Many Americans (my husband and me included) have done a little binge watching over the holidays. HBO has been replaying the seven seasons of Game of Thrones. I am a reluctant fan as I have to cover my eyes during some of the violent scenes, but the intrigue of the storylines make me wonder about human nature, power over others, compassion and other emotions.
As I philosophize about the show, I like to also consider the actors and some of the other movies and TV shows they are in. I wonder if we as humans, could take off our prejudices and old habits of behavior as easily as the actors change their characters depending on what role they are reading at any given moment.
Emelia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, also acts in a movie that is a favorite of mine, Me Before You. In Me Before You, Clarke’s character, Louisa Clark, is pretty much the polar opposite of Daenerys Targaryen. Louisa Clark is a caregiver for a rich quadriplegic man named Will Traynor, played by Sam Claflin who many binge watchers might know from the Hunger Game Movies.
Louisa Clark is quirky, bubbly, outgoing, outrageously dressed and in her own words, “has never hated anyone.” Unlike Louisa, Daenerys Targaryen has been raised to reacquire the throne over the seven kingdoms with only slightly less ruthlessness than one of the other Game of Throne ruling families, the Lannister’s.
The head of the Lannister family is a callous father named Tywin Lannister, played by Charles Dance. Dance happens to play Stephen Traynor, the father of the quadriplegic man in Me Before You.
In the Game of Thrones world, if Daenerys and Tywin met, it would be anyone’s guess as to whose first-in-command would try to kill the other first and with what weapon – dragon, poisoned wine, or crossbow. Holding the throne is all that matters.
In the Me Before You world, Louisa Clark and Stephen Traynor are trying to find ways to help Will lead a more fulfilling, less painful life. Compassion and love is all they try to exhibit.
I have wondered if Dance and Clarke discussed this at their first table read of the Me Before You script. I often wondered if they joked about reading the Me Before You script with their Game of Throne personas or vice versa? Would you even be able to read Daenerys Targaryen as a doe eyed optimist who holds no grudge and not only looks for the good in everyone, but finds it? Maybe, maybe not. But reading Tywin Lannister as an unconditional loving father like Stephen Traynor is not believable.
I believe the validity of wondering about these cross versions of characters and personas is in the discussion of what we need to let go of in our past actions and beliefs, what we need to forgive and forget of ourselves and others who may have been party to storylines that we no longer need to repeat.
We would be better served if we could resolve to clear our energetic slates or our energetic character roles of any false beliefs, discordant emotions, old habits and attachments to old situations and prior lifetimes. We would be better served, if we could start everyday as a new role, a new character that we allow our “better angels” to help us form. If we could look at our experiences and respond with “well, I don’t need to act in that drama again because I have already played that part and I have already experienced what that felt like. Now, I can act a different way, believe something new and see what that experience feels like. I can choose joy, love and compassion over hate, revenge and greed. I can choose self-love and confidence over self-pity and loathing.”
For me that is the fun of comparing different “worlds” and our parts in those worlds. Choose to experience the actions that make you happy and whole. Choose to let go of any drama that doesn’t enhance your vision of yourself and others.
Choose a new experience, the one of yourself as completely in your power and love as Source.
(Much love and gratitude to the contributors of the amazing images from Pixabay.com)
What do you know for sure? And how do you know this? Spiritual teacher Krishnamurti once taught, “The day you teach the child the name of the bird, the child will never see the bird again.” The child will lose its innate connection with the spirit of the bird and see only the labels attached to the name.
We need language to function in the world and to communicate with each other. Words contain a great deal of information, but there is a big difference between third dimensional knowledge and Divine Knowing. How do I operate my car to get someplace? Where do I meet you when I get there? What is the name of the restaurant I’m looking for? This kind of information serves our physical needs. But when the words stop being simple tools because we start to attach meaning to them by giving them labels, they become ways for us to justify and strengthen our walls of judgment and separation.
Divine Knowing is not about facts or measurements we can see but is an understanding that comes from within, from our Soul. In Divine Knowing, we do not require proof that something is what we know it be in our hearts. We feel it. We connect with it. We know it without having to think about it.
