Finding Your Way – Part 4

“So at the end of this day, we give thanks
for being betrothed to the unknown.”

~ John O’Donohue

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Most people fear the unknown and long for security. But there’s a reason we call the worst form of imprisonment “maximum security.”

We live in a culture of fear and buy insurance to protect us from the unknown, unforeseen, and unexpected “accidents,” suspecting that the universe is out to get us. We describe the worst calamities as “acts of God,” blaming the Divine – which we are instructed to love – for our worst misfortunes.

No wonder we suffer from what’s known as “cognitive dissonance.”

Wikipedia defines cognitive dissonance as “the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values.” 1

Society is riddled with contradictions. We fight for peace. We destroy excess food to keep prices high … while children starve. We ignore the sun and fuel our world with toxic chemicals, then choke on the pollution. Doctors, who’ve survived four years of pre-med, four years of medical school, and three to seven years of residency, graduate with almost no understanding that what we eat affects our health. Simultaneously, they do understand that putting sugar in a gas tank will damage an engine. Every time.

We live in an unconscious trance of cognitive dissonance. This becomes conscious whenever we are “triggered by a situation in which a belief …. clashes with new evidence …” The Wiki article continues. “When confronted with facts that contradict personal beliefs, ideals, and values, people will find a way to resolve the contradiction in order to reduce their discomfort.”

Fake News

Often the way we reduce our discomfort is to deny the obvious and embrace something we can twist to support our beliefs. The furor over “fake news” these days exposes just how bothersome the truth can be. Why should facts be able to sabotage my personal agenda? That’s fake news!

We struggle for security, for the “good old days” which exist in memory like a fish story, much better in recollection than actual fact. For instance, the idea of making America great again pivots on several beliefs that, together, produce a hypnotizing dose of cognitive dissonance.

1. There was some particular time when America was “great.”
2. There has never been a time that was great for all Americans, unless you ignore slavery, genocide practiced on native Americans, The Civil War, etc.

Here’s another duo of conflicting beliefs:

1. Great as our nation was, somehow we stumbled and are not so great anymore. Statistics comparing America to other countries in many specific areas certainly proves that we have been slipping.
2. We are convinced that this is still the greatest county in the world, based on … our beliefs!

Tree in hands

Meanwhile, something else is going on. If we can raise our gaze for a moment and peer above the furor of society’s soap opera, we might notice that 99% of life is continuing as always. They say that the mills of the Gods grind slow but exceedingly fine. Yes, there is a slower rhythm to the natural world. Compare how a tree grows with the steady onslaught of computer and phone upgrades, more frequent all the time. But the tree doesn’t crash.

We can see something different from way up here, a kind of order to everything, including the chaos. Consciousness is orchestrating everything, after all, even what we believe are mistakes and accidents. Everything is an act of God, if we include ourselves in what God is. That only sounds arrogant until we realize it’s actually arrogant to claim an identity separate from God. We are not separate, we are not spectators, we are co-creators, and it’s honest to take responsibility for our creations.

That happens in the ever-present moment which, obviously, is when we are doing our creating. Moment by moment we are expressing ourselves, making choices, doing things, and it all adds up to the reality of “life.” Necessarily, we are always dancing with the unknown and real security never exists in some invulnerable state we can count on forever. Lightning strikes, stocks drop, hearts falter … we never know for sure what’s around the next corner.

Ok sign

So, we have a fundamental choice: embrace the unknown and betroth ourselves to this mystery called life, or flail away in resistance, longing for a security we can never guarantee. The smart choice? As the poet John O’Donohue wrote, we can “give thanks for being betrothed to the unknown.”

Why? Because life is a perpetual journey of discovery, regardless of how firmly we nail things down. Even just the desire for “maximum security” turns out to be imprisonment, but we hold the key to freedom in our own hands: choosing to be fully present and welcoming the unknown.

We can walk without fear in the dark, whistling if we need to, because we know that the sun will rise, the rhythms of the natural world will have their way and, to the degree that we include ourselves, this becomes our way.


Compass in hand

Finding Your Way – Part 3

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but
I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

— Douglas Adams

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The spiritual path operates on dimensions our human minds can’t track. That’s why one of the most practical navigational strategies is to let go.

Blogger Stacey Kennelly wrote, “’Stop and smell the roses’” may be a cliché, but new research suggests it’s sound advice for finding satisfaction in life. A forthcoming study in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences suggests that appreciating the meaningful things and people in our lives may play an even larger role in our overall happiness than previously thought.”

