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Archangel Michael via Victoria Cochrane: Time: A Tool of the Universe

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God: Heavenletter #5889 – Kiss the Concept of Tragedy Goodbye – January 8, 2017

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The Nature of Conspiracy & How it is Exposed

 Conspiracy: an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons. (dictionary.com)  While I near completion on my next blog entry entitled, The Hidden Agenda of the Galactic Federation Progra...

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The Mystery of the Ghost Ship Lunatic

The Lunatic Piran found abandoned Jure Stwerk at the Helm           ...

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Images Released of the Virgin Galactic Spaceship Breaking Apart in Mid-Air ~ Survivor Peter Siebold tells his story


The Virgin Galactic Two Spaceship

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THE pilot who miraculously survived the Virgin spaceship disaster has revealed how he was blasted from the wreckage of the disintegrating rocket ship and plummeted nearly ten miles back to Earth. 

Having suffered serious injuries, the experienced test pilot only regained consciousness halfway into his fall but was composed enough to give a thumbs-up to colleagues in a passing aircraft to show he was alive.

Peter Siebold spoke for the first time about the tragedy that killed his close friend, copilot Mike Alsbury, revealing he blacked out as the craft broke up around him at 50,000ft but was saved by his emergency parachute.

Siebold, 43, a married father of two, said: “I must have lost consciousness at first. I can’t remember anything about what happened but I must have come to during the fall. I remember waving to the chase plane and giving them the thumbs-up to tell them I was OK. I know it’s a miracle I survived.”


Perished ... Mike Alsbury was a close friend and colleague of Peter Siebold.
Perished ... Mike Alsbury was a close friend and colleague of Peter Siebold. Source: AP

Survivor ... Peter Siebold can’t remember much of what happened that day. 
Survivor ... Peter Siebold can’t remember much of what happened that day.  Source: AP


Explosion ... These three images show the space craft’s demise.
Explosion ... These three images show the space craft’s demise. Source: AP
The craft’s rocket was ignited at 50,000ft (15.24km). The pilots, wearing oxygen masks, were pinned against their seats by gravitational forces as the craft accelerated at more than 1500km/h.
Then disaster occurred. Preliminary investigations suggest that the rocket ship’s folding wings — designed to slow it down and achieve safe speeds during landing — deployed early, causing the ship to break up due to the tremendous turbulence around the craft.

Alsbury was trapped in the cockpit but Siebold was thrown clear of the wreckage or somehow unbuckled his seatbelt. He then plunged towards Earth at speeds topping 193km/h. Witnesses reported seeing Siebold descending with part of the base of his seat still attached. It is likely that his oxygen mask, attached to a portable tank, remained in place. But at that altitude, the sudden decompression and extreme G-forces would have caused him to black out in seconds.

His emergency parachute deployed t about 20,000ft. It is not known if he pulled the cord or if it unfurled automatically. Both pilots were wearing parachutes calibrated to open automatically at a certain height in the event they became unconscious during an emergency.

Incredible ... Siebold has no idea how he managed to exit the space ship, given it has no
Incredible ... Siebold has no idea how he managed to exit the space ship, given it has no ejection seat. Source: AFP

The body of Alsbury, 39, was found still strapped into his seat on a desert road by construction workers. His parachute did not deploy. His wife Michelle said she had “lost the love of my life”.


Mike, second from right, was a friend and neighbour of Siebold.
Mike, second from right, was a friend and neighbour of Siebold. Source: Supplied

Big sky dreaming ... Sir Richard Branson vowed to become an astronaut by the end of the y
Big sky dreaming ... Sir Richard Branson vowed to become an astronaut by the end of the year. Source: AP

The investigation into this month’s crash is now likely to delay any commercial flight for at least another year. But Branson has vowed to press ahead with the project, while acknowledging the risks taken by his test pilots. Last night, Mr Whitesides paid tribute to Siebold, saying: “It will be regarded as one of the most amazing test flight survival stories of all time.”
Additional reporting by Peter Sheridan

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Are these angels watching over a family while cruise ship sinks? Greg Giles

The Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia as she lists and sinksWhile viewing this presentation which documents the sinking of the Italian luxury liner Costa Concordia after she struck an underwater obstruction on the 13th of January 2012, a tragedy w...

