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Creating Futures

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Creating Futures

By Jach

A Question with Jach's Reply from an Online Conference

Q: Jach, how do you best vision what you want in an unknown future? I found it becomes increasingly harder to imagine what I/the world would want in 5/15/25 years. I need that juice to want, but if I don't know what, it is weak.

JACH: Is it weak? No. I don't think so. [s] Now to the question. I think the best way to work with visioning the future is to be aware that there are several different kinds of futures, just as there is an entire array of potential futures already out there:

There are pipeline futures, futures that are already in alignment and in the process of coming into manifestation. Some of these are beautiful, and some are ugly, and there are a bunch between beautiful and ugly. They might be futures that have been seeded with pieces of our past.

For example, if I hold a belief that I was never loved as a child, and I will never really be loved by anyone -- if I hold it that nothing has come easily, that it's always been a struggle and I don't expect it to be any different in the future -- if I think that so many people in my family have been sickly and have had major health concerns - then Pipeline Futures of being rejected or abandoned in love, more struggle, or illness could be coming my way.

Seeds of the past become the fodder of the futures that will be possible. There are fantasy futures that are simply there to hold a resonance. There are Beacon or Radiant Futures that are drawing us toward them, but are never going to manifest. They aren't supposed to manifest. They are only there to inspire us to become more.

So I think visioning begins with working with Pipeline Futures and Beacon Futures.

Oh, there are also Optimal and Optimum Futures. [s]

Anyway, this is what I do:

1. I begin with Pipeline Futures. I take inventory of what clinkers from my past are still making noise in my present. What beliefs are outmoded or inconsistent with who I am? What attitudes, thoughts, feelings -- you get the picture -- are still lingering in my reality? I think, meditate and follow the thread of the clinker into the future. I find it in the pipeline knowing it's on the way to my world. Yikes. I then disarm that future. I take my energy back and disconnect it. I use my imagination. I ask for help. I ask for healing.

2. I continue working with the Pipeline Futures by looking for the "beautiful noise" that comes from my past. I look for the beliefs, thoughts, feelings, realizations, and even the successes, and I listen for the function and for the beauty of those things. Those are also seeds in the pipeline. I go there and give the energy that I have taken from the "bad seeds" to the good ones. I augment and embellish the positive Pipeline Futures. Those two steps I find important for clearing away what can obscure and for embellishing and honing what can illuminate. Then ...

3. I turn to my Beacon Futures. What are those? I don't know. So I "make them up." [s] That is, I imagine them. I dream. I daydream. For example, I have a Beacon Future where I am nicely very old and sitting in a wonderfully comfortable chair reading, reading novels of my favorite authors like Virginia Wolfe or Hemingway. I see the room filled with books on shelves and piled on tables. The light is diffuse. I'm not sure what "diffuse" even means. [s] I see my desk where I will sit down to write after I am done reading for the morning. See, I just imagine these sorts of things because these are the sorts of things that speak to me from my Soul. What they do is create a resonance.

4. Then I sit in the resonance and absorb it. I breathe in that resonance. I don't question it. I don't evaluate it. I just accept it, and then I surrender to it. I surrender my sense of separateness, and I become the resonance.

5. Now, through the eyes of resonance, I open to what's there. Is it an entire future laid out before me? No. It's a glimpse and then perhaps nothing more. It's a fleeting thought or feeling or an idea that pops up, and, admittedly, sometimes it's nothing at all. But then in the days or weeks that follow, I dream it. I think it. I feel it. Or someone says something, and I catch it.

6. I embrace whatever comes, vivid or vague. This step is important to me. I need to just hold it without judging it and without deciding what to do with it. I just hold it.

7. I do another meditation: I call it my "This or Better" Meditation. See, I think back to what my life was like 15 years ago ... when I was 50. I look back to 11 years ago when I was 54. What future did I vision then? The form of it isn't anything I would have or could have imagined. But the current reality is so much more than I could have imagined. I couldn't have visioned this as a future. I couldn't have seen what I have now. But as I live my current life, the function that I visioned 15 years ago, the function behind the images I imagined, the function behind the futures I pretended or made up -- that function is here. The service, the inspiring, the loving, the being loved, the laughter, the exploration, the adventure, the functions were hidden in the "made it up, pretended" and imagined. And those functions have taken form here. I continue to make it up and pretend, and deeper more meaningful functions will be there, even if the wonderfully comfortable chair and all those books and my writing desk are not.

