Reclaiming Freedom

In light of the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) I decided I would post one more sample chapter here on my blog. Other recent sample chapters posted are:

Anatomy of the Human Psyche: Spirit, Mind, Emotions
Resonance, Dissonance & Discernment

Let let Freedom ring!

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Reclaiming Freedom

“… if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride?

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.”

~ From “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, on Freedom

It is fear that undermines and restricts the full exercise of our freedom.

So how do we deal with the darkest dark in our world? Hellish things that come straight out of humanity’s worst nightmares? Head on. Into, through and out the other side.

If we know that terrible things go on in our world, if we know, as from all kinds of news reports, mainstream and alternative, that war goes on, torture goes on and more, then these acts touch the collective human psyche of which we are all a part. We can try to ignore them, but ignoring them does not productively or effectively deal with them. Such ugliness can become things we secretly fear. They lurk in the dark corners of our minds. But so many of us do the animal thing and avoid looking at them, hoping that they won’t “get” us. We plaster over such fears with happy thoughts and positive affirmations. Like black mold in a house, plastering over it does not get rid of it. It has to be exposed to fresh air, the light of day and cleaned out or it will sit there and continue growing, malignant and unseen, undermining our quality of life.

We must stretch ourselves to understand that we are more than flesh and blood. The evidence for this is burgeoning all around us. Those who have achieved expanded awareness through spiritual practice know the larger energetic and vibrational reality “within”. Quantum science has given us a model for consciousness at work in our world. This has birthed new areas of consciousness and psychic phenomenon research. Near-death and out-of-body experiences and the profound changes in consciousness of individuals who experience them also support this. We are made of light, energy and vibration. It is our consciousness, collectively, that dreams into reality the solid-seeming world we see around us right down to the bodies we inhabit.

Organized religions have failed us by not addressing these parts of us. We have been cut off from the true knowledge of who we are through religious indoctrination. Traditional religion puts human authoritarian intermediaries between us and the Infinite. Intermediaries as subject to human failings and the seven deadly sins as the rest of us. At their worst, religions have sought to control their followers with fear. Fear of eternal damnation, word pictures they paint of realms they call hell and purgatory. Why? Because the church leadership fears the loss of the power and wealth their followers bestow on them.

Governments have failed us as well. We must fight and make war with whomever the powerful label as “Other”. This Other may have something they want to possess. So the Other is made into someone “not like us”. Savages, barbarians, heretics, infidels, terrorists. “Other” is evil. They use noble-sounding rhetoric that plays on the indoctrination of populations into taking actions they want taken. Their aggression is cloaked as religious crusades, patriotic defenses of ideology or preserving racial purity. Preemptive wars are justified to make sure such Others are dispatched before they have the chance to “get us”. And, oh well, as long as we’ve conquered the evil Others, we might as well lay claim to their land and other spoils and make use of them as we see fit.

Divide and conquer is the way the rich and powerful play the game. They fear us as a unified population. There are millions, billions more of us than them. They know that if we ever all got together, particularly with spiritual knowledge of who we truly are – consciousness inhabiting form – our collective, directed desire, thought and intention could put a decisive stop to their power chess game with the world and it’s people. They have a vested interest in us not remembering our own multi-dimensional and spiritual wholeness. They have staged an all-out war on expanded consciousness, trying to mask it in every devious way they can so we don’t catch on.

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

The power chess game going on in this world is all about who can wield fear and control over populations most effectively. Fear is the gross base level weapon of the few but powerful over everyone else. Bliss and ecstasy can be another. Both have the potential to be extreme emotional states that block our intuition from functioning. From there, the control devices get more and more subtle.

The best way to control anyone is for them to not realize they are being controlled. So they do it through televised media. They do it overtly with packaged content. And although use of frequency manipulation, subliminals, and other subtly invasive electronic measures are deemed illegal, they are still very likely covertly used, because honestly, how are most ordinary people going to be able to detect it and report it? One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is disconnect from the public mind control feed in your own home: cable or satellite television. I would even get rid of the boxes that bring the signal in. If you want entertainment, rent movies or TV shows from a local or online video rental service. You’ll enjoy them a lot more without constant commercial interruption, and you’ll pay far less. But watch them in moderation. Get out and live your own real life.

