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Monday, June 26, 2017

Consciousness and the Notable Quotes from Zippity News

You can always find wisdom around you. We were waiting for our dinners the other night and the Zippity News paper was waiting for us on the table.

I love the following quotes as they reflect a wonderful assortment of wisdoms from very different people, in different times and places.

"I know that in the differences between us, there is strength. I know there is comfort, where we overlap." Ani DiFranco

"I see myself in all things and all people." Sanskrit phrase

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. " Maya Angelou

"Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself." Paramahansa Yogananda

"Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle." George R.R. Martin 

"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization." Mahatma Gandhi 

Reflect for a moment. All offer us wisdom.

Gandhi tags the energy just right for what is still challenging us globally. Perhaps it always will. He speaks to the collective energy of being a civilization.  He speaks to the intersection of Consciousness and Man. Civilization means the stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced. What do we celebrate as most advanced in ourselves? How civil are we? Sometimes I do wonder when I observe those around me, in my community and nation. 

We are Consciousness and within that we hold many relationships in our being as human. We are individuals, each members of some genetic combination of family. We are also members living within boundaries of city, state, countries and beyond our borders, we are all Earthlings. 

Mankind is evolving to more to appreciate the expansiveness of Consciousness. It is the neutral of All, the spectrum of what is common to all of us and what we are under the skin. The final frontier is not outside of us but inside waiting to be discovered, to unfold and express. 

Make a moment to sit and allow yourself to access Heart Centered Awareness, the field of Unified Consciousness. Allow for any or all of the above quotes to be present in your field and notice what stands out. Who stands out. And continue to allow for whatever, whomever to be present and able to share from within this Infinite Sea of Potential their gift of awareness for you.  Our answers to our known and unknown questions are there. Those answers that our minds may question but ring true deep inside and may challenge us to listen and follow. Allow the answer to be so loud you have to follow it. Allow it to bring you peace.

Asking questions and our willingness to listen is precious. Being present in this state and asking our questions allows us to notice ourselves separate from our own emotions clearly. Asking why. Leaving out the filter of judgment. Our willingness to listen, to hear from within neutral territory of no agenda, to another. To really hear and feel what another is saying under the rhetoric. Every side is a facet of the collective.
Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment

Monday, June 19, 2017

Consciousness and a Good Death

I was in the middle of  receiving some bodywork and I found myself contemplating how death is not something that we deal well with. How interesting. Something that apparently was locked up inside of me and started to come undone. Thinking about death is not something I do a lot of so I paid attention.

For me personally, I have experienced both what is called a near death experience and also blinding physical pain that lasted for a moment. And searing pain that has lasted for much more than a moment. It is never my first choice of feeling but I don't fear pain as many might.

Anyway, what I came away with, over the years, was a deep respect for the ability for a body to feel life and for my own precious experience of it. Life is precious. As precious as what life is that is not embodied.

I never thought in those painful moments about ending my life. Many do. My husband is a mental health therapist and has worked for years with many who dance that fine line of here or there. I have clients who have dealt with this.

The history of mankind is filled with death. Happens to all of us at some time and for many it was not what we would classify as a good death. Can a death be good? Yes. Spending one's final hours surrounded by loved ones, with a clear heart. Or one's final months clear about dealing with loose ends and elements. Being able to make peace with those important to the individual. Those scenarios make for death done well. I am sure there are others. No pain, just passing over in one's sleep sounds good.

How many in the past died in a state of distress or trauma, or unawareness? On the fields of battle, plague or violence? How much of that is lingering in our current DNA's? How much of that genetic history is underlying our unease about current life?

How many knew their time was coming? Whether it was from wisdom, age, diminishing skills. If one is in fields of endeavor where it is a daily question about going home safe and sound each night you have to deal with this knowledge in some way. Alcohol, drugs, sex, rock and roll can be some ways. Others find peace of spirit in other ways.

It is pointless to think you won't die at some point in your future. All our attempts with medicine and science are really just about delaying this outcome or the condition of our bodies and minds at such time. What would it be like to die in a state of Grace? If you knew your passing was in alignment with your sense of Consciousness?

