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Learning Tips and Tricks

Most students these days know these tips and tricks I am going to share with you here. Read on though because there may be one you didn’t know and can use. As I covered in my previous blog on learning, link here, we learn in different ways. I listed 7 learning types. What I did not cover was actual hands on learning tools.

Let me start with one that has served me and many other students well over the years. When taking notes use pen and paper or stylus and pad. Writing is different than typing and turns out to force the mind to think about what is being recorded. Typing is mostly just recording the material without the conceptual process. If you do type your notes, go back after class and hand write the notes over, organizing and expanding as you remember. Do this also even if you hand wrote originally. Do it as soon as you can after the class so you can remember more of what was presented. I know this is twice the work, but it will result in more than twice the recall. You may actually learn the concepts presented rather than memorize them. It takes a lot of self discipline to make yourself do this after every class, though the results make it easy to justify. The technique can be used for any type of learning whether formal class or personal project.

The next tool or technique is in reading. Understanding how standard writing is composed helps to read faster and retain more. Paragraphs are constructed with a introductory topic sentence first, the body, and then a summary or declarative sentence last. Of course writing can and does get more complicated than this, but just know to skim read or get the gist of what is said, only read the first sentence of each paragraph. For a long paragraph, perhaps read the last sentence too. Leave as much of the paragraph viewable as possible since the subconscious will see the whole page and absorb what is written as you go. This is a type of speed reading or summary reading. It is surprising the amount of information one can gain from reading this way. It is especially helpful when researching a topic and all you need to do is get the gist or find specific information. Once you find what you are searching for then slow down and read in detail.

When taking Multiple Choice tests know a few important facts, (https://www.educationcorner.com/multiple-choice-tests.html) Taking tests gets easier as you grow older and become more confident. One way to get more confident is to understand how the system you are in is constructed. The US uses standardized tests, so taking practice tests can be helpful as is going over the results of the test afterward. Any good teacher will provide the correct answer to each question after the test so the student can learn from their mistakes. A test that tries to trick the test taker is not teaching it is annoying. The point of any test is to assess the students knowledge of a subject as presented by the teacher. That last part is KEY. Many subjects are diverse and subjective, so testing may be difficult to pin down. In this case, essay questions offer the best evaluation of knowledge.

Essay questions are a way for the student to demonstrate a understanding of the concepts presented in the class. Be clear, concise, and constructive in your answers. Rambling vague circular answers will be seen for what they are, B.S. Here again, practice helps tremendously. Use the study material you have and write short essays about what you know will be on the test. Have a friend go over your answers and/or share in a study group.

Study groups are invaluable to learning! Though you only get out of them what you put in. (as goes all learning and life itself) Participation is required. Help those who need it and ask for help when You need it. Study groups can be with two people but can also include up to six, though four is an ideal number from my experience. Bigger study groups are classrooms, so do not apply to what we are discussing here. Learning occurs in the process of engagement with others in a give and take manner. It is rarely conscious or purposeful, it takes place in the background. This is the power of study groups.

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn …and change.” Carl Rogers

Sequoia Elisabeth

https://onenessministry.info/

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Do Aliens Exist?

Yes, of course, but not like you think. Aliens are beings foreign to us. This can mean a tribe in the Amazon or “Greys” from another galaxy. Consider that the Universe or what you imagine it as, does not exist outside you. Our planet and the people on it, is the Universe. Consider the many races on earth. Everything you have ever seen in Sci-fi is based on what exists here on earth. We are holistic. The Many contains the Whole as does the whole contain many. Seek not outside yourself, but look within. The ‘out there’ has been projected there by Mind (just like a movie). Look around you and this is your Universe. I imagine the Universe as a bubble, it can be limited to the distance of your sight or it can be as large as your imagination. What you see is Who you are. We are not our bodies, we are Spirit, perfect, whole, and complete. So yes, aliens exist if your mind says so.

We love to escape our own perceived reality by using stories. Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc. These are escapes, yet they are created from your world. It is not possible to leave your bubble! This means the author of that story is within your Universe, his imagination is yours! This explains fandom! We can fill our bubbles as we like, but it is still our bubble and will be for the entirety of our “lifetime”.

Aliens as we are sold them, creatures or beings from ‘other’ worlds simply do not exist unless you create them. Yes, we are this powerful. Our mind projects the world we experience. The distinction here between the individual ego mind and the greater Spiritual mind is important. Ego creates our 3D experience here on this plane, currently called Earth. With the power of the Mind specifically the imagination we can create anything! Beware what you wish for! Most of us attempt to bring our imagination into this world in the form of art or some artistic endeavor. Movies are popular as are books, magazines, and graphic art.

If someone sees an ‘alien’ craft or experiences abduction or sees ‘aliens’ then it is their own mind projecting. Nothing wrong with this, it just does not align with mass consciousness at this point. At some point it may. Mass hallucinations are more common than most realize. “Just under half of Americans believe UFOs exist and have visited the Earth, according to a recent Ipsos poll.” (https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/americans-believe-in-ufos-aliens)

The point I make here is life does not happen to you, it happens thru you. There is a give and take that drives your experience which operates within parameters chosen before time. Could this be called Fate? I believe so. We are each living a script chosen by us before birth and with certain leeway’s. Whether you walk to the left or right is totally up to you, though what you experience as a result is scripted. If you get abducted by aliens this is also your choice and it serves a purpose unique to you. The experience is still scripted though. It is not about “them”, it is only for you! This goes for every experience you have, be it seeing ghosts, aliens, or a new species of animal. It serves a purpose and this purpose is just for you. Look within to find the answer. As the saying goes, ‘sometimes a cigar is just a cigar’ remains completely true, so do not obsess about answers or purpose. Folks who get caught up in the unexplainable often get lost and never find their way home. The unexplainable serves as a fun distraction – nothing more. Aliens are not coming to Earth to save us or to destroy us, this is up to us. We have demonstrated the ability to do either many times.

This graphic misses the point. The answer is, there are no “other planets”! There is no “out there, out there”! Physics has now proven this. So have fun with your distractions, while remembering they are just distractions. Bottom line, if you see it out there, you put it out there! It is important to know the Universe supports you. As ACIM points out from the get go, nothing unreal can harm you. Love is all there is!

So, InJoy!

Sequoia Elisabeth

https://onenessministry.info/

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Learning to Learn

Let me start this blog by sharing a bit of my journey and warn you this is a long one, but worth the read as this is the culmination of my learning. I will be 60 later this year and have been learning all my life! As have you, most likely. Starting school out in a special needs school, coping with dyslexia, visual issues, and unknown at the time, borderline autism, let’s just say I have come a long way. With much help I managed to graduate High School, 50th in my class of about 500. Traditional higher education did not work for me and I failed at several Universities along the way. I found the University of Phoenix style of condensed learning, one class in 5wks, worked well for me as a working professional. My Masters in Adult Education has not really served me per se (never have I ever made money from this degree), though I do have the satisfaction of knowing I have come a long way. The purpose of this extended blog post is to share what I have learned along the way. It is my belief we are at a crossroads. Traditional education is breaking down as the USA has a crisis on its hands. We are each responsible for our own learning and growth, which at our younger ages falls to our parents to a great degree, though not totally. A child learns constantly from the day they are born. Don’t buy the total innocence of a child. We choose our parents and the path we travel, even before birth. A child is not powerless! As an individual we do have a say, though at young ages this say is through our parents or guardians. The older you get the greater your responsibility for your learning. Accept this as the gift which it is. Pedagogy has served its purpose and now must be relegated to the younger years of development. Andragogy is the way forward now for most of us. Be inspired to chart your path consciously! Live and Learn.

Learning to learn

  • What is Learning
    • Learning and Intelligence
    • Andragogy vs Pedagogy
    • Learning Styles
    • Learning opportunities
  • Start with what you know – right where you are – using what you have
    • What do you know?
    • Where are you?
    • What do you have?
  • I don’t know what I don’t know
    • Where can I find out what I don’t know?
    • What tools do I need for my learning style?
    • How can I put what I have learned to use?
  • What am I going to do with this new knowledge?
    • Practical applications
    • Fun uses
    • Helping others learn.

Learning, simply stated, is becoming aware of knowledge, information, or the acquisition of a skill previously unavailable to an individual. Intelligence often relates to learning. “Although there is no single clinical or common definition of the word, intelligence can be thought of as an ability to find solutions to problems, often via a knowledge base or skill set. As the combination of genetic and environmental factors, the source or route to intelligence is often hotly disputed, especially given that conceptions of intelligence change over time and context.

