Thursday, January 24, 2013

Penney's Wisdom Letter #1 for 2013



As 2013 begins, I hear two things: for some people, important parts of their lives are falling apart and life is moving very fast. Others say: “I feel like I’m on hold,” or “Life feels flat; I can’t connect with my passion. Where has the old motivation gone?” I feel this, too, on and off throughout each day and each week. I look ahead and can’t see anything. Often, I’m drifting, or even blank.

My left brain doesn’t like it. My left brain wants me to “produce” constantly and be busy and meaningful. My left brain tells me I’m bad for being lazy, not staying on top of every detail, and not marketing myself with a vengeance. But I have the sense that another part of me that enters my reality through my right brain and body is slowly taking over. My left brain doesn’t like that either. It tries to distract me from deep silence with any number of things that keep the shallowness alive.

I remind myself that we naturally flow through cycles of “stuff” then “space,” then stuff, then space. We create and live by focusing attention into form and withdrawing attention from form, and the things in our lives come and go with our soul’s interest—and I always have the part of the cycle I need. If I have stuff, I’m actively creating; if I have space, I’m actively rejuvenating and reinventing my experience, aligning with new patterns and frequencies. I can’t have one without the other. I must go blank and release old motivations and passions so my soul can infuse my mind enough that I can notice new perceptions.

Those who have not let go of old cycles of “stuff” may be experiencing a Flow-induced surrender process in which left-brain resistance to the “space” part of the cycle causes the illusion of time moving at warp-speed. Often this phase of the process is accompanied by snags and jerky movement. A client told me her inner voice had advised her to “slow down to the speed of being.” For people who have already let go of old forms, and who are entering the present moment more fully, time may seem slow, though synchronicities may be increasing.

December 21, 2012, the end of the last baktun in the Mayan long-count calendar, and what I have sensed was the end of the world’s unconscious agreement about time being linear, came and went for me with no impact whatsoever. Just as January 1 follows December 31, so another Mayan long-count calendar period began. I had intuited that from that point on we’d have a growing sense that life was happening entirely in the present moment, that past and future would be swallowed up by the present, and we’d discover a truly different experience of time.

So far this year, for me, the first month has seemed interminably long, whereas last year the months were flying by like weeks. It’s the sort of "long" I experienced as a child, almost as though I have no concept of what a month is. Does time even "pass?"Somehow, this expansive sense of all time/no time feels a bit different than an ordinary shift from stuff to space.

Are we actually in limbo between realities? Last year, when I wrote the last word of my new book, Leap of Perception, I spontaneously burst into tears and sobbed. While sobbing I had a clear message that "I am done." I knew I was finished with a body of work, perhaps a period of time, perhaps some karma or a contract of some sort, that I had agreed to before I was born. I knew I had wanted to do it. My left brain chimed in: "Well maybe I’m going to die now." A few days later, a colleague called and we got to talking about this and he said, "You’re not going to die, you’re just going to do things without ‘having to.’ Nothing will seem like work from now on."

The theme that seems to be grabbing me so far is the draw of the inner worlds and the true experience of the wide-open imaginal realm. I find myself watching television shows about unearthing mysteries and the supernatural. I want to dematerialize, discover the hidden history of the movement of people around the globe, and see through the surface of things to discover mythical creatures among us, or even inside us. I want to see Bigfoot! I want to sleep more deeply and dream colorfully. I’m remembering how I was as a kid: I’d wake up and want to go OUTSIDE! Or make a drawing! Or dress up the dog in people clothes! No shortage of ideas or the natural sense that they were doable.

The nonphysical and physical realities are merging, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say we’re realizing their oneness and experiencing their mutual cocreation now as never before. The bleedthrough of the nonphysical into the physical is more obvious and easier to feel; I want it consciously! I want the instantaneousness of it, the magic of it. The real thing. A radio host I spoke to said the big words now are “magic” and “miracles”—“magic and miracles!”

Along with the spaciousness experience I sense a new kind of saturated love is dawning, too. Quietly. Through the cracks, a seepage. Here in the northern hemisphere, we’re in winter and I know this influences my consciousness. Perhaps it makes it easier to feel the underlying unified field, our ground of being. We cocoon and stretch out through inner space. We have a chance to know a bigger and bigger experience of the nonphysical. The following poem almost pounded on the door of my mind last week, wanting to be written. The body’s soft voice wanted to say something.


WINTER LOVE

Under unending tasks
the body says:
"Life is flat and sad and cold.
My sap is slow-flowing.
I cannot feel.
It is winter."
In winter, love can seem far away.

Where does the tree soul go in winter?
Does it retreat to a thin line within,
maintaining the tiniest stick version
of its flush summer self?
Does it more fully occupy the great stillness
to know its belonging in the beyond?
Does it expand through this spacious time
when being a greening thing
doesn't take all its attention?

In winter, love feels like the Madonna
with prayer hands;
her eyes are closed
her head is slightly tipped
she listens for the voice in the silence
that whispers of frozen dreams
and numbness of heart.
All the while,
she smiles.

