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Venerable ancient Eastern spiritual traditions like Daoism, Zen and Buddhism share some common roots and a capacity for using words to convey concepts beyond immediate experience and ordinary perception. Daoism famously speaks of the “Way that cannot be named” as a metaphor for that ineffable Creator, at once in the world but also transcending it, and the “Ten Thousand Things” of the material world, those that can be identified and quantified, explained and written about, are still connected to the transcendent and mysterious Source of it all, and so the entire Universe partakes in some sense in this miraculous, unconditional existence.

But the Buddha, like Jesus and other Enlightened Masters, probably knew that words alone cannot teach, and they can even confuse and cloud understanding at times. Moreover, It is my profound intuitive belief that it is not truly necessary for a man or a woman to consciously, analytically, mentally process concepts like “God”, “infinity” or “spirituality” to benefit from its obvious nourishing, enlightening qualities. Daoism speaks of the transcendent Source as somehow flowing into all things always, and in a similar fashion our “spiritual lives” are always there, whether we know it or not, and they nourish and sustain us like the air we breathe. Unless there are serious obstructions to its flow, it naturally goes where it must, and when we create the proper conditions it flourishes and blossoms like a well-tended garden.

So a person could go their whole lives without reading about the Buddha and spirituality, never go to church or never philosophize, and still lead a life filled with joy, abundance and grace, or love, transformation and healing. An intellectual understanding of this process can help, sure, but it often serves to sate the curiosity of the ego only—the heart is content with its experiences and feelings. The heart knows that it is the spirit’s spark that keeps its beating steady, not the will of the person who may fearfully cling to life even as its spirit longs to move on. The spirit knows that it is supported by the infinite space of God’s own heart, even if the mind wanders about in darkness… we are all here to feel and to experience, not really to debate and win arguments.

This quote by the Buddha seemed especially relevant now because many are coming to a similar realization, whether they attach the same words to it or not. Spirituality is just a word, but the experiences and states of being it alludes to are what we are after here. To live that spiritual life, all we have do is relax, remove the buffers and baffles that keep our light from shining brightly, and move in the direction of the light following our feelings. Conversely, chasing the ego and its delusions down the dark rabbit hole of nihilistic materialism has brought about its own consequences… those are just as unmistakable as a richly fulfilling spiritual life.

The best part is that we create our spiritual lives as we choose… so long as they are truly aligned with Spirit, which is expansive, inclusive and comprehensive in many ways, its effects will be an enlargement of our hears and our true selves. Every thought and every action are sponsored by either love or fear… every circumstance and every person has an outer appearance that may conceal its true nature… choosing either of these, what is aligned with love or what resonates with fear; what is truthful and essential or what is superficial and passing—in countless different ways, all the days of our lives—is what living a spiritual life is all about.


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It is my personal understanding that there is an additional dimension to the concept of the unknown, the “dark” referenced in the quote above. We tend to associate the unknown with anxiety, with fear, and darkness is certainly the antithesis to light according to the classic paradigm—but what if there is an inherently creative, powerful and mysterious quality to the dark? What if the darkness represents unmanifested possibility?

Imagine that the light is information—it’s my understanding that this is the case. Each photon carries a binary bit that can be encoded in at least a single way, having a yes/no state or a zero-one charge… that is really not such a radical concept, especially not to us in the 21st century since our digital age is essentially that: using electrons and photons to and transmit encode information. But what about the empty space that holds all the particles; the medium through which they travel…? What about the infinite darkness that contains all the light? I think the darkness is the primordial womb: something akin to the subconscious, but it is also meta-conscious somehow… pre-conscious, post-conscious and so on. The unknown is a slush or ooze of all probabilities, melted into their most primordial, elemental state, undefined, formless—or clothed with rapidly-changing, unconventional forms.

