Monday, February 25, 2013

Recipe for Peaceful Living: Part 2

Inner peace is not static and passive!

6. ENGAGE WITH WHAT COMES. As you notice what's most real and interesting to you, engage consciously with the idea or action. Whether the new thing comes as an idea inside your mind, or as an event or person in the "outside" world, it's all coming from your soul and filtering through the vibration of your personal energy field. Nothing occurs by accident. What you need is provided. Cultivate trust in this principle.

7. IDENTIFY AND DISSOLVE CONTRACTIONS AND HOLDING PATTERNS. Wherever you feel tension—a dull lack of awareness and energy, or a hyperactive obsessive quality of awareness and energy—there is a misperceived idea and probably a matching emotional state that interferes with your calm, joyful, soul creativity pouring through you unimpeded. Root these out, give them space to talk to you, let your heart/soul wisdom reframe the original wounding situation, and replace the contraction with soft flowing energy. Create freedom for yourself by giving yourself spaciousness. Detoxify.

8. FOLLOW THE FLOW: Sometimes the Flow brings you stuff, sometimes space. Sometimes you move, sometimes you're still and silent. The Flow knows!! It is the collective wisdom of all souls and forms of life. Sometimes what's indicated is that you let go and let the Flow move you without knowing what's happening exactly. Other times the Flow indicates it's time to make a choice, take an action, invoke a result. The Flow always oscillates; stay with the whole wave. Stay in the moment and choose what's choosing you! Remember: The Creation Process moves from Being, to Doing, to Having, to Being again.

9. STRETCH YOURSELF: When you think of it, stretch a little beyond your comfort zone, vary your routine, take up more space in the world. See what fills up the space. To help do this, visualize more light in your body and aura, or run more physical energy, or more love, or 50% more enthusiasm and positive attitude. Breathe more deeply.

10. CONNECT WITH THE UNIFIED FIELD AS A LOVING CONSCIOUSNESS: Feel how there are no real boundaries, skins, barriers, endings. One energy runs through everything. It's easy to know in this Field because everything you need to know comes into the moment with you. Feel how friendly, cooperative, and cocreative the Field is. Feel how provision is natural; whatever you need will come to you, whatever others need, you will think to give.

11. KEEP YOUR HEART SOFT AND SWEET: There is no purpose anymore for the hard heart and the sacrifice of soul expression. Only the soft and sweet heart can access truth and wisdom, visions for the high-frequency life, and the mechanism for helping others receive what they need. By keeping your heart soft and sweet you understand the real power of blessing yourself, others, and the planet. Link your heart to the network of all hearts through all time.

copyright by Penney Peirce 2010

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Conversation Among My Intuitive Friends

Can you relate??

 M: I'm in a Bardo period trying to get a handle on my next life assignment. I've been working since the age of 15 and not having an active project before me is a new experience. Any advice about handling this empty period before the next active life chapter begins would be appreciated.

Penney: As M says, I too feel this is a deepening, lying fallow time. New life directions are not evident yet, but it's clear something good is coming. Something more real and probably more exciting in a destiny-way than before. Most of my clients have this same experience, often complaining that they feel stuck, or blind about their lives. I often feel slightly flat, very contained in a smallish space, like a fruit getting ripe. Attending to tidying, organizing, getting rid of clutter.

J: Penney, you speak to my feelings of feeling stuck. I agree that organizing and ridding oneself of clutter is unbelievably cleansing. Have had a ton of stuff in storage for over a decade and haven't missed it. Now, the decision is whether to go through it all (dozens of cartons) or donate it. Am very close to donating sight unseen but then the dreaded "what if" monster appears now and again. Being ready to embrace Destiny is a very exciting thought.

M: Thanks to J for suggesting, "I call it the 'pregnant pause of the Universe’—waiting for a new creation to birth itself."

C: Yes, I've had that sense of hunkering down low ever since my last book was published. My need for rest and nothing on my mind was so strong I could barely keep up with doing the dishes, but through it all I sensed it was exactly what I should be doing—nothing much. My feeling has been that there is a big job ahead that will require my whole strength and concentration, and this is preparation time. So I have been savoring the quiet, letting orderliness go by the boards, giving away stuff and, interestingly, going through old photo albums and compiling pictures of the lives of my husband and each of our children, making a new album for each one. My own comes next, but before that I'm now gathering very old photos from my childhood of the 2 generations before mine, and making a "family stories with pictures" of the grandchildren’s great-great-great grandparents and their siblings. It all feels like preparation.

