The Art of Asking

This post is offered as an appendix, extension or under~layer of my previous post On Media…

The Universe always brings us answers to our questions and always in form of an actual, direct experience. Some dragged prayer and God into it, wrongly assuming that only ‘the good’ will be answered. Delivery of that which had been summoned through question is law, it is not discriminatory or selective and it always works. Just like the law of gravity, (as applied in the 3rd dimension), it affects everyone regardless of opinion, history, status. This law is created ‘above’ the 3rd dimension and ‘trickles down’. Because our average life span doesn’t currently go beyond 100 years, some answers are delivered to the generations that succeed the The One who asked. As per Hierarchy 1 and Hierarchy 2 , the more profound the question asked, the more ‘time’ it takes for the magnetism of Earth (and the human Heart) to gather data to deliver the answer. Are we aware of what we are asking?

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The Crown vs The Sovereign

In 2013 I decided to seriously look at becoming a British citizen. After 10 years of working diligently perhaps there was indeed some extra benefit in holding a British passport. There are several criteria but applying is only possible after one had passed a test of knowledge. There is a preparatory book you need to be learning from for the test, entitled Life in The United Kingdom, a Guide for New Resident. It was a great test of patience ploughing through it. It is really a bigger marketing pamphlet, this book. Knowing the realities of living in the UK reading the skewed version was both enlightening and amusing, especially the last chapter.On page 123 of the manual one is informed that on becoming a British citizen they will be asked to take an oath. It reads:

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Purpose

After taxi revelations of my projected spirit last month I decided to take Scotland for a long walk, enquire what the deal was. I have been living in this country since 2006. Although I didn’t really know ‘why’ I came (apart from the obvious reason of starting a new job) I felt that somehow I was meant to be here. After few futile attempts to leave or re-locate, I have stopped pushing against my cosmic intention and arguing with what the ‘outer’ reality was telling me: that Scotland was somehow part of my soul purpose. Since 2012 I was acutely aware the purpose involved Scottish Independence. And there are perfectly logical reasons why I would relate to this concept but do they explain my passion? I don’t really care more about Scotland than I do about any other country, Queen Russia, King USA and other rooks and pawns in between included.

Of course I resonate with full autonomy because independence and freedom are integral and very empowering aspects of my personal life. Secondly, independence is a natural stage or unfoldment of any maturing spirit but also collective evolution of any society. From my point of view independence for Scotland is just a natural way forward, aligned with ‘direction’ (or multidimensionality) of evolution and expansion. Digging deeper I found the underlying ’cause’ of my determination: the ever present agenda of my soul to re-balance nations and disarm respective countries. Somehow, my non-logical aspects see Scotland as playing a pivotal role in balancing the ‘male’, collective Western thought and introducing currency glocalization which would bring realisation of my agenda closer to our experience. For that, Scottish Independence is a pre-requisite.

Scotland’s is an inspiring journey because it is seemingly striving to create something totally new which stands against its cultural efforts (and a great deal of monetary investment) to preserve history or ‘bring past to life’. However, today it stands much stronger than it did in September 2014, the intention of empowerment is spread wide and well grounded. Outburst of patriotism and loudspeakers did a great job last year, perhaps strategic planning will round the numbers next time. Of course, birthing of new reality would require a major shift in our thinking – we would need to start seeing ourselves in context of the world rather than that of Britain. Our social reforms would need to match innovation seen in Scotland’s sciences and technology. We would need to look beyond Scottishness and into more cosmopolitan attitudes and connections. All that is already here, sitting with people of Scotland.

Naturally, some say I should put my dream of Scottish passport on the top shelf, slot it between Greek myths and children’s stories. Yet, I still hold it gently in my hands, study its verses with loving attention, curious if it becomes clay in my hands, which, shaped by many, could become a reality experienced by all. Impossibility? Creativity at its best, aye say!

Unless… I’m after creating a whole new civilization…
Related posts:  ID-entity. Part 1. 2 Nov 2014  Reality. Apparently 27 Dec 2014 

Further inspiration
: Independence or federacy?

