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Sunday, February 24, 2019
Every year I write a letter that describes what I sense are the main themes for the year. I've been doing it since about 2010. You can download the 5pp pdf of this year's letter HERE.
Ego Loses Effectiveness, but Keeps Fighting
Last year we began to see (and be able to name) the dominating and fearful ego, as shown by so many narcissistic, dictatorial leaders around the world. We saw an exposé about Scientology and its leader, and faced how ego in so many powerful men encouraged them to manipulate and sexually assault women, as the Me, Too movement surfaced.
We watched all the tricky ways ego works to aggrandize and protect itself. To me, ego is identifying yourself almost totally with the left-brain worldview. This causes us to feel we are lone individuals up against a huge, negative, dangerous world. This separatist view breeds fear and the subsequent need to control reality as a way to stay safe.
Defining ourselves even partially this way has been an accepted part of the human condition, but as the energy increases on the planet and in us, we must move beyond that contracted, flow-stifling view, to develop right-brain, intuitive perception, which is uncontrolled, vast, and free-flowing. Watch now as intuition becomes a highly sought-after skill.
Watch, this year, as identity and processes based solely on ego and left-brain thinking stop performing well. Definitions and meanings are becoming fluid, attachments are dissolving. Wherever we identify ourselves with ego we’ll begin to experience “ego death” as the soul takes over as leader and guide.
And, this year, we’ll also see the ego fortify its desperate fight to survive—rotating and spinning through every tactic it has. Control, distraction, chaos, reversals, threats, putdowns, tirades, lying, cooption and charm, trickery and sleight of hand, and violence. Purely ego-driven individuals have little compassion or empathy, just the need to maintain superiority and control, so much mayhem and destruction often follows in their wake.
This year, as the heightened energy-and-consciousness erodes the strength of contractions and attachments, we’ll see an increasing number of breakthroughs, which will look a variety of ways. Corruption will be exposed, people of low vibration (ego-based) will move out of shadowy positions of power. Some of us will experience loss, then surprising gain of a different, more expansive sort. Where ego feels it must do everything alone, now it learns to surrender and ask for help, which begins our understanding of the joy of collective consciousness and collaboration.
Those who have no roadmap for clearing their fear, and who are unaware of what’s happening to them energetically, will have breakthroughs that feel like explosions. They may resort to using guns to release the pent-up flow. There will be an increase in hatred and polarization, cold-heartedness, and all forms of violence. We are likely to see the beginning of a gradual exodus of people—of all ages—from the earth via death. And with this, people may choose to die in groups, as with genocide, terrorist attacks, diseases, large-scale accidents, or mass suicide. Rebellion and revolution will be on the rise—just as much as the positive signs of evolution.
copyright Penney Peirce 2019
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
I was just thinking how the holidays elicit the adjectives MERRY and HAPPY. It's so easy to think that means twinkling lights, presents with bows, tinsel, silver bells, noise-makers, champagne, and a cute array of decorated cookies. Perhaps I've been watching too many Hallmark Christmas movies? Anyway, nothing at all wrong with merry and happy. . . I just started to feel into a deeper function of this "turning of the year" ritual time, which we often forget to notice.
I have been interested in how we generally avoid dealing with endings, how we rarely allow ourselves to experience pleasure and satisfaction of a job well done before our mind leaps ahead to the next task on the "To Do" list. At the end of a cycle of creativity, our mind often panics as it thinks we are now facing "the Void." Thoughts of loss, loneliness, the undertow of the unknown, depression, and failure can loom large. It's natural to want distractions from this sort of anxiety. So let's eat, drink, and be merry!
Is this part of why these end-of-year/start-of-year holidays are so important? To ease the transition between creation cycles? At the end of a cycle of creativity, it's important to recognize what you've created and what you've been learning. Take stock. Feel the benefits. Feel good about yourself and the choices you made, the way life unfolded for you. See how you affected the flow, how you allowed the good, how you found the gifts in the garbage. Learn from what you did. Then: STOP! Take the pause that refreshes. That means a bit of quiet time, not necessarily partying!
