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Welcome back. As with my last writings post, I’m going to dip into my ‘Future Me‘ archives. The following contains an excerpt from a book by Melody Lawson, and an interview between Chris Atwood and Shore Slocum. It also contains more of my random mental wanderings. It’s funny, but since Marcia and I started this blog, I haven’t had much time to do any ‘writing’ of my own! 😉
P.S. I wrote before about how I came to share my writings with the world at large. I was reminded the other day about this quote from ‘The Gospel of Thomas’:
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
November 28, 2008
I had a few thoughts last night just before turning off the light and heading to sleep:
What is the power of my intention? What is the ability of my intention to create in this world? Working with my hands I can only affect those things I can reach with my hands. What is the reach of my intention?
Everything – not just my inner self, not just my body, but even my most sacred individuality – my conscious mind and ego are Source energy. It’s not that Spirit is directing me, I am Spirit, directing myself. I finally understand what it means to be individual and One at the same time.
Intention = action. Not action moving through the body, but action moving through energy. I’ve always thought of intention as something passive, but it isn’t. Intention, like love, is an active, moving force. Although it’s a lousy analogy, think of war through the centuries. Centuries ago wars were fought physically, hand to hand, man to man. As time progressed and technology advanced, war changed from being a battle of the physical to being more of a battle of energy. With atomic bombs, a simple push of a button brings about a destructive change that outdoes all of the wars fought before, combined. Creating action through intention is MUCH more powerful than creating action through physical expression. This doesn’t negate physical action, but it does shift focus somewhat.
Here are a couple of interesting articles that I came across online…
“Give Up All Hope
by: Melody Larson
I know that nothing has ever been real
Without my beholding it.
All becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
And they come toward me, to meet and be met.
~ Rainier Maria Rilke, from The Book of Hours
You are a master at beholding. You beheld your very self before you came into this world and manifested your very own current human form. When you remember what you’ve forgotten, that you are a powerful and deliberate creator, you will laugh out loud at the delights you can bring into your life.
Do you find yourself praying or intending in a way that is closer to pleading? Are you asking the Universe for assistance and hoping it will deliver? Are you relying on other people or on outer circumstances in order to get what you want? You need not ask, then hope, then wait, for the Universe to bring you what you desire. You are the bringer. You are the beholder. You are the chooser and the allower of everything, everything that exists in your life!
Give up all hope that anyone or anything will bring you what you desire. It is all up to you, all of it. Giving up all hope sounds frightening and disempowering but in reality it is the most freeing, empowering thing you could ever do for yourself and your world. You stop worrying that there is any circumstance outside of you that can sabotage your efforts. You realize that you are in control of it all. The Spirit you pray to is not separate from you and you begin to tap into your soul power. There is no single circumstance that can interfere with your desires, nothing outside of you that can get in the way of manifesting what you want. You no longer have to “let things take their course” because you decide the course.
If you hope for something you want to come true, it implies that some power outside of you is going to make it happen, that somehow you are not the attractor of your every experience. It’s like you are alone in a boat but how did you get here? And why don’t you have any oars? But if you can reach for a little bit better place than hope, like allowing, you are getting closer to at least seeing that you put yourself in this boat and oh, here are the oars. You don’t quite know how to use them very well yet, but you can try steering and allow what will happen to happen, knowing you are getting better and better at navigating your future. So instead of saying, “I hope what I want will come to me” you might try saying “I allow what I want to come to me” or “I choose what I want to come to me.”
Even better than allowing and choosing is expecting. In this case, you realize you chose to get in the boat, you are a master at using those oars, and you have a specific destination you are rowing yourself towards. You know fully that you are the bringer of your every experience and that nothing and nobody outside of you can affect your own attraction. The moment you desire something to happen, you simply expect it to happen. This is the most delicious knowing you can ever experience because you are seeing the world and yourself as your soul sees it.
So stop wishing! Stop wanting! Stop hoping! Stop yearning! Instead, start choosing, claiming, allowing and expecting your desires to manifest from within you into your outer world! Every desire you can conceive of in your imagination means that it is alive inside of you. It already exists so there is nothing to hope for. You already have it. You need only claim it, and allow it to spill forth from within you into physical form.
Wishing, wanting, hoping, yearning… all of these imply that you are somehow powerless. If you are dissatisfied with what you have attracted into your life through your own consciousness, your own concept of yourself, simply change that self-concept now. Choose to. Stop hoping someone or something is going to come along and change your circumstances. It isn’t possible. Instead, decide to create something more to your liking.
Choose to feel good now. Invite excitement, expectancy, happiness, love, appreciation and gratitude into your heart and into your mind now! That is the only way to invite excitement, expectancy, happiness, love, appreciation and gratitude into your life. You are here for the sole purpose of creating a life of passion and joy! You are in charge. Take whatever actions are necessary. Anything that has ever blossomed into your life, be it a weed or a flower, has needed you. You are the gardener. What will you plant, knowing that the soil you cultivate produces anything you desire?”
Excerpted from the book ‘Delighting the Soul: Lessons on Life Purpose, Authenticity & the Law of Attraction.’”
And the second one, from the same site:
“Shore Slocum – Plugging into Your Passions
by: Chris Attwood
Mahatma Gandhi described what living our passions allows us to do when he said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Shore Slocum lives by this maxim. For over 20 years, he has combined his study of the science of achievement and personal development with an active role in corporations all over the world. His corporate clients include companies like FedEx, Southwest Airlines, Quaker Oats, Prudential, and many more.
He’s worked closely and collaborated with other great speakers, leaders and authors. This includes people like Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Mary Manin Morrissey, Bob Proctor, John Assaraf, Norman Schwarzkopf, Scott deMoulin, Anthony Robbins, Mary Lou Retton, Larry King, Zig Ziglar, Bobby Knight, Dan O’Brien and Christopher Reeve. He has been a catalyst in helping thousands of people achieve their dreams.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Shore, it’s an honor and a treat to have you with us tonight. Thanks so much for joining us.
SHORE SLOCUM: Thank you, Chris. It’s great to be here. What an intro! Thank you very much.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: A well-deserved one, I must say. Shore, we call this series The Passion Series. Will you share with us, to start, the role that passion has played in your life? What are the things that you care most about, and how have they played into your success and how you’ve lived your life?