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The darkness is the very essence of mystery… it’s the void from whence God came; that which holds space for us all. Perhaps associations with fearful states, with anxiety regarding the unknown, are justified to a degree: that which the mind can barely behold without straining mightily, against its own limits and its dearest understandings, ought to produce some agitation. The dark is indeed a bit scary… until you realize what your role is relative to it. We are lights… that is who and what we are, and we command the powers of the light to the utmost extent! We are information… we do not need to even try to acquire it; it just streams and flows in and through everything, forever evolving and expanding. But, again, the information exists in contrast to something that cannot even be said to be a thing… that which Daoists seek to understand as the Dao, the Way that is not the Way when you have given it a name.

This is why the darkness is ultimately our friend… it truly is our mother, the womb from whence we came, and the end of the tunnel toward which we inexorably march. Yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but keep going past the light and eventually you will find the dark again. It’s in the nature of this Universe… the interplay, the dance between the two, is the elemental dance that keeps everything else spinning.


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I think there is always need for a reminder about the lighter side of life, the fact that laughter and joy can really be the best medicine so often… I am reminded daily of the fact that our species is, unfortunately, afflicted with a sort of collective mental illness that infects virtually all. It is acute and severe in some more than others; it flares up at times and recedes into dormancy by turns… but it is always there somewhere, the “pain body” as Eckhart Tolle has named it.

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The vibratory, energetic frequency of playtime, of laughter and uplifting joy is unmistakeable, I think—and it is definitely one that is life-enhancing and nurturing. To be sure, too much of any one thing can be counterproductive, but because we are all afflicted with the collective “pain body” of humanity, I think we can all use often reminders that life was not really meant to be taken all that seriously. Or perhaps the one thing that we were not meant to take as seriously as we do is ourselves—a task much difficult to accomplish when the illusion of fear comes at you, when life’s trials close in, fangs and claws bared. Who can remain “present” and even smile in the midst of great peril?

But how much of what we fear is actual danger? We are famously prone to exaggerate, to magnify trivial things and make a really big deal out of things that are ultimately inconsequential. It is political season here in the US; there is a presidential election looming which (rightfully) commands everyone’s attention, at least momentarily, and unfortunately one side effect that’s become all too common, an effect that is almost the main attraction now and not some secondary consequence, is the great animosity and anxiety that many feel… animosity towards each other and anxiety about the future. We turn towards the very people we need to accept.. Perhaps not embrace, not bring into our homes: sometimes an indirect acknowledgement of someone else’s simple right to exist is enough. We needn’t agree with or condone of others’ actions and opinions to afford them basic respect as human beings.

And why should any of this even matter? As I recently recounted on a daily podcast episode, the illusion of separation between us can be so strong that some can never really bridge the divide in any meaningful way, and so always project onto others what they dislike in themselves; they blame and fear, antagonize and manipulate… but it always comes back down to ourselves. It all begins and ends with you—don’t concern yourself too much with what others do. Don’t take others too seriously… don’t fall into the trap of taking yourself too seriously either. None of this was meant to feel heavy, constricting, self-important… this experience was not designed to be loaded with anxiety and needless complexity. It only allows for those possibilities so that an alternative to an easygoing, natural flow could be experienced.

That experience of going with the flow, of flowing easy with the natural rhythm of life is available to you and to everyone. It begins with stillness, with levity, with a perception of one’s breath… it starts with a glint in the eye, a rustling of leaves or strands of hair. Relinquish your resistance… life wants you to play, to feel great and to feel easy.


You can now tune in to The Positive Head Podcast Monday – Friday each week! Every Wednesday, host Brandon Beachum interviews a different consciousness change-maker that is helping to pave the way for humanity as we collectively transition into a state of expanded consciousness and awareness. On the other weekdays, Brandon and his co-host Dalien give interpretations of their favorite quotes, share a bit of mind-expanding news, take questions from the audience, and dig into other positive topics they deem worthy of discussion.

