Where is the interface between what we plan and create and what we allow?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21st, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

I find this one of the most perplexing of all challenges. On the one hand there is a case to be made for staying extremely mindful and simply allowing our impulses to guide us.  These might be training wheels for the idea that as time appears to speed up we have to trust and field what comes our way. Then we use our creative juices, and mind, to deal with what is in front of us.

I find this perhaps one of the biggest challenges. Drives me crazy.

If you know what you need, such as a source of income, or better health, or improved relationships then of course set your mind on seeing this happen and then pay attention to your intuition to help you make the choices that present themselves. Yet if it all is a bit hazy, then the exercise gets really challenging.

I once spent several weeks with Peter Caddy, the co-founder of the Findhorn Community in Scotland. At the time he was travelling and was absolutely penniless, simply depending on intuitive guidance to get him through each day. I asked him how that was. He said, “ Maddening.” I felt that what Peter was practicing was the extreme case of simply being 100% in the flow for everything, a truly difficult space. For most of us we have a bit more luxury. We know where our next meal is coming from and a good bit of how the day will be structured.

Yet for those who have the luxury of not worrying about money this is the ideal time to mindfully set yourself up to be much more in a state of allowance, noting what comes up and what then you are using your energy to accomplish. I don’t say that this is actually easy, because we are used to a high degree of structure in our lives.

I just spoke to a friend of mine today who needed $35,000 to pay taxes. He is a day trader but normally does not expose himself to that many contracts, meaning that usually he makes or loses $2,000 to $3,000 during a day.  He told me that for some reason he just decided to take a much large exposure. He allowed that feeling to guide him.  He earned the $35,000 he needed. He said he even thought about more and asked me how I thought it would have gone. My thoughts were that he needed the $35,000. Beyond that I feel the deck might have been stacked against him.

What do you think?

Why Culture Can Be Our Enemy and How To Find The Truth

Posted in Discoveries, Thinking Patterns on April 3rd, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

What is real and what is not? Click for an example of illusion and wait for it to load in the top right hand corner.

Our culture produces a myriad of illusions which keep us from finding the truth.

I was once in a workshop with Terrence Mckenna, and he made this comment, ” Culture is your enemy.” The issue seems to be that culture is made up of a set of rules and regulations. We abide by these because we have learned that we can count on the effects of certain behaviors. For example we have laws with enforcement  and that makes life more certain and safer. But when we impose our ideas of how to live  and put a judgement on everything else that does not conform, that is where the trouble resides. People go along to get along, conform to norms so they will be accepted. If they get to far off of the reservation they will be ostracized or worse possibly even banished, and this is one of the greatest fears of all people-to be excluded. Yet at the same time it is the odd duck, the nut case, the geek or strange person who discovers the truth of a a new way which can help everyone. But how do we do this? How do we navigate to be our authentic self and not a threat to others? read more »

A Back Door To Meditation-A Lazy Man’s Approach

Posted in Thinking Patterns on March 21st, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

The circle is a coded representation of pi to the 10th significant figure Photo: APEX PICTURES

One of the over riding themes today is the idea that with structural change taking place everywhere ( As opposed to cyclical change in which patterns simply seem to repeat) we need to find a practice to help us deal with it all. We cannot rely on normal channels to guide us. For example there seems to be more truth in the comedy channels than the so called legitimate news. The political debates seem to focus on the absurd. So we desperately need not just  guidance, but reliable guidance. Yet from where? read more »

Better Decision Making From The Pluto Orbit

Posted in Discoveries, Thinking Patterns, travel on February 29th, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment


Just how curious am I? That is what makes life interesting-living life as a question.

If we just tune into the same sources of information, our universe will probably stay pretty much the same. We will think, act and feel much as we have always done. The trick is to consciously seek the new and novel. For example this last week I attended the International UFO Convention in Phoenix. My brother has always lived in tthis world and I said, “Ok, I’ll go with you.”

Your first thought might be “oh just a bunch of weird people on the fringe.”  But you could hardly be further from the truth. Instead you would have met a group of highly educated and curious people. Many who have had abduction experiences.  And as one abductee kidded, they are not interested in just “anybody.” Long gone is the idea of proving that aliens are real and amongst us. The data is everywhere. For example one of the most compelling speakers was Dr. Steven  Greer, a retired emergency room physician, who founded CSETI, the center for extraterrestrial intelligence.You will find this website filled with interesting and provocative information. A much richer and complex story is emerging about what alien contact has provided us scientifically already. Reliable sources seem to suggest that we have the knowledge to build free energy machines, but these technologies are not being revealed. Once you peruse this site and look at the data you may begin to ask, “Why are they here and what is their agenda?”

You might ask, if this is true then why has there not been disclosure? It seems that many reliable people have had first hand experience but events have conspired to keep the information secret. Yet now more than ever the planet needs the technology that has been with held. Of course there are skeptics and debunkers, but my point is that we should pay attention to information on the edge of mainstream and check it out for ourselves instead of simply being dissuaded by naysayers.

More on this topic in later posts.

Seeking Pleasant Surprises

Posted in Architecture, travel on February 21st, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral

I went on a whirlwind four day trip to leave some of my mom’s ashes in her favorite city, Paris. I am traveling a lot these days and one exercise I find extremely useful and rewarding is to seek pleasant surprises and acknowledge them as they occur. A pleasant surprise is just that. Of course I like to think that we have invisible partners that arrange them, but this is just my belief system.