Many have done this. So it is possible. For whatever the belief systems in place our transition from here to there does not have to be full of strife. It takes being present and noticing what is important to you, clear of the clutter that thinking can bring. When the length of life is in question and immediate, life gets very simple.

What is important to you?

Access Heart Centered Awareness and listen. Notice your chatter that runs and let it stop. If there was no chatter, if there was only you willing to hear your song what would you experience? Listen and allow the chatter it to all settle like muck in the bottom of the pool of water. Do you need the muck?
Notice the emotional feelings and content.

A challenge for those around those in this transition stage of being is that our own issues and emotions get in the way. Our unfinished business with them. Maybe the individual was not a nice person and still isn't. The nearly dead provide us with the opportunities to appreciate, release and love clearly. Some will value this and some won't. Just because we are wanting peace with them does not mean they are in a place to offer peace back.

So go back to heart Centered Awareness and notice again. If someone you know who has transitioned to a different state of being and you feel you have unfinished business with, allow for both of you to be present and have that conversation. Without expectation. Allow them to show up as they really are, still are and let go. Allow them to transcend if that is what is wanted by them.

Allow yourself to know peace regardless of their sense of being.

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment

Monday, June 12, 2017

Consciousness and the Modern Day Mystic

Continuing, for the last couple of weeks, there has been lots to play with as we deal with the chaoticness we are experiencing. People are feeling assaulted on so many levels, about so many issues. It can be hard to keep track, just like we see on the political fronts. Slap, slap. Slap, Slap.

One issue is how we relate to finding a way to redefine ourselves. We can often be holding on tightly to who we think we are based on our past. And when your upset is coming from the conflict of your new present self with your past self something has to give. Our old sense of self is coming under what it perceives and feels as an attack if we are not set for control as flow.

We are becoming. Being aware that we are moving into a time of who we are and want to be and not who we think we are. There is no thinking now, only feeling. Our formerly routine ways of thinking were keeping us stuck and in many instances no longer serve. We can notice the difference. We have to learn more useful ways to feel human.

When we define ourselves in terms of our thoughts, as an act of mind we might not always be authentic to who we are inside. This new age of Consciousness is the age of Being. We are moving out of the age of Doing. Doers often need to rationalize and reason most of their experiences and choices. We define ourselves by what we do. Which often is coming from a state of not having choices. Many do what they find they have to do when there is no perceived choice.

When we are operating from this space we are not in Heart Centered Awareness. It is here that we hold and access our authentic voice and express from our inspiration. Often we allow for outside motivation to inspire us in our actions. Motivations can push and shove us into position and move us. It is different when we allow outside motivation to only be information and our own inspiration moves us. That is our new position or truth. Not truth from our usual thinking but truth from thinking from our being, from Heart Centered Awareness.

We were sharing awareness about out language in this new age. And how to label who we are becoming more clearly for ourselves. Mind likes labels and they are really shortcuts that will serve us in dealing with self and others. Going to the dictionary always proves helpful when we are dealing with linguistics and definitions. So often a word represents opposites of the nature it is describing, the totality, and is ALWAYS, subject to interpretation. How I mean in using a word may mean something else to another.

What word would describe us in our lives, in this age of redefining our old systems and sense of Self as we unfold from within? This questioning we do and allow for and foster the unfolding that we each are. Is there an established definition that I can use to describe myself in all this internal fluxing?

All we are looking for is new branding you might say. What do we call those who explore life from a viewpoint of wonder and appreciation of our rites of passage in being? You may have never thought of yourself in those terms before. How do we reframe what we have been challenged by in our lives in new and useful ways? How do we enhance our sense of life?

We are coming out of the age of the spiritual seeker being only a few and the rest of us followers. We each are coming into a time of self leadership.

In group, we agreed on one word. It seems to be free of good/bad, right/wrong and all the silly deadly stuff certain words can embody like magician and wizard. Often those labels hold such ambivalence in their fields.

Words embody states. For us, out of all of them, Mystic rings true.

Mystic: a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect.

