Monday, December 19, 2011
You never know what's going to capture your attention. For me, it was yesterday when I saw a little child enthralled with a friendly dog outside our local coffee place. She squealed and raised her arms up over her head in a gesture of outright glee. And I remembered how often I have seen little kids do the same thing at the beach, at the ocean. Perhaps it is the sheer stimulation of something so great, so overwhelming—like the sea and the sky or a joyful dog—that makes the innocent child want to connect with it, to embrace it with their whole little body. The photo, above, is one I took of my niece Julia years ago as she "got into the spirit" of Daytona Beach.
When do we lose the urge to make this gesture? I can't remember the last time I saw an adult raise his or her arms in glee—save for the occasional football player making a touchdown. Do we just become too weighed down by gravity? Are we so encumbered by carrying too many heavy purses and bags that we can't make our arms move anymore? With children, the arms rise of their own accord, no effort required. We adults must set intention first. . .
Try it! When we raise up our arms in this unselfconscious way, something happens to our heart: it widens and opens and the lungs take in air in a big enthusiastic gulp. It actually feels really good. But would we be caught dead doing it in public? Me, below. . .not showing my face!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
- Companies can now communicate with their markets directly. If they blow it, it could be their last chance.
- Companies need to realize their markets are often laughing. At them.
- Companies need to lighten up and take themselves less seriously. They need to get a sense of humor.
- Getting a sense of humor does not mean putting some jokes on the corporate web site. Rather, it requires big values, a little humility, straight talk, and a genuine point of view.
- Companies attempting to "position" themselves need to take a position. Optimally, it should relate to something their market actually cares about.
- Bombastic boasts—"We are positioned to become the preeminent provider of XYZ"—do not constitute a position.
- Companies need to come down from their Ivory Towers and talk to the people with whom they hope to create relationships.
- Public Relations does not relate to the public. Companies are deeply afraid of their markets.
- By speaking in language that is distant, uninviting, arrogant, they build walls to keep markets at bay.
- Most marketing programs are based on the fear that the market might see what's really going on inside the company.
- Elvis said it best: "We can't go on together with suspicious minds."
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Perhaps it is that we are nearing the ominous start of 2012 and its dramatic predictions. But I have been thinking about suffering and how it seems more and more unnecessary to me. Might 2012 be a time when we let go of the terrible weight we load upon the idea of suffering?
Isn't it strange that love has been assigned as the cause of suffering by so many people? Oscar Wilde said, "Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world." Actually, Buddha, in my opinion, is more correct in his statement that "Attachment is the cause of suffering." Many have misinterpreted that to mean we shouldn't feel, or love in an emotional way. Oscar Wilde also said, "To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life." And our modern philosopher, Woody Allen, partly corroborated this with, "To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving."
I have thought long and often about the causes and cures of suffering. It seems to me that Buddha's statement implies a few more layers of meaning before we can really understand him. When we look to the outside world for a source of love, and give "the other" responsibility for our happiness, and become attached to that person or object or situation as the source of happiness, and then the Flow moves us on, and we experience loss and change—the resistance to that is what causes suffering. The attachment to the old, comfortable reality where love was provided to us by the world is what causes us to be ripped away from being with what is, and finding love in a new form in the present moment and in ourselves.
When we create these sorts of "gaps" in our awareness—for instance, between a desired reality and the way it actually is, or by focusing on what we don't have to such a degree that we create a void where we can't experience the true self, or Soul—then we suffer. We suffer when we don't experience Soul and wholeness. Certainly physical pain is suffering, and it is a powerful distracting force for the mind. Yet ideally, if we can return to center in the midst of physical pain, and come fully present, and direct consciousness to the experience of love and Soul in the moment, pain can dissolve. Here are a few other quotes that begin to illustrate what I want to talk about:
"It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive." —William Somerset Maugham
"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering." —Ben Okri
"Suffering is not good for the soul, unless it teaches you to stop suffering." —Jane Roberts
The following is a transcript of a talk—a "research reading"—I did many years ago, from a trance state, on suffering. I'm leaving it in the rhythm of the spoken sentences to perhaps convey a certain subtle energy.
"It's deceptive when people advise you to "just love yourself" and everything will be fine. Our predominant model of perceiving is linear, that is, we visualize projecting or sending love to one another. So we naturally use that image when thinking about loving ourself. But how can we get outside ourself to project love back to ourself? You cannot really be separate from yourself in order to see or love yourself. You can only BE yourself, and look out from behind your eyes, and that means if you ARE love, the only thing you can do IS love.copyright by Penney Peirce 2011
Love is who you are and love is what you do. So, don't love yourself, just love. Just love, just love, just love. "I am Love, I am Loving." Don't try to receive love: Be love. The only time we move into suffering is when we try to receive love, when we try to love other people so they will love us, or when we try to love ourselves by looking at our images through other people's eyes. Then we lose our connection with the central truth: that we ARE love and all we want is to radiate it, share it, experience it, and feel it in motion.
So if you know who you are, why do you ever stop yourself from doing this? Go into a deep state and feel the sense of truth about who you really are, and from that place say, "There's nothing else in this world except me, and I am Love, so my whole world is Love. And I will never allow anything that is not this, that does not have this quality of oneness and love, to exist in my world, in any of my dimensions. So: the alternative to suffering: the statement "I AM."
