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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Wisdom Weaver’s Guide to Living with Ilarion Merculieff


What do our Indigenous family members know in healing our destructive sense of separation in Self, Other and Mother Earth? How hard can it be? Joining Janet is Ilarion Merculieff, Unangan (Aleut) Elder, founder of the Wisdom Weavers of the World, an Indigenous Elders community. They will join in creating this space to feel the beat of our hearts and those around us in the rhythm of Life.


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Monday, August 12, 2019

JIE Ep 16 Blog/ Hello, My Other Self


Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet Podcast

Ep 16 Hello, My Other Self

"Hello, My Other Self" is the traditional greeting between the Unangen Peoples. Stop in this moment and notice what happens when you speak it. Oneness is present. There is no state of separation. 

You are a child. Your world is a 360-degree view of perspective. You are on a 12 mile by 5 mile island in the Bering Sea with only 450 other humans with you. You are a child of Spirit and brought up with the awareness of your culture’s journeys from Egypt 10,000 years earlier.  Millions of seal, whale, marine life surround your island. You step out and eat fresh. There is no storage of food. There is no tree line, and probably not a lot of vegetables either.

We are living inside out. Instead of Heart connecting us to everything as one, mind now directs the heart into doing. We have become doers instead of beings. We are taught and told to stuff our concerns and wounds.

Find your courage within. Trust in Life, the Universe, Trust. Embody Trust. Don’t think it. Embody it. When you come from a sense of spirituality, of Consciousness in human form, this is much easier to do. Is there a need to be afraid of what you feel, what you think, what you don’t want to notice? This is separation as Self.

No matter your references you can always just ask “Is this life affirming, is this life sustaining?” Listen and be guided by what your heart shares with you. So often we know the right thing to do or say or what is really going on and we don’t want to lose our illusions. We settle for less self- worth and respect when we might be gaining in income or title.This is separation.

Listen. Ask your heart what to do in response.  We must take responsibility for our actions.  Healing ourselves starts with acknowledging that we are bleeding. Helping ourselves requires us ask for help of ourselves from our Essence and from others.

Isolation is not anyone’s friend. I know of no one who enjoys isolation or separateness that is forced on them or as a reaction. It is a demeaning state. It creates a solitary confinement for anyone, and we use it for those in prison who threaten others’ safety.

What have we created in this time and space of history and daily life? Systems are not working. Evolution is being held back in many ways for different reasons. Often it is fear in change as a loss of position. In order to not break down in anarchy we are having to come to terms with ourselves in ways we have not before so our systems can reflect society better.

We are energy beings. What we put out in the world is our energy.

Self-talk is vital to pay attention to, your internal running commentary. Don’t judge it negative even if you interpret it that way. Allow it to reveal to yourself your directions of thoughts what-ever they might be. Make choices. Change your thinking when it is not life affirming, life sustaining. Saying one thing and feeling another is separateness.

My friend Ilarion mentions that we can learn much about ourselves and those around us by observing and feeling. If you look at others in judgment pro or con, you are doing it from the outside. This is separateness.

Emotions are key in how they are acknowledged and used. They are what gives us as human life impetus of expression. Of all kinds whether you like them or not. We are ruled by them. Logic is often a reactive state, defending one against a potential hurt.  Appreciating and demonstrating our emotions in healthy ways will go a long way in a life. As they are present in every moment of a life. They are what people remember when you have left the room, the feeling of you. Emotions empower our stories and foster separation or dissolve it.

Watch a two-year-old child Ilarion suggested. They are masters of energy. They don’t store it. They express it. They don’t swallow their energies and feelings. Put two together and they can play, fight, cry and make up in the blink of our eyes. They work it all out without our interference. Interfering out of our own needs and emotions is stifling. 

Great parenting is being able to let our children explore their world as love in action and in balance with safety. Don’t stifle their emotions. Don’t dictate behavior and position. Or they will grow up just like you are. Is that what you want for your children? To be like you or to be the best they can be?

According to the Wisdom Weavers, we are the generation to decide the fate of humankind. We are that powerful. They are that concerned with what we have empowered, the state of separation that has become dominant in our dealing with life, in our unknowing.

Hello, My Other Self. It is very nice to meet you.

