EVOLVING INTO OURSELVES
In order to enhance the joyful appreciation of, and increase the respect for, natural systems and animals in humanity, some ideas have occurred to me. Most importantly for me is the need for people to be shown the awesomeness of the everyday creatures which we have allowed into our lives. So, a docu-visual on chickens that clearly demonstrates the degree of care a mother hen has for her chicks from before birth : how she interacts with them by chirping to them whilst they are still in the shell, and turns the eggs 5 times an hour. Prior to this she has sought out all the best twigs and straw and grasses available to make as perfect a nest as possible in order to keep the eggs warm whilst she has to leave them to find food or defend her space or whatever. A mother hen enters an altered state of consciousness akin to deep meditation, and shuts down her bodily processes in order to not require food or water for the weeks between laying and hatching of her clutch of eggs. But this state is no hibernation, for she is actively engaged in the maternal process all along by this interactive chirping and turning. Meanwhile other hens who are not on current broody status will be patrolling the territory, turning over the leaf litter in search of insects which might compete for available food sources, and checking on the ripening grasses in their patch. The cockerels meanwhile will be busy maintaining the cohesion and size of each small colony, acting as sentinels and on guard duty, as well as ensuring the fertility of upcoming clutches of eggs. The cockerel has been seen to lead his flock in its daily forraging expeditions, journeys to water sources and safe roosting sites. It will be shown how these birds would naturally choose to roost in trees overnight, and how humans might begin to interpret their many vocalisations in order to learn a little of their language. Like probably all creatures, language goes way beyond the audible “words” used and necessarily includes gestures, and doubtlessly incorporates altering scents, via complex hormonal systems which we have yet to be aware of.
Indeed we humans barely understand how our own species functions, interacts socially, finds mates and ensures the ongoing raising of offspring. We do not even understand the way in which a mothers milk is continuously changing in composition to perfectly reflect and provide for the developing baby. Clearly the milk produced for newborns is different from that needed by a one year old active youngster. Any mother who has breast fed her baby will attest that the baby actively seeks out one or other of her breasts at different times, because the foremilk is richer, more proteinatious and nourishing whilst the hind milk is more thirst-quenchingly high in water. Extrapolate these observations, then, to the sort of milk extracted from the lactating bovines, sheep or goats which humanity has learned to milk. What is the quality and nature of this milk like? What happens to the feedback process whereby the growing infant’s needs are perfectly matched by its mother? Furthermore, given the discomforting facts about the various ways man has interfered with the cycle of reproduction of these creatures, in order to maximise milk output, would it not be pertinent to consider exactly what it is we are so mindlessly and habitually drinking? It is accepted practise to permit a level of blood and pus in cows milk because the artificially high yield – up to 7 times what one calf would drink – inevitably causes inflammation. Actually the deeper you look, the more sordid and unpalatable this everyday substance becomes. What nature has provided as fuel for growing a 100lb calf into a 2000lb bullock within 4 months is very different to the milk a human baby needs, because humans have the lowest growth rate of any mammal. Human milk has a fraction of the protein, and more, but different fats than cows milk, for example.
Why does it not occur to people that breast milk is intended purely for growing babies, and has no place in the adult world? Even the minimal level of our scientific comprehension has demonstrated that the enzyme required to digest milk is no longer produced beyond the age of 2-3 years of age in humans. Meaning that lactose intolerance is the mere tip of the iceberg of the health problems which prolonged milk ingestion causes. Not to mention the milk of an entirely different species! And with consideration of the conditions in which cows milk is produced now for the mass market, in factory farms with no access to fresh grass. I will only briefly mention the growth hormones and unnatural foods including fish meal, ground up feathers(for their protein) and grains that modern cattle are fed, which they are not equipped to assimilate. A thought must go also to the psycho-emotional state of these grieving mothers whose babies are stolen away at birth, and how this energy is part of every pint forcibly extracted. How often do people stop to contemplate the spiritual side of their food choices? Deliberately ingesting the trauma and terror which would have been the terminal feelings of slaughtered creatures, is not conducive to peace either personally or between ourselves. Many of the greatest minds who ever contemplated and wrote about the human condition realised the inseparable link between what we eat and how we behave, and both practised and advocated leaving death off the menu.