What happens when we do stop and smell the roses? We appreciate them. They were there all along but we missed seeing them, smelling them, and we also missed expressing appreciation. Of course, when we stop – that is, exit the hamster wheel of distractions and addictions – there’s much more than roses to see and much more than appreciation to feel.

Life is like a closed book; until you open it, there’s nothing much of interest visible. What really needs opening, though, is our hearts, because here’s where our navigation system for a meaningful life resides. Following the guidance of the heart is entirely different than the kind of navigation thinking produces. It’s the heart that bids us stop, for one thing, and it’s the heart that can feel appreciation. And the meaning that Kennelly referred to may not actually reside in the object of our observation but in the act of observing from a heart space.

Quantum researchers propose that what we call reality exists as a field of unlimited probabilities that collapse into experiences as we observe. Wiki defines one classic quantum law, The Observer Effect, as “the theory that simply observing a situation or phenomenon necessarily changes that phenomenon.” 2

So, it’s not just stopping to smell the roses but the way we view them that can produce a meaningful experience. If this theory is true, a whole new world of possibilities opens to our imagination. What if we took responsibility for how we viewed our world, moment by moment? We could prove (or disprove) another popular quantum convention: “As viewed, so seen.”

Smelling Rose

When we let go of mind-centered guidance, which honors logic and efficiency, in favor of heart-centered navigation, which employs emotion, we begin to tap into the stuff of Gods. We become truly creative. “Behold, I create” we might declare, in a grandiose moment, acknowledging that we are indeed creating the reality we experience.

Then a very different path leads us on. There are more curves here, less certainty about direction, but more fulfillment along the way. It’s popular to say that the journey is more important than the destination but what if the journey was the destination? What if an enlightened life is not about arriving at some destination, a state of illumination with deep, cosmic understanding, but mastering the skill of presence, being able to be fully here and now to appreciate it all?

We may have met an enlightened janitor! How about that gentle soul who never tires of playing with his grandchildren, because he’s retired from that hamster wheel and he’s truly content?

Content! What a concept. Who’s content these days? Well, the roses are content. In fact, it’s absurd to imagine anxiety in nature. Trees don’t worry about squirrels climbing them and birds sitting in them. Streams don’t get anxious as the rapids approach. It’s difficult to even imagine such things. It’s humans that worry.

Don't worry

Will Rogers said, “I know worrying works because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened.” That’s one way of looking at it. Another perspective, from Mark Twain: “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” And, as Dr. Graham Davey writes in Psychology Today, “The worrier spends hours worrying, with the usual outcome being that the topic of the worry now seems much worse than better!” 3

We can literally worry our lives away. But that’s not really living, let alone evolving our spiritual practice! Here we are, in this moment. What are we aware of? Can we expand our awareness? As we do, can we appreciate the more that we become aware of, whether it be roses or people we’ve barely seen or situations we unconsciously decided were insignificant?

In other words, how does the world we see change when we change how we view it? Who knows where we might end up when we freed our perception from limiting beliefs and followed our hearts to where we end up? Destination: right here, right now.


Man in heart

The Holographic Rainbow … Part 4 – The 4th Heart Chakra Vortex

“The yearning for wholeness and freedom that all of us feel reflects our individuated consciousness longing for greater interaction with universal consciousness…  

The Heart-field plays the role of gateway to universal consciousness.” 1

 Master Charles Cannon

Since consciousness is the substratum of the universe (all universes, imagined and real), the densification into polar opposites is the vehicle for creating experience. Without “heat”, we can’t fathom “cold.” And so it is with universal and individual consciousness, mirrors of each other, reacting “as above, so below.” In reality, all is one. In this play of consciousness, they are separated yet attracted in a never-ending search for equilibrium, borne of light and always in motion.

“Quantum physicists state that the material world is really variable fields or frequencies of energy. 