Enter liminal space—that magical experience before a threshold and after a threshold, the place where the caterpillar transforms into the butterfly. Here is where you allow yourself to merge again with the imaginal realm, get out of your left brain and will power, and simply be. Remember you ARE the soul. You are connected. You know what you're doing and have lots of help. The right thing will occur next when it's ready. Meantime, you are a fruit getting ripe. Soak up what you need.
Thanksgiving (for those of us in the US) helps us enter the right frame of mind: gratitude is such a mind-relaxer and heart-opener. It prepares us for the end of the year, when ideally, we should take a little time to review the year, assess our accomplishments and the strength of our character, and celebrate the presence of love all-around.
And then, as New Year's Day occurs, we might want to take some quiet time to focus, not so much on resolutions we might not keep for more than a week or two, but on how we want to be, and feel, and act in the coming year. And it's nice that we have "a year"—it's a manageable amount of experience we can chunk and remember easily. After we determine our preferred attitudes and states of being, out of that frequency will come ideas for what we'd like to create. Hold these things loosely but feel your core enthusiasm for doing them. These things do not have the word "should" attached! No! It's "I want it! I love it! I want to dive in."
Ask for the first steps, the hints, the glimmers, the synchronicities, and make an agreement with yourself and all the beings who help us: "I will pay attention to what I'm noticing. I will act on those things that feel just right, that allow me to stay in my home frequency. I will act in each moment in alignment with what feels courageous and uplifting." The holidays, or holy-days, are times for remembering wholeness, or unity—your belongingness, your value in the scheme of all things, and for speaking of that, giving gifts with that in mind, and acting in alignment with that truth.
I wish you a sacred, meaning-filled, bright, self-affirming, luminous, laughterful, and warm-hearted time of yearly transition—into the new amount of yourself.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The Rules of Enchantment
by Bradley Olson, Ph.D.
As we at the Joseph Campbell Foundation wrap up our celebration of the month of September with the theme of Timeless Tales, I want to return to an exploration of the Grail Romances and the relevance these stories have to the challenge of living a contemporary life. In Wolfram’s Parzival, the grail is described as “a stone vessel brought down from heaven by the neutral angels.”
Campbell also discusses the symbolic significance of this act in Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth. The neutral angels refused to participate in the heavenly war between God and Lucifer and thus, symbolically, they and their neutrality represent the transcendent principle, the function of which is to reconcile pairs of opposites. Read this way, the grail and its various narratives are seen not simply as the search for a priceless relic, but rather as an effort to move towards a profoundly life-affirming ideal culminating in healing and wholeness, not just limited to the individual, but extending outward to others and to the world itself. It is a union of the spiritual, the psychic, and the physical; it is the phenomenon that C.G. Jung described as the coniunctio.
The knights-errant who rode forth seeking the grail didn’t ride under the banner, Amor, as was the habit of the suffering Grail King Amfortas. Amor is a tricky thing: it is often convention masquerading as freedom, infatuation posing as love, a frequently ecstatic projection that leads one unavoidably, at some point, into wounded, impotent grief. Knights-errant striving to attain the grail labor toward an ideal of chivalry which, contrary to the ecstatic rapture of Amor, exposes them to difficulties, trials, and suffering, the very experiences that prepare them to apprehend the sublime. Chivalry may well be the generative, procreative quality of the heart, and it gives birth to individual expressions of courage, nobility, mercy, curiosity, patience, and charity. Chivalry expressed as the action of living lifts the veil of quotidian life to reveal an enchanted world, a world of mystery, of wonder, a world of meaning, a world of soul.
There are people mentioned in the grail romances who lack the ethos of chivalry, and thus lacking, lack what the grail represents. They live fine, probably even honorable lives as clergy, merchants, farmers, fishmongers, servants, husbands, wives, and children. They, in all likelihood, are not aware that the world in which they work, play, live, emote, speculate on, laugh about, and die in, is enchanted. All they know of the world are its instinctual pleasures and its unpredictable terrors. For them the world is often harsh, nasty, and short; they commend their souls to God and let fortune do what it must to them, for God and fortune are all they have to rely upon. For them, it’s inconceivable to operate in and on the world with anything resembling individual agency because human agency relies upon the qualities of chivalry. Agency knows the value of risk, of effort, of imagination, and dignity; all those qualities that teach us that breathing is not the same thing as living.
