Be one with the world

All things recognize the oneness of the universe except man. You may think nothing of injuring a tree in your back yard in North America, yet the message of what you did is carried from your backyard across the world. So, when you travel to Sumatra, the trees there will recognize you and will either fear you or resent you, thereby making your simple stroll a harrowing trek with their need to protect themselves.

The same is true of animals and insects. Injure a cat, bird, or even an ant, and see if nature doesn’t find a way to either pay you back or keep you from doing anymore harm, somehow. They all know that they are part of something bigger. They all know that every action taken has a repercussion somewhere within the webs of energy that bind us all together. It is only man who places himself in a bubble of separateness; who closes himself off to everyone and everything else.

Instead of letting the information in, instead of allowing themselves to be one with all the universe, man chooses to live in a bubble of separation. Occasionally, cracks appear in your bubble, and information seeps through. Most of the time we choose to ignore this anomalous knowing; other times, we accept the knowledge, but find ways to explain it that still allow us to keep our image of separateness in tact.

A few of us, though, choose to lower that bubble and revel in the knowledge that comes from being no longer separate. We allow ourselves to “hear”, “see”, and “experience” all the input, all the information that comes from the universe around us—the stars, the plants, animals, insects, and other people.

Some people who welcome the oneness are looked upon as extraordinary, perhaps they have outstanding gardens where all things grow for them because they seem to know just what the plants need and when to apply it. Others become so intuitive with the animals that they become like Dr. Dolittle in their ability to understand and care for the animals. Others just seem to know or sense things about the people around them.

In each instance, it’s because they have released themselves from the restrictions of being separate. They have chosen, instead, to be one with all there is, to accept everything and everyone as they accept themselves.

It’s not magic, and it’s not make believe. There really is a part of our brains that causes us to experience the feelings of separateness in our world. It’s the spatial section of our brains. It provides each of us not only with a sense of location within a specific space and time, it also provides us with a sense of being us, a separate and unique being. However, when those with a heightened sense of intuitiveness were tested, the scientists found that instead of activating a new and different portion of their brain, what they had done was turn off their spatial functions within their brain.

They released the barriers that kept them separate from the rest of the world, and this allowed them to then open themselves up and “hear” and “know” everything that anyone and anything heard and knew. They could become like the beings in the movie Avatar, tapping into their world at a deeper level, tapping into their world and locating just the information needed to answer the questions asked of them (where is my daughter’s harp that was stolen?), or seeing the future possibilities emerge from all the probabilities, so that they can help someone make easier, less traumatic life choices. 

It’s a removing of barriers; a lowering of the bubbles of separateness that we all put around ourselves that lets us become one with our world, with our universe. It’s not a special section of the brain that needs to be activated, or triggered, but a common section which we all use that we need to turn off.

Some researchers found that simply by repeating the phrase, “I am one with the world”, helps lower that barrier that keeps you separated from everyone and everything else. So, try it…say it with me (but mean it), “I am one with the world…”; now believe that phrase. See yourself as one with the world; then let that bubble of separateness around you explode outward as you flow outward and find yourself one with the universe.

The eyes have it

It’s just a small difference really, but in that small difference can lie day and night, life and death, or the whole world. The small difference I’m referring to is in the words that people use and the way in which they put those words together. Change a word here or there, and it changes the whole intention of the message. Or simply move a word from the start of the sentence to the end of it, and you’ve now said something completely different.

I work with words every day; I’m a wordsmith, so I should know all about the tricks and manipulations that can be done with words. Yet, when you’re on the receiving end of manipulated messages, it’s not so easy to see where the words have been substituted or how exactly the intention of the message has been subtly shifted. Also, sometimes the deliverer of the message doesn’t realize that the message has been shifted or changed; they are honestly repeating what they heard or were told. Other times, the deliverer may honestly believe what they are saying is true, so again, the keenness of the words isn’t completely understood by them, but is doubly felt by you.

Word manipulation…it’s the difference between a doctor saying “Do this and you won’t die…” and “Do this and you won’t die as fast…”. The first statement is a very positive message. It says “you’ll be fine…trust me.” While the second message says, “You’re dying, but we might be able to slow it down…”. That second message, if heard and truly understood, can be pretty shocking if you had no idea that you were that ill.

The words used to deliver the messages are very similar, but the underlying meanings are completely different. Many of us don’t hear the underlying meanings, so we don’t even notice their differences. In fact, many of us are lucky to pay attention to the primary message and notice the subtle differences there. I think it’s because we don’t really listen. We hear, sure, but we don’t listen. We take in the words, but then we translate them into a message that we find acceptable. It may not be the same message that is actually being stated, but it’s one that we want to hear.

