The rugs have been pulled out from under us. Wigs and scripts have been flipped. No need to keep talking about what a nutty year it has been but we can keep talking about what is being uncovered.
That is galactically, globally, culturally, and most importantly, personally. Might as well have some intention and purpose during this era of excavation and come out of all this not only alive but new and improved.
They say success is a staircase not a doorway. Great metaphor for taking baby steps one at a time. Also in there is a metaphor of baggage. We can’t bring all of our bullshit up these stairs. It’s impossible, we have to let some of it go.
This is where we plateau. Where we can’t move forward because we are anchored to the past.
Normally this would be a conversation about having to make commitments and tough decisions, but this pandemic and resulting system shut down just did all of that for us. Our plateau just got blown up and we have no choice. It is mandatory to level up, which means it is mandatory to sort out all this baggage.
Charles Barkley talks about how one time as a young player he got hit in the head during a rough basketball game. He said something like, “Coach, he hit me in the head,” and his coach says, “He got a head too.”
And now Charles says it all the time when commentating on game action, “He got a head too.” I like it, it’s not about revenge. It’s a statement of truth that leads to equanimity.
At first it feels like revenge, like ok I am going to hit this guy in the head in retaliation mode, and it is partly that. But then the statement settles in and eventually comes the realization that my head and his head are actually irrelevant.
I don’t think this Chuck-ism was meant for this much after thought. Reminds me of Mike Tyson’s famous quote, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Like the game hasn’t even started until you get punched in the mouth (or hit in the head). Game on.
You be as is you become. You become as is you be. Now is as then and then as is now. Then is not yet here, only is now. Thus all is now.
Think about when your driving and someone jams themselves into your lane without a turn signal. You’re pissed because it could’ve killed you. The action itself is only a fraction of a second but sometimes we drag that moment out and make it last an hour or even longer by marinating in those feelings.
In reverse, think about when your focused and deep into some creative work and the hours fly by and it’s super fun. I’m saying time is somehow connected to the emotional body. If that’s the case then maybe time isn’t a measurement but a body of energy itself.
I used to want to steal time. Like take it from one area of my life and add it to another area. But now I think we just have to find the right time to make more time.
Time hunting. We find the exact right moment and try to multiply that moment by being in the flow. We bring a particular flow energy to that moment and then it unfolds and quadruples.
Maybe that exact right moment is this exact moment right now.
This year has been nuts and it’s not over and continues to be nuts. You have been forced to make some decisions, some easy some not so easy. Either way, you have now crossed the Rubicon. It is past the point of no return. Soon the page will turn and a new chapter begins. Let it happen. This is evolution, not just for you, for the entire planet.
When studying this self mastery stuff you come across the terms “scarcity” vs “abundance”. These are terms to describe the polarity of our different mindsets. The idea is that if you have problems you are most likely in a scarcity belief system and you need to move into an abundance belief system.
In seems in actuality though, not so simple or linear. It is more like “survive” mode vs “prosper” mode. The idea is to break this cycle and just be free, only living in prosper mode.
In prosper mode, we are free and creative and everything we need will come to us. That means that “faith” is a part of it, so then “scarcity” vs “abundance” becomes “fear” vs “faith”.
People associate the word “faith” with organized religion, but it is much more than that. I have fear of dropping in on a waves 6ft or bigger. That is because I don’t yet have “faith” in my surfing, swimming, and holding my breath that long. But this can be overcome with practice and experience. (The opposite of fear is faith. Not love as most people think. My love for surfing won’t save me from drowning, but faith in my practice of surfing maybe can.)
That being said, we cannot exactly say “practice = abundance”. This is how we built a messed up system. If I went to college for whatever subject, it doesn’t mean that I’ll be automatically good at said subject.
Enter the term “alignment”. This blog should be renamed “Ray’s Alignments”. Not that I am there yet or anywhere close, but most of the writing on this blog is about alignment of the mental body, the physical body, the emotional body, and the spiritual body. I think when we get these bodies all on the same page, anything is possible. And being secured into that realm of possibility is the main nugget on the path to breaking the cycle and living in “prosperity”.