The only chance one has of finding the grail—or finding that which the grail represents—is through the living of a life predicated on the values of chivalry. Now before you scoff at the notion of chivalry as an antiquated, old-fashioned, straightened notion that contemporary people can disregard, what if I told you that chivalry is not merely a way of life, it is a science? In fact, in his famous paper on phenomenology, "Don Quixote and the Problem of Reality," Alfred Schütz calls chivalry “the queen of all sciences.” Chivalry, Schütz argues, encompassed all or most of the sciences in the world at that time: the knight-errant had to be an expert in criminal and civil law, a theologian, a healer: both physician and herbalist, an economist, an astronomer, an athlete, an artisan who could shoe a horse, mend a saddle, or repair weapons and armor as the need arose. Above all the knight-errant had to be a philosopher, one who knew and defended truth, while simultaneously understanding that such a defense might well cost him everything, even his own life. In contemporary life, some will see such individuals and identify them as renaissance hominum, renaissance individuals, while many others will probably call them fools. But, it was said of Don Quixote, and it is no less true of ourselves: that one may live as a fool and yet die wise.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Today, though, everyone is involved in a global process of spiritual growth—no more is enlightenment the realm of a special few. Esoteric teachings can serve as established roads into understanding the large-scale transformation happening today, but often they don’t go far enough or communicate how the phases of the process actually “feel” or how the teachings may have evolved to fit with our accelerated reality.
The Many Paths
Since people have varying levels of readiness and many cultural biases, there are many paths to the same goal. The Universal has been fragmented the way the Tower of Babel fragmented knowledge into so many languages. Throughout history many souls have incarnated to create and re-create ascension ceremonies and practices, suited to specific cultures and time periods, to help people remember who they are and what they know. Sometimes the methods were updated for the times, and sometimes the teachings remained dogmatic—ie, the teachers were loyal to past codified forms of the knowledge and processes.
Back when an individual’s world was limited to their village or country, one narrow path was fine. But today we are becoming global citizens, looking for commonalities among peoples. There are core truths at the heart of all paths to spirit. Should we let our definition-loving left brain limit us to only one way? Should we allow ourselves to become captive of a form?
The Limits of Ancient Teachings
In many ancient practices the teachings originated with partial perception. People were seeing in a linear way where there appeared to be a separation between earth and heaven, humans and the gods. Heaven was way “up there” and there seemed to be a huge gap between the realms. Various methodologies were defined so people could cross that gap—Charon, the sacred ferryman, carried souls of the newly deceased across the river Styx. Some souls were taken up in the chariots of the gods, while others had elaborate burial rituals to ensure they would make it to Valhalla or Olympus with all their worldly possessions.
Back then, we needed heaven to seem like earth, to believe there was “something” rather than “nothing” out there; we needed physical proof. We needed the gods to be like us, rather than we like them. We gave them powers we didn’t grant ourselves. Visitations were needed to convince the left brain that heaven was real. Similarly, we needed physical representations of abstract sacred patterns, or frequencies of consciousness, to feel the reality of how the nonphysical realms functioned. We sought to replicate sacred geometries in our temples, churches, cities, and arts. But for the large part, we didn’t go into the direct experience of the abstract, nonphysical realms.
We are still coming from partial perception today, still seeing a gap between self and soul, between matter and spirit—because we’re still knowing through the filter of linear perception. It’s logical, then, that many of the old teachings are appealing. But we are experiencing an intensified acceleration of energy and consciousness that’s causing our physical reality to increase its frequency; we are now able to experience that the nonphysical spiritual realm is within the physical one. They are one! As we flow with the acceleration on the planet and experience greater integration of soul with self, spirit with matter, our identity and reality transform. We are actually transforming faster and in larger collectives than ever before on the planet. Ancient teachings don’t address this.
Today’s Fragmented Consciousness
I see the attraction to Hermetic teachings, shamanism, sacred dance, mediumship, Wicca, working with gemstones and herbs, yoga, the Kabbalah, and so forth, as healthy beginnings. Many paths can facilitate higher states of consciousness when practiced diligently. As in ancient times, with enough work, people could experience initiation, during which the divine collective nature of the individual soul was revealed and memory of the spiritual realms returned. But this was a lifetime commitment. Becoming part of the Freemasons, for example, was a serious undertaking with many tests of character along the way.
