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Emerging from “a world where desire outweighs consequence”

flowers-to-birds-transition

 

The start of another year is a natural time for each of us to reflect on what we’ve achieved and where we’re headed. There was a heck of a lot of change going on for me as 2015 began (still is!) but it seemed that humanity as a whole was in an even greater state of upheaval than usual. Perspective is a useful thing. I knew I was in a state of transition and I knew roughly where I was headed (even if I hadn’t a clue how I was going to get there!) but were we, humanity, headed? My spirit guide Jy is never one to shy away from the big questions.

 

Global transition – with Jy – 9 January 2015

Your world is, indeed, in a state of transition – principally because it is in a state of “in decision”.

Do not mistake me. I do not mean that most people do not know what they want or what they should do. I mean precisely the opposite. I mean that too many people believe they know precisely what they want and how they should go about getting it. And that they feel free to take whatever action they see fit in order to obtain it.

With this situation there are two major problems. One is that most people do not give sufficient thought – sufficient feeling past the surface thought – to what they want. Such decisions are taken too swiftly and too superficially. What is beneath this wanting? What does your soul really need? The true need is often very different from what those individuals who rush toward action perceive it to be. Very different from what they set about creating or taking.

The second problem with precipitous action is that too often people do not pause to consider the possible effects on others of their obtaining what they want, or the effects of the actions they intend to take in order to obtain it. Worse still, people sometimes do consider these possible effects, and yet they choose to ignore them and continue with their planned actions.

Thus you are immersed in a world where desire outweighs consequence. Where action overwhelms consideration. A world where few act in a responsible way at all times – and by that I mean conduct their lives in a such way that they are prepared to take personal responsibility for each and every one of their actions.

Think what your world would look like, would feel like, if everyone only did things for which they were prepared to stand accountable. It would be a very different place indeed. It would not be a place where free will and enjoyment of one’s own life was eradicated. Oh, no! That is the false argument used by people who do not understand the concept of true freedom.

True freedom is freedom from fear – fear of the suffering which might be caused to you by another’s actions or which might be caused to others by your actions. True freedom is thus the freedom from guilt, from all unnecessary suffering or deprivation. To live a human life will always carry risks and present challenges – that is its nature and purpose. But think deeply on this: how many of the sufferings of the world are inevitable, are totally without an element of man-made choice which might have been avoided? If each person felt truly accountable for their own actions there would be far more room in the world, in each of your lives and days, for love, for pleasure, for compassion, for joy – for true freedom.

While the majority of humans tread the path of mindless obedience, mindless hedonism or anarchy, the world struggles to create harmony.

But there is hope and it is a growing hope. More and more people are waking up to the notion of true freedom and personal responsibility going hand in hand. This mindfulness is growing, in those already incarnated and in those who are now being born. Increasingly, souls are coming into the world with this awareness embedded in them so fundamentally that this is how they are choosing to live their lives from the beginning. Do not despair, humankind, for you are changing. You are in transition and this is a good thing!

And do not despair of the pace of that change. Each of your lifetimes is short and it may seem frustrating to those of you who already see this truth, have adopted this way of living, that so many others do not and have not. It may seem frustrating that things are not changing faster. Be at peace, know that the way each of you lives your individual life – with responsibility and compassion – has an effect on the whole, that it aids the transition. See the slowly changing picture in context. Remember how long it took for life as you know it now to evolve on your world. Remember what a minute amount of time (as you perceive time) the existence of humankind represents in the history of your world. Be patient with your fellow humans, meet ignorance with compassion, understand and accept the gradual nature of this change. Do not despair for the change is inexorable – it will happen.

Perhaps you will not see it come to fruition in your current incarnation but be content, know that the part you are playing in this transition is essential, vital. Know that each lifetime well lived – responsibly, kindly – adds to the momentum of change.

Humankind has immense power over the globe that is Mother Earth. Humankind creates its most powerful societies and its most potent disasters. But Mother Earth has always been, and will always be, superior. She has brought ages to a close, crushed civilisations and destroyed species with her immense power. Often, she has been given no choice. And so humankind, in all its slowly transitioning glory, must also learn to heed and respect Mother Earth’s role in its future.

Wake up, wake up, to the world that you live on. Heed Her warnings and respect Her needs as well as your own and those of your fellow man. Behave as responsibly toward Her as you do toward yourself and your fellow man. Give yourselves the best chance of a successful global transition by preserving that globe in all its glory.

For what is the use of humankind evolving in wisdom, in completing this transition many lifetimes’ hence, only the find that you have a wasted, blighted world on which to ‘enjoy’ your new freedoms? Better, then, to remember that personal responsibility begins at home in a much deeper sense – beyond the bricks and mortar, the neighbourhood streets and shops, the bordered country or the continent.

Live wisely in and on the world, my human friends. Live wisely with each other, with Mother Earth and your true self. Listen to each other, listen to the Mother, listen to your own heart and to your soul. Listen before you leap – and transition well.

The bullet or the bird

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One thing I really enjoy about writing with spirit is never knowing where they’re going to take me. It’s the complete antithesis of how I might otherwise work as a creative writer, thinking about plot and structure before I begin. I certainly had no idea where things were heading when I sat down with my guide Jy in March 2014, but he knew exactly what he wanted to say.

Life and its trajectory – Jy, 31 March 2014

Let us first consider the word trajectory. For it is a resonant word, yes? A large word. A grand word. And one I suspect carries many assumptions, interpretations that colour one’s thinking right from the start. You, humanity, must set these preconceptions apart when considering this subject in full.

But on the basis that, if I said ‘do not think of a green door’, you would be hard pressed to think of anything else, let us consider your prejudices.

