#514 Chuck’s Place: Suspend Judgement

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Carlos Castaneda opened the weeklong workshop series known as the Westwood Series, at UCLA in 1996, with the instruction, SUSPEND JUDGEMENT. He intended to introduce us to some core sorcery knowledge, but knew that the dominance of our minds needed to first soften to allow it in. His method to achieve this was to have us learn and perform sorcery movements called MAGICAL PASSES, which enabled us to gather the energy needed to receive his knowledge. Judgement, he contended, was the guardian of our worldview, however limiting or illusory. In order to see and experience more we must first suspend judgement.

Jeanne has suggested, many times, that we be careful to never be harsh with the self. Harshness is the action of a judgement, which views the self, in some way, as a failure. She suggests that we view, instead, all our decisions and actions as necessary and as part of our path of gaining knowledge. Rather than berate the self for the repetition of an ancient “negative” behavior, ask the self what it means. Why have I journeyed here again? What is it that I need to learn? Am I ready to retire these actions or thoughts, or must I remain a while longer? This line of questioning is gentle and objective; it allows the self to be fluid. It allows the self to discover its secrets. It allows the self to gather in old energy, tucked away in old experiences, waiting to be liberated and returned to the self to allow for a new direction.

When we look outward into the world, our judgements categorize every one and every thing. These categories generate clarity and determine how we navigate. The value of such an interpretation system cannot be overestimated, as it generates a cohesive world for us to solidly live and die in. However, our judgements are hardly objective. Much of what we “see” is, in fact, the projection of archetypal determinants, or reflections of our own psychic economy. If I haven’t discovered the depth of my own shadow, I am surely subject to dark paranoid projections upon the people of the world around me. How can I ever discover the true nature of the world if I remain encased in my own subjective bubble? Suspending judgement outwardly requires the same curiosity as the inward view. Why do I feel this way toward him/her? What happens if I suspend the automatic categorization; if I continue to observe; if I allow myself further investigation? Perhaps I will discover something very different than I initially assumed.

Buddha’s emphasis on compassion can be helpful here. Compassion erases the category of otherness. True compassion requires the ability to own the fullness of the self, no discarded parts projected outwardly. Removing the veil of separateness in our experience of the world opens the door to deeper exploration and connection. We may choose not to go deeper with another, but we can do it from a place of energetic objectivity, i.e.: this relationship doesn’t serve my energetic evolution or, I no longer need this energetic encounter because I have discovered all I need to learn. This kind of decision making is a far cry from any judgement of superiority or difference, which subjectively keeps us entrenched in the veil of our illusion of who we really are.

Learning to suspend judgement is, by far, the most powerful tool to pry apart the old veils, advancing us into deeper truth, and worlds beyond the known.

As always, I am open to discussion or comment. Should anyone wish to write, I can be reached via email at: chuck@riverwalkerpress.com

Until we meet again,

#513 A Day of Conquest

Jeanne Marie Ketchel
Channeled by Jan Ketchel

Dear Jeanne,
Do you have a message for us today?

This is a day of conquest, a day of capitulation to the truth as it is shown, revealed, and repeatedly stressed to you. Realization of the self as a human being, with many facets of needs and desires, is essential in order to continue your journey as an evolutionary being. Today is a day of acceptance of this human self who so desires your acknowledgment and your acquiescence. When I speak of conquest and capitulation, I speak of the inner self and the outer self in battle and yet also in agreement that it is time to proceed now on a journey of partnership, companionship, and balanced awareness, fully owning that each aspect of the self is necessary and essential.

You know who you are. You have been shown the truths of the self. Now it is time to allow those truths entry into the place of knowing that you guard so readily from intrusion. This place of inner knowing is not meant to be a separate place of purity or sanctity, but a place of raw and blatant truths. It is capable of accepting what is truth, ready to own that which is, in fact, truthfully necessary to own. This place of inner knowing will reject that which is not important or worthy of entry. It will refuse that which has been forced upon you by outer judges and condemners. Your place of inner knowing has been waiting for all truths of the self to flow in, unheeded, unimpeded, and unguarded by your self-restrictions and self-judgments. This is a day of self-conquest, a day to wrestle down your fears that block your truths and keep you in the land of unknowing where your progress is slow and your leap forward untaken.

By acquiescence to the bare and utter truths of the self your leap forward may now become your next step, and this, My Dears, is exactly what you want in your path. But I must warn you that it is a leap of faith that is being presented to you. In some manner, you are all being asked to move forward now, to leap into the unknown, to gather your wits, and go with nothing but your faith in the energy of life to carry you forward.

This is what a leap of faith means. It involves trust and acknowledgment of the greatest truths of the self, the lovely truths, but also the ugly truths. It involves the ability to trust that your journey is presenting you with exactly what you need, and it is being capable of allowing the self to let go of control of all that you have thought was so important in life. Now the energy of conquest and capitulation asks you to accept your truths, gather your wits, trust your journey, and leap forward into the unknown, fully aware that you are doing so, but also fully allowing your self to take such a leap because you know you are guided, aided, and shown what to do each step of your journey.

Trust your journey. It will show you where to go, but nothing will happen if you do not take the leap. No journey will materialize if you do not move out of your complacency. No energy of truth and trust will show you the way if you do not spur your self out of the doldrums and into the life you envision, desire, and want, in order to grow. Your perfect life awaits. What are you waiting for?

