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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Consciousness and Pledging Love and Kindness with Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer

Over the course of our lifetimes much will happen. How we react, how we choose to respond is up to us. Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer, the instigator of the Love and Kindness Initiative joins Janet in their shared awareness of what is possible. What happens when we let love be our only response? Not hatred, not complacency, not fear. From within our sense of Wholeness, is there a challenge of only extending love and kindness to others in our world?

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Monday, July 15, 2019

JIE Ep 14 Blog/ Our Pledge to Engage in Love and Kindness

Ep 14 Consciousness and Pledging Love and Kindness with Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer

Our Pledge to Engage in Love and Kindness

When we pledge or commit to engage in Love and Kindness we are really talking about the power in informed choice and Wholeness in Being. We are not talking pie in the sky or Pollyanna kind of thinking. We are not talking about denial of the stuff that Life encompasses. We are talking about choosing to engage and acknowledge love and kindness as our choice in response to events that challenge us.

Humans have zoom lenses about life. Our day to day realities can be dictated by our emotions and sensations of our experiences which are close and personal perspectives to the body and mind. When we go inward and access ourselves as Consciousness, we gain much needed context and perspective.

We feel experience, we absorb it and make decisions based on how we feel about our experience of feeling. It will direct our next experience. When we view the world from our bigger perspective, we can go from reacting and triggered behavior to responding to what is happening. It brings us present into the moment and not our past story of biases in our experiences.

We want to engage informed choice. People report how time seemed to slow down and senses heightened, and clarity was present in an event where one had a moment of choice.
Every experience includes choices. We can do what one always does or do something different. Too often we expect different outcomes when we push the same buttons in the same order as before. Challenges and emotions arise when we feel there is limited choice, no choice or too many choices, whether it be which apple or in life and death situations.

In the millisecond of time that is often all that is present we choose how we react or respond. It does not mean denying what we are experiencing. It means acknowledging and choosing how to respond to the horror we are facing. It is how we take the negative and irreconcilable dynamics and acknowledge them in the same space.

Sometimes we want to vindicate our sense of loss and this takes us in a certain direction in the spectrum of Being. When you feel less than it doesn’t enrich ones’ sense of being. It is not designed to. It is the contrast and we can get stuck in it.

When I choose to be kind and appreciate myself and another, I feel enhanced, enriched, relaxed, loved, all kinds of things come to mind. I like to feel this. It helps me to be able to deal with the times and experiences that don’t feel this way.

(Technical} TSGT Donald Malarkey was 22 when he became part of Easy Company described by Stephen Ambrose in his book” Band of Brothers” during WW2. Awarded numerous medals during those days he was to later state:
 “There is not a day that has passed since that I do not thank Adolf Hitler for allowing me to be associated with the most talented and inspiring group of men that I have ever known.” This is a remarkable statement.

TSGT Malarky was able to transcend his personal experience of horror into what it could be, a salute to those he served with and thought of every day the rest of his life. He lived to age 96.

Humanity demonstrates ugliness, cruelty and suffering easily. Humans demonstrate endurance and resiliency and tolerance in response, transcending all into Love and Kindness.  

Janet Barrett

Monday, July 8, 2019

Consciousness and Monday Morning Contemplation

I don’t think there is anything more magical or wondrous or has me in awe as much as the spectrum that is Life. Potential and energies activate and creation happens. You can call it what you want. You take some photons of light and bit of mass, mix it up with vibrations and resonances, and information and we create our world and each other.

As a human animal, what is is like to be able to experience emotions, such as love and hate and everything in between? Each emotion feels different as an energy and take us into different places in being. They can rule our lives for some and for others they are navigation tools to experiencing Wholeness, as all life's ups and downs, Oneness as connection and ultimately Being.

Other mammalian animals have emotions that are witnessed in nature all the time. If a animal feeds her young through her breast you can guarantee certain emotions are present. The others use environmental signals to keep their young safe.

What about feeling physical sensations? To feel a smile, to scratch an itch, to cough, to hold hands, to feel your heartbeat and your breath. No two people are going to do it in just the same way.

All is unique to each of us. We share in our human design but what each of us are under the skin is unique. How you feel emotions and feel sensations is yours alone. How you put together and construct meaning of being is yours alone.

How you think about who, what, where, when you are is totally up to you. This you, that is subject to influences of all kinds through out ones life.

This is thinking, this is mind, this is being.

And under all this, at core of our humanity is Consciousness, our sense of ourselves bigger than ourselves. It is us in connection to all we find around us. Where our outside layers focus on individuality and our inner layers know us as all one, without label. All One, just expressing in different forms with different levels of awareness.

