Correcting Confusion and Dissonance – Steve Beckow @ Golden Age of Gaia

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Correcting Confusion and Dissonance

I wrote this when I’d just gotten back from the monthly Bellingham meet-up at Sitara’s house.

I tell you. The value of having a soul family to check in with once a month is incalculable.

To ride forward into whatever is coming next with one group whom you know to be dedicated lightworkers is great good fortune. I must have done something good in my past life.

So now I’m gassed up for another month.

Nonetheless I’ve been in confusion and dissonance all day, unrelated to the meet-up.

Do we agree that it’s thought that creates cognitive dissonance? We get ourselves into thought traps. We can also find our way out of them. Here’s what I was dealing with today. I had to really dig to get myself out of this one. But I succeeded in correcting confusion and dissonance. This was a first for me.

My dissonance arose because my life is so busy I require a higher degree of solitude than most others.  I also have a temperament that prefers solitude anyways.

But my future, as AAM frankly stated last reading, was going to get much busier. That means much more time given to social contact and that means less time for research and writing, for keeping up with the baseline of events, for spiritual exploration, etc. It means a different lifestyle.

I was afraid and worried about what the future would look like. I stood to be torn apart by two seemingly-competing agendas – let me call them “solitude” and “busyness.”

I didn’t know which of the two horses to ride or whether I could ride two horses at all.

But it’s my thought itself that was causing the dissonance. I got to see how I get myself into these thought traps.

Here’s the trap.

I have the thought that I must ride two horses. That’s an either/or way of seeing things that can produce dissonance.

I can just as easily create the thought of the two horses (solitude and busyness) having two riders and the three of us (me and the two riders) cooperating to produce some great end.

Sometimes we riders veer to the right (say, solitude) and sometimes to the left (busyness). But we do so in a coordinated manner with the overall direction being forward.

Forward to Ascension, forward to abundance, forward to Disclosure.

A friend would remind me that a bird has two wings – in this case, solitude and busyness. That’s another way of saying let go of the either/or.

Both tendencies can prevail at different times. The flow between them needs to be effective, fair, and equal. And, whether we veer to the right or the left, we’re agreed that our overall direction is forward.


The first thing I need to remind myself of and never forget is that I have complete control over the way my day unfolds. I choose to give some control away for the success of the  enterprise and at the direction of Michael and the Mother.

But I can also take that control back. In the end, no one has control over my agreement or disagreement but me.

Dumbed down, hypnotised, entranced, entrained – yes, that mitigates responsibility in the eyes of the law and in the common heart. But at some point, if we’re going to make progress forward, we’re going to have to take personal responsibility for as much as we can.

By taking responsibility, we’re asserting our awareness, discernment, and courage. We’re demonstrating that we value integrity above mere show, mere appearance.

The more victimized we feel, the more – because of tension lowering awareness – we may forget to be responsible for our situation.


We’ve now removed the either/or and demonstrated that we value integrity by taking personal responsibility for as much of our situation as we felt we could.

Let’s now take the process a step further by coming up with a metaphor for resolving the seeming tug-of-war between the felt need for activity and the desire for solitude.

I’m going to recommend that we re-introduce the metaphor of the eternal dance of Shakti and Shiva. Shakti is energy; Shiva is awareness. Shakti is activity; Shiva is stillness. Shakti is sound; Shiva is silence.

In my own experience, love and bliss are very much Shakti but peace is very much Shiva.

Let Shakti stand in for activity and Shiva for solitude.

Above Shakti and Shiva is the One directing all.

Shakti and Shiva are locked in an eternal embrace, in an endless dance of loving creation, forever circling around each other.  They do not stray.

In Hindu statues, Shakti is depicted dancing on the recumbent form of Shiva. Shakti is active; Shiva is still.

Now let me apply this metaphor to my own situation. Sometimes I’ll ask Shakti to lead and activity will be preferred. Sometimes I’ll ask Shiva and stillness will be preferred.  Above them, overseeing all is the one who’s always around, the witness of everything.

It’ll be a dance of ebb and flow, advance and withdraw, with the common agreement between the three of us being that the overall direction is forward.