You must first have the experience of yourself, and second, you must bring that experience into the body, into the here and now. It must become a feeling. How do you do that? You center. Bring your awareness inside your skin: Here. What does "here" denote? It denotes the body, it denotes space. Then you get into the now. Now denotes time. Time and space—you must put yourself squarely in the intersection of time and space where your physical body exists. You are coming into alignment with that location. And as you do you say, "I am Love; and I am Here; and I am Now. 100%. There's not one part of me that isn't Love, not one part of me that isn't Light. I am everything." This is what we might call the warrior's stance—total presence, total conviction, total knowledge, no doubt. So, you are Love, you are Here, you are Now, you are in the body, you have BECOME the body AS the higher superconsciousness, or Soul.
Next start expanding the bubble of your present moment in terms of space and time. So from the awareness of being the body, next become the aura: "I am everything around me for 3 feet, 5 feet, 10 feet, above and below. I am the luminous egg. I have no skin; my body is open. I am light permeating everywhere. I am a collection of particles of light floating in space; a ball of light." Let the light clear until you simply feel its diamond presence in everything around you, and keep expanding yourself, gradually including everything into your conscious awareness, until you reach a point where nothing in this world exists outside you. "I am the world; the earth exists inside my consciousness; the peoples of the world live inside of me. The solar system lives inside my awareness."
You can go as far as you want, making the universe personal—then you can come back again. But realize that as you increase your awareness of size, which is space—you also increase the amount of time you have. You empower yourself for action, because you have unlimited time and space. And, if you have included other people inside your consciousness, they are being created by you and are therefore a part of you, an aspect of you. They must know you. And they must be embodying a certain thought or facet of your identity because they include you as well. So there is a learning here—that as you look at others and say, This is me. How is this me? What is the message they bring?, then you know more about your own inner dynamics and the ingenuity of your creativity.
The skin is no boundary. What occurs inside your mind, the thoughts that are seeded to you from the inner self, are also happening in the outer mind, that which we often refer to as the environment, or your world, or your reality. The environment is your outer self. The inner and outer selves always act in unison, so that if you will start matching up or aligning the occurrences in the world with the same thoughts inside your brain, you will feel bigger, more confident and at peace, and more of your Soul will be available to the conscious you.
To summarize a bit, then: The key to ending suffering is to be fully present, here and now, as your true Soul-self, including others within you as that Self. If your Self is Love, they are Love. If you are in harmony, they are in harmony. If you are Love, your whole world is Love if you have merged with your world. If you are loving, the world is loving, the people in your world are loving, loving anything in their world, and if you come near them, they love you. You are "in love" together. If you are your Soul-self, there is no suffering. And yet there will be people who occur within you who still act as though they are suffering. Just be with them. Don't believe them. Say, "I hear you, and I KNOW you are not hearing your Soul. I am going to be with you, fully, for even just one moment. I am going to see the real You."
Let them feel your presence, let them merge into it as much as they wish, let them become you, as you become them. Let the beingness equalize, and your certainty will transfer to them and they will KNOW. And it won't be you who's done it, it will be the Soul that has done it. It's your alignment with and affirmation of what is already so, being communicated to the part of them that knows this is true as well, to that little spark inside them which has never been blown out. That little spark perks up, says "You are right! That's what I've been waiting for, and now I can come into activation. And I will displace through my own presence all that is not true in this personality." When this occurs, there may easily be instantaneous healings, remissions, sudden personality changes, and spiritual transformations."
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
My publisher, Beyond Words/Simon&Schuster, is offering a special holiday deal of both of my latest books: The Intuitive Way and Frequency, for $18.99 (a $34 value). That's actually a super price for these two guidebooks that complement each other so well. You can find out about it at the Daily Deal for 12/7. . . http://www.beyondword.com/daily-deals/
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Penney Peirce spoke with host Gray Scott, host of Serious Wonder Radio, for 2 hours about Frequency and all sorts of fascinating topics. You can listen to Episdode 16 at https://www.seriouswonder.com/radio. The website is cool, too!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
- What's happening to markets is also happening among employees. A metaphysical construct called "The Company" is the only thing standing between the two.
- Corporations do not speak in the same voice as these new networked conversations. To their intended online audiences, companies sound hollow, flat, literally inhuman.
- In just a few more years, the current homogenized "voice" of business—the sound of mission statements and brochures—will seem as contrived and artificial as the language of the 18th century French court.
- Already, companies that speak in the language of the pitch, the dog-and-pony show, are no longer speaking to anyone.
- Companies that assume online markets are the same markets that used to watch their ads on television are kidding themselves.
- Companies that don't realize their markets are now networked person-to-person, getting smarter as a result and deeply joined in conversation are missing their best opportunity.
Radio Host and spiritual leader, Simran Singh, produces an exquisite print magazine called 11:11—A Magazine Devoted to the Journey of the Soul. The newest issue for November/December has the theme of SELF-CARE ARTISAN and features an article on Penney and Frequency. It also features articles about Jack Canfield, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Iyanla Vanzant.
I was contacted recently by a woman whose son had just experienced a seizure, quite unexpectedly, at work. She said, "I know he has been under a lot of stress in all areas of his life—health, relationships, his job is ending soon and he has to move. That may be the cause but I was wondering if you had any insight about seizures and frequency?"
