The Challenge of the Times – Steve Beckow @ Golden Age of Gaia

Mask @ Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art

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The Challenge of the Times

Steve is away on a retreat from Sept. 14-19.

We repost a number of our favorite articles on spirituality and financial wayshowing.

“Ego” is a Latin word meaning “I.” We use it today to refer to one of the many selves we have, a self that’s constructed of thoughts, which is not permanent, and whose survival all our efforts are bent towards.

The purpose of life is to know ourself, but the self that we know is the soul, also called the Atman by Hindus and the Christ by Christians.

This same Self is itself an offspring, part, spark (these words are all metaphorical) of the Supreme Self. Jesus characterized it as a relationship between the Son and the Father. The Self, Atman or Christ is the Father individuated.

The Self is said to reside in the spiritual heart, on the other side of the hridayam or heart aperture, which is usually closed.

But the ego resides only in our thoughts. Life is a progressive unveiling of the “I” that we are, moving from no consciousness of self at all, to self-consciousness, to awareness of the soul/Self, to awareness of the Supreme Self/God.

We leapfrog over one less adequate sense of self to another more adequate sense, and then to a more adequate sense than that. We do so by realization. We realize the more umbrageous sense of the Self that we are until we at last “become” that One Self of all. I say “become” because we always were that One Self. We just didn’t know it.

When we disappear as a separate Self and are reunited with the Father or Parabrahman, (1) we’ve achieved the goal of life.

We have a permanent interest in the self that we have and are. Whatever is “I” is what holds our attention, lifetime after lifetime. The depth of our knowledge will vary but the object of our knowledge – the self at whatever level we conceive of it at any moment in time – remains the same.

We often speak of a “false grid” of beliefs that characterize Third Dimensionality and a life determined by the ego. What are some of those false beliefs? If I had my choice of the top three, I’d say separation, survival, and scarcity.

We think that we’re separate beings but it turns out that we’re all One. This sense of separation sets us up for the errors we commit out of believing the next two concepts.

The second concept is survival. We think that this separate being that we are won’t survive death and so we try to extend our lives in any way we can. We focus our attention on seeing that this being and everything it identifies with (that is, “me” and “mine”) survives. It identifies itself with our body, family, house, car, job, etc.

But there’s really no need to ensure the survival of this being. We’re eternal – always were, are, and will be. We never die although we doff this body as we would a suit of clothes.

The third concept is scarcity. We think that everything in our world is scarce and that, as separate beings trying to survive, we must compete for scarce resources. In fact, in the higher dimensions where we’re headed, everything is infinitely plentiful and created by thought. There’s no lack and no scarcity. And I imagine there would be no scarcity here either if we but changed our way of seeing things.

The separative ego accomplishes survival in the midst of perceived scarcity by engaging in the self-serving bias. That way of being magnifies the self and minimizes others, glorifies itself and detracts from others. It attributes all successes to itself and all failures to others. It embraces all victories and disavows responsibility for all losses.

It judges and dominates others and avoids judgment and domination of itself. It blames others and sidesteps blame of itself.

It builds around the being a constructed self or mask, sells its performances to others, and seeks validation. It manages its image by such strategies as dressing for success, looking out for number one, talking it up, etc.

It creates a story about itself, bending history to the needs of the moment and rehearsing its story wherever possible until the details are polished and arranged to give the desired impression of success, victory, influence, etc.

The ego lives at the peripheries of life. It traffics in extremes, drama, and histrionics.

The Self lives in the centre, in the middle, in the heart and has no truck or trade with extremes, drama, or histrionics.

One who lives in the center is usually characterized by balance, serenity, joy and the other divine qualities.

One who lives on the peripheries and in the extremes usually forfeits these qualities but usually isn’t seeking them anyways. The person living on the peripheries and in the extremes is usually seeking money, sensual gratification, and influence.

The ego tends to be selfish; the Self tends to be selfless. When we hear someone blowing their own horn, boasting about their accomplishments, puffing themselves, it usually means that they see themselves as this body, together with its thoughts and feelings, and probably nothing else.

To do so is to take an empirical-materialist view of life that only what we can touch, see, hear and feel is real. Such a view is not enough to allow us to realize our Self and therefore not enough to achieve the purpose of life.

It’s up to us as lightworkers and starseeds to go beyond the ego, with its self-serving bias. It’s up to us to recognize when we’re in the grip of the ego or serving its need for survival. To do so is not an easy thing. Most people do actually believe that they are this body, its senses, and its mind and nothing else. And so long as they do so, they’re concerned with survival.

