COMING ATTRACTIONS 2016: How to Be in Paradise while there’s Panic on the Planet
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In the Garden by the River . . . by Joan Pancoe
“Wise beings can be peaceful in the midst of chaos, experiencing delight in the changing play of forms.” RAM DASS
Have you noticed that, when we witness people, places and things being destroyed elsewhere on the planet (courtesy of the internet, social media and the 24-hour news cycle) it’s beginning to feel, more and more, as if it could be happening to us—or, at least, playing out in our own backyard? Welcome to the “unified field theory” of consciousness which is one of the hallmarks of our New Age! And it’s being delivered to a live theater very near you, courtesy of the mass consciousness tipping point.
This is actually GOOD news, as it means that the mass perception of reality on the earth plane is beginning to catch up with the spiritual truth that we’re all ONE BEING with billions of faces.
Consider this hypothesis:
I. The whole purpose of the Earth Game, through endless cycles of death and rebirth, is to ultimately awaken to our TRUE NATURE—i.e. One Being, the Tao, Source, the Divine, Unity Consciousness, etc. In the Vedic tradition, this is called LEELA, or, as I like to call it: Cosmic hide-and-seek.
II. The main characteristics of this awakened state of enlightenment are innate wisdom and absolute bodhicitta—i.e. loving kindness and compassion for the suffering of all sentient beings.
III. What is happening now on the planet is the perfect accelerant for our awakening.
I’ve written at length over the past few years about the divine order-ly chaos we’ve been experiencing that has been, in part, created by the ongoing acceleration of galactic energies and the planetary square of Pluto and Uranus through 2015. These energies are continuing to breakdown internal and external structures—personally and en masse—that no longer serve the evolution of human consciousness.
We need to accept, going forward, that no matter how tightly buckled up we are for security during the ride of this incarnation, there will continue to be more “bumps and bruises” to shake us up and wake us up than we’re used to having to deal with.
Some may be collateral damage but, if you believe in synchronicity, in other words— that coincidence is just the Divine’s way of remaining anonymous—then the new normal is to view the ride of this life more as an adventure sport than an amusement park ride. That means: More potential for unpredictable highs and lows, hairpin turns and injuries, but also more feelings of aliveness and appreciation for each moment of this precious incarnation than ever before.
Our physical vehicles are going to feel increasingly more like bumper cars as we get buffeted around by the winds of galactic gale-force change. If Life is the ultimate Guru, than the teaching is: How do we deal with the reality that there is never any guarantee that we will have our health, our bodies, our homes or our loved ones tomorrow?
For those of you familiar with the Seth books, he used to say that people choose to live in dangerous places—like hurricane zones or tornado alleys—consciously or not—to feel more alive, because of the threat of immanent disaster by Mother Nature. Now, whether by events caused by nature and/or human nature—we are ALL getting the opportunity to feel more alive!
Therefore, we might as well work on being in the present moment with gratitude for what is and not allow ourselves to be needlessly distracted when we are feeling angst, anxiety, fear or panic arise. But rather to ask ourselves: “Does worrying ever help anything?”
Astrologically, with Uranus, the trickster planet of awakening, stationing direct in combustible Aries on Christmas Day in tandem with a Full Moon, we can expect some more potentially explosive events on the planet—man-made and/or nature-made, to test our capacity to maintain a tone of equanimity and peace and the mantra that “All is Well’ in the bigger picture. This way, we are doing our part in affecting the overall tone of the planet—rather than allowing the energies of panic on the planet to affect us.
For more on Uranus: Embracing the Unexpected
Kicking the holiday season off, we have a golden opportunity to reset our attitude with gratitude and take positive actions to implement our goals for 2016, as all planets—inner and outer–are moving in direct motion from Christmas through January 7th, when Jupiter stations retrograde. And even this doesn’t mean too much of a slowdown on taking positive action—but rather, may just delay external results on our actions until Jupiter goes direct on June 29th.
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In addition, karmic taskmaster Saturn doesn’t go retrograde until March 25th. This means that the winter season could be the most productive one of the year. So let’s get cracking on manifesting our dreams!
Since the beginnings of man’s history on earth, death and disasters have always been part of the package of the human condition. It’s just that, with the 24-hour news cycle—it feels as if we’re bombarded with this reality right in the face almost continuously in the here and now—even if it’s happening elsewhere–more than our nervous systems and psyches are used to comfortably assimilating.
According to current statistics, there are still many more millions of souls being born each year than are leaving the planet. So, while it may feel sometimes like things are getting “worse”—not so–at least in terms of the overall evolution of human consciousness through reincarnational cycles. So, population explosion issues aside, we’re still “in the black” in terms of opportunities for awakening through a precious human incarnation.
It’s also time for a reality check on how positively we’re assimilating the “new normal” on the planet. So witness your thoughts and emotions arising as you read these facts: Right now, 51% of the US population is non-white and almost 25% of the earth’s population of over seven billion souls is Moslem. (Keeping in mind that all theistic major religions have a fringe fundamentalist component that is fear-based, as well as a growing mystical component—be it Sufism, Kabbalah, or Gnosticism—that believes in the ONE.)
For me, the optimal attitude to cultivate is to hold a vision of a future probability in which there’s a merging and synthesis of cultures, races, nationalities, religious and spiritual paths ultimately leading to billions of unique and eclectic paths—all adding up to One Being with billions of faces. (As a Taoist—I take a veery long range perspective:)).
Whenever Life pushes at us like this, it literally forces us to gather our forces, get stronger and grow more internally stable as a form of what I call spiritual resistance training. And, now more than ever before, we’re moving into a period of just such intensive training.