SHORE SLOCUM: Chris, I would say two things. First, when I’m not plugged into my passion, that’s when the things that I care about and I really want to do don’t show up. I think there are two sides to it. It’s a feeling like there’s a yearning, that we’re empty, or we’re feeling like there’s something missing. That generally means that we’re missing that fire, the energy that comes from passion.
As I plugged in over the last 22 years more consciously into my passions, I’ve noticed that when I really follow them, when I really go into what is calling me to my highest good, then what I call predictable miracles show up in my life. The people show up; the resources, the creativity, and everything I need to do what I’m here to do comes into play. I just love when I’m plugged in, and I feel very empty when I’m not plugged in. It’s not that I’m an empty person, but I just feel like I’m missing what I’m here to do when I’m not plugged into my passions, if that makes sense.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Absolutely. What I hear is that when you’re plugged into your passions, it’s like you’re connected to your purpose, the reason that you’re here.
SHORE SLOCUM: Absolutely. My belief is that we all have a reason we’re here, we all have something to give to this world, and we have something to do here. Part of our responsibility in being here as human beings-not human doings-is to live that purpose and share that gift. Really, the only way you amplify it and the only way you really, truly live it is when you plug in with passion.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Will you tell us the story of how you’ve lived that, how you got started down the road that you’re traveling today?
SHORE SLOCUM: I was trying to think of the last time I could really remember not being totally plugged into my passion. There are several times along the journey that you get distracted or you follow a project you know you’re not supposed to do. Or, you push it too hard and it doesn’t come from the inner yearning, the soul; it comes from your intellect. I know you know what I’m talking about.
What really set it up for me is this. I went to a boarding school for high school and did very well, but the expectation of my parents was that I was going to go to college. I was going to be a lawyer like my stepdad, a doctor like my grandfather, or a veterinarian like my father. There was all this expectation about what I was supposed to do. I had a great GPA. I was very well educated. I got to college, and I was there for four months.
I thought, “What am I doing here? There’s no reason to be here.” I didn’t know why I was supposed to be there, so I left. I got involved in retail sales at the age of 17, because I graduated early from high school. I did very well in retail sales, but after a Christmas in retail I decided I never wanted to do that again, work 95-hour weeks. Do you know what I’m talking about? I was managing 42 people at my store at the age of 17 years old.
I walked into the break room and saw about 25 people who have been selling refrigerators, appliances and car stereos for, some of them, 20 or 30 years. They’re smoking cigarettes and eating donuts, and I said, “I’ve got to get out. This is not what I’m here to do.” It’s funny, but when you open up yourself to the possibility of what’s next and you really understand that there’s probably a higher thing guiding a lot of your actions, at that moment your awareness becomes open to other things.
A client of mine came in and said, “Would you like to go to a free program?” That was the first seminar I ever went to. I had just turned 18, and I went to this seminar. It was Anthony Robbins, and a lot of people know who Anthony Robbins is. He didn’t have a book. He didn’t have an infomercial. He was nobody anybody knew about, but I went there, and after 20 minutes I knew I was going to be in this work.
I knew I was going to be doing this work. I went up to him at the break and said, “Tony, my name is Shore. You’re up to some amazing stuff here. I’m going to work for you. When should I start?” Literally, six days later I had moved from Oregon to California. I was living in a corporate apartment promoting a seminar, and I was 18 years old. That’s where this whole journey began.
I’ve been kind of plugged into my own personal development, which I think at some point grew into more of a spiritual development, which was part of my process of going through and finding my passion. Now I’m really tuned in and turned on about helping people find and live these universal laws that make such a difference in tapping into that passion.
It’s been a journey of 23 years since the point that happened. Along the way there have been a lot of nuances, a lot of growth, and a lot of work. I wake up every day and I pinch myself. I really feel lucky to be able to do what I do.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Isn’t that one of the tests of whether or not you’re aligned with your passions?
SHORE SLOCUM: I have this great friend. He’s one of my best friends in the whole world; I’m the godfather of his four children. His name is Doug Hansen, and he was exceptional at computer sales. He had been the top salesperson at Toshiba, Compaq, and HP. He left the business at the top of his game because he just didn’t feel he could do it anymore. He got into consulting, into teaching and into doing things that really got his juices going.
It really helped him with passion. He said the greatest thing to me; he said, “Shore, I am making three times more money than I ever have. Not that that’s important; but the crazy thing is that I’m not trying to make more money, and I am. It’s not that money is a measure, but here’s the crazy thing, Shore. I love what I do every day so much I would do it for free.” I thought that is the ultimate litmus test. That’s the ultimate test if you’re living your passion.
Do you love what you do most of your waking life so much you would do it for free? Here’s the irony of it. When you really love what you do, you’ll probably get compensated more than you could ever imagine, and you don’t have to fight to get compensated. It just comes to you that you’ve opened up the channels for you to live your gift and your purpose.
My belief is that God wants you to have the Kingdom, and the Kingdom is all of it. It’s living in that place and all those things that come with it, but it’s also the abundance that every one of us deserves. It’s our birthright because we’re part of all that creation. When you’re plugged in, you can’t help but have that, I think.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: That’s actually a wonderful vision when you think about it. You’ve begun to touch on this; but in the work you do and what you teach you talk a fair amount about consciousness. Why is consciousness so important to your work and to what you teach, and what do you mean by consciousness?
SHORE SLOCUM: When I look at my mini-mission statement of what I try to guide my life by at this point in my life-and that shifts and evolves as we go along-if I were to sum it up in one phrase I would say this. My job here, my work here, what gets me going and what I think I’m here to do at this point-and it may change in the next year or five years from now-is to help people wake up.
What I mean by ‘wake up’ is to be more aware. I think there are so many people right now who are asleep. They’re asleep, they’re dead, and they’re numbing themselves with drugs, with alcohol, with TV, with shopping and with the distractions of life. At the core of themselves they really want to wake up to their higher good. Consciousness is the way, the process we go through-I call it your spiritual evolution-as you wake up.
A lot of your listeners have probably heard of the Buddha. A man came to the Buddha and said, “Are you God?” No. “Are you a saint?” No. “Are you a prophet?” No. “Are you an angel?” No. “What are you?” Buddha said, “I am awake.” Really, it’s that simple. Our process as a soul coming to this planetary plane, this human plane, is to go through a waking-up process, to go through a spiritual evolution, if you will.
