Soulbyte for Friday October 19, 2018

Let love guide you now. From a place of loving kindness align with the world you live in, with nature, with other human beings, so that harmony may truly reassert itself and once again be the song of the land. In nature find balance and the Right Way. In nature find your heart beat’s resonance. In nature find your sustenance and your nurturance. Turn to the land, the sun, the plants and trees during the day to show you how nature works and thrives, and at night turn your eyes and hearts upward to the stars, the moon, and the galaxies and know that this too is your home. Anchor more fully in the garden you live in, Planet Earth. Keep it safe and well. Let the love in your own heart guide you to know how to do this. The knowledge is deep within you. It’s all about realizing that you are home; the Planet Earth is your current home. Care for it and love it until you leave for your next home. Though chaos may appear to have power it is no match for the heart centered power you have within you. Use it in the way you choose to live, in the way you choose to love, unconditionally, with compassion and gratitude. Though you may feel small and insignificant, it really does depends on you, for you are a significant part of the greater whole. And that matters. You matter.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Thursday October 18, 2018

At the dawning of every new age there is chaos and turmoil, there is darkness and even despair, and yet there is always light showing the way. Focus on the light. Though it may be far in the distance, hone in on it and draw yourself forward towards its tiny pinpoint in the distance. That tiny light is what you seek, the time of coming out of the darkness, the time when all will be different. Make the journey through the darkness an experience as rich as what you hope for when you reach the light. Savor its riches, for indeed it is the greatest time in any lifetime, the dark holding far more riches than imaginable. It is a time of learning about the powers within the self, about the mirror of light within the self reflecting outside of the self in that pinpoint of light in the darkness, for it is you that has placed that light in the distance. It is you that makes the journey. You are the journeyer, the journey, and the journey’s end too. You are all that you experience. You are the creator and the created, the light and the dark, the pain and the joy of this journey to the new age you seek. Keep going toward the light. Let the journey unfold. You’ve already dreamed it; you’re just remembering now.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck’s Place: On The Edge of Narcissism

What does it mean to be living in this time of The Trump Show? This thinly veiled reference to the movie The Truman Show casts no aspersions upon Trump but intends instead to present an incisive understanding of the momentous time we are living in.

There’s a whole new reality out there!
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

In The Truman Show, Jim Carrey’s character, Truman, lived his complete life on a TV set, totally unaware that he was the only real character in a fabricated story that the rest of the world vicariously watched on their screens. He naively lived this personal illusion, which was completely supported by consumer interest. The climax of the movie was the moment he discovered the boundary of his illusion, a fake ocean in a flat room, and a three dimensional world beyond it that he had never known existed.

Jim Carrey’s moment of revelation is symbolic of the time when human consciousness was confronted with the reality that the world was not flat, that explorers did not fall off the edge of it on their ocean voyages. At that moment, world consciousness realized that it had been locked into a belief system, like Jim Carrey, that kept it insulated from true reality, largely due to its isolated, confined, narrow-minded view of the world. Once that revelation came, everything changed.

That moment of revelation can be characterized as standing on the edge of narcissism and glimpsing the true nature of someone or something other than the mirror of one’s personal belief system, the lens through which one ordinarily perceives the world. It’s that moment on a date, when the one who has talked about him or herself, non-stop for an hour, suddenly looks up and notices the other person at the opposite side of the table, and asks, “And what about you?” The implication: Something beyond me exists, a startling revelation!

Human consciousness is currently nearing such a moment of revelation. Donald Trump is our Truman, bringing us to the edge of narcissism, to the boundaries of our belief systems that veil a more comprehensive view of reality. In one form or another, we are all players on the set of the Trump Show. The main technology of his show is sheer impulse and unpredictability, and we are all gripped and contained in the fiery energy of the drama.

No longer do we have a comprehensive collective belief system about how people should behave, what news is fit to print, how natural disasters or assassinations should be handled. Instead, we’ve  splintered into clusters of opposing views, where even the Commander-in-chief might impulsively, completely reverse himself, at any moment, on any given day.

This plethora of opposing beliefs keeps us locked into warring differences that vie for supremacy, an attempt by each side to install their belief system as the overarching truth. However, the more sublime impact of the Trump Show is the revelation that belief systems are just that, bulwarks of narcissism that veil other truths and realities, and prevent deeper exploration and knowing of those truths and realities.

