“May you live in interesting times.” A scan of the internet finds that this quote is probably a late nineteenth century English version of what was thought to be a Chinese curse, however, with no real connection to the Chinese culture at all. Of course, the phrase might be a back handed blessing, with its real meaning being that living in interesting times is more challenging than living in uninteresting, peaceful times. I suspect it would serve us better to bless each other with the phrase, “May you live in compassionate times.” Even if this phrase doesn’t lend itself to the ages, it definitely lends itself to where we are in our evolution right now.
As I ponder this new phrase, “May you live in compassionate times,” I am guided to look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a tool to help me be more compassionate. By discussing this model it might help us think about why others might believe and act the way they do. It allows us to contemplate why we believe or act the way we do. Hopefully, this will help us take the drama out of any situation and be more detached and less judgmental about the situation.
You may all be familiar with this model. It was originally put forward by Abraham Maslow in 1943. It is a psychological theory to help explain human motivation and eventual evolution. The idea is that you generally need to have the needs of the first level of the pyramid met before you move onto the next level. (Click here for an image of Maslow’s Pyramid.)
The first level is the physiological needs of air, water, food, shelter, sleep, clothing, and reproduction.
The next level is safety needs. It includes personal security, employment, resources, health, and property.
The third level is love / belonging. Included in this is friendship, family, intimacy, and sense of connection.
From our perspective, these first three levels of Maslow’s pyramid loosely equate to life at the 3D consciousness level. We need to have our physical needs met in order to have the ability to be motivated to work at having our emotional and mental needs met. At level three, this is love and belonging at the 3D consciousness level where there is still probably some co-dependence or conditions on receiving and giving the love. At this level, we still need to play by some, if not all, of society’s rules in order to be loved and accepted into the tribe.
The fourth level for Maslow’s pyramid is called Esteem. It is about respect, self-esteem, status, recognition, strength and freedom. At this level, we are starting to be more allowing of other people because we have a healthy sense of our own achievement and esteem. We don’t have to look out at other people to determine how we measure up. We don’t have to judge others negatively in order to feel good about ourselves.
The fifth level of the pyramid is self-actualization, the desire to become the most that one can be. At this level you no longer have to compare yourself to others in order to know who you are, in order to define yourself. Your sense of self and sense of power do not stem from what you have or what you command, but how you feel on the inner. People who hold power at this level may even look passive from the point of view of those who look at them from the 3D level of consciousness.
People who hold power and self-confidence at the self-actualization level do not need to prove to anyone else that they are powerful or wise, they simply feel it. In knowing and feeling themselves at this level of consciousness, a person does not need to look powerful, talk powerful, or “win” the point. They simply feel it and are willing to allow others to think them weak or foolish, because getting approval from anyone outside of themselves is no longer necessary. All of their power and self-esteem comes from within, from knowing who they are. Thus, the spiritual paradox is that those that are the most powerful don’t need to defend themselves or define themselves based on the outside world. They may look passive from the point of view of others. Don’t be fooled! And don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of needing to look a certain way to prove your own consciousness level!
Again, the reason the spiritual hierarchy wanted us to look at Maslow’s model is to use it to help us allow others to be where they are in their evolution, without judgement. If we can look at why someone might believe or act a certain way from the perspective of which of their needs are not being met, then maybe we can understand that they are reacting to a situation because of fear of lack of basic needs, lack of safety or lack of love and belonging. If a person doesn’t feel safe in one or more of these areas, then we might understand and have compassion for the fears they are still dealing with.
In the same vein, if we are struggling with our physiological needs, safety needs or our sense of belonging, we might have a better understanding why we are allowing others to sway us or to push our buttons. If we can be honest with ourselves where we might fall into Maslow’s pyramid, we might be able to start to look at where we need to heal our old beliefs, our discordant emotions and our old patterns of behaviors.
The spiritual hierarchy would like us to take an example and show how people at different stages of Maslow’s Hierarchy and even the spiritual hierarchy itself might see a situation.
Yes, this is a hot topic, but it seems to be a good example. The Corona Virus outbreak. By using this example, we are not saying that the spiritual hierarchy believes the outbreak is the highest plan. We are just using this to show that depending where you are in your evolution, where you are in getting your needs met, will determine how you feel about the situation.