What I mean by consciousness is that part of our role is to be more aware of where we are and then to open to our next level. I learned in my studies along the way and really getting into my spiritual work, which is what I do most of the time now, that as we go through this waking-up process, we generally go through stages. I’ve identified 15 stages we go through, but I can break it down to four.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Four would be easier here.
SHORE SLOCUM: Yes, four is much easier, and it’s really concise. I’ve worked with Dr. Michael Beckwith on this and Mary Morrissey, who you know, I think. As we go through this, a lot of people start at or are at a stage called ‘To Me’. That’s where the world is happening to me. The ‘To Me’ consciousness is really a victim consciousness. It’s where we feel like we have no choice in it, that the world is happening to us.
It’s the boss’s fault; it’s everybody else’s fault, and we have very little personal responsibility or spiritual responsibility for our circumstances. As you start to evolve, consciously you go to the next stage, which is where you feel like you have a little more empowerment. This it the work that I did with Tony in the early days when I used to work with him, and that I now do in corporations a lot.
Honestly, getting people from that ‘To Me’ stage to the next stage, which is what I call ‘By Me’, where you feel like you have a choice, that you can do something and that you have personal power-that’s a good quick word you might hear there-that’s when you feel like you can do something. You can do a certain thing and get a different result; do a certain things and get a different result.
The whole personal development and personal empowerment movement comes in this stage. What I love about that is that when people get out of victimhood and get into, “I have a choice. I’m responsible for my world,” into that consciousness, then they actually start to do things that will change their circumstances and that will change what they perceive as their reality. Does that make sense?
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Yes, sure.
SHORE SLOCUM: What happens at some point, though, generally is what happened with me. I was really into personal development, learning all the tools, the skills, and all that to make my life better, and I got great results. However, after doing that for several years I felt empty. I started to go on a little bit of a deeper path personally, a little bit deeper of a quest to find out what would help me wake up more. I felt like I was getting numb even though I was getting all the great results.
The next stage was what I call ‘Through Me’. That’s where you really step into a consciousness and start to let the universe, everything that’s connected to it, and everything that is in concert underneath the things that we can see, work. I think there are two worlds that we live in: the 1% world, which is the world of ‘see, hear, touch and feel’, the world we call manifest; and then there’s the 99% world, which is much more prevalent.
This is the quantum world, the endless world of universal laws, the spiritual world, if you will. That’s the dimension that has created all this. When you start to bridge the 1% to the 99%, you start to go to a deeper reality; you start to understand that there’s a concert, an organization, to all of it that’s linking it together. When you’re in the ‘Through Me’ consciousness, all of a sudden you start to let yourself be a conduit to this other world.
Life then starts to happen through you, not to you and not by you with you making it happen, but through you. Then you become a channel, and that is an amazing place to get to because the things you tried before to will, to make happen, the goals you set and achieve, all of this stuff was hard work. All of a sudden, they start happening almost effortlessly. They start to show up: the right people, the right resources, you find the right book, you meet the right person on the train, or you hear the right song.
The synchronicities go beyond what you could ever have made happen and your awareness also goes up. Then the fourth level, which I’ve glimpsed, maybe, a dozen times in my life-although I’m having more and more frequency with it-is what you would call ‘As Me’. I don’t even know how to put it into words. I had my first experience with this, actually, when I actually had a near-death experience when I was 17 years old.
I was windsurfing; I believe I died at the scene and I went to another place-I’ll just leave it at that-but it was the most incredible experience I’ve ever had to this point in my consciousness and my awareness. I can’t even describe it in words. What I will tell you is that everything that we all want was there in so much abundance that I knew I would never be alone again.
I knew I was never unloved and I would always be loved at a level that I couldn’t even describe. There was a reason for me being here. I had a choice to stay here on this plane or go there, and I chose to come back because I had more work to do. The bottom line is that when you get to ‘As Me’, it may be what you call Christ-consciousness, where there is no differentiating between anything. It’s all one. It’s the total unifying consciousness that binds it all together.
I’ve had glimpses of it in prayer, meditation and, I would say, a near-death experience, but it’s a pretty powerful thing. That’s when you can raise the dead, walk on water, and all those things that we connote as miracles. When there is no difference between you and everything, when you are it, when you are the ‘I Am That I Am’, as the burning bush said, then there’s this unifying energy that allows you to do anything, to manifest anything, and be in that place.
There’s kind of an evolution we’ve got to go through to move through that, and we are all at different stages and in different contexts in our life. You might be in a victim consciousness in relationships, but you might be in a ‘Through Me’ consciousness in your work. It’s contextual a little bit, as well.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: I really love your model: ‘To Me’, ‘By Me’, ‘Through Me’, ‘As Me’. That’s the basic, high-level division.
SHORE SLOCUM: Right, and then all the subcategories are underneath those, but those are the four big ones. I can send you a PDF if you want it, and you can use that however you want.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Yes, we’d love to make that available as a gift to our members.
SHORE SLOCUM: I’ll send it to you when we’re done with the interview today. The deal is that as you go through those four levels, you’ve got to understand that it’s not just trying to move toward the next level. That’s very hard from a victim consciousness. By the way, most of the world is in that victim consciousness, the ‘To Me’ consciousness. You see it as the economy starts to shift and as all these things are happening in our outer world, our 1% world.
People go to ‘To Me’ consciousness pretty quickly when they get scared or fear comes. We have to remind ourselves that in order to move, not to stay locked in a consciousness, or to stay locked in one of those areas, we have to give up something. In order to move from ‘To Me’ consciousness to ‘By Me’ consciousness, you have to give up something. You have to give up blame. This is a hard thing for a lot of people.
We blame our parents, we blame our circumstances, we blame our education, we blame our IQ, we blame our genes, we blame our boss, we blame the weather, and we have all these things that make it okay for us not to live at a higher awareness. In order to really go to ‘By Me’, you’ve got to give up those things. You’ve got to take what I call total spiritual responsibility for your life. Until you do that, it’s hard to grow.