But then that’s the power of words. We can twist, shift, and manipulate them to say almost anything, and we do. Whether we are crafting the initial message or receiving that message, we shift the words to suit ourselves. And if we don’t like the underlying message, we ignore it; we pretend that it wasn’t there.

And while images may be worth a 1000 words, even they (nowadays) can be manipulated so that the original 1000 words they represented say something else.

Yes, with all this manipulating and reworking of the words going on, it can sometimes be hard to know just exactly what it is someone is trying to tell you. So how to tell what the true message is? How do you figure out what someone is really trying to tell you? While listening closely is always a good idea, the best way is to read their eyes. The true message that a person wishes to convey comes from their soul. So, to know what they want to really tell you, read their eyes, because the soul never lies.

No regrets…

Every time I take a moment to look back at the long (and often convoluted) path that I followed to get here, it still amazes me that I got here at all.

There were times when I just wanted to give up and do what everyone else wanted me to. Then there were times when I wasn’t sure what I should do, where I should go, or what would happen. My life seems to have wandered all over the map—literally, and figuratively. Yet, here I am, alive and well and doing okay with the me that I’ve become.

That’s not easy for most people to say. If you ask most people you’ll hear them hem or haw, or even quantify their answer, because most people either truly aren’t satisfied with their lives or think they aren’t.

So many people think they’re missing out, so they struggle to get what their neighbors or friends have, or are constantly chasing after; whatever it is they think will make them happier. Other people wander around regretting something—the guy they broke up with (would he have made a better husband?), the job they turned down (would they be CEO now?), or even the kids they may have put off and now they think it’s too late to have.

But regrets are perhaps the most foolish things to carry around with you. Do you really think your life would have been that much better had you made a different choice way back when? You might as well say that you don’t like yourself, because that would be closer to the truth. After all, whatever choices you made, made you; because you are the sum of your decision. You are what you made yourself, one choice at a time.

If you have regrets, then you need to make choices that will create the you you want to be. After all, you are the architect, contractor, and builder of you and your life. Therefore, if there’s something you don’t like about yourself, then maybe you need to take another look at the blue prints—did you follow them exactly, or at least close enough that you have the foundation and structure you wanted for your life, or do you need to alter them? Or maybe the change isn’t that fundamental. Maybe the change comes from a disconnect between the architect and builder. Maybe the contractor didn’t do a proper job of communicating with the two of them and maybe one of the rooms got left off.

Then again, perhaps it’s merely your perception of things that is causing the discontent in your life. Perhaps you think that because you and your spouse had no children of your own that you “had no children”. But take another look at your life—did you take care of younger siblings, your elderly parents, or a bunch of pets? Did you work or volunteer in a daycare center, youth center, or elder care facility? Couldn’t any of those qualify as having and raising children?

And while you may not have physically climbed Mount Everest, wasn’t that climb up the corporate ladder just as impressive and just as hard?

People tend to see their lives differently than others do, so next time you start to regret something, take another look—but try using different “eyes”. A different perspective might just show you that while the choices you made may not have been the ones you wanted to make at the time, they still got you to who you are. And who you are is great!

Once someone realizes that, they usually understand how foolish it is to carry around those regrets. After all, if you truly like yourself, truly like who you are, then you can’t have regrets. 

I may not have taken the easiest path; I may not have even taken the most scenic path, but you know what? I believe that in the end, all paths lead to the same place—who you are right now. So, the most important lesson on the path of life (at least to me) is Like Yourself, because as traveling companions go, you’re all you have.

Is it real?

I’ve gotten a number of comments regarding my postings of my planing activities suggesting that I’m either crazy or simply having very vivid dreams (since most of my planing does take place during my sleep periods). Others have asked me how I can be so positive that these activities are real and not just dreams, nightmares, or figment of my imagination—something happening simply in my mind (see It’s All in My Head).

My best response is simply, “because these incidents are much more real than this world in which I’m posting my blog.”

Think about your dreams for a moment, or can you even remember any of them. Maybe a snippet here or a fragment there, right? Dreams usually fade quickly, although sometimes it can take almost a day for some of the really vivid ones. You might be left with a few vestiges, maybe a memory of an emotion, but that, too, usually fades within a couple of days.

Dreams don’t linger for very long once you awaken, and nightmares are no different. Turn on a light, and nightmares inevitably run away, much preferring the dark recesses of your mind than the bright lights of activity.

