Flowing Toward Transendance

Yesterday, I had only two major items on my calendar: to move my stuff from Gail´s, where I´ve been cat-sitting for the last two weeks, and to attend an introductory workshop to Somato Respiratory Integration. But oh, how wonderfully a day transpires.

 

After waking up at my latest temporary residence, thanks to the grace of my hosts Jay and Kari, I got some writing done in the morning and headed toward downtown to get my moving done. My intention, though grueling, was to transport some of my stuff to a house I´m refurbishing down in the Maine Colony near Riverview High School, then take the rest to my current abode north of Ringling College. It was to be no small endeavor with a bicycle on a windy day so I was glad to see my friend Michael Miller had returned from his trip to Tennessee to visit family.

 

Michael said he´d be happy to lend his minivan services to help me move my stuff, and since he has an aversion to physical labor, I was glad to reciprocate his generosity by helping him replace an air conditioner which helped him to drop the temperature in his living room from 84 to 77 in a matter of minutes. In the meantime, I was able to visit my friend Don in the hospital and talk through some of the questions he posed to me amidst my mad dash to integrate the Common Wealth Time Bank into the Sarasota Community. I also learned that however well meaning your intentions, it´s not a good idea to discuss business with people in hospitals.

 

After Michael offered me his leftovers from his lunch at Two Amigos and we finished our chores, I visited my friend Mark, who gave me some welcome constructive criticism on the previous night´s time bank forum and let me use his shower so that I smelled a bit less primitive for the workshop. With still more time to appreciate, I did a little exploring in Island Park, visited Marty at the Blue Owl (where I pitched a show idea to the owner Frank and was summarily turned down (all things in due time), and spent a little time meditating in Five Points Park.

 

When I arrived at Transendance, where Tatiana Agafonova was offering the workshop, she told me that 6 of the people that had previously RSVP´ed had all canceled, leaving me as an audience of one. I assured her that I didn´t mind rescheduling for a time when she could get a bigger audience, but she was glad to give me the full presentation anyway, and I´m so glad she did. With the SRI program that she teaches, the breathing exercises are coupled with a very structured psychological approach that allows participants to gauge where they are in their journey of becoming a fully integrated person and guides them toward a higher state of personal, conscious evolution.

 

Developed by Donny Epstein, the 12 Steps of Healing and the coinciding 4 Seasons of Wellbeing are a brilliant way to look at where we are in our emotional, mental, and spiritual progress, and how we can align our physical bodies with a higher resonance by merely directing our consciousness. Philosophically, I saw many direct correlations to the paradigms I have used in the Unbroken Path, but I think that Dr. Epstein´s approach is a bit more focused than my esoteric meanderings through the tapestry of culture that I have assumed as my ongoing artistic venture.

 

As for Tatiana, she is an extremely skilled healer and a joy to listen to as she explains the transformative opportunities of this approach. Her deep Russian accent makes it all the more enjoyable. Although I had met her at previous Common Wealth Time Bank events, she first introduced me to her chiropractic method last week, and it was unlike anything I´ve ever experienced.

 

Also developed by Dr. Epstein, the Network Spinal Analysis that Tatiana uses is the most soft touch, yet effective, chiropractic experience I´ve ever experienced. I´ve had back troubles off and on since I was 18 so I was pretty used to the cracker packers that used their force to pop me back into alignment. However, Tatiana´s method draws more on guiding my own personal power toward the realization that healing is a participatory process.

 

Tatiana invited me back to Transendance on Saturday at 10am for the Discovery workshop in the Somato Respiratory Integration series. If you´re in Sarasota and want to experience something with the potential for truly life-changing results, I highly encourage you to contact her now at info@transendance.com to reserve your spot in the two-hour workshop.

 

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently involved in starting the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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The Groove of an Estralarian Mind Meld

The genesis of the book is a rather interesting story in itself. A few years ago, I received two emails stating that my book had not only been published, but it was an Amazon best seller! Most authors would have been thrilled to receive that kind of news. However, at the time, I hadn’t even heard of the book, much less written it. Somebody was having a lot of fun at my expense.

