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Monday, April 29, 2019

Consciousness and Truth

Gettysburg Pennsylvania
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

President Lincoln stood on the battlefield of Gettysburg in the aftermath of destruction of life. He spoke about unity, the nation and two sides of separateness and the cost for both sides of an issue.

Would President Lincoln be heartened to know that his words in 1863 still live on and serve as comment to all of us now in 2019?  We do note and remember what he said there. We don't want to forget and need to remind every generation that follows. He might be surprised that we are still here as a country, but maybe not. He was wise to the drives and motivations, the best and the worst in people.  

I found myself contemplating life as I drove to appointments. Once again I was struck by his wisdom and value of life and the importance of appreciating how priceless life is. 

Not how precious life is. How priceless life is. We have and continue to  demonstrate repeatedly throughout history how little some have valued life, their own and others, the quality of that life and the life of this planet we call home. 

We now have knowledge and technologies of ourselves in terms of global as well as local applications. There is no separateness to any of it. We are all connected and to think otherwise just shows how silly and stupid we can be when we only live in a state of separateness and not a state of wholeness and separateness, as Consciousness is.   

Take time this week to access Heart Centered Awareness and feel how you recognize the value of life and your life. Consider what your thoughts are and the actions they lead to. 

Play it forward in thoughts and actions to those around you, be they strangers or loved one or acquaintances. Notice how you are treated. 

What would you do differently to acknowledge your own humanity, theirs and the wonder in Being? What might your call to action be? Life is priceless and limited. Being the best we each can be brings out the best in each other,
and in this nation, within Consciousness. 

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment 

Monday, April 22, 2019

JIE Episode 8/ Consciousness and Following the Bliss of Curiousity

Ep 8 Blog for Consciousness and Following the Bliss of Curiosity

Curiosity is one of the most instinctive drives we can know in being alive. All animals demonstrate it. It leads to questioning, creativity and actions. It leads to exploring and looking for something different or just because. It leads to maturing and finding one’s place under the sun. It can shorten a life or extend a life and totally shape the quality of that life.

Something propelled life out of the seas and onto land. It had to then adapt and evolve in order to maintain a totally different breathing in this new environmental relationship. It isn’t because there wasn’t enough room in the ocean. What if it was curiosity? 

Curiosity is what pushes our innocence to gain knowledge of all kinds and what we feel about that knowledge and where that takes us. Life shapes and forms and evolves. 

Curiosity is a neutral state. It is not good or bad. But what comes from being curious leads to outcomes. Consciousness has no agenda, so it has no outcomes, it has no attachment. This is in each of us as our core. The human we are will judge the outcomes developing biases and predictability. It shapes our curious nature. We can give it license to develop and stimulate new processes or it can be set to limit.

Consciousness technologies celebrate curiosity that leads to creativity and actions in our quantum realities. New patterns of behavior come not because we force them to. They come because we are curious and ask a question. A great question is “What would it be like if this could be different”?  It is our invitation to the Unknown. Something so simple in this quantum state is the most powerful generator of potential in action as energy.  When one has no attachment to outcome but is open to something different. And when one holds that whatever comes as the change enhances one’s life, no matter what it looks like, there is no fear about what comes in being different.

This is the power of curiosity. Non attachment, innocence experiencing new information. We are always retaining our innocence. About things, about feelings, about thoughts about stuff. Inquiring minds want to know, right? Doesn’t matter if it is about the barking dog next door or the answer about black holes. Each is an outcome of questioning and that questioning comes from curiosity. The emotions that may overlay at the time are by products. 

Life is about potential and possibilities. It is our curiosity that activates the potential and possibilities into reality. Satisfying our curiosity brings a certain sort of sense of completion.

It can be as simple as picking up a book and letting it take you where it leads you and that sense of “Ah” at the end or the “Hmm” at the end. Or trying a new recipe or when you just throw given ingredients together on “Chopped”. 

As adults we are responsible for helping children develop their curiosity. We are being given a remarkable gift in fostering potential that we maybe don’t value enough. We might leave it to our schools and teachers who may be in overwhelm. We may feel overwhelmed with the endless questions that you may have a knowledgeable answer to, or you may have no answer or don’t want to have to think of an answer or have to know something different. 

Remember how you had to ask your question at the right time, or the right parent when you were a child? There are all kind of reactions and responses and how you handle this is reflecting your own relation to Curiosity. Letting it become something you explore together shares with the child that we are never too old to learn and to question.

Maybe our own curiosity has been stifled. We act mindless in our lives when we are not encouraged to find our own answers. Questioning authority of any kind is a healthy premise in the right context. It helps keep our alignment of Essence and Self in harmony and our subsequent health happy. 

Our curious natures are present from the baby grabbing on to some thing and putting it in their mouth and learning it and asking a few years later the eternal “Why?” Isn’t this our cue to Curiosity engaging?

If we are lucky. we never stop putting something new in our mouths and asking “Why?”

Janet Barrett
Podcast host Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Episode 7 Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet Podcast/ Consciousness and Thinking from Heart not Monkey Mind

Episode 7 Podcast Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet with friend Anne Gordon

Consciousness and Thinking From Heart Not Monkey Mind

Monkey Mind is a Buddhist term meaning "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable". Sounds like emotions fluxing and shifting. Can be exciting and dramatic and filled with highs and lows in personality and being.  And for some these days stuck in this kind of patterning, we can have clinical terms to describe such conditions.

It is a challenging way of thinking. It can create excitement, but it can also lead us into behaviors we don’t like so much.

Thinking is a given. We are all just wired differently, and we have our practices that can center us or we can be led around by the quality of the Monkey Mind.

What if we were present without judgement, without story, without emotions in dramatic sway? What would it be like to just be present? To just feel the depth of the collective consciousness that is present always below the surface of mindsets? 

What is it like to do our thinking from within the openness of Heart, of connection as Essence and Consciousness? That is an entirely different sort of thing.

This is what we can learn and enjoy from swimming with dolphins and Being with whales. They are mammals like us and a highly distinctive and specialized order of mammals. They were once land animals that migrated to the water and adapted. Considering we think most life came from the sea and developed, these guys went back to the sea. Interesting.

They are equipped with emotions, sonar as sensory and emotion locators and live in family pods and traveling communities which can reach into the thousands. They are 30 million years old and life is very different for them.  Look one in the eye and they recognize you in your deeper awareness. The you that has no story, the you free of your mindsets. They connect to your Being.

Heart Centered Awareness is common to all of us. Just notice your conditions to getting close to another, to being intimate without shrouds and protection. To be naked and easily read from your interior out. Our brothers and sisters in the seas do this.

Humans might have boundaries in place and this kind of closeness can scare you perhaps. To be in that state of honesty with nothing to hide.

There is no Monkey Mind present. Just heart and the responding thinking that comes from being present.

I have never swum with dolphins. I have been in the heart of a blue whale. When I enter Heart Centered Awareness this is where we meet, the whale and me. I can feel the absolute presence of no thing, no doing, only Being in that heart the size of a Volkswagen Beetle automobile. There is only the beat of life.

When you join in Heart Centered Awareness with the whales and dolphins you can feel the awe and absolute peace of being in a flow of life without Monkey Mind.

This is the depth of enrichment that the field of Unified Consciousness is at its expansive core.

This is Monkey Mind quiet. 

Janet Barrett
Podcast host
Journeys Into Enlightenment with Janet 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Consciousness and Nothing Happened Last Week

April Fools Day?

Enjoy yourselves out there. I will enjoy this.

Janet Barrett
Life in the Beyond/ Journeys Into Enlightenment