Life is a Rodeo, we are the bull and we’re the rider…
She wants to throw you and keep you inside her. - From Rodeo – Chip Murray
Good morning and welcome to our 4th Sunday Morning Tune-up! As our outer world continues to devolve into chaos, it is our inner world that beckons us to the state of calm and grace that can only be found here. When we choose to live outside as London and Wall Street-centered beings this past week, then we have no choice but to be whipped about the highs and lows…in and out of the flames of attachment. But when we choose instead to live as inner-centered beings, we become unattached observers of the storm…anchored in the tranquil waters of the safest harbor imaginable.
But wait a minute, as wonderful as this sounds, who among us can actually do it? After all, we need to live in the outside world in order to pay our outside mortgage! And this my friends sets the stage for the most powerful spiritual lesson ever imparted to me…the wisdom of holding opposites!
So, much of our lives since childhood has been an either/or proposition. For the most part we have been culturally programmed to accept the yin and reject the yang…or own the good and disown the bad qualities of our being, as determined by parents, friends, school, church, etc. The problem with this is two-fold. Lets’ go back to last weeks discussion on the Tree of Life and the two Sfirot opposite each other, Gevurah (Warrior) and Chesed.(Compassionate). (1) Many of us grew up with weak Gevuric energy because it was constantly drummed into us that we must always be nice to people. So we lived primarily in our Chesed. While this is generally good advice, there are times when “holding” Gevuric energy is useful and even life-saving in threatening situations. There are many new age healers who incorporate Kabbalistic Healing into their therapy. A Kabbalistic healer can spot these types of imbalances quickly, as the patient describes much of their lives feeling like a doormat for other people for instance. (2) When we disown parts of ourselves, we suppress that unwanted energy which has a tendency to empower it in a darker and sometimes demonic way (Think of a geyser…it has to come out…to manifest somehow). Sadly, this is often the profile of rapists and child molesters. The bottom line, as George Thorogood sings, we are all a little bad to the bone! We cannot eliminate any part of who we are. Therefore, the healthiest thing we can do is to own it!
There are some wonderful people doing great therapeutic work in this area. Dr. Jodi (Shems) Prinzivalli in Ramsey, NJ was personally trained by Hal and Sidra Stone, the originators of Voice Dialogue Therapy. This is an amazing technique that has enabled healers like Dr. Prinzivalli to teach thousands of people (like myself) how to engage and empower these lost qualities of our selves.
To put all this in the context of our weekly tune-up, we are living in the midst of a major global energy shift whether we care to acknowledge it or not. Think of it as the giant Tectonic Plates underlying the San Andreas Fault…on the psychic level! At the heart of this global tension is a volcanic clash of diametrically opposed ideologies. On one side of the fault line, we have individual power ordained by God as set forth in our founding documents. On the other we have State power ordained by man as set forth by the elite few.
The profiles of the London looters and anarchists are an excellent illustration of the army we are facing. It is the face of moral vacancy, anger and delusion fueled by a misguided sense of entitlement (Coming to a theater near you!)! In fact, many of us have already seen this face in Madison, Milwaukee and Philadelphia!
I wrote these words in the song, Independence Day “My brothers and sisters, you don’t need a gun to fight for your country and honor the ones who gave up their days…gave them to you. So lets’ use them wisely for the red, white and blue.”
Think back to last week’s discussion of the Kabbalist Healer. What we become on the inside will determine our action and consequence on the outside. So this is where we must win our greatest battle. Many of us are here already, and many of us are not. The Buddhists believe that anger is the least virtuous quality of the mind, and therefore a cause of suffering and obstacle to enlightenment. This is the trap of either/or thinking. It is easy to become angry when we are threatened or attacked, but it is self-defeating when we allow ourselves to be consumed by it, like a fire burning out of control.
On the other hand, when we are living fully in our bodies with no suppressed energy, we hold all parts of ourselves in balance…naturally responding with the appropriate energy as called for. We are human, and it is far easier to say these things than to actually practice them when the circumstances arise. But this is the new path of thinking we must wear in our mind…one step at a time. And when we fall, or find ourselves off track…we simply pick ourselves up and get back on. Remember we are, and become what we think!
So my friends, lets’ leave it here for now. I wish everyone a spiritually productive week. Please continue with your meditation and always remember the power of thought and prayer. God Bless!