Janet Barrett

Monday, August 5, 2019

Consciousness and BEING Present again

 I am a very fortunate woman. I will have recorded 6 conversations in 3 weeks for upcoming episodes of my podcast Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet. As I craft each episode, with all its elements, I listen in to the conversation again and it puts me right into when we recorded it as vital, active, engaging.

Now, as listener, I hear different things in my focus. When recording I am being present, inviting you to join us and bring into focus with my guest, and the vibrations we create as resonance. Our field awareness combines and dances. I notice where those vibrations ripple out in awareness, interacting and what is coming back. In listening, I am present again to all that. My guests are present again. In this work and way of organizing reality, time and space are malleable, expanding and contracting and disappearing all together at times.

Energies comes together. A synergy, gets puts into a limitless, timeless, spaceless place that is accessible to all who engage it. And what is really nice is that any and every time you might listen to the episode, especially more than once, you will be in this field of being present and yet different. You will hear different things, something new catches your focus, it is fresh again. You will feel an enriching awareness of your own. We are all either validating, changing or evolving whether we notice it or not in our moments together.

One thing that catches my attention, in this moment, is the difference in being a believer and Being. Your power connection to your authentic voice is different. My guests pretty much across the board BE. They are in the state of BEING. We embrace connection as Oneness and Wholeness. Oneness as morphic resonance, where we share in genetic memories of the human design and much more to be honest. We share in memories of life forms, energies, this incredible planet and the cosmos. History is everywhere in frequencies present. Some  of us are very cognizant of these dynamics. Morphic entanglement, our ability to tap into what others are feeling and thinking at the same time is present.

We are so powerful we generate and manipulate our shared reality creating it as we breathe, day to day. This is the reflective power in our social media world and how it is affecting all of us. Wholeness is how our life experiences, generated out our bias and perceptions as our stories, encompasses all the ups and downs in form and out of physical form into a narrative of Life, as Self, as form, along with Spirit, and other non physical energies, as part of the Consciousness Core.

You notice I don't use the word God. Or Source or Universe. I appreciate that these words come with limits of our human definition, no matter the body of knowledge or knowing. In using Consciousness as my reference for all, it is free of those dictates that the others have become. It allows for the known, unknown, and everything in-between to have value without judgment or label. Too often our other words encompass definitions which is creating a limit. Many of us are bigger than that. 

My guests represent a myriad of connections in BEING. How they, as unique individuals celebrate with me the collective that is Consciousness is sweet. "All roads lead to Rome" always comes to mind. On our individual Journeys OF Enlightenment, not TO, we access ranges in vibrational BEING. Same vibrations, just different labels within our references at times.

What do we know that is helpful? Self honesty. One thing we share in common is our willingness to hear our truths and not want what we want to be true. And we hold this gently and compassionately for ourselves. We don't always buy into our illusions. We are choosy. Only then can we be open to what is available in Being Spirit in human form. This is BEING.

Come join us in the grace in BEING that you will find in listening in. Let it fill your corners of doubt and clear them out. Support hearing your truths, you authentic voice and living in an alignment that brings you what you are thirsty for, the love in connection as Oneness and Wholeness. 

I would be honored to have you join us.

Toodles,

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment
Guide/ Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet 
janetb@janetandbeyond.com 
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Monday, July 29, 2019

The Awakening of Friendship with Carol Olivia Adams


Consciousness includes Oneness as our shared experience of being. We are relation-based creatures living with others. Carol Olivia Adams, author of “The Awakening of Friendship,” joins Janet as they explore 9 principles in friendship that foster connection to another and embrace the universal tapestry of mankind.


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Consciousness and the Awakened Hearts of Friendship

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15/Consciousness and the Awakened Hearts of Friendship

In her book The Awakening of Friendship Carol Olivia Adams articulates what it means to live with others sharing on this planet.

What is essential to enjoying Life? Carol identifies 9 core principles that awaken us to how to live with others. They are also priceless in dealing with ourselves. They bring out the best in each of us. 

These principles may seem as only ideal concepts or conditional at times but they are within each of us. Some are as dynamics more awakened than others or maybe not so apparent. But they are what gives us meaning to embracing Oneness, Wholeness and our spiritual terrain. There can be no harm in utilizing them.  