Attention

Last week on a way to an event, curious as I am, I asked the taxi driver what he thought about the results of the Independence Referendum. An elderly Scot who’d lived through a lot shared his views in an uncommitted way and concluded with: “You know, some countries are able to fight for their freedom, and we quibbled over pennies”. This last sentence caught my attention and made a crack in my self-delusion. I sank deeper into the seat. Could it be that I had been projecting the great spirit of Polish fighters onto Scotland all along? Could it be that Scotland would never deliver what I see it is perfectly capable of? Absolutely. I smiled, as found a deep sense of peace in this realisation. The projection sponsored my inflated sense of possibility. It served its purpose and carried me to the place in global history where projections are no longer needed or necessary. I was ready to have the bubble burst and the taxi driver did that for me. Life brings us answers all the time if we care to listen.

The whole interaction deepened my respect for Attention as the tool of discipline and creation. In my post Touching History I shared briefly how, if we allow it, we can be guided towards transformations. Sometimes we need a specific environment to access parts of ourselves. Our inner and outer worlds are in constant dance, relationship, movement and attention is what connects these worlds. There is a saying that where attention goes the energy flows. It is one, outward aspect of attention. The inner one is ‘where  the energy is stuck, attention goes’. We will be pulled in different directions and every time we are deeply attracted to or repulsed by something it is a sign that an aspect of ourselves is waiting to be integrated. The ‘goal’ of our soul is Wholeness and it will guide us through our senses towards appropriate environment for our realisation. We will see/perceive the outer through the lens of our experience. What we perceive is pointing to what is real (behind the perceived) and the understanding that any experience is both a learning and an illusion. Only by addressing the inner can we alter the outer in  a sustainable fashion. We need to pay attention.

However, the physical reality is designed to distract us: TV, social media, games, economy. If we continually follow the attention to the outside, never inquire what it tells us about our inner world, we will always rely on the guidance of others. That’s why whenever I find myself distracted I consciously re-direct my attention to love. This is where I wish my energy to flow because this is the aspect of humanity I wish to grow. It is the greatest spiritual discipline. To be coming back to love, every time, back and again, however hard it is. Because it is not only roses and gentleness, sometimes it is radical and ‘harsh’, sometimes it slaps the cheeks of the blind or the callous, sometimes it doesn’t let me compromise or bend my standards. And it is there, in the heart, that we find the true sovereign. From that point onward we can only create empowered states of being and empowered nation states. So when I study Stalin or Hitler am I not distracted? Does not the study of conflict influence my gentle soul in a negative way?

In fact it brings me closer to Wholeness and nature of love. My work is my passion and to perform harmonisation effectively I need to understand the elements that are ‘distorted’. This includes understanding situations or people that we’ve been taught to perceive as ‘evil’. It is very easy to disregard Hitler and Stalin as monsters but they were humans, just like you and me, who decided to shape their world according to their vision. Where did they put their attention? Exactly where the financial industry puts it today. But love is all inclusive, even though we like to think differently. For once the ‘thing’, phenomenon, person is understood at an appropriate depth, their nature is revealed to us. Once nature is seen, all need for judgement, opposition or categorization dissolves. What sits at the core of our nature? Please enquire within.
Related posts: Love. Apparently, 14 Sep 2014

Communication. Hardly.

I regularly hear from fellow migrants of various nationalities “They think I’m stupid” or “They just don’t understand” when referring to the natives. I smile then and nod or laugh out loud depending on which social class I happen to be representing. I understand the migrants’ frustrations but also see how enclosed they are in their own understandings. We rarely appreciate that every time a native encounters a foreigner they have no idea what level of English they will be dealing with. Even as the conversation progresses, the native cannot know (unless it is evident from the content of the conversation) if he was really understood. An interesting social landscape considering the Brits are in their own country. Or are they?

Even though only 7-15 per cent of communication happens verbally, and but a fraction of human behaviour is governed by reason, communication is still vital as it facilitates true understanding and expansion. Today, it is one of the most important arts we could be practicing. There are very few non-commercial bridges left between nations and we cannot be sure if those will last long. Communication is the only bridge which, even though burnt time and again, can be re-created and each time it is re-built, it can grow stronger. (Given the objectives of the parties involved are similar).

Of course open, direct communication can be scary. In open communication everything comes out, shadows included. There we find out our own attitude and level of acceptance towards what’s ugly, irrational and criminal as well as vulnerable, hurtful or downright contradictory to what we believe/think about ourselves. It takes patience and maturity to remain impartial or not be disgusted by what comes out of the mouth of another or our own. It’s a risky affair, it can escalate and often does. But it’s the only way forward ~ through it. The result of a dialogue depends on how well it is contained. And that is an art in itself. Unfortunately, the upper class concepts of equality and political correctness drive divisions and lack of understanding even deeper. There is everything but honest exchange and communication between individuals of one class, let alone across social spectrum.