Here's what I came up with; perhaps it may be food for thought for others. . .
It's an interesting question. As I put my attention on it, I get that seizures are often the body trying to adjust itself to a higher frequency or a smoother flow of energy through certain pathways that may need to be opened for the evolution to proceed. Like part of a recircuiting process. If there are blockages, which could be various beliefs, habits of awareness, electrochemical imbalances due to locked in emotional habits, or possibly even too much buildup of "artificial" energies like efts, static of some sort. . .then I sense that the body tries to shudder to throw that off, to shift the pattern, to break old patterns, much like an energetic chiropractic adjustment.
I think being in nature can be a big help to neutralize too much artificial stimulation. Fasting to some degree might also help the system simplify for a little while. Perhaps things like acupuncture, tai chi, smooth and rhythmic movement of any sort (swimming) especially that involves diagonal connections of left and right and upper and lower body, as well as music and sound that can, through regular calm rhythms and continuous tones, smooth the perceptual pathways. . .these things may assist in the shifting of the brain and brain-body pathways.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
BBC Radio 4 has a variety of extremely well-done (with professional actors) podcast "mini-series." You might want to check out the first 7 episodes (out of 10), 15 minutes each, of the one in progress now—a fascinating and witty series by Dr. Geoff Bunn on THE HISTORY OF THE BRAIN.
1. A Hole in the Head
2. The Blood of the Gladiators
3. The Origin of Common Sense
4. Spirits in the Material World
5. The Spark of Being
6. The Beast Within
7. Mind the Gap
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
- The Internet is enabling conversations among human beings that were simply not possible in the era of mass media.
- Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy.
- In both internetworked markets and among intranetworked employees, people are speaking to each other in a powerful new way.
- These networked conversations are enabling powerful new forms of social organization and knowledge exchange to emerge.
- As a result, markets are getting smarter, more informed, more organized. Participation in a networked market changes people fundamentally.
- People in networked markets have figured out that they get far better information and support from one another than from vendors. So much for corporate rhetoric about adding value to commoditized products.
- There are no secrets. The networked market knows more than companies do about their own products. And whether the news is good or bad, they tell everyone.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Networked markets are beginning to self-organize faster than the companies that have traditionally served them. Thanks to the web, markets are becoming better informed, smarter, and more demanding of qualities missing from most business organizations.Markets are conversations.
Markets consist of human beings, not demographic sectors.
Conversations among human beings sound human. They are conducted in a human voice.
Whether delivering information, opinions, perspectives, dissenting arguments or humorous asides, the human voice is typically open, natural, uncontrived.
People recognize each other as such from the sound of this voice.
The Internet is enabling conversations among human beings that were simply not possible in the era of mass media.
Monday, October 3, 2011
I've been posting bits of an old manuscript I wrote in the late 70s. . .and it's interesting to see that in my attempts then to merge into the collective consciousness and speak from that unified voice, so much of what was said is so simple and true today. The Voice in me could easily be the Divine Voice inside anyone and everyone. Previous parts can be found on Jul 12, Aug 19, Aug 26, and Nov 4, 2010; Jan 15, Feb 9, Mar 30, May 17, and Sep 17, 2011.
THE STILL CENTER
We are caught in a whirlwind of reactive activity based on the dysfunctional logic of the distracting mind. But all dervishes rotate about a still core, an eye that is single. Notice synchronous timing and the grace that is possible, even within activity that is highly accelerated or chaotic. Love is instantaneous and miracles are absolutely natural. Keep this perspective and it keeps you in right relationship to the Divine. You are a loving child and a cocreator with the Divine, working from a higher plan. The Love of the Divine is actually YOUR love, since in the end, as evolution completes, you discover that you, and all beings, ARE the Divine. The experience of love as your core identity inheres in your nature and cannot be prevented from becoming conscious.
There is no separation between you and the Divine, and there is only one energy that is the true substance of the Divine: LOVE. The path back into this experience is a sacred journey, each step is blessed, and your way home is cared for and tended to. None perish, all grow. All succeed on their paths, no matter how divergent or different their processes may seem from your own. Doubt not in times of confusion; fear not in times of panic. Keep the still center. Know that a higher vision encompasses all, misses nothing, shines of you forever. There is no end, except to illusion.
Enlightenment is acknowledgment that this, right here, is the Kingdom of Light. It exists within and without, now, everywhere. It is not out in space nor at a distant time in some future. How much light we see within our own consciousness is how much light we are; and we are identifying with larger and larger spheres of light. As we identify ourselves more and more as the Divine, we have more and more influence in the earth plane as agents of transformation. Somehow, as we are ready, Spirit reveals more of our own light to our conscious mind. How does this happen? How are we paced in the remembrance of who we already are?
Enlightenment, or the end of evolution, is the degree to which consciousness is aware of itself. When fully aware, there is the end of observation. It is gratitude that opens you to the inflow of memory of these deep and true states, these experiences of core identity. Each step you take is a learning, an initiation, and a transition into new levels of seeing. Each step up the mountain gives a new view, each new seeding of a thought or memory into your conscious mind creates a new worldview. Initiations occur commonly, every day, to everyone. Notice those things in your life that stand out—these are marker points, initiations. You no longer need to go into the King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid for ceremonial revelations. Major revelatory experiences are right under your nose, sprinkled through daily life.
