December 2012 Soul Connections

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Dear Spiritual Partners,  


A particular form of the Mayan calendar ends this month. We are often asked if this means that the world will end, also. A world is ending, but not in the way that people who fear forecast. It is ending now, before our eyes. This is the world that our species created when it was confined to the perceptions of the five senses, evolved by surviving, and survived by manipulating and controlling. This is the world built on external power. At the same time, a new world is being born. This is the world that a new emerging multisensory species - not limited to the perceptions of the five senses, -   that evolves by growing spiritually, and that grows spiritually by creating harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life is creating. This is a world built on authentic power - the alignment of the personality with the soul.


We do not need to wait for a calendar. Interpersonal and social structures that do not serve our evolution are being replaced by those that do. Relationships and social structures that create wholesome, constructive, life-nurturing consequences are growing like grass in the spring, while those that produce emotional and physical violence and destruction are disintegrating. The end of the old world and the birth of the new are inseparable.


Any day on any calendar that focuses our awareness on the changes occurring within and around us and the potential they bring is a day for celebration. We say celebrate the end of the world that has no future, and celebrate the birth of a world that is built on the love that we have for one another and Life and the responsibility that we have for bringing it into our lives.


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TWIN MIRACLES  Twin Miracles

There are two solstices each year. These are astronomical moments when the light is  greatest and the dark is least (Summer Solstice) and when the light is least and darkness is greatest (Winter Solstice). Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself. At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvass of awareness. At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare, and all lies in stillness beneath blankets of snow. All potential is concentrated into a single seed waiting patiently to begin its unfolding.


In the northern hemisphere, where Linda and I live, we are celebrating the Winter Solstice. It's metaphorical richness pervades all - darkness before the light, silence before sound, stillness before movement, death before birth. It is the time of inwardness. SAD ("seasonal affective disorder") touches millions as depression and self-examination emerge fearfully in the prolonged darkness. At the same time, people in the southern hemisphere are celebrating the Summer Solstice. Its metaphorical richness also pervades all - birth after gestation, emergence after confinement, manifestation after potential, life after death.


These different sets of experiences occur at the same time. Our experiences of the Solstice depend entirely upon where we are when it occurs. Neither Solstice encompasses everyone. Neither can. The Solstices stand forever opposed, literally at the two poles of our Earth and experiences. If we look at this circumstance with five-sensory perception alone - eyes, ears, taste, touch, and smell - we must take a plane from the northern hemisphere to the southern to change our experiences of the Solstice. If we look from multisensory perception - the expanded perception that is emerging in millions of us - we must make another type of journey. This one is inward. It is the choice that we make continually, regardless of hemisphere, between health and illness, open and closed, prison and freedom.


The choice that frees or imprisons us is the choice of love or fear. Love liberates. Fear imprisons. You were born to learn how to distinguish within you between love and fear and to choose love no matter what is happening inside you (you are angry, depressed, jealous, obsessed with eating, sex, drugs, dark thoughts surround you) or outside you (an earthquake, tsunami, illness, 911 type event).   Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences in the Earth school so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives. There are only two. The choice of love or the choice of fear - the choice of vibrancy or lethargy, meaning or emptiness, joy or pain. We cannot control what emotions or circumstances we will experience next, but we can choose how we will respond to them. Choosing love no matter what metaphorical hemisphere you inhabit at the moment, is the choice you were born to make. Each time you make it, you create authentic power.


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If you celebrate the holidays - and even if you don't - I have two questions that could support you and everyone around you.  Do you know when you're giving from love and when you're receiving from love?  Do you buy things or do things without looking at your real intention


I also have a suggestion:  Become aware of the loving parts of your personality - the parts that give without attachments - and give from them and receive from them.   Also become aware of the fear-based parts of your personality - those that give in order to be appreciated, to feel better about themselves, or because they would feel guilty if they did not give and those that receive because they feel entitled (superior), or push away what is given because they feel undeserving (inferior) - and do not give or receive from them.


Doing this will create a blessed Christmas and a blessed life. 





Until next time    

"Authentic power is the experience of creating with an empowered
heart without attachment to the outcome."
-- Gary Zukav, Soul to Soul    


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