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I really enjoyed seeing this quote and felt instantly inspired by it because it reminds me of one thing: we are all, each of us, responsible for his or her own inner state, for our individual collection of beliefs—and we definitely have to examine them carefully, for it is common to have picked beliefs along the way that never really belonged to us in the first place. This is a process that’s natural in my opinion, though perhaps not the optimum way to operate; it is the best way that a race still struggling with unconsciousness can evolve and learn…

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If perhaps we were already a highly-evolved species, these quotes and reminders wouldn’t exist: they do exist already, in a myriad unspoken little ways each day, but it’s not always necessarily to clothe them in words and explain them. To an evolved being, holding beliefs that “insult their soul” is the hallmark of unconsciousness—but we harbor those, and again we do so largely unconsciously… if we are impatient with ourselves or others, for example. The ego gets irritated but to the soul, the ego’s concerns are often petty…

Whenever we raise our voices, afraid we won’t be heard or needing to make our ideas, our feelings prevail over those of others, we are in discord with what our soul truly believes. It understands that no one is truly in opposition to us, though their egos may believe that they are—what their egos forget is what our souls remember: that we all agreed to do this before birth, that we understood we would encounter our foil, our “opponents” ready to confront us… just so we could learn to see through the illusion and offer our opponents peace. If they don’t, can’t accept the peace offering, we release them lovingly—and we understand. There is no need for discord.

It is only natural that we would often forget at this stage in our collective evolution; the pull of the senses, of maya, the illusion, is still strong… we cannot yet discern the full impact of our unconsciousness so we allow these unexamined beliefs, these offending beliefs, to fester… we still seem to think that we are justified because others, out there somewhere, are being or doing things that we agree with or we disagree with—and so we react. We offer behavior that is self-destructive, all to appease others… we surrender our personal power to outdated belief systems external to us in order to trade our freedom for a false sense of security, of belonging. All to gain the acceptance of others. Or we lash out in anger, blaming others for all the world’s troubles, ours in particular… we seize upon a particular group, a sect or a demographic and single them out for blame. We have enslaved ourselves to the other we “hate,” but we don’t see it… we hate a part of ourselves and can’t accept it, so we project it outwardly.

The soul is a very gentle, subtle part of our being so its voice is usually drowned out by the cacophony of an ego’s discordant perceptions. That is alright… the soul patiently waits for the individual to want to hear its voice too. This process of evolution we’re engaged in, it appears to be so painfully slow (at least from our vantage point!) that until a higher consciousness takes root within us, we must lose our conscious awareness every day, or every night during our sleep, and willfully reclaim it the next day. We must make this effort if no other effort is made, to try and discern if our beliefs are truly our own… we cannot assume that all we think and feel is the whole story. There is always more… there are also things we used to know, that we have now forgotten. We have to make the effort to examine ourselves and remember what is most precious to us.


You can now tune in to The Positive Head Podcast Monday – Friday each week! Every Wednesday, host Brandon Beachum interviews a different consciousness change-maker that is helping to pave the way for humanity as we collectively transition into a state of expanded consciousness and awareness. On the other weekdays, Brandon and his co-host Dalien give interpretations of their favorite quotes, share a bit of mind-expanding news, take questions from the audience, and dig into other positive topics they deem worthy of discussion.

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I must admit that, though I admire Carl Sagan and the legacy he bequeathed to us in terms of popularizing scientific exploration and research for a larger audience, I didn’t realize he had spoken these words during his lifetime. I happen to agree wholeheartedly! But I understand why there may be some misgivings about mixing up science and spirituality…

I think that part of what is tricky about all this is getting your definitions straight: it’s all a matter of what means what, how you define the terms you’re working with and what value you give to those definitions. Spirituality is a positive word to me, one that I resonate with, but it is ultimately just a word—what this term points to is what’s important, and anyone who has walked the spiritual path for a little while probably knows that words, though beautiful, inspiring and moving, can also become shallow and be stripped of their power, their meaning.

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When science restricts itself to only observable, reproducible phenomena, it is adhering to a strict or faithful interpretation of the scientific principle. That is fine, but the spirit of scientific inquiry cannot be stifled by narrow and petty mindsets! And there is that word again, spirit—this is an expression that we use colloquially; when something is in the “spirit of” this and that, we mean that it honors its essential qualities. The spirit of scientific inquiry is curiosity then; a desire to learn more and expand your model of reality. Strict reproducibility criteria help us ensure quality and consistency; a dogmatic, narrow, inflexible attitude of scientific inquiry stifles learning and problem-solving.

