Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Poem by David Whyte

Everything is Waiting for You

Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone.
As if life were a progressive and cunning crime with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions.
To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings.
Surely, even you, at times, have felt the grand array; the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding out your solo voice.
You must note the way the soap dish enables you, or the window latch grants you freedom. Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things to come, the doors have always been there to frighten you and invite you, and the tiny speaker in the phone is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation.
The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in you at last.
All the birds and creatures of the world are unutterably themselves.
Everything is waiting for you.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Penney Peirce's Philosophy

I offer this, from my website, because there are some key points that might resonate with you and reinforce certain important ideas.

Penney feels that life functions according to innate natural principles, and when we live in alignment with these truths, things work smoothly and effectively. She knows firsthand the intricacies of the emotions, the dreamworld, altered states of consciousness, and the path to spiritual enlightenment. She sees intuition, compassion, and energy or frequency skills as keys to spiritual growth. 

Penney's goals are to cut through fear and the chaos of the Information Age to find inner peace and accurate guidance. Her joy is helping people discover and live their destiny and helping leaders and groups solve problems to free the Flow, so win-win-win innovations based on universal truths can materialize easily.

Penney understands:

• We are made of various frequencies of energy; we are unlimited, radiant, love-based, universal beings. Limitation is not natural to us, yet we have become resigned to it and simultaneously resistant to it. In spite of fear, love and truth are the supreme healing forces.

• Negative behavior and thinking are bad habits we learn by watching, then unconsciously copying, other suffering human beings. We hold these contracted energy patterns in our body, emotions, and mind, yet they really don't belong to us. At our core, we are ashamed that we spend so much time acting out these contracted, sour responses. Shame and self-punishment are a waste of time. Letting go of these false identities and returning to the feeling of our original self is a large part of the work of becoming intuitive and enlightened.

• The soul is evolutionary; once we can feel how something can get better, and feel how much better it would be to live the improved way, we will do what it takes to change. Until we really "get" it, we stall. 

• If we believe the best about people, and see them as their soul, eventually they will live up to our vision of them.

• The same universal principles affect individuals, relationships, families, corporations, nations, and planets. Any organism or system can be empathically, clairvoyantly "read" to find the extent to which it is out of alignment and balance, and to discover ways integrity can be re-established.

• By balancing, then unifying the body, emotions, mind, and soul—intuition opens. Intuition is a doorway through which unlimited knowing and the transforming power of love pours. Accurate intuition is accessible only in the present moment, only from within the body, and only when the heart is open and we're vibrating at our "home frequency."

• Intuition reveals the new reality of The Intuition Age. Life is shifting to become soul-based, not ego-based. As this happens, the rules of the way things occur and function change. Our perception is transforming dramatically now, and our understanding of time and space is transforming as well. This is an exciting time to be alive!

• Each generation of people has a role to play in the furthering of enlightenment on the planet. The younger generations may indeed be "wired" slightly differently than older generations; they are ushering in important puzzle pieces in our spiritual growth—like embodying and demonstrating the reality of collective consciousness, or of the speed of the "mental plane" merging with the physical. We must work intergenerationally now as never before.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

We are "Subtle Citizens" of a "Subtle America"

In this article, David Spangler gives us his ideas on how to adjust our inner perceptions in dealing with the current divisions in our country. He calls it being a "subtle citizen."

We are each subtle citizens of Subtle America. In the physical world, being a citizen means I am engaged with the laws and democratic processes of the country. As a subtle citizen, however, I engage not with laws or political processes but with the subtle energies generated by me and my fellow citizens through our thinking, feeling, and actions. 

As an American citizen, I am blessed with freedoms and opportunities that many people in other countries can only dream of. Whether I take advantage of them and how I do so is another matter, but the principles embedded in the Constitution, its Bill of Rights, and in the Declaration of Independence guarantee me an environment of liberty as long as the American democracy exists. 

Keeping it in existence, protecting and defending it, is not just the responsibility of those who take public office and swear an oath to do so; it is really the responsibility of all of us as citizens. On the physical level, we do so through all the means that are available to us: protecting a free press, voting, making petitions and referendums, contacting our State and Federal representatives, supporting good candidates for office or running for office ourselves, peaceful protests, and so forth. Simply, we keep our democracy strong by participating in it and by not taking it for granted.

