The shared agreement of who you are ~

We live in a world of shared agreements.

It’s a world of illusion.

What does that mean?

We see a round white object and we know it as a pearl, based on what we’ve been taught. There is an agreement in place to call this thing a pearl. We then place a value on this pearl based, once again, on what we’ve been taught. “This pearl is large and perfect in its shape and it has a luminosity and is rare and so it will be valuable.”

But it’s only valuable because of a shared agreement, an agreement that we all have bought into – that a round white object that we have collectively agreed to call a pearl and that is large and perfect in shape and is luminous and not often found is valuable.

In another culture, in another time, that same round white object might not be called a pearl, and might not be valuable. It might be regarded with indifference. It might still be rare, or it might be commonplace, but the culture at that time does not place a high value on it.

So which is real?
The valuable pearl?
Or the pearl which has no value?

It depends on your perspective.
The world you live in.
The time you live in.
The agreements that you have struck, and share.

What is the real truth of the pearl?

The real truth of the pearl is that it is neither valuable nor not valuable, it is an illusion, created by us collectively. Its value is only the value we invest in it, by a shared agreement.

We live in a world of shared agreements.

We agree collectively that a Mercedes Benz is a better car than a Ford Prius. We agree that a mansion by the sea is a better house than a shack in the woods. These are all agreements that we share, and have bought into, and that now define our lives – the way we live our lives – and the way we look at the world.

They also define how we look at ourselves.

How do we value ourselves? We value ourselves by saying “This is who I am. This is what I do. This is what I have created. This is what people say of me. This is how people see me.” We place a value on ourselves based on these agreements, some of which are inside us, some of which are outside us, but all are filtered through us.

These agreements state that you are the person you think you are. That you are the person that does these things. That you are the person that has created these things. That you are the person that others know you by, that see you as they see you.

But are you that person?
Your ego believes so.
You have created your world, and your self worth, based on these agreements that you have filtered through your ego, and from this you have created a personality based on those agreements which have morphed into belief.

And in seeing yourself this way, in believing yourself to be this way, you have created two things – limitation and separation.

You are limited by your agreement of who you are. In fact you are much much more than your limited agreement of who you are, but you cannot see that because of the limited view that you hold of yourself, based on your filtered beliefs.

Your filtered beliefs also hold that you are separate from everyone else. You are separate from that other man, that other woman.

As soon as you invoke separation, you invoke judgement.

You are better than that other man because you have a Mercedes and he has a Ford Prius, and you know from prior agreement that a Mercedes is better than a Prius. You are not as good as that other woman because you live in a shack in the woods and she lives in a mansion by the sea, and you know from prior agreement that a shack in the woods is not as good as a mansion by the sea.

Separation and judgement are the cause of all fear, hate, greed, conflict, pain, and suffering in this world.

As soon as you begin to see the world as one, as yourself as being no different from anyone else – no better, no worse; as soon as you start to see the artificial value we place on things, then the sooner you will rid yourself of fear and pain and suffering.

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Proving intuition ~

How can you prove intuition?
This is something I’ve been struggling with in the making of my film on intuition.
How do you prove it?

Various people – investors and funders – have said to me: You must have scientists giving their view on how intuition works. 

Fact is, they don’t know. Some have theories, but when pressed, they admit they don’t know. They can’t prove it. Not the intuition I’m exploring.

The definition of intuition that I’m working to is this:

Intuition is a sudden unexplained insight that comes unaided by logic, intellect, or expertise. 

Various scientists, like Professor Daniel Khaneman, a Nobel Prize winner and author of the book Thinking Fast and Slow, and authors such as Gary Klein (The Power of Intuition) and Malcolm Gladwell (Blink) talk about an intuition that sits outside my definition.

They talk about what I call subsumed memory recall – a process of recalling past expertise then using their intellect to come to quick “intuitive” decisions.

That’s not the intuition I’m interested in.

I’m interested in the intuition that speaks to you in a car as you’re approaching an intersection, warning you of impending danger. I’m interested in the intuition that works through coincidence so that you miss the bus that would have taken you to the World Trade Centre on that fateful morning.

I’m interested in the intuition that comes to you in dreams and whispers.

Soon I go back into the editing room, and so I’ve begun rewriting my script. I have, as Jennifer says, been “wrestling with crocodiles” with this film. Finally though, I believe I have the croc all trussed up and on the bank. I feel as though I’ve cracked the film. I understand now what I have to say.

But back to proof.