For people who are at the first level of the pyramid for this topic, the concern is having physiological level needs met. If someone has an underlying lung issue, COPD, or other lung disease, or a compromised immune system, they might have good health insurance and enough money normally to feel secure, but they might be motivated by the fear of not being able to breathe (the first descriptor on this level – air). Their response is going to be based on that underlying need to breathe. We can all understand this group of people viewing the situation differently than maybe a healthy person with a relatively well working immune system. You can image this group of people wanting special help or being more panicked than the general population. They are afraid of not having this basic need met.
Next, let’s look at people at the second level – whether their safety needs are met. People at this level might be in panic mode and stock piling goods. Please note, we are not suggesting we should not buy extra supplies, as guided by our Souls. But, we are saying at this level the motivator for people is panic and fear, not simply being prudent and prepared. Other people at the safety level might be in panic mode because they are unable to afford to buy extra supplies. Maybe some at this level are not insured and fear running up large hospital bills. Coming from a place of fear, people at this level might try to figure out who is to blame for the outbreak and who is to blame for the response to the outbreak if they don’t believe the response is adequate. At this level, people may want something outside of themselves to do something so they feel secure, whether it is stockpiling supplies or hoping for the Federal Reserve to change the interest rates so that they feel financially secure. It is all about feeling secure and how can I feel secure.
For those who are at the third level – they want to feel loved and part of the community. It is possible that people at this level are in fear that they won’t be able to join in fellowship with others because of state mandated isolation / stay-at-home rules. People at this level might start to go stir crazy because they long for the need for human touch and community to be met.
Remember that feeling isolated, alone and disconnected is an illusion, too. Work with guidance to help feel connected whether it is through 3D technology with other people, with nature through walks or hikes, or through meditation and raising your vibration.
As we stated earlier, these first three levels are roughly equivalent to the third dimensional level of consciousness.
People at the fourth level – esteem – might be concerned about the outbreak but are not panicking about it. They may wonder how they can help family members, or what needs to be done to help the community move through the fear. People at this level may already be looking for the silver lining. The other day, I heard someone say that by having better overall hygiene, we would reduce the spread of the common cold and flu, too.
At the Self – Actualization level and from the Spiritual Hierarchy perspective, people might see the benefits in the lessons learned. Maybe the outbreak shows that we have an interconnectedness that we sometimes like to ignore or allow the human made barriers to keep us from seeing our oneness. Sanjay Gupta, a medical doctor said, “if there is infection somewhere, there is infection everywhere.” This can be viewed negatively, or it can be seen as the mirror that what happens in one place affects everyone. If we could see the world this way more, maybe we would be able to solve other problems by looking at the global impact.
On the other hand, maybe one of the outcomes of this will be that each country acts with more divine sovereignty by creating strategic products itself instead of importing them from other countries, for instance, having China make most of the world’s parts and supplies: drugs; computer parts, auto parts, clothes, etc. This situation may even motivate us to look for more local solutions for food production, with local farmers or even what they called during World War II, the individual family victory gardens.
Since the health of the community is addressed by the whole community, this has the potential to pull us together, to help us see the need to work with harmony, cooperation, unity and oneness.
We know that COVID 19 is going to have lasting effects on us individually, as a nation and as a species. We know we are already “living in interesting times.” Now let’s see if we can manifest that into living in compassionate times by recognizing why others might be feeling and reacting the way they are.
It seems like everything is dialed up to 11 these days. (Yes, a whimsical reference to the cult classic movie This is Spinal Tap, a spoof of rock and roll documentaries, or rockumentary, if you prefer!) In a world where many situations seems over the top in drama and rhetoric, how should we react to the dramatic situations or create more peace and calm in our lives? I saw a t-shirt recently which answered the question this way: Keep Calm and Carry OM.
Of course, this is a play on the British World War II government morale boosting posters that said “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
I like the new version where we don’t just keep a stiff upper lip and continue to do our duty, but instead tap into the universal sound and vibration of OM.
In the online article entitled Appreciating OM: The Sound of the Universe from the Chopra Center, Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand), Chief Meditation Officer, writes, “Science tells us that the Universe began with a big bang, whereas Vedanta says that the big bang is actually a big OM, which didn’t just happen once; it is ongoing.” Vedanta is Vedic Wisdom, from Hindu tradition. Raghavanand continues his explanation of the significance of the sound OM.
As the initial vibration of OM emerges from the unmanifest, it diversifies into all the different vibrations of the Universe, which manifest as the world we know. OM, therefore, contains within it all the mantras, sounds, and vibrations of the Universe. Everything in the Universe is a manifestation of OM and ultimately a reflection of Pure Consciousness from which it emerged. OM is the collective sound of the Universe, the Primordial Sound.