According to the emails, the book was a fictional approach to marketing about two extraterrestrials that had crash landed in my hometown of Sarasota and liked it so much that they recruited me to turn it into a marketing mecca. I was no kind of marketing expert, and I definitely didn’t remember meeting any aliens. Nevertheless, the idea was so intriguing that it rattled around in my head for the next couple of years until I realized how the story related to what I wanted to share with the world anyway. I may not be a marketing expert, but I did have a desire to write the world.

After being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder at 29 and hitchhiking across the country to write my second book The Rucksack Letters, I started looking much more deeply into the concepts of conscious living and the discovery of purpose. I realized that marketing, the practice of sharing what you do and how it can help others, is pivotal to self actualization. After all, how can we fully become what we’re supposed to become if we don’t let others know what that is? By letting them be a part of the journey, they can help us to reach our goals.

Once I’d grasped the concept, my challenge was to put it in story form. Recognizing that my guides through the journey were aliens with universal knowledge, I created an outline by aligning a number of paradigms taken from a variety of traditions used all over the globe. Then I looked for the common thread between them. Based on the teachings of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Stephen Covey, Buddhism, Christianity, Kaballah, and more, I was able craft a novel that was unlike anything I’d ever imagined writing.

Get your copy of How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld today.

 

 

 

The Suffering that Comes with Desire

According to the First Noble Truth, All Life is Suffering. It has taken me awhile to wrap my head around that for although my life has it´s ups and downs, for the most part I find it pretty enjoyable. I mean the closest I´ve come to suffering today was running out of coffee. Because I do really want some coffee, I kinda get what the Buddha is saying in the Second Noble Truth that Suffering is Caused by Desire.

 

I think that this is the case, that desire causes suffering because of something I saw in an Andrew Cohen video the other day. He was saying that the Universe as we know it, the material world being perpetually created by the Intelligent Designer that some have have personalized as God, is in a constant state of manifestion. As such, it is always in a state of becoming what it will be, but is never actually that. In other words, because life is always becoming something else, it is always desirious of what it longs to be, but cannot be.

 

In the same way, when we get them mental images of what we desire, when we see a life unike the one we are living now, we are no longer content with the reality before us, and must suffer with not being in the state of perfection we imagine. On a more practical level, as I wrote before, this desire of which the Buddha speaks is largely referring to human appetites that are never fully satiated. Unfortunately, one thing we will never need in contemporary society is more desire.

 

 

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently involved in starting the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The Enslavement of Desire

As I´ve been making my way through the Unbroken Path, I´ve been incorporating the stages of consciousness and how I think they weave into the way that the other paradigms develop. With the stage that David Hawkins calls Desire, I see two direct correlations in both Buddhism and Christianity that I´ll cover in the next two posts. However, because the majority of our economic energy is motivated by this thing called Desire, I figured it deserved a deeper look.

 

The Desire that Hawkins refers to falls between the stages of Fear and Anger. It´s a higher consciousness than the fear, grief, apathy, guilt, and shame below it in that it at least offers some motivation beyond the sedentary life of depression offered through those particular stages. However, the direction that it takes the person it toward more carnal addictions than positive goals. When we´re talking about Desire here, it is more of that insatiable want, the overwhelming lust that draws us up out of the doldrums of consciousness beneath it, but nowhere near the place we truly want to be. This is the reason the Buddha says it is the cause of all suffering.

 

Unfortunately, Desire is a very popular stage of consciousness in the Western world. The very wealthy have an insatiable desire for more money, and utilize an imbalanced economic system to get it. This results in an even larger number of people that are thrust into this realm of desire because they now have needs that cannot be filled due to the sickness of hoarding by the wealthy. So everyone is in the state of Desire, and no one is getting what they really want.

 

I heard once from Rev. Toni Lamotta that the word ¨desire¨ was derived from the Latin ¨de sire¨ or ¨of the father.¨ Basically, part of her message was that we get many of our desires because God gives them to us. While this way of looking at the word helped me come to grips with many desires that helped draw me toward the path intended for me so that I may accomplish my journey of discover, considering the state of the world, and the desire which abounds in our patriarchal society, I´ve been looking at it another way.

 

As our society as progressed that way that it has over the last seven thousand years or so, as we have grown more accustomed to utilizing a monetary system to account for our physical resources and start developing this debt-based system of economics, masculine-based religious systems have become the norm. Just by watching boys on the playground, one can tell that males have a natural proclivity toward aggression, much of which comes from this need to control, Desire, if you will. I think that because we have for so long viewed got as a boy, we have on some uberconscious level, recognized in this universal creative energy more masculine traits than the feminine traits of comfort and acceptance that also reside there.

