The Frequency Of Passion

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Picture: Jazz Rock Guitarist Stone Temple Pilot by Yuriy Shevchuk

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This morning I was watching a very interesting interview on YouTube by renowned musician and producer Pharrell Williams. He was interviewing another musician and producer from an older generation called Daniel Lanois. I’ve been attracted to his music since I was in University because of something I could not really explain to myself at the time. Gradually, becoming more acquainted with themes like following your passion and acting on your excitement, I started to get why I was so pulled towards his music. In the interview, something greater than himself transpires. He talks about dreaming about new ideas and having to write them down immediately when he wakes up; or visualizing sound in a room where he wants to record something. Inevitably, like a truffle dog, I smelled the fragrance of passion, and in his case, we can even talk about a substantial devotion.

In the spiritual community, we hear so many times people talking about life-purpose and doing what you love for a living. The idea that resonates more with me in the present phase of my journey is resumed in this quote from Bashar: “Follow your highest excitement, in whatever shape or form is presented at any give moment, to the best of your ability, without any expectations on how the outcome should look like.” Then he goes on saying that this state represents our true nature, our true unique frequency in the symphony of existence. In this particular state, when we’re in the zone, we experience more synchronicities and a freer flow of energy in our day to day life. In essence, we feel more fulfilled and less resistant to what we go through. If you want to know more about Bashar (channelled by Darryl Anka) and his powerful information you can find a lot of excerpts on YouTube and a discrete number of podcasts featuring his channel Darryl Anka on various platforms.

Going back to the fragrance I perceived in Daniel Lanois’ interview, I want to expand a bit the concept of alignment. Have you ever noticed any changes in you, positive or negative, when you listen to a song, watch a movie, contemplate an image, or read a book? Something happens. We tap into the energy of the content. Based on how we react to it, like mixing different chemical substances, we shift our own vibrational state. Of course, it depends on how much we resonate with that content and on what level, but, at least, a tiny transformation takes place. When it comes to passion, many of us feel very far from it, or doubtful about what they’re doing. To be fair, I’ve found myself in that place many times – too many times. So I’ve set the intention to do what I love and live a fulfilling life. I’ve consciously chosen to put myself in alignment with the frequency of passion.

Now, let me present you a hack to this. Imagine yourself devoid of inspiration, not only unwilling to create, but, in general, to wake up in the morning. So you start questioning your choices in life, you develop regret and bitterness. Depression and anger keep you in a low emotional state, you can’t see clearly: you’re lost. Well, it’s perfectly natural to feel like lost in our society. We’ve been driven away from what we enjoy in so many ways to make it easier to control us. However, from a higher perspective, this might have happened in order to let us rediscover, from a different point of view, who we truly prefer to be. The experience of feeling lost is a valuable one. When you’re lost, you can go everywhere you want. Your potential is even bigger than before. And that’s the perfect moment to get acquainted with the frequency of passion. But how? How to do that when you feel so apathetic, discouraged and desireless? Well, it’s quite simple actually. Start to put yourself in alignment with this frequency by looking at others who are already there, who are already doing what they love. It doesn’t have to be something that you personally want to do. For example, I don’t necessarily want to pursue a career in producing after listening to Lanois and Pharrel talking about their craft – maybe just a bit – but I’ve enabled myself to commune with that pure energy, behind its physical form.

Just bathe yourself in the energy of people doing what they love. Consume their content, listen to their interviews – some people even like to stick their images on the wall! And it can be a photograph of the Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda, but it doesn’t have to be. Teenagers and grown fans, do this naturally by hanging posters of their favourite musicians on the wall, even without any awareness of the inspiration they get from them. Little by little, through these simple actions, you’ll be more and more sensitive to the vibration of excitement itself. And, by putting aside the excuses that pop into your mind when it comes to taking action, you’ll be more aware of what excites you the most. Maybe, it’s something that’s always been there somehow in the background of your life. Maybe it’s something unforeseeable, ignited by a new friendship, or synchronistic experience. Maybe it’s a trail of breadcrumbs, a series of totally disconnected events that you enjoy one by one and finally, but not necessarily, take you to a more stable and coherent activity. It’s important to be in the present moment as much as possible during this process. To be sensitive to your own internal states and observe them clearly. The next most enjoyable thing may then pop out of nowhere, naturally, just because we’ve attuned ourselves to the frequency of passion.

 

Herons

 

The River Of Sounds

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Picture: Sublime Park by Leonid Afremov

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Warning: the following article might irreversibly change your perception of reality.

 

I’m listening: voices, the heating system, automatic doors, coins in pockets, steps, snaps, giggles, various accents, coughing… The list could be infinite. Have you ever wondered how many labels we, consciously or unconsciously, attach to the sounds we hear? This is the standard approach to our soundscape at any given moment. All these labels contribute to our conditioning, igniting conscious or unconscious reactions in us. What’s wrong about it? Absolutely nothing. The human experience is also based on this very common process. But, what if I told you that we have a choice regarding this “natural” behavior? What if I told you that you don’t have to label every single sound? What if we were free to listen beyond analyzing everything? Your soundscape can be your meditation. Your soundscape can be a portal to the Unmanifested, as Eckhart Tolle likes to call it in his books, to the essence beyond forms.

