May 18, 2009
Volume Two, Number Five
A View from the Bridge
The World Greetings!,

"What would you do if you weren't afraid?" The writing on the wall from "Who Moved my Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson.

Life can be a wonderful adventure if we embark on a heroic journey.  And, what better time to take this journey than now?  We are living in a world of great challenges and great possibilities.  What if we choose to see ourselves as brave souls who have incarnated at this time to assist with the transformation from a world of pain and suffering to one of peace, joy and abundance?  This is just what the prophecies of 2012 invite us to do.  

Indigenous prophecy invites us to view this time as an era of change and to see ourselves as the generations that will experience "the end of the world as we know it."  What if we are the generations that have the opportunity to crack open the paradigm of mindless activity and loss of soul that is at the root of the plagues of environmental degradation, economic collapse and pandemic illness?  What if we can move from feeling threatened and fearful to feeling empowered and hopeful?  Yes, the prophecy of ancient cultures points toward a golden age, but to exit the current age of prophecy and enter the promised age of abundance takes an act of will.

To attain the higher perspective on our life's journey, we must step out of our programming, our belief systems and our habitual re-actions.   Instead of looking at problems as obstacles to be surmounted, we need to see them as sign posts that help us to navigate towards a new definition of happiness.  Like the little people in the cheese maze, we need to put on our running shoes and get out there and sniff and scurry on a fearless quest for "new cheese."  This is the only way that we can assure our future survival.  If we use our intuition and fearlessly seek our own happiness and fulfillment, perhaps we will be the first generations to discover that the kingdom of heaven is in the here-and-now.

The question is whether we are willing to take a leadership role in our own existence or wait for some higher power, whether temporal or celestial, to act upon us.  Empowerment is what the initiations of the Munay-ki and the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor prepare us for. Today, the Eagle power of intellect and technology is learning to fly with the Condor power of the heart.  Flying together means that the mind and the heart are equals: the mind knows and the heart feels.   Together they produce wisdom.

Our society has assumed that the mind is superior to the heart.  Technology and Science were the Gods of the 20th century.   From antibiotics to the atom bomb, it seemed that we were the masters of the universe. Yet, in the 21st century, we find ourselves facing world-wide environmental, economic and health challenges.  This is because, in the past, mind has been identified with ego.  Our ego is what we think of as "us" and it is also the part of us that is afraid.  This is because the ego does not live on after the body dies.  The particular story that we are identified with as our lives, ends.  However, we - our essential selves - do not die with the body. This is what religions refer to as soul.

Can it be that there is something more nourishing in life than spending every waking minute earning money to buy more clothes, food, shelter and - dare I say - toys - than anyone else? Can the real "cheese" be found in reconciling the roles of the ego and the soul so that the soul - and not the ego - is in the driver's seat?  Once we begin to identify with our higher selves as well as our individual, temporal ego, we have the possibility of evolving into beings who act from a spiritual, rather than a temporal perspective.  The Hero starts her journey as The Fool - open to the adventure of life and ready to risk everything to find happiness.  Her journey leads her to find integration, success, wholeness and service to the greatest good of all beings.
Blessings and light,
Sylvia Golbin
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