 

I´ve written before about our need as a society, yet first as individuals, to give more credence to the feminine aspect of God. This is not to say that the Celestial Source of All Being has a penis or a vagina, or that It is hermaphroditic. It is only to say that were we to embrace the entirety of who we are, recognizing the fullness of our being, we would be less likely to be so reliant upon the destructive nature of our desires, but find an unsurpassable level of content in the knowledge that we are complete just as we are.

 

 

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently involved in starting the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The Power of Your Words

Once we get beyond our Refusal of the Call to be the heroes of our own adventures and get back on the Unbroken Path, it helps to make certain agreements in order to remain resolute in our endeavor. Don Miguel Ruiz wrote The Four Agreements based on Toltec wisdom, followed up with a collaboration with his son, don Jose Ruiz, The Fifth Agreement. The First Agreement, Be Impeccable With Your Word, not only means to do what you say you are going to do and have integrity between your words and action, but also speaks to how we use our words. It is the realization that there is actually little truth to the children’s’ rhyme stating that ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ This phrase is often used as a playground defense mechanism, but usually by the time it is uttered, the damage has already been done.

Our words do, in fact, have great power. They can hurt and they can also heal. Being impeccable with your word means to not say anything slanderous, mean-spirited, or negatively charged about anyone, including yourself. I can testify personally that the ramifications of speaking about yourself in negative ways, saying that you are not good enough, incapable, or a screw up, can have extremely detrimental effects on the actuality of your life. These ideas that we entertain about ourselves and others, when given voice, even the voice in your head, have the ability to create that reality. Even biblically speaking, “In the beginning was the Word.”

The First Agreement challenges us to be conscious of the words we use and the thoughts we entertain for they are the building blocks for the rest of our lives. Even when said in jest or sarcasm, our words have a profound effect on the life growing around us. Be serious about what you speak into existence and be resolute with how you act on what you say. For what you say often does dictate how you act and how others act around you. When we are impeccable with our words, we take an immense step forward in realizing the power that we have to create the lives we want.

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently involved in starting the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Do Not Refuse the Call to Be Who You Really Are

According to Joseph Campbell, a common theme among those who are called to the Hero’s Journey is the Refusal of the Call. When faced with the daunting challenge to step out of his comfort zone, the hero often flinches, doubts, or runs the other way. Both Luke Skywalker and Han Solo did it before going to rescue Princess Leia. Even Jesus toyed with the idea when he asked God if there was any way this cup could be taken from him.

Should we refuse the call, as so many of us are apt to do, as it is indeed a step in the journey of every hero, the call will still go forth. For even if the answer is ‘no’, the call is still there awaiting the hero to become the affirmative he is destined to become. Every hero, when beckoned to rise to his natural stature, must first face the specters of fear, doubt, comfort, and security that beg him to remain in his complacency. It is a natural response to lean on the foundation of self preservation and wait for someone else, surely someone more suitable for the task, to take up the gauntlet and answer the call we try so desperately to avoid. Nevertheless, the call will persist until we come to the realization that if we are not the heroes to our own stories, there will be no one else to rise to the task.

The Hero may find several reasons to refuse the call to adventure. He may bring up familial obligations. He may not think he has what it takes and has intercepted someone else’s call. He may simply be selfish. Or he may be afraid. In all actuality, whatever reason he may cling to, it is usually based in fear. Indeed, whenever one of us shirks from a challenge, it is often fear which motivates us.

Perhaps we are afraid of letting down our loved ones or losing their respect. Perhaps we are afraid that we are unable to succeed so we opt not to even make an attempt. Perhaps we are afraid of losing out on something which is dear to us, to let go of our security blankets. Or perhaps we are afraid of our own success.

Marianne Williamson puts it extremely poignantly in her book A Return to Love when she quotes A Course in Miracles and states, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

For each of us, in whatever adventures we may be called to, no matter how big or small, let us remember that we are never given a problem to face without the means to achieve it. Though we may flinch, or balk, or run the other direction, let us realize that we truly do have the power to face any challenge and accept the success we envision.

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently involved in starting the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.