INITIATION AND REVELATION
To find truth today you must use your inner senses and discern the finest levels of meaning in what occurs around you. Revelation comes from within; the Great Initiator of ancient times is no more, now that facilitator is YOU. There are, of course, nonphysical beings who assist your spiritual growth but in a larger sense they are aspects of you and your growth IS their growth as well. We are all learning to remember and become more of who we already are. Even to the highest ascended masters, where identity as "entity" exists, there is still separation from the Divine.
Revelation and initiation always bring heightened awareness that identity dissolves progressively into unity. So as you become more conscious, we all do. No light can increase its measure without increasing in like proportion everywhere. An initiation only frees you to live more fully within the laws of the universe and through that, to experience true freedom and peace. There is forever the same motion that you now call "work." As you evolve, it is known as joy, as action taken in love.
Copyright by Penney Peirce 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
I thought this was interesting, as seen as part of the transformation process. . . The Institute of Noetic Sciences bulletin, The Noetic Post, Vol 1 No2, reports:
"The five levels of social consciousness that we have identified include:
(1) embedded, where consciousness is shaped without conscious awareness by social, cultural, and biological factors and which is a kind of presocial consciousness;
(2) self-reflexive, in which people gain awareness of how their experiences are conditioned by the social world through reflection and contemplative practices;
(3) engaged, in which people are not only aware of the social environment but also begin to mobilize an intention to contribute to the greater good in some outwardly directed way;
(4) collaborative, in which people see themselves as a part of the collective and begin to work with others to co-create or shape the social environment by collaborative actions, such as collective inquiry, social networking, and learning; and
(5) resonant, in which people report a sense of essential interrelatedness with others—a field of shared experience and emergence that is felt and expressed in social groups and that stimulates social transformation."
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wherever I am, I can dissolve the apparition of the physical world, my body, and my personality-self. I can become a ball of light floating in the center of space and time, totally supported from all directions. As I float here I can raise my vibratory rate and my light changes. It moves from golden to intense diamond, and I "see" myself as a glossy area in the field. The longer I hold this in my awareness, or hold my awareness at this focus, the larger the space of "me" becomes.
The larger the space of me becomes, the harder it is to hold it, and soon a natural motion of expansion takes over for my mind, and the motion moves on its own, and the scope of the space of me adjusts itself according to universal rhythms. The ride is sublime! As I experience the ride I become so much more and less and more of what exists and I don't ever use mind to stop or hold because that would be rude; that would be an uncomfortable disturbance to the natural pleasure state of the universe.
As I continue being with the ride, I become aware of being other beings and groups of beings and in these foci exist streams and webs and intricate lacelike patterns of knowledge and progressions of insights to conclusions that only last a fraction of a millisecond before melting into new flows, and the flow through a knowledge web goes forward, backward, all directions at once. Going into these knowledge webs is another kind of ride where I see that saturating myself into omnidirectional knowledge pathways instantaneously is the most natural form of knowing.
Copyright by Penney Peirce 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I have several copies of the foreign editions of my books. The cost of sending them abroad is prohibitive, but for anyone in the USA, who would like to pay the postage, I'll be glad to send them to you.
You may contact me via my website: www.penneypeirce.com
1. HeartGlow Living Radio with Host Deb Snyder, PhD, Sept 28, 10am PT
2. Whitley Strieber's Dreamland, with Host Marla Frees, Sept 29, 11am PT
3. Conscious Talk Radio with Host Brenda Michaels, Sept 30, 7am PT
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A snake came to my water-trough
On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat,
To drink there.
In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-tree
I came down the steps with my pitcher
And must wait, must stand and wait, for there he was at the trough before me.
He reached down from a fissure in the earth-wall in the gloom
And trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down, over the edge of the stone trough
And rested his throat upon the stone bottom,
And where the water had dripped from the tap, in a small clearness,
He sipped with his straight mouth,
Softly drank through his straight gums, into his slack long body,
Someone was before me at my water-trough,
And I, like a second comer, waiting.
He lifted his head from his drinking, as cattle do,
And looked at me vaguely, as drinking cattle do,
And flickered his two-forked tongue from his lips, and mused a moment,
And stooped and drank a little more,
Being earth-brown, earth-golden from the burning bowels of the earth
On the day of Sicilian July, with Etna smoking.
The voice of my education said to me
He must be killed,
For in Sicily the black, black snakes are innocent, the gold are venomous.
And voices in me said, If you were a man
You would take a stick and break him now, and finish him off.
But must I confess how I liked him,
How glad I was he had come like a guest in quiet, to drink at my water-trough
And depart peaceful, pacified, and thankless,
Into the burning bowels of this earth?
Was it cowardice, that I dared not kill him?
Was it perversity, that I longed to talk to him?
Was it humility, to feel so honoured?
I felt so honoured.
And yet those voices:
If you were not afraid, you would kill him!
And truly I was afraid, I was most afraid,
But even so, honoured still more
That he should seek my hospitality
From out the dark door of the secret earth.