We so need to get beyond the intellect when it is couched in terms of agenda, hearsay and story. It is not always empty of bias and judgment and emotion.  What we allow to become dogma can create limits.

Make time to Access Heart Centered Awareness for yourself and see what new ways you can notice yourself. Allow a label to be present and invite and allow what that label can become. Feel it and let it be real.

To be a mystic these days means you engage in a state of Heart Centered Awareness and look at the notions your sense of self has embodied and allow for new awareness as Consciousness, the All. This states allows Self to explore and know beyond the limits of itself. To unfold and expand. 

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Consciousness and the Quotes

"The masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one."
Adolf Hitler

In writing this column for all these years, the thought that I would start off with a quote from Adolf Hitler  surprises me but I can appreciate wisdom no matter the source, and in this case, especially the source in relation to the quote.

I had not heard this quote before but many in group had heard it long ago. It came across my desk the same week we were reeling from the current administration's antics that week. It seemed particularly appropriate in light of all the alternative facts being offered. And something to remember in the upcoming days of congressional meetings, debates, reveals and exposes.

There are those among us who have the ability to charm, seduce, rally and move people. They are able to tap into what people feel concerned about and manipulate. They can be quite successful at it without us aware that they are putting their own agenda first, always. They can grab ahold of you into their world, knocking you off balance, taking you by surprise and seduce you into accepting their reality as yours because the words enchant us. Their words can mean exactly what they say and people put their own meaning to it and think he means what they think he means. Or something can get lost in the translation.

Many questioned what kind of leader it takes to run a country such as ours, and if it was different than running a self created business and company that sets its own rules and answers to no one but its owner.  We expect both need stable personality traits and considerations and now we know how important that is. A good question might be how is our leader reflecting our own out of control 8 year old child inside each of us?


Right now the words and actions serve as a wakeup call to us about our own complacency and what we take for granted. We are also noticing how surface and reactive the anger is buried deep in our DNA about how we have been treated and devalued from others and our long held illusions of being victims. Male to Male, Male to Female, anger at being thought of as less than.

Last week on our radio show "Conscious Conversations with Joan and Janet "my guest was Danielle Egnew. She is a psychic, musician, and all around tuned in woman. She identified what she has been noticing and commenting on for over the last year. She calls it The Unbalanced Male and his collapse in societies and mankind as Consciousness evolves. It is playing out everywhere around this globe.

Our conversation followed something I had been watching the prior week. American Race with Charles Barkley as host has been a series of television shows about race in the United States. He was exploring principles of what being American means  and in one episode, with a leader of the Alt Right movement. This man is what anyone with a memory would call a Neo Nazi though he does not call himself that.

He was only concerned with the rights of white European based men who have been are at the top of the pecking order in the formation of this country. And what he perceives as the attacks and losses they are currently facing.

He doesn't recognize himself as discriminating of others as that would mean they have the same value as he and his group. His sentiments and statements seem to mean that White European men were always in charge and in control of all they could see upon arrival to these shores. Others were only brought in to serve so they are below notice as human beings of worth. The natives would offer no value, just something to be conquered. They do not have the same right and privileges as himself. 

What was even more stunning was his viewpoint of what being American stands for these days. How he and others can look at the American Constitution and Bill of Rights as a manifesto of control and supremacy over others.


1. the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. 
"victims of racial discrimination" synonyms: prejudice, bias, bigotry, intolerance, narrow mindedness, unfairness, inequity, favoritism, one-sidedness, partisanship;

2. recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.
"discrimination between right and wrong"
  1. It feels like religion needs to be added here. 

The unbalanced male is not only white or European in origin. He is in every race of people, on every continent of Earth. We see him everywhere, in every culture, in every time. We see him also in females. We each embody male/female within. The male in us is in different stages of vitality. Some will be in anger and rage. And then there is the unbalanced female who is out of sorts balancing all that unbalanced male she holds for.

All we have to do is get out of Self and allow for Consciousness to unfold. All this becomes clear when free of the distractions that Self will offer as proof.

And I will leave you with a different quote, from a man who saw clearly at the same time of history:

"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. "    Winston Churchill

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment