Sunday, March 31, 2013


Listen. . .


If your friend is breaking through the paralysis of early family dictatorial programming, you are also breaking through something similar. You are looking for your own experience, your independent self, your authenticity. If your friend is losing the security of a long-standing home, you are losing the security of the definition of your experience of self, or home, or center. We are SO interconnected! Everyone we know mirrors our own process. They may provide the first announcement: Hey, you are now focusing on this issue!! You may provide this for them.


I am losing my home of 25 years. My friend in Australia is having a knee operation that will make her lose mobility and “freedom” for a little while. This restriction may cause her to feel more deeply into herself, to find what she really wants to do. Other friends are downsizing to a smaller home and freaking out about how the smaller space could correspond to their self–expression. They are focusing on what they really want next. On the surface it seems that the move might symbolize reduced self-expression. But really, it’s ironic that a smaller space might actually be the thing that enables them to expand, that cutting back might free creativity by reducing stress. 


I face a totally new, creative way of living. I don’t know where I will go, what it will look like. It is a test of everything I write about! Ha! The spirits test us. I am in the Flow. The Flow loves me and I love it. I must remember, stay in communion with the truth. The Flow is moving me forward, and my left brain hasn’t a clue.

photo copyright penney Peirce, 1979
 


Friday, March 29, 2013

amazon's Power Grab

As a writer and reader, I like to pass along these notices from The Authors Guild. . .

Amazon's garden walls are about to grow much higher. In a truly devastating act of vertical integration, Amazon is buying Goodreads, its only sizable competitor for reader reviews and a site known for the depth and breadth of its users' book recommendations. Recommendations from like-minded readers appear to be the Holy Grail of online book marketing. By combining Goodreads' recommendation database with Amazon's own vast databases of readers' purchase histories, Amazon's control of online bookselling approaches the insurmountable.

"Amazon's acquisition of Goodreads is a textbook example of how modern Internet monopolies can be built," said Scott Turow, Authors Guild president. "The key is to eliminate or absorb competitors before they pose a serious threat. With its 16 million subscribers, Goodreads could easily have become a competing on-line bookseller, or played a role in directing buyers to a site other than Amazon. Instead, Amazon has scuttled that potential and also squelched what was fast becoming the go-to venue for on-line reviews, attracting far more attention than Amazon for those seeking independent assessment and discussion of books. As those in advertising have long known, the key to driving sales is controlling information."

One example should make it clear how formidable this combination is. For "Animals Make Us Human" by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, Amazon has 123 customer reviews, and B&N has about 40 (they report 150, but that figure includes ratings as well as reviews). Goodreads swamps these figures, with 469 reviews and 2,266 ratings for the book.

As an independent platform, Goodreads, with its 16 million members, posed a serious competitive threat to Amazon. No more.

Here's Bloomberg's story on this.
Feel free to forward or comment at our blog: http://tinyurl.com/cs8obt7

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Get Your Spark of Madness on For Holy Fool’s Day


 
This was written by my friend Gail Larsen, in Santa Fe. She teaches transformational speaking.

Lately I’ve been applying the above words from one of my favorite philosophers, Robin Williams, to the art of transformational speaking. Most of us tame our madness to fit into what others expect and never use our inherent spark to become the wildly unforgettable speakers and change artists that are needed in these times of shocking transformation.

I suggest you no longer try to lose or suppress your spark of madness and instead give it a voice on April 1, which I have renamed Holy Fool’s Day. This festive and often annoying holiday suggests we play tricks on others with a jovial spirit and once we’ve duped them to yell with delight, “April Fools!”

Yet comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell talked about the archetype of another kind of fool: the Holy Fool. The Fool is the most dangerous person on earth, Campbell explained, the most threatening to all hierarchical institutions. He has no concern for naysayers, and no one has power over him (or her). She is not limited, not stoppable, nor controllable. She knows what she has to do and is doing it, no matter what.

I think of the Holy Fool as similar to the Court Jester, the only person in the Royal Court who dares to speak truth to the King without consequence. Or the Koshari of the Hopi and Pueblo peoples of the Southwest, who in the midst of sacred ceremonies makes us laugh at ourselves by mimicking our behavior so we can see ourselves in a new way.

Just this year on New Year’s I went to the turtle dance at a New Mexico pueblo and at two different times was the recipient of the untoward attentions of such “sacred clowns.” Their role is to create lessons at the expense of another’s seriousness, recognizing that laughter is a great shape shifter of old habits and patterns. I often wonder if the striped ceremonial dress of the Koshari isn’t designed to remind us that getting out of our self-imposed jails is a really good idea.

I ask that question in my classes and when an astute participant responded, “What if I didn’t care what I think?” I realized she was on to something.
 
So armed with both those questions, and assuming you could give up editing and rehearsing yourself around what others may think, or what you yourself may think just for a moment, how then might you express your spark of madness?
    
  • Would you be the first to speak rather than first feeling out whether your listeners would agree?
        
  • Would you sing all the songs you know that have the word “blue” in them while waiting in line for a bus as Elizabeth Crook and I did at last year’s Folk Art Market? (It took folks about 15 minutes of gawking before they joined in.)
        
  • Would you voice a wildly unpopular opinion and kindle a new discussion?
        
  • Would you show up with laughter yoga at a public place like Katie West does regularly?
        
  • Would you launch a new movement using social media and organize your own demonstration against injustice or corporate domination or nuclear power?

Whatever you do, don’t get attached to the outcome. Just go for it, like a group in Santa Fe did on Christmas morning when they showed up on the plaza with signs offering free holiday hugs. (The scrooges I saw who refused missed some fun interaction with some very good looking people, including local songstress Nancy Nielsen!)

So here’s my suggestion. How about on April 1 we engage in a dialogue with our inner Holy Fool and Spark of Madness and ask what she most wants to express, convention be damned. Ask where you are being duped day in and day out and not shining the light of your truth.

Let’s stop concealing our greatest passions and be willing to say what we love and what we know without editing and rehearsing ourselves into oblivion.

Let’s declare April 1 Holy Fools’ Day and engage the madly passionate part of us that has something important to say – and just say it!

Rumi said it well:

Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.

Our world is changing, one voice at a time, and yours is needed....Speaking your truth, especially when convention is expected, opens the door to your liberation. You might just find you want to be a Holy Fool and reveal your spark of madness every day!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Seeing Ourselves: Left Brain vs. Right Brain

It's so easy, when you're focused in your left brain, to criticize yourself, to not "measure up." Remember that the left brain, which dominates the overall perception and mores of our Western culture, is isolated from the rest of the organism. In its action of analyzing and making meaning, it must separate to gain perspective and describe the object of its attention. Thus it stands apart and can easily feel either that it is at the effect of a huge, unwieldy, dangerous world (victim-thinking), or that it is superior and "the leader"—or even the dictator—of what occurs (narcissism).

In reality, the left brain's compartmentalization helps us discriminate finite observations and a scientific, logical understanding of discrete facts. This is a fantastic ability, and not to be belittled. But the left brain doesn't know enough to run the world. The left brain focuses on provable facts and what it knows from the past. When you identify with your left brain, you too may feel isolated, fearful, and critical of ways of being that are not logical and structured, or based on proof and history. You may tend to make authoritative declarative pronouncements about life, or project sharp criticisms onto others who don't align with your worldview.

BEING STUCK MAY ONLY BE TOO MUCH LEFT-BRAIN DOMINANCE
I repeatedly see that I, and my clients, say that we are "stuck" when we are simply identifying ourselves with the limited options provided by the left brain. We know there is a bigger reality close at hand. We know things are meant to be effortless, and so much easier. We know we want a much more expanded experience of love. Yet we hesitate to leave an abusive mate, or a job where we're surrounded by people who don't question reality, who don't want greater depth. We, and our culture, are so attached to a worldview rooted in skeptical, cynical left-brain dominance that we've forgotten what it's like to be a functioning, sharing, fluid, supported part of life's loving Flow. We stand outside life and complain that we can't feel love, can't feel connectedness, and don't feel like we belong. 

Here's the good news: We're experiencing life this way because we describe life to ourselves this way. Change the self-talk and your understanding changes, and as you really "get it" through and through, your life changes and expands.