That's what I think is the best way to vision the future. I would suspect if the images weren't too clear ... [s] Weak? No, I think it's mightily strong to know without certainty. [s]

Well, that was longer than I expected. [s] Thanks for asking. It gave me an opportunity to organize my thoughts around this.

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In Search of the Truer Self

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: In Search of the Truer Self

By Lazaris

All right. All right. Well, well, oh my, yes. Certainly so. Whenever we conduct a workshop, we begin by listening and by watching. At workshops, with your permission, we begin by touching – by touching that vulnerable and tender part of you that, in turn, always touches us so deeply. We touch that part that shimmers – that part so fragile and so powerful – so profoundly powerful – somewhere deep inside you.

That part of you that we touch and that touches us, in many ways, is the you who always loves – it’s the you we call the Truer Self. As you read these words, we will work with you so that you might touch – so that you can be touched – by that part, by that Truer Self as well.

Your journey with its few and many paths has taken many twists and turns. You have known struggle and suffering. You have known fear and pain – more fear and pain than was ever meant to be. You have known failure and sorrow and the silence of shame and despair.

And through it all, you love, you continue to seek and search for love. You have also known the power and wonder of celebration and triumph. And still you love even more. You do not settle or become complacent. You continue to seek and search for love – for more love.

You are amazing; you are astounding. No matter how bad it gets, no matter how good it becomes, you always seek and search for love. No matter how obscured, encumbered, or entangled your quest becomes, it never ends. No matter how lost you appear to be, you keep searching to be found.

It is your nature; it is your grace. Seeking more love comes to you as flight to an eagle. It is your dignity and your presence.

Amid this never-ending search for love, there is another search. We would suggest that while more love is your goal, you are also seeking your Truer Self. And as you seek both – more love and your Truer Self – there are so many wonders waiting for you.

So many wonders ...

1. You can create and manifest so much more of what you want, and you can fulfill so much more of your dreams and visions. You can touch and be touched by more of your magic, by more of your passion, and by more of your creativity. The peace, the self-acceptance, the more healing and the more loving can be yours.

2. A new sense of compassion and dominion can be yours. You can metaphorically walk with the elements, creating positive futures in the world that can become friendlier and more encouraging. You can give without guilt – beyond guilt – and you can love without fear – beyond fear.

3. Greater freedom to be and to become, the freedom to supersede and to surpass, with its possibilities and its capacities, can be within your grasp.

4. As you search for more love and seek your Truer Self, you can challenge the limits of your beliefs and imagination and the constraints of your trust and love. You can be wise. You can know. And in many ways, you can become your Truer Self and the beneficiary of the more love you always seek.

You are ready ...

That you are reading these words suggests that you are ready. We would suggest, your Higher Self is ready to link and connect you to your Truer Self. Your Truer Self is ready to be found.

Your world is waiting. As we have often said, "Nothing changes until you do." The world is evolving, and your conscious and active participation is an integral part of the evolution. The positive futures, rather than the "nightmares" and "mediocrities," are coming. It is your conscious creation and midwifery that will make it so.

Your spirituality calls you to the challenge. You are at a crossroads. Your future is waiting with so much abundance and bounty – happiness and success. In so many ways, we would suggest, seeking your Truer Self is the next step in your quest for love. With new ways of changing and new ways of growing, you must have known that there would be new ways of loving.

The Great Work and the Great Adventure are your work and adventure. In this sensing, these are yours to unfold with more of your magic and with the miracles of your Truer Self. With your Truer Self, the Great Work leading to the Great Adventure can become the Grand Adventure.

We hear you ...

We hear you. "It's too much. I am not enough. I cannot do all that; I cannot do it alone."

You are not alone. There is help. We would suggest, we are here to help you. Your Higher Self and Soul are always with you to help you and to assure you with their love and caring. Each is ready to help you come face to face with your Truer Self.

Your spirit, so filled with the breath of life and the inspiration-aspiration to live life more full and rich, is aligned with your Higher Self and Soul.

As we have said, your Truer Self is waiting to be discovered. And of course, God/Goddess/All That Is is always there for you and is always ready to love you.

You are not alone. You are loved more than you can know.