Ideally, we are each custodians of the values and ideals set forth in our founding documents. Ideally, our responsibility is to ensure that all our fellow citizens, men, women, and children, are treated equally and have equal rights and opportunities for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In a democracy, this is not just the responsibility of government officials and politicians; it is the responsibility of each of us as citizens. For the fulfillment of the promise of America takes place through our individual lives and actions. This is what being a citizen is all about.

Of course, in practice, such an ideal citizen often does not exist. The promised values and principles of America are often taken for granted, abridged, or subverted. In this sense, the full incarnation of the spirit of the United States has yet to happen. But it will not happen through institutions. It can only happen in the lives of citizens who take the promises of the Constitution seriously and seek to embody them in their actions and relationships, as well as in their politics.

Being a subtle citizen also carries responsibilities, but given the different nature of the subtle worlds, the responsibilities and how we fulfill them are different, too. Just like as a physical citizen I have a calling to protect and defend the values and ideals of Constitution in my everyday life, as a subtle citizen I have a calling to protect and defend the spiritual destiny of the United States, which for me is that of becoming a “planetary nation” as I described in the Topic on Subtle America. 

The two are certainly related. I also have a calling to do what I can to see that the incarnational Light that flows into the nation is given clear channels through which to express. I feel called to protect and defend the subtle environments in which I live and work, to do what I can to bring clarity, harmony, and wholeness to the subtle environment so that the Light That Renews can flow freely within it.
• On the physical level, I may see a need and a calling to protest and oppose actions, practices, political and social efforts, and so on that diminish the values and promises of America and its democracy. I certainly have a right as a citizen to participate in vigorous debate with those who have different views of how to accomplish the goals of our Constitution, and I have a right to let my voice be heard in support of whatever positive vision inspires me. 

As a subtle citizen, though, I need to be aware of the kind of subtle energies I bring into the process. It is all to easy to give in to anger and even hatred born of fear, despair, and even simple dislike of differences. It’s all too easy to see my opponents as my enemy and to think of them and feel towards them in destructive ways. When this happens, I am contributing to the turbulence and disharmony of the subtle environment.

Here is the paradox of subtle citizenship. As a citizen, I may feel called to oppose something I see as injustice or as damaging to the spirit and vision of America, damaging to its democracy and its Constitution. If I do see such a thing, then I should oppose it with all the wisdom, strength, courage, and skill that I can, as appropriately as I can. If I, as a citizen, do not Protect and Defend, then I can’t always depend on my elected officials to do so. 

But as a subtle citizen, I have to find my way into love of some level (see the Spectrum of Love Topic) in order to build connection and flow in the subtle environment. I have to discover how to combine good outer citizenship with good inner energy hygiene. I may need to be disharmonious in the outer environment, but I need to build harmony in the inner environment.

• What as subtle citizens we grow to understand is just how powerful our thoughts and feelings are in influencing and shaping the inner environment, and given how inner and outer environments can be “coupled” and mutually influential, how I affect the inner world can definitely have an effect in the outer world and vice versa.

This is a balancing act, and no one, least of all me, would ever claim it’s easy. How much I want to engage with it depends on the level of subtle citizenry to which I aspire. I want to remember, though, that the state of Subtle America, at least in its energetic personality field, reflects the collective thoughts and feelings of the citizens. Here’s an example. We are told over and over again lately how divided the United States are, and this past election would seem to confirm this. 

But if we think of our country as divided and put energy into that belief, then as subtle citizens we are building thought-forms in the subtle environment that will, indeed, continue to foster outer divisiveness. Some, not all, of my inner colleagues believe that there is a growing probability that the United States will splinter into separate, smaller nations. They have shown me the energetic “fault lines” that are developing around the country that would lead to this eventuality. They’re not predicting it as a certainty, but as one of them has said, “You are moving back again to where you were when you had your Civil War.”