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes: 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Image: Wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is shown in this still image captured from KNBC video footage from Mojave California
Crash site of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo





Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed during a test flight on Friday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another, authorities said.
The explosion came after the plane dropped away from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane and fired up its hybrid rocket engine, said Stuart Witt, CEO and general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The blast scattered debris across a two-mile swath of the desert floor north of Mojave, which is about 95 miles (150 kilometers) outside Los Angeles.
One of the two test pilots aboard the plane was killed, said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, who was among the officials dealing with the crash's aftermath.
The other parachuted to the ground and was injured. That pilot was transferred to Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California, according to Kern County Deputy Fire Chief Michael Cody. 

"We hope that the survivor will be just fine," Youngblood said during a news briefing.
The pilots have not yet been identified, but both of them worked for Mojave-based Scaled Composites, according to Scaled's president, Kevin Mickey. Scaled has played a key role in developing and testing SpaceShipTwo for Virgin Galactic.
Virgin Galactic had planned to use this SpaceShipTwo to fly passengers on suborbital trips to the edge of space, beginning as early as next year. A nearly identical rocket plane is already under construction inside a Mojave hangar. More than 700 customers, including celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber, have paid as much as $250,000 to take a ride.
George T. Whitesides, Virgin Galactic's CEO, said the company would press on despite the setback.
"Space is hard, and today was a tough day," Whitesides told reporters. "We are going to be supporting the investigation as we figure out what happened today, and we're going to get through it. The future rests in many ways on hard, hard days like this. But we believe we owe it to the folks who were flying these vehicles as well as the folks who are working so hard on them to understand this and to move forward."
Witt said Mojave's close-knit aviation community was hit hard by the tragedy.
"When we have a mishap from the test community, we find that the test community is very small," he said. "We are human, and it hurts." 

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First powered flight in months

SpaceShipTwo's crew was testing the rocket engine in flight for the first time in more than nine months. The plane was slung beneath WhiteKnightTwo for takeoff from the Mojave Air and Space Port at about 9:20 a.m. PT (12:20 p.m. ET). When the paired planes reached a height of about 50,000 feet, about 40 minutes later, SpaceShipTwo was released for the test.
Witt said the anomaly occurred about two minutes after SpaceShipTwo dropped away and fired the rocket engine, but he didn't see any explosion. "It wasn't because something did happen. It was what I was not hearing and not seeing," Witt said.
Photographer Ken Brown, who was covering the test flight, told NBC News that he saw an explosion high in the air and later came upon SpaceShipTwo debris scattered across a small area of the desert. The WhiteKnightTwo plane and its pilots, meanwhile, landed safely.
Authorities cordoned off the crash site pending an investigation. A National Transportation Safety Board team was expected to get to the crash site Saturday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration said it was also investigating the incident. 

New kind of fuel tested

During the nine months since the previous rocket-powered test in January, Virgin Galactic switched SpaceShipTwo's fuel mixture from a rubber-based compound to a plastic-based mix — in hopes that the new formulation would boost the hybrid rocket engine's performance.
Mickey said engines using the new type of fuel had been thoroughly tested on the ground. The final pre-flight qualification engine firing took place earlier this month. Friday's test marked the first time the new fuel was used in flight, but Mickey said "we expected no anomalies with the motor today."
Before Friday's flight, the most recent aerial outing was on Oct. 7, when SpaceShipTwo took an unpowered, gliding flight back to the Mojave runway.
The fatal flight was part of SpaceShipTwo's years-long test program, following up on the successful suborbital spaceflights of the smaller SpaceShipOne rocket plane in 2004. Virgin Galactic had said SpaceShipTwo's first test flight to an outer-space altitude — usually defined as 100 kilometers, or 62 miles — could have taken place before the end of the year.
The company's billionaire founder, Richard Branson, was hoping to ride on the first commercial flight next year. Over the past decade, he and his investment partners have put hundreds of millions of dollars into the Virgin Galactic venture. After Friday's crash, Branson said in a Twitter update that he was "flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team."
Image: SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwoJason DiVenere / Scaled Composites
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane is slung beneath the WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane before Friday's takeoff.
NBC News' Julianne Pepitone and James Eng contributed to this report. NBCUniversal has established a multi-platform partnership with Virgin Galactic to track the development of SpaceShipTwo and televise Branson's spaceflight.