The dilemma has dissolved. The two personalities, the two interests, the two voices in the head – one for solitude and one for activity – will cooperate with each other from now on and ebb and flow together.

At no time will the witness, the third partner in the dance, surrender personal responsibility, authority, or initiative, unless a conscious and common agreement on the matter has been reached.


We’ve illustrated that we can take a “thought trap” resulting in confusion and dissonance and reframe it, recontextualize it, recast it, to eliminate the difficulties.

We took back responsibility for our choices around time and our daily schedule.

And we created a new metaphor. We superimposed the dance of Shakti and Shiva, energy and awareness, on the issue of solitude and busy-ness. It allowed us to recast the relationship as a dance, a give-and-take of flowing grace, rather than a battle of will and wits.


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Shiva-Shakti Union – unknown artist

Why Do So Many Advanced Souls Struggle with Abundance? – Inga Nielsen

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Why Do So Many Advanced Souls Struggle with Abundance?

By Inga Nielsen, Guest writer for Wake Up World, January 23rd, 2017

Very advanced souls have had many incarnations on Earth and have typically gone through the full spectrum of human experience. In these times they have chosen to incarnate as volunteers to assist humanity in its ascension and healing. Paradoxically, it is these souls that find manifesting and abundance to be one of the most challenging areas in life and in their conceptual framework.

Why is material abundance such a challenge for many advanced, old souls?

Old souls carry a baggage of lifetimes where they encountered darkness, poverty and abuse of power. The most traumatic aspects of these lifetimes leave scars on the soul, much like a physical trauma would scar the body.

Younger, less advanced souls tend to have a much easier time manifesting money and possessions, for two simple reasons – they have more interest in the material world and they have fewer obstructions, vows and past-life karma preventing them from living in abundance.

Contrary to many teachings out there, abundance is not merely having money, houses, relationships, or getting anything you want. Many rich people suffer immensely in their personal lives. Personally, I remember a time in my life when I had everything I thought I should have wanted — a good apartment in one of the most expensive cities in the world, a family, a permanent stable job that paid the bills, long holidays and ability to travel around the world.

I remember running into an old friend who said — I would have given so much to live a life like yours. You are living a dream! And I understood, intellectually, that she was right, but I also realized that I wasn’t happy with my life at all. I would have given it all up in an instant if something better came up. What this “better” was, I wasn’t sure at the time. But none of these “achievements” mattered.

Abundance does not equate to merely material success. At the same time, one does not become more – or less – spiritual by being poor or miserable. Nor is there anything sinful in being rich. Many advanced souls need to heal mind-level misconceptions and societal programming and get clear about what abundance really means for them.

Old souls, starseeds and other advanced souls are often afraid of power. Their souls want to play it safe, avoiding power to make sure they never hurt anyone again – or get hurt and betrayed themselves. This fear of power is a soul-level issue, and is often outside conscious awareness.

And yet it is one of the major blocks to abundance. Until it is dealt with, no amount of conscious affirmations or positive thinking will go deep enough to have any effect. In the physical world this fear of power may play out in different forms, from living in the parents’ basement to addictions and crime.

A good example of this struggle is past-life vows. If we had many lifetimes as monastics, we may have vows of poverty that we never renounced. While it may have been spiritually beneficial at the time, and while we certainly should be allowed to choose simplicity, if we are constantly struggling with finances due to no conscious choice of ours, a soul-level vow of poverty may need to released. Once these vows are identified and cleared, life in the physical will also begin aligning.

Past-life vows and soul-level trauma often manifest as self-sabotage for many old souls. It may feel as if we are constantly going upstream and witnessing the destruction of what was built up with so much effort, over and over again.

Another issue is lack of grounding. Very advanced souls tend to “ground up,”,having too much energy in the upper chakras, while struggling with some of the practical aspects of life here on Earth. For some soul groups this is especially prominent. Things such as making money, getting an education, living a stable life all seem meaningless, when there is so much wealth in spiritual exploration and the invisible world. These souls tend to have other interests and priorities that do not necessarily align with what is deemed a successful life by worldly standards.