Rupert Sheldrake PhD, brings us awareness that shared genetic memory is real between species. It is Morphic Resonance. I know this to be true from my own experiences of synchronicity.

I enjoy the 100th Monkey Principle as real all the time. That tale is about how a monkey on an isolated island did a new action in cleaning fruit and soon other monkeys, with the shared genetics, on other isolated islands demonstrated the new behavior also. Something happens here and then it is elsewhere. I am always looking for that 100th monkey that changes everything. I easily see it as extending beyond the form, as shared thought, ideas, constructs.

The human design has a certain range of sensory information that is different than other life forms. We are not as specialized as others. Take the dog's ability to smell, the eyesight of the eagle to see and you kind of get the idea. We are not the best at any one sense but we are adept with many senses. This could be part of our fascination with superheroes who embody a remarkable level of ability in some one sense usually.

As far as shared genetic memories you can contemplate the level of awareness of the bacteria in your body, or the fungus within. For our bodies hold lots of forms of life that are in communication with our bodies below our regular levels of awareness. Fungi are cellular creatures that eat and fill space. That is it's directive. Wouldn't seem a level of intelligence present but something has to be present. And you need fungi but not out of wack in a finely tuned level of relation. We don't want it to take over. Like Candida for instance in the body.

So what if the fungus and bacteria in my body was in connection, communication with the matching fungus and bacteria in your body? Would you notice? Does this explain the closeness that is present between strangers and even family? Not so much your life experiences but maybe also shared references inside our bodies? Just a thought. Maybe this is part of empathetic resonances and quantum entanglement.

If you are confused inside about your place in yourself, in your family much less the world, if you are in fear about the world around you, are the rest of us picking up on your vibration?

So we need to be aware of our frameworks of the world outside of us. They totally reflect our inner framework about how and who and what and when we are. This is how we create reality.

Love, kindness, compassion and respect are some of what I want to experience in my world reality. Are they within me?

Have a wondrous week.

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Consciousness and the Web of Life with Dr. Joanne Lefebvre Connolly DVM

Life is a transcendent state weaving together many forms of expression. Whether it be earth, animal or human, all Life, past, present and future, resides together in Consciousness, no one thing separate. Dr. Joanne Lefebvre Connolly, DVM and Janet contemplate this shared state with wisdom gained from our past and present pets and from nature. In being aware of this web of life, we can take better care of ourselves and be better stewards of all living creatures and of our unique home planet Earth. 


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Monday, July 1, 2019

JIE Blog/ Consciousness and the Webbing of Life

Episode 13 Consciousness and the Webbing of Life

Our spirituality is the quality of the essence of the spirit lurking within each human animal. It is also the connection to something bigger than just us as one individual. We are always in relation to every other human animal, every other animal whether four-legged, or no legs at all or fins. We are in relation to the flora and nature around us.  We are surrounded by life shared. We each have place in the scheme of things.

The human animal is a powerful presence in connection to the Web of Life as Dr. Joanne Lefebvre Connelly DVM calls it. Many will use the term Oneness. Man is everywhere around this planet, not restricted by environment as other Life is.  

Western Man can be arrogant in behavior and thinking when we think we rule the world and it revolves around us, serving at our personal discretion.  Not only over one another but also over all living matter. We take for granted this planet when one is not appreciating the totality of life beyond one’s own immediate needs and concerns. We fail to recognize how the earth and life have created a web of Life. It is our support and safety net if we let it be such.

We see ourselves different from one another in our own human family let alone our neighbors of animal and flora and we base assumptions of Self to reflect.

Our indigenous culture neighbors view all life and elements as living spirit and soul as one. There are aware of the Oneness in being. The ground is sacred, as is the cloud and turtle and insect and rock.

We have empowered science and our ability to question and explore our past histories to inform us about the elements of life. It too comes with bias often. But what is clear is that we live in strands of genetic data that make up our DNA and activated by RNA. We have primal directives and drives and mind states. 

Animals, living creatures of all kinds have DNA. Just like us. Activated by RNA. Other mammals are just like us with drives and primal directives and mind states of some sort. They embody their stories of being different than us. But they demonstrate emotions, memory, communication and clan behavior just as we do.

Both the tree and your dog are living material here as much as you are, just in different form and states of awareness. They each exist in time and space unique to their species design. They have communication avenues that we can register if we are so inclined. And they have senses that are tuned at such different levels than ours that they can be out of our range. They are experiencing life by different and more expansive rules. They are free of the limits we impose.

Our shared genetic memories to our species connect us to others in their shared genetic memories in their species. Expanded morphic resonance is at play.   
I had not thought of this before but I can see where we demonstrate nature/ floral and fauna, bias all the time. Perhaps we have not held it in that awareness, but bias often contains arrogance.

