January 1, 2016 at 9:26 pm #45591
Note, Joan is an NYC “mostly Taoist”adept, astrologer, and great newsletter writer. I used to study beside her with Kumar, back in the 90’s. She is a high level channel. While she is deep into past lives, which I believe are an illusion of a linear-programmed mind, everything she writes is very soulful and modern.
As we celebrate this new Great Age, were dealing with accelerating energies moving us toward a tipping point in the unified field of consciousness. I hope youll enjoy my personal countdown of marvelous incentives for rejoicing:
10. We are in the perfect circumstances for our Souls to learn whatever they designed this whole game to learn. As the process of karmic fruition speeds up, our lives get freer and freer from attachment and we create less and less karma. RAM DASS
In other words: The less attachment we have to circumstances, people, places and things being the way we want===the less spinning our wheels, suffering, and karmic bondage we create. Isnt free will grand?
9. Welcome and attend them all. Even if theyre a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. RUMI
If we review our personal history with 20-20 hindsight, how many of us can say that our most traumatic experiences reaped the deepest soul growth and healing over time? And, if you havent raised your hand yet . . . its a coming.
8. “Death, impermanence, things that go wrong, laughter, colour, autumn leaves, light sparkling in puddles, cars breaking down, relationships ending, falling in loveall are the play of existence, the movement and change that is reality. It is only experienced as unsatisfactory when we try to stop movement and change, or see movement and change as painful. Once we have a real understanding of the cause of our experience of samsara as unsatisfactory, we can engage with it in a light-hearted manner. We play with our life experience, rather than feeling like a victim of our circumstances.” Ngakpa Chögyam
On the morning after events like terrorist attacks or tsunamis or any other potentially life-threatening circumstances, can we watch the sun rising as if on the very first day of creation? If so, we become ever more aware thateven when the sky appears to be fallingwe can choose to respond with an OH, WOW rather than an OH, NO.
7. To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. Seeing, hearing, feeling are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle. Henceforth I ask not for good fortune. I myself am good fortune. Re-examine all that you have been told…dismiss that which insults your soul. WALT WHITMAN
The Buddha spoke at length about how rare and precious a human incarnation is . . . but we just keep forgetting. If we could only remember to begin and end each day with a thank you, then we just might be able to experience our own Being as the original fortune cookie and taste our innate sweetness. Yum!
6. From the Buddhist point of view, the Chinese officer who is committing the cruel act against the young boy is initiating a new cycle of negative karma. In the case of the child, there is a closure of a particular karma that the child is experiencing. The perpetrator of the crime is in fact an object of more compassion and mercy than the child. DALAI LAMA
From facilitating thousands of past-life regressions, I can honestly share that some of the greatest karmic gains come from past incarnations with the most suffering, and the lives where there was the most abuse of power incurred the most karmic poo-poo. The wheels of karma grind exceedingly slow but exceedingly fine. Everybodysooner or latergets their karmauppance, rest assured. So, thats just one less thing to ever be concerned about! (Unless youve been veery naughty:))
5. The one who knows how to live knows how to die. The one who knows how to fall in love knows when the moment has come to fall out of it. He falls out of it gracefully, with a good-bye, with gratitude. If one really wants to live life in all its richness, one has to learn how to be consistently inconsistent. How to be able to move from one extreme to anothersometimes rooted deep in the earth and sometimes flying high in the heavens, sometimes making love and sometimes meditating. And then, slowly, your heaven and your earth come closer and closer, and you will become the horizon where they meet. OSHO
Its not about embracing only vertical development and loving unity consciousness OR about embracing horizontal development and being a lover of duality/polaritiesits about embracing the full range of vertical and horizontal, unity and duality simultaneously and holding that split-screen with no preference. When we fully dive into our bodies, emotions, physical senses, and all the wonders of the earth plane while remaining fully present with WHAT IS, then the space/time continuum dissolves and we are always Right Here and Right Now with infinite levels of heaven (or hell) to choose to be in. The wisdom of no escape becomes visceral as we realize there truly is nowhere else to go. Its never either/or in my bookits always AND and BOTH.
4. The Warrior of Light knows that everything a person does has enduring consequenceshis victories, his defeats, his enthusiasm and his despondencyall form part of his Good Fight. The glory of the world is transitory, and we should not measure our lives by it. We are all protagonists of our own lives and it is often the anonymous heroes who leave the deepest mark. PAUL COELHO
Many of us delude ourselves into believing that we have a great mission to bring some thing important to the world that will outlast us and give our lives more meaning, and that this calling supersedes dealing with our personal issues. But, if we place manifesting our trans-personal dharma before healing our personal emotional, family and body karma, then we need to know we may be setting ourselves up to get whacked down to size (in a good way) in the area were avoiding healing. And, if were hard at the inner work of healing ourselves, then we need to know that healing our hearts is the greatest gift we can make to the Heart of the World.
3. When a cat falls out of a tree, it lets go of itself, becomes completely relaxed, and lands lightly on the ground. If the cat made up its mind that it didnt want to fall, it would become tense and rigid and would just be a bag of broken bones upon landing. In the same way, it is the philosophy of the Tao that we are all falling out of a tree, at every moment of our lives. As a matter of fact, the moment we were born we were kicked off a precipice and we are fallingand there is nothing we can do to stop it. So, instead of living in a state of constant tension and clinging to all sorts of things that are actually falling with us because the whole world is impermanent, be like a cat. Dont resist it. ALAN WATTS
This may be one of my favorite quotes of all time as it epitomizes the philosophy I aspire to live by on a daily basis. We get to choose whether to: fight a riptide, takeothers stuff projected at us personally, or resist surrendering fully to the Flow of Life, especially when its knocking us down. Or, we can hold the faith that whatever is pushing at us is a form of spiritual resistance trainingto make us stronger and more flexibleAND that the Flow will always carry us in perfect time to the other shore.
2. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer
Not so long ago, the belief that the Earth revolved around the Sun could get one killed. We must be making some progress because, as we enter 2016, beliefs that: Healthcare for all is a good thing, gun control is necessary, global warming is real, and all forms of fundamentalism are based on ignorance and fearare slowly gaining ground. In fact, I believe that well look back at this time with 20-20 hindsight and see it as a pivotal tipping point in which the majority began to hold these truths to be self-evident. YAY!
1. This whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is the theater where the dreamer is at once: scene, actor, prompter, stage manager, author, audience, and critic. Carl Jung
On the subject of destiny versus free will, Jung also said: When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate. My take on this is: We always have free will in how we choose to deal with our karma as it arises, and this choice determines our destiny(aka fate). In other words, if we get pissed off enough at our circumstancesand justifiable anger is one of the most dangerous and toxic emotionsthen, sooner or later, our body (or personal reality) will explode with somatizing symptoms to get our attention that our house is on fire.
If we look at the mass reality as a mirror or projection of our mass shadowwe still have a long way to go. Thats why its best to start with ourselves. For, if we can learn how to maintain peace in our inner kingdom, then, if you believe in the power of the ripple effectso it shall be.
In closing, wishing us all a year of ever-expanding cracked-open Hearts and Minds allowing more Light, Love and Gratitude in than ever before
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or visit her website at JoanPancoe.comJanuary 2, 2016 at 7:47 am #45592
Very beautiful words of harmony with the outer world. A seagull sitting on my roof in the gale without clothes, is not complaining, he is in harmony.
But reflecting on these words I notice something quite curious.
You see, if we were really capable of being as harmonious as animals then there would be no need to say so. The fact that she says so, and so many spiritual people at this time of year say such things, shows that they miss the point, we cannot actually be harmonious here.
Animals can be. And in wanting to be like animals, embedded in nature, we are trying to go back evolutionarily. But there is no going back.
Humans will not rest until they fully illuminate their consciousness. And that is a big job. That is the job.
It is not a question of being in harmony. Harmony is for something subconscious. The meaning of the word “conscious” means that you are active, you are not relying on the outside world and make your bed. “Conscious” means that you for the first time break the shackles of the sleep of animals, and your own independent will starts functioning. It is at this boundary that humans are needing to cross.
Yes it has value to be harmonious with the outer world, here we allow our animal subconscious nature to simply be natural. It is a practical matter.
“Free will, karma, embracing our higher and lower natures”. These words are used quite easily, like buying pick and mix sweets. The TV talks of love and morality, justice and peace as well. Empty words echoing through milleniae in the collective subconsciousness.
But does an ordinary human have access to his higher nature ? Isn’t the message endlessly repeated by the great teachers, that humans do not. And that peace will not arise until you discover through radical insight that higher nature.
In their subconscious state of semi-sleep, humans use words very cheaply, presence, meditation, karma, destiny, consciousness, being … it’s all a big soup. No-one checks what these words mean, no-one even realises there is a need to check. It’s one long dream.
The grand illusion is maintained.
How many times will people tell us that everything is okay, just be relaxed. Isn’t that what the politicians are saying. Just like the modern spiritual gurus.
I remember Alice Miller saying that we should be wary of forgiveness, as if it is given prematurely, it develops false feelings. We want to forgive, but it is a lie.
Likewise these spiritual comforting words also give one a false feeling. We want to be in harmony but it is a lie. Only an animal can be harmonious. In fact we must accept a jarring period of deep work inside ourselves to bring into flower our higher faculties.
In fact there is something deeply wrong with mankind. As everyone can see from the utter destruction we wreck on this planet. Let us not pretend.
And how can we responsibly respond to this difficult terrain we are on ? How would we respond if we were in a precarious situation in the jungle or on the ice in Antarctica ? Should we relax an be in harmony with the danger ? Well yes, to an extend so that you get your rest in the tent at night. But come morning you make every attempt to cross quickly, wisely, efficiently, study the map well, measure twice cut once.
Our job for 2016 is to work towards a solution and let the hammer hit the rocks. We must discover a radical insight into our nature and come out of the idea that we are “ok”. We are not “ok”, we all each of us needs to make radical steps to change ourselves.
She never once talks about “who I am”. Or “how I experience myself”. Or “the state of my consciousness”. Because she does not know. She does not even think to ask such questions. She is a beautiful echo, a comforting echo.
Existence makes us uncomfortable because there is indeed much work to be done. It is not easy to understand what work we should do, as we are under the illusion that WE are okay. And so we look outside, to be comfortable in the rolling seas of the world. Always outside.
Always, how can I (who is okay) be comfortable is this rolling sea ?
But that is not the real question at all.
Isn’t the message that “I” must die. In order for the “higher I” to be born. “I” lives under the illusion that this “I” is me, a very deep illusion. People give many beautiful names for keeping this “I” going.
There are not other solutions, how can there be? If this “I” is false and we protect it then we are going precisely in the wrong direction. Prudence demands that we check.
As for harmony : yes at night in the tent. Relax. Study the map by the light of the candle.January 5, 2016 at 4:48 am #45594
Positive and inspirational . . . and someone with Daoist interests . . . She’s probably an ideal choice for western astrology blog reads for a HT audience. I’ve subscribed to Joan’s stuff for years. Good stuff . . . S
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