All that said, the most important communication that the rest builds upon starts with-in us. Do we listen to each aspect of ourselves with respect? Do we give our shadow, the inner child, the wise woman, the architect equal time and attention? Do we hinder or facilitate our archetypes towards their full expression in the world? Do we recognise which aspects are in conflict within us? Until we do, there is little chance we will ever be able to understand and transform the conflicts which happen on a larger scale. Because the roots of those are not found in the military or politics.

Related posts: In Disguise, 27 Jul 2014, Boundaries, 30 Nov 2014

 

Underneath Geopolitics

Traditionally geopolitics pertain to  distribution and leverage of power as dictated by geography in relation to other states and continents. Today I’d like to share some insights which inform geopolitics on the outside but operate underneath that which is visible. I will share these by examples of Poland, my country of origin, Scotland, my country of residence, Vatican, due to familiarity with Catholic register and mental imprinting as well as USA due to my interest in how this country conceptualises, embodies and abuses freedom.

The current shape of Poland and its boundaries were decided after WWII. A home to nearly 40 million people, Poland has had its boundaries moved and realigned several times in history and at some point it did ‘not exist’. And because Poland was once what is now Russia and Germany (Map 13) these influences are also present in our psyche. According to Norman Davies Poland is “the most ethnically homogenous state in the whole of Europe” and I see this clustering of pure identity and values in one place as a result of the historic shifts of ‘our’ land.  Another ‘consequence’ is our excellent adaptability which in politics manifests in its shadow form as ‘spineless’ leadership. The history of national boundary influences us all collectively. What is important to understand is that these influences date back to the moment of creation of lands and the changes are observable as energetic layers in the land itself and as historic imprints in our psyche. Additionally our core Slavic wisdom has been, over the centuries, either eradicated or enveloped by religious indoctrination. This sociologically shows as irrational loyalty to Church and close-mindedness and politically means we act either impotent or satirical on international scene.

The second example of energetic influences of land and collective psyche on the ‘tangible’ outcomes is visible in Scotland and specifically in the voting pattern during the recent Referendum. Scotland is geographically very defined, solid and had not been prone to boundary changes as much as Poland. In fact Scottish land runs deepest into Mother Earth among European countries; what happens here, due to law of Nature will have a lasting ripple effect across Europe. The land exudes strength and independence and so does the collective spirit, including Scottish diaspora. However, since 18th century and the Age of Enlightenment, part of the collective psyche detached itself from ‘the body of Scotland’ and has been entirely invested in belief in reason. Energetically it looks like a total split, and it seems that Scottish nation acted out this particular form of schizophrenia last year. It was clearly visible in the nearly 50/50 result of the Referendum, where each side was deeply convinced of their choice but the whole nation at large was far from united in thought.

Vatican, on the other hand, is a perfect example of ideological and strategic unity. Although in my view Catholic thought has had a profoundly detrimental effect on the collective psyche, I am full of admiration for how Vatican runs its affairs. As small as it is, its global influence cannot be denied. Vatican and everyone there knows exactly what the values are (ground), what the Catholic Church wants to achieve (goal) and everyone is absolutely devoted and united in achieving that goal. Even though occasionally its underbelly is ravaged by scandals of paedophilia and money laundering, Vatican has an excellent leader who ensures continuation of power. Pope Francis is inclusive, progressive and expansive and is the first Catholic pope whom I not only agree with on many levels but also value as a person. Certainly someone to be learning from.On the other side of the ‘size’ spectrum is