J: Yes. "Big job ahead that will require strength" really resonates. I too am sorting through old family photos. Certainly does feel like "preparation time," but have never been so lazy in my life. Reminds me of a song from West Side Story: “...Could be! / Who knows? / There's something due any day / I will know right away / Soon as it shows. / It may come cannonballing down through the sky...” Best part... "I got a feeling there's a miracle due / Gonna come true / Coming to me!”

W: Penney, this sounds like me. I just repainted the inside of our home from yellow to white and I seem to be wanting to purchase white flowers, etc. even in the white winter we are having. And I am also cleaning out, organizing, giving away.

M: So much (of what you’re all saying) has resonated—like the fruit getting ripe and since my maiden name was Rose, I am probably waiting to bloom and blossom. I wish I could BE more during this time but find myself going backing to DO the simple housecleaning and bookkeeping that I haven't done for years. It is like weeding my garden now of things no longer useful—and in a sense doing a life review so I can discard remnants from the past I no longer need. J, you are so on target when you wrote: "I'm also reminded of the Girl Scout Motto—"Be Prepared."

M: An interesting synchronicity to our discussion—after writing that I am a Rose waiting to bloom, I went to FB and someone posted to me: "Remember, in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies a seed, that with the sun's love, in the spring, becomes the rose. —Bette Midler"

Penney: I sense that this odd containment in a small physical reality is actually an important and powerful time. I think we are needing to practice keeping our frequency at the level of what I've called our "home frequency"—correcting our mood swings and out of body absences as often as we can remember to, so we saturate with the vibration of our soul, and stabilize our personality at a new, more transformed level, so that becomes our "new normal." I sense our bodies, our circuitries, our energy fields, are busily and steadily changing as we stay calm while watching yet another detective show on TV, or vacuum the floor, or take a load of old clothes to Good Will. It's about remaining peaceful, cheerful, optimistic—as our natural state.

I also think it is about finding the connections and convenings with people of like vibration now. It may start with innocuous conversations, but I think working relationships and projects will grow out of the resonance. I think this is a time to be working deliberately in the imaginal realm, creating little possible movies of any kind of fun reality, stepping into them, trying them on like new clothes, keeping attention on the ones we like, making a place for those realities to live in us so they can come to life. It's a good practice to keep an idea journal now—jot down the snippets of things emerging from our depths and right brain, note the negative declarative statements the left brain likes to make and counteract them, play with some of the ideas in the imagination. Don't let the left brain run us!!

So many interesting kinds of consciousness can come from this “Bardo period.” And it's something most people are SO afraid of. . .

C: Thank you, Penney. You've described just what it's been like for me this past year or more, including reading mysteries and children's books with such cozy relish! And I've been settling down somewhere deep, with nothing new coming in, UNTIL—3 weeks ago when synchronicities and offers started coming at a furious pace! After all these years of doing my work in relative obscurity, the following all happened in just under 3 weeks, unsolicited:

1. Three of my students of improvisational dance healing/intuition training/meditative practice asked to be taught how to teach my work. 
2. I was asked to teach students at a local college.
3. A new urban, permaculture farm/eco-village which, 30 years ago I tried to start with collaborators not ready to do anything quite that radical, is starting up and has asked me to join up with them. A dream come true. I will be helping to build their first straw-bale structure. And eventually perhaps live there.

So after almost a year of rest, everything I've ever wanted to do in the world has presented me with the perfect opportunities. Now I have to learn how to keep it all balanced.

J: Wow, C, that is wonderful! I think / feel we are all unearthing organically something that is a culmination of many years of collective work and service. I also have been in the phase of “let’s see what shows up” that is new and inspiring! I have become addicted to my Kindle and since October have read 35 books which has inspired me to finally get my own books on Kindle. And I have decided to dive in once again and write two new books. I have been invited to be a cohost on a new radio show which should be a lot of fun with two other hosts. I have tried to slow down and then the Universe laughs. But I am truly trying to allow myself 'me time'!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Breaking through Stuckness

