Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cosmic Allignment?

Happy New Moon fellow moon beam surfers!

So today is the day after the cosmic alignment... Or what actually did happen yesterday anyway?  It was a very contemplative time for me as this whole week has been actually!

Here is something very interesting to read during this dark moon day:  http://www.realitysandwich.com/Alex_Grey_Mind_Parasites

From my earliest recollections of childhood experiences, I have always always pledged to be in alignment with the highest good of all.  I have dedicated and surrendered my deepest intentions, governing values, and shared merits to the empowerment and uplifting of all life in the universe. 

Now with all that said, I admit life can be a very rough road at times.  I have had my dark moments like everyone else.  But even in my darkest kicking and screaming hour, I have always kept the commitment to the highest good for all deep within my heart!

There have been times in my life where I became strongly aware of parasitic entities such as described by Alex Grey's vision above.  I have learned over many years how to shield myself from such dark beings.  I have many unseen guides, ancestors, and loving spirits with me always who protect and guide me.

The fact is this: Energy is constantly flowing through us as we surf through the cosmic source reality of everything.  It is not stored up within us in such a way that we can be drained (like you see in so many video games).  Any sort of parasitic feeding will not deplete, since the source of energy is infinite. 

If you feel depleted... understand that is an illusion.  We feel this desperation psychologically because we have been exposed all our lives to the every day experience of the physical cycle of life and death.

In true reality, life and death are only cycles we travel on a greater journey which is infinite!  If you can let go of that concept, you will find true peace!

What actually happens is dark entities have self deluded themselves and cut themselves off through seduction of the ego.  They no longer see that through absolute love our cups are ever overflowing and we do not need to hoard since all is abundance! 

Because of their blindness and hardened hearts, these dark entities feel desperate to attach themselves to others bright energy centers (the beautiful flowers blooming) and drink from that.  Life force energy is everywhere and is multidimensional!

If these dark entities are able to reverse and deflate their self created delusions, returning to their original self loving beauty they would see their own energy centers connected already to all the abundance of the universe, and realize they have been living in a self created illusion of separation.

They will begin to see their own beautiful flowers blooming within the garden of light and abundance around them and their self appointed darkness will lift.  Their metaphoric ugly appearance will be transformed into metaphoric beauty, and rather than being parasitic they turn the whole picture around and begin exploring and sharing their own energetic creation with all the beauty and life all around them.

You know... Life can get so serious at times! I find humor to be the cure for pretty much everything!

Finding a bottle on the beach, Jake uncorks it and releases a genie.

"Ah, now you get three wishes," says the genie.
"Great!" Jake replies. "First, I want one billion dollars."
Poof! There's a flash, and a paper with Swiss bank account numbers appears in Jake's hand.

"Next, I want a nice ocean-side house in Hawaii."
Poof! Another flash, and he is holding the deed to an ocean side property in Hawaii.

"Finally," Jake says, "I want to be irresistible to women."
Poof! There's another blinding flash ...and Jake turns into a box of chocolates.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two hearts!  Keep on smiling :-)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

My Initial Reaction to the 9/11 Event - Revisited 10 Years Later

I wrote the article below shortly after the 9/11 event occurrence in 2001.  Today, exactly 10 years later, I decided to re-publish this article as a blog post here.

Revisiting how I felt then... much of my feelings today are the same, but I have new insights based on events and facts that followed the event to the present day.  I may follow up this post with a sequel of what I have learned about this and other events over the past decade...

My thoughts on the "Attack on America" Crisis September 11, 2001
Copyright ©, 17 September 2001, by Ben Sheppard, all rights reserved

The events of last week were very stressful on me emotionally and caused me to go through a deep re-examination process of everything I believe in.
 
After a week of much inner turmoil, I am still unshaken about my beliefs and convictions about war and violence which formed back during the Vietnam era while I was serving my country in a lifesaving role, as a helicopter search and rescue air crewman in the US Navy.  Back then, the evil forces were far from US soil.  It was easy for most of us young idealistic folks to protest and point fingers at the military and the establishment, carry banners for love, peace, and proclaim pacifism.

We are now in a new age and the conditions and rules have changed somewhat.  We are no longer one socioeconomic, political super power nation struggling in a balance of power against another socioeconomic, political super power nation. Rather we are in the midst of evolving into a collective union of many nations with common socioeconomic, political, humanitarian, ideals while still holding dearly to each of our separate national heritages, cultural and religious beliefs.  Try as we can, we cannot stop the slow evolution taking place. 

The advance of technology, mass transportation, and mass communication are rapidly shrinking our world to the size of a Brooklyn back yard.  This is causing many factions of fear, resistance, and reaction from all sides, both religious, economic, and cultural.  Old feuds and prejudices that go back many thousands of years, and in some cases were lying dormant, have now flared up again with full force.

I recently started reading a book by Osho titled: " Courage, The Joy of Living Dangerously" and this book has become a real beacon of light for me!  I am learning that my gut feelings are real and I must pay attention to them above all else.  For years, I have been relying on my wits, experience, and prior knowledge to help me get on with my life, when in fact it has been holding me back from achieving my true destiny.

I have become very good at surviving this way but it is not really survival at all, but a slow, dull, but comfortable death.  If you put Lobsters in a pot of sea water, and very slowly bring it to a boil, they will be happy and eventually fall asleep and die... DOH!  That was me for the past 15 years... But not anymore!

A friend of mine once came up with a phrase and I love to use it: "When the roof of your house blows off in a storm, the sky is the limit!"  Now I'm ready for action... And boy, does this world need it!  Everyone is looking for answers, for explanations, for a secure road map, so that they can feel comfortable once again, and put their heads back into the sand and go back to their benign uneventful lives.

The iron is wicked hot now and its time for us to wake up and start living.  Terrorists are willing to die for their beliefs, lets start living for ours...  My mother recently cc'd me an email paraphrasing some of Dr, Martin Luther King Jr's words in a plea she sent to President George Bush.  I was touched.

Dr. King has been a major influence in my life!  I love him dearly.  I have on many occasions sat with my face full of tears while listening to his voice over the radio and remembering...

Being a musician/composer brought up in the blues and gospel belt of the USA, has connected me very closely with my African American brothers and sisters.  I constantly feel the pulse and pain of their struggle.

Reading my mom's words was like a light going off in the darkness and I jumped on the internet to do some research of my own.  Here are a few paragraphs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which I feel are relative to the current state of affairs:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation."

"We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart."

"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."

"Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy."

These words echo strong convictions and beliefs I hold deeply in my heart.  I know it is the correct way to respond.  We are dealing with criminals.  We are not at war with anyone or any race or religion.  It is a law enforcement issue even though the perpetrators may believe themselves it is a religious one.  I have studied these religious beliefs myself and know that there is nothing in the original scriptures condoning or praising these violent kinds of actions.

They have consciously and consistently broken many obvious universal laws against humanity, God, Allah, (insert your name for God here), including but not limited to mass murder, genocide, oppression of basic human rights, and destruction of property.  Whoever did this must be brought to justice in a correct and just manner that does not violate anyone's rights or freedom.

We must be careful not to allow ourselves to fall into the trap of becoming fearful of those we do not understand by associating them with acts and behaviors that they are not guilty of. Allowing ourselves to begin to judge others based on the color of their skin or social, religious and cultural beliefs is a dangerous road to travel.
I also believe that this issue should not be handled by the USA alone.  We need the wise counsel of our neighbors and allies who are there with us and want to help.  Handling it this way will be much more effective, gain solid integrity, and do wonders in bringing the nations of the world closer together and build trust.

It may sound trite and tired but I quote the Beatles one more time: "All You Need Is Love, Love Is All".  If we all really and sincerely try hard to practice this, the world would be transformed overnight!  It is the most powerful force in the universe and it still works.

We are all very concerned for our children.  I am a deeply spiritual person and I believe we all chose to come into this life with all of its consequences for some reason or another.  I believe our children made that same choice before they came into this world.
When my boys are old enough, I will respect their decisions and be very proud of them no matter what they choose to do in life.  I will encourage them to do it courageously and with conviction. I am trying my best through example, to teach them what I believe is the correct spiritual path, but they must make their own decisions at the end of the day.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The truth about 2012. Is the sky falling?

You know the story about Chicken Little?  "The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!"

Lately I have been reading all kinds of web posts about invisible planets, comets, or neutron stars that are coming to destroy us all!  All kinds of apocalyptic stories are in the news these days and its time to say something about all of this nonsense!

There is absolutely NOTHING in the Mayan prophecy about a mass destruction of our planet or solar system!  The Mayan prophecy and many other parallel prophecies from other traditions around the world all talk about a coming T R A N S F O R M A T I O N, not a destruction.  That transformation is happening within us all.  Its happening on the inside...

Our civilization is NOT coming to an end.  We are not about to witness some celestial event that will cause an apocalypse or mass extinction.  We are the lucky generations!  In spite of all the confusion, suffering, turmoil, natural, and planned disasters taking place in our world today we are also witnessing and experiencing a great spiritual, mental, AND physical transformation of the entire human race.  This great transformation is effecting all life in our solar system for that matter. 

When this current transformation is complete, (which began almost 20 years ago) there will be no more war, or conflict.  We will all be transformed in love and our new world a paradise of beauty and peace.  Universal peace and love will no longer be an ideal, it will be the default.  We will have Heaven on earth in every sense of what that can mean.

