Monthly Archives: July 2009

Veils of Perception

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Our perception is like a movie projector. We have these filters, based on what we have been taught to believe about ourselves and our lives, as well as our judgments, thoughts and feelings.  We project these onto what we experience in life and this is what we then call “reality”. We live our life having these expectations about life, based on the past, whether that be our childhood or even other lifetimes.  Since I remembered other lifetimes since childhood, and saw other dimensions and spirits, my “reality” was much different than my parent’s reality and they kept pushing me to let go of what I saw and “face” their version of reality.  All parents seem to do this to their children, along with schools, churches, and society as a whole. The media uses this to sell its products and version of the truth and governments use this to sell its programs and agendas, too.  None of us really ever sees REALITY.   We can certainly change our filters though, through the use of various therapies and introspection, thus creating a new reality.

 

     There is an operating system that our brain has that is called the reticular activating system, which affects arousal and motivation.  How it works, is that whatever we expect, we will find out in the world.  For example, if we are thinking of buying a red sports car, we will begin to see red sports cars all over. They were there before but we didn’t notice them because they weren’t part of our motivation.  If we expect to be rejected, we will find that in various situations throughout our lives.  At the same time, if we decide to start experiencing acceptance, and start looking for that experience, we will find it.

 

     My work consists of several therapies that address perception and expectation, and throughout my long career I have seen amazing results when people release old beliefs and create new ones. Thus, they have created new expectations and then begin to perceive the results of this throughout their experiences.  I also notice evidence of this thing called perception in how differently I sometimes experience the movies I love and respond to and then read a review of the movie and find that the reviewer has experienced it much differently than I did.

 

     I recently shared my July 4th blog post titled “Independence day vs. Interdependence day” with a friend.  His reaction to it was much different than another friend of mine. She emailed me saying the post had brought tears to her eyes and encouraged her to hope for the best for this planet.  But my other friend reacted strongly to the use of the word “Interdependent”.  He felt that many people would react to that word, as to him it brings up “dependence” and he feels that we should never, ever feel a need to be dependent upon anyone.  I felt shocked by this reaction, as I was inspired to write the blog after spending a lovely evening dancing and singing with the Sufi community, as we celebrated this concept called “interdependence”.  I also felt shocked because I really like the concept of interdependence.  In my perception it is a wondrous lifestyle to aspire to.  I agree that it is great to be independent and not co-dependent, but I believe that as we learn to be interdependent, we learn to rely more on Spirit, and each other, seeing each other as all part of the solution in transforming our relationships and our world, rather than perpetuating the separation that pervades so many of our current social/religious/governmental institutions. I believe that if all of us are stepping up to the plate with our particular gifts and skills, then together we can form much stronger families, communities, countries, thus a world of cooperation and support.

 

     I recently read an interview by Berthold Madhukar Thompson, interviewing Andrew Cohen.  This 2002 interview was part of a book that Mr. Thompson wrote about meeting with various spiritual teachers.  Berthold asked Andrew about enlightenment.  Andrew said “The essence of enlightenment is having nothing, knowing nothing, being no one”.  In the same interview, he said, “When the ego is tamed, one cares about the evolution of consciousness as a whole”.  I understand this to mean that when we step out of our own selfish needs, which I feel is the potential trap of independence, we can then surrender to Spirit and thus we are then focused on what is good for the whole.  And this to me is interdependence. 

 

      What do you think about independence, interdependence? 


Katelon T. Jeffereys

www.empowerandbalance.com

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Clearing the way to manifest what you desire!!!

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Katelon T. Jeffereys

www.empowerandbalance.com

Independence Day vs. Interdependence Day!

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      I’ve had  this blog running around in my head all week.  As I’ve been thinking about this upcoming holiday we celebrate in America, Independence Day, and our break from the tyranny of England at the time, I think of the fact that Puritans founded our country in the name of religious freedom.  Then we went on to burn women at the stake, healers, spiritual women, calling them witches.  We left England to break from rulers, and then went on to take over Native American’s land, massacre them and put them on reservations.  We founded a country in the name of freedom, to give it only to white males, import African slaves, abuse Chinese workers who built our railroads, and put Japanese people in internment camps because of their country’s involvement in the war at the time.  We enlist men and women to fight a present war, a war that started based on lies, and allows them to put their lives on the line, to end up dead or severely injured, yet kick them out of the service if their sexual orientation is different.  We still have many people held in our prisons and military posts just because their skin is another color and they speak in a different language.  We almost didn’t elect our present President because lies spread that he was Muslim.   We’ve never elected a person of the Buddhist faith, Jewish faith or any other faith other than Christian.  So what freedom is this we are celebrating?

      It is the same with religion.  Many spiritual teachers and leaders, have come forth with great courage, insight, inspiration, attempting to show another way of living, another way of seeing, embodying the essence of God, whatever name was used, demonstrating that we are powerful beings.  Demonstrating that we have this connection with each other, with an energy bigger than just this body we inhabit, in a world far beyond what our eye can see. Showing that we are co-creators, creating our lives, our world, with our thoughts and focus.  They talked of love, unity, compassion, cooperation and yet their words and deeds were hijacked, turned into religions with seeds of truth remaining, surrounded by lies that have been used to separate us, turn us against each other, as we fight to prove that only our religion is the truth, while the real truth has been buried so that we stay little and able to be controlled.  Where is the peace in that? Where is the love in that?  Where is the God (good) in that? Where is the independence and freedom in that?

      My heart and vision have guided me since childhood, as I’ve seen other dimensions, seen the beauty in contrast to the often challenging existence I was living in.  I have carried this immaculate concept of a world based in beauty, peace, joy, wholeness, and oneness.  I believe that the men who founded our country had such a concept, such a dream, and yet it was somehow buried or lost, through fear and the up to now human belief in scarcity and powerlessness.  Just as all religions were born of a transcendent experience that lifted a person out of darkness and limitation into the heights of our true essence.

      I believe that we are headed toward a world that I’ve dreamed of all my life, for many, many lifetimes, a world of interdependence. And at Dances of Universal Peace last night, this was the theme. The conception of the dances is a demonstration of this interdependence. These dances were created by a man named Samuel L. Lewis, a Jewish Rabbi; a student of Ruth St. Denis, the mother of modern dance; and a student of Hazrat Inayat Khan, a spiritual teacher who brought Sufism to America, created them.  Sam had a vision of creating dances, using simple folk dance steps and words from all the world’s religions, and in taking them around the world it would help bring about world peace. 


      So, as I stepped into dance, my head filled with the contradictions that I started this writing with, I was reminded once again about the power of our dreams, the power of our intentions, the power of our focusing hearts.  Holding hands, feet feeling the support of the earth underneath us, the sun shining through the windows reminding us of Source, we wove our voices together in a song, a prayer, a choice to leave the fear behind… a choice to leave a belief in separation and scarcity behind.  And we chose interdependence.  We chose love. So this is what I am going to celebrate this Independence Day…. being independent from fear, and the powerlessness we are taught, and instead celebrate Interdependence.  Celebrate Oneness!

 

Katelon T. Jeffereys

www.empowerandbalance.com