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Monday, January 20, 2020

Unfolding our Courage

Celebrating Being Alive includes unfolding our sense of Courage. It is part of both survival and evolution. Courage is being willing to take action, having the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere in the face of challenge, danger, fear or difficulty, following our convictions. 

There are different kinds of Courage. We may not recognize it. It is not only running into a burning building but being willing to invest in something new, to take a risk. Utilizing Consciousness Technologies and exploring life is Courage engaged. Challenging ones own thoughts and feelings and definitions and putting the status quo at risk is Courage. 

Right now is a time for a sense of Courage in our political arenas in particular. Stepping outside of party lines and standing for principled actions of government and consequences may take Courage these days. How sad. 

Courage is reaching out for something different, something unknown. 

Courage seems to be what we need to remember we each possess in some degree of awakened awareness. In being present, in Heart Centered Awareness, Courage is not something one needs to look for. It is already within. It is not a state of mind, it is a state in BEing. 

Many don't necessarily feel courageous as part of their makeup. We save it for moments of stress perhaps, where we don't have time to think, but only to react. And conversely we might freeze in reaction and think that we have missed acting courageous as a response. Feeling compassion for oneself in triggered moments of stress doesn't necessarily go hand in hand. It often will take an observer to be able to notice clearly what is happening or our role in play. Breathing in stillness for another day may be the courageous act. 
 “There is no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bear witness that a man has the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.” —Viktor Frankl

Here is a wonderful article about Courage by Melinda Greenberg PhD. The Six Attributes of Courage 

They include: 
Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act
Following Your Heart 
Persevering in the Face of Adversity
Standing Up For What Is Right
Expanding Your Horizons; Letting Go of the Familiar
Facing Suffering With Dignity or Faith

She offers great awareness, wonderful quotes and helpful exercises. 

I will offer you this.

Make some moments to just notice your breath through your heart. Feel the alignment and the calm and consider if you have exercised your sense of Courage lately.

Notice how you relate to the idea of Courage. Sit and find it in your field awareness. 

Perhaps notice it as a star maybe. Notice it. Do you see it clearly or is there perhaps a cloud around it? Maybe the distance between here and there is filled with stuff that you need to navigate around. Just notice. Don't judge. It is there somewhere. And, if you don't see it, that means you don't recognize it. Which is fine. Does not mean it is not there. 

What would it be like to lock on to this star and bring it into yourself?

Feel what happens when you engage it out there and then when it comes into you. 

Feel that. Let yourself be different. That is Courage. It is you. 

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Wonder of Experiencing Phenomena with Jill Falk

How do we take in information and what we do with it? Human awareness is organized about being able to judge its experiences to form and define oneself in a lifetime. Joining Janet is Jill Falk, visual fine artist, massage therapist and quantum explorer. What is Reality when we are not in judgment of the phenomena in BEing in form? How does one hold oneself in appreciation of and gratitude for the body and its wonderful sensory design?

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Monday, January 13, 2020

JIE Episode 27 Blog/ Celebrating BEing Life in the Moment

Journeys Into Enlightenment Podcast

Episode 27 Blog Celebrating BEing Life in the Moment

Our Journeys Into Enlightenment are all about exploring, while alive, the freedom that we tend to associate with being in the Spirit form. They are Journeys Into Enlightenment, not to, Enlightenment.

If we are fortunate, what comes at the end of one’s life is a contented Essence. A lifetime that was filled with adventures and challenges and delights in Being in Form. The delights in being able to feel, physically and emotionally and think and how they reflect and nourishes the Essence, Soul, Spirit we each hold inside.  It is the totality of BEing.

There is a strong orientation and subsequent belief structures we humans have created that to be in form, in a body, means to suffer. Religions have been built around this premise. Suffering is held up as the central theme. Salvation comes only in death, when we are released from the body. The truth is that this is only one approach and experience about Life. There are many.

Surviving to live another day is a balancing act and we will judge, quantify, defend and deny in the process. This is Self. We seek control in the world around us. This is Self again. It is only illusion. For the next breath may happen or not despite our efforts. Coming to terms with what each life is about is an individual’s awareness.  And those witnessing that life will make their assumptions based on their own sense of being.

Life is coming to terms with Self and Essence as partners in being in form. As humans, we find this physical realm of life on this planet organized around contrast. It is the land of This and That, This or That, maybe “to have This we must have That” and then there is “This, That and the other thing.”  There are duality, polarity and scalar dynamics present as frameworks of relations along with time and space.

Life is incredible and priceless and unique and like much of what we find around us, we value it cheaply all too often. We cannot create Life even in a lab. They have to use already living matter, cells, to create more living material.