But that’s the challenge of the times nevertheless – to move beyond the narrow view and to focus more and more deeply on the heart, the centre, the soul. The challenge is also to live by what the Buddha called the Middle Way of balance and moderation.

There has never been a better time to accomplish these spiritual goals in life than now. Never has it been easier. Never has so much conspired to assure our success in these efforts.

We have to recognize the call of the ego, the cry of the limited, constructed self and set it aside in preference to the heart’s most distinct call, which is love.

Footnotes

(1) Parabrahman is what Christians call the Godhead. It’s the transcendental Void. But beyond any knowable notions of God, I’m using the word here to mean whatever That is.

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/09/17/the-challenge-of-the-times-2/

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Mask @ Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art

Gratitude to artists for their beautiful art – credit is given where this is known.

Transforming 3D Mindsets/Energy into 5D Energy – Lisa Transcendence Brown

Art Gratitude painting by Melina Del Mar

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Transforming 3D Mindsets/Energy into 5D Energy: Guilt Into Gratitude & Gifts

9/16/2018

TRANSFORMING GUILT INTO GRATITUDE & UNIVERSAL GIFTS: FREEING YOURSELF FROM YOUR INNER-NARCISSISTIC, EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION ENERGY

3D plays in the Guilt game… which robs our joy and instead of being utterly grateful and appreciative for the Gifts that we received (knowledge, clearing/completing karmic timelines, any benefits/support that were necessary for our own “growth”)….

Our/the human ego aspect creates GUILT ENERGY around these Sacred Gifts of Love, which then creates all kind of matrix programs to play out. “I can’t receive” energy… unworthiness energy, victim/narcissistic energy and “preference” of punishment for something, instead of having pure gratitude for all honoring soul agreements here. Instead of thanking your Universe (higher self) for being kind, providing you with an experience necessary to complete old karmic timelines, various types of support along the way, instead of realizing that acceptance and gratitude frees you…. guilt keeps you in a “punishment” cycle and “zero gratitude”….. and robs you of the magnificent realities available, where GRATITUDE allows you to flow from one reality into all new….


3D Consciousness → Guilt
5D Consciousness ☼ Gratitude, Immense Appreciation for the Gifts received…..Now, how do you hold the highest level of consciousness and how do you reciprocate, show respect, pay it forward, acknowledge the Gifts…. how do you be KIND… how do you elevate your consciousness beyond the misery and open up to NEW AMAZING REALITIES…. how do you connect deep inside and open up to TRUST the invisible/unknown … fully re-connected with your own higher self/universe and open up to receive all of the realities that await you too, that can’t come forth as long as you are playing in the “guilt game”… how do you free yourself from the mind-manipulation/3D programs inside…. how do you get excited for what’s next, with needing to know first…. ? These are the questions you ask yourself, then ask yourself why guilt is preferable to happy, free and awesome, magical realities that can only come forth if your heart is truly wide open….. (guilt is heart closed)…. safe fear.

In our private commUNITY, we gather monthly to bring forth old 3D inner-matrix programs to break down/through together, as well as sharing all of the amazingness too. It’s a raw, real … pure gathering of Souls/Light BEings, ready to transcend the old “easier” and contribute to sharing/openness as love for each other through presence, compassion, kindness to self/each other as we all do. Last night we worked with many programs, with Guilt & Judgment being just 2 of these for many. We broke down/through a lot of this programming together, yet this is not the only time “guilt” will emerge…. understanding “guilting programs” and what this ENERGY is, is an important step to understanding how to shift this yourself…. conscious choice to move through the energy and not let it rule your reality because it’s safe/you are scared….. which is a root chakra program/heart closed/mind in a loop cycle, self-punishment game… that we transcend by opening our hearts and re-establishing an inner connection and openness to receive/explore anew……

Inner- (old 3D) Matrix programs can be intense… so it’s important to recognize these things as as they present…. and then do whatever it takes to clear the mindset/belief/”lie”/story/energy….. rather than getting caught up in/perpetuating story that reinforces the unconscious program/”belief”……

Transform that Guilt into Gratitude by focusing on the Gifts received through every experience/exchange… our human focuses on the other… this is a part of becoming conscious again and clearing your physical body of the programming that keeps your body anchored in those old dimensional timelines/realities still…….