If anything, I would say that there are two stereotypes of scientists out there, with the atheist and cold materialist being the most prevalent and well-known. The other is a deeply spiritual individual who does not adhere to an organized religion; he or she may have come from that background but through the course of their life they arrived at a place where neither materialism nor infantile theologies are enough to satisfy the spiritual hunger we all experience—whether we know that we are experiencing it or not.

Since it all comes down to language and interpretation, to conceptual knowledge contrasted with actual life experience, we can say that all of life is spiritual—that being a spiritual person is simply being a positive, life-affirming person. One does not really need to believe in the existence of an afterlife, understand the supremacy of thoughts and feelings over physical reality or subscribe to any particular set of beliefs, in my opinion: I think it is enough to have some common sense, a willingness to let go of our own egos at times… a willingness to not always be reactive and hard, impetuous and compulsive. I think that only individuals with grave psychological problems like sociopaths could be said to not have much of a spiritual dimension to their lives, and even in those cases I’m not completely certain… for the majority of the rest of us, we have experienced at least a minimum of unconditional love in our lives, from some source somewhere, to have a basic grasp on what this means. Even if we are alone we can have this experience; one does not always need to have a partner or an external “other” in order to experience unconditionality and acceptance.

To me, all the greatest philosophers and scientists possess this quality or they expressed it during their lives: a sense of awe and reverence towards the mysteries of life; a sense of something holy, transcendent, infinitely nourishing and embracing that pervades all. For some of these, that sense of awe and wonder might have been what fueled them to achieve some of their greatest triumphs.


You can now tune in to The Positive Head Podcast Monday – Friday each week! Every Wednesday, host Brandon Beachum interviews a different consciousness change-maker that is helping to pave the way for humanity as we collectively transition into a state of expanded consciousness and awareness. On the other weekdays, Brandon and his co-host Dalien give interpretations of their favorite quotes, share a bit of mind-expanding news, take questions from the audience, and dig into other positive topics they deem worthy of discussion.>> see all podcasts >>

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Could this promise really be true after all? As a species it’s been part of our myths and our subconscious history from the dawn of time, that we are created in the image and likeness of our own Creator; that we are imbued with a kind of divinity, indwelling within every human heart, regardless of the outer appearance or temporary manifestation of that person.

Yes, this is what the quote speaks of, but we have been conflicted about that power: the divinely-bestowed power to create. The essential trait we share with the Creator: we are all creators as well, mini-Gods and Goddesses in reality, smaller versions of the Whole and with all the same essential characteristics as the All. Our holy texts and our religious doctrines say this is true, but… But! There are some caveats added, some additional clauses that supposedly come with our power—commandments to obey, lest we are damned for misusing this divine gift. There are some generalities that our myths and stories get right, but other details are twisted or misinterpreted to deleterious effect.

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We seem to insist on wanting to regulate each other’s behavior by saying that there is a divine code of ethics to adhere to. We don’t yet understand that there is no ultimate morality and the simple and effective way to sort out questions of ethics is awareness: if we think we are separate, we may become selfish, petty, violent. But we remain divine creators nonetheless—can we really be called “divine creators” if we don’t have the power to create ourselves as lesser versions of ourselves? If we are mini-gods and goddesses with amnesia, couldn’t we orchestrate our own “fall from grace” and become lost in this illusion, this earthly drama where we try to impose order upon each other, we project characteristics onto each other, we expect or demand things of each other…

But that’s not our true power. We didn’t come here to control each and every tiny detail of our lives like that… the movie “Bruce Almighty” comes to mind, and others like it. We didn’t come here to make each other conform to our passing whims and fancies; we came here to master our own vibration, our own personal frequency… maybe so that we could go on to become creators on an even grander scale, elsewhere in the Universe! I have heard such ideas before and I resonate with that concept: that a sentient creative being exists for a “time” during their overall existence as human beings; this is a quintessentially challenging spiritual trial to master, life on Earth… but the rewards are potentially great: accelerated evolution, profound self-realization and the opportunity to co-create and participate in the exciting goings-on of our planet. They are exciting, I think, even though we may all endure times and trials that seem less exciting and more frightening.