And now, as we begin to see through the relativity of our limiting belief systems, what is the broader reality that approaches us?

Energetic reality is the new frontier. The Trump Show has laid bare the dominance of the survival drive, at the animal level, as the basis of current decision making. Energetic reality lays bare the existence of spirit as a dominant guiding force for life, in and beyond the physical body.

What all religious traditions have always held space for, is the existence of a soul, an etheric body that separates from the physical body at death to participate in continued life on new terms, without a physical body. Energetic reality offers the means to experience and explore this realm while still in possession of a physical body.

Robert Monroe was a leader in providing a technology of brain hemispheric synchronization that facilitates such exploration. Carlos Castaneda shared a simpler technology toward the same end, that of intent. The potential that each technology offers is direct experience of one’s soul, on an energetic plane beyond the physical body.

This energetic exploration is a means to knowing, versus simply hoping, that life continues beyond physical life. With this knowing, life on the physical plane is no longer encumbered by the fear of death, that which has led to the dominance of the survival drive at the animal level of our human selves.

Opening to energetic reality also exposes us to the true nature of our interconnectedness with all of life, on and beyond the planet, as we encounter the subtler energetic dimensions of being. With this broader view we realize that our thoughts influence others, spoken or unspoken. We discover that we too are deeply influenced by the silent thoughts of others, as well as the collective world thought patterns and beliefs, that on any given day large numbers of people may feel depressed and hopeless, or invigorated and hopeful, as the collective energy is felt on an energetic level.

Energetic reality is transparent and largely nonverbal. In energetic reality, we easily read the intentions of others, as well as ourselves. In energetic reality, the instincts of the human animal are seen, known, and accepted. In energetic reality, with a more honest awareness in place, the human animal is granted life with embodied consciousness. Certainly, in energetic reality, the negotiation of intimacy in relationship has the potential to become one of deeply profound union.

The ability to heal and be healed in energetic reality is exponentially advanced, as the subtler dimensions of thought and intention, as energetic change agents, are incorporated more fully and fundamentally into treatment protocols. The understanding of disease, as indicative of the status of the soul—perhaps being blocked in its intent, or forging its intent through the creation of physical symptoms—will deepen diagnostic and treatment approaches.

In energetic reality, inter- and intra-dimensional travel and communication, with souls no longer in human form, will vastly conserve the dense energetic reserves of the planet, currently being exploited for dense body, physical travel. Obsession with materialistic accumulation will give way to energetic creativity, with its boundless right-brain potential properly attuned with a left-brained attitude freed of egotistic fixation.

Though it may be difficult to imagine these profound changes, as we near the edge of the narcissistic platform that has embodied our beliefs, the possibilities I present are already being experienced by many. One need only decide, in earnest, to experience the soul directly, in an out-of-body experience in dreaming. As the body goes to sleep, the natural time for the soul’s dominant activity in our lives awakens. With but a little perseverance, one will have experiences beyond belief.

And so, with the Trump Show shattering our beliefs, the ground is clearing, as we reach the edge of narcissism and venture into a whole new world of energetic possibility.

Bon Voyage,

Chuck

Soulbyte for Wednesday October 17, 2018

Embrace your physical self and love yourself for all your human frailties, your stupidities, your fears, and especially your lack of trust in a higher purpose and higher guidance. You are perfect as a human physical being, doing all the things humans do, and yet all of those human physical things are just the beginning of who you are, for you are so much more than that. Explore your greater self, your eternal self, your spirit self, even as you let your physical self teach you what you are done with, what you can let go of, and what you still need for a while longer. As you begin to understand your two selves more fully turn to your spirit self more often and ask for guidance. Learn to trust it by trying it on, by asking for proof, for help, for something special, and seeing what happens. The physical body is just the beginning of who you are. There really is so much more!

From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday October 16, 2018

Peel back the covering that now protects you, the coat of armor you wear to protect yourself from what you fear. Like a warrior intent upon winning a battle, face your fears head on and get to know them intimately, without your normal protections. Know them fully, master them, and be done with them. In this manner, free yourself to fully live a life of calmness and peace, without fear constantly calling you back to old places and old worries. Without blame and shame about the past, your fear shed like an old coat, you will discover that there is no need for a new coat of protection, for nothing will cause your strong warrior self to fear again. That will have been conquered, and the only thing left to conquer will be your eager curiosity about life to come.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck Ketchel, LCSWR