In order to help you when you feel frustration in your everyday life, chant or use OM or some other sound or mantra that speaks to you to calm yourself, ease your discomfort and raise your vibration. When the toilet backs up, OM. When the car needs a new radiator, OM. When you have a disagreement with a neighbor or a work colleague, OM. You can proactively use OM in order to help you have more ease and flow in your life before you become frustrated, too. The uses and benefits are unlimited!
With OM, you can bring yourself back into the perfect reflection of Pure Consciousness, bring yourself back into the wisdom of yourself as Source. Keep Calm and Carry OM.
Image thanks to RENE RAUSCHENBERGER from Pixabay.com
Are you wondering how to move through the issues you are facing or do you feel stuck, currently? Many of us are feeling this way. Finding the specific block and being willing to release that energy is how we clear it. But, what do we do if we can’t tap into the specific issue? I don’t necessarily need a new technique, I need to go back to the basics. I need to tap into the higher frequency energies to transmute the lower frequencies I am experiencing. If I am not able to identify a specific resonance to help with the situation, I rely on the three resonances of Love, Wisdom and Power. Allowing in and holding these resonances are what I refer to when I say I go back to the basics.
In Standing in the Light®, we are guided that Love, Wisdom and Power are the sacred trinity of energy. We teach that the three energies of Love, Wisdom, and Power can be represented as an equilateral triangle that is the sacred building block of spiritual evolution and the foundation for all the higher frequency resonances. If you like to visualize the equilateral triangle, you can place Love at the top corner, Wisdom at the right corner, and Power at the left corner. This will help to remind us that all these energies need to be in balance because each of them is defined in relation to the others. These are the definitions we use for Divine Love, Divine Wisdom and Divine Power.
Divine Love is the right use of will through Divine Wisdom and Divine Power for the Highest Good of All.
Divine Wisdom is the right use of will through Divine Love and Divine Power for the Highest Good of All.
Divine Power is the right use of will through Divine Love and Divine Wisdom for the Highest Good of All.
We go on to state that “5th Dimensional Love, Divine Love without conditions or judgments, can only be expressed with the Divine Wisdom to know what is best (what is in the highest good of all). One cannot use Divine Power, the expression of Divine Love, without the knowledge of both Divine Love and Divine Wisdom. Once one knows Divine Love and Divine Wisdom, one can understand the use of Divine Power and that Divine Power is always part of the expression of Divine Love and Wisdom.”
It is important for us to work with the energies of Divine Love, Divine Wisdom and Divine Power as a solid foundation to mastering the illusion and living in the peace and grace of knowing ourselves as Source.
If you are already working with Love, Wisdom and Power, you might want to add three more complementary energies. Our friend and teacher, Marsha Hankins, using the Star of David as the representation, channeled through the additional energies of Compassion, Forgiveness and Understanding to complement Love, Wisdom and Power. You can see a visual representation with this image of the resonances associated with the points of the six-sided star. (Thank you to Dara Lawyer for created this visual aid for us!)
It is not a coincidence that the energy directly across from Love is Forgiveness, or that Compassion is across from Power, or, finally, that Understanding is across from Wisdom. As Marsha reminds us, we must be unconditional forgiveness before we can be unconditional love. We must have understanding before we can act with wisdom. We must have compassion to use our 5th-dimensional power instead of our 3rd-dimensional power. Working with these energies will help us move forward in our spiritual evolution and help us move through any challenges we perceive.
Suggestions for Usage:
The first suggestion for using this Star of David with the six associated resonances / energies listed on it is to ask your soul which of these energies you may want to focus on as needing more attention, more clearing or more awareness in order to allow all six of the energies to become more activated and more evolved. Because Love, Wisdom and Power need to be in balance in an equilateral triangle, ask if your understanding or willingness to hold one of these energies is holding you back from being as evolved as you could be. Then, ask to clear that block, and see if that allows all the energies to become stronger.
Second, look at the energies across from each other and ask your soul if there is some information or “Ah Ha’s” that might come from that relationship. For instance, will you be able to hold more power when you seek to hold more compassion.
Third, try using the Star of David as a symbol imbued with Divine Love, Divine Compassion, Divine Wisdom, Divine Forgiveness, Divine Power and Divine Understanding. You can hold the image in your mind’s eye and use it to send these six energies to yourself, to others, to the country and planet. You can place the symbol and six energies in your hands like you would Reiki symbols and help send the energy that way. You can print out the image (again, thanks to Dara) and hang it on your mirror, wall, and corkboard, to remind you have these wonderful energies and raise your frequency every time you see it. Or ask your soul how you would get the most out of using the symbol and resonances. The choice is yours.