Today, intelligence is often described in terms of analytical and reasoning skills, which are an essential component to the success of many learners. However, there is no fundamental reason why other intelligences, such as language abilities or emotional awareness, shouldn’t be seen as an equally valid sign of intellectual prowess.

Learning, on the other hand, can be thought of as a kind of mental or behavioural journey, with successful learning resulting in a reliable change or development of behaviour at the end of that journey.” (Lambda Solutions, 8/14/19) So intelligence is not innate, it is learned. I am a perfect example, in first grade I was put into a special needs school and my IQ was 105 throughout grade school. Now, after years of study, a Masters in Adult Education, and half a century, my IQ rates over 140. While we each have our gifts and our limitations, anyone can learn anything they will put the effort into. Often it is a simple case of practice makes perfect, though the effort required for some skills takes more than one lifetime.

To explore this further one needs an appreciation of the difference between Andragogy and Pedagogy. Basically Andragogy is adult learning and Pedagogy is child learning. We start with pedagogy from the point at which we individualize, the age of 3-6 years old. It consists of repetitive, method oriented approaches to learning, is usually very structured and requires memorization. The modern educational system follows this approach to at least 12 years old and often all the way through higher education. I posit that Andragogy should begin at the age of 13 and remain for the rest of ones life instead.

Malcolm Knowles and his theory of Andragogy goes like this. The following principles are the corner stone of all learning above the age of 12-16 and include the following; adults need to be involved in the planning and evaluation of their instruction, experience (including mistakes) provides the basis for learning activities, adults are most interested in learning subjects that have immediate relevance to their job or personal life, and adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented. (http://tip.psychology.org/knowles.html)

Each individual has their own learning style and getting to know your own will greatly assist learning. Learning style consists of how one learns. For example,

The Seven Learning Styles:

Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.

Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.

Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.

Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.

Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.

Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.

Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

Often learning style consists of a combination of the above listed styles. Getting to know yourself then will require exploring each of these styles and observing the results. This most often happens during pedagogy, not all schools expose students to all of these styles though, so I encourage exploration! I recommend rating the styles from 1-7 in the order of your preference. If one or more of these styles seems foreign to you, then give it a go. Read a book by listening instead of using the eyes. Audio files are readily available these days. I took a class in logic in college and failed, so I quickly learned that I am not a logical person. Failure is how we grow! Perhaps music inspires you or being in a group does. Get out there and explore! By the way age is no excuse, we are learning our entire lives. Temet Nosce.

The opportunity to learn occurs constantly and if you look for it you will see it. Being sent to your room and grounded for a week is a wonderful opportunity to learn! Bullying is an opportunity to learn. Pretty much any situation offers an opportunity to learn. However lets say you are looking for more formal opportunities, then just ask! With the internet now days this is so simple. Learning starts with asking questions. Start with those closest to you, usually your parents and then branch out to those who are most likely to have the answer. Also understand that each person you ask will have their own perspective answer. Meaning there is rarely only one answer to any question. When it comes to answers I like taking the smorgasbord approach, combining the answers I get to form what works for me. My own personal Theory of the Universe! Learning takes emotion, desire, intent, and practice. The choice to learn is not up to anyone else. Most of all though it is driven by need, even if it is just an ego desire to learn a skill or knowledge for the fun of it. If you have no desire or need to learn something the actions you take will be futile. Learning occurs on a need to know basis, so get out there and learn! Life will present the lessons and will continue to do so until that particular lesson is learned or fully assimilated.

So what do you know now? It is good to establish a baseline and establish what is needed. Set a goal and take action to achieve the goal. Pretty straight forward. As an example say you know you’d like to have fresh veggies and you’d like to grow them yourself to save money and for the experience. It can be fun to know the food you eat came from your own backyard! Oh, so you don’t have a backyard. Then establish what you do have. Do you have a balcony or porch where you could put a few containers with soil? Will they get light and rain. Will they be exposed to pests, like squirrels or birds. What kind of plants would you like to grow?

Where are you in your learning? Meaning do you have the resources to find out about the topic you wish to learn? Just because a person has a doctorate in one subject, they may know nothing about another. I will stress here that learning takes curiosity, passion, and a will to learn. Necessity is the mother of invention… and learning.

What do you have? Okay, so you have established a baseline and a need. Discovered what resources are available for learning and are ready to get started. What do you know about this topic or goal? Taking the gardening example, you may know you wish to grow tomatoes, but not how they grow and what their requirements are to thrive. There are also tens if not hundreds of varieties of tomatoes, so you will need to determine which varieties grow best where you are. It is often best to adjust your needs to the environment rather than the other way around, however it is possible to grow tomatoes anywhere with the proper elements, light, water, and soil nutrients. We can even grow them on the Moon if need be. I have personally seen a greenhouse in Alaska growing huge prolific tomato plants year around, even at 40 below zero temps and very little daylight. Of course they were using advanced techniques, but nothing anyone with the desire can’t learn.

I don’t know what I don’t know

What is it that you need to know to achieve the goal you established? Do you even know what you don’t know? Some topics are really huge like space travel or learning about the Ocean. Maybe you discovered that you need an advanced degree to achieve your goal. There are some topics that take a lifetime to learn. Not to get started, but to learn fully. If you wish to be a doctor for instance, start by learning the sciences, language skills, math, and critical thinking. What some would call a basic education. Learning can be a step by step process. Sometimes we can only go so far and no matter how hard we try, we fail. Accept defeat and work with what you have. As an example, I was going to be a doctor, but failed so I became a Radiology Technologist and had a great career, a happy career. I was on track to be a professional athlete, but eventually failed at that too. The physical demands were just more than I could handle. So I focused on what I had, a dream for a career in medicine. There are always failures along the road. Accept them and reassess how to keep moving forward. The real question when it comes to career is “How can I serve?”. What do I have to offer? Nothing else matters in the end. (This blog is what I have to offer)

Where can I find out what I don’t know? So to be a doctor you must go to medical school or a lawyer goes to legal school, engineer to engineering school, etc. There are schools for just about anything. Going to a specific school though is not required and is often not even worth the hassle. In 2 yrs. I had an associates degree in Radiology Technology and was working in a hospital making good money! Being a doctor takes 8 years!! (after high school) So achieving your goals does not depend on going to school. In fact I recommend apprenticeship or learning on the job in most cases. Experience is the greatest teacher! Find someone who knows what you wish to know and work with them. Often this is done for little or no money, but the skills learned can then be translated into a wonderful living. Begin by researching in books or on the internet. Professional journals are a good place to get a feel for the career. Depending on the career, internships are the next level of getting started. Career programs with tours of facilities where what you want to do takes place could also be a start. I recently toured a fish farming facility the state uses to stock ponds and rivers and found it wonderfully interesting and something an aspiring aquarist might pursue.

What tools do I need for my learning style? Going back to learning style, certain tools will be used to learn the topic desired. By tools I mean computer, books, instruments, tools of the trade, etc. Not only the things used in practicing or performing a topic, but also the place and opportunities. Maybe you learn best by doing, then these are the opportunities you seek. Maybe you learn by observation, so watching youtube videos or volunteering where what you wish to learn is practiced. Often it will be a combination of tools like, reading about it first, then watching demonstrations and instructional videos, then getting out to help others do it, and then doing it yourself. Like a said, learning is a process.

How can I put what I have learned to use? Teaching is demonstration according to Jesus. Thus the crucifixion and resurrection (teaching us that life is eternal, the body may die but the person does not). Most of us have been taught that learning leads to a career or job and while this may be true in a very limited way. Leaning does lead to achievement. Building a house requires learning. Sailing the high seas requires learning. Any task requires learning and the only way to know what you have learned is through demonstration. The question at hand though goes deeper. Putting what you have learned to use involves more than just simple demonstration. I speak of service here. Whom do you serve with this learned skill? Jesus was serving all of humanity. In effect we each serve humanity with the skills we learn. Learning to use a knife involves many skills, some constructive like in cooking and some destructive like in combat. Each act of demonstration defines who you are, though this is by no means fixed. The choice to be good at what you do comes with varying definitions. Be cautious about comparing your skills with others to define how good you are. The level of skill you have consists of efficiency, competency, and service. Does what you have learned serve others? The more you can serve the more successful you are by my definition. This is why professionals often earn more than others, though this can be difficult to nail down to a formula. Some lawyers make millions and others barely get by. I would not use income to define success! Nikola Tesla is another good example of success not defined by income. To sum up this section, putting what you have learned to use by serving others, motivates.

What am I going to do with this new knowledge?

What you do with the learned knowledge will define the person you wish to be. The choices are endless. My goal here is to inspire, ignite, and enable learning for everyone. Be a dreamer, embrace possibility and catalyst will find you.

The practical applications here are to define your needs and desires. Ask for help if need be. Explore and research their fulfillment. Then take action by observing, assisting, and leading.

Fun uses are up to you. For many of us the simple reward of achievement can make learning fun. For others it may the actual skill which is fun, playing the piano, flying a plane, scuba diving, acting in a play, the options go on and on. A positive attitude will go far in facilitating your learning and the fun you get out of it.

Helping others learn can be a great outcome of learning. They say you don’t have anything till you give it away. Meaning, what you give, you receive. Sharing is caring…. It also enhances what you have learned. We never stop learning, so being a coach to others only deepens your own skills. Of course there is deep wisdom in the saying “Use it or Loose it”.

Sequoia Elisabeth

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The Highest Law

Free Will is the Highest Law in the Land. The Teachings of Ra tell us this though few fully understand the meaning and implications of this.

“The Confederation of Planets in the Service of the Infinite Creator has only one important statement. That statement, my friends, as you know, is ‘All things, all of life, all of the creation is part of one original thought.’ … Let us for a moment consider thought. What is it, my friends, to take thought? What thoughts did you think today? What thoughts were part of the original thought today? In how many of your thoughts did the creation abide? Was love contained? And was service freely given? You are not part of a material universe. You are part of a thought. You are dancing in a ballroom in which there is no material. You are dancing thoughts. You move your body, your mind, and your spirit in somewhat eccentric patterns for you have not completely grasped the concept that you are part of the original thought.” (Law of One, The Teachings of Ra)

The Manifestation of Creation goes like this: Creator, with Infinite Intelligence, and the One Original Thought. 1st Distortion (Spiritual Law or focus) – Free Will. Creator exercises Free Will to coalesce its Infinite Intelligence.

2nd Distortion – Love. Coalescing of Infinite Intelligence created intelligent energy call “Love”.

3rd Distortion – Light. “Love” called Light into being and established energy, mass, time, space, and Logos. Light is the source of physical illusions (aka. Maya).

15.21 Questioner: Well, in yesterday’s material you stated “we offer the Law of One, the solving of paradoxes.” You also mentioned earlier that the first paradox, or the first distortion I meant, was the distortion of free will. Could you tell me if there’s a sequence? Is there a first, second, third, fourth distortion of the Law of One?

Ra: I am Ra. Only up to a very short point. After this point, the many-ness of distortions are equal one to another. The first distortion, free will, finds focus. This is the second distortion known to you as Logos, the Creative Principle or Love. This intelligent energy thus creates a distortion known as Light. From these three distortions come many, many hierarchies of distortions, each having its own paradoxes to be synthesized, no one being more important than another.” (Law of One, The Teachings of Ra)

There is much more to this story, however we are focused on Free Will here. To further explain Distortion think of it as focusing a lens, as it narrows each stage comes into focus. The first distortion is Free Will and with this Love, Light, and Maya come to focus.

The first tendency with Free Will is to think I can do anything I want. This is true, although each choice comes with conditions. We know this all too well, though we had to learn through experience. I think this can be fun, though it can also be scary. Much of what we do is testing our boundaries in a effort to maximize comfort. So while I do have Free Will to choose my actions, thoughts will flow and we must discern which to go with and which to avoid. Imagine thought as a river and you sit on the bank with a fishing pole. You can see and even feel these thoughts as they flow by… kill, hate, love, hug, etc. I am sure you have experienced this flow! We do so constantly. Part of meditation is to close yourself off from this flow of thought and experience the beyond.

Okay, so now you are fishing on the banks of the river Thought… you make a choice and catch a thought to eat healthy food. You then do your research to discover healthy foods, get them, and experience the benefits or costs to this choice. So where are we going here? The point I make is Free Will is a gift that is yours. You can give it away or not. Others can violate your Free Will but only with your permission. (This is done at an unconscious level most of the time.) An example would be pier pressure to eat food which others are eating though it does not conform to your idea of healthy food. Are you using Free Will to violate your own idea (you claimed the thought from the river) or are you allowing others to violate your thought? The outcome is the same if you eat unhealthy food just because you are with friends. Violations can be much more severe, such as imprisonment, physical or mental harm, and death. To Kill another is the greatest violation of Free Will. Perhaps why this is the 1st commandment in the bible. I mention the bible here because wisdom comes from Universal Spiritual Teachings and by this I mean those teachings which stretch across all Spiritual texts. This is one reason why I love The Law of One, it resonates true in almost every aspect. Also because it dives very deep with its teachings. One last point I wish to make here concerning our social conditions right now. The rioting and protesting of these recent months and years serves only to agitate and does nothing to rectify the conditions for which they protest. The answer always lays with Love. There is nothing loving about destroying property or harming other living beings (both a violation of others Free Will). The loving thing to do is to listen and honor others. If you feel your power has been taken away, reclaim it. Do so by giving what you desire away. Say I feel discriminated against for being different in some way (race, age, gender, etc.). The answer is Not to discriminate against others, instead be an example of that which you desire. Embody the principles you treasure! Don’t want to be yelled at? Then don’t yell. We only have control over our own actions and to take offense at someone else’s Free Will is to torture yourself! Live and let Live! Truly understanding Free Will takes time and many lifetimes. Trust you are on the path!

Sequoia Elisabeth

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What’s your Story?

What’s your story? Have you ever thought about the story you were given? We are born into our story, whether fed the story line from family or discovered along the way. In fact, we create it as we live our lives by the choices we make moment to moment. For example, choosing college after high school or jumping straight into career building, each path contains it’s own story for you. In this aspect life is like a branching tree growing and expanding till it reaches a point where the branches start falling away… the tree dies and a new one sprouts from a seed it dropped long ago.

Have you given it some thought now? Story is woven into society and includes family, community, and geography. For instance, each town and region has its own story. Folks from Appalachia are a certain way- hillbilly, lazy, tobacco smoking, overall-wearing farmers. “Thai people are a warm, inviting bunch that revel in the rich traditions their culture has built up over the course of centuries.” (OneHourTranslation) The stories are infinite!

Many of us attempt to change our stories and in doing so, simply add to the story, not really changing it. Moving to a new place and starting a new life means the story has a new chapter. The story does not end till ones life does and even then stories tend to stay on track within families. This is why ancestry seems to be so popular today. With computer records and DNA testing it is fairly easy to find out the “story” you haven’t been told.

What does all this mean and how much of it determines your path. Are you really your story? You can be if you accept all your told. Or you can question reality and choose your own path. In the end and after reincarnating a few hundred times or more does the story ever really change? I think not. We are told this is how we get to know ourselves, but all we ‘get to know’ is the story.

My life has been about questioning my beliefs and thus my story. The turning point for me was at the age of 30. I was just divorced and looking for my path. I starting questioning everything about my life, especially religion. Beliefs are the foundation of who you think you are. These beliefs are informed from your story, the one you developed from birth and were fed by your family. I have learned it is important to go back before belief, to dig deeper. Who am I without my beliefs? The process is like peeling an onion and takes a while. My process continues and I am about to reach 60 years in this story. I feel very close to the core!

There is a higher You and a lower you. They have been called different things from different professions, soul and over soul, id-ego-super ego, etc. However, I go with the ACIM teaching of Ego and Holy Spirit or wrong mind and right mind. Not to be confused with left and right brain. The mind is not in the brain! Which gets us down beyond beliefs to mind. We are not our bodies but mind! So the body is in the mind, not the other way around as we are taught in school. “Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking inside a radio for the announcer.” Nassim Haramein

Thus my study of Story began about 7 years ago. This included the study of archetypes though I still don’t completely have a handle on that. Story though was made simple by Joseph Campbell in 1949 when he coined the Hero’s tale. We are each on our own hero’s tale and every story you have ever heard is some version of this. Once you know it, you’ll see it everywhere. Are you being the hero of your story? Of course you are! The story laid bare opens so many doors. Step outside your story for a bit and look back. Who are you, really? Who are the characters in your story? Which archetypes do they represent? It can get rather complicated and I have a simple mind, so I often get lost along the way. I just fall back on my foundation, I am a Spiritual Being, having a human experience! I am not my body, I am free, I am just as God created me. Understand this and everything changes. The story becomes infinite!