USA. I have been fascinated with this country for a long time especially in how its complexity is not respected by the government. Looking for the roots of how USA behaves in Middle East and Europe, I naturally looked into the land. It is both fascinating and devastating to observe, the land is covered in scars, which almost never heal, and the ‘weeping’ of the indigenous people can be heard in the background. I receive it as a low, continuous hum, hovering above the land, up to 1 m above but rarely in the mountains. It is not surprising for me that American society is so disconnected, USA never properly ‘landed’ , it’s too difficult to own the history. The disconnection from land can be seen in the epidemic of obesity, dependence on drugs and violence (passive aggressive). The psychological denial is acted out on other, remote lands in Europe. What’s more, each state is really like a country itself, each has its distinct mentality ~ Arizona, California and Oregon for example have deeper capacity for transformation than Texas, New York or Oklahoma. To have one government ‘representing’ all 50 states borders on criminal domination.And returning home, closer to the ugly uncle Britain and Mr Cameron’s continuous rhetoric directed at Mr Putin, it seems Britain is asserting something it is not. Scottish Referendum clearly showed what a divided, confused, psychologically vulnerable and spiritually non-existent nation Britain really is. It’s a historic shell with hollow core, very easy target. Russia has a strong and very integrated spirit, Russians lived through realities which the Brits can only read about and exchange remarks at dinner table. Until that, too, crumbles under the weight of their pride and ignorance.

Related posts: Reality. Apparently, 27 Dec 2014,  Cellular Awareness, 7 Sep 2014

Monarchy. To be continued?

Having arrived early in London, I rushed along to see the family. The courtyard, gardens and front of the palace were empty, the guards silent. I hoped to have some private time with Aunty Victoria and my wish was granted. I travelled all the way from remote Edinburgh, bridging the aftermath of the Referendum to lay the pro arguments, like puzzle pieces, at Victoria’s feet. She smiled, appreciative of my efforts and amused. ‘No, my child’ she said ‘The Queen never lets go of that which she cares about deeply’. ‘Oh’ I looked her in the eye ‘in that we are very much alike, Her Majesty’. It was one of the most intimate moments I have ever had with Mother England. I felt like in the eye of a tornado, in the midst of European transformation which Scotland, on the physical platform, had brought to light. I knew there was no going back. I looked away.

Indeed, Victoria and Albert spent some of their most beautiful times together in Scotland; that part of the Empire had always been very dear to the royal family. I have always known it but that day, feeling Victoria’s heart I understood it on a primal level. Yet again, the form of the Yes campaign revealed itself to me as immature and inadequate. In September 2014 Scotland’s mad rush away from its ‘oppressors’ backfired. Have we not understood that independence is as much a political affair as it is a matter of spirit and mind of the nation? How independent in thought Scotland really is?

I felt it could only dislodge itself from British history by respecting its position in the royal heart, not rejecting it. And it is with the royal family that the new born nation will need to cut the cords with, transforming the form of the monarchy as we know it forever. Counter-intuitive for the wild, rough and determined Scots perhaps, that separation will ask for gentleness. For matters of the heart run in our families, in our blood lines.

Despite the biological continuity of the royal lineage, the Windsor (factually House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) dynasty, with its weak men and common women, has no one to replace Elizabeth II who would embody her clarity and adherence to the code of conduct. Britain’s affair with royalty will only further drain the country’s resources and stall its progress. The British monarchy has really nowhere to go but into radical transformation. Whether it will do so kicking (with people’s revolution) or with dignity (people’s evolution) the next decade will show.

For the first time however it is people who have the cosmic forces aligned with their voice and choice. I am not sure if society is aware of how much power it had already gathered. If this power is not contained and adequately navigated towards the desired results, Britain might end up in civil war – the current state of its subconscious is a perfect match for that. It is enough for a ‘terrorist attack’ to hit London that will act as a trigger and an excuse.

Then again perhaps this is exactly what is needed to ‘clear the air’ before any substantial change can occur. May we tread with courage.

Further inspiration: Progressive Monarchy terminated

The Love of Power

Jimi Hendrix once famously said “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace”. I can see how this sentence became popular but it is inconsistent and inaccurate, repeating it only reinforces misconceptions. Here’s why.First of all, among the world leaders, there are very few who are motivated by the love of power. The rest is groping around blindfolded, led by greed, lusting for and abusing power. These aspects represent very low (by low I mean unconsciously animalistic) levels of human psyche. All rather far removed from love. These actions stem from insecurity, lack of internal strength and false self-identification and contribute to the theatre of illusions rather than magnificence of creation. Love on the other hand stems from maturity of the heart and manifests in responsibility, growth, nurturing, support, understanding, communication, respect and inclusion. No one who truly loves power would ever use it for their sole benefit and discrimination of others. They would seek opportunities to ask advice, communicate and understand, to delegate and empower others on all levels of social and political structures. The current world leaders cannot real-is-e the responsibility that comes with their position – it’d crush them. To avoid that realisation they need to objectify by crushing ‘the weak’. None of those currently holding ‘power’ is really empowered.

