24 September 2014

The Senility Prayer


The Senility Prayer
God, Grant me the Senility
to forget the people I never liked anyway,
the good fortune to run into the ones that I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Amen
Now that I'm older, here is what I have discovered --
  • I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

  • My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

  • I finally got my head together, now my body is falling apart.

  • It's funny, but I don't remember being absent minded.

  • All reports are in ... Life is now officially unfair.

  • If all is not lost, where is it????

  • It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

  • Some days you are the dog. Some days you are the hydrant.

  • I wish the buck stopped here, I could use a few.

  • Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

  • Accidents in the back seat cause . . . kids.

  • It is hard to make a comeback when you have never been anywhere.

  • The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you are in the bathroom.

  • If God had wanted me to touch my toes, He would have put them on my knees.

  • When I am finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?

  • It is not hard to meet expenses . . . they are everywhere.

  • The only differences between a rut and a grave are the depth and one has the ends kicked out.

  • These days I spend a lot of time thinking about the here after.....
    I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I am here after.......

  • If I wake up of a morning and nothing hurts, it may be a good indication that I have died during the night.
  • Oh, Well . . . I am lost!  I have gone out looking for myself.
    If I should return before I get back, PLEASE ask me to wait!!

Dedicated to Barefoot Bob

Barefoot Bob Hardison

Born: August 8th, 1933
Sobriety Date: February 28th, 1974
Died: January 31st, 2009


Commitment Three: Follow the Energy

The next crucial Commitment that comes onto our List here is a decision to attune ourselves to FOLLOW THE ENERGY, however it may present itself, thereby making our lives into a flow rather than a struggle.
On the surface, this may seem to be a confusing and nebulous approach. After all, we are all part of a world that is, literally, overflowing with potential "energies." How does a person choose which energy to follow? Therein lies the challenge of living.
There are no good or bad energies. All people and things are just energy ...... which is, essentially, neutral. However, some vibrations seem particularly useful and attractive to us. Other vibrations can repulse. The reason for our implied hierarchy in this study (the order of commitments), is to provide some criteria for weeding through the potential energies, and help us discern where our "home" is. In energy terminology, that "homing signal" is called a Signature Vibration.
At the primary level, living is very simple. We inhale, we exhale. We eat, we eliminate. We sleep, we work, we play, we make love. The urge to survive surrounds and encompasses all that we do, so that focus can be achieved in physical form. Anything that requires us to go beyond the primal instincts to discern our direction, in any circumstance, puts us at risk of dissociating from our physical body and becoming misaligned. In short, we lose our connection with SELF, and wander away from "home."
All progress takes place in a state of imbalance. Necessity is the mother of invention. We experience desire or need, and we move toward meeting that goal, filling that void. And even the most "set" breeds of animal can become susceptable to an infusion of alien energy (thought forms, ideas) if we determine that aligning with these new energies can assist us in being more efficient in our drive to survive. This we call evolution. If we add to that dynamic the corresponding inner urges --- the desire and curiosity to explore --- the velocity of the urge to evolve goes off the chart.
Herein lies the dilemma. At what point do we consider ourselves to have been "abducted" by "our aliens," and carried away from "home," without a way to get back? At what point do we (or did we, as a species), allow ourselves to move from being sentient, grounded energy forms ---- at one with our physical environment --- to being "talking heads" whose bodies and emotions often appear to be our enemy?
The answer to this question could fill several books. And that is not our purpose here, anyway. We have already evolved. We are no longer merely primal life forms. We have mated with the "Gods" and we are a whole new species. But how do we maintain a harmonious balance between our animal nature and our God self? How can we evolve to the point where we are truly, beautifully HUMAN?? (It often appears to me that "Mankind is the missing link between anthropoid apes and fully evolved human beings."
For our purposes here, our experiences suggest a simple, yet profound solution. In order to maintain a balance between both sides of our hybrid nature, we choose to LIVE as INSTINCTIVELY as possible, always moving forward according to the best impulses that our body can provide. In so doing, we will behave honestly --- as children do at play, fully feeling through the journey with all our being. Then, at regular intervals, we can choose to stop and evaluate our path --- based upon the best ideals and life lessons we have accumulated to date.
Plato once said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." This wonderful principle is fulfilled by the second part of this process. What Plato didn't tell us is the fact that a person cannot "examine" his life and live it at the same time. Too much analysis causes paralysis. And, indeed, that is what is running rampant in our society today.
A commitment to follow the energy involves three things
1. Do what you want to do, when you want to do it. If you are blocked from fulfilling that goal, carefully examine if your course of action is harming another, or if your current goal is truly what the core of you wants. If you are certain that you are not harming anyone, and that you really "want" what you are seeking, keep at it until you have attained your prize. Do it in the moment. If the desire dies, it's often best to let the goal die with it. (there are some exceptions to this, but they are few.)
2. Realize that we are the creators of our own reality. That means that everything about our universe is the product of our own design (at the more expanded level of consciousness). With this in mind, it can be very useful to own that it is "impossible" for us to really want something and not provide ourselves with a way to get it. Therefore, if our goal continues to elude us, there may be something wrong in the selection process for our activities. Perhaps we are being overly influenced by the "aliens," huh?
We are living in a time where heaven is being installed on the Earth. As a whole, humankind has made the determination that we don't want to have our "pie in the sky, by and by." Instead, we want to bring the pie (and the sky) down "here," so that we can fully experience the tactile joy of every bite. With this in mind, it naturally follows that any goal which involves too much STRUGGLE has probably somehow gotten misconstrued or misaligned. In such a case, the chances are that we have overlaid a lot of "like to's" onto our "wanter," and lost our own natural way. Or, perhaps, we are being operated from an IDEALISTIC PLACE that does not include compassion for our body and a healthy recognition of our emotional needs. Self-sacrifice is the result. Those days are also coming to an end.
3. Purpose to place your own body and your own emotions squarely in the center of the place where you formulate your ideals. This is called moving and deciding from an Integrated Self, rather than a consciousness that secretly holds natural desires and needs in a place of disdain. The Crusades are over. There is no one left to save. Anyone functioning on the Earth with what appears to be an "unhealthy," or "dysfunctional" state is probably doing so because their soul needs to log into that experience for its evolution. Why fight it? Why tilt at windmills? Go with the flow. It'll feel better all around.
Helping others and loving others can be a wonderful experience, when it comes from a place of DESIRE and JOY, rather than obligation and "social responsibility." Everyone reading this has probably received a gift from someone who bought it simply because it was "expected." How did it feel to receive that gift? Have we fully grasped the fact that much of life on the physical plane today is being run that way?
To sum it all up: A decision to follow the energy puts us fully in our body and allows us to be guided by the best feedback mechanism ever created --- the human body. If in doubt, we leave it out. Or, we initiate a time of evaluation that helps us overcome the doubt and move ahead. Having achieved that, we gleefully spend every Now Moment on the look-out for the intersection between our strongest desire and our nearest available opportunity to fulfill it.
Imagine what living like this would be like. If we have to imagine that, then we're already off the path! If this is the case, we must stop whatever we are doing and head for "home." We do not worry about passing "go," and we "certainly" do not worry about collecting that $200.
Choose life. If we don't, it will choose us. It will capture us and ride us mercilessly. After all, we are the ones who have given up our power, are we not? 