Ask yourself: How do I know I love someone? How do I know that someone is sad even though they have a smile on their face? How do I understand the freedom of the bird in flight even while I’m on the ground? Because you feel it. The feeling is your knowingness. And the feeling comes through your connection.
While on a silent retreat some time ago, I took a long walk through the woods and tried to go through the entire walk without thinking of a single name of anything that I saw. (And it was much harder than I expected!) I focused on simply seeing the colors, the textures, the shapes while feeling the aliveness of everything. I was connecting with the unique essence of each plant, tree, rock without placing any labels or expectations on them. I was practicing what is natural to us in our pure divine state: to know something simply through being present with its energy, through my connection with it, through our Oneness.
As we move into the quiet of the winter season, focus on your knowingness from within. What do you know for sure, as your divine self? Does your divine self require words or thoughts to know this? What triggers you to forget what you already know?
The more we can let go of what we think we know, the more we can truly enjoy the mystery of the world around us. It is in the surrender of these identities, including our own, that we truly come to Know everything in the universe.
image courtesy of www.pixabay.com
Over the Thanksgiving break, I listened to a book on CD on my drive to Kansas. I was enjoying the suspense and action of the novel called The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille. The protagonist had been in the army, but was now a private charter boat captain in Key West. As the action heats up, he reminds himself that most people believe that life is made up of our choices. But, as a military man, he says he knows that life is a made up by our decisions.
I thought about the distinction between the words “choices” and “decisions.” I like the energy behind the word decisions. It feels much more empowering and more conscious than the word choices. Decision lends itself to the energy that there will be ramifications or even repercussions to the action taken. Or ramifications and repercussions to not taking the action. Recognizing the consequences will make us more conscious about the action we will take.
Even looking at the dictionary definitions, choice seems to be a selection between two or more alternatives. Whereas, decision is a conclusion or resolution reached after consideration. Again, decisions feels much more active.
In our quest to be more alive and more conscious, we might want to focus on integrating the energy of decisions. We can decide what we are moving toward. We can decide what we want to leave behind. We can decide to leave behind the victimization energy that might have held us to old beliefs and old habits. Focus on making decisions that will move us forward into our evolution and to help us remember the Light which we are.
Will the decisions we make today help our evolution? I hope so!
Thanks to Pixabay.com for the picture!
This song has been playing in my mind recently, so I’m going to share it with you in The Bellamy Brothers’ own words.
Let Your Love Flow
Just let your love flow like a mountain stream
And let your love grow with the smallest of dreams
And let your love show and you’ll know what I mean it’s the season
Let your love fly like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you to all living things
And let your love shine and you’ll know what I mean that’s the reason
Divine Love doesn’t require an object or a goal or an outcome; it simply is. Allow your own divine love to flow freely and openly, connecting you with all things. Let that pure connectedness soak through your whole being, sinking deep into each cell of your body just as you know yourself to be a cell in the body of Source. Feel that connection with all that you are and allow it to expand to encompass the entire world, the entire universe. To shine your love, that is the reason… for everything.
Today’s blog entry is an excerpt from the upcoming Teaching and Potluck on November 10 called Divine Resilience: The Willingness to Remember Who I Truly Am
Earlier in the year, we worked with the energy of Transfiguration. We were working with the energy to transform our world by increasing our ability to hold the energy of transfiguration. One of the key components to being willing to transfigure into the true essence of who we are is to hold and integrate the energy of resilience. Today, we will focus on this energy and the subcomponents of resilience. As we often start our teachings, here is the definition of resilience from dictionary.com.
- the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
- ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.
I love this definition. It seems perfect for working with the idea to climb out of the experiment zone.
When Ginger and I first started working on this topic, Ginger reminded me of the image Kris Duffy use to describe. The image of taking a rubber band and stretching it out to show our perceptions in the illusion and then letting it go (gently!) to show how quickly we snap back into our original selves when we truly and completely let go. It was a great reminder of how fluid we are inherently when we allow it and that it actually takes more energy to hold ourselves stretched out of shape then it does to allow ourselves back to our original one. It was also a great reminder that we have inherent memory of our natural state, that it isn’t lost and has to be regained. It is still held in our energetic field and we actually desire to return to that state, to what we remember on a deeper level, despite what it feels like on the surface.