The first step in escaping what traps our consciousness in this world is learning of the ways it steals and cages our energy. If we come to remember that we are more than the bodies we inhabit, that we are indestructible beings made of spirit, love and light, then we have a choice. Are we going to allow ourselves to be manipulated by fear, or other emotional extremes? Or can we learn to simply relax into the knowledge that we are energy and vibration?

If we come to that knowledge, we discover that fear – especially as it is brandished about in our society by those trying to manipulate us with it – is really a phantom with no real substance. Fear doesn’t have any real power over us. It only has the power over us that we allow it to have. It tries to look terrifying in its many masks. It tries to trick us into surrendering our sovereign beingness as free consciousness to it’s thrall. This is to keep us locked into the 3D “solid” reality paradigm. If we can be convinced we are just physical beings subject to pain and death, we can be frightened into compliance. We are controllable.

The reward of achieving and maintaining a higher vibration of love and inner peace is that our consciousness can begin to awaken to its true nature. Our awareness can begin to expand.

It is very true that our bodies can experience pain, suffering and death. We are especially susceptible to threats to loved ones. But if you surrender your sovereign beingness on some hollow promise of being protected from pain, suffering and death, you may later find out that the price of such “safety” was far too high. Surrender your freedom to the state for “security” and you become a herd animal in fact, to be managed or disposed of as your masters see fit. You have abdicated your right to choose for yourself.

The United States Constitution is not a document that grants us freedom. If we believe that, then we can also fall into believing it can be taken away. The Constitution is meant to reflect that that we are in essence free sovereign beings, endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable, inherent rights. Freedom is not given to us by the state, nor can it be revoked by the state. Freedom is inseparable from who we truly are. We, humanity, cannot be “set free”. Freedom is our natural birthright as spiritual beings having a human experience. As pure energy and consciousness.

And even if we have given our freedom away, we can reclaim it at any time we choose.

Why else would there be so much propaganda out there, be it religious, scientific or medical, funneling our beliefs into ourselves as limited and frail human beings? Even in the face of new evidence of life and consciousness beyond bodily death, the old conditioning dies hard. The mainstream public eyes such information with both hope and suspicion. In the face of fear most still fall into the old belief systems. Fear that can then be used to manipulate them in to trading their freedom for “help, safety, security” – the seductions of the controllers.

  • In assessing my own exercise of freedom I ask myself the following questions:
  • Is it worth it me to surrender my freedom for a hollow “promise” of safety and security?
  • How might others I give control over me manage my safety, my health, my well-being?
  • Could I live with the consequences of such a decision?
  • Would it be better to stay free, live free, act freely, speak freely? Even if someone tries to harm me in some way to stop me?

I was afraid of what had happened to me. I was afraid of speaking out. But the time finally came when none of those factors could any longer compel me to remain silent. The personal cost became too high. The energy of fear was locking down my consciousness and exacting a toll on my body. I had to shed it.

So far, I continue to take the stand for my personal freedom, day by day. What might happen to me if I was ever truly tested on my commitment to freedom no matter what? In all honesty and integrity, I can’t say in this moment. I’m as human as anyone. But so far, the questions above keep my personal compass pointed to “Freedom”.

The only honest limits on freedom dwell within conscience: not to infringe upon the freedom of others nor inflict harm by word or deed. Honor all life and live in mutually beneficial harmony with it.

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I looked at the dark as deeply as I needed to to understand what actually existed out there and to understand in what context my own experiences happened. I looked at volumes of it. Today I my approach is this: Don’t turn or run from anything because it’s too scary to look at, but deal constructively and positively with the fear and move beyond it. Do this as many times as necessary.

Finally you’ll get to a place where you don’t have to look at any scary stuff any more. There isn’t much left that fear can throw at you that you haven’t already faced. If there is a new fear, you’ve strengthened your confidence to deal with it productively. You move beyond fear.

Once fear loses its power over you, your awareness can begin to expand and awaken in ways you could not have imagined. Then you become a light in the world. You become a space-holder, an energy broadcaster with that light for this world’s transformation. If you take action in the world to help in its transformation, that is icing on the cake. I see many inspired to do just that, and that is a joy.