All energy is ultimately reducible to light.” 2

Emory J. Michael

In “The Synchronicity Key,” David Wilcock agrees, writing that “light is alive. Photons are the most basic form of life in the universe … the universe is made of light and love… light being the masculine force that projects outward and provides raw power in the photon, and love being the feminine force that shapes, molds, and directs the light.  The offspring of light and love are matter and biology, all of which is ultimately alive.”3 Quoting the Law of One material, he writes: “You are everything, every being, every emotion, every event, every situation. You are unity. You are infinity. You are love/light, light/love. You are.” 4

And, according to Master Charles Cannon, “loving kindness is the very nature of consciousness. It is in love with itself because there is no other. There is only one blissful consciousness.” 5

The fourth, heart chakra is about love, the center of our 7 energy channels and the gateway from the lower to the upper chakras. According to Master Charles, the dense dimensions (chakra vortexes 1-3) tend to be fragmented and mired in illusion while the subtle dimensions (corresponding to universal consciousness, chakra vortexes 5-7) are more unified and truthful in their expression. “Self-awareness is minimized in the dense dimensions and maximized in the subtle dimensions.  We are all constantly downloading information from the all-possibility of universal consciousness into individual consciousness and thus, self-referentially, we create our experience moment by moment-by-moment.” 6

“We came here to learn better how to love and to be loved …

to know ourselves well enough to accept and love ourselves genuinely, especially

the “shadow side” we like to keep hidden.” 7

Carla Rueckert

The heart chakra form of love is not the passionate, transitory love of the second chakra or the lust of the first chakra … but rather unconditional love. That is, there are no conditions to loving and there is more of a constancy that is palpable. The “loving” is not about “another” but rather a state of being in harmony with oneself. This is called by numerous names, like “balance” or “coherence”. The human journey is about bringing the Mind-field into coherence and removing its disruptive influence on the heart.

When the Mind-field yields through consistent balance,

the Heart-field is actualized and individual and universal consciousness

interact to deliver the experience of true holistic reality

as one blissful consciousness in the here and now of its happening. 8

Master Charles Cannon

When coherent, the heart chakra perceives the world as a unity, an interlocking puzzle of relationships perfectly creating each moment for our maximum growth. “It is necessary to remember that the universe is one of vibration and motion, not solidity … each piece of the universe is affecting each other part, all the time.” 9

According to Anodea Judith in Wheels of Life, “Relationship is the interface between matter and information, and plays a part in all the levels that lie between. In fact, all information could be regarded as awareness of relationship. These patterns give us the concepts which form the basic structure of our thoughts, communication and perception … The fourth chakra level of consciousness perceives the world as an intricate web of relationships, bound together by the force of love.  Once we perceive objects and their activities as relationships, we begin to perceive the perfection, balance, and eternal nature of these relationships … When we understand the perfection of the relationships around us, it beckons the heart to open.”10

Excessive characteristics in the heart chakra are demonstrated by:  Codependency (focusing too much on others), poor boundaries, jealousy, being a martyr, being a pleaser. Deficient characteristics can be:  Antisocial, withdrawn, critical, intolerant, lonely, isolated, lack of empathy, fear of intimacy.11

The Synchronicity Socratic Process of Inquiry has been created by Master Charles Cannon as a method for recognizing and disempowering the illusory “stories” in our lives. As he often says, “events happen and then there are the stories we tell about those events.” This explains how our stories – whether they are accurate recollections of something that happened in fact or not – are turned into illusions by our minds.

With increased will power developed in the third chakra, we can focus our wakefulness to dismantle the stories along these lines in the heart chakra: Self-acceptance & Self-forgiveness. The first leads to the second and the  second leads to forgiveness of “others”, creating the openness to love and harmony.

“Love is the attraction exercised on each unit of consciousness by

the center of the universe in its course of taking shape.” 12

 Teilhard de Chardin

We can practice opening ourselves to experience universal consciousness’ motion of love as it shapes the light as we described at the beginning of this blog. Maybe that’s why the heart is considered to be the center of our “e-motions”, since it where we experience love. The heart is where the cosmic force of love shapes the light into a vibration that we can perceive as a homecoming, a welcoming to enter and rest in joy and peace. We can experience this love in motion even more when our minds and bodies are “still and open” such as in the practice of meditation.

The element represented by the fourth chakra is air. Our breathing keeps air traveling through the body, giving life, “burning toxins, releasing stored emotions, changing body structure and changing consciousness.“13

“If your breathing is in any way restricted, to that degree, so is your life.”14 

 Michael Grant White

“Breath, as related to the element air, is one of the primary keys to opening the heart chakra … The breath can actually change the body structure, and once changed, the body hungers for this increased oxygen supply. It is an evolutionary and healing-oriented process … The mind also can be calmed through control of the breath,”15 and all ancient wisdom traditions have techniques for calming and controlling the breath. Conscious, balanced breathing raises the subtle vibrations within the entire human organism, since breath circulates throughout the entire body and acts more quickly than any other bodily function.