The nature of your Truer Self ...

Dreamer and Visionary: We would suggest, the Truer Self in you is always reaching for the future, the possible, the luminous – that which is filled with Light – and the numinous – that which is filled with the Divine. This august part of you is always reaching for the Unknown and the unfathomable.

Your Truer Self uses their raw materials and tools of creation with a focus on the future. In this sensing, your Truer Self accesses their beliefs and attitudes, their thoughts and feelings, and their decisions and choices with an emphasis on creating a better future rather than continually attempting to fix or perfect the past. The Truer Self forgives the errant of the past and works with receiving the powerful of the future. '

Your Truer Self activates and utilizes the generating and sustaining energies of conscious reality creation with an eye that is more upon what they are about to create more than upon what they have already created. In this sensing, this Self works with trust, gratitude, happiness, and value (the generating energies of reality creation) to build bridges to what lies at and beyond their horizons. They are visionaries; they look forward more than backward. They work with the sustaining energies (discipline, responsibility, intimacy, and love) to empower the present and the future rather than to justify the past.

That is to say, this powerful and beautiful Self within you asks, "Where am I going?" more often than they ask, "Where have I been?" That Self asks, "Where will this lead me?" more than, "What will this get me?"

Find these ingredients in you and you begin to see the hints and clues that your Truer Self is ready to find you.

Consciousness and Conscience with Dignity: Everyone has a sense of their consciousness. We call that awareness the Self-I as opposed to the Ego-I. Each person has a conscience.

That "little voice in your head" that is mistakenly called your Higher Self by some, we would suggest, is actually your conscience. Too often it is born of guilt or fear; too often it is born of duty and obligation.

Why do you get up and get about the work of the day? With a conscience of guilt or fear, that "little voice" offers threats and warnings about the dire consequences of not getting up and getting on with your day. With a conscience of duty and obligations, that "little voice" speaks of endless lists of things to do.

Yet, there is a different voice. We would suggest, there is consciousness and a conscience born of and based on dignity ... upon your dignity.

The base of your personal dignity is found within your sense of valuing yourself for who you have become and for who you are about to be. It is found within the strength of your character and integrity and in the presence of your Soul and Spirit. It is formed in your sense of freedom.

That "little voice," when based on dignity, encourages you to get up and be about your day because you are a valuable person with much to explore and offer this day. It entreats you with a remembrance of an embrace of Soul and Spirit and of the wonder of freedom. And you respond to that "little voice" with doing the right thing because it is the right thing. In this sensing, you respond with character and with integrity.

Your Truer Self is conscious of its dignity. Its conscience is born of and based upon that dignity. Find your dignity, and you are in pursuit of that not-so-elusive Truer Self.

Integrity: Admittedly so, integrity is a hard concept to fully understand. We would suggest that many within the consensus reality have used the word and the concept of integrity for less than admirable purposes. Many have used the idea of integrity to manipulate others.

Despite the twists and distortions that have come to the concept of integrity, we suggest it can be helpful to understand it as involving four ideas: 1) being spontaneously responsible for the impact you have; 2) thinking and feeling the full range of your emotions with intensity and humility; 3) becoming wise; and 4) having both personal and spiritual character.

People with integrity hold the space within themselves to hold every aspect of who they are. They hold a space for the beautiful within them. They also hold the space for the ugly within them.

In this sensing, a person who is unaware of their shadowy side lacks integrity. That is, a person who says such things as "I don’t have a negative bone in my body" lacks integrity because they do not have the space within them for their ugly side.

In the reverse, a person who says "There is nothing good about me; nothing at all" also lacks integrity because they do not hold the space for the beautiful in them.

The person with integrity says such things as, "I know I can be negative ... very negative. I also know that I have many wonderful strengths and powers. I have the potential for either the negative or the positive. I know this about me. And I can choose. Yes, I can choose the space from which I come. I choose the positive. I choose my power and strength."

Your Truer Self has integrity. You will discover more of your Truer Self as you explore your own integrity.

Making and Working Miracles: Your Truer Self doesn’t deserve more miracles than others do; it is not rewarded with more miracles. We would suggest, your Truer Self is capable of making and receiving miracles ... miracles available to anyone.

When we have talked of miracles makers, we have suggested that they have certain characteristics of personality ... they have a unique nature.