It would serve us well to go through the lives of the many other species which humanity has enslaved, incarcerated, and turned into objects. Each and every one of which is in truth a unique individual person every bit as endowed with character as any cat or dog which humans so enjoy turning into precious pets. The concept of speciesism might be new to many reading this, and it basically asks us to consider the arbitrary and human-centric ways in which we put on very different filters when we regard our fellow earthlings. It is legal, for example, to castrate, cut the tails off of, and clip the teeth from baby pigs with no anaesthetic whatsoever. Our domestic dogs and cats, have protection from the way farm animals are routinely treated, yet pigs are known to be more intelligent than dogs. I said it would serve us well to actually look at what we have allowed to happen in the modern production of daily animal foods, because if we are what we eat, then the trauma and suffering throughout the world might be traced back to source. Does it never occur to us that our lack of empathy for the deliberate but disguised cruelty inflicted upon innocent creatures in our names is utterly connected to our own lack of peace? How can we hope to see peace amongst ourselves whilst our own livelihood is bought at the price of so many stolen lives? The accelerating desertification and starvation in the third world is directly attributed to the deforestation and planting of soya and grain for cattle to satisfy the demand for meat and dairy in the west. It takes more than 10 times as much land to feed a carnist as it does to feed a vegan, and hundreds of times as much water, because animal agriculture uses so much water, and produces so much pollution. If we ate all the grain we grow directly rather than wastefully and second handedly recycling it through animals,we would have better health, more pristine environment, and an end to starvation.
As we enter 2012, a pivotal year presents itself during which humankind may rapidly evolve from outdated unworkable ways : by ceasing to exploit both one another and our fellow earthlings. Living consciously and co-operatively, with respect and awe, on this singular shared planet. Acting as the custodians and guardians, conserving resources for future generations, and putting our energy and focus into tolerance not belligerence. We have so much untapped potential, and I for one am resolutely optimistic about our development as awakening beings.
UNDER A SAINTLY GAZE
Outer conformity can create inner deformity…… when your stated beliefs and cherished ideals fail to manifest in your actions. When there is a lack of congruence between who you think you are and what your habits demonstrate about you. Where is the Authentic You? Are you going to allow another year to pass on by, whilst existing un-joined-up? No wonder so many people feel depressed, overwhelmed and desperate. We veil our compassion at our peril, because denying the sentience, the suffering and the right to beingness of any other is to automatically also deny, constrain, and abandon an essential part of our own self. We are all connected; separation is an illusion; and what we give out returns : these are Universal Truths.
Being terrified to open yourself to the shared awareness that Earthlings inherently experience will only put off and intensify the inevitable awakenment which awaits you. Recently a friend felt the need to apologise to me for not feeling capable of witnessing to the many atrocities perpetrated by the MAD (meat and dairy industry) practices which underlie humanity’s prevailing daily food choices. She felt she would be annihilated by the magnitude of oppression and suffering suddenly flooding into her. I smiled and told her that within her own sphere she was every bit as courageous and in allowance of what is as I am in my chosen focus of intention. But that was not the whole truth, because really we block our own hearts to our detriment. Refusal to address your participation in some terrible cruelty, via supporting it on your plate, and paying someone else to torture, commodify, incarcerate, and kill, innocent beings for you cannot absolve you of culpability.
Another friend stated that his heart had turned to stone, which I could only laugh at when I know his heart to be as vast as the ocean of creatures he makes it his purpose to protect and defend. Purely by encompassing others our heart centre must expand, but this stretching process can mimic pain. The heart pangs from rapid openness may be felt as the opposite: a crushing and overwhelm sensation. This reminds me of the time I visited Nevers in France to venerate the incorrupt body of Saint Bernadette, where she lies in a glass case looking for all the world like Sleeping Beauty, even down to the delicate pink fingernails on her exquisite small hands. The Presence of Extraordinary Grace and Purity, she is the embodiment of Sanctity. Unlike the dead shell of other deceased persons I have seen, where the soul is obviously departed, I could clearly sense that my gazing at Saint Bernadette’s body, preserved miraculously these 132 years after her passing, was met by her own gaze looking back at me. But more than at me, her gaze penetrated my whole being. It was almost a form of radiation from which nothing could be hidden. At once humblingly disconcerting yet affirmatively wonderful. In the film “Avatar” two beings who are falling in love gaze into one another and say “I see you” in a way which demonstrates an intimacy and depth of honouring mutual sacredness. If humans regard themselves as superior creatures to every other life form on Earth, it is way past time that we evolved into this guardianship position, and began truly tending and befriending all the other animals to the fullest extent of our capacity. Instead there is exploitation, enslavement, inequity and slaughter even towards our own species. The human condition is deplorable, and mirrored in the groaning travail of everything else alive here.
