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Installment #84

January 31 through February 5, 2014

Beloved,

Our recent readings in The Library have taken us on some very interesting journeys. We began this chapter in our relationship by reading Peter Pan aloud. Since then, we’ve gone through The Reluctant Dragon and The Little Prince. Then, we began to hunt for books with a bit more depth and we graduated to Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne W. Dyer and The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

[Michael laughs out loud.]

(No … seriously … that is the author’s name … no kidding. Just the author’s name alone screamed at me from the cover.)

Finally, we arrived at The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want by Dr. Deepak Chopra. I hadn’t read anything by Dr. Chopra in a while due to some comments he made in an interview shortly after the day the earth stood still so I was pleasantly surprised by The Way of the Wizard.

I found it fascinating to realize that Dr. Chopra published The Way of the Wizard in 1995 and your beautiful book of poems and essays, Dancing the Dream was released in July, 1992.

Why? What’s so interesting about that?

Well, I see Dr. Chopra’s impact upon you throughout Dancing the Dream. Your essays and poems reflect Dr. Chopra’s East Indian background with a modern sensibility that goes a long way to making it palatable to the Western, 21st Century mind. Of particular correspondence are The Fish That Was Thirsty, Enough for Today and The Boy and the Pillow.

However, in reading The Way of the Wizard … and to a lesser extent The Return of Merlin … I think I came to a fuller comprehension of your relationship with your friend.

The Way of the Wizard mirrors you on every page. It is written from the viewpoint of Merlin teaching the young boy, Arthur, and to me, at least, represents a rather large departure from Dr. Chopra’s previous publications, which mostly centered on the physical body (see titles like Ageless Body, Timeless Mind) and how it is affected by mental, emotional and spiritual processes. Suddenly, in 1995, Dr. Chopra releases The Way of the Wizard and Return of Merlin, both of which take a more mystical, whimsical approach and I can’t help but see a correlation between this departure from his previous subject matter and your friendship with Dr. Chopra.

The wizard is beyond opposites of light and dark, good and evil, pleasure and pain.

The return of the magical can only happen with the return of innocence.

The essence of the wizard is transformation.

I realized in reading that, yes, indeed, Dr. Chopra had a profound influence on you, inspiring you and encouraging you in the production of Dancing the Dream … but also that you had influenced him and inspired him as well during this period.

Yes, sometimes you meet people who are meant to help you grow spiritually and your soul and this other soul form a partnership based on mutual development and spiritual growth. In such relationships, each contributes something to the other’s understanding that can only be contributed by that person.

Your soul brings you experiences, people, situations or circumstances that move you along the path of evolution. When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

You may feel a physical attraction, or an unquenchable curiosity, or a fascination with watching someone or listening to his or her voice.

Or an obsession?

Great Soul 16 x 20 oils on canvas

Great Soul
16 x 20 oils on canvas

[Michael laughs.] Absolutely, an obsession! And by following it, you enter into whole new realms of thought or being, reaching out new tentacles into unforeseen expressions of who you are.

By focusing the most powerful tool of creation – your attention – you create yourself anew in each moment. Most of the world does this unconsciously and is unaware that its choices are creating its reality. The universe responds by presenting you with new experiences and opportunities to confirm your choice. 

When you become aware that this is happening, you can use caution in placing your attention and focusing only on those feelings and thoughts that are healing and productive for yourself and for your world.

As I’ve said before, it is a never-ending, massive move toward consciousness.

Well, this influence you had on Dr. Chopra presented me with quite a revelation. Until reading The Way of the Wizard (or re-reading it, as the case may be,) I had seen his inspiration in your writings, but had never noticed your influence on his.

The field of awareness organizes itself around our intentions.

The goals of the quest – heroism, hope, grace and love – are the inheritance of the timeless.

In the rubble of devastation and disaster are buried hidden treasures.

When you search through the ashes, search well.

To the extent you know love, you become love.