What would most humans, most souls in incarnation in the present day (for you) think of when they heard the work ‘trajectory’? A gun, yes. Precisely. So let us first consider the word, the images evoked by the word, in the context of a gun.

Trajectory is the path taken by the missile propelled by the gun, the direction and angle or curvature taken by the bullet. And, as we know, the bullet leaves the gun at high speed, slowing only when it has travelled considerable distance or when it hits a solid mass.

If we were to consider the trajectory of life as being akin to that of a bullet – why, then we would be sorely mistaken. Bullets cannot, outside fantasy films, travel around corners or curves as they travel. They follow a predictable path, which can be estimated by science, re-created by analysis. The trajectory of life knows no such limits. Neither does it travel at a predictable velocity. Just because you took off at a gallop and you now feel yourself slowing, this does not mean that you are at the end of your journey or your inspiration. Pace, direction, awareness as you travel may all vary. And all are far less easy to predict than the path your bullet is likely to take.

What a good job that is! How tedious would it be to be me, observing life after life, it they all conformed to such strictures? How tedious would it be to be you, oh humanity, following such narrow paths, beset by those same strictures? How glad are you to be the bird not the bullet?

Let us consider trajectory for the bird. And I use the analogy consciously and, I hope, explicitly. Let us, more precisely, consider the trajectory of the migratory bird. Before that bird is even born, it is imprinted, it has absorbed the instincts, inherited the compulsions, which will dictate that, at certain times, it is compelled into certain behaviour. When the weather does this or that, when its fellow birds begin to travel in a certain direction, it will feel compelled to do likewise.

So does the soul decide, before each birth, what great paths it wishes to travel. What experiences will be its eyries, its ocean crossings, its nestings and its learnings. And the human soul enters this contract knowing that the compulsions of its family and social groups will also exert great influence – will, to some extent, act upon and determine its direction of travel; its trajectory.

But there are unknowns, uncalculables for the bird and for the soul incarnated. There are the storms – whether physical weather or emotional disturbances – that throw the bird, the soul, off its intended course. Some may prove only a delay, with much will power and determination brought to bear to overcome them and be heading once more in the right direction. Some may prove more insistent, more overwhelming. And the bird, or the man, finds itself washed up on an unexpected shore – battered, tired, but still exuberantly alive, needing to explore. Perhaps it is the object of much attention, as a foreigner in those parts.

Embraced, such experiences offer much learning and can even permanently alter the course of one’s life – as a bird or a man. But be cautious – do not become so distracted by the novelty of your surroundings that you find yourself netted, snared, caged and become the object of curiosity at the expense of your freedom.

You, whether bird or man, are born to be free. Free to make choices – and to do so you must remain free to exercise your own will. Do not subject yourself, therefore, to another’s power. Meet them head on. Make free decisions to stay or to go; to remain in the new, unexpected land or, having sheltered there a while and recovered your strength, to take flight and resume your original course. For you carry with you the experiences of that time. You are the wiser bird for them, albeit one back in the flock.

So, the storms may redirect you, but what else? The richness of your surroundings may also prove a distraction or offer learning. Your own strength may flow freely, accelerate or ebb. The landscape may offer challenges. Can you fly as far as fast at altitude? Do you need or desire to rest more when on such a heady path? If what is important is reaching the final destination, then is it not also wise to do so in good health and good spirits, so that you may fully enjoy it when you arrive? The bullet cannot choose the mountain flight path, the valley thermals, the risky but direct ocean pathway. You can, as a soul incarnated to human life.

And, of course, the ultimate effect on your trajectories are the people around you; the other souls with whom you exchange learning and experience. The relationships you form in a lifetime can move you forward towards your original destination, or have you dallying for years. Sometimes dalliance is beneficial – a mutual learning experience that enriches your life. But sometimes you allow yourselves to become stuck, trapped by your doubts and fears.

This is when quiet is necessary; quiet introspection and communion with your soul. Look inward and ask the part of you that knows you best, which has recorded all your hopes and dreams before you were ever born, which has absorbed every piece of learning in your lifetime. Ask this soul-deep well of wisdom: What am I doing here, right now? Is this where I should be? Is this what I should be? Who I should be with? Am I still on my ultimate trajectory or have I strayed too far? Have I taken one turn too many or allowed the solidness of someone else to block my path to an extent that is not beneficial to them or to me?

Your instincts are strong. Every one of you has that knowledge nestled deep inside of your human selves. Just as the bird knows where it should be heading and when, so does your soul know where your true path lies.

The beauty of human life is that there are so many different pathways one may take to that ultimate destination. No pathway is too long or too short, too steep, too high, too stony. As long as you are moving, growing, experiencing, learning. It is only when you stop, when you allow yourselves to become stuck in a rut, as you might say, that the warning bells should sound. Are you lingering out of choice, for some lovely, deep or fascinating experience? Are you free to leap skyward, to take off and fly free whenever you choose? Then no matter where you find yourself, you are probably still on the right trajectory. But if the answer is “I cannot leave because of this,” or “I cannot follow my heart because of that,” then you have become the trapped bird. Seek your soul’s answers to find your way out of the snare. No-one who truly loves you will want you to be anything other than free – as free as a bird.

So do not compare the trajectory of a human life to the trajectory of a bullet. There is no comparison and be thankful for that. The bullet is not complex. It does not have free will or the element of choice. It interacts with nothing but the weapon that fires it, the air it passes through unheeding and the solid mass that stops it. Your lives know no such boundaries.

Embrace the beautiful circling, arching, bending, swerving, swaying, twisting and turning trajectories of your lives. Stay connected to your soul, be aware of your true destination, even if only as that ‘gut feeling’ the soul conveys so well to the mind of its man. Be aware and be free.

Embrace the journey, little birds. Ride the thermals of life and look to the sun and the stars – the ever-fixed marks that guide you home.