The gaze of Saint Bernadette felt like being utterly scanned, read and met across all levels of my being, but more than this there was some form of transference occuring simultaneously. An unvoiced sharing gift was offered to me. Then silent words came from her to me: “Your gift is compassion”. I am ashamed to say that my ego instantly puffed itself up and coyly responded “Thank you for noticing” – for I take pride in my outreach towards and on behalf of the voiceless innocents I care about.
“THEN WHY AREN’T YOU USING IT???”
deflated and ashamed by the stench of my arrogance, and the fathomless depth of my ignorance
I threw myself on my metaphorical face. In disgust for such absurd posturing pomposity, and the truly pathetic condition of my besmirched soul. Unworthy to be in the vicinity of saintliness, yet with nowhere to crawl to, just who did I think I was fooling going on pious pilgrimage like that?
But this was more of my own limited self judgment and loathing flailing about. Meanwhile the true, naked inner me was sincerely asking Saint Bernadette for her help in fulfilling, and in properly using, the gift of compassion for the purpose it had been gifted to me. In that instant I felt her two beautiful undefiled hands being placed into my heart and pressed outwards sideways : “Stretch!”
came the imperative request from these outwardly diminutive but truly awesome healing hands. Striving to comply with them is my ongoing quest. Beloved Blessed Bernadette! Forceful fierce feminine Love in action – aaah!
I often have people express amazement at the way I have been capable of advocating for the innocent and marginalised for more than 40 years without resorting to aggression or succumbing to meltdown. In truth it is not because I am being the change I so long to see, for all credit must go to the invisible army of angels and saints which are the raft upon which I rest. When I imagine that I am holding firm to my vision, and steadfastly refusing to relinquish my ideals, regardless of appearances or perceived pressure, in truth it is the ceaseless support of The Blessed Mother of all which sustains me. Right is mighty and shall prevail. Love will always triumph. Rooted in such unshakeable ground there is no way to fail, even if the peaceable kingdom is not everywhere all at once as I would like. It is the easiest thing in the world to drop false pretenses and be your real self. No? Yes 🙂 So – simply be the love, give that which you would wish to receive, live harmlessly and gently, and respect all life. In a word : VEGAN
THANK YOU! From me and all the animals you will spare xxxxxxxxxx
Does a leaf truly
tremble in the breeze?
Can a rock really
endure the centuries without sleeping?
born with exquisite connection to and awareness of the living
consciousness of everything, yet was lied to, laughed at, crushed and
ostracised from my very first moment to this day. Even though now a
proportion of humanity is awakening to the sentience and capacity for
terror and agony of their fellow creatures, and even fewer of us are
eating vegan, fewer still living gently and harmoniously with each
other i.e. being love in action, acting from compassionate allowance,
being harmless guardians of our living breathing conscious utterly
vivific and awake planet.
at for championing animals, vilified for being their voice, rejected
for my extremism and unrealistic expectations of my fellow humans to
be the peace they all say they want……..whilst using, exploiting,
enslaving and imprisoning the essence and spirit and mind as well as
the bodies and lives of each other. Hoarding, grabbing and stealing
resources which should often never have been ripped from the bowels
of the earth, let alone tampered with to make weapons of total
annihilation. All resources were intended for all equally –
including the rights of every creature, every plant and every sacred
rock. Unrealistic I am told, with 7 billion mouths to feed! Yet the
carnage continues, the polluting water burden of animal agriculture
increases not lessens.
are standing up for the innocents who are tortured and butchered
unnecessarily and so very destructively. In my early activism days I
was operating from intuitive empathy. Then the spiritual
understanding about each and every creature’s awesome Beingness –
so very far advanced of humanity in their ethics and innate reverence
for Earth. Leaving only pawprints, taking only daily needs,
destroying nothing, living in harmonious balance in unison with
teeming multitudes of diverse Others. Man with his exalted stupidity
has spoiled poisoned raped and pillaged, murdered and destroyed
everything his eye fell upon and his hand could grasp – including
his own brothers and sisters, until the whole weeping world screams
listen carefully and believe a Seer, follow a Wayshower like me who
tells you in all humble truth that rocks are alive and leaves are
aware! Gasp in awe at the sacred sentience of every natural thing
around you. Only then shall we purify, re-sacralise and revere : only
by Being Love shall we Become Peace. And we shall in the twinkling of
an eye transform everything! Ask not how, for our current puny mind
could never fathom the sacred mystery which has been patiently
awaiting our notice. Only Love is Real – the rest does not matter
and will transform instantly in the holy instant humanity ceases to
defend self and seeks to join with apparent other………for we are
One and splendidly fearfully multidimensionally eternal! Offer your
ego to this service and you will see that it is the opposite of
sacrifice – but until ego is surrendered the madness will continue
for you, in you and through you.
