We Have Only NOW

“What time is it?” “Now.” “Where are you?” “Here.” Adapted from the Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

Time is an illusion created by human beings since the beginning of time. Wait a minute, (or an hour, or a lifetime). Did you just read what you thought you read? Yes, time is an illusion, a very good illusion, but an illusion nonetheless that human beings made up.

Yet, despite this unreality, people of all cultures and all ages believe that time is absolute and measurable, and have we ever measured it. From the Egyptian T-square to the Babylonian sundial, from the water clock to the hourglass, from the moon to the modern day watch, human beings have been transfixed and mesmerized by the passage of time and obsessed with measuring it, perceiving it and experiencing or escaping it. Yet, for all the “accuracy” of a chronometer, we still need an extra day in the western Gregorian calendar every four years to account for the “extra time” and the lunar calendar requires a 13th intercalary month every two to three years to “keep in time” with the naturally occurring seasons.

“Time flies.” “Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy.” ~Doménico Cieri Estrada

We believe that time is a reality, the minutes are real, that an eight-hour work day is long (or short for those who work a lot). Yet, even in our language, we can begin to feel the malleability, the fluidity, of time. “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  “Time stands still” (when you look into the eyes of your beloved, when you hold your newborn in your arms for the first time). We speak of time or ourselves in time going in “slow-motion” (when we’re about to crash into another car, when we’re making the winning basketball layup). Zall’s Second Law states “How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.”

Unlike Newton who claimed that time is absolute, Einstein has scientifically demonstrated in his theory of relativity that time is relative–that past, future, present all exist simultaneously. We can and have shown this with space travel where one person traveling in a very fast space ship near the speed of light experiences a few minutes or a few hours where another person on Earth experiences that same amount of time as days or weeks.

So why am I taking the time to write about time?

Similar to money and space (the distance between two points), time is relative and infinite. Some may immediately protest, “We only have a limited time between birth and death”. Yet, we don’t need a rocket ship to play with the “amount of time” we have. When we enter into the present, we can experience a timeless quality of infinity, eternity. We have all had these time-less experiences, when we’re playing an instrument, when we’re painting, when we’re playing our favorite sport, when we’re engaging in the flow of our most-loved activities–when time disappears & 3 hours, 7 hours, a day can feel like minutes.

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” ~Henry Van Dyke

So instead of being in the mode of time-scarcity, we have an opportunity to experience the eternity of now. How? By participating fully in this present moment. The past is a set of memories that only exist in our mind in the present. The future is only a hope or a dream, a mental construct of the present, and we can only experience the “future” when it becomes the present.  We can expand time, lengthen time and be free of time when we are fully here, now, when we are being present. Feel free to read my last blog post below to discover more about how to be present through meditation  https://possibilitiesunlimited.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/stillness-in-the-eye-of-the-storm/.

Much love, Jodi

“God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is.” ~Marianne Williamson

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Spiritual Puttering

“We must see that consciousness is neither an isolated soul nor the mere function of a single nervous system, but of that totality of interrelated stars and galaxies which makes a nervous system possible.”
Alan Watts (1915 – 1973)

One of my favorite things in the world is puttering in my little home — laundry, sweeping, organizing, laundry, sweeping, organizing, meditating, writing, eating, meditating, writing, eating. I get into a flow that feels nourishing to my very soul, following the river of movement, attraction and impulse. Just as the body is the shelter for the soul, so the home is the shelter for the body. The putterings I do in my home feel meditative, calming and inspired. There’s no hard-and-fast rule of where I go next, what I do next, the order of the tasks. I listen to the calling of my heart. I listen to the calling of my home.

“You have begun to hearken to that call, but for most people it is an unnoticed voice in the innermost recesses of their hearts.” ~ Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani, Book: In the Mystic Footsteps of Saints

My spiritual experiences seem to mimic these movements. I follow the energy of my spirit. Is meditation calling me in this moment? Is reading the works of spiritual teachers calling to me in this moment? Is writing from Source calling to me in this moment? When I pause for just a moment and listen, I can hear the yearnings of my heart, the longings of my soul and when I follow this river, it leads to pure delight, alignment, resonance.

“When many voices are speaking at once, listen to the one most quiet and gentle. That’s the one worth listening to. ~ Miranda Linda Weisz

Imagine a world where everyone flowed in their own soul’s river, where everyone listened to their heart, where everyone followed their bliss. It would be a peaceful, joyful place with everyone’s hearts being filled up and cared for in a powerful and transformative way. Let’s co-create that world together, shall we?  Much love, Jodi

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~Rumi

Be with what is

Be With What Is by Alice Popkorn

Be with what is.

When you are feeling sad, be with what is.                                                                   When you’re feeling happy, be with what is.

When you are judging yourself, a situation, or another, be with what is.                   When you are accepting yourself, a situation, or another, be with what is.

When things seem to be going your way, be with what is.                                          When things seem to not be going your way, be with what is.

We rob ourselves of the direct experience of each moment by struggling, resisting, complaining, judging, worrying,wanting for something more, wanting for something different, wanting to change ourselves, a situation, or another.

Be with what is.

Next blog post:  The How-to of being with what is.

Much love, Jodi

Love or Fear? Choose Love.

Awaken to who you are, dear one.

Every moment of our human existence, we are choosing between love or fear.  Love breeds joy, connection, peace, flow, fulfillment, grace, generosity, confidence. Fear breeds separation, contraction, hate, anger, sadness, despair, uncertainty, anxiety, panic.