At the same time, it’s hard when you’re in that consciousness to want to grow, so it’s kind of a paradox. The hardest time to want to get better is when you’re feeling lousy. That’s why it’s work; that’s why there’s work involved in this to go from ‘By Me’ when you’re in that make-it-happen, I’ll-do-anything mode. When I was in my early 20s, I was on fire as far as making it happen with passion and all that stuff, but I was in this ‘By Me’ mode so much, Chris.
If you put any obstacle in front of me, I would knock it over, go around it, go over it, go under it or whatever. I did that for eight years full-on, 20 hours a day, sleeping four hours a night with the workouts and everything. After that I was so burned out. I thought, “There’s got to be more than this.” I got all the accolades, I got the money, I got the fancy house, the cars, the woman, but it was empty at the end of the day. I think a lot of people have figured out that the stuff is not going to make them happy.
To go from ‘By Me’ to ‘Through Me’ you have to give up control, and that’s a big one because we want to have our say. We want it our way. We want it the way our small mind sees it, not the way our big soul desires it. Does that make sense? We get locked into the way we want it so much that we’re not open, maybe, to what the bigger picture is. We’re not open to all the other things that are showing up, which are put in our divine path to help us out with it.
We’re trying to control it all. This is a hard one. I still struggle with this all the time. I get locked into, “I want it my way.” Usually, what’s funny is that when I give that up, when I really understand that I’m locking into something that may not be my highest good, then something else will show up, and that something else is usually much better in the long run, looking back. We all have things like that. The one I work on most now is the move from ‘Through Me’ to ‘As Me’.
You have to give up any idea, any notion, and any cellular vibration of the idea of separation. You have to give up any idea of separation. That’s not an easy one to do, and that’s what my prayer work, my meditation work, and all of that is really aimed at, is stepping into place where we’re not separate from anything, where I can look at anything and know it’s part of me. It’s hard sometimes when a guy cuts you off, but it’s all that. It’s a process, for sure.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: It’s so interesting that we are on the phone doing this interview together, Shore, because we haven’t had the opportunity to spend a lot of time before now. I actually have a whole blog called Pipelines to the Soul that I write once a week or so on the practical implications of living in what I call unity, which is the state that you’re talking about of ‘As Me’. What does it mean on a practical day-to-day level to live that?
One of the things I want to ask you is this. As people move from one stage to another, how can they recognize where they are? Let’s just start there: how do they recognize where they are?
SHORE SLOCUM: First of all, it’s the easiest thing to understand if you’re not giving up stuff. The easiest way to know if you’re in ‘To Me’ is to ask yourself, “Am I blaming others, circumstances or anything outside of myself for my circumstances or the way I’m feeling?” In other words, if I’m feeling a certain way and I’m trying to make it about something else or somebody else, I’m in ‘To Me’; I’m in victimhood.
Again, that’s really hard to pop out of when you’re in it, but that’s the easiest way to recognize that you’re in it if you have any kind of blame, even blame of yourself. A lot of us just don’t love ourselves enough. Bob Procter, one of my good friends, always says, “I love myself so much I kiss myself right now!” He’s the funniest guy ever, and he doesn’t mean it in an egotistical way.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: No, of course not.
SHORE SLOCUM: He means it in a very real way, and I always have that visual when I talk about loving myself, because Bob’s got it. If you’re in ‘To Me’ you’re going to be blaming somebody, something, yourself, circumstances or anything. I had a woman the other day who went through one of my seminars-I was doing a health detox retreat. She showed up and said, “The reason I’m so overweight is because it’s my genes.” I said, “The ones you’re wearing right now?”
She started laughing and she said, “No, from my parents. They were like this, too.” I asked, “Is it possible that you didn’t inherit their genes, but you inherited their lifestyle?” It got her to think. It’s that whole awareness process. She’s been blaming the way she’s feeling and the way she’s looked for so long that she just accepted it as part of her reality. If you’re in ‘By Me’ and you’re living in that place, then you’re trying to control stuff.
Here’s the easiest way to know if you’re trying to control stuff: you get frustrated a lot. If you’re frustrated all the time with the way things are, the way people are, et cetera, then you’re trying to control. You’re not open to anything else, but frustration is the greatest flag to know if you’re trying to control.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: If we’re controlling, then this is the ‘By Me’ consciousness, right?
SHORE SLOCUM: Yes, and it’s not a bad consciousness. I think it’s the doorway to the ‘Through Me’ consciousness. Does that make sense? What I mean by that is you can’t just say, “Today I’m going to be an ‘As Me’.” I believe that could happen. You could just elevate to a different consciousness, and I believe that can happen in a moment, but for most of us it’s not going to happen just like that. We’re not going to hear the interview, and then all of a sudden we’re going to ascend.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Darn, Shore! Where’s the fun here?
SHORE SLOCUM: That would take the fun out of learning it for yourself, and we’re going to talk about that, I think, in a minute. Maybe we can talk about ‘earnership’. As you start to get in that place, you’ve got to understand that that’s part of the process of going through these levels of consciousness. Until you get it out of your system, you’re probably going to be drawn back to that consciousness.
I’ll give you an example. If you have this incredible urge to make money, to be powerful, to rule the world and all that stuff, that is a very ‘By Me’ consciousness. Here’s what I want to make clear. That’s not good or bad. There is no good consciousness or bad consciousness; it’s just what it is. Don’t put a judgment on where you are, what you’re going through, or anything like that.
Just know that that’s the consciousness that you’re in and that’s okay. That’s part of your evolution. It’s the only way you have contrast in your growth, by having something to contrast it to. As you are in a consciousness and you don’t get it out of your system-if you are after money, things or power, for instance-until you get it out of your system, you’ll always be drawn back to that.
When people come to me and say, “I feel like I’m not spiritual because I want a new Maserati, I want a bigger house, or I want to date three women a week,” I tell them, “Listen, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. That’s just where you are.” I tell them to go for it 1,000% and don’t make it wrong. There will be a point where you say, “There’s nothing left in this anymore for me.”
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Shore, I want to ask you a question about this because it relates directly to a lot of what we talk about relative to passion. If I want that Maserati or I want that house over the ocean and that’s my burning desire, it’s the thing that I want more than anything else, I could say in that moment that that is my passion, right?
SHORE SLOCUM: Right.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Is that still worthwhile? Is it still worthwhile for me to go for a passion that seems to be so material and, perhaps, in the overall scheme limited in its impact if it’s the most important thing to me right now?