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HEAVEN #4060 Opening the Front Door, January 6, 2012

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God said:

You are certain that no one, and certainly not you, would ever want to suffer. And yet there is something you get from suffering that seems to compensate for all your suffering. Have you ever felt: "Look at me. Look...

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The other, forgotten, 9/11 tragedy

contribution by Dan Smith “That 11 September, that lethal Tuesday morning, I awoke with dread to the sound of planes flying above my house,” wrote Ariel Dorfman in the New Statesman recently. “When, an hour later, I saw smoke billowing from the ...

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Arcturian Group April 18, 2010

Greetings to all of you on this fine day of spring. 

We see the hope and  energy of change and  renewal within all.   Indeed, the spring within all is bursting forth  new ideas of truth, and new ways of expressing that of which you are becoming more and more aware.  It is a time of new beginnings and  the flowering forth of fruitage from your  new awareness in ways of service and love for your fellow man.  You are beginning to see that all are connected, regardless of how  outer appearances may look.  All is One dear ones, all is an expression of the one Source and that is the lesson now being learned.The issues of volcanic eruptions and the many earth shattering quakes are teaching you compassion and love for your brothers and sisters who have chosen to experience these things for the betterment of mankind in order that others can learn to serve and to love.  It is a part of your evolving growth dear ones, to  learn that there is only One in many forms and varieties.  Those who are far from this realization are now learning through  these issues of tragedy as they become aware of those who suffer and  need help.  Lessons do not need to be learned at this level, but there are many who are not yet ready to learn from within, from that place of inner knowing and so for now, they learn in the ways of the third dimension and all is proceeding according to plan.  Those who have chosen to refuse to embrace truth are being left to stagnate in their place of choosing.  All have free will, and all evolve when and if they choose.

We see many more events coming that will encourage those who have not wanted any change, to change.  The fears of  many are holding the world  in a bondage of sorts;  a strong connection to the past, to old ways of seeing and doing things. Those who have been served well  by the old,  will soon find that these ways do not work any longer because energy is rapidly changing and is no longer in place to manifest  these old ideas.  They will then be forced to look at new ways of seeing and  doing as they struggle to hold on to outdated concepts and beliefs, believing that the "good old days"  were the best and can be brought back.  This is not the way of evolution dear ones, and you would not want to stay in one state of consciousness forever.  You are here on earth to grow and evolve; always moving toward the Light within and the realization of your oneness with Source.

 If all stayed  "perfect" according to the third dimensional standards (concepts) , then what would spur you to move deeper?  We say to you that  all are being spurred in what ever ways necessary, to move deeper and this is what all the issues taking place right now on earth are about-a moving deeper into the realization of your oneness with all that is.  This  is a  huge shift,  movement out of metaphysics and into mysticism.  Big Step for mankind and you are ready! 

In metaphysics you work  to attain dollar bills, health and home. In mysticism you realize that you, in your real identity, are the energy that appears outwardly as these things.   You can never  be separated from your true home because your home is Divine consciousness, this realization (not intellectual knowledge is the first step)
then appears outwardly as...

These are difficult but necessary lessons as you first move out of what you have been taught and  always believed to be the end all of truth.  As you embrace the new and release the old, it can feel as if your whole foundation is being pulled out from under you, but always remember you are being guided and supported.

Take it deeper.  Take it deeper, dear ones and  soon you will understand. This is our message to you.  Gradually you will come to see why and how you are here, and it has nothing to do with having more money, possessions, or beauty (concept) of the body. 

We love you and support your journey.  You are strong and powerful beings of light.

Thank you Arcturian Group  4/18/10

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Making sense of it all – Part 3

We conclude today our three-part series:

Life's Gifts and Life's Tragedies - Making sense of it all

So many 'bad' things happen to good people. What's "up" here? What's this all about? How does the spiritual student make sense out of Life's gifts and Life's tragedies?

As it happens (there are no coincidences in the Universe) I am hard at work now on the biography of Barbara Marx Hubbard, a futurist and visionary of the first rank, and a woman who is changing the way we think it is to be human. In the chapter I am just finishing, I tell the story of how Barbara found out about the life-threatening (and, ultimately, life-ending) illness of her son, Wade. I should like to dip into a little of that writing here, because it is right on point....