While this is certainly valid, sometimes it is useful to turn this around and ask ourselves, what would the world be like if highly-spiritual people had access to more resources? If they could share those resources and put them to sustainable use? Sometimes all it takes is achieving basic groundedness – what if we could practice being more stable, organized and efficient?

Often, stability and groundedness require deep inner work. Very advanced souls often choose to incarnate into difficult environments and family templates— with a lot of war, strife, loss, adversity and lack of love. It is for this reason that it may be difficult for many of them to meditate and keep stillness, because of the traumatic lives they have had. The goal of this connection with the pain of humanity is transmuting it – but many old souls get stuck in the process.

Family and ancestral wounds, such as abuse or loss of possessions, are often inherited across generations. These deep wounds usually have a clinging energy to them that makes it difficult to make room for more light and joy.

Conventional therapy and over-simplification of the law of attraction often bring little relief for advanced souls and tend to leave them with an even greater sense of failure (it worked for everyone else, but not for me – something must be terribly wrong with me!).

However, once we get deeper to the level of the soul and transform the blockages there, the 3D life will gradually fall into place. Visualizations and prayer often work better than meditation. Soul work tends to be more transformative and efficient than old-school therapy. The key is acknowledging the deep soul-level issues and beginning the work at the level of the soul.

About the author:

Inga Nielsen, MPH, assists people in connecting with their soul purpose through the Akashic Records. Inga is a Reiki master and professional intuitive, and learned about deep soul work in her own journey of healing. She is here to assist people in raising their vibration and living from their soul, as facilitators of their own ascension.

You can find out more about Inga on her website,, or connect with Inga via her Facebook page:

Choices -Kara Schallock @ Soulstice Rising

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As a reminder, I share only what Soul shares with me and only when I’m guided. If you resonate with this, wonderful; if you do not; wonderful. We are all in different stages of Ascension and Ascension Notes serve as a general guideline. These are not predictions or rules, as these don’t exist in the New.

There are some who think that things should look differently. They may ask, “Where’s the Joy? Where’s the Love? Where’s the Peace?” Joy, Love and Peace are within. If you look outside of yourself for proof, you will be disappointed, for the New is within you. And when you realize this, it changes your perception and then you see that your own Love, Peace and Joy affect everything you see. The New must be within you before anything out in the world can be infused with higher Light. What are you aligned with? If you are aligned with the world not filled with Love, Peace and Joy, then that is what you experience. If you are aligned with your inner Peace, inner Joy and inner Love, then you align with that and you see the outer with this perspective. It is all within. If your own life does not reflect that which you desire, what are you aligned with…what is wrong or what is right? Are you appreciative of all in your life? When you are in Appreciation, you expand those things you want…inner Peace, Love and Joy.

Being fully you, all is illuminated; those areas that are not Love are illuminated and brought to the forefront so that they may transform into Love. What still remains in you that is still in fear? Where do you still hold back in fear or doubt? Where do you compromise yourself; where are you not authentic? These are areas that call to you so that you may release them and be fully who you are. Choose Love; transform fear.

As we move beyond the eclipses of February and move toward the Equinox, we have an Opportunity to be more Love and to release more of what is not Love. The eclipses brought change and our Sensitivity upgraded, so that we are more awake and more aware and we know what needs to go and where we resist. There is an Opportunity to receive new paths as well as opportunities to let go of old beliefs, patterns and emotions.

We have been in an intense healing phase where much change has taken place. We have had a potential Opportunity to let go more of how we have held ourselves back in the old; not fully trusting that the New is all that and more. Eclipses help us to do this, if we listen and pay attention and don’t dig our heels in, refusing to be more. Eclipses help us to go deeper than where we have gone before; they help us spiral into more layers of that which we have claimed change. Anytime we have our inner voice say, “Yes, but…” be assured there are deeper, core issues being exposed. There are no assurances with the New in that if you want a promise that things will be better and shinier if you let go of the old you; the little you; you won’t receive that. Yet, if you trust as you take each step forward, you will see that you need not live a life that is filled with suffering or pain. It is all up to you; nothing is done for you and you must make the choice to more forward. As you do, each step shines a light on what is necessary to let go of and what Beauty to integrate. If you align yourself with Love, anything that is not Love will bubble forth so that you may release it to the Light.