The following is a section from my book, The Intuitive Way, about making the shift from the left-brain worldview, which I call masculine awareness, into the right-brain/intuitive worldview, which I call feminine awareness (nothing to do with gender; more about yang and yin qualities of energy). When you can remember to do this, you'll immediately release the logjam of your stuckness and the Flow will reappear, carrying you somewhere new.

SOFTENING YOUR AWARENESS: THE FEMININE MIND 
Once you've made peace with your surroundings and assured your body that it will be safe, it's time to activate your intuition. It starts with a shift into softness.

First, though, think how you feel when you're concentrating on pushing hard to meet a deadline and do an excellent job. Your brow is probably furrowed, you're bent to your task, all distracting input effectively shut out. This is what I call the "masculine mind," because to accomplish specific goals, both men and women must use dynamic male energy. We're in our left-brained "masculine mind" so often, we've come to identify it as normal. We forget there is an equally powerful, complementary state of consciousness, which is tension-free: the "feminine mind." Here's how you can tell if you're using the feminine mind: 1) you're not in a hurry; 2) you don't have an opinion; 3) you don't need to change anything; 4) if it changes, that's OK too; 5) you're willing to wait and see; 6) you're content with yourself. How often do you intentionally enter this state of mind?

Lao Tsu says, "Be aware of your masculine nature; But by keeping the feminine way, You shall be to the world like a canyon, Where the Virtue eternal abides, And go back to become as a child." Intuition starts when the masculine mind stops. Since we push ourselves to maintain focus and goal-orientation so relentlessly these days, when it's time to shift into softness, it often happens unconsciously. Something just "comes over us," makes us space out and temporarily turn into zombies. With so many deadlines to keep, the unconscious shift toward intuitive knowing can at first feel like some sort of sabotage, or the early onslaught of senility! We can avoid this blurry "nobody's home" feeling by becoming conscious of the stages of feminine awareness. Next time you notice that you're wound too tight, or you're too far ahead of yourself, try this:

NOTICE WHAT IS 
Relax your brain-mind then draw your attention back to your body, redirecting it to start noticing details of your current physical state. Follow your breath in and out. Come inside your skin. Slow down enough to describe the things you feel in a simple fashion, just the way they are, as though you're taking inventory. "I notice I'm sitting in my desk chair; there's some tension between my shoulder blades, my feet are crossed at the ankles. I notice a slight nervous feeling at the base of my sternum. I am hungry. I can feel my pulse in the bottoms of my feet." By noticing things, you connect with your world. Connectedness spawns intuition.

In these times of rapid growth, it's important to cultivate the habit of catching yourself when you've identified yourself with the left brain's worldview, and make a conscious choice to shift to the right brain/body/heart/cells/personal energy field worldview, which is characterized by immersion and nonseparation, or total belonging and participation in the unified field of life. When you do you will experience love in an entirely new way.


Copyright by Penney Peirce 2013


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Free Books! Foreign Editions. . .


I would love to give these foreign editions of Frequency and The Intuitive Way to good homes. If you know someone, please contact me via my website. All I ask is reimbursement for postage.

Here's what I have:

FREQUENCY
4 Danish 
3 Swedish
3 Japanese
3 Portugese
3 Italian
1 Romanian

INTUITIVE WAY
1 Swedish
2 Dutch

Thanks!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Poem by Raymond Carver


I like this poem because it captures the state of presence, stillness, centeredness, calm loving-attention, and the fullness of spirit in ordinary moments and actions.

Happiness

So early it's still almost dark out.
I'm near the window with coffee,
and the usual early morning stuff
that passes for thought.

When I see the boy and his friend
walking up the road
to deliver the newspaper.

They wear caps and sweaters,
and one boy has a bag over his shoulder.
They are so happy
they aren't saying anything, these boys.

I think if they could, they would take
each other's arm.
It's early in the morning,
and they are doing this thing together.

They come on, slowly.
The sky is taking on light,
though the moon still hangs pale over the water.

Such beauty that for a minute
death and ambition, even love,
doesn't enter into this.

Happiness. It comes on
unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,
any early morning talk about it.