These principles are to be found in the wisdom of patience and time, and our inner sense of security which brings serenity. It is in our courageous action of thought and motion guiding us and the art of listening to others that gives us not only perspective but witnessing for another.  Compassion brings us wisdom in action. Our willingness to engage faith and experience the gift in generous sharing leads us to gratitude and back to the essence of love. We hold this in our human emotional heart and as the essence of all as Consciousness.

Our heart is always beating when it is alive. It registers the degree of aliveness of the being that surrounds it. It just keeps beating, in all conditions of environmental chemistry. It registers ebbs and flows of blood. It registers the rhythm of our life.  

Each of us is a unique human individual though we share in similar actions and dynamics as a species.

I know what makes my heart beat physically easier. I know what my emotional heart feels like when it is filled with the pleasure of a smile or held hand, or someone valuing me. I know what serenity I feel as Spirit in connection with another as Consciousness.

It leaves me grateful to be alive, to feel, to think, to connect in the physical and non physical realms of Being.

My heart is awake. Is yours?

Janet Barrett
Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet

Monday, July 22, 2019

Consciousness and Song of the Century

There is a wonderful documentary on Netflix currently. John &Yoko: Above Us Only Sky

It is all about John Lennon and his life with Yoko Ono. Back in the day she was presented as a strange Oriental woman artist who had mesmerized John away from the Beatles. The film is about the dynamics at play in their relationship with themselves, the Beatles and most of all, their music. Details that I did not know and probably most of us didn't know then and don't know now. If you are at all interested in the process of artists and life reflects where they are and how they express you will enjoy this. 

I was in my early 20's, living in California, very ill and doing the best I could in my world. Their glamorous New York life was very different from mine.

So, as we all do, I made assumptions about someone else in their live based on what my life was like. Or, by what I read. I apologize to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. And to everyone else I made assumptions about. I look not to do that these days.  

I always enjoyed this song. Yet, it seemed more about imagination as frivolous than real as creative force at the time to me in that sense of myself. And sad that we had to imagine and what was not real. 

Now, in hindsight and my ability to see, know and appreciate more than I did then, this is not so pie in the sky. It calls to the deepest place inside of us, what ever the words you may use. It is about the power of the mind and spirit, the essence in each of us, as Consciousness, working together in an inner harmony if we only allow it to be our truth. 
Morphic resonance will help take care of the rest of us who are tuned in. 

It is a theme for consciousness technologies. 

Imagine was voted Song of the Century by those who track that sort of thing. Let yourself just sit and listen and feel this time, as Consciousness, in Heart Centered Awareness, that it is us, in malleable time and space. Imagine it into reality. Bring it into the NOW. 
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I have included a link to a demo recording John made at his home studio before it's release.    

Imagine written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono


Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today (ah ah ah)
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one.

Yoko Ono was finally given writing credit a few years ago. Lyric Find, where I found the lyrics still only lists John Lennon as the writer. Imagine that. Only 40 years later does she get credit.  

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond?Journeys Into Enlightenment
janetb@janetandbeyond.com
www.janetandbeyond.com 

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
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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
www.janetandbeyond.com
janetb@janetandbeyond.com 

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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Your Invitation to Going Beyond/ JIE Episode 12

Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet
Episode 12 E=MC2 and 100th Monkey Principle Realities

More of us are awakening to our connection to all life on this planet as Oneness. More are becoming aware of Wholeness. Oneness is about being connected and Wholeness is the totality of what that includes. We have individual experiences and shared experiences that combine and create our thoughts and realities. We each add to the whole.  

Our habituated shared realities are what Rupert Sheldrake PhD explores. He promotes the awareness that what shows up in our world is habituated thinking that is being projected into being. The collective genetic memory creates the mechanism of connection of the habituated thought.

We don’t have to ask our question of “Do any of us make a difference?” We know in physical terms how it only takes one human with an automatic weapon or bomb to eradicate life around him discriminately and indiscriminately. It takes only one company dumping pollution and then an industry that starts the ball rolling. It takes only one voice promoting fear as reasonable.

We are acting like it is okay to be armored in battle as such is urban life and that every neighborhood anywhere is a battlefield. Guerrilla warfare among civilians in the extreme. 

It doesn’t not have to be this. But we are allowing it to be okay. What we are feeling and thinking about life is the issue.  It is not a question of “Does one make a difference?”