Sequoia Elisabeth

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Racism

Racism is a structural issue and not an individual issue. How many people do you personally know who are racist? I mean those whom you hang out with often. Certainly none of my friends are. I remember my Grandfather was to a small degree, but I see him as a product of a culture. You see we are like those whom we spend the most time with. It is in our nature to be copy cats so to speak. So it is a gift when someone mirrors the opposite of who we are. This helps us define the person we wish to be.

So what do I mean by structural? I mean our race/cultural mind is racist. I mean it is built into the system on a foundational level. We live in a duality so for every yes, there is a no. For every white there is a black. Society of course softens and manipulates this to be less than obvious, though if you look for the duality it stares you in the face. What Spirituality does is ask you to see beyond the surface into the soul of the other. It asks you to be color blind. This is difficult because the ego mind or mankind is asking you to do just the opposite. Cognitive dissonance results from the conflict which arises. Thus all the unrest surrounding racism. To be perfectly clear though, most of the rioting we have observed of late is connected to economic inequality and not racism. Certain groups use the news and manipulate it for their purpose. Which has been going on since the beginning of civilization I might add. Racism is just the excuse. Everyone has an agenda so don’t knock them for expressing theirs. As the saying goes, we all get what is coming to us! As I like to say, what you give – you receive. At the foundation, folks are re-acting to their fears. We all have the choice to act or re-act. Acting comes from Love, compassion, and a concern for others. Re-acting is always fear and comes from outside the self. Thus the “re”acting. Get it? Action comes from your core as a choice and expresses who you chose to be. Reacting comes from the fear that surrounds us all. It is reflected back from other self. Fear, False – Evidence – Appearing – Real. The ego offers it up as reality… it is not. Fear is like a riptide that pulls you down and unless you let go, it will finish you. Go with the flow means to center into yourself and let F.E.A.R. dissolve into the nothingness which it is.

The dictionary version of racism states it is about differences perceived in others. From where I sit, we are all different, so discrimination(seeing differences) is natural. Of course people are attracted to those they perceive to be like them. It is a process of identity. It is a process of belonging to something greater than the self. It is a perception of loving. “Projection makes perception.” (ACIM) So Racism is a form of self love.

Our social structure of the haves and have nots is also once again, not racism but economic inequality founded in duality and the need for polarity. Mankind’s incipient need to label and mislabel leads to disharmony and anarchy! Society will never reflect equality, because it cannot by its very nature! The landscape may change, People of Color may someday be the majority and controlling “race” but the beast will be the same. So our take away here is to love and judge not. There will always be a gradient of social structure based on differences, at least here at this level of the journey. I think what folks sense is the next stage or density of existence, 4th density. (see LawofOne.info) For now we need to work on learning our lessons and accepting our roles in this density of self awareness (3rd density). We are One means simply there is no other. There is no out there, out there! There is no one to discriminate against but the self.

‘Hate/Resentment/Anger is like drinking poison and waiting for the other guy to die’

Sequoia Elisabeth

https://onenessministry.info/

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Morality for Pet Keepers

Moral ethical values equate to a person whose morality is reflected in his willingness to do the right thing – even if it is hard or dangerous. Someone doesn’t need to be moral to be ethical. There may be someone who has no moral compass but follows ethics to be in good standing with society. On the other hand, someone can violate ethics all the time because they believe something is morally good. So where does this leave us?

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” (Emmanuel Kant) We all wish to be thought of as a good person and this starts by how we treat others. I have written before about the process of learning to love and just to summarize, we begin by caring for plants, then animals, then people. To be complete here this actually begins with loving the self, so the cycle goes full circle. Since the world is a projection of mind… your mind… what you see is what you are. I know this can seem harsh and you’re questioning its validity. This is a good thing. Don’t take my word or anyone’s as fact. Establish the fact through testing and self inquiry. I will say here, what I share has been tested by many wise individuals over time, so perhaps use this advice as a starting point for exploration.

The focus of this blog is on pets and the keepers of pets. Let’s be clear here, a pet is an animal kept by a person in their own space and for the pleasure of the keeper. “A pet, or companion animal, is an animal kept primarily for a person’s company or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock or a laboratory animal. … Pets can give companionship to people who are living alone or elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people.” (Dictionary.com)

A PET’S TEN COMMANDMENTS

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to say thanks for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.

Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without our beloved animal friends.

~We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by peace, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth, sitting right beside you!

Obviously these commandments refer to dogs or perhaps cats, though they could also apply to any pet, mammal, reptile, or avian with wide variations in life span. Some reptiles and birds can out live the pet keeper. Notice I do not use the word, owner. We do NOT own our pets, we are custodians and companions. We often pay for this privilege, but this is about our market system and not about owning a living being. I find this concept imperative to good relationships of any kind. Anyone with an animal friend can relate! The Master/Serf concept went out a very long time ago. How you think of your pet will reflect in all your relationships, so be aware.

Now let’s take this to a new level, a Spiritual Perspective, because many of us never consider the spiritual benefit of the pet keeper experience. This may be deep for some, so if you have questions I am happy to assist and I will provide a link to The Law of One (LOO) below. This is a quote from a discussion group I belong to concerning LOO.

“Are pets that have been taken in and nurtured by humans considered second density or third density beings? (2nd Density Growth = biological life, 3rd Density Self-Awareness = The density of choice between service to self or service to others, humanity)

I understand that the criteria for 3D is to become inspirited / self aware, so I’m wondering if pet’s are considered self-aware?

Answer from a member of the group: Ra says that pets are “perhaps” the most common occurrence of second density harvesting to third. (meaning the animal becomes human in the next incarnation) I’m generous and I expand “pet” to mean “any domesticated plant or animal that is being taken care of by a human” – it’s my belief that when we remove an entity from its natural environment, give it a place to live, feed it, choose how/when/ if it reproduces, and love it, then we are individuating that entity from the group mind and projecting a third density awareness, be it rock, flower, or parakeet.

Quote from the book, The Law of One – the teachings of Ra:

19.2 > Questioner: Let’s take the point at which an individualized entity of second density is ready for transition to third. Is this second density being what we would call animal?

Ra: I am Ra. There are three types of second density entities which become, shall we say, inspirited. The first is animal. This is the most predominant. The second is the vegetable, most especially that which you call sound vibration complex “tree”. These entities are capable of giving and receiving enough love to become individualized. The third category is mineral. Occasionally a certain location, place as you may call it, becomes energized to individuality through the love it receives and gives in relationship to a third density entity which is in relationship to it. This is the least common transition.

20.3 > Questioner: So more and more second density entities are making it into third density. Can you give me an example of a second density entity coming into third density, say, in the recent past?

Ra: I am Ra. Perhaps the most common occurrence of second density graduation during third density cycle is the so called pet.

The animal which is exposed to the individualizing influences of the bond between animal and third density entity, this individualization causes a sharp rise in the potential of the second density entity so that upon the cessation of physical complex the mind/body complex does not return unto the undifferentiated consciousness of that species, if you will.

Question from a member of the group: So what I’m understanding is that the domesticated animal / plant would still be in 2nd density however it’s awareness/consciousness has been greatly heightened therefore accelerating it towards 3rd density. But a cat remains in 2D whilst it still has a cat body complex. Or can a cat have a 3D awareness yet a 2D body?

Answer from same member of the group above: A cat absolutely can have 3D awareness in a 2D body. Ra talks fairly extensively about the group’s cat, Gandalf, who was third density harvestable in his previous lifetime but still came back as a cat. Ra also said Gandalf could come back again, as a cat, if he wanted. 2D entities can definitely begin the lessons of 3D.

30.13 > Questioner: I was wondering if the male cat, Gandalf, has benefited by that mechanism in some way or by other mechanisms in increasing spiritual potential or understanding.

Ra: I am Ra. We examine this information and find it harmless. The second density entity, sound vibration Gandalf, is a rare sample of its species due first to previous individualization, secondly due to a great amount of investment in this particular life experience. This is the greatest catalyst in this entity’s progress. It is very unusual, as we have said. However, the experiences of bisexual reproduction which were of the nature of the entity Gandalf were to a small extent of spiritual benefit due to an unusual relationship with another entity, this also what you call a cat. This entity also being of an unusually third density orientation or investment from a previous life experiences. Thus the formation of what could be seen to be recognizably love did exist in this relationship.

Response from Cameron: Perfect, that clears up everything that I was trying to understand. Thank you for taking the time to find and share this.