Our interference is showing. Many of our present local concerns are global concerns we seem to have created or helped along. Politics and business have ruled our environments since the beginning of societies.  How many times have we built in flood plains, mined resources to extinction, cut down forests and endangered habitats and species of those living around us with our shortsightedness, whim and coin gained? Pollution is real, climate concerns are real, animals are being driven into extinction by us. 

Do we demonstrate care, compassion for other living creatures? Our planet is alive in a web of life where all life is connected and does just fine without our arrogance in play. We are so arrogant we even fight to defend our blindness to our web of life connection.

Ice ages come and go. But we like them best when they are in the past. In the timeline of this planet deserts have taken over many places that were once forest. Many exist now due to human intervention in another time. We create future disasters all the time. Species die out all the time. Civilizations of people and animals have come and gone. You either evolve in your environment or die.

Since we are powerful enough to define, and then defend, it behooves all of us and our future generations to pay attention now and support the web of life we are part of. Before we lose connection.

Stewardship and care of this planet and the life that is so precious and rare and unique no matter its form is what is needed as we reinforce the webbing holding life together.

Janet Barrett
Podcast Host Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Consciousness and the Circles in a Life

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."
Benjamin Disraeli

We attended a memorial service for an friend a few days ago. It was at a Friends meeting house and it was a lovely acknowledgement of a man's life.

We sat in concentric circles with Jeff's family in the inner circle surrounded by his and their neighbors, colleagues, friends and community. He was not present in body, but he was present everywhere among the hundred or so gathered to honor and mourn him.

Set amidst different musical pieces I am sure he enjoyed, we came together to sit and share in Jeff. The bulk of the service was about this. To sit in unity and recognize, reflect, share and grieve for what would be no more in a body. We were witness and served as a collective eulogy. It was powerful, it was wonderful, it was grace for him and us. 

Death has a way of focusing us and stripping away the clutter of life into its real center, connection. His was a big energy packed into a stocky powerful form that reflected his inner blacksmith. Boisterous, full of stories, knowledge, wisdom, booming laugh, alongside opinions and yet willing to change them if convinced. 

Jeff, in his lifetime demonstrated grace, respect, friendship and mentoring. He was a man of deep convictions and moral integrity. Both as a consciousness objector in his time of war and offering his hand to another. Honed with degrees, an encyclopedic mind, no one's fool, he was robust in expressing life, he was a puppy inside.

He was a living connection to our past less mechanized and industrial society and the history of creation then.You made what you needed. There was no Home Depot down the street.

His joy was in making things, getting his hands dirty, and diving in, whether it be a marriage, helping a child develop into an adult, creating a company, being an expert in his field, home and landowner and as a blacksmith. He had the eye and tolerance to help foster others into being the best they could be and not what he might have wanted. His was an artist's eye to see into the medium in front of him as raw potential and help to bring it out, while also humble about his helping.

In the reflected warmth of his friends sharing their Friends Meeting Room, we each sat in those concentric circles around his wife, 3 children and their families.

The space provided support and the opportunity for any to share as they were so moved and many were moved to share, to acknowledge for themselves and us a relationship of worth. We were allowed to feel what we each felt.

We reflected his passions and shared interests. Young blacksmiths sat next to a grieving longtime grateful business partner and friend, neighbors who shared fences with his ever changing artistic Victorian home, friends of his equally powerful partner in his wife, his talented children, and the young artist community of sculptors, metalworkers, painters and creative minds that he had been a father energy to. The good kind of father we each want.

As I listened and felt, I was aware of how all had gathered and given witness to what had been real beyond my own limited experience of Jeff. Sometimes it does not happen to share a lot of time with someone. The gift is in the moment of being together. I remember these moments.

We then shook hands with those around us to have the physical connection of life that Jeff created.

He was able to spend his last months with his family, friends and colleagues that brought that connection front and center. He had a chance to see what legacy of connection and warmth of spirit he had created in being himself. Every moment was an opportunity to express gratitude and he did.
In every picture he is glowing.

He appreciated the wholeness of life, the give and take, the joys and sorrow, the hand in hand of experience of being with others that all lives contain. It was a full life. It was the man we gave witness to in the circles of his life.

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Consciousness, E=MC2 and 100th Monkey Principle in Play with Steve Farrell

A lot of people wonder if they make a difference in being alive. How important are we each in the in the scheme of things, this life? Joining Janet is Steve Farrell, director of Humanity’s Team, a global grassroots spiritual movement. They will share how our individual sense of conscious leadership affects each of us and the world around us. Being is the alignment of one individual as the One in action.

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