In this society, we’re frequently reminded about the reasons why we do something, about the goals we want to achieve, constantly projecting us somewhere in the future based on what we’ve learned in the past. Once again, nothing wrong with the traditional approach. However, I want to encourage you to try something else forgetting any expectations of the outcome. I want to encourage you to be comfortable with what’s going on right now. Let’s start with how to listen without labels at this precise moment.

First and foremost, I humbly suggest you ground yourself in the body, though it’s not strictly necessary. Feel your body from the inside. If you’ve never practiced a “body scan” you might be surprised by pains and resisting thoughts. No worries, it’s natural. Observe it as neutrally as possible, as if it was not your body, and get back to the practice. You can start by feeling the field of energy in your hands and feet and gradually feel the whole inner body. Try my guided meditation called Exploring The Vehicle if you want to get more familiar with this practice.

Once you’ve grounded yourself in your body without judging it, positively or negatively, you can start noticing the sounds around you. At first, of course, you will need to label them – at least as “sounds” – in order to give your logical mind a sense of direction. Once you’re “there” you’ll automatically let go of logic. And by the way, the sole awareness of the fact that you are labeling sounds is already a sign that you’re becoming more conscious.

This practice is a great fit for any given (present) moment. Once your focus is mainly on your hearing – it won’t be necessarily stable, but it doesn’t matter – start to let go of labels and judgments towards any surging sound. If you get carried away by a train of thought, jump down the wagon as soon as possible and gently go back to listening. It’s totally okay. Moreover, you will discover a completely different soundscape than before, since every moment is fundamentally unique. For some, it might be helpful to focus on one sound at a time, and once it’s extinguished jump forward to the next.

At some point, you’ll manage to let sounds smoothly flow through your awareness. Imagine them like a homogenous river of information. Of course, there’ll be fish, eels, rocks, weeds, and water. Yet, you can focus your attention on the river itself, on the whole. Therefore, you will, gradually and naturally, let go of the label “sounds”. Hold this sensation, go back to it, cherish it. In this way, the observer and the observed become one. A sense of peace appears; a sort of silence becomes accessible. Even in the middle of the noisiest environments, you have access to a new dimension. I will not spend too many words to describe it. Try it yourself, experience it.

The same perspective can be adopted when listening to music as well. All kinds of music, as long as you devote your complete attention to it. You risk feeling like you’re listening to one of your favorite songs for the first time. No wonder: your sharpened awareness, devoid of the habitual mental commentary or digressions, connects with the essence of whatever you are listening to. You become The River of Sounds. And swimming a little bit further you connect to who you truly are. Pure awareness. One with everything.

 

Herons

Unnecessary Possessions

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Picture: Rush Hour On Leith Street  by John M. Boyd

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Do you really need it? Will you honour it?

These are the questions that I’ve been indirectly asking myself these cold autumn days while walking into the warmth of art shops. I love art and I can’t help but notice, in myself, that consumerist society has taught us to treat everything as if it was to buy and keep – or throw. Buying something means that you’re going to make use of it in the near or distant future. For example, I’ve been a book stasher for most of my University years, and of all those attractive books I might have positively read 30%. In the last few years, I’ve questioned many of my compulsive behaviours and slowly developed a higher degree of awareness. The other day, I went to a frame and print shop in Edinburgh and felt very attracted by some art postcards, checked the price and considered buying. Afterward, I started doing what I normally do in museums or galleries: observing the painting without mental labels; first the whole pictures, then the details. Therefore I chose to not buy any of those beautiful cards. However, and here’s the trickiest part of contemporary lifestyle, I saved their details on my smartphone – as if the paintings were going to die if I didn’t – for future use or appreciation. I understand that I could use those details to share the paintings with friends or on social media, thus adding value to these people. But, we have to be very aware of the energy behind our actions. Only through presence, and therefore awareness, we achieve a powerful level of freedom in our choices. We can shift our unconscious intention – usually stemming from the constant unsatisfaction of the ego – into a more selfless or creative one. The desire to possess, cumulate, keep or save for ourselves emanates from an illusory state of lack: our egoic identity deludes itself that it needs more stuff in order to survive.

I obviously didn’t need to possess those prints and attach them to the wall to appreciate them. Probably, I didn’t even need to save their details on my web browser, but I’ve made good use of them – the picture in this article is one of those. In the present moment, the only moment we actually have, I have the chance to merge with them, to enjoy their contemplation, naturally recognizing that I don’t need to possess any beauty in order to commune with it.

 

Herons

 

Subconscious, Conscious And Superconscious

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Picture by Dimitry Belikov

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We all have a notion, at least intuitive, of what is the subconscious mind. It refers to all those pieces of information, all those energies of which we’re not aware in daily life. It’s basically the product of our upbringing, of our conditioning, more or less supported by the physiology of our growing little bodies.