In all of his presentations, Master Charles Cannon encourages everyone to focus on their breath and balance the inward and outward flows. He has also explained how lengthening the in-breath can increase the positive energy which helps to balance the default negative. Also, holding the inward breath at the heart with a focus on flowing feelings of love can expand the amplitude of heart chakra frequencies and increase the experience of blissful reunion with one source consciousness. As Master Charles has often said, “if you want more love in your life, be loving.”

Further exercises to help calm the Mind-field and activate the Heart-field include asking  yourself the questions below. Using the Synchronicity Socratic Process can reveal their illusory beginnings and habitual maintenance. Once this awareness dawns, we see that we have co-created the movies of our lives, with all their harmony and conflict. This can leave us awestruck in the presence of one source consciousness, experienced as love itself. At that point, all that’s left is to ask: “What remains in the stillness of a mind?” 


Inner Self


FOURTH, HEART-CHAKRA QUESTIONS (answer in a one, bottom-line sentence):

What is your primary belief about why some of your relationships aren’t more satisfying than they are?

What is your primary belief about why you tend to be co-dependent with some people?

What is your primary belief about why you feel jealous sometimes even about a small matter?

What is your primary belief about why you sometimes don’t feel empathy toward someone and dismiss it without further thought?

What is your primary belief about why you resent lack of appreciation or reward when you have worked hard to please others?

What is your primary belief about why you sometimes have a fear of intimacy?

What is your primary belief about why you can sometimes be critical and intolerant of others?

What is your primary belief about your being lonely sometimes?

What is your primary belief about why you have trouble forgiving others sometimes, even for little things?

What is your primary belief about why you don’t have more peace in your life?

What is your primary belief about why you don’t have more love in your life?

What is your primary belief about why you don’t have more balance in your life?



  1. Master Charles Cannon, presentations and writings.
  2. Emory J. Michael, The Alchemy of Sacred Living; Creating a Culture of Light (Mountain Rose Publishing © 1998), p. 163.
  3. Wilcock, David, The Synchronicity Key; The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You. (Kindle Locations 1413-1484). Dutton/ Penguin Group, New York, 2013)
  4. Wilcock, David, The Synchronicity Key; The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You (Dutton/ Penguin Group, New York, 2013) (Kindle Locations 1492-1494).
  5. Master Charles Cannon, presentations and writings.
  6. Master Charles Cannon, presentations and writings.
  7. Rueckert, Carla, Living the Law of One 101: The Choice (Kindle Location 3370). L/L Research. Kindle Edition.
  8. Master Charles Cannon, presentations and writings.
  9. Rueckert, Carla, Living the Law of One 101: The Choice (Kindle Location 942). L/L Research. Kindle Edition.
  10. Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) (Kindle Location 1789). Kindle Edition.
  11. Anodea Judith, Chakra Balancing, Workbook (Sounds True, 2003) p. 43.
  12. Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) (Kindle Locations 1728-29). Kindle Edition.
  13. Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) (Kindle Location 1896). Kindle Edition.
  14. Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) (Kindle Location 1890). Kindle Edition.
  15. Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) (Kindle Location 1891-1908). Kindle Edition.
Finding your way

Finding Your Way – Part 2

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien

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Going straight from A to B may seem the shortest and best route but only when we neglect to take topography into account.

Maps are two dimensional. But they often also describe height, the third dimension, with shading and lines and printed elevations. This is important, because once we start hiking, topography becomes a key determiner for navigation. For instance, we can’t really bore through a mountain and climbing it is equally impractical. We go around mountains and hills, perhaps by finding a valley to follow.

This provides an interesting metaphor for our spiritual journey. And it recalls the story about an enthusiastic student who asked his master how long it would take to achieve enlightenment if he meditated two hours every day. “Five years,” his teacher replied.

“And how long if I meditate four hours every day,” the student asked. His master smiled and said, “Well, then it will take you twenty years.”

His point had little to do with meditation or time; he was exposing the futility of ego ambition and the fallacy of trying to manage our journey at a mental level. As important as meditation is, plus other spiritual practices and worthwhile disciplines, the whole point is to surrender ego identification. Remember, it’s the human ego that likes to take credit for what’s achieved.