Meeting and forming a close personal friendship with Michael Jackson, a completely unique and massively, multi-talented human being who so embodied so many of his deeply-held philosophies, must have been a pivotal moment in Dr. Chopra’s writing career … and life … which surfaced in two books (in 1995) based on Merlin, a wizard. Now, a wizard, historically, is one who is intimately familiar with MAGIC … and, to me, MAGIC is a far cry from the physically-based subject matter of his previous books. In retrospect, your influence on him is obvious, my MAGIC MAN.

Cherish every wish in your heart, however trivial it may seem. One day these trivial wishes will lead you to God.

I’m so glad we read this book together, Michael.

When we had finished The Way of the Wizard, we hunted my bookshelves for another book to read and happened upon The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav. In it, Mr. Zukav states that mankind is on the cusp of an evolutionary leap from the “five-sensory” human to the “multisensory” human. His description of the “multisensory” human is so you, Beloved. You are its ‘poster child’ – the precursor of the advent of this evolutionary leap.

Of course, I realize that I see you in everything, but, seriously, I didn’t expect to find you playing hide and seek between the words of an author whose previous works in ‘demystifying scientific abstractions and the new physics’ gave little lip service to the place of the soul in the larger scheme of things.

You see my point? Where you focus your attention brings you experiences and thoughts and opportunities to strengthen and reinforce your choices in lots of ways that may seem like chance or random occurrences.

You said, “I happened upon …” when, in reality, your focus drew the book to you … and you to it. There is no randomness involved. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

Well, be that as it may, Mr. Zukav’s description of the “five-sensory” model will be easily recognized by anyone who has spent five minutes in this world. Its characteristics include a belief that reality consists of the physical world that can be seen, heard, tasted, touched and smelled; survival of the fittest; the accumulation of external power through domination, war, exploitation and greed. It’s a perfect description of the world we see when we look around us.

In the five-sensory model, physical evolution is the only evolution that matters because physical reality is all there is. Non-physical reality does not exist. Therefore, it is incomprehensible to the five-sensory human personality. He is subjectively blind to any other view. The only legitimate motivation behind any action is the acquisition of external power such as money, control over another, acquisition of another’s property or sexual favors. In other words, survival of the fittest … grab it now before someone else does … the winner takes all … dog-eat-dog world we see everywhere we turn

The “multisensory” human acknowledges the existence of non-physical reality. His five senses are augmented by his intuition and he is aware of authentic power.

Our deeper understanding leads us to another kind of power, a power that loves life in every form that it appears, a form that does not judge what it encounters, a power that perceives meaning and purpose in the smallest details upon the Earth. This is authentic power. When we align our thoughts, emotions and actions with the highest part of ourselves, we are filled with enthusiasm, purpose and meaning. Life is rich and full. We have no thoughts of bitterness. We have no memory of fear. We are joyously and intimately engaged with our world. This is the experience of authentic power.

Authentic power has its roots in the deepest source of our being … cannot be bought, sold or hoarded … is incapable of making anyone or anything a victim … is so strong, so empowered, that the idea of using force against another is not a part of his consciousness.

To me, this description of the authentically empowered, multisensory human being just screams of you, Michael. Unfortunately, to the five-sensory physical world model of evolution in which we have evolved until now, such a leap is incomprehensible, unrecognizable, anathema.

Yes, that’s why I told you at the very beginning of these conversations, “You are not crazy or crazed or hallucinating; you are evolving. It is not wishful thinking or dreaming outside the box; you are the forerunners of a new human …” [Reference Conversation – Installment #1 – November 8 through 13, 2010.]

This awareness of … and relationship with … non-physical reality is the next step in human evolution and as much as the five-sensory model resists, it must eventually take that leap. This is why I keep reassuring you, “lies run sprints, truth runs marathons.”

Evolution is assured.

So, while it may appear that the lies keep surfacing, it’s only the old model asserting its resistance to the new one that must win out in the long run. Don’t let it distract you from what you know … as five-sensory humans who are in the process of leaping into the multisensory model … to be true.