SHORE SLOCUM: Here’s what I would say. Again, it’s not right or wrong. It’s just where you are. Don’t fight it, say it’s not spiritual or too materialistic, or whatever. That’s fine; you can put that label on it, but it won’t do you any good in elevating your consciousness or becoming more aware, I should say.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: I’m going to lead you a little bit on this point, and you can disagree if you’d like. One of the things that we say in The Passion Test is your passions are like breadcrumbs leading you on to fulfill your personal destiny, your life purpose or whatever you like. Is it possible that by going for the house or going for the Maserati that that’s the next step I need to take in order to get to the point of recognizing that that has limited meaning? Could it be taking me on, as you say, to the next stage of the evolution of my consciousness and my life?
SHORE SLOCUM: Absolutely! I’m so excited you said that. Maybe what you learned in going after the Maserati is what the real lesson was. It wasn’t the car itself. It was what you had to go through, what you had to elevate, the way you had to think, a person you met along the way, or you just needed to get it out of your system so you just went through it quicker. Rather than saying, “I’ve got to go to India because now I want a Maserati, so I better go meditate this out of my system,” no! Get the Maserati.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: Then get on to other things.
SHORE SLOCUM: Right. It’s part of the process. As we talk about that, the desire is from the Creator. That’s my belief. The desire is what you’re talking about, and that really comes from the 99% world. That comes from the spiritual dimension. I’ve been all over the world, as you have, Chris. You’ve worked with people. You’re obviously the expert on passion, so you know that at the end of the day we all at our heart of hearts and our core want the same thing.
We want to feel loved. We want to feel like we’re making a difference. We want to feel like we have a purpose, and all those things. You can boil it down to seven or 10 things that we all want. They’re usually not material things. They’re what I call true fulfillment. Real fulfillment is what we all really want. We strive for it, and sometimes we get things that come from desire that are temporary fulfillers.
I remember when I was growing up, our next-door neighbor had this little Alfa Romeo convertible car. It was a two-seater, and it was the coolest car I’d ever seen. It had the leather, it was sparkly, and she only took it out on the weekends. I thought, “That is the car I want.” Have you ever had one of those? “When I get that car, I will have made it. I will have everything I want.” When I was in my early 20s, about 22, I went into the dealership, and I bought that car with cash, brand new.
My head was so big I had to put down the convertible top to get out of the dealership because I couldn’t even get in the car. I drove out of there feeling, “I’m the man!” Literally, by the time I drove the 35 miles to where I was living at the time, I was pretty much over the car. It didn’t have a cup holder, and it was a stick shift. Why would I do that? It’s funny how you go through that.
The bottom line is that at the end of the day we’re going after fulfillment, but what we really want is what I call lasting fulfillment. We want those things that are going to create lasting fulfillment. Sometimes our way to get there is through temporary fulfillment, and it may just be the breadcrumbs, as you say, to get us to the deeper meaning.
CHRIS ATTWOOD: I want to take this point of desire and look at it a little bit more; because as you may be aware, and I’m sure you are aware, in the spiritual circles oftentimes desire is considered to be a major obstacle on the path to evolved consciousness, enlightenment, or lasting fulfillment, as you say. Yet, you’re talking about desire as being a useful or valuable thing. Could you speak a little bit about this dichotomy?”
“There are no happier people on this planet than those who decide that they want something, define what they want, get hold of the feeling of it even before it’s manifestation, and then joyously watch the unfolding, as piece by piece, by piece it begins to unfold. That’s the feeling of your hands in the clay.” ~ Abraham-Hicks
November 29, 2008
I’m going to start here with a Seth quote that reminds me of some friends:
“When people are convinced that the self is untrustworthy, for whatever reasons, or that the universe is not safe, then instead of luxuriating in the use of their abilities, exploring the physical and mental environments, they begin to pull in their realities – to contract their abilities, to overcontrol their environments. They become frightened people – and frightened people do not want freedom, mental or physical. They want shelter, a definite set of rules. They want to be told what is good and bad. They lean toward compulsive behavior patterns. They seek out leaders – political, scientific, or religious – who will order their lives for them.” ~ The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, session 834.
Okay, a few quick thoughts based on some notes I scribbled in my little notebook. Here they are:
- Manifestation always happens as fast as it can.
- I’m doing the right thing.
- It is right for me to expect manifestation in every moment.
- It’s impossible to hinder this process. It’s a matter of what am I choosing?
- There are no limits to what I can create.
- The places I dream of dream of me too. This really intrigues me. I watched ‘Practical Magic’ the other night, and at the beginning of the movie the one sister (Sandra Bullock) as a girl sends out a wish to fall in love with someone who has so many odd characteristics he can’t exist. Of course later in the movie he shows up in her life, but she tries to get rid of him by telling him that he’s only there because of a spell she cast. And his reply was, “I asked for you too.” Imagine that in my looking for things, those things are asking for me too. Wow…
- In a world where my thoughts and ideas create my reality, my thoughts and ideas are very important.
- From the quote above, I can luxuriate in the use of my abilities. I like that!
“Some things you’re not letting happen right now because the timing isn’t perfect for you. Some you’re not letting happen because you are very aware of where you are. But all things, as they are happening, are happening in perfect order. And if you will relax and begin saying, “Everything in its perfect time. Everything is unfolding. And I’m enjoying where I am now, in relationship to where I’m going. Content where I am, and eager for more,” that is the perfect vibrational stance.” ~ Abraham-Hicks
“Your Inner Being is always guiding you toward what you are wanting. It is never protecting you from something else.” ~ Abraham-Hicks
November 30, 2008
It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting in Starbucks having a coffee. As I was walking down here I was thinking that in this moment all of my needs and none of my desires are being fulfilled. I am in the bear place, as if in deep meditation, surrounded by stillness, with only an occasional ripple. It feels like winter, but not death. Rather I feel like a seed, awaiting spring and the chance to burst forward with new leaf.