As part of this writing project, I’ve been reviewing past research materials, and I was led back to a great book by Osho called Intuition – Knowing beyond Logic. It’s a book that I read from time to time because Osho brings it all back to simple wisdom. Here are some excerpts from the book:

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When the body functions spontaneously, that is instinct. When the soul functions spontaneously, that is intuition.

Intuition cannot be explained scientifically because the very phenomenon is unscientific and irrational. In language, it looks okay to ask: Can intuition be explained? But it means: Can intuition be reduced to intellect? Intuition is something beyond our intellect, something not of the intellect, something coming from some place where intellect is totally unaware. So the intellect can feel it, but cannot explain it. 

If you feel that what cannot be explained by the intellect does not exist, then you are a non-believer, and you will continue in this lower existence of the intellect and be tethered to it. Then you disallow mystery, and so you disallow intuition to speak to you.

This is what a rationalist is. The rationalist will not even see that something from the beyond has come. If you are rationally trained, you will not allow the higher; you will deny it, and you will say: It cannot be. It must be my imagination. It must be my dream. Unless I can prove it rationally, I will not accept it. A rational mind becomes closed, closed within the boundaries of reasoning, and intuition cannot penetrate. 

Intuition is a leap from nothing to being. That’s why reason denies it, because reason is incapable of encountering it. Reason can only encounter phenomena that can be divided into cause and effect.

According to reason, there are two realms of existence: the known, and the unknown. And the unknown is that which is not yet known but will someday be known. Mysticism says there are three realms: the known, the unknown, and the unknowable. By the unknowable, the mystic means that which can never be known.

Intellect is involved with the known and the unknown, but not with the unknowable. Intuition works with the unknowable – that which cannot be known. Reason is an effort to know the unknown. Intuition is the happening of the unknowable. To penetrate the unknowable is possible, but to explain it is not. 

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Deepak Chopra – The need for story & myth ~

I’ve always been a bit confused about Krishna.

Who is Krishna?

You might only know of Krishna through the Hare Krishnas, or George Harrison singing Krishna Krishna on his amazing album, All Things Must Pass. 

Krishna is one of the most revered deities in the Hindu religion. But did Krishna exist? Did he actually live, like Jesus or Buddha? Or was he ever only a character in story – such as in the Mahabharata  an ancient scripture which defines Hinduism.

In other words, was Krishna fictional, or historical?

There is evidence that Krishna did exist, historically – but Deepak Chopra, in an article on the power of myth, gives another perspective. Here is what he says about it all …

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What Inspires Me: The Power of Myth
by Deepak Chopra, MD

I was brought up in India, a land that is imbued with a living mythology. Very early on in my childhood, it was my mother who told me that the word “inspiration” literally meant to be in spirit. The spirit, in turn, was the spirit of God, who breathed into the dust of the earth and animated it with consciousness. The most fundamental factor of existence, then, became the awareness or consciousness of existence.

Since it was impossible to imagine God as an infinite being, our collective consciousness used symbols to express divinity. These symbols were literally the gods and goddesses in our mythical stories. Long before I became aware of Joseph Campbell and “The Power of Myth”, I was already deeply immersed in the stories of these magnificent mythological beings who had supernormal powers that went beyond human capacities.

Everyday my mother would read to me and my younger brother Sanjiv stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the Indian epics equivalent to the Odyssey and Iliad. Here I learned of the great archetypal energies of Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, Krishna, the cosmic alchemist, Ganesh, remover of obstacles.

When I was very young I thought of them as actual beings. Later, I realized that they were in fact symbols of higher states of consciousness that allowed us to tap into the collective imagination and our collective longing to accomplish the extraordinary. They lift us to heights of passion, ecstasy, and extraordinary accomplishments.

As I delved later into the literature of mythology, I realized that “myth” was etymologically related to the following words – mother, matrix, time, measurement, music, matter, meter, mata, mater. Myth was the womb of creation through which the infinite being became quantified and finite in the world of space-time and causality.

Myth as story reveals the creative process itself. Much later I also understood that the rituals of invocation of the gods and goddesses were actually ways to breathe in the archetypal and universal energies into myths to activate that latent power within our awareness.

Now many years later, I realize that icons and even commercial brands are encapsulated myths. They are stories with motifs and themes that capture the essentials of the human drama. The stories contain the eternal conflict between opposing themes: sinner and saint, hero and villain, forbidden lust and unconditional love.