In this case, the student was earnestly trying to accelerate his spiritual progress. But his master pointed out that the “I” wanting to do that was the problem! More effort authored by the student’s ego – however appropriate the actions might seem to be – could only serve to slow down his actual progress.

Masters understand that we make the path by walking it. Yes, we follow in the footsteps of sages who have gone before, but they did the same. We can study and theorize and meditate all we want, but putting one foot down in front of the other in our daily lives is how we actually get from where we are now to wherever we would like to go. So, it’s not as important to meditate a certain number of hours a day as it is to “be meditated” (to surrender control) and learn how to stay in that humble state more and more moments of every day. We are not controlling, we cannot control, the process of awakening.

Finding your way

And, there’s no guarantee that the path will be easy. In fact, if it’s the real path, it’s not. The modern mystic Andrew Harvey likes to say that the true path is not for sissies! We know this from experience and we also know that if we don’t quit, we will always learn more from the tough times than the easy ones. Of course, we tend to linger in our cozy, comfort zones. But, when it’s time to move on in life, those comfort zones begin to become uncomfortable. It’s time to let go.

The Buddha said that “You can only lose what you cling to.” One of the most precious things we cling to is our addiction to knowing the way and our fear of getting lost. But the ego needs to get lost! As long as it’s running things we will be running around in familiar circles, deluding ourselves that we’re getting somewhere, like hampsters on their wheels, running furiously and going nowhere.

Instead, we can enjoy the feeling of getting lost, of wandering and wondering and letting go to another kind of guidance. How often has something surprisingly helpful occurred when we did exactly that? How much more could happen if we did it more often? Those were trick questions, reprising the student inquiring of his teacher. Did you notice how easy it was for your ego to get in gear and apply this new idea. “Oh, I will now get lost regularly and that will help me on my way.”

It’s healthy to notice our own ego machinations and have a good laugh at ourselves. Many on the spiritual path become obsessively serious but let’s remember than God is the original trickster! This is a game, a joke, a play in consciousness. If God’s not taking this seriously, why should we?

That may sound irreverent and callous, given the suffering in the world but we can’t help those sinking in quicksand by jumping in ourselves. No, we learn how to stand solid on the shore and reach out a hand to those in need. But they must reach towards us too and accept our help. Otherwise, we might lean too far and fall in ourselves. That’s not going to help us move along the path and it won’t help them either!

We continue. That’s one of the ancient definitions of “tantra,” to continue. Because the path goes on forever.


THE HOLOGRAPHIC RAINBOW, Part 3 … The Solar Plexus Chakra Vortex

The third chakra vortex (our solar plexus) is all about identity and power in one’s environment. The first chakra vortex provided the group environment of survival and cultural conditioning. The second chakra vortex started pulling away from safety in order to begin establishing one’s own identity … into a plethora of relationships which mirror back our actions for learning and growth.

Now we move into the third chakra vortex where relationships become more formalized and address again the group conditioning that we started with – this time not from helpless dependence but with a critical eye toward what serves us and what doesn’t. Our ego and will power are being developed, based on the emotional identity beginnings in the second chakra vortex.

The formal groups are further defined as birth family, marriage family, work family, community, etc.  These structures are very powerful and catalytic in our daily lives. Carla Rueckert puts it this way:  “When people live together or work together on a daily basis over a long period of time, the family acts like a house of mirrors. Family interaction can make us feel judgmental concerning another family member. This judgment shows us our own shadow side …  Familiarity can become over-familiarity. We can take each other for granted. We can sometimes descend into enjoying petty grievances and indulging in chronic sniping.1

Families of all types often provide great challenges and are a great gift of reflection and evolution for balancing and integrating those issues we have chosen to address in this lifetime:  “We only get aggravated by the things others do to us when they are also issues we have not developed and redeemed within ourselves. Family members thusly offer us catalyst that allows us to face and resolve these issues. And we will not resolve them until we can love them, just as they are. Since we are one, such catalyst also asks us to acknowledge and work with those issues of our own dark side.”  2

“We cannot change anything unless we accept it.

Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”  3

Carl Jung

Master Charles Cannon’s explanation of the individuation process shows how we can develop our will power to address our mirrored beliefs for greater evolution: 

  • “Our unconscious mind (and its unconscious distractions) must be made conscious because it is dictating, flavoring our experience. We have to make the unconscious conscious — the whole of our database.  We have to make it conscious so that we can dis-identify from illusory limiting data. Then, detached and wakeful, we can choose who to be, moment-by-moment. We can hold the reins of our experience rather than our unconscious database.” 4

There are two wings of the dove of peace … one is grace and the other is effort. When we take a positive step toward an awakened, holistic lifestyle, we are supported in our intention by the grace of the one source consciousness. More and more truthful choices appear and life becomes magical and miraculous.

Grace can also be seen in the quantum mechanics application of the “string theory,” which is the most convincing model yet that proves the oneness of all and everything. Just imagine the torus energy field that surrounds each of us as surging electromagnetic attraction and repulsion frequencies catalyzing our unconscious intentions and beliefs. Our responses then send information-laden frequencies back through the torus field, setting the stage for the next download of catalysts. If we’ve made the unconscious conscious, then the next download will be different than it would have been (and much easier).

We receive grace from universal consciousness in the form of life and opportunity but it’s also up to us to “grace ourselves.” So, the two wings in this balancing act are effort and grace.  Life is really so simple … “what goes around, comes around” or “what you give is what you get.”  All we ever see are holographic mirrors; all we ever experience is ourselves.

 “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” 5

Henry Ford

And, if you’re really serious about human mastery, you’ll find an authentic master spiritual teacher. They will facilitate even more grace appearing in your life due to their resonance with illuminating universal frequencies that empower everything in their extended and powerful torus energy field (including you).

Other issues in the third chakra include sexuality, always active in the first three chakras. It is first experienced as lust in the first chakra, then as diffusive personal relationships in the second chakra, and now as more formalized relationships in the third.  Sometimes the egoic power of dominance rears its ugly head. To possess or to be possessed is a major catalyst in the human journey and can result in much fear. Sometimes situations result in shame, which is “the demon of the third chakra ….. antithetical to self-esteem and personal power.” 6

Metabolism of the body is also ruled by the third chakra with its ever-present fiery nature. The digestive system is a major factor in the balance of energy (strength or weakness). Good intentions cannot be actualized when the energy isn’t there to support it. The basic right of the third chakra, according to Anodea Judith, is the “right to act” and balance in the body is needed to fulfill that right.

Thus, the third chakra is a center of profound power and can either be used to evolve to the transformative heart or block it and keep its power in density through story-telling, which maintains unrelenting cycles of unresolved issues and suffering. According to Carla Rueckert, “our primary job is to develop the lower three chakras with a fierce and ruthless will.” 7  Since will power is such a critical development, for good or ill, it’s important to recognize it in ourselves and steer the energy into a form of positive, “grace-full” determination to consciously evolve.

In our first three chakras, our polarized human nature fluctuates considerably more than the chakra vortexes from the heart upwards. Often there are wide swings here between over-stimulation and desire for avoidance. An under-active third chakra tends to manifest as:  “Passivity, lack of energy, poor digestion, tendency to be cold, tendency toward submission, blaming, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, weak will/ poor self-discipline, use of stimulants.” 8  The over-active traits are:  “dominating, controlling, competitive, arrogant, ambitious, hyperactive, stubborn, driven (compulsively focused toward goals), attracted to sedatives.” 9

It’s helpful to remember to keep a constant focus on keeping the energy flowing through our energy channels. This can be more easily remembered when that intent is attached to the intent to watch our breath—moment-to-moment— in the awareness of our oneness with all that we observe.

The Synchronicity Socratic Process of Inquiry has been created by Master Charles Cannon as a method for recognizing and disempowering the illusory “stories” in our lives. As he often says, “events happen and then there are the stories we tell about those events.” This explains how our stories – whether they are accurate recollections of something that happened in fact or not – are turned into illusions by our minds. The resulting reality is not real; it is virtual. Using the Socratic Process to dismantle our illusory stories (and the virtual reality they have fabricated) begins to create a truthful reality instead.

To help clear the third, solar plexus chakra vortex, it is helpful to ask the questions below and then do the Synchronicity Socratic Process on them … revealing their illusory beginnings and habitual maintenance. Once this awareness dawns, we see that we have co-created the movies of our lives, with all their harmony and conflict. This can leave us awestruck in the presence of one source consciousness. At that point, all that’s left is to ask: “What remains in the stillness of a mind?”