Today I know there are elite groups out there who consider the masses of humanity as a herd to manage, control and use to serve their purposes. They consider us expendable. I accept the possibility, even the probability of technologies out there in the hands of the wealthy and powerful that the mainstream public can’t begin to imagine. These could include technology for control of weather, earthquakes and volcanoes. If such technologies do in fact exist, it is the secrecy they are concealed by that makes them most dangerous. They are most likely wielded by wealthy, powerful groups with a terrifying lack of either conscience or morals. Since the general public is unaware, natural-seeming disasters are accepted as acts of God, not men. Yet I can’t help but feel suspicious when in the wake of tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes, thousands or millions of people killed or displaced, the devastated lands are taken over and begin to be developed by corporations for their profit in some way. The displaced people left after the disaster remain displaced, unable to return to where they once lived.

If you are just becoming acquainted with the darker side of our world, then some time spent looking at the depth and breadth of it may be necessary to formulate a complete understanding of it. Having a good grasp of the contextual landscape in which we live is important so we can direct our lives in the best ways possible. I have to wonder today if I had had a full understanding of the kinds of dark and ugly things that go on, would I have been so traumatized by what happened? Certainly it would still have been truly terrible to experience. But if the knowledge that the chances existed to encounter such people, capable of doing such things, had been part of my understanding of the world I lived in, the trauma might not have been so severe, perhaps not severe enough to cause the memory to submerge. In a society that recognizes that such things do occur, one would hope that some kind of support system would be set up to help people deal with the aftermath.

I often wonder if the bubble world we live in, this contrived, matrix-like reality, is in part constructed as it is to leave the people living out their lives within it susceptible to severe trauma. If those who have the arcane knowledge of the dark underworld they have constructed need to use one of these individuals, innocent of such knowledge, then they have someone conditioned to be vulnerable to the kind of trauma they can inflict. Susceptibility to severe trauma would certainly be an asset to groups with an agenda of control.

This is a dark idea and may or may not be true. I would much prefer it was not true, that it is just darkly incidental to such structures and processes. But having learned all I have, I cannot rule out that this is done by diabolical design. I admit the possibility and leave it at that. Just having an understanding of the kinds of dark that operate in the world is a protection from it creeping up on you and paralyzing you with trauma, at least to a degree. Understand it exists as a possibility and then set it aside.

Understanding the kinds of things that go on or can happen is not the same as continually wallowing in them and allowing yourself to get emotionally overwrought with anger or fear. Understanding is simply to keep you from being so severely impacted should such knowledge or experience come your way. I hope to create a network of healing resources for those who have had to deal with extraordinary and severe trauma. I also feel that peer support – being in the company of kindred others – is one of the most powerful healing structures we can create.

I no longer feel any need to dig into every bit of information I can on such possibilities or probabilities. I do not need to examine in detail every new piece of disturbing data that gets thrown in my path, and believe me, plenty gets thrown in my path.

I look at them as briefly as I would eye the weather on the horizon, assessing whether I need to get my umbrella or take shelter in a root cellar… in that present moment. I find it dangerous to project too much doomsday into the world from my own thoughts and emotions laced with fears of the future. The scary possibilities predicted by people who look almost exclusively at the darkest of the dark, set whole groups of mind-egos desperately spinning. They try to plan for every possible contingency, devising a reaction for every possible dire event that could befall them.

I’ve also learned that when I face and make peace with the really big fears, I no longer have to look closely at all the little ones that litter my path anymore. When you’ve faced whatever your mind morbidly manufactures as the worst things that can happen to you, the other stuff becomes insignificant. Annoying or frustrating perhaps, but far more easily dismissed.

Once we acknowledge within ourselves the kinds of dark things that are possible or probable, that is enough. Understand it is there, then dismiss it and turn your full energy and attention to something positive, loving or joyful. We must build bridges of understanding with each other. We must cultivate joy in ourselves if we are to build a better world. We just cannot use contrived joy as some kind of denial defense mechanism.

The truth is, all kinds of things could transpire or happen to any of us at any time. Events that have taken place in the past may indeed have set in motion things that will happen in the future. But what if our positive focus and action in the present could impact our future in a positive manner? I choose to believe it can. And the more of us that collectively sign on to such an endeavor, the better our chances of affecting a positive outcome.

The present moment is the moment of positive action. The present moment, and what we choose to hold in our desire, thought and conscious intention, creates all our subsequent moments.