Let’s make no mistake about it though: if we are truly divinely-imbued creators then we cannot be ultimately harmed or destroyed or enslaved. Our essence remains forever untainted, even if our human incarnations “stray far” from their path—it may seem so, but do they really? Do we ever really stray when the final and essential purpose of the enterprise is being met? We all get what we create in the end, for better or for worse and in the end it’s always for the better because “worse” is relative and temporary. The net result is always experience, knowledge… even wisdom eventually, though perhaps after many human lifetimes.

I liked this quote because it seemed to have a religious connotation, but to me it also had a very obvious spiritual and metaphysical dimension as well. We are God, we are the Goddess, and it is not blasphemy to say so. It is not error to see ourselves as essentially the same as the Original Source. We need not fear our power as we have done throughout our history; we need not fear even the misuse of our power, for that has already happened.

Awareness is the key—with awareness, compassion and unconditional love, we find our way back onto the path. Or maybe we realize that we have always been walking the path, but now that we know this consciously we can walk with grace and beauty, with joy and peace.


You can now tune in to The Positive Head Podcast Monday – Friday each week! Every Wednesday, host Brandon Beachum interviews a different consciousness change-maker that is helping to pave the way for humanity as we collectively transition into a state of expanded consciousness and awareness. On the other weekdays, Brandon and his co-host Dalien give interpretations of their favorite quotes, share a bit of mind-expanding news, take questions from the audience, and dig into other positive topics they deem worthy of discussion.

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I like this quote because it makes me think of one thing that has proven to be true, at least in my own experience: life is made up of both the sweet and the sour, the so-called good and bad, and both have important functions to play in the grand scheme—both have great power and wisdom to impart if we are capable of integrating them into our understanding.

I suppose that it is possible for human beings to live in a way that is largely free of debilitating mental patterns or emotional turbulence, and I suspect that a number of people on the planet live this way and perhaps are part of a small society or culture that has managed to subsist this way over time, maybe centuries… the reality, however, is that at least on the surface human history is the story of a species tainted by violence, deception and deep unconsciousness. In this technologically-advanced but still spiritually impoverished society that we currently live in, the collective dysfunction and lack of inner well-being is finally appearing to be reaching a sort of critical stage, fueled by an inevitable and growing awareness that causes us to both recoil and finally react in many cases.

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I think that our species is finally starting to collectively wake up to certain facts about life, about this Universe we inhabit, including such insights as the fact that this Universe is incredible, fascinating and wondrous but it appears to have a side that is very impersonal, even coldly detached! These aspects manifest in a way that is almost brutal at times, but I think that a keen awareness would yield insight into another fact: there is always precisely the opposite, an intensely passionate force that connects all things, a force that is intelligent and supports all beings in everything they seek to do—again in a sort of non-judgmental, detached way. Ultimately the creative consciousness, the prime creative force, is truly unattached to passing forms—and our lives likewise become easier when we learn to embody this truth. We can hold onto things for dear life, or we can let go of them for dear life… there is more than a simple play on words behind this idea.

The darkness that seemingly tainted this race as a sort of “original sin” can be understood in terms that have been expressed already, in our own stories and cultural myths. Light begets darkness and darkness precedes light; we may have always been destined to experience this “fall from grace,” in one way or another, in virtually every alternate version of reality… or maybe not, but I think it makes sense: like every pleasure contains the seed of a future pain, the light will always be accompanied by darkness. It’s just that we have greatly misunderstood the true nature of that darkness… we have thought of the complementary opposites as simply warring opposites, as intrinsically opposing forces, instead of the creatively contrasting forces that give birth to so much (everything?) through the tension of their balanced opposition. And they are always ultimately balanced—even though the balance manifests as imbalance on a temporal scale; waves that rise and fall, swinging from one pole to the other.