Solar Plexus Questions   (answer these in a one, bottom-line sentence)

What is your primary belief about the level of recognition you receive in your life?

What is your primary belief about your level of self-esteem – good, poor, or haven’t even considered?

What is your primary belief about your ability to be direct with people or using passive-aggressive techniques to get what you want?

What is your primary belief about your energy levels being sufficient to carry you through your day?

What is your primary belief about why you are competitive rather than cooperative sometimes?

What is your primary belief about whether you are confident about meeting demands or whether they are overwhelming?

What is your primary belief about how much blaming you do in a day (and who gets the blame)?

What is your primary belief about your level of ambition for your life?

What is your primary belief about why you are controlling or submissive?

What is your primary belief about your need for stimulants and/or relaxants during your day?

What is your primary belief about your level of reliability and self-discipline?

What is your primary belief about your ability to take risks?



  1. Rueckert, Carla. Living the Law of One 101: The Choice ((L/L Research, Kindle Edition, 2013) Kindle location 2846.
  2. Rueckert, Carla. Living the Law of One 101: The Choice (L/L Research, Kindle Edition, 2013) Kindle location 2847.
  3. Jung, Carl. Quotations Page online,
  4. Master Charles Cannon, programs and presentations.
  5. Ford, Henry. Goodreads online,
  6. Judith, Anodea, Chakra Balancing, Workbook, Anodea Judith (Sounds True, 2003) p. 35.
  7. Rueckert, Carla. Living the Law of One 101: The Choice (L/L Research, Kindle Edition, 2013) Kindle Location 3193.
  8. Judith, Anodea, Chakra Balancing, Workbook, Anodea Judith (Sounds True, 2003) p. 33.
  9. Judith, Anodea, Chakra Balancing, Workbook, Anodea Judith (Sounds True, 2003) p. 33.
Compass in hand

Finding Your Way

“People who fit don’t seek.
The seekers are those that don’t fit.”

— Shannon L. Alder

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Billions of people seem content to live from day to day without much thought about meaning and purpose. But millions of others remain discontent, regardless of comforts, distractions, success, and even love. They want something more.

Seekers seek. But there’s a paradox here: as long as we’re seeking, we clearly haven’t found what we’re looking for. Hence the popularity of teachers and programs that promise answers and the tendency for seeking to become an identity. People sometimes describe themselves as a seeker of truth but how many actually find it? One might say this is a spiritual corollary to the pursuit of the American Dream. Both are hard to catch up with!

On the other hand, if we never start looking, we’ve no chance of finding “it,” whatever we conceive “it” to be (enlightenment, fulfillment, happiness, etc.).

Like all decent riddles, there’s an obvious answer hidden in the rhetoric (which means that we likely can’t see it). After all, we humans have become expert at missing the obvious. For instance, how difficult, really, is it to imagine using the sun for an energy source. Duh… Perhaps we’re missing something just as obvious with our seeking.

“Seek and ye shall find,” is the ancient injunction and it certainly sounds wise, as common sense a piece of advice as you could ever give or get. Except, it doesn’t work exactly that way relative to the deeper search for personal meaning.

T.S. Eliot wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Perhaps the clue we need to unravel the paradox lies here, in these words. Eliot points to a return to where we began, rather than a distant destination. In other words, here and now is the what and when we are seeking. Our explorations are meant to bring us back to our starting point which we will experience differently, because of our journeying.

Find Your Way

Sages down through the ages have advised us to “be here now.” Ram Dass, who wrote the book by that name in 1971, also said, “The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.”

Here’s another vital clue to guide us along our way. It’s true that the mind complicates our seeking. We hear it chatter about how we need to change this and that, about what’s lacking in ourselves and in the world. All these judgements contribute to us holding back and hesitating. “Surely I’m not there yet,” seems to be a valid observation and it seems to be true. If the point is to swim in a river and we’re still standing on the bank… we’re not swimming in the river.

Of course, the simple remedy is to dive in! And that’s exactly what our hearts urge us to do, when they surrender everything to the moment. The mind says, “What moment?” and has a list of requirements for the perfect moment.

Found your way

BTW, if it’s not obvious, this is the moment. There can be no other. This is the moment for your heart to surrender everything, for your mind to be still, for you to have the experience you have been seeking. And I certainly need to be having this exact experience as I write; how hypocritical it would be to merely write and instruct and remain stuck somewhere on the path myself!