They have in them mystery, adventure, magic, wanderlust, and divine energies such as love compassion empathy and equanimity and the eternal battle to overcome our own demons of anger, hostility, guilt, shame, and fear.

Much later, as I started my writing career, I delved deeply into the cultural mythologies that later became institutionalized religion. I studied the lives of Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, and Buddha not with a desire to validate their historical truth, but to see them as the symbolic expression of the longing, aspiration, desire, and extraordinary accomplishments in the collective imagination of a people in a particular time and culture.

The themes were essentially the same. These great beings had lived stories that surpassed the capacity of ordinary human beings. They were not limited by social constraints. They were rebels: They did not mimic popular culture, they lead it; they offered hope, trust, stability, and compassion to people in times of confusion, turmoil, chaos, and collective anxiety.

I have gone at length to share with you how my life was inspired by myth and story and how it unfolded in my own career which started as physician dealing with physical problems, but expanding to well-being in all areas of human existence: emotional, social, spiritual, community, ultimately inspiring me to a vision of 100 million people undergoing personal and social transformation to create a critical mass that will lead us in the direction in a more peaceful, just, sustainable, and healthy world. 

My inspiration comes from the great mythological beings of our collective culture and history. These Beings spoke to our collective longing for truth, goodness, beauty, harmony and evolution in the direction of enlightenment. 

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It’s with great sadness ~

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of my boots.

My boots – a pair of Asolos – walked my first Camino, the Camino Frances. They are three years old, and I estimate they’ve tramped about 4,000kms.

Finally though, they’ve carked it.

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They’ve been sturdy, robust, and trusted friends.
They have taken me wonderful places.
They have done so largely blister free.

And tonight, I will reverentially place them in their final resting place –

– the garbage bin.

Today I received their replacement – a pair of Meindl, from Germany. I have a pair of full leather Meindls for when I walk my Caminos, but these are lighter and better for training, particularly on roads and hard surfaces.

I got them from Cotswolds Outdoors, a UK based online hiking company that does good prices, with fast and cheap freight.

So I am about to begin a new friendship with my new boots. They are a little stand-offish at the moment. A little stiff, a little reserved, not ebulliently friendly like the Asolos.

But that’s the difference between Germans and Italians, I guess.

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This is how intuition works ~

Okay, it’s Sunday morning here in Australia and I was about to go out on my walk.

On Sundays, I usually do my 20km walk, but my knee has been niggling me lately so I decided I would do my shorter 15km walk.

I really didn’t want to – I wanted to do the longer walk – but I felt I should do the sensible thing and give my knee a bit of a rest. (The last 5kms on the 20km walk is usually tough.)

It was cold here – 2 degrees C – so I put on the requisite four layers and prepared to go out. I got my iPod, because I always listen to books as I walk, and noticed that the battery was completely flat.

This was odd, I thought.

I’d fully charged the battery only two days earlier, and had barely used it since. How could it have gone flat?

I wanted to go out straight away, and not wait to recharge the battery, so I decided I would listen to my book – John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown – on my iPhone, via my Audible app. However, the book wasn’t on my Audible app.

This was odd too.

Why wasn’t it on the app? It was in my Audible library, it was on my iTunes, why wasn’t it appearing on my app on my iPhone?

This meant I couldn’t finish the book, not on this walk. Not if I wanted to use my iPhone to access Audible. So I then began to scroll through the other books I could read – and I came to James Van Praagh’s book, Heaven & Earth – Making the Psychic Connection. 

James is someone I’ve interviewed for my intuition film. He gave me a wonderful interview, and we spent several hours talking in his beautiful house on the beach in Southern California.

I didn’t know what the book was about, other than psychic connections, but it “called to me” so I decided that it would be the book I would read on the walk.

Then I noticed that the listening time of the book was 3hrs 18mins. Usually I do my long walk, the 20km walk, in about 3hrs 15 minutes, and so this immediately told me that I should do the longer walk, that way I’d be able to listen to the book in its entirety.

I began the walk, and began listening to the book, beautifully narrated by James, and suddenly realised that it was about intuition. In fact, it turned out to be about more than just intuition – but it was what I needed to hear right at that moment.

In a couple of weeks I go back into the editing room on my intuition film, and tomorrow I get back into writing the script. So it was absolutely what I needed to hear – more so than the Steinbeck book. It was a far better use of my time.

So through the iPod battery mysteriously going flat, and my Steinbeck book mysteriously not being on my iPhone Audible app, I was directed to a book that I needed to listen to, in order for me to progress my film on intuition.