Penney Peirce’s Wisdom Letter #2: Spring Equinox 2013



Seeing through, Feeling Into, and Hearing Truth
The other night I had a disturbing dream that woke me. I was in a house, at the base of a staircase that wound up through several floors. I could see that way above was an old man, a grandfather type, isolated in the attic, feeling depressed. He didn’t know how to escape his isolation. I wanted to go get him when suddenly my attention was drawn to the wall to my left. I began to see into the wall and realized it was really like a computer screen; it was receiving images from something akin to the Internet and it was also sending information from within the house.


The creepiness of this impacted me first, making me feel that Big Brother was watching, that there was no such thing as privacy, and that the amount of real, underlying interaction of data sources with other data sources was overwhelming. There was a strange sense that “you can’t even count on the physical world being physical anymore!” I couldn’t process the impact of “seeing through” to this underlying reality. And I jumped out of the dream.

Later I meditated on it and this is what came to me: The old man stuck in the attic represents our old way of perceiving reality, the linear perception that keeps us feeling separate from each other—which is, in effect, becoming the kind of relic we might store in the attic. I wanted to help free him from his isolation, to help him merge into the newer perception that is spherical and holographic. But I myself had to first immerse in it and not be afraid of being overwhelmed by the fact that knowing anything/everything in the present moment is becoming normal.

What Ideas Are We Assimilating Unconsciously?
This theme of “seeing through” ordinary reality is knocking on my door in various ways. For instance, I’ve been noticing television ads lately —really “hearing into” them. One ad says: “A truly unlimited life means truly unlimited data.” I wonder how much the general public actually believes this. To me, a truly unlimited life means truly unlimited perception, which is a function of being centered and accessing one’s own soul, not faster internet speeds and more gigabytes of data. 


Another series of data-related ads uses cute, precocious kids talking to a man in a business suit, who asks these “experts”: What’s better—bigger or smaller? “BIGGER!” the kids scream. In another he asks: What’s better—slower or faster? “FASTER!” the kids scream. In another he asks: What’s better—one or two? “TWO!” They scream. Is their cuteness being used to subdue the clarity of our critical mind? I’m reminded of the drug ad where the friendly, reassuring male voice tells me, “Serious, sometimes fatal events may occur.” Doesn’t sound so bad, eh?


Is the wisdom in what’s small, slow, and singularly focused being lost in our greed for speed and quantity? Are we seeing through these smokescreens? Are the voices that come from our screens given extra authority just because they come from that supposedly great source of wisdom beyond the “wall” of the computer monitor or ipad window?

Moving Forward Amidst Dull Energy
Lately, I have felt somewhat restricted to a smallish reality. I sensed I’ve been gestating something new, or rewiring myself in some invisible way, or needing to be house-centered as a way to remember to be in my body. The other day, walking took on a strange tactile oddness; it was as though I were pushing forward into a field of energy that had a different frequency and the “skin of it” was springy. It was repelling me, surrounding me in a kind of slow dullness, making me feel that I didn’t want to do anything. 


When I finally pulled my wits together and focused into the moment to see what was really happening underneath—to “see through” the external symptoms—I realized that I needed to adjust my own vibration to a level that matched the new frequency around me. When I did, my experience of moving around felt smooth and slippery, like shooting down a greased sliding board.

It occurs to me that the equinoxes—when day and night, and dark and light, and perhaps even physical and nonphysical realities are equal—may be very effective times to focus on “seeing through.” At these times it may be easiest to access the inner realms because the frequency is closest to that of the “outer realms.”

So: How is the nonphysical reality affecting your physical one? What messages of guidance are trying to surface? What are you becoming aware of? What needs your attention?



Copyright by Penney Peirce 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The New Mind-Body-Spirit Online Summit Starts Mar 20!


Please join me, Penney Peirce, and Host Alexis Brooks, March 20th at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT, for the kickoff of the New Mind/Body/Spirit Summit. It’s free! I will be the kickoff speaker, introducing the purpose and orientation of the telesummit, and talking about The Accelerating Frequency of Your Body, Mind, Feelings, and Reality.
 