So, does it seem arrogant to speak from this place of experience?

It may help to translate the concept of enlightenment, a noun, into “enlightening,” which is verb. Buckminster Fuller, an American inventor, architect, and global systems visionary, wrote a book entitled, I Seem to Be a Verb.” He wrote, “I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing – a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.”

Imagine that. What if, as “an integral function of the universe,” we fit in the most sublime way possible, as an irreplaceably unique ingredient in the unimaginable complexity of the living, breathing reality that includes absolutely everything? In fact, here is our enduring truth and this explains why we became seekers in the first place, because we simply could not fit in a human context divorced from this context. We always knew…

And so, our explorations cease. We return to the place from which we began and we know it for the first time. Our journey is over … and it is also just beginning. We are enlightening … shining our lights, illuminating our way. Here is the paradox of living on the path, a journey the mind will never understand but one all hearts hunger for.


Summer of Love

The Summer of Love

“Science is not only a disciple of reason
but, also, one of romance and passion.”

— Stephen Hawking

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In recent posts, we’ve been considering the field of quantum science. One researcher suggested that the traditional Newtonian model describing the universe as one big machine is giving way to a new concept, that the universe is actually more likely one big thought. What about emotion?

Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author of A Brief History of Time, died this year. He was a controversial figure and the quote above indicates why. Imagine, to include the words “science, romance, and passion” in the same sentence!

Traditionally, science has been the domain of reason. Ironically, those scientists who most vigorously defend their views are invariably passionate about them! In fact, all of us are passionate about something. The question is, what and why?

The Summer of Love in 1967 stands out in history as a time in modern society when passions ran especially high. It was a global phenomenon that centered in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco where about 100,000 hippies converged to unify against government, consumer values, and war, and to share their shared passions for music, painting, poetry, and meditation.

Modern historians credit a gathering on January 14, 1967 at Golden Gate Park, known as the Human Be-In, for igniting the Summer of Love. This event is remembered for Timothy Leary’s public pronouncement of his instruction: “Tune in, turn on, drop out.”

Haight-Ashbury’s hippie newspaper, The San Francisco Oracle, reported on the event this way: “A new concept of celebrations beneath the human underground must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.” 1

San Francisco Skyline

It’s interesting to look back from 50 years in the future and reflect on this social phenomenon, particularly, to assess how successfully that vision has manifested, or not. It’s true that millions more people are meditating today and that great strides have been made towards improved social justice and more equality. At the same time, financial inequity is at an all-time high (similar to what it was during the era of the robber barons) and both racism and fascism seem to be resurfacing with a vengeance.

Perhaps it’s time to reboot the summer of love, incorporating lessons we’ve learned since then. Of course, that would contravene the well-known adage that the only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history!

In this case, history tells us that the Beatles were wrong. “All you need is love” is a heartening sentiment but evidence proves we need more than love. What else do we need to achieve the lofty, idealistic goals of the sixties?

man playing guitar

For an innovative answer, let’s return to science and that opening quote from Hawking. As he infers, there’s a way for reason, romance, and passion to be complementary, not oppositional. We might wonder what could have happened back in the sixties had reason not been excluded. After all, the phrase, “tune in, turn on, drop out” isn’t exactly steeped in reason! The romance and passion are there all right but that wasn’t enough to produce the change that was envisioned. We have proof of that, fifty years later.

Conversely, trading the Newtonian model of the universe as one big machine for a quantum perspective that it’s one big thought is a model without emotion. Why not include it all?

Today, for our own summer of love, 2018-style, let’s rework Leary’s statement. “Tune in, turn on, drop out” can become “Tune in, turn on, engage.” The type of engagement I’m thinking of is practical… to engage in our lives moment by moment by being vividly present and work together to improve society through that quality of unjudging attention.

Back in the sixties, many thousands of young people scorned business and government in favor of art and music. A counter culture developed, populated by those who had dropped out of mainstream culture. Imagine what society might be like today had the millions of talented, passionate souls who dropped out to form that counter culture focused their genius and commitment to create change from the inside, rather than fight against (or ignore) the status quo from the outside.

Maybe that’s a powerful lesson for us today. Perhaps we could initiate our own personal summer of love, with this in mind. It would mean making a commitment to the moment and marrying reason with passion, to bring our deepest values directly into the material world. Magic could happen!