He drank enough
And lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunken,
And flickered his tongue like a forked night on the air, so black,
Seeming to lick his lips,
And looked around like a god, unseeing, into the air,
And slowly turned his head,
And slowly, very slowly, as if thrice adream,
Proceeded to draw his slow length curving round
And climb again the broken bank of my wall-face.
And as he put his head into that dreadful hole,
And as he slowly drew up, snake-easing his shoulders, and entered farther,
A sort of horror, a sort of protest against his withdrawing into that horrid black hole,
Deliberately going into the blackness, and slowly drawing himself after,
Overcame me now his back was turned.
I looked round, I put down my pitcher,
I picked up a clumsy log
And threw it at the water-trough with a clatter.
I think it did not hit him,
But suddenly that part of him that was left behind convulsed in undignified haste.
Writhed like lightning, and was gone
Into the black hole, the earth-lipped fissure in the wall-front,
At which, in the intense still noon, I stared with fascination.
And immediately I regretted it.
I thought how paltry, how vulgar, what a mean act!
I despised myself and the voices of my accursed human education.
And I thought of the albatross
And I wished he would come back, my snake.
For he seemed to me again like a king,
Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld
Now due to be crowned again.
And so, I missed my chance with one of the lords
And I have something to expiate:
Saturday, September 24, 2011
My Australian friend Susie Surtees and I were talking about intuition and meditation one day and she took these notes and put it together in a really clear way. I just found the document and thought I'd pass it on.
There are two worlds that offer many kinds of perception.
There’s the "outer" world with your eyes open where you see objects and space: we generally become aware of 90% of this world through vision — you know this one well.
We’ve become used to thinking about vision-based perception as the major way of perceiving.
When you close your eyes, though, there’s a different world — an inner reality of energy, imagination, and many levels of nonphysical experience and awareness.
What happens in these inner worlds often determines the way the outer world looks and functions.
There are also three parts of your brain and perception feels different and behaves differently when you’re in each of those parts. Every kind of perception is legitimate and useful, and provides different things.
The lower brain (brain stem/reptile brain) controls automatic functions like breathing, heartbeat, and digestion. It is very connected with your body consciousness.
It’s also about survival and safety, causing the fight-or-flight reaction when we feel threatened.
It can provide you with immediate "energy information" via vibration, in the form of expanded or contracted sensations and feelings.
The mid brain (limbic system) is the center for sensory awareness — vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. It influences long-term memories, motivation, appetites, and sleep cycles. It’s also where you experience similarities, love, affection, and belonging.
Vision is closest to the upper brain functions and smell is closest to the reptile brain functions.
In the upper brain (neocortex) there are two hemispheres.
In the right hemisphere we experience patterns, direct knowing, conceptual awareness, and process experiential learning.
In the left hemisphere we make choices, control lower brain impulses, anticipate consequences, organize thoughts, plan, set goals, and practice critical thinking.
It’s also the center of language, analysis, definition, and meaning.
When you operate in the left hemisphere most of the time, you limit other modes of perception, which limits your potential, and your reality.
You block your ability to know intuitively, through direct knowing. Direct knowing saves time, is accurate, and efficient.
Meditation moves you out of the left hemisphere into the right brain, then drops you into your midbrain and reptile brain, and further into your heart.
It helps you become more conscious of other more expanded ways of perceiving. You realize your body, your cells, and the field of energy around you are all conscious! Together all your ways of knowing form a giant nonlocalized brain.
It helps to tune in to what you’re experiencing physically in your body to develop intuition so that when you’re confused you can cut through the mental chatter and confusion to the core truths.
You’ll learn to do this during everyday activities and to stay consciously aligned with your personal values during times of stress and in all of life.
You’ll become better at regulating your emotional and thinking landscapes and be in a place of calmness and ease during unpredictable times.
Meditation can be active — guided and purposeful, or passive — no thought, just direct experience.
Copyright by Penney Peirce 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
There is a door to spaciousness and silence and stillness; step through. Don't think about when you'll leave.
In the moment there are no blockages. These are a function of left-brain thinking. If you're processing rather than creating, your left brain is running the show.
Passion only comes when the heart is open and the body, senses, and feeling ability are fully engaged. Passion is engagement without thought of an exit point or strategy. Passion is motivation fueled by the mind aligned with the soul and the lifetime's destiny. It feels so good and easy, even if challenging, so totally absorbing. Passion is purity of focus and non-selfconscious release through talent. So it pays to develop skill and facility.
I want to make squiggles with a big fat calligraphy brush full of thick black ink and my left brain immediately says, "What a waste of expensive ink! It takes years to have the skill to make good squiggles." But a stubborn part of me, perhaps the REAL me, wants to go through the door to the new space, the place I recognize, to explore the mindless sensation not the form.
Abstract Japanese Calligraphy from the Kazuya Akimoto Art Museum
Monday, September 19, 2011
October 14-16, 2011, Kripalu Center, in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.
Explore leading-edge concepts from Frequency, the best-selling book by Penney Peirce. This workshop will teach you how to succeed in what Penney calls the “new energy reality.” You will learn to master the dynamics of energy, time, and intuition, and unblock the flow so you can easily synchronize with your destiny.
In this intensive, you will learn to
- Feel your personal vibration and “home frequency,” free yourself from negative or low vibrations, and keep your energy level high
- Access intuition and accurately interpret the nonverbal “energy information” your empathic body receives from the energy field around you
- Use “frequency principles”—methods based on the way energy actually functions—to solve problems and create the life you want
- Improve your relationships using principles of resonance and “frequency matching.”
