if it is the way we think that prevents us from living sustainably rather than the availability of sustainable options. What if it is not a lack of ideas, but shifting to an openness to new ideas that will cause us to spontaneously create a sustainable world. What if it is not about us running out of time, but, that we are not perceiving the “problem” from a place where true solutions exist. What if, innate in each of us, is an inner genius waiting to be released? What if this inner genius is naturally, a sustainable being, with sustainable thought and action? What if anything non-sustainable would seem ridiculous to this inner genius?
Sustainable processes and practices are created through our thoughts, which are effected by our emotions, and both those things are influenced by our unconscious minds. Without becoming clear, free and unified in our mind (thoughts) and heart (emotions), what we create will not be free, clear and sustainable. Our hearts and minds are an essential component to our creations.
I truly feel as though the missing link to the sustainability movement is the clarity (position of Emotional Sustainability) of each human. True sustainability comes from not only the understanding of the concept that we have the potential to be FREE, but from the place where we are truly free. That place where we are truly free to choose and create from our infinite potential with no filters. That place is our inner genius, and that genius is naturally and innately sustainable.
Last time I wrote about some current base lines related to fear programs…some working as they were designed into our physiology and some not.
I am continuously intrigued by videos, photos and stories going around on social media these days about animals and how interesting behaviours and alliances are emerging. Yesterday it was a guy playing a piano for two rescue elephants. One of the elephants was swaying his hind end to the fast music….the other swayed and from time to time pounded the keyboard with his trunk. A few weeks ago it was the elk in a zoo saving a marmot from drowning in his water trough. A few years ago it was Jessica the hippo who slept under a pink comforter at night and had free rein of the house of her human companions.
This takes me back to the idea of…..Life Beyond the Fear Program. What happens when as humans we live devoid of fear? How can we evolve to the next level?…….to become an expression of human that is almost unimaginable since life without fear is not a part of our recent past? What happens when humanity no longer has any need to focus on the concept of survival, but only becoming better….kinder….wiser…..more just? Do you think that when there is that shift of focus the necessities of life still get taken care of….just in a different way and through a different mechanism?
The Zoo where the elk resides said this about why such an animal would pull a marmot out of a trough and then nudge it with his hoof to check on his condition and possibly help it revive…..…“the basic needs are being met so you start seeing a little bit more elaborate behaviour..... they are engaging their brains in a different way that would have been basically for survival. But now it is a little more complicated and advanced.”
I think about that quote……and then I think about what was in part 1 of this blog. Humanity has basically been in survival mode with the fear program loop. What are the possibilities if we choose, en masse to step out of the program? Who can we become as individuals and a collective if we all just decide to redirect all our focus and energy into our own evolution without worrying "what if………." What would humans and all animals be like if “survival” was not their primary focus when they interface with their world? If these stories are any indication of what is possible I can’t wait to see how this all plays out down the road! This evolution has only just begun.
With Peace and Love,
Until next time H
If you have found your way to my website and blog you are likely at least familiar with the idea of our planet going through an evolutionary leap at this place in time. One of the things that is changing is the elimination of the fear program that has provided a baseline for our evolutionary experience for a very long time. That may not be news to some of you. It is a concept that has been rattling around the New Age movement for a long time. The interesting thing though is the implication to animal behaviour programs on Planet Earth. Think about it...how does fear effect our lives? What does it even mean that the fear program is being deleted?
To understand this more clearly we need to take a few steps back and understand the role of fear in our original design. The most obvious and clear layer of the purposefulness of fear is our immediate reaction/response to a clear and present danger. Horses are a great example of this...when they are in danger their prey response kicks in and they run, brains turned off, all resources redirected to produce flight energy and they go until they have run a further distance than their "natural" predator can chase in a flat out run. The horse then reevaluates its safety and if it does discern itself to be safe then it will redirect its attention and a result its nervous and endocrine systems, and move on to another task...usually grazing. Grazing is a task that makes a prey animal naturally vulnerable so when it goes into that position it is petty sure things are okay. That is the basics of how fear is designed into Earth animal (including Human) physiology. Of course the details are different but the concept of.......perceive true danger - react - recover and reset .......is basically the same. This attribute is designed to keep us alive and uninjured.
But this system has become a whole lot more than this. Fear is now a chronic condition. Our planet has entered into a fear response en masse and never emerged out the other end to begin grazing again. Few of us even realise it or know what it is about.
What does all of this mean to us in a more practical sense? Our bodies, our cells, our nervous and endocrine systems are stuck in a fear response. This is the stage with a horse that their bodies redirect energy and thought to emergency functions and they are running for their lives. We have stepped into a loop of flight (or at least flight response) rather than to stop and reevaluate our safety. The result in humans is their emotions become numb and emotional exhaustion soon follows. Our emotions are linked to our endocrine system (think hormones) and that is the beginning of what can be a break down in our physical health. For sure it is a set up for a breakdown in physical and emotional health. But I don't want to focus on the specifics of physiology at this time.
