Consciousness in Action

THE RADICAL SHIFT

THE RADICAL SHIFT (original text 2011)

POWER

Power is automatically associated with physical control, either direct or implied.  It seems natural that men hold it vis à vis the external world and women in the inner realms. The fact that this division has existed for as long as we can remember, reflecting the nature and energetic structure of the genders, does not mean that women and men are not equally endowed for all modalities of power. Still, the physical and mental forms have dominated our world up to now, and for a reason.  Women were not equipped to handle it in the manner and to the extent to which it is being wielded today.

It would seem that a certain amount of stability and security is needed before a more subtle expression of power can prevail. Woman stands revealed in her power as priestess, as mother of the race, and ancient sage.  Here she is recognised, her influence paramount, although always in the background, allowed or disallowed by the establishment.  If we search for notable women in antiquity, we […]

MONEY

MONEY

Money suggests freedom and relaxation, having luxuries, comfortable conditions, exotic adventures, time off from dreary work schedules, prolonged relief from stress, and all sort of possibilities for creativity. It’s about spending and possessing, about making up for lost time and opportunities, about having what we never had or thought we could have. In the end it’s all about “me”, about recognition and reward, a means to get what we think we can’t get otherwise.

Money brings up all kinds of feelings. At best, it is a panacea that solves all our problems. Our minds wander to winning lottery tickets or to mysteriously inheriting riches from an unforeseen benefactor. At worst, we resign ourselves to whatever lot we have, and convince ourselves that money is an unattainable fantasy where we find refuge from reality.

You have money or you don’t; either way it is not comfortable. Like a jealous lover that requires a tremendous amount of attention, money demands a tenuous and stressful equilibrium of forces. It also raises, subliminally, issues about exposure, fear and impotence. Very few people are content […]

THE NEUROSIS CALLED NORMAL

THE NEUROSIS CALLED NORMAL (a 2008 Spanish original)

“You are not the result of your world;

your world is a result of what you are.

 

The world does not dictate what we are or what we become. We determine it ourselves using our potential, or not.

In time, we adopt, perfect, refine and adapt expressions that construct our personality. It becomes a play of superimposed images that we take very seriously. We crystalize these impressions and define ourselves accordingly, denying the innermost feelings that insinuate something that we cannot understand. If instead of responding to external demands, we listen to our own innermost voice, we leave the rules behind. The point is that it is not about adjusting to society norms or manifesting ourselves outside of them. It is about something much more fundamental: we consecrate ourselves to the absurd illusion of normalcy. Mediocrity.

Does “normal” exist? We can only define it by what it is not. We can never arrive at what it is, because it’s what everybody thinks they want. Whatever is easy […]

WE ARE THE PROBLEM

WE ARE THE PROBLEM

 

We long for a world that is very different where our sensibilities might thrive. I can think of three issues that can bring clarity.

 

Time and Mind

In our modern world people complain of never having time. The problem is that thinking has replaced instinctive, intuitive being, perception, and sensibility. The difficulty is not with time, or even doing. We are the problem, the way we think.

There is so much going on inside and all around us simultaneously. People are engrossed in realities that only exist inside themselves, engaged in dialoguing, remembering, and projecting, in computers, ipads and whatsapps, but mainly with themselves. It isn’t possible to hear or perceive little else. Such thinking occupies space, and there is none left!

It is highly improbable that something new can be introduced, or be squeezed into the already crammed quarters inside. And then there is all that effort needed to keep thoughts going, affecting the attention span that keeps getting smaller and smaller. To make any real contact one has to constantly […]

TO BE WILLING

TO BE WILLING

Once Upon a Parallel Timelessness

In response to a series of commentaries on FB regarding the international political scenario, an old friend said something that put a brief halt to all our speculation. He asked, “Am I willing to do what it takes to let go of what isn’t right?”

Am I willing…?

Is it that simple?

Imagine a civilization that is based on equality at all levels. Where care and fairness reign. Where people know how to be with one another, fully, and truly share. Where all living things are honored. Where there is dialogue, and beyond verbal clarity there is understanding. Where there is no separation between personality and spirit. Where everyone is powerful and there are no control issues. Instead there is spontaneity and naturalness. This is a place where grievances are righted by education and joint effort, and where everyone feels responsible because everyone is sensitive to one another and to the environment.

The words “love” and “light” are wholly unnecessary.