For this reason, their advice is, “Stop seeing each other as enemies.” There may well be strong divisions in politics, culture, racial relationships, and so on, but if the inner attitude is one of emphasizing and embracing these divisions, then a tipping point may be reached that manifests as a politically divided country with all the turmoil and potential violence this would create.

So as a subtle citizen, if I accept I have a responsibility to Protect and Defend not just the Constitution and its values but the inner, subtle wholeness of the United States and its spiritual destiny, then I can’t afford to think of any of my fellow citizens, no matter how much I may disagree with their politics, as my enemies. I can’t deny them wisdom as well. I can’t deny that they also possess value. I can’t be biased to say that all that is good is on my side with “my people” and my way of seeing things. We know that there are people who are doing precisely this and thus contributing to the energetic fault lines that are afflicting the subtle field of the United States. The question is, are we going to do it, too?

Illustration by Jill Badonsky

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Hero and Heroine’s Journey and the Journey of Re-enchantment

The path of transformation is what people often call the Hero’s Journey—it’s the quest to “find oneself.” This has traditionally been seen as a male process, popularized by Joseph Campbell. When asked if there was a female version, a Heroine’s Journey, Campbell was said to have responded with the idea that women “are already there” and don’t really need one. Let’s first look at the process as Campbell outlined it. There are 12 phases. 

1. Ordinary World
This is where the Hero exists as the story begins; it’s the safe, everyday life, where he is defined by culture, family, and deeds. 

2. Call To Adventure
The Hero's adventure begins when he receives a call to action, such as a direct threat to his safety, family, community, or way of life. It disrupts his comfort and presents a challenge or quest that must be undertaken.

3. Refusing the Call
The Hero may be eager to accept the quest, but he has doubts, second thoughts, or fears of inadequacy that need overcoming. If he refuses the call he may suffer somehow. 

4. Meeting the Mentor
Now comes a turning point; the Hero needs guidance and meets a mentor who gives him something he needs—an special object, insight, wise advice, or practical training that builds self-confidence. 

5. Crossing The Threshold
The Hero begins his quest, whether it be physical, spiritual or emotional. He crosses the threshold, entering an unfamiliar world. 

6. Tests, Allies, Enemies, Obstacles
Out of his comfort zone, the Hero confronted a difficult series of challenges that test him in a variety of ways. He must overcome each to move toward his goal. He may earn allies who help prepare him for greater ordeals yet to come. His skills and/or powers are tested.

7. Approaching the Inmost Cave
The inmost cave represents a terrible danger or inner conflict, which until now the Hero has not had to face. As the Hero approaches the cave he again encounters doubts and fears, may need time to reflect and integrate what’s happened so far, and make final preparations for taking the final leap into the unknown.

8. Ordeal
The Supreme Ordeal involves facing a deadly foe, physical test, or deep inner crisis that the Hero must survive, or so the Hero’s world will continue to exist. Only through some form of "death" can the Hero be reborn with greater powers or insight necessary to fulfill his destiny. This is the high point of the story, where everything he holds dear is put on the line. 

9. Reward 
After defeating the enemy, surviving death, and overcoming his greatest personal challenge, the Hero is transformed into a new state, emerging as a stronger person, often with a prize. The Reward may be: a power object, secret, great knowledge or insight, or reconciliation with an ally.

10. The Road Back
Now the Hero must return home with his reward but this time the anticipation of danger is replaced with that of acclaim, vindication, or exoneration. He must cross the threshold again back to the Ordinary World. Before he commits to the last stage of the journey he must choose between his own personal objective and that of a Higher Cause.

11. Resurrection
This final climax or battle represents something greater than the Hero's own existence. The outcome has far-reaching consequences to the lives of those he left behind. Ultimately the Hero succeeds, destroying his last blocks to total clarity and wisdom.

12. Return with the Elixir
The Hero returns home to his Ordinary World a changed man and now looks forward to starting a new life. His return—with proof of his journey—may bring hope and new perspective to those he left behind, or a solution to their problems. The Hero's doubters will be ostracized, his enemies punished and his allies rewarded.

Certainly women go through many similar stages in moving from the limited self to the fully integrated spiritual self, but they don’t do it alone; they often enlist a team and work with and for their loved ones. They speak truth to power and bring forth their masculine power to balance their feminine power.

