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Chuck’s Place: The Economics of Changing Dreams

We must begin by assuming personal responsibility for the world’s current dream. Last week, I proposed that we are in the Time of the Usher, the dream changer. That lead role mysteriously fell upon Donald Trump.

Our very own Petty Tyrant!
– Art by Jan Ketchel

If we face the deeper truth that our world is spinning out of balance and requires a radical shift to survive, perhaps we can appreciate why we have called upon such a ruthless sorcerer from the dark side to usher in change. This sorcerer fits the bill of what the Shamans of Ancient Mexico call the petty tyrant.

Petty tyrants rank as extreme narcissists and psychopaths who wield the power of life and death over others. For shamans, encounters with petty tyrants are fundamental to their training. Most importantly, since tyrants lack any capacity for empathy for the cruelty they perpetrate upon their victims, shamans are offered a golden opportunity to lose their self-importance when dealing with them. Those indulging in self-pity under the reign of the petty tyrant exhaust their energy quickly and unwisely, as the petty tyrant has absolutely no concern for their needs.

Instead, shamans learn how to hone and revamp their energy, wasting none in seeking sympathy or validation for the hardships and cruelty directed at them by their petty tyrants. This energy saving training has the secondary benefit of preparing them to face future onslaughts from the unknown.

In this time of changing dreams that we are now experiencing, we are all at a distinct advantage, as it is very clear who the petty tyrant is. We can choose to stand up to him, by deciding to have all our energy available to meet the unexpected challenges and shifts that are occurring daily, with a minimum of energy expense.

Shamans ultimately seek the defeat of the petty tyrant but realize that getting caught in the traps of indignance and being offended both exhaust energy and cloud the ability to observe and plan strategically. The bigger the tyrant the greater the challenge to preserve  one’s energy and stay centered on the task. This is the position of the assemblage point that the shamans call the place of no pity. This position requires extreme mindful presence without ego attachment. The only question to ask oneself is, what is the appropriate action now, all personal attachment removed from view.

Since January 21st of this year I have limited myself to one minute per day of taking in the news. I came to this practice after observing the energetic impact that one hour of news was having on my energy as I went through the day.

Donald Trump, our news tyrant, seduces with outrageous antics and threats, which literally suck the energetic life out of a person. The emotional volatility evoked, and the attention given, literally feed the tyrant entity, who clearly has an insatiable hunger for attention.

I observe a tremendous energy savings with my one minute per day limitation. Each morning, I quickly receive the bullet points of necessary information, intentionally avoiding the trappings of emotional reactivity and seduction to track, think about, react to , and talk about the stories that are circulating in the news throughout the day—all energy-zapping practices. As a result I am free to decide if I need to do something or if I can just move on.

I don’t spend my energy on worry, fear, or rage. It simply depletes too much energy. Being offended by Trump is a waste of energy! Refusing to give him the attention he feeds off of, starves him of my energy and I get to keep it for myself. Having detachment from his outrageousness allows me to see clearly and to strategically navigate now.

Thus, I see Trump’s role as the usher, who has disrupted the familiarity and security of our world, as the role of the petty tyrant as well. He offers himself as the one to help us hone our energy and prepare for the real changes that we will invariably face as the world changes dreams again.

It’s a dangerous situation!
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

Please don’t misconstrue my perspective as a benevolent casting of Donald Trump. He is a tyrant and he is dangerous. Many people will be and have been crushed by his ruthlessness. However, the world must evolve now into a new dream in order to survive, and the silver lining in Trump is that, though he appears the antithesis of survival, he has had the ability to interrupt the status quo of the world. This interruption of energy flow is a move of a sorcerer and it allows us all an opportunity to hone our own energy and prepare for the challenges on the horizon. These challenges may be hastened by Trump, but they hardly originate with him.

The deeper dream we are leaving is the self-centered dream where it’s all about “me” and “us” (U. S.)! Trump’s embodiment of that dream is the catalyst for the new dream, the one centered at the heart level: the real truth, transparency, and all-inclusiveness.

For us to prepare for this new dream, we must learn the economics of saving our energy resources by losing the self-importance of being offended and raising our consciousness to the truth of the heart.

The heart stays in alignment with the soul/energy body—spirit—call it what you will, but it is that divine center within us all that tells us the truth, the real truth, and whose guidance will lead us forward into a truly sustainable dream, the dream we are really preparing for, a heart-centered world dream.

From an energy miser,


Chuck’s Place: Why We Matter

On an individual level, the deepest question we can ask ourselves is, “Why am I here?” On a collective level, the deepest question we can ask ourselves is, “Why are we here?”

After years of focused exploration in the spiritual realm, seeking proof of and versatility in life beyond the body, I found myself drawn powerfully back into this world. I know my focus needed to first be in the spiritual world because I could not avoid exploring the question, “What comes next, is there life beyond this life?”

We are all dreaming this dream together... - Photo by Chuck Ketchel
We are all dreaming this dream together…
– Photo by Chuck Ketchel

Recently, however, I was drawn powerfully back to focus on life in this world. In fact, for the past several months I have been drawn to volume after volume of notes taken at Jung’s seminars in the 1920s and 1930s. I realize that the energy of now mimics the energy of that time and that Jung was thoroughly engaged in comprehending its questions and attempting to provide answers. Those questions were answered but not solved in his time. We live in the further unfolding of the seeds of that time and are asked, in our time, to provide the next evolution of answers.

The stakes are indeed much greater now. Though the horror of Hitler still hovers, it pales in significance to the threat of total world annihilation, which is the truth of our current predicament. To soften that blow I refer to a dream Jung had where he met a yogi in deep meditation. This yogi was, Jung realized, dreaming his, Jung’s, life. When he looked closer at the yogi he realized it was an exact replica of himself. He also realized that once the yogi awoke from his dream Jung’s life in this world would be over, though life itself would go on in another realm, in a another dream.

That is our predicament now, we are the collective participants of God’s dream. We are the incarnation of God’s dream. That makes us all, like Christ, God made human, set down in our collective world to freely explore the evolution of God’s dream.

Our world dream, Earth, has been an epic dream that has managed to never end because we, in the dream, have always found a way to keep it going, to both create and solve innumerable challenges that continue to evolve the dream. And it’s a beautiful dream, one we’d like to keep going!

In our time, we have forced this dream to epic challenges. Can we rescue ourselves from the clash of forces that scream out for a major evolutionary advancement? Hitler heralded an attempt to maintain purity of line at all costs. That motive has fully matured on the world stage at this very moment. Tribalism, purity of line, separation of races, religions, classes and sexes are all at war with the ultimate world melting pot that we must evolve into if we are to continue our dream on a more secure footing.

The truth is, God is indifferent to the outcome. Here I speak of God beyond incarnation, eternal God. For that God, whom we are the seeds of, all is forgiven because the outcome of our dream was left to us to freely and creatively grow and discover. That is how God grows. We are the creative side of God and we are here to discover things.

If this dream ends, God will not be angry or disappointed. God grows and learns regardless of the outcome. All outcomes are seeds of future eternal dreams. Nonetheless, this is a beautiful dream and it presents fascinating challenges.

From the perspectives I articulate here, I arrive at detachment. For me, detachment is merely having a fuller perspective that enables access to true solutions to problems. Detachment requires, however, that we fully suffer being in finite, human form. Only from that place can the true answers arrive. God outside time and space cannot provide the answers. Only incarnated God, in time and space, can provide the answers. And that’s us!

So, from inside the dream, feeling the full weight of endgame time, waking up now, I find that love in the form of suspending judgment appears as the clear resolution. To suspend judgment is to erase hierarchy; all are equally valuable, good, bad, and ugly. We are all necessary parts of the same whole. Each of us is necessary and vital, playing our unique part in the struggle to evolve the dream.

Love is embracing every aspect of the interconnected whole that we are, each of us trying desperately to solve the problem of a higher level of integration. And those that fight it the most must be loved and embraced for their role in forcing all of us to solve the issue our parent’s generation could only shelve.

It’s fully off the shelf now and WE MATTER, because without all hands on deck this dream will be shelved as the yogi comes out of meditation.

In meditation,



Message from Jeanne: A New Program

First snow, a week ago, creating a circle within which to meditate upon the world we are privileged to live in... - Photo by Jan Ketchel
First snow, a week ago, creating a circle within which to meditate upon the world we are privileged to live in…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

Here is a recently channeled message from Jan and Jeanne to accompany you on your journey and as you make decisions for how to live as a citizen of the greater world. May it offer you the guidance you seek for this time in your life. Thanks for listening!

Chuck’s Place: World In Transition

Where will that molten energy strike next? - Photo by Jan Ketchel
Where will that molten energy strike next?
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

The world is an interconnected ocean of energy. At present, a tsunami of molten energy is sweeping the globe leaving mass destruction in its wake. The old consensus reality is losing its cohesiveness as new ideas, long in the churning, prepare to manifest on a leveled playing field.

Every individual now alive is a hologram of the one living entity we all call Earth—all inhabitants included—reflecting the world-at-large in the microcosm that we call Self. We need only examine the true state of our inner and outer selves to identify Gaza, Benghazi, and the Ukraine as existing within our own personal playing fields.

Behind all the turmoil is spirit, pressing us to move into new life. Old world defenses, defenses we’ve harbored since early childhood, can no longer contain this spirit change-agent. There are no viable truces left. The old behind-the-scenes deals, kept from consciousness, are being outed and can no longer contain the fierce energy of change. The time of compromise is over. Reason fumbles miserably in the wake of change; witness the militant energy dominating the world.

There is indeed cause for concern in such energetic upheaval. Individuals and nations alike fear psychosis as the tremors of change make themselves felt. Ego is charged, in such instance, with applying its consciousness to the truth: What is the true state of affairs in my personality and what appropriate challenges am I charged to take up? Psychosis is not a danger when ego humbles itself to the service of true need versus selfish greed.

We must all examine our own light and dark... - Photo by Jan Ketchel
We must all examine our own light and dark…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

This same task of self-examination and self-regulation is pressed upon the world’s nations. They too must face the truth of their own greed and abuses of power. They needn’t fear militancy if the rules of governance truly serve the needs of the people. If governance continues to serve only the needs of the greedy few, however, it will be brought down.

Similarly, ego—in alignment with old defenses that starve the needs of the whole personality—is seriously challenged to change. Here, militancy arrives in the form of terrifying nightmares and the onslaught of physical and emotional symptoms, such as the pounding heart of fear and anxiety.

Center stage to the current outer world crisis are Israel and Palestine. The 1948 establishment of the State of Israel was the world solution for a scapegoated people, targeted for extinction by a madman heralding a mass psychosis. Following the destruction of that regime in World War II, a permanent homeland was established to assure the safety and future of a badly decimated people.

The stirrings in that region now reflect the failings of that innocent but naive attempt to compensate a wounded people. The displaced Palestinians, asked to bear the burden of the sins of World War II, have never been adequately given their own secure homeland nor richly rewarded for their own great sacrifice. The complexity of resolution is great, but the time of disingenuous peace talks and statehood creation has ended. Only honest change that is fair and attentive to the true needs of all will work now.

Perhaps we will all arrive at energetic oneness before long... - Photo by Jan Ketchel
Perhaps we will all arrive at energetic oneness before long…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

Similarly, within our personal hologram, we must bring to power rules of governance that reflect the true needs of our evolving selves. We are in the midst of the greatest possible change, within and without, that we will experience in our lifetime. Let us all rise to the occasion as warriors of evolved selfhood, as well as citizens of a new consensus reality, founded upon the interdependent needs of all beings.

Signing on and doing my part,