Okay...from the book, then...which is titled THE MOTHER OF INVENTION: The Legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard and the Future of You....


OCTOBER 2005:

Barbara is being driven by a dear friend, Carolyn Anderson, to Palm Springs, where she is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Global New Thought, and will deliver a major address in the form of her acceptance speech.

It's a beautiful day and Barbara is enjoying the drive and the good conversation with Carolyn. Their lively exchange is interrupted by Barbara's cell phone.

"Mom, it's Wade."

"Wade! How are you, darling? I'm just on my way to Palm Springs to-"

-"Mom, I've received some interesting news."

Barbara does not miss the concern in her child's voice. "About what, sweetheart?" There was the slightest pause. "About what?"

"I've just been diagnosed with a major tumor." Barbara caught her breath. "They say it's fatal, but I don't believe it."

"Oh, Wade...where is it?"

"It's a brain tumor, Mom. They call it glioblastoma."

Barbara did not know it then, but in the medical profession they describe this condition with three words: Death Upon Diagnosis. Untreated, the average patient lives three months. With treatment, one to two years. Wikipedia says that the single most prevalent symptom is a progressive memory, personality, or neurological deficit due to temporal and frontal lobe involvement. Shortly, Wade began exhibiting all three. At this point, though, none of that was happening. Wade sounded perfectly fine on the other end of the phone-and very determined.

"I want that tumor out," he said.

Barbara told him that of course she would support him, and do everything in her power to see him victorious in the battle that both knew lay ahead.

Wade hung up and Barbara told her friend at the wheel what she'd just heard. "Oh, dear," Carolyn continued her drive in a deeply pensive mood. Within hours Barbara was to speak on the potential of humanity, and now she would do it knowing that her own son was threatened with death. If he had been in any immediate danger she would have canceled the appearance and raced to his side. But this was not the case, and they both knew it. So she pushed ahead and made the presentation-though what was anticipated as a light-hearted and thoroughly joyous occasion became for Barbara a very challenging evening.

She did not elaborate in her talk about Wade's circumstance, but she re-framed her remarks in the context of tragedies that are occurring in the lives of so many people in so many ways, at the same time that so many new possibilities are being born.

"Concurrent realities, I call them. They create the terrible dichotomies within which so many people now live," she told her audience. "The only way that anyone could hold a positive vision of the future would be to see our present-day circumstance in spiritual terms."

She paused for a moment, clearing emotion from her throat. "Many are dealing on this day with tragedy, pain, and suffering. And life invites us to call up the deepest faith, an inner `knowing,' that crisis precedes transformation, that problems are evolutionary drivers, and that there is nothing that happens that does not have a greater meaning."

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What Barbara told her audience that night has struck me ever since she shared it with me. It echoes for me the wisdom I found in Conversations with God. It can be very useful for us to see that we are "brightening" and "burning" at the same, as I wrote in my analogy here last week. In that previous installment I asked:

"Can a flame be said to be suffering because it is extinguishing itself even as it illumins? Each illumination of the flame is the result of its own `burning up.' Is the burning up, then, less perfect than the illumination?"

The truth is, we are living (just as Barbara says) "concurrent realities."

Even as our flame burns to extinction, we brighten everything around us. CwG says, "Pain is pain. `Suffering' is our thought about it." When we see the events of our lives as All leading to our own evolution and the evolution of our species, we begin to, as CwG says, "see the perfection."

This is another thing that it is important to remember. We are not only "evolving" our Selves, we are "evolving" the entire human race. What we are doing, we are doing not only for us, but for every other living member of our species. What we are going through, we are going through not only for us, but for all other people. We are creating "memes," we are producing data, we are sending information into the pool of collective consciousness from which every sentient being extracts its knowingness. I want to speak more about this next week, because this idea of us all working for the rest of humanity is not one that is widely discussed or explored, but I think it should be.

For now, let me end this three-part series with this observation: Everything "bad" that is occurring---from the earthquake in Chile to the terrible explosion in the mine in West Virginia---is part of a Larger Process by which All of Life evolves. I know that it is very difficult to see that "silver lining" when you are one of the people whose husband or wife or child died in one of those tragedies...and so I also want to talk next week or in future weeks just ahead about the process of grieving, and how that can be affected and facilitated by moving to higher and higher levels of spiritual awareness.