But there is a newer idea of the mythology, described by Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.,
called The Journey of Re-enchantment—and it applies equally to both men and women.

It starts with a world of magic where dolls and plants speak to us and animals are magicians. Daydreams are real. As we get older we encounter disenchantment, forgetfulness, and adaptation; we learn to adapt to society’s right-brain world where birds stop bringing messages and imaginary friends go away. We try to be grown up. And we move into alienation from the magical. We almost forget it was ever there. Creativity gives way to adult “practicality.” 

Next we experience rupture and underworld descent. When we detach too long from the numinous, intuitive side of life, it summons us, through our own unconscious via negativity, stuckness, nightmares, or prolonged dissatisfaction. What we thought was normal turns inside out; nothing is as it seems. Life tells us, “You were made for more.” And so, we begin the first seeking where we ask the big questions and begin to study our existing worldview. 

The very act of sustained searching for a path brings renewed life and yearning and we experience the next stage of re-emergence, where there is a feeling of relief and vital energies flow again. We haven’t found the ultimate answer, so we keep looking and enter the next stage of more seeking. Now we find mentors, learn new truths, discard toxic people and situations, find new self-expression, and feel more upbeat.

In the next phase, we find the magic door. We pass a threshold and awaken to the richness of our own imagination. Life makes sense in a deep way. What was fragmented connects. The heart opens. Next, we learn to live in both worlds—moving between the physical and nonphysical realities and merging the two. In other words, we know how to balance left and right brain perception. As we become adept at this, we open the door for others; we mentor and teach others, become thought leaders, and examples for others. We share how we moved from innocence to disenchantment to re-enchantment and invite others to find their own path. We see life as truly magical.

I suggest you look at your own process of personal growth so far, and see how you have traversed these various stages.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Announcing Penney's New Book! Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity

Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity is the 4th in Penney Peirce's series of award-winning, visionary guidebooks on personal and societal transformation from Beyond Words/Atria/Simon & Schuster, following The Intuitive Way, Frequency, and Leap of Perception.  

It launches officially October 10, 2017 but is available now to pre-order at amazon, B&N, and other booksellers.

Transparency is a book about letting go of everything and receiving everything. It’s about the irony of having no ego and an amazing personal presence, of not being intellectual and being a genius, of not needing to rescue the sufferers of the world and being a powerful force for healing. This book is about how becoming transparent empowers the good while seeming dangerous, how it lets you be empty and spacious while being full, and free while also belonging. This is a book about making enlightenment normal.

Transparency helps you understand how we’ve come to live in an “opaque reality” created by collective beliefs based on fear. In the opaque reality we forget our connection to each other, our soul, and the divine—and feel isolated and stuck. We suffer. To become transparent we must dissolve the “clutter” that’s in the way of our natural, frictionless state, which always exists underneath the commotion. It’s about remembering the truth of a more enlightened way of living, and returning to it. The book helps you clear your subconscious blocks in a rapid and thorough manner, identify the feeling state of transparency, and have the courage to be vulnerable, authentic, exposed, and available.

The book helps you understand that transparency functions horizontally in the physical world, and in these end times of the Information Age, that’s mainly about fluidity and freedom of information in business and government. As we shift into the Intuition Age, transparency also functions vertically between the physical and nonphysical worlds—and today, the frequencies of the two realms interpenetrate more fully than ever before. There is constant and immediate translation between the “inner blueprint” of a reality and the outer form, so when you dissolve your clutter, your optimal reality (destiny) materializes without distortion, direct from the soul’s wisdom.

Transparency helps you learn that when you’re transparent, there is great power in being seen for all of who you are. Secrets, lies, and hiding are no longer functional. Honesty, simplicity, and true humility produce genius. And, when you’re transparent, you are empowered to see through situations that blind and confuse others. You have X-ray vision. Clarity in yourself equates to clarity everywhere.

Transparency also addresses the knotty issue of living through this chaotic “bridge time” between the opaque reality based on old linear perception (the Information Age) and the transparent reality based on spherical-holographic perception (the Intuition Age). When you’re becoming transparent and others aren’t, negative repercussions and reprisals can influence you to backslide, making it a challenge to be a thought leader. 