These last eclipses shake us up, so that we can move in the direction of our Soul’s Guidance. The coming Equinox empowers this and then in August, we may complete what was begun during the February eclipses. Eclipses and the Equinox are extremely charged with high dimensional energies, yet it is up to us to use this energy to move forward. We truly have choice, even if it seems like we don’t. All is choice, whether it is a conscious or subconscious choice or a Soul choice. When we realize this, we understand that we are not victims, for how can we be a victim when all is our choice? Every choice also has Awareness within it. If you don’t like your choice, look beneath the surface for Awareness and see where the choice leads you. This could show you areas that are toxic or where you are guided to let go or where to take a step toward something. An eclipse can make you more uncomfortable in a job, a relationship or anything that is holding you back. It is uncomfortable when you resist change or when you are in a new situation that feels like it’s a place that knocks you out of your comfort zone. Yet, if you can allows that discomfort for a bit, it will guide you forward. Many experience a desire to move to a different area or begin something new or end something old. This is guidance because perhaps you have outgrown your present life. Just realize that all is for your highest evolution, so trust your guidance and your Intuition.

When you are aligned with Soul, you will hear guidance through your Intuition. If you’re like me, guidance from Soul doesn’t occur and then leave. It stays with you, so just be still for a bit and then take a step forward. Soul’s guidance stays, while separate ego’s “guidance” is fleeting. You feel Soul’s guidance, while separate ego’s guidance is more in the head based on old thoughts and beliefs. Separate ego does not want forward movement; it wants to keep you in the past, for its job is to protect you in the only way it knows…by keeping you from moving forward or changing.

Once you make a decision and act on it, all that must be cleared will be brought forth. For instance, if you move to a place you’re guided to go, you will be in an adjustment period. You may have to adjust to a new energy and it may feel as though you’re starting all over again. Actually, you are. When I got the call to move to Idaho from Southern California, I had to adjust to a difference in consciousness and density. It was not easy because I expected things to just flow, yet how can I just continue a lifestyle and consciousness when beginning a new life? Everything must shift. My old life kept trying to pull me back and certainly I thought, “Oh, what have I done?!?” This was separate ego rebelling. Whether you feel guided to move or leave a situation or start something new by ending something old, let go of your assumptions and expectations and allow what needs to shift; this is flowing with what is. The adjustment period is more about releasing the past than it is about making a “mistake.” There truly are no mistakes; only choices and each choice crates a new path; a new life.

As we each choose to move up in consciousness, our cells and DNA also move up to match our new consciousness. Our cells carry thoughts; old thoughts and old beliefs. If we don’t change, our cells continue to create from these old thoughts and beliefs. As we have new thoughts, they replace the old ones in our cells and then we have new experiences. Our DNA then becomes new as we let go of old thoughts and beliefs. Our DNA then matches a new way of being without the old generational karma and all that was created in past lives. We need not try and figure out what to replace the old with, for it happens naturally as we allow our consciousness to rise. As we align with our Intuition and follow our Heart/Soul’s guidance and we keep our thoughts high, our consciousness rises and then our cells and DNA match it. Our consciousness rises when we receive downloads of Light, when we meditate and when we follow our guidance. We then have a new perspective and from this new perspective, New Life is created. As we commit to this, our Light flows out in all directions, touching all of life. So the focus is to be all you are and have every choice you make reflect this.

The adjustment period of integrating the new energies may feel as though you’re not grounded and you may feel rather spacey. You may also experience other things as well…headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc. It helps to ground to the Earth and to the higher dimensions by simply intending to be grounded to it all, with your body being conduit between Heaven and Earth. As above, so below. As within, so without. Trust your process. There are times when you barely eat and other times when it seems you can’t eat enough. Keep your food healthy, drink lots of water, rest and get into Nature. Release any confusion, judgment, fear and other low energies in the Sacred Rose and just Be in the Moment without wondering what’s ahead. Be in Gratitude for all that is occurring in your life…within and without. This is how you stay grounded and how you integrate the higher energies. You are New.

Another reminder: if you are on Facebook, come to my community page, Ascension: The New. I post encouragements every few days.


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