Watching My Own Arrogance – Steve Beckow @ Golden Age of Gaia

Manipura – Solar Plexus art by Jane Marin

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Watching My Own Arrogance

I wanted to say more about feelings like arrogance because I think the discussion needs to be had, preferably before the Reval.

Since writing “Two Views of the Ego,” (1) I’ve been watching my own arrogance and I see it, just below the surface.

What happens with most of us in the process of growing up, I think, is that we suppress, control, or hide our arrogance – or similarly troublesome feelings. But they don’t go away – as long as we live in these dense vibrations. (2)

And they’re troublesome because other people don’t like being around arrogant people for a variety of reasons.

I think, deep down, we have an intuitive understanding that the ego in everyone operates in part through drawing on feelings like arrogance, jealousy, anger, manipulation, etc.

The function of the ego is to promote the survival of the organism. In caveman times, the ego kept us alert and alive. Suspiciousness, focused concern on one’s own person, responding with ferocity – all had survival value in the dog-eat-dog world of tribal circles. The strongest survived (and was admired) and the weakest went to the wall.

What seems to promise survival more than being on the top of the heap – and being recognized as such? I am the King (or Queen). I am the Judge. I am the Guru, until the population rises up and overthrows the arrogant one.

Seeing that other people bristle when we relate to them from an arrogant place may not be enough to stop us however. But when people drift away from us or reject us outright, we … OK, I … gradually or quickly come to see that these negative feeling states don’t promise a happy future.

Although I no longer reside in that place, I’m told and believe that a spiritual state is permanently reached where (1) we realize we live forever and so survival concerns fall away, (2) we experience a deeper form of love that naturally and unendingly embraces everyone, and (3) we find ourselves putting the welfare of others ahead of our own (after first taking care of our own basic needs). We call that state “Ascension.”

I’ve seen how the inner tsunami of higher-dimensional love wipes away feelings like arrogance, jealousy, hatred, etc. Nonetheless, I’m back in the soup of feeling the negative feelings again, that experience of love having been temporary.

Until that state of affairs becomes permanent after Ascension, the best it gets is to feel the arrogance and other negative feelings as they arise, simply “be with” them, experience them through to completion rather than acting on them, and then let them go.

That’s the best way I know. Byron Katie may have a faster way. Or someone else. I literally have seen dozens of approaches to what I call vasanas (core issues) advertised on the Internet or in bookstores.

Why am I mentioning this now? Because, as I said earlier and repeat here, I believe that the Reval will expand many of these latent tendencies and feelings in us. The situation will be compounded because our wealth will suggest to us that we really are superior. The chosen people, as one intel guru calls us.

And it’ll be compounded more because we now have the means to act on our feelings of outrage at being poorly treated. We may set about suing people or buying up companies that offend us, etc. We’re now launched on a path that will ultimately lead to our downfall.

So what was before merely amusing – the thought of us marching up and down in front of a mirror, admiring ourselves, like the Emperor with his “new clothes” – has now become a realistic scenario in which we march unwittingly into our own mission’s failure. Our inhibitions are removed and we become part of the very social force we wanted to see removed or disappear. (3)

Awareness is our best friend, I think, in moving through these troublesome feelings. Rumi called simply watching and being aware of our thoughts and feelings without resisting them, “welcoming the unexpected guest.”

Not putting them on like a suit of armor and then laying waste to those around us whom we regard as the cause of our troubles or somehow “inferior” to us. That, as so many movies and novels remind us, will not have a happy ending.

Footnotes

(1) “Two Views of the Ego,” Sept. 30, 2018, at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/09/30/296278/.

(2) Feelings like these were absent from my experiences in higher-dimensional love and bliss.

(3) I described in “Two Views of the Ego,” above, how on two occasions I saw the face of my unbridled ego and it was shocking. That sets up my thinking on this matter. I know what can be unleashed if we surrender to what feels good in the moment but has bad long-term outcomes, such as arrogance, jealousy, greed, etc.

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/10/08/watching-my-own-arrogance/

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Glory to the Divine Mother – Navratri 2018 – Narendra Mishra

Glory to the Divine Mother – Navratri 2018

From October 9 till October 17, 2018 Hindus worldwide will be engaged in 9 days and nights of celebration of the Divine Mother. This festival is known as the Navratri or Nine Nights of the Divine Mother.

In this article I look briefly at the Divine Mother. Briefly because She is Everything. There is no end to Her Glory and Greatness.


Narendra Mishra, “Glory to the Divine Mother – Navratri 2018,” Awakening Spark, 9/10/2018 at https://awakeningspark.com/blog/glory-to-the-divine-mother-navratri-2018


There are two major Navratri celebrations every year that correspond to the start of the Spring and Autumn. These seasonal transitional periods have long been observed to be difficult, often heralding much change.

Thus the ancient seers recommended worship of the Highest Principle and the Highest Cause during this time to assist humanity in navigating these changes. They recommended worship of the Divine Mother.

The principle of the Divine Mother is found throughout the world in almost all cultures and religions. In Hinduism, she is the Goddess Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and many others. In the Christian world she is the Mother Mary. For the Chinese she is Quan Yin. For the Greeks she is Athena, and Aphrodite, and many others. I can go on and on.

Why the Divine Mother? The Divine Mother is the manifesting Principle of the Divine Father. The Divine Father is the pure, unitive, universal, Consciousness that is latent. It is the ground or foundation of Being. The Divine Mother is this same energy in action, movement, and manifestation.

The Divine Mother and the Divine Father are ONE. There is no difference. In Hindu iconography there is the half male, half female form of Shiva and Parvati which denotes the equality and identity of the Divine Mother and Father.

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Of the Divine Mother, Sri Ramakrishna has said:

“The Divine Mother revealed to me in the Kali temple that it was She who had become everything. She showed me that everything was full of Consciousness. The image was Consciousness, the water was Consciousness, the altar was Consciousness, the water vessels were Consciousness, the doorsill was Consciousness, the marble floor was Consciousness-all was Consciousness.” (1)

That pure Consciousness is transcendental. It is the Father – the Brahman. That Consciousness in manifestation is the Shakti – the Divine Mother.

This immanent world, the world of manifestation, comes out from Her like waves upon the infinite ocean of Consciousness.

She is the mystic syllable- the AUM, the AMEN. She is the grand unified field of physics. She is the primordial energy that births stars, planets, and galaxies.

She is the tenderness in a flower blossom, the fierceness of a raging waterfall. She is the wetness in water, the heat in fire.

Where can Her glory end? She is the Divine Mother. She is EVERYTHING.

Jai Maa!

Footnotes
(1) Swami Nikhilananda, trans. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York, 1973, 15.

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/10/09/glory-to-the-divine-mother-navratri-2018/

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