What people are saying:

Here’s another in a series of leading edge books from a gifted visionary. With Transparency, Penney Peirce moves further into her detailing of personal and societal transformation, describing what real, radical transparency is and how we can embody it—both in our own lives and in our relationships and organizations. This material is timely and so necessary.
—Mike Dooley
NY Times Bestselling Author of Infinite Possibilities

Once again, Penney Peirce has pierced the present collective spirit, and clearly describes the accelerating evolution of our global family. Penney is a pioneer who has long been scouting the territory of consciousness. Today, many people are sensing an imminent turning point, but aren’t sure what it means for them. Penney's practical insight about this evolutionary shift can be the tool that makes all the difference in how you live from here on out! I highly recommend you read Transparency!

—Carol Adrienne, Ph.D.
NY Times Bestselling Author of The Purpose of Your Life, and Co-author of The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide

Penney Peirce's Transparency is a true treasury of practices that ushers readers into their radiant simplicity of being, the Self that has dropped the illusions of being separate from the Whole, allowing itself to be utterly authentic and transparently seen. 

—Michael Bernard Beckwith
Author of Spiritual Liberation and Life Visioning

If you want to make enlightenment an everyday experience, then this book by Penney Peirce is a breath of fresh air. She shows that there is great power in being seen for who you really are and having the courage to be honest, vulnerable, authentic, exposed, and available to one another. Anyone who wants to be a thought leader and influencer must dig deep into this material.
—James Twyman

NY Times Bestselling Author of the The Moses Code

Penney Peirce has given us a guidebook about dissolving everything that interferes with our soul expressing directly through our personality. You really can clear your “clutter” and be willing to give up secrets, lies, and hiding. When you become transparent, fear has nowhere to live, and your life expands with compassion and peace.
—Mackenzie Phillips

Actress and NY Times Bestselling Author of Hopeful Healing and High on Arrival


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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Art of Perception, from Leap of Perception, by PenneyPeirce

Perception. To me this word includes the whole thing, from the experience of being merged with a unified field of energy and consciousness, to the vibrating, oscillating journey through involution into the physical world, then back from the physical world to the nonphysical through evolution. Where there is consciousness, there too is perception, revealing the territory. Along the spectrum of consciousness there are many kinds of knowing — like attention — that we must become reacquainted with and more adept at experiencing so we won’t be unnecessarily paralyzed and at the effect of ignorance. 

The world continues to accelerate. The vibration of our bodies follows along. And as our physical reality increases its frequency, our emotional and mental realities do, too. Our minds are adapting to this new high-speed reality and it means our lens is being cleaned and polished. New ways of perceiving are being born, ways that didn’t make sense when the earth and its inhabitants were slower, which was probably just last week! 

If we can learn to use perception wisely, which includes left-brain and right-brain attention, there are two big benefits. First, skillful perception will enable us to more easily and quickly navigate the difficult phases of the transformation process, where we must shift from the old reality constructs of the Industrial and Information Ages into the new reality rules of the Intuition Age. We’re breaking extremely longstanding, deeply ingrained habits of perception and instigating new ones. This is incredibly challenging.

Second, once we get there, skillful perception can help us adapt to life in the transformed reality and function successfully according to the new rules. The more people who become “early adopters” of this knowledge and way of life, who can embody and model it, the stronger the inner blueprint for transformation will be. Then the influence of the new increases and the next wave of people can slip into the enlightened reality faster and more effortlessly. And so on and so forth, with geometrically increasing ease, until we’re all living in the new energy-based world. This is the dream I feed with my attention. 

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find
themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
—Eric Hoffer

copyright by Penney Peirce, 2009

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Penney Peirce's Intuition Intensive-Immersion in Copenhagen - August 18-20, 2017

Join Penney Peirce and therapist Nanna Agerlin In beautiful Copenhagen at a beautiful time of year for an in-depth, focused and fun workgroup to improve your intuition! Learn to read your body, other people, and the energy field around you. Access accurate answers from your right brain and from preverbal “energy information.” Shift into your intuition at will and “feel into” things more and more deeply. You can cultivate fluidity and the ability to recognize and clear even the most subtle blocks to your own flow of talent, wisdom, and love. You can learn to trust yourself.