To find out more about LOO, go to www.lawofone.info

This all demonstrates the deeper spiritual benefits of Pet keeping. To state it simply, our relationships with our pets boosts both the pets growth as well as the keepers. It is all about service! I will not go into the details of service to self (STS) and service to others (STO) as this discussion would be extensive. They are fairly self explanatory. One is no more “right” than the other, though the STS path is difficult and eventually ends in 6th density where both paths become one in service to the Prime Creator. Think of this however works for you. The important thing is service and respecting Free Will. All crimes of mankind come down to violations of free will. To serve the self often requires these violations, for example, murder is a violation of free will. One is literally removing the others choice to live. This applies equally to pets as it does to people or any living being. Thus the Buddhist (and several others) teaching of respecting all living beings. Violations lead us to judgment and guilt, so I will briefly broach this by saying, Judge not lest ye be judged, or more directly, to judge another is to judge the self because they are yourself. Guilt is a tool of the ego mind (the separated mind). So guilt serves only to divide and cause pain where none is required. These principles are explained in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) and in LOO, so I will not go into them here.

Speaking of Free Will, the topic of domestication needs to be covered. Is it our right to take animals out of nature and keep them as pets? Is this a violation of free will? The answer is not clear, at least to me. Often the animal will have a more comfortable and easy life in domestication. Though the life will not be in harmony with nature and exposes the animal to harms which do not exist otherwise. It can be a great service to the animal to provide your 3D love and attention. Ultimately we each have to answer this question for ourselves. The power of the mind to rationalize anything we choose to do is frightening sometimes. Proceed with caution and with caring. Keep a mindset of Service to Others! (if you have chosen the STS path you would not likely be reading this blog)

Our pets are windows into loving and knowing ourselves. To have a pet is a great privilege, so treat the relationship as such. We serve the pet by caring for it and the pet serves us by sharing love and companionship. This caring can be extended to life itself and takes many forms. Share this love in any way you feel serves both you and others. “It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Blessings on your Journey of Love!

Sequoia Elisabeth

https://onenessministry.info/

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A Purpose Driven Life

Have you ever thought about the details of how you live life? I don’t mean the basic questions we all have, like do I wear the red or blue top or what’s for dinner. I mean the deeper how’s as to what do I want out of life and what do I have to offer the world? The questions I refer to here are what I call the Purpose driven questions… and answers. I mean does this action or thought support my purpose? Of course, if you are still young you may have not even asked the question of purpose. Many adults don’t even know their purpose in the world. To me this is the most important question anyone can ask because it answers so many other questions we have in life. Every simple question you ask yourself can be answered with purpose just by turning it around. Will I go workout today? Well, does working out support your purpose in life? Without knowing your purpose the answers become willy-nilly and they will vacillate depending on your mood and will. Take time with your answer to purpose. Go to a quiet place and relax. Let life flow while you step outside of it all. Be the observer. Take inventory of your life. Remember the high points, those moments which feel significant. Then ask what brings me Joy? By joy I mean the elated feeling which stays with you always. Happiness is fleeting and will always balance with sadness, so don’t worry about being happy. There is something deep within your core that is always with you which can be described with three words interchangeably – Joy, Peace, and Love. We often think of these words as having different meanings and practically they do, however they each come from the same Source. They make up the essence of each of us. We are Joy, Peace, and Love. Please don’t get caught up in semantics. Forget what you think you know. Remember your Source. This is easiest in a quiet uninterrupted space. I have found this space walking in the woods, sitting on a boat, driving my car, resting in bed, sitting in front of the computer, and many other places.

What is Your Purpose? Is this always your purpose? Ahhh!! Yes, purpose changes as we grow and mature. We often have a layered purpose tied to the moment and the activity. Living in the Now is purposeful living. So while the purpose of what you are doing at the moment is important I ask you to look deeper. What is the purpose of your entire life? At the end of the day, what keeps you going? I know how difficult this question can be. It sits foremost in my mind in this very moment! Many a time I have been standing on the edge and staring at this question. All I do is speak from my own experience.

In our society career is one of the most important questions you can answer. I know for me it was tremendously difficult and took me far longer than it should have. I let life itself answer the question as many of us do. Looking back, I made an excellent choice ultimately, but not without first making a few miss-takes. Not until I sat down and reviewed my skills, what I enjoyed, and what was relevant to my life did I find what I was looking for. The choice was a conscious one! My career served me well (25 yrs as a Rad Tech/MRI Tech) and I blew it before I needed to, but that is another story. I got confused about my purpose and well, got off track. No worries, this happens sometimes. The beauty of life is it will reset no matter where you end up. All you have to do is stop and listen, sometimes this can take a while, years even. Be patient. Once you discover this new purpose all other answers will fall into place.

Sequoia Elisabeth

https://onenessministry.info/

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Second Life Possibilities

This post comes from my eBook Sex and Sexuality.  I edited it out of the 2020 version because most of my friends now simply do not indulge in virtual reality.  I have updated and expanded on it and post it here for posterity.

Second Life Possibilities

If you could have a chance to start your life over, would you? What if you could live all your dreams to the fullest without limitation? There is a virtual chat reality that can allow you to experience much of what you are too afraid to experience in “real” life. It is called SecondLife.com(SL). When I found SL in 2008 I thought to myself, “I can’t handle one life, what would I do with two?” Curiosity got the better of me though, so I checked it out and I was hooked immediately. There are many reasons why I was so taken by SL though the thing which really got me is friends. On SL I had more friends than I did in first life (1L), which is either a sad note or a hopeful one depending on how you look at it. SL led to having more friends in 1L. Why? Because I learned not to fear my inner self, my transgender self. I surrounded myself with people who would accept me through non judgment. The internet has truly opened the door for so many possibilities and Linden Labs, the creator of SL, has taken those possibilities and run with them. For which I am very grateful.

Those possibilities include using SL for discovering your sexual side and expressing your identity by trying on different roles, avatars, and relationships. It also is good for finding your Spiritual self since in the spiritual realms we have no body. The way each person sees SL is different and I am sure it serves many purposes for many people, but I will share my point of view and you can make of it what you will.

Second Life is a 3D virtual world that the residents create.  Sort of like first life (1L).  Neither 1L nor SL is to be confused with “real” life.  Some call SL a game and we have all heard of the game of Life (not the board game).  As A Course in Miracles (ACIM) teaches us, ‘our life, what we see with our body’s eyes, is all illusion’.  Both 1L and SL are of our creation with a little help from Holy Spirit. 

Look deep enough and you will find the real value in this virtual world of SecondLife. Why I initially got into SL is the power of imagination to create reality.  As I mentioned earlier we are constantly creating our reality (in our dreams, both consciously and unconsciously). In SL we can let go of many of first life’s limitations.  SL allows you to see reality as you choose it, sort of like practice.  You create the avatar of your choice, which includes choosing your clothing, skin color, race, size, shape, hair, gender, everything. It is possible to be objects, animals, or invisible. Ever wonder what it is like to be a dog? How about the Kool-Aid man? It is great fun and you can experience things beyond the 1L world. Create your life just the way you desire and share this with others; get to know yourself.

Basil holding Sequoia

The fun part for me is visiting other people’s creations to see their vision and dreams.  Many people get caught up in the financial aspects of life and SL is no different. The great thing about SL is there are many “freebies” therefore you can live without money! Of course having money makes things easier as it does in 1L. SL allows you to be rich very easily, since the exchange rate is something like 270 Lindens to $1. Money is there for the making. The money is digital which is the same for SL as in 1L. Money is energy! Though for me life’s not about money but about relationships!

Brainstorm and Sequoia dancing

Some of the things that work best in SL are music, both live and recorded, dancing (any style you can imagine), relationships (both voice chat and typed), sexual encounters (as real as your imagination), education, lectures, meetings, and even movies. A comment on SL sex, you are meeting actual people and interacting with them in ways you probably would not do in first life, so just be careful and courteous. Most behavior in SL is mature, but like 1L, sometimes it gets out of hand. I remember being attacked by penises one time when I was in a sand box (used for programming and building). And another time a guy tried to rape me (more like a dog trying to hump your leg). It was scary and then I remembered we have teleportation, so I just got outta there. It happened on the landing deck while my friend and I were sky diving. Unlike 1L nothing can harm you there, just remember, it is like practice. And by practice I mean learning to forgive, our greatest skill in 1L. Use SL as a way of extending the possibilities in your life and experiencing things you have been curious about but could not do in 1L. For me I have experienced things I never thought possible. Life really is about getting to know yourself better and this is done through relationships as I have pointed out throughout this text.