Discover how you can apply energetic principles to tasks in your personal and business life so you can make accurate decisions, set priorities wisely, and know when to act.
Recommended reading Penney Peirce, Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration (Atria Books/Beyond Words).
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I've been posting bits of an old manuscript I wrote in 1980 or so. . .and it's interesting to see that in my attempts then to merge into the collective consciousness and speak from that unified voice, so much of what was said is so simple and true today. The Voice in me could easily be the Divine Voice inside anyone and everyone. Previous parts can be found on Jul 12, Aug 19, Aug 26, and Nov 4, 2010; Jan 15, Feb 9, Mar 30, and May 17, 2011.
We must find our source of internal wisdom, out teacher part, that will guide and remind us of our true identity. That part is the conscience, though in its truest functioning, the word "should" has no place. The essential conscience speaks of truth and gently reminds us of what is real—really real, not superficially real. Over millennia the conscience has become the watchdog for the mind/ego and we've forgotten its divine function.
When do we question? When do we surrender and trust? When our integrity demands it. Integrity is conscience in the best sense—not shoulds but wants, wants based on truth. Our actions come to be regulated by subtle physical tensions; if we don't act according to truth, it feels terrible to live with it. Sometimes doing what is necessary is temporarily uncomfortable to the mind, but the spirit is rejoicing.
SMOOTHNESS IS TRUTH
Believe in smoothness. This is the quality that reveals spirit in all its manifestations. This ease of creation is the essence of the Divine. Divine will most often operates to create synchronicity, or miracles of timing. Pay attention when events fall this way, for smooth rhythm is truth. When situations seem to occur haphazardly or feel frustrating and rough, look to see what slightly twisted thing might be being created. It is you who are out of rhythm, for the Divine creates perfectly.
Not one thing can be out of place or time in this universe. The Divine knows all and all proceeds under divine super-vision, which is simply another name for the universal laws that guide the flow. Every motion and action in your life is divine energy connected to divine consciousness and ordered by divine sanity. Keep seeing it, keep saying it, keep living it, keep thinking it, and the grace and magic of it all will grow in your life.
Nothing is given that is not to be used. It would indeed be ridiculous for the Divine to spend life force energy to create dead, unoccupied forms. All universal truths may be known through common sense for they are common. We are made, ordered, and maintained within these compassionate laws, and if you just look and listen they are easy to recognize and know.
Imagine yourself standing before the all-knowing Creator. Become now as this Being knows you. Can you even imagine how well this Being knows you and your capabilities? How much you are valued? You are constantly catching up with your Creator's ever-present, ever-increasing knowledge of your totality. By merging into your inner core, your simple emergence place, you can have a new experience moment-by-moment of this great self who you are, as the Creator reveals you to you. You are being created constantly.
Copyright by Penney Peirce 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I recently found this piece of writing I did after I had had a stream of clients who had lost motivation for what they'd been doing successfully for a long time, and who were now feeling rudderless, not yet able to find the sense of their destiny-direction. I asked my inner voice, or Inner Perceiver, what was entailed in finding and embodying one's destiny.
Notice the feeling of being "stuck" in the old, of resisting what feels old. Notice that this experience is characterized by a sense of contraction or clenching of your energy flow. Your mind is doing this, by trying to identify and define a whole new pattern before it is revealed experientially to your body. The left brain will truly be the last part of you to know, so let it rest. The new life, the new pattern of destiny, must unfold; it doesn't come to you like a ball thrown from the heavens. It is more like a seed sprouting from your center, and gently, in perfect timing, unfolding its shoots, leaves, and roots. Your body and the world around you act as the soil and water, the training of your mind to let go of projecting into the future for answers and instead to drop into the deep dark within-place is the nutritious fertilizer. Faith in your own soul's plan and ability to evolve you effortlessly is the water and sunshine.
Next, look for the shoulds, have-tos, and can'ts that underlie the contractions you feel. Example: "I have to pay the bills, so I can't just stop and start over, or do something I love. I should be responsible." These are ideas that come from the limited mind, the old sacrificial way of being. Pause and temporarily disengage from these left-brain negative, declarative statements. Then, let go of the pictures connected to these statements that cause grief, like imagining your downward spiral into poverty, illness, loss, and abandonment. Unplug from those images. Take the negative electrical charges out of your personal field, by imagining that they are grounded out of existence in the light of your soul, the same way static transfers from your body to another substance. You might experience these charges as your "buttons" or "triggers," fears that cause instantaneous contractive reactions in your personality and organism. Dissolve them. Move into neutrality and openness.
Next, let anything be OK. Be with things in the moment, just as they are. There is no NEED for change, as all is well right now. When you can truly relax into the truth of that, you will next feel that it's fine for anything to occur, and that what comes to you will arise from your soul's wisdom, which is always evolutionary. Pay attention to what you want to do NOW, and do each thing with childlike interest. You have emerged from the dark forest into the sunlit meadow filled with flowers, birds, butterflies, and a gurgling stream. It is a new, spacious world. And not knowing what's possible to discover, not holding an outcome in mind, simply experience each new thing as though you are a highly alert animal. Hear and relay the inner flow, noticing that it is the motive of both your own soul AND the collective consciousness of all souls, not separating from the flow-through to judge it. It will move you naturally from one experience to another.