We bring 5D (and wayyyyyyy beyond)… THROUGH US… and we live it as it presents for us …. as our HEARTS and MINDS ARE TRULY OPEN and ready to embrace the new/perceived unknown through trust/faith/knowing/deep sacred inner connection…beyond the old limiting programs of our own old 3D consciousness… that we each held within. ♥

p.s. All of these programs/energies are of ALL EXISTENCES, not just this human one here. This is a part of “why” these seem so strong sometimes. It’s a part of each’s Cosmic Akash Clearing Processes…..

Lisa Transcendence Brown ☼
​www.AwakeningToRemembering.com

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Art Gratitude painting by Melina Del Mar

Gratitude to artists for their beautiful art – credit is given where this is known. 

MARY MAGDALENE: My Prediction for the Future – Mercedes Kirkel

MARY MAGDALENE: My Prediction for the Future

Received by Mercedes Kirkel

Hello beloved. This is Mary Magdalene. Thank you for calling upon me once again, as I am happy to be of service and help in whatever way I can. I have heard that you would like me to address the question of predictions for the future. And so I shall.

Humans in general are very oriented to wanting to know. This includes wanting to know what will happen in the future. This is because your world is a place where things are always changing and this brings about fear. Ultimately it is fear of survival and wellbeing: “Will I be able to survive and thrive in the midst of what will happen?”

This is a very spiritual question. I say that because, from my point of view, spirituality is about two things. It’s about consciousness and it’s about love. The question of “Will I survive and thrive?” reflects a third-dimensional consciousness. In the third dimension, beings are relating to life in a physical way. So your focus is on physical survival and physical wellbeing.

For those of you who are growing spiritually—which I assume is the case for those listening to my words—you are in the process of growing beyond the third dimension and it’s attendant consciousness. You are moving into the higher dimensions, beginning with the fourth dimension. And as part of this, you are moving beyond the exclusive focus on physicality. You are moving beyond being driven by wanting to survive and have physical wellbeing. Of course those drives are still there. They won’t disappear. But they will no longer dominate or control you because they have been superseded by another drive.

As you move into the fourth dimension, your higher awareness begins to open and you begin to relate to the experiences of life differently. Rather than merely wanting to survive, you begin to look at the events you’re encountering differently. Whereas in 3D you interpreted certain events as threats to your survival or wellbeing, now you begin to see that these events aren’t external things happening to you. And you aren’t at their affect as a victim. Rather, you begin to see the wholeness of what’s happening. You begin to see your inherent relationship to these events. You begin to understand that something bigger is going on. You’re not merely in a dangerous world that can wipe you out, which you need to oppose with your strength and mind. Rather you start to see that you are a part of these events. You start to understand that you have agreed to these events at the soul level.

This is a huge shift out of 3D consciousness into higher consciousness. Now you are not merely a separate individual struggling to survive and thrive, who can become the victim of circumstances for no apparent reason. Rather you start to understand yourself as a creator. You have created these events, in some way. That creation may have happened in this lifetime. It may have happened before this incarnation, as you prepared to incarnate in the pre-birth state. Or it may have happened in a previous incarnation, which is what many of you call “karma.” Karma can be from this lifetime or a previous lifetime.

Karma is not a punishment or a reward. It is part of the process of learning and growth that your soul wants and is calling in. Similarly, the external events of life are not random occurrences with “good” or “bad” consequences. They are opportunities that your soul has created and called in to support you in the growth your soul desires.

This is a huge step of responsibility. In the higher dimensions, you naturally assume responsibility for the events of life because you are aware that your soul has taken a part in creating them. Sometimes the events have been created by other souls as well. But your soul has certainly had a part in that creation or the event wouldn’t be occurring in your life.

This is a great step of trust for most human beings. You are moving into trusting the events of your life as being for your benefit, even when they create hardship or suffering. Ultimately this is a great step forward in trusting God. As you learn to trust the events of life as serving you, you will increasingly see the greater pattern of the wholeness of life. And this greater pattern, or deeper picture, will lead you to God, inevitably.

That is where you are all headed. Toward God. This is your ultimate purpose in being here—to know God and to unite with God. And this brings in the second aspect of spirituality that I mentioned earlier, which is love. To know God is consciousness. To unite with God is love. And the two go hand-in-hand. As you know God, so will you unite with God. As you become conscious, so will you love.