Truth, Freedom & Responsibility

Just what is freedom? What does it personally mean to you, the reader of this book? What does it mean on a physical level? On a mental or emotional level? What does freedom mean on a spiritual level?

These are not test questions with any definitive or rote answers. These are questions to muse over and wonder about every day. They are contemplative questions to make rich with meaning over the passage of time. When you encounter any way in which you are not free in your life, on whatever level, reclaim your freedom in that area of your life.

Don’t look outside yourself for someone to “give” you freedom. Freedom is your sacred birthright. No one can take it from you. They can only try and compel you surrender it to them.

A sword has been used as a symbol of Truth. Its two edges could equally symbolize freedom and responsibility.

The truth, if we come to know and accept it, will set us free. With ultimate freedom comes ultimate responsibility. Responsibility for the choices we make and how they will affect us, each other and future generations. At any moment of choice, we can turn one way or another… we choose our destinies as much as they choose us. What we choose to do with our lives is all the more precious because of free will. Exercising our free will to be and to choose comes when we have the broadest spectrum of learning, knowing and understanding possible. The true exercise of free will can only come when the mind, heart and spirit are free, when we live, move and breathe in a world of transparency and truth.

We choose incarnations in a human body to rediscover freedom through the “confidence course” of limitations and barriers to it that exist here on Earth. To gain, through all the contrasts of duality that we experience here, a fuller understanding of what freedom truly is. Ultimately, to discover that true freedom lies in rediscovering who we are at the level of consciousness and interconnectivity. We live our material lives on Earth within the unified quantum field of potential that underlies the reality that we have created from our desire, thought and intention – even though we also decided to forget who we are when we come here to more fully participate in our creation.

Keep stepping back in your consciousness. We come into human existence and it becomes our reference point for everything we experience. We become part of religious, political and societal structures and they are added to our reference points for how we view life through these various lenses of belief and judgment. What broader context can you step back and view? Can you honor your human feelings and existence while stepping back further into a cosmic perspective? Can you imagine how extraterrestrials might observe life on Earth, especially with the destruction humanity wreaks on the ecosystem we depend on for life? Can you imagine how it might affect telepathic and telempathic beings to touch minds that hide so much from themselves? Can you go further and imagine yourself a drop of consciousness merging with the universal field of all consciousness, suspended in the quantum wave field of all potential, dreaming dreams of differentiated realities settling into various dimensional densities of energy and vibration and bringing them into “real” manifestation?

It’s my heartfelt wish that all people everywhere can learn to move beyond fear and discover the wonderful and incredible potential that awaits them as free beings.

Facing Possible Transitions of Our World

I get tons of doomsday, fear-based email. I scan it and either delete it or archive it if it looks like something I might want to refer to for some reason later. Then I put it out of my mind. I don’t hide from it, I acknowledge it as a possibility, then choose where I’m going to put the energy of my thought, attention and intention.

The most important thing for people to realize is that someday we will drop our current bodies and transition to a new plane of existence. We could even possibly experience a transmutation of our present bodies for life on another dimension. In either case, it’s best to realize that someday death, or change, of the body will happen. Once we make peace with our mortality, we don’t have to hyper-vigilantly keep track of every scary thing that is happening or could happen. We can note such information briefly – or ignore it – knowing that we are going to be okay no matter what happens, even if it means death of the body.

Emmanuel (a non-corporeal being channeled through Pat Rodegast) once told Ram Dass that, “Dying is absolutely safe. It’s like taking off a tight shoe.”

While none of us want to die, especially prematurely, if we just make peace with the fact that it will happen someday, we don’t have to keep track of all the scary stuff, past, present or possibly future. We can let the information flow by and focus on living with love, kindness and joy in the present. We let those around us that we love know that we love them. We forgive. We make peace with the people in our lives and with the world around us, keeping our completions current. We can thus free our energy to envision a beautiful future for all of us. If our thoughts, what we hold in consciousness, make our world, then this is the best way we can face each present moment and all the future ones.

I guess we each have to ask ourselves, if or when our “end” in this lifetime comes upon us:

Do we want to be one of a panicked herd of humanity climbing over each other, kicking each other in the face to try and survive at any cost?

Or do we want to go with love and dignity, either on our own or in the company of loved ones, in peace and serenity, complete and ready to embrace the Great Beyond?

One last thought to consider… Highly emotional states, especially fear and anger, jam our intuitional radar. If we make peace with our own mortality, if we can maintain peace and equanimity inside of us, our intuition has the very best chance of guiding us through each present moment in a way that honors life and contributes to our survival. Intuition functions and guides us best in a quiet mind and an open heart.

Choose to be well, no matter what.

Many Blessings,
Niara

Holding Our Light, Love and Peace in Challenging Times

Hi Friends,

I wrote this recently in response to a friend’s email to me on some negative emails circulating around the net. I thought I would sharing here too, and if any of you find this information valuable, please share!

There are many negative emails circulating… about H1N1, some about civil war in the U.S. and Obama preparing troops for this, and so much more. To me, all of them seem suspiciously designed to target a particular audience — those of us who don’t watch tv or look at mainstream news because we know it’s mostly propaganda. We can’t be frightened in the usual ways, so they seem to play upon our worst fears from what we know of the shadow government. Are some or all of these circulating stories and rumors true? Perhaps. And if they are… then what? How will each of us respond? Will we crumple up in fear, incapacitated? Or will we find a new inner strength and fortitude to meet these challenges? Will we stay true to what we know inside is right, or sell out for the illusion of safety and security?

Facing these questions inside ourselves and settling them once and for all can help us to set aside our fears, breathe freely again and cultivate the calm demeanor and right actions in the present moment to create the world of our dreams and desires and bring to a close forever a world that the Illuminati would have us create from our vital, creative spiritual energy as they keep us focused on our fears. Moving beyond our fears and freeing our creative thought energy to focus on and create the world of love and peace we want to live in is the most important task in front of us in these times. And by doing so, we expand our consciousness and turn on more and more of our latent DNA each day.

What I know about facing fear and moving through it: Since 1994, when my Air Force abuse memories came to light, I have lived with the knowledge of what horrible acts some factions in this world are capable of and what COULD happen. I lived with fear for years and it kept me from really speaking out publicly as I have been doing now since December 2008. It became personally too costly to give my power away to fear any longer. What I have learned and know as a spiritual being won out over fear.

These fears have lost much of their power over me. I have 15 years of research in this field of gov’t cover ups and Illuminati plots as well as extraterrestrial abductions, contacts. I’ve looked at large numbers of scenarios because I’ve discovered that wherever I fear to look because it might be “too negative”, that “place” I fear to look then exerts a secret power over me from the shadows that I later have to go in and exorcise. And yet, I started out in this life anchored in the spiritual reality of the Love of the Creator and my whole life has been a walk seeking to reconcile the why’s of the good and evil that co-exist on this world. So when I do look at some of the negative material circulating the web, it is now from the balanced perspective of knowing that wherever the dark surfaces, there is always an equally brilliant Light to balance it… and I rest in that knowledge and in that Light, knowing that whatever happens, and I do mean WHATEVER HAPPENS, I will find my way through it, even if it means dropping my body and moving on in spirit, though I plan on staying in my body for many, many years to come… if our bodies are to be transfigured by spirit in some way in the coming months and years, from a deep sense of fun and the adventure of new learning experiences, I want to experience this!

Recently, I’ve had these insights on the negative and fear-based messages that circulate that web that really seem to jerk our chains, those of us who are wise to the military-corporate-governm

ental complex and their secret operations and agendas. See if they resonate for you.

Because those of us who are aware of the world of extraterrestrials and gov’t cover ups are not taken in by the mainstream media news hype of lies and deceit, the shadow gov’t needs to find some way to get at us, to keep us afraid too, so that our DNA cannot expand and turn on. So, these types of stories may be an attempt by them to get to us and keep us contracted with fear. So while I grant that these types of scenarios COULD happen, I have to wonder how much real basis they have in fact. Here is one more point to consider.

People have an inherent need for and desire to be free. The Illuminati have gone a long way to construct a world (a matrix) in which people have the illusion of freedom to keep them satisfied, complete with an artificially constructed reality that this world and these societies and cultures are all there is, there are no ETs, and conspiracy theories and those who researched them were ridiculed for many years.

