One of the teachings I have followed in my past has been from Abraham, which is channeling by Esther Hicks. But a few years ago I had to stop listening because just felt that they were so focused on superficial issues from their asking audience that I was left frustrated listening.
Periodically I check in to see what they are saying and the video below really shares more truth about the way it is vs. the ice-cream version they so often share. I also learned something.
The biggest switch for me is to stop trying to problem solve. It is so easy and obvious for me, but to get it is not my work has taken me many decades, a lot of suffering, and the loss of everything...I think I'm ready to let it go now:)
I am happy to announce my artist self is in the house!
I've been struggling with how to make sense of this issue in my mind lately. Virtual reality seems to have taken hold in our world and after just watching a few TED Conference videos extolling the virtues of video games I feel a bit confused.
As with everything, their potential to do good is as staggering as it is to do not good. But here's what I have learned - while the "real"world may be an illusion from God's perspective, from my human one, real life trumps computer life.
The computer and the internet have become necessary tools to help me connect to you and to others. But what I have realized in may time spent with other people is the real value comes in the face to face, not the video I make afterwords.
We may find ways to reach each other across the virtual world, but the thing that satisfies the soul isn't technology, it's in the activation of the five senses in real time, not virtual time.
I watched a very disturbing video by a young man who talks about how he is losing grips on what is real. He is aware of the way his mind is being programmed by others, yet he can't walk away. Instead, he chooses to trust the people designing the video games....we all know how that works out when money is the measure of our success.
Life may be an illusion - but it is also the way we learn to manage how we create it. The concern I have is that when we play video games we give our responsibility and consequences from our decisions over to someone whose main goal is to profit off of us. Is that really a good idea?
I know this isn't my problem to solve, but it rests at the core of how I want to participate in helping others share their stories virtually. The conclusion I have come to is to use virtual reality to inspire others to want real reality. It is more satisfying to the soul and that is the goal of life on earth. Profit and entertainment is not.
As a follow up to yesterday's goal, I did make my call and while not told no, I can tell it's not going to work out the way I hoped. That's the hard part, letting go of the results regardless of what happened.
This idea of letting go has been the main theme of my last few podcasts over at: standingnotfallen.org. Wanting to let go enough of the past you are willing to die is really the big test of learning to be able to let go of anything. As I tell the military there, just because something is hard, doesn't mean it can't be done....
So back to my goal for today: Gearing up for Hurdle #2. Changing the way I succeed in Hurdle #1!!! I've got a great idea so I will share it here when it is done....in the meantime, what is the fear you face today and what can you do to do it anyways?
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.
That's the full quote above that is my new theme - here's a real truth....I have been hesitant to share the real about this journey because some of it is not so great.
But, in my working with the information for military who are suicidal (standingnotfallen.org), the theme has become dangerous truths and real truth is often dangerous.
It asks us to consider what is uncomfortable and the truth is, life can be uncomfortable at times. So my committment is to get more real - but also with the good! And, there has been lots and lots of good!!!
Starting something new....you can see the first step here! Pass it on!
Below is what is called a demo reel - meaning it's my video calling card. I've included a variety of subjects, graphics, photo's, and more from the last year. It's not meant to show you how perfect a project can be - but rather to create a feeling. People make decisions on how they feel, not how cool the shot is....social worker trumps traditional marketing and video production on this!
People want a relationship with those they buy from or give money to. Video is an amazing format to do just that. And as the world continues to change and the way we spend our money changes with it, forming a positive relationships is all the more important!
Helen Keller and Dog
That is the question most of us know the answer to but rarely really ask. There was a day I had to face what I feared most. It was worse than I had imagined. But it passed. It was awful, but I learned and grew and changed more than any other event in my life.
I am again having to face a great fear. It is silly by any others measure, but for me - it is monumental! This great fear? Asking for money doing work I love. No problem when I don't like the work or it doesn't require me to put an amount on the task.
Ask me what I want? I freeze. So, down to the very bitter end of this journey I am faced with the task of again facing a great fear. Find a way to ask for money doing work I love, or well....I don't really want to know....
One of the big barriers for me has been being unwilling to risk the truth out loud. I wanted some measure of success before I truly documented all of the adventure I've been on. But today it occurred to me - facing the fear and documenting it as it's happening is much more interesting than just another happy ending!
So, here we go as I launch my own business - actually getting paid to make the video's and share the ideas that make others money! Silly, yes. But it's my daring adventure. What is yours?
Welcome to my Journey!
I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!