Although the neocortex (literally “new” cortex, the most recent part of our cerebral cortex, involved in high level learning & memory & self-expression) is able to begin to access love & in conjunction with the heart center, conjures up mental & emotional “experiences” of love, the reptilian parts of our brain, the amygdala & the brain stem live in a continuous state of fear and can only propogate protection, preservation & procreation based on pure instincts, based on fight-or-flight.

So what part of your brain do you connect with more frequently? There’s a saying, “The neurosynapses that fire together, get wired together.” Of course, we’re talking here about more than the brain, more than the heart center; we’re talking about the whole of you, mind, body, heart & spirit, your all.

I offer you two samples of my non-dominant handwriting (automatic handwriting) relevant to this notion of love or fear to serve you on your path:

22.jun.2012 ~ Message from Source
You are awakening to all you truly are — pure light, pure love, pure power, pure wisdom. You are piercing through the illusion of separateness brought on by the fear-making & social conditioning of your time & place on planet Earth.
You are correct about teleporting being a past/current available ability for some other dimensions, while it is currently an unavailable/future technology in your 3rd dimension.
You are correct about your purpose being to raise the vibrational frequency of this planet. Do not worry. Infinite possibilities in expressing this purpose & all will be revealed.
It’s time to fully embrace your full powerful self. It is time.
24.jun.2012 ~ Message from Source
Be in your body. Be in your body. Be in your body. Even as you remember who you are, also be in your body to fully experience yourself within the context of this rich condition.
Do not fear the shadow for the shadow helps define the light.
You know unconditional love from the very core of your being. We all do. Yet, we have cleverly forgotten to re-enter the matrix, the human game, to step into the illusion of separateness, the illusion of isolation, the illusion of aloness.
Wake up, dear one. Fall prey no longer to the fear-making machines called Fox News, CNN. Fall prey no longer to the Gods of Commerce & Consumerism. Fall prey no longer to the deep social conditioning of self-hate, “not good enough”, “don’t belong” & “I’m on my own”. These no longer serve you.
Awaken to your light within. Awaken to unconditional love. Awaken to your pure inherent goodness. Awaken to your purpose.
Awaken, dear one. It is time.

Thank you for letting me be of service to you.

Love & light, Jodi

Thomas Hubl: The Dance of Silence & Movement

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Presencing a new "we"

Thomas Hubl: A Whole Spirituality

I had the immense pleasure & privilege of being in the presence of this great spiritual master this past Tuesday afternoon & evening, April 3, 2012.  It is difficult to describe in words what was transmitted in that space & I will do my best.

He spoke of many things & two themes, in particular, emerged, what I will call the Levels of Existence & the Dance of Silence & Movement.  I will share both.

Levels of Existence

Hubl spoke of three levels of existence — 1. Personal, 2. Patterns, & 3. Principle.  Oftentimes, we are embroiled in the personal, the stories, the details — big, small & in between — that appear to make up the fabric of our lives.  If our lives were a play, the personal would be the plot.  Most people rarely look past the plot.  Most people only see, only hear, only feel the plot.

However, if one were to step back from the personal, from the plot, from the play, one might catch a glimpse of the patterns that inform the personal details.  Or said another way, the patterns are the code from which the programs, the games, the play is written & this code dates back to thousands of years, thousands of lifetimes to the beginning of manifestation.  These patterns, this code, offer an opportunity to not take things so personally, to recognize the mechanical conditioning that has been set in place long before your soul was born into this body into this lifetime.  Yet, there’s another level that informs even the patterns, which, in turn, inform the personal, & that is the principle.

The principle is God, the Universe, The Architect in The Matrix, the unformed Source, that which has never been nor never will be, that which is neither that nor this, infinite possibilities — the list goes on in our human attempts to describe, categorize, & try to understand that which is incomprehensible to the limits of the human mind.  This principle offers the raw no-thing from which everything is born.

The Dance of Silence & Movement

Just as most people are fully engrossed in the person; so too, most people are often in constant movement of life.  This movement is in the literal gross physical sense of moving from work to play, from being awake to being asleep.  This movement also occurs on a more subtle realm of feelings, thoughts, energy, being.  This movement is often following in the grooves of all the years & lifetimes of conditioning in an automatic, mechanical way.  Rarely, here in the States, do we take the time from our busy days, our hectic, harried lives, to be still, to be silent, to be space.

Thomas described this silence as the white space on the page.  People often don’t notice the white space on the page.  They are too focused on the letters, the words, the sentences & the meaning of the letters, the words, the sentences.  The letters & the pictures are the movement; the white space is the silence & the space.  Many fill our pages, our lives, with so many words, so many pictures, the white space is completely covered.  You’ve seen pages like that, jam-packed with stuff.  How do you feel looking at such pages?  Tired?  Overwhelmed?  Stressed?  This is the way many of us live our lives — jam-packed with stuff, appointments, activities, work, people, things.  There’s no balance.

When we balance movement with silence, when we allow our movements to be informed by the silence, by the space, we allow for all the Divine offers — creativity, resonance, peace, joy & a deep sense of purpose & being in flow.  Begin with 5 minutes of quiet time, meditation time, time in prayer a day.  See what that small space offers.  What would our world look like, if we all took time to BE, if we all took time to meditate, if we all took time listen to that still, small, wise & powerful voice within?  We would have a world flowing with a river of joy, a world playing in the ocean of creativity, a world being immersed in a sense of deep peace.

To that, I say, “Heck yeah!”

Much much love,

Jodi