In SL you can have relationships you never thought possible and experience feelings you did not know you even had! Another word of caution here, it may appear that your 1L and SL are separate but I can assure you that they are not. Everything is connected in some way which can be both good and bad. If you do something in SL to hurt another person emotionally then the ramifications are both in 1L and SL. It works the other way too, if you meet someone special and you get to know this person well, romance in SL will affect your 1L. Several of my single friends have found life partners on SL and are now very happily living together in 1L. The other side of the coin is marriages have been broken up when new relationships started in SL that extended into 1L. In SL we call it a partnership and in 1L we call it marriage, but it is the same thing really. You can be partnered in SL to one person and married to someone else in 1L, or it can be the same person or no one. I have several friends who can attest to this, and in fact I have personal experience. Let me share my experience here now, 12 yrs later. I got so into SL that I brought my 1L wife into SL. My avatar is female, pictured above with my boyfriend Basil. Our relationships were open and we had many of the same friends. I loved hanging out with this guy from Europe and unknown to me, so did my wife. The picture below to the left is her and him together. In 1L I traveled a lot and our 1L relationship was failing, so I cannot blame her for falling for this guy, because I really liked him too. Two years later I discovered she was serious about him and we ended up getting divorced and they married. By this time I had transitioned in 1L and attended their wedding as a bridesmaid! Fortunately, I am conscious enough to see that I created the situation that transpired and I have no regrets. In case you don’t know yet, I am transgender and began the SL experience as a man, transitioned in 1L and now live as a woman. My avatar in SL has almost always been female (hey it is fun to experiment with different avatars) and the experiences I had there greatly enhanced my transition. The intentions you go in with will determine your experience, so try to keep an open mind and have fun!

Brainstorm and Nita

For those who are interested in exploring sex in a safe environment, SL is perfect. Use SL like training wheels and while having fun, remember love is the way (I mean agape love, because all relationships are with God and sex is a way of expressing our love for God). I say safe because sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) are not possible and neither is pregnancy, unless you choose that.

It is possible to have babies in SL which is a path you choose and create as you go. I had a friend who had a dragon avatar who had a baby dragon with her 1L partner who also had a dragon avatar, because she was unable to have children in 1L. If you choose to take this path then please take it seriously, even though this is virtual world the energy is very real. (a side note, having babies is always a choice whether in SL or 1L, though in 1L it is often a choice made unconsciously, meaning this lifetime has a path laid out and we either embrace it or we resist and suffer)

The bonds you build in SL are strong and if you are not careful it is easy to have your feelings hurt. Be honest with everyone you meet, however if you elect not to share your life with others then do not be upset if they do not take you seriously. I will also ask that you stay as aware as possible to the feelings of others as well as your own. The experience in SL is rich and vibrant, however just like in 1L you get back what you put into it!

Blessed Island, My home in SL 2009

Aquahouse, my current home.

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The Message is Clear

A Course In Miracles (ACIM) has a clear and simple message. God is all there is. There is nothing else. “Nothing real can be threatened – Nothing unreal exists. Here in lies the Peace of God.” ACIM

The journey leads us to see this reality by seeing God in everyone. This is Not about anthropomorphizing God, rather seeing the world metaphysically. This helps prevent the ego from taking hold. Most of what we see in this world is a distraction, especially when it comes to activities, including work, busi-ness, and play. Ego attracts us to these activities promising happiness and gives us just enough to keep the distractions viable. Be aware. Nothing this ego world offers will persist. It all passes away eventually, so why invest in it? Build your house up in Heaven as is taught in the bible. Not to say we should ignore life here. “Be in the world, but not of it.” as Jesus shows us. The beggar will be the Master and vice versa, meaning both that it’s all temporary and dualistic. What we give is what we receive. Another aspect to this is the saying “it takes one to know one”. Consider this deeply. Every coin has two sides, see the whole coin and not just the sides. To heal another to is heal the self.  To condemn another is to condemn the self.  A practical application is to view your immediate surroundings as a reflection of you. Our world is literally a bubble limited by sight. Anything outside this bubble is projected from mind and does not exist in reality. This can be confusing, I know since I have been studying it for decades. ACIM does a great job of explaining all this as do two of my favorite authors, Gary Renard and Eckhart Tolle. Eckhart’s book, A New Earth, does an amazing job of explaining the tricks of the ego mind. The text of ACIM can be difficult to understand since it is written in Iambic Pentameter and in the language of a bible. Gary Renard’s books cut through all this and lay it out bare for the mind to absorb. “Disappearance of the Universe” is the place to start reading Gary Renard.

So to sum this all up, “As you see them (other self), you will see yourself”… so seek God/Holy Spirit/Infinite Intelligence/Great Spirit/Allah… and you will find your way home. (which according to ACIM we never left) Many spiritual teachings refer to awakening and how appropriate this is, since this ego dream has trapped us for too long. Be still… and know God.

Sequoia Elisabeth

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Ego Separation

Life seems a bit crazy these days and it is, at least in our minds. ACIM (A Course in Miracles) teaches us that the world is a reflection of mind, a projection of all our thoughts. Knowing all this is unreal doesn’t really help in the short term though, so what’s a person to do. How about rest, relax, and let go!

The tenets of ACIM state the ego represents separation ideology. Truth dictates Oneness, Unity, and God is all there is. Ego is the opposite. Looking out at the world is the essence of ego. (Don’t confuse the ego of psychology which equates ego with personality) Mankind’s greatest fear is to look in the face of God and know this world, this self, this identity is untrue. So it puts up invisible walls. It projects the ugliness outside itself or what it perceives as outside. Some call this the “not me’s”. I am not like that, not me!

Our current experience with the corona virus is a perfect example of the ego at work. Social Distancing becomes the answer. Although in reality it is a symptom of the greater world of the Ego, separation. The mind has taken this ball and run with it. No turning back now! I am not going to get sick or die, so stay away from me, is the ego’s thought. A separation idea. Separate from what you might ask? God of course. Our arrogant idea that we can be separate from God is what has led to guilt or as some call it, original sin.

To me this is only a natural extension of the ego mind… an expanding Universe! We are individuals, free to make choices, and live our own lives. Each and every “thing” in this world is separate from all else. Or at least that is what the ego believes and thrives on. As we now know, this is all a dream fabrication. There is nothing to forgive, because we are still where we belong, with God. Though dreaming a dream of dying.

Sequoia Elisabeth

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Oneness – Beyond Thought

“Welcome to Oneness Ministry

Explore, Discover, and Experience our Oneness. Know thyself and you will know the world! We are dedicated to revealing Truth using our guide, Jesus and his teachings in A Course in Miracles.

The Journey of Love is about acceptance and non-judgment. We are Spiritual Beings not these vessels we use to interface with this world. There are no limitations with Mind. The One Mind, the only Mind, the Mind of God. Holy Spirit is here to show the way.” (https://onenessministry.info/)

The Above is the intro to our website Oneness Ministry. Upon review I feel like Oneness needs more explanation. All my pages here are related to oneness, some more than others. We cannot be too focused on Oneness, why? Because it is the essence of all existence. “Know thyself and you will know the world!” Simply stated, by knowing yourself, you know everything! This is Oneness, You, me, others… all of the One. It all seems separate – an illusion of ego mind. Most of the time connections are invisible, we see other people, places, and things as Other and this is right, they are Other Self. They are us projected into the world so we can know ourselves. This is both reassuring and terrifying!

“The Journey of Love is about acceptance and non-judgment.” So our journey here is to accept it all as One and most importantly not to judge it as good or bad or other at all. The Eastern Religions and teachings are less cryptic about this teaching than say Christianity, though all religions teach these concepts. Judge not, lest ye be judged! Do onto others as you would have done onto you! Take these cliches literally. There is no one else to judge or to do upon!