We’ll focus on these abilities:
— working skillfully with the left and right brain; moving easily through the creation cycle and the “round trip” between the physical, and the nonphysical, unified field 
reality of the imaginal realm
— experiencing the consciousness of the body, the brain in the heart
— developing empathic sensitivity that informs but doesn’t overwhelm you
— interpreting and deciphering energy information and symbols
— reading patterns in people and situations
— discriminating truth and safety from lies and inappropriateness
— heightening your clarity
— finding the optimal way through stuckness
— materializing what you want and need; dematerializing what’s old
— finding the sacred within the ordinary

How you can apply what you learn:
— drill down to find your latent talents and life purpose
— help others connect with their true self
— solve problems holistically and with a win-win for all involved
— develop greater faith in yourself and others
— stay in touch with inner guidance and self-entertainment
— expand your creativity and ability to ground your ideas
— reduce negativity, anxiety, and soul-blocking behaviors

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Melting Through the Buzz to Rest in the Divine, Not the Mind

The acceleration of energy has been fairly excruciating. I don't know how you've been experiencing it, but people are cracking and realities are disintegrating. All that's good in the long run, but personally I've had periods where I felt encased in a deep-sea diving suit with water filling to the top, then subsiding so I could breathe a little, then filling up and subsiding, again and again, as waves of energy overwhelmed me. Sometimes it's emotion and it's harder to discriminate who "owns" the emotions in the soup we're swimming in. 

I've heard varying explanations about why the energy inside our bodies and in the physical world is oscillating so fast: astrological transits and eclipses, sunspots, esoteric alignments. I don't know what it is, but it's real. One day my energy is screwed up to a high pitch and if I'm not super-centered, my mind races ahead, I get frustrated, irritated, and panic can take over. Then, it calms and I come back to an experience of being. Then, vroom, vroom, vroom! Off we go again! One day I couldn't even remember how to meditate! I wrote this:
Every few days I feel semi-flattened by something. . .it's not the world, but an internal energy. I wrote this from within the strange state: "I'm walking through an energy wall of electrified particles — whatever molecules become right after they leave my body, where they don't oscillate but scream. I take my mind in there, and with its accustomed neat order, it is electrocuted. I, whatever I am then, want to jump away. I spread out without focus and turn grayish mauve. There are no defenses. The chaos in the world affects me, the noises seem louder, the people abrasive, and in the flatness of feeling I cannot rest. Welling up around every particle is a sad, too-tender syrup of exhaustion.
I wonder: Am I resting in the Mind, or in God? Is the Mind my environment, my room, my air? Please, No! Can't use Mind to escape Mind. Is surrender a technique I must learn? I can't take another How right now. Will puts me to sleep. Is it an injection of a sparkly radioactive serum of higher Love spreading out and medicating me back to God? And I need to let it work its way through, not interfering with my human doubt and aggravation? Just tune to the vibration of the serum; stay in that, see it everywhere inside. It takes over the Mind and there is profound relief, and after that is the vision of perfection everywhere, and after that there is meeting my real self, then meeting myself in each one, then there is radiating ease about problems, laughing at separation and the idea of difficulty. I know it's there, waiting. Choose the vibration in the wall, or the tree. Anything is perfect to remind me.
Finally, in a meditation I visualize the sparkly light spreading through me, and enter it. In the light the particles are oscillating at a faster pace than in the energy wall, yet it's more harmonious and comfortable. The particle orbits are smaller. As I stay in that frequency, the orbits of the subatomic particles get smaller and smaller and finally disappear altogether. I am left simply BEING in a totally continuous, transparent energy of Love. No more particles, no more vibration, no more duality. All is complete and incredibly peaceful. I wonder if I have just made a quantum leap, gone with the particles out of form into another dimension where they aren't energy anymore, but pure awareness.

If you're being challenged by the same sort of energy-emotion-mind intensifications, know that you are probably facing some of the core fears and oldest limiting behavior habits you have. These probably revolve around rejection and abandonment, feeling separate and unloved, or deeply guilty for doing something wrong that you can't even grasp.