So we have much to discuss in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned. Until next we meet here, I would like to leave you with a bit of poetry from my wife, Em Claire...

Whatever It Was

It is your own life that you desire to cherish

like one brings the downy tuft of a Dandelion to the lips

blows softly

prays

to give everything away

keep

only what remains

of a life well lived

a life well loved

nourished and blessed

by the suns and by the soils

and by whatever it was

that

finally

Opened You.

`Whatever It Was' - Em Claire

(Copyright 2007 - All Rights Reserved)

Love and Hugs,

Neale.

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Making sense of it all – Part 2

We continue today our three-part series:

Life's Gifts and Life's Tragedies - Making sense of it all

Last week I did not have a chance to put out the Bulletin as I was deeply involved in other matters and could not devote the time to it that I know this subject deserves. To those of you who were waiting for our second installment, I apologize. In the first article of this series I offered an in-depth look at the nature of ultimate reality and the purpose of God and Life. The article was loaded with esoterics, including a detailed exploration of the Soul's journey. But how to make any of that work for us in any practical way during This Life, Here and Now? That is the question. And that's what I promised we would look at next.

If we embrace, accept, and adopt the ideas expressed in Part I of this series, we come away with a whole new notion about God---about Who and What God IS---and about Life itself. Yet living into this grander notion is not easy. Everything we have learned in our lives from our present-day religions, from our cultures, from our schools and families, flies in the face of it. Further, everything we are experiencing in our daily lives does so as well.

How, then, to apply the wisdom and the insight of Conversations with God to our daily lives? How, then, to make some sense of Life's gifts and Life's tragedies?

Well, we have to tell ourselves a whole new story about Who and What We Are. That's the beginning. We have to tell ourselves a brand new tale about our own identity and why we are here.

When Everything Changes, Change Everything, the latest book in the CwG cosmology, tells us that there are Four Fundamental Questions in Life, the answers to which form the basis of our understanding and experience of Life Itself. These questions are:

1. Who am I?
2. Where am I?
3. Why am I where I am?
4. What do I choose to do about that?

WECCE (the acronym for the above title!) also says that there are "no `correct' answers to these questions." That is, one answer is no more "accurate" than another. This is true because we are making it all up. That is, we are producing our own experience based upon what we decide. Not only about this, but about everything.

WECCE carefully explains how the Mind does this when we do it with the Mind Alone, and how the Mind does this if we do it with the Mind working in concert with the Soul.

Most people do not produce their reality through a collaboration of the Mind and Soul. Most people use the Mind alone, as a singular instrument (even though it was never intended to be used is that way). As a result, the data that most people access in order to answer the above four questions is very limited.

On the other hand, for those people who use the Mind AND the Soul collaboratively as WECCE says we were always meant to do, the data that most people access in order to answer the above four questions is unlimited. This makes a world of difference---and a difference in our world.

We must, therefore, consider Life's Four Fundamental Questions from the standpoint of the Mind AND the Soul, not the Mind alone.

When considered from this expanded perspective (that is, the perspective of the Mind and Soul looking at Life together), I answer those four questions this way:

1. Who am I?
I am an Individuation of Divinity. I am a Singularization of The Singularity. I am God, manifested in physical form in this present lifetime as a human being named Neale.

2. Where am I?
I am in the Realm of the Physical (as opposed to the Realm of the Spiritual).

3. Why am I where I am?
I am in this Realm in order to express and experience what I know my Self to be when I am in the Realm of the Spiritual. The Realm of the Spiritual is also known as the Realm of Knowing. The Realm of the Physical is also known as the Realm of Experiencing. I have entered this Realm---this place within the Kingdom of God---in order to know my Self in my own experience. I am God, "godding." I am God, in the act of Being. And what, exactly, am I being? I am being all that God is. This may take (and, indeed, does take) more than one lifetime.

4. What do I choose to do about that?
Knowing where I am and why, I now choose to use this particular lifetime to experience as much of my Self, to express as much of the essence of Who I Am, as I can. In order to do this, I must first know Who I Am. So the first part of my journey here on earth has been devoted to the process of remembering my True Identity, and the second part has been devoted to the process of expressing that Identity.