Every day brings some new awakening into a healthier, more whole way of living. Even though we look at society and see that chronic health conditions, depression, anxiety, and spiritual discontent are at all-time highs, we also feel a new energy. The higher frequency energy that just keeps on coming is facilitating a new consciousness of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual practices we have only begun to understand.

This new perspective on health, wellness, and evolution sees each person as a great tapestry of body, feelings, mind, and spirit, connected intimately to all other forms of life, with unlimited access to energy, harmony, imagination, and creativity. I’m fascinated with what the new forms are shaping up to be!

That’s why I’m pleased to be a speaker at The New Mind/Body/Spirit Summit, a three-week virtual intensive presented by my friends at Conscious Life News. I am joining at least 18 other speakers—each with unique skills and an important piece of the puzzle to share—to provide you with a broad perspective on optimal health, well-being, and abundant living.
All the talks begin at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT.
This online summit promises to be all useful content, and no fluff. Please do join me for the FREE New Mind/Body/Spirit Summit presented by Conscious Life News. Use this link for your free pass: www.consciouslifenews.com/nmbs-penney 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Review of Frequency


Review of Frequency: The Power of Personal Vibration, by Gillian C. Grannam, PhD, of www.shiftfrequency.com
 

I agree with John L. Petersen (of the Arlington Institute). Penney Peirce’s Frequency is "an unprecedented gift to the person who is ready to evolve."

Peirce says she wrote Frequency “to help you melt through the last barriers to awakening fully, and actually feeling the experience of your expanded self that will be your normal state in the Intuition Age.”[i] Frequency is about the one  authentic resonant field within each, the One that exists in the heart. She presents this One through layered, structured prose.

Peirce writes that many “. . . are close to understanding that we’ve never left home—the ‘heaven’ experience.” Rather “we’ve been having the most amazing captivating dream, called ‘life on earth.’”[ii]

The Evolutionary Process Is Real
The book’s framework is evolutionary. It describes the process whereby life propels itself toward ever fuller Self expression. Peirce writes, “You are being affected by an evolutionary process that moves through specific stages which is causing the energetic frequency of your body, emotions, and mind to accelerate.” In fact, “the rising frequency of your energy parallels your level of awareness.” You are “gradually becoming more aware, sensitive, visionary, empathic, and loving.”[iii]

The intuitive faculty must be engaged. “Intuition is direct, unbiased perception that comes from unifying the fragmented parts of your awareness—body, emotions, mind, and spirit—and it arises when you’re focused in the present moment, alert but not tense . . . feeling simple and open.”[iv]

Emotion ignites resonant frequency. “You can know many things by ‘feeling into’ life." This is a simple process of relaxing “into a soft, less defined personal identity” and expanding to include “more space and time” while “raising the frequency of . . . body, emotions, and mind to a higher level.”[v]

It’s a Toolkit Within a Book
This isn’t “just” a book. It’s a creation tool, one that works best if you allow yourself to truly hear, feel, and imagine (image-in) the perceptual codes revealed throughout. Frequency describes a layered process that facilitates and accelerates awareness of the authentic Self. You discover how to calibrate and adjust to soul frequency. Calibration results in perceptual movement to a level of heightened awareness of soul presence. It’s finding who you really, truly are. Getting you there is the central focus of this work.

Create a New Reality through Expanded Dimensional Awareness
“You might think of the fourth dimension as the realm of the soul, of spirit—an experience rather than a place, in which everything exists simultaneously in a unified field of energy and awareness, where everything contains everything else, all is known, and ‘love’ is the primary substance out of which everything is made.”[vi]

“In the new reality soul will be the supreme force, consciousness of the interpenetration of the visible and invisible realms will be the most valuable thing, and anything will be possible.” [4-5] This is because we start to see life as “energy and awareness.”

Peirce states you “are evolving through nine phases of growth that are designed to effectively raise your vibration.” The entire process is considerably eased if you “work consciously with honing your sensitivity and choosing your soul’s vibration (home frequency).” If you do that you’ll seem to “float through the transformation process like a leaf carried downstream by a river that knows where it’s going.”