Commitment Two: Stay in the Now

The next major "Commitment" that is required, in order to effectively achieve Freedom, is a solid focus into the NOW MOMENT.
Someone once said: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, but today is a GIFT (that's why they call it the PRESENT).
Also: "The Now Moment is a Multidimensional Vehicle that can take you anywhere and anywhen you wish to go. The only thing you must remember is to keep your hands and feet inside the car!"
Ranked solidly behind a commitment to inner (and outer) freedom --- thereby helping us gain clear access to what it is that we truly desire --- a focus into the NOW is the grand accelerator of the Multiverse. This is because it is, literally, the only time there is.
Many people talk about time travel. Many more swear that the government already has its own Time Machine (I am not among them, btw, and if they do, it is screwed up) --- but, as experience has taught us --- the present is NOT the product of the past. Both past and future are designed and manufactured in the Now Moment.
Each Now Moment is a discreet universe that is its own designer and director of cinematography. The past and future are variations of "clip-art" that are pasted on, so to speak, in order to give color and texture to the Now.
How do you think it is that a person can imagine the future with such clarity and accuracy? How, indeed, can a human being imagine what it's like to go somewhere he has never been? The answer is simple. In the Multiverse, everything is NOW. And we've all been there ......... already! Everything is happening simultaneously in one, fragmented, undulating Moment ........ divided and compartmentalized by a veil that allows for everything to maintain its sense of definition, regardless of how the sequencing is arranged.
Stephen Hawking blew everyone away when he asked: "Do you think it's possible for us to remember the future?" For the un-initiated mind, this sounded fantastic. For a seasoned metaphysician, it's first-level stuff.
If we haven't dealt with it before, we'd best deal with it now. We are where we are, doing what we're doing, because we each created it that way. And, even though it often appears as such, nothing happens by happenstance. It's all custom made to order!
Time Travel --- or Space Travel, for that matter --- is simply a case of skip-hopping from Now Moment to Now Moment, within an ultra-changeable continuum of possible/probable alternatives. Knowing that these exist, and piloting our "vehicle" with a reasonable amount of focus and intention, we have an excellent chance of being able to navigate ourselves anywhere.
The pitfall, of course, is a little thing called continuity. Once we invest ourselves, within a particular "version" or sequence of Now Moments --- and become attached to an outcome --- our consciousness decelerates itself until it becomes hardened into physical matter. In other words, what is happening in that universe "matters" to us, and we become stuck there.
To commit ourselves into the Now Moment is to, in essence, put our head down and WHIRRRRRRRRR through the Multiverse until our vibration locks on to our strongest desire. The word "desire" means "of the Father" --- "de" + "sire" (father). Once that connection is made, the journey is instantaneous. After all, there's really nowhere to go, eh? It's all here, it's all Now, it's all YOU.
I ask: "Do you know what you did yesterday?" "Everything."
"Do you know what you'll do tomorrow?" "Everything."
It's only TODAY --- it's really only NOW --- that you can do Something.
So here we have it --- Commitment #2. Being PRESENT in the NOW. Everything else is scenery. If it can't be done Now, let it be. Everything will stack itself up, exactly as you created it. Therefore, sit back --- relax. Climb aboard your nice, shiny, new NOW MOMENT --- arrive where you want ON TIME, and in beautiful style!