This is a pale blue love,
so diffuse;
it is the love in muffled snowfall
that knows the landing of every flake.
Neither gathered nor aimed,
it is everywhere equally.

Winter love hints of white’s promise,
makes us stare at the chalky sky,
nap in a sunny patch on the rug,
and wander in our warm, woolly mind;
it will not allow conclusions.

Winter love is huge,
it fills the whole of restfulness,
melts us into a magnified moment
that cannot be described
and cannot even be lived—
it can only be loved.

So, try slowing down to the “speed of being” and stay there awhile. Notice what you notice, dream the little dream that arises. Let your field spread out. The new reality knows how to find you.

Copyright by Penney Peirce 2013


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dylan Was So Right!

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Penney Peirce's 2013 Oracle Letter




Summing Up 2012

So! We’ve survived 2012 and all the doomsday predictions. And fear did not win out! What I heard from clients, friends, and family, was that people felt restricted, blocked, stuck, stretched, bored, directionless, passionless, and restless; a new creativity was bubbling just below the surface, often disguised as anxiety. If we compare notes about what happened last year, we see there were many kinds of breakthroughs, which fit with the theme of freedom I discussed in last year's letter. Whether we wanted change or not, new vistas were presented to us. For those of us in the United States, there was an especially strong buildup of dread and fatalism before the presidential election in the fall. Like water behind a dam, energy finally broke free and swirling changes began immediately thereafter.

I Know There’s More but I Can’t See It

If you examine a list of world events for 2012, there were terrible storms and earth changes everywhere, as well as many events caused by human violence. Old, habitual ways of living were becoming intolerable and it either propelled people toward positive change or seemed like an excuse for destruction and/or suicide. People ended marriages or dysfunctional family connections, quit jobs, lost important clients, started new businesses, went back to school, moved, tried living in other countries, or got sick and focused intensely on healing. It wasn’t the end of the world — it was actually the end of the unquestioned legitimacy of linear, cause-and-effect thinking. The mantras I heard repeatedly were: "I know I’m supposed to be doing something more or different, but I can’t see what it is," "I feel over-stimulated and overwhelmed and can't think clearly," and "Something must be wrong with me."

Of course, nothing is wrong with us. We just reached an energetic turning point in 2012, an expanded moment in which our fundamental perception began to change from an old way of seeing the world to a new, transformed way of perceiving. The change was marked by boredom, dissatisfaction, fear, and dysfunction — as is typical of the endings of most cycles. The old seemed old and we couldn’t quite understand the new yet, but we knew it was there; we could feel it. We wanted it. It’s normal at these times to take things personally — and negatively — and think we must be doing something wrong, that what we’ve been materializing in our life is also somehow wrong. It’s easy to become hung up on a specific irritating issue, like a dog with a bone, refusing to let go because the unknown seems too terrifying an alternative. This is especially true when we’re beginning to perceive a new kind of reality altogether, one that hasn’t existed before for masses of people globally.

So 2012 was a turning point but it wasn’t focused down into a single day — it was spread throughout the year and came for each of us in a way that related to our own story. Some of us did work we didn’t want to do and found unexpected gifts and growth. Some found a new direction in life that had been waiting patiently to be discovered. Others simply became mysteriously joyful for no apparent reason. Our relationships opened and clarified. Many of us took chances and courageously ended addictions and habitual behaviors, to see what might emerge from the simplicity and open space that remained.

Decluttering the Present Moment; the Flow is Full of Grace

Now as we enter 2013, we’re poised to continue this process of letting go of anything that deadens us or acts as interfering clutter between our soul’s clear guidance and our personality’s ability to translate that guidance into physical life. We want streamlined materialization and dematerialization. We want to receive the best win-win ideas and remain in joy through every phase of the creation process. We want more instantaneous results with minimal distortion and snags. In 2012, we entered the present moment, whether we realized it or not. In 2013, we explore what that feels like, what it means, how it functions, and how living in the present moment changes our reality. This may involve the beginning of a backlash against screen addiction, which causes attention blindness, environmental unconsciousness, and numbness to our deeper nonphysical dimensions.

For some, the being-hit-over-the-head-with-a-zenstick mode of letting go will continue, while for many others, the clearing process will be full of grace — the glass of tap water will gradually change from opaque to transparent. Life will become smoother and easier. What we anticipate as being problematic will end up being nothing much, or even beneficial. There will be greater synchronicity and coincidence, more instances of situations that simultaneously solve problems for many people. When you need something, someone will appear to help. You may be that person for someone else. You may let go of the idea of needing a soul mate, for example, and enter a state where you’re enjoying yourself totally, just the way you are. And now, the soul mate arrives, or the perfect job arrives, or the amazing solution arrives — right when you’ve settled into loving the moment the way it is.