We are now in touch in ways as never before with what we may not have known we had lurking inside. Society is reflecting our racial bias, gender bias, male/female bias, etc. etc. etc. We have got biases coming out of our hearts that have been eating away at us. Locked in feelings of fear, hopelessness and despair abound about feeling powerful to create what we want to live. We are receiving our slaps into awareness.

What if?

What if there is no weapon pointed at another?

What if instead?

What if I pointed love at another? What if I pointed kindness at another? What if love and kindness radiate out of me in every direction? What if others are doing the same thing at the same time? Feel the difference?  

Each of us is our own leader of Self. What if this is your sense of leadership then? Leaders radiating out love and kindness as that is what they are accessing within. Sharing in a global awareness of limited resources to be cared for and used wisely and respectfully? No one against another but with differences to be appreciated. 

What if there was no side to take, only unity? This kind of leadership is about Wholeness and Oneness at core. Nothing falls outside of the Collective Consciousness. 

Do we witness our Leaders radiating love and kindness and respect towards one another and others as that is what we are doing? Not only our spiritual leaders but our political leaders? And aren’t they the same?

The real question might be more “What am I offering as part of the collective presently active memory of Man?”

Janet Barrett
Podcast Host Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet

Monday, June 10, 2019

Consciousness and a Man of Transcendence




Donald Malarkey's story caught my attention during the 75th anniversary of D Day a few days ago. The Oregonian newspaper here in Portland, Oregon did a nice piece of a few of the stories and remembrances of survivors. I took the time to read about these people before us, in a different America and their comrade in arms. I wanted to honor them for what they gave up for us then and now. 

What struck me different about TSGT Malarkey's story of service is what he was to later say about his time in the war. He, in essence, expresses the Wholeness in Being that we can demonstrate. How we transcend beyond the suffering and the pain and cruelty that humans can inflect on others and show our capacity of human endurance and resiliency. There are always sides in any conflict.There are no sides in Oneness. 

TSGT Donald Malarkey was just a regular Joe, from small town America, like so many others. He was awarded several medals during World War II. They include and are not limited to a Bronze star for heroic actions, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Parachutist Badge with 2 jump stars, and the French Legion of Honor Medal for military merit.

His story of service was as a member of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. Malarkey, age 21, was one of the legendary Band of Brothers who jumped behind enemy lines to destroy German artillery on D-Day, 1944.  His unit took part in the assault on BrĂ©court Manor. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery that day. But it was a long slog for Easy Company. Marlarkey was a sergeant by the time they took part in the ill-fated Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands. They also fought in France, Belgium, and the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, the last major German offensive.

Malarkey was haunted by memories of combat and the devastation of losing fellow soldiers and friends, his family members said. Author Stephen Ambrose’s “Band of Brothers” and the subsequent HBO series were cathartic for him, his family told AP.

“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,” Marlarkey once said.

I was in tears. For him, being a shining example showing the rest of us what Grace is and the potential in Being. I am sorry I did not know him. He sold insurance after the war. He lived to age 96 and there probably was never a day he did not remember the men and their shared experiences.

I know of others like him who have graced us with where the wounded human, going beyond his emotions, reaches into its essence at core never forgetting his connection of something bigger. I see it demonstrated around me all the time in the people I share this work with, my life with. They are my neighbors and countrymen and others from other countries. Many are in our past and some not yet in form. Some I know, some I like, some have titles of distinction, some do not. Most are strangers to me. Some come as the other side. 

Giving in to pettiness and separateness, fear and loathing is easy. 

Challenging ourselves to go within and find Oneness is also easy when you appreciate Wholeness in this physical realm of contrast. Just a shift of focus. Just make the choice.

We each can be transcendent.   


Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment 
janetb@janetandbeyond.com 
www.janetandbeyond.com 



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Consciousness and the Wholeness in Our Holes with Dr. Mmatheo Motsisi, Part 2


This is a continuation of Episode 9. What role does illness play in our expression as spiritual creatures in human form? Each of our bodies represents wholeness in Being. Illness can take form and register in our mental, emotional and or physical realms creating a sense of ‘holes’ in our wholeness. Dr. Mmatheo Motsisi, holds degrees in indigenous and Chinese healing and appreciates Western medicine with its different references. She joins me as we continue our conversation about our spirits expressing in the human form and how to listen to what is being said through our bodies.