Trust me –
I am not a healer or a teacher, neither a lawyer nor a priest, I am a
voice in the wilderness speaking into your heart this day, and I love
you. Believe this, accept this, come into allowance of this, and all
will be well. In the infinity of life where we are now all is perfect
,whole and complete. Ignore the world of appearances and hold only to
the Truth of Unconditional Love. For me this is most perfectly
expressed through and as the Divine Feminine exemplified as Blessed
Mother of all. She mediates with the Heavenly Father principle and
balances the Divine Yin if you cannot tolerate the abused g word. If
it helps you to resonate as an individual spark of Divinity and
agnostically accept no higher authority fine – be the highest most
beautiful and exalted expansion you can conceive of – my God is not
superior to your Enlightened Self’s reverentiality because names are
irrelevant – it’s honouring, respecting and sharing our
multiplicity of diversified understandings which counts. Alone yet
all one : the power of paradox emerges. Real eyes realise real lies :
meaning the instant we see through every deception all veils drop and
our true nature shines forth for all to witness. Be authentic, be
coherent, be joined-up heart and mind, be beyond fear’s fake control.
You are a Sovereign Being turning to confront and embrace your
totality – shadow and all. Hi there!
Ah the beautiful
invitation of the blank page, tabula rasa upon which the eternally
fresh surprising unknown may be invited to tread ::
sunlight is scant this
morning so all the more precious; not unlike absent loved ones – we
are forced to rely upon their memory imprints within us – or after
their death we look for / turn to the parts of them which we have
kept alive within ourselves. How realistic these aspects might be,
how identical to the truth of that person, is an interesting
question. In some ways we exalt exaggerate and reify them, and with
some people the opposite : vilify, callumnify, castigate and judge. Yet
even though we have good reason to hold these assumptions due to the
copious examples we can cite; all the “he did this to me” and
“she never did….” IF we can get just one small but crucial step
away from the knot/not………..
when we allow in a breath of freshness and the
opportunity of seeing / feeling it anew
rather than through the cages
of our outgrown limited selfdom;
when we open the roof on the dusty
old house, a miraculous thing can occur.
We might glimpse life from the other’s perspective, we can transcend the surly crushed pouting
wronged party’s entitlment obsession and actually learn something important. About what really went on,
about them, about life, about
A precious friend told me that he would not be able to sort out his issues until
his father was dead – it was just too unsafe and awful –
dangerously ragemaking maybe, says I? Meaning for me to be confronted
with the actual presence of my greatest tormentor now in the fullness
of my awakedness and power to express what I was incapable of saying
or responding when those things were happening…….. why would you
too not avail yourself of this golden chance to repair a wound which
has festered for decades? Because you don’t believe it possible to
alter anything; you can’t undo the past or erase a suffering or
delete a wrong?
BUT it truly is possible to view what happened from a higher position of expanded and empowered isness………..even if it begins from the premise that perhaps one would be a less
compassionate person had one not been so injured in the past –
which could relax the tetanus grip of the event sufficiently to
enable a space to open between then and now…..
otherwise we condemn ourselves to constantly keeping it real and constantly happening in
the now, which is what we do because there is no linear time for the
subconscious, everything is happening now for it! Do you get that realisation? That we hold ourselves in the fire years afterwards and the pain the shame the blame or whatever is stuck to it
is forever re-enacting in a totally real way.
Hence the futility of saying get over it / pull yourself together / get a grip. None of that can touch
the memory whilst it is walled off. This is where the wondrous techniques of energy medicine can work their magic! Here is the portal through which we can rescue our distressed trapped self!
In my story “Cloudbusting” the heroine learns how to influence the miasmic clouds she is clairvoyantly able to notice around people she cares about. So she sets about healing everyone, soothing furrowed brows and calming ruffled feathers at first. Then, gaining confidence, she
becomes the shaman she truly is, and engages in outright soul retrieval journeyings.