Coincidence?
Nup.
No way.

In documenting stories like this on this blog, some of you might think that I’m trying to draw spiritual certitudes out of ordinary every day occurrences.

That I’m making a big deal out of nothing.

You can think that.
And you can walk through your life and not see the signs all around you.
Let me tell you – they’re there, waiting for you to see.
Waiting for you to awaken.

The more I go into this stuff, the more I’m given assurance that I’m on the right path.

By the way, the walk turned out to be glorious. The knee gave me no pain, and I walked swiftly and effortlessly, buoyed by James’ wonderful book.

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A channel, a channelling, a new awareness…

I was led to Amanda Guggenheimer.

She’s a channel – and an amazing one.

She lives in amongst beautiful forests in the Dandenong Ranges at the back of Melbourne, Victoria – and a friend, Peter Warren, led me to her.

This is now how my life works.
I’m guided.
And I don’t resist anymore.
I’ve learned not to.
I’ve learned to relinquish control.
To yield, as Amanda would say.

Her story is remarkable.

After a turbulent adolescence, Amanda at age seventeen retreated into the wilderness to train under the guidance of a very experienced channel. At the age of twenty-two, after completing her apprenticeship, she began channeling professionally.

She’s written several books, two of which I’ve read – The Light-Worker’s Companion, and The Channel’s Companion. 

(These links above take you to Amazon, where you can buy the books.)

The books have been a revelation for me. They’ve explained so much. They’re accessible, written simply, but it’s very apparent that they’ve been channelled because they’re technical. They’re like handbooks.

For me, right now at this point in my life, I’ve found them to be incredibly useful. They’ve helped me join so many dots. And yet I know there’s still so much to learn. I’m still very much on trainer wheels.

One of the things that’s been a huge revelation to me is the concept of a personal “hierarchy.” What’s a person’s hierarchy? Here is Amanda’s definition:

“Every person on Earth belongs to a hierarchy. A human being is either a member of one of the original twelve hierarchies that established the Spiritual Hierarchy for Earth or from a hierarchy that joined Earth at a later stage in her development. One’s hierarchy is constructed of geometric light designs and sound, which houses and organises the many parts of one’s soul that one’s soul has chosen to send to Earth and other planetary worlds and realms for experience. One’s hierarchy, while participating in the grand assignment to restore Earth to the light, is connected to the Spiritual Hierarchy for Earth and the planet Earth herself.”

Here is a diagram, from The Light-Workers Companion, of a hierarchy.

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Notice the little stick figure right down the bottom of the diagram?
That’s you and me.
Our corporeal being.
Our human being.
See how inconsequential we are in the whole scheme of things?

During the course of my making my film on intuition, I’ve had the privilege to meet some extraordinary mystics and channels. Caroline Myss springs to mind – and Dr. Norm Shealy, and Michael Tamura and James Van Praagh. And of course Lee Carroll, who channels for Kryon. These are remarkable and gifted people.

I regard Amanda as their peer.

She is a shy reclusive young lady. She lives with her family in a beautiful house in the Dandenongs, and last week Jennifer and I went and visited them. They live amongst the trees, they’re vegetarians, and whilst not being rigid about it, they try to eat only organic produce, a lot of which they grow themselves.

They are very sensitive to energy and eschew wifi and mobiles, where possible. It’s a life of wonderful simplicity, and yet they are very much connected to the real world. Amanda has a thriving business doing channelling work for clients all around the world. She’s  normally booked up two months ahead.

She’s a strong advocate for connecting with nature as a means for spiritual growth and healing. This comes through very strongly in her first book, The Light-Worker’s Companion, where she details various nature spirits.

I did a ninety minute interview with Amanda for my film. It was wonderful. On several topics she gave me quite a unique viewpoint. Later, she told me that after the interview, she felt a lightness – as though by talking with me she had fulfilled a longstanding contract – an agreement.

Amanda has promised to help me with the film, and with my personal growth, in any way she can. She is very generous. She has now done three channellings – two for me, and one with Jennifer and myself. She channelled Saint Germain and Archangel Gabriel. I was given information which I regard as very beneficial.

Do you believe this stuff? Do you believe in channelling, and spirits, and Ascended Masters, and angels?
You don’t have to.
I believe it.
Over the past two years filming around the world, I’ve seen things, read things, heard things that simply must have come from other realms. There could be no other way.

And remember, I started out a skeptic.

I’m currently reading John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown. I came across this passage yesterday: There are some things won’t stand reason, but are so just the same.