Most people were too busy to question what might be going on under the surface, busy with family and careers and grabbing what little happiness and contentment they could along the way. So they didn’t want to be troubled with looking under the surface and didn’t like having it presented to them. This is now changing I think because of the spiritual energies increasing now on this world. We who are aware see more and more extreme measures taken to frighten people, because people are beginning to awaken in droves. The more extreme they get the more they come out of the shadows and reveal themselves and the more people wake up to their game. It’s all coming to an end for them and they know it. Some of them have accepted it, but the worst of the lot are terrified of having to face the music of what they’ve been doing for so long and are fighting it, so we get swine flu propaganda, war propaganda and every kind of fear thing dished up in the news you can imagine. And they don’t want to leave those of us out who have a good idea of what has really been going on! So a different type of tactic is done for groups like us, taking the things we fear and serving up specific rumors that will keep jolting us with fear voltage as well.

But if they ever do take overt action to step out of the shadows and become an openly tyrannical new world order, they will activate the will of the people against them in an open fashion. People have that need and desire to be free. That is the beginning of the end for them. They have a lot invested to stay in the shadows and control through infiltration and subversion as they have been doing for hundreds of years, if not much longer.

So the situation is this: Spiritual energies flooding the planet, causing more and more people to wake up. The shadow gov’ts take more and more extreme actions to frighten us so our expanding and activating DNA contracts back in and doesn’t turn on. And the more extreme they get, the more they reveal themselves and show their hand. And people keep waking up as a result. The shadow factions of the world have actually become the evolutionary pressure on all of us to awaken.

I know that fear is a real thing for many of us to deal with. Simply telling people to not be afraid is not enough. For me, I had to face all my fears and walk myself through them to get to where I am today. I wrote this blog to help people deal with fear, move through it and be free of it, as much as is possible, individual to individual. It is here: http://encounterswithhealing.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/from-fear-to-freedom/

And also, like myself who served in the military and took my oath of service, other veterans are stepping forward and standing against more and more open tyranny… see the Oath Keepers website here: http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2009/03/03/declaration-of-orders-we-will-not-obey/

I hope this helps. Even if all the rumors we hear come to pass, we will find some way through, and I’m not sure that all we hear on the news or over the web is something to get all upset over. It will happen, or it won’t. People have, with love and fortitude and the Spirit that lives in each one of us gotten through many trials and tribulations down through history. And we will continue to do so, no matter what. Even death is not the end, but a transition to a higher plane of awareness.

In loving service to humanity becoming,
Niara

From Fear to Freedom

“And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride?

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.”

~ From “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, on Freedom

From media to government, from military to medicine, fear is being dished up to us for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including snacks.  And how did it get this way?  Partly through our own collective abdication of responsibility as a society.  For every fear that has come our way through the years, we look to authority figures in government, military or corporations to solve it for us, to keep us “safe”.  So we in part have created a system that now wishes to seize complete power and take care of us as it sees fit, ostensibly “for our own good” but actually more for the good of the corporate coffers.  One of the first steps to solving any problem is taking responsibility for helping to create it in the first place.  We are facing, with the swine flu situation and much more, losing our right to choose how we would like to care for ourselves.  To many of the things we now face that are frightening, we must simply, as a collective voice, say “No!”

It is hard to take effective action while in the grip of fear.  So first to deal with the fear.

Fear works us up, stresses us out and exhausts us.  We become hyper-vigilant, trying to foresee or predict our future and plan for multiple contingencies.  Adrenal exhaustion becomes a way of life, and our bodies become depleted of serotonin, running on too much cortisol until it becomes a chronic condition.  Our immune system suffers.  We become run down.  And yet fear continues to barrage us in more and more areas of our lives.

This takes on even more of an impact if you are one of a growing majority who are seeing the deliberate dumbing down of people across societies, beginning in schools.  More and more transparent are the smoke and mirror ploys of government, military and corporate machinations of using everyday common people  to make themselves rich and powerful, from wars on terror to now trying to force [dangerous] swine flu vaccinations on a protesting and resisting public.  We become even more wary and hyper-vigilant of our own government, working to protect ourselves from those who are supposed to serve us and our best interests.

The only real moment is the present one we are in, moment to moment.  But most of the time, fear requires that we live in the past or the future.  In the past, reviewing and reliving what has happened to us at some time, our minds cast about for some plan, some strategy to protect us from it in the future.  In the future, the imagination takes over, fed by the scary scenarios being spun out all around us, on television, radio or the internet, and the reaction is the same – planning how we might protect ourselves from catastrophe.  But if the only moment that is real is the present moment, all the time spent ruminating on past/future takes us mentally out of the present moment, while our bodies in that present moment are subjected to the damaging results of fear.