Dr. Mmatheo Motsisi, is an Indigenous Knowledge System Practitioner(IKS). She also holds several degrees of healing including in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. She has traveled far and wide working with indigenous peoples in Nepal, India, China, USA and Motherland Africa.

She is the author of Odyssey of a Healer, in which she describes a ten-year personal spiritual pilgrimage and the experiences of other healers she interacted with on her journey exploring the ”Healing Power of Nature.” Her quest has been to unravel the mystery that underlies the foundations anchoring ”Our State of Oneness,” beyond the created and perceived divisions in existence.


Her Holistic Practice is located in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her complete bio and more information is on her website: www.mmatheomotsisi.com You can reach her at mmatheo@worldonline.co.za. Odyssey of a Healer is available on Amazon.


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Consciousness and the Holes in Our Wholeness with Dr. Mmatheo Motsisi, Part 1


What role does illness play in our expression as a spiritual creature in a human form? Each of our bodies represents wholeness in Being. Illness can take form and register in our mental, emotional and or physical realms creating a sense of holes in our wholeness. Dr. Mmatheo Motsisi holds degrees in Indigenous and Chinese healing and appreciates Western medicine with its different references. She joins Janet in conversation about our Spirit expressing in the human form and how to listen to what is being said through our bodies.

Dr. Mmatheo Motsisi, is an Indigenous Knowledge System Practitioner(IKS). She also holds several degrees of healing including in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. She has traveled far and wide working with indigenous peoples in Nepal, India, China, USA and Motherland Africa.

She is the author of Odyssey of a Healer, in which she describes a ten-year personal spiritual pilgrimage and the experiences of other healers she interacted with on her journey exploring the ”Healing Power of Nature.” Her quest has been to unravel the mystery that underlies the foundations anchoring ”Our State of Oneness,” beyond the created and perceived divisions in existence.


Her Holistic Practice is located in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her complete bio and more information is on her website: www.mmatheomotsisi.com You can reach her at mmatheo@worldonline.co.za. Odyssey of a Healer is available on Amazon.


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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Consciousness and The Grace to be Found in Dying with Bud Jahn


Death is a vital element in the flow of Life. Bud Jahn, a long-time hospice and respite volunteer, and I will explore the beauty of the Spirit in transition, recognize the calamity of emotions and feelings from all those involved, consider what happens when resistance gives way, transcending into the delight of sharing in the humanity and Spirit present, and the Wonder of Life.


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Monday, June 3, 2019

Ep 11 Consciousness and Death is Only an Illusion of Final


Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet

Episode 11 Blog


Death is only an Illusion of Final

Wholeness is appreciating that Death will happen at some time to us physically and that is as it should be. We set the length and conditions of life by our biases and our physical choices. It means that we understand that Death is essential and a vital element to living in the flow of what we experience in totality of Being. We can live in relation to Death as denial, resistance, out of sight out of mind. But not really. That is illusion.

Death will register in many ways. Can be a physical death or it might be of an idea, an ideal, a belief. It is always going to be the end of some illusion. About what we thought was important. About what we felt was valuable.  It can abrupt and not planned for or we can be given notice of it coming up sooner than later. And someone or some thing might be dead a long time before we find out about it. It can leave us settled or unsettled. This is illusion.

Life is like a Mobius strip. The point where the strip or pattern turns on itself is going to be either life in form or life out of form. That point we will call birth or death is a moment of transcendence. The looping in either direction is that time and space of transition one finds in form and out of form. For life in either reality is motion, flow, sense, state.  

Many have complaints about being in form, about being stuck in a body, being alive. This is illusion.

And, in the same space, there may be a fear of death. This might be a contradiction. This is illusion.

We can have many stories about death. Which are illusions of how we think we would want it to be and not as it is. We might like to think someone who has been a miserable person to deal with, will. all of a sudden see the light of their behavior and repent and pardon and apologize. That is a nice story that can be true or not. We might think in terms of suffering and salvation elusively beyond reach in life and that is a nice story too.

How is death more about us and confronting our own fears and sense of self than it is about the person who is passing from us? Do you catch the hook there? They are not abandoning us. They are on their journey which you shared time with on your journey. You may have enjoyed that time or not and maybe only after this part is over does it come into clear view of what was and not what you thought it was. This is illusion.