During the course of my writing this blog, I heard a clip where Alan Watts talked about certain things that resonated a lot with my thoughts on this subject… he spoke about how we often act as if we have a compulsive need to impose order upon chaos, or how we at the very least feel a need to declare well-intentioned and positive things in the face of experiences that are really not of that order at all. I think it is possible to have these experiences in both an integrated and positive context, and a negative one, but to me that’s going further down the rabbit hole of needing to label one thing “good” and another “bad” when perhaps it is enough that things are as they are… even if, or especially if, they are negative and positive.

We humans tend to become attached so the universal forces that destroy and dissolve, necessary as they are, seem to be in opposition to everything we really want… at times we may see that this is just another relative reality, an illusory aspect that is not quite everything that it appears, since nothing that is created can really be destroyed, and nothing that you have experienced is truly lost to you… is really is within you, it truly is a part of you. Forms are by definition impermanent, that cannot be otherwise—but essence is truly eternal and so in the end is all right.

Life is ultimately balanced and wondrous, but the balance is the swinging of a pendulum, and at any given time the pendulum may be traversing through any part of space and time that is less than wondrous… and that is alright too, of course! That is what we are learning to flow with, to accept and be alright with…


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I have understood the essence of this quote a way similar to something Abraham-Hicks said once, which I am paraphrasing here: often it’s enough to remove the resistance that many of us have built up in our lives, resistance that we picked up along the way from our parents, from our environment, from “wrong” reading of the clues around us, to see a dramatic change in our lives wherever that resistance was strongest before it was relinquished.

One common example is building up strong resistance about the idea of receiving material abundance in connection with any kind of work that could be considered “spiritual.” This is a hangup that many people appear to have, and it’s understandable that this should be the case: we have been indoctrinated this way. The expression “filthy rich” is often more than just a figure of speech; we devalue monetarily that which we value intrinsically, morally, like charity or actual spiritual work. Instead, we overvalue trivial or superficial things. As Conversations with God says, we give athletes and entertainers a fortune and we pay teachers and counsellors a pittance… there is no ultimate morality system outside of ourselves that we are failing to live up to, like the “Ten Commandments” of Judeo-Christian tradition; it’s just that our actions already reveal so much about our underlying values… the conflict is, we seem to think that if something has high intrinsic value, like helping others selflessly or sharing our spiritual gifts with the world, we may need to be paid little for it. The idea behind this is that somehow, money “corrupts” things, especially that which is already sort of untainted and noble to begin with, so we should try to keep it out of the equation as much as possible in those cases…

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A five year-old magician goes to the beach to spread his message of positivity… his first trick is cute… but his second feat of “real magic” stuns and delights everyone!

And yet this doesn’t need to be the case. Personally, one thing I care about above many others is how we go about things, not so much the “what” but the “how”… it is this way that we rejoin with the fractured parts of ourselves, the aspects that have become isolated and twisted. Again, resistance is a major factor in cutting us off from ourselves… all we can really ever do is deny the connection that is already there, underlying it all: any distinctions that we imagine aren’t quite so clearly extant “out there,” in the so-called real world… the human egoic mind can be very reactionary and dualistic; it often thinks in mutually-exclusive terms. In the analogy of a resistant attitude towards money and spiritual or selfless work, the assumption is that money and this kind of work cannot both exist abundantly and purely at the same time. If there is a lot of money coming in, surely something essential and important has been sacrificed; on the other hand, to retain the purity of a high calling one must reject and resist the temptation to take abundant remuneration from it.

Many are finding new and creative ways to disprove these ideas, however. I recently heard a very conservative person express their fears for a third part, an acquaintance who is not treading down the “proven” path in life, something very similar to a nine-to-five job with a stable paycheck and security… it was useless for another to try and explain that there is no ultimate security, only the appearance of it, but that if one trusts in the inherent goodness of life, one can already rest assured that he or she is safe and supported… thus, a person can think themselves secure because they have a “normal” job—only to find out that their company is going belly-up and they are being laid off one day. The way people deal with these situations is indicative of where they are at in their personal path of evolution: some seize the opportunity to reinvent themselves in those cases, perhaps not fully willingly but they do it nonetheless… others can sink into a deep depression or even commit suicide because the thing they had identified with externally, that job that gave them “security” and a sense of self, was taken away.

