Nanci’s Blog: Consumerism as Addiction

12 July 2015

In Prince Charles’ (yes, THE Prince Charles) excellent book, “Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World”, he presents a balanced view of our collective problems in ways I’ve never considered before. I highly recommend that you read this mind-expanding and lovingly presented book.
Here’s an example of what he says about the false idea that “more” will make us happier: “Academic research has found that consumerism with its emphasis on the acquisition of more and more material goods does not for many people lead to increased happiness. It seems it does not nurture increased well-being once a certain level of comfort and security has been attained….[This] is all part of the design of consumerism, which again is a more structured ideology than you might imagine. Built into it is both means of stimulating a desire for happiness by having, and an assurance that this desire will never be completely satisfied.” The Prince goes on to quote University of Surrey Professor Tim Jackson who describes our periodic economic meltdowns to “a multi-generational debt-binge” which reflects upon our reliance on global “energy binges”. I chose the photo below as a symbol of this collective binging addiction that we all share, consciously or not. As you study the photo, be aware of how you feel about it. Then translate your feelings into the greater picture of a global addiction to a belief in having to have more and more. I see no difference between substance addiction and this addiction to the god of materialism.

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Nanci’s Blog: APPRECIATING MAGIC

5 July 2015

Each day I take an early morning walk in a beautiful area where I live. I always spend some extra time at my favorite of several peaceful ponds. For the past few months, I had been hearing a loud racket that echoed throughout the area. I never knew what it was or where it was coming from. One day, my attention was drawn to a huge pine tree across the pond and saw two bunches of light colored material toward the top of the tree. At first, I thought it was dead mistletoe, but then realized they were nests – huge nests! And as I studied them while still hearing the racket, I was stunned by the sudden appearance of two blue herons flying over the pond. One flew into a nest and the racket increased. I realized then that what I had been hearing were the calls of baby herons insisting on being fed. Moments later, hunger appeased, the racket ceased. The adult heron flew off the tree and sailed over toward the trees near me, where I could get a better look at these amazing birds. I learned their weight is considerable since the branches they landed on bent almost parallel to the trunk.

My heart was filled by this magical realm we call nature, where serenity was counterbalanced with vibrancy. I felt deeply moved and honored to be present in such a moment.

(The photo below is of the pond – maybe you can see the tree with the nests – it’s the light colored one.)

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Nanci’s Blog: INDEPENDENCE DAY

4 July 2015

Most of us know what July 4 is all about. But when we think of Independence symbolically and metaphysically in terms of consciousness, we find a rich field of ideas from which we can evolve into greater understanding of life and our roles in it. The fireworks on this holiday are powerful symbols of the necessity in consciousness work of facing and embracing the fire within, whose gift is that of freedom. They can also represent the experience of Awakening, that moment when our Divine Spark ignites us to experience who we truly are.

So how might we explore Independence from a spiritual growth standpoint? We can start by looking at how many ways we are not independent, but instead, dependent. Here are some things to consider: How dependent are we on social media? How dependent are we on our e-devices? On beliefs from dogmatic systems? On rules of behavior made by others? On thinking only in acceptable ways? On fear? On limited expression of our uniqueness? On letting others make decisions for us? On appearance? On self-doubt? On thinking we have no power to change?

As we continue to grow in consciousness, we become more actively aware of how interdependent we are with all forms of life in the Multiverse. To celebrate our personal independence widens our scope of reality to knowing without doubt how we truly are all part of the One Eternal Source.

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Nanci’s Blog: BEING VS.DOING

3 July 2015

After crashing big-time in 2012 due to a lifetime of being a “workaholic”, and being forced by my burned out adrenals to stop everything, including my constant mantra of “I have to!, I have to!”, I’ve learned the fine art of being in the present moment. I’ve also become aware that we are all so much more than physical and personality aspects. Our Soul energies are huge, present in every moment, eternal, and they influence us far more than we are consciously aware. This experience has lifted me from being caught in the global fear of change and how we tend to sublimate that fear into emphasis on materiality. I believe we’ve moved into a new octave of being, which throws many of us into fear because it seems so mysterious and overwhelming. Collective fear-based beliefs influence us to accept as “fact” that change of this magnitude is bad and it’s therefore misinterpreted as disaster, punishment, or imminent annihilation. But when perceiving change from a vaster reality, it is actually the dissolution of all that blocks us from the very thing we’ve always wanted: Love. I’ve come to believe that surrendering to these new energies that have multiplied since 12/21/12, offers the opportunity to be aware of all the changes without demonizing or rejecting. This takes courage because we’re dealing with the unknown, at least the unknown as far as our conscious experience is concerned – we may have dreamed or had visions about the changes so there is a part of us that’s not surprised or daunted. So for me, resting into the now moment allows me to be a human being rather than a human doing.