And now I’m in a different place, seeking to learn the ways of the wizard, being able to manipulate things with intention rather than labour. In the old way, labour = profit. Work harder, earn more; work less, receive less. And since I’m not working and receiving nothing, it would seem I’m still living with that model. But things are different. I know it, and I can feel it, even if I can’t see it. I keep getting messages that tell me I’m on the right path. Encouragements come from many places. Insights, intuitions, revelations come from many places, too. And it just came to me that what I’m looking for is a world that is just like me. All my life I’ve found it so easy to give to others – big things, little things, intended, anonymous, whatever. I have given so much that I’ve frightened people – and while I’ve never thought of it before, these people – D. for example, were like me in that they were overwhelmed in the receiving of all I had to give.
Something else just came to me. I’ve long had this powerful sense of individuality, and so I’ve essentially created myself as the opposite of what I figured the world was, while of course making the world the opposite of me. I’ve chosen qualities I’ve desired for myself, and set their opposites as what the world is. Since I’ve wanted to give, the world has received. I chose peace and left war to the world, and so on. It’s certainly not a black/ white situation, but the important thing is that I’ve haven’t seen my world as a mirror image of me, but rather my opposite.
And slowly I’m discovering that those things I desire want me too. It may be an ego boost, but I find it rather humbling. And I am very grateful. Imagine the world as a reflection of me…
Maybe it’s just that I can stop seeing myself as being opposite of anyone or anything else. I don’t need to compare myself to anyone else; I am me.
Also, I’ve been thinking that things like money have to come to me from someone else. That’s not true. It comes from me. I’m here living in cooperation with others, but we’re each creating our own worlds.
December 1, 2008
Well, it’s 2:30 p.m. and I’m at the Starbucks at Leathead. Been doing some thinking as I walked, and one thing of course is the subject of money. But it goes beyond that because what I’m really interested in is the subject of creation. And it occurred to me that in my view of the world, most people aren’t focused on creation but on exchange. People exchange money for goods, goods for goods, labour for money, money for rent or mortgage, utilities, etc. And the bigger issue of course is not the issue of money, but the issue of supply. If there’s a finite amount – of money, of resources, of whatever – then we have to keep shifting around what we have, over and over. And this goes beyond humanity and into natural cycles as well. I’ve never thought of that before, but my idea of the earth has been the same – of continually recycling, circulating and reusing over and over again. Bodies become nutrients, which are used to grow bodies, for example. Water falls as rain, goes into the earth, is taken up by a plant, transpirated back into the air to become clouds, and falls as rain. This is touted as the perfect example for humanity, but it’s a closed system. That which is on the earth has always been on the earth and will always be on the earth. That leaves no room for consciousness, for emergence of matter from energy, or for infinite creativity. Interesting… I had no idea my beliefs on this were so pervasive. I wrote last night and I’ve written before about changing my world, but really what I’ve always meant is to change my view of the world and to change what I believe is possible in the world.
I wrote last night about creating my own world, but living in cooperation with others who are creating their own worlds. I’m sitting here in Starbucks with a group of people who are all doing their own thing, individually or in small groups. It makes sense. There are four plush chairs here, arranged opposite two tables, and when I came in there were two women sitting across from one table but I dumped my stuff in one of the other chairs. A few minutes later a man came and sat across from me, but I didn’t see it as an invasion of privacy the way I did at the library a few weeks back. We’re just four souls sharing the same space. And I’m okay with that. It’s a growing place for me. Before I moved here I would have had serious doubts about living at SP, but I’ve grown more comfortable with the idea. I’m still pleased knowing that the things I desire are working toward me as I’m working my way toward them. This pleases me. It makes me feel wanted. And it’s good to feel wanted. It’s a very good thing.
Something that just came to me to consider is that I’m actively involved with being a conscious creator, and while I may not like some or many of my creations at the moment, it’s a way of learning. It’s not that I’m creating nothing. I’m learning how to direct my focus toward those things I desire.
Another thought that came to mind was about Tut, and how often Tut talks about taking action and how it has bothered me. Two things came from that. One is that intention is action, but I didn’t see it before. The second is that it’s important to remember that these things aren’t coming from ‘someone else’ but from me to me – perhaps for consideration, and perhaps for release.
I also had a thought that in looking at the diversity of life around me and trying to see others as All That Is, I automatically imagined tracing the branch back to the trunk, so to speak, the way one would trace lineage of child to parent to grandparent. I’ve been imagining the connections of each person back through their inner being, all the way back to All That Is. But All That Is isn’t just one central individual who has spawned everything else. God is in the details and All That Is may be discovered in the very diversity. And so the way to truly see All That Is isn’t to amalgamate and coalesce all of the disparate parts backward and to try to recreate the whole, but to recognize that All That Is is everything as it is right now. And that’s important for me too because I’ve considered my own infinity by drawing the same connections back from ‘me’ through my own inner being, whole self, to All That Is. But I don’t need to amalgamate all of the disparate parts of myself to form an infinite being, either. One of the properties of infinity is that every division is infinite. With a hologram, for example, cutting the hologram into pieces yields smaller versions of the whole, but with gradually lower and lower resolution with each division. With infinity divisions aren’t smaller or lower resolution than the original. Infinity isn’t divisible at all. Now there’s a thought. And so ‘I’ am also infinite. It’s a growing in awareness, of knowledge that I’m embarked on.
One more thing to cover. With physical action, more action yields more results. For someone who does piece work for example, the harder they work the more results or finished products they have. But with technology, say, it requires less work to achieve the same result. A pulley vs. a block and tackle is a good example, or a computer vs. a calculator vs. a slide rule. Where this is going is that with where I imagine my life heading, the amount of ‘work’ I need to do in a day is much less to receive a much greater result. The byproduct of that is I have much more free time, to do whatever pleases me. But with where I am now, I’m trying to balance ‘relax, let go and let Spirit carry me’ against the idea of trying to make things happen faster by doing more. The thought that comes to mind is that I can walk around and around a cruise ship, but it’s not going to get to its destination any sooner. Maybe that’s a lousy analogy because it implies greater circles of authority over which I have no influence. It’s really getting used to the idea that much of the action with which I am involved right now is mental, intentional, and mental action can’t be measured in terms of effort.
Actually what came to me as I was writing that was that with physical effort more isn’t necessarily better either. The secret is to develop a rhythm, a flow with the work. A peak develops where more or less action is less efficient, and this is what it means to be in the flow. Mental action can be the same. What I need is to find my flow.
