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“You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart.

Everything that seems permanent is impermanent and will be smashed. Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away.

But right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realising this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence.

Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude.

Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar.”

- Jeff Foster

“All life is vibrantly alive Consciousness. Consciousness is Life. Everything everywhere is your own body, your own heart, your own soul, your own Self. Knowing, feeling and experiencing your SELF as all objects and phenomena is so completely intimate that even the world “love” is not an adequate description. The flow of the SELF recognizing itself in the appearance of form is Being knowing and feeling itself. It is pure Feeling, the flow of pure Love. Love gets its feeling of love from the flow of Consciousness experiencing itself in the appearance of creation. This flow is the ultimate essence of the process of creation.”

Lucia and Lawrence [lorn] Hoff, The Incredible Reality of YOU: A Spiritual Guide to the Awakening of Consciousness

More and more people are asking “What can I do to help this greatly troubled planet?”

This is a very good sign because we are remembering that we were sent here on a “service mission,” not on a “self-gratifying vacation” and it is in claiming that mission that our happiness and peace is realized.

As more awake to this reality, their efforts add to a quantum leap in consciousness that is now birthing a love-based planet. — Robert Roskind

As I have grown older, I’ve moved naturally from “serving my talent” to serving the world with my writing. That’s the way I imagine it, at least. On the personal level, of course, I’d like to earn money from writing but when it comes down to it I’m only interested in talking about one thing — how to cross this rickety bridge to a better world.

Because I disagree with those who only see a technical problem, I keep trying to point out where I think the heart of the issue lies, which is precisely there, in the heart. I think we have to be better people to make a better world.

Jeff Foster is no doubt correct, though, when he points out that we become better people by being stripped of all our possessions and protections. Is that a cruel necessity? He’s speaking of the personal level, but it has been pointed out that pandemics preceded every great cultural change in the world. In the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, for instance, half of Europe died in a pandemic. Is that what’s happening now?

We see two factions, one saying a new and better world is obviously coming, and another asserting that we must get back to “normal” in a jiffy. Unfortunately, normal was a cruel and unusually punishing way to live. We called it normal because wisdom of the heart had long ago been banished from our culture.

We are about to discover what we are and have always been, essential elements of the Soul of the Earth, and as such, what our role is meant to be. Service to the web of life, of which we are an indispensable part, requires reverence, respect, kindness, love and generosity. If we are to make the transition to a renewed life on Earth, those qualities of the heart will be needed. They will become the new normal.

This is a challenging time for human beings and the planet they inhabit because consciousness seems to come out of a certain amount of pain and suffering. A lot of people will be asking, “why me oh Lord, why me”? The questions that need answers have to do with our own humanity or the lack thereof.

Soul searching and asking penetrating questions are more useful than the un-imaginative assertions we’re seeing from our business and political figures. I don’t think we can take a step in the right direction without vision and a soft heart. The old mental landscape has suddenly shifted.

Those who can’t shift with it are going to have a hard time.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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