You don’t think about going to Paris in the Winter, but when the sun shines it can be quite pleasant with a warm coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. My first pleasant surprise came when the adjacent seat in coach, which I refer to as sardine class, was the only empty seat that I could see on the entire plane. Being able to stretch out just a little bit is a god send on a 10 hour plus flight. read more »

Dejavu In Tallahassee

Posted in Thinking Patterns, travel on February 14th, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

I came back to visit and stay with good friends in a community I lived in beginning in the 4th grade. Tallahassee is one of those special cities in the world. It is a large University town  with probably 80,000 students in higher education, a state capital, and no heavy industry.  When I first came here, the population of the entire town was around 30,000. But it has kept it’s friendly feeling as a town rather than a city. The energy is healthy. It is not overrun with cars nor a sense of people being driven by a pace they cannot keep up with. I tried to speculate as to what percentage of my high school class had moved on after high school. I learned that over half stayed in Tallahassee. I can see why.

Quincie Hamby is truly a gifted jewelry designer who can dazzle a naked neck like nobody I know. She and her husband Billy (We were in the 4th grade together) hosted me and through a delightful book signing party.  Their son, Henry, had me address a gathering of students at his junior college.  It is fun to visit with friends whom you have not seen for aeons and about their  life journeys while talking to kids who are getting ready to set sail on theirs.

I have been reporting on synchronicities as a guide to us being in the flow and on the right path. Even days that seem devoid of anything note worthy usually contain these subtle undercurrents. Today was no exception. I thought that I wanted to buy and I pad, but frequently I find that I am a bit impulsive. The looming question was whether I really needed one.  I drove to Best Buy, went in, and then could find nobody to help me. I asked one clerk who said he wasn’t knowledgable. There was another but he was tied up with a customer. Everywhere I turned helpers were involved. Finally, I accepted the idea that this simply was more of an impulse than a true need. I owned a Mac Air book and a new I phone. Between the two my travel needs could be met quite adequately. And so, nobody to help confirmed to me that I really had not taken the time to think this all through.   I could have gotten upset, but I realized that perhaps something else was happening. Small setbacks or disappointments can quickly be seen for what they are, like trim tabs on an airplane, the fine adjustments to life that help us smooth out the ride.  I write a good bit about Invisible Partners in my book book released this year. In this case it was like being with a good friend who was saying, “Do you really need this?”

This year I will be on the road a good bit much of it open-ended, consciously paying attention to simply letting the journey unfold and making notes about it.

Tallahassee, has been a wonderful stop along the way.

Crossing Into Other Realities

Posted in Discoveries, Health, Living Abroad on February 3rd, 2012 by Sandy – 2 Comments

I just spent a week in the sleepy village of Barra de Potosi on the west coast of Mexico. Up the road is the bustling tourist beach community of Zihuatenejo where the action resides.  Barra is more like a zen experience. I stayed with friends in a camp (as in cool) little b & b on an unpaved village lane. A Trip Advisor review had given it a poor rating because they said it had bugs and seemed run down. I reflected on how frequently people impose expectations into just about any situation without regard to where exactly they are. I was  happy we had hot water, clean sheets, and mosquito netting, which we did. Furthermore  the French Toast was remarkable.  But that is not what made this entire setting memorable. read more »

2012 So Far. Is There A Quickening?

Posted in Thinking Patterns on January 17th, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment


I am in Honolulu now. It has been almost four years since I have been here. It is a time of catching up with friends from a past period.  Ghandi said we can never stand in the same river twice. Even though the geography remains familiar like the place you put your foot in the river, the river is not the same.  I am in another state of mind or consciousness and realized that with that state comes a corresponding way of  experiencing the familiar terrain.

See if it isn’t happening for you right now…  read more »

Reinvention of Myself

Posted in Thinking Patterns on January 8th, 2012 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

The uncertain road

I am on the road again. This time my first stop is Ventura, California to visit a long time friend. He urged me to go see the latest film out called “THE ARTIST.”  We can all see films differently. For my pal, he was captivated by the uniqueness of the film’s communication mode- no dialogue, yet fascinating. I saw it from another perspective. I was reminded of the need for PATIENCE.  We live in an instant gratification oriented world, where computers and smart phones give us instant information and answers.  Yet in this movie the star’s role is a metaphor for the perils of resistance to change. Success in a dying art left him depressed as he realized his accomplishments and recognition were from a dying art. The ensuing period shows him in the depressing “chaos of creation,” that never never land where we just don’t know ihow what is next will all come together. I won’t give away the story any further in that it is an excellent film. Why it is important to me is that in-between periods are like being in between stations on the radio frequencies. There is static and no clear signal. I like to think the universe is busy filling our orders. In the movie our hero is about to do himself in because he is losing patience with the process and sees no end to his misery.  He is on the vertical climb of a stairway trying to find the level ground of the next step.

So Patience seems to be the antidote. Our hero reinvents himself when all seems lost, and that seems often to be the case especially in these times.  I think the difficult part is to keep plugging away knowing that forces are at work to deliver what we have ordered.

Wishes For The New Year-Symptons of Inner Peace

Posted in Thinking Patterns on December 31st, 2011 by Sandy – Be the first to comment

Inner Peace

Happy New Year!

May you Experience these

“Symptoms of Inner Peace”

in abundance in 2012!

This came from Susanne Sims. They are worthwhile suggestions.

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from

fears based on past experiences.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

A loss of interest in judging self.

A loss of interest in judging others.

A loss of interest in conflict.

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

A loss of ability to worry.

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart.

Increasing susceptibility to love extended by others, combined with the

uncontrollable urge to extend it.

An increasing tendency to let things happen,

rather than make them happen.

All the best for the New year and what a year it promises to be.

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