Here are some things you might keep in mind:

• Be on alert for fatalistic, limiting declarations in your outer conversations or inner self-talk that feed victim consciousness; stop them midstream when you hear yourself uttering them. Just be spacious instead for a moment until a healthier thought arises from the true core of yourself. Break the old habit of indulging in feeling you are bad and are about to be rejected because someone else feels hurt, or for taking responsibility for other people's hurt. Watch the connected thought and the underlying anxiety: that you must take away their pain or reject them first.

• Practice observing others indulging in their own pain. Let them do it; you will probably discover a simple way (some simple comment, or touch) to help them move forward and through the stuckness, instead of taking it away from them. Offer what assistance you want to offer, because you truly love doing it. Take responsibility only for what you can change in yourself.

• Recognize moments when you flip into accusing, judging, or blaming: yourself or others. Suspend immediately and go soft, blank for a moment until the pause lets you think more responsibly about what's really best to do in those situations. What really needs to be communicated? Form some words that speak truth without projection. Perhaps doing this is going to bring up anxiety, which if followed, will bring you to a blockage from earlier in your life.

• When you visit past memories:
  1. Think of it as breathing into them, and exhale back into the present moment immediately, letting your mind go soft, as though you don't really know what any of it means yet. Let all the experiences just BE. Do these kind of experiences belong ONLY to you? Or are they a polarized field that many people dip into and personalize in their own way?
  2. Recognize the repeating stories. What do you get out of repeating them?
  3. Let meaning come when it wants to. Do not overlay meaning just because your mind is nervous and wants "closure" or definition.
• Be honest, no justifications.

• Contemplate what it really means to forgive, to repent, to receive grace, to give grace. Then start doing it whenever you can remember.

• When you remember, soften your heart, chest, and back; bring oxygen into your cells; stretch out where your body physically contracts; work the tight spots.

• Keep in mind that other people can see your excellence and true nature. You don't have to over-represent your good traits to compensate for things you think are bad.

• Your "boundaries" will form naturally when you are truthful about what works for you to be your fullest self. By telling people what works for you, you are not hurting them, but helping them feel comfortable, because they then know how to act around you and that relieves tension for them. Do what it takes to not confuse people about your intentions.

• Slowly cultivate a cheerful, progressively enthusiastic attitude toward what's possible in the future. How problems can be solved magically in a win-win way—even though you can't think of the solution in the moment. Everything you wanted and were interested in in your youth (that you gave up or put on the back burner) can somehow be included in your present reality, if you allow it.

• Commit to the discovery of the present moment, the fresh awareness that is empowered to emerge through this opening. Simply notice what your higher self/holy spirit part is observing. What are you bringing to your awareness?

• Let yourself enjoy feeling loved, the way a child does. You don't owe the person anything. Your pleasure and feeling of safety in being loved, the light in your eyes, your smile, is reward enough for the person doing the loving.

Please remember that we are all helping each other, that at a deep level — as souls— we do know what we're doing, we do have the guidance to return to our naturally enlightened state and wake up from the dreams we're all so busily embroiled in. We can't jump out of the frying pan, or out of the fire, since there is nothing now BUT the purifying fire. It is our true state, and our best friend. Work with it.

Copyright by Penney Peirce 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The "Goo State"

The past week and somewhat this week, I and a number of my friends and clients, have been feeling somewhat "wet noodle-ish" and disconnected. I joked that after being in New York City the previous week, with a full, intense, and upbeat schedule, returning to Florida was like water sinking through the sand and spreading out. It's so peaceful here! And, I felt like I was indulging in "But I don't WANT to!" every time my left brain thought up ambitious things for me to do.

Other friends report not wanting to talk to people, that some of their typical coterie of friends seemed to be conversing about uninteresting things and even things that were just "wrong." And, they weren't even getting riled up about politics! Nothing seemed too interesting. Another friend calls this the "goo state" and she falls into it every so often, especially after a period of intense travel or work.

