NEXT072 Expand Your Mind

Posted on : 28-09-2011 | By : Lynn | In : Mind Fodder

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There are times when I take so for granted the many avenues I’ve traveled down to expand my mind, expand my awareness of self and the world to understand what we’re doing here.  Do you care about expanding your mind?  When I was younger and more susceptible to following my peers, I thought mind expansion primarily happened through the exploration using various drugs.  I suppose, in a way, my mind did expand through the use of them but not in the way I had thought it would.  Instead of having that ah-ha hopeful feeling that I saw many of my friends having, I tended to get really hyper-sensitive and uncomfortable (okay, paranoid!).

As I grew up and matured, I found safer routes (for me) such as exploring various spiritual and religious paths.  I was blessed to meet some life long friends during my stint with a popular magazine.  During that time, a very special group of us formed and I learned all kinds of tools to add to my spiritual tool box from the way of the Red Man (Native American) to Self-Realization Fellowship (Hindu/Christian).   Along the way, I took all kinds of classes and workshops that explored a variety of ideas, techniques and tools that I’m sure if I listed them out here they would terrify some of the more conservative members of my family if they happened across this blog.  To me, the intention of learning them was for the connecting and healing of others, but I realize that some of my ideas for expanding my mind might trigger all kinds of fear for others.

To each his own in terms of how you expand your mind.  I just happened to be very grateful today for all that I’ve learned along the way and all that I know I will continue to learn.

Last night was no exception.  A good friend of mine meets with a group of special friends once a week who come together to share the various learnings that they have gleaned through their explorations.  This time when my friend picked me up she asked me before hand if it’d be okay if we picked up the main speaker/presenter, Rennie Davis, who was in town to conduct a very special workshop that would offer “Earth Whisperer Training”.  She went on to say that Rennie was one of the main guys protesting the Vietnam War (I’ll say!  He was one of the Chicago 7) and other then he was on a spiritual path that she was very interested in and had written a book that she had but had not read yet, she didn’t know much else about him.  Were we in for a treat!! We got 20 minutes with Rennie in the car on the way to the meeting and 20 minutes back.  You know for this interviewer , that exclusive time with him was close to Valhalla!  Suffice it to say Rennie is up to some big stuff in regards to teaching/training us on how to help heal the planet (and ourselves and each other) so if he is ever in your neck of the woods….go see him.

I would be remiss if I didn’t make a nod towards returning to school, by the way.  So many pieces of information that I’ve been walking around with un-tethered in my head lo these many years and missing pieces of facts that are all beginning to come together. I was actually fascinated with what I was learning today in the political science class g_d forbid!  It began to make sense in regards to the connections between the 10th Amendment and opinions that were written way back in the 30’s by various Justices who were opposed to Federal Government having too much power over Commerce laws and preferred putting that power back into the States’ hands.  Who knew that I’d actually one day grok some of this? Certainly not me.

But sometimes you never know where your mind will end up expanding too.

How about you?  What are you doing now to expand your mind?


The Keys - Maharaji


DINK #106 Rollercoaster of Life

Posted on : 06-07-2010 | By : Lynn | In : Uncategorized

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Of course you remember the Ohio Players’ “Love Roller Coaster”, right? We used to listen to it til the very end to hear the girl screaming. Oh, you know how these things get started, someone tells someone else that “really in truly for real” when they were producing this song there was a girl off in the background who had hot honey poured on her and you can hear her screaming…where do we come up with this stuff?!? But I digress….

The last couple of weeks has felt like I’ve been on the roller coaster of life. I tried to Google a story that I’ve heard shared before (but I couldn’t find it so if someone knows it please share with us…..) with the premise being that sometimes when we hear and see something we think must be really bad but then when we turn it just an inch or so in another direction it turns out to be good but then when we walk around for another view it may be really bad after all but then…and so on and so forth. Well, that is how my life has been feeling lately. I’ve got the blessing of awareness and introspection and connection with a higher source AND I’m feeling hyper sensitive lately and afraid for the future but grateful for what I have in my life at the same time.

It’s just a really bizarre place to be. I don’t know that I’ve ever been in a feeling/thinking place like this before now. Seems like there are several people I know, with different backgrounds then me, who are also on this roller coaster with me. I hope we’re not on the very back seat is all I’ve got to say!! (and if we are, somebody please pass back the bags…)

From all the data that I have put together from all kinds of sources it seems that there are more than a few divergent avenues of belief that are in agreement on this one: We humans are really in a huge growing stretch right now. It’s like…..well, I’ve never given birth but I have been born so I would imagine where we are all now as humanity is in the birth canal of life and so we can feel that things are pretty hectic and scary and that some huge changes are fixin to come upon us but we can’t necessarily “see” what is ahead of us. Most of us are just giving this all our best guess.

I remember reading “The Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramanhansa Yogananda and I think in that book he talks about being aware of himself even before he was born. But most of us do not have that level of awareness about our being ness (yet) so you’ve just got to wonder how our brains and hearts were interpreting the whole birthing process. You just know that our experience is filed away somewhere in some cell way back in our brains only to come awake when we hit a spiritual crisis or go through a huge humanity change such as the one that many of us are experiencing right now.

With that said, it would make sense to me that if you are experiencing the roller coaster of life, that we could consider that that pre-fetal brain cell is awake and alarmed and so we need to do everything that we know how to do to soothe ourselves and take good care of ourselves This uncertain time shall pass. Our inability to understand shall pass. At some point the roller coaster is going to come to the finish line.

One of the best ways that I know how to soothe myself in times like now is to connect with other people by sharing my true being and to be honest about where I’m at…even if it feels like I’ve got my behind up in the air and my head between the seats as the roller coaster is heading down hill at full tilt boogy. Heck, who knows, someone more creative than me may be able to describe this feeling I’m having in a much more fun way. But that doesn’t really matter, what matters is that we be real and connect and remember that we are never all alone.

I’ve said it before, so I’ll say it again…..the problem in front of us is never as big as the power behind us.

How are you doing today? What’s going on with you and how are you seeing things?