Shifting from the Left Brain to the Right Brain

Much of the stuckness we feel is caused by our over-involvement and over-identification with the left brain, which compartmentalizes, analyzes, describes, and preserves knowledge in codified verbal form. The left brain lives in the past, projecting old stored knowledge onto the future, thus blocking the Flow of the soul’s guidance in the present moment. We are caught in logic and language, “figuring out” life instead of living directly from the right brain’s immersion in the Flow. This is changing now. We’re craving right-brain, direct experience, intuition, telepathy, and pure nonverbal creativity.

2013 promises to be a time when many of us realize what’s going on in our brain, how “out of our body” and removed from the moment we’ve been, and how we need to indulge in “silly” activities that are not necessarily “productive” and “credible” — like art, music, dance, walking on the beach or in the woods, gardening, cooking, or sculpture. These activities, entered into alone, open the conduit to the soul and bring new perception, ideas, and growth. As we shift to a new reality, it is right brain and body perception that act as the bridge to take us there.

A Time of Extreme Polarization AND Integration of Opposites

Partly due to cultural stuckness in the left brain, which feeds either-or perception, we’re going to see a greater emphasis than ever on polarization. As more people open to right-brain perception and fluidity as a way of life, those who identify with fixed beliefs and what worked in the past will react fearfully, dig in their heels, and resist change more vehemently. In effect, the collective ego is refusing to “die.” The left brain is fear-based, clever, and negative, and in its extreme expression, it perpetrates hatred and violence.
2013’s high-frequency reality will pressure the left brain to let go (its methods won’t produce results anymore) and this will cause many more desperate survival behaviors to emerge. We’re likely to see a greater incidence of terrorist attacks, political coups, political battling and stalemates, patriotism-as-ego, collusion and white collar crime, genocide and reactionary behavior toward immigrants, and intolerance toward artists, poets, musicians, journalists, and free speech — while the left-brainers feel free to lie and speak publically with increased vitriol.

There will be an increasing sense that there are actually two realities existing concurrently on earth. The realities are separating farther and farther from each other, causing the people from the two camps to understand each other less and less. Those stuck in left-brain thinking will experience life becoming more difficult and threatening, while those embracing the new perception will feel luckier and will experience their lives improving. A point will be reached where revolution becomes the next logical step for some. Revolutions may break out in small, localized ways around the world in 2013, letting off steam.

But a larger, quieter revolution is underway globally, and it is a revolution, or evolution, of perception. Those of us who are moving in synch with the increasing frequency on the planet, who are opening right-brain, whole-self consciousness, this year must stand up for who we want to be, who we ARE, and become thought leaders, way showers, and good examples for others. No more hiding, no more semi-consciousness! We need to show up and talk cogently about what’s happening and what’s important. We must add energy to the emerging transformed reality. We are integrating many points of view and this gives us a visionary advantage.

Ironically, by becoming more visible and real, those of us who are evolving into the fluid reality will not necessarily be involved in revolution. We are not participating in opposition anymore and thus will not attract resistance or be attracted to it. We will instead act as a mediating force that can drain off the hatred and woundedness caused by those still involved in polarity. We will offer a new way based on innovation, group collaboration, tolerance, integration of opposite positions into a higher perspective, and communion with the energetic-spiritual reality. We’ll see a decrease in the attractiveness of formal religion, as more of us move into direct connection with the nonphysical reality and have our own personal experience of the divine.

The Reality of the Heart and the Field; We’re Not Victims

Last year, we began to be conscious of the power of the heart, and this year we’ll discover the heart is a kind of spiritualized brain that can connect us with higher dimensions and various foci of collective consciousness. We’ll see scientists talking about heart. Physics and metaphysics will merge more than ever before. It is the early days of our realization that compassion is the new evolutionary force.

We’ll also begin to experience how interconnected we are with our personal environment, how what surrounds us IS us. We’ll begin to work more intentionally with the resonance of our personal “field” of energy to change our lives. That means we will stop blaming ourselves and others for what happens to us, because we’ll realize we can shift the conditions that affect us. We aren’t victims anymore. Our personal field is our home, no matter where we are in the world. We’ll experience how our heart actually IS our personal field, how it filters experience to us according to the desires of our soul. Part of this new experience is the phenomenon of “the Convening,” where people on your true wavelength seem to appear magically from your personal field as collaborators on projects that promote conscious evolution.

All in all, my sense of 2013 is one of openness and possibility. When I first tuned in to it, I couldn’t feel anything. As I stayed with the feeling, I realized the blankness was really about presence, spaciousness, gestation, quiet integration and digestion of previous intuitions, and the cessation of the effectiveness of projecting into the future. 2013 offers a fresh start, a blank canvas, and time for inspired creativity. For many, though, it may be a time of radical adjustment, resistance, and loss. The challenge will be to see this as preparation for new growth and a new, improved reality.

The choice of how this year unfolds is really up to you. There are no outside forces working against you unless you perceive them into being, and there’s no better reality coming in “the future.” Your whole life is what you make of it now.

copyright by Penney Peirce 2013