These incidents of mine that I write about don’t fade once I awaken. They don’t scatter like rose petals from a dying bouquet. Instead, they’re more like memories, which do fade, yes, but only after weeks, months, or years, not moments or hours. And like memories, some of my experiences of planing can be retriggered by a smell, a word or phrase, or even by a color or image.

Dreams don’t do that, not even memories of dream can do that. There’s a certain musical phrase from Rhapsody in Blue that gives me a “flashback” to a jazz club and the pianist there who died while playing that tune for himself and the remaining wait staff way past closing time. There is the smell of jasmine that brings to mind the memory of a young lady murdered outside her apartment down in North Carolina.

These sounds, these smells trigger an emotional response, an emotional response that I associate with these incidents, these people and places. That’s what memories are—triggers to emotional incidents that we catalog and store. And when I’m acting as a planer, my emotional chakra is more open than when I’m functioning as a “normal” physical being. Emotions make very strong memories, stronger than anything else.

Think about it for a moment. Bring up any memory—happy or sad, good or bad—and you’ll find that the main thing you remember is the emotions of those involved. Perhaps you had an argument with your lover. You may not remember what was said, or even who started it, but what you remember is how you felt and how your lover felt, and how what they were feeling made you feel.

Maybe you remember the first time you saw an infant or a puppy. But again, what do you really remember? Do you remember exactly what the infant or puppy looked like? No, but you remember how you felt…you remember the gooey, oh-so-loving, just-wanna-cuddle-you-to-death feelings that threatened to overflow your whole being.

So, while I may not be able to bring back something tangible that I can point to and say “There, see I was really there. It really happened.” I do have memories.

I may not be able to “prove” to the skeptics that what I do is real, but when it’s their time to leave, I’m sure they’ll be glad to see me, or someone like me—even if we’re not real 😉

Time is a state of mind

Time. Everyone uses it. Everyone uses clocks and watches to measure it. Yet, do we really understand it? Do any of us really understand why time even exists? Or why it seems so important to us?

I think Einstein came closest to explaining why it exists when he said, The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. It means that without time we can’t see cause and effect, and without cause and effect, life (as we know it) doesn’t make sense.

  • What was, now is, and ever shall be (Scripture)
  • Time is an illusion. (Douglas Adams)
  • There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now. (Eugene O’Neil)
  • Time is a created thing. (Lao Tzu)
  • Time is of your own making. (Angelus Silesius)

The above 5 quotes pretty much explain what time is:  part of the illusion of reality that we each have created for ourselves. Scientists also describe it as part of our reality. They call it the fourth dimension, combining it with space to find a location for events and objects (reality, in other words).

We all have our time machines. Some take us back; they’re called memories. Some take us forward; they’re called dreams. (Jeremy Irons)

This last quote is the most profound. It points out just how much of time travel is a mental activity. It requires no machines, no complex formulas, no devices of any kind. If you want to be there during the building of the Tower of Pisa, then you merely need to extend your thoughts, your imagination, your mind to that moment and that place.

Perhaps you want to fly to the stars, experiencing life as an explorer of galaxies. Again, focus your thoughts and your dreams and go.

Life is what we create for ourselves. Our past, our future, and our nows, all exist in our heads, in our thoughts, long before they exist in any reality. What people call daydreaming or even night dreaming, is just another way of exploring other realities – realities in which we walked with Buddha, helped build the great pyramids, or sailed the galaxies.

I’m not saying that every dream is a visit to the past or future, or even a visit to an alternate now. Some dreams are exactly what they appear to be—messages from our own minds regarding the pitfalls we are creating for ourselves. But sometimes, those “dreams” are the memories of other places, other realities, other existences that we visited, that we created for ourselves while during the sleep cycle of the body we wear now.

Sometimes these realities are built in the ether of the transitional planes, but even then, it doesn’t make them any less real. Just because it all seems to be in your head, doesn’t make it any less real.

Every reality is real, because every reality is what you create for yourself. Even those we considered mentally unbalanced are creating a reality for themselves. And just because that reality is considered beyond “normal”, doesn’t make it less real, nor does it make it wrong. Every reality, no matter how bizarre, serves a purpose for the person who created it.

Time travel, like reality, is a state of mind. As long as your mind is fixed in this here and this now, then so are you. However, if you fix your mind on another time, or another time and place, then essence (the soul) will find a way to make it real for you, whether through dreams, astral visits, or through your own imagination.

Many of us use books or movies to aid us in our “travels”, but whether you use these aids or simply “experience” the reality of it on your own, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you understand that no matter when you are, it’s always real.