My prediction for your future is that you will grow in this consciousness. This is the deeper prediction that transcends events. You will start to care less about the events and care more about the reason for the events, the opportunity they’re offering you to grow in your consciousness and become aware of the bigger pattern. This will lead you to God. And as you unite with God, you will know love.

This consciousness will also change your life. Ultimately it will change your world. That is the law of attraction. The more you remain in this new consciousness, the less you will require external circumstances to reign in your former consciousness, which was dominated by the illusion of fulfillment in the merely physical world. Now your fulfillment will increasingly come from your deeper awareness of the source behind events. This will lead to the events calming down and becoming more benign, as they are no longer the focus of your energy or creation. So your reality will become more peaceful, simpler, more stable, more balanced. This will free up your consciousness even more to follow the thread of knowing the greater pattern, and through that knowing God. And as you know God, you will naturally be moved to love.

It is your choice as humans how quickly this will happen. At present it is underway, but not likely to happen in the immediate future as a complete and accomplished state. It is much more likely it will be a change over years and decades. But it is certainly underway. And for any particular individual it can happen much more quickly, if you are dedicated and motivated to do the work.

What does this require? It requires free attention, free from the constraints of being bound to mere survival and physical wellbeing. This generally requires a base of discipline of your basic life functions. Discipline gives you that freedom. Without discipline, your energy and awareness tend to be consumed by your “problems.” This is why spirituality has traditionally involved discipline.

But discipline is not the point. Discipline in and of itself doesn’t make you spiritual. It simply can support you in freeing your energy and awareness to be available for the spiritual process of knowing God and uniting with God. It can potentially speed up this shift into higher consciousness.

As to predictions, I wish to support you in letting go of focusing on events that are to happen. because that is not the consciousness that will be most helpful. Instead focus on going beyond events into the bigger pattern of what’s behind the events. This leads to connection with God. It also leads to your world shifting, to 3D giving way to 4D and the dimensions beyond. This is what I predict will be happening for all of you.

In 4D, your consciousness changes from seeing the world as a fixed place that’s physically based to seeing the world as an energy realm that is fluid and which you are always affecting. Rather than seeing yourself as the victim of events or circumstances, you now see yourself as a part of all events and circumstances. More and more you will see yourself as the creator of events and circumstances. You become empowered to deeply make use of your freedom of choice. You start to use your power to choose and create much more powerfully. So the focus in 4D is upon manifestation and creation.

Right now the majority of humanity is in the process of releasing the exclusive focus on the physical, which is the consciousness of 3D, and moving into the focus of this greater energetic pattern that underlies the physical. You are in the process of shifting into 4D consciousness and reality. This will continue and grow, for individuals and for humanity as a whole.

You are not prevented from doing this by authorities, political leaders, social structures, or any other feature of your world. Your consciousness is your own creation and you are at choice to change your consciousness however and whenever you choose.

It is easier to make this shift in consciousness when you are in the company of others who share your intention. It is especially supportive to be in the company of others who are further along in doing this than you are. These are your teachers and guides. To put yourself in their company is a beneficial action. This includes receiving that company through writings or audio and video media. But it is most supportive to share that company in life. Creating associations with others who share your intentions to grow in this way is very valuable, as is finding teachers who can guide and support you in your growth.

My hope is that many people will be moved to engage this shift as deeply and thoroughly as possible. I encourage you to connect with others who are similarly engaging their growth. This will not only support your own growth. It will maximize the effect you have in your world. Group consciousness is a powerful form that can support the totality of change in your reality. It is a contribution to others at the energetic level, whether they are aware of it or not, and whether they are currently choosing the same path or not. That is an act of love. And it can change humanity’s trajectory.

With that kind of intention and engagement, this shift will be accelerated. It is already happening at an extraordinarily fast rate, in terms of human evolution. This may be difficult to see from your perspective, but from our vantage point there is tremendous change underway, which you might say is happening at the speed of light. Truly it’s happening at the speed of consciousness. But it is incredibly fast in terms of how quickly it’s possible to change. We are most pleased about this.

We also have complete confidence that this shift into the fourth dimension and beyond will happen. Again, it is not for us to say when it will happen, because you are creating it. But it is underway and we already see the endpoint. It will happen and we are here welcoming you to your new reality as you make this transition. We receive you with our form of open arms and greatest heart love. We are ready to receive you. And we’re wholeheartedly looking forward to that “homecoming” for you, into your new home and reality of the fourth dimension.

In great love and service,
I AM Mary Magdalene


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