Today, people may grasp hold of just one segment of broader teachings or may misinterpret techniques as ways to have a successful relationship or make more money—in other words, they want a better quality of life in the physical world, and don’t go any further. This “spiritual materialism” blocks transformation. In addition, given the shallow, fragmented nature of our consciousness, many people want fast answers and don’t want to put in the time to do the necessary work. They aren’t curious enough to see the magical, joyful results that occur when we take things far enough. Many seem to be grazing from one practice to another. Are we dilettantes or synthesizers? Are we splitting our consciousness further or unifying methods and inner experiences into a cohesive core understanding?
Watch for Subtle Forms of Ego and Distortion
A problem comes when teachers of ancient systems want to lock the teachings down as “the” answer or way. Or when they are caught in subtle forms of ego: the need for attention (to feel special) to validate themselves, identifying with the teachings as a way to integrate past life experience, or using the teachings as a security blanket to not have to truly dissolve the “clutter” they hold—which might be fear-based or based on pride, past successes, or habit. Then they don’t move beyond the forms, techniques, definitions, and processes of the specific system they espouse. And they can’t become universal enough for what is happening on the planet today.
I have never trusted people who tell others they’re enlightened. I’ve always sensed that the truly enlightened live in the world in a way that quietly empowers others, not in a way that draws attention to themselves. Enlightenment, when it comes, is so ordinary—the memory of the way it is just occurs, along with “How could I have forgotten?” So I watch for teachers who claim special expertise, use superlative language, coin their own terminology to stand out from the crowd, have special processes you need to experience to achieve high-level results, or who create online empires. I watch for people who don’t walk their talk and who are in the “work” to unconsciously heal themselves while acting as if they know what “you” need. I watch for spiritual guidance (even from myself) that comes from left-brain projections.
I watch for people who channel holy or healing energies so they themselves can feel them but don’t go further to become them, or to see that the recipient is already full of sacred energy and doesn’t need any more. To become a master is an old way of thinking—that we need an expert intermediary to connect us, or that mastery is a superior or unusual thing. Enlightenment is actually everyone’s true original state and this should be popularized. Spiritual growth still requires work and persistence. It’s not something you get quickly in an online course or training. We need discrimination about the caliber of teachers we work with and our reasons for pursuing certain paths.
Also watch for people who misrepresent universal principles through lack of understanding or who anthropomorphize spiritual beings so they seem more human. For example, in my understanding, angels and archangels rarely take on physical form, but are more likely to merge with morphological fields of high-frequency vibration, the kind created in ceremonies. Angels are not outside us but are more like an immense field or kind of light—a bridge-like clarifying frequency we can share with them. We give nonphysical beings names, but it’s for our convenience. They are more like tones that lead attuned people into new states via resonance.
Also, since there is no outside world, we can’t “attract” anything or anyone. Willpower doesn’t work. Forms emerge from our field when we match vibrations. The new Intuition Age frames things in terms of energy-consciousness-fields-frequencies-collectives-soul groups-pools of knowledge—all resonating. Tune yourself to any and you can know within that band of knowledge without intermediaries. The help we get from nonphysical beings is via telepathy and event coordination, timing, and helping people be conscious of when and what to do.
Work with Forms and Direct Experience
So, if you’re grazing to synthesize knowledge from different viewpoints, the way a college student might take a variety of electives, great! If you’re diving deep into one path, great! Get as much from it as possible and then look for similar, parallel paths as well that can broaden your worldview.