Something that came to me later was that Abraham has said that nothing I desire is upstream from me. In that case, heading downstream makes sense. I can relax and allow the current to carry me, or I can paddle, in which the current augments and adds to the work that I’m doing myself. Here I’m not working against the current, but allowing the current to augment my efforts. Hmmm…
Before I finish I want to add in a section from Seth’s book ‘The “Unknown” Reality, Vol. 1’ that someone added to NWV. I think it’s a good one:
(Good evening Seth)
Now: The beginning of Section 2. You already have the heading. Give us a moment . . . ‘
The CU’s, or units of consciousness are literally in every place and time at once. They possess the greatest adaptability, and a profound ‘inborn’ propensity for organization of all kinds. They act as individuals, and yet each carries within it a knowledge of all other kinds of activity that is happening in any other given unit or group of units.
Coming together, the units actually form the systems of reality in which they have their experience. In your system, for example, they are within the phenomenal world. They will always come under the guise of any particular pattern of reality, then. In your terms they can move forward or backward in time, but they also possess another kind of interior mobility within time as you know it.
As there are insides to apples, so think of the ordinary moment as an apple. In usual experience, you hold that apple in your hand, or eat it. Using this analogy, however, the apple itself (as the moment) would contain infinite variations of itself within itself. These CU’s therefore can operate even within time, as you understand it, in ways that are most difficult to explain. Time not only goes backward and forward, but inward and outward.
I am still using your idea of time here to some degree. (Pause.) Later in this book l hope to lead you beyond it entirely. But in the terms in which I am speaking, it is the inward and outward directions of time that give you a universe that seems to be fairly permanent, and yet is also being created.
This inward and outward thrust allows for several important conditions that are necessary for the establishment of ‘relatively’ separate, stable universe systems. Such a system may seem like a closed one from any viewpoint within itself. Yet this inward and outward thrusting condition effectively sets up the boundaries and uniqueness of each universal system, while allowing for a constant give-and-take of energy among them.
No energy is ever lost. It may seem to disappear from one system, but if so, it will emerge in another. The inward and outward thrust that is not perceived is largely responsible for what you think of as ordinary consecutive time. It is of the utmost and supreme importance, of course, that these CU’s are literally indestructible. They can take any form, organize themselves in any kind of time-behavior, and seem to form a reality that is completely dependent upon its apparent form and structure. Yet, disappearing through one of the physicists black holes, for example, though structure and form would seem to be annihilated and time drastically altered, there would be an emergence at the other end, where the whole ‘package of a universe’, having been closed in the black hole, would be reopened.
There is the constant surge into your universe of new energy through infinite minute sources. The sources are the CUs themselves. In their own way, and using an analogy, now, in certain respects at least the CU’s operate as minute but extremely potent black holes and white holes, as they are presently understood by your physicists.
(Give us a moment . . .)
The CU’s, following that analogy, serve as source points or ‘‘holes’’ through which energy falls into your system, or is attracted to it-and in so doing, forms it. The experience of forward time and the appearance of physical matter in space and time, and all the phenomenal world, results. As CU’s leave your system, time is broken down. Its effects are no longer experienced as consecutive, and matter becomes more and more plastic until its mental elements become apparent. New CU’s enter and leave your system constantly, then. Within the system en masse however, through their great and small organizational structures, the CU’s are aware of everything happening-not only on the top of the moment (gesturing), but within it in all of its probabilities.
Now: This means that biologically the cell is aware of all of its probable variations, while in your time and structures it holds its unique position as a part, say, of any given organ in your body. (Pause.) In greater terms the cell is a huge physical universe, orbiting an invisible CU; and in your terms the CU will always be invisible-beyond the smallest phenomenon that you can perceive with any kind of instrument. To some extent, however, its activity can be indirectly apprehended through its effect upon the phenomenon that you can perceive.
(Pause at 10:26. l got Jane a beer while she sat waiting in trance.)
The EE units mentioned earlier represent the stage of emergence, the threshold point that practically activates the CU’s, in your terms. We will have more to say about these later.
It is vital that you understand this inward and outward thrust of ‘‘time,’’ however, and realize that from this flows the consecutive appearance of the moment. The thrusting gives dimensions to time that so far you have not even been to realize. Again, you live on the surface of the moments, with no understanding of the unrecognized and unofficial realities that lie beneath. All of this, once more, is tied in with your accepted neurological recognition of certain messages over others, your mental prejudice that effectively blinds you to other quite valid biological communications that are indeed present all of the ‘time’.
(Intently) I am trying to tell you something about the greater reality of your species, yet to do so with any justice, I must divest you, if possible, of certain concepts about the beginning of time, or ‘‘man’s early history’
To start with, however, we will for a while lean on the old terminology, while hoping to gradually leave it behind. Give us a moment and rest your hand . . . (I had to smile. After about 30 seconds Jane as Seth, was already waiting to continue.)
The CU’s form all systems simultaneously. Having formed yours, and from their energy diversifying themselves into physical forms, they were aware of all of the probable variations from any given biological strain. There was never any straight line of development as, say, from reptiles to mammal, ape and man. Instead there were great, still-continuing, infinitely rich parallel explosions of life forms and patterns in as many directions as possible. There were animal-men and men-animals, using your terms, that shared both time and space for many centuries. This is, as you all well know, a physical system in time. Here cells die and are replaced. Knowing their own indestructibility, the CU’s within them simply change form, retaining however the identity of all the cells that they have been. (Intently.) While the cell dies physically, its inviolate nature is not betrayed. It is simply no longer physical.
That kind of ‘‘death’’ is then, natural in one way or another within your system. I will be speaking here from many viewpoints, and later I will discuss in full your ideas of mortality. Here, however, let me state that all life is cooperative. It also knows it exists beyond its form.
The experience of your species involves a certain kind of consciousness development, highly vital. (Pause.) This necessitated a certain kind of specialization, a certain long-term identification with form. Cellular structure maintains brilliant effectiveness in the body’s present reality, but knows itself free of it. Man’s particular kind of consciousness fiercely identified with the body. This was a necessity to focus energy toward physical manipulation. To some important extent the same applies to the animals. The cell might gladly ‘‘die,’’ but the specifically oriented man-and-animal consciousness would not so willingly let go.