Allow the balance of these energies to move you forward in your mastery of your experiences and your mastery of the illusion.
May you know yourself as Love, Compassion, Wisdom, Forgiveness, Power and Understanding. Namaste.
What is in store for you for 2020? This last Sunday, the Denver Post Comics had two strips that addressed the New Year and whether it would be happy. Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis was not hopeful, but was funny. Luann by Greg Evans was gloomy. Maybe I should just stick with reading the news instead of the comics!
After reading the comics, I asked myself what is in store for me in 2020? Do I need to buy into the energy that others around me believe their 2020 will look like or can I choose what I plan to create for myself in 2020? If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know the answer, as well as I do. I choose to create my own experiences. I can choose to let the polarization of the social and political worlds have power over me, or I can stand in my power and choose a different path for myself. I choose a path of hope.
What good does it for me to choose something other than hope? If I choose hope and don’t quite manifest hope in every moment of 2020, I will at least have created it more often than if I hadn’t tried for hope in the first place. If I don’t choose hope, and choose instead cynicism, do I get extra points at the end of 2020 because I created lower frequency outcomes and predicted well? If that is the goal of the game, to create lower frequency outcomes, then I don’t want to play that game. It doesn’t matter that others play that game or that they may entice me to play with them. I am the master of my experiences. I can be in the world but not limited by it. I can be in the world but I don’t have to give my power or sense of self over to others who have a different agenda than I want for myself. I don’t need to judge others for what they believe but I don’t have to give credence to their desire to be right, either. I can stand in my power, follow my path and be happy, joyful and hopeful regardless of what others what me to believe. The outlook for 2020 is bright.
What do you choose for yourself for 2020?
Thanks to Daniel Reche and Pixabay.com for this image.
Watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is a tradition in many households in the US at this time of year. My husband and I were watching it today when Pat paused the movie to try to read the sign on the wall in George’s Building & Loan office, under his father’s picture. The sign said, “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” This seems like the perfect mantra of George and Pa Bailey, the men who had dedicated their lives to affordable homes for their community. It is also a great saying for us to ponder, like all good spiritual dichotomies.
Recently, in my personal meditations and actions, I have been consciously working to be open to receive energy, even allowing myself to feel vulnerable, in order to eliminate the separation I feel within myself and between me and other beings. The result of these small experiments in my willingness to receive energy or love or other resonance, is that I am more open to giving those same energies. In my willingness to receive, I am more willing to give. I am breaking down the perceived barriers between myself and what I used to call “others”. I am seeing and experiencing the oneness of giving and receiving.
In Standing in the Light® and other similar metaphysical teachings, the infinity symbol is used to represent the flow of energy. If at any point on the infinity symbol, the energy is blocked the energy will not flow in the other direction. If the flow is blocked in the ability to give, the energy won’t flow in the direction to receive either. And vice versa.
How does this apply to the holiday season? There is an old saying that it is better to give than to receive. This saying may be useful in a society that might take for granted its blessings or even might sometimes come from a place of material entitlement. If we are being overly selfish, then having the pendulum swing to the other side with the idea of giving instead of receiving, has some merit.
However, in Divine Truth, having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the goal. Having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the ultimate creation of true abundance. Having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the healed position of knowing we are one with everything and everyone. We don’t need to “get” more because we trust that our needs will be met when necessary. We don’t need to stockpile against the fears that “others” will take our power or our abundance from us. Or that others will have their needs taken care of but I won’t have my needs taken care of. This true abundance will flow easily through and between us, because there is no separation between us, because we are One.
This experimenting with giving and receiving may feel vulnerable, but try it this holiday season. Try it first with small situations and then evaluate how it feels. If it feels scary, ask why. If you feel exposed, ask why. Then clear the beliefs, emotions or old patterns of behaviors that you uncovered. If it feels good, expansive or restorative, go with those feeling states and try being open to receive and give on a bigger issue for you. Keep playing around with being vulnerable to give and receive so you eventually reach the state of Oneness through giving and receiving. We need to move from viewing life, energy, and abundance as a zero sum game and instead move to a win-win situation through giving and receiving.
May you know that it is a wonderful life.
Thanks to Pixabay.com for the image.