All Is Not As It Seems

“Our lives are mere flashes of light in an infinitely empty universe. In 12 years of education the most important lesson I have learned is that what we see as “normal” living is truly a travesty of our potential. In a society so governed by superficiality, appearances, and petty economics, dreams are more real than anything anything in the “real world”. Refuse normalcy. Beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. Embrace it. I love all of you, all my friends, family, and community. I am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone. The only thing I can ask of you is to stay free of materialism. Remember that every day contains a universe of potential; exhaust it. Live and love so immensely that when death comes there is nothing left for him to take. Wealth is love, music, sports, learning, family and freedom. Above all, stay gold.”
― Dominic Owen Mallary

Right now it feels quiet.  Some of the hoopla post-election 2016 has lowered to a buzzing. People are frantically searching for options, solutions, a way out of the nightmare wrought from a contentious ever-crazy election season whose result brought shock, disbelief, grief and anger to many.

I think it’s the quiet before the storm. There are interesting potential outcomes that could come from this madness, and we can only wait to see.

That, however, is not why I’m writing today.  I really don’t put store by the whole process.  I think we humans can do much better than our current systems of government. I’m hoping that the shake-up/wake-up from this U.S. election result will be the catalyst for a new beginning.  It has nothing to do with “taking America back” or “making America great again”. Lord have mercy. That’s a whole n’other post on the illusions of this illusionary world, and the authors and maintainers and proselytizers of that lie.

Rather I see new seeds sprouting. New life.

While most of us are trained on the mainstream news media, television broadcasts, rumors and reports of war, this election, the latest Kanye meltdown, racial injustice, who’s using what bathroom in Target, fake news, and so on, change is happening behind the scenes.

While we go on trying to figure out how to keep paying the bills so we can keep the outer expressions of success visible, as a way to hold on to our inner peace, we can’t see the signs of change around us.

The system is dying.  A new world is waiting to be born. I know it doesn’t appear so.  After all, how many more images of people being drone-bombed in Syria, and scenes of people being chased and attacked by dogs over the Dakota pipeline can we stomach. Right?  How many more unarmed black American men need to be shot to prove that the system is fundamentally flawed? That’s proof that things are crazy. Right?

If we’re only believing what we see, if we only have faith in 3-D reality, then I get that. But if we look more closely, read between the lines, we can begin to detect the subtlest level of change.  If we go within ourselves – to the still place of wisdom – we can learn much more than what is only visible to the eye. We will glean more understanding.

We have a bigger stake in this whole drama than we even recognize. All of us. Humanity.  But to begin to recognize the signs, we need quiet, we need a sanctuary.  There are no real answers from the evening news. It’s not possible to find truth if we stay immersed in outer reality. It is only going within to the Deep Self that we can see that things are not exactly as they seem.

Go within. Find the peace that is there and available to you. Carve out a niche, a time, a place where you can commune with your inner wisdom. This temporal historical moment is an important one.  We came in at this time, for a specific purpose. Only you can know what your purpose is, what mark you are here to make. You can be guided from within, or dragged tempest-tossed from the chaos without.

Find your way. Weed through appearances, ask questions, and understand that the picture is much larger, much grander than you have ever suspected.

Start the journey. Walk toward truth. Walk toward discovery. Walk toward this new day in power and with wisdom.

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