Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rainbow Connection

I woke up this morning with the song "I want to be a Billionaire" by Bruno Mars in my head. Then it switched to
Jessie J. and "Pricetag"- opposing messages- both appealing, perfectly mirroring the struggle in this world.

I spent some time on YouTube and found myself listening to Jason Mraz (sigh) and "Rainbow Connection". I then
listened to 'Rainbow Connection' by the Carpenters and Kermit and was drawn to looking at the lyrics.

When I hear someone (or myself) say "Well, it's just like _______",something absolute, I often hear the words of this song
"somebody thought of it, and someone believed it". If you listen you will notice how much time we spend reinforcing
facts that if looked at honestly always have exceptions. As Byron Katie says "is it true?" "is it really true?" "how do I feel
when I think this?" "how would I feel without this story?".

As I listened to the lyrics I was awestruck at the Truth in them and 'the rainbow connection'. A rainbow, as I understand it,
is refracted light. Just like all of this- I mean ALL of this- my computer, my hands on the computer, the copy of ACIM and
the phone beside me here. It is all refracted light and like a rainbow is seems so, so real.

I love when songs/movies point the way- gentle, kind reminders waiting for us to be willing.

"rainbows are visions, but only illusions"

"all of under it's spell, we know that it's probably magic"

"have you been half asleep and have you heard voices"

"Who said that every wish would be heard and answered?
Wished on the morning star,
somebody thought of that and someone believed it
and look what it's done so far
What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing
and what do we think we might see?"

This line in particular is very aligned with Ho'oponopono, ACIM- and the other paths that have attracted me.
Our suffering is wishing for something other than what 'is' - looking upon everything with a wish- a desire
for it to be different, "and look what it's done so far"

Acceptance, not to be confused with 'oh well, nothing matters anyway' is what we seek and yet seem to have
difficulty giving.

Enjoy the music and look for the messages- they are all around us.

"Some day we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me"

Do-Be to Be-Do!

Doobie, doobie, doo... this little ditty has been running through my head all day.

It was sparked after a conversation with a dear friend of mine- she called in tears- "WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?"

I reminded myself to 'hold the high note', accept her exactly at this point, and yet my mind
was super tempted to figure it out, to fix it, to make her comfortable. These things don't sound 'bad'
but there are in opposition to the peace that I want to be right now and are not examples of the acceptance that
I wish to offer my friends.

I listened and did the best I could to be present and not 'water the weeds' or build on the story- nor did I fall into

As I drove later on (the Holy Spirit loves to talk to me while I'm driving- or more accurately- that's when I listen),
it occurred to me that we quickly jump into the 'doing'.

There is the saying "we are human beings, not human doings".

Just as she had jumped into 'doing' mode, so had I. I was wondering "what can I do, what can I say".

The message I received, was to focus on the 'being' not the doing.

When I jump to doing I often follow the well worn path- also known as a rut- the reactive behaviours that have been
programmed and may or more often may not be appropriate to the situation. Almost like a script- "when you do this,
I do this" and then, as the definition of insanity goes 'expect a different outcome'.

I made the decision to choose to 'be' peaceful, to 'be' present and to see what doing unfolded from that.

In contrast to our first conversation our second conversation was not about the two of us panicking over our next 'do'.
I shared my do-be, be-do thoughts and in that we both shifted. The decision to be free, to be peaceful, to be calm- these
choices made the doing so much clearer.

SO, do be do be do- or be do be do be...what song are you doing to sing?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Being Response-Able

I haven't been blogging or doing my newsletters recently and facebook and twitter comments even seem hard to find.

I'm in a place of 'sorting', it's not uncomfortable (most of the time), but in questioning every thought it has become difficult to make statements of opinion, idea's to share or find lessons that people should learn (ha ha ha).

I do however have a destination in mind and I just had the wonderful opportunity to have it validated.

I am lucky in this lifetime to have a Mother who is wise and a Father who is a seeker (yikes even in that sentence I find several 'stories' to question). I have been gifted with Mighty Companions on this journey.

My Dad and I were just on the phone and I haven't talked to him in a couple of weeks. He had given me a book "The Presence Process" by Michael Brown and I had given him a meditation CD - "The Quantum Life Breath" by Jaru Kabbal. These two works are incredibly supportive of one another so I was interested in seeing where he was at and what had been coming to him.

Mid way through the conversation he began to talk about a concept- honestly I wasn't listening, I was waiting to talk because I had a concept that I wanted to share. IT WAS THE SAME CONCEPT!

The concept that we have mutually come to, that was mentioned in neither of the works we were discussing, was the idea of being "Response-Able".

There is a heavy emphasis on responsibility in our culture, like many of the words that we use however (like respect for instance) this is interpreted differently by just about everyone. A responsible mother to one person can be something entirely different to another. This keeps everyone perfectly separated, frustrated and often in righteous indignation.

My destination in my current work, with my employer being the Creator (insert word of choice here), as opposed to being responsible is to be response able.

I am trusting that when the 'stories' - and there are oh so many, many; consider the meaning that we put on 'facebook', which is actually a neutral thing in our world! These stories keep us separate and in most cases unable to respond to the callings of our heart, the callings of the Divine.

"I feel like it would be helpful to go away for a weekend, but I feel guilty because I'm a Mom and I should like being with my kids" as an example- which keeps us unhappy whether we go away or stay home.

Response able to me is hearing the still, small voice inside and being able to respond, trusting that you will be led into situations that create the highest good for all. Letting go of the masks of woman, mother, friend, spouse and so on, and so on.

So bear with me, my posts may be intermittent- or not- I have no idea, but I do have the intent that whatever I post will be helpful as we become more conscious together.