Humanity (as a whole) will make that leap – sooner or later – it will join us in the truth. There is no other way for it to go. Resistance is futile.

One of the things that so impressed me about Mr. Zukav’s book is the important role he assigns to … and his description of – the concept of reverence. It’s importance in Mr. Zukav’s philosophy is indicated by the fact that he devotes an entire chapter to it and that chapter is Chapter 3 – immediately following the chapter on Karma (which I totally do not understand) and immediately preceding the chapter on Intuition (which I do.)

Reverence, according to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, is defined as: 1. Honor or respect; 2. The state of being revered; 3. A gesture of respect (a bow); 4. One held in reverence; 5. The emotion inspired by what arouses one’s deep respect or veneration. To revere is to show devoted honor to … or to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully.

However, Mr. Zukav makes it a major factor in the evolution from the five to the multisensory human being. It is the multisensory being’s reverence that separates him from his five-sensory world. To Mr. Zukav, reverence is much more than an emotion; it is an attitude of honoring life – an attitude of viewing all life as sacred – an attitude of seeing life as holy.

Our behavior and values are so much shaped by perceptions that lack reverence that we do not know what it is like to be reverent. When we curse a competitor or strive to disempower another, we absent ourselves from reverence. When we work to take instead of to give, we labor without reverence. When we strive for safety at another’s expense … when we judge one person as superior and another as inferior … when we judge ourselves … we depart from reverence.

Business, politics, sex, raising families and personal interactions without reverence all produce the same results: human beings using other human beings.

This definition of reverence is the very essence of Michael Jackson in my opinion. Your reverence for all life … for your music … for your performance … for the dance … is one of the major factors that comprise your personality … and one of the major factors that separates you from the five-sensory world into which you were born. Your reverence showed in your extravagant courtesy to everyone you came into contact with, all you worked with and in your humility. It showed in your dedication to 99.9% perfect execution and your painstaking attention to every minute detail in the recording studio and on the stage. It shows still in your interactions with all of us who are aware of your continued presence in our lives. In many ways, it is who you are.

Aww! God bless you! I love you MORE, you know!

It is this world’s lack of reverence that led to all your trials and sufferings. It is the five-sensory value system which allowed all the lies and salacious gossip to hold sway. It is the model of external power being the only empowerment recognized by the society in which you lived that produced false accusations and allowed them to contribute to ending your physical life among us, my dear.

A reverent society would not tolerate an irreplaceable life being used and thrown away so cavalierly.

Don’t agonize over what was; look forward to what will be … with your help and awareness … a new view. It is coming; it is here … in you! So, don’t be discouraged.

Things’ll get better

if you just

Hold my hand.

 

If you don’t mind, Beloved, I’m going to close this Installment with one more quote from Seat of the Soul that will bring this Installment to a fitting finish … and this volume of Conversations to a wonderful circular end, bringing us back full circle from where it began – with the concept of the Great Soul.

As a soul chooses the lesson of responsibility, it will find itself incarnating into an atmosphere of more potential impact upon the species. The personality must also come to agree with what the soul has chosen … A soul needs to be more advanced to handle the possibilities that come from the expansion of its karmic energy field.

Think of your consciousness in terms of physical light. The extent to which your light shines is the width and depth and breadth of your karmic influence. If you are a major light, you shine upon the entire globe. A soul that agrees to incarnate into a lifetime in which it has significant potential to affect the lives of many is a Great Soul. The quality of power of such a soul is great. It is global. It’s capacity to touch the lives of millions, and indeed, billions of human beings is very real.

The great soul is the person who has taken on the task of change. If he is able to transcend fear, to act out of courage, the whole of his group (species) will benefit, and each one, in his own life, will suddenly be more courageous, though he may not see how or why.

Every soul that agrees consciously to bring to human interaction the love and compassion and wisdom that it has acquired is trying through his or her own energy to challenge the fear patterns of that collective.

Coming soon to a bookshelf near you!! Watch this space!

Coming soon to a bookshelf near you!! Watch this space!

 

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