So, l sit. I sit and feel my breath and my opening into Heart Centered Awareness. I don’t hard focus on the breath so much as I let my sensory being be present. Mind is all about construct and story. So, I let my awareness of being more than just human drive and mind to share with me what is present about Death as an energy and movement.

How I am relating to it?  From a gut feeling, a sensation of some sort, a thought or stories flashing through? All are valid. I can feel what holds my attention and just let it. I don’t try to make or fix or think or go to that all powerful ‘do something’ space. There is nothing to do anything with. This is illusion.

I just let myself be present with it. No need to let go. Just let. Let it be. In the letting is the lessening of resistance that I might be holding in so many ways, in so many patterns and layers of story or visions, in my story of illusions.

I breathe. I let myself feel emotions or aches or pains as only trapped energy looking to move through that is not yet doing so.

We are each in our story and we are always in our story as we are generating our story. If we are clued into our beings as much more than what we think we are, we can then be more present to others in their stories and how they might be running tandem and parallel and crossing over only now and then. They are not in the same mind sync as you. Which is as it should be. But you can have plenty of crossover when you stop your story from running and you can hear them in theirs.

That can be one gift that Death provides. It stops us in our story often. It clears the decks of belief and false truths and projections and emotions that may have been holding us in their grip for years.

Sit with someone dying and just be present. Just be and notice.  

Sit with someone who has already passed over.  And just be present. And just notice.

And then, just sit with yourself and just be present. Just be, realizing that this is illusion. 

Janet Barrett
Podcast Host Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet

Monday, May 27, 2019

Consciousness and Remembering

The energy behind Memorial Day in the United States of America is of recognizing and remembering those who had died while serving in wars for this country. It became a united effort out of different locations in this nation after our Civil War in the mid 1800's and recognized as a legal holiday soon after. 

Over 150 years later we are still remembering those have died in service. 

I will spend today thinking of them and us today. How far we have come, how far we have not come.
And through it all I will be grateful to those no longer present in form who are still with us in mind and spirit, if not body. 

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment
www.janetandbeyond.com

Monday, May 20, 2019

Ep 10 JIE Blog/ The Wholeness in Our Holes


Ep 10 Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet 

The Wholeness in our Holes


Every time we come across something that we might register as wrong or weak or compromising it can feel like a hole in our sense of Self. Courtesy of AZQUOTES, here are a variety of voices that speak of how those holes are just part of something grander that we each are and actually enhance our lives. Here is a navigational guide for your Journey Into Enlightenment.  

“Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.”
  Parker J. Palmer

“To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.”
  Dogen

“You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.”
  Maya Angelou

“The real reason why human life can be so utterly exasperating and frustrating is not because there are facts called death, pain, fear, or hunger. The madness of the thing is that when such facts are present, we circle, buzz, writhe, and whirl, trying to get the I out of the experience...Sanity, wholeness and integration lie in the realisation that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate I or mind can be found .... [Life] is a dance, and when you are dancing, you are not intent on getting somewhere. The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance.”
  Alan Watts

“You are whole and also part of larger and larger circles of wholeness you many not even know about. You are never alone. And you already belong. You belong to humanity. You belong to life. You belong to this moment, this breath.”
  Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immense and miraculous pattern.”
  Albert Einstein

“The journey to wholeness requires that you look honestly, openly, and with courage into yourself, into the dynamics that lie behind what you feel, what you perceive, what you value, and how you act. It is a journey through your defenses and beyond, so that you can experience consciously the nature of your personality, face what it has produced in your life, and choose to change that. Words lead to deeds. They prepare the soul, make it ready, and move it to tenderness.”
  Gary Zukav

“Listening is the oldest and perhaps the most powerful tool of healing. It is often through the quality of our listening and not the wisdom of our words that we are able to effect the most profound changes in the people around us. When we listen, we offer with our attention an opportunity for wholeness. Our listening creates sanctuary for the homeless parts within the other person. That which has been denied, unloved, devalued by themselves and others. That which is hidden.”
  Rachel Naomi Remen

“When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.”
  Margaret J. Wheatley 

“Whole people see and create wholeness wherever they go; split people see and create splits in everything and everybody.”
  Richard Rohr

“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.”
  Carl Jung

Happy trails to you on your journey,

Janet Barrett