This is how it has been for most people walking the earth. While there are some, a very few, who know of a certainty Who They Really Are when they are, in earthly terms, very young (Jesus was said to be one of these, astounding the Pharisees when, at the age of 12, he taught in the Temple), most of us use up the largest portion of our years in the humble search for Who We Are---and then, after we remember Who We Are...in the acceptance of that. Very little time is then left for the expression of that. If we have some time left, this is the most sacred time of our lives.

Accepting our True Identity is not easy because, as I said earlier, it flies in the face of everything we have been taught and everything we have experienced. The second is true because everything we have experienced is based upon everything we have been taught.

Our job, then, is to "undo" the teachings. We must say to our fathers and mothers, and to all those who have taught us about this life, "you are wrong. You have been mistaken. It is not like what you think it is like. You are not who you think you are. I am not who you told me I am."

Only then can we begin to make some sense out of life. Only then can we comprehend Life's gifts and Life's tragedies. Only then can we
Understand that, in truth, there are no "tragedies"; that the idea of "tragedy" itself is a mistaken notion, because we do not live in a runaway Universe, an out-of-control environment. In fact, the opposite is true. We live in a place (the Realm of Physicality) where everything makes perfect sense, and is perfectly manifested, to produce the next perfect opportunity for Divinity to express and experience Itself as Perfection Itself.

When we understand this, we walk the earth as a Master. We perceive things as The Buddha did. We embrace "tragedy" as The Christ did (as an opportunity---yes, the perfect opportunity---for "salvation" of the Self, and, by example, of the whole human race). We see deeply into life as The Prophet did.

Now it's important that I define what I mean by the word "salvation" as I have used it above. I am not talking about salvation as in "saving the soul from everlasting damnation." There is no such thing as everlasting damnation. I am talking about salvation from not knowing and experiencing Who You Really Are, and therefore living a life that has nothing to do with that, and which, in turn, must then necessarily contain and include a great deal of suffering.

Suffering is never the result of pain. Suffering is the result of a misunderstanding of what is going on. Many mothers giving birth, for instance, do not "suffer" from the pain of childbirth, but, indeed, rejoice in it even as they experience it, for they realize Who They Are and What They Are Doing Here.

So, too, was it with Jesus, who understood that, metaphorically, he was "giving birth" to a new kind of humanity. As was The Buddha, who taught us about the end of suffering. Life, he said, is suffering...only because we don't understand Life. Life is suffering not because that's what Life intrinsically is...but because we do not comprehend what Life intrinsically is. When we do, suffering dissolves, and is no more.

Now this whole series began with a question: Why do some people suffer and die, and some people not? The answer to the first part of that question, in metaphysical terms, is that some people "suffer" because they do not understand why things are happening the way they are happening. The answer to the second part of that question is that no people "die." Death is not possible, given Who and What You Are.

When you understand this, you say, along with masters who have said it before: "Death, where is thy sting?" You do not fear death, nor do you fear life. Nor do you mourn the death of others as a "tragedy," but, rather, see death as a turn in the path on every individual Soul's journey; a turn that is perfectly designed to lead that Soul to exactly where it wishes to go next, as its own evolutionary process continues.

This is another way of saying that nothing can happen to the individual Soul that is not perfectly placed within the life and experience of that Soul, and, thus, agreed to by the Soul Itself.

And THIS is another way of repeating the extraordinary wisdom of Conversations with God when it said: "There are no victims and no villains."

Suddenly, Life begins to make sense. We begin to realize that there is a Larger Process in place of which we have lost sight. Something Bigger is going on. The Soul of the individual, as well as the Collective Soul of humanity, is continually birthing itself anew in every moment. It is becoming. It is evolving. And...like that candle flame we talked about last week...it is changing form even as it is expressing what it is "now."

A flame is never the same from one nano-second to the next. The nature of a flame itself is that it "destroys" itself, it burns itself up, even as it is "being" What It Is. Can a flame be said to be suffering because it is extinguishing itself even as it illumines? Each illumination of the flame is the result of its own "burning up." Is the burning up, then, less perfect than the illumination?

You now understand "Life Gifts and Life's Tragedies," and can, at last, make some sense of it all.

In our final installment next time: Brightening and Burning at the Same Time: a Look at a Life Well Lived.