The cell is individual, and struggles for rightful survival. Yet its time is limited, and the body’s survival is dependent upon the cell’s innate wisdom: The cell must die finally for the body to survive, and only by dying can the cell further its own development, and therefore insure its own greater survival. So the cell knows that to die is to live.
(10: 59. Jane delivered all of this material in a most forceful manner.)
Man’s consciousness and to some extent that of the animals, is more specifically identified with form, however. In order to develop his own kind of awareness, man had to consciously ignore for awhile his own place within the structure of the earth.
His experience of time would seem to be the experience of his identity. His consciousness would not seem to flow into his body before birth, and out of it after death. He would ‘‘forget’’ there was a time to die. He would forget that death meant new life. A natural message had to replace the old knowledge.
Give us a moment . . . In the body certain cells ‘‘kill’’ others, and in so doing the body’s living integrity is maintained. The cells do each other that service (gestures). In the exterior world certain animals ‘‘kill’’ others. You had for centuries. Then, speaking in your limited terms, a situation in which men and animals where both hunters and prey. In those misty eras-from your standpoint-these activities were carried on with the deepest, most sacred comprehension. Again, the slain animal knew that it would ‘‘later’’ look out through its slayer’s eyes-attaining a newer, different kind of consciousness. The man, the slayer, understood the great sense of harmony that existed even in the slaying, and knew that in turn the physical material of his body would be used by the earth to replenish the vegetable and animal kingdoms.
Even when you lost sight-as you knew you would-of those deep [inner] connections, they would continue to operate until, in its own way, man’s consciousness could rediscover the knowledge and put it to use-deliberately and willfully, thereby bringing that consciousness to flower. In your terms this would represent a great leap, for the egotistically aware individual would fully comprehend unconscious knowledge and act on his own, out of choice. He would become a conscious co-creator. Obviously, this has not as yet occurred.
I told you (after 10:26 in this session) that you perceive only the surface of the moment; so you also perceive but one line of the species development. Yet even within your system, there are hints of the other probable realities that also coexist. The dolphins are a case in point. In your line of probability they are oddities, yet even now you recognize their great brain capacity, and to some dim extent glimpse the range of their own communication.
At one time on your earth, in the way you look at time there were many such species: water dwellers, with brain capacities as good as and better than your own. Your legends of mermaids, for example, though highly romanticized, do indeed hint of one such species development. There were several species present smaller than the dolphins, but generally the same structurally. Their intelligence was indisputable, and old myths of sea gods arose from such species. There is even now an extremely rich emotional life on the part of the dolphins, to which you are unduly blind and more than this, on their part a greater recognition of other species than you yourselves have.
(One-minute pause at 11:24. Then at a slow pace.)
The dolphins possess a strong sense of personal loyalty, and an intimate family pattern, along with a highly developed individual and group recognition and behavior. They cooperate with each other, in other words. They go out of their way to help other species, and yet they do not take pets (softly, staring at me). There were also, however, many varieties of water-dwelling mammals-some combining the human with the fish, though roughly along the lines of a combination chimpanzee-fish type. These were small creatures that moved with amazing rapidity, and could emerge onto the land for days at a time.
In other probabilities, water-dwelling mammals predominate. They farm the land as you farm the water, and are now learning how to operate upon the land for any amount of time, as you are only now learning how to manipulate below be water.
The physical universe serves then as a threshold for probabilities, and all possible species find their greatest fulfillment within that system, each of them neurologically tuned into their own reality and their own ‘‘time.’’ So the body itself, as it presently exists, is innately equipped with other neurological responses that to you would seem to be biologically invisible. Nevertheless, your consciousness and your beliefs are what direct this neurological recognition. At birth, and before structured learning processes begin, you are far freer in that regard.
You could (underlined twice) walk into ‘yesterday’ as well as tomorrow at that point of birth – if you could walk – and indeed your perception brings you events both in and out of time sequence. Responses to out-of-time events do not bring the infant recognition, approval, or action, however.
It immediately begins to learn to accept certain neurological pulses, which bring results, and not others, and so neurological patterns are early learned. This can be a frightening process, though it is accompanied by reassurances. The infant sees, out of context, both present and future without discrimination, and (intently) I Am speaking of images physically perceived.
Nightmares on the part of children often operate as biological and psychic releases, during which buried out-of-time perceptions emerge explosively – events perceived that cannot be reacted to effectively in the face of parental conditioning. The body, then, is indeed a far more wondrous living mechanism than you realize. It is the body’s own precognitions that allows the child to develop, to speak and walk and grow.
In the same manner, the species as you think of it is at one level aware of its own probabilities and ‘future’ lines of development. The child learning to walk may fall and hurt itself yet it does learn. In the same way the race makes errors-and yet response to its own greater knowledge it continues to seek out those areas of its own probable fulfillment.
(Louder smiling…) Either break or end of session!
(Well we’ll take the break and see what happens. Jane’s trance bad been profound. She was amazed to learn that it had lasted for over two hours actually, she had run through the whole session without a break. “It’s still a different kind of trance” she said, “and once you are in it, I think it’s better to stay there. But it’s exhilarating in ways that I can’t explain.)” ~ The “Unknown” Reality, Session 688.
Okay, a couple of things to round out my writings before I turn in. One is that we watched ‘Little Man Tate’ this evening, about a young boy who is a true genius – in math, physics, art, music, writing, etc. But as gifted as he is, he’s also seven years old, and wants to be like other little boys who run and play ball and have fun. He gets caught up in the adult world, but it works out in the end. I was going to say I’m not as talented as the boy in the movie, but I won’t. I do understand some of what he was going through, however, and it also ties into some of the things I’ve written about with regard to being different, standing out, being valued for my intellect, etc. And it explains to me in part why I was so willing to separate myself from the world of the academic in favour of the labourer, for example. I was looking for acceptance. There was one line at the end of the movie where he mentioned a fortune cookie he received that said, ‘Only when everyone around you is different will you belong.” I like that.
And finally, I came across this Seth quote again today:
“The unconscious accepts those orders given to it by the conscious mind.” ~ The Nature of Personal Reality, session 659.
It’s one I’m well familiar with, and I’ve argued that one with my self on many an occasion. But it came to me today to simply accept the truth of it. The unconscious accepts those orders given to it by the conscious mind. Okay, then the power to change is with me. As simple as that.