I usually feel blocked (and often exhausted) when I've been "in my head" too much, trying to solve problems using my "enterpriser mind," or "masculine mind"—that part of my awareness that can compartmentalize, analyze, formulate, catalyze, and force. If I don't have an idea that excites me and makes me lean toward it, I notice I'm often trying to make things happen with will power, and inevitably, there is a "should" involved somewhere under the surface. I might have gone too far along one course of exploration or action but think I "should" milk it to the very end or that I "should" be loyal, consistent, or diligently disciplined to show I'm a good person. The course isn't providing good results anymore, but I can't find my way to a new path. I've learned over many years of working with intuition, that the soul never says "should," but speaks instead of "I want, I enjoy, I'm appreciative of, I'm curious about. . ." In these deadend-type situations, I have forgotten about pleasure and enthusiasm, which I now hold to be very high spiritual forces and a gauge for activities that flow from my favorite feeling: natural childlike motivation. My soul in its sanity won't let me go further without joy and the involvement of all of me.

On the other hand, I might be trying to force a change because I don't want to glean the last bits of the lesson I've been working on, the part that might force me to change my comfortable but unconscious habits were I to push on. For instance, I've often thought I needed to move to a new geographic area—and have spent countless hours seeking ways to get it to happen—when what I really needed was to love the place I was already living and let it give more to me, and I to it. Easier to jump out of the fire than face some core truths that might emerge in stillness! In these situations, I would be totally blocked in my ability to move to another location. Nothing would line up! My soul wouldn't let me proceed in the direction I wanted because what I really needed was to move deeper, not forward. Here, getting unstuck was tied to looking for the good reason I was immobilized and reframing it from being stuck to being fully present.

When I'm stuck, it often helps to shift to a different part of my brain. I teach that intuition, which I consider the voice of the soul or heart, appears in different ways depending on what level of the brain we're using. At the level of the reptile brain, guidance and intuition appear as "truth and anxiety signals"—subtle expansion and contractions of the body. We are attracted or repulsed, warm or cool, bubbly or dull. In the midbrain, intuition takes on the flavors and colors of our five senses. We might listen for the "little voice," or feel for the right "vibrations," or look for the "flash" or vision of what to do. In the upper neocortex, intuition looks like abstract, conceptual information, patterns, verbal definitions, and meanings.

If you're stuck in your upper brain, struggling with meanings, fixed definitions, and concepts, try dropping down to your midbrain and pay attention to simply sensing the world. Go outside—feel the sun, moon, wind; listen to the subtle sounds in the environment, Or move around to music, make a collage of magazine pictures that please you, taste a few foods thoroughly without verbal commentary, walk past some shops or the different rooms in your house and smell what odors waft through the doors. Take your attention off problem-solving or worrying (which is praying for what you don't want), and become more like an animal: unaware of time. Use your reptile brain to take you on a walk without an agenda. Turn left when your body wants to turn left, for no reason. Stop to look closely at, or merge into, an interesting flower or leaf. Find similarities between yourself and a beautifully designed garden or building, or a tree. Seeing similarities increases your intuition, which is direct knowing from your soul. Dropping into an experiential reality recharges and awakens your body, which is a powerful source of true motivation.

If you can open these intuitive pathways from the lower parts of the brain back to the upper brain, you'll soon find thoughts arising from the fresh, clean core of yourself—honest insights that suddenly shift the situation that was causing you to feel stuck. These insights present themselves quite matter-of-factly, right in front of your nose, and often, as soon as you take the pressure off trying to solve the problem. "Oh, I'm not supposed to move yet! I think I'll plant a new vegetable garden here instead." "I'd rather get back into my watercolor painting for awhile, and not try to market my sales training courses." By shifting to the deeper, more primitive, animal-like parts of your brain, your soul can speak to you directly through your body. And interestingly, planting the garden or painting the watercolor, which seems totally unrelated to becoming more successful in your career, may be the vehicle that brings the next insight, which might be about integrating art into your sales training, or starting a learning center where you already live to bring more clients to you, instead of you going to them.

Lovely Poem by Frederick Morgan

After Shen Zhou

A single chime of jade across the waters

as along this rocky shore the moment expands
and somewhere within it is hidden a dwelling apart
to which only the absolute ones make good their escape.

The Way seems not to exist (so the master taught)
and yet it is there—and springtime returns once more,
ageless and unreclaimed, to the inner lands.
What purity! The peach trees are in blossom,
birds chirp and stir, and there by the narrow stream
two white-robed figures wait to greet my crossing...

Shall I not make my move at last, and join them?

from his book, The One Abiding

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Recipe for Peaceful Living: Part 1

Inner peace is not static and passive!