Deepak Chopra once cited of a study done on neuropeptides generated in the body simply by groups of people who watched two specially selected movies, then they measured the neuropeptide results in each group.  One test movie was The Sound of Music; inspirational, showing people caring for each other, triumphing over adversity.  On the negative side the movie used was The Omen, a movie in which terrible things happen through an evil child, who lives on at the end to go on wreaking more devastation.  In each case, the different neuropeptides generated by each film stayed in the bodies of the movie watchers for about one month.  But the effects were vastly different.  For the frightening film, the neuropeptides were destructive within the body, lowering immune response, increasing the effects of free radicals on the various body systems, affecting moods adversely.  With the inspirational film, the neuropeptides generated had the opposite effect, aiding in moods of hope, happiness, peace and contentment and the immune system was enhanced and strengthened, and other body systems functioned in a more optimal manner.

When we look at all the images, words and sounds we take in each day, including our own thoughts and feelings, even what we dream at night – all having an effect on our bodies biochemically, the importance of keeping our thoughts on positive, inspiring and loving imagery the majority of the time becomes clear.

I’m not saying that you should not pay attention to what is going on around us all in the world.  We need to be informed and pay attention, gather data and make the best decisions for ourselves and our families in these trying times that we can.  But if it crosses the line over to not being able to let go of it at some point and find relief in more uplifting and relaxing pursuits, then we might be opening ourselves up for the very kinds of things we fear actually happening to us on some level.

We need to remember that the only real moment that counts, is the present moment.

What You Can Do

Nothing can stress us out more than unformed or half-formed fears lurking in the back of our minds that we often make ourselves too busy to identify and deal with.  So the first thing to do is identify exactly what you are afraid of, and it can be one thing or several.  Write these things down and know exactly what it is that you’re afraid of or worried about.

The next step is to face each fear on the mental visualization screen of your mind.  If this thing that you are afraid of was to happen, just how would you deal with it?  How would you respond to it the moment that it happens?  How would you like to respond to it?  Knowing that many terrible things have happened on this world and people have lived and moved through such things to tell how it was, how might you be able to muster up the courage to take a deep breath, respond to what is happening moment to moment, and move through it?  Close your eyes, visualize the feared thing, and see yourself moving through the experience to the other side, in a way that leaves you whole and intact.  Do this with each fear you identify.  If you can see yourself successfully moving through circumstances that you fear, those fears will lose their power over you.

If it is death you fear, begin to understand that you are not your body, you dwell within your body.
It is a sheath, it is not who you are in your essence.  Do some reading on near-death experiences (NDEs) and out-of-body experiences (OOBEs) to make this more real for you if you haven’t had such an experience yourself or haven’t really considered it before.  While most all of us would like to keep our lives in our bodies, and would avoid dying in every way possible, if it comes it is not the end of us.  Our essence, our soul, our spirit is never born, nor does it ever die.  We are eternal.

Even suffering can be met and dealt with, because we only have to deal with it one moment at a time.  Stories of how people have dealt with suffering and lived, and even been transformed by the experience somehow, are there in those who survived the WWII Nazi concentration camps or other challenging or painful situations, such as Tibetans under the Chinese occupation of their country.   Check Amazon, other online booksellers or your local bookstore for books on how others survived and moved through suffering, from the personal to wartime, societal and cultural.

Meditation can help and there are many systems of meditation.  One of the best is vipassana meditation because it allows you to develop a good relationship with the inner observer or witness we all have within, that part of our own consciousness connected to the collective and the universal consciousness that is experiencing life through each of us.  There are many wonderful “meditations” that guide you through a visualization, or a series of visualizations, and these definitely have their uses, but vipassana empowers you to learn about the inner witness part of yourself by simply observing your relationship to your thoughts and feelings and connecting with that calm inner strength we all possess.  Even meditations where you just can’t keep your focus on your breath for the mental chatter are equally valuable learning experiences as you observe how the mind resists calming down and realize that you are not your busy mind, and how much mind is connected to ego.  You simply make following your breath the focus of your attention and watch all the thoughts and feelings that arise in the mind and body as you do so, also noticing how much of the material is unreal in that it is past memories and future imaginings.  For an excellent audio course in vipassana, Google “The Inner Art of Meditation” by Jack Kornfield for various places to get this audio course online.