You are already on the journey you desire. You are living it every day. But in order to reach your dreams, you must wrestle your fears to the ground and realize that your dreams are at your command.

#512 A Day of Gratitude

Jeanne Marie Ketchel
Channeled by Jan Ketchel

Dear Jeanne,
Do you have a message for us today? Thank you so much for all the guidance you regularly give us.

It is interesting that you send that thank you, for this is a day of gratitude. Synchronistically speaking, it is a time of ritual energy, of personal space, and of self-acceptance as an individual of purpose and intent. Personal intent must always involve the recognition of the desire to grow and evolve, and this is what I seek always to remind you of.

I suggest that you each, My Dear Readers, take a few moments to thank the self for taking the journey you embarked upon at your birth into that life. Offer the self a solemn yet tender moment of acceptance and recognition of the journey thus far taken, and place a new invigorated intent to continue to grow.

The energy of this day is quite appropriate for setting intent, for giving thanks, for self-acceptance, and for new offerings to be made that have personal significance. The energy of today is charged with possibility outside of you, but it also asks for inner self-reflection of a positive, nurturing sort.

I, Jeanne Marie Ketchel, ask that you each tend to the self today, as an evolving being, as an energy being, as a loving and compassionate being, offering the self the nurturance of acceptance and acquiescence to the journey you are on. I ask that you allow your self to flow with your life, from this moment on, with your awareness continually noting your way, marking the significance of your journey through the changing energy of time.

Regard your self as a journeyer today. Accept your self as an energy being. Reward your self with the intent to continue growing. Make a solemn vow, offer a prayer, or meditate upon your intent to allow your journey to show you where to go next, asking the self to be open, to flow more readily. For what awaits you as you step forward, never stopping upon your path of growth, is new energy, new insight, and new growth.

Your journey is waiting for you to take it. Please allow your self to see the possibilities that may come your way as you open your heart to your self today, offering your self the journey that lies at your feet and on your horizon. Open your eyes to the journey of the self!

#511 Ripple Effect

Jeanne Marie Ketchel
Channeled by Jan Ketchel

Dear Jeanne,
Do you have guidance for us as we begin a new month, a new workweek, and a new day?

Do not despair over the difficulties, the idiosyncrasies, and the tests that life presents. Even in death is there new life, in endings are there beginnings, and each new day, and even each new moment, offers the opportunity for change and new perspectives to develop and lead you on your journey through that life.

Time is essentially of no consequence. The only things that matter are seeking the truth, staying upon a path of spirit, living and learning to live a compassionate life freed of attachments, judgments, blame, or regret. It is also important to be open to life’s changes, which are presented in order for you to learn self-love and love of all creatures and beings upon that earth. Each moment of each day are you also experiencing your self as an energy being and this is what I am going to stress today, for you pose a question, asking for guidance at a period of transition and change. This is a very significant time for those of you who are aware of your selves as beings of energy and spirit, separate from body and mass, yet attached to body and mass as well.

During your time upon that earth, and this time specifically, it is wise to constantly remind your self that you are comprised of energy. Perhaps your energy is unseen, but it is not unfelt. It is fully impacting your world. Every move you make causes a ripple effect. Your every step upon that earth impacts not only the soil, the floor, the sidewalk, the ground upon which you step, but it also reverberates beyond just your weight upon the ground. Your presence is noticed; it is not taken for granted, even though you may, at times, feel that you are insignificant, or even quite invisible.

The ripple effect of your own energy is as potentially harmful as an earthquake. It is as potentially powerful as a tornado. It is as potentially beautiful as a starlit night, and it is as potentially peaceful as a calm lake. Your personal energy has great effect, its ripple effect more pronounced and impacting than you can imagine.

Today, I ask you all to consider what you do to affect the energy of the world. I ask this as a practical and pragmatic question, requesting that you study your usage and spoilage upon that earth. How do you personally impact the environment that is your personal world? Distill your personal world down to your very home environment from the moment you step out of bed in the morning. Ask your self, what impact am I making as I enter the world today? Am I aware, sensitive, cognizant of my energy and what it is doing to the world around me? Am I aware of myself as an energy being? Am I aware that I am important today and every day? Am I aware of the ripple effect that each choice and decision I make has on everything connected to that choice?

Is my energy conducive to spiritual living? Is my energy trusting and open to the awareness of energy outside of me? Am I ready to promote and engage the energy in a positive way today? Am I remaining open to the signs and guidance I receive? Am I aware that I am as important, as significant, and as impacting, as the most famous and powerful person I can think of?

This is your awareness lesson today: to own and acknowledge your personal energy as powerful, necessary, decisive, loving, desirable, and desiring of evolutionary growth, yet equally ready and willing to understand its place and necessity upon that earth, in the nitty gritty experiences of every day life.

I send you into energy life today with this little prayer:

I am aware of myself.
I impact the world.
I am responsible for every action,
decision, and choice I make.
I am an energy being
ready to shift and accept life
at a moment’s notice,
no matter what the circumstances,
because I have impact.
And with that notice firmly planted
I am ready to accept my challenges
and lead myself into my day
energy bound, energy aware, and energy thoughtful.