Ancient wisdom practices can be useful if we don’t get stuck in definitions and attribute the universal experience to special individuals. Just go deeper, trust yourself. You are the soul and you are the master teacher to your own personality. Certainly there are levels of readiness. Until you merge soul and self, a supposedly “separate” teacher will appear for each and every level. In the end, though, all teachers are you. The key is to feel for ego, lack of fluidity, and either too much, or not enough, seriousness. Choose what feels just right, and notice when something begins to feel limiting. The next thing you need will be revealed. And watch for your own impatience or the subtle anxiety that can convince you to jump ship. Sometimes it’s important to hold your attention on something one minute longer. Use what you can from specific paths, but forge that direct connection and merger with your own inner world.
copyright by Penney Peirce 0918
Monday, April 9, 2018
Join Penney for Intuition & Energy Dynamics for Counselors (and Helping Professionals) June 1-3, 2018
We're gathering again this year in Copenhagen, Denmark for another immersion workshop, June 1-3, this time drilling down to focus on how intuition and higher frequency consciousness can transform the work of counselors and helping professionals. How can therapists, counselors, HR directors, and other helping professionals reframe the healing process, care for themselves, and handle overwhelm and negativity?
You'll become familiar with the dynamics of personal transformation and the acceleration of the healing process. You'll learn to access intuition and work intimately with the imaginal realm to bring greater inspiration and accuracy to the work of assessing inner patterns and healing emotional and mental contractions. By shifting the inner energy blueprint—in the present moment—many miraculous openings can take place. And: What is the role of transparency?
We’ll focus on the following issues, and more:
—the dynamics of the Flow and the Creation Cycle; how we become stuck
—things that can sabotage your clarity
—unhealthy energy habits related to the reptile brain and left brain
—the power of alignment and maintaining your “home frequency”
—working telepathically with others
—the inner energy blueprint and power of working in the nonphysical realms first
—reading others clairvoyantly and clairsentiently
—subtle energetic causes of blockages
—clearing subconscious blocks easily
—how we become transparent
—how healing actually occurs; can it be instantaneous?
—the ethics and subtle dynamics of the new healing and counseling
—finding a vision for the expanded expression of your work
Even if you're in the US, flights are reasonable and you can find a nice AirBNB if you'd like a little educational vacation in a great city! We usually have a great international turnout.
Download the 2-pp flyer here. Or email Nanna at email@example.com
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Intuition and writing go together like clouds & rain, sun & sand beach.
Radical honesty infuses your words with a vibration that carries power.
Something exciting is coming this spring! April 11-16, I’m conducting an in-depth writing workshop with a wonderful novelist and author of Writing Wild—Tina Welling from Jackson Hole, WY. Tina has been a longtime faculty member at The Jackson Hole Writers Conference. I love Tina's novels, set in the West, and I definitely think someone should make movies out of them!
Here's what Tina has said about me: "I wrote about Penney in my book Writing Wild. In fact, my book’s central idea arose from reading Penney’s The Intuitive Way. She has written several other books on intuition and consciousness transformation since then. Her newest is Transparency. 'The thing about Penney’s advice is that it works,' says Martha Beck, bestselling author and columnist for Oprah Magazine. I am so pleased she and I are doing a workshop together."
Our workshop takes place on Hutchinson Island at a beautiful Marriott resort, off the coast of Stuart, Florida. The soft energy of the tropics provides a tremendous amount of creative energy swirling as deep and alive as the ocean we’ll be working near each day. Tina visited there regularly as a child, and I live up the coast a few hours, so this is home territory for both of us.
I will guide participants in a 2-hour workshop every morning on intuition and how to use it to loosen up and enhance your creative process. Tina will conduct a 2-hour workshop every afternoon on the process of creative writing—both fiction and nonfiction.
Tina and I will be onsite all day and evening, making ourselves available to you. We will host lunch for all the writers, and share beach walks, cool drinks poolside, writing quietly overlooking the ocean, strolling around the golf course, and visiting the nature preserve.
Tina has arranged for a limited number of rooms to be available for at a reduced price. You can check out the Hutchinson Island Marriott at the Indian River Plantation here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbiir-hutchinson-island-marriott-beach-resort-and-marina/
To reserve your spot and find out about the logistics and cost, contact Tina: Tina@TinaWelling.com or call her at 307-413-0900. She's looking forward to talking with you.
Both Tina and I feel grateful to have this opportunity to learn from each other and from all of you, and we look forward to offering our experience writing nonfiction, novels, and short stories. We will both share our experiences in the mysterious world of agents, editors, publishers, and promotion.
The intensive is open to attendees of all levels and interests. Please join us in this adventure; together we’ll create wonders!
Download the flyer here: www.penneypeirce.com/pdfs/WritingWorkshop2018/pdf