The conscious mind, on the other hand, is all about what we can label and imagine, decision making, “logical” thinking. In most cases is only directed by the subconscious, by the past, printed in our body-mind ego structure. Good news is that we have the power to rewrite the subconscious in order to attract different circumstances in our lives. How so? By means of our innate ability to focus. Of the trillions of bits of information we can perceive, we choose only less than two million. To direct our focus we must use techniques like visualization, affirmations, physically active rituals involving yoga, dancing, acting. All of them are very powerful as long as they are charged with emotion – energy in motion. In this way, we tap into the vibrational aspect of reality, that some call the 4th dimension.

All good. It’s a very powerful state of consciousness, you can literally and metaphorically, do the magic in 4D. However, you can feel that we’re missing out something. What’s that? Yes, you got it. The superconscious. That is the realm of the essence. Beyond past conditioning, beyond conscious thinking. It’s amazing when you realize that you can tap into it right now. Actually, you can only access it now. The prerequisite to align to a 5th-dimensional state of consciousness, that, for the record, is your natural state, is being present to the moment. True presence connects you to the superconscious. Why? Because you let go of labeling your experience through past-conditioned reasoning. It’s all about real novelty. You let the wordless intelligence of nature, of pure consciousness, of the Universe, of God – however you feel more comfortable to call it – flow through you.

From a 3D and 4D perspective, connecting to the divine is a process that takes time. The research of God, some say. Nonetheless, by realizing time is an ego-generated illusion anyways, you can fully tap into presence. Here and now. How to do that?

I’m going to mention some techniques you can research deeply by yourself after reading this article. We have that of  Proprioception, namely perceiving the aliveness in your physical body. We have Mindfulness Meditation, that mainly focuses on the five senses, separately and simultaneously. And we have more, I assure you. However, what really helped me in my experience, as a beginner and forward, is observing my thoughts and emotions neutrally. A non-judgemental attitude really makes a difference when it comes to awareness. You really let nature do its thing.

 

Herons

Self-Forgiveness And Redemption

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Picture by Travis Knight

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Most of you know the iconic Redemption Song by Bob Marley – if you don’t check it out, it’s a good one. In the refrain, he says: “Won’t you help to sing these songs of Freedom? Cause all I ever have, Redemption songs […]” Probably Bob alludes to a process of gaining freedom through redemption and, reading through the rest of the lyrics, his parallel goal is emancipation in a political light.

Let’s take it on an individual, inner level since the “outer” level is nothing but its reflection. Now, redemption requires action: do something to be forgiven for your past actions. That’s exactly where it gets tricky. When you redeem yourself through some sort of action you carry with you the heavy baggage of guilt. It’s still a third-dimensional behavior. It works. It takes you from point A to point B. However, let’s focus on the ultimate goal of redemption, what is it? Nothing but Self-forgiveness.

What I suggest is to operate the other way round. To sing these songs of Freedom in the present moment. Let go of the burden of guilt now. Forgive yourself here and now. How do we do that? By observing the emotion of guilt without any mental commentary anytime you feel it. Non-judgmental observation is required.  In this way, your actions become automatically more love-based and therefore high-vibrational.

“Others” will start to forgive you after you’ve forgiven yourself. From the outside the two processes look almost the same: Jimmy Jumbo does something he labels as bad; he recognizes that; so he does something opposite and redemption happens. Nonetheless, on the inside, the perspective is shifted, the amount of effort required is reduced. This time it’s all about Freedom. We’re not talking about the heavy and solid 3D – or 3rd density. We’re talking about the light and flexible 4D. The realm of vibration beyond linear time, the realm of the Now.

 

Herons

Look Ahead

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Picture by Barbara Keith

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We can’t go backwards. That’s what life seems to be telling me these days. We can’t dwell in the past, we can’t inhabit the past, simply because it doesn’t exist.  We have only this precious, shimmering, present moment. Even nostalgia, sweet and sour, is experienced now. Because now is all we have, now is the gateway towards infinity and, guess what, it’s always open. Always. All the limitations we see are a by-product of our conditioning, of the collective beliefs we have accepted as true. But the essence of things is always there for us. Try this: plug in your headphones and play a song you like; if it has lyrics ignore them, listen to the music as if it was whole like a birdsong; listen to it fully without judgments, mental commentaries, anecdotes, memories; anytime a thought pops up go back gently to the music. Now you’re really listening to the song, without the filter of your mind. The chattering mind is a powerful tool, but it can become a tricky distraction from what we are experiencing now. Moreover, the mind can only stir up a soup of what you already know – the old, the past. Even when we think about the future we see through our old dusty glasses. Is it a good thing? A bad thing? Neither of the two, you choose. Nothing is inherently good or bad – the mind judges. When we silence the mind we recognize that everything is neutral. That said, I invite you, as I invite myself to be present, aware to the here and now. I invite us to act unpredictably. To act boldly. To shake the current state of things. Because, right now we have infinite possibilities.

Open your eyes and look ahead.

 

Herons