The 9 Stages in the Transformation Process
1.      Spirit merges with body, emotions, and mind
2.      The frequency of life increases in every way, everywhere
3.      The personal-collective subconscious mind empties
4.      You retrench, refortify, resist, and re-suppress (until)
5.      Old structures break down and dissolve
6.      You stop, let go, and relax into your truest self
7.      You re-emerge into the world like the phoenix
8.      Relationship, family and group experience are revolutionized
9.      Enlightenment is grounded in every bit of matter

Chapters include “Try This!” segments that describe explorations in frequency embodiment. For example, you’re invited to “Try this! Flow compassion and love through yourself.”

In this instance you perceive yourself as a “giver and receiver of love” in various circumstances over a few days. Peirce suggests you “look around and be a neutral witness to the basic love energy that shapes you and the world around you. See and feel it everywhere. Be accepting, forgiving and unconditional in your loving kindness for a few minutes. Breathe love in through all your cells and let it pass through you, touching every part and lighting you up, then send the love on its way, giving it generously to others. In difficult circumstances, ask “where is the love right now?"[vii]

It’s All Choice (Driven by Willpower)
“Willpower is not about resisting, forcing, or controlling—it’s about choosing. And there are just two basic choices: to feel expansive, loving, and connected to the high vibrations of your soul—to literally be your soul—or to feel contracted, afraid, and immersed in the low vibrations of suffering—to not be your soul.”[viii]

Fortunately, you can choose your “home frequency” and have the will power to stay there once you find it. “When and how to drop into your home frequency. . . It’s one of the best kept secrets in life that when you think you’re falling into the void, you’re really returning to yourself—that what you think is going to be empty is actually full.”[ix]

This book is a keeper. I recommend you check it out on Penney’s site. She lists multiple sites at which it's available for purchase. Also, read some truly spirit-inspired excerpts which are posted there.

Gillian C. Grannum, PhD

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[i] See Peirce, p.xix
[ii] (Peirce 2009) xviii
[iii] p.xvi
[iv] p.xxiii
[v] p.xxviii
[vi] p.4
[vii] p.248
[viii] p.85
[ix] pp.104-10

Monday, March 11, 2013

Note from The Authors Guild. . .

Feel free to forward or comment. Here it is at our blog: http://tinyurl.com/bd96wam
 
Our objections, and those of others, to ICANN's sale of exclusive rights to .book, .author, .read and other new top-level domains have gained some traction in the media. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the Telegraph and many others have written about our concerns that private placement of such terms will, as Scott Turow wrote, allow "already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power."
 
Before we get to our question, here's some background. Top-level domains are the .com, .org, etc. in Internet addresses. Such domains in the past have been open, allowing virtually anyone to claim any available domain (mynewbook.com, for example) by paying a fee to Network Solutions, GoDaddy or other registrars. Most of ICANN's proposed new top-level domains, however, will be closed, allowing proprietary control over these domains. This seems fine for genuine brand names -- .pepsi, .nike, .gucci -- but problematic for the long list of generic domains ICANN plans to sell, such as .news, .blog, .cloud, .art, .search. The full list is here.
 
Now here's our question: Does anyone know why ICANN* is doing this?
 
We haven't found a satisfactory answer, which, to us, suggests someone stands to profit handsomely. Is that right? Or is there a public purpose to this that we're missing?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

15-Year-Old Scientist

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/04/andraka-new-pancreatic-cancer-test.aspx

Much has been said by my colleague PMH Atwater and others regarding the "new" children. I have predicted for many years that children will be involved in research and development of new technologies and inventions, often working in teams with adults. Here is the work of one of these young people in science. This fifteen-year-old boy has worked tenaciously, applying to 200 laboratories in his quest for research space (only one would grant him a workspace).

He tried and failed and tried again, because he wanted to develop a cheap, reliable test for early stage pancreatic cancer, after losing his friend to the disease. He developed a dipstick test, which adults in the field had not been able to formulate.

I am of the firm opinion that  young people need special attention to help them develop their intuition and energy skills, so they can bring their higher knowledge through from the mental realms without distortion. So many are not familiar with the emotional plane and how to navigate it successfully. But then, isn't that the issue for so many of us?!!