As a species we are no longer functioning from a place where we can easily and clearly discern between perceived and actual danger. It is a different part of the brain that perceives danger and responds to it.....and we are stuck in perpetual response........ we have misplaced the system that allows us to make this shift back and forth. The react, and reset / recovery shift.
Think about this system and how it works. How it may be working within your physical and energetic bodies and what the results may be. Do you have a chronic fear response? Do you even FEEL enough to know if you do have a chronic fear response? Do you fear things that have no reference point in your life? Do you fear things that you have never had a negative experience with and therefore don't have a direct and personal experiential fear response created out of your own guidance system? Do you feel fear (or is your body in a physiological fear response without the experience of the emotion) but are in no current and present danger? Do you think that fear keeps you safe or instilling fear in children will keep them safe? Do you rationalise when you feel fear but someone else has suggested you are safe? All of these are symptoms of a beautifully designed human guidance system in need of a reset.
I am going to leave it there for now. You can use this short meditation anytime you would like to reset to your own, original energy as a baseline. Check back for part 2 where I will speak of how to get out of this perpetual response and potentialities for the future.
Until next time thank you for sharing....Heather
Many of you already know what mind quieting is or at least understand the concept. It is the practice of quieting and stopping all mind chatter in meditation so that we are prepared to connect with, perceive and integrate higher information than our mind usually has access to. Mind quieting allows us to be ready and also have space to BE more of ourselves, by ridding ourselves of the mental debris that usually gets in the way of experiencing our higher expression. Mind quieting is a very important practice for those who intend to access and BE the New Paradigm since the NEW is simply a frequency, a new level of energy than we as humans have had access to in a very long time.
In my own personal study of mind chatter I began to realize that if I paid attention to the content of the chatter it gave me great information about what was going on in my own personal process. If I could not access what was "up" for me in another way I would listen to the chatter for clues about the lower frequency energies and belief systems that needed to be cleared next.
Then I began to understand that because thoughts create our reality, if my mind chatter is rattling away all day every day, and it is all my subconscious "stuff" that is being expressed through that ongoing dialogue, then I was recreating my life every day through the part of me that, really......well lets be honest about the subconscious mind....was not always taking the high road. I am going to say this one again. My life was being recreated daily...moment by moment, by the lowest, least conscious part of my consciousness. Yikes!!
It was at this point that I really stepped up my mind quieting practice. I always thought it was enough to spend time in meditation extending my "quiet" time. I began to intend to hold and BE this quiet throughout my day.....for this experience of quiet to be my base line experience. And throughout my day when I would become aware of the chatter I would continually go back to my base line and reset. Then I would delete all thought forms and thought clusters from my physical body and energy field that were no longer beneficial or relevant to my higher experience and creation, and transmute them into a beneficial energy. This clearing allows all creative momentum that was initiated through the chatter to be transformed instantly into a positive momentum.
The final dynamic of mind chatter that is particularly important at this time is the aspect of being connected and in relationship with our self. Mind chatter is a repelling force away from our deep and intimate connection with self. When our mind is going a mile a minute there is no space or time to feel ourselves, to connect with our guidance and to know, experience and respond to what is going on within. Mind chatter is like an electro magnetic force preventing deep intimate contact with ourselves. The energetic frequency of mind chatter is very low. It is our bottom of the barrel stuff that we don't want to know about and is often so painful we don't allow it to surface. When we allow mind chatter to flow through our minds like a mountain river at spring thaw, we allow a baseline of pain, fear and of disconnect to ourselves. The consequence to that is a disconnect to our Source. You see, to really, truly connect with Creator Source, our divine parent, our life force, we must be connected to ourselves. We must be willing partners with ourselves....the human us and the divine us merged together as one, accepting and creating together, functioning as one, cohesive being.
Next time you are in meditation consider asking and intending to expand your mind quieting into every moment of your day and to fill your experience. If you choose to add this expanded version of mind quieting to your practice you will not regret it. Creating a NEW relationship with yourself will be the most rewarding experience you will ever have. After all you really are pretty awesome. I think so, you will think so, and I KNOW Creator thinks so as well. As your relationship and intimacy with yourself continues to deepen the possibilities to expand into new realms expands as well.
Until next time...have fun and stay connected.
I have a background in Energy and Mind Body Medicine, working with both humans and animals. My current focus is using Consciousness Based Wellness and Learning to support Emotional Sustainability. My passion for the experience of the New Paradigm has supported me to travel and teach internationally and support my life long curiosity for the evolution of humanity. Now, focusing on supporting individuals to find their own balance and health, I lead adults and children in working groups, facilitates equine assisted therapy and education, and mentor equine professionals to bring mindfulness into their work.