This is the concept that sparked this blog and I think I just needed to re-visit and see how I got here. Thanks for rolling with.
We don’t need a hero or heros right now. We don’t need leaders or problem solvers. Maybe the world does, I’m talking about me and you, we don’t need that right now. We need ushers. We need ushers to usher in a new era.
We are the ushers. As ushers, we show our guests to their seats. Our guests are new and improved thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Their seats are this planet. We have to act fast. And remember that we are not the bouncer, we are the usher.
I say that because you can’t fight fire with fire. But you can change an environment so much in a way in which that a fire cannot get started, therefore cannot exist.
Beyond logic, beyond physics, and beyond emotion is where your intuition is. It is a connection, like bandwidth, to other realms. And the more you connect, the more that bandwidth expands.
Connect via the heart. You will know when to hold, when to fold, when to walk away, when to run ahead. Pay attention and be a better you. Thus radiate. Thus change the world.
Some people hate on sports. I get it. But I like it. Especially NBA basketball. There are hundreds of metaphors for “real” life in there. Joy vs suffering, work vs play, offense vs defense, team vs individual, mental vs physical, etc.
Spectator vs player is what I am thinking about today. This is a great model of dimensions. In the game of life, we are always a player. Born a player, die a player. But a lot of the time, sometimes not even knowing, we go outside our own perspective and take on the perspective of a coach, a ref, or a spectator in the stands.
Even further, through the cameras and into the dimension of the broadcasters and commentators and even past that as the viewers at home on the couch around the world.
All these perspectives make it easy to get lost. This exploration could provide useful analysis to improve our game. On the shadow side it is an escape from this now moment in our game, in this case not useful at all.
This exploration also leads us to the reminder that we were in fact born in the arena and that we are vulnerable. We are in the big game. And it’s go time.
In biz to stay organized we have to compartmentalize. In my case as a publisher I move from creation mode to production mode to distribution mode. This sort of thing helps to focus on the task at hand.
We do this in life too. Work mode, play mode, sleep mode. Another obvious example, family mode vs friends mode. We have a whole set of behaviors around family and a whole other set of behaviors around friends. Sure there’s overlap, but you can see where I am going with this.
Creating these compartments creates a disconnect. It’s nice to know you can deal with something later, it relieves pressure, but with more compartments comes more disconnect. You act one way for one group and another way for the other group thus alienating both groups.
As you get older the walls of some of these compartments dissolve naturally. Work mode blends with play mode, family and friends mix and mingle, etc. But some of these walls strengthen. They beef up and you can’t see over them. You lose vision. Soon after boundaries internalized become externalized. Lines are drawn, territories are colonized.
Self observe and adjust these compartments, save the world.
There is that perfect time we are waiting for to pull the trigger, set the timer for detonation, or breach that next level.
Guess what it happened already. It’s been happening. There is no flip to switch, no door to be unlocked, no activation to be activated. You have already been cleared for take off and you are already airborne. You are flying!
This is not about optimization. This is about evolution. Your only mission is to be. Be yourself. Be well. Be easy about it.
You know when you’re sitting there and all of a sudden you get a great idea or solve a problem or have an epiphany or realization or even just a little nugget of wisdom? Some people refer to this occurrence as a “download”. Like it came from somewhere else other than your own mind.
And when you need a great idea or problem solved or an epiphany or realization or little nugget of wisdom, no one talks about this, I call it an “upload”. Like you put it out there and wait, you send an email with proposed questions or desires attached and you sleep on it until the response and download comes.
I think awareness of this cycle is croosh (slang for crucial).
To take this computering reference even further, with all that’s going on in the world recently we are forced to “reset”. But beyond the reset, it’s a whole other thing to delete files, delete folders, and even “wipe” the hard drive.
I am not saying we need to induce amnesia, but I am saying some of the systems we are running are outdated. It doesn’t always work to install an upgrade on top of an old program. You have to install the new stuff on a clean drive. This will also make lots of room for new downloads.