Where could this be? Is it an ancient tribe somewhere, forgotten […]

LIVING THE IDEAL

LIVING THE IDEAL 

This article is a collection of fragments answering my students’ recent questions on the nature of a group, and the function of personality and emotion on the spiritual path. I hope it will inspire others toward a better, more conscious and natural world!

 

The significant impact of spirituality on commonplace issues today responds to the composition and constitution of many spiritual groups that outline a major shift from personal to collective priorities. Group unity may sound like a familiar formula, but the particular resonance of this current urge is entirely new. A leaderless dynamic based on united and multiple sensitivities is emerging. It has nothing to do with hippie or yoga issues, political, social, or gender interests. It has to do with tangibly living an Ideal that embraces individuality and inner sensibilities.

An intangible resonance draws us inward, upward, and farther into personal and social expression. The Ideal of my school of Inner Alchemy is not based on personal goals or usefulness. Here, individual development consists in learning new ways of perceiving and responding that appeal to both […]

APPRENTICESHIP MYTHS

Under the Teaching Tree by Terence McKenna 1985

APPRENTICESHIP MYTHS

He who has eyes to see, let him see.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

 The great universities of the Renaissance expanded the teaching of classical philosophy, arts and sciences to a wider public. The system demanded great effort, discipline and initiative from the student; the responsibility was entirely on him and the means at his disposal. Before that, teaching was limited to technical instruction and selective training in a rigid and unilateral way and for only a few.

At present, the concept of teaching embraces the innovative principles of the XXth Century that responded to the development and flexibility of the mind and the dominant role of personal psychology. Schools such as “The Little Red Schoolhouse” and Rudolf Steiner’s approach revealed the importance of reaching and stimulating the student first, so that it is he/she who desires instruction. Several types of intelligence were identified, and perception of the unique inner world of each acquired as much importance as purpose.

At all […]

ELEMENTALS – Part II

ELEMENTALS II:

Mistakes, Obsession and Possession

 

Author’s Note: Although this is by not wholly my field,

I feel that this information is extremely valuable.

Harmless habits can become destructive, if unguarded by the voice of conscience.

The seriousness of the situation today calls for great discernment. ZR

 

Due to fear, lack of control, outside pressure or just inability to see correctly, sometimes wrong decisions are made that lead to living in all sort of prisons. Basically, the choice is always between spirit and matter. If the force of spirit is not strong enough, material issues gain greater importance and the law that applies to polarity rules the life. Whereas spiritual law is not conditional, physical law stipulates that like attracts like and consequences are paid for in material terms.

No one deliberately chooses a life of density and darkness. Wrong choices are characteristically made by personality elementals. (see Part I) Even with training and having heard the voice of Consciousness, we often see and hear what […]

THE RESCUE

THE RESCUE 

Being needs a structure through which to express itself. At first it is built automatically out of expediency and need; later it becomes, in the best of cases, the flexible work of art of a student of Truth.

Identity is an artifice. Being is the context upon which it stands. When our definition of ourselves rests on ideas we hold, illusions we embrace, and postures, models we admire, rather that on a sensitive contact with the core of Being, we have a problem. Identity is flimsy, fake, prone to influence and manipulation, and likely to be defensive. There is no experience of Self to hold it in shape and back it.

How can we cohesively construct a building without a solid terrain on which to build it?

We build our identity over and over again, over worn concepts and unsuitable beliefs, thinking each time that we have ascertained. Instead of tearing down the old rotten foundation others built for us, we keep on remodeling. No matter how much “work” we have done on ourselves, the uncomfortable untruth of the situation […]

THE CHOICE

THE CHOICE

A young healthy person lives the thrills and excitement of the body-personality naturally. As long as there is a promise of pleasure and satisfaction, there is no need to look elsewhere. The expectation and challenge of more complex issues, further ground to conquer, and the possibility of a wide variety of emotional and physical sensations is enough. But when the person is older, it is not so “natural”, but rather sad. Spiritual life is awakened in those who have lived, not necessarily years but depth.

The idea of going beyond a sensory paradise doesn’t make itself known in the absence of pleasure but in its transcendence. The choice for amplitude, depth and contact with unknown states of being is not made in conjunction with physical life; it is made when mastery over it has been reached and energetic capacity has enlarged and refined. In other words, spirituality is not an addendum or an accident. It is an extension and amplification of the life we know.  Other than as spontaneous reprieve, spiritual experience happens when we pierce through the […]

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