 

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Nanci’s Blog: DREAMS: the Night Travels of the Terrestrial Soul (Ba)

1 July 2015

The purpose of dreaming is the gathering of tools, information, and guidance, all of which build a foundation for expanded consciousness and the potential for more conscious participation in all levels of reality. As the “Ba” (ancient Egyptian word for the terrestrial Soul, whose image is a bird with a human head, indicating our ability to move beyond physical limitations) travels from the physical body during sleep, it moves into deeper connection with karmic patterns for insight and in some cases, eventual resolution. I’ve worked with dreams since young childhood so I know the power and mystery of dreaming. “Modern” society has tended to discount and reject dreams, intuition, and expanded states of consciousness in favor of what is considered, naively, as “reality”. However, I see increasing, positive signs of open-mindedness and open-heartedness to such things due to, I believe, an ineffable shift in all levels of life. We are learning that many of the Earth changes are not only a result of human fear and ignorance of nature, but naturally occurring and cyclic anomalies within our physical environment as well as within us that are increasing in frequency and intensity. When we dream, our Soul travels within non-ordinary realities to bring back to us guidance and preparation for the changes that are exponentially happening at this time.

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Nanci’s Blog: CONSCIOUSNESS & CATASTROPHE

30 June 2015

In case you thought your inner work doesn’t affect us all, take a look at this: In David Wilcock’s brilliant book, “The Source Field Investigations”, he quotes Russian scientist, Alexei Dmitriev: “‘There are reasons favoring, or pointing to, the fact that a growth in the ethical, or spiritual quality, of humanity would decrease the number and intensity of complex catastrophes….It has become vitally important that a world chart be prepared, setting forth the favorable, and the catastrophic, regions on earth – taking into account the quality of the geologic-geophysical environment, the variety and intensity of cosmic influences, and the real level of spiritual-ethical development of the people occupying those areas.'”

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Nanci’s Blog: Original Perfection

29 June 2015

imagesThe body is the material-physical manifestation of the Soul’s intention. When the body is ill, it indicates that we have lost the connection to the Soul’s perfect idea of us. When challenges to the body or everyday life occur, I use the mantra, “Original Perfection”, and sit with the Truth of that until I can feel and imagine that Perfection. I use my body’s cellular memory and my own memory of my body’s perfect workings, telling the brain and nervous system to follow that memory of Perfection and create good health as it was originally intended and created by my Soul, to hold that feeling for a few moments, then go about my day, trusting it will continue to work, and acting “as if” often to assist the cellular memory in transforming challenge to the Original Perfection. The more I practice this, the quicker and more complete the transformation.

 

Nanci’s Blog: More Thoughts on Parallel Realities

28 June 2015

More thoughts on Parallel Realities and Dreaming: There’s a Zen story about a man who, after having a dream in which he was a butterfly, wondered if he was actually a butterfly dreaming he was a man. Why wouldn’t the Soul (or “ba” in ancient Egyptian terminology) be unlimited in its explorations when freed of the physical body? And if this is so, there would be no “either-or” question about which reality is real. When we accept that parallel realities exist and learn to explore them with lucid consciousness, we are enhanced, expanded, deepened, and heightened.
(The beautiful butterfly photo was taken by my 8 year old granddaughter!)

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Nanci’s Blog: Transforming Anger

27 June 2015

Being angry with another
Is like beating a pool with a stick.
It shocks the water
And prevents life from flowing.

Floating a leaf on a pool
Draws the mind to the subtle.
The heart is awakened
To the pool of the Universe.

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Nanci’s Blog: The Purpose of Transforming Consciousness

26 June 2015

The purpose of transforming consciousness is not to merely resolve problems and “feel better”, but rather to open the inner gateway to expanded states of awareness, which takes us into the eternal realities of Soul and Source.

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