They are confident and conscious of their spirituality. The miracle maker uses success and failure and personal and spiritual crises to become strong and to transform. We would suggest, they do not use such as these to justify weakness or to explain their "specialness."

The miracle maker has the courage to craft their life filled with freedom, individuality, joy, and authority. That is to say, they look to utilize their strength and power ... their magic ... to make a life more than they look to these to make a living. In life, they look to supersede and surpass what has been, in search for what will be. They pursue the unfathomable with expectation and anticipation. They pursue the Unknown with hope.

As you seek these, you come closer to your Truer Self.

Seeking and Searching with Spirited Passion: Spirited passion includes such as these: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty; Creativity and Productivity; Awareness and Understanding; Meaning and Significance; Value and the Valuable; Wonder and Joy; and Spirituality.

As you ponder these words and the concepts contained within them – as you seek the experience of each – in the mystery and the secrets that unfold, you can reveal more of your Truer Self.

Gracious Generosity: This is a kind of giving that has little or nothing to do with giving to "give in" or to "give up." It has little or nothing to do with "giving away" or "giving in exchange." Gracious giving is both giving and receiving beyond guilt; it is loving beyond fear.

We would suggest that gracious giving – the giving that is a natural part of you and exalted in you–is giving of your being more than of your doing.

By this we mean that often you give of what you do and of what you have. For example, you give money, time, space (your spare room or garage), and skill. Such giving can be and so often is beautiful and touching. It can be an inspiration. Giving of what you have and do can be profoundly powerful, and it is necessary.

We would add that there is giving of what you are; there is giving of what you "be." In this sensing, you are not money, time, your spare room or garage. You are not your skill. You have these, but you are not these.

What are you? You are consciousness of love; you are caring and creative. You are a spiritual being. Gracious giving is giving of your love and caring; it is giving of your talent and creativity. It is giving of your spirit ... your Soul and Spirit. These are the stuffs of your beingness more than your doingness.

Your Truer Self knows the difference. As you come to sense that difference, you come to sense your Truer Self.

Transcendence: Certainly there are transcendent states within your reality. There are those moments marked with beauty and with ecstasy; there are those moments –those timeless and spaceless moments that can be eternal – that are sacred in the hallows of beauty, love, solitude, and enchantment. Your Truer Self knows such moments. And we would suggest, they also have a resonance or a radiance of being transcendent.

What does that mean? Perhaps the most elegant way to describe being transcendent is to say that such a person has a radiance about them that seems to say that they enjoy life and enjoy living it rich with love and caring. That radiance seems to say that such a person is intrigued by and seeks complexity and challenge in their life. And they seek it with wisdom and with spirituality. A transcendent person, we would suggest, is one who invests in themselves and in their future.

Beginning the search ...

Work with the components. Work with where these qualities are present and where they seem lacking; work with where they seem missing. As you acknowledge and augment the presence of these, your Truer Self can emerge more fully. As you bring more loving and more healing to what seems to lag or to be lacking, you can love and heal your Truer Self into participating more fully in your life.

Work with:

  • Dreaming & Visioning
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  • Consciousness & Conscience of Dignity
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  • Integrity
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  • Making & Working Miracles
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  • Seeking & Searching with Spirited Passion
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  • Gracious Generosity
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  • Transcendence

Work with love. Remember, whereas it used to be that your growth was based on discipline, admonishment, fixing, and curing, your growth is now about more loving and more healing. It’s about changing more than about fixing; it’s about healing more than about curing. Work with love. You always do.

As we said when we began ... You are amazing; you are astounding. No matter how bad it gets, no matter how good it becomes, you always seek and search for love. No matter how obscured, encumbered, or entangled your quest becomes, it never ends. No matter how lost you appear to be, you keep searching to be found.

Yes, work with love ... always more love.

We close with the love we feel and hold for you.