Laudable and lovely as these selfless acts of love may be, they are a messiah
complex in the making, because she is using them to avoid dealing with
her own woundedness and lost inner child. If she could only turn the
intensity of her spotlight within, to illuminate and dissolve the
blocks around her self-allowance, the heartcage would show up like
the great wall of China strung across her inner landscape and visible
from outer space!
Then one day far in the “future” of the story she is weaving about her, she is brave enough to pray for her own blocks to be removed, because she feels at last confident in her own goodness to risk the resultant power surge. And so it is – and lo!
: There is no explosion or implosion at all, there is no tsunamic release or backlash, there is in contrast a fathomless influx of Extraordinary Grace and an incalculable expansion of
Unconditional Love : she becomes a vessel of Blessing Bestowal,
such is her massively ramped up capacity for Radical Compassion. She finds
her inner fearlessness, accesses her utter limitlessness, and truly holds with confidence the sword of Truth and the shield of Enlightenment which have been awaiting her arrival – waiting for her to show up as a consistently whole Presence.
Aha! One of the irascible fears she had sewn in place to prevent the heartwall
dissolution had been the belief that she would cease to live once all
barriers were removed – and yes in truth she did cease to exist
from the egoic perspective, because all the blocks her notions of self
were built upon blew away those referents. In a twist to the 3 little
pigs tale it is the pig who does not build bricks around himself who
is saved, because he trusts in his own ineffable safety – the
Providential Protection which has provided consistently everything he
could even need before he even asked for them. No? Do you honestly
still think you have continued to be incarnate by virtue of your own
efforting struggle? Please…….!
Let go that sphincter control
and come into the presence of your living awareness right here now
there is no
on to be racing on towards………
no pressing constraints of time – look you now : the clock has
there is no wall! there is no pain! there is no barrier – none at all between your heart and mine…
we just made them up, thunk them into imaginary existence from the fear place………..
see when we incarnate into the helplessness of infancy, come into the forgetfulness of the 3D, and the illusion of utter dependency predicated by the difficulties of the human childhood experience, we are taught the rules of limitation and subjected to the whims of dominion. Until we at last awaken to our true selves, accept the mantle of our own innate ineffable Sovereign self along with the response-abilities that connotes – and as we become what we truly are and live from and as the harmlessness benevolence and beauty of our birthlight, we automatically cease viewing others as others – even those we may have been repelled by we find the ability to see in and from the innocent purity of their babyhood. Addressing only and relentlessly THAT in them, and discounting the rest as so much window-dressed posturing survival tribal dance-enactment untruth …………… it becomes very clear that the bigger the tyrant the greater their fear……..
so stop feeding that fear with any reaction to it, and hold them only in and as LOVE which is the only real truth regardless of all appearances………….
here in this common ground, this field of allowance
is all the Grace any of us will ever need
is all the Love we require for the unification of our diversification
is all the understanding and clarity our tiny logicality ever craved and sought in vain for…………
here in this isness which is placeless spaceless beyond boundary nowhere: now/here
the potential of the void opens up to us:
as we think so we are
as we allow so we grant unto ourselves
as we give so shall we be gifted
give then love, to the fullest extent of your being!
and come back and tell me what happens to you, through you 🙂
This is my first ever blogggg 🙂 am sitting next to Iona having just returned from choir – she has been playing her Dad’s music all day long, getting it into order on her computer, with admirable sustained focus and patience. Next stop you tube!! It is very exciting to contemplate them at long lovely last getting together in Australia and recording something together. I can think of nothing more important in our lives than music, Mum told me I was singing before I talked and that was way before a year old – and Iona was the same……..Mum didn’t sing to me though, unlike the way I was always singing to Beenie even before
she was born. My Dad sang in a beautiful tenor voice, but nobody appreciated this so he didn’t do it much 😦 He never forgot the joy and priviledge of hearing Caruso in person. Early memories seem to revolve around hearing the radio in the late 50’s, especially on Sunday lunchtimes, and the glorious plainsong of the monks at Mount St Bernard’s Abbey.
There is nearly always a song in my head for every occasion and feeling, which I usually allow to vocalise ( sotto voce in company – unless they know me or have asked me to respect silence). When I was younger I used to like / need music playing much of the time, but that is very rare nowadays……….besides the background aforementioned soundtrack to my life I actually enjoy silence, or the filtered through neighbours / birdsong / traffic which is not loud or annoying and never impacts
upon me ie requires nothing in response, so is neutral energetically/emotionally.
Going to make a snack now – aah food – the second very important thing in my life!
Bye for now xxxxxxxxx