We have major challenges and mega work to do however...  The butterfly is emerging and many on the dark side want to throw it on the ground and squash it before it gets a chance to finish the transformation!  They are afraid because they have learned how to manipulate the world well through past ages and don't want to loose that after all the rules of the game change.

We all know...  everyone...  dark and light... that the entire game itself is changing.  All the power, and wealth in the world cannot prevent what is now happening.  This transforming evolutionary essence is coming directly from the center of our galaxy.   All living things in our solar system are effected.  Our DNA contains dormant code that is now waking up and changing us into completely new creatures.

Our sexual differences are slowly, (now more quickly) dissolving.  We are loosing our sense of individuality and separateness as we slowly develop into more of a hive mind.  Each of our individual conscious minds are slowly melting into awareness of a greater connection... one in the same with all life throughout the galaxy.  Eventually we will all begin to realize our galaxy is a singular conscious entity and that our minds and bodies are all part of this giant singular conscious entity just as you can feel individual parts of your own body connected to your whole being.

The tower tarot card was dealt beginning in the mid 60's and later marked by the harmonic convergence in 1987.  Its the beginning of the end for all in power and wealth and that card is playing out now stronger than ever right now.  Its going to mean disaster for those who currently enjoy the most opulence, and hard times at best for anyone still asleep and in denial to the changes going on all around them.

There are many among us now who have not been afraid to become fully awakened. We are letting go of old familiar ways, and beginning to embrace a growing survival instinct to come together, trust each other authentically, and build new collaborative community conscious collective lifestyles in balance, partnership, and respect for all of mother nature, not just our own kind.

We have become courageous and have surrendered, to the changes going on within and without.  We are ready to fully embrace this shift in consciousness.  We are beginning to recognize each other with an intimacy that connects us even closer than the family instinct of past ages connected us with our blood lines.

Since the 80's we have been dealt the star tarot card.  Most of us have suffered in bondage to those with all the power and wealth for thousands of years.  But the tables are now turning in our favor... "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth" - Matthew (Sermon on the Mount).

The dark forces will no longer be at war with the light once the shift is complete.  Darkness and light separated and became adversaries thousands of years ago but now these two opposing camps will be melding back together with the return of the 5th element.

The 5th element will restore balance through the power of absolute unblemished love.  It is the child like innocent love that will bring us all back together and finally destroy fear and judgement.  This is the symbolic return of the garden of Eden.

The 5th element is the archetype of dimensional transcendence that has been missing from our collective consciousness for so long!  It is a metaphysical element not a physical one like hydrogen or oxygen.  Scientist are now beginning to discover anomalies within the discipline of Quantum Physics attributed to this 5th element archetype. 

We could not understand these anomalies in the past because the 5 element archetype was still hidden from our consciousness during those ages.  Since the middle of the 19th century, and much more now with the dawn of the 21st century, our collective consciousness has expanded and scientist are beginning to sort out this behavior with a new vision.  They are comming up with a completely new form of mathematics that explains this new transcendental, elusive, multidimensional nature.

These new discoveries are going to change all of our current understandings about everything, especially our current belief about the BIG BANG and the origin of our own known universe.  Modern science is beginning to see beyond the veil of our space time reality and will be able to peer into or even travel into other parallel dimensions.

If something can travel inter dimensionally, it can use that ability to take shortcuts through other dimensions, effectively traveling faster than the speed of light.  According to Einstein and current main stream scientific understanding, if something can travel faster than the speed of light, it will effectively be traveling backwards through time as well.

Over the next decade we will begin to "focus our microscopes", do more scientific experimentation, and create resultant technologies making time and interdimensional travel an everyday possibility.

These discoveries are all outward physical signs of the more profound evolutionary changes going on deep within us.  From a molecular level more and more of us are waking up to a feeling and physical awareness beyond our own 3 dimensional existence!  This awareness was always there for a few enlightened individuals, and shamans throughout the ages, but more and more of us are now being born with these abilities and its now reaching a critical mass among us all.  Its where our concept of "spirituality" comes from and obviously all religions talk of gods, spirits, and beings able to transcend time and space.

After the shift, darkness and light will no longer be separate... no dualism, no judgement of good or bad.  Knowledge of good and evil came with the fall.  It was a trick, an illusion that we needed to be able to survive those ages and get to where we are today.

Eventually our scientific knowledge will come to the understanding that matter and energy are all constructs and that our universe is nothing more than a smoke and mirrors trick.  The reality we currently see, touch, and feel is a very small piece of a much larger multidimensional reality in constant flux.

Like a beautiful butterfly we are breaking out of the old mold as new transformed beings and we will soon be flying far beyond the reaches of our old familiar world.