With love and peace,

Lazaris



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Our Magic is Getting Ahead of Us

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Our Magic is Getting Ahead of Us

By Jach

A Question and Jach's Reply from an Online Conference

Q: Jach, both you and Lazaris mentioned at the Interludes that our Magic is getting ahead of us. Could you elaborate on what that means more specifically? I loved the bits you talked about "The Magic of Presence." Never heard it before per se but it sounds familiar. Would you elaborate on this, too? Is it about being aware of what is going on in our world at large (not putting our heads in the sand, so to speak) and yet 'walking' our life with Love and Will as much in here as out there, so to speak? Thanks [g]

Jach:


Welcome. [g] I am not always sure what Lazaris means. [s] I still work to catch up to what he is saying.[vbg] What I meant is this:

The world is becoming new. It really is. We are all coming to that realization these days. It was a sad comfort to hear newscasters and academicians use that phrase during the unrest and violence in the Middle East: The old world is dying, and the new world hasn't been born yet. The world is becoming new, and it is happening faster and faster (and faster than even the impatient ones among us were ready for).

Oh, I know ... Back in the 1990s Lazaris talked of it, and we all wanted it now. But now that it is happening in more real and more realistic ways, it is happening faster than we are ready for. Maybe not faster than we wanted or want, but faster than we are ready for. See what I mean here? We have to catch up.

In November, Lazaris talked about being Visionaries. We are finally comfortable with being Magicians, with being Map-Making Magicians, and now we need to move forward to become Visionaries? Yes. Our Souls are challenging us to do just that. Lazaris talked about what the "real problems" in our world are. Sure, there are the basic crises, and they are still here. They are part of our human nature. Those crises we know well: the Crises of Dignity, Character, Vision, and Vitality.

But around those basic crises there are these core problems: Lack of Vision (is that too obvious? [s]), Collapse of Imagination. Loss of Belonging, Lack of Compassion, Dogma Replacing Dialog, Drought of New Dreams, and the Waning of Wisdom.

Hmmm. What are we going to do about that? These are not issues for the world to resolve. These are not issues for others to resolve. These are our issues. We need new and clearer -- illuminated vision. We need to lift our imaginations to new levels, higher levels. We need to create a domain of belonging. We have the compassion, but what are we doing about dialog? There is the dogma of magicians, too, isn't there?

I ask myself: Am I dreaming new dreams? More recently Lazaris has talked about how hope with its bounty can trigger new dreams. He talks about the "dreams of eternal youth" that can come at any age. And to temper those essential dreams, we need the vision that comes with wisdom.

Hope is a critical issue in dreaming new dreams and in ending the drought of dreams. I know what wisdom is. I can state the conditions of wisdom easily now (most of them [s]), but is my wisdom waning?

So in all this, I know that my magic has to grow. I also know that magic -- yes, my magic -- is growing. I say that without the aid of my negative ego: I am working magic, and sometimes I am startled by the success of that magic. I am amazed at the speed and at the depth of the magic I am currently working. My eyes widen and my jaw drops (a bit, not much) at how magical my magic is.

It's ahead of me. I haven't caught up to my magic. I need to expand (not just stretch) my success cube. For example, years ago stretching it was enough. Not now. I need to expand it beyond the normal three and four dimensions of my convention. And yes, I need to work with my image. I need to change it -- oh, here comes my fear of change -- and I need to lift it to new dimensions.

So for me to become a Visionary, I need to catch up to my magic, which seems to be growing faster than I am. During the recent "Evening with Jach" that preceded the Interludes, someone -- and it was someone on staff, no less -- asked me about the Reservoirs of Vision. I must have had a "senior moment" or something. First, I didn't know what she was talking about, and then I had no idea what they were.

Hmmm. I went and looked at my "November workshop notes," and then I remembered: OF COURSE!!!! Another person attending the Interludes came up the next day and gave me the short list. [s] By then I had remembered, and it was still a very nice gesture.

My point: I blocked it out. I listen to the recordings so I can learn the content and so I can listen to Lazaris. But I have to take copious notes. Otherwise, I slip away to sleep. That's because within Lazaris' voice, even as he has gotten rid of his accent, there is a resonance that holds me in trance. When I listen to the recordings, that resonance puts me to sleep. So I take detailed notes that are close to dictation (sort of).

Anyway, I had zoned out on the Reservoirs of Vision. Yes, I have work to do. [s] So that is what I mean when I say we need to catch up to our magic.

I also know that it is my destiny -- that it is our destinies -- to participate actively and consciously in the new world unfolding. It's unfolding. That's happening fast. My magic is keeping up. Am I? That's what I am thinking about all this. [s] Thanks for asking. My reply gave some nice clarity and focus for me. I hope it did the same for you.


 

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