“We are Spiritual Beings not these vessels we use to interface with this world. There are no limitations with Mind. The One Mind, the only Mind, the Mind of God. Holy Spirit is here to show the way.” This comes from ACIM, A Course in Miracles which is the direct channeled teachings of Jesus. So what does it mean to be a Spiritual Being? We are not the observer, we are not the action taker, we are not even the master mind, we are Spirit, that which is beyond time and space. Spirit is reality… all that is real. “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” (ACIM) So to explain this further, our lives are dreams or projections of mind. The aspect of Mind which believes itself to be separate from God, the Ego. While there is only One Mind, the Mind of God, we are constantly choosing between the false and the true, unconsciously most of the time. What we see, hear, feel, touch, taste is of ego mind. In fact an easy way to distinguish the false from the true is to know God, to know yourself. (My eBook Livin’ Large Ch. 12 goes into this further)

According to ACIM Holy Spirit is our go between and guide home. God knows nothing of this world and has nothing to do with what happens here, which frankly, explains a lot! Our choice is between Ego and Holy Spirit. It is as simple as that. Ego makes things complicated, Spirit is simple. As we say, we are giving up nothing (the ego or unreal) and receiving everything! (Spirit, who we are, the real)

Sequoia Elisabeth

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Specialness

The biggest failure of my personal lifetime is gender transition and yet it is also the greatest success. Let me explain. Upon deep reflection and shadow work along with many years of Spiritual Study I have come to realize the motivation behind “transgenderism”. I will just say right now that sex has almost nothing to do with it! We all have the basic need to be loved and to love others. Family is where this starts, for most of us at least. I was born into a middle class family and had both my parents, along with a sibling before me and after. My “cry for love” (need for attention) was no different than any others. My parents did their very best and I can honestly say I had a wonderful childhood. Yet I developed a need to be noticed, an inner cry for love. So who was denying me this love? I was of course. At first my cries for attention where health based since Dad was a physician and this is what I came to know first.

Mom was a model in her younger days and she got quite the attention. She was also tall and perhaps she got more attention than she really wanted. Children model after whom raises them and such, Mom was my role model. I saw the attention she got and I know she was loved, I could see it everywhere. I wished to be like her. To get love, probably, but also to model love. The ego finds multitudes of ways to get attention, being trans* is just one of them. Any deviance is a cry for love. It is the ego crying look at me, I am special! I see this clearly now and have for several years, though it is clearer than ever today.

The ego’s desire for specialness reinforces the separation idea it is based on. Death does this also in just the opposite way, for everyone dies! These ideas of separation are at the root of every issue anyone and everyone in this world has ever had. We fear we are separate from God, that we have been expelled from the Garden of Eden. The wool so to speak has brilliantly been pulled over our eyes. Some would call this the veil of forgetting. I remember now and have for some time. We are One and this means there is no one else, no thing else, … God is all there is. By shining this light the darkness vanishes. Fear cannot exist in the Light. The more Light I shine, the less fear (false evidence appearing real) exists.

We are each familiar with the rules of the game so to speak, both of the dream world and the physical world. Neither of these is reality. This being said, it is what we know, for now. So it is best to face this world we have created with Love, why? Because Love is what and who we are. Remember, Love is reality. This is how you will know where your thoughts are taking you, if it dies or changes then it is not real. The answer is always love, every time you respond differently a barrier is created. The road home is paved in Love. Any obstacle is your own resistance to this Truth.

We are not here to change anything, so we must embrace who we are and even who we appear to be. As our awareness grows and answers flow in, this does not mean we must act, in fact, I would suggest no action. If you feel like someone else sometimes, I would suggest this comes from greater awareness. I feel and act more female than male in my opinion and thus my transition, nothing wrong with this. Though nothing is right either. What is Is. It’s about learning to love it. “It’s not about getting what you want, but wanting what you get!”

My goal now is to see with new eyes. To see Truth, Love, Reality! Everywhere! This requires faith to see beyond the surface, to see beyond emotion and feelings, to see beyond even Thought. I am on the road and life keeps getting better and better. Not because life is getting better, but because I am becoming more. Some call this awakening. In reality, there is no better, all is perfection. This perfection is what I realize now.

Sequoia Elisabeth

Footnote:

For those who would like to better understand the ego I recommend a few books, the best being ACIM, A Course in Miracles, the other is Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. Of course there are many other books on ACIM, I like Gary Renard’s books because he makes it interesting and understandable.

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Distractions

What is our compulsion with doing? I am sure you can relate. That feeling something must be done! Even if it’s trivial, esp. if it’s trivial! LOL. This underlying urge to create, to do, to be productive consumes us all. Why?

A Course in Miracles explains that its about distracting you from yourself, from the One thing we just cannot face! God. More specifically our separation from God, or the belief we are separate. The answer is simple, we are not separate, never have been, never will be. God is all there is.(period)

So why does this knowledge not help? I have been studying ACIM for 10yrs solid and working up to it for 5 yrs previous. What is my resistance all about? Why am I constantly sabotaging myself? Perhaps this fear runs deeper than I thought. In fact, this fear is totally subconscious and for each of us the sea runs to different depths.

I sit here doing an inventory of my distractions and realized it pretty much all is a distraction. The aquarium hobby, (hobby’s in general), the internet, entertainment – especially, and even eating, drinking, and sleeping. I dream when sleeping and this too is a distraction. My ego is hard at work; it never sleeps. The ego mind is our conscious mind, the part which will not under any circumstance look at the Truth. Not the personality ego, but the ego which defines identity. ACIM describes ego differently than mainstream psychology, FYI.

ACIM teaches we have two choices at all times. Ego (individual identity) or Holy Spirit (our pathway back to God, which we never left, i.e choosing Love [realizing love is all there is]). Every religion has taught this to some extent. We must choose the devil (D evil) or God (Good), wrong or right! This is where other religions depart from ACIM. I speak of duality – the two choices. ACIM points out there really is only One choice since God is all there is how could we choose any thing else? SO it’s not really a choice but a realization. ACIM does not teach Love, but instead teaches us to remove the blocks to our awareness of love. Love is all there is! To clarify I use several words as synonyms for God, mainly these 3, Love, Joy, & Peace. Light also has its uses, but not strictly in place of God. There is another teaching I follow called the Law of One – The Teachings of Ra. They speak of Love/Light and Light/Love, though this is a duality POV, it comes from a place of non-duality. Think time/space and space/time here, opposite yet supporting dimensions.  I digress once again.  Thinking is a distraction too!

I encourage those who are interested to explore ACIM and Law of One further. I will say, be prepared, it will take years to grasp these teachings fully. It is a fun and fulfilling path though. So without any further distraction I will sign off here, knowing that this very blog is a distraction! LOL

Sequoia Elisabeth

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Identity Addiction

We are addicted to our identities, whatever they may be, and not just our identities, but the identity of all that surrounds us. How do you identify? Does this change when you are with certain people? I know mine certainly does. I remember my days working at the Gender Identity Center and meeting folks who identify as gender fluid. Perhaps this fits me. Perhaps it goes further to include not just identity, but the environment itself. Consider how you feel when you hike in nature alone. Do you feel a connection to the animals and plants? How about if you attend a large group event, say a ball game or concert? Why do we even hike in the woods or go to a big event? Could it be for the identity we borrow there? Don’t you ever tire of your identity? Isn’t it nice to try on someone else’s? Perhaps this is why hero’s are so adored! Or someone famous. Or the celebrated artist we wish we could be like.

Perhaps my initial phrase is exactly the opposite of true and we are actually afraid of our identity. We naturally fear our essence, our natural selves so we hide it by being what we are not. We project this unwanted identity on others. “Oh, that person was so mean” or “what a jerk that person was to me.” Choose an identity and vilify it! These identities fall into the list of individual rights as well. The right to not be discriminated against on the grounds the “other” is not like me. Everyone deserves respect, unless they violate my identity!!

The point here is as we grow Spiritually the phrase, “we are one” takes on new meaning. A literal meaning and it becomes difficult to identify with any one at all. I identify with everyone these days. An exercise I learned from the Conversations with God series by Neale Donald Walsch comes to mind. Go for a walk and randomly point at whatever you encounter and say, “I am that”. Do this regularly and observe how you relate to the world. If I am that trash on the sidewalk, perhaps it is not trash at all or perhaps it just reflects how I feel about myself. The bird has an entirely different view of the world than say a mouse or wildflower. With Oneness we realize how connected life is and how separated we can feel at times. This separation is false. It is Fear, false-evidence-appearing-real.

So in your everyday dealings with the world, ask yourself, who am I, really? If I have a job as a doctor or custodian is this who I really am? Are you the teacher or the student? The child or the parent? Couldn’t you be both? I am a Spiritual being having a human experience, but isn’t even that limiting? God is all there is and I am this, I am. No judgment required! Its all good, for its all God. No identity necessary!