When I wrote about the “PSYCHIC FLU” last year, I heard back from so many of you who’ve been experiencing variations of its symptoms. And, most importantly, that have been reassured by knowing that their symptoms are not necessarily something to run to the doctor about, but rather to work with through energetic grounding and stabilizing practices.
Consequently, since this psychic flu is ongoing—with cyclical flare-ups triggered by internal and external high-frequency stressors—here it is again:
What is the psychic flu? It’s a confluence of symptoms that many psychically sensitive souls have been experiencing cyclically for decades—including me.
Main symptoms can include combinations of: fatigue, body aches and joint pain, nervousness and free-floating anxiety (i.e. metaphysical angst), restless sleep, brain fog and feelings that the ego-identity is disintegrating.
The cause is the downloading of higher frequency galactic energies than the body’s nervous system and psychic circuitry can handle easily—exacerbated by periods of solar flares and now, especially, by external stressors. I choose to call these downloads “the quickening,” as they are ultimately assisting in accelerating the evolution of consciousness.
If you are experiencing the psychic flu, I know that it can be destabilizing, uncomfortable and at times downright terrifying—especially if you don‘t know what is happening to you—or why you feel under assault or bombardment.
But, GOOD NEWS! In addition to Taoist practices to ground and stabilize the physical vessel and dissolve anxiety (see below for MP3s), I have developed psychic empowerment practices to handle these energies in a way that keeps me happy, healthy and fully functional for over 40 years as a trance channel in NYC.
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So, how do we make the most of this particularly challenging time with its overabundance of what I call FGO’s (f**kin’ growth opportunities) coming our way? And, especially, how do we best prepare ourselves to live in an empowering way in what can feel like a psychic combat zone—besides just yelling “INCOMING!” and hiding our heads under the covers?
Since there are infinite levels of heaven and hell, all available to be experienced—right here and right now— we always have a free will choice to live with internal freedom and at peace within our conditions—no matter how difficult.
So, if you’d like to learn how to be in your own paradise and allow inner peace to permeate your being as the major emotional tone of your day—here are some of my personal guidelines:
1. Paradise is ALWAYS an inside job. And while you might enjoy traveling to an external paradise from time to time as a treat, you actually NEVER have to leave your seat. But rather, choose to travel deep within your own BEING to find that which you have been eternally seeking.
2. No amount of external flux can take away your capacity to experience peace and paradise within—if you make it your priority, above all else. Now how empowering is that? Especially with all of the internal and external accelerating bombardment that characterizes the quickening as our new normal —all, ultimately, for the evolution of consciousness on the planet.
3. While there are often mosquitos in external paradises and upsetting thoughts buzzing around internally, we can still choose to reboot our consciousness as needed to stay focused on peace of mind and joy in Being.
4. It’s impossible to be in paradise all the time unless you are comfortable first with sitting in emptiness, i. e. the void, as this is the primordial space out of which all forms (including all planes of consciousness) continuously arise and fall way. So, for all you adrenaline junkies or “sick excitement” addicts out there (you know who you are) — you can choose to bottom out on this pattern now . . . or later. And yes, I promise you, expanding your consciousness this way is just as intense—but in a much more life-force enhancing way.
5. If you need to learn how to have power over your emotions and thoughts once they arise, the books of Thich Nhat Hanh, especially “Transformation and Healing” (click here: Amazon) have been most useful to me for over forty years.
6. If you haven’t found the perfect sitting practice that naturally leads you to a place of being in heaven all the time, why not try the one I teach that works so well for me and so many of my clients over decades? To get started, just download the Taoist Sitting Meditation MP3 on my website:
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In closing, just as being in paradise all the time moves our experience of the Earth Game to a whole new level, in terms of horizontal movement—-the next leap in expanding our consciousness is to cultivate being in heaven or paradise all the time vertically.
All planes of consciousness are actually right here and right now, they’re just operating at different frequencies. And, as we learn how to attune to these higher energies (which is the purpose of the quickening) and loosen our attachment to only being in the relative reality and density of the earth plane, then a more absolute reality—where all veils of illusion and separateness fall away—becomes our normal operating mode of Being.
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This means that, once our soul memory of having lived through dozens of incarnations is reactivated spontaneously or through spiritual processes such as past-life regression therapy, we start experiencing the dissolution of linear time and space and begin to experience pure Being in all dimensions simultaneously. (And, need I mention, hallucinogens become positively redundant.)
When we choose to identify more with our eternal soul than our ego/personality, fear of physical death naturally falls away. Then the transition to dropping our bodies, when the time comes, is relatively seamless as our identity is already multi-dimensional.
This allows us to enjoy being in the Eternal Now—i.e. all times and spaces—vertically and horizontally—simultaneously while being fully embodied in a human incarnation. In other words: Always in paradise. Then, as I say in my memoir, Cosmic Sugar: “The wisdom of no escape becomes the ultimate sweetness.” (For more Cosmic Sugar: AMAZON)
And, finally, here are my soul-level resolutions for 2016 and beyond:
I. Enjoy the ride today—even more—by acting as if each day is our last . . . and smile.
II. Hold the faith that: Life goes on, our Souls live on and that which we have always been seeking—Source—has been inside us all along . . . and smile.
III. Be grateful that Life is doing its damnedest to help us remember why we are truly here . . . and just keep on smiling.
Wishing us all a harmonious 2016 of awakening and heart-opening, as we learn how to dance with whatever is in the Flow with neither attachment nor aversion to timing or outcomes.
And so it is.
J O A N
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose. Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. It is not freedom from conditions, but it is freedom to take a stand toward the conditions. What is to give light must endure burning.”
VIKTOR FRANKL, psychiatrist and author of Man’s Search for Meaning
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