One friend who does healing was wrestling with whether she should continue with the form she's been using. After talking it through, it seemed like part of her was feeling trapped by people's expectations: fix me, show me a miracle, and let me put you on a pedestal and not take any responsibility myself for what happens to me. She realized that the healing process was sacred and she wanted to stay totally in touch with that. And, that rescuing people wasn't what it was about, though it was easy to want to help people that way.

Another friend who does mediumistic work said the people who set up appointments with her were just not showing up, nor calling to cancel. And she said she didn't much care. After we spoke, it came to light that she was right in the doorway, deciding whether to step through into her natural talents and the probability that she would become well-known and popular. This was dredging up old memories about persecution and she wasn't sure about becoming truly visible again—even though she knew better now. So instead of deciding and working it out, partly because it was all still only semi-conscious, it was easier to avoid the whole thing and "leave her body." This was resulting in her feeling of being disconnected and vague. And, her clients were acting the same way—not commiting to the follow-through.

I'm in a doorway, too. There is a sense of my work in the world expanding in some way, some magical way, and yet my left brain can't picture it or understand the "how." When it tries to push me forward into the new work, using old methodologies and strategies, I rebel. New opportunities have to feel "just right" and I don't know how to explain to myself what that constitutes just yet. When things fit, I light up. If they don't, I just want to read, watch TV, or garden.

I sense there is always a good reason we don't move forward. Often it's an old belief. Like, "If I become really successful, I won't have any time to myself." Or, "If I become too visible, people will misinterpret me or try to harm me." Or, "If I try to do too much, I'll fail." I'm trying to remember that I do know how to create something in my imagination that supports me and others, where it's win-win-win. I don't have to create a partial or paralyzed reality if I don't want to! And, there's nothing wrong with truly resting and gestating new things in a wet noodle-ish state! it's actually rather pleasant!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We Are Not the People’s Enemies

I'm sharing this letter from the Authors Guild:

On February 20th, the Authors Guild released the following statement denouncing President Trump's “declaration of war” on the press. Since then, the situation has only worsened: On February 24th, White House press secretary Sean Spicer prevented reporters from CNN, The New York Times, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, and BuzzFeed from attending a press briefing. This was an assault on the free flow of information, and it cannot be countenanced. Spicer seems to have forgotten one of the fundamental principles of democracy, as he expressed back in December when he said, “I think we have a respect for the press when it comes to government. That is something you can’t ban. . . . I think that’s what makes democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”

First President Trump complained that “the media” was biased against him. “Dishonest.” Presidents have made such complaints before, in moments of weakness and self-pity. Then he labeled the media as “the opposition party.”

Now he has declared journalists to be “the enemy of the American People.”

We at the Authors Guild hear that as a declaration of war. We know our history. Enemy of the People is a phrase long favored by authoritarians and tyrants. The “correct Russian term,” Gary Shteyngart points out, is врагнарода, vrag naroda. Long before Lenin and Stalin used it, Robespierre inaugurated the Reign of Terror by declaring that the Revolutionary Government “owes nothing to the Enemies of the People but death.”

An earlier president, John F. Kennedy—when he was taking a beating in the press after the Bay of Pigs fiasco—was asked if he resented the media. He said this:

“It is never pleasant to be reading things that are not agreeable news, but I would say that it is an invaluable arm of the presidency, as a check, really, on what is going on in the administration … I would think that Mr. Khrushchev operating a totalitarian system, which has many advantages as far as being able to move in secret, and all the rest—there is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily …Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn’t write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn’t any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.”

President Kennedy was a member of the Authors Guild. So are many of the journalists now covering the Trump presidency, the historians who will soon reflect upon it, and the novelists who challenge us with their imaginative—and, yes, subversive—visions.

The administration is now said to be preparing the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities under the false guise of budgetary necessity. We understand this, too, to be part of an attack on the free expression of diverse views.

The Authors Guild serves writers as a nonpartisan advocate. Our members represent a broad spectrum of social and political views. But blanket attacks on writers and journalists, as a class, are not a partisan issue; they are attacks on democracy itself. And, as advocates for authors and the first amendment rights of writers, we cannot let these attacks go unanswered.

We are not the people’s enemies. We are the eyes and ears of the people. And we are the people’s memory.