There are of course plenty of examples of wise leaders who led from love. One of my true inspirations has always been Ewa Letowska, the first Polish Ombudsman (1987-1992) who took the opportunity to manage a department which at the time others believed impossible to sort out or lead. She not only used her education, social status and the ‘political weather’ to bring true changes but was also sensible, grounded, radical and objective in how she proceeded to implement them. Recently my hopes raised Nicola Sturgeon, the current leader of Scottish National Party. She has had an excellent start as a leader and if she remains true to her values, her focus and dedication might steer Scotland to totally new waters.

Coming back to the quote we started with: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace” – certainly appeals to us. It gives us permission to spit at politicians and see ourselves as loving innocents. As much as I’d like to believe it, this is one of the most deluded phrases we could be feeding ourselves with. Love doesn’t do anything – it is sustainability itself, the connector, the transformer. Yes, it is powerful but without the discernment of intellect (as opposed to mind) and direction of intelligence this power cannot ‘do anything’ – it itself has to be directed towards the target of transformation or empowerment, either within or without. By the law of transformation the only lasting and sustainable change will flow from within towards without. Once this is understood and applied by each and one of us, this mechanism can also inform and instruct our institutions and international relations.

I’d rather say that for the peace to flourish the love of power has to be in balance with the power of love. These two aspects have to feed each other to remain strong.

Related posts: Love. Apparently. 14 Sep 2014   Boundaries 30 Nov 2014

Boundaries

This week Mr Cameron introduced what might be one of the healthiest and most progressive policies of his reign thus far. In his statement on 28 November 2014 he declared a number of planned restrictions for the migrants to Britain. What motivates Mr Cameron, whether it is upcoming elections, his or Britain’s reputation in EU or genuine interest in matters of the country, is of little importance at this stage. If his rhetoric is followed by carefully implemented policies, they might initiate a restoration of balance between countries of Europe and beyond.

Cameron’s insights however come a decade too late and it’s optimistic or naïve to say that perhaps the statement given is a way of reflecting back on Britain’s own arrogance. Germany, together with other countries, ensured restrictions on free movement of migrants and ‘buffer’ period for the newly joint EU members in 2004. Britain hadn’t. It has now paid a fair price for its own short-sightedness and greed – in benefits. I’d call it mutual, if unequal, exploitation. For maybe that was the initial premise, to let migrants fill the economic gap at the lowest level, at which the Brits were too lazy or ‘educated’ (but not skilled) to perform? Or perhaps just a slice of grandeur, convoluted generosity of a wealthy Western country which today, Britain had ceased to be.

I’m writing this from a perspective (aka identification) of a white, educated migrant who arrived in England even before her native country was part of EU. I took full advantage of the opportunity and it served me well. In the meantime I observed workers in factories working for less than a minimum wage, disadvantaged because they could not communicate in English, reliant on manipulations of one manager who could. Alongside I experienced the other side of the coin as a public service interpreter and watched how the system was abused by those who came to UK, sometimes 6 months before, without a word of English but high expectations of the state to provide for them. That goes for people from non-, old- and new-EU member states and many from the ex-Commonwealth countries. Britain had to become a host for parasites before it finally looked at what’s going on in its insides. About time. That is why I welcome Mr Cameron’s proposal. The move, if it goes ahead will not only let Britain learn its own, true boundary but could also improve opportunities and conditions for those who work in this country, both migrants and natives.

How Scotland and Wales participate (or not) in the immigration game might define their future. These two are very different from what is represented as England, in mentality, geopolitics, attitude and social make up. It seems that Scotland was not serious enough about Independence but it is within Divine law that no Dream will ever descend on Earth if practicalities are not prepared. On the ground, in administration and infrastructure Scotland was not prepared to go it alone without substantial damage to itself. Mr Salmond’s bravado failed to convince the Cosmos his intention of independence was indeed a dream, not a fantasy.

However, it will now become clear if Scotland has what it takes to keep going and inspiring others or if Referendum 2014 was just a pre-mature ejaculation of enthusiasm. Fireworks are spectacular but short-lived; the real work is to keep the fire burning until enough of Spirit gathers to birth an independent thought which will then sponsor Its country on every level, practicalities first. Then asserting boundaries, not division, will become relevant.

Related post: Political Projections 10 August 2014, Systemic Balance, 24 August 2014