Commitment One: To Freedom

The commitment of greatest importance is a DEDICATION To FREEDOM at all levels of society, and in all dimensions of our existence.
By this I mean a true reverence for allowing life and reality to be as it is, rather than demanding it to be what our mind, or our experience, tells us how it should or should not be. The oneCommandment that is foundational reads: "Harm no one, then do what thou wilt."
In this one Law the whole of the Mosaic Law is contained (or any other law, for that matter). It allows for free expression in all aspects of life ......... and also begs for clear and unbridled reflection on our own individual immediate universe, once our commitment has been made. There can be no such thing as exercising MY freedom if another person's freedom is impinged or negated. That is a violation of the prime directive, yes?
We are beginning to wrap ourselves around the idea that there are many inner elements which have to be cleared, functional, and in motion, before any powerful, demanding outer elements can be installed. Otherwise, we are like a young lad who buys himself a car (and signs on for huge monthly payments) without really knowing how to drive. In fact, some of us barely know how to "walk" some of these personal areas. We may talk the talk, but walking our talk is an entirely different matter. Learning to do so is a momentous responsibility.
There are many inner commitments that must enacted before any external joining can breathe and be successful. We all arrange them in different order. And, indeed, the hierarchy of these elements quite often changes according to the life plan it supports, and their very diversity is absolutely essential to the FREEDOM and EVOLUION OF THE WHOLE.
This dance of Life is called "See Me/Show Me"........... and the administration of the dance steps begins and ends with the edict: Harm No One.
What would be the nature of harm in the context of this one universal law? Surely, it would be to "prevent someone from doing what he or she wants to do, mandating that they do or be what we want instead."
A commitment to freedom, at all levels, is automatically a commitment to Rigorous Honesty, theTruth of Reality. After all, once freedom is insured, why would one need to lie?
The need to distort our truth, our "reality," and thereby limit our freedom, in order to survive goes all the way back to our childhood and the family system. In fact, it goes back all the way to the myth of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Remember what the core of the technique is? We withhold food (or other bodily necessities) in order to curtail or limit the freedom of others in society.
There is much we will discuss about this during the continuing course of time. How we handle children and families in this world today is a serious threat to the healthy continuation of both. At the core of this issue is a basic lack of commitment to freedom.
Any "security" that is gained through loss of freedom is a Commitment to Fear. Any nation that puts "national security" above personal freedom has lost its power base. In saying this, I am not suggesting that any individual, or this or any other country, should suddenly lower its guard against all enemies (both real and imagined) that we have amassed through the years. That would produce mental whiplash of grand proportion in the collective consciousness. And, again, that would be aninner element that must be changed before the outer condition can be corrected.
This is why politics is NOT the answer to what plagues the human condition. Politics is like a horse trainer who seeks to bridle up and train our collective energy so that it will function for the good of all. Inner freedom is like the horse whisperer who spends many long hours sitting quietly with our "animal" to discover what the burr is that is stuck under its tail.
Remember the famous line that Robert Redford spoke in the movie "Horse Whisperer?" The female character says to him: "I hear you help people with horse problems." He looks up and responds: "No, ma'am. I actually help horses with people problems."
I must state, once again, There are no political, economic, 'religious' or military solutions to what is primarily a spiritual problem in the world today, the "We-Them" syndrome, and the lack of commitment to Freedom and Rigorous Honesty. We, all of mankind, must learn and know that "We are all ONE."
Before we can see clearly to take the mote out of our neighbor's eye, we must remove the log that exists in our own. That takes lots of inner work, and lots of personal freedom to be and do and watch and feel.
We must ask ourselves honestly .... if someone doesn't want to give us something, why would we still be manipulating for a way to get it anyway? And if we really don't want to have, be, or do something in our lives, who do we think we're really kidding when we force ourselves to create an outward appearance that doesn't match our inward being?
Harm no one, then do what thou wilt. That's a tall order, and it takes guts to carry it out. It means simultaneously giving up control and opening to the good that longs to take us forward into our adventure.

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