I could in a way “complete” Marianne’s quote by stating it thusly: “The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, the thing you recover from is a fractured sense of self—and everything you see around you is self,” in order to put the quote into the largest possible context that still makes some sense. This does not mean that you must condone and accept that which you do not resonate with: it simply means that, as your awareness grows and you seek to move away from that which you no longer resonate with, you release it lovingly, with appreciation for the gift it has brought you. This is something that eventually is understood, intuitively, because healing includes at least some relinquishing of judgment, of that dualistic thinking that prevents us from fully loving. Sometimes, loving those other external, illusory “other” parts of ourselves (in truth, there are no “others”) means loving them from afar, with little or no direct interaction. Sometimes we get to hold those other parts close, sometimes with love, sometimes with resistance. The pull of spirit will always be towards healing the split or bridging the gap, if not physically, then at least emotionally.


You can now tune in to The Positive Head Podcast Monday – Friday each week! Every Wednesday, host Brandon Beachum interviews a different consciousness change-maker that is helping to pave the way for humanity as we collectively transition into a state of expanded consciousness and awareness. On the other weekdays, Brandon and his co-host Dalien give interpretations of their favorite quotes, share a bit of mind-expanding news, take questions from the audience, and dig into other positive topics they deem worthy of discussion.>> see all podcasts >>

Ponder This Break Down…

I was instantly inspired upon seeing this quote by the Chilean Nobel laureate, because it sparked in me a realization that is personal but I think also shared by many others: something is happening now in our lives, in our world, in our culture. Our human civilizations appear to be waking up and I think there is a sort of spiritual revolution happening upon our planet, though of course it manifests differently according to each person.

I say person because the quote makes it clear, there is also the natural world unfolding, ever evolving around us, and whether you believe global warming is real and it has a human factor—perhaps not ultimately causative but definitely contributive—one thing is certain: nature will adapt, it will change to cope with the changing circumstances, but humanity may find it harder to go along with that change gracefully… we have historically been resistant to change, and though in our contemporary civilization the pace of change has quickened to the point where it is acknowledged as an ever-present reality, it has been begrudgingly accepted nonetheless.

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It is also in the nature of the human egoic mind to resist change… the ego seeks to hold onto what it knows, limited and restrictive though it may be, simply because it doesn’t really know much better than to use this mechanism to cope with its perceived “existential anxiety” and fear of loss. Part of what the quote sparked in me was a realization that, if you take certain sets of conditions and apply them to a situation, you are very likely to experience certain results: the fact that in our digitally wired, ever-connected modern society there appears to be a sort of collective recoiling, as we see more and more uncomfortable signs of our collective ego disease, is evidence of increasing awareness in my opinion—and to me the signs are very encouraging. It seems inevitable… the more we know about each other and ourselves, the more we see the signs of what’s obviously wrong, not because of some intrinsic or extrinsic value system but simply because of what we say versus what happens. We claim to want to live in peace but we promote division, we focus on our differences and we treat those as intractable… we claim to want to live in prosperity but have created a collective culture of materialism, of hoarding, of fear around basic survival and of merciless competition. It’s no wonder that now we are concerned over the fact that we allowed a tiny percentage of us to control a disproportionate share of our wealth and resources.

So yes, this spring that arrives inexorably after winter can also be something like the “Arab spring” that we saw years ago in the Middle East, a movement that may have been ephemeral like spring flowers, but that also had a definite if perhaps subtle impact. There are collective struggles that we all face, all over the planet, and in many instances they are very similar from place to place and across cultures. More information can lead to more awareness, if not necessarily more wisdom, and it also makes it harder to miss the more obvious connections between things, the gross consequences of our actions.