Notice people again and rejoin the interaction. See their light and how they would be with fully open hearts. Turn around your judgments to allowings and express yourself freely; give what you want to give, what brings you pleasure. As you enjoy the people more will gather. Enjoy basking in your own light—the soft fuzz of its penetrating healing, effortless creativity, and magic. Enjoy the light of the others. Enjoyment is a powerful attractive force.
Now then, thoughts of new interests and the opportunities to experience them will come. Great people will emerge and you will not feel as though you are the misfit or pioneer in the wilderness forever. You are at the center of a large and loving family with perfect understanding and feeling. Allow it to emerge around you.
We, your family, come to you through your vibration, we speak through your vibration, and all action comes on this wavelength. Do this now: stabilize your desired experience of life. Do it first in your imagination. Imagine sweetness with effortless power to create, which means alignment of frequencies among the dimensions of yourself, so soul and flow can be experienced in all its nuances. Focus on a quality of ideas, then on a specific idea at a time. This acts as a magnet to draw better and better ideas and opportunities. When you receive an idea of what you want, ask for help from the collective consciousness, from all the beings. Don't feel you must ever work entirely alone; this is an old idea.
Destiny is not in the future. It resides in you now and fuels your every move. Do not let old mind habits, the clutter of the ages, interfere with your smooth transition.
Copyright by Penney Peirce, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Then you wake up in a nursing home feeling better every day. Then you get kicked out for being too healthy. Enjoy your retirement and collect your pension.
Then when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day. You work 40 years until you're too young to work.
You get ready for High School: drink alcohol, party, and you're generally promiscuous.
Then you go to primary school, you become a kid, you play, and you have no responsibilities. Then you become a baby, and then... You spend your last 9 months floating peacefully in Spa-like conditions—central heating, room service on tap, and then... You finish off as an orgasm.
I rest my case.
(I have been informed that this piece was actually written by comedian Sean Morey)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Looking back through my collection of poetic punctuation marks, I see they describe many very human moments of walking the path toward spiritual fulfillment. The Path has its ups, downs, and sudden turns, yet it also follows inherently orderly principles. I am mostly fascinated with what is simple, ordinary, childlike, and at the same time profound and symbolic of these compassionate universal laws. What creates a living state of awareness, a contagious mood, the timeless pause?
I'm not so motivated to write a great poem structurally, as I am in catalyzing "real moments" and turning on the heart's light switch. I'm also interested in the differences in the way men and women perceive the path to spirit. Culturally, we seem to have accepted a predominantly male priesthood's ideas of abstinence, detachment, and overcoming the sinful body and emotions with mental discipline as the only truths about how to reach heaven.
As a woman, I've always felt that the earth has great dignity, wisdom, and light and is far from being an evil force or a place of suffering. All actions—be they sane, insane, compassionate, or selfish—exist within the body of the Great Knower/Lover. To reject part of our totality is to miss the wide road to enlightenment. I believe human emotion and the capacity to feel is our saving grace; it is what differentiates us from the minerals, plants, animals—even the angelic realm—and makes humanity such an important cosmic experiment. To feel passion and know the inner fire allows us to evolve consciously and intentionally. And thus, we can drive the evolution of the physical plane and accelerate the flow of consciousness through heightened yearning. To me, this is the heart of poetry.
To accept everything about our humanness and love it with the compassion of the Great Mother is to enter into a union with Spirit that gives much greater enlightenment than can be attained by moral dictates. We must learn to trust the natural laws inherent in our cells, in the mechanism of perception itself, and fall into the formless order, as the fast-flying Arrow of Truth ironically sometimes lands in the all-enveloping, deep, dark Lake of Joy.
I started thinking about truth and joy as aspects of the same thing when I received the I Ching's hexagram 58, Tui, The Joyous Lake, as an answer to a question. The hexagram is composed of two identical trigrams—above: The Joyous, Lake, and below: The Joyous, Lake. The description says it is characterized by "the smiling lake," and "joy is indicated by the fact that there are two strong lines within, expressing themselves through the medium of gentleness." It goes on to say that, "Truth and strength must dwell in the heart, while gentleness reveals itself in social intercourse. In this way one assumes the right attitude toward God and man achieves something." The image is described: "A lake evaporates upward and thus gradually dries up; but when two lakes are joined they do not dry up so readily, for one replenishes the other. It is the same in the field of knowledge. Knowledge should be a refreshing and vitalizing force."
Truth is something that really does not have to be regulated and monitored as our left brains are wont to do; it is encoded in the inner blueprint of our etheric body, organizing us from the inside in intricate harmony. We can relax about saving ourselves; we are already saved. We can relax about drowning in the void of the quiet black Lake of Joy; a huge part of us is always "dead," existing in the ecstatic nonphysical realms where diamond light is more evident than emptiness. Writing a poem is the sacred act of merging truth and joy, language and direct feeling, earth with water with fire with air.