Learning to clear and sharpen the mind and body is a pre-requisite to getting in touch with your innate intuitive gifts.  Vipassana teachings tend to underplay this, teaching us not to get caught in anything that takes us out of our connection with the meditative state, but our expanded senses are an important part of who and what we are.  Developing them is important.  These also function best in the present moment, helping us to respond optimally to life as it happens moment to moment.

One of the pitfalls of vipassana, at least for me, was getting caught in “process”… endlessly processing over and over the same emotional, mental or physical material in different ways.  One of the 4 Noble Truths of Buddhism is that suffering exists.  However, joy also exists and to become caught in endlessly processing different forms of suffering over and over while meditating serves nothing nor anyone.  Use it as a tool for becoming quiet and developing the relationship with the inner observer.  Once you realize that your mind and your emotions are not who you really are, you are truly empowered with CHOICE about how you will direct your spiritual creative energy and attention.

Read, or listen to on CD or MP3 download, “The Power of Now”, by Eckhart Tolle, again using Google to find the version of your choice.  There is a great deal there as well that is useful, spiritual and not attached or connected in any way to any organized spiritual teaching or discipline.  It is like distilled essence of spiritual teaching without any fetters of Buddhism or Christianity or other systems.

Use Google to find a copy of the DVD movie, “The Celestine Prophecy”, from the book of the same title by James Redfield.  This movie shows us where the current shift and expansion in human consciousness could be taking us.  It shows people staying present and using their intuitive faculties in the moment to move through many challenging, even dangerous, situations.  The real ability to respond to any situation lies far less in planning and strategies, far more in the ability to stay calm and present, assess situations and take appropriate action in the present moment as it arises.

Developing the ability to tune into yourself as consciousness, sharpening your expanded intuitive senses that can be used to guide you moment to moment is one of the best securities you can provide yourself with in this challenging, chaotic world on the edge of great change.  Practice it, learn how to use it and trust it.  Learn when the true inner guidance is at work and discern when other voices of desire, or emotions like fear are whispering in your ear.  As Yoda told Luke, “You will KNOW when you are quiet.”   He also told Luke that “always in motion” is the future.  This is because the present moment and how we respond to it determines the future.  We want to make the best present moment choices we can, from clear, quiet centeredness enhanced by calm steady full breathing.

Speaking of breathing, breathing is one of the best ways to identify what you are feeling if you have been knocked out of your center and feel out of balance.  Short shallow breathing or barely breathing at all usually accompanies feelings of fear and anger.  Just as our breathing mirrors our emotional states, choosing to slow and deepen our breathing can alter our emotional states quickly for the better, as well as enhancing optimal body functioning.

Last but not least, taking in so much information each day that our minds perceive as threatening builds up a charge in our bodies, like a human capacitor.  To continue allowing that charge to accumulate, without discharging it is harmful in the ways mentioned previously here.  Exercise, from aerobic walking or running, dancing to various kinds of music, to weight-lifting can discharge the build up of energy in our bodies.  Make your exercise even more powerful by setting the intention to discharge all negative emotional energy as you do it.  Exercise is as vital to our mental and emotional health as it is physiologically.

All these strategies are those I used myself to develop my own way of facing fear and moving through it.  For many years, I felt that I had a lot to be afraid of and for far too long, I gave my power away to my fears of what would happen to me and kept silent when I could have, and should have been speaking up and out.  You can read a brief version of my story here:  http://www.ufodigest.com/news/1208/dreamland.html

Pay attention to the world around you.  Be informed, and as best as you can, be prepared in the ways you deem necessary.  Face your fears and tune your inner witness and intuitive skills.  Have the courage to say no to any form of tyranny, because bowing to it and accepting it will only strengthen it and increase it.  It’s scary to face and say no to powerful tyranny, but it is necessary and can be done when you have faced all your fears successfully.

Then shift your attention and perspective, seek out and revel in all the wonder and beauty life has to offer in endless way… in the present moment.

(If you would like some help in dealing with fear or other issues, see my “About Body-centered coaching” page for more information.  You can contact me at movebreathe@gmail.com if you are interested in a session.)