That spark that Life is, is a moment, in the blink of an eye as it comes and goes. Tragedy reminds us to appreciate and demonstrate love and caring now, not later for there may not be a tomorrow to share. We have no guarantee of a next moment. None of us do. We only have an assumption. Heartbeat stops and Life stops. Immediately. Alive one moment, dead the next. It is that simple. 
We are fascinating creatures. We have the ability to take in phenomena around us. We then interpret, give meaning to that phenomena, due to our inner bias and story settings and then we embody and express that phenomena. We also can change the inner biases at any time in response to the incoming information. It is rather remarkable the ability to change one’s mind and subsequent behavior and story line. It is the dynamic of evolution.

We are going to judge what anyone’s experience is, and it will guide us through a lifetime in relation to that judgment. We build behaviors out of our sense of experiences and they create a story of references that become our identities. 

They will, in stories that demonstrate Wholeness, provide moments in a range of emotional reactions and resulting feelings and thinking in response. We can start to judge the phenomena, information and conclusions that we draw in those reactions and responses. We might look to experience avoidance and look to eliminate or control in order to feel okay about our sensory evaluators of phenomena.  We question what we see, hear, feel, think, sense when the incoming doesn’t match our inner catalog of references.

Phenomena is only information and we will judge and name it based on that building catalog index of our story. What we think is real and true is often only the projection in the bias of some sort. Wisdom is being able to sort it all out, based on present information and the existing interior index and drawing new conclusions. 

Being present means being open to input, new evaluation, and the references of the past able to integrate the new input.

Being present is a constant dance of the Life spark. Being able to experience Life, to feel, to see into and out of, to hear on the many different levels and ways we can, our interpretation and changing of orientation is awe in action.  In new ways, evolving ways, to be able to reason and feel and be moved and enjoy the unexpected and to feel loss and outcome. These senses and qualities come together in each of us.

A quote from Abraham, courtesy of Esther Hicks, is that you cannot have a happy ending to an unhappy life. I would add don’t get caught up in what you think happy is. Living rich lives full of Oneness and Wholeness awareness provides textures and complexity, simplicity and clarity in the depth of nuances that reflect what Life is about and what is possible.

Celebrate the vibrations of Consciousness expressing. Celebrate BEing Alive in 2020!

Janet Barrett
Host Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet

Monday, January 6, 2020

Consciousness and A New Definition for Love for 2020

Celebrating Being Alive in 2020 means perhaps changes in how we experience being alive and new conversations about how we feel in being alive. 

What is directing your emotions and actions? LOVE combines the two which is why it is so powerful a dynamic. Not only a feeling but the feeling and the subsequent actions one takes in that feeling. 

Read this article by Rabbi David Wolpe  about LOVE between people and how it manifests. He has some lovely work available through YouTube that you can enjoy. 

We Are Defining Love the Wrong Way
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
It is time to change the meaning of the word “love". 
The word is mostly used according to the first definition given in the dictionary: “an intense feeling of deep affection.” In other words, love is what one feels.
After years spent speaking with couples before, during and after marriage; and of talking to parents and children struggling with their relationships, I am convinced of the partiality of the definition. Love should be seen not as a feeling but as an enacted emotion. To love is to feel and act lovingly.
Too many women have told me, bruises visible on their faces, that the husbands who struck them love them. Since they see love as a feeling, the word hides the truth, which is that you do not love someone whom you repeatedly beat and abuse. You may have very strong feelings about them, you may even believe you cannot live without them, but you do not love them.
The first love mentioned in the Bible is not romantic love, but parental love (Genesis 22). When a child is born, the parent’s reaction to this person, who so recently did not exist, is to feel that “I would do anything for her.” In the doing is the love—the feeling is enacted. That is why we often hear the phrase “you don’t act like you love me.” We know in our bones that love is not a feeling alone, but a feeling that flows into the world in action.
Between human beings, love is a relational word. Yes, you can love things that do not love you back—the sky or a mountain or a painting or the game of chess. But the love of other people is directional. There is a lover and a beloved—you don’t just love, but you love at someone. And real love is not only about the feelings of the lover; it is not egotism. It is when one person believes in another person and shows it.
In Fiddler on the Roof, when Tevye asks Golde whether she loves him after a quarter century of marriage, her wry answer is exactly on point:

Of course it is possible to perform all sorts of duties for someone and feel little or nothing for them. Love is not about being hired help. Love is not an obligation done with a cold soul. But neither is it a passion that expresses itself in cruelty, or one that does not express itself at all. The feeling must be wedded to the deed.
We would have a healthier conception of love if we understood that love, like parenting or friendship, is a feeling that expresses itself in action. What we really feel is reflected in what we do. The poet’s song is dazzling and the passion powerful, but the deepest beauty of love is how it changes lives."

Rabbi Wolpe describes how to interact with another. My focus is how we do this with ourselves first. How, as the reflection, projection, the interface Self is as Consciousness, as Essence in form, relates to itself. How you love another is how you love yourself. 

As we start 2020 lets see what happens when we recognize and encourage Love within. Where this simple feeling of feeling and action will it take you this year as we come to terms with what 2019 and every year before has brought into fruition. 