What characterizes our planet is its feminine, watery nature. We are creatures born of water, capable of breathing water as we gestate. We think we leave the liquid state at birth, yet we are really liquid light; our consciousness flows. Our hearts melt. Our fears evaporate. And our soul can feel parched. Our mind can freeze up without poetry and prayer and devotion and awe. In these days, we are returning to Her and the knowledge of an energetically fluid—not solid—world.
The journey into spirit, as I experience it, is not through the air, flying over the flooded rivers and streams, nor into the far reaches of outer space. It's not about collecting more information, even of the highest ilk. To evolve we must dive. First into the waters of our own emotions, and into those of humanity as a whole, then down into matter itself. We must learn to breathe matter, to condense ourselves into stone, losing our superficial sight, where eventually, if we wait attentively, a new spacious world of liquid light appears, which has been present all along. Then, enveloped in a greater freedom, we can hear the original Word, and on that spiral of sound, the Poem, wind ourselves back out to our Home place where every ephemeral dream is dissolved and the one real thing is remembered.
in the living stone
the breathing rock
news travels slow in here
no sight, no sound
the self squeezed out of me
forced surrender of will
a world of patience and waiting
of sensing with the bones
knowing is sure
the stone is the last step
DIPPING TOWARD SEARCHLIGHT, NEVADA
long long view down Rt. 95 line drive
through lake bottom haze
creosote bush olive green forever
datura somehow rooted in the shoulders
and flowering big white bells
signs declare state boundaries
owners’ imprints shift
but a second until the land,
the land takes authority again
dissolving all definition into
its deep familiarity with itself—
so deep it doesn’t know I’m here
driving so fast and straight
in this old slow dream
Copyright by Penney Peirce 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
The urge to keep a journal and write poems seized me early. Inspired by several years when my family lived on a farm in Kansas, I penned this preteen masterpiece: "The most beautiful time in Kansas, I think/Is when the sky turns shades of blue, gray, and pink/This is the time when the breezes are few/And this is the time when the insects are, too." Luckily, keeping on does refine one's sensibilities and craft! Yet even in this juvenile rhyme, there's a seed of the reverence I've always felt for nature, for the way it becomes the Teacher if we can really be quiet and listen.
I carry a journal on airplanes and hikes, to mountaintops, beaches, and foreign countries. A poem is such a good way to distill the essence of a confusing or inspiring experience by blending actual detail with feeling to find the core spiritual message. After the last line mysteriously appears, as though from some inner master, I often feel sublimely wide-eyed, relieved, and wiser.
There have been times when a poem pressured me insistently, practically screaming at me to pull the car over and get a pen and paper from my purse. Then it would explode out in a rhythm all its own like a frilly belch or series of comical hiccups. At other times, I'd hear a phrase that felt like a first line, though I had no idea what the poem might be about. Sometimes a round bulge in my solar plexus would rise slowly to my chest, exciting me, and I'd know there was something that wanted to be said. If I could listen closely, and feel for the rhythm, the opening line would slide out, like a baby from the birth canal, setting the tone for the rest to flow upon.
Writing a poem is such a fascinating and magical thing. So often the words aren't there at first. It's just a mood that captures the whole body, and the mood is like a blueprint that patterns the mind and filters the words. If I stay in it, merged and a servant, the pattern picks the particular flow of sounds. The first thought is often only one plain garment that wraps itself around the meaning the poem seeks to reveal. The whole costume comes into view only because I start to dress myself—the lacy blouse leads to the short socks and black flats, to the purple slacks, to the long scarf, to the rakish beret. Et, voila! Zee outfit!
Copyright by Penney Peirce 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
I also realized that part of what's going on is that we're learning to live in a new way, in a spacious way, with MUCH greater freedom to create anything. As we become more transparent, it means giving up fixed ideas about the way we've always assumed the world works, or what death is, or how much we can be in any given lifetime. Without the fixed concepts, we first face a strange void, which can be mistaken for sadness, and our left brain can go into its comfortable cycle of feeling "wrong" or taking on the role of victim, wallowing around in what isn't. If we can embrace the openness and really BE with it, we find that the so-called Void actually starts sourcing us spontaneously, giving to us generously, providing exactly what is needed next. The only hitch is that the left brain can't know about it ahead of time, can't plan and control the flow. Here is what I wrote to my friend:
"I know that flat feeling of the open space that's left when old concepts clear out and actually don't need to be replaced by new beliefs. Getting used to living without organizing structures takes some getting used to. It's a new sort of freedom we never hoped we'd be able to have in our lifetime, and it's shocking to think it's ours. I just want to say that because people you know die, doesn't mean you are any less, or your life is any less rich. But you know this; I'm just saying it anyway. Feeling what isn't there can make you feel that you're not there. Better to feel the "departed" ARE there, and you are too. I'm sure that's what they would say to you, or are saying to you.
"Better not to look back at how you grew into who you are now and who you're becoming, with the critical eye of the left brain. Better to just be with what bubbles now. There are SO many pasts. Just one now moment. You're right that the new understanding is like a new seedling. We're all just beginning to get what it's going to be like, and as it comes clear, it's not new, but a joyful memory finding us again and becoming real. Let yourself be blank for a bit, perhaps. Don't push through. The void is the creator, the teacher, and we must have a loving relationship with it; it is the lover."
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
- Morning Segment: The Art of Interpretation—Reading Your Life Messages
- Afternoon Segment: The Art of Imagination—Creating Your New Reality