Thus, the idea that we are “returning to the original form” is just our perception; it is just the illusion. We have always been our original form of Source, our original Divinity. It is only our experiences within the illusion of the experiment which makes us believe that we have been something “other than divine, other than source”. It is through allowing our belief system and our energy to focus on being resilient that we will more easily remember who we truly are.
Having a sense of resilience is all about looking at everything as an optimist. I am not suggesting that we have a naïve view of where we have been and what we have done. I am suggesting that we don’t judge it and instead allow for the possibility that it doesn’t need to inform or define how we move into the future. Looking at the world as a pessimist may make you “right” but does it help you evolve? Does it help you to heal? Is being “right” about “everything” the goal? Is that what you want to be known for?
Do I want to be known as predicting the stock market crash, the rise of neo XXXX (fill in the blank) group, global warming and divisions between humans? Or do I want to be part of the solution with the attitude of helping to find common ground with the neo XXXX (fill in the blank) group, finding solutions to global warming and division between humans?
If you are guided to attend a rally to seek change in the outer world, do it from the perspective of helping to increase solidarity v. increasing divisions. Do it in order to help increase standing in our divine power v. polarizing power between the left and the right, between the haves and the have nots. Divine Resilience will help you to be part of the ONE SOLUTION…and the One Solution has many parts and many layers. Just like the United States Motto: E Pluribus Unum. Out of the many, One. Out of many answers and resolutions comes the ultimate solution. Funny story – I just mistyped this last word. I typed SOULUTION instead of Solution. Maybe that wasn’t a mistake at all. Maybe we can look at answers to our issues as SOUL-UTIONS instead of blaming others or just looking for temporary solutions. Look for the SOULUTIONS/ Look for the ONE SOLUTION, the permanent wisdom of knowing ourselves as Source.
This is the overarching goal. To be part of the solution to help everyone to remember who we truly are. Help everyone to remember We Are Source.
While working to master my own fears of scuba diving, I was guided to take the PADI Rescue Diver course. In this course we learn techniques and procedures to help if another diver is panicked, has run out of air or has had a physical injury including loss of consciousness. Later in November, I will be taking a re-certification class for the Wilderness First Responder training I have also had.
It dawned on me that the first step in both of these emergency response procedures is to determine if the situation is safe to help the other person. If you don’t have the strength, the qualifications or the training to help, it is best if you don’t offer aid. The logic is that you don’t want to turn a situation with one victim into a situation with two victims. I suppose this goes along with the airline procedures of always put your own mask on first before helping someone else with their mask.
I will tell you that I had to do my own meditating and clearing on this idea of not helping. I wonder why people struggle with this idea of restraint. Is it that none of us wants to feel powerless to help? Is it that we have watched too many action hero movies that we think we can pull off something that we are either not qualified for nor for which the outcome is going to be what the outcome is with or without our assistance – the impotent inevitability? Have we allowed ourselves to become too attached to a certain or even perfect outcome of all experiences? Could there also be a co-dependent relationship with the victim? I suppose it may be a combination of all of these and other factors too.
However, what if we aren’t talking about a life and death situations, but instead are talking about whether it is “safe” to help others in more everyday situations. We could substitute the words “highest plan” for “safe” to see if everyday situations should be acted upon. Are we allowing co-dependency to cloud our judgment whether to loan money to a family member? Are we checking with guidance regarding whether to stop alongside the road to give assistance? Are we willing to stand in our power to say “no” to a loved one when it isn’t in the highest plan to help because helping would be rescuing them instead of helping them to evolve?
Helping others when it is the highest plan is noble even part of our divine service. Helping others when it feeds their victimization is not in the highest plan. We need to follow our inner wisdom, our guidance to determine when to help and when we should refrain from helping. This is a balancing act that we can all master by following our guidance for what is in the highest good of all.
Thanks to Pixabay.com for the beautiful image.