Janet Barrett

Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Reeling in Our Emotions with Carol Olivia Adams

We all have emotions. They are essential parts of the human design. What we do with them is expressing not only our humanity but our sense of Spirit, Essence, and Consciousness. Carol Olivia Adams, host of "The Matter of the Heart" podcast joins Janet. They will consider how our emotions affect our physical forms, emotional well-being, and the role they play in creating healthy relations with ourselves, each other and this unique planet and its occupants.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Happy New Year! Celebrate Being Alive in 2020/JIE Ep 26 Blog/ Our Lovely Emotional Ebbs and Flows

Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet Podcast releasing Tuesday Dec. 31

For many, emotions are tricky. We have them and they can seem to rule us so we can create distance by developing logic and reason over heart and feeling.

All of us will tend to judge our emotions. We can feel undone by them, swayed and led astray, be it our idea of love and joy or our hurt. They can take us not only into distress but into the warmth and welcome present in a smile. They can challenge us and charm us.

They are what makes being alive as Essence in a human designed mammal more interesting. One thing about being only Essence or Spirit is that you don’t have the pesky and unruly emotions to contend with. They are important for a sense of connection that comes with being in a form. Mammals demonstrate emotions all the times as they are vital to survival of life. We count on others to help us stay alive and emotions generate the coloration of those connections. Oxytocin bonds us with love and caring and liking. Other hormones foster and tender our emotional connections.

They cause us to feel and so often we don’t know what to do with our feelings. We maybe never learned how to have a way to feel something emotionally and experience it and then be done with it. We need to develop comfort with being emotional. Being emotional is not being hysterical. Hysteria can cause a cringe. And, a tear can be as powerful as a full rant.

We can be quite sexist about being emotional. Men seem to have one culture about emotions and women another. It is all projection and assumption and silly. We just demonstrate our emotions in different degrees. But with the right stimuli, anyone’s emotions can flare and burn brightly. Angry looks like one safe emotion for men where grief is not always safe for them to express. A women’s anger is not pretty either and expresses differently and grief can be obvious at times as it is an acceptable emotion for women to express. This whole assumption is all very silly and destructive and life inhibiting.

So how do we appreciate our emotions and neither look to suppress them or overindulge them?

Love and it's discernments are powerful for connection, tolerance and ease in being with another. Compassion, respect, appreciation and gratefulness all are shades and flavors of Love.

Feeling wanted and vital to another is another shade in love. Having value and held in regard by another reinforces that one has meaning in being.

In all this there is no doing. It is about being and in acknowledgement of connection. It is Oneness and Unity and the shared common bonds we have.

I have not mentioned sacrifice or martyr. For those are judgement words of attachment about Self. Putting another before one’s own self and the giving up of being first is love. It is the Essence in Being.  If there is a price to pay that is about attachment and Self again.

How to become more comfortable with being an emotional creature? Not driven and ruled by them but guided from your authentic voice?

Learn to Love yourself. Love celebrates the individual as Self and Essence at the same time.

Make time to sit and access Heart Centered Awareness and being present. Allow the calm to descend or emerge into a warmth of sensation. Feel your breath liberate your physical heart and breathe.

We all have a physical body but also a mental body, emotional body, psychological body, psychic body and a spiritual body. Consider your emotional body and feel what you feel. Notice your comfort or anything else that might cross your awareness. Considerate it in terms of the other shades of yourself in the other 5 bodies you incorporate. 

Compare. Are your emotional energies routing in some way and affecting the others in useful ways? Just play. And if you are being challenged to connect this way it doesn’t matter. Just ask yourself “What would it be like if I could identify easily my emotional body and how it works in me?” and see what happens.

Developing comfort in being emotional is important. Using them wisely and constructively is what we are looking for. Being able to show our love and all its colors and express them is not bad. It is not indulgent or dismissive or any other word that might pop into your head. That is Self-talking and guarding you in your story, not your truth.

Feeling what we judge our negative emotions be them fear, anger, jealousy, abandonment all come out of insecurity. It is fine to be able to acknowledge them as it is vital to health and wholeness. What you do with them is the key. And, so often with acknowledgment, they shift into no thing and the energy is then freed up. 

Emotions are states of feeling and they will come and go. If they are lingering, then there is information, or a habituated state engaged. Change it and see what happens. If the tears come, let them. 

Happy New Year to you and Yours,
We celebrate being alive in 2020!

Janet Barrett
Podcast host
Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Healing the Separated Self with Dr. Mmatheo Motsisi

Our idea of the Separated Self maintains the illusion of others, including Mother Earth as different, indifferent, threatening or something to be conquered. This illusion is harmful, affecting us each internally and globally. Join Janet and Dr. Mmatheo Motsisi, from Johannesburg Africa as they explore what happens when we use Ubuntu, the African awareness of Oneness, to heal our Separated Self.

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