Sequoia Elisabeth

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String Theory

Life is a memory for all possibilities have already occurred. This is the nature of time and space! This is the power of God. The “I” you identify with is traveling down a string of possibility as you live and dream vibrations are released vibrating the strings. Each decision shifts you to a different string, if focused and harmonized each thought does too. Your life is a bundle of strings and with enough harmonized focused energy you can move to a different bundle, though this is exceedingly rare. Thoughts are repeated over and over thus holding you to your string or at least your bundle. Family and friends are there too, and though they can change paths as well this often does not happen. A family who dines together stays together rings true here, both metaphysically and literally.

Know the people in your life are not individuals per se, but archetypes which you attract through your thoughts.  Our friends and family too, exist as catalyst, potentiation, and significator. Read this book (An-Archetype-Workbook.PDF) for a better understanding of archetypes.  They say the bible is written in metaphor and perhaps our very lives are too!  Remember there is no “out there” out there.

Meditation opens up the path for review. Silence is the window! Be with yourself and feel gratitude! There is no blame for being on a particular string other than your own thoughts, choices, and actions. Make peace with this. Its all good, for we each are exactly where we need to be. Eventually we will know all the strings like a master violinist! Enjoy the ride so to speak. We are not here to control the path but to observe the relationships and know our contribution in what we call life. I am not part of it, I am all of it. I am not this person I think of (your name). I am all of it. I am not my family, my friends, my pets, my anything… I am ALL OF IT. Re-membering. I am not even God, because our view and understanding of God is too limiting. Let go …

Sequoia Elisabeth

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Identity Trap

So you think you know who you are! Question this reality! Just how do you identify? Who are YOU? I know who I am! I am “I”. You are “you”. It’s as simple as that… or is it? What if there is no you or me and just us? We are One. So this means we are murders and rapists; saints and priest? NO. The dream of separation we call this world is just that, a dream. We have no body and there is no thing out there. Our mind projects all that we experience. The ego aspect believes it is separate from Source (God) and thus all the horrors (manifested guilt) this world appears to offer. Projection makes perception. The choice which presents itself is simple; are we ego or are we Source (God)? ACIM teaches, Ideas leave not their source, so I am just as God created me. Ego believes its own illusions, and it must. Yes, the choice remains to identify with Ego or with God. What you see tells you what you have chosen. So if you see God everywhere, this is your choice. If you see Ego (fear, separation, pain, etc.) then you have chosen this. You can choose again! In fact you must, choose over and over…

Here is a blog I really enjoy and feel explains this Identity conundrum quite well. https://www.voiceforgod.net/blogs/acim-blog/you-have-a-problem-of-identity-you-think-the-ego-is-your-self

Identity is a trap, a tree is not a tree, a baby does not exist but in the mind, death is a symbol of ego. Life (Love, God, Source, Infinite Intelligence) is eternal, unchanging, and all there really is. To truly identify with reality, one must let go of all “false gods”. Perhaps you remember the commandment to “put no other Gods before me”. This life here on Earth is an other God! To die is to repeat this illusion. Death supports the ego illusion. We don’t die, our identity does! So identify with Reality… God is all there is.

“The Son of God is my Identity – ACIM Lesson 252

1. My Self is holy beyond all the thoughts of holiness of which I now conceive. Its shimmering and perfect purity is far more brilliant than is any light that I have ever looked upon. Its love is limitless, with an intensity that holds all things within it, in the calm of quiet certainty. Its strength comes not from burning impulses which move the world, but from the boundless Love of God Himself. How far beyond this world my Self must be, and yet how near to me and close to God!

2. Father, You know my true Identity. Reveal It now to me who am Your Son, that I may waken to the truth in You, and know that Heaven is restored to me.”

Blessings on our Journey of Love!

Sequoia Elisabeth

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The New Age of Aquarius – Part IV

We can all say technology has become a big part of our lives, except a few holdouts of course. My life would not be the same without it. My career in Radiology was made possible by technology. Cutting edge technology in fact and I loved it! It was a nice blend of technology and human caring which fit my life’s journey quite well. Why? Because we are moving into the Age of Aquarius!

As we move even further down this path technology will be integrated into every aspect of our lives sometimes without us even noticing. CCTV, AI monitoring devices, Environmental controls, and Smart devices are to name just a few. Technology and Aquarius go hand in hand, which is the opposite of Pisces. So the dramatic differences between these two ages is quite apparent. By embracing technology one is embracing the AOA.

Equity and Equality are other characteristics of the AOA that are obvious now days. After WWII, society focused on living and rebuilding. In the 60’s people got very loud in this focus and it has been growing ever since. Remembering that all growth ebbs and flows. Gender equality is now the accepted norm. It has taken a century or more and the Piscean ideals are holding on with a vengeance, though they fight a loosing battle. Equity and Equality must win, this is the AOA!

One of the purposes of this blog is to bring the inevitable to light. To hasten our progress. To give you time to adjust and accept. So embrace change and change will hug you back. What you focus on grows. It is not about right or wrong, good or bad. It is about the larger picture. We are the observers here and this is the way it should be. No need to save the world, because we don’t need saving. All is as it needs to be.

Sequoia Elisabeth

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The New Age of Aquarius – Part III

Androgyny and Bisexualism are characteristics of the Age of Aquarius (AOA) which are manifesting around the world. They are a function of emerging self awareness. Mankind is representative of 3rd density, the discovery and expression of self awareness. As this awareness grows androgyny and bisexualism will as well, as an expression of self love. It is a process of Oneness to love an ‘other’ as the self. The AOA moves us into 4th density and the age of love. “20.36 Questioner: You use the same nomenclature for fourth-density negative as for fourth-density positive. Both are called the dimension of love or understanding. Is this correct? Ra: I am Ra. This is correct. Love and understanding, whether it be of self or of self towards other-self, is one.” (Lawofone.info)

16.50 Questioner: Thank you. Is it possible for you to give a small description of the conditions [in] fourth density? Ra: I am Ra. We ask you to consider as we speak that there are no words for positively describing fourth density. We can only explain what is not and approximate what is. Beyond fourth density our ability grows more limited still until we become without words. That which fourth density is not: it is not of words, unless chosen. It is not of heavy chemical vehicles for body complex activities. It is not of disharmony within self. It is not of disharmony within peoples. It is not within limits of possibility to cause disharmony in any way. Approximations of positive statements: it is a plane of a type of bipedal vehicle which is much denser and more full of life; it is a plane wherein one is aware of the thoughts of other-selves; it is a plane where one is aware of the vibrations of other-selves; it is a plane of compassion and understanding of the sorrows of third density; it is a plane striving towards wisdom or light; it is a plane wherein individual differences are pronounced although automatically harmonized by group consensus.” (Lawofone.info)

Love and understanding facilitates a broad array of human expression, though as we truly grasp the meaning of Oneness, Androgyny and Bisexualism take their place in the greater expression of AOA. Love takes many forms and in the aware 4th density individual it is found everywhere and in every encounter. As we see the other, we see ourselves, thus androgyny takes our perceptions to the level of Love. Projection makes perception. Understand this and we are on our way to AOA and beyond.

Sequoia Elisabeth

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The New Age of Aquarius – Part II

Interdependence means just that, we are each dependent on one another. In the new Age of Aquarius (AOA) this dependence will shift into independence while maintaining this interdependence in the form of brotherhood. We understand now that “we are One” and knowledge is key in the new AOA. We have already seen significant shifts toward independence with the likes of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King has shown us what Brotherhood means.

“The Age of Aquarius is the Age of Freedom, Technology (especially electricity), and the Water Bearer.” (http://www.2012-spiritual-growth-prophecies.com/age-of-aquarius.html)

We have all seen the explosion of technology in the last several hundred years, just imagine what we are in store for! Electricity is coming into its own as renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels and electric devises are everywhere. The electric car is poised to replace gasoline cars by 2050. In Europe this is already taking place. The USA seems to be last in these sort of changes, just take the conversion to the metric system. It still is not official, though science, trade, and product imports are changing us anyway. Freedom fighters will no longer be necessary since Freedom, Unity, and Equality are inherent in the AOA. These changes are not negotiable because they are larger than we are. Just like you cannot expect an animal to forgo its nature, predators will hunt, the ages will be as they are and so will all who are within them. This is why it is vital to embrace these changes and make the most of them. Go with the flow! Know that life is expanding and improving… constantly. Do your research, learn how to learn, and the future will be amazing! The water bearer is a symbol of prosperity. Water brings life! Knowledge in the AOA is not for control or gaining power, but in order to grow and contribute to the greater good. I for one am very excited for the AOA and I pray you will be too.

Sequoia Elisabeth

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