1. BE IN THE CENTER: Bring your attention into the present moment, and inside your body. Know your body as a kind of awareness, receiving energy information via sensitivity from the field around you. Let your mind and heart/soul and body encompass one another, and merge into one unified awareness in each moment you notice.

2. EXPAND YOUR PRESENT MOMENT TO INCLUDE PAST AND FUTURE: Let go of planning and reminiscing. Don't let your left brain project into worry, other people's realities, or other locations and times. Feel yourself as a large ball of awareness that can expand and contract, as though it's breathing, and as you expand, you know more about your higher vibrational life, your potential, your destiny, and how you fit with the collective. As you contract, you focus on materializing things and making life personal.

3. MONITOR & CHOOSE YOUR VIBRATIONAL STATE: Identify your home frequency—the feeling of your soul expressing through your personality and body. Keep your attention on the way this feels, and on qualities like curiosity, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, sincerity, innocence, pleasure, and lovableness. Choose to return to this state of feeling and being whenever you inadvertently shift into lower frequency states like self-sacrifice, frustration, or fear.

4. NOTICE WHAT YOUR INNER PERCEIVER IS CAUSING YOU TO NOTICE: Check in and wake up often while you're centered in each moment. What is your deep self showing you? What do you already know about each situation that occurs? What do you really want to do next that will keep you in tune with your home frequency? What's "right" about each situation? How is everything helping you evolve?

5. USE & DIGEST WHAT YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN: What you have now in your life is what you already created from the vibrational state you've been radiating. Life has patterned itself this way to please you. Use it as a resource—to learn from, to build on, to dive into and experience more deeply. Get the full benefit. Once you can understand why you have what you have, and use it for growth, service, and celebration, the next just-right ideas can flow into you and make themselves known, and you can decide to shift your frequency to a new level if you want.

Angel painting by Nanne Nyander

Friday, February 8, 2013

Secrets of Generation Flux

Robert Safian wrote a fascinating article for Fast Company magazine in the November 2012 issue, called "The Secrets of the Flux Leader." I am so interested in the emergence of consciousness about The Flow, and the principles inherent in flow perception, that this article really intrigued me.

Safian says, "Generation Flux is a term I coined several months ago, in a Fast Company cover story that explained how the dizzying velocity of change in our economy has made chaos the defining feature of modern business. New companies—even industries—rise and fall faster than ever: Witness Apple, Facebook, and Amazon; witness Research in Motion, Blockbuster, and MySpace; witness the iPad and, yes, cloud computing. Accepted models for success are proving vulnerable, and pressure is building on giants like GE and Nokia, as their historic advantages of scale and efficiency run up against the benefits of agility and quick course corrections. Meanwhile, the bonds between employer and employee, and between brands and their customers, are more tenuous than ever.

Generation Flux describes the people who will thrive best in this environment. It is a psychographic, not a demographic—you can be any age and be GenFlux. Their characteristics are clear: an embrace of adaptability and flexibility; an openness to learning from anywhere; decisiveness tempered by the knowledge that business life today can shift radically every three months or so. . ."

Here are a few other excerpts:

"Twenty years ago, a management professor by the name of Margaret Wheatley published a book called Leadership and the New Science. It was prescient then; it is even more eye-opening now. Her premise: Organizations and society have been structured to match our understanding of the natural world, which goes back to the 17th-century ideas of Sir Isaac Newton. Newton famously posited theories of cause and effect, and referred to our world as a machine—a closed system (set in place by the Great Watchmaker). In Newtonian physics, there is no greater goal than stability. That scientific conclusion helped us to embrace hierarchy and one-size-fits-all models. And our businesses have indeed been constructed for efficiency. Following the example of Henry Ford, we have extended our manufacturing prowess into shipping and logistics. We have used technology to enhance effectiveness, to track data and mine it for new refinements."

"We now know that cause and effect is not a given in the natural world. Creation comes not from stasis but from unpredictable movement."

"For a world of constant change, a company needs widespread mental plasticity. "In the old-style economy, where objects tend to remain in place, you could segment these types of intelligence. So you put your crazy intuitive people in marketing and your analytic people in engineering," he explains. "But as we've moved to an economy in which the adoption of new ideas happens so fast, you need all kinds of intelligence in all parts of a business. You can't have people siloed in their particular areas of strength. You have to value all styles, because you will never know which type will solve a problem."

I encourage you to read this article if you're interested in how business is likely to change in the Intuition Age.