I think this could be one of the main reasons why a spiritual awakening could be happening on this planet now, in a very real though perhaps still subtle way: there have never been so many human beings alive on the planet at one time, at least so far as we are aware in our recorded history. Never before have there been so many human beings and never before have they been so connected to one another—I don’t necessarily mean to imply that this connection automatically means there is a spiritually transcendent experience taking place; in many cases our digital and social-media oriented society are highlighting the isolation, the superficiality, the alienation that many feel and can’t seem to break out of—in spite of the camera phones and Instagrams of the world, or perhaps because of them in some indirect way. I think we do yearn for a more intimate, real experience of ourselves as we relate to each other; I think we seek to find ourselves in each other in as authentic and profound a way as we can manage… in many cases this longing is very subtle, unspoken, subconscious, but it is there and its effects are tangible.

In the end, all these things point to greater awareness in my opinion… again, not necessarily implying that from this automatically follows that there is wisdom and integrated knowledge. Still, the expanding awareness can be likened to spring showers that will surely bring flowers after them, and not even the cruel scythes of human egoic thought will ever be able to cut them all down.


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Ponder This Break Down…

I think I primarily seized upon this quote when I saw it because it had the words “prayer” and “spiritual” in it—words that in my opinion are related, but that unfortunately have become already tainted with certain meanings that do not lead to things which are life-enhancing and unconditionally loving. At least this is primarily the case with the word prayer, because of the religious connotations.

I do not personally see religions as inherently bad, but I must admit I am somewhat conflicted on the matter; there are those who argue that religions have been responsible for a lot of division, strife and outright violence and hate throughout history and I can’t deny their claims. Still, a religion is ultimately an organized belief system and, no matter our personal religious beliefs or those of our society, no one can really force us to think one way or another. We operate given our model of reality, and for this religions also share a degree of blame: the idea of a bearded man in the sky who judges humanity is most definitely not one that makes sense to me. I am perhaps being guilty of leaning on this gross caricaturization in order to make a point; on the other hand, once again, religious belief can really be almost anything and certainly religious beliefs have been used to justify many insane and dangerous acts.

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Religious belief is simply organized belief, and my friend Brandon likes to use the phrase “disorganized spirituality” as a counterpart or an opposite of religion—but I really have no problem with one or the other, so long as the essence of the belief system is one of love. At the heart of all major religious teachings seem to lie the same core beliefs: love is king, it is the ultimate reality, and it is what we came here to demonstrate to each other and to experience together… actually, that may be more my own version of the ultimate belief system, haha. Of course, the word “prayer” implies communication or communion with a Deity, and once again, your own belief system probably imagines this God or Goddess differently than I do, but does it really matter if that’s so? It seems the whole point is to have a billion, trillion, infinite points of view on the Deity and the whole… once again, the underlying intent and the essence of the experience are what matter to me most, not so much a specific form that might be expected or a particular path that was traveled to get to that place. My favorite version of this is given by Neale Donald Walsch in his Conversations with God series: if you are going to pray, don’t supplicate—appreciate. This understands your relationship to the Deity correctly: if you are asking for something or praying for deliverance, you are making a statement of lack or approaching the matter negatively. If your prayer is one of gratitude, you are stating that you believe your wish has already been granted, as God promised would be so.

If prayer can really be anything we say it is, can it not be meditation, the practice of yoga, a walk along the shore, a passionate kiss? Can prayer not be a moment of pause, of reverence, of simple appreciation for the awesome beauty of life? Conscious communion with the Divine is what perhaps the most basic definition of prayer would be, and that is what you came here to define, to create and to experience.


You can now tune in to The Positive Head Podcast Monday – Friday each week! Every Wednesday, host Brandon Beachum interviews a different consciousness change-maker that is helping to pave the way for humanity as we collectively transition into a state of expanded consciousness and awareness. On the other weekdays, Brandon and his co-host Dalien give interpretations of their favorite quotes, share a bit of mind-expanding news, take questions from the audience, and dig into other positive topics they deem worthy of discussion.

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