If you want to contact Amanda for a session, you best get her on: info@amandaguggenheimer.com
Here is a simplified version of a person’s hierarchy, inclusive of the various levels and dimensions…
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Leaning against trees ~

Lately, I’ve taken to leaning against trees.

Not just any trees – but old gnarly trees.
Tall magnificent trees.
Trees that look like they’ve been there forever.

Trees with spirits.

I lean against these trees to get my spine as close as possible to the trunk of the trees – to get the energy of the tree, the spirits in the tree, into my chakras.

I’ve finally gone totally woo woo, right?
Maybe I have.

I would like to clarify – I’m not a tree hugger, I’m a tree leaner.

I look at some of these trees and I just know there are spirits within. Spirits with wisdom, spirits that can heal, spirits that can speak to me, if I listen.

Why not?

It’s something many indigenous peoples believe. They believe there are spirits in the rocks, and mountains and rivers and seas, too. That the earth is alive with spirits.

And spirit. 

This is what I believe too.

So most days I walk. And where I live, in Mudgee, it’s a three minute walk to a magnificent park by a river – the park is full of old wise trees – and then it’s a ten minute walk before I’m out in amongst the vineyards, and the bush, where there are some glorious stands of very old white River Gums.

Often I see kangaroos, always I see flocks of beautiful native cockatoos and other birdlife. It fills me up, each time I go out for a walk.

Most days I walk at least 10kms, some days 15kms, and on Sunday’s 20kms. This kind of mileage takes time, and so being a person who doesn’t like to waste time, I listen to audiobooks. In this way I’ve “read” many of the classics – Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Herman Melville, the Bronte sisters, and so on – as well as Graham Greene, Hemingway, John le Carre, Ray Bradbury – and most of the Booker prize winners.

But my taste in literature is wide. I also try to read what’s in culture, so I’ve “read” all of the Twilight books, the Hunger Game books, and I managed to get through the first of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” books. That was enough for me. I got it…

I read the Game of Thrones series though in book form. George RR Martin’s writing can’t be fully appreciated in audio form. His use of language is so delicious to read off the page, and the storytelling is too complex. Same with JK Rowling and the Harry Potter series.

I digress.
What has this got to do with me leaning against trees?

Books carry a vibrational energy – from the energetic Creative Will of the author, which, if written in truth, comes from the Creative Source. A book really sings to you when that energy is in harmony with your own energy at that time.

A while ago I shifted from fiction to non fiction – both in what I read read, and what I listened-to read. In particular I’ve been doing a big catch-up on esoteric literature. There is so much for me to learn. It’s a whole new field of study.

But now and then I still like to read a good work of fiction.

I was about to go out on a walk the other day and I had to choose a new book to listen to. I’d just finished The Heart of the Soul, by Gary Zukav, and I wanted a break from this kind of stuff. I decided I would start the second book in a recent Stephen King crime series – the book was called Finders Keepers. 

A lot of people deride Stephen King. They’re snobs. He’s a great storyteller, and a great writer. And I’ve read most of his books. But as I got into Finders Keepers I found myself getting more and more agitated. It just didn’t sit right with me, even though I’d enjoyed the first of the series, Mr. Mercedes. It’s terrific crime fiction.

I realised that my agitation came from the fact that the book, whilst well written and a gripping story, was vibrating at a low energy point. And I was needing something of a higher vibration. I wanted fiction though, and so on a whim I chose John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown. 

Steinbeck is a Nobel Prize winner. He’s best known for Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath. I’d read most of Steinbeck in my early 20s, and he became a huge influence on my own writing. Journal of a Novel, his daily account of his writing of East of Eden, tells you more about the writing process than any college Creative Writing course.

I’d read To a God Unknown more than 30 years ago, and remembered that it had a big impact on me at the time, but I’d forgotten it. And now the book called to me. It was asking me to read it again.

I couldn’t understand why, but I’ve learned now to listen to that voice, and so yesterday I started to read the book again, on Audiobook, as I walked out into the bush.

It’s set in the early 1900s, and it’s about a young man who settles in the Salinas Valley in Northern California – and he comes to believe that the spirit of his father, who has recently passed, has come to inhabit a huge oak tree near his house.

So I’m reading this book – or listening to it – and the synchronicity of it hits me hard. At this point in my life where I am seriously beginning to embrace the notion of spirits in trees, this book comes along, written by one of literature’s great minds, and in a sense Steinbeck validates what I’m thinking about.

I love my life.

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