Love and Hugs,
Neale.

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Challenge your fear of success

Own Your Power

Once again the tabloid media has taken to plastering their covers with a celebrity who, at the height of her career, has been taken down by a personal tragedy in the form of betrayal by her husband. My heart goes out to Sandra Bullock as she navigates the complicated waters of a broken marriage while having her personal life splayed out for all to see. I can only imagine the hell she's living in.


Each time I see a public person knocked off the proverbial pedestal either by his or her own undoing or by someone else, I see the writing on the collective subconscious wall: "You better not get too big for your britches or we'll take you down." While it seems some need to come down in order to stop hurting people, others become the poster child for our collective fear of success.

As I watched Sandra Bullock's public embarrassment after winning the Oscar, I thought, "Great, here's another chance to reinforce the belief that it's not safe to step into the light and own our gifts." It makes me crazy because it doesn't serve anyone. Each of us has a boogieman (or woman) who keeps us in line by reminding us to tone down our brightness, to take one step back and stay with the pack, or to keep our flaws handy in case we need to pull one out to prove that we're a card-carrying member of the "fit in" club.

For some, the voice of the boogieman is loud, constant, and demanding in its request to stay small enough to keep others comfortable. For others - most people actually - the voice is subtle and sneaky, and equally pervasive and debilitating. We end up playing by its rules to keep ourselves safe and, as a result, miss out on fully living our lives. You get close to want you really want, for example, and sabotage your efforts because it feels too risky. You find an excuse to avoid making the phone call that just might land you a great job. You eat one more candy bar to stay comfortably numb so you don't have to confront the brazen friend who made fun of your latest creative idea. Or, you tow the line with family members by putting yourself down and leveling the playing field so you don't ignite the sarcastic comments or guilt-inducing statements that warn: "Don't you dare leave the tribe by being more successful than us."

If I were a betting woman, I'd put money on the fact that Sandra Bullock probably started worrying about a bomb dropping on her life when the first award nomination was announced. You know the drill. Things are going a little too well and immediately you start waiting for the next shoe to drop. You pull back, shrink inward, and maybe even start slipping up just enough to steer clear of being too successful.

Here's the thing: Eventually the other shoe will drop. That's the way life works here on planet earth. In a world of duality there will always be an eventual downside to every up. Someone you love will get sick right after you receive an offer to start a great new business. A friend might betray you just before your wedding day. Or, you'll be pulled from a promotion because someone more qualified showed up at the last minute.

The real issue is what you do with what happens, not the drama around the details. After all, our safety net (and the ability to maintain our power) comes from the investment we make in our own healing journey. How will you grow from the downside? What character traits will you develop? What old wounds will you finally face and heal? The answers to these questions (and the work you do to address them) are the insurance you purchase with your hard work. This insurance gives you the courage to express your greatness in spite of what happens or what others think.

So this week, I challenge you to do something to support humanity's goodness instead of the drama. First, send love to Sandra Bullock and anyone else who's struggling with the pain of an unexpected blow. I don't know about you, but when I saw The Blind Side, both Bullock, and the woman she portrayed, left me inspired to be an even better human being. That's what full-on greatness does.

Next, challenge the legacy of smallness that hurts us all by keeping your money away from the magazine issues that profit from someone's pain. Then, start owning your power. Toot your own horn. Speak confidently and skillfully about your accomplishments at your next job interview. Set a firm boundary the next time someone tries to keep you in line with his or her own fear and insecurity. Be brave, bold, and willing to risk getting knocked around a bit (metaphorically speaking) to stay true to your strengths and talents. I don't know about you, but I'm willing to piss a few people off or to weather a few storms to insure that I'm honoring my soul. I may go out with a few chipped teeth, but you can be sure I'll go out smiling ☺.

Take Action Challenge

This week, watch for your tendency to shy away from expressing your full power. Notice what you do to level the playing field with others. What do you say? How do you act? What do you end up thinking about yourself? If you're so inclined, share what you discover with other members of our community on our Facebook page here.

This week's video was posted on my facebook page by Jamie. It's a sweet example of how tuned in our pets are. You can find it here. Thanks, Jamie!

